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Best Ever Stoke Bowlers in the Surrey Championship?

So we’re about to start our 11th season in the Surrey Championship, and our first in Division 2 after three successive promotions.

Whilst our progress through the divisions has relied on a combination of batting, bowling, fielding and keeping excellences, not to mention tremendous team spirit and the support network behind the scenes; an article on CricInfo appeared in the off-season penned by Anantha Narayanan who chose to look at the role played by the bowlers in the success of any team. It would be remiss of us not to look at how our bowlers have done in comparison! Read more

Sunday Tour Match : Win!

Sunday 28th April 2019
Tour Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 188 for 8 (40 overs)
Woodbridge & Old Woodbridgians 104 all out (24.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 84 runs

Stoke completed a 100% record on tour with a great win against Woodbridge who stepped in for the fixture after hosts Bungay needed resources to fulfil their League fixture. Thanks to Nick Lo for sourcing the opposition, securing use of the ground and arranging teas. Read more

Saturday Tour Match : BIG WIN!

Saturday 27th April 2019
Tour Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 325 for 4 (40 overs)
Bungay 126 all out (25.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 199 runs

Stoke played the their first tour match in arguably the most arctic conditions ever but an XI that the skipper would happily go into a Surrey Championship match with began their ‘warm up’ to the season with a big win. Read more

Kohli v Stoke (2) : Consecutive 20+ Scores

India drew first blood in the Test Series this week despite a moderate contribution from Virat Kohli. However Virat added another impressive stat to his CV recently in the ODI series against the West Indies where, having made 157 not out, he made an eighteenth successive score of 20 or more in ODIs, (passing Matthew Hayden’s run of 17 20+ scores in 2007.) He then extended his run to nineteen with 107 in the next match before finally falling for 16 in Mumbai. Twelve of Virat’s knocks were also over 50, (8×100, 4×50.)

Has a run of scores of 20 or more of this length ever been achieved by a Stoker? After a trawl of the stats, the short answer is no, but there have been some impressive sequences; the longest being eleven, achieved by Chris Goode and Steve Eggleston. A couple of players will go into the 2019 season with a chance to beat that run. (See later on.)

For the avoidance of doubt, in these scoring runs below, if a player made a score of less than 20 but was not out, or did not bat in a match, we have continued the run but not counted the score of less than 20 or the DNB in the sequence.

Have you made the list? Look for yourself here…

As mentioned above, messers Goode and Eggleston have the longest run…

11 Chris Goode
45 in the last game of 1956 then 50 34 31 65 63 71 63 103* 30 and 77 in his first ten innings in 1957

11 Steve Eggleston
45 36 25 60 22 26* 27 24 and 132 in 1993 – these were all the games he played that season!
He then started 1994 with 44 and 42.

…closely followed by these four sturdy Stoke oaks who have runs of ten innings…

10 Steve Garner
21 34 32 75 32* 46 30 105* 31 89 in 1986

10 Will Gudgeon
22 54* 45 61 34* 19* 30 26 28 26 in 2013 then 50* in his first game of 2014

10 Gavin Johns
40 78 77 58*and 71 at the end of 1996 then 30 155* 43 28 and 67 at the start of 1997

10 Nick Lo
63* 23 22 27 31 38 39 30 61 29 in 2013

A few of Stoke’s all-time leading run-scorers/highest average-holders are in the next group with a run of nine innings, or eight, (Alistair McMillan and Ian Wellman have one of each, Sid Lahiri can boast two runs of eight in successive seasons in the noughties)…

9 Phil Easton
36 31* 59 100* 39 40 69 49* 69* in 1971

9 Alistair McMillan
30 18* 25 38 20 29* 30 11* 32 44* 22 in 1980

9 Ian Wellman
58 89* 39 69 51 44 64 79 61 in 1980

9 Sophie Pout Read more

Keep Voting for Nick and Ruth!

Further to our recent article, (http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2017/10/24/support-nick-and-ruth-lo/), if you haven’t done so already, please take a couple of minutes out to vote for Nick and Ruth. Details in the above link, or in full below…

They have now received some favourable press coverage, but need to add to their 778 votes so far.

Lo Farm Nursery Press

This process below quite wordy but does only take a few of minutes:

(1) Click Here : https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/user/login
(2) Click “Register Here” and enter your e-mail, name and click “Finish”
(3) You will be sent an e-mail. Click on the link in it to “Confirm Your E-mail Address” and you’re taken back to the Aviva Community Fund web-site
(4) Tick “None of the Above” – unless any of the choices apply! – say that you’re over 18, accept the terms and click “Complete My Details”
(5) If you’re not already logged in click “Vote Now”
(6) In the search below enter Post Code NR34 8DX or type “Early Intervention Groups” in the description and Nick & Ruth’s page will appear.
(7) Click on it to vote…you have TEN votes so can click on the + sign and “Submit Votes”
On occasion the site turns over a bit slowly. This is due to the number of people registering to vote. Please be patient! After the confirmation you have the option to enter a free prize draw as well.

