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.

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

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

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The locals earlier.

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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.

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The presentation begins…

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

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Stuie gets man of the match.

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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.

 

Cheers!

Surrey take the Bears to town!

Another warm (ish) evening at Edgbaston saw Warwickshire take on Surrey in the CB 40 comp. Surrey are still unbeaten and you can see why with the power batting of Jason Roy who scored a century as Surrey posted 280 odd.
Warwickshire only got to 150 at the end as Surrey easily won the match.

Here are some pics!

 

 

England v India at Edgbaston

A fantastic start to the 3rd Test in Birmingham. Broad dismisses Sehwag with his first delivery of the match. Initially given not out, England’s review confirms the ball nicked the batsman’s glove.

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England devastate the Indian defence for the first 7 wickets, although stutter somewhat with Dhoni and Kumar putting on over 80 runs. They finish on 224 giving England almost the whole evening session to put on over 80 without loss.

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Arguably the greatest batsman never to wear a Stoneleigh shirt.

Sorry Paul.

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An optimistic fan earlier.

Crisis point

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It would seem that, just for a change, the country is in crisis. Violence has enveloped our streets as mobs of morons seem intent on distracting themselves and their own pathetic lives by ruining the lives and livelihoods of others.

Shops looted, destroyed then burnt. Cars smashed, overturned then burnt. How does one carry on, or indeed why? How can you predict when this breed of selfish, wanton destruction will raise its ugly head and infect our lives with its cancer?

England’s cricket team, ahead of their 3rd test against India, when they should have been preparing on the crest of a wave after emphatic previous victories earlier in the series, have been locked away in their Birmingham hotel. The violence on the streets around them has caused them such concern that they have been unable, until yesterday, to have a full nets session.

Although this behaviour seems, for the moment to have abated, or at least diminished, the risk of flare-ups must remain a constant threat. To this end, we must ask ourselves this crucial question:

Could this kind of thing happen at Stoneleigh?

The answer, due to the lack of mobile phone shops in the village, and youths, is no.

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright!

Another cracking Sunday game came to its conclusion yesterday with Stoneleigh beating Shilton by 1 wicket with 1 over to spare.

After losing the toss and fielding on a blustery but warmish afternoon – Stoneleigh made deep inroads into Shilton’s top order. With Luke “Tiger” Thompson opening the bowling, he delivered a barrage of short pitched bowling that the batsmen could not handle and picked up some early wickets to put Stoneleigh in charge.

It looked like Stoneleigh would skittle the opposition for less than 100 and be in for an easy win but in came the number 7 for Shilton to smack a quick 46 to put them back in the game (mostly off James Chapman…. sorry!) to get them to a defendable score of 179-8 off 40 overs.

James redeemed himself with the bat scoring a 75 against a particularly quick opening spell from Shilton’s opening bowler to get Stoneleigh on their way to victory. Needing only 5 and over off the last 20 overs with 5 wickets remaining Stoneleigh were in charge – but a flurry of wickets came (not the norm really!) leaving Mark Edginton and Tiger Thompson as the last wicket stand to get the remaining 15 runs or so.

It all looked to be over as Edgington’s middle stump was uprooted but for Bob Waite to call a no-ball! This was the piece of luck we needed and with 8 needed from the last 2 overs, Luke hit the Shilton leg spinner for 2 fours through mid wicket to seal an unlikely but well deserved victory.

MOTM: Luke “Tiger” Thompson

 

 

 

 

Still no cricket in Europe

International reporter Jimmy Shoes writes:

Still nothing good cricketwise to report on From France. I’ll go look in Germany.

No. Nothing there either.

The Mighty Bears @ Edgbaston

On a warm, sunny evening in Birmingham, a group of Stoneleigh players, friends and relatives watched the Warwickshire Bears defeat the Hampshire Royals.

Warwickshire reached 270 odd off 40 overs – in not too dissimilar fashion as you would expect from Stoneleigh themselves on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Jim Troughton, Neil Carter and Rikki Clarke all scored quick-fire half centuries to get up to that imposing figure.

Hampshire seemed to be  in the game when James Vince (future England test player IMO) and Sean Ervine put on 100-odd runs but 3 wickets from Jeetan Patel put paid to Hampshire’s run chase ambitions and Warwickshire sealed a comfortable victory.

Chopra gets the Bears on their way

Porterfield slashes through cover for a boundary

You see how Porterfield throws his hands at the ball to get the power? Take note Stoneleigh boys! And below – good use of the feet to the spinner.

Porterfield uses his feet to smash another 4!

Warwickshire celebrate the wicket of James Vince

Overall it was a really good night out at the cricket – we have another one on 17 August same time same place if people are interested in going again.

Cheers

Phil