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1st XI P2 W2 after beating Bank of England

Saturday 18th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Bank of England 209 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 210 for 2 (29 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 8 wickets

Two wins out of two for Stoke’s 1st XI as they chased down Bank of England’s moderate total in double-quick time. Read more

1st XI make Winning Start at Worcester Park

Saturday 11th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Worcester Park 151 all out (47.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 152 for 5 (36.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 5 wickets

Stoke made a winning start to life in Division 2 with an efficient put in & chase mission at Worcester Park. Read more

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!

Narayanan tested a number of factors; but the one that is most comparable for us is the balance between economy and strike rate.

In the Surrey Championship we play a ‘split format’ of nine limited overs matches and nine timed/declaration/100 over matches.

The 50:50 matches potentially place more of an emphasis on economy rate than strike rate; in the timed/declaration/100 over matches it is arguable that the reverse applies with the need to force a result or dismiss a side as quickly as possible to enable the batting line up to get more overs back; but both factors come into play at various points in each format.

Narayanan’s conclusion was that, statistically, Rashid Khan, Joel Garner and Mitchell Starc were the three best ODI bowlers in history when looking at his various tests. (Minimum 100 ODI wickets.) Not a bad trio.

So using the same ‘economy & strike rate’ methodology, we took a look at our first decade in the Surrey Championship to see how our bowlers compared, and here they all are on a graph. The horizontal axis is strike rate, the vertical economy rate.


You may need to click on this image to enlarge it depending on what device you are reading this on.

To recognise the contribution of all the bowlers used over the last decade – and to get more interested parties looking at this! – a bowler has only had to take a minimum of nine wickets to make it.

The diagonal line is referred to by Narayanan as the ‘Line of Excellence’ – any players to the right of the line have a better combination of economy and strike rate; the further away you go, the better you are statistically.

Good news for Captain Trower is that all the bowlers expected to feature for him this year appear above the line. Dare we suggest that our best ever five man attack would be Douthwaite, Miller, Dyson, Spreeth and Zander? Not a bad combination – but of course only one of Miller and Dyson would be eligible to play at any one time; so who would you choose in place of one of those two, or indeed who would be your best ever Stoke bowlers in the Surrey Championship?

Let the debate – and the banter – begin!

For the record, here are the bowlers’ stats from 2009 to 2018 inclusive : 1st XI Runs Per Over Strike Rate and Average 2009 to 2018

(We’ll run Narayanan’s ‘economy & strike rate’ methodology against Stoke’s all-time leading wicket-takers and publish a separate article, but for now we’ll let you – and opposing batsmen agonising the prospect of facing any of our excellent bowlers – digest this one first!)





Stoke rue lost toss in defeat to Epsom

Saturday 4th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 127 all out (39.2 overs)
Epsom 128 for 3 (27.5 overs)
Epsom won by 7 wickets

Stoke got the rough end of the toss and their pre-season programme ended with defeat to Epsom.

Difficult batting conditions saw Max Subba Row and James Trower tough it out early, but both were dismissed by Somerford, (2 for 21), with just 27 on the board. 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

Career Runs in Sixes

Mr Handel from Cobham contacted the Club to ask what proportion of runs he and his peers have made in 6s. In some rare down-time over the Christmas period we’ve now managed to put a couple of things together that we hope answers his query.

Of the players that played in 2018, here are the percentages of their career runs for the Club in sixes. To make this list you must have hit a minimum of eight career sixes and scored a minimum of 150 runs for the Club:

31.58% Robbie Blackburn
26.32% Ed Ashwell
18.99% Tim Handel
18.29% Shawn Dyson
18.13% Toby Tarrant
14.46% Justin Jones
14.28% Will Gudgeon
11.23% Andy Berry
10.82% Alex Bond
10.38% Carel Ferreira
10.16% James Whitmarsh
9.52% Moumer Khara
8.41% Alistair Curran
8.28% Jeremy Connell
6.95% Ian Hopton
6.68% Adrian Taylor
6.63% Will Thomson
6.36% Jase Earl
5.80% Tom Frost
5.03% Amy Page
4.81% Stephen Finch
4.25% Andy Page
4.17% Chris Finch
4.04% Rod Thomson
3.45% Steve Wade
3.09% Alistair McMillan
3.04% James Trower
1.70% Malcolm Dickson
1.54% Jack Raimondo

Looking at the wider list of all Stoke players, here are some notable others – some familiar names appear near the top; three of them would have made the top of the above list.

