Saturday 18th August 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship – Division 3
Cheam 106 all out (39.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 109 for 4 (18.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 6 wickets
An all too familiar pattern of Saturday results as the 1st XI continued their winning winning run whilst the 2nd XI sadly maintained a consistency of results of a different kind.
With three wins needed to secure the title, the 1st XI chalked off the first of them in relatively quick time; winning the toss and shooting out Cheam for 106 in just over two hours.
Shawn Dyson started things with the opening wicket; but this week it was Will Frost’s turn to shine with the ball, bowling his ten over allocation in one spell and taking 4 for 21.
Light of seam bowling options this week Jase Earl moved up from the 2nd XI and returned a fine spell of 1 for 24 from seven overs; his deserved wicket making it 67 for 6.
Hopes of a very quick finished were dashed a little as McKerracher, (17 not out), and McManus, (24), added 35 – albeit slowly against accurate bowling from Billy Zander – but once this partnership was broken the innings was ended in 27 balls; the returning Dyson, (10-1-32-3), and Zander, (9.1-3-18-2), closing the inning after 39.1 overs.
The runs were knocked off very quickly as Max Subba Row, (46 off 39), and James Trower, (39 off 33), added 90 for the first wicket before falling in the 13th and 14th overs of the chase.
A couple more wickets fell before the winning hit but this wasn’t enough to prevent another maximum point haul.
Next week Stoke host Old Wimbledonians.
Saturday 18th August 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 3 – 2nd XI Competition
Egham 2nd XI 180 all out (49.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 82 all out (33.1 overs)
Egham 2nd XI won by 98 runs
The margin of defeat didn’t do justice to the way Stoke’s second string went about this one, having been in control for large periods of the first innings.
In the field first Duncan Elder and Alex Bond applied scoreboard pressure that forced Wright to drag on a delivery from the latter. Acting captain Elder will bowl at lot worse than he did and take a pile of wickets.
After a couple of exploratory overs from Jeremy Connell, Patrick O’Neill came on and continued his good form from last weekend, picking up Sparrow in his first over courtesy of a diving catch at slip from Andy Page.
Opener Gilmour had made 33 of the 41 runs on the board to this point but was one of a brace of lbws for Roddy Kelso who gave little away in his eight overs. O’Neill completed a fine spell of 10-3-20-1; then Alex Clinton made it 66 for 5 when Elder held on – one-handed – to a cut shot from Hawes that was travelling.
The visitors needed a partnership and got one despite the best efforts of the bowlers who kept going. Hall dug in and worked out which areas of the ground and which filters to target; at the other end Ramasamy had more off a ‘see-ball hit ball’ approach and made 44 with six fours and a nice straight six.
Hall, (32), skied a hook shot off Bond, (2 for 42), to Connell at mid-wicket; Will Thomson took off the gloves and picked up Ramasamy who flashed hard and Page made a great grab; Jump was castled by the same bowler; and the tail scrambled what runs they could in the closing overs.
Connell provided the match’s best piece of fielding to save a four then have the presence of mind to get the ball in to run out Hook for 19; Kelso, (8.3-4-14-3), closed the innings in the final over on 180.
The chase never really got going despite eight of the eleven batsmen hitting nice boundaries in front of the returning 1st XI; but a top score of 13 will generally lose you more games than you win and this is how it played out although Hook, (8-2-13-4), Hopkinson, (7-4-9-2), and Gilmore, (6-2-7-0), bowled very well to allow lesser bowlers to end the match.
Next week sees a short trip to Leatherhead who secured promotion yesterday.