Tag Archives: Geoff Vinall

Sunday Defeats (x2) but two Fixtures Fulfilled

Sunday 16th June 2019

Excellent availability after last weekend’s sheets came in led to us investigating a second Sunday fixture. As appears to be the norm the pool of 25 available fell back to 18 once the fixtures had been booked(!) but planning ahead for this we booked in Battersea Eagles for the game at Stoke knowing that if we did have any availability issues, our good friend Khalid Harris would probably be able to bring a spare or two – after a ring around of our own for extra resources we sent an XI to Thames Ditton, (although the curse continued as only ten showed!), and gave Stoke debuts to two loan signings at the Rec. Read more

Stoke Smash I – Match Report

Friday 14th June 2019
Stoke Smash I
Vinall’s Vampires v Cheeseman’s Cheetahs
Umpires : Drew Patrick and Tim Handel

A separate report on Friday as a whole will appear but here in due course, but here is an account of how the match played out from the scorers’ table courtesy of the Big Bird and Ralphie. Read more

Sunday XI continue Winning Run

Sunday 9th June 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 223 for 6 (40 overs)
Epsom Methodists 120 all out (30.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 103 runs

A third win in a row for the Sunday XI who put runs on the board for the third week running and then backed it up with a great bowling & fielding performance. Read more

Friday 14th June 2019 – Clear Your Calendars for the Inaugural Stoke Smash!

An important message from Chairman Drew:

Dear Members, Supporters and Cricket Lovers!

Click Here then read on : Stoke Smash 2019 Poster

You may need to click on this image to enlarge it depending on what device you are reading this on

Timmy Handel, Kevin Morgan, Geoff Vinall, Shawn Dyson and Ian Hopton have come up with an exciting plan for a fun family evening on Friday 14th June 2019.

The centrepiece will be a 16 over match, commencing at 7.15pm. Geoff Vinall and James Cheeseman, (both U11 Managers), will lead two teams of 8, comprising of a mixture of coaches, managers and senior players.

Each team will only have 8 overs to post a decent score, so the pace will be frenetic and the action will be exciting.

Ralphie will provide off-field assistance as required, possibly scoring but probably directing you to the bar, the auction prizes and the various Stoke media outlets; and the two umpires will be Timmy and myself.

To add to the excitement, live commentary will be provided by the famous father and son combination of Chris and Toby Tarrant.

The purpose of the evening will be threefold…

First, it’s an opportunity for senior players and colts to mingle and for the colts to watch a few of our 1s players going through their paces.

Second, it’s an opportunity for the club to generate some much-needed income that will be used to cover the ongoing costs of running our Club.

Third, it’s a great opportunity to have some fun on a Friday night.

The BBQ will be running and our volunteers will be offering the standard fare of burgers and sausages.

The bar will be staffed and a special range of gins will be available, plus the usual selections of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Sweets will be available for the youngsters, (and older people with sweet teeth), along with various baked items. Teas and coffees will also be on sale.

There will be a raffle, featuring several attractive prizes, including bat signed by England and South African greats, and for those more keen on football there will be a 2019 signed Chelsea shirt signed by all the players up for grabs.

Finally, please note that colts training will finish early at 7pm, so that the match can get underway at 7.15pm.

If you are not planning to attend, please ensure that you arrive in time to collect your child, having first signed them out on Timmy’s register.

I look forward to seeing you on the night.

Best wishes,

Drew Patrick
Chairman
SDCC





Over 40s defend 103

Monday 3rd June 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 103 all out (18.5 overs)
Leatherhead Over 40s 82 for 7 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s won by 21 runs

After the weekend’s games the Over 40s had their turn yesterday evening and won their opening match of the season at Leatherhead.

Batting first on a pitch that kept very low Justin Jones and Fraser Slater added 33 for Stoke’s first wicket before the former was caught on the circle from one that didn’t come on to the bat – a sign of things to come – then Kevin Morgan heard the death rattle next ball.

Scoring was difficult. Slater dug in – and dug out – a number of deliveries that rolled. Jase Earl managed the match’s only six and a couple of fours before he was unable to do anything about a low one.

Slater’s 16 from 30 doesn’t sound very T20-is but in hindsight this was great effort, allowing Geoff Vinall, (15), and Mark Christie, (12), to collect a few cheap runs from the later bowlers in the queue.