The 2018 list has eleven players who have scored more than 10% of their runs in sixes; so this is the additional qualification for the all-time list below, (in addition to the same minimum 8×6/minimum 150 career runs that is in use); six people have hit more than a quarter of their career runs in 6s:

Jerry Hinds : 154 career runs (50.65% in 6s)
Greg Routley : 1443 (34.92%)
Josh Carew : 184 (32.61%)
John Crisp : 868 (29.03%)
Johnny Lawes : 1774 (26.38%)
Eugene Ford : 673 (25.85%)
Jeremy Beckwith : 353 (23.80%)
Marcus Mahne : 263 (22.81%)
Tim Parminter : 311 (21.22%)
Stephen Anderson : 799 (19.52%)
Roger Bowman : 1023 (17.01%)
Paddy Engelen : 344 (15.70%)
David Laing : 552 (14.13%)
Dan Douthwaite : 1718 (13.62%)
Roy Johns : 7207 (12.74%)
Frank Moore : 2835 (12.70%)
Matt Gottschalk : 2607 (12.66%)
Tom Oliver : 1051 (12.56%)
Mike Carty : 677 (12.41%)
Mickey Humphries : 1654 (12.33%)
Tim Goodman : 446 (12.11%)
Simon Birch : 1294 (12.06%)
John Price : 1025 (11.71%)
Navid Hussain : 2428 (11.61%)
Peter Higgs : 7140 (11.09%)
Baz Medlycott : 868 (11.06%)
John Davies : 1366 (10.98%)
Neil McEvoy : 550 (10.91%)
Jack Massey : 1612 (10.79%)
E Ledger : 898 (10.69%)
Steve Bowman : 4901 (10.53%)
Ian Tyrell : 855 (10.53%)
Gavin Johns : 2637 (10.01%)

The list of all-time leading six-hitters for the Club can be found here : http://www.stokecc.co.uk/sixes/





Awards Night Review

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.

First up the Bob Willis Cup for the most improved player at any level in the Club went to Patrick O’Neill, a clear winner having shown tremendous growth with the ball the and in the field…and with the bat too he as good as quadrupled his average from last year, and in the Trust League helped set a record last wicket stand in the first game, then beat it later in the season. Nominations from the players also came in for James Corbishley, Alastair Curran, Roddy Kelso and Will Thomson.

Patrick O’Neill

Corbs missed out there, but he will have his name engraved with Ian Hopton’s for the best performance in a match; their all-time Club record 5th wicket stand of 157, (unbroken), to take us to victory at Addiscombe emerged as a late winner despite votes coming in during the week for Andrew Klimcke’s incredible last over heroics to win the Over 40s T20 match against Weybridge, (http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2018/06/15/over-40s-beat-weybridge-on-last-ball-with-27-off-the-final-over/) This was the award that received the highest number of different nominations, and it was nice to see suggestions for 2nd XI performances despite a difficult year.

James Corbishley and Ian Hopton

The Spirit of Cricket Cup captures the person – or for a second year running persons as the award is shared again – who go about things the right way. Two of the most committed people shared it; Will Frost played every 1st XI match, never missed a practice session or the chance to have fun on and off the field; play-anywhere-man Will Thomson was equally committed to the 1st XI, 2nd XI, Sunday XI and Trust League causes and contributed in so many other ways off the field.

Will Frost
Will Thomson v Oxshott 2017

The Vice Presidents’ shield looks at overall contribution to the Club, either over a number of years, or for a standout contribution that makes a huge impact on the Club in any season. When looking at the longer-term contributors, having played for the majority of the last ten seasons that has seen our rise through the divisions, the latter half of them with responsibilities for coaching and pitch preparation & maintenance, Ian Hopton joins a list of names who over the years we simply couldn’t have done without.

Jo Drew Hoppy Jordan and Moeen

The Australia Cup for the best overall contribution to the 2nd XI saw ten different people receive votes. Patrick O’Neill was in the running again, as were Roddy Kelso and Duncan Elder; but by sheer weight of 3-vote allocations; Jase Earl gets to hold the cup for another year; although second place had only one fewer person vote for them.

League Dinner 2017 Jase Pub

It was a similar story for the England Cup for the best overall contribution to the 1st XI. Shawn Dyson polled over 40% but was one of nine players who received votes. There was a lot of love for Will Frost and Ian Hopton…and the variety of nominations saw James O’Gorman and Tim Handel receive votes too.

