Over 40s defend 103

Monday 3rd June 2019
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Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 103 all out (18.5 overs)
Leatherhead Over 40s 82 for 7 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s won by 21 runs

After the weekend’s games the Over 40s had their turn yesterday evening and won their opening match of the season at Leatherhead.

Batting first on a pitch that kept very low Justin Jones and Fraser Slater added 33 for Stoke’s first wicket before the former was caught on the circle from one that didn’t come on to the bat – a sign of things to come – then Kevin Morgan heard the death rattle next ball.

Scoring was difficult. Slater dug in – and dug out – a number of deliveries that rolled. Jase Earl managed the match’s only six and a couple of fours before he was unable to do anything about a low one.

Slater’s 16 from 30 doesn’t sound very T20-is but in hindsight this was great effort, allowing Geoff Vinall, (15), and Mark Christie, (12), to collect a few cheap runs from the later bowlers in the queue.

Andy Page and Andrew Klimcke both dragged on balls that rolled; leaving Harry Nawaz and Ralph Coleman the task of trying to bat the rest of the overs. They nudged the total over 100 before Nawaz got a good ball from pick of the bowlers Richardson who returned figures of 3.5-0-10-3.

Klimcke, (3-1-3-0), and Vinall gave little away as Leatherhead began the chase and Stoke had valuable scoreboard control.

Opener Berryman played as positively as he conditions allowed. Just has he worked it out and hit back to back fours off Christie, the same bowler then bowled him with a slower ball that kept low.

Nawaz picked up two wickets courtesy of a leg before shout, (none of these were going over), and a nice catch in the deep by Jones.

Home skipper Meyer and Bentall did their best against the change bowlers who were all given their turn. Klimcke took a good catch off Page to remove Harris for ten; and despite an unbeaten 20 by Harris; Bentall, (leg before to Earl), and Voss, (bowled by Jones), were late departures as Stoke closed out a 21 run win; the margin of victory aided by another great keeping display by Morgan.

Thanks to Leatherhead for their hospitality. A return match at Stoke will be inked in soon.

The Over 40s are in action again next Monday with a trip to Walton-on-Thames.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4045461