Rain saves Academy at Sunbury

Surrey Trust League
Stoke D’Abernon 24 for 6 (10 overs)
Sunbury Did Not Bat
Match Abandoned

It can sometimes a matter of debate where rain arrives to potentially save a side, but there could be no doubt that Stoke’s Academy were thankful for two heavy downpours at Sunbury.

On a worn pitch that compared favourably to Stoke’s 2009 T20 strip, Jack Raimondo won an important toss and chose to bat with only the most partisan observer confident that the pitch would last.

What followed was carnage. In just the second over of the match Nicholls took a hat-trick with his fourth, fifth and sixth deliveries. Sonny Cott served up a return catch to ball that stopped on him, Tom Frost was castled and James Lander missed a straight full toss and was leg before. 1 for 3.

After a couple of nicely hit twos, James Whitmarsh was adjudged caught at the wicket by Cross off Burgess, (8 for 4). Raimondo hit what would be the innings’ only boundary, but perished the same way Whitmarsh did in the seventh over.

The first rain break arrived after 7.3 overs. The match was reduced to 34 overs per side, but three balls after the resumption Will Patrick guided a ball from Nicholls to Cross’ gloves. 14 for 6. Nicholls registered career best figures of 5-2-8-4, backed up by Burgess who returned figures of 5-0-15-2. Extras top scored with 8.

James Trower, (3 not out), and Josh Howe, (4 not out), each hit a three to the longest boundary on the ground; but Howe’s nicely timed shot was off what would ultimately be the last ball of the match as another heavy shower left standing water on the square despite the efforts of the home side to mop up.

The clubs shook hands and took a point each for their trouble. They now wait on other results to see if they have qualified for one of the two semi-final competitions up for grabs, or miss out completely.

Scorecard Link : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/scoreboard/scorecard.asp?id=11124074