Stan has dominated the Staff cricket scene since his arrival at the club in 2003 boasting too many match-winning performances to count, let alone name. His style of cricket has never been one characterised by overwhelming power, his batting is typified by timing and placement; whether it’s running the ball of the face of the bat down to third man or playing a late cut between the three men at gully and down to third man, Stan always seems in control. His bowling can be characterised in much the same way; he has outwitted many a batsman over the years with his flighted off-spin deliveries which – I am told – have even been known to turn on occasion!
However, perhaps even more remarkable than any of his individual dominant performances has been the consistency with which he has produced them. For nearly two decades, Stan has represented the pinnacle of on-field production. To put this consistency in perspective, Stan has scored twice as many runs as anyone else in Club history with three times the number of half centuries and is the only bowler to have taken over 200 wickets.
The one part of the game for which Stan might come under some criticism for is the fielding; however, even there he employs his cunning to great effect. Often spotted standing languidly in gully, cigarette in mouth, Stan has mastered the cultivation of a false sense of security; the surprise on not just the batsman’s but everybody’s face when a sprawling Stan emerges with catch in hand – and more importantly, cigarette still in mouth – is priceless. In saying this, his knack for protecting a lit cigarette in the field has proven to be rather uncanny as all who witnessed his inadvertent disappearance into a large drainage ditch at Dollar, which apparently “hadn’t been there earlier”, can attest. When the cigarette is taken out of the equation, however, his fielding is less secure – this is the same man after all who managed to dislocate his finger while bending over to pick up a stationary ball… while umpiring… and the less said about his keeping, the better.
Stan has been a real servant to the Club over the years, serving multiple terms as President and Captain. This love for the Club is evident in his weekly desire to extend the cricketing day; not content with 6 hours of playing time, Stan has been known to extend game-days long into the evening with drink in hand – much to the detriment of some of his less experienced team-mates. Stan has been, is and will always be a legend of the St Andrews University Staff (and Post-Graduate) Cricket Club; long may he reign.