Saturday 21st July 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 3 – 2nd XI Competition
Chessington 2nd XI 228 for 8 declared (53 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 136 for 9 (47 overs)
‘Winning Draw’ to Chessington 2nd XI
This wasn’t a ‘must win’ but Stoke’s 2nd XI could only manage a losing draw at relegation threatened Chessington and now need to find some wins quickly with games running out.
The bowlers did OK on a warm afternoon fielding first; the returning Duncan Elder found Daniel’s edge with 36 on the board, well caught at slip by Alex Clinton the ball after he was moved there, but the prolific A.White, (56), and Robson, (32), punished anything fed into their preferred scoring areas to move the total to 120 for 1.
Billy Zander locked down and end, bowling his 14 over allocation through for the concession of just 35 runs, and his wickets of A.White and Gowthaman sandwiched strikes for Alex Bond and Alex Clinton as Stoke fought back in the middle overs to make it 170 for 5.
A couple of nuisance partnerships helped Chessington up to 228 for 8, though, with an unbeaten 41 from L.White. Three late wickets for Jase Earl, (12-2-40-3), meant five of the six bowlers used got into the fourth column.
Facing the same score that they posted themselves last week, Stoke lost Hamza Hafeez to the second ball of the chase, but Thomas Dennis and Zander toughed it out against some decent opening bowling, notably from Patel who had figures of 8.2-3-12-2 at the point when he dismissed Dennis with the total on 37.
As per the last couple of weeks, all the Stoke batsmen got starts but no-one kicked on to the big score required to chase the required runs. Zander constructed a nice 42 from 80 balls faced; but his dismissal sparked a succession of single figure scores that re-focused attention from a win to a winning draw, and then to avoiding defeat.
The one exception was Earl who stood firm whilst all fell around him. He made an unbeaten 43 that could have been more had he not turned down runs to protect the tail to ensure some extra result points were achieved that could still count for something come September.
Next weekend Stoke travel to fellow strugglers Kempton where the prospect of returning players could show a much changed side.