Defeats for the 2nd XI and 3rd XI

Saturday 14th July 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 3 – 2nd XI Competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 228 for 8 (55 overs)
Ashford 2nd XI 230 for 5 (39.4 overs)
Ashford 2nd XI won by 5 wickets

Stoke’s 2nd XI posted their second highest total of the season but were unable to defend it on a good pitch and fast outfield.

Bating first having lost the toss the scorecard had a similar look to last week with everyone making double-figures but no-one going on to make fifty to help post a total of 260-270 that would have been more of a par score.

The pick of the batsmen were Alex Clinton who made 31 and Patrick O’Neill who made a career best 40.

After tea table-topping Ashford scored their runs quickly and dealt in boundaries. Ben Townsend took an early wicket when Butt was well caught by Clinton; but regular wickets to create pressure proved hard to come by.

Alex Bond bumped out Ahmed for 25, but this brought Davies to the crease and he was a very accomplished player. In partnership with I.Khan the visitors stayed ahead of the rate despite a good containing spell by O’Neill. The partnership was broken by Clinton who castled the latter for 37.

After another decent partnership took the total to 167 for 3 Bond returned to the attack and found M.Khan’s edge after he had constructed a nice 47; but Davies continued to play well and partnerships of 34 with Rao and 29 unbroken with Hundal saw them home to victory with over five overs to spare; a late wicket for captain Jase Earl secured what could still be an important bonus point come September.

The batting card only adds up to 217 and it is likely Davies made more than the 44 not out against his name.

Stoke travel to Chessington next week in need of a win to get back on the coat-tails of the other sides near them at the bottom of the table.

Scorecard :

Saturday 14th July 2018
Malden Wanderers 217 for 7 (35 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 3rd XI 163 all out (31.2 overs)
Malden Wanderers won by 54 runs

A big thanks to Deepak Malhotra for taking responsibility for putting the side together and securing this fixture which came on the board late in the week.

Whilst the game ended in defeat a number of our younger players got an initial and further taste of adult cricket that will stand them in good stead for the future.

Malden Wanderers batted first and made 217 for 7 in their 35 overs, the cornerstone of the innings being Cecil’s 64.

Khalid Harris – who skippers one of our Sunday oppositions and guested for us at the last minute – and he also brought a mate to play for the opposition – took 2 for 16. There was a wicket each for Teague Clarke, Geoff Vinall, Alistair McMillan and Josh Christie. Aarav Malhotra effected a run-out and took a catch.

In reply the Club’s all-time leading run-scorer McMillan added another 61 to his count, Kevin Morgan made 24 and Harris 26.

After that things fell away a bit after the asking rate started to climb. Only Ed Ashwell, who clubbed a four and a six in his first outing of the season, made double figures and Stoke fell to 163 all out in the 32nd over.

A good workout for the team, though. Thanks to all who made this happen.

Scorecard :