Curran v Worcester Park - August 2017

Curran Century in Trust League win at Worcester Park

Sunday 6th August 2017
Surrey Trust League
Stoke D’Abernon 228 for 8 (40 overs)
Worcester Park 139 all out (29.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 89 runs

A 65-ball century, (eventually out for 121 off 79), from Alastair Curran helped set up a great win for 10-player Stoke at Worcester Park. (Note not ten-man here as Anya Devon-Berry created a bit of history by being the first female player to play Under 21 Trust League cricket for the Club.)

Firstly a vote of thanks to Worcester Park for the spirit in which the game was played. Stoke arrived with only ten players, but still keen to field an ‘eligible’ team to maximise the chances of points. To achieve this their cellulitis-ridden scorer would have had to fill in; unless they would permit Shawn Dyson, (ineligible for the competition by rule), field, (as long as he wasn’t part of the nominated XI/bat or bowl.) They agreed to the latter.

After winning the toss Stoke’s openers Curran and Ollie John set off at a tremendous pace, Curran merciless on any poor bowling, John running very hard and on one occasion securing an all-run rive when the ball was guided down to third man but the throw went over the keeper, wasn’t backed up and ended at deep mid-on.

The partnership reached 87 when John eventually ran a little too hard and was beaten by a throw from deep mid-on from to the bowler who turned and threw the stumps down at the keeper’s end. Starved of strike, John looked in little trouble for his 15.

Alex Clinton chipped a leading-edge to cover but Michael Dolman and Curran continued the healthy scoring rate; Curran reaching his century in the last over before drinks with one of two big sixes. There was then the decision to make as to whether Curran should retire, but sensibly he carried on with Stoke being a player light and having a bit of a tail.

The third wicket stand realised 60 before Dolman, (16 from 22 with two nice fours), was out to Jackson’s first ball. A couple of overs later Curran did check out on 121 and left the field to great applause from both sides and sets of spectators, the away support containing Andy and Mrs.Berry in their number who saw daughter Anya go to the middle next.

Anya wasn’t phased by the pace of the bowling at all, got into line and protected her wicket. She lost three partners along the way, Trust League debutant Max Dunn, Thomson to a regulation edge on the first legitimate ball he faced, and Patrick O’Neill who was out soon after an exquisite cut for four.

This clatter of wickets left Stoke at 190 for 7. A few more were needed to turn Curran’s effort into a match-winning one.

Ian Hopton and Anya moved the total past the 200 mark, the latter guiding a nice four through third man before she was lost to a run-out having been called through for an improbable leg-bye.

This left Hopton just one partner and he managed to protect him sufficiently to the total up to 228 for 8; making an unbeaten 31 at better than a run-a-ball. The total was boosted by 23 leg-side wides. A.Powers was the most successful bowler with figures of 7-0-25-3.

After an excellent tea O’Neill and a third debutant, Rob Stileman, shared the new ball, although Dunn was briefly into the attack after just one over from the former when he suffered a recurrence of his back strain.

Stileman, (2 for 32), took the first two wickets to fall when Saunders was bowled swinging and missing at one, then Scott edged to Thomson. Stoke took a third when A.Powers turned blind only to be beaten by a rocket from the deep from Curran. 53 for 3 was soon 63 for 4 when John, who had a few radar issues, castled S.Powers for a duck.

At the other end home skipper King looked very organised and found a partner in Bradshaw to stay with him and move the board as the younger members of the Stoke side had their chance with the ball. The game was nicely poised at drinks with Worcester Park 104 for 4; but all the bowlers stood up after refreshment.

Clinton was rewarded for continuing to pitch the ball up when King fell to a great catch in the deep by John to dismiss him for 55 and Qasim was bowled with a peach to drag his figures back to a more respectable 4-0-32-2.

O’Neill returned and bowled some very good off-spin, castling senior player Wilkinson, (who scored a ton against Stoke last year), for just three; then Worcester Park’s final hope Bradshaw, (29), pulled to mid-wicket where Hopton took a good catch low down. The spell was 7-1-22-2 out of his final figures.

This year Worcester Park’s team was a little younger than normal as the oldest ones we have played against in the last few years have now ‘graduated’ to senior cricket so to speak, and the game then ended quickly with Dunn , (3.2-0-17-2), mopping up the tail, closing out an impressive 89 run win with a slower ball that No.11 Jackson didn’t pick.

Stoke will take a lot from this into their final zonal match at home to Dulwich next week.

Those looking to analyse this game in more depth can look at updates that appeared on the Club’s Official Twitter page @StokeDabernonCC – click here to review the game in full : https://twitter.com/StokeDabernonCC

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2916198