Tag Archives: Tom Frost

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

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.

After the 1st XI had their fun the previous day, the Sunday side, made up of many of the Over 40s squad, took their turn; but the pros deserve a lot of credit for helping complete the Stoke XI, for others to field in rotation for the opposition who were missing a couple, and a couple who batted for them at the end.

With the opposition arriving with only nine, (one of whom arrived without kit and waited for his Mum to deliver it some distance to the ground), a negotiated toss saw Stoke bat first in a 40:40.

The Frost brothers were permitted to open the batting together. The O40s took the next spots in the order and the pros provided backup…but actually only faced one ball between them.

Tom played positively and hit some nice shots – some well saved on the circle by the fielders from the tour party – whilst Will batted patiently but still scored at the effective rate off anything loose.

A partnership of 67 ended when Tom F, (45 from 36), pulled one to square leg. Justin Jones dragged the fourth ball he faced on to his stumps, but Mark Christie played nicely, a helping of overthrows saw him reach 14 before he was caught at point with the total on 95.

In 2005 MP Vaughan asked KP Pietersen how he should play in the penultimate session of the Ashes. It’s alleged he was told “your way” – fast forward to 2019 and our KP Morgan asked his captain the same question. Given the brief to block the straight one and smash anything off line he did just that and made one of his highest scores in his ‘young’ Stoke career.

He was the lucky one to be at the crease when Willo reached a maiden half-century off the 68th ball he faced. Willo lost KP with the total on 139, and his captain – who didn’t practice what he preached to KP – on 166. Suddenly the need for Willo to try and go the distance gathered importance – surely he wouldn’t carry his bat, would he?

The dream was ended by his brother of all people who, acting as a substitute fielder, ran him out for 68 with ten fours and a career average now in double figures.

Geoff Vinall and Adrian Mills batted all bar the last ball of the remaining overs. He of pony tail was bowled by Minhas; next ball Handel was bowled behind his legs to halve his tour average. With Ian Hopton not padded up and Shawn Dyson umpiring; Vinall, (12 not out), swapped ends and hit the last ball for two to close the innings on 188 for 8.

Dyson’s willingness to support the Club at all levels saw him offer to keep wicket after another excellent tea.

Mills and Vinall were accurate; the former building pressure as per his tour song; enabling the latter to take two wickets, the first to a good catch by Jones over his shoulder that looked more like Hopton’s when it left the bat, the second saw off stump uprooted and the leg bail still resting on the other two.

Sadly we could only get a side-on shot – courtesy of square leg umpire Nick Lo – but said picture is surely a contender for the feature image of the tour?

Anyway back to the cricket; Woodbridge opener and captain Button had made 33 of the 46 runs before serving up a return catch to Ralph Coleman who only brought himself on as Christie fancied the other end.

Christie made the right call as the O40s continued to show their stuff, Jones taking a nice slip catch off his bowling to account for Sillis for 13. 61 for 4.

Barlow and Baskett kept the board ticking and had one or both gone on it might have made for an interesting finish when news broke that Blackburn and Trower were listed to come in at 10 and 11.

However it was time for some spin. Smart money might have seen Will Frost be the first to have a turn, then Hopton maybe; but it was Handel, with two wickets in two balls in his first over – his first wickets for the Club since September 2014 – who opened the door to a quick finish.

The door ajar, Hopton smashed through it, dispatching the tail with four quick wickets in twelve balls to close the match. Handel took a ridiculous catch on the line; throwing it back to prevent a six, then another more regulation one at cow; Dyson took the simplest of catches followed by a smart stumping of Blackburn who hit another maximum. James Trower was left unbeaten on 2.

Hopton 3.1-0-12-4, Handel 2-1-11-2, the last six wickets fell for just 23 and Woodbridge were all out for 104 in just 25.1 overs.

A great way to end a great weekend. Everyone made it home safely and should all have taken a memory or two – or more – back with them. To think this weekend started with a throwaway comment in the bar after one of the Over 40s training sessions.

