Saturday 27th August 2016
Travelbag Surrey Championship – Division 5
Battersea Ironsides 109 all out (39.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 110 for 5 (26.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 5 wickets
It’s a popular thing for successful teams to say that over a season somebody puts their hand up in a game or two to help the effort. This week, it was Dan Gluckman.
In only his twelfth 1st XI appearance, and having bowled just thirteen wicketless overs in that time, he turned this match completely on its head, taking 7 for 22 to put Stoke one win away from promotion to Division 4.
This was a smart victory by a well prepared and well drilled team. James Trower was planning to bat if he won the toss, but on noticing a few new faces and several missing batsmen from the Battersea Ironsides regular 1st XI, he switched his decision and opted to bowl.
The deck was good, with plenty of bounce for the bowlers and no gremlins for the batters. James Miller and Toby Tarrant were soon in what is now a similar rhythm, denying the batsmen any easy runs. The run rate at 10 overs was a miserly 2.5.
Trower switched his bowlers around, replacing Miller with Charlie Hill after four, then switching Tarrant to Hill’s end and Hill to Tarrant’s.
At 93 for 2, albeit at less than 3 an over, the opposition were probably thinking of a score close to 200.
Enter Gluckman, bowling the best line and lengths that we have ever seen from him. There was little turn in the wicket for him, but plenty of bounce, making his top spinners virtually unplayable.
The final eight wickets fell for 16 runs, with Gluckman finishing with a career best. Only three bowlers, (Matt Morton, Andrew Hall and Mike Cooper), have returned better figures in 1st XI League cricket for Stoke in the Fuller’s or Championship era, (1994 season onwards.) David Edwards took an 8-for in a South West London League match in 1975.
Tarrant took 1 for 9 from 8 overs, Miller 1 for 19 from 8, Hill 1 for 22 from 7. This was backed up by a series of brilliant catches; Tarrant diving low to his right in the covers, two from James Corbishley running in from deep mid-wicket and diving to take both balls less than a foot from the ground.
The chase began badly when Trower went for a first ball duck; but Ian Hopton and Adrian Taylor added 57 in fourteen overs before they both fell at the same score.
James Whitmarsh then cracked an unbeaten 45 with six fours and two sixes to steer Stoke to the brink of victory. He lost Jack Raimondo and Corbishley cheaply along the way, (pre-game warning to respect McLaglen seemed to be ignored as he took 3 for 28), but the winning hit was made with nearly half of Stoke’s allocation of overs left.
Every member of the team played his part and a victory next weekend against Alleyn will secure promotion.