Ian Hopton Bowling in STL 1 by MHS

Former Stoke foe makes List A Debut

Followers of cricket below the international game may have noticed a former Stoke opponent make his List A debut this week in Western Province. Zak Elkin was a former Chipstead, (and for a while Ashtead), player who we faced a few years back. (He also played some First Class cricket in the UK during his time at Uni.)

Links from this week: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8723/scorecard/1123559/western-province-vs-gauteng-cross-pool-csa-provincial-one-day-challenge-2017-18/ & http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/437418.html

As this was a game played in Hopton & Dyson country, we’ve chatted to Hoppy, (to also see if any of the Western Province side had links to their Club), and Hoppy had some free time to pen this:

“I actually saw Zak yesterday. The game was played at WPCC as our ground is used when Newlands is being rested. Zak plays for Green Point CC. They are not in our A-Grade League, they’re one below us so we would not have played against him this year.

Regarding others in the team, Moreki also plays for us. He opens the bowling and is the opening bowler for the First Class side. Galiem is also in our side as a batting all-rounder – he bats at 5 for us. Derek Mitchell normally plays, but is carrying an injury. He captains our side. Cohen is also our other opening bowler, but was doing duty for the Cobras in the 4-day game in Johannesburg – he bowls left arm rockets like Chilly. Moriaty is also another one that plays, but he was with the SA U19 side.”

WPCC are lucky to have any cricket at theirs after the club programme was ended early due to the droughts. This article appeared on CricInfo a couple of weeks ago and WPCC got a mention here too: http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22284462/newlands-prepares-host-australia-test-drought

Hoppy signed off by saying: “We are lucky like they say in the article, as we have two boreholes and don’t need council water for our facilities.”

Back to 2010, Elkin found the Stoke attack to his liking in the two games we played against him.

Scorecard Match 1 : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1394494
Scorecard Match 2 : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1394595

The latter game saw the players chased off the field by a thunderstorm with Stoke nicely placed to get ahead of the run-rate. By rule, Chipstead were declared winners and those points clinched promotion for them that day. Had we got a few more runs, we might have joined them in a promotion spot, but in the end we had to settle for fourth: http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=19744