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

Saturday 28th December 2019 – CLEAR THE BEER

A Merry Christmas to our members, supporters and sponsors!
On Saturday 28th December 2019 we will open the Clubhouse from 7pm for an important event…
We have unopened barrels to sell off at knockdown prices – miles cheaper than any pub you might choose to visit instead so plan accordingly!
Price reductions will also apply to bottled ale, cider and wine by the glass/bottle.
It all has to go before we re-stock for the 2020 season!
Members are welcome to bring guests to help!
This event is always well supported so we hope to see you continue the tradition and catch up with everyone connected with the Club over the festive period. Read more

Thanks from David Willis

We contacted David Willis say that our thoughts were with him, and typical of the man he took time out to pen this reply.

It was very kind of you to write. Altough Bob didn’t play as many games at Stoke as I did it was certainly at the Stoke Rec that he honed his skills. We moved to the village from Manchester in 1954 and Bob and I were regulars at the ground on match days, carrying the players’ bags, putting the numbers up on the scoreboard and generally getting in the way. Read more

Tributes pour in for Bob

Everyone connected with the Club is shocked by today’s news. Our hearts go out to David W and his family.

Former Chairman Chris Gudgeon, now living in Canada, has taken time to pen the below:
The news today is very sad.
Bob leaves so many memories as a friend, neighbour and hero to me as a child.
On his return from Australia as a replacement to Alan Ward on his first tour I went round to his house on Bray Road where he gave me an autographed list of all the players.
I still have that treasured item.
He loved Stoke D’Abernon CC, visited us many times and was always humble as to where his amazing career began.
Rest In Peace, Bob Read more

Centuries as a Percentage of Total – Updated

Further to the articles previously published, (see links below), we have updated the spreadsheet with the centuries scored this season by Jase Earl, Harry Nawaz, Alastair Curran and James Trower.

The revised list is here : SDCC Centuries and Percentage of Total (To the end of the 2019 season)

Harry’s effort against Cheam was only the 10th occasion where a Stoker has scored a century and the team has been bowled out.

Ali’s century against Dorking is also a statistical anomaly. Voted the best individual performance of the season by the players, (a round up of the awards will follow soon); it was the only century scored this year where the team didn’t go on to win the match; and it is also the lowest ever percentage of a Stoke total to contain a century…although credit of course to the rest of the team for making a total of over 300!

Links to previous articles:
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Sunday XI fall short in Merton

Sunday 22nd September 2019
Kingstonian 193 for 5 (30 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 168 for 8 (30 overs)
Kingstonian won by 25 runs

For the second week running Stoke were left to rue an untidy first phase of the match and a number of missed chances and lost a game that otherwise could have been won. This negative aside, it was another very enjoyable afternoon and a triumph for persistence and a will to get a game on; the players not deterred by a heavy shower that arrived just as they did to put the fixture in doubt. After waiting around, an inspection of the pitch delivered a “passable” verdict and the players decided to give it a go; limiting things to a 30 over contest given the ghastly forecast for later on.

With a bit more ‘league’ element to their side than when they faced us two weeks ago Kingstonian chose to bat first on winning the toss; brave given the pitch was spicy, but when have they ever left the pitch in the equation when they bat!

Consequently the field was spread pretty quickly as the bowlers struggled to find any consistent length – part of this down to the footing and the wet ball – making field placement near on impossible; the only ‘dismissal’ was young Saravanan who was dealt a nasty blow from an Andy Butler bouncer and went for a sit down to keep the game moving.

One immune from any criticism was James Morgan who did everything but take a wicket in his initial spell of four overs and his comeback two later on; swings & misses missing everything and difficult chances not sticking.

The breakthrough finally came when Drew Birch, who travelled through driving rain from Poole for his annual appearance, picked up the wicket of Joshi who chipped to Stephen Finch at slip; then after trying one swing too many Kedia hit to Moumer Khara at mid-wicket shortly after completing his half-century. Khara Snr caught the same player in the match we played a few weeks back.

Thereafter the sides traded wickets for runs in the closing overs. Shukla made the most of his early life and constructed a nice 28 before skyign a return catch to Andy Butler. Footage of this dismissal is on the Stoke Twitter feed, (@StokeDabernonCC for those not following us); as were the last two wickets, run outs effected by Arman Zaheen who saved many runs on the line.

Kingstonian closed on a competitive 193 for 5; chaseable but we needed someone to go big or a couple of big partnerships.

The chase started promisingly as Justin Jones smashed the first ball for four and cashed in on anything loose; but there was less hittable stuff served up by Kingstonain’s openers than Stoke’s. Jones, (15), picked out point with the total on 35; but Moumer Khara and Rob Butler kept Stoke on track with a stand of 48, the stand going from 38 to 48 as Khara Snr crashed a four and a six to pass 2000 career runs for the Club; but after a delay searching for the lost ball, he was leg before to then next for 48 attempting a repeat.

Butler Jnr had large periods where he couldn’t get the strike but had reached 33 at a run-a-ball in good time, passing 500 runs for the, (half), season in the process; but when he fell to a stinging catch at mid-wicket by the home skipper with the total on 118 and the asking rate pushing nines; the lack of lower order firepower ultimately proved decisive.

Not that the Stoke players didn’t give it a go despite it not being a natural game for many. Deepak Malhotra, who kept well again, was unlucky to be run out when his bat stuck in a used end; Zaheen and Finch were both stumped trying to hit grenades from Jacobs into the next parish, and Butler Snr’s entertaining 27 off 20 ended with 39 needed off the last 15 balls.

As expected this was an unlikely equation; Birch ran himself out coming back for two after his reverse sweep barely made it off the circle; leaving Morgan and Sameer Khara to register red-inkers.

