2s Beaten but not Downhearted

Saturday 11th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 60 all out (37.5 overs)
Old Hamptonians 2nd XI 62 for 5 (26.3 overs)
Old Hamptonians 2nd XI won by 5 wickets

Sometimes you need a bit of luck, and it just wasn’t the 2s’ day as they were left to bemoan a crucial lost toss, an untimely mid-innings rain break and then better weather for the opposition.

The batting strike rates tell the story of this one as Stoke toughed it out for as long as possible in extremely testing conditions, skipper Peter Phipps facing the not unrealistic possibility of carrying his bat until he was eighth out for the highest inning score other than extras.

The other side of the ball was a different story as Stoke’s bowlers made the opposition work very hard for their points despite improved conditions and the outfield now giving value for shots.

Adrian Mills, (1 for 13), Duncan Elder, (9-5-13-2), Tom Dennis, (7-2-9-1), and Jase Earl, (1 for 15), all got into the fourth column, there were three catches at the wicket for Kane Fullalove. Shared opinion after the winning hit that a first innings total of as little as 100 might have seen a different outcome.

Despite the result Stoke will hope to take the momentum from the second innings into their trip to Addiscombe next weekend where, hopefully, some returning players will also add a little more depth to the selection pool.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753155