Trust League victory at Spencer

Surrey Trust League
Spencer 167 all out (37.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 172 for 8 (39.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 2 wickets

A club Surrey Trust League fifth wicket stand of 132 between James Corbishley, (61), and Giacomo Gray, (69), helped Stoke win a pulsating encounter in Earlsfield.

Spencer, one of the sides always expected to contest the Trust League title every year and boasting a colts’ section running at over 550(!), chose to bat first on winning the toss.

Shane Thompson, (4-1-9-2), took two early wickets in his first Trust League outing for the club, but Rackon, (17), Atkinson, (38), and S.Malik, (44), gave the total substance.

Baz Medlycott, (8-0-29-1), Jack Townsend, (6-0-25-2), and Billy Zander, (7.5-0-23-2), showed that pace off the ball was an effective tactic, captain James Trower bravely and correctly choosing not to go back to Thompson back despite his early brilliance. There was also a wicket for Olly Trower on his return to the Stoke gold, blue and silver.

In reply Spencer forced Stoke into a corner. Trower(O) was leg before for 4, then Khan took out Ian Hopton, Trower(J), and Alastair Curran for single figure scores. 20 for 4.

However Corbishley and Gray did the business, taking what was on offer and becoming gradually more expansive as the asking rate rose. The required rate tipped above a run-a-ball, but Stoke didn’t panic – at first – as the short boundaries provided plenty of scoring opportunities.

As the winning post neared, both departed for their career best Trust League scores. Thompson then scooped a slower ball to a fielder, Michael Dolman was bowled next ball leaving Medlycott, Zander and young Townsend the task of knocking off the remaining runs.

In the end Stoke got a massive helping hand as Zander tipped a single, might have been run out with a direct hit, but the ball missed the stumps and ran all the way to the boundary for overthrows to complete a famous win.

The Corbishley/Gray partnership eclipsed that set by Gavin Gresse and Will Gudgeon in Stoke’s first ever match in the Trust League in June 2007, (http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=10282409); and we also think back to kind comments made by Spencer on their Play Cricket site when they beat us heavily in 2010:

“…Thanks to Stoke D’Abernon for their excellent hospitality. With some talented young guys certainly look like a club on the up.”

Is this next generation of talented youngsters set to help us push on again?

The zonal table still shows that Stoke have work to do and they are effectively in a ‘win all’ situation if they want to progress to one of the play-off placed, but the confidence they should take into next week’s tie against Beddington can only be a positive.

Scorecard Link : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11859637

Table Link : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/league_table?id=6949&season_id=72

Record Partnerships Link : http://www.stokecc.co.uk/record-partnerships/