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Sunday XI fall short in Merton

Sunday 22nd September 2019
Friendly
Kingstonian 193 for 5 (30 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 168 for 8 (30 overs)
Kingstonian won by 25 runs

For the second week running Stoke were left to rue an untidy first phase of the match and a number of missed chances and lost a game that otherwise could have been won. This negative aside, it was another very enjoyable afternoon and a triumph for persistence and a will to get a game on; the players not deterred by a heavy shower that arrived just as they did to put the fixture in doubt. After waiting around, an inspection of the pitch delivered a “passable” verdict and the players decided to give it a go; limiting things to a 30 over contest given the ghastly forecast for later on. Read more

Great effort by the Sunday XI at Chipstead

Sunday 15th September 2019
Friendly
Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians 231 for 4 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 194 for 9 (40 overs)
Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians won by 37 runs

While many have called time on their season or chose to watch events at The Oval as their cricket fix, 22 guys made the most of the excellent end of season weather and played out a fun game where, for a couple of periods, Stoke looked like chasing down a good score that was based on a century by a 1s player who carried his bat. Read more

Sunday XI win at Kingstonian. Deepak 74, Aarav 4-14, Ralphie Hat-Trick

Sunday 8th September 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 232 for 7 (40 overs)
Kingstonian 178 all out (39 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 54 runs

Stoke’s Sunday XI continued a memorable weekend for the Club by reversing an earlier defeat to Kingstonian.

On arrival Ks advertised themselves as weaker than when the last sides met as their league players had reached the T20 Finals Day, so were keen for Stoke to have a bat when the coin was tossed. For the record it was a win.

Malcolm Dickson was an early departure to a leg before decision given by player umpire Geoff Vinall; but this was debutant Singh’s – and his team’s – only early success.

Deepak Malhotra and Carel Ferriera saw him off and then tucked into some moderate change bowling, taking Stoke the verge of 100 when Ferreira was stumped for 47. The pair had to do a lot of running with large boundaries.

Late call up Arman Zaheen played patiently to make the most of his chance; but a 67 partnership still came in good time. Having gone past 50, Malhotra Snr looked to be walking towards a hundred, taking all the singles on offer, so it was a surprise to many that he was then stumped for 74 with lots of overs left having missed one of Jacobs’ grenades.

The Finch brothers moved the score past the 200 mark, (Chris 15, Stephen 12), before they, Rod Thomson and Aarav Malhotra sacrificed themselves in the closing overs in the pursuit of quick runs.

Vinall walked out to face the last ball of the innings which he clubbed back over the bowler’s head for four to lift the total to an over-par 232 for 7. Zaheen walked off unbeaten on 40, a career best for him in any form of cricket. Good things happen to nice people. He will be an excellent club man.

After tea Andy Butler and Aarav Malhotra bowled well at the openers; one of whom played against Stoke’s 2s in the League fixture; but he was pressured by the latter into serving up a catch for Ralph Coleman at mid-on. No.3 Wheatcroft was given little opportunity to score by Stoke’s openers and first change Ferreira benefited as he was caught on the circle by Malhotra Jnr trying to hit out.

41 for 2 and Stoke were in good shape but Singh, who made an unbeaten 89 when the sides met last time, was at it again, punishing anything loose. He needed someone to stay with him, and young No.3 Karvin Saravanan did just that, growing gradually into his innings.

Vinall and Thomson bowled economically – and well – up to the drinks break to keep Stoke in control, but the break did Stoke no favours as the batsmen worked out what they needed per over and played accordingly.

An untidy 2-3 overs when play re-started saw Butler and Malhotra Jnr recalled, and both delivered…Butler – the undisputed best player in the family in this match with his brother restricted to a watching brief with Dad due to school commitments – got a deserved wicket when Singh played on for 69; and in the next over Malhotra Jnr doubled his count when Patel hit tamely to Ferreira in the covers. 108 for 4 and Stoke were back on track.

But Kingstonian came hard again; Karvin Saravanan running everything and his namesake Sharu Saravanan dealing in boundaries; being particularly severe on Coleman who served up a lot of scoring opportunities; so things were starting to swing back towards the hosts.

However mid-way through what was going to be – and was – his last over; both Saravanans skied catches to Dickson and Ferreira off successive deliveries; and next ball the senior pro missed a straight, easily defendable one; thus completing the most burgled hat-trick in history and repair figures of 3.2-0-33-0 to 3.5-0-33-3 – make no mistake; this was a Stephen Finn at the MCG sort of triple, not a Darren Gough at the SCG one. Cricket, bloody hell.

