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Sunday Round Up – President’s XI win big. Sunday XI lose but have fun at Oxted

Sunday 7th July 2019
With a number of players who wouldn’t normally commit to a Sunday supporting the President’s Day match, to avoid disappointing others who wouldn’t have otherwise got a game, again we raised two sides with another XI going to Oxted & Limpsfield. Contrasting fortunes for the teams but many positives. Read more

Sunday Cricket : Two Wins. One run feast, one feast of insanity

Sunday 30th June 2019
Famine to feast again on the availability front and we had numbers to play two Sunday fixtures this weekend, thus avoiding the difficult decision of having to tell a handful of people that they had no game. Plans were hastily changed when the original opposition called an hour after the second fixture was booked to say they couldn’t raise a side; but we found a replacement opposition well known to us selected the sides accordingly. Read more

Sunday XI continue Winning Run

Sunday 9th June 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 223 for 6 (40 overs)
Epsom Methodists 120 all out (30.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 103 runs

A third win in a row for the Sunday XI who put runs on the board for the third week running and then backed it up with a great bowling & fielding performance. Read more

6000 Career Runs for the President

Sunday 19th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 174 for 9 (40 overs)
Maori Oxshott 178 for 6 (34.5 overs)
Maori Oxshott won by 4 wickets

A marked improvement on last week’s performance for the Sunday XI.

In the end the team were left to rue a shortage of runs again, but they made Oxshott work very hard for the win, and it took three of their players to register career best scores to get the job done.

Pre-game discussions saw both sides leaning to have a bowl first; but as guests we agreed to have first go.

In his first appearance of the season Hamza Hafeez played nicely but had to dig in as he saw wickets fall at the other end; Bester taking out Moumer Khara, Deepak Malhotra and Alistair McMillan at a personal cost of just 22 runs in seven overs.

The bowling conditions were still favourable to allow Woods, (6-2-16-0), and first change H.Barnes, (5-3-3-1), to slow the run rate down. Five maidens were bowled in a row.

Rod Thomson played nicely for his 11, but was beaten by a direct hit from mid-off. Hafeez reached 28 before edging to the keeper and Stoke were in a spot of bother at 60 for 5 with two new batsmen to take strike after drinks.

However the next two were ideal for the situation. In their first outings of the season, brothers Chris and Stephen Finch rebuilt things and fell just short of what would have been a first ever century partnership; separated at 94 from 94 balls faced. Finch Snr picked up from where he left off at the back end of last season and made a nice 40, passing 6000 career runs for the Club in the process.

Finch Jnr was watchful initially, but once he got his feet moving he went through the gears. Three sixes and seven fours saw him complete his first half-century since July 2014. He eventually checked out on 57 from 53 balls faced.

Umar Qayyum, making his first appearance for a couple of years, debutant Mashood Naeem and Geoff Vinall nudged the total up to 174 for 9 with an over to go. An excellent last over by youngster Edgar-Gibson to Vinall saw no addition to the score, though.

After an excellent tea Stoke’s bowlers were tasked with not giving away the sort of quick start gifted to last week’s opposition.

Sadly, despite debutant Naeem bowling well without luck, the board did tick around to 44 after just seven overs.

Khara slowed things down a little allowing Naeem to get his first wicket for the Club towards the end of his opening spell when former Stoker Depree was well held at backward point; but this brought Overseas De Vos to the crease, his fortunes were of much interest to his fellow WPCC team-mates Dyson and Hopton who had earlier seen him take 3 for 26 with the ball. It was nice to see the away support boosted by messers Corbishley, Trower, Dolman and Vinall Jnr at various points in the afternoon.

Khara landed deliveries in areas that resulted in variable bounce, and De Vos touched a lifting delivery to Malhotra behind the stumps for just eight. Two balls later H.Barnes was bowled and Stoke now had a foothold in the game at 67 for 3.

With the fast start creating little run-rate issues, O.Barnes and Khan batted time and pushed the total towards the hundred mark. Barnes had complied a career best 40 before Qayyum pinned him leg-before with one that kept a bit low. 95 for 4.

Thomson and McMillan bowled good overs either side of drinks to keep things interesting; but Stoke were starting to run out of runs to play with as Khan and Gavin Harper moved the total to 129.

