Two Wins for the Under 13s

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Victory over Cheam and Leatherhead last weekend means it’s three wins out of three for the U13s so far.

12th May 2019
Stoke D’Abernon U13 124 for 7 (20 overs)
Cheam U13 93 for 5 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon U13 won by 31 runs

The match started in early spring sunshine ended in chilly gloom and fading light.

Put into bat, our openers Josh M and Aarav G made a cautious steady start building a partnership of 44 before Aarav fell to a catch on 15 runs in the 8th over. Josh carried on through a couple more partners to hit retirement at 31 runs. The Cheam bowling efforts were mixed, a couple of good strong bowlers but several less experienced. Over 19 wides and 5 no balls were called, lenient umpiring let several more go. This made for a frustrating experience for batters throughout, Jack T 12, Max P 7, Max B 8 all fell to catches. Jake P was run out without getting chance to score and James M followed shortly after bowled for 6 when trying to go big.

A tail end boost was provided by Charlie B and Aarav M putting on 19 between them in short time including three 4s for Charlie and a mighty six for Aarav clearing the fence, bouncing in the road & missing a passing car by a whisker

A much better bowling side, Stoke contained Cheam’s early scoring and claimed a wicket in the 4th over from Caleb and another in the 9th where Arren trapped a batter lbw.

One Cheam batter was able to frustrate Stoke’s attack eventually retiring on 30 but generally Stoke’s fielding energy was very good. The rest of Cheam’s batting struggled to move the score board at the rate required. Moment of the match came with a stunning catch at point by Max P off Max B’s bowling, arriving like a bullet a one handed grab stickinglike glue.

Josh M who moved to us from Claygate over the winter delivered a great couple of overs and he and Aarav G saw the last overs through steering to a comfortable win.

The squad progress to the 3rd round where much stronger opponents in the shape of either Ashtead or Esher will await.

12th May 2019
Mid-Surrey Colts League – Under Division 1
Leatherhead U13 92 all out (18 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon U13 93 for 4 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon U13 won by 6 wickets

Reverse weather pattern here where a chilly start turned into lovely morning sun. Skipper Jack R won the toss and elected to bowl, determining the outfield might be slow with morning due & influenced by several of his team-mates looking bleary eyed for batting.

Jack T and Josh M opened our bowling with some pace and economy, both conceeding just 7 runs a piece from their first two overs. Josh got an early breakthrough, clean bowling Leatherhead’s opener with his sixth delivery. Arren S followed with a wicket maiden, a good catch by Jack R at point.

This meant Leatherhead’s two danger batters were at the crease, Max P and Arren, then Freddie and Aarav G had some success limiting them but they then started to find regular boundaries.

Both batters were in the twenties when Aarav G produced a match changing 12th over, bowling one and then the other with Jack R taking a second catch and a spectacular one running in from deep cover. Theo S and Jack R then bowled brilliantly restricting runs, Jack R got a wicket, a catch by MaxP and Theo in an awesome spell accounted for 3 wickets all clean bowled. With the tail to account for Max B tried to engineer for Oliver B to get an over in but was too good and dismissed Leatherhead’s final batter with his sixth delivery.

Stoke had delivered another good bowling and fielding display, well marshalled by captain Jack R who with his bowlers managed the fielding unit, keeping everyone alert and involved. With batters having a score of 40 to retire, AG’s dismissal of both threats in one over had certainly been pivotal in keeping Leatherhead under 100 runs.

With 24 overs to play with this looked a more than favourable target but credit to Leatherhead who opened with good quick bowlers, sharing the first seven overs between them.

An early breakthrough saw James M go cheaply for 2 runs in the third over, his fellow opener Max B dug in and along with Freddie they weathered the bowling attack and ticked the scoreboard along till Freddie acrobatically engineered himself an lbw decision.

This brought Oliver B in who in familiar style took a few deliveries to settle then started to power, Max B was caught on a patient and impressive 11 including one 4. Had Leatherhead’s fielders been as efficient with Oliver the match result could have been different, Oliver was dropped or catch missed no fewer than three times, whilst amassing 41 runs including 5 fours and 1 six.

His retirement brought Arren a solid 14 runs and Jack T 4 runs plenty of overs to steer Stoke through to the win which came, a little of an anti climax in the 20th over from successive wides.

Our thanks once again to our friends at Leatherhead who play positively and in the right spirit, for another enjoyable match, we look forward to our next meeting. Thanks also to James M for volunteering to wicket-keep and acquitting himself well in both matches, with our regular keepers unavailable.

Oliver’s innings is all the more impressive having spent Saturday representing Surbiton hockey in the Tier 1 U14 national finals in Reading, a full day saw Oliver’s team become National champions.

Turning out for Stoke the next day and playing a match winning innings, highlights his dedication to Stoke and sporting versatility.

Meanwhile Oliver’s brother Charlie had the small matter of the Tier 2 U14 national finals in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday to contest. With good symmetry Surbiton also took this title, both brothers finishing the weekend as Nationals Champions!