Saturday 9th June 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship – Division 3
Stoke D’Abernon 251 for 5 declared (52 overs)
Streatham & Marlborough 86 for 8 (52 overs)
Match Drawn – ‘Winning Draw’ to Stoke D’Abernon
A maiden league century for returning captain James Trower and a fine spell of 14-8-16-5 from Ian Hopton were highlights of a terrific display by Stoke’s 1st XI that ended in frustration as the opposition held out for a draw.
Inserted after losing the toss a second wicket stand of 69 between Trower and Will Gudgeon, (41 from 44), set the innings up nicely; the momentum carried on by Shawn Dyson who made 50 from 62 out of a third wicket partnership of 82.
With the platform set for a huge total Stoke traded quick runs for wickets; one of whom Alastair Curran was unfortunate to be lost to a run out backing up. Trower was sixth out for 101, (13×4), with the total on 219.
Hopton, (21 from 10), and James Corbishley added quick runs to enable a 52 over declaration at 251 for 6.
After tea debutant Mike Enslin, and the last player before him to be capped at 1st XI level Robbie Blackburn, took a wicket each to reduce the hosts to 23 for 2.
An attritional period saw Will Frost send down ten testing overs for just ten runs; but it was Hopton who tore through the middle order with a burst of four wickets in ten balls to make it 41 for 6.
Then frustration. Hughes and Acheson negotiated over after over. The latter was finally out for 19 from 73 balls faced when Hopton took his second return catch of the afternoon; and one brought two when Dyson trapped No.9 Synclear for a duck soon after to make it 82 for 8.
But Hughes continued to be an immovable object and having faced 130 balls for his unbeaten 27, the players shook hands on a very one-sided draw. Stoke tried everything and bowled their overs at a fantastic rate that allowed them to get four more in than required minimum, (half of them were maidens), but it was not to be.
Momentum from this excellent performance should be taken into next Saturday’s home game against Cheam. Three of the five games played in this weekend’s round ended in draws so Stoke haven’t lost too much ground on the leaders, and will go into the next round just one win behind second place in the table.