Saturday, 25 September 2010

Stat Attack: The 2010 Season in Numbers

In no particular order here are some numbers which caught my eye looking over Surrey’s 2010 performances:
  • The average opening partnership in the Twenty20 (29) outstripped the average opening partnership in the Championship (28). The average opening partnership in the CB40 more than doubled that, 63 at the heady strike rate of 151.
  • Surrey's bowlers took 20 wickets in a match five times in 2010, having only done so once in the previous two seasons. However in both 2008 and 2009 Surrey's various oppositions took 20 wickets five times, in 2010 they did so seven times.
  • In all Championship games Surrey's average first innings total was 338 compared to the opposition's average of 318. If you remove the 'competitive' declarations of the Glamorgan, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire games though, the results are a roughly even 341 and 345.
  • Surrey conceded over 400 first innings runs just five times in 2010, having done so nine times in 2008 and eight times in 2009 (including five consecutive occasions in the final matches of that season!).
  • While Surrey’s top order in the CB40 was spectacular, the middle order was pedestrian. Partnerships four, five and six barely topped a strike rate of 100 where the corresponding opposition partnerships all comfortably scored at better than 100 runs per 100 balls.
  • It was a similar story in the Twenty20, while our opening bowlers took care of opposition top orders, our middle innings bowlers failed to contain middle orders. Opposing team’s middle orders (partnerships 3, 4 and 5) scored at strike rates of 141, 156 and 143.
  • In innings where Surrey batted first, Mark Ramprakash averaged 99 in the 2010 County Championship.
  • In 16 Twenty20 contests in 2010 Surrey never once took all ten opposition wickets, though three times teams finished nine wickets down short of the target.
  • In 12 CB40 contest in 2010 Surrey took all 10 opposition wickets on a solitary occasion, versus Lancashire at Old Trafford. Nel, Tremlett and Dernbach shared the wickets.
  • Surrey’s top three catch-takers in the Championship (Batty, Hamilton-Brown and Spriegel) combined managed five fewer catches than Kent’s Martin van Jaarsveld alone.
  • We ended 2010 fielding a team with an average age of 26, all of whom were England qualified, to put that in perspective we began 2008 with a team with an average age of 31 and two non-English qualified players.
  • Jason Roy was one of only three players in the County Championship to end the season with a strike rate above 100. Surrey were the only county with two of the five fastest scorers in Division Two, the other being Hamilton-Brown.
  • In the Twenty20 Rory Hamilton-Brown bowled more off-spinning half-trackers than anyone else, and yet still ended with a better average, strike rate and economy rate than Andrew Symonds.

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