Saturday 20th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Addiscombe 2nd XI 151 all out (32.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 112 for 7 (32 overs)
Match Drawn – ‘Winning Draw’ to Addiscombe 2nd XI
This match was a draw but a win for cricket as both sides agreed to give it a go and played out a reduced overs match where both had a chance to win before the last couple of overs were played out.
The latest possible start time was agreed to allow maximum drying time; Peter Phipps won an important toss and set his bowlers to work.
Adrian Mills picked up two in two to make it 6 for 2 early; one a catch for Phipps at slip who repeated the exercise a few overs later to give Jase Earl the third. 23 for 3.
Opener Dennis toughed it out and No.5 & No.6 Wise and Naradine played positively to keep the run-rate healthy. The luckless Jack Townsend produced an unplayable one to get Wise; but an untidy period before drinks saw the visitors in a good spot at 101 for 4.
Drinks came at the right time; Ben Townsend found his rhythm and collected the next four wickets; re-arranging the furniture three times, another well caught at the wicket by Andy Page who kept a clean sheet. Townsend Jnr returned career best figures of 7-1-27-4.
No.10 Shafaq hit the ball in unusual areas to make 21 before he was bowled by Tristan Caviet. The returning Mills, (9.2-0-54-3), closed the innings on 151 when Phipps held a third slip catch to get No.11 first ball. Dennis had carried his bat for an unbeaten 78.
Stoke earned themselves extra overs as reward for their good work. 152 in 35 was the equation and all was well at 24 for 0. Phipps fell to a slip catch; and Hafeez got stuck in the 30s again when he chipped a low full toss to mid-wicket – he was the only batsman to have scored runs at the point of his dismissal for 31 out of 38.
Caviet, (18), and Steve Wade, (13), invested time getting themselves in; but neither they, nor the batsmen who followed them; could find the big over or two after drinks when the asking rate edged up to near and beyond a run a ball.
Much of this was down to visiting skipper Maguire who returned figures of 9-1-25-0 with a variety of pace rather than pitch map; with the keeper standing back maybe some foot movement to disrupt his rhythm was the order of the day but the pitch still had enough to keep the batsmen honest.
After drinks wickets were lost trying to up the rate; chief beneficiary was Pavithran who returned personal league best figures of 8-1-27-4. Stoke were still going for it until the asking rate reached tens with four overs to go. Raja Singh’s dismissal to a direct hit run out signalled a calling off of the chase. Earl, (23 not out), steered the home side to safety and Stoke closed on 117 for 7; taking a point more than they would have had the game been called off.
So the ‘glass half full’ brigade will see this as Stoke making it just one defeat – to the league leaders – in seven; but a win would come in handy after missing out today. Hopefully this will come at Kingstonian next week.