Saturday 17th June 2017
Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 4
Horsley & Send 177 all out (46.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 181 for 4 (33.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 6 wickets
Stoke’s 1st XI maintained their position at the summit of the division with an efficient ‘put in & chase’ performance against Horsley & Send who were captained by former Stoker Brian Berthoud. There was a 1st XI debut for Thomas Dennis.
Stoke didn’t have it all their own way, though. A strike by Shawn Dyson with the score on 31 in the ninth over was the only one in the first 22 overs as the home side reached 94 for 1. Stoke eventually found their rhythm and the hosts collapsed to 131 for 7 in the space of ten overs. Chief destroyers were Roddy Kelso, (who equalled his Stoke career best figures of 4 for 23), and Ian Hopton who continued his good form with the ball with figures of 12-4-28-3.
An eighth wicket stand of 38 held things up, but once broken the home side were all out in 46.1 overs. Dyson returned to finish with 2 for 45 and Will Frost, (1 for 30), closed the innings on 177.
Stoke scored their runs quickly in the chase. Hopton, Will Gudgeon and James Trower were all out with just 50 on the board, but only 7.5 overs were used to that point. James Whitmarsh and Dyson continued the positivity by adding a further 84 by the 25th of 54 overs minimum available.
Dyson checked out on a run-a-ball 39 with three fours and two sixes. 44 runs were still required at the point of his dismissal but Whitmarsh and Kane Fullalove knocked the rest off within the space of 51 balls. Fullalove made 15 not out, but the match’s top scorer was Whitmarsh whose 70 not out included eleven fours.
Results elsewhere mean Stoke are by no means clear at the top. They hope to consolidate their lead next weekend when they host Hampton Wick Royal, who have put a run of decent results together since their defeat to Stoke in week 2.