Andy Page and Andrew Klimcke both dragged on balls that rolled; leaving Harry Nawaz and Ralph Coleman the task of trying to bat the rest of the overs. They nudged the total over 100 before Nawaz got a good ball from pick of the bowlers Richardson who returned figures of 3.5-0-10-3.

Klimcke, (3-1-3-0), and Vinall gave little away as Leatherhead began the chase and Stoke had valuable scoreboard control.

Opener Berryman played as positively as he conditions allowed. Just has he worked it out and hit back to back fours off Christie, the same bowler then bowled him with a slower ball that kept low.

Nawaz picked up two wickets courtesy of a leg before shout, (none of these were going over), and a nice catch in the deep by Jones.

Home skipper Meyer and Bentall did their best against the change bowlers who were all given their turn. Klimcke took a good catch off Page to remove Harris for ten; and despite an unbeaten 20 by Harris; Bentall, (leg before to Earl), and Voss, (bowled by Jones), were late departures as Stoke closed out a 21 run win; the margin of victory aided by another great keeping display by Morgan.

Thanks to Leatherhead for their hospitality. A return match at Stoke will be inked in soon.

The Over 40s are in action again next Monday with a trip to Walton-on-Thames.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4045461





Sunday XI win at Petersfield

Sunday 5th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 225 for 3 (40 overs)
Petersfield 159 for 8 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 66 runs

After the Saturday 2nd XI match was lost due to the opposition ground not being fit; a few of the affected players made themselves available for Sunday to allow an advert to be placed late in the week that generated an offer from an unknown quantity in Petersfield.

We struck gold; getting an invite to a great ground and an opposition that couldn’t be more welcoming…and they even sourced us an eleventh man as we were only able to replace four of the five players that had originally made themselves available but then couldn’t report for a variety of reasons.

The hosts earned more points when they invited us to bat first on winning the toss. First XI all-rounder Straw bowled a heavy ball from one end; at the other a highly promising Hampshire U15 girl Clarke bowled accurately and moved the ball enough to force openers Peter Phipps and Andy Berry to hit out.

The partnership gathered momentum as Berry tucked into some tidy but generally unthreatening change bowling; Berry survived a difficult chance at cow, but otherwise the Club’s first century partnership of the season was brought up in the 20th over. Berry moved to 53 in said over, but having greeted sixth bowler Sashidharan with a towering six into the trees first ball, he was bowled off the next aiming for a repeat. 110 for 1.

Phipps constructed a nice innings of 38 from 71 to complete his preparation for next week’s first round of league matches before being stumped, leaving two new batsmen, Steve Wade and Roddy Kelso, to build on the good foundation laid.

This they did; Wade Snr was scratchy at first but eventually got into a groove. Kelso was in good touch from the start and a stand of 64 in eleven overs was only broken when Clarke returned for her second spell and bowled Wade Snr for 30.

Wade Snr was replaced by Wade Jnr, Rory W created a good impression on debut; running hard and collecting an unbeaten 21 from 16 balls faced. Kelso moved to his half-century courtesy of a dropped catch on the line that trickled over the rope for four. Soon after he was one of fifteen people to leave the field after 40 overs with 225 for 3 racked up on the scoreboard.

After a nice tea with lots of variety; Adrian Mills and Geoff Vinall carried on from where they left off in Suffolk last weekend, sharing twelve overs and limiting the batsmen to just 39 runs for one; opener James Stratford-Tuke hitting Mills to mid-off where Carel Ferreira did well to get both hands under the ball.

A double-change by Phipps saw Kelso and loanee Rob Allerston share the remaining overs to drinks. Each took a wicket. Kelso found his range and the base of Windebank’s middle stump with an inducker; Allerston bowled tidily yet picked up a wicket with an out of character full toss that keeper opening bat Squires simply missed. Squires had made 38 useful runs, mostly through point.

The game was still nicely poised though as Cropley and Straw took the total past the 100-mark.

Ferreira and Ralph Coleman were the next two to have their turn with the ball. The former did well, but it was the latter who reversed one through Cropley’s gate, then Gibson could do little with one that kept low and ended up hitting the stumps via the toe of the bat.

Straw continued to take the attack to the bowlers, but his over-keenness to farm the strike saw him call the younger Stratford-Tuke through for a single that would have been a coin flip for a traditional Sunday fielder; but was officially rated suicidal given that the ball was hit straight to Kelso.

