1st XI complete win double over Churt. Handel 85, Dyson 138 & 4-47

Saturday 21st July 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship – Division 3
Stoke D’Abernon 297 for 4 declared (45.3 overs)
Churt 181 all out (51.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 116 runs

No change at the top of the table as Stoke completed a 116 run win to stay second, the points secured a little later in the day than fellow promotion hopefuls Old Rutlishians and Epsom finished their matches.

Stoke were asked to bat first and reached 55 for the loss of Alastair Curran and Max Subba Row, (27); before a punishing partnership of 183 in 25 overs between Tim Handel and Shawn Dyson established a position of dominance.

In his first outing of the season Handel hit 85 from 90 deliveries with 15 fours and 2 sixes; but the highlight was Dyson’s 138, made from 101 balls with 17 fours and 7 sixes.

The partnership was a new record for the 3rd wicket in all 1st XI League cricket for the Club, beating the unbroken 172 between Simon Engelen and Peter Farenden in the Fuller’s League in 1996 – against the same opposition, (https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/2323091) – and the unbroken 122 between Will Gudgeon and Shahil Ramdin in the Surrey Championship era in 2013, (https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1943691)

Back to the present, James Corbishley added a quick 29 from 21 balls to allow acting captain Ian Hopton the luxury of a 45.3 over declaration on 297 for 4.

After tea Toby Tarrant removed Maingot in his first over; but the visitors made a good start to the chase otherwise, reaching 69 in the 11th over before Mike Enslin found Finneran’s edge to give Tom Frost his 200th Stoke career dismissal.

Dyson made it 91 for 3 when he pinned Chhabra leg before, but Churt’s Overseas Osner made 67 and found an ally in Williams who came in after Talbot retired hurt, (although he would resume later on.) Hopton and his keeper eventually combined to make it 137 for 4; but Stoke only had another 20 overs to dismiss the rest on a good batting pitch.

A run of wickets shared by Hopton and Dyson, (12-3-47-4), moved the score from 151 for 4 to 156 for 8; but Williams and Higgins dug in. They were separated when Will Frost castled Williams for 41 but the last pair negotiated ten more overs to frustrate. However as it looked like the match could end in a draw Hopton, (12.4-3-29-3), castled Glover to complete the win.

Next week Stoke hope to continue their unbeaten run when they welcome Staines & Laleham to The Rec.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3302787