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Sunday XI beaten by Ashford

Sunday 9th August 2020
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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

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.

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Cheam 137 all out (33 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 138 for 5 (35.2 overs)
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Dismissing Opposing Opening Bats

Earlier this year Jimmy Anderson dismissed Kragg Brathwaite to pass Glenn McGrath as the bowler to have removed the most opening batsmen in the history of Test Match cricket; the 156th time he has removed an opener for those who like to know numbers.

This got our stats guys interested and we took a look at all the opening bats dismissed by Stoke bowlers in League cricket, (including Trust League and Women & Girls cricket), back to 1972 when we joined the South West London League. Since then we have also played in the Wey Valley League, the Fuller’s Brewery Surrey County League and, since 2009, the Surrey Championship. Read more

2nd XI Relegated after defeat to Kempton who also face the drop

Saturday 24th August 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 177 for 9 (50 overs)
Kempton 2nd XI 178 for 7 (39.4 overs)
Kempton 2nd XI won by 3 wickets

Only a win would do for both sides and it was Kempton who emerged victorious after Stoke ground out a par-ish score on a good track but were unable to get through a competent lower order pair. Victory for Ripley now relegates Stoke to Division 5; and only defeats with zero points for Addiscombe and two wins for Kempton would prevent this from being a pair of Division 5 fixtures next year. Read more

2nd XI lose to Merstham

Saturday 17th August 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Merstham 2nd XI 227 for 7 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 169 all out (43.4 overs)
Merstham 2nd XI won by 58 runs

Stoke’s 2nd XI suffered another defeat, and victory for Ripley over Purley leaves them facing the grim prospect of a second successive relegation.

The visitors were given the best of the batting conditions when the coin came down, and but for an early wicket for Adrian Mills and a bullseye delivered by Ed Ashwell in the 18th over, forty overs had passed before the third wicket fell as visiting captain Drewett took full advantage in making 89.

A formidable total was on the cards at 181 for 2 but credit to Stoke who took five wickets in the last ten overs to limit the damage. Raja Singh took the wickets of Drewett and Sathya in the same over; Mills, (10-1-32-2), doubled his tally with the wicket of Pasha; and there were two late strikes for Duncan Elder, (10-0-51-2), as Stoke restricted the damage to 227 for 7. Although wicketless, Patrick O’Neill bowled well, returning figures of 10-1-28-0.

In reply Peter Phipps and Hamza Hafeez gave Stoke a good start with an opening stand of 37 but scoring became increasingly difficult as the pitch started to die, matching the groundsman’s warning that chasing would become difficult.

An out of sorts Hafeez edged to the keeper having had two previous lives; Aarav Malhotra was called through for a suicidal single by his captain who was then bowled in the next over for 20 trying a ramp. Moments later Justin Jones picked out point and 37 for 0 was 38 for 4.

Andy Berry got the board moving again but others struggled to stay with him. Patrick O’Neill hit two nice fours over the top before holing out to the man placed in the deep to dissuade him from attempting a repeat and Carel Ferreira, who kept well earlier in the day, got a good nut second up. 71 for 6 was soon 83 for 7 when Ashwell skied one to point.

Berry was eighth out for 41 with the score on 100; and things could have been a lot worse for Stoke but for a tremendous act of sportsmanship by Drewett who recalled Elder. Having been hit in the ribs by sixth bowler Maplesden’s first delivery, he was a little disorientated and with uncertainty as to whether an opportunist run out should stand or whether the ball was dead, Drewett opted for the former.

The decision was unlikely to affect the outcome of the game, although Elder and Singh did then put together an entertaining partnership of 68; ended when Singh, (21), became was castled by a good one from Aslam. The match was over moments later when Elder checked out for 51 from 47 balls faced and Stoke were comfortably short of their target.

