Saturday 3rd September 2016
Travelbag Surrey Championship – Division 4 2nd XI Competition
Alleyn 2nd XI 159 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 109 for 6 (25 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI won on Faster Scoring Rate
The fixture computer had a laugh at our expense, sending us to the furthest away ground for a 12 noon start, but on arrival the clubs played out three-quarters of a game to finish the League season; Stoke eventually winning on run-rate in a match that had similar duration to the 1st XI match.
Full report to follow, but briefly Alleyn chose to bat on winning the toss and were restricted to 159 for 9 in their 50 overs. Five of the six bowlers used took wickets; acting captain Duncan Elder, (2 for 9), had the best figures but was well supported by Roddy Kelso, (2 for 25), Moumer Khara, (2 for 33), Jack Townsend, (2 for 48), and Adrian Mills, (1 for 21.)
Stoke made a dreadful start in reply, falling to 5 for 3 with the top three all making ducks.
Alastair Curran, (52), and Deepak Malhotra, (27), steadied the ship with a fourth wicket stand of 87. Both were eventually dismissed, as was Peter Phipps, but Stoke’s scoring rate was good enough that they secured the win when the rains came half-way through the chase.
So after a brief flirtation with the relegation place at the mid-point of the season, a strong finish sees Stoke’s 2s finish a very credible 4th in the table which is hopefully something that can be built on for next year.