Wednesday 29th August 2018
Leatherhead Over 40s 77 for 8 (100 balls)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 78 for 2 (70 balls)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s won by 8 wickets
The ECB may be trialling the 100 ball game soon, (http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/24461064/pca-confirms-involvement-trials-ecb-100-ball-competition), but Stoke’s and Leatherhead’s Over 40s got in first and played out a highly sociable game despite the time of year suggesting miners’ helmets might be needed. To avoid this prospect the sides were creative by bowling the first 48 balls from one end, then the remainder – including the ten ball final over – from the other.
Kevin Morgan did a great job re-assembling a side, (thanks to those who came in late to complete the XI), and his squad ended up in the field after an incorrect call at the toss.
To involve everyone bowling spells were kept to 12 balls; Harry Nawaz spun one through Rose’s gate to get Stoke on the board, then Andy Page moved quickly to throw down the stumps to leave home skipper and one-time Stoke 3rd XI player Andy Meyer stranded. 10 for 2.
A 3rd wicket partnership of 33 was broken by Hassan Dahir who was unlucky not to take a wicket first ball when a catch went down, but he took the fielders out of the equation soon after by bowling Storey with one that ragged. He doubled his count when Page took a good catch in the deep to send Ransom on his way.
The other bowlers, (nine in total were used), all did well given the conditions underfoot; Will Thomson collected the wicket of Harris courtesy of a well-judged catch by Mark Christie; Dahir – tasked with the ten ball final ‘over’ – took another to end with 3 for 18 from 22; these wickets were sandwiched by easy run-outs for Moumer Khara and Andy Berry, the latter, who effected his off the last ball of the innings that took less than an hour to complete, kept wicket and kept a clean sheet. 77 for 8.
In reply Stoke lost Khara off the second ball when he failed to clear Meyer at mid-on; but Peter Phipps and Morgan batted with little alarm to add 42 in 39 balls. Morgan, (18), pulled a couple of nice fours before skying one.
Phipps, (26 not out from 27), became more creative in his shot selection – nailing one reverse over short third man for one of his two fours – as the match moved towards an inevitable conclusion; the finish coming quicker than thought on a sluggish pitch when Carel Ferreira hit 25 off 18 to complete the win with 30 balls to spare.
So initial thoughts on “The 100” ? At our level the shorter format would ensure games could start later or be played later in the year; but twenty fewer deliveries per side will lead to the prospect of players – who might travel some distance as a couple of ours did – getting less of an opportunity, particularly in low-scoring affairs or low chases – seven Stokers didn’t get a chance to have a bat in this one. Over to you, ECB…
Thanks to Leatherhead for their superb hospitality including a BBQ. We’ll definitely lock another home & away in against them next year.