Category Archives: Match Report 1st XI

1st XI P2 W2 after beating Bank of England

Saturday 18th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Bank of England 209 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 210 for 2 (29 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 8 wickets

Two wins out of two for Stoke’s 1st XI as they chased down Bank of England’s moderate total in double-quick time. Read more

1st XI make Winning Start at Worcester Park

Saturday 11th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Worcester Park 151 all out (47.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 152 for 5 (36.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 5 wickets

Stoke made a winning start to life in Division 2 with an efficient put in & chase mission at Worcester Park. Read more

Stoke rue lost toss in defeat to Epsom

Saturday 4th May 2019
Stoke D’Abernon 127 all out (39.2 overs)
Epsom 128 for 3 (27.5 overs)
Epsom won by 7 wickets

Stoke got the rough end of the toss and their pre-season programme ended with defeat to Epsom.

Difficult batting conditions saw Max Subba Row and James Trower tough it out early, but both were dismissed by Somerford, (2 for 21), with just 27 on the board. Read more

Saturday Tour Match : BIG WIN!

Saturday 27th April 2019
Tour Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 325 for 4 (40 overs)
Bungay 126 all out (25.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 199 runs

Stoke played the their first tour match in arguably the most arctic conditions ever but an XI that the skipper would happily go into a Surrey Championship match with began their ‘warm up’ to the season with a big win. Read more

Will Thomson Century but Stoke fall just short at Ashford

Saturday 15th September 2018
Ashford 214 all out (38.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 205 for 8 (40 overs)
Ashford won by 9 runs

A great all-round individual performance from Will Thomson that included a maiden century wasn’t quite enough to score a win at Ashford who kindly offered us the fixture in the week after their original opposition never confirmed the fixture.

Ashford advised that they were a mix of 1s/2s/3s and we had more of a 2s/Sunday feel, not that it was a side without ability, but the sensible decision for Stoke to field first was reached at the toss despite more than a few punctuality issues on the Stoke side that saw one player go to the Ashford CC in Kent despite being given the correct post code. Thanks to Ashford CC (Surrey) for lending us a couple of fielders for the first few overs to get the game going.

Duncan Elder made an early breakthrough when the jovial home umpire gave Evans out leg-before; but this was rare joy as League players I.Rao, Mahmood and Malik played their shots and made full use of the extra gaps caused by the shortage of a fielder.

Tom Dennis slowed things down a bit with some good overs; and Rory Harris showed continued growth in his early Stoke career when he got a ball to lift that Rao Snr, (34), who could only glove to keeper Raja Singh who did a great job. Unlike two Sundays ago where the same thing happened, this time he got the decision.

Mahmood looked set for a big score but checked out on 55 courtesy of a stinging catch at mid-wicket by Aydin Huseyin off debutant Mo Kashif. Despite the lack of appropriate footwear Kashif was an effective bowler either side of drinks, and a great effort for him to travel from Acton to play. Our reputation of providing a good experience continues to spread wider!

The wicket prompted early drinks with Ashford in a good position at 131 for 3; but Stoke kept going and got their reward when Thomson picked up four quick wickets that sandwiched a run-out by Harris who showed good awareness to get the ball in to the right end. 154 for 7 and Stoke, now at a full complement in the field after Khalid Harris jumped in the car and charged down from Battersea knowing the earlier mentioned player was more likely to go home rather than visit as many places called Ashford, were in the game.

Back to the cricket, Rory Harris earned a second spell that saw him castle Malik for 65, (he finished with commendable figures of 6-0-28-2); Ben Townsend and Elder bowled well at the death; Elder, (7.3-2-24-2), bent back the home skipper’s off stump to close the innings on 214 in the penultimate over.

After an excellent tea Stoke knocked off 17 of the required runs in the second over as a younger Rao struggled with his length, but he would return later and bowl well. Spelled after an over; League bowlers Wilson and Tilt slowed things down, and the latter picked up the wickets of Dennis, then Singh to a very sharp stumping, in a miserly opening spell of 5-3-2-2.

Thomson and Khalid Harris kept the board moving despite more good bowlers coming on; and just as things started to look good for Stoke Harris, (16), fell to a good slip catch, then Huseyin was castled in the first over after drinks for 10 having played a couple of nice shots.

With a couple of unknown quantities down the order, Kevin Morgan stayed with Thomson to take the game as deep as possible. Thomson scored most of a fifth wicket stand of 43; but the pair set the game up nicely with 75 needed off the last ten at the point of Morgan’s dismissal, held at short third man. Kashif was stumped going for it from the off.

At this point Ashford’s excellent facilities worked to Stoke’s disadvantage. With the individual scores on display on the board, Thomson, having passed a career best, seemed to be caught between personal and team glory. Had his score not been visible he might have carried on playing the way he had to reach 92, (off 79), but then another 31 balls were faced to reach the hundred, brought up with arguably his best shot, an imperious cover drive with the field up.

