Stoke D’Abernon won by 161 runs
Stoke D’Abernon won by 161 runs
Jo served up a fantastic curry for everyone and with stomachs lined for what was to be consumed later, the Captains and Drew gave their reviews of the season before President Finch handed out the awards.
First up the Bob Willis Cup for the most improved player at any level in the Club went to Patrick O’Neill, a clear winner having shown tremendous growth with the ball the and in the field…and with the bat too he as good as quadrupled his average from last year, and in the Trust League helped set a record last wicket stand in the first game, then beat it later in the season. Nominations from the players also came in for James Corbishley, Alastair Curran, Roddy Kelso and Will Thomson.
Corbs missed out there, but he will have his name engraved with Ian Hopton’s for the best performance in a match; their all-time Club record 5th wicket stand of 157, (unbroken), to take us to victory at Addiscombe emerged as a late winner despite votes coming in during the week for Andrew Klimcke’s incredible last over heroics to win the Over 40s T20 match against Weybridge, (http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2018/06/15/over-40s-beat-weybridge-on-last-ball-with-27-off-the-final-over/) This was the award that received the highest number of different nominations, and it was nice to see suggestions for 2nd XI performances despite a difficult year.
The Spirit of Cricket Cup captures the person – or for a second year running persons as the award is shared again – who go about things the right way. Two of the most committed people shared it; Will Frost played every 1st XI match, never missed a practice session or the chance to have fun on and off the field; play-anywhere-man Will Thomson was equally committed to the 1st XI, 2nd XI, Sunday XI and Trust League causes and contributed in so many other ways off the field.
The Vice Presidents’ shield looks at overall contribution to the Club, either over a number of years, or for a standout contribution that makes a huge impact on the Club in any season. When looking at the longer-term contributors, having played for the majority of the last ten seasons that has seen our rise through the divisions, the latter half of them with responsibilities for coaching and pitch preparation & maintenance, Ian Hopton joins a list of names who over the years we simply couldn’t have done without.
The Australia Cup for the best overall contribution to the 2nd XI saw ten different people receive votes. Patrick O’Neill was in the running again, as were Roddy Kelso and Duncan Elder; but by sheer weight of 3-vote allocations; Jase Earl gets to hold the cup for another year; although second place had only one fewer person vote for them.
It was a similar story for the England Cup for the best overall contribution to the 1st XI. Shawn Dyson polled over 40% but was one of nine players who received votes. There was a lot of love for Will Frost and Ian Hopton…and the variety of nominations saw James O’Gorman and Tim Handel receive votes too.
So that left, (for awards to be handed out on Saturday), the Player of the Year. Currently with most runs and wickets, although we have friendlies left to play, Shawn won this one by a landslide – Robbie Blackburn was the only other player to receive a nomination in his first year back with us. We can’t do justice to Shawn’s contribution in this piece to capture his time with us so far. Hopefully he’ll be back next year and we can all congratulate him and thank him in person.
On Sunday the Surrey Trust League Player of the Year award was handed out. In a difficult year that saw us drop down to a Development League yet we seemed to come up against a lot of 1st XIs, and our own availability not being as good as anticipated pre-season, it would be easy to write this season off; but out of the wreckage one individual showed a heart if a lion, kept running in on unresponsive pitches…and was also victim of a lot of unresponsive fielding too. In years to come Ben Townsend may not look at his 2018 stats with too much affection, but we know we have a player who in less bat-dominated seasons such as this one and better fielders to take catches for him he will be leading our attacks for many years to come.
Nominations were also received for the Derek Wellman Cup for the best player in the Colts’ section. This will be handed out at the Colts’ Awards night this coming Friday where we hope to see as many seniors as possible come along to support that event.
So for the record here are the results for your enjoyment. If you have a low percentage here, remember there were a lot of people who didn’t receive any votes at all…and everyone starts on zero again next year.
England Cup for the best overall contribution to the 1st XI
Shawn Dyson 41%
Will Frost 21%
Ian Hopton 15%
James Trower 9%
Will Gudgeon 5%
James O’Gorman 4%
Robbie Blackburn 3%
Will Thomson 1%
Tim Handel 1%
For Player of the Year Robbie Blackburn received one nomination, Shawn the rest.
