When Gladstone met Stoneleigh CC

In only the 3rd game of the season thanks to some pretty miserable weather, Stoneleigh played a Sunday match against a BBC Midlands team with a special guest player. None other than former England test fast bowler, Gladstone Small (seen on the far right of the photo below back in his England days).

The Spin

Batting first, the BBC team reached a more than useful 175 off 40 overs thanks to a quick-fire 47 from Mr Small (only after being dropped 3 times….but we won’t go into that) This was a good score on a slowish pitch, and given that Stoneleigh had bowled tightly in the first 20 to restrict them to only 50 odd runs. This included a tight spell from  James “run-maker”Whittingham early on in the innings.

In reply P Chapman (47) and P Lazenby (15) put on 57 for the first wicket to give the home side a good chance of chasing down the target. However the middle order struggled to maintain the run rate against an experienced bowling unit and good fielding from the opposition.

The sight of Gladstone Small bowling to Smudger off his short run and hitting him for a couple of boundaries will I am sure live long in the memory (for the batsman at least!)

In the end, Stoneleigh only managed to get over 100 as batsmen came and went without any decent partnerships being made.

It was a match played in a good spirit at all times and the opportunity to play against a former England player made the occasion even more entertaining.

Seeing him flick a full length ball into the field with minimal effort shows just how easy these players can make the game look!

Stoneleigh EGM

Thanks for everyone who came to the EGM last night. I will be emailing everyone a summary of what happened and a pros and cons list of the idea of changing leagues.

If you can all email me your opinion on this based on the summary and your own thoughts that would be great and we will decide on the best way to relay the results once everyone has replied. If people can do this as soon as possible that would be great.

Please do not reply via this blog but to my email address once you have seen the email I am about to send: philip_chapman23@yahoo.co.uk



Sunday team sign off in style

Stoneleigh’s score of 329-5 on Sunday was the third highest club innings total.  It was also the highest ever in a non-league match.  All credit to Dunchurch as they battled on with great good humour whilst conceding 232 runs off the last 20 overs.  They were bowled out for 165 with the wickets shared around.  Andy Edg picked up 2 in 2 balls and took an excellent catch to help his Dad sneak home with most wickets (31) for the season.

The six hitting ‘contest’ ended in a tie with Hal and Andy Edg both finishing with 28.

And finally, is it some sort of a record to have a father and son, two sets of brothers and a pair of cousins playing in the same team?

Information provided by Goose-stats.

A long Waite ends but a Tiger is wounded

Congratulations to Andy Waite who made 64 on Sunday – his first 50 for SCC in 261 innings since 1995.  Promoted to open, he compiled a patient and competent knock to help us amass 244-8.  The Sutcliffe brothers were on form again, Greg making 43no (8 fours) and Hal 33 while Deano clocked up a handy 29.  Hal’s three sixes put him only one behind Andy Edg who could not add to his total of 26.  That duel will go down to the wire!

Old C.C. (from Northants) were dismissed for 179.  Chappers P. took 3-39, Deano picked up 2 and Shaggy weighed in with 2-10 which actually takes him to the top of the bowling averages.

Sadly, Tiger Thompson badly injured his knee again while batting and that will finish his season.  Our best wishes for a speedy recovery Luke.  Hope you can still get to Spain.

Six hitting

After Sunday’s epic encounter against Heckley which we won by 4 runs with significant  contributions by just about everybody, the question was raised as to who had hit the most sixes in a season.

The answer is Mark Connor who bashed 43 sixes in just 16 innings in 2002.

In total, Mark hit 185 sixes in 9 seasons 1996-2004.

Paul Price managed 38 off 22 innings in 1995 while Chappers J  hit 30 in 18 innnings in 2009.

Andy Edg is coming up on the rails with 26 so far this season.

More details with the end of season stats.  Don’t forget you can get the full stats for our league matches on the Play-Cricket pages – see the link on the right.  You’ll need to restrict matches to season 20011 and league only.

Info supplied by ‘The Goose’  (best six hitting 3 off 26 innings in 1987).


Unicorn Cup 2011

The great fundraising day has come again. Pedro Mackenzie has relinquished the captaincy to Twin B.

Who lost the toss and put the Unicorns into bat.


Part time cricketer, David Glager, for arriving late, has already been fined £50 for the club for turning up 30 minutes late.


25 for no loss off 6 overs. Almost unheard of in these circles.


The locals earlier.


At the end of day, it didn’t really matter what the result was the real winners were Compton’s team by 5 wickets. Although as a team they have paid £220 to Stoneleigh so thanks for parting with your cash and dignity.


The presentation begins…


Atkinson hugging Ed’s mum, whom he almost killed.


Stuie gets man of the match.


Ed Compton ungraciously accepts the 2011 Unicorn Cup.

End of season drinks

Hello everybody – this saturday is our last league match of the season against Dunchurch. We are thinking of going out for a few beers to celebrate in Leamingotn after the game.

Hope as many people as possible can make it – any suggestions on where to go just leave a comment.