20th February 2015


Grash - The Jubilee King

Over the winter period, 5,102 individual Sway bowling performances by Sway players from 1964 to 2014 have been input onto a spreadsheet and analysed.

In the first release of useless information from these statistics, the following table contains the leading wicket takers out of the 2,083 wickets taken at Jubilee Field:

 
Most Wickets - Jubilee Field        
  O W R M Av Econ
             
1 Grasham, J 781 171 2220 152      12.98        2.84
2 Walton, J 547 130 1818 78      13.98        3.32
3 Wills, J 440 102 1577 63      15.46        3.58
4 Marshall. D 391 88 1443 63      16.40        3.69
5 Thistleton, S 374 81 1685 38      20.80        4.51
6 Bramwell, M 351 79 1194 64      15.11        3.40
7 Atapattu, N 331.7 77 948 60      12.31        2.86
8 Steadman, D 346 73 1179 62      16.15        3.41
9 Steadman, T 242 66 975 35      14.77        4.03
10 How, S 323 65 1258 44      19.35        3.89
11 Osbourne, C 246 63 592 62        9.40        2.41
12 Nailor, S 191 50 676 36      13.52        3.54
13 Hilyar, A 308 49 1348 24      27.51        4.38
14 Tranter, R 219 43 858 34      19.95        3.92
15 Lee, A 175 42 1046 12      24.90        5.98
16 Brearley, M 182 40 586 17      14.65        3.22
17 Thornton, G 170 36 675 24      18.75        3.97
18 Steadman, R 175 34 586 26      17.24        3.35
19 Howard, J 172 32 801 12      25.03        4.66
20 Patch, T 141 32 567 19      17.72        4.02
21 Golden, B 175 31 526 28      16.97        3.01

The top 21 bowlers have taken almost exactly two third of all the wickets at Jubilee Field.

As can be seen, wicket taking at Jubilee field is dominated by Sway legend Jon Grasham who has plundered 171 wickets over the last 12 years. The big marine made his debut as a fresh faced youngster in a friendly against Old Suttonians way back on the 31st July 2002 - and in typical Grash fashion bowled a 10 over spell for just 19 runs and picked up his maiden Sway wicket.

Grash's partner in crime leading the Sway 1st XI bowling attack for many years is of course Jack Walton who is the second highest Jubilee wicket taker with a haul of 130. Walton's a product of Sway's first U11 team made his Sway adult debut 4 months before Grasham in friendly at Milford. Whilst he picked up 2 wickets on debut, he had to wait until 20th May 2002 for his first wicket at Jubilee Field - picking up 2 for 19 in a crushing Stone Cup defeat at the hand of Mudeford.

In third place, and the only other Sway player to record a century of wickets at Jubilee Field is John Wills. Willsy made his Jubilee Field debut against Aston Ingham in 2004 and although he bowled 6 overs for just 8 runs, he failed to pick up the wicket the spell deserved. In fact Willsy has to wait until until the end of July that year to claim his first Jubilee wicket - but did it in style taking a match winning 4 for 23 as Sway won a tight game against 9-man Brockenhurst II.