Lowest Career Averages to Contain a Century

In last week’s “Ask Steven” section on CricInfo “Irfan” from Pakistan asked:

I noticed that Ajit Agarkar has a Test batting average of 16.79 despite having a century to his name. Is this the lowest Test batting average to include a century?

Steven replied:

The Indian fast bowler turned Cricinfo pundit Ajit Agarkar might be relieved to learn that he comes in quite a way down this particular list. Agarkar’s hundred came at Lord’s, no less, in 2002; his next highest score was 48. There are eight players with lower batting averages who also scored a Test century, one of them a current player, the Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer, (16.27.)

Top of the list is someone who might also yet reappear in Test cricket. The West Indian fast bowler Jerome Taylor averages only 12.96 despite having slammed 106 against New Zealand in Dunedin in 2008-09. Taylor’s 106 that day is exactly double his next highest score.

The other Test centurions with a lower batting average than Agarkar’s 16.79 can be seen here : http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;orderbyad=reverse;qualmin1=1;qualval1=hundreds;template=results;type=batting

In a bored moment this got SDCC thinking and we looked at all our centurions, (now up to 81 after Alastair Curran, Ishan Mulchandani and Reino Grobler got themselves on our hundreds board this year – http://www.stokecc.co.uk/centuries/), to see how we compared.

In fairness to our boys, though, we only play single innings cricket and are more likely to damage our averages in the pursuit of quick runs towards the end of an innings; plus some others have also made a number of low scores as juniors when making their first steps into adult cricket; so we’ll compare our stats against the International ODI list rather than the Test list in the ‘Ask Steven’ feature. (We can’t do a T20 comparison as no Stoker has made a century in T20 cricket yet!)

The full list of 81 Stokers with a century to their name, (the eighteen players who played in 2017 are highlighted), and their career averages can be viewed here :

Career Averages for All Stoke Centurions to the end of the 2017 season Read more

Support Nick and Ruth Lo!

Please take two minutes of your time to help out Nick and Ruth Lo who are looking for votes to get funding from the Aviva Community Scheme. Here is what you need to do and more details are below:

(1) Click Here : https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/user/login
(2) Click “Register Here” and enter your e-mail, name and click “Finish”
(3) You will be sent an e-mail. Click on the link in it to “Confirm Your E-mail Address” and you’re taken back to the Aviva Community Fund web-site
(4) Tick “None of the Above” – unless any of the choices apply! – say that you’re over 18, accept the terms and click “Complete My Details”
(5) If you’re not already logged in click “Vote Now”
(6) In the search below enter Post Code NR34 8DX or type “Early Intervention Groups” in the description and Nick & Ruth’s page will appear.
(7) Click on it to vote…you have TEN votes so can click on the + sign and “Submit Votes”
On occasion the site turns over a bit slowly. This is due to the number of people registering to vote. Please be patient! After the confirmation you have the option to enter a free prize draw as well.


More about Nick and Ruth’s project:

“…We are requesting the funding to be able to run two groups per week, of six children for a year, with a focus on Early Intervention for children with Autism and associated conditions. The groups are run by qualified therapists, and are based around the Early Start Denver Model, Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy, all of which have a good evidence base. They provide holistic input through play for the children, with a particular focus on the development of social interaction, communication, sensory and motor development, and play skills. Children in the pilot groups last year made good progress with their targets, and all parents provided positive feedback about the groups. Parents also expressed that they had learned a lot of strategies that they were able to implement at home.”

https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-64 & http://www.lowfarmtherapycentre.co.uk/

About the Competition
The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance to get funding for an important cause. It’s open to everyone – the general public as well as Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers, (whether associated with Aviva or not.) Aviva want projects to be entered to advertise what a difference these much-needed funds could make. Get enough votes from friends, family and supporters and the project could be entered into the finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.

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Once voting opened on the 24th October 2017 at 9am. Start sharing the project with as many friends, family and supporters as possible to get their votes. The projects with the most votes will become finalists. Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote for projects between the 24th October 2017 and the 21st November 2017. You don’t have to have submitted a project to vote. You’ll get 10 votes which you can use at any time during the voting phase of the competition. You can support as many projects as you like with your votes. Spread them around or use them all to support one project – it’s your choice.

Nick made a tremendous contribution to Stoke, still supports us from afar and made it to our last Sunday game of 2017 to catch up and cheer us on, vowing to get in more games for us when he can. Let’s help him out, eh?