So 162 for 7 and the tail starting to appear, Thomson and Malhotra Jnr came back to complete their allocations. The latter also took wickets in successive deliveries. Kalaravy was bowled playing back to one that kept low; then next ball Jacobs served up a catch to Dickson at short cover who juggled it several times before parrying it up in the air where Coleman, at silly point, gleefully completed the dismissal to be involved in five of the nine wickets to fall to that point. Cricket, bloody hell again.

Malhotra Jnr missed the chance for the 5-for when young Leah Bradley bravely kept out his last two deliveries. Nevertheless he could be very pleased with his contribution to the defence of the total; final figures of 8-3-14-4 standing out a mile compared to all the other bowlers in the match.

In the next over Thomson got his revenge on young Leah by shattering her stumps off his last ball to complete a 54 run win. The early deliveries in the over sticking – as many did – in the gloves of Deepak Malhotra who completed a good day for the family with a tidy performance behind the stumps.

A great day and good fun had by all in nice September sunshine. Thanks to Ks who were as always, good hosts and played it the right way.

As for Stoke, September friendlies are very hard to secure, so get your availabilities in asap please and we’ll see what we can do to extend the season.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4081951





Over 40s Tie with Weybridge again!

Thursday 22nd August 2019
Weybridge Over 40s 130 for 3 (16 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 130 for 9 (16 overs)
Match Tied

We could have made this up but we’re not, honest! A tie last Tuesday and a tie again yesterday evening at The Rec as the Over 40s ended their 2019 season with another last ball thriller. Read more

Narrow defeat for the Sunday XI

Sunday 18th August 2019
Stoke D’Abernon 139 all out (34.1 overs)
Chessington 141 for 9 (34.5 overs)
Chessington won by 1 wicket

We were pleased to have a call from our friends at Chessington in response to our advert; a couple of our Saturday 2nd XI matches have resulted in last over finishes in recent times and the Sunday sides served up another.

Firstly a massive thanks to Hoppy for getting a pitch playable when the overnight deluge put the game in doubt. The start time was put back to 2.30pm but an efficient opposition were out there ready to start ten minutes early to make use of the very bowler friendly conditions.

Moumer Khara and Malcolm Dickson were leg before ahead the official start time; and soon after Deepak Malhotra became Stuart Jnr’s third wicket when he was bowled having looked good for his 17. Geoff Vinall knocked his new bat in with a four and a six before falling to an excellent catch at cover.

With Stoke being in a bit of a hole at 44 for 4 Rod Thomson toughed it out and found some support from Rob Butler who made it to 13 before being given out by his brother. The remaining ball of the over saw Stephen Finch lift the bowler back over his head for four, but sadly this would be his only scoring shot as he was unable to keep down a square cut in the next. Aarav Malhotra didn’t find the alien batting conditions to his liking and chipped a pie to the keeper as the opposition opened things up; and at 98 for 7 Stoke needed a few more which with some sociable game management the opposition kindly obliged.

Thomson continued to grind it out; and Andy Butler connected with a few. The former checked out for a gritty 27; the latter swotted a few more fours as he ran out of partners, being last out for 21 off the first ball of the last over delivered by the returning Stuart Jnr who finished with the match’s best figures of 6.1-1-16-4.

139 all out. Four an over on the pitch was something to bowl at, but Stoke had to bowl well.

Having missed out the previous day Aarav Malhotra quickly made his point, maintaining a great line to a left-hand/right-hand opening combination. At the other end the captain sprayed it like an unguarded hose but got the first wicket when he surprised the batsmen – and himself – with a full and straight one having started with two wides and followed it up with three long hops. Not a great tone to set and Geoff Vinall was quickly on.

Vinall bowled one side of the wicket and got one through No.3’s defensive prod; Malhotra Jnr the got a wicket he fully deserved in the last over he was permitted to bowl by age when the other opener was adjudged leg before by his teammate. Replacement bowler Andy Butler took out No.4 with a full delivery and Stoke were into it 30-40-ish for 4.

With so many bowlers in the side spells were kept short and the buy in from all the bowlers to this approach was much appreciated. The caveat was if any bowler looked like running through the order they could stay on; Khara threatened to do this at every turn, running the ball across the batsmen, and how the No.5 Tharumanayagam didn’t edge one into keeper Kevin Morgan’s gloves will forever remain a mystery. Morgan did another great job behind the timbers.