There are too many people to thank, particularly the players who came along to make it happen in the first place; but it would be remiss of us not to mention Nick for giving us exclusive use of Barn Owl Glade for the weekend, for sourcing the fixtures, arranging teas and being a constant source of help with logistics.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4031247





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

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Keeping

With Ben Foakes walking off with the Man of the Series award earlier this week we thought it appropriate to devote some web space to wicket-keeping as, generally, the Stats and Features sections of this site lean towards batting and bowling performances.

Who could or should we ask? When looking at commentary in the “My Greatest XI” section, two bits of feedback from he of pony tail and he of Radio DJ helped us identify a suitable candidate to pick on…

Po : “…I’ve never seen anyone making keeping wicket look as easy. I don’t know enough about keeping to get technical, but I never worry about edges or stumping chances not being taken when he’s behind the stumps. Also a fluent batsman with the ability to rotate the strike or hit boundaries and, (like a lot of good keepers), never short of a word or two for the opposition batters when necessary”

and

Radio X : “…Easy choice as wicket-keeper. He has taken countless edges off my bowling over the years and helped my average out. Plus I’ve never seen anyone play so little yet always look in decent touch with the bat. Thankfully we never bat together as he runs far too many singles.”

Having gone past 200 dismissals for the Club in the season just gone, we set Tom Frost a little challenge which he gladly took on.

Firstly, could he recall the twelve players who he has combined with for the most catches and/or stumpings?

TF : I can have a stab at the names but I’ve no idea about the order…

1. Willo
2. Hiken
3. Hoppy
4. Toby
5. Ralphie
6. Shawn
7. Timmy

SDCC : A good start here as six of the seven above are on the list…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel (All ct)
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 –
9 –
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 –
6 –
5 –

Frosty Keeping
Frosty and Willo

Surprisingly Shawn Dyson is, (currently), an incorrect answer. There has only been one c T.Frost b Dyson

TF : Surely Dyson got more than 1 snick off…

SDCC : Shawn has picked up six wickets courtesy of catches by keepers, (over 55% of all Shawn’s dismissals have been bowled or leg-before), but five of them were held by James Whitmarsh. Frosty has just the one behind the timbers, plus one as an outfielder.

TF : Will Gudgeon? Andy Page?

SDCC : W.Gudgeon is a correct answer, (7 – all caught), but nothing off Pagie.

Frosty Keeping T20 Finals

TF : Raimondo has to be in there. Will Lander? Stuart Riley?

SDCC : A couple more gaps filled, so the board now looks like this…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 –
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 –
5 –

Stuart Riley wasn’t a great guess as he only took thirteen wickets for the Club, six of them for the 2s.

TF : (Looks like he is starting to think about the Trust League) T.Gudgeon? Alim Sheikh? Trying to think of who used to bowl when we were in Fuller’s…also I used to play Sunday so maybe Roy Johns or Finchy?

Frosty Team Picture STL

SDCC : Updated list…
24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 –
5 –

Only one c T.Frost b Sheikh and two just dismissals each off Johns and Riley. Incredibly, despite the difference in the number of overs bowled and wickets taken for the Club, the Finch brothers have one dismissal each courtesy of Frosty.

A great effort so far, and having kept a promise not to cheat, he did start to ask for some clues! (Without scrolling down, how are other readers of this getting on?)

TF : Spinners or seamers? Levido? Saud Hassan?

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 – Levido
5 –

SDCC : Sam Levido, he of mullet and late swing, teamed up with Frosty six times in the single season that he played for us. Saud Hassan played a few more years but just the one c T.Frost b Hassan in the scorebooks.

TF : Seb Jewell? Sid? Surely Po!

SDCC : No and two yesses respectively…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 – Lahiri (4ct, 6st)
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 – Levido
5 – Mills

Nothing for Sebby but Lahiri was the last of the missing double-digit answers…

Nearly there…

TF : Ummm…Duncan Murphy…Gluckman…CHALKY!!!

