Saturday 21st May 2016
Travelbag Surrey Championship – Division 5
Chertsey 187 all out (47.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 191 for 7 (44.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 3 wickets
An overcast day and a bit of grass on the “deck” made it an easy decision to bowl first on winning the toss, and that’s just what Ian Hopton did standing in for regular captain James Trower.
James Miller and Adrian Mills took the new ball and had the Chertsey openers under pressure early on. The ball swung and scoring was slow, with a few edges not going to hand. The breakthrough came in the 15th over when the batsmen hesitated taking a single and James Corbishley hit the stumps direct from point.
Mehtab opened his shoulders trying to break the shackles and was dropped off the bowling of Toby Tarrant when he skied one to mid off. Overseas player Van Vuuren hit 10 off Mills’ last over before falling off the last ball of the swing bowler’s spell, edging a variation to Jack Raimondo at gully. The next ball from Tarrant saw Wade take a diving catch to dismiss Mehtab for 40.
60-3 and Stoke were on top, but couldn’t press home the advantage. Hopton and Duncan Elder had spells, but Hanger had joined home skipper Burton for a partnership of 50 before Miller came on for a 2nd spell and trapped Burton leg before for 30. Miller would finish with 1-20 in his 10 overs.
Hanger moved on to 38 and looked well set, before being bowled by one that kept low from Hopton, who also accounted for Taylor playing on a couple of overs later.
Drizzle threatened to turn into proper rain for a while, and the ball was hard to grip in the field, but Jase Earl managed good control in his spell. He found the edge of Wiggins’ bat, James Whitmarsh doing the rest behind the stumps, and clean bowled Powelsland for 13.
The home tailenders attempted an ambitious run off Hopton’s bowling, only to see the bowler complete an easy run out, before Earl mopped up the tail to finish with 3-7 from 2.4 overs. The last 3 wickets fell for 2 runs and we needed 188 to win.
James Corbishley got the innings off to a fast start, hitting Westcott for 3 boundaries in his first 2 overs. He couldn’t stick around though falling to a sharp gully catch off the tight bowling of Loveridge having made a run a ball 14.
Hopton joined Steve Wade at the crease for a half century partnership. They found gaps in the field, and Hopton hit a lovely straight 6, but just as it looked like they were taking control they fell in consecutive overs with the score on 68. Hopton gave a return catch to Burton before Wade was trapped leg before for 30.
Will Gudgeon and Whitmarsh came together and both took a liking to the spinner. Between them they took 28 runs off the last 9 balls of his opening spell. Gudgeon’s consecutive 6s were particularly impressive, especially as it seemed he was going aerial in response to a perfectly timed cover drive grinding to a halt before boundary due to the now very wet outfield.
Again just as we looked on top both batters got out, this time in consecutive balls from Mehtab, Gudgeon spooning a catch into the covers before Whitmarsh shouldered arms to one that clipped the off stump. 106-5.
Raimondo and Earl were now the new batsmen and with us 60% of the way there by drinks they opted to see off Burton who finished his spell with 1-22.
Westcott returned for a 2nd spell, unfortunately starting with 2 beamers, which Raimondo did well to avoid, the bowler earning a warning from the umpires, however he was cleaned up by a yorker later in the over. Westcott couldn’t find consistency though and the partnership of Earl and Miller took advantage hitting 7 boundaries in his next 4 overs. The pair took us to within 10 runs of victory before Earl edged the returning Van Vuuren to Taylor behind the stumps for 35, a knock that included 6 boundaries.
Duncan Elder came in to support Miller for the last patient few runs needed for victory which came with a big mow over cow corner for 6 to take Miller to 36 not out.
Stoke won by 3 wickets and next week make the journey to Old Pauline with an eye on the top half of the league table.