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Valiant 1st XI Come Up Just Short in Thriller

Saturday 6th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Farnham 278 for 8 declared (53 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 263 all out (44.1 overs)
Farnham won by 15 runs

The unpredictable trend of results in this year’s division continued at the Stoke Rec as Farnham, occupiers of one of the bottom two spots, scored a win in a high-scoring encounter.

Put into bat on a good pitch, the visitors made a fast start, posting an opening stand of 65 before first change Shawn Dyson nicked off Hicks for 32. Davies and No.3 Thorpe continued to keep the scoring rate high; moving the total to 127 before Max Subba Row castled Davies, (65), and No.4 Berry with successive deliveries.

Farnham made light of this double-strike, though, and a partnership of 114 followed as Thorpe, (68), and Rooney, (84), tried to bat Stoke out of the game. Dyson, (2 for 67), and Robbie Blackburn, (2 for 52), collected wickets towards the close, as did the returning Toby Tarrant. A run out effected by Ian Hopton off what would be the last ball of the innings prompted a 53 over declaration on 275 for 8.

Whilst many sides would think pessimistically about a winning draw or defeat avoidance when faced with such a total, Stoke played the brand of cricket that has served them so well over the last three seasons and gave it a right go. Subba Row and James Trower were early departures, but Hopton and Dyson constructed a nice stand of 84 before the former was dismissed for 36.

Alastair Curran, (26), helped with another stand of 64; and when he and Dyson, given leg-before for 87 from 72, departed in quick succession, most sides given this match situation might assess other options.

Not this Stoke side, though. Blackburn was promoted and smashed 45 from just 18 balls; Roddy Kelso gave good support and despite both their dismissals Tom Frost continued the chase, cracking 33 from just 19 balls. Sadly he was to run out of partners was the last man dismissed with seventeen balls to go and Stoke just 13 short.

A tremendous advert for the game and both clubs. The return 50:50 match is something to look forward to if this one was anything to go by.

We now have reached the half-way stage and Stoke sit in fifth place in the table, but still within one win of the top two. Another home game next week, this time Worcester Park come to The Rec.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753979





Winning Draw for the 1st XI – Curran 101, Hopton 300th Wicket

Saturday 29th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Stoke D’Abernon 308 for 8 (55 overs)
Dorking 155 for 9 (45 overs)
Match Drawn – ‘Winning Draw’ to Stoke D’Abernon

Stoke’s 1st XI had control throughout this 2nd v 3rd encounter at Pixham Lane but for the second time in three weeks had to settle for a winning draw with the last pair at the wicket.

Batting first on winning the toss James Trower and Ian Hopton, (36), added 104 for the first wicket. Trower, (75), and No.3 Tristan Caviet both fell with the score on 129; but James Corbishley and Alastair Curran kept the board moving by adding another 81, Corbishley making 23 of them.

By now Curran was in full flow; partnerships of 50 with Tim Frost, then 30 with Roddy Kelso, (24), saw him complete a maiden 1st XI League century before checking out on 101 with eleven fours and three sixes.

Stoke continued to make Dorking’s bowlers and fielders toil in the heat and closed their innings on 308 for 8.

After tea Dorking’s openers Erasmus and Johnson gave the chase a go with a rapid partnership of 68; Hopton breaking it with a return catch to account for Johnson for 27 – his 300th wicket for the Club – then Tom Dennis took out the Division’s leading run-scorer for 43.

The latter’s dismissal seemed to send a shockwave through the home dressing room as soon after they 112 for 7 as Hopton and Will Frost, (2 for 37), worked their way through the middle and lower order.

With overs running out Curran’s good day continued when he took a first Championship wicket to remove Ward; Hopton, (4 for 22), then castled No.10 Edwards, but Corbett and last man Quinn negotiated the final deliveries to secure the draw.

We reach the half-way stage of the season next week as Farnham visit the Stoke Rec.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753868





1st XI Fight Back for Winning Draw

Saturday 15th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Stoke D’Abernon 179 all out (40.4 overs)
Dulwich 151 for 9 (51 overs)
Match Drawn – ‘Winning Draw’ to Stoke D’Abernon

Visitors Dulwich may have won an important toss and were ahead for large parts of the match, but they had to withstand a tremendous post drinks fightback by Stoke who secured a winning draw with the last pair hanging on.

Missing their first choice opening bats a new combination took strike under grey skies in the shape of acting captain Tom Frost, and returning Stoke colts product Tristan Caviet, the latter playing his first game for Stoke since 2003 and his first League match for the Club since September 1999.

Frost was an early departure when he was bowled playing forward, and No.3 Ian Hopton could do nothing about a length ball that spat and ballooned to the keeper; but Caviet played nicely for his 31 from 47 balls faced with five fours before being third out with the score on 54.

The timing of Caviet’s dismissal was typical of the pattern of the Stoke innings; all the subsequent batsmen got starts but a wicket always seemed to fall just as a partnership was starting to build. Alastair Curran, Shawn Dyson and James Corbishley all made it to double figures on a seam-friendly surface; but ironically were all dismissed by left-arm spinner Gledhill.

Corbishley’s dismissal came soon after that of Robbie Blackburn who was successful in knocking the bowlers out of their rhythm, making 34 from just 25 deliveries, 17 of them coming in one over, before he fell to a stunning return catch – again by Gledhill who finished with 4 for 47.

Consequently Stoke were in a bit of a hole at 126 for 7, and a shower that took eight overs out of the game continued to make batting difficult.

Runs down the order came to the rescue, though. In their first outings of the season Billy Zander and Mike Enslin played in their respective styles; Zander struck five nice fours but was bowled for 29 from 24 looking to pull a sixth. Will Frost held around long-enough for Enslin to compile a run-a-ball 29 not out before he was left stranded as returning bower Munawar took the last two wickets to finish with 3 for 31.