No.6 Newson did fall to that combination, but Tharumanayagam was going well and was moving Chessington ever nearer the finishing line.

Rob Butler took two in two to get Stoke back into it, but Tharumanayagam’s plan to get a boundary an over with the asking rate pushing fives was clear to see and he was generally successful; when not he was given a little extra help with a number of wides and no-balls – 43 extras would ultimately come back to hurt Stoke.

Khara, (7-1-19-1), made way for the return of Malhotra Jnr and we also discovered we had a player who could keep calm under pressure at the death as well. Having created two chances to remove Tharumanayagam that went begging, he then got his man for 36 with a straight one that kept low.

With 20 needed off the last four overs or two wickets to get things still could have gone either way. Butler Jnr, (7-1-30-3), castled No.10 but the over contained more extras. The No.11 was better than a No.11 – possibly listed there having done so well with the ball earlier – so there was still work to do.

Vinall came back for the penultimate over and dotted things down; Malhotra Jnr had just four to play with going into the last and did everything he could off the first four balls before the fifth was squirted through the covers to close out an absorbing contest.

Well done to everyone for making this game happen, and to Jo to another excellent tea. It was also nice to see George and Olli Nunn pop in to catch up with everyone having joined the ranks last weekend.

There is more cricket at Stoke on Thursday as the Over 40s have a return match against Weybridge after last week’s tie. Please make every effort to get down, cheer the team on and have a beer or two.

As for next weekend, get your availabilities in and we’ll source another home fixture.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4076586





Over 40s TIE with Weybridge!

Tuesday 13th August 2019
Stoke D’Abernon 100 for 8 (16 overs)
Opposition 100 for 4 (16 overs)
Match Tied

Who writes the scripts for Over 40s matches between Stoke and Weybridge?

A third last ball finish in their last four meetings – none of them contrived – on a sunny evening on the green in front of a decent crowd that included Malcolm Dickson and Gary Harkett in their number.

Kevin Morgan won the toss and the non-appearance of Andy Berry at the start meant everyone shifted up one place from their allocated number, and when said latecomer was eventually put down as a non-runner Ralph Coleman was hauled off the pitch from his umpiring duties to get his kit bag from the boot to keep Stoke at a full compliment. The bag was more mobile and probably would have contributed more but that’s another story.

Carel Ferreira, (17), and Justin Jones went off like a train; plundering 28 from the first three overs, (three of the first four deliveries Ferreira faced from Wyeth went to the very long boundaries); but both were dismissed to leave Geoff Vinall and Rod Thomson the task of keeping things moving.

They had mixed success against the son/father combination of Jonny and Oli Slipper; Thomson was bowled by Slipper Snr; then Vinall, (14), heard the death rattle as former Stoker James Howells bowled a straight one that, contrary to the batsman’s version of events, did absolutely nothing. Good bat speed, though.

Fraser Slater and Deepak Malhotra boosted the total with a stand of 31 but were made to work hard for their runs as Howells, (2-0-5-1), and Hall, (2-0-9-1), bowled accurately. They were separated when Slater, (11), was run out by a direct hit with no-one backing up.

Malhotra, (17), Andy Page and Mark Christie surrendered their wickets in the closing overs in the pursuit of quick runs. Harry Nawaz hit a four and a single to close the innings on 100 for 8. Under par was the verdict.

After a quick turnaround Morgan took the gloves, selected his opening bowlers then ‘encouraged’ Coleman into setting the fields and working out the rest of the combinations which, with help from Page and others worked out pretty well. With so few runs to play with one over spells to involve everyone was the way to go in case people missed out; but more by luck than judgement this approach, rather than regimented two over spells adopted by their opponents, proved an effective tactic; due consideration given to the slower bowlers bowling most of the first eight overs with a long cow boundary in play on one side before switching ends.

Vinall and Page bowled the first two overs and set a good tone; Page castling Ed Smith, (dreams of an Ashes call up turned to dust when it became apparent that it wasn’t THE Ed Smith), to get Stoke on the board; next bowlers Jones and Nawaz kept Weybridge behind the rate and the latter bowled Aitken to make it 17 for 2 after four.

