Robbie Blackburn

Robbie at the Double as 1s beat Cheam

Saturday 16th June 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship – Division 3
Stoke D’Abernon 233 all out (47 overs)
Cheam 106 all out (32.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 127 runs

Stoke’s 1st XI moved up to 2nd place in the table with a big win over lowly Cheam who arrived at the Rec with quite a few of their players seen more recently in the 2nd XI and Sunday XIs. Nevertheless the necessary was done in an entertaining and dominant manner to secure maximum points.

Having been asked to bat Stoke found themselves 2 for 2 after just ten balls of the match but Will Gudgeon and Shawn Dyson used the pace of the pitch and the bowling to their advantage, moving the total to 44 before Dyson, (22), was very well held when he gloved the ball attempting a hook and the keeper shifted his body to make a great low one-handed grab.

This was a second wicket for Wright who bowled with a lot of heart but continued to offer scoring opportunities; Gudgeon setting up camp at one end and taking 32 off him in a seventeen ball spell either side of taking a blow on the lid. 78 of Stoke’s first 92 runs off the bat came in boundaries as the visitors chased wickets; a tactic that eventually bore some fruit as Gudgeon, (54 from 56 with eight fours and a six), and acting captain Ian Hopton, (16 courtesy of four sweetly timed boundaries), departed in successive overs.

At 107 for 5 Stoke were in danger of squandering their fast start; but James Corbishley and Robbie Blackburn restored their advantage with a stand of 69; 30 of them from Corbishley – whose game management skills were ideal for the situation – timed the ball and rotated the strike well. Blackburn invested time getting himself in and recorded a maiden fifty for the Club; checking out on 66 from 68 balls faced with nine fours and three sixes, one of them over third man as the returning Wright continued to serve up chances to score quick runs.

The lower order all chipped in. Mike Enslin, (10), Will Thomson, (12 including a four and a six), perished in the pursuit of quick runs. A leg-before decision against Toby Tarrant closed the innings on 233 at the end of the 47th over, leaving Will Frost with another red-inker.

Having batted in the warm Stoke began the defence of their total in a much more bowler-friendly atmosphere. Blackburn and Dyson were a very difficult proposition; swinging & seaming the new nut prodigiously and extracting life from the surface that had good carry throughout the game.

They shared the first two wickets when Blackburn castled keeper-bat M.Fenwick for a second-baller in the first over; then Wright, who looked to be positive from the off, drove at one from Dyson and Hopton took a regulation catch at slip, arguably standing deeper than other fielders were saving a single.

After that it was all Blackburn who tore through Cheam’s top and middle order. Varma gloved a lifting delivery to Thomson; southpaw Yeates, (16), fell to the same combination when he touched a delivery that ran across him; Tyson lost a pole; Sayed edged to Thomson; then F.MacManus skied a hook that was well-taken by Thomson who sprinted from behind the timbers to take the catch by the batsman’s feet.

37 for 7, (Blackburn 8-3-17-6 at that stage), was soon 46 for 8 when Dyson, (11-4-22-2), shattered Horwood’s stumps.

No.9 Sherbourne and No.10 N.McManus offered decent resistance to extend the game beyond the drinks period with a ninth wicket stand of 49; but unlike last week chances seemed not too far away.

A tiring Blackburn, (6 for 34 completing a rare Stoke 1s match double), was replaced by Enslin and Frost took over from Dyson. The latter broke the stand when N.McManus, (28), was stumped advancing down the crease to push a single only to see the ball turn past him; Thomson’s stumping gave him a personal five-for and there were no byes either.

The innings closed on 106 in just the 33rd over when No.11 J.Fenwick tried to hit fifth bowler Hopton over the top but was held by Adrian Taylor. Sherbourne walked off unbeaten on 38.

Stoke continue to be quick learners in this division, moving on swiftly from the frustration of last week. Their learning and progress will be tested further next week when runaway league leaders Old Rutlishians come to the Rec.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3302762