Sunday 19th June 2016
Stoke D’Abernon 141 for 9 (40 overs)
Wisley Southside 108 all out (37.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 33 runs
Stoke’s Sunday XI recorded an ultimately comfortable win over Wisley in a good spirited encounter at The Rec.
Invited to bat first on winning the toss, Stoke lost Alistair McMillan in the first over when he was bowled by visiting skipper Domingo.
Runs were difficult to come by on a pitch that was difficult to get in on; but Peter Phipps and No.3 Jase Earl did the hard yards and moved the score to 28 by the end of the eighth over.
The ninth was a completely different story. Domingo jagged one back through Earl’s defences and he departed for 17; Alex Thomson was bowled second ball, and his Dad suffered the same fate on the next delivery. 28 for 4, Domingo had figures of 5-2-14-4 but took himself off at that point so never sent down the hat-trick ball.
Phipps found another to stay with him in the form of returning hero Andy Ivory, making his 436th appearance for the club and his first since August 2013.
The pair batted cautiously after resolving a couple of running between the wickets issues, moving the total past the 50-mark as the drinks break approached.
Ivory departed for 10 when he got under a delivery from Sunil and Domingo did the rest on the edge of the circle, and Stoke were still in trouble when Cameron Blackshaw-Thomas, another making a Stoke comeback, was bowled by Oscar Richards. 54 for 6.
Some much needed oomph to the proceedings came from No.8 Mike Carty who was making his first appearance of the season. Batting with good method he hit seven of the first fifteen deliveries he faced for four; and in partnership with Phipps who continued to anchor things at the other end, the total had doubled by the end of the 29th over.
Carty hit two nice sixes to the scoreboard, but perished soon after the second one for 45 from 31 balls faced, leg-before to sixth bowler Reed.
Stoke still had plenty of overs to bat. Phipps continued to grind it out and Drew Birch did likewise, the pair moving the total to 127 by the mid-point of the 39th before Birch was bowled for 8 the ball after hitting his first boundary for the Club. Adrian Mills was next in and clipped the last ball of the over for a nice four through square.
Phipps eventually checked out on 44 from 115 balls faced with three fours; a priceless innings in the context of the match. A few runs were nudged after that to close the innings on 141 for 9.
The players saw off another mighty tea from Jo, and Stoke began the defence of their total with some good opening overs from Mills and Birch who gave little away.
T.Richards chased the first ball he faced from Mills to slip where Phipps did the rest to bring former Stoke colt Alex Fletcher to the crease.
Fletcher found Mills in fine form, making full use of the gloomy conditions and beating the edge numerous times; just a couple of ‘get out’ fours moving the board. Mills bowled his eight over allocation in one spell to finish with 8-3-21-1. Birch’s first five overs yielded just six runs and a tidy first over from Alex Thomson saw just 20 runs taken from the first 12 overs.
Thomson Jnr bowled decent areas in his first outing of the season, and was backed up well by Earl who got five overs into his legs, (5-1-11-0), either side of the drinks break. Blackshaw-Thomas bowled five decent overs with a damp ball as the players played through some drizzle.
Despite having control of the scoreboard, Stoke only had Mills’ early strike for their efforts by the end of the 26th over. Opener McIntosh and Fletcher had moved the score to 80; but the next wicket to fall, that of McIntosh who edged Ralph Coleman to Rod Thomson behind the timbers, started an avalanche that saw the game swing decisively in Stoke’s favour.
Fletcher and No.4 Snelling ended up in the middle of the pitch and McMillan threw in to returning bowler Birch to account for Fletcher for 35; next ball Snelling skied Birch to mid-wicket where Ivory showed good hands. 89-4.
Domingo and Krish moved the total to 95, but the former was one three wickets to fall in successive deliveries. Domingo was bowled by Coleman off the last ball of the 30th over; and Birch collected his 2nd and 3rd wickets off the first two balls of the 31st when Reed was bowled, and Sunil gave Ivory more catching practice.
95 for 7 was soon 99 for 8 when Alex Thomson showed a safe pair of hands off Birch’s last ball to account for Krish. Seven wickets had fallen for just 19 runs in 7.3 overs, four of them to Birch who returned Stoke career best figures of 8-4-13-4.
The dangerous Geer was still in the game, however, eventually arriving after the flurry of wickets delayed his entry to the arena, but he was kept in check by Carty who conceded just two singles in the three overs he would ultimately bowl.
McMillan ended the match with the final two wickets. Geer was bowled the delivery after smoking a nice four one bounce into the sightscreen, and No.11 John Richards served up a return catch. McMillan’s catch completed a near faultless fielding display by Stoke, led by Rod Thomson who didn’t concede a single bye in a tidy keeping effort – we guess that Will T keeping in the Trust League match this would have been the first instance of two members of the same family keeping for Stoke in different games on the same day?
Stoke had taken the last nine wickets for just 28 in 11 overs, a great display in front of a decent attendance that included Messers Raimondo, (who had earlier taken in the Trust League game at Godalming), Will Frost and Tom Gudgeon. Thanks to Richie Parrett for keeping score in the 2nd innings.
Stoke host the Surrey Cryptics at The Rec next Sunday.