Finally some cricket!

After a total washout of the senior games so far this year, a Stoke XI made it on to the field courtesy of the colts’ section. Kevin provides his match report here:

Sunday 29th April 2018
Mid-Surrey Colts League – Under 12
Stoke D’Abernon U12 109 for 9 (20 overs)
Spencer U12 110 for 3 (19.1 overs)
Spencer U12 won by 8 wickets

The last match as U11s in 2017 saw Stoke hosting Spencer in the Cup Final; rather neatly the first match of the U12 season saw the friendly rivals meet up again. The Battersea Park pitch had been rated 50:50 on the previous evening’s inspection but no overnight rain gave the teams a chance to play. The match was not up to the standard of the Cup Final thriller but the result alas was the same with Spencer hitting the winning runs in the final over.

Both sides played with good spirit in chilly conditions, bowlers’ spikes slipping on landing & fielders’ cold hands saw a few spills though Jack T took one difficult catch and Seb D a tidy one in the slips.

The pitch held up a little better than expected for batters; Stoke debutant Arren S opened well with Max B though found scoring a little slow against Spencer’s good bowlers & good fielding.

Seb D managed to get the scoreboard running, James M played some risky shots and got away with it, Marcus N rallied well down the order however 109 was a low total to defend. Spencer bowler Shaheer had a particularly good day taking 6 of his side’s wickets.

Spencer in reply were quite rapid in scoring helped by extras, every Stoke player got to bowl to help blow off some early season cobwebs. There were spells where they pinned back the batters and indeed towards the end a glimmer of hope that overs might run out.

Not to be however as Spencer showed cool heads to play the game out.

It was good to be playing though and both sides & supporters have hopefully thawed out by now. A big shout out to Martin Bednall for scoring – his hands were blue at the end of the match!

Table showing who else we have to play here :