Thomson and Malhotra shared the next four overs at a combined cost of just 20; Malhotra was unlucky not to get a wicket; Thomson doubly unfortunate that a shot cracked back at him didn’t stick but split the webbing on his hand, forcing him to leave the field and Stoke a man down for the last quarter of the match.

As the light started to fade quicker bowlers had their turn. Christie and Ferreira bowled well but late boundaries in each of their overs kept Weybridge in with a chance; Vinall completed his allocation with a tidy over to swing things back in Stoke’s favour only for Coleman, Ferreira and Nawaz to cough up a mix of boundaries and extras to leave Page with just six runs to play with going into the last over with dangerman Slipper still a the crease; his arrival prompted by a great throw from the deep by Malhotra to effect a run-out.

It would be remiss of us not to mention Ferreira, Jones, Malhotra and Slater all patrolling the boundaries with distinction to take the game deep.

No-one expected the game to go as far as it did at the innings change, and DLS, WASP, etc; never gave Stoke a price; but their ‘Ice Man’ Page did justice to the name given to him by the golden generation of a decade ago; a boundaryless five ball sequence left two needed off the last ball. It was creamed out into the deep but a rocket throw from Jones to the bowler saw the batsman stranded and an easy run out decision given meaning the sides had tied.

Another excellent advert for Over 40s cricket – for anyone reading this please don’t make these games into League as there are enough high quality in-game battles to satisfy demand there, and those out for a more sociable experience still get to play in a relaxed atmosphere.

The sides meet again at the Stoke Rec next Thursday, (22nd) – please make every effort to come and support this excellent concept that started with a few colts’ parents forming a team and ultimately going on to help with numbers for longer format games at the weekend, make tours happen, extend playing careers and create revenue.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4075960





Sunday Round Up : Three matches!

Sunday 28th July 2019

Excellent availability, and most importantly received early in the week, allowed us to source two great fixtures…and in the end we played three matches! An early call could be made to secure a fixture at our friends from Sutton, and later in the week Thames Ditton binned off their original opposition when an advert for a game at the Rec was placed; technically a re-match but none of the Stoke XI that played at Giggs Hill Green a few weeks ago were in Duncan Elder’s side.

Home Friendly – Match 1
Thames Ditton 91 all out (18.2 overs)

Stoke D’Abernon 92 for 4 (13 overs) Read more





Over 40s beat Leatherhead

Thursday 4th July 2019
Friendly
Leatherhead Over 40s 102 for 5 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 106 for 3 (15 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s won by 7 wickets

The Over 40s bounced back from Tuesday’s defeat to Walton with a good victory over a highly sociable Leatherhead side at The Rec.

Captain Kevin Morgan did a great job arranging the side despite an event at Parkside affecting availability and we were grateful for Shawn Dyson to come out of the bar and keep; and to Josh Berryman, (son of one of Leatherhead’s players), to guest for us.

Fielding first Morgan asked Jase Earl to oversee on-field operations, Earl himself, (3-0-8-1), getting some good overs in ahead of the weekend, snicking off Harrison to get Stoke on the board early. At the other end Berryman Snr played well for 30 before retiring to give others a chance; and after that the subsequent batsmen were tied down by Deepak Malhotra, (3-0-13-1), Harry Nawaz, (3-0-12-1); and some good fielding from all the players; Earl, Malcolm Dickson and Nawaz all making good grabs.

Williamson, Vos and Baldwin all made it to double-digits but the innings run-rate dipped to just over five; late wickets for Fraser Slater and Berryman who had a fun time in the field and did very well for one so young.

After the chase started with a three wides off the first delivery, Dickson was stumped later in the first over when giving it the charge and the keeper, standing back, under-armed the ball on to the stumps.

Morgan and new arrival Carel Ferreira played nicely to add 35; Ferreira hit five fours and a huge six towards the playground before retiring on 30 from 19. Morgan hit two nice fours in his 13 before chipping to mid-wicket.

Slater hit one boundary in a stay of 8 before falling to a decent return catch, (63 for 3), but Nawaz and Malhotra knocked off the rest in just 5.3 overs with little alarm as Stoke won with a full five overs to go. Both were watchful at first; but went through the gears once they had got themselves in. Malhotra ended up unbeaten on 15; Nawaz took thirteen from one over and finished the match with a six over the sightscreen, (see picture), to complete the win and end on 33 not out.

Good bar takings, boosted by some 1st XI players who came for an extra net, completed a successful evening on all fronts.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4057063