1st XI Lose Narrowly as Promotion Picture Changes Again

Saturday 20th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Bank of England 112 all out (38.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 107 all out (31.1 overs)
Bank of England won by 5 runs

All change in the title race once again as Stoke won the toss and won the first half of the match but slipped to a narrow defeat after tea.

A delayed start saw seven overs shaved off the minimum 100; but the game never looked like going the distance when Stoke rolled their opponents for 112 in under 39 of them.

Tom Dennis got Stoke on the board with the first two wickets; Jones was bowled and Woodroof held behind the timbers by Will Thomson. Good support came from the other end from Will Harris making his first 1st XI appearance for the Club. (Surrey Championship Cap No.87 for those keeping count.)

First change Shawn Dyson ran through the middle order with the next four wickets to make it 45 for 6; and when No.4 Scott was finally prised away from the crease by Mike Enslin Stoke were in the pound seats at 65 for 7.

As can often be the case a partnership or two developed; home skipper Winder found enough support from No.9 Ramesh and the tail. Winder made 46 from 55 balls with a six and five fours before Dyson took out both to finish with Stoke career best figures of 13-5-41-6. Ian Hopton closed the innings on 112 with an lbw, his 25th League wicket of the season to lead the division on his own…until later.

Stoke made a decent start to the chase; but 20 for 0 was soon 40 for 4 as three bowlers shared the wickets. Winder’s good day continued as he grabbed two of them.

Alastair Curran, (24), and Dyson doubled the total to put Stoke back on track; but Curran’s dismissal was one of three quick strikes by Thornbury, (4-2-7-3), to make it 84 for 7.

Thomson provided the support Dyson desperately needed but was eighth out with Stoke still seven runs short of the winning line. Enslin departed with no addition to the score; so with just the last man left Dyson, (38 from 44), got back on strike and tried to finish it but was bowled by Winder, (12.1-4-38-5 – matching Hopton’s aggregate of 25 for the season), to have his all-round performance trumped.

Rain around the county meant the sides below now 3rd placed Stoke didn’t make too much ground; but Stoke now need a win over leaders Chipstead – who won their rain reduced match in the last over – next week to keep pace with the top two.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754192