Odd Performance by the Sunday XI

Sunday 12th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 148 all out (39.3 overs)
Odney 151 for 1 (26 overs)
Odney won by 9 wickets

An uncharacteristic performance by Stoke’s Sunday XI saw them crash to a nine wicket defeat to new opponents Odney who enquired about a fixture last weekend but were just too late. This week they got in early when we placed our ad and brought a very sociable side along who stayed behind quite a while afterwards.

Pre-game discussions saw the visitors keen to bowl first, and with Stoke happy to back their batting line up despite the traditional multiple drop outs, the token toss saw Alistair McMillan and Moumer Khara take strike against visiting captain Finlay who was sharp for a Sunday bowler; and Van Heerden who landed his gentle medium pacers in good areas.

Khara Snr was well held by Bailie off Finlay for 11; and Carel Ferreira hit first change Moss’ sixth legitimate ball to one of several skilled circle fielders; but McMillan and debutant Richard Harris put Stoke into a decent position at 80 for 2 as the drinks break approached; but then the wheels came off.

McMillan, (36 off 61), missed a full one then Harris Snr who looked good his 31 fell to a decent catch on the circle.

Rod Thomson and Ralph Coleman tried to bat a few overs in the hope that the extra batsman would arrive, (two expressed an interest in playing but when left to agree amongst themselves which one would report neither did), and despite hitting a boundary each they were unable to spread the field; much of this due to left-armer Dickie who sent down four overs for just three runs, taking the wickets of Coleman and Geoff Vinall with successive deliveries before the opposition opened the game up.

Sameer Khara gave Thomson some support but fell to a good overhead slip catch. Thomson himself was the last but one to fall when he was also caught – 120 for 8, effectively for 9 – it was a surprise to many that he only had 12 to his name having hit so many good shots, unfortunately straight to fielders.

Stoke were indebted to Shawn Dyson for covering one of the spaces created by the aforementioned drop outs; and bets were taken on how quickly the opposition would work out that he was he was amongst inferior players. A massive six over extra cover was evidence enough, and he smashed 23 before holing out on the line attempting a repeat in the final over. 148 was now something to bowl at, at least.

Stoke’s hospitality off the pitch – notably Jo’s excellent tea – was sadly matched by the bowlers and fielders when play resumed.

Dobson was given an early life when he mis-drove Sameer Khara to cover. Khara Jnr, and opening bowling partner Rory Harris bowled very well, the latter beat the bat several times, before Dobson and his partner Wilkinson worked them out.

Disappointingly the usual strong suit that is the change bowling had a collective nightmare and a ten over period saw the opposition scoring at tens off a succession of poor deliveries.

Thomson restored some order when he found Wilkinson’s edge and Vinall took a sharp slip catch; but No.3 Bailie, fresh off the back of a century last week, and Dobson who continued to hit the ball in unusual areas, knocked off the rest of the runs.

Two further chances went to ground along the way and the winning runs came courtesy of four byes to sum up the afternoon.

We’ll draw a line under this one and go again next week. Get your availability in – no drop outs, please! – in ASAP so we can assess our strength and find an appropriate fixture.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4047684





1st XI make Winning Start at Worcester Park

Saturday 11th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Worcester Park 151 all out (47.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 152 for 5 (36.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 5 wickets

Stoke made a winning start to life in Division 2 with an efficient put in & chase mission at Worcester Park. Read more

Sunday XI win at Petersfield

Sunday 5th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 225 for 3 (40 overs)
Petersfield 159 for 8 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 66 runs

After the Saturday 2nd XI match was lost due to the opposition ground not being fit; a few of the affected players made themselves available for Sunday to allow an advert to be placed late in the week that generated an offer from an unknown quantity in Petersfield.

We struck gold; getting an invite to a great ground and an opposition that couldn’t be more welcoming…and they even sourced us an eleventh man as we were only able to replace four of the five players that had originally made themselves available but then couldn’t report for a variety of reasons.

The hosts earned more points when they invited us to bat first on winning the toss. First XI all-rounder Straw bowled a heavy ball from one end; at the other a highly promising Hampshire U15 girl Clarke bowled accurately and moved the ball enough to force openers Peter Phipps and Andy Berry to hit out.

The partnership gathered momentum as Berry tucked into some tidy but generally unthreatening change bowling; Berry survived a difficult chance at cow, but otherwise the Club’s first century partnership of the season was brought up in the 20th over. Berry moved to 53 in said over, but having greeted sixth bowler Sashidharan with a towering six into the trees first ball, he was bowled off the next aiming for a repeat. 110 for 1.

