Saturday 29th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Purley 2nd XI 280 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 177 for 7 (50 overs)
Match Drawn – ‘Winning Draw’ to Purley 2nd XI
Stalemate at The Rec for the second week running as Stoke’s 2nd XI, missing a few players due to unavailability and 1st XI call ups, secured a draw after a lengthy stint in the field.
Adrian Mills and Max Madden took a wicket in their opening spells courtesy of catches from acting captain Duncan Elder and Raja Singh; but visiting skipper V.Patel, (89), and his namesake S.Patel, (79), then set about the change bowling; adding 159 in good time to put Stoke under the pump. Stoke contributed a little to their situation with a succession of missed chances; but then things changed once they found their catching mojo with some great grabs.
Mills returned to take four quick wickets, one bowled, the others courtesy of catches by Robbie Parrett, Elder and Deepak Malhotra, (he would finish with 14-0-64-5 – a great effort on such a batting friendly track); Singh took two quick wickets of his own and suddenly the visitors were 219 for 8.
Purley had some know-how – and some batting competence – in the tail, though. Ali, (one of two former Southbank 1st XI players in the opposition), made 24 before falling to Malhotra and No.10 Short hit the ball very cleanly, clearing the ‘line’ on the full three times, to end on 35 not out and lift the total to 280 for 9.
Stoke made a bad start to the chase when Malhotra was bowled by the other former Southbanker Khan; then Steve Wade was caught at the wicket to make it 9 for 2; but Will Patrick – making his first appearance for the Club since September 2012 – and Hamza Hafeez dug in and put together a nice partnership of 93.
A tired Hafeez, (35), steered one to slip; then Patrick, who had made a fine 58 from 100 balls faced with six fours and a six; departed in a similar manner. Harry Nawaz, luckless with the ball in the first innings, then went soon after to give the visitors hope at 116 for 5; but Parrett – in his first appearance of the season – and Singh batted sensibly to calm things down.
Parrett hit the last ball of leg-spinner Hakimy’s spell to mid-off to depart for 19; but Singh and Ralph Coleman negotiated the remaining overs with little alarm; lifting the score to 177 to secure an extra batting point before the latter was caught at the wicket off the last ball of the match.
Singh continued his good form with the bat, walking off unbeaten on 32.
With the sides beneath them both losing Stoke widened the gap slightly from the dotted line, and a win over Old Emanuel next weekend would see them move another place up the table.