Stone Cricket Club: A Friendly and Historic Team

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boiniznamenaStone cricket club is a cricket team that plays in Wilmington, Kent, England. The club was founded in 1888 and has a long and rich history of playing cricket with a smile on their faces. The club welcomes players of all ages and abilities, from 11 years old to 50 plus. The club has two venues: Oakfield Park and Stone Pavilion. The club plays friendly matches on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer season.

The History of Stone Cricket Club

Stone cricket club has been playing cricket for 135 years, and has seen many great players and characters represent the club. The club has a strong sense of tradition and community, and has named several trophies after club legends like Jim Turnbull, Roland Scott, George Matthews and Percy Saunders. The club also has a living legend in the form of Club President Martin Hallett, who started playing for the club over 50 years ago.

The club has a proud legacy of playing cricket the right way, for fun and enjoyment. The club has also faced some challenges and difficulties over the years, such as losing their original ground in 1968, and having to relocate to Oakfield Park.

The club has also had to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which disrupted the 2020 and 2021 seasons. However, the club has always overcome these obstacles and continued to play cricket with passion and enthusiasm.

The Current Season of Stone Cricket Club

The 2023 season was a successful and enjoyable one for Stone cricket club. The club played 23 matches, of which they won 11, lost 7, drew 3, and had 2 abandoned due to rain. The club also had a tour weekend in Oxford, where they played against Wendover CC and Islip CC. The club scored a total of 3,897 runs and took 163 wickets in the season. Some of the highlights of the season were:

  1. The club’s highest score of 304 for 6 against Bredgar CC, with Jordan Garratt scoring 102 not out and Billy Hawkes scoring 81.
  2. The club’s lowest score of 74 all out against Gravesend CC 6th XI, with only Dave Bateley reaching double figures with 15.
  3. The club’s best bowling performance of 10 for 40 against Teston CC, with Ryan Garratt taking 5 for 12 and Paul Keenan taking 3 for 9.
  4. The club’s worst bowling performance of 10 for 279 against Bredgar CC, with Dan Brazil taking 3 for 64 and Richard Pusey taking 2 for 48.
  5. The club’s most exciting match of a tie against New Beckenham CC 4th XI, with both teams scoring 192 runs.
  6. The club’s most disappointing match of a loss by 2 runs against Teston CC, with Stone falling short of the target of 152.

The club also had some individual achievements and awards in the season, such as:

  1. The club’s leading run-scorer was Jordan Garratt, who scored 638 runs at an average of 45.57, with 2 centuries and 3 fifties.
  2. The club’s leading wicket-taker was Ryan Garratt, who took 32 wickets at an average of 11.69, with 2 five-wicket hauls and 1 hat-trick.
  3. The club’s best batsman award went to Jordan Garratt, who also had the highest individual score of 102 not out and the highest strike rate of 121.90.
  4. The club’s best bowler award went to Ryan Garratt, who also had the best bowling figures of 5 for 12 and the lowest economy rate of 3.13.
  5. The club’s best fielder award went to Matthew Blain, who took 12 catches and 2 run-outs in the season.
  6. The club’s most improved player award went to Jordan Walkling, who scored 212 runs and took 11 wickets in his debut season for the club.
  7. The club’s most valuable player award went to Billy Hawkes, who scored 487 runs and took 21 wickets in the season, and also captained the team in several matches.

The Future of Stone Cricket Club

Stone cricket club is looking forward to the 2024 season, and hopes to continue playing cricket with the same spirit and fun that they have always done. The club is always open to new members, and invites anyone who is interested in playing friendly cricket on a Saturday afternoon to get in touch with them or visit them at their venues. The club also has a website, a club shop, and a social media presence, where they share news, fixtures, match reports, and photos of their activities.

Stone cricket club is a friendly and historic team that loves cricket and enjoys playing it with a smile. The club is proud of its past, happy with its present, and optimistic about its future. The club is more than just a cricket team, it is a family and a community. Stone cricket club is a club that anyone would be happy to be a part of.