Did the right man walk off? One to discuss later, but Straw’s continued presence kept the game alive. Having taken a liking to a hitherto seam attack, Alistair McMillan came on and teased him to the point of utter frustration, and he was seventh out for the highest score of the mat, (62), when he was bowled giving it the charge.

There was time for Coleman to collect his third when Russell gave the umpire the easiest of leg before decisions; then Wade Snr and Berry shared the final two overs; Clarke completing her good day by nursing the final total up to 159 for 8; a total that contained just two extras, and no byes from Wade Jnr who did a great job. We’d like to see more of you please Rory – over to you to arrange, Dad!

Given where we were with fixtures and availability on Thursday, today was an utter triumph; made possible by the players supporting this fixture by making what was a lengthy away trip on a Bank Holiday weekend. Those available from today for next Sunday will automatically keep their places.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4044352





Sunday Tour Match : Win!

Sunday 28th April 2019
Tour Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 188 for 8 (40 overs)
Woodbridge & Old Woodbridgians 104 all out (24.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 84 runs

Stoke completed a 100% record on tour with a great win against Woodbridge who stepped in for the fixture after hosts Bungay needed resources to fulfil their League fixture. Thanks to Nick Lo for sourcing the opposition, securing use of the ground and arranging teas.

After the 1st XI had their fun the previous day, the Sunday side, made up of many of the Over 40s squad, took their turn; but the pros deserve a lot of credit for helping complete the Stoke XI, for others to field in rotation for the opposition who were missing a couple, and a couple who batted for them at the end.

With the opposition arriving with only nine, (one of whom arrived without kit and waited for his Mum to deliver it some distance to the ground), a negotiated toss saw Stoke bat first in a 40:40.

The Frost brothers were permitted to open the batting together. The O40s took the next spots in the order and the pros provided backup…but actually only faced one ball between them.

Tom played positively and hit some nice shots – some well saved on the circle by the fielders from the tour party – whilst Will batted patiently but still scored at the effective rate off anything loose.

A partnership of 67 ended when Tom F, (45 from 36), pulled one to square leg. Justin Jones dragged the fourth ball he faced on to his stumps, but Mark Christie played nicely, a helping of overthrows saw him reach 14 before he was caught at point with the total on 95.

In 2005 MP Vaughan asked KP Pietersen how he should play in the penultimate session of the Ashes. It’s alleged he was told “your way” – fast forward to 2019 and our KP Morgan asked his captain the same question. Given the brief to block the straight one and smash anything off line he did just that and made one of his highest scores in his ‘young’ Stoke career.

He was the lucky one to be at the crease when Willo reached a maiden half-century off the 68th ball he faced. Willo lost KP with the total on 139, and his captain – who didn’t practice what he preached to KP – on 166. Suddenly the need for Willo to try and go the distance gathered importance – surely he wouldn’t carry his bat, would he?

The dream was ended by his brother of all people who, acting as a substitute fielder, ran him out for 68 with ten fours and a career average now in double figures.

Geoff Vinall and Adrian Mills batted all bar the last ball of the remaining overs. He of pony tail was bowled by Minhas; next ball Handel was bowled behind his legs to halve his tour average. With Ian Hopton not padded up and Shawn Dyson umpiring; Vinall, (12 not out), swapped ends and hit the last ball for two to close the innings on 188 for 8.

Dyson’s willingness to support the Club at all levels saw him offer to keep wicket after another excellent tea.

Mills and Vinall were accurate; the former building pressure as per his tour song; enabling the latter to take two wickets, the first to a good catch by Jones over his shoulder that looked more like Hopton’s when it left the bat, the second saw off stump uprooted and the leg bail still resting on the other two.

Sadly we could only get a side-on shot – courtesy of square leg umpire Nick Lo – but said picture is surely a contender for the feature image of the tour?

Anyway back to the cricket; Woodbridge opener and captain Button had made 33 of the 46 runs before serving up a return catch to Ralph Coleman who only brought himself on as Christie fancied the other end.

Christie made the right call as the O40s continued to show their stuff, Jones taking a nice slip catch off his bowling to account for Sillis for 13. 61 for 4.

Barlow and Baskett kept the board ticking and had one or both gone on it might have made for an interesting finish when news broke that Blackburn and Trower were listed to come in at 10 and 11.

However it was time for some spin. Smart money might have seen Will Frost be the first to have a turn, then Hopton maybe; but it was Handel, with two wickets in two balls in his first over – his first wickets for the Club since September 2014 – who opened the door to a quick finish.