Elder, (16 from 13), kept Stoke in the hunt; and century bagged, Thomson then found his earlier gears and clubbed 30 off the next fourteen balls he faced to get the equation back to 22 off the last over. He and Ben Townsend ran unselfishly and often crazily in the closing overs to try and secure the win, that only became impossible with a couple of balls to go, the last of which saw Thomson caught on the line at cow for 133 off 124, (24×4, 2×6), with Stoke ten short of victory or nine for a tie.

A great game played in a tremendous spirit. Hopefully we can make this a permanent fixture going forward as there was a shared view on how the game should be played and lots of interesting stories to tell each other from our respective league and T20 Cup campaigns.

We’ll see where we are with numbers for next Saturday, but with two Sunday fixtures in the card for next weekend, please advise ASAP if you can help with an appearance to make both those games happen.

Scorecard :

Will Thomson 133 v Ashford

Saturday Friendly Victory at Old Ruts

Saturday 8th September 2018
Stoke D’Abernon 198 for 7 dec (42 overs)
Old Rutlishians 116 all out (34.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 82 runs

Pessimism that we would be able to play a Saturday fixture as everyone seemed to be available on Sunday this week, (two Sunday friendlies for the first time in years), took a nice twist mid-week when one of our regular friendly oppositions was in the same boat as us and were looking to see if we had a fixture or spare players if we didn’t. Solution? See if resources could be pooled and source a fixture.

A speculative call to our friends at Old Ruts in response to their ad was met with a positive outcome, so for the second week running a Stoke team travelled Poplar Road; eleven happy players who were only available Saturday now having the chance to play.

The Stoke contingent were all on time, the remainder with one exception had a few traffic issues, so by default we got the outcome we wanted at the toss as we wouldn’t have had enough to take the field.

Thomas Dennis took strike with debutant Azam Ahmed, the latter hastily changing in the car before running out to the middle. Sadly he was back just as quickly as he steered the first ball he faced to slip.

Dennis invested good time getting himself in on a sluggish pitch; No.3 Ali Khan played some nice shots and Stoke were well placed at 62 for 1 despite Khan then falling for a nice 21. One Khan was replaced by another, Danish K hit the bad ball very hard and a 55 partnership of which he scored 44 kept the rate around four per over.

Stoke then had a bit of a wobble. Harris was well caught trying to hit over the top, Umair Anis was caught low down; then Dennis was bowled by home skipper Lambert, (9-1-27-3), for a well-constructed 47. Repair work needed at 134 for 6.

Debutant Saleem Mohammed and official captain Ralph Coleman calmed things down. The former struck the ball the ball the cleanly, the latter less so but a 47 partnership nine overs brought an early declaration back into play, time called after 42 overs on 198 for 7 a few minutes after Coleman’s dismissal with Mohammed unbeaten on 43 and debutant Michael Rossi hitting a nice four.

After an excellent tea Stoke had an hour and a half plus the mandatory last 20 overs to get the job done. Raja Singh and Richie Parrett gave Stoke control of the match with five early wickets.

Singh took out No.2 and No.3 courtesy of a great catch by keeper Mohammed and a nice in-ducker; Parrett took his 250th career wicket for the Club when he found the other opener’s edge; and given one last over before giving other bowlers a chance, Singh made full use of it and castled two more to finish with a Stoke career best of 5-2-10-4.

Harris and Rossi were an effective slow bowling combination. They took a wicket each to make it 52 for 7; and a wicket for Anis in the last over before drinks had the locals, including Ryan Patel who popped in to have a look at proceedings, mulling over what might have been.

However, this was a timed game so Stoke still needed to get the job done. 14-year-old Wyke showed a temperament way beyond his years. In partnership with veteran Mills they ticked off over by over. The pies were smashed to the boundary or blocked appropriately and the pair doubled the score as overs started to run out.

The atmosphere on the pitch was certainly different to the one before drinks; plenty of ‘advice’ on field placements and bowling options was put forward; but Stoke’s skipper had another ace up his sleeve. Dennis was thrown the ball and bowled very quickly.

He got one through Wyke for a fine 52 off the last ball of his second over, and off the first ball of his next he shattered Lambert’s stumps to complete an 86 run win with 5.5 overs to spare. Mills, (10 not out), had gutsed it out for 47 deliveries.

Thanks to Old Ruts for offering us the fixture, a great tea and supplying an umpire. Apologies for the punctuality issues. Players on both sides had fun and hopefully we can repeat this sort of fixture in the future.

As availability starts to thin out we will see how we go week to week. If you want to keep playing, please advise ASAP as fixtures are very difficult to secure this time of year.

Scorecard :

Long 1st XI Unbeaten Run Ends

Saturday 25th August 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship – Division 3
Stoke D’Abernon 219 all out (43.5 overs)
Old Wimbledonians 223 for 7 (42.5 overs)
Old Wimbledonians won by 3 wickets

Stoke made good starts in both innings but lost both middle over sections, largely due to the opposition captain who grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck to boost his own side’s survival chances, and an eleven game unbeaten run came to an end.

