Saturday 7th July 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship – Division 3
Stoke D’Abernon 243 for 6 declared (49 overs)
Purley 142 all out (30 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 101 runs
An early start, (credit to Purley and Stoke for working together to start at 9.30am to get things done ahead of the football), and an early finish with the right result for Stoke as they stretched their unbeaten run to five to keep pace with the leaders.
Inserted having lost the toss, openers James Trower and Max Subba Row were early departures but a 3rd wicket stand of 110 between Will Gudgeon, (81), and Kane Fullalove, (29), put Stoke in a good position.
Stoke’s traditional positive approach saw them slip to 130 for 5, (Wanigaratne taking four of them on the way to figures of 13-1-44-4); but Tom Frost, (41 with four fours and two sixes), Ian Hopton, (48 not out with four fours and one six), and a brief unbeaten 17 from James Corbishley allowed Trower to call his men in after 49 overs with another formidable score of 243 for 6 on the board.
The hosts made a decent start in their chase, but slipped from 51 for 1 to 57 for 4 and then to 101 for 8 courtesy of a nap hand from Will Frost, (14-1-50-5), and three more from Shawn Dyson, (10-0-35-3.)
With the lure of the football the tailenders had some fun without being too bothered about batting the game out and lifted the total to 142 with seven fours and a six between them; but a wicket each for Hopton and Mike Enslin in what would be their only overs completed a 101 run win after just 30 overs in the field.
The team were back at HQ just as the football started and had the added bonus of the 2nd XI to cheer on as well as England.
Next week the 1st XI travel to Addiscombe hoping to complete their first double of the season.