The door ajar, Hopton smashed through it, dispatching the tail with four quick wickets in twelve balls to close the match. Handel took a ridiculous catch on the line; throwing it back to prevent a six, then another more regulation one at cow; Dyson took the simplest of catches followed by a smart stumping of Blackburn who hit another maximum. James Trower was left unbeaten on 2.

Hopton 3.1-0-12-4, Handel 2-1-11-2, the last six wickets fell for just 23 and Woodbridge were all out for 104 in just 25.1 overs.

A great way to end a great weekend. Everyone made it home safely and should all have taken a memory or two – or more – back with them. To think this weekend started with a throwaway comment in the bar after one of the Over 40s training sessions.

There are too many people to thank, particularly the players who came along to make it happen in the first place; but it would be remiss of us not to mention Nick for giving us exclusive use of Barn Owl Glade for the weekend, for sourcing the fixtures, arranging teas and being a constant source of help with logistics.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4031247





Saturday Tour Match : BIG WIN!

Saturday 27th April 2019
Tour Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 325 for 4 (40 overs)
Bungay 126 all out (25.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 199 runs

Stoke played the their first tour match in arguably the most arctic conditions ever but an XI that the skipper would happily go into a Surrey Championship match with began their ‘warm up’ to the season with a big win. Read more

Sunday XI Win v The Min – Justin Jones 113

=&0=&

More late season fun and a triumph for patience. As the weeks go by and more players call time on their seasons, some having previously said available, there was still a Stoke side ready for a game if an opposition could be found.

The fixture we originally hoped we might get never materialised, so a advert placed late in the week was done so more in hope than expectation as clubs – including ourselves – switch their thoughts to square repair and other grounds are lost to other sports.

However there was a late development on Saturday afternoon. The Min CC, (who came to Stoke exactly six years ago), contacted us to say that they were on the lookout for a game as their original opposition thought that the game was on the Saturday. Keen for a game as a result of that issue their captain asked one of their Sunday oppositions if they might have a pitch free. Yes. Were we still looking and were we interested? Absolutely!

So off to Newdigate CC we went; lovely ground and now with a new pavilion and bar since we last played there. After a meet & greet, Jase Earl won the toss and chose to bat in a 35:35.

With fewer overs of batting available than normal, Justin Jones and a Geoff Vinall were tasked with giving it a biff early doors. The latter departed early targeting an inviting short square boundary; but Jones and Earl put together a punishing partnership of 157 in just over 18 overs before both fell on the same total.

Jones hit the bad ball, and a number of good ones, very hard. He reached his half-century off just the 23rd ball he faced, (hitting the opposition skipper for three sixes in one over), and 31 balls later he was lifting his bat having completed one of the fastest centuries in Club history. He was lbw 113 from 67 soon after, (10×4, 6×6), off the last ball of the 20th over; four balls later Earl, who had moved serenely to 48 and passed 3000 career runs for the Club in the process holed out in the deep.

This double-strike brought the Finch brothers together; and they put things back on track with a partnership of 46. Finch Jnr’s departure for 17 sparked a mini-collapse from 211 for 3 to 212 for 6 – short stays for Kevin Morgan and Aydin Huseyin – but the President and Raja Singh added 39 off the last 35 balls to close the innings on 251 for 6.

Finch Snr, (47 not out from 43), continued his excellent late season form and two straight sixes were a particular highlight. Singh made a run-a-ball 16.

After a 20 minute break, Stoke’s formidable total looked more so when the second ball of the innings, delivered by Rory Harris, was guided to slip and Huseyin did the rest. Back of a length worked here, but generally this wasn’t the way to go as No.2 and No.3 launched an excellent counter-attack, moving the total to 85 before ten overs had been completed.

Vinall got reward for a more fullish length when Huseyin held another good slip catch then Earl, who brought himself on earlier than planned, despatched the opposition’s Chris Gayle look-alike lbw for 47.

It was still very much game on, though, as the ‘home’ side continued to find the short boundary with regularity. No.4 Saif was tied down by Huseyin, but boundaries flowed at the other end as there were fewer 5th/6th bowler options than normal, Singh limiting choices further as he was only able to keep wicket.

Huseyin, (6-0-24-1), picked up the skipper courtesy of a good catch in the deep by Jones; but another half-century partnership left 78 needed off the last 11 overs and two batsmen well set.