Batting first having lost another toss James Trower reached a short wide one, and Max Subba Row also nicked off inside the first six overs. The total was already 33 at this point, though, as Tim Handel made a fast start, taking advantage of some loose bowling by Neilsen who then settled down after taking his wicket. Fifty runs were added for the third wicket with Shawn Dyson before Handel was caught at the wicket for 40 off a wide-ish delivery from Gordon.

Dyson and Alastair Curran then put together a quickfire partnership either side of drinks to put Stoke in a great position. The pair added 109 in 15.2 overs as the change bowlers were given the run-around.

At 192 for 3 Stoke looked set for a big score but an epic collapse saw six wickets fall for the addition of just nine runs in the space of 46 deliveries. Curran, (44 from 44 with 5×4 and 1×6), smashed one to deep mid-on who will have a nice bruise on his chest to show off; Dyson was bowled by the returning Gordon for 90 from 88, (11×4, 2×6); James Corbishley was leg-before to the same bowler and ring-rusty James Whitmarsh fell in identical circumstances to Curran.

Gordon had rolled the dice, brought himself back early, and his gamble to leave lesser bowlers at the end paid off. He completed a second spell of 5-3-4-3, (10-4-19-4 in total), by collecting the wicket of Billy Zander with his final delivery. Jase Earl was ninth out next ball; so last pair Ian Hopton and Will Frost had 8.5 overs of batting left.

A few more overs were negotiated, during which Frost hit a glorious straight drive and another four over the ring; but he was leg before for 9 to close the innings on 219. No.7 Hopton was left stranded on 5 not out.

After a well received tea Thomas gave the innings a decent start with twelve off the first over, moving the score to 30 by the mid-point of the sixth before he was bowled by Frost for 27. During this time Handel pulled up chasing a ball to the boundary and was replaced by the home scorer who gave it a go despite being incapacitated himself. His presence did allow more capable fielders to stand in better positions, and three more quick wickets fell.

Frost snicked off Smith, Steyn mis-hit Dyson to Zander in the circle and Frost, (10-0-33-3), bowled Dartnell through the gate to make it 46 for 4. Very much advantage Stoke.

Once again Gordon took responsibility for the chase and struck the ball very cleanly from the off. Having pocketed a half-century by the drinks break, he went on to make 84 out of a partnership of 115 for the fifth wicket in less than 20 overs. He found support from No.3 Bedford who held up an end for him.

The partnership was broken when Earl judged a good high catch in the deep off the returning Hopton. Gordon had faced 68 balls for his runs and hit ten fours and four sixes.

In the next over Bedford’s knock of 29 from 71 that spanned nearly 30 overs was ended by the same bowler; Trower turning a dolly into a less than 50:50 chance but he held on a the sixth/seventh/eight attempt.

Zander had bowled well and got his reward when he trapped Majid leg before for 3 to make it 178 for 7; so this finely balanced game came down to whether, or not, the visitors had a tail.

They did indeed. Laycock was watchful and picked up runs off anything errant; but the match was finished in emphatic style by Neilsen who clubbed 36 off 20 with four fours and two sixes to complete a crucial three wicket victory with plenty of overs to spare.

The result handed Old Rutlishians the title as they completed an expected victory over Streatham & Marlborough, meaning the meeting between the sides next week has less on it than was originally thought.

The points for Old Wimbledonians, who played the game in a tremendous spirit and stayed back a long while after the game, were a much needed shot in the arm for them ahead of their final fixture where they now have control of their own destiny. We wish them well next week.

Thanks also to Sean Curran for taking over the scorebook for majority of the second innings, and to those who came along to support.

Scorecard :

Saturday Round Up

Saturday 18th August 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship – Division 3
Cheam 106 all out (39.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 109 for 4 (18.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 6 wickets

An all too familiar pattern of Saturday results as the 1st XI continued their winning winning run whilst the 2nd XI sadly maintained a consistency of results of a different kind.

With three wins needed to secure the title, the 1st XI chalked off the first of them in relatively quick time; winning the toss and shooting out Cheam for 106 in just over two hours.

Shawn Dyson started things with the opening wicket; but this week it was Will Frost’s turn to shine with the ball, bowling his ten over allocation in one spell and taking 4 for 21.

Light of seam bowling options this week Jase Earl moved up from the 2nd XI and returned a fine spell of 1 for 24 from seven overs; his deserved wicket making it 67 for 6.

Hopes of a very quick finished were dashed a little as McKerracher, (17 not out), and McManus, (24), added 35 – albeit slowly against accurate bowling from Billy Zander – but once this partnership was broken the innings was ended in 27 balls; the returning Dyson, (10-1-32-3), and Zander, (9.1-3-18-2), closing the inning after 39.1 overs.

The runs were knocked off very quickly as Max Subba Row, (46 off 39), and James Trower, (39 off 33), added 90 for the first wicket before falling in the 13th and 14th overs of the chase.

A couple more wickets fell before the winning hit but this wasn’t enough to prevent another maximum point haul.

Next week Stoke host Old Wimbledonians.

Scorecard : Read more