Stoke Smash I – Match Report

Friday 14th June 2019
Stoke Smash I
Vinall’s Vampires v Cheeseman’s Cheetahs
Umpires : Drew Patrick and Tim Handel

A separate report on Friday as a whole will appear but here in due course, but here is an account of how the match played out from the scorers’ table courtesy of the Big Bird and Ralphie. Read more

Sunday 26th Round Up – Double Win!

Excellent availability meant that whilst other clubs advertised for fixtures as their opponents had cried off towards the end of the week, we raised a second side after an unexpected sequence of events on the Thursday evening.

Home Friendly
Cheam 137 all out (33 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 138 for 5 (35.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 5 wickets Read more

League Starts but rain ends both

Saturday 25th July 2020
Surrey Championship Challenge Cup

It had to happen, didn’t it! Starved of cricket for the best part of the summer we got on to the field only for terminal showers to put an end to both games that were shaping up nicely.

1st XI
Farnham 62 for 3 (14.5 overs)
v Stoke D’Abernon
Abandoned Read more

Spirited Sunday Effort but 20 run defeat


Oh, to have had an 11th…

A great effort by Stoke in this one who were left to rue the absence of an 11th man yet pushed a strong Teddington Town, (Sunday 2s?), side all the way. The visitors had lost their Surrey Slam fixture, we selected our weekend teams accordingly only for many of them to bail, (and in one case announce his unavailability on the morning from Portugal having, unbeknown to us, given said availability from the same place 48 hours earlier – cricket, eh!) Thanks to those who assisted with solutions to make an enjoyable day for all happen, and to give the younger players valuable experience.

To the cricket. Deepak Malhotra kindly agreed to handle on-field operations after a no-show from the originally selected captain. In their first outings of the season Andy and Rob Butler bowled well without luck against some good players who dealt mostly in boundaries; their reluctance to run proving their downfall as Noori was run out by a good throw by the older of the Butler brothers.

Malhotra slowed things and created several chances, one of them grabbed in the covers by Alistair McMillan to account for opener Kapoor for 46. A foothold.

Stoke then won the next 45 minutes, largely due to late call-up Arren Sachania whose long day started with an age group game first thing. He spun out the next three, and was also the bowler when a ball hit to Rob Butler on the circle was returned with interest to effect the run out of Mhapankar. It’s only a 3-for though, Arren!

116 for 6 and Stoke sensed their chance, but a high class 1st XI player came in next and made full use of the gaps afforded by the missing fielder. He lost three partners, all to the returning Rob Butler, (8-0-33-3), but checked out unbeaten on 66 to allow the last man a hit; which he did a couple of times before missing one from Ralph Coleman that closed the innings on the penultimate ball.

Sadly emergency guest player Jimmy Brooks didn’t get the reward with the bat that his jovial approach to life on the field deserved and was an early departure; but McMillan cashed in on some loose stuff and Stoke were nicely placed at 63-1. McMillan, (39), and Marler were out in successive overs; but Stoke’s chase was carried on to great effect by Rob Butler and Will Thomson; a burst of 43 in four overs ended when Thomson was caught at “45” having clubbed two fours and two sixes in a quick fire 22.

Malhotra and Butler Jnr added another 56 before the latter departed for a nicely constructed 44, but this resulted in two more quick wickets for the addition of just a single.

Malhotra and Sachania continued the fight; 44 needed off the last four became 30 off three, then 20-odd off two. After Malhotra was run out in the penultimate over for an otherwise chanceless 46; Sachania, (14 not out), and Coleman knocked of the odd of the 20-odd needed, but 21 off the last was too big an ask as the ninth of nine wickets fell to end the match five balls early.

Thanks to Teddington Town for playing it the right way when they could have gone in to ‘League’ mode and handed our multipli-revised side a drubbing; and to all those who made an entertaining game for the spectators who put a few quid over the bar. Those who didn’t make it missed a good one.

Oh to have had an 11th…

Scorecard :

A TIE as competive cricket resumes


While 22 of the ‘League’ players participated in a second pre-League interclub match(*); high player demand for games led to the assembly of a 3rd XI in addition to our Sunday XI. Our good friends from Whiteley Village answered our advertisement and had us over for a game on their satellite pitch whilst their own seniors had a middle practice.

