2015 Century Watch #25 – Ben Stokes

Ben-Stokes-Hairstyles2Ben Stokes – 101 v New Zealand at Lord’s

Flintoff-esque came the cry. Ben Stokes had shot to glory with a ton at Perth, joining the select band of England cricketers to make a ton at the WACA in the past 25 years. At last, the man came to the party. 92 in the first innings, his second ton in the second innings.

Small tons are the bane of century watch’s existence. This was the second 101 of the year – David Warner got the first – so lots of the statistical jiggery-pokery was included on that post on HDWLIA.

This was the third century made from number 6 this year, following Asad Shafiq and Jermaine Blackwood. It was the fastest hundred made in tests at Lord’s pipping Mohammed Azharuddin’s 87 ball effort in 1990 by two. It was the 9th score of 101 made at Lord’s, with the first being scored by Nasim-ul-Ghani in 1962, who pipped his batting partner Javed Burki both to the ton and the 101 mark! He’s the third Englishman to make 101 there – Michael Vaughan did it in his two centuries in a match game against the West Indies in 2004 (103 in the first, 101* in the second) and Graham Hick did it on the day of one of my best mate’s funeral in 2000 against Zimbabwe. He’s also the fourth New Zealand-born player to do it following Trevor Franklin, Mark Richardson and Jacob Oram (praying they were born there, so as not to get caught out).

This is the 114th score of 101 in test cricket. Have you seen any Dmitri? Well, funny you should ask but no. I missed KP’s 101 to save a test against India in 2007 by a day, having been there for days 1-4.

Only Misbah, in his record-setting ton (with 5), Chris Gayle and Peter May (with 4) have hit more sixes in a 101 than Ben Stokes.

I’m bored with 101. It may have been a great knock, but it’s a boring number, Ben.

Ben Stokes 100 came up in 85 balls and contained 15×4 and 3×6.


4 thoughts on “2015 Century Watch #25 – Ben Stokes

  1. pktroll (@pktroll) Jun 13, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    For me the most enjoyable ton to watch since a certain someone scored THAT ton in Mumbai. And no I’m not thinking of captain Cook!


  2. SimonH Jun 14, 2015 / 9:33 am

    If Stokes teaches one thing, it should be to attach more importance to away runs scored when the team are in crisis against class opposition (as opposed to home runs scored when on top against 7th or 8th ranked teams).

    Stokes couldn’t live off “that innings in Perth” forever but the alacrity with which it was forgotten was most peculiar. Almost as if England wanted to pretend that whole winter didn’t happen…..


  3. man in a barrel Jun 14, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    Azharrudin ‘s ton was special. Gooch had done his usual thing of scoring big runs against a pitiful attack and,in return, A smashed the Essex twat for about 20 when he tried to stop the flow of runs from A. That was sweet.


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