Stat analysis 2014
The stats are complete for the 2014 season. The most striking thing to come out of the stats is that so many people contributed decent runs and wickets without anybody ‘going big’. This stat shows that there is depth to the team and that everybody is contributing.
Mike Rowlands topped the run making with 434 runs and and he also topped the balls faced at 986. He struck the most boundaries (69) and all this was made possible by him playing in 21 of the 22 games, after weather, this allowed him 19 innings, a statistic shared with Andy Bennion who was the only ever-present.
Kenny Roberts bagged the most red-inkers and snook the strike rate, scoring at 77.4 runs per 100 balls. Si Gee topped the averages with 31.2. Full availability would project his aggregate to around 600 for a full season. Andy Bennion boomed 9 sixes to grab that particular accolade.
Partnerships win matches and the 109 between Rowlands and Gee certainly proved the point. The highest partnership though produced a draw as Suckley and Rowlands’ 120 v Northwich ended with a stalemate. That game saw the highest individual score and only ton as Suckley hammered the Northwich attack for 105no.
Ben Tonge topped the catches with 13, while outfield catches was topped by Andy Bennion and Jon Suckley with 9 each. Steve Charles’ 11 came shared between outfield and keeper.
The bowling averages were won by Chris Charles at 16.3 and with 26 maidens from 99 overs, he proved frugal too. Not as frugal as Jimmy Ecclestone who only went at 3.1 per over. Chris Charles took wickets most often, striking every 29.8 balls. All-rounder Jon Suckley bagged the most overs and the most wickets. His 131 overs saw off 26 batsmen. He also snared the best analysis. His 5 for 28 was the only ‘Michele’ of the season.
There were many one-off performances that stand out. Ed Speakman’s destructive 4 for 54 at Congleton, notable draw efforts at Weaverham and Warrington by Bennion, Hayhurst and Tonge. Ecclestone’s pivotal 20 runs and 3 wickets at Upton and Roberts’ winning runs at Bredbury. Will Speakman’s 69no v Bredbury or the old Andy’s adding unbeaten half centuries in an unbeaten 98 stand at Tatt. Another ‘moment was Joe Hornby’s audacious 16no off 10 balls at Congleton whilst Ste Charles 75 not out v Congleton at home was rattled up in 25 overs.
10 wins from 19 finishes means over 50% of games were won. Was this helped by Charles’ fine calling at the toss? 14 out of 20 flips were won.
The most important stat is that the 1st XI have their highest position in the pyramid since 2001 when the team was relegated from the County League division 1.