Life President Stoics CC and sometime member of Nomads CC
Gerald Plumbly 30th October 1914 – 28th January 2010
Gerald’s funeral took place at Golders Green Crematorium February 11th 2010 and later a Memorial Service was held at St Mary’s Paddington Green on April 10th 2010 with some very fine singing from the choir and excellent speeches from Brian O’Gorman, Peter Ray and John Nagenda
S toics Cricket Club which was founded in 1877 has gone into the annals of the game for a match at Hampstead before declarations became the norm.
Hampstead CC v Stoics CC Hampstead 4 August 1886
Result: Match drawn
Toss: unknown(presumably Hampstead)
HAMPSTEAD CC Innings
AE Stoddart c Kelly b Renny 485
WR Marshall bowled Oscar 6
JCQ Besch c Lavender b Fleming 98
M Smith-Turville bowled Kelly 5
E Swift c Kelly b Carter 92
A Russell-Parker c Kelly b Parker 4
FAK Doyle c and b Carter 27
P Dollar c Lavender b Renny 38
HG Booth c Carter b Kelly 1
T Stewart not out 0
E O’Dwyer absent 0
Extras (b 50, lb 6, w 1) 57
TOTAL (all out) 813
STOICS CC (did not bat):F Bigg,FF Kelly,J Renny,SD Fairless,
GWT Daniel,Oscar,Lavender,Fleming,Wither,Thompson,F Harper
AE Stoddart was seventh out, took six hours and ten minutes and included 1 eight, 3 fives, 64 fours. The 813 took six hours fifteen minutes. 485 was the highest score in all forms of cricket, beating Mr JS Carrick’s 419* for West of Scotland v Priory Park in 1885 (later beaten by AEJ Collins 628* in 1899).
AE Stoddart played for Middlesex CCC and Stoics CC. He eventually took his own life.
A Century later Stoics challenged Hampstead to a rematch under the 1886 Laws. Hampstead declined and Stoics won the match. Keith Miller watched the 1996 match .” This is Cricket History” he remarked to Topsy, Gerald’s wife, who had spotted him sitting on a boundary bench watching the match and quizzed him as to why he was there!.
In 2016 a further commemorative match was held together with presentations and orations from Andrew Stauss and David Frith.
For season 2014 an all day match between Nomads CC and Stoics was arranged but rained off.