All posts by SDCC Admin

Sunday XI beaten by Ashford

Sunday 9th August 2020
Stoke D’Abernon 200 for 7 (40 overs)
Ashford 202 for 6 (35.5 overs)
Ashford won by 4 wickets

Stoke put up a good fight in this one on a hot afternoon against a strong opposition but were hamstrung – in one case literally – by being a few runs short and losing a front line bowler and one of the better fielders in the side during the game. Read more

Wins for the 2s and the 3s

Saturday 8th August 2020
Surrey Championship Challenge Cup – 2nd XI competition
Guildford 2nd XI 122 all out (34.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 126 for 2 (22 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI won by 8 wickets

For the second week running a Guildford XI was sent home in defeat; this time Stoke’s second string recording their first victory of the season with a commanding performance. Read more

Over 40s beat Leatherhead – Justin Jones Hat-Trick

Thursday 6th August 2020
Leatherhead Over 40s 131 for 6 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 134 for 3 (18 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s won by 7 wickets

The Over 40s got their first game of the season in on a warm evening at The Rec, and cruised to a seven wicket win despite being a man short for half of their fielding effort. Read more

Sunday XI win at Chipstead

Sunday 2nd August 2020
Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians 181 for 5 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 183 for 6 (36.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 4 wickets

Not quite enough numbers for two Sunday games this week, confirmed when a few guys were needed for Saturday, but we secured an excellent fixture and sent a nicely balanced XI to Chipstead with one debutant and a couple more making their first appearances after a longer than anticipated hibernation.

Will Thomson took charge and did a great job other than losing the toss and committing the side to a fielding stint on a warm afternoon, but the team did well.

Andy Butler put in one of his best performances in Stoke uniform; maintaining a fullish length and running the ball across the openers several times. Brother Rob got good overs into his legs at the other end and struck first when Parmenter chipped to square leg and Reino Kusel showed good hands on his first appearance. Kusel’s day nearly got better when the very first ball he bowled created a difficult slip chance that didn’t go to hand.

The run rate barely ticked over two per over in the first hour, the pressure told and Chipstead were four down for 46 when opener Howard – who toughed it out against the Butlers – hit Ralph Coleman’s second ball tamely to mid-off; then Paddy Wilson took a brace, castling Boosey and picking up J.Whittenbury when the captain moved from behind the timbers to claim a dismissal rather than risk a caught & bowled going to ground.

Vinnie Peters was given a turn with the ball next. He was ring-rusty in his three over spell but did pick up the wicket of Farrington who was held at the wicket after the ball hit just about everything on the way through.

67 for 5 and some game management needed, here.

A total of nine bowlers were used; and the next pair batted the remainder of the innings, putting a unbroken partnership of 114 together to close the innings at 181 for 5. Home skipper Lane made the most of a tight stumping call early in his knock to make 74, Kriess made 38; maybe the pair could have gone harder earlier with a League batsman next in and ending up having severe pad rash. He would bowl, though.

So 182 in 40 overs is one of those mid-ranking scores you either stroll on a good pitch or make a dog’s dinner of. Stoke got a great start when Justin Jones and Moumer Khara set up camp at their respective ends and smashed 50 in the first seven overs before Jones, (28), fended a surprise bouncer to the cordon.

Khara, (27), departed soon after to a catch by the same fielder, (60 for 2), but this fast start allowed Rod Thomson and Kevin Morgan the chance to play themselves in. By the 16th over the total reached 74 where Morgan’s progress was cut short courtesy of a leg-before decision.

This brought son in to bat with father and a partnership of 77 either side of drinks put Stoke in a position of dominance as the home side, possibly a bowler short on reflection, struggled to find an answer. A big playing area lends to lots of gaps and Thomson Jnr reached his half-century with a nice sweep to add to his eleven fours.

The father/son century partnership was do-able with enough runs left to chase; but the pair were separated with the total on 151 when son was bowled for 52. Father continued to accumulate runs at the effective rate and made his highest score since the day England won the World Cup, checking out on 35. 157 for 5.

A bit of work still to do and a few unknown quantities in the rest of the order led to a few butterflies. Peters hit a nice four but was out soon after; however Stoke had the luxury of Rob Butler lower down the order than normal and he became the perfect finisher; swotting three into the trees, but as they were inside the boundary he only got four for each shot.

Kusel hit one nice four to take Stoke to the brink, and in a bit of an anti-climax, the winning runs came from a fast fall fired down the leg-side that beat the keeper and a diving fine leg to go for four byes.