Nick Lo and Jase Earl - September 2017

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Sunday Win at Old Wimbledonians

Sunday 10th September 2017
Stoke D’Abernon 145 all out (33 overs)
Old Wimbledonians 83 all out (30.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 62 runs

With decent availability for a Sunday fixture Old Wimbledonians were quick to snap us up when we placed our advert and the sides played out a fun game on a cold-ish day, Stoke emerging victorious just as the rains came. Well done to the home captain for getting the forecast just right!

Stoke batted first and a curious first delivery of the match saw Peter Phipps returning with his bat tucked under his arm, a rank long-hop appearing to jump over his bat and land on the stumps as he played back. 0-1 was soon 2-2 in the second over when Malcolm Dickson flashed hard and the keeper held on.

Adam De Swardt and skipper Jase Earl got things going. They initially played some nice shots with little reward as the lush outfield halved the number of runs scored. The pair worked out quickly that hitting the ball hard was the way to go, and added 77 runs in 12.2 overs; De Swardt making 51 of them from 50 balls, pulling away from Earl, (who contributed 20 to the partnership), as he cashed in on a couple of poor overs from the first change bowler.

De Swardt steered a ball to slip, brining Ian Hopton to the crease for his last game of the season. Hoppy started the day in Northampton and was rapidly called up after three players pulled out on the Saturday afternoon, (we got back to ten), and played a couple of nice shots that would probably have gone for four on other grounds before chipping one to mid-wicket.

Rick Mustill joined Earl and the pair moved the total from 98 for 4 to 125 for 5; Earl falling to a good return catch from home skipper Richards for 39 from 66, a personal contribution that took him past Matt Gottschalk on the list of all-time run scorers for the Club.

Mustill Snr was unable to improve his position on the same list, but his nicely constructed 27 from 34 balls brought him nine shy of Chris Finch, but he won’t get a chance to improve his position as next week he has to transport Matt M back to University. Matt M was next and made 11 before losing a couple of partners and then failing to clear the man on the circle as the innings closed on 145 after 33 overs.

Richards, (5-2-8-3), was the most successful bowler, backed up by Tolmie who took 2 for 9. Four other bowlers took a wicket.

The second half of the Stoke innings, (and the first hour of the chase), were watched by Nick Lo who popped in to see both his former clubs on his way to Wales for a bit of business. The big man was in good form and has hinted that he is available next week as his home Club in Suffolk close down immediately after the League programme ends.

The chase started well with 19 runs scored in the first overs, four of them overthrows from Hopton who gave keeper Dickson and the fielders backing up no chance; but wickets for Birthday Boy Adrian Mills, (well caught by Mustill Jnr), and Mustill Jnr himself, got Stoke on the board.

The next batsmen found scoring difficult against accurate new-ball bowling, (Mills 7-3-19-1, M.Mustill 6-1-18-1); setting things up for nicely for Hopton as they needed to go after him as the asking rate climbed. Two batsmen were unsuccessful as Hopton castled L.Hearty, (24), offering no shot, and Marsh for a duck who lost track of a full-toss that dipped late. Hopton, (4-2-3-2), now joins Richie Parrett on 249 career wickets for the Club.

Paddy Wilson took an over to find his range, but settled into a good line and length and got his reward when Thomas, who needed 49 balls to score 7, was another batsmen to be caught failing to clear the circle of fielders, Hopton doing the rest. 51 for 4.

Ralph Coleman had a short burst and collected a couple of wickets to move to 7th on the list of all-time leading wicket-takers for the Club; J.Richards and Jacobs were both bowled, although the second one kept low as it uprooted the off-stump.

Earl and Phipps were the sixth and seventh bowlers used, and they were both in the fourth column meaning every bowler tasted success. Earl took a steepling return catch off his own bowling to remove C.Hearty for 17; Phipps, (2.4-0-5-2), picked up one wicket with a catch on the circle, then closed the innings on 83 with an lbw to complete a 62 run win.

Thanks to the Old Ws for hosting the fixture. They seem keen on a game next year. Let’s see what we can do as we seem to be in demand due to the way we do things. More immediately, numbers look decent to continue the season into next weekend. Availabilities in, (and stay available!), please!

