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Mark Ramprakash: The Fifth Element

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Surrey won a four-day game at Northampton today. Last season when they visited Wantage Road for a County Championship game they also won. It’s hardly a noteworthy winning streak. Until you paint in the shocking statistical background.

These are the only two victories that Surrey have recorded in Championship cricket in the last three seasons. Which doesn’t say much for Northamptonshire. Perhaps they’ve just taken pity on Surrey. Without the threat of relegation from Division 2 there is a little bit more scope for charitable points donations.

Predictably Mark Ramprakash was leading the charge home to the promised land in this non-relegation thirty-two pointer. He may be as old as my Dad was 20 years ago (that’s really old), but Surrey still rely on him like a geriatric would on an ancient walking cane.  

God knows what they’ll do when he retires. It will be like someone has died. They’ll have the flags at half-mast on the roof of the pavilion. I created this Excel-based nugget to illustrate Surrey’s dependence on the great man (it’s just something I whipped up you know):

Season Ramps Total Surrey Total % of runs  
2010 737 2,759 27%  
2009 1,350 8,024 17%  
2008 1,235 6,583 19%  
2007 2,026 6,747 30%  
2006 2,278 10,849 21%  
2005 1,568 9,303 17%  
2004 1,564 9,138 17%  
2003 1,444 9,498 15%  
2002 1,194 10,123 12%  
2001 776 7,265 11% *8 tests 
Total 14,172 80,289 18%  


So since he crossed the river  in 2001, Ramps has been responsible for nearly a fifth of all runs that Surrey has scored off the bat. I have no means of comparison (or I haven’t got time) but that seems like a lot.

Medical science needs to advance for Surrey. And quickly.


Written by harrisharrison

May 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

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  1. Does this table show the percentage of runs he made in the matches in which he played or is it a percentage of all runs scored by Ramps related to all runs made by Surrey? If the latter, are you willing to calculate the former which is surely a better comparison and a more accurate judgement on his performance.


    May 28, 2010 at 11:05 am

    • Agreed. I didn’t quite have time because I was meeting my sisters for dinner.

      He has played the majority of Surrey’s Championship games apart from in his first season with the club when he was on international duty.


      May 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

  2. But he was injured at the end of last season and in 2005. Banned for two matches last season! Early on at Surrey played at least once in second team. Possibly rested on occasion. . . ..


    May 28, 2010 at 11:54 am

    • I know that the figure is skewed slightly but I still think it’s a stat worth cherishing.


      May 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm

  3. But of course because of the problems in accuracy MR’s percentage of runs MUST be higher than the 18% you quote.


    September 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

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