Chairman’s Blog

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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Peter Budden Award

Celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Shepway Stragglers in September 2017 were tinged with sadness, with the passing of Club President shortly after the very well-attended dinner at Shepherd Neame. Peter had a very long association both with the Club and with...

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Stragglers shine in the Menorca sun

Our thanks go to all of our generous hosts from Menorca Cricket Club, for inviting us to play in such a lovely place, and to enable the Stragglers have a fun-filled weekend away.  Thank you. A great start to the season with 36 wickets, 16 outfield catches and 768...

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Hugh Blenkin

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of another Straggler who bestrode the cricket fields of Kent in the 1980’s in Straggler colours.  Hugh Blenkin burst on to the Straggler scene to dominate the batting for his first three seasons, with...

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Damp end to a season of too many cancellations

It is always disappointing to end the season in the rain, but faint hope of enough dry weather to get in a T20 brought the Stragglers to Stowting, and thus the season came to its end in an appropriate spot - The Tiger - but sadly without a ball being bowled.  And it...

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Straggler alphabet

JohnBurley ended some wonderful memories from the ‘60s and ‘70s athte 70th anniversary celebration of Straggler cricket, with the Straggler alphabet, first published in the books in 1970: A is for Alvingham, record holder proud B is for Budden, now there’s a crowd C...

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