The stats don’t lie. One win in fifteen – and it was arguable that was burgled – leaves Stoke hanging on by a thread and they have three games against Kempton next week, then Purley and Old Emanuel to find the required number of wins; two might still be enough but any more wins for Ripley and it will have to be all three.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754674





2nd XI lose control of destiny with narrow defeat to Ripley

Saturday 10th August 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Ripley 2nd XI 162 all out (46.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 154 all out (49.2 overs)
Ripley 2nd XI Won by 8 runs

Two years ago Stoke left Ripley with a convincing 50:50 win and a ticket to Division 3. When stumps were drawn after this match a narrow defeat left them staring another exit of the same division, but this time the other way.

This was very much one that got away. For large periods Stoke were in control; an important toss won, six wickets taken for 88 off 34 overs despite conceding 34 for the first wicket. Tristan Caviet, (10-1-24-2), Alex Bond, (2 for 25), plus a wicket each for Duncan Elder an Adrian Mills had Stoke in a great position; but a cavalier counter by the lower order coupled with front line bowlers having bowled all their allocations saw Nasser, (20), and Govey, (39), help get the hosts something to bowl at.

Raja Singh, (3 for 15), mopped up most of the tail in three eventful overs where some crazy running and shot selection was met with a few black marks on an otherwise decent fielding display; Andy Page, (1 for 27), closed the innings on 162 in the 47th over.

The hosts made a great start when Naseer threw one through Andy Berry’s defences in the first over; but Peter Phipps and Caviet built a nice partnership of 46 to put Stoke ahead of the game with wickets in hand, but never miles ahead of the asking rate as Rashid, (10-3-22-0), tied down and end on a pitch that was starting to become difficult to bat on.

The task suddenly became even more difficult when prior to drinks Caviet, (14) chipped one from Govey to square; and the same bowler castled Malhotra Jnr and Malhotra Snr – although the former was unlucky to be beaten buy a back of a length delivery that rolled – then Jeremy Connell got a good one first up. 58 for 5 and Phipps had 36 of them.

A player finally stuck around with Phipps to edge stoke closer to the finishing line. Andy Page played nicely for 34, but when he was out with the total on 111 Phipps was running out of partners. He lost two more in Singh and Bond; and with 22 needed off the last four overs it was time to have a go.

Phipps advanced his score to a league career best 69; but became the returning Govey’s fifth wicket, (he finished on 10-5-23-5 – previous career best 3 for 42…against the same opposition), leaving Elder and Mills the remaining 19 runs to get.

The equation was brought down to 13 from the last and it began well when Elder hit the first ball to the boundary; bit a mix up next ball saw an easy run out end the game seconds later.

So Stoke fall behind Ripley again in the points table and below the dreaded dotted line. Bonus points might come into play but the most likely scenario is that Stoke would probably survive were they to win one more game than Ripley in the last four rounds of fixtures; the first of which sees Merstham come to the Rec, (Stoke secured a winning draw in the reverse fixture), who curiously were unable to chase 100.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754566





2nd XI beaten by League Leaders

Saturday 13th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 200 all out (51.5 overs)
Old Hamptonians 2nd XI 203 for 5 (41 overs)
Old Hamptonians 2nd XI won by 5 wickets

Stoke won the toss and decided to have a bat against the top side in the division yesterday. With a strong batting line up we hoped to put up a big score in the knowledge that they would try to chase whatever we got. Read more

Sunday Round Up – President’s XI win big. Sunday XI lose but have fun at Oxted

Sunday 7th July 2019
With a number of players who wouldn’t normally commit to a Sunday supporting the President’s Day match, to avoid disappointing others who wouldn’t have otherwise got a game, again we raised two sides with another XI going to Oxted & Limpsfield. Contrasting fortunes for the teams but many positives.

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Stoke D’Abernon 233 for 4 declared (36 overs)
Chelsea Nomads 65 all out (37.2 overs)

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2nd XI draw with Purley

Saturday 29th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Purley 2nd XI 280 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 177 for 7 (50 overs)
Match Drawn – ‘Winning Draw’ to Purley 2nd XI

Stalemate at The Rec for the second week running as Stoke’s 2nd XI, missing a few players due to unavailability and 1st XI call ups, secured a draw after a lengthy stint in the field. Read more