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 Defeats (x2) but two Fixtures Fulfilled

Sunday 16th June 2019

Excellent availability after last weekend’s sheets came in led to us investigating a second Sunday fixture. As appears to be the norm the pool of 25 available fell back to 18 once the fixtures had been booked(!) but planning ahead for this we booked in Battersea Eagles for the game at Stoke knowing that if we did have any availability issues, our good friend Khalid Harris would probably be able to bring a spare or two – after a ring around of our own for extra resources we sent an XI to Thames Ditton, (although the curse continued as only ten showed!), and gave Stoke debuts to two loan signings at the Rec. Read more

Sunday XI continue Winning Run

Sunday 9th June 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 223 for 6 (40 overs)
Epsom Methodists 120 all out (30.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 103 runs

A third win in a row for the Sunday XI who put runs on the board for the third week running and then backed it up with a great bowling & fielding performance. Read more

2nd XI Beat Ripley

Saturday 8th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 181 for 9 (55 overs)
Ripley 2nd XI 160 all out (42.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI won by 21 runs

A sensational win for the 2nd XI who had the worst of the conditions and were behind in the game for long periods. Read more

1st XI Washed Out

Saturday 8th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Oxted & Limpsfield 1st XI v Stoke D’Abernon 1st XI
Match Abandoned without a ball bowled

Frustration for Stoke and their good friends from Oxted as an already wet ground that was marginal at best on arrival due to the previous day’s rains suffered another pre-match deluge making any prospect of play impossibility.

There was play in all the other games in the division but not all results were positive meaning Stoke sit in mid-table ahead of next week’s home game against Dulwich who have the same number of points.

Table : http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/web_pages/169717





Friday 14th June 2019 – Clear Your Calendars for the Inaugural Stoke Smash!

An important message from Chairman Drew:

Dear Members, Supporters and Cricket Lovers!

Click Here then read on : Stoke Smash 2019 Poster

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Timmy Handel, Kevin Morgan, Geoff Vinall, Shawn Dyson and Ian Hopton have come up with an exciting plan for a fun family evening on Friday 14th June 2019.

The centrepiece will be a 16 over match, commencing at 7.15pm. Geoff Vinall and James Cheeseman, (both U11 Managers), will lead two teams of 8, comprising of a mixture of coaches, managers and senior players.

Each team will only have 8 overs to post a decent score, so the pace will be frenetic and the action will be exciting.

Ralphie will provide off-field assistance as required, possibly scoring but probably directing you to the bar, the auction prizes and the various Stoke media outlets; and the two umpires will be Timmy and myself.

To add to the excitement, live commentary will be provided by the famous father and son combination of Chris and Toby Tarrant.

The purpose of the evening will be threefold…

First, it’s an opportunity for senior players and colts to mingle and for the colts to watch a few of our 1s players going through their paces.

Second, it’s an opportunity for the club to generate some much-needed income that will be used to cover the ongoing costs of running our Club.

Third, it’s a great opportunity to have some fun on a Friday night.

The BBQ will be running and our volunteers will be offering the standard fare of burgers and sausages.

The bar will be staffed and a special range of gins will be available, plus the usual selections of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Sweets will be available for the youngsters, (and older people with sweet teeth), along with various baked items. Teas and coffees will also be on sale.

There will be a raffle, featuring several attractive prizes, including bat signed by England and South African greats, and for those more keen on football there will be a 2019 signed Chelsea shirt signed by all the players up for grabs.

Finally, please note that colts training will finish early at 7pm, so that the match can get underway at 7.15pm.

If you are not planning to attend, please ensure that you arrive in time to collect your child, having first signed them out on Timmy’s register.

I look forward to seeing you on the night.

Best wishes,

Drew Patrick
Chairman
SDCC





Over 40s defend 103

Monday 3rd June 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 103 all out (18.5 overs)
Leatherhead Over 40s 82 for 7 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s won by 21 runs

After the weekend’s games the Over 40s had their turn yesterday evening and won their opening match of the season at Leatherhead.

Batting first on a pitch that kept very low Justin Jones and Fraser Slater added 33 for Stoke’s first wicket before the former was caught on the circle from one that didn’t come on to the bat – a sign of things to come – then Kevin Morgan heard the death rattle next ball.

Scoring was difficult. Slater dug in – and dug out – a number of deliveries that rolled. Jase Earl managed the match’s only six and a couple of fours before he was unable to do anything about a low one.

