Sunday 22nd July 2018
Surrey Trust League
Godalming 288 for 7 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 188 all out (29.5 overs)
Godalming won by 100 runs
Whilst the scorecard doesn’t lie a lot of good things could still be taken out of this one and if some of the errors can be ironed out between now and the return fixture on the 5th August hopefully we will see a reversal of this result and progress up the table.
Firstly, Alex Clinton and Thomas Dennis did a great job managing on-field operations for the first time. They were fully supported by the senior players, and they took on the help and advice when appropriate. Their only blemish was an incorrect call at the toss that committed the side to 40 overs’ hard labour in the field where the ‘Oval 1976’ looking outfield – look it up on YouTube – gave full value for shots and a lot of long, timely, trips to the neighbouring satellite pitch to retrieve the ball.
Things could have been different had a couple of early chances stuck or been called for. Openers Jones and Cox made full advantage of their lives; adding 120 in 18 overs.
Deepak Malhotra slowed things down from one end, and this allowed Max Dunn to charge in from the over. They took wickets in successive overs when Jones, (62), bottom edged a cut off Dunn to Neil Foster behind the timbers, then Stoke’s gloveman for the day effected smart stumping to account for Cox, (49), a few balls later.
All the bowlers did their best and the unrelenting nature of the outfield made for quick scoring, although Stoke continued to be masters of their own downfall as a number of balls went through fielders on the circle and on the line; and the square-leg, (player), umpire twice observed one member of the Stoke side not walking in and being outside the circle at the point of release. Double-digit runs were scored from those extra deliveries.
The third wicket didn’t fall until the 29th over when Woodgates, (29), served up a catch to Ollie John at mid-on with the total on 192. The successful bowler was Clinton who sent down six overs for just 35 runs despite the batsmen being able to play freely with such a fast start and wickets in hand.
Hamza Hafeez ran one across Baker, (65), then Stoke took a few more quick ones in the closing overs; Clinton two of them – one a nice running catch by Carel Ferreira – to finish with 3 for 35; John effected a direct hit run-out and Dunn, (6-0-26-1), bowled two good death overs.
The only downside to this flurry of wickets was that it brought 1s player Hern to the crease and he smashed the ball to all parts, hitting the last ball of the innings for six to bring up his half-century and close the innings on a formidable total of 288 for 7.
After tea, Stoke went after two very young bowlers but found themselves three down quickly. Hafeez cut what would have been a wide to point in the first over; Moumer Khara clubbed two fours before falling off the last ball of the second; then John – who looked very good during his brief visit – got the ball of the season that drifted in then cut away and bent back his off stump whilst he held the pose for a textbook forward defensive. 28 for 3 after just four overs.
For the next hour the run rate never dipped. Malhotra and Ferreira added 91 runs in less than ten overs to give Godalming a taste of their own medicine. As heads in the field started to drop and the prospect of chasing the score down became a real possibility, Malhotra, (44), fell to a worldy of a catch in the deep. Energised by this the fielding improved; Foster was particularly unlucky to see a number of nice shots go straight to or be well-saved by fielders, and intelligent field placements dried up Ferreira’s boundary count.
Foster and Dunn, (the latter got off the mark with an enormous six), fell just after the drinks break; and the luckless Dennis managed to lose his leg bail off a combination of bat, pad, thigh pad, elbow, boot, you name it.
Ed Ashwell connected with less than he wanted to but entertained a sizeable crowd with a quickfire 14. Sadly Ferreira, having completed a fine half-century, then ran out of partners as Clinton and Sameer Khara fell in successive deliveries to close the innings on 188 after just 29.5 overs – yes, ‘failtobattheoveritis’ returned in a big way and Ferreira may not get a better chance this year to register his first century for the Club. He could be very pleased with his 57 not out, though.
The match was played in a great spirit – it was also nice to catch up with Nigel Churaman and find out how a few of the Godalming boys and girls we used to play against and score with at 1s level; Agge, Milner, Dique, Ross, etc, were getting on – and we hope for a similar fun atmosphere, (but a reversal of the result!), when we meet again on the 5th August.
No cricket at Stoke next Sunday as we’re in lockdown due to the cycling event. All available resource will be pooled into Saturday and we will source an appropriate friendly fixture in addition to our league programme based on who is available and what our strength or otherwise might be if we have numbers. Kevin may have an Over 40s game or two in the pipeline too, so watch this space.
More immediately we also have the all-day game at Claygate on Thursday 26th – availability for that one ASAP, please!