Stoke started the week with just one scheduled fixture at Chessington, but ended up playing two games!
Saturday 8th July 2017
Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 4 – 2nd XI Competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 261 for 5 (55 overs)
Chessington 2nd XI 265 for 3 (45 overs)
Chessington 2nd XI won by 7 wickets
The League 2nd XI played out yet another nail-biter, this time against runaway leaders, falling to a last ball defeat after posting their second highest total of the season.
Batting first having won the toss, Peter Phipps and Harry Nawaz, (39), added 63 for the first wicket; and although No.3 James Corbishley lost a partner with the total on 83; Stoke would not lose their third wicket until the total reached 211. Thomas Dennis suffered a recurrence of his hip injury and had to retire on 28, but Jase Earl made 19 at better than a run-a-ball before being run-out.
Corbishley fell for 77 off 97 deliveries with nine fours; Deepak Malhotra, Malcolm Dickson and Andy Page all made double-figure scores as Stoke closed on 261 to challenge Chessington to see if they could chase the runs in just 45 overs.
Chessington have been prolific run-scorers all season and despite the absence of one of their leading players who was on scoring duties, they took on the challenge and lost just one wicket by the time the total reached 200. This was due to Willis, (95 not out), and Robson, whose 104 was his first century for them since 2009.
Despite Charlie Hill, (13-1-69-2), returning to get Robson, Stoke only had one more wicket, (a run out), to show for their efforts and with a single needed off the last ball, a boundary saw Chessington through to victory.
Next week Stoke have their longest away trip of the season when they travel to improving Alleyn.
Saturday 8th July 2017
Stoke D’Abernon 3rd XI 178 all out (40 overs)
Chessington 3rd XI 179 for 4 (32.1 overs)
Chessington 3rd XI won by 6 wickets
On Tuesday an advert went out from Chessington for a 3rd XI match on their other pitch. With a few players left over from the League selection, a quick phone call to Chessington found them keen to host us if we could get numbers, and they kindly gave us a couple of days to complete an XI and play an additional match on their plot.
A great effort by all, notably from Kevin Morgan who found a few members of the Over 40s squad willing to play, including himself; and a shout-out to Umar Qayyum, (not even playing in the match), who sourced a friend to play, and said friend then brought a mate after a drop-out on Friday!
So to the cricket. Stoke were expecting to field first given the opposition were an established League 3rd XI, but at the toss the home side were keen to chase so we gave batting first a go; perhaps they still had memories of this match : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/673958
Moumer Khara and debutant Faizan Mirza gave Stoke a solid start, adding 30 in eight overs before Khara Snr flashed hard at one and thinned it to the keeper. Mirza and Rod Thomson, (elevated to No.3 as the player originally listed to go in there had no batting gear and had to wait for one of the openers to come off – welcome to 3s cricket, folks!), took the total past 50 before Mirza was cleaned up by first change Qazi for 21.
Thomson and No.4 Sunny Pakz, the player sourced on the morning of the match by Mirza, (what a great effort by a new player!), moved Stoke into a strong position at 145 for 2 with eight overs to go; but a collapse of epic proportions saw Stoke lose the remainder of their wickets for the addition of just 33 more runs, many of them extras that would second top score with 46.
Thomson and Pakz departed for 27 and 49 respectively with total on 145; and this started a procession with Kendall, (5-0-25-2), taking two wickets in two balls; then Newsome went one better, claiming a hat-trick with wickets off the fifth and sixth balls of his first over and another off the first ball of his second.
Sameer Khara crashed a nice four through point in the last over to finish on 5 not out, the innings closed on 178 courtesy of a run-out off the last ball.
After a £60 tea Stoke took the field knowing that things needed to be kept tight, but they were unable to keep openers Kendall and Bishop in check and 64 runs were added in twelve overs before first change Thomson got Stoke on the board courtesy of a good catch at mid-off by Mirza.
Several bowlers were given a chance trying to find further breakthroughs. All did their best but Kendall was in fine form and the total reached 98 before Stoke struck again, Moumer Khara finding Farrington’s edge.
No.4 Taylor was keen to keep the board ticking, and after surviving a chance that really should have been held at deepish mid-off by the captain; he moved the field with a flurry of boundaries. Kendall continued to keep things ticking over as the gaps appeared, and at 170 for 2 the game was as good as won.
There was time for Andrew Meyer to claim a wicket with his first ball when Taylor, (39), helped a full-toss straight down mid-wicket’s throat, Mark Christie showed safe hands; and having run in hard all afternoon, pick of the bowlers Ben Townsend was rewarded for his efforts when he dismissed Kendall leg-before for a fine 86, his second highest score.
Kendall was dismissed with just four runs needed, and the next over saw the winning hit with the best part of eight overs to spare.
So a defeat, but much fun had by all, and if we get numbers we will try and repeat the exercise on a weekly basis, (not the result, obviously), going forward. Watch this space…