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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

Sunday XI win at Petersfield

Sunday 5th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 225 for 3 (40 overs)
Petersfield 159 for 8 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 66 runs

After the Saturday 2nd XI match was lost due to the opposition ground not being fit; a few of the affected players made themselves available for Sunday to allow an advert to be placed late in the week that generated an offer from an unknown quantity in Petersfield.

We struck gold; getting an invite to a great ground and an opposition that couldn’t be more welcoming…and they even sourced us an eleventh man as we were only able to replace four of the five players that had originally made themselves available but then couldn’t report for a variety of reasons.

The hosts earned more points when they invited us to bat first on winning the toss. First XI all-rounder Straw bowled a heavy ball from one end; at the other a highly promising Hampshire U15 girl Clarke bowled accurately and moved the ball enough to force openers Peter Phipps and Andy Berry to hit out.

The partnership gathered momentum as Berry tucked into some tidy but generally unthreatening change bowling; Berry survived a difficult chance at cow, but otherwise the Club’s first century partnership of the season was brought up in the 20th over. Berry moved to 53 in said over, but having greeted sixth bowler Sashidharan with a towering six into the trees first ball, he was bowled off the next aiming for a repeat. 110 for 1.

Phipps constructed a nice innings of 38 from 71 to complete his preparation for next week’s first round of league matches before being stumped, leaving two new batsmen, Steve Wade and Roddy Kelso, to build on the good foundation laid.

This they did; Wade Snr was scratchy at first but eventually got into a groove. Kelso was in good touch from the start and a stand of 64 in eleven overs was only broken when Clarke returned for her second spell and bowled Wade Snr for 30.

Wade Snr was replaced by Wade Jnr, Rory W created a good impression on debut; running hard and collecting an unbeaten 21 from 16 balls faced. Kelso moved to his half-century courtesy of a dropped catch on the line that trickled over the rope for four. Soon after he was one of fifteen people to leave the field after 40 overs with 225 for 3 racked up on the scoreboard.

After a nice tea with lots of variety; Adrian Mills and Geoff Vinall carried on from where they left off in Suffolk last weekend, sharing twelve overs and limiting the batsmen to just 39 runs for one; opener James Stratford-Tuke hitting Mills to mid-off where Carel Ferreira did well to get both hands under the ball.

A double-change by Phipps saw Kelso and loanee Rob Allerston share the remaining overs to drinks. Each took a wicket. Kelso found his range and the base of Windebank’s middle stump with an inducker; Allerston bowled tidily yet picked up a wicket with an out of character full toss that keeper opening bat Squires simply missed. Squires had made 38 useful runs, mostly through point.

The game was still nicely poised though as Cropley and Straw took the total past the 100-mark.

Ferreira and Ralph Coleman were the next two to have their turn with the ball. The former did well, but it was the latter who reversed one through Cropley’s gate, then Gibson could do little with one that kept low and ended up hitting the stumps via the toe of the bat.

Straw continued to take the attack to the bowlers, but his over-keenness to farm the strike saw him call the younger Stratford-Tuke through for a single that would have been a coin flip for a traditional Sunday fielder; but was officially rated suicidal given that the ball was hit straight to Kelso.

Did the right man walk off? One to discuss later, but Straw’s continued presence kept the game alive. Having taken a liking to a hitherto seam attack, Alistair McMillan came on and teased him to the point of utter frustration, and he was seventh out for the highest score of the mat, (62), when he was bowled giving it the charge.

There was time for Coleman to collect his third when Russell gave the umpire the easiest of leg before decisions; then Wade Snr and Berry shared the final two overs; Clarke completing her good day by nursing the final total up to 159 for 8; a total that contained just two extras, and no byes from Wade Jnr who did a great job. We’d like to see more of you please Rory – over to you to arrange, Dad!

Given where we were with fixtures and availability on Thursday, today was an utter triumph; made possible by the players supporting this fixture by making what was a lengthy away trip on a Bank Holiday weekend. Those available from today for next Sunday will automatically keep their places.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4044352





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





Weekend Just Gone / The Week Ahead

Including the rain that ended the Claygate all-day game early when nicely poised; the weather has again meant just two positive results in the last nine games at all levels, (and one of those was a win by concession)…

SATURDAY

Saturday 29th July 2017
Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 4
Stoke D’Abernon 143 all out (47.4 overs)

Woking & Horsell did not bat Read more





50 Hundreds by Stokers – Part 3

Part 3, (of 5), of Ralphie’s take on the fifty centuries scored by team-mates and this week there appears to be a bit of an overseas flavour as he writes…

Part 3 and I can now visualise people trying to remember if I was in the team when they scored a century to make this series, and then speculating how high up the list they might be! Here are ten more for the collection…

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Andrew Neil : 112 not out v Ewhurst (H) on 26/08/1995 – 1st XI – Fuller’s League
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2316300
Incredibly this was the first century I saw scored by a team-mate despite having been in the Club for a while. Andrew was one of three travelling Aussies, (with his mates Brian Rafton and Dean Nicholls they formed a great trio that would have given Greg a run for his money at the bar), and part of their journey saw them stumble on Stoke when they jumped off the train, liked what they saw and committed to the rest of the season. This was a very quick, chanceless hundred, Farrers made an equally rapid 89 and we were able to declare very early with a huge score and put men around the bat, something we weren’t used to doing back in the day as our League side wasn’t the strongest. Having clearly not got the pummelling out of their system at tea, the opposition were rolled in under two hours to complete the only win I had as acting 1st XI captain. Good times. I then had four TFCs to console in the bar afterwards. Bad times.

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Siddhartha Lahiri : 113 not out v Old Tenisonians (H) on 12/06/2004 – 1st XI – Fuller’s League
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/232968
Sid went on a run of 1st XI League hundreds in 2004, so it makes sense to group these three together. This ranks third of the three as the opposition weren’t the strongest and the pitch played well. Credit to our bowlers for pegging things back after the opposition made a good start. Sid called for just about everything during this knock; replacement footwear, bat, gloves, (twice), and ended with Simon acting as a runner for him!
sid-lahiri

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Siddhartha Lahiri : 112 v Long Ditton (A) on 28/08/2004 – 1st XI – Fuller’s League
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/232829
Not many people saw this as everyone was watching the Olympics in Long Ditton’s new excellent clubhouse. I was on the book, Bruce was at the non-striker’s end for most of the innings, the two player umpires didn’t get much relief and Sandy & Andrew were padded up for ever with half an eye on the TV. They made late entries to the field just after Kelly Holmes won gold. In reality we shouldn’t have chased anything like 184 – Long Ditton were 25-4 off about 25 overs at one stage – one of them the prolific Jason Matthews – but they got away as batting conditions got easier, and after tea the pitch was great to bat on and Sid did his thing.
Sid Coke

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Siddhartha Lahiri : 112 v Woodmansterne (H) on 24/07/2004 – 1st XI – Fuller’s League
Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/233061
No 3 of 3 in this Sid trilogy. Although this was a Fuller’s Division 2 match, Woodmansterne had not been long out of the Surrey Championship and possessed some decent players in their line up; notably left-armer Aldous and leg-spinner Wortley, the latter having many wickets on the Play Cricket network. Sid scored 112 of the first 165 before he was dismissed. Sadly we didn’t give ourselves enough time to complete the win, but it was a good declaration given the quality of the opposition batting line up that we had to work our way through on a good pitch.
Sid v Dorking in 2010

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Hiken Shah : 108 not out v Maori Oxshott (A) on 23/07/2011 – 1st XI – Surrey Championship
Scorecard :

http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1608180 Read more