Rain ends 1st XI promotion hopes

Surrey Championship Division 5

Chipstead Coulsdon and Walcountians 243 for 5 (50 overs)

Stoke D’Abernon 103 for 3 (22.2 overs)

Chipstead Coulsdon and Walcountians, (9 points), beat Stoke D’Abernon, (0 points), by 5 runs

Stoke’s slim chances of promotion from Division 5 were finally ended by a torrential downpour mid-way through their run chase leaving them six runs short of the requisite total after 22.2 overs. At the same time, the ‘win’ points gained by Chipstead were enough to secure them a deserved promotion of their own.

Siddhartha Lahiri won the toss and chose to field. Earlier in the season openers Woods and Elkin posted an opening stand of 240 in the reverse fixture, and the pair set about the Stoke bowling again, adding 113 in 24 overs before Woods, (75), edged Hiken Shah to Tom Frost. Woods hit eight fours and three sixes.

Elkin pushed the field and in partnership with Watson a further 86 runs were added, but the Stoke bowlers stuck to their task with the wet ball, notably spinners Shah, (10-0-28-1), and Josh Howe showing good control given the conditions.

Will Gudgeon held a good catch off Tim Handel to account for Watson for 42; then Will Lander, (2-54), collected both his wickets toward the end of the innings when Clarke was bowled for 6, and Elkin skied to Shah four short of what would have been a second century against the same opposition for the season.

Lander’s wickets were sandwiched by a run out by Handel off his own bowling to account for Padfield. The innings closed on 243 for 5.

In reply, Stoke lost Lahiri and Handel in successive overs with just seven runs on the board; but Shah and Anthony Alleyne re-built the innings and added 59 for the third wicket. Alleyne, (17), failed to pick a slower ball from second change and skied to Woods at mid-wicket; but Jack Raimondo and Shah continued to push the score along at just below the required score, posting the 100 by the end of the 22nd over.

Shah compiled a typically classy unbeaten 57 with eight fours.

Stoke were well set to mount their charge, but a terminal shower arrived two balls later to flood the ground, removing all prospects of any further play, leaving Stoke to rue a combination of bad luck and a collective inability to do their five times table in the gathering gloom.

News of a surprise defeat by Farncombe at relegation threatened Dorking made this result even more of a bitter pill to swallow, so Stoke will look to take out their frustrations on neighbours Maori Oxshott next week.

Congratulations to Chipstead on a deserved promotion. Their lead at the top of the table is reflective of their dominance of this division this year, and have set the standard for Stoke to follow in 2011.

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