Frosty Gurn 2

SDCC : Only two for Murphy, (both caught), and three, (all-stumped), for the God of Chalk. Just a solitary stumping off Gluckers.

TF : Surely I took more than 3 off Chalky! I might need a clue…Richie?

SDCC : Richie P 1ct 1st and Robbie P zero.

TF : I am kicking myself here. 8 is loads so definitely kept over multiple seasons…I’m desperately trying not to cheat!

SDCC : OK, a clue…you kept to him in one match this year. You also played another match with him but he didn’t bowl…

TF : I can only think of Roddy (Kelso) or Kane (Fullalove) that fit that bill. League games THIS year? Jase?

SDCC : Only ever one c T.Frost b Earl (v Avorians in 2012)

TF : Do I stand up to him?

SDCC : Wouldn’t recommend it…but then again you did stand up to Bomber this year…

TF : Speaking of which I plan on putting in the work so that I can stand up to him in middle overs this season to raise my game to the new division’s standard…

…BONDY!!!!!

SDCC : Yes, this completes the board…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 – Lahiri (4ct, 6st)
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 – Bond
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 – Levido
5 – Mills

Frosty Team Picture JLT

There have been 44 different caught and/or stumped T.Frost b Bowler combinations amongst his 201 dismissals, against 64 different clubs. Nearly a third of all dismissals, 63, have come against just eight of those clubs, though.

Being told the last paragraph seemed to light the curiosity touch paper, so looking for another challenge Frosty asked for another list with gaps to fill. We sent him this…

10 – One opposition
9 – 2 x oppositions
8 – 2 x oppositions
7 – One opposition
6 – 2 x oppositions

TF : I remember taking 3 catches against Godalming when I wasn’t keeping so I’d guess that they would be up there. I feel like we’ve played Old Ruts lots of times including Trust League. I haven’t played in many Churt games.

SDCC : 9 dismissals v Godalming, (Agge & Clarke twice, Old Man Gilly and four others once.) 7 v Ruts, (Foster twice.) Just the four dismissals against Churt in the two games this year.

TF : Merrow? Oxshott? Kingstonian? Old Hamptonians? I’m thinking of clubs that we have met in several seasons.

Frosty Gurn

SDCC : Some good guesses here…

10 – Kingstonian
9 – Godalming and ???
8 – ??? and ???
7 – Old Rutlishians
6 – ??? and ???

TF : Byfleet?

SDCC : No. Only 3, (14/06/2008 – Levido and 01/07/2017 – Tarrant x2 – quite a time gap there!)

TF : Chertsey? Old Paulines? Please say Dorking! Thames Ditton?

SDCC : You’re on a roll..

10 – Kingstonian
9 – Godalming and Thames Ditton
8 – Dorking and ???
7 – Old Rutlishians
6 – ??? and ???

From earlier, five against both Merrow and Oxshott…just one against Old Hamptonians, (James Lander), and none against Paulines.

TF : Struggling to think of more clubs. Addiscombe? Guildford City?

SDCC : Four and two respectively. Here is the full list including the missing ??? cases…

10 – Kingstonian
9 – Godalming and Thames Ditton
8 – Dorking and Weybridge
7 – Old Rutlishians
6 – Claygate and Hampton Wick Royal

…and here is a pretty decent squad of players that have fallen more than once to a caught and/or stumped T.Frost:

2 Agge (Godalming)
2 Foster (Old Ruts)
2 Gavin-Brown (Ashtead)
2 Hooker (Lingfield)
2 Hussain (Kingstonian)
2 Khan (Kingstonian)
2 Ravi Shankar (Old Tiffs)
2 Raza (Hampton Wick Royal)
2 Taylor (Weybridge)
2 Turnbull (Thames Ditton)
2 Vincent (Claygate)
2 Woods (Chipstead)

TF : Ah! I was thinking of HWR when I said Old Hamptonians! When have we played Weybridge enough times to take that many wickets?

