Sunday 7th August 2017
Thebertons 279 for 8 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 198 for 9 (40 overs)
Thebertons won by 81 runs
No matter what else happens this year the “village” moment of the season will be awarded to the start of this game. With the field set, the bowler at the end of his run and 2 batsmen strolling out to take guard the question was asked “Who’s keeping today?”
2 minutes later (and after borrowing keeping pads from one of the batsmen) we were ready. A maiden each from Adrian Mills and skipper for the day Jase Earl proved to be the limit of the batsmen’s patience with Southern teeing off early on. He had a good eye. The first ball disappeared under the big fence at the Blundell Lane end and was lost somewhere in the vicinity of the rather muddy ditch. When the second ball was dispatched from the ground we also lost an umpire who seemingly decided we hadn’t looked hard enough for the first ball. His attempts also proved fruitless and we continued with a third ball.
New recruit Yash Sidana bowled some tidy left arm spin, but it was Sanjay Goswami who got the breakthrough with his first delivery, knocking back occasional Stoke player Foster’s middle stump and earning himself a free drink from Ralphie in the process. This brought former Brook CC player Will Young (not the singer) to the crease and he looked assured early on playing himself in while Southern slugged the ball from the other end. Southern’s innings ended on 74 when Goswami got a leg before decision shortly before drinks.
After the break (and with Malcolm Dickson taking the gloves from Rod Thomson) Sameer Khara and Alex Thomson had a bowl, but neither could find a way past Young who moved through the gears and looked every bit the league player. Dads replaced sons in the attack as Rod Thomson and Moumer Khara were given the ball. Rod took a wicket in each of his 3 overs, the first a well judged catch at mid on by Earl and the other 2 courtesy of hitting the stumps.
During this period of play Young brought up his hundred and would continue unbeaten to 116 by the close of the innings. There was still time for late arrival Richie Parrett to hit the stumps and for Mills to take 2 wickets in the last over, the second a stumping by Dickson off the last ball of the innings.
After tea Stoke set about chasing a formidable 280 for victory. It started badly with Dickson playing on to his own stumps from the first ball of the second over. Moumer and Sidana put on 39, Sidana looking solid in his first outing for Stoke and Moumer finding the boundary regularly before Sidana was caught off C Young for 16. Earl batted at 4 and Moumer’s quick scoring allowed him time to play himself in.
Moumer’s 50 came up in 49 balls shortly after hitting 3 consecutive 4s from an unfortunate change bowler, but both batsmen were tied down by a tidy spell from spinner Prenn. Moumer was bowled for 57 – his 3rd half century of the season , and an innings that featured 10 4s. Earl was joined by Stephen Finch who announced his arrival with 2 well timed straight drives to the boundary. This brought Earl into his stride hitting 7 4s all round the park and despite the high required run rate we felt we still had a chance with these 2 at the crease.
Their partnership reached 63 before Earl was bowled by Prenn for 44. Rod Thomson scored a quick 17, sharing a stand of 36 with Finch, the pair scoring at better than a run a ball when together. Our hope was not long lived though as once Finch was out for 31 the end came quickly with 5 wickets falling for just 10 runs. The only highlight of the last few overs was a glorious square driven 4 from Parrett.
Stoke finished 81 runs short of the target, but an enjoyable game which we’ll look forward to repeating (with hopefully a different result) next year.