August Stats Breakdown - RBIs?
By Scott Cameron on Sunday, 26 August 2018

With it getting closer to an exciting 2018-2019 season we thought it was time to look at some stats from the archives, and one that is starting to gain a little bit of traction amongst some cricket statisticians around the world, is RBIs. What is an RBI? find out below...

Its not well known these days that many of the major stats, and terms used in baseball have their origins in cricket. One of the key performances used is baseball the ‘runs batted in’ or RBIs, which is used to count the number of times when a batter makes a play that allows for a run to be scored. Turning our thoughts back to our great game of cricket, the question is asked, using the partnership information in our scorecards database, who has the most ‘cricket RBIs’ for the North Otago Senior Men’s cricket team since 1896?

#
Start
Finish
First Name Surname
RBIs
Inns
Av
1 03-Dec-1994
17-Feb-2018
Duncan Drew
6,073
132
46.008
2
13-Dec-1968
12-Dec-1987
Robert Wilson
4,115
79
52.089
3
31-Jan-2009
17-Feb-2018
Ben Cant
3,668
67
54.746
4
23-Nov-1965
09-Dec-1989
Norman McKenzie
3,640
84
43.333
5
08-Dec-1990
26-Jan-2002
Mark Wilson
3,226
80
40.325
6
23-Mar-1950
04-Jan-1975
Ivan Geddes
2,702
73
37.014
7
03-Dec-1958
11-Mar-1972
Brian R Papps
2,678
46
58.217
8
07-Dec-1996
18-Feb-2017
Glynn Cameron
2,669
84
31.774
9
23-Nov-1965
02-Mar-1974
Russell S Payne
2,663
69
38.594
10
24-Nov-2013
17-Feb-2018
Francois Mostert
2,350
40
58.750
11
28-Feb-1960
13-Mar-1976
Anthony G Cartwright
2,284
73
31.288
12
11-Dec-1993
17-Dec-2005
Neil Rushton
2,083
55
37.873
13
17-Nov-2001
28-Jan-2012
Scott Simpson
1,980
41
48.293
14
09-Feb-2013
17-Feb-2018
Jeremy Smith
1,905
43
44.302
15
27-Nov-1987
24-Jan-1998
Kelvin Mansfield
1,862
48
38.792
16
09-Nov-1997
22-Jan-2000
Keith Gardner
1,619
23
70.391
17
17-Nov-2001
17-Feb-2018
Craig M Smith
1,511
47
32.149
18
22-Nov-1966
03-Jan-1981
Robert Bowman
1,430
46
31.087
19
02-Nov-2000
18-Jan-2003
Grant Billcliff
1,402
27
51.926
20
07-Dec-2008
10-Feb-2018
Jordan Horrell
1,389
57
24.368

There are a number of stalwarts at the top and not surprisingly North Otago’s most capped player, Duncan Drew, is at the top of the list with 6,073 runs. Second on the list is another player who played first class cricket for Otago, Bob Wilson. With Drew only 50 runs behind Wilson’s North Otago record of 2775 career runs, Drew has the opportunity to replace him at the top of that list this coming season, mimicking the one above. Next on the list, making the top three, is the locally born and bred Ben Cant. He has been a major component of North Otago’s successes since he debut in 2009 and is always a key wicket for the opposition. Recent players also to make this list is Glynn Cameron (8th with 2,669), Francois Mostert (10th with 2,350), Jeremy Smith (14th with 1,905), Craig Smith (17th with 1,511) and Jordan Horrell (20th with 1,389).

So, Duncan Drew has the most RBIs since 1895 for North Otago, and Bob Wilson, Ben Cant, Norman McKenzie and Mark Wilson rounding out the top five, what about the highest average RBIs per player innings?