Ralph Coleman brought himself on and his first ball that lifted off a length saw Harper, who did well to get anywhere near it, glove to Malhotra who made a terrific diving one-handed catch low down in front of slip. Malhotra did well behind the timbers given the variety of levels of bounce from similar length.

Next man Wood was nearly cleaned up first ball but eventually found his rhythm, and with Khan having the day of his life at the other end; the pair moved their team to the brink of victory.

In one final throw of the dice Naeem returned to the attack and sent Wood’s bails flying over the slip cordon, (he would finish with 8-1-45-2), but youngster Burns hit two boundaries, a first to tie the scores, then the other to complete the win with 5.1 overs to spare.

Khan walked off unbeaten on 40, (previous career highest score 20), and the players shook hands after a contest played in a great spirit.

We’re hopeful of numbers for a fixture next Sunday. To make this happen please get your availability in so we can assess our strength and find a matching opposition.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4050117





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

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Ducks by Brothers in the Same Innings

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:

Ducks by Brothers in the Same Innings
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Well, at Stoke we can do better, (or worse!), than that. In the all-day game at Claygate on the 26th July 1990, the THREE Worsfold brothers; Paul, David and Michael, all registered blobs, all bowled by the same, (very good), bowler…

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/230729

They join this list of who have made a duck in the same innings on one or more occasion:

Richard Trenchard & George Trenchard v Ashtead 06/08/1932
Brian Meredith & Gordon Meredith v Oxshott 16/05/1964
Nigel Edwards & David Edwards v Richmond Town 28/07/1968
Gordon Meredith & Brian Meredith v Ripley 14/05/1972
Nigel Edwards & David Edwards v St.Johns 29/07/1972
Paul Worsfold & David Worsfold v Centurions 29/06/1975
Andy Tyrell & Ian Tyrell v Witley 09/06/1979
Paul/David/Michael Worsfold v Claygate 26/07/1990
Stephen Finch & Chris Finch v Honor Oak 04/05/1991
Alistair McMillan & Roy McMillan v St.Peter’s Old Boys 19/07/1992
Chris Finch & Stephen Finch v Carshalton 05/06/1999
Tom Frost & Will Frost v Godalming 05/07/2008
Tom Frost & Will Frost v Walton-on-Thames 09/08/2009
Jack Townsend & Ben Townsend v Godalming 19/06/2016
David Hill & Charlie Hill v Chessington 07/07/2016
Jack Townsend & Ben Townsend v Ashtead 28/05/2017
Ben Townsend & Jack Townsend v Alleyn 15/07/2017
Ben Townsend & Jack Townsend v Dulwich 13/08/2017
Fred Zander & Billy Zander v Walton-on-Thames 27/05/1918
Names in scorecard batting order

Some illustrious names on the list, but before they all read this and cry into their beer, (or other beverage in the case of U18s), or think they are being publicly shamed; remember that all of those named above have put in great performances with bat, ball the gloves or both; for example both Townsend brothers have already been in a separate match-winning 10th wicket stands in League cricket in their young careers; the Edwards brothers made 17699 combined career runs for the Club, Finches, (10588), Merediths, (7702), and that’s just their batting outputs.

Have a look at our Play Cricket stats engine – http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/web_pages/88636 – to get a full picture.





Cricket in October

Sadly no cricket this weekend. One fixture we held out for never materialised as the opposition were unable the secure the pitch they were confident of booking. The other possible opposition we spoke to were sceptical they would have their pitch, and this was confirmed when we saw them advertising for an away fixture towards the back end of the week.

So, on the playing side, no more outdoor cricket this year; and no chance to create any history by playing an outdoor match later in the year than ever before. Maybe next year…

For the record we have played three October games:

1st October 1961 v Avorians
http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/293932

1st October 1972 v Ewhurst
http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/254150

1st October 1977 v Ewhurst
http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/244344
Note President Finch, still churning out runs and wickets for the Sunday XI this season, played in this one!

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Sunday XI Win v The Min – Justin Jones 113

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More late season fun and a triumph for patience. As the weeks go by and more players call time on their seasons, some having previously said available, there was still a Stoke side ready for a game if an opposition could be found.

The fixture we originally hoped we might get never materialised, so a advert placed late in the week was done so more in hope than expectation as clubs – including ourselves – switch their thoughts to square repair and other grounds are lost to other sports.

