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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 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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In another world

Cricket is a wonderful game, in which unlikely things can happen, magic balls bowled, wonderful shots conjured, and the Straggler innings at Stowting saw one such event.  Patch Clews (aka “Patch from the pub”) burst on to the Straggler scene in 2014, turning out at...

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Mid-Season Contenders

It is not often that we get to the mid-point in the season and have a pretty clear idea of those likely to win both batting and bowling awards for the season.  Hugo and George each laid down a pretty strong marker on tour (although George needed a second attempt after...

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