SDCC : The eight versus Weybridge were…

2 in the Trust League in 2008
4 in the Surrey Championship T20 in 2009 – one of these was Oli Slipper
2 in the Trust League in 2010

The second one in 2010, (http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1327532), was this guy : http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/334394.html

trust-league-v-weybridge-2010

Four in a match is Frosty’s personal best…

22/05/2009 v Weybridge (Surrey Championship T20 Cup)
28/06/2009 v Magpies (Sunday XI)
05/06/2010 v Maori Oxshott (Surrey Championship 1s)
07/08/2010 v Thames Ditton (Surrey Championship 1s)
13/08/2016 v Sinjungrammarians 2nd XI

Frosty Team Picture

The full record can be viewed here : Tom Frost Dismissals

Here are Frosty’s full Play Cricket numbers, although the system doesn’t split out fielding and keeping numbers :

http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/player_stats_widget/fielding_stats/347494?from=fielding_stats&rule_type_id=179 Read more





Centuries on Debut / Time Taken to Make First Hundred

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.

We were curious as the following question and answer was put to Steven Lynch at CricInfo:

Who took the longest, in terms of matches, to score a century in one-day internationals?
Two South Africans lead the way here: Shaun Pollock finally scored a century in his 285th one-day international, (190th innings), while Mark Boucher got one in his 220th match, (160th innings.)

Next is a rather surprising name: Steve Waugh didn’t make an ODI century until his 187th match, (167th innings.)

Six other players had at least 100 innings before scoring a century: Elton Chigumbura, (159), Arjuna Ranatunga, (144), Angelo Mathews, (115), Brendon McCullum, (109), John Wright, (103), and Sunil Gavaskar (100.)

86 players have made a century at least once for Stoke; only four, (and like Steve Waugh they are surprising names given the number of runs they have scored for the Club), have needed more matches to make a century for Stoke than Pollock did to ton up in an ODI for South Africa : Mike Cooper, Malcolm Dickson, Paul Worsfold and Nigel Edwards.

Eighteen players have needed more than 100 innings to score a century. Alistair McMillan did ‘a Gavaskar’ and scored his first hundred in his 100th innings…or rather Gavaskar did ‘an Ali Mac’ – Gavaskar’s only ODI century was made on 31st October 1987, Ali’s first Stoke ton came against Chessington on the 25th May 1986.

Full details are in the left hand column in this sheet : First Century

In terms of the number of innings; the middle column looks at this and in addition to the four Stokers named above, (less Paul Worsfold who scored his first hundred in his 189th innings), David Willis, Gordon Meredith and Tom Frost complete an illustrious sextet who needed more innings to score a maiden hundred for Stoke than Pollock did for South Africa.

We’ve also re-run the list to show the time taken from date of debut to date of first hundred. This is the third section of data in the sheet. Predictably a few of the same names mentioned above are there again, but there are some distortions with breaks from playing or making a debut at a very young age in senior cricket as a colt. David Willis ‘tops’ the time list having taken 24 years and 293 days to get on to the 100s board…although he started young and did have periods away from the Club. Keep believing if you haven’t made a century for Stoke yet!

So if you’re not on our hundreds board yet, (http://www.stokecc.co.uk/centuries/), keep trying!

At the other end of the scale, many have notched a century quite quickly in their careers. In addition to the four debut centurions, another five players have made a century in their first month with the Club, over a quarter of all centurions have ticked off a century inside ten innings, and nearly a third scored their first century within a year of making their debut.

As always, if you have any stories from any of these games we’d like to hear from you. E-mail stokecc@hotmail.com





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
You may need to click on this image to enlarge it on certain devices

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.





Centuries Making Up a Large Percentage of the Total – Revisited

This week’s Ask Steven column on CricInfo returned to the question of the highest percentage of a total scored in a One Day International.

