Saturday 29th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Stoke D’Abernon 308 for 8 (55 overs)
Dorking 155 for 9 (45 overs)
Match Drawn – ‘Winning Draw’ to Stoke D’Abernon
Stoke’s 1st XI had control throughout this 2nd v 3rd encounter at Pixham Lane but for the second time in three weeks had to settle for a winning draw with the last pair at the wicket.
Batting first on winning the toss James Trower and Ian Hopton, (36), added 104 for the first wicket. Trower, (75), and No.3 Tristan Caviet both fell with the score on 129; but James Corbishley and Alastair Curran kept the board moving by adding another 81, Corbishley making 23 of them.
By now Curran was in full flow; partnerships of 50 with Tim Frost, then 30 with Roddy Kelso, (24), saw him complete a maiden 1st XI League century before checking out on 101 with eleven fours and three sixes.
Stoke continued to make Dorking’s bowlers and fielders toil in the heat and closed their innings on 308 for 8.
After tea Dorking’s openers Erasmus and Johnson gave the chase a go with a rapid partnership of 68; Hopton breaking it with a return catch to account for Johnson for 27 – his 300th wicket for the Club – then Tom Dennis took out the Division’s leading run-scorer for 43.
The latter’s dismissal seemed to send a shockwave through the home dressing room as soon after they 112 for 7 as Hopton and Will Frost, (2 for 37), worked their way through the middle and lower order.
With overs running out Curran’s good day continued when he took a first Championship wicket to remove Ward; Hopton, (4 for 22), then castled No.10 Edwards, but Corbett and last man Quinn negotiated the final deliveries to secure the draw.
We reach the half-way stage of the season next week as Farnham visit the Stoke Rec.