1st XI defeat Chertsey

Surrey Championship Division 5

Chertsey 154 all out (50 overs)

Stoke D’Abernon 158 for 2 (26.1 overs)

Stoke D’Abernon, (13 points), beat Chertsey, (0 points), by 8 wickets

Stoke exacted revenge for an early season defeat at Chertsey with a comprehensive 8 wicket victory at the Rec.

On winning the toss, skipper Siddhartha Lahiri inserted Chertsey on a hard new wicket. 18 year old Will Lander opened from the railway end and posed immediate problems for the opening pair, bowling a hostile line and length. Tim Handel bowled unchanged for 10 overs at the other end, starving the batsman of runs, returning figures of 2 for 30 at the end of his spell.

The first wicket fell on 32, when Kiwi Under 19 opener Grant played a full ball from Handel onto his stumps. Four runs later, Grant was joined in the pavilion by opener Pulling, superbly caught at short leg by Will Gudgeon off Lander.

A fine display of tight bowling and disciplined fielding was the feature of Stoke’s performance throughout the Chertsey innings. The score was restricted to 70 for 3 at the first drinks interval, after 20 overs and 134 for 6 off 40. Ian Hopton was the star of the show, posting 5 for 36 from an unchanged 15 over spell.

At the other end Hiken Shah weighed in with miserly figures of 6-3-6-2, collecting two leg before decisions, and there was a brief, but commendable, five over spell from Josh Howe to continue to tie the batsmen down. Chertsey were all out for 154 on the final ball of the 50th over.

In reply the opening pair of Lahiri and Shah played positive cricket from the first ball of Stoke’s reply. The score had reached 98 at the first drinks interval, with Shah eventually falling for 59 from 72 balls faced with twelve fours when the score had reached 123 in the 23rd over; the pair’s third century opening partnership of the season.

Tim Handel played a typically aggressive cameo innings of 21 from just nine balls faced, striking Chapman for 6,4,4 and 6 before holing out to mid off on the 5th ball of the same over. The winning hit was made by Lahiri on the first ball of the 27th over, driving Chapman for 4, the fifteenth time he found the fence in his unbeaten 69 from 72 balls faced.

Victory against 2nd placed Chertsey has opened up the promotion race and Stoke visit Thames Ditton next week where they will hope to maintain their winning streak.

Scorecard Link : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/scoreboard/scorecard.asp?id=10911090