Saturday 24th August 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Stoke D’Abernon 200 all out (43.2 overs)
Sanderstead 159 all out (47.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 41 runs
Going into the last three matches in the knowledge that winning the last three games would make results elsewhere irrelevant; Stoke’s 1st XI completed the first of them by defending an under-par score at The Rec.
Batting first on winning the toss a healthy run rate throughout the innings was maintained but wickets were lost at regular intervals; only James Corbishley, (30), and Alastair Curran, (39) reaching 30; as the innings needed a few re-boots after spluttering to 89 for 5, then 145 for 7. Tom Frost, (15), Robbie Blackburn, (22), and Jase Earl, (13 not out), made useful lower order runs before the innings closed on exactly 200 in just the 44th over.
After tea Stoke’s bowlers stepped up. Will Frost, (10-3-20-2), took out both openers, Shawn Dyson took his 99th and 100th 1st XI League wickets to make it 61 for 4. No stoke bowler with 100 or more 1st XI wickets in the combined Championship and Fuller’s League era has a better strike rate or average.
Hassan and Wallbank got the visitors close to half-way mark, but used many overs getting there as Billy Zander returned miserly figures of 10-4-8-1; Wallbank was fifth out to Ian Hopton, needing 57 balls to make just 8 as the asking rate climbed.
In the end Sanderstead fell well short. Hopton doubled his count on the way to figures of 10-2-33-2; Max Subba Row took another wicket in a short spell; Dyson, (9-1-40-3), made it nine down before Blackburn castled the last man to complete a 41 run win. All six bowlers used got into the fourth column.
Three wins from three now becomes two wins from two. Dorking are up next. They can’t catch Stoke having been beaten by Chipstead who secured the title by beating them; but Dulwich, Oxted & Limpsfield and Bank of England are all still in the race for second place having secured wins. The latter two play each other next week whilst Dulwich host Worcester Park.