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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

2nd XI Beat Ripley

Saturday 8th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 181 for 9 (55 overs)
Ripley 2nd XI 160 all out (42.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI won by 21 runs

A sensational win for the 2nd XI who had the worst of the conditions and were behind in the game for long periods. Read more

Narrow defeat for depeleted 2nd XI

Saturday 18th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Addiscombe 2nd XI 212 for 7 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 193 all out (49.3 overs)
Addiscombe 2nd XI won by 19 runs

Savaged by unanticipated non-availability and necessary call ups to the 1st XI for two others late in the week; the final Stoke 2nd XI picked itself but out of adversity put up a great fight.

Bowling first in helpful conditions, Adrian Mills and Duncan Elder took a wicket each in their opening spells courtesy of catches by Ralph Coleman in the covers and Andy Page behind the timbers.

Opener B.Lineker and No.4 Nash dug in as Mills bowled his allocation right through, conceding just 23; Jase Earl and Tom Dennis were effective first and second change options; well supported by some committed fielding.

Addiscombe were made to work hard for their runs, but wickets proved elusive until Dennis snicked off B.Lineker for 49 on the last ball before drinks with the total on 85. Earl took out D.Lineker for just 5 after he walked over a full ball to give the home umpire an easy leg-before decision; then skipper Peter Phipps was left with the difficult choice of bowling out his best bowlers whilst things were going well or save some of their overs for the death.

Neither decision was the wrong one but he opted for the former in the hope that lesser bowlers would then be able to have a crack at the tail. Earl, (10-1-46-1), bowled all his overs in one go; Elder returned and finished with 1 for 33 from ten – and Raja Singh bowled much better than his figures suggested. Sadly wickets proved elusive as the pitch started to play well.

This left Dennis and Coleman with the majority of the last ten overs. Dennis picked up Nash for 53, well caught on the circle by Earl; Wise obligingly dragged a rare full ball from Coleman on to his stumps; then Justin Jones judged a catch well in the deep to give Dennis, (9-1-30-3), the match’s best bowling figures.

In the closing overs Southwell, (19 not out), hit the ball in unusual areas to lift the total to 212 for 7.

Stoke made a fast start to the chase when 21 runs were taken from the first three overs; but by the end of the sixth it was 29 for 2 as Andy Berry and Moumer Khara were both back in the pavilion for just 6 and 8.

Phipps and Jones kept the board ticking and total moved to 68 in the 16th over when Jones, (20), picked out the one man in the deep targeting the change bowling.

Earl joined Phipps and the pair took Stoke to a decent position of 100 for 3 when drinks were taken.

Phipps set himself out to bat through and was doing a great job; unfortunately the one additional contribution to get Stoke over the line didn’t materialise. Earl, (25), skied a return catch; Page and Dennis were both leg-before, not before the latter had battled a migraine to delay his arrival at the crease and played nicely for his 24.

A plan to promote Elder to regain the initiative didn’t come off, and running out of partners Phipps was bowled in the 47th over for 66 from 115 balls faced, much less than half the strike.

With the asking rate now at tens the last three wickets fell in the pursuit of quick runs and Stoke fell 19 short.

This was a tough loss, but much should be taken into next week’s home game against Kingstonian where, hopefully, returning players will score and save enough runs either side of the ball to help secure a first win.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753260