Sunday XI complete the double over the Old Ashfordians

Sunday 6th July 2014
Old Ashfordians 170 for 7 declared (44 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 172 for 7 (32.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won 3 wickets

Stoke’s Sunday XI continued their winning run with a successful run chase at the Rec. Firstly some massive votes of thanks : to Jo Patrick for sorting a tea a late notice after some late selection changes across the two Sunday sides; to Andy Page for running the game, and to Will Thomson for sourcing two last minute call-ups to complete the side and save Chris Finch, (who forgot it was his birthday when he gave his availability), a long trip to Stoke.

Back to the cricket, the question was whether the usual formula of ‘Old As bat and set Stoke a score then Jason Carr bowls us out/most of us out’ would be repeated. We weren’t too far away from this again as the visitors chose to make first use of the pitch.

Raja Singh and Andrew Somerville took an early wicket each, but Carr and Richards, (37), took the total to 66 before Harry Ross and Jay Atwal accounted for them both.

Opportunities were given to other bowlers and most took wickets. Stephen Finch bowled Daffern and Nico Coetzee, in his first appearance of the season, bowled Mills. The returning Singh, (9-1-30-2), bowled top scorer Smith for 58 before the Halles took the total to 170 at the end of the 44th over.

In reply Ross was an early casualty by Stephen Anderson did his usual and got the board ticking with a quickfire 41 that included three sixes, and a fourth ‘six’ that included overthrows. Sadly he sold Alastair Curran, (12 with a six), down the river; and debutant Ollie John’s dismissal for a single left Stoke in a precarious position at 65 for 4.

However Somerville and Finch put together a partnership of 56 to keep Stoke in control, Finch departing for 15. This was Carr’s third wicket, and he took a fourth when James Marsh was bowled for a single, but Somerville was still there and hit his maiden fifty for the club with his ninth four to keep Stoke in the pound seats.

Somerville departed for 51 with just 18 runs needed, but Page & Coetzee knocked the remainder off without further loss, both finishing unbeaten on 15. Carr finished with 15-5-46-4.

A highly sociable opposition were still at HQ when the Trust League squad returned from their match and we thank them again for their contribution and the spirit in which they play the game. Next week Stoke host The Vultures.

Scorecard Link : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11940095