An excellent afternoon and thanks to Chipstead for offering us the fixture and preparing an excellent pitch.

We have a few games to map sides for this and next Thursday; plus another full weekend programme. Get your availabilities in ASAP, please as it’s going to be a job working everything out!

Scorecard :

1st XI beat Guildford

Saturday 1st August 2020
Surrey Championship Challenge Cup
Stoke D’Abernon 243 for 6 (40 overs)
Guildford 210 all out (37.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 34 runs

On a glorious summer afternoon Stoke continued their great form of the last four seasons and secured a victory against a Guildford side who were ahead in the chase until an inspired fightback in the last hour. Read more

Defeats for the 2s and the 3s

Saturday 1st August 2020
Surrey Championship Challenge Cup – 2nd XI Competition
Normandy 2nd XI 155 all out (36.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 106 all out (32 overs)
Normandy 2nd XI won by 49 runs

Stoke were well placed at half-time in this one but were unable to get the job done. Read more

Sunday 26th Round Up – Double Win!

Excellent availability meant that whilst other clubs advertised for fixtures as their opponents had cried off towards the end of the week, we raised a second side after an unexpected sequence of events on the Thursday evening.

Home Friendly

Cheam 137 all out (33 overs) Read more

League Starts but rain ends both

Saturday 25th July 2020
Surrey Championship Challenge Cup

It had to happen, didn’t it! Starved of cricket for the best part of the summer we got on to the field only for terminal showers to put an end to both games that were shaping up nicely.

1st XI
Farnham 62 for 3 (14.5 overs)
v Stoke D’Abernon
Abandoned Read more

Spirited Sunday Effort but 20 run defeat


Oh, to have had an 11th…

A great effort by Stoke in this one who were left to rue the absence of an 11th man yet pushed a strong Teddington Town, (Sunday 2s?), side all the way. The visitors had lost their Surrey Slam fixture, we selected our weekend teams accordingly only for many of them to bail, (and in one case announce his unavailability on the morning from Portugal having, unbeknown to us, given said availability from the same place 48 hours earlier – cricket, eh!) Thanks to those who assisted with solutions to make an enjoyable day for all happen, and to give the younger players valuable experience.

To the cricket. Deepak Malhotra kindly agreed to handle on-field operations after a no-show from the originally selected captain. In their first outings of the season Andy and Rob Butler bowled well without luck against some good players who dealt mostly in boundaries; their reluctance to run proving their downfall as Noori was run out by a good throw by the older of the Butler brothers.

Malhotra slowed things and created several chances, one of them grabbed in the covers by Alistair McMillan to account for opener Kapoor for 46. A foothold.

Stoke then won the next 45 minutes, largely due to late call-up Arren Sachania whose long day started with an age group game first thing. He spun out the next three, and was also the bowler when a ball hit to Rob Butler on the circle was returned with interest to effect the run out of Mhapankar. It’s only a 3-for though, Arren!

116 for 6 and Stoke sensed their chance, but a high class 1st XI player came in next and made full use of the gaps afforded by the missing fielder. He lost three partners, all to the returning Rob Butler, (8-0-33-3), but checked out unbeaten on 66 to allow the last man a hit; which he did a couple of times before missing one from Ralph Coleman that closed the innings on the penultimate ball.

Sadly emergency guest player Jimmy Brooks didn’t get the reward with the bat that his jovial approach to life on the field deserved and was an early departure; but McMillan cashed in on some loose stuff and Stoke were nicely placed at 63-1. McMillan, (39), and Marler were out in successive overs; but Stoke’s chase was carried on to great effect by Rob Butler and Will Thomson; a burst of 43 in four overs ended when Thomson was caught at “45” having clubbed two fours and two sixes in a quick fire 22.

Malhotra and Butler Jnr added another 56 before the latter departed for a nicely constructed 44, but this resulted in two more quick wickets for the addition of just a single.

Malhotra and Sachania continued the fight; 44 needed off the last four became 30 off three, then 20-odd off two. After Malhotra was run out in the penultimate over for an otherwise chanceless 46; Sachania, (14 not out), and Coleman knocked of the odd of the 20-odd needed, but 21 off the last was too big an ask as the ninth of nine wickets fell to end the match five balls early.

Thanks to Teddington Town for playing it the right way when they could have gone in to ‘League’ mode and handed our multipli-revised side a drubbing; and to all those who made an entertaining game for the spectators who put a few quid over the bar. Those who didn’t make it missed a good one.

Oh to have had an 11th…

Scorecard :