Woodmansterne unable to raise a side so 2016 season, (almost certainly), ends today

At 12.15pm yesterday afternoon Woodmansterne e-mailed us to say that they were struggling for numbers and were looking to scratch the fixture scheduled for today. To Woods’ credit, at our suggestion that we could manufacture a game by lending fielders, allowing people to bat more than once, remove restrictions on overs, etc, they tried to turn their players around to make something happen, (most of the calls made by their captain who wasn’t even playing); but the dreaded text came through last night to say a couple of their players had made other plans thinking there was no game.

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Sunday XI Lose Narrowly to Kingstonian

Sunday 18th September 2016
Kingstonian 230 all out (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 221 for 3 (40 overs)
Kingstonian won by 9 runs

An exciting game to end the Sunday XI’s 2016 season, Stoke coming up nine runs short after some terrific death bowling by Kingstonian in a game that saw 451 runs including 8 sixes and 44 fours.

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Saturday XI defeated by 10-man Sheen Park

Saturday 17th September 2016
Stoke D’Abernon 172 all out (39.5 overs)
Sheen Park 175 for 5 (33.2 overs)
Sheen Park won by 5 wickets

Stoke’s last home Saturday match of the season ended with a disappointing defeat to ten-man Sheen Park who chased down the target set for them with relative ease.

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New Bar

Club Open Thursday Evening this week, not Wednesday

With a few of our regulars having commitments on Wednesday this week, we have moved this week’s ‘Nets & Social’ to Thursday.

The Club will be open from 6pm for beers, (it should be a pleasant evening to continue celebrations of a good League season), and a few have expressed an interest in having a net ahead of this weekend’s fixtures against Sheen Park on Saturday, (replay after last Saturday’s rain-off), and Kingstonian on Sunday, to keep themselves in nick.

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Berry Blitzkrieg as Sunday XI beat the Chelsea Nomads

Sunday 11th September 2016
Chelsea Nomads 155 all out (40.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 156 for 3 (32 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 7 wickets

In contrast to the previous day, the Stoke Rec was bathed in sunshine as Stoke opened early for business with the visit of the Surrey Championship Grounds & Facilities Committee to, (hopefully), ratify the 1st XI’s promotion to Division 4.

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Weather Rain

Saturday Washout

Saturday 10th September 2016
Stoke D’Abernon v Sheen Park
Match Abandoned – No Play

Frustration for Stoke and Sheen Park as efforts on the part of both clubs to raise teams came to nothing.

Prospects of play seemed bleak as persistent morning drizzle made for a miserable looking Stoke Rec as the home players arrived to set things up; but the pitch was dry under the cover so if the rain blew away there might have been some play.

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