Phipps constructed a nice innings of 38 from 71 to complete his preparation for next week’s first round of league matches before being stumped, leaving two new batsmen, Steve Wade and Roddy Kelso, to build on the good foundation laid.

This they did; Wade Snr was scratchy at first but eventually got into a groove. Kelso was in good touch from the start and a stand of 64 in eleven overs was only broken when Clarke returned for her second spell and bowled Wade Snr for 30.

Wade Snr was replaced by Wade Jnr, Rory W created a good impression on debut; running hard and collecting an unbeaten 21 from 16 balls faced. Kelso moved to his half-century courtesy of a dropped catch on the line that trickled over the rope for four. Soon after he was one of fifteen people to leave the field after 40 overs with 225 for 3 racked up on the scoreboard.

After a nice tea with lots of variety; Adrian Mills and Geoff Vinall carried on from where they left off in Suffolk last weekend, sharing twelve overs and limiting the batsmen to just 39 runs for one; opener James Stratford-Tuke hitting Mills to mid-off where Carel Ferreira did well to get both hands under the ball.

A double-change by Phipps saw Kelso and loanee Rob Allerston share the remaining overs to drinks. Each took a wicket. Kelso found his range and the base of Windebank’s middle stump with an inducker; Allerston bowled tidily yet picked up a wicket with an out of character full toss that keeper opening bat Squires simply missed. Squires had made 38 useful runs, mostly through point.

The game was still nicely poised though as Cropley and Straw took the total past the 100-mark.

Ferreira and Ralph Coleman were the next two to have their turn with the ball. The former did well, but it was the latter who reversed one through Cropley’s gate, then Gibson could do little with one that kept low and ended up hitting the stumps via the toe of the bat.

Straw continued to take the attack to the bowlers, but his over-keenness to farm the strike saw him call the younger Stratford-Tuke through for a single that would have been a coin flip for a traditional Sunday fielder; but was officially rated suicidal given that the ball was hit straight to Kelso.

Did the right man walk off? One to discuss later, but Straw’s continued presence kept the game alive. Having taken a liking to a hitherto seam attack, Alistair McMillan came on and teased him to the point of utter frustration, and he was seventh out for the highest score of the mat, (62), when he was bowled giving it the charge.

There was time for Coleman to collect his third when Russell gave the umpire the easiest of leg before decisions; then Wade Snr and Berry shared the final two overs; Clarke completing her good day by nursing the final total up to 159 for 8; a total that contained just two extras, and no byes from Wade Jnr who did a great job. We’d like to see more of you please Rory – over to you to arrange, Dad!

Given where we were with fixtures and availability on Thursday, today was an utter triumph; made possible by the players supporting this fixture by making what was a lengthy away trip on a Bank Holiday weekend. Those available from today for next Sunday will automatically keep their places.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4044352





Stoke rue lost toss in defeat to Epsom

Saturday 4th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 127 all out (39.2 overs)
Epsom 128 for 3 (27.5 overs)
Epsom won by 7 wickets

Stoke got the rough end of the toss and their pre-season programme ended with defeat to Epsom.

Difficult batting conditions saw Max Subba Row and James Trower tough it out early, but both were dismissed by Somerford, (2 for 21), with just 27 on the board. Read more

Sunday Tour Match : Win!

Sunday 28th April 2019
Tour Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 188 for 8 (40 overs)
Woodbridge & Old Woodbridgians 104 all out (24.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 84 runs

Stoke completed a 100% record on tour with a great win against Woodbridge who stepped in for the fixture after hosts Bungay needed resources to fulfil their League fixture. Thanks to Nick Lo for sourcing the opposition, securing use of the ground and arranging teas.

After the 1st XI had their fun the previous day, the Sunday side, made up of many of the Over 40s squad, took their turn; but the pros deserve a lot of credit for helping complete the Stoke XI, for others to field in rotation for the opposition who were missing a couple, and a couple who batted for them at the end.

With the opposition arriving with only nine, (one of whom arrived without kit and waited for his Mum to deliver it some distance to the ground), a negotiated toss saw Stoke bat first in a 40:40.

The Frost brothers were permitted to open the batting together. The O40s took the next spots in the order and the pros provided backup…but actually only faced one ball between them.

Tom played positively and hit some nice shots – some well saved on the circle by the fielders from the tour party – whilst Will batted patiently but still scored at the effective rate off anything loose.