Shawn Dyson

So that left, (for awards to be handed out on Saturday), the Player of the Year. Currently with most runs and wickets, although we have friendlies left to play, Shawn won this one by a landslide – Robbie Blackburn was the only other player to receive a nomination in his first year back with us. We can’t do justice to Shawn’s contribution in this piece to capture his time with us so far. Hopefully he’ll be back next year and we can all congratulate him and thank him in person.

On Sunday the Surrey Trust League Player of the Year award was handed out. In a difficult year that saw us drop down to a Development League yet we seemed to come up against a lot of 1st XIs, and our own availability not being as good as anticipated pre-season, it would be easy to write this season off; but out of the wreckage one individual showed a heart if a lion, kept running in on unresponsive pitches…and was also victim of a lot of unresponsive fielding too. In years to come Ben Townsend may not look at his 2018 stats with too much affection, but we know we have a player who in less bat-dominated seasons such as this one and better fielders to take catches for him he will be leading our attacks for many years to come.

ben-t-and-jack-t-v-worcester-park-august-2016

Nominations were also received for the Derek Wellman Cup for the best player in the Colts’ section. This will be handed out at the Colts’ Awards night this coming Friday where we hope to see as many seniors as possible come along to support that event.

So for the record here are the results for your enjoyment. If you have a low percentage here, remember there were a lot of people who didn’t receive any votes at all…and everyone starts on zero again next year.

England Cup for the best overall contribution to the 1st XI
Shawn Dyson 41%
Will Frost 21%
Ian Hopton 15%
James Trower 9%
Will Gudgeon 5%
James O’Gorman 4%
Robbie Blackburn 3%
Will Thomson 1%
Tim Handel 1%

For Player of the Year Robbie Blackburn received one nomination, Shawn the rest.

Australia Cup for the best overall contribution to the 2nd XI
Jase Earl 30%
Roddy Kelso 21%
Duncan Elder 14%
Patrick O’Neill 12%
Andy Page 7%
Will Thomson 5%
Andy Berry 5%
Alex Clinton 2%
Max Subba Row 2%
Ben Townsend 2%

Bob Willis Cup for the Most Improved Player
Patrick O’Neill 40%
Alastair Curran 13%
James Corbishley 13%
Roddy Kelso 13%
Max Subba Row 13%
Will Thomson 8%

Hugh Dharmasena Spirit of Cricket Cup
Will Thomson 35%
Will Frost 35%
Jase Earl 6%
Duncan Elder 6%
Mike Enslin 6%
Chris Finch 6%
Ian Hopton 6%

Performance of the Season
25% – James Corbishley & Ian Hopton (Partnership) v Addiscombe – http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3302782
15% – Robbie Blackburn (Match Double) v Cheam – http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3302762
15% – Andrew Klimcke’s last over v Weybridge O40s –

http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3686819 Read more





Narrow Defeat for the 1st XI

Saturday 1st September 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship – Division 3
Old Rutlishians 220 for 6 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 214 all out (48.5 overs)
Old Rutlishians won by 6 runs

The previous week’s results meant this wasn’t the expected title decider, but Stoke and Old Ruts showed why they were the best two sides in the division by serving up a tremendous match to end the League season where all results were possible going into the final few deliveries.

Ruts won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch that played better than it looked. Will Frost and Robbie Blackburn kept things tight early and the pressure brought the first wicket when Bryan slapped a delivery from Frost to Ian Hopton at mid-off. 15 for 1.

Pemberton, (53), and Riches, (58), got themselves in and put together a partnership of 76 for the 2nd wicket, broken by Hopton who found the edge of the former’s bat and James Whitmarsh did the rest behind the stumps.

Riches and Sharples moved the total to 148 for 2; but they were unable to up the rate as much as they would like as all the change bowlers did well. Hopes of a big total were scuppered when Frost, (10-2-30-2), returned to the attack to dismiss Riches; then Hopton, (10-0-42-3), castled Sharples for 39 and picked up Trimmings for 4 courtesy of a good catch in the deep by Alastair Curran to make it 176 for 5.

Good bowling and intelligent field placements restricted the boundaries and Patel, (21 not out with just one four), Jones, (12), and Mude, (17 not out), could only get the total up to 220 for 6; Jones’s wicket late in the piece fell to Shawn Dyson who would end the season as joint leading wicket-taker in the division.

After tea Max Subba Row and James Trower gave Stoke a nice start by adding 31 for the first wicket. Subba Row looked in good touch before getting a life, but no reprieve in the next over when he was leg-before for 16. A ring-rusty Will Gudgeon steered the fourth ball he faced to slip; then Trower was bowled and Stoke suddenly found themselves 38 for 3.