Slater’s 16 from 30 doesn’t sound very T20-is but in hindsight this was great effort, allowing Geoff Vinall, (15), and Mark Christie, (12), to collect a few cheap runs from the later bowlers in the queue.

Andy Page and Andrew Klimcke both dragged on balls that rolled; leaving Harry Nawaz and Ralph Coleman the task of trying to bat the rest of the overs. They nudged the total over 100 before Nawaz got a good ball from pick of the bowlers Richardson who returned figures of 3.5-0-10-3.

Klimcke, (3-1-3-0), and Vinall gave little away as Leatherhead began the chase and Stoke had valuable scoreboard control.

Opener Berryman played as positively as he conditions allowed. Just has he worked it out and hit back to back fours off Christie, the same bowler then bowled him with a slower ball that kept low.

Nawaz picked up two wickets courtesy of a leg before shout, (none of these were going over), and a nice catch in the deep by Jones.

Home skipper Meyer and Bentall did their best against the change bowlers who were all given their turn. Klimcke took a good catch off Page to remove Harris for ten; and despite an unbeaten 20 by Harris; Bentall, (leg before to Earl), and Voss, (bowled by Jones), were late departures as Stoke closed out a 21 run win; the margin of victory aided by another great keeping display by Morgan.

Thanks to Leatherhead for their hospitality. A return match at Stoke will be inked in soon.

The Over 40s are in action again next Monday with a trip to Walton-on-Thames.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4045461





Sunday XI Win by 99

Sunday 2nd June 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 252 all out (38.5 overs)
Allstars of Chichester 153 all out (28.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 99 runs

A new poster boy for a Sunday XI match report as Saud Ahmed hit 87 on home debut, (after a second ball duck the previous day on Club debut), to help Stoke post a formidable total that, one player aside, the opposition looked unlikely to chase.

A paucity of oppositions looking for away games this week almost led to us going for an away game, but Chichester, (as we will call them), blinked first, cancelled their pitch hire and announced they were coming to us. Not sure what their reaction would have been had we agreed another game with an alternative opposition(!) but in the end we didn’t have a game without each other and it was a nice spirited match.

Chichester’s opposing captain earned more points by asking to field first making the toss nothing more than a mandatory one to constitute a game, (read the laws!), and what turned out to be a 10-a-side match started just after 2pm.

Moumer Khara and Hamza Hafeez feasted on anything errant and added 47 in just over eight overs before they departed in successive overs for 24 and 19 respectively.

The Stoke total was then given substance by Ben Townsend and Ahmed; the former given a chance to show his growth as a batsman, which he took in full; the latter, (pessimistically – and how wrong we were), to get more of a game after limited opportunity the previous day.

Townsend struck the ball cleanly and with authority and ran well, smashing his previous personal best score for the Club. Ahmed started with a Chinese cut for four, could have been bowled a number of times but connected with anything heading for the stumps to utter bemusement of the opposition – and his team-mates who saw his display the previous day – and seemed to hit the ball anywhere a fielder wasn’t.

A partnership of 84 was ended when Townsend was bowled for 43 from 45 balls faced when deciding which part of Surrey to hit a horrible pie that then rolled. The bowler, Somesh, then picked up Carel Ferreira’s wicket, but not before Stoke’s keeper for the day took out his frustration at South Africa’s performance against Bangladesh on the same bowler, hitting him for a big six and two fours in a quickfire 20 before holing out.

With the field spread, new arrival Alistair McMillan pushed the gaps in a nicely constructed 24. Having the day of his life Ahmed continued with his method and hit a third six to add to his eleven fours before he was stumped 38th over. He faced 80 balls for his runs.

Sameer Khara clubbed a couple of fours of his own, but the innings was over eight balls after Ahmed’s dismissal, J.Holder, (no, not that one), taking three wickets with the first four balls of his 7th over, the 39th of the innings.

Jo restored normality back to Sunday tea preparation and Stoke were fuelled up and ready to defend their total.

Openers Newman and Richardson played nicely against Mashood Naeem and Khara Jnr until Naeem took exception to being hacked off the stumps across the line by the latter and sent him packing with a nasty bouncer next ball that could only be fended off to Ferreira who kept well. (No byes.)

