Sunday XI victorious over Newdigate

Sunday Friendly
Newdigate 105 all out (34.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 108 for 3 (27 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 7 wickets

Jase Earl and Malcolm Dickson starred with ball and bat respectively as Stoke’s Sunday XI scored a commanding victory over Newdigate in a 10-a-side contest, both sides feeling the pinch in resources due to Fathers’ Day and the need to fulfil an additional Surrey Trust League fixture.

For once the sun shone, but Stoke skipper Stephen Finch returned to the pavilion with news that the visitors had chosen to bat first.

Earl made an early breakthrough when he snared Bowley leg before for just 2; but Fox and Patel advanced the score to 41 by the end of the fifteenth over despite the best efforts of Earl and fellow opener Ralph Coleman on a generally unresponsive surface.

The introduction of spin resulted in a decisive period of play for the home side. Nico Spreeth bowled with good control and bowled Patel for 11, then Fox mis-timed a sweep and late call-up Rupert Style showed good hands under the high ball.

This brought Dorking Overseas player Leverock to the crease, (earlier this year he had played for Bermuda in the recent ICC World T20 qualifiers and he has also represented Surrey’s 2nd XI); but Spreeth bravely tossed the ball up, Leverock took the bait and holed out to Greg Routley in the deep. 51-4; Spreeth 8-1-24-3.

Pressure was maintained by Mike Carty who rattled through six overs for the concession of just 26 runs; figures tarnished by edges through the slip area as Stoke opted for just the one to compensate for the missing player.

No.4 Rance watched the procession of wickets with disbelief at the other end, and struggled to find anyone to stay with him. He profited from two difficult chances to move the total to 90; but the reintroduction of Earl proved a masterstroke.

Duffell was adjudged leg-before and Trower, (no relation to those in Stoke’s membership), hit to Style at cover.

Rod Thomson got in on the act, Campbell hitting to Spreeth at mid-off; but Earl closed the innings on 105 with the last two wickets in the space of three balls. May-Jones was caught by Adam Cooke, and Dilger, (who guested for Stoke in this fixture last year), edged to Dickson at slip; leaving Rance stranded on 47 not out.

Earl returned career best figures of 5-27 in 9.5 overs, due reward for his consistency.

After a mega tea courtesy of Jo; Newdigate had to go for broke, and unleashed Leverock from the Railway End. Style dealt with everything he had to offer.

Cooke was bowled by Campbell with the total on 16; but No.3 Dickson joined Style in an entertaining partnership of 42. Both continued to deal with the threat offered by Leverock, and the pair ran hard.

Style reached 37 with five fours when Leverock finally got one through him towards the end of his twelve over spell, (12-1-28-1), but Dickson continued to accumulate runs and tied the scores with a two that brought up his half-century.

In an attempt to clear the infield to complete the win, he picked out Patel at mid-off off the bowling of Bowley for 51 with six fours; leaving Spreeth to put his pads back on, enter the arena and guide the only ball he faced through backward point to complete the win. Thomson was unbeaten on 9 when stumps were drawn with Stoke victorious by 7 wickets.

Provisionally there is no adult Sunday fixture next week as there is a Development XI fixture scheduled to be played at Pyrford, however decent availability brings in the possibility of an extra adult friendly fixture. Watch this space for updates.

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