Including the rain that ended the Claygate all-day game early when nicely poised; the weather has again meant just two positive results in the last nine games at all levels, (and one of those was a win by concession)…
Saturday 29th July 2017
Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 4
Stoke D’Abernon 143 all out (47.4 overs)
Woking & Horsell did not bat
The 1st XI lost an important toss and did an excellent job on a difficult pitch to get up to 143. Shawn Dyson top scored with 58, and other useful double-figure contributions helped set a total to bowl at.
We will never know how things would have gone as rain prevented any play after tea and the clubs shared the eight points on offer, but no ground in the table was gained or lost as the rest of the matches in the division were also abandoned.
This was the last of the declaration format matches of the season, the last five games will be played over a 50:50 format. The first is a trip to Churt to face the league leaders where Stoke will hope for a repeat of events on the day of the earlier fixture between the sides, where a win led to a taking over from the opposition at the top of the table.
Saturday 29th July 2017
Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 4 – 2nd XI Competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 221 for 8 (55 overs)
Kingstonian 2nd XI did not bat
At The Rec Stoke were victims of their own generosity. With the opposition arriving late and not all present at the time where a toss could have been enforced, a decision was made not to enforce said toss, and the outcome when the coin fell was that Stoke would bat first in testing conditions.
The pitch played very well, though; Peter Phipps and Steve Wade, (28), added 51 for the first wicket before both fell on that score. Andy Berry and James Corbishley built on their good work, scoring 51 and 45 respectively; Berry hit six fours and two sixes.
Jase Earl, (23), ran well; Alex Clinton, (19), showed good technique and played some lovely shots, and the pair contributed to other good partnerships during the innings that closed at the end of 55 overs on 221 for 8, a total that included 23 extras. Nabi, (5 for 24), was the most successful of nine bowlers used.
After tea Stoke’s earlier commitment to getting a game on was not reciprocated. With a couple of notable exceptions within the opposition’s playing ranks who helped bring the covers on and off whenever a light drizzle that the players played through in the first innings returned; it became clear that any attempt to encourage the visitors into playing a game to increase the potential for bonus points for both sides despite the reduced prospect of a positive result was futile.
One had already changed deciding for himself that the game was off, another suggested Stoke should have declared after a certain number of overs, (at the point he suggested we should have pulled out at we only had 138 on the board!), and it could be argued they were lucky that a terminal shower that appeared, (later than the point at which enough play to constitute a match could have taken place), was enough to save them from conceding the match.
Stoke are now in the position where they probably have to win their remaining games to secure promotion, but with one exception all the matches are against sides above them in the table, so a chance to take points off them; the first is a home game against Ewell at the Rec next Saturday.
The road closures due to the cycling event meant no senior or Trust League fixtures were arranged, (it was probably a coin flip that the ground would be fit for play anyway); and the Stoke Molesey Ladies fixture against Epsom was also postponed for the same reasons.
THE WEEK AHEAD…
Stoke’s Academy have two attractive Under 19 T20 Blast fixtures this week…
Tuesday 1st August 2017 – Guildford away on the 1st XI pitch where Surrey recently played Essex
Thursday 3rd August 2017 – Grayswood away
Please make every effort to go along and cheer on the next generation of Stoke stars.
Next weekend, in addition to the Saturday League fixtures, on Sunday the Academy has an away Under 21 Trust League match at Worcester Park whilst the Sunday XI has a home friendly against Thebertons who we expect will have Stoker Neil Foster in their ranks.
Please send your availabilities for all of these in!!!