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Name:Stephens, Reginald Stanley
Date of Birth:16 April 1883 (d 7 September 1965)
Career:1902/03 - 1927/28
Teams:SM, Rich, Prahran
Matches:258
Batting Style:LHOB 
Bowling Style:Right Arm Leg-spinner

 

A left-hand opener, Stephens was one of the best and most popular players at Prahran during his 21-year career from 1908-1928. He made up for his lack of inches with a rock-like defence and was a fine player off the back foot. Starting his District career at Richmond, Stephens was well-known to Prahran players. In the year before his transfer, he made 134 and, with international David Smith (88) shared in a 160-run third wicket partnership which gave Richmond a 116-run win against Prahran.

He played in five premierships for Prahran, a record-equalling effort with Gerald Healy, and was skipper of the 1920-21 flag-winning team. He hit over 6000 runs at an average of nearly 30 with Prahran including eight 100s, a highest score of 193 against North Melbourne in 1914-15 after Prahran had lost 2-4. He also took nearly 100 wickets with his left-arm wrist spinners, and was a brilliant fieldsman. Prahran have had few prouder sons. He played only three times with Victoria from 1913-15 but in his second game against Tasmania in Launceston he hit 108 and 181 and received a VCA presentation in recognition of his feat. (Only eighteen Victorians have scored dual hundreds in first-class cricket in Australia).

Born at Creswick, Stephens was 30 when he hit his centuries, but he wasn't to play for Victoria again after the First World War. He shares two record-wicket partnerships at Prahran, the third (283 with GEJ Healy v Northcote 1913-14) and the fifth (198 with TIB Horan v University 1914-15). He died in Malvern on September 7, 1965, aged 82. Prahran have a permanent memory of Stephens - The Stan Stephens Memorial Trophy, which is given annually to the best first XI fieldsman.

From "Prahran CC Centenary History" by Ken Piesse