Record score for Will Gudgeon as 1st XI beat Churt in thriller

Saturday 8th August 2015
Surrey Championship Division 5
Stoke D’Abernon 305 for 9 (50 overs)
Churt 295 all out (46.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 10 runs

A career best 154 from captain Will Gudgeon rescued Stoke from a precarious position and turned the innings on its head, resulting in a formidable total at the Rec.

Gudgeon’s score was a career best for him in all forms, and a record score in all men’s league cricket for Stoke, beating Adrian Macarty’s 153 not out against Ewhurst in 1995. ( The bowlers and fielders then did the job to secure maximum points…just.

Despite winning the toss things didn’t start well as Adrian Taylor and Tim Handel were gone with just 18 on the board. James Trower, (22), and Ian Hopton re-built things but both fell with the score on 46.

Gudgeon and James Whitmarsh added 55, but again two wickets fell on the same score, and in this case in successive balls as Whitmarsh, (30), and James Corbishley became De Freitas’ third and fourth victims. De Freitas, (10-1-27-4), had bowled his ten overs by the end of the 29th over and with only five bowlers in the team this represented a gamble by the visitors.

It was one that backfired as Gudgeon and Giacomo Gray, (37), tucked into the change bowlers, adding 99 for the seventh wicket. This was a record 7th wicket stand in all league cricket for Stoke, eclipsing the unbroken stand of 92 between Adam Jolliffe and Mike Cooper in 1986. (

This partnership was also one of two records in Surrey Championship cricket for Stoke during this innings; the seventh wicket stand beat one between Jack Raimondo and Matt Gottschalk in 2011, (; and the ninth wicket stand with Alex Bond of 41, (Bond made just one of them), beat the previous best between Gottschalk again and Bond against Dorking two seasons ago.

The seventh and ninth wicket stands surrounded a good eighth wicket stand too. Gudgeon and Nico Spreeth, (18), added 55 at more than ten per over. Fifth bowler Crane’s last two overs went for 38 and he ended up with figures of 10-0-100-1. 126 runs came from the las eleven overs.

Gudgeon finally checked out on 154, (21 x 4, 6 x 6), and some last wicket runs between Bond and Toby Tarrant took the score to 305 for 9.

Churt made a solid start to the chase. Tarrant, who came off his sick-bed to play, took two early ones but a third wicket partnership of 124 between Palmer, (52) and Finnerton, (84), got the chase on track. Gray removed the former and the latter was run out by Nico Spreeth; but a fifth wicket partnership of 51 took the visitors to within 87 runs of the target with seventeen overs to go.

Tarrant, (10-2-39-3), broke the partnership by removing Marshall for 53; but the visitors kept going, No.7 Higgins and No.8 Crane both passing 20.

Hopton and Gray, (9-0-50-3), chipped away at the lower order but the last par needed just twelve going into the 47th over. But Stoke secured the win when Handel took a catch off Hopton, (8.1-0-47-3), with the total on 295.

A great game and Stoke move back to 4th place in the table with their sights on third placed Weybridge Vandals at their ground next Saturday.

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