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.) Read more
Ben Foakes made a century in his first Test innings last week, and this fitted in nicely with some other analysis we were doing after CricInfo were asked to look at one or two things by their followers.
Four Stokers have made a century on their debut, (in Claire Trafford’s case she arrived on the scene with a score of 213 not out!), and many others have got to three figures in pretty quick time. Read more
A rare – but not unique – piece of history in the first test between Pakistan and Australia recently where the Marsh brothers were both dismissed for a duck in the same innings. Andrew Samson at Test Match Special, and soon after Steven Lynch at CricInfo, looked into how many times this has happened, and there were only seven previous instances: Read more
Saturday saw the end of League, (still September friendlies to play), celebrations at HQ.
Jo served up a fantastic curry for everyone and with stomachs lined for what was to be consumed later, the Captains and Drew gave their reviews of the season before President Finch handed out the awards. Read more
Former Club Captain Paul Worsfold has sent in this e-mail:
Just read, with great pride, the achievements of the 1st XI on a TRIPLE PROMOTION. Can tell you how proud it makes me as an ex-player…also, I now have the bragging rights over friends who were ex-players from supposed ‘superior teams’ who in their day deemed Stoke not worthy of a fixture! Read more
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? Read more
“Hello from a hot and steamy Dubai!!!” writes Ian Wellman who has used some down-time out there to select and send in his contribution to the Greatest XI series. Ian continues…
Good luck for the coming season for all the teams at Stoke. We at Valley End follow the results closely as you know, and hope that you enjoy further promotions to follow the successes of recent years. Read more
Ahead of Sunday’s friendly against the Harrow Wayfarers, (half of*), Alan’s ashes were buried at the Stoke Rec.
The ceremony was led by Alan’s partner Elaine, and Paul Worsfiold, six time Stoke captain and Alan’s nephew, also said a few words. Read more
St.Andrews Church was packed yesterday as a huge number turned out to pay their respects to Alan.
A formidable line-up of current and former Stoke players with a combined 60839 runs and 6511 wickets between them, plus former Club President David Pappin, took up a corner of the church but formed a low percentage of the attendees, such was the turnout. Read more
With thoughts turning to Alan’s funeral tomorrow, one of many things he did for the membership – before the days of the internet and other instant messaging and social media, (and the Play Cricket network) – was to produce “Cover Point” – a periodic newsletter that was posted to all members. Read more