Stoke fielded first on a warm afternoon to allow for those needing to depart early; and Aarav Malhotra struck early with one that seamed away and sent fellow Surrey squad member Wood’s off bail into the next parish. With Geoff Vinall locking things down at the other end and good first change spells from James Morgan and Deepak Malhotra, the hosts struggled to 20 for 2 after 13; 33 for 3 after 15 and 49 for 3 by the drinks break. The second and third wickets went to Malhotra Snr who bowled 23 good balls and got his wicket with the other; and Mark Christie who castled Dimond Snr the ball after one misbehaved.

Some game management saw Steve Wade and late call-up Arman Zaheen given a turn with the ball; the latter buying a wicket, (49 for 4), but the board was now moving as Ahmed, (48), and Herzog, (22 off 9), took the total past the hundred. After a tidy keeping stint Andy Page castled the former, and Malhotra Jnr tried some spin to double his count for the day. 5-0-18-2.

Page, (2 for 8), collected a second wicket when Dimond Jnr chipped to square leg; Morgan Jnr returned to the attack and took a first wicket in senior cricket to finish with figures of 8-0-32-1. He bowled better than that and deserved more.

Numbers 10 and 11 played better than others to elevate the score to 173 for 9. Stoke’s fielding remained keen on a hot afternoon; only difficult chances didn’t stick and the watching Malcolm Dickson appeared impressed.

After the ‘bring your own food’ break – Boris, please allow Jo and all the others to their thing! – Malhotra Snr and Christie were tasked with setting up the chase. The latter was lost to a juggling catch in the cordon; but Stoke were up with the rate. The trouble was wickets were being traded for runs as Kevin Morgan; Malhotra Snr and Morgan Jnr were back in the shade, (no shed); and it was 49 for 5 when debutant Tim Edwards departed for 10.

Cometh the hour cometh the experience. Page and Vinall put together a nice partnership either side of drinks to leave Stoke nicely placed at 97 for 5. Vinall biffed a few, although was respectful until he found the temptation of the first ball he faced from the home captain too much to resist and went for 26 off 36.

Wade then joined Page and found rhythm early; a 43 run partnership left Stoke needing 34 off 8. Page was adjudged leg before for 40; but Malhotra Jnr played nicely to take Stoke to the verge of victory…then things changed.

With six needed, Malhotra Jnr, (13 off 28), and Zaheen departed within the space of three deliveries; leaving Wade and the captain to finish the job. Whiteley Village’s total was equalled with a few nudged & nurdled singles; but having missed the chance to finish things when a full toss wasn’t dispatched, a comedy run out next ball saw an easy lob to the bowler to tie the match with six balls unused. Wade finished on 42.

After a long wait for cricket, could there have been a better start to the season? Thanks to Whiteley Village for having us over, for their compliments on how we played it, (there were two lbw recalls in the fielding effort and we were creative with our bowling and batting orders); and we’ll gladly accept any invite for an end of season friendly.

Let’s see if we can get extra games on again next weekend and continue our growth. Availabilities to you know who, please.

Scorecard :

(*) Some unofficial stats from last week’s/this week’s interclub games…last week saw a record run chase at The Rec; this week’s saw a record match aggregate for our ground; but the record innings total is still held by the girls…406 for 3, (note our World Cup Winner didn’t bat :

AGM 2020 News

Today’s AGM had a very different feel about it as we all dialled in via Zoom to make sure we held a meeting in time to keep our licence to sell beer! Of course we had some cricket stuff to do, but for many it was the first chance to see a few friendly faces for a while.

Most of the roles and responsibilities from 2019 remain unchanged; the full list appears on our Play Cricket site and the 2020 Committee is below. All the Vice Presidents due for re-election were given another five year term, and there was one addition to the group, Rod Thomson joining the list of VPs. Congrats to him.

Sadly we’ll be canning many of the events we had planned for the 150th year celebrations; but what a 151st year it is going to be!

In his Treasurer’s report Rod reported that having faced the prospect of a real strain on finances at the scheduled start of the season given world events, things aren’t too bad, due in the main to the generosity of members answering the call to consider paying a sub despite the prospect of having a reduced season or possibly no cricket at all.

The Government announcement now gives us a way forward to start meeting up in person, playing some games and generating a bit of revenue. We will make some plans for next weekend and beyond in the next few days, then publish them here and on our Twitter page @StokeDabernonCC

A real help would be further donations to help service the loan that we took out to extend the Clubhouse; and to get cracking on the next phase of the development. Whatever amount you can spare will help.

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One thing that doesn’t require a financial commitment from you and generates the Club FREE MONEY is the EasyFundRaising tool. Details of what to do appear elsewhere on this site, but if you have not already done so, members/members of their family are strongly encouraged to register.

