Sunday 3rd September 2017
Stoke D’Abernon 199 for 6 (40 overs)
Thames Ditton 188 for 9 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 11 runs
After the euphoria of the previous day cricket resumed with an entertaining game at Giggs Hill Green, Stoke emerging victorious by 11 runs. Both sides should take a lot of credit for playing through persistent drizzle and on occasion arctic conditions.
Rod Thomson won the toss and we feared the worst when he went to his car rather than notifying the team what we were doing. We were pleased to find out that we were batting.
Peter Phipps and Malcolm Dickson gave the innings a nice start, adding 32 in 7.2 overs before Dickson, (24 from 25), was well caught by youngster Lodge, intercepting a ball at cover that looked destined for a more regulation catch at mid-off.
Adam De Swardt and Phipps took the score to 70, the former getting himself in but then falling to a pull shot when a shortish ball kept a little low. A brief stay from Moumer Khara saw Chris Finch enter the arena, and he played a couple of nice shots in a partnership of 42 before running three quarters of the way down, slipping when he was sent back and was run out by the man at cover.
Phipps passed his half-century and in partnership with Deepak Malhotra started to accelerate the scoring rate. Malhotra was bowled for run-a-ball 19, setting things up for Will Thomson.
Thomson opened his account with a six and clubbed an unbeaten 33 of 23 balls to lift the total to 199 for 6; Phipps checked out on a Stoke career best of 79 from 110 balls with seven fours and a nicely clipped six over square.
Stoke made a good start to the defence of their total, reducing Thames Ditton to 31 for 3 in the 11th over. Adrian Mills returned an opening spell of 6-4-4-2; finding Newbold’s edge for a regulation slip catch by Phipps, then castling Malins. Mills’ wickets sandwiched one for Luke Kirchner who bowled De Alwis. Kirchner found a couple of edges that went through the cordon and bowled better than his figures of 8-2-35-1.
A short burst from Will Thomson saw Piriou mis-pull one of many short balls fired at him to Malhotra at square, (45 for 4), and this brought 1s player M.Dixon to the crease.
He took a liking to Alex Thomson’s bowling, taking sixteen from his first over, but in his next he drilled one at mid-off where Rod Thomson took a sensational one-handed catch. Young Lodge played some nice shots in his 16 before being bowled by Khara; leaving the hosts in desperate need of a partnership at 101 for 6.
They got one as No.4 Park found Natt to stay with him. A fifty partnership – Natt contributed single figures to it – kept the home side in the hunt but Stoke had control of the run-rate.
Khara and Malhotra shared ten overs to leave the hosts needing 43 off the last five. The equation went to 31 needed off 15 balls when Park checked out on 84 to a good catch by Kirchner off the returning Will Thomson. Mills completed his allocation to finish with 8-4-17-2, his final over including a direct hit run out by Khara from backward point to the bowler’s end to account for Johns.
Rod Thomson effected the easiest of run outs as the home side needed to run everything in the closing deliveries leaving last pair Natt, (24 not out), and C.Dixon to lift the total to 188 for 9 when stumps were drawn, Dixon pulling the final ball for four.
As always Thames Ditton were welcoming hosts and we’ll look to play this one again next year.