Thursday 8th June 2017
Surrey Championship T20 – Round 2
Stoke D’Abernon 120 for 5 (20 overs)
Sunbury 121 for 3 (18.3 overs)
Sunbury won by 7 wickets
Stoke weren’t at full-strength for this one but gave a good account for themselves against the cup holders who only crossed the finishing line with nine balls to spare.
The match was decided in the first half of both innings. Batting first having won the toss, Stoke openers Ian Hopton and Jack Raimondo were given little to hit by both the quicks who shared the new ball, then the first & second change pace-off options; taking just 53 runs from the first twelve overs.
Raimondo fell for nineteen to sixth bowler Knight’s first delivery; leaving James O’Gorman and the rest of the order much to do to post a score. O’Gorman added some impetus to the run-rate; hitting five of just ten fours hit in the innings, plus the match’s only six.
Hopton checked out on 41 to left-arm tweaker Knight; then Kane Fullalove and Roddy Kelso were lost in the pursuit of quick runs, the latter unselfishly giving himself up after the batsmen ended up at the same end.
O’Gorman was bowled for 42, (from 23), in the final over; James Corbishley and Jase Earl scrambled a handful of runs off the remaining deliveries to close the innings on 120 for 5.
After a quick turnaround Sunbury’s openers Hussain and Roland-Jones, (brother of), made a fast start and Stoke were unable to separate them until the tenth over with the total on 73 when the impressive Ed Ashwell picked up Roland-Jones, caught on the line by Raimondo for 51 from 36 balls with ten fours.
Ashwell struck again when Hussain, (21), hit to Tarrant on the circle; and the returning Will Frost made things interesting when he pressured Duran to mis-cue a second catch to Tarrant. 89 for 3.
The home side were still ahead of the rate, though, and No.5 Hughes made sure things stayed that way; a crucial sixteenth over saw him pierce the field three times and a helping of four-byes meant sixteen off the over and the equation down to 13 off the last four.
A controlled spell of 4-0-14-0 from Hopton and a good comeback over from Tarrant saw Stoke take the game as deep as possible, but the winning hit was made with nine balls to spare.
Sunbury progress to take on Cranleigh in the next round. As the saying goes, Stoke are now left to concentrate on the League, but will take a lot from their night’s work into Saturday’s match against Weybridge Vandals.