#
Start
Finish
First Name Surname
RBIs
Inns
Av
1
09-Nov-1997
22-Jan-2000
Keith Gardner 1,619 23 70.391
2
24-Nov-2013
17-Feb-2018
Francois Mostert 2,350 40 58.750
3
03-Dec-1958
11-Mar-1972
Brian R Papps 2,678 46 58.217
4
31-Jan-2009
17-Feb-2018
Ben Cant 3,668 67 54.746
5
13-Dec-1968
12-Dec-1987
Robert Wilson 4,115 79 52.089
6
02-Nov-2000
18-Jan-2003
Grant Billcliff 1,402 27 51.926
7
20-Dec-1980
16-Jan-1993
David Reid 1,273 26 48.962
8
17-Nov-2001
28-Jan-2012
Scott Simpson 1,980 41 48.293
9
24-Nov-2013
17-Feb-2018
Nathan Smith 1,266 27 46.889
10
03-Dec-1994
17-Feb-2018
Duncan Drew 6,073 132 46.008
11
07-Dec-1974
11-Feb-1978
Stuart Blakely 1,281 28 45.750
12
09-Feb-2013
17-Feb-2018
Jeremy Smith 1,905 43 44.302
13
14-Feb-1991
24-Jan-1998
Gerald Ward 1,016 23 44.174
14
23-Nov-1965
09-Dec-1989
Norman McKenzie 3,640 84 43.333
15
16-Mar-1957
11-Feb-1961
Wilf Kerr 989 24 41.208
16
28-Dec-1968
04-Mar-1978
Ian Pitches 947 23 41.174
17
02-Feb-1980
22-Mar-1991
Graham Ballantyne 1,132 28 40.429
18
17-Dec-1966
08-Jan-1983
Chris Taylor 1,374 34 40.412
19
08-Dec-1990
26-Jan-2002
Mark Wilson 3,226 80 40.325
20
28-Nov-2009
13-Mar-2015
Sean Conlan 924 23 40.174
Min 20 innings

This list is led by former North Otago opener Keith Gardiner by a very comfortable margin. Gardiner was a player who didn’t give his wicket away very easily and is only one of two players to carry his bat in an innings for North Otago, during a dogged and determined performance back in 1997. Second on the list, with the stats once gain proving what an important part Francois “The King” Mostert has been to the team’s success over the past few seasons. Mostert has broken a number of records so far and hopefully this trend will continue in the forthcoming season, unless he gets a well-deserved promotion to higher honors. Cant drops one place in this list to fourth but this is still no dis-respect to him as the batsman who takes his place at third is the extremely talented former North Otago captain Brian Papps. Bob Wilson once again makes the top five averaging 52.089 RBIs per innings. Recent players to make this list are Scott Simpson (8th with 48.293), current Volt Nathan Smith (9th with 46.889), Drew (10th with 46.008), Jeremy Smith (12th with 44.302) and Sean Conlan finishing the list at number twenty with 40.174.

North Otago, being one of the smallest districts in the country, has traditionally struggled to be competitive despite some brief periods of success. However, with some exciting local talent, North Otago has seen a continued rise in recent years and can no longer be seen as easy to beat they have in the past. So with in mind, who makes the list if we start from the 1997-1998 season?

#
Start
Finish
First Name Surname
RBIs
Inns
Av
1 09-Nov-1997 17-Feb-2018 Duncan Drew 5,412 118 45.864
2 31-Jan-2009 17-Feb-2018 Ben Cant 3,668 67 54.746
3 27-Nov-1999 18-Feb-2017 Glynn Cameron 2,479 79 31.380
4 24-Nov-2013 17-Feb-2018 Francois Mostert 2,350 40 58.750
5 17-Nov-2001 28-Jan-2012 Scott Simpson 1,980 41 48.293
6 09-Feb-2013 17-Feb-2018 Jeremy Smith 1,905 43 44.302
7 09-Nov-1997 22-Jan-2000 Keith Gardner 1,619 23 70.391
8 17-Nov-2001 17-Feb-2018 Craig M Smith 1,511 47 32.149
9 09-Nov-1997 17-Dec-2005 Neil Rushton 1,493 39 38.282
10 09-Nov-1997 26-Jan-2002 Mark Wilson 1,455 41 35.488
11 02-Nov-2000 18-Jan-2003 Grant Billcliff 1,402 27 51.926
12 07-Dec-2008 10-Feb-2018 Jordan Horrell 1,389 57 24.368
13 20-Nov-2011 26-Feb-2016 Stephan Grobler 1,384 36 38.444
14 24-Nov-2013 17-Feb-2018 Nathan Smith 1,266 27 46.889
15 31-Oct-2010 26-Feb-2016 Jeremiah Shields 1,239 46 26.935
16 07-Dec-1997 17-Jan-2015 David Sewell 1,135 58 19.569
17 23-Nov-1997 10-Dec-2011 Chris Cunningham 991 31 31.968
18 28-Nov-2009 13-Mar-2015 Sean Conlan 924 23 40.174
19 30-Nov-2002 08-Dec-2007 Geoff Smith 842 29 29.034
20 13-Dec-2014 17-Feb-2018 Lachlan Kingan 811 29 27.966

