Monday 15th November saw the 44 member clubs in the Surrey Trust League meet at Ashtead CC for the League’s AGM and zonal group draw for the 2011 season. 32 of the clubs, (including Stoke who were number 23 in the main draw – Jordan, Beckham…Warne???), the other twelve entering the development league with twelve clubs who participate in both competitiions.
2nd XI Promoted as Champions and the 1st XI finishing in their highest ever league position were just two of many highlights from our 2010 Surrey Championship campaign. The following report, and the picture at the foot of this article, have been submitted to the League for inclusion in the 2011 Surrey Championship Handbook:
A good attendance at HQ last Saturday for the Annual Awards, despite the weather and other commitments, eg. overseas cricket commitments, university, dinners, holidays…
Fresh from celebrating their Championship at the Brit Oval the previous evening, the 2nd XI carried on and MC Drew Patrick made another formal presentation of the shield to 2nd XI captain Matt Gottschalk. Whilst on his feet, Matt was also given back the Australia Cup for the best overall contribution to the 2nd XI, having won the player’s vote last year as well.
Bank Holiday Monday
Sponsors XI 193 for 7 (30 Overs)
Stoke XI 180 for 8 (30 Overs)
Sponsors XI won by 13 runs
There is more to any game of cricket than simply turning up and playing on the day. Stoke’s success in recent seasons has been built on a team of passionate volunteers and sponsors; and Bank Holiday Monday saw a 30 over match played to recognise their efforts and raise important club funds.
CIMA Toronto Mayor’s Touring XI 126 for 6 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 130 for 5 (19.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 5 wickets
For the third year running, CIMA sponsored a tour to the UK for twelve up and coming Canadian cricketers. Stoke’s run to the Surrey Championship T20 Finals Day last year meant a postponement of the inaugural fixture, but the teams met for a Tuesday morning match at the Stoke Rec for a highly entertaining game, followed by a lunch before the tourists set off for an afternoon match against Wimbledon.
Chairman Drew Patrick writes:
Our season to date is a case of ‘so far so good.’ After 7 matches in the Surrey Championship, our 1ss and 2s are top of their respective tables in Division 5, but there is still a long way to go, with 11 matches to be played by each team between 27th June and 4th September.