Sunday 9th July 2017
Stoke D’Abernon 223 for 8 declared (34.5 overs)
Chelsea Nomads 139 all out (38.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 84 runs
Stoke’s Sunday XI were back to winning ways with a good performance against the Chelsea Nomads.
The cornerstone of the batting effort was Ishan Mulchandani’s 132 in his final appearance for the Club, (we hope to say final appearance…this year), before he heads back to his Mumbai home.
Many other batsmen got starts, debutants Sanjay Goswami and Aditya Huseyin both made 18; and Shawn Dyson, promoted to No.10 as we didn’t have a full side, smashed two of the balls he faced for four and the other two for six to allow captain Adrian Mills the luxury of a 34.5 over declaration with the score on 223.
The visitors, who also had ten, began cautiously and Stoke’s bowlers had nothing to show for their efforts as the mandatory last 20 overs approached. However things changed very quickly once Moumer Khara unlocked the door with the wicket of Fuller for 35.
Alistair McMillan ran through the middle order with a spell of 8-3-27-5; his ninth 5-for for the Club and he also moved into the top 25 all-time leading wicket-takers. One of his nap hand was the Nomads’ top scorer Sisley who made 55.
With the tail lined up, off-spinner Dyson did the rest, taking 3 for 13 in 4.5 overs to secure an 84 run win with half-a-dozen overs or so spare; messers Raimondo and W.Frost leading the barmy army that was bolstered by members of the Academy side who had an early return from Reigate.
Next week Stoke have a “TBA” in their Sunday XI fixture card; but we will get numbers, see the sort of strength we are and try to source an appropriate away friendly fixture in addition to the home Trust League match.