The difference was 25 runs. Regrets, a few, but then again too few to mention. We got a game on and had fun.

So is that the end of things for the year? Well, it’s up to you. Get your availabilities in and we will see what we can do. Pitch availability will be a challenge if we’re too late but if we have numbers we’ll have a go.

Scorecard :

Great effort by the Sunday XI at Chipstead

Sunday 15th September 2019
Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians 231 for 4 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 194 for 9 (40 overs)
Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians won by 37 runs

While many have called time on their season or chose to watch events at The Oval as their cricket fix, 22 guys made the most of the excellent end of season weather and played out a fun game where, for a couple of periods, Stoke looked like chasing down a good score that was based on a century by a 1s player who carried his bat. Read more

Sunday XI win at Kingstonian. Deepak 74, Aarav 4-14, Ralphie Hat-Trick

Sunday 8th September 2019
Stoke D’Abernon 232 for 7 (40 overs)
Kingstonian 178 all out (39 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 54 runs

Stoke’s Sunday XI continued a memorable weekend for the Club by reversing an earlier defeat to Kingstonian.

On arrival Ks advertised themselves as weaker than when the last sides met as their league players had reached the T20 Finals Day, so were keen for Stoke to have a bat when the coin was tossed. For the record it was a win.

Malcolm Dickson was an early departure to a leg before decision given by player umpire Geoff Vinall; but this was debutant Singh’s – and his team’s – only early success.

Deepak Malhotra and Carel Ferriera saw him off and then tucked into some moderate change bowling, taking Stoke the verge of 100 when Ferreira was stumped for 47. The pair had to do a lot of running with large boundaries.

Late call up Arman Zaheen played patiently to make the most of his chance; but a 67 partnership still came in good time. Having gone past 50, Malhotra Snr looked to be walking towards a hundred, taking all the singles on offer, so it was a surprise to many that he was then stumped for 74 with lots of overs left having missed one of Jacobs’ grenades.

The Finch brothers moved the score past the 200 mark, (Chris 15, Stephen 12), before they, Rod Thomson and Aarav Malhotra sacrificed themselves in the closing overs in the pursuit of quick runs.

Vinall walked out to face the last ball of the innings which he clubbed back over the bowler’s head for four to lift the total to an over-par 232 for 7. Zaheen walked off unbeaten on 40, a career best for him in any form of cricket. Good things happen to nice people. He will be an excellent club man.

After tea Andy Butler and Aarav Malhotra bowled well at the openers; one of whom played against Stoke’s 2s in the League fixture; but he was pressured by the latter into serving up a catch for Ralph Coleman at mid-on. No.3 Wheatcroft was given little opportunity to score by Stoke’s openers and first change Ferreira benefited as he was caught on the circle by Malhotra Jnr trying to hit out.

41 for 2 and Stoke were in good shape but Singh, who made an unbeaten 89 when the sides met last time, was at it again, punishing anything loose. He needed someone to stay with him, and young No.3 Karvin Saravanan did just that, growing gradually into his innings.

Vinall and Thomson bowled economically – and well – up to the drinks break to keep Stoke in control, but the break did Stoke no favours as the batsmen worked out what they needed per over and played accordingly.

An untidy 2-3 overs when play re-started saw Butler and Malhotra Jnr recalled, and both delivered…Butler – the undisputed best player in the family in this match with his brother restricted to a watching brief with Dad due to school commitments – got a deserved wicket when Singh played on for 69; and in the next over Malhotra Jnr doubled his count when Patel hit tamely to Ferreira in the covers. 108 for 4 and Stoke were back on track.

But Kingstonian came hard again; Karvin Saravanan running everything and his namesake Sharu Saravanan dealing in boundaries; being particularly severe on Coleman who served up a lot of scoring opportunities; so things were starting to swing back towards the hosts.

However mid-way through what was going to be – and was – his last over; both Saravanans skied catches to Dickson and Ferreira off successive deliveries; and next ball the senior pro missed a straight, easily defendable one; thus completing the most burgled hat-trick in history and repair figures of 3.2-0-33-0 to 3.5-0-33-3 – make no mistake; this was a Stephen Finn at the MCG sort of triple, not a Darren Gough at the SCG one. Cricket, bloody hell.

So 162 for 7 and the tail starting to appear, Thomson and Malhotra Jnr came back to complete their allocations. The latter also took wickets in successive deliveries. Kalaravy was bowled playing back to one that kept low; then next ball Jacobs served up a catch to Dickson at short cover who juggled it several times before parrying it up in the air where Coleman, at silly point, gleefully completed the dismissal to be involved in five of the nine wickets to fall to that point. Cricket, bloody hell again.

Malhotra Jnr missed the chance for the 5-for when young Leah Bradley bravely kept out his last two deliveries. Nevertheless he could be very pleased with his contribution to the defence of the total; final figures of 8-3-14-4 standing out a mile compared to all the other bowlers in the match.

In the next over Thomson got his revenge on young Leah by shattering her stumps off his last ball to complete a 54 run win. The early deliveries in the over sticking – as many did – in the gloves of Deepak Malhotra who completed a good day for the family with a tidy performance behind the stumps.

A great day and good fun had by all in nice September sunshine. Thanks to Ks who were as always, good hosts and played it the right way.

As for Stoke, September friendlies are very hard to secure, so get your availabilities in asap please and we’ll see what we can do to extend the season.

Scorecard :

Sunday XI beat Claygate by 2 Runs

Sunday 1st September 2019
Stoke D’Abernon 160 for 8 (40 overs)
Claygate 158 for 7 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 2 runs

You could forgive home supporters for leaving this one early with the opposition 122 for 2 with two well-set batsmen in and a fast outfield; but Stoke’s bowlers and fielders conjured up a narrow win in an exciting match played in a tremendous spirit. Read more

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