A partnership of 67 ended when Tom F, (45 from 36), pulled one to square leg. Justin Jones dragged the fourth ball he faced on to his stumps, but Mark Christie played nicely, a helping of overthrows saw him reach 14 before he was caught at point with the total on 95.

In 2005 MP Vaughan asked KP Pietersen how he should play in the penultimate session of the Ashes. It’s alleged he was told “your way” – fast forward to 2019 and our KP Morgan asked his captain the same question. Given the brief to block the straight one and smash anything off line he did just that and made one of his highest scores in his ‘young’ Stoke career.

He was the lucky one to be at the crease when Willo reached a maiden half-century off the 68th ball he faced. Willo lost KP with the total on 139, and his captain – who didn’t practice what he preached to KP – on 166. Suddenly the need for Willo to try and go the distance gathered importance – surely he wouldn’t carry his bat, would he?

The dream was ended by his brother of all people who, acting as a substitute fielder, ran him out for 68 with ten fours and a career average now in double figures.

Geoff Vinall and Adrian Mills batted all bar the last ball of the remaining overs. He of pony tail was bowled by Minhas; next ball Handel was bowled behind his legs to halve his tour average. With Ian Hopton not padded up and Shawn Dyson umpiring; Vinall, (12 not out), swapped ends and hit the last ball for two to close the innings on 188 for 8.

Dyson’s willingness to support the Club at all levels saw him offer to keep wicket after another excellent tea.

Mills and Vinall were accurate; the former building pressure as per his tour song; enabling the latter to take two wickets, the first to a good catch by Jones over his shoulder that looked more like Hopton’s when it left the bat, the second saw off stump uprooted and the leg bail still resting on the other two.

Sadly we could only get a side-on shot – courtesy of square leg umpire Nick Lo – but said picture is surely a contender for the feature image of the tour?

Anyway back to the cricket; Woodbridge opener and captain Button had made 33 of the 46 runs before serving up a return catch to Ralph Coleman who only brought himself on as Christie fancied the other end.

Christie made the right call as the O40s continued to show their stuff, Jones taking a nice slip catch off his bowling to account for Sillis for 13. 61 for 4.

Barlow and Baskett kept the board ticking and had one or both gone on it might have made for an interesting finish when news broke that Blackburn and Trower were listed to come in at 10 and 11.

However it was time for some spin. Smart money might have seen Will Frost be the first to have a turn, then Hopton maybe; but it was Handel, with two wickets in two balls in his first over – his first wickets for the Club since September 2014 – who opened the door to a quick finish.

The door ajar, Hopton smashed through it, dispatching the tail with four quick wickets in twelve balls to close the match. Handel took a ridiculous catch on the line; throwing it back to prevent a six, then another more regulation one at cow; Dyson took the simplest of catches followed by a smart stumping of Blackburn who hit another maximum. James Trower was left unbeaten on 2.

Hopton 3.1-0-12-4, Handel 2-1-11-2, the last six wickets fell for just 23 and Woodbridge were all out for 104 in just 25.1 overs.

A great way to end a great weekend. Everyone made it home safely and should all have taken a memory or two – or more – back with them. To think this weekend started with a throwaway comment in the bar after one of the Over 40s training sessions.

There are too many people to thank, particularly the players who came along to make it happen in the first place; but it would be remiss of us not to mention Nick for giving us exclusive use of Barn Owl Glade for the weekend, for sourcing the fixtures, arranging teas and being a constant source of help with logistics.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4031247





Saturday Tour Match : BIG WIN!

Saturday 27th April 2019
Tour Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 325 for 4 (40 overs)
Bungay 126 all out (25.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 199 runs

Stoke played the their first tour match in arguably the most arctic conditions ever but an XI that the skipper would happily go into a Surrey Championship match with began their ‘warm up’ to the season with a big win. Read more

Under 14s Hold Their Nerve to Progress in Cup

Sunday 28th April 2019
Mid Surrey U14 Cup
Leatherhead CC U14s v SDCC U14s Mid Surrey Cup
Stoke D’Abernon U14 102 all out (19.1 overs)
Leatherhead U14 99 all out (19.2)
Stoke D’Abernon U14 won by 3 runs

The Stoke U14 team’s first match of the season was a cup game at Leatherhead and proved to be a nail biter. Stoke only had 10 players, most of whom were U13 and were fielding two new players and one with a broken thumb so the odds were stacked against us! Read more

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