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Sunday 2nd July 2017
West Surrey Youth Cricket League Under 11 East
Stoke D’Abernon U11 66 all out (18 overs)
Horsley & Send U11 67 for 5 (11 overs)
Horsley & Send U11 won by 6 wickets
Availabilities affected both U11 matches this weekend, with 10-a-side for each game. On the positive it did mean all available players got to bat, bowl and have some game time.
First up, a West Surrey League match became 9 players when one boy was unable to make it on the morning due to a late injury.
So the odds were against, and scoring tough against a good H&S team, a stand out performance on the scorecard from Luke P who continued the fine form he has shown throughout his debut season, an excellent innings of 22 runs played in box-office style with 5 fours on a big Parkside pitch.
Horsley & Send often have the edge in our West Surrey games and yesterday no exception when they passed Stoke’s total in 11 overs, but not before everyone had a bowl and big smiles for Matteo, Harvin and Tonwyn who each claimed a wicket.
Grateful thanks for Martin Bednall for running this match, with help from Sid Simmons, and to Ferdi Garbuglio for scoring.
Sunday 2nd July 2017
Mid-Surrey Colts League Under 11 League Division 1
Stoke D’Abernon U11 156 all out (19.2)
Ashtead U11 141 for 7 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon U11 won by 15 runs
At the same time ten Stokers enjoyed a good-spirited match in the picturesque setting of Headley CC close to Box Hill. Matches between these two are always good and yesterday was no disappointment as fortunes ebbed & flowed throughout.
Put in to bat Stoke built one of their higher scores of the season, impressive when no fewer than four of the team were out for ducks on a track that deceived each of them into playing too early. Such is the batting strength of the team Joni the Ashtead manager advised 156 was well above par for this ground.
Jared H opened and batted beautifully through to retirement on 31 runs, scoring runs off virtually every delivery. Theo S coming in at four partnered well with Jared and then built a second partnership with James M who came in at 6.
These two continued their recent good form with elegant strokes, great running, regular boundaries kept the run rate up. Theo was castled by a beauty on 22 to see Oliver B come in fresh from having had a fight with a bacon sandwich purchased from the National Trust cafe on the other side of the road. His brother Charlie it turned out had saved him from choking to much relief, his red stained shirt nothing more than ketchup.
Unperturbed Oli added more cherries to his bat racing to 17 runs in no time before another great delivery got him. James was caught trying to clear mid-off to be replaced by Aarav M who hit a handy 14, Aarav G batting sensibly in support and then again when Jared was allowed to return after Aarav M was bowled, Jared eventually scored 39 runs not out. Some impressive performances from Ashtead included one of their players Lachie bowling 3 wickets and also taking 3 catches in the match.
The Stoke athletes had also been unable to resist the ice cream van stationed briefly in the National Trust car park. Suitably fortified, Stoke struck early with a wicket for Aarav M, and then Jared taking a catch of Charlie’s bowling; however an energy sapping Ashtead partnership at 3 & 4 had Stoke’s fielders burning up the calories with these two both ending up retiring on 32 & 31 runs respectively.
Further wickets finally came with Charlie taking a catch off James’ bowling & then Theo a pleasing caught & bowled. Ashtead were close to Stoke’s scoring throughout, however helped by some uncharacteristic wides, no-balls and byes until a devastating spell from Marcus N saw him take 3 wickets. With 18 needed off the final two overs Marcus and Aarav M handed the death bowling allowing just 3 runs to escape.
Thanks to Deepak for scoring and to Ashtead for providing loan fielders.
The result keeps the team is contention for the Mid-Surrey League, with Wimbledon, Spencer and Stoke having each lost one game so far. However Spencer will be faced on the 16th July and availability requests already show holidays & District call ups will claim most of the A team that Sunday.
The more realistic chance for silverware remains the cup with a semi-final against Leatherhead to be played this Thursday, weather permitting, the winners to face Spencer.
The picture in this article is Stoke batting at Headley: