1st XI beaten by the Weather / 2nd XI beaten by Kingstonian

Saturday 27th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Stoke D’Abernon v Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians
Match abandoned without a ball bowled

The Rec was unable to beat the overnight deluge and an early call was made to call off the 3rd v 1st contest between Stoke and Chipstead. The visitors retain a 39 point gap from Stoke; and at the time of going to press there was no news of results for 2nd placed Bank of England or others with an eye on the promotion places, notably Dorking and Dulwich.

Next week Stoke travel to Old Rutlishians looking to reverse the result of the earlier fixture between the sides.

Saturday 27th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 60 all out
Kingstonian 2nd XI 61 for 0 (11.2 overs)
Kingstonian 2nd XI won by 10 wickets

With Stoke’s 2s still in need of a win or two every effort was made to get a game on and a like-minded Kingstonian, with sights on a top two position were they to secure a win and others lose/draw/not play, got a pitch playable. Sadly the former’s plans to pick up a few points backfired as the 70 over match didn’t get half way.

Stoke lost an obviously important toss and were shot out in under two hours; chief destroyer was Rashid who took 7 for 25; many of his victims dismissed playing back. Only Tristan Caviet, (32), and Peter Phipps, (11), made double figures on a pitch that was tricky to bat on.

With so few runs to defend any quick start would effectively end the contest and that’s exactly what happened as the left-hand/right hand opening pair played nicely and belligerently respectively and knocked the runs off in just 11.2 overs.

Stoke’s bowlers Tom Dennis, Ben Townsend and Patrick O’Neill found help from the pitch when landing in the ball in the right areas but were punished for anything else; a very difficult chance didn’t stick, there was a missed stumping, (although the bye levelled the scores), and a clear direct hit run-out was turned down by the same umpire who awarded a record six leg before decisions in the early season contest; but the game was long gone; so let’s get all of that out of the way in one hit and go again next week at home to Cheam.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754347