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2011 Awards

Leading Batsman (and honourable mention)

Charlie Munton             460 runs at an average of 76.67

(Jasper Smallwood        321 runs at an average of 64.20)

Leading Bowler

Nick Tapp                       27 wickets at an average of 16.30   

Young Straggler of 2011

Jasper Smallwood

Outstanding Achievement Award for 2011

Archie Hammond          4 for 0 against Wickham & Stodmarsh


Charlie Munton             131   vs. TDMB XI

Jasper Smallwood         119  vs. Standard Athletic Club

Harry Pattinson            107   vs. The BaBes

Chris Pattinson             102*  vs. Elham

Charlie Munton             100   vs. Tenterden

5 Wickets in an Innings

Toby Russell Vick         5 for 22      vs. Tenterden

Nick Tapp                      6 for 31      vs. Hollingbourne

Straggler Milestones and Other Stats

2011 has generated another flush of records, firsts and other achievements, indicative of the high level of support and good quality cricket. Ten victories are the most since 1990, and has only been bettered three times (1952, 1982 and 1990), and being undefeated until the end of July, with 8 victories) is the best start to a season, also since 1952. In the field 64 catches were taken, the second highest total, only out done by the 66 in 1982. Of these, Simon Allport, took 12, equalling Andrew Cox’s record of 1999.

Three Straggler batsmen passed 1,000 career runs in 2011; Chris Pattinson at Elham, Hamish Morrison at Wellesley House, and Simon Allport at Bishopsbourne. Charlie Munton topped the averages with the third highest season’s average and the fifth highest season’s aggregate; Jasper Smallwood deserves an honourable mention as the ninth highest average at 64.20. This is the first season in which the two leading batsmen have averaged over 60. In any other season Jasper would have led the field. It is also the first time that centuries have been scored by father and son in the same season, Chris & Harry Pattinson.

Simon Allport became the 17th Straggler to claim his one hundredth wicket at Belmont against The Grannies, and becomes only the second Straggler to achieve the double in the same season (the other being RSG Wood in 1972), and only the eleventh ever. Mark Baker White (at Belmont) and Nick Tapp (at Wellesley House) took their tally past 150 victims. 

Champagne Moment

As ever there are a number of contenders for the Champagne moment (or moments) of 2011, including a couple of umpiring decisions of note! Among the more memorable are Mark Baker White’s first ball at Wellesley House (double bounce and then nearly having his head removed by the return shot), the Chairman’s croquet fielding at Torry Hill, Toby Snape’s triggering of Mark at Belmont, Charlie Munton’s remarkable direct hit for a run out at Provender, Archie Hammond’s 4 for 0 against Wickham & Stodmarsh, Bertie Berger’s catch over his shoulder at Otterden, and any number of moments at Hollingbourne – the President triggering the Master Brewer, Al ‘Dilshan’ Smallwood’s final shot of the season, and Jonathan retrieving the ball (again) from the field behind long on.

However, the award for the 2011 Champagne Moment goes to Toby Snape for his courageous umpiring under fire in the Fixture Secretary’s match against the Stragglers.