Tuesday 16th May 2017
Surrey Championship T20 – Round 1
Camberley 107 all out (19.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 111 for 3 (14.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 7 wickets
Stoke progressed to the next round of the Surrey Championship T20 with a superb all-round team performance where every player left something positive on the scorecard. By their own admission at the toss the home side “scraped” a team together, but Stoke faced the same challenge, plus the lengthy round trip that included a closed M3 on the way home.
Camberley won said toss and chose to bat. Charlie Hill risked his hamstring for the cause but was restricted to one over, albeit a good one, before making way for James O’Gorman. With Will Frost finding some assistance from a pitch that gripped from the start, early wickets fell.
Shoveller was the first to go when he hit O’Gorman to deep cover where Roddy Kelso made no mistake; O’Gorman then turned catcher when, as the solitary man the deep, he was found by No.3 Hutchinson to give Ian Hopton the first of two wickets in his opening spell, Stephens going for 10. The reverse combination gave O’Gorman, (3-0-13-2), his second; and Stoke had completely won the ‘power play’ when Peter chipped Hopton to late call-up Rod Thomson at mid-wicket. 28 for 4.
Rimmington and Holmes moved the total past the 50-mark, but Stoke rattled through the overs, one of them an excellent set from Tom Dennis. Will Frost returned and took two wickets in his comeback over; Rimmington hit a filthy almost waist-high full-toss straight to Hill, (58 for 5), then Holmes departed with just a single added to the total, this time bowled neck and crop with a good nut.
Udal, Hameed and another generous helping of extras moved the total into the 80s; but both fell to catches by O’Gorman off Jase Earl and then Kelso; then Earl bagged a second when Maroufkhail swung across the line once too often.
Hopton, (3.2-0-10-3), closed the innings on 107 in the final over; Thomson holding on to a steepling catch, his fifth grab in the last 72 hours. Extras top-scored with 21.
Stoke started their chase in the gathering gloom. Not wanting to see their good work wiped out by the threatened rain; Hopton was very positive, crashing three fours in the opening over, and he had made 26 by the third that saw Will Gudgeon, starved of strike, depart for a single. 29 for 1.
Jack Raimondo joined Hopton and whilst he was not at his best, veteran Piper giving him a few issues with some big leg-cutters, he kept the board ticking and Stoke were more than half-way there by the end of the seventh over.
The 2nd wicket partnership reached 44 when Hopton was leg-before for 42 attempting to sweep one of Udal’s stump-to-stumpers. Udal, (brother of – http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/22144.html), bowled well without luck; how often is that the case when you have no runs to play with.
As Stoke ticked along nicely towards their target, sixth bowler Griffiths did castle Raimondo for 22 with the total on 96 with his first ball. This was the last over of the match, though, as seven wides and a classy boundary by No.5 Kane Fullalove set things up for O’Gorman, (17 not out), to administer the winning hit with 5.2 overs to spare; his square drive the pick of four boundaries he hit in his 12-ball knock.
A very good win, although worth noting that Camberley had a number of younger players who might give our Under 19 T20 Blast team a good game when the sides meet in July.
Stoke face a much shorter trip in Round 2 where defending champions Sunbury are now obliged to provide three dates for us to choose from. Stoke have previous of knocking out the holders of this excellent competition in Round 2, though – http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1290786 – here’s hoping history repeats…