Earl continued to read the game well, and another short burst from him gave Stoke the required breathing space. Asif was lbw for 50, Ishmael bowled for 34 in his next; (Earl 5-0-11-3); and a brace of wickets from Vinall in his last over, (7-1-44-3), one of them another catch for Huseyin, got the fat lady warming up.

The Finch brothers had a turn each, Mr.President winning the best player in the family debate by castling No.10; so this left the last pair needing 57 off the last four overs.

Thurston Selvakumar and Morgan were great in the field, and were both offered the chance of a bowl, but both declined so Ralphie handed his cap to the umpire and marked out a run up for only the second time this season. Rotator still not right, he managed to get his first delivery into the batsman’s half, triumph in itself, and it was obligingly scooped into Singh’s gloves to end the match that was played in a tremendous spirit.

Thanks to The Min for selecting us off the board for the fixture, and to Newdigate CC for preparing an excellent pitch. With an increased Sunday XI programme next season, hopefully we can play both clubs.

But that’s next year. Numbers look decent for one last hurrah next weekend and the prospect of a bit of history if a fixture that was discussed a few weeks ago comes to fruition. Stay tuned!

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3402709





Late season fun at Oxshott

Sunday 16th September 2018
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 220 for 5 (40 overs)
Maori Oxshott 222 for 5 (38.4 overs)
Maori Oxshott won by 4 wickets

With the clubs in different divisions in League cricket and the pre-season friendly wiped out by rain it took until mid-September to play a game against our friends and neighbours this year. It was worth the wait, though, as the sides played out an enjoyable match. Stoke took this one deep but the home side timed their run chase well with former Stoker George Depree pulling a six to win to and end his reign as Maori Oxshott’s Sunday skipper.

Peter Phipps took charge of on-field operations and did an excellent job other than denying himself an opportunity, and after the ball nibbled early Malcolm Dickson, (19), and Alistair McMillan, (34), added 44 off the first twelve overs before the former was caught at mid-off trying to go over the top.

Moumer Khara hit the bad ball very hard. He lost McMillan just after the drinks break, but this brought Will Thomson to the crease and he continued his great form. Khara checked out on 37 – leg-before again – but the run rate was now good, Ralph Coleman upping it further by dominating a fourth wicket stand in an all too brief cameo.

This allowed Thomson son and father the chance to bat together; dad seeing son through to 50 before being bowled by Depree for 10. Jeremy Connell, (15 off 9), and Will T then smashed 45 off the last 22 balls to lift the total to 220 for 5; Will’s remarkable weekend ending with an unbeaten 79 from 58 with 14 fours.

After the customary excellent tea, Ben Townsend got Stoke on the board early when Harvey-Samuel guided the second ball of the innings, and his first, to Phipps at slip. Townsend was back to his normal self and deserved more than the solitary wicket in his opening spell.

Shaw and No.3 Thorpe got themselves in and kept Maori Oxshott ahead of the required rate. Phipps tried several bowlers and all did well, but the good pitch and unforgiving short boundaries made for a tough time.

The Thomsons exchanged the keeping gear at drinks and Will got through Thorpe’s defences just shy of what would have been a chanceless half-century to end a stand of 129; but Shaw kept going and found good support from Patel.

Khara slowed things a little and snicked off Shaw for 78, then Harper clubbed a four and a six before somehow finding the keeper who made the catch at leg-slip; and when the returning Townsend, (2 for 37), took a return catch to account for Stephen, Stoke had a sniff at 186 for 5.

The game went as deep as it did as very late call-up Monty Vinall had a first taste of senior cricket. On what would have been a very long afternoon for him he got through four overs at no more than the required innings run-rate; and should be very pleased with his contribution.

With runs running out Will Thomson and Geoff Vinall had one last burst. Vinall snicked off Patel for a well-constructed 39, but there were still 15 balls to get the last nine runs and wickets in hand, one of them Saker who was the ideal man for the job.

The field was up, but Depree took this out of the equation by pulling a Thomson bumper over mid-wicket to end a terrific match played in front of a decent crowd including much appreciated vocal away support from the Morgans.

As is always the case between the two sides, we all had fun and we’ll do it all again next year.

Next week we have two Sunday fixtures in the card so we’ll need everyone! Availabilities in ASAP please so we can manage the oppositions’ expectations and map out two balanced teams.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3709832