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Straggler Drinks and 2020 Awards

It seems an age since we last met, in April 2019 to celebrate the performances of 2018.  Since then we had the record breaking, glory season of 2019 - the tour to Menorca, 14 victories, 4,588 runs from the bat, a record breaking first wicket partnership of 221 by...

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Lt. Commander Neal MacLeay

Stragglers from the senior generation will be saddened to hear the news that Lieutenant Commander Neil MacLeay passed away recently at the age of 87.  Neil’s Straggler career lasted more than two decades, from debut at Saltwood as an opening bat in 1953 to a final...

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Guy Yerburgh, 2nd Baron Alvingham

Guy Yerburgh, Lord Alvingham passed away on 29th March at the age of 93, the oldest surviving Straggler.  He had been encouraged by Wyndham Fletcher to play Straggler cricket, while serving at the Small Arms School in Hythe shortly after the founding of the Club.  In...

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The ethics of walking in cricket: from Socrates to Nietzsche

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/the-nightwatchman/2019/dec/04/ethics-walking-cricket-socrates-nietzsche-aristotle-plato-kant To walk or not to walk, that is the question. What would Aristotle, Plato and Kant have done had they felt a nick? By Anthony McGowan for The...

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RG Nadkarni, Patch Clews and keeping it tight

Stragglers of advancing years may recall an Indian slow bowler from the 1960s - one RG “Bayu” Nadkarni. His obituary published earlier in the year included an unusual record, and one which has strange similarities with that well-known Straggler coach and spiritual...

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2019 Season of Records

2019 proved to be a season of remarkable Straggler performances – 14 victories equalled the previous best in 1952; 12 centuries scored by Stragglers, the most in a season eclipsing 8 scored in 2017 (and the highest score by an opposing batter all season a modest 90*);...

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Bobby Neame

A Straggler stalwart, RHB (Bobby) Neame enjoyed one of the longer Straggler careers.  Bobby made his debut in 1955 against Elham & Young Farmers in early May in a game which is in the record books for all the wrong reasons.  Batting at number 4, Bobby scored a...

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