No.3 Bruce joined his captain and advanced the score to 48 by the end of the 10th over; prompting the first bowling changes. The first one was Ralph Coleman bringing on himself and he made a great start as he tailed one through Newman’s defences with his fourth delivery, then next ball he found one to lift from a generally benign but good surface that next man Pike could only glove to Ferreira.

At the other end debutant Malik Rehan bowled a couple of nice overs before a previous shoulder injury returned leaving Stoke a small issue of 4th/5th/6th bowler combinations. Ahmed tried a couple of overs before drinks; but Stoke still had work to do with the board showing 99 for 3 and two batsmen having got themselves in.

The double-change afterwards had the desired effect. Townsend pressured Wallace to punch to Naeem in the covers; Alistair McMillan tempted Medhurst down the track and he was duly stumped; then Townsend, (4-0-21-2), took his 50th career wicket for the Club when he castled Somesh.

Although Stoke had scoreboard control these were important wickets as Bruce was going well at the other end and the asking rate was little more than a run-a-ball.

Clearly worried that he was running out of partners Bruce then played more shots and having finally worked McMillan out, he was then unable to get another sight of him as Khara Jnr was reintroduced in to the attack and he ended the second innings in near identical fashion to the first.

First ball, J.Holder skied to Townsend at point, last man but one Lander played and missed at his first but was bowled by his second; and last man N.Holder was leg-before next ball. Game over more than eleven overs early, Bruce left stranded on 77 not out.

Khara Jnr finished with career best figures of 3 for 25; but five of the seven bowlers used took wickets when called upon to complete a good session the field, made more impressive by the fact that it was a ten man fielding effort.

Sadly the opposition – who in fairness had come a long way – saw the opportunity of an early train combination meaning they shot off before the bar shutters were lifted; but we thank them for providing an opposition for the Sunday side to continue their winning run. Next week our friends the Epsom Methodists come to The Rec.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4055670





Robbie 65 from 39 but 1st XI Lose to Old Ruts

Saturday 1st June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Old Rutlishians 310 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 206 all out (37.5 overs)
Old Rutlishians won by 104 runs

Stoke were set one of the highest totals ever made by an opposition at The Rec, and they gave it a go but eventually fell to defeat.

Opener Wood, who made 96 and 101 (retired) in his other two visits to Stoke added another 112 to his count. Gibbs made 92 and there were healthy partnerships throughout the innings; Ian Hopton, (10-1-68-3), and Shawn Dyson, (10-0-42-2), shared five wickets as Stoke picked up some useful bowling points; there was a wicket each for Will Frost and Tim Handel to go with two run outs near the end. The final total was 310 for 9.

Stoke made a bad start in reply, slipping to 28 for 4; then 48 for 5 despite of 26 by James Trower. Alastair Curran, (47), and Hopton, (18), near on doubled the total but Stoke were staring down the barrel at 126 for 8 as they and others departed.

Robbie Blackburn smashed eleven fours and a six to register his third half-century for the Club before checking out on 65 from 39 balls faced. Will Frost, (15 not out), continued his good form with the bat but aided by 5 for 44 from Trimmings Old Rutlishians were back to winning ways after a surprise defeat last week.

Next week mid-table Stoke travel to Master Park in Oxted to re-acquaint themselves with good friends Oxted & Limpsfield.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753435





Roddy, Gluckers and Others do well at Cheam but 2s lose by 67

Saturday 1st June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Cheam 2nd XI 237 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 170 all out (40.5 overs)
Cheam 2nd XI won by 67 runs

Stoke’s 2nd XI lost an important toss and were committed to 50 overs’ hard labour at Cheam on a hot afternoon.

An opening stand of 78 gave the hosts a nice platform; but it was soon 86 for 3; and Stoke continued to chip away; 120 for 5, then 155 for 7, and even 199 for 9 was a credible effort; wickets shared by Roddy Kelso, (3 for 43), Raja Singh, (3 for 45), Jack Townsend, (2 for 54), and Dan Gluckman, (10-1-32-1); but McManus repeated his party trick of late order runs against Stoke and made an unbeaten 62 to help post a final total of 237 for 9. Earlier in the piece Ben Townsend bowled well and was unlucky to see a difficult slip chance go to ground.

The winning post ultimately proved too far away after tea despite Roddy Kelso, (62), and Dan Gluckman, (31), setting things up after the loss of two early wickets. After that no other batsmen made it past 15 and Cheam only conceded half the extras Stoke did in completing a 67 run win.

Next week’s home game against Ripley is already looking like a must win.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753478





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