To do this click on either of these links : or

We have recently gone through the £1000 mark for donations generated. A fantastic effort from those signed up so far and who have/will share the link.

Copies of the minutes from this meeting will be available soon when typed up, and anyone wishing to see those and/or a copy of the accounts can e-mail to request them.

Our Committee for 2020
Chairman : Drew Patrick
Treasurer : Rod Thomson
Secretary : Peter Phipps
Welfare & Clubmark : Victoria Cheeseman
Facilities : Andy Page
Grounds : John Vaughan-Davies
Colts : Kevin Morgan
Subs : Helen Morgan
Colts Fixtures : Shannon Clinton

League Rep : VACANCY – please can someone come forward. Support will be given Read more

AGM – Saturday 4th July 10am – Attend by Zoom or Propose/Nominate/Vote by e-mail

Dear Members

We need to ensure that we comply with the terms of our constitution by holding our AGM on or before the 4th July 2020 so that our licence to sell alcohol is maintained. So, in these troubling times, a Zoom meeting for 10.00am on Saturday July 4th 2020 has been arranged. There are alternative arrangements for those who cannot use Zoom. (See below.) Read more

League Update

On what would have been the first League games of the season the Surrey Championship have issued this notice:

As we have now reached the milestone of what should have been the first day of the 2020 League campaign, we are sending a very different pre-season check-in. We truly hope that first and foremost this update finds you and yours all safe & well. Read more

Ingrid Reddick – Sad news but Happy Memories

It is with great sadness that news has come through that one of Life Members Ingrid Reddick passed away in the week. We’re not 100% sure if it was Coronavirus but either way this is a sad loss.

Drew received notice from Ian Nelson, Chairman of the Stoke D’Abernon Residents’ Association that Ingrid passed away on Tuesday with both her daughters at her bedside. Drew has informed the Gudgeons, bearing in mind she used to babysit them when they were growing up – we’ll leave you to interpret if that extended to Chris.

When notifying members of the Club who were very active at the time she ran our bar and assisted with countless other Club tasks between the mid 1990s and the mid-2000s, we have received some lovely tributes. Here is a flavour:

Stephen Finch : “Sad news indeed…Ingrid added something special to our Club and will be remembered fondly by many. What a pity current restrictions prevent us attending her funeral. Our best wishes of course to her family.”

Mike Baker : “She was a great asset to the Club and though she has not been around lately she is and will be missed. Not only did she run a good bar but she also kept us in order when necessary, and sometimes had to put up with some dubious behaviour. She did it all with good grace.”

Andy Page : “Very sad news indeed. Lots of happy memories being told off by Ingrid! What a shame we will no doubt not be allowed to attend her funeral. Rest in peace another Stoke legend.”

Chris Finch : “Very sad to her this…she was a lot of fun.”

Logie Logendran : “How sad…what a dear lady…many thanks for letting us know…will certainly raise a glass or two to salute her.”

Jerry Dharmasena : “Sad news indeed. Many fond memories of Ingrid – a real character. She will be missed by all.”

Malcolm Dickson : “That’s very sad news. Although she’d not been around the Club in recent years, undoubtedly part of our history and an important member of the community. I think one of the last times I remember her behind the bar was helping out at Ron Knox’s wake almost eighteen years ago! She scared the living daylights out of my then girlfriend! What a character!”

Alan Day : “We heard from Ingrid’s daughters that they want to hold some form of get together to celebrate and remember her by although obviously that won’t be for some time yet. It’s nice to see so many familiar names and former batting partners on the mailing list.”

Alistair McMillan : “Sad news & my sympathies to all Ingrid’s family. Hope everyone else is OK.”

Andy Ivory : “…Sad news…Ingrid was just awesome; she scared the life out of us all but she did a great job and is certainly part of the legend. I will raise a glass to her this evening. This Covid-19 is a dreadful affair and I wish everyone well in fending it off…for my part, my wife and step-daughter are both in the direct NHS firing line, which makes me both proud and scared at the same time!”

Rick Mustill, one we have found to have contracted the virus but is thankfully OK – “mild for me to be honest” in his words. “Think we should be planning some sort of social for this year even if the cricket season is pretty much a washout.”

That’s a defo, Rick. We have the 26th July 2020 in the calendar for the Big Reunion but we will confirm in due course if that date is still realistic.

Rest in peace, Ingrid. Hope that any bar you run on the other side is a fun as ours but not as troublesome!

Cobham, Surrey