Isle of Man's sibling rivalry
Isle of Man Association
Fri, Jun 20, 2014 10:26 AM
Cricket has been played since the 19th century. The Isle of Man Cricket Club (now the IOM Cricket Association) was formed in 1930 to foster the interests of the sport and assist the existing clubs such as Ramsey, Fencibles and Castletown. A comprehensive development plan is regularly updated and aims at improving facilities on the Island and encouraging juniors to join the sport. The development of coaches, cricket at grassroots level, including the reintroduction of cricket into The Manx Youth Games and preparation for sides competing at international level from U15s level up to senior level is a core principle.
The Stokoe Brothers, Max and Alex, from an early age had a love of cricket and progressed through the ranks in Isle of Man. Max enjoyed watching cricket on the television and playing ‘test matches’ in the drive at home with his dad, Jamie. When Max was aged 10 he started playing cricket with his brother, Alex, and enjoyed repeatedly hitting him into the next door neighbour's garden! Alex’s take on the story is slightly different. He says, “I used to spin the ball past Max’s bat all day and this has led to my nickname, Sacqe, from Saqlain Mushtaq which still sticks today”. Before long they joined Cronkbourne Cricket Club and despite Max being away at University and Alex being away with work, they are both an integral part of the club’s structure.
Over the years both boys progressed through the various age groups and subsequently joined the Isle of Man National Squad. They have both attended the Men's European Cricket Academy in 2012.
As well as playing they both enjoy coaching juniors and Max regularly runs cricket camps to encourage participation in the sport.
Adam McAuley is now following in the footsteps of the Stokoe brothers, one to watch at Pepsi ICC Europe Division 2, has represented Isle of Man at U13, U15, U17, U19 and now seniors. McAuley said, “I’m mentally strong with a calm head, manage distractions and as a result am not affected by what goes on around me. I am looking forward to this tournament and hope to do well,” said McAuley.