Full name Oliver Peter Stone
Born October 9, 1993, Norwich, Norfolk
Current age 24 years 316 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Norfolk, Norfolk Under-17s, Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire 2nd XI, Northamptonshire Under-17s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Relation Brother - JA Stone
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Northamptonshire at Leeds, May 30-Jun 2, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Northamptonshire at Birmingham, May 11-13, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Northamptonshire v Warwickshire at Northampton, May 27, 2012 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warwickshire v Worcestershire at Birmingham, Jun 7, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Durham v Northamptonshire at Chester-le-Street, Jul 14, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Northamptonshire v Birmingham Bears at Northampton, Aug 5, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/19||Bears||v Northants||Northampton||5 Aug 2018||T20|
|2/29, 1*||Bears||v Derbyshire||Derby||3 Aug 2018||T20|
|3/22||Bears||v Leics||Leicester||2 Aug 2018||T20|
|1/34||Bears||v Yorkshire||Leeds||27 Jul 2018||T20|
|0/41||Warwcks 2nd||v Notts 2nd XI||Barnt Green||23 Jul 2018||Other T20|
|0/59||Bears||v Northants||Birmingham||20 Jul 2018||T20|
|4/71||Warwickshire||v Worcs||Birmingham||7 Jun 2018||LA|
|3/44||Warwickshire||v Leics||Birmingham||3 Jun 2018||LA|
|1/65||Warwickshire||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||1 Jun 2018||LA|
|-||Warwickshire||v Northants||Birmingham||30 May 2018||LA|
Olly Stone's injury-troubled career was encapsulated by his last moments as a Northants player. He damaged anterior cruciate ligaments and damaged his cartilage when he landed awkwardly while celebrating the dismissal of Moeen Ali in a NatWest Blast tie against Worcestershire and missed the rest of the season in embarrassing circumstances. The possibility that he could spend up to a year out of the game did not dissuade nine counties from chasing his signature before he opted to join Warwickshire on a three-year deal.
England were watching Stone's recovery with concern, too, because he bowled some of the fastest spells in county cricket in 2015 and was selected for an England Performance Programme development camp bin South Africa before he was beset by the back trouble that had also afflicted him earlier in his career. The highlight was a career-best 5 for 44 against Kent, extolled by his captain Alex Wakely as one of the quickest spells he had seen while in the field.
Stone, from Norwich, starred for England Under-19s on their tour of South Africa in February 2013 and registered the best match bowling figures for England in a youth Test with a return of 11 for 79 against South Africa Under-19s in Paarl. He broke the record set by Richard Pearson in 1991. He also filled in as skipper for Shiv Thakor. Northants increasingly benefited from his developing threat. In five Championship matches in Northants' abject Division One season in 2014 he was not overawed by the experience and, approaching his 21st birthday, finished top of the county's Championship averages.
His comeback eventually came mid-way through the 2017 season. While he managed just one first-class game that season, he bowled with impressive pace - in excess of 92 mph - as part of the Birmingham side that made it to the final of the Blast T20 competition to provide a reminder of his enduring qualities.