Saturday 30th June 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 3 – 2nd XI Competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 194 all out (53.2 overs)
Leatherhead 2nd XI 197 for 4 (41.4 overs)
Leatherhead 2nd XI won by 6 wickets
A strong Leatherhead 2nd XI came up against a Stoke side that picked itself as the availability curse came back with a vengeance.
Inserted having lost the toss Stoke scored their runs quickly but lost five wickets for 62 after just 13.2 overs of play and it could have been a lot more but the fielding was exceptional. Andy Berry, (29), was fifth out with only Billy Newman, (four nice fours before falling to a worldy catch), making double figures.
League debutant Hamza Hafeez, (19), helped steady the ship allowing Andy Page, (50), to construct an excellent half-century with eleven fours. Thomas Dennis, (37 not out), also played very well despite coming into the match with a hand injury, nursing the total up to 194; the last four wickets more than doubling the total.
Stoke’s bowlers tried hard on a pitch that was very good for batting; and the openers didn’t get away, taking a long time to make the 59 runs they did for the first wicket; taken by Duncan Elder who bowled his 14 over allocation in one spell at a personal cost of just 33. His deserved wicket came late in his marathon effort courtesy of a catch at point by Peter Phipps.
The change bowlers all did their best but solid partnerships of 47 for the second wicket, broken by Hafeez who forced M.Joblin to hit to Newman at cover; and 59 for the 3rd, ended when Dennis ran one across Bradley who made the match’s highest score of 73, moved 2nd placed Leatherhead to the brink of victory.
Jase Earl took a late wicket when D.Baker, (47), gloved one down the leg-side to Page but the visitors were good for their win, secured with the best part of five overs to spare.
Stoke host Trinity Midwhitgiftians next week in dire need of a win to get back on the heels of them and the other clubs in and around the relegation zone.