Drew is once again top of the list, despite his debut being before the time span of the period we are looking, and almost 2,000 RBIs ahead of the second placed Cant. Cameron, who debut was in the same game as Drew, moves up a number of places to third although not far away from him is Mostert. Rounding out the top five is Simpson, but Jeremy Smith only needs a further 79 RBIs to surpass him. Surprisingly, well not for most who remember that famous challenge against Manawatu, at number sixteen on the list is David Sewell David Sewell David Sewell. Despite his main role in the side was being the spearhead of the North Otago bowling attack, he was also well known for being difficult to get out and found himself ‘stranded’ a number of times bat in hand.

Well then, who has the highest average RBIs?

#
Start
Finish
First Name Surname
RBIs
Inns
Av
1 09-Nov-1997 22-Jan-2000 Keith Gardner 1,619 23 70.391
2 24-Nov-2013 17-Feb-2018 Francois Mostert 2,350 40 58.750
3 31-Jan-2009 17-Feb-2018 Ben Cant 3,668 67 54.746
4 02-Nov-2000 18-Jan-2003 Grant Billcliff 1,402 27 51.926
5 17-Nov-2001 28-Jan-2012 Scott Simpson 1,980 41 48.293
6 24-Nov-2013 17-Feb-2018 Nathan Smith 1,266 27 46.889
7 09-Nov-1997 17-Feb-2018 Duncan Drew 5,412 118 45.864
8 09-Feb-2013 17-Feb-2018 Jeremy Smith 1,905 43 44.302
9 20-Nov-2004 09-Dec-2006 Mark Patterson 791 18 43.944
10 02-Nov-2000 26-Jan-2002 Daniel Gard 739 17 43.471
11 28-Nov-2009 13-Mar-2015 Sean Conlan 924 23 40.174
12 20-Nov-2011 26-Feb-2016 Stephan Grobler 1,384 36 38.444
13 09-Nov-1997 17-Dec-2005 Neil Rushton 1,493 39 38.282
14 09-Nov-1997 26-Jan-2002 Mark Wilson 1,455 41 35.488
15 17-Nov-2001 17-Feb-2018 Craig M Smith 1,511 47 32.149
16 23-Nov-1997 10-Dec-2011 Chris Cunningham 991 31 31.968
17 27-Nov-1999 18-Feb-2017 Glynn Cameron 2,479 79 31.380
18 27-Nov-1999 20-Nov-2011 Paul Odell 779 25 31.160
19 15-Dec-2001 11-Dec-2004 Craig A Smith 513 17 30.176
20 30-Nov-2002 08-Dec-2007 Geoff Smith 842 29 29.034
Min 15 innings

Not much change is seen in this list, with Gardner, Mostert and Cant making the top three. Grant Billcliff moves into fourth, while Simpson rounds out the top five.

So there you have it, an analysis of the North Otago cricket team using RBIs. While traditional stats have been based more on the individual more in terms of how many runs they scored or how many boundaries, this one looks at how many team runs have been scored while they were batting. This adds more weight to those who have batted for longer periods, like David Sewell above, and show the importance in the longer forms of the game of occupying the crease.

With the number of players in the first two lists being current players, hopefully we will see a lot of movement in them this coming season, along with the Hawke Cup making its first stay in the new pavilion at Whitestone Contracting Centennial Park Oval.

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