Sunday XI beat Ham & Petersham

Sunday 13th May 2018
Ham & Petersham 146 for 9 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 148 for 4 (29.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 6 wickets

A new look Sunday XI including a number of exciting prospects from our Academy scored a good win in a match that wasn’t arranged until Saturday morning, then was under threat due to the previous day’s rains. The ground pulled up OK, Hoppy & Shawn reporting early to work on a wet patch to ensure the start was only slightly delayed.

The opposition chose to bat. When play began Max Dunn and Teague Clarke gave little away in their five over spells; and the good work was carried on by debutant Jarryd Richardson who picked up a wicket with his second ball when C.Reddish guided one to slip where Louis Cole made a good grab. 25 for 1 was soon 31 for 2 when Shah played down the wrong line to Ralph Coleman.

The next pair of bowlers introduced by Rod Thomson, who again had ten bowlers to involve, continued to chip away; Patrick O’Neill’s first ball somehow missed everything, but with his second he castled Jony, then Malcolm Dickson took a good catch off him standing up to account for Hameed, a couple of balls after he hit a nice straight six. When Alex Clinton collected the wicket of Maheruj to a well-judged catch by Richardson in the deep it was 69 for 5 and visiting skipper Parekh, who looked a well organised player, was in dire need of people to stay with him.

A few hung around long enough to ensure that the full 40 overs were batted, although none made it to double-figures. Paddy Wilson took his first wickets of the season when Burnham failed to clear Thomson on the circle then Cook was given leg before to a second appeal in as many balls.

Parekh made it to 62 from 73 before falling to a ridiculous return catch by Thomson with a couple of balls to go in the innings. Off the final one O’Neill effected the run out of Ayan to close the innings on 146 for 9.

After another massive tea by Jo, Dickson and Moumer Khara gave the chase a nicely paced start, adding 47 in 11.2 overs. Dickson made it to 19 before being bowled by 4th bowler Burnham; this brought Richardson to the crease and he looked a class act, the highlight of his knock being a lovely straight six.

The opposition’s 1st XI had a league game at home and the lack of depth in change bowling as a result started to show as Parekh rang the changes. Khara went through the gears and after hitting a third six he retired at the end of the 23rd over on 54 to allow others their chance.

Richardson, Clarke and Cole all needed to get back into their boarding houses so were up the order accordingly. Clarke fell to a return catch from H.Reddish, Cole edged Hameed to the keeper and Richardson also gave the keeper catching practice off H.Reddish, checking out on 38 to see a mini collapse from 123 for 1 to 126 for 4.

Stoke had plenty of overs and batting left, though, so it wasn’t the usual Sunday panic. O’Neill guided one through the vacant slip and third man are for four, before Dunn ended things in a hurry. Off what would be the last three balls of the match he hit a huge six, then two fours to finish unbeaten on 17 from just nine balls faced to complete the win with more than ten overs to spare.

A highly successful afternoon given where we were midweek with numbers and the need to source a fixture. With reinforcements next week, including the prospect of the Finch brothers making it on to the field for the first time this season, details of next Sunday’s cricket will follow when all the availabilities are collated and a suitable opposition found.

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