The last time he was asked the question we had a look at our own centuries, (links to the original articles at the bottom of this page), and have added the hundreds scored so far this season to the list.

Link : SDCC Centuries and Percentage of Total
Only five Stokers have beaten Viv.

Viv Richards

Will Thomson’s effort at Ashford last weekend features quite high up the list; other efforts by Subba Row, Dyson, Jones and Trower appear further down the table…Tom Frost’s 117 out of our total of 317 constituting just under 37% of the total.

As always, if you have any stories to tell about any of these matches, e-mail stokecc@hotmail.com and we’ll publish them here.

Links to previous articles : http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2016/12/23/centuries-making-up-a-large-percentage-of-the-total/ and http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2017/01/05/centuries-making-up-a-large-percentage-of-the-total-2/





Victory at Claygate. Frosty Maiden Century.

Thursday 26th July 2018
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 317 for 6 dec (49 overs)
Claygate 219 all out (40.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 98 runs

A long overdue maiden century for the Club for Tom Frost was the highlight of a good win in the annual all-day game as part of Claygate’s cricket week.

Batting first having won the toss Billy Zander and Frost went off at a furious pace; adding 41 from the first three overs and keeping the rate over tens until Zander checked out for 51 from just 26 balls faced with the total on 109 in just the 11th over.

Frost was equally fluent, needing just 35 balls to reach his half-century and then another 52 to move to 103. He lunched on 116 not out with Roddy Kelso 37 not out having played himself in then going through the gears himself. 208 for 1 after 29.

Frost, (2×6, 18×4), fell to a good catch in the deep off the second ball he faced – his 100th in total – after the re-start with just a single added; this ended a 2nd wicket stand of 110.

No.4 Carel Ferreira continued his good form and made a nice 21 before being castled by Sapsed. 265 for 3 was soon 285 for 4 when Kelso, (Stoke career best of 79 from 76 deliveries), was lost to a run out.

Stoke lost a couple of wickets as the declaration loomed but there was time for Thomas Dennis to hit a nice run-a-ball 15 not out, and Will Thomson 10 not out take the total to 317 for 6 after 49 overs.

Suitably toasted, the opposition made a poor start to their chase courtesy of Ben Townsend who despatched the first three batsmen at a personal cost of just ten runs to make it 20 for 3. Walker cut to Kelso at gully, Townsend held a return catch to account for Ross then Murray followed next ball.

Some exploratory overs of spin from Zander before the tea break was enough research to start with Patrick O’Neill when play resumed. He bowled seven good overs without luck before an eighth spoiled his figures. The pressure he created allowed Rod Thomson to pick up two wickets at the other end; Price, (30), somehow managed to sky one to Will Thomson standing up; then former pro-footballer Talboys was sent on his way courtesy of a leg-before decision given by the home umpire.

Ferreira took out the next two in a three over burst that saw Roberts castled for 7 then Townsend juggled a high catch to remove home skipper Labacik for 4. 122 for 7.

Stoke were in the ascendancy but still had a very real problem to solve in Sapsed who played positively and hit the ball very well. Had one of the top order stayed with him the target set was very gettable on a good pitch, fast outfield and the in-field trees in play.

An entertaining, (or frustrating depending on who you were supporting), partnership of 66 for the 8th wicket kept the home side up with the rate. Schultz clubbed 30 of them before swinging at one too many and was cleaned up by Zander.

Townsend returned to the attack and was unlucky not to add to his count but still returned the match’s best figures of 3 for 45. The match was closed by Tarrant who castled Sapsed for a fine 111, (2×6, 22×4), then he snicked off last man Webb to finish with 2 for 19; Will Thomson making a nice one-handed grab to complete a 98 run win with 9.2 overs to go. Had the game gone the distance Stoke might have needed all of the runs they piled on.

Thanks as ever to Claygate for their hospitality and to the players who made this fixture happen. All being well we’ll be back for more next year.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3699002

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