After tea conditions for batting were better and there were periods of sunshine to aid the visitors’ cause.

Blackburn made an early breakthrough when Leyshon couldn’t keep down a ball that lifted; but opener Purhouse played nicely, a majority of his runs coming through the mid-on to mid-wicket arc.

Dyson made it 38 for 2 when he took out No.3 Catling; but No.4 Marfani played nicely to put Dulwich into a position of strength at 84 for 2 on a pitch that had started to lose its bite.

The Stoke bowlers, including Tom Dennis who bowled well without luck, stuck to their task and cut off the batsmen’s preferred scoring areas as they were starting to run out of runs to play with. But there was still enough for spinners Will Frost and Hopton to work with; and they bowled Stoke back into the match either side of drinks.

Marfani was caught by Corbishley at point trying to drive at Frost Jnr; then Hopton secured two leg-before decisions to change the atmosphere in the middle. 111 for 5 was soon 117 for 7 when Purhouse, (62 from 104), charged at Frost and was bowled; then in the next over Bancroft tried to hit Hopton over the top but Enslin took a stinging catch at mid-off.

Visiting skipper Lodwick and Harwood then dug in as all results remained possible; the visitors having 51 overs minimum to get the runs as Stoke had scored theirs so quickly earlier on; but the quiet spell was ended when Hopton, (13-3-26-4), took a great low return catch to dismiss Harwood.

Looking for the kill Frost, (12-2-27-2), gave way for Blackburn and Dyson who shared overs from the Railway End. The latter picked up No.10 leg before with his first ball back; but Stoke were unable to separate the last pair who negotiated the last 29 balls. A sharp slip chance went to ground but Lodwick, (24 not out), and last man Gledhill dealt with everything Stoke threw at them and secured a couple of draw points for their side.

Whilst it can be deflating to draw a game when you have the opposition nine down, given the loss of an important toss, the absence of some established players and being behind the game for long periods, Stoke should take a lot from this performance into their trip to Sanderstead next weekend.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753652





1st XI Washed Out

Saturday 8th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Oxted & Limpsfield 1st XI v Stoke D’Abernon 1st XI
Match Abandoned without a ball bowled

Frustration for Stoke and their good friends from Oxted as an already wet ground that was marginal at best on arrival due to the previous day’s rains suffered another pre-match deluge making any prospect of play impossibility.

There was play in all the other games in the division but not all results were positive meaning Stoke sit in mid-table ahead of next week’s home game against Dulwich who have the same number of points.

Table : http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/web_pages/169717





Robbie 65 from 39 but 1st XI Lose to Old Ruts

Saturday 1st June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Old Rutlishians 310 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 206 all out (37.5 overs)
Old Rutlishians won by 104 runs

Stoke were set one of the highest totals ever made by an opposition at The Rec, and they gave it a go but eventually fell to defeat.

Opener Wood, who made 96 and 101 (retired) in his other two visits to Stoke added another 112 to his count. Gibbs made 92 and there were healthy partnerships throughout the innings; Ian Hopton, (10-1-68-3), and Shawn Dyson, (10-0-42-2), shared five wickets as Stoke picked up some useful bowling points; there was a wicket each for Will Frost and Tim Handel to go with two run outs near the end. The final total was 310 for 9.

Stoke made a bad start in reply, slipping to 28 for 4; then 48 for 5 despite of 26 by James Trower. Alastair Curran, (47), and Hopton, (18), near on doubled the total but Stoke were staring down the barrel at 126 for 8 as they and others departed.

Robbie Blackburn smashed eleven fours and a six to register his third half-century for the Club before checking out on 65 from 39 balls faced. Will Frost, (15 not out), continued his good form with the bat but aided by 5 for 44 from Trimmings Old Rutlishians were back to winning ways after a surprise defeat last week.

Next week mid-table Stoke travel to Master Park in Oxted to re-acquaint themselves with good friends Oxted & Limpsfield.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753435





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.

BofE’s openers made a fast start having been inserted, but the bowlers then found their ranges reduced them to 74 for 5; three wickets for Robbie Blackburn, (3 for 57), and the first, (of two each), for Shawn Dyson and Will Frost.

Frost Jnr, Dyson and Hopton, (1 for 19 from his ten), suffocated the scoring; and once a sixth wicket partnership of 41 was broken, BofE laboured to 156 for nine.

A frustrating unbroken last wicket stand of 53 meant a total of 209 for 9 was achieved, but not many sides will beat this Stoke team when the highest scorer in the innings is 27. Five players made it to the 20s but no further. There were 22 extras.

Toby Tarrant, (1 for 45), Will Frost, (2 for 28), Dyson, (2 for 35), complete the bowling figures. There were three catches for Dyson – one off his own bowling – and one each for Kane Fullalove, Roddy Kelso and the Frost brothers.

In reply Max Subba Row and James Trower made a quick start to the chase; 21 from 3, 40 from 6, 68 from 10, and the century partnership was brought up in just the 16th over.

Having passed 1000 runs as captain last weekend, Trower added another 49 to his count, hitting four fours and a six along the way before being caught off the bowling of Winder who would be the only bowler to go for less than a run-a-ball throughout the innings.

Absenteeism of a couple of regulars provided an opportunity for Tom Frost at number 3 and he made full use of his chance, finding the fence seven times in an unbeaten 38.

At the other end Subba Row moved serenely to 82, (16×4), before he was leg-before with the total on 177.

Dyson, (16 not out), smashed off the majority of the rest in the space of three overs to complete a resounding win.

Next week Stoke travel to picturesque Chipstead who are also unbeaten following an opening day tie and a crushing defeat of Sanderstead.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753219





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