Stoke Molesey Ladies win the Surrey Trust League

Silverware for Stoke as the girls won their final match against Ashford to win the Surrey Trust League Gold Group.

Final Table :

Amy Page has penned the following match report:

Surrey Trust League – Surrey Women – Gold Division
Stoke Molesey Ladies CC 109 all out (30 overs)
Ashford CC Surrey Trust XI 67 all out (18.4 overs)
Stoke Molesey Ladies won by 42 runs

The final game for Stoke Molesey in the Gold Division of the Surrey Trust League Championship took place at Ashford CC on the 22nd September. Stoke Molesey won a crucial toss, chose to bat, and the match commenced.

Megan and Rosie opened, but after facing accurate bowling Rosie’s bails were hit and we were down one wicket. Charlotte and Meg quickly succumbed to the same bowler, Hannah Merchant, leaving us 10-3. Amy P and Alex were our four and five who built a steady 44-run partnership, with exceptional batting by Alex who demonstrated patience and good batting by respecting the good ball, and by hitting the bad. Unfortunately, their partnership was cut short by miscommunication on the square leading to Alex being run-out, with the score at 54-4. Emma strode onto the pitch and showed quality batting building upon her hard work throughout the season in the nets. The pair continued to bat until drinks, where Amy retired and Amy Salisbury came in and batted sensibly. Amy S scored a stylish 14 and was supported by Emma and Katie who were both bowled while attempting to move the score board along. After a second miscommunication on the square, Anya was run out leaving the score at 100-7. Another wicket was lost in the same over as Amy S was caught by Alison McCreedy ending her crucial innings. Jane and Phoebe batted together for the last few overs and nursed the score up to 108-8 who both showed strong batting against good bowling. Jane unselfishly ran herself out allowing Amy Page to face the last ball, who swung and missed to only gain one run as she ran herself out, making the final score 109-9 which was 30 runs short of our target score.

After tea Charlotte opened the bowling and immediately put the opposition under pressure with Rosie bowling good lines at the other end. Charlotte claimed the first wicket with a clean bowled, putting Ashford on the back foot with the score at 5-1. Ashford fought back with steady batting and a partnership grew between Jenny Tippell and Katie Butler, until Anya took a stunning catch at backward square which was hit with great force by Tippell. It was one of the most difficult and crucial catches seen all season dismissing Tippell for 15. Charlotte and Rosie continued to bowl at both ends. Rosie took a second wicket with a straight ball which ended Katie Butler’s joint top score in the innings of 15. Charlotte took her second wicket with a sliding ‘caught and bowled’ leaving the score at 34-4. The rest of the team supported their bowlers throughout the innings and demonstrated first class fielding. Jane, Anya and Phoebe are to be noted for their clean pick-ups and their text book long barriers. Charlotte finished off her spell with a third wicket which was caught by Rosie, a solid catch which made the score 34-5. Megan and Amy Salisbury took over the bowling, with Meg taking her first wicket with a straight ball. The pair showed top quality bowling, resulting with Amy getting a caught and bowled leaving the score at 63-7. The opposition still looked strong as Hannah Merchant showed quality batting and looked comfortable keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Katie was put on to bowl for a change of pace which resulted in her gaining Merchant’s wicket via LBW on her first ball of the over. Katie went on to take the last two remaining wickets in the same over.

Ashford’s final score was 67 all-out which meant Stoke Molesey won by 42 runs, sealing their win of the Surrey Trust League Gold Division. Stoke Molesey worked together, supported each other, and produced some of the best cricket seen all season, bowling no wides (!), making the captain truly proud. The overall bowling and fielding was memorable and enjoyable to watch with all players showing great skill and commitment. We look forward to the winter nets where we shall build on our batting and our communication. A big thank you to Jon Elworthy, Mark Packham and Andy Page for their continued commitment to the team throughout the season, and to all the parents for their unfailing support. It has truly been a pleasure. We look forward to 2014.

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