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12:30 01 July 2015

Upminster's Nick Ison has drawn up a special graph to check player performance

Upminster's Nick Ison has drawn up a special graph to check player performance

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Upminster blogger Nick Ison looks at statistics

A tough night at selection for Upminster's Nick IsonA tough night at selection for Upminster's Nick Ison

If you don’t like cricket stats or anything that’s really nerdy, this week’s blog may not be for you.

Inspired by an article I read on the cricket blog site 51 all out in which they compared England’s all-rounders of the past 20 years to Botham by pure averages and stats, I decided to try and do one myself.

Instead of Botham, I used Upminster’s statistically best all-rounder Jimmy Neesham.

After carefully choosing the players to use in the data range, I chucked them into a chart.

We’ve split the chart into four quadrants, which we can broadly call ‘Bowlers who bat’ (top left), ‘Genuine all-rounders’ (top right), ‘Batsman who bowl’ (bottom right) and ‘Rubbish all-rounders’ (bottom left).

Going through the stats, I could have filled the top left quadrant with 80 per cent of the club. So what does this chart prove?

Our ex-3rd XI skipper and wicket-keeper is one of the best all-rounders the club has ever produced.

Maybe with a bit of extra training Middlemiss could have been the next Neesham.

The Neesham Deficit

We can actually use a bit of maths to determine exactly how far behind they are, taking into account both the batting and bowling averages.

To do this, we simply draw a line from their point in the chart to Neesham’s and work out how long that line is, by using a spot of good old-fashioned Pythagoras.

Basically the bigger this number, the further behind a player is.

Player/Neesham Deficit

Lorne Sprigg - 6

Brian Peters - 12.4

Alan Ison - 19.7

Douglas Hondo - 21.1

James Evans - 24.5

Billy Gordon - 26.4

Paul Middlemiss - 29.6

Nicky Ison - 32.5

Terry Wyatt - 33.5

John Curtis - 42.2

Chris Cully - 42.3

Billy Wright - 42.4

S Butt - 43

Alex Mitchell - 43.2

Kevin Roome - 47.2

Jeff Mack - 51.7

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