Chris Kaye’s astonishing performance this season is the eye-catching figure in the First XI averages for the season – but one other performance has gone under the radar.
Chris finished with 90 wickets at an average of 13.46 and a superb strike-rate of a wicket every 22.27 deliveries. This puts him second on the all-time list of amateur wicket-takers in a single season behind Frank Watson, who took 98 at an average of 10.39 in 1913. But Watson’s strike-rate was three greater than Chris’s.
The face that Chris took so many wickets was reflected in Danny Pawson’s keeping figures. His 22 stumpings is the best since 1937, when Harold Stott, keeping to ‘The Chinaman’ Ellis Achong, completed 23 stumpings in a single season. This included five in one game against Milnrow. (Incidentally, John Kaye told me he once took four stumpings in a second-team game off Vinnie Kay).
The amateur batting averages were again topped by Bobby Cross, who scored 924 runs at an average 38.5 – not bad, considering he had several bad patches over the course of the season.
Pro Andrea Agathangelou, pictured top with Pawson, scored 924 runs at 46.2, with four centuries.
The stat that slipped under the radar is Bobby’s club-record 24 catches in a season. Bobby also took two as keeper and two stumpings, and this passes Andy Flower’s record of 23 in 1993. It also takes Bobby above 200 catches for the club, still behind David Arthur Fare.
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