Dyson and Curran re-built things with a fourth wicket stand of 33; Curran scored 15 of them before edging to the keeper standing up. Curran was one of a succession of batsmen to fall in the teens as Dyson looked on from the other end, but Stoke were very much in this if someone could stay with him.

James Corbishley, (14), and Hopton, (12), both perished when well set; and when Dyson, (65 from 76), steered one into the keeper’s gloves trying to run one through the vacant third man area it was advantage Ruts with the total on 144 for 7.

Whitmarsh and late call up Roddy Kelso added another 36 runs to take the game as deep as possible. Kelso struck the ball cleanly and pair ran well; but just as they looked to be putting Stoke back in control, Whitmarsh was bowled by sixth bowler O.Patel, (10-0-40-4), then Blackburn was leg before moments later.

Kelso now only had Frost left for company but the latter could easily command a position higher in the order if Stoke didn’t have so much strength in depth. The batsmen ticked off the runs, (30 needed when they came together), as the home side started to show signs of nerves having had few games this year where an opposition has continued to keep coming at them.

A good 48th over by the returning Sharples left fifteen needed off the last two overs; but more good running and a helping of four byes in the next added to the drama. With seven needed from the last eight deliveries this match was anyone’s, but Trimmings kept his cool and bowled Frost as he target a gap on the leg-side boundary. Stoke fell agonisingly short by 6 runs. Kelso finished unbeaten on 38 from 40 balls faced.

Credit to both sides for putting so much into a game that could so easily have been played as a dead rubber. Both should look forward to seeing each other again next season.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3302819





Massive win for the 1st XI at Epsom. Yet another Record Stand.

Saturday 4th August 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship – Division 3
Epsom 233 all out (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 234 for 7 (45 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 3 wickets

A huge win for Stoke as they increased their gap over Epsom in the promotion race with another successful run chase.

Epsom won the toss and chose to bat; Robbie Blackburn was involved in the first two wickets as he bowled Hudson then effected the run out of Edwards off his own bowling. 40 for 2.

In the match at Stoke earlier in the season Stevens and Moore were two of Epsom’s more accomplished batsmen, and their third wicket partnership of 92 threatened to swing the game their way. They were separated by Will Frost whose two wickets came in the same over to put the brakes on.

Stevens made it to 90 but fell to a return catch from Ian Hopton, (162 for 5); and although Patel, (23), Rivers, (29 from 21), and A.Somerford, (17), kept the board ticking Shawn Dyson, Blackburn and Max Subba Row took further wickets; Subba Row, (5-2-4-2), doubling his count at the death. Epsom were all out for 233 off the last ball of their allotted overs when Hopton effected a run out, one of several occasions he hit the stumps.

After tea Stoke had another Addiscombe-eque experience; falling to 32 for 4. One wonders how many runs this line up could score when you consider that in a sample of ten and seven matches respectively this year the first three wickets have averaged just 49.70 and the first four 63.57; but this team rarely panics.

Dyson more than restored order with a knock of 88, (116 balls, 13×4, 1×6); firstly adding 74 with Alastair Curran who made a run-a-ball 44; then with Hopton, (48), who once again fell just short of a half-century; but not before a 6th wicket stand of 112 took Stoke to the brink of victory.

The Dyson/Hopton partnership was a Club Record for all 1st XI League cricket; beating the following:
Morrant Wey Valley League era (1973 to 1993)
108 Dave Stephenson (60) & Gordon Trapmore (47) v Pyrford on 14/06/1975
Fuller’s Brewery Surrey County League era (1994 to 2008)
105 Dudley Tuppin (84) & Adam Jolliffe (67) v Ewhurst on 02/07/1994
105 Steve Wade (107) & Andy Page (53) v Worplesdon & Burpham on 18/06/2005
Surrey Championship era (2009 to date)
6th 93 Tom Frost (78*) & Will Gudgeon (32) v Chertsey on 15/05/2010

Back to the present, a couple of late wickets delayed the inevitable; James Whitmarsh, (no byes in the first innings), and Blackburn were together when the winning hit was made with five overs to spare.

Stoke now have a 43 point gap over Epsom with four games to go so two wins would be enough. Bigger thoughts must now start to enter heads, though, as going through the rest of the season unbeaten would see the title clinched. One game at a time, though; next up a home match against Streatham & Marlborough, one of the sides Stoke have yet to beat this year.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3302798