Sunday XI beat the Surrey Cryptics

Sunday 29th June 2014
Stoke D’Abernon 209 for 9 declared (46 overs)
Surrey Cryptics 133 all out (31 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 76 runs

A seventh straight win for Stoke’s Sunday XI as the Surrey Cryptics were beaten by 76 runs.

After being inserted, Alistair McMillan blunted the opening bowlers whilst Stephen Anderson was his usual attacking self at the other end, hitting three fours and three sixes in a knock of 47 from 35 balls. Both were dismissed in quick succession, Anderson bowled by Goss, then McMillan, (10), was caught at the wicket off the bowling of Stoke Quizmaster Peter Andrew. 60 for 2.

Captain Nick Lo and Jeremy Connell kept the board moving. Lo, (19), hit a six and a two fours before spooning up a catch to mid-off off Andrew trying to manoeuvre the ball away from the defensively placed fielders. Connell did get his runs count, (35), ahead of the number of balls that he faced, (29), with a six and five fours, three of them off successive balls from Grindrod; but became Andrew’s third victim.

Andrew returned figures of 3 for 40 from nine overs before leaving the field with a calf-strain.

Next pair Baz Medlycott and Moumer Khara put together a partnership of 73 to get Stoke back on track. Both hit 37 and both hit four fours, but these were the only similarities in their innings. Khara survived an early chance, but then hit the ball cleanly, facing 40 balls for his runs.

Medlycott toughed it out, and showed good patience to not be frustrated by his initial inability to pierce the field. He took 33 balls to score his first three runs, but hit his next 34 came from 28 as the declaration loomed. A well deserved career best for Stoke.

Medlycott was actually ninth out, the fifth of five wickets to fall in the space of 23 balls, including three wickets in one over by Edwards, (4 for 34), as the lower order unselfishly sacrificed their wickets in the pursuit of quick runs. Last pair Ralph Coleman and Richie Parrett took the total beyond the 200-mark and Lo called time at 209 for 9 after 46 overs.

After tea, all the bowlers used took wickets. Keegan Weideman started things off when Wright was bowled, then Parrett swung one through Taylor’s defences.

First change Ed Ashwell again demonstrated his promise with the wickets of Greenway, who could only glove a delivery to Connell behind the timbers, and Goss who was castled off the last ball of his spell. Stoke were in the ascendancy when drinks were taken at 86 for 4.

Khara entered the fourth column when Anderson took a good diving catch to account for Seeckts; and Lo exposed the tail when opener Hogben, the top scoring batsman with 33, (there were 38 extras), was leg before sweeping, unable to resist temptation to go across the line with an inviting gap at mid-wicket.

After Lo, (2 for 14), bowled Edwards who was bowled playing back when he should really have played forward; Harry Ross polished off the tail, taking 3 for 12. Grindrod was frustrated into holing out to Ashwell in the deep, Smith served up a return catch and Andrew was bowled first ball to complete a 76 run win.

Next week a much changed Stoke Sunday XI, (the younger players will be on Surrey Trust League duty), host the Old Ashfordians for the second time this season.

Scorecard Link : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11940094