Saturday 18th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Bank of England 209 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 210 for 2 (29 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 8 wickets
Two wins out of two for Stoke’s 1st XI as they chased down Bank of England’s moderate total in double-quick time.
BofE’s openers made a fast start having been inserted, but the bowlers then found their ranges reduced them to 74 for 5; three wickets for Robbie Blackburn, (3 for 57), and the first, (of two each), for Shawn Dyson and Will Frost.
Frost Jnr, Dyson and Hopton, (1 for 19 from his ten), suffocated the scoring; and once a sixth wicket partnership of 41 was broken, BofE laboured to 156 for nine.
A frustrating unbroken last wicket stand of 53 meant a total of 209 for 9 was achieved, but not many sides will beat this Stoke team when the highest scorer in the innings is 27. Five players made it to the 20s but no further. There were 22 extras.
Toby Tarrant, (1 for 45), Will Frost, (2 for 28), Dyson, (2 for 35), complete the bowling figures. There were three catches for Dyson – one off his own bowling – and one each for Kane Fullalove, Roddy Kelso and the Frost brothers.
In reply Max Subba Row and James Trower made a quick start to the chase; 21 from 3, 40 from 6, 68 from 10, and the century partnership was brought up in just the 16th over.
Having passed 1000 runs as captain last weekend, Trower added another 49 to his count, hitting four fours and a six along the way before being caught off the bowling of Winder who would be the only bowler to go for less than a run-a-ball throughout the innings.
Absenteeism of a couple of regulars provided an opportunity for Tom Frost at number 3 and he made full use of his chance, finding the fence seven times in an unbeaten 38.
At the other end Subba Row moved serenely to 82, (16×4), before he was leg-before with the total on 177.
Dyson, (16 not out), smashed off the majority of the rest in the space of three overs to complete a resounding win.
Next week Stoke travel to picturesque Chipstead who are also unbeaten following an opening day tie and a crushing defeat of Sanderstead.