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2950757

50 Hundreds by Stokers – Part 1

Avid followers of CricInfo will have seen the book review of “Masterly Batting : 100 Great Test Centuries” by Patrick Ferriday and Dave Wilson: http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/689777.html

This got us thinking and in the first of a five part series Ralphie has kindly taken time out to review and rank the centuries he has seen scored by Stokers in his time at the Club. Here is a brief background to set the scene, then on to part one:

As a starting point the first thing to look at was how many hundreds I had seen scored as I didn’t have a clue. Conveniently, Adam De Swardt’s effort at Battersea Ironsides last August was the 50th ton scored in a match I had played in. I have also watched another three from the boundary and/or the scorers’ table, but keeping it to a nice round “Top 50” means I’ll apologise now to Will Gudgeon, (113 not out against nine-man Burgess Park in 2010), Giacomo Gray, (his only club century to date, 101 against the Harrow Wayfarers in 2014), and to Pagie who carried his bat at Ripley last May for the 2s for 103 not out. These three centuries don’t make the series, but they are on our 100s board for ever : http://www.stokecc.co.uk/centuries/

In their book, Ferriday and Wilson use a “methodology” with ten categories – size of score, conditions, bowling attack, percentage of the total, chances, speed, series impact, match impact, “intangibles” and “compatibility.” I’m not for one second going to score each century in that way, although these factors do help mentally to a degree to rank them. I’m not ashamed to say my approach was a much more basic one of placing 50 pieces of paper on the floor at home and moving them around!

So here are numbers 50 to 41:

Jase Earl : 109 v Maori Oxshott (H) on 24/08/2014 – Sunday XI – Friendly
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/699090
Here go my chances of a recall to Jase’s team for this coming season(!) but even Jase himself would admit that this was an ‘easy’ ton if ever there was such a thing. Oxshott were in a period of transition and brought a young side to the Rec. Looking for middle time to prove fitness to Pagie after injury, Jase cashed in before walking past one from Richard Hansom, (that he probably could have turned back to and had another go at hitting if he wasn’t in Sunday mode!)
Jase Earl

Jack Raimondo : 107 (Retired) v Badgers (H) on 15/05/2011 – Sunday XI – Friendly
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/459133
One of a few examples in the list where a 1st XI batsman comes up against a traditional friendly Sunday XI attack with inevitable consequences. One wonders how many more runs Jack and the person with him for most of his knock, Robbie Parrett, would have scored had they opted not to milk singles in the middle overs, turn down runs and blatantly steal the strike off each other! Notwithstanding the ‘comedy’ it was a decent knock, all the more funny watching Frosty getting increasingly frustrated watching his mate trouser a hundred having got the only decent ball of the day early doors.
Working Party 8 Jack Polishing

Nick Lo : 122 v Wisley Southside (H) on 16/09/2012 – Sunday XI – Friendly
Scorecard :

http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/535700 Read more

Stoke D’Abernon Advent Calendar 2016 (11)

11 is for “My Greatest XI”

Listening to an old audio-book of Richie Benaud’s, in it he devotes a couple of chapters to what he calls “My Greatest XI.” By his definition they had to:

* Be brilliant cricketers, characters and good mixers on & off the pitch as they would be representing him.
* Have a beneficial effect on the game, be champions and have left an influence on cricket.
* Play on good pitches with pace, good for shots and fast bowlers, with spin to come into the game later on.

Getting to a final XI was obviously tough; so he applied the same formula he used to pick sides when he played:
– 2 opening bats
– batsmen 3, 4 and 5
– batting all-rounder at 6
– bowling all-rounder at 7
– keeper/keeper-bat at 8
– spinner at 9
– fast bowlers at 10 and 11

…but being limited to just an XI he allowed himself two subs for each position, giving him a tour party of 33!

He came up with this as his final XI:
Jack Hobbs
Sunil Gavaskar
Don Bradman
Viv Richards
Sachin Tendulkar
Gary Sobers
Imran Khan
Adam Gilchrist
Shane Warne
Dennis Lillee
Sydney Barnes

…and he couldn’t fit these in:

Opening Bats : Gordon Greenidge, Len Hutton, Arthur Morris and Victor Trumper.
Middle Order Bats : Ian Chappell, Wally Hammond, George Headley, Brian Lara, Graeme Pollock and Frank Worrell.
All-Rounders : Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee, Kapil Dev and Keith Miller.
Keepers : Ian Healy and Rod Marsh.
Spinner : Bill O’Reilly and Abdul Qadir.
Fast Bowlers : Glenn McGrath, Harold Larwood, Jeff Thomson and Fred Trueman.

So we put a call in to our own Richie, and the Parrett has looked at the list of Stokers he has taken the field with in his 223 game career to date, and he has come up with the following 33, (well, 31):

1. Sid Lahiri, Alistair McMillan and Robbie Parrett
2. Malcolm Dickson, Gavin Gresse and Jack Raimondo
3. Tim Handel, Nick Lo and James Trower
4. Alex Chamberlen, Andy Page and Graham Tufts
5. Sonny Cott, Steve Finch and Will Gudgeon

6. Johnny Lawes and Greg Routley Read more