Saturday 26th August 2017
Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 4 – 2nd XI Competition
Cheam 2nd XI 155 all out (49.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 156 for 2 (23.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI won by 8 wickets
A second commanding performance in as many weeks leaves Stoke’s 2nd XI on the brink of promotion. Cheam started the day in 2nd place in the table but had that spot, and control of their own destiny, taken away from them in emphatic style.
Jase Earl won the toss and set his bowlers to work on a good pitch that offered a bit early. Earl himself, Adrian Mills and Duncan Elder shared the overs to the first drinks break; Mills bowling his allocation in one spell, taking the first three wickets to fall.
Varma cut to point where James Corbishley took a good low catch, H.Hafeez edged to Jack Raimondo at slip, and Lavender fell to a sharp slip catch from Nico Spreeth to leave the hosts on 42 for 3. Mills 10-5-17-3.
Home skipper Sayed and No.5 Henry dug in but found the going tough against good change bowling from Roddy Kelso and Alex Bond, the latter hurrying up the batsmen. The batsmen got the total up to 99, but 35 overs had been used to get there; and the pressure told in the following half hour.
Sayed, (35), was bowled hacking wildly across the line at Bond, Henry holed out, (a well-judged catch by Kelso off Spreeth), Horwood drilled one to Earl at mid-off, ran and was beaten by a direct hit; then Earl himself knocked over Cowlard’s off-stump. 99 for 3 was quickly 115 for 7.
The seam bowlers were rotated well from one end whilst Spreeth tested the batters’ patience at the other. R.Hafeez and Fisher nudged the score up to 133; but two wickets in two balls for Spreeth, a second catch by Corbishley to account for R.Hafeez and No.10 Parimi was leg-before first ball, saw Cheam in tatters at 133 for 9. Spreeth 10-1-28-3.
No.9 Fisher swotted a couple of fours off a tiring Bond who put in a great shift to end with 10-1-32-1; but Duncan Elder, (8.4-2-22-1), closed the innings on 155 in the final over with a deserved wicket when Fisher presented Corbishley with another catch on the circle.
An excellent tea put Stoke in a good mood for the chase. It began with a wobble when Max Subba Row uncharacteristically drove at one he could have left and slip did the rest; but after that it was all Stoke.
Raimondo and Corbishley both hit of the first balls they faced for four, collected boundaries and regular intervals and ran well to spread the field, leaving the home captain unsure as to whether to protect the short boundaries or bring up the field. His bowlers were not allowed to settle.
Drinks were taken after 17 overs and the partnership was already 110; Raimondo having scored 66 of them. It was a break Stoke didn’t really need. Raimondo was dropped on the first ball after play resumed, (the ball went for four), and on the next ball, (just the 56th he faced), he yorked himself when trying to hit fifth bowler Horwood.
During his knock Raimondo passed Adam Jolliffe to move to 7th on the list of all-time leading run-scorers for the Club.
This would be the home side’s only other success, though. Corbishley and Spreeth knocked off the rest in a little over five overs. The intensity went out of the fielding effort, (on one occasion a two was taken to the man at mid-on in the circle), and victory was secured with 26.5 overs to spare.
Corbishley completed a chanceless unbeaten 50 from 58 balls, Spreeth spanked the winning hit for four back past the bowler to move to 30 not out from just 20 balls faced.
So Stoke go to Ripley next weekend with matters in their own hands. A tough assignment, though – Ripley pushed the other promotion contenders Kingstonian all the way yesterday – so by no means a forgone conclusion.