Saturday 15th July 2017
Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 4
Stoke D’Abernon 233 all out (49.3 overs)
Old Hamptonians 234 for 6 (47 overs)
Old Hamptonians won by 4 wickets
Stoke surrendered top place in the division but remain in the promotion places despite a home defeat to Old Hamptonians.
Batting first having lost the toss Ian Hopton and James Corbishley were early casualties to make it 10 for 2; but Billy Zander, (50), and Kane Fullalove, (51), got the board moving with a third wicket stand of 90. Both would have been disappointed not to go on after registering their maiden 1st XI fifties; as did a third half-centurion, Shawn Dyson who, (we think), was dismissed caught behind having made 68 with ten fours and a six.
Stoke traded wickets for quick runs and were eventually dismissed for 233 in 50th over, Will Frost left stranded after a nice 19 not out.
An old problem returned for Stoke in the field with the opposition getting off to a flyer. Toby Tarrant slowed things with the wickets of both openers; Charlie Hill, (8-1-34-1), and Hopton, (11-5-43-1), chipped away at the middle order, Hopton taking a return catch to dismiss the innings’ top scorer Butt for 62; then Frost, (8-1-27-1), took out a fifth to leave Stoke in a good position. This was Frost’s 250th career wicket for the Club.
However keeper-bat Bendelow batted time, and found lower order support from Wheeler who made 32 before the returning Tarrant, (13-2-54-3), castled him; then visiting captain Brown, (18 not out), joined Benedlow, (58 not out), in knocking off the remaining runs with 18 balls to spare.
Stoke have a double incentive next week; the chance to consolidate 2nd place, or even return to the summit should today’s opposition get a result at home to leaders Churt; and they could also effectively knock local opponents Cobham Avorians out of promotion contention after their losing draw to Trinity Midwhitgiftians.