Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 138 for 8 (20 overs)
Walton-on-Thames Over 40s 142 for 5 (16.2 overs)
Walton-on-Thames Over 40s won by 5 wickets
The Over 40s resumed their season after a rain-off and an opposition forfeiture and played well in patches but fell to a five wicket defeat.
Batting first having lost the toss Peter Phipps was an early departure, bowled attempting a ramp; but Malcolm Dickson and No.3 Justin Jones played very well; running hard and picking up boundaries whenever the bowlers erred. They each hit a six in a stand of 62 in just under nine overs before Dickson, (29 from 29), fell to a great one handed grab in the deep by one of a few suspiciously under the age of 40 looking fielders who were able to save many runs on the boundary.
Jones departed soon after for the match’s highest score – 44 from 37 – courtesy of one of three stumpings to Fletcher.
Stoke traded runs for wickets in the closing overs with a few single figure scores but no ducks; Geoff Vinall gave it a biff to make 18 from 11 and Mark Christie added 11 from 12; the latter sportingly recalled having been stumped off a beamer.
Ten man Stoke made it to 138 for 8.
The absence of an eleventh man didn’t help the cause as openers Kane and Fletcher took advantage of the extra gaps to add 46 for the opening wicket. Geoff Vinall broke the partnership when he had an lbw appeal upheld; then took two more, one bowled, another courtesy of a rare catch for Ralph Coleman; that saw him drag his figures back to 4-0-24-3.
Hassan Dahir Jnr was given a turn with the ball and bowled nicely, creating a couple of chances that the presence of an eleventh man might have seen taken, and definitely would have seen fewer runs conceded. He can be pleased with his contribution given he is still at an age where he doesn’t bowl off 22 yards.
Rod Thomson swung one into the line of the stumps to remove Kane for 42; Harry Nawaz picked up the wicket of Matoli for 14 and Stoke had a sniff at 100 for 5.
Sadly the next two batsmen – one aided by a runner permitted – knocked off the rest with little ease and 20 balls to spare; despite the best efforts of the fielders who saved many runs – Phipps kept well given it was not a regular thing for him to do.
Thanks to Kevin for putting the team together and to everyone for being so giving of their time to make this fixture happen.
The Over 40s go again on Thursday when Leatherhead come to The Rec.