Australia Cup for the best overall contribution to the 2nd XI
Jase Earl 30%
Roddy Kelso 21%
Duncan Elder 14%
Patrick O’Neill 12%
Andy Page 7%
Will Thomson 5%
Andy Berry 5%
Alex Clinton 2%
Max Subba Row 2%
Ben Townsend 2%
Bob Willis Cup for the Most Improved Player
Patrick O’Neill 40%
Alastair Curran 13%
James Corbishley 13%
Roddy Kelso 13%
Max Subba Row 13%
Will Thomson 8%
Hugh Dharmasena Spirit of Cricket Cup
Will Thomson 35%
Will Frost 35%
Jase Earl 6%
Duncan Elder 6%
Mike Enslin 6%
Chris Finch 6%
Ian Hopton 6%
Performance of the Season
25% – James Corbishley & Ian Hopton (Partnership) v Addiscombe – http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3302782
15% – Robbie Blackburn (Match Double) v Cheam – http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3302762
15% – Andrew Klimcke’s last over v Weybridge O40s –
Camberley 2nd XI won by 6 wickets
Leatherhead 2nd XI won by 55 runs
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.
Both sides were rewarded for giving it a go and got in a fun game that, although ended in defeat for Stoke, gave the younger players more valuable experience in adult cricket and the older ones time in the middle.
With a bit of weather around agreement was reached to play a over match in case time was lost. As it turned out we played through without interruption and could have easily got in 80-90 overs, possibly more.
With Byfleet’s concession of the scheduled Trust League fixture the Sunday XI received a nice feed from the Trust squad; Alex Clinton took charge and had a good day. After a few delays – mostly down to the home side who had a few latecomers who played rain cards and had to make a dash to the ground – play started 36 minutes later than scheduled with Stoke asked to bat.
On a pitch that did quite a bit Hamza Hafeez could do little other than glove one that leapt at him, but Moumer Khara took the pitch out of the equation and hit the ball cleanly for his 27 before he was out leg before.
First change Niazi started with a horrible wide but this was clearly a master plan as the remainder of his first four over spell was very destructive. He castled Jason Howard, (great to hive him back in the fold and he also kept well later), and Teague Clarke, the latter with an unplayable; and when League player Hussain took out Patrick O’Neill and Max Dunn in the space of four balls – the ball that got Dunn would have got out many batsmen – Stoke were in a spot of bother at 61 for 6.
Clinton and Will Thomson more than re-built the innings with an excellent stand of 73 in under nine overs. Clinton played nice shots all around the wicket and Thomson cashed in on anything errant. Just as the possibility of a score nearer 180-200 looked on the captain was lost to a run out having looked in no trouble during his knock of 28 from 35.
As opportunities were given the lesser bowlers Thomson reached his half century from 30 balls, then moved to a career best 79 from 48 before the returning Niazi, (5-3-15-4), yorked him off the penultimate ball of the innings, negotiated with aplomb by Geoff Vinall. There was time for debutant Rory Harris to start his Stoke career with a red inker.
A pre-game decision to turn straight round in case the weather came in meant a change to the planned opening bowling pairing. One given permission to go “quickly” to a local shop then took an age to saunter back and missed his slot.
Instead Vinall opened up and delivered three tidy overs. Clarke bowled well without luck at the other end; but League 1s player Hussain hit the rare bad balls – and some good ones too – to unusual areas; Dunn was unfortunate to bowl at him when he was in full flow, but there were some snorting deliveries in his opening over that drew praise from the home players.
Harris got his first bowl and after a nervous start got Stoke on the board with a successful lbw appeal. He gained confidence from this and bowled another good over before ending with a tired one. Promising start, though, and thanks to Tim Handel for putting him on to us. The raw materials are there.
O’Neill was into the attack at the other end and sent down five overs that challenged the batsmen. He got his reward when Hussain, (48), smashed one to mid-on and Clarke took a very good catch – to say the ball was travelling was an understatement. O’Neill’s figures of 5-1-15-1 were a true reflection of his control.
88 for 2 was soon 93 for 3 when Clinton attacked the ball hard to effect a run-out off Khara’s first ball; but in hindsight this didn’t help as Ks 1s League player and all-time leading run scorer Khalid was up next and helped himself to quickfire half-century.
He lost only one partner, Robinson who was bowled by Khara, and walked off unbeaten on 64 with seven fours and four sixes; home skipper Patra, (12 not out), was also there when the winning hit was made with the best part of five overs to spare.
Defeat, but we will gain in the long run as a result of playing these games, so well done to all for turning out and supporting this fixture. Thanks also to Kingstonian for offering us the game and sharing a common determination to make this happen. Note to Kevin Morgan – they are also keen on an Over 40s match next year as well.
The cancellation of the Trust League match gives us a chance to integrate Academy players into the friendly side and we’ve come out as follows:
Alex Clinton (C)
Good luck, Alex, and welcome also to a couple of new and returning players to the side as we continue to grow.
It’s a 1pm start for anyone wishing to go along and support the team.
Sanderstead 2nd XI won by 60 runs
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Saturday 28th July 2018
Travelbag Surrey Championship Division 3 – 2nd XI Competition
Kempton 2nd XI 180 all out (38 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 168 all out (50.4 overs)
Kempton 2nd XI won by 12 runs