However there was a late development on Saturday afternoon. The Min CC, (who came to Stoke exactly six years ago), contacted us to say that they were on the lookout for a game as their original opposition thought that the game was on the Saturday. Keen for a game as a result of that issue their captain asked one of their Sunday oppositions if they might have a pitch free. Yes. Were we still looking and were we interested? Absolutely!

So off to Newdigate CC we went; lovely ground and now with a new pavilion and bar since we last played there. After a meet & greet, Jase Earl won the toss and chose to bat in a 35:35.

With fewer overs of batting available than normal, Justin Jones and a Geoff Vinall were tasked with giving it a biff early doors. The latter departed early targeting an inviting short square boundary; but Jones and Earl put together a punishing partnership of 157 in just over 18 overs before both fell on the same total.

Jones hit the bad ball, and a number of good ones, very hard. He reached his half-century off just the 23rd ball he faced, (hitting the opposition skipper for three sixes in one over), and 31 balls later he was lifting his bat having completed one of the fastest centuries in Club history. He was lbw 113 from 67 soon after, (10×4, 6×6), off the last ball of the 20th over; four balls later Earl, who had moved serenely to 48 and passed 3000 career runs for the Club in the process holed out in the deep.

This double-strike brought the Finch brothers together; and they put things back on track with a partnership of 46. Finch Jnr’s departure for 17 sparked a mini-collapse from 211 for 3 to 212 for 6 – short stays for Kevin Morgan and Aydin Huseyin – but the President and Raja Singh added 39 off the last 35 balls to close the innings on 251 for 6.

Finch Snr, (47 not out from 43), continued his excellent late season form and two straight sixes were a particular highlight. Singh made a run-a-ball 16.

After a 20 minute break, Stoke’s formidable total looked more so when the second ball of the innings, delivered by Rory Harris, was guided to slip and Huseyin did the rest. Back of a length worked here, but generally this wasn’t the way to go as No.2 and No.3 launched an excellent counter-attack, moving the total to 85 before ten overs had been completed.

Vinall got reward for a more fullish length when Huseyin held another good slip catch then Earl, who brought himself on earlier than planned, despatched the opposition’s Chris Gayle look-alike lbw for 47.

It was still very much game on, though, as the ‘home’ side continued to find the short boundary with regularity. No.4 Saif was tied down by Huseyin, but boundaries flowed at the other end as there were fewer 5th/6th bowler options than normal, Singh limiting choices further as he was only able to keep wicket.

Huseyin, (6-0-24-1), picked up the skipper courtesy of a good catch in the deep by Jones; but another half-century partnership left 78 needed off the last 11 overs and two batsmen well set.

Earl continued to read the game well, and another short burst from him gave Stoke the required breathing space. Asif was lbw for 50, Ishmael bowled for 34 in his next; (Earl 5-0-11-3); and a brace of wickets from Vinall in his last over, (7-1-44-3), one of them another catch for Huseyin, got the fat lady warming up.

The Finch brothers had a turn each, Mr.President winning the best player in the family debate by castling No.10; so this left the last pair needing 57 off the last four overs.

Thurston Selvakumar and Morgan were great in the field, and were both offered the chance of a bowl, but both declined so Ralphie handed his cap to the umpire and marked out a run up for only the second time this season. Rotator still not right, he managed to get his first delivery into the batsman’s half, triumph in itself, and it was obligingly scooped into Singh’s gloves to end the match that was played in a tremendous spirit.

Thanks to The Min for selecting us off the board for the fixture, and to Newdigate CC for preparing an excellent pitch. With an increased Sunday XI programme next season, hopefully we can play both clubs.

But that’s next year. Numbers look decent for one last hurrah next weekend and the prospect of a bit of history if a fixture that was discussed a few weeks ago comes to fruition. Stay tuned!

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3402709





Two Sunday XI Matches – Two Wins! – President 85*

Sunday 9th September 2018
Incredible availability meant that we needed to source an additional Sunday fixture to the one already in the card against Kingstonian. Our friends from Whiteley Village had an ad on the board, and a call to them resulted in a second game being agreed meaning everyone who was available at the time got a chance to play.

Jase Earl skippered the Whiteley Village match, our second trip there this year; Ralphie managed the re-match with Ks and here’s how we got on…

Friendly (1)
Kingstonian 142 all out (34.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 143 for 2 (32 overs)

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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.

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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 –

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