R.F. Wood Bowler

Played for Mitcham Magic
Right-hand batsman
Right-arm medium bowler

R.F. Wood retired on 16 Mar 2018 (during season 34) aged 34.

Rupert Fredrick Wood or "Boring" as he was known to all of his teammates has had an absolutely brilliant career that deserves true recognition. He is a great of the Mitcham Magic and 'a template for all future all-rounders to aim for' as his first team The Ducklings described him. This is his story.

Rupert was a founding member of The Ducklings way back in season in season 7. Wood had a modest time at the Ducklings playing in 39 first-class matches scoring 1284 runs at an average of 25.68 and took 56 wickets at an average of 29.23. During his stay at The Ducklings he never quite reached his potential in the One day matches only taking 11 wickets in 14 matches as an average of 75.45.

During Season 30 is when would was put up for transfer by The Ducklings. The Mitcham Magic had just been founded and was looking for some experience to help get them on track. This is when they came across Wood. Instantly they knew he was their man and were able to purchase him for the bargain price of $9,001. He was Mitcham Magics 3rd recruitment along with Thresher and Zwemke and those three have been inseparable since.

It didn't take long for Wood to make an impression at his new club. He scored 60* in his first first-class innings and took his a 5 wickets in his next match. Mitcham Magic and 'boring' seemed destined to be together. Wood went on to win the CC Asia Starter Bowling Award and also took the most wickets. He was truly on fire averaging 17.92 that season with the ball and a very solid 52.18 with the bat.

Wood went from season to season being very consistent with each season taking 186 wickets during his time at the Magic which currently is 2nd on the table of most wickets. He averaged 25.25 with the ball and took 12 5 wicket halls and 3 10 wicket halls. He was also very handy with the batting scoring 1352 runs including 3 centuries for the Magic including a magical 151*.

His One Day career wasn't quite so impressive but never the less very solid. He took 99 wickets at an average of 30.93 for the Magic. He scored 784 runs at an average of 23.76.

To finish off I will recall the day of Wood's life when he took 7 for 10 against Khanz XI including one over when he claimed a quadruple wicket maiden.

Overall Wood was a very consistent and reliable player who is undoubtedly a Mitcham Magic Legend. His ultimate professionalism will be sorely missed but as we all know all good things must come to an end. Thanks, Woody!

Medium quick bowling all-rounder Wood was key to some of the early successes of the Ducklings. With the bat, he provided the link between the batsmen and the bowlers, grinding out over 1200 runs (including 4x 50 and 1x 100) at a respectable average of 25. With the ball he played the role of 4th seamer where he proved especially effective at breaking partnerships with his canny use of swing. He became the first seam bowler to take a 5wi when he took 6-30 in a losing effort back in tier 5, although his bowling often got found out if batsmen could withstand the early pressure. He is, to date, the only seam bowler to achieve the 50 wicket/1000 run double. He never took to OD cricket where his steady swing proved meat and drink for the aggressive OD stars, nevertheless he has become something of a template for all future bowling all-rounders to aim for.

Statistics

R.F. Wood has more detailed statistics available.

Debut
06 Oct 2015 The Ducklings vs slary blood
Last match
05 Mar 2018 Mitcham Magic vs Glen Iris Greats

Batting

MatInnNORunsHSAvgSR501004s6sCtStRO
Career 82127372636151*29.2945.959423723201

Bowling

MatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAvgEcoSR4w5w10w
Career 8210278633324241/7114/1226.173.7042.479133
Debut
22 Dec 2015 The Ducklings vs The Mighty Mighty Ducks
Last match
31 Dec 2017 Mitcham Magic vs Glen Iris Greats

Batting

MatInnNORunsHSAvgSR501004s6sCtStRO
Career 99248236.8637.210050600

Bowling

MatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAvgEcoSR4w5w10w
Career 913829221860/4114/551.224.0076.78100
Debut
20 Jun 2016 Parkin Cricket Club vs The Ducklings
Last match
16 Mar 2018 Mitcham Magic vs Glen Iris Greats

Batting

MatInnNORunsHSAvgSR501004s6sCtStRO
Career 1710423475*39.00102.1810322400

Bowling

MatBallsRunsWktsBBIAvgEcoSR4w5w
Career 176065181023/451.805.1360.6010
Debut
30 Jul 2016 The Ducklings vs appleyard
Last match
16 Feb 2018 Glen Iris Greats vs Mitcham Magic

Batting

MatInnNORunsHSAvgSR501004s6sCtStRO
Career 91552078569*22.4386.36207382511

Bowling

MatBallsRunsWktsBBIAvgEcoSR4w5w
Career 913847389211010/735.386.0734.9763

Recent matches

Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Competition Date
4, 52/1 Mitcham Magic v Glen Iris Greats Friendly (50 over) 16 Mar 2018
40/0 Mitcham Magic v Ellerbeck CC Friendly (50 over) 12 Mar 2018
20/0, 1c Mitcham Magic v Coronet City CC Friendly (50 over) 10 Mar 2018
26/1 Mitcham Magic v Blood, Sweat n' Beers Friendly (50 over) 09 Mar 2018
64/2, 21, 71/1 Mitcham Magic v Glen Iris Greats First class 05 Mar 2018
20*, 79/0, 61/0 Mitcham Magic v SCG First class 26 Feb 2018
15/1, 13, 19/0, 2c Mitcham Magic v Bangla Green Beret First class 19 Feb 2018
1*, 78/2 Mitcham Magic v Glen Iris Greats One day (50 over) 16 Feb 2018
4, 31/5, 120/6, 0 Mitcham Magic v Perry Pirates First class 12 Feb 2018
18/0, 1c Mitcham Magic v Ducks On The Menu One day (50 over) 02 Feb 2018
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