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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

Sunday XI Win by 99

Sunday 2nd June 2019
Stoke D’Abernon 252 all out (38.5 overs)
Allstars of Chichester 153 all out (28.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 99 runs

A new poster boy for a Sunday XI match report as Saud Ahmed hit 87 on home debut, (after a second ball duck the previous day on Club debut), to help Stoke post a formidable total that, one player aside, the opposition looked unlikely to chase.

A paucity of oppositions looking for away games this week almost led to us going for an away game, but Chichester, (as we will call them), blinked first, cancelled their pitch hire and announced they were coming to us. Not sure what their reaction would have been had we agreed another game with an alternative opposition(!) but in the end we didn’t have a game without each other and it was a nice spirited match.

Chichester’s opposing captain earned more points by asking to field first making the toss nothing more than a mandatory one to constitute a game, (read the laws!), and what turned out to be a 10-a-side match started just after 2pm.

Moumer Khara and Hamza Hafeez feasted on anything errant and added 47 in just over eight overs before they departed in successive overs for 24 and 19 respectively.

The Stoke total was then given substance by Ben Townsend and Ahmed; the former given a chance to show his growth as a batsman, which he took in full; the latter, (pessimistically – and how wrong we were), to get more of a game after limited opportunity the previous day.

Townsend struck the ball cleanly and with authority and ran well, smashing his previous personal best score for the Club. Ahmed started with a Chinese cut for four, could have been bowled a number of times but connected with anything heading for the stumps to utter bemusement of the opposition – and his team-mates who saw his display the previous day – and seemed to hit the ball anywhere a fielder wasn’t.

A partnership of 84 was ended when Townsend was bowled for 43 from 45 balls faced when deciding which part of Surrey to hit a horrible pie that then rolled. The bowler, Somesh, then picked up Carel Ferreira’s wicket, but not before Stoke’s keeper for the day took out his frustration at South Africa’s performance against Bangladesh on the same bowler, hitting him for a big six and two fours in a quickfire 20 before holing out.

With the field spread, new arrival Alistair McMillan pushed the gaps in a nicely constructed 24. Having the day of his life Ahmed continued with his method and hit a third six to add to his eleven fours before he was stumped 38th over. He faced 80 balls for his runs.

Sameer Khara clubbed a couple of fours of his own, but the innings was over eight balls after Ahmed’s dismissal, J.Holder, (no, not that one), taking three wickets with the first four balls of his 7th over, the 39th of the innings.

Jo restored normality back to Sunday tea preparation and Stoke were fuelled up and ready to defend their total.

Openers Newman and Richardson played nicely against Mashood Naeem and Khara Jnr until Naeem took exception to being hacked off the stumps across the line by the latter and sent him packing with a nasty bouncer next ball that could only be fended off to Ferreira who kept well. (No byes.)

No.3 Bruce joined his captain and advanced the score to 48 by the end of the 10th over; prompting the first bowling changes. The first one was Ralph Coleman bringing on himself and he made a great start as he tailed one through Newman’s defences with his fourth delivery, then next ball he found one to lift from a generally benign but good surface that next man Pike could only glove to Ferreira.

At the other end debutant Malik Rehan bowled a couple of nice overs before a previous shoulder injury returned leaving Stoke a small issue of 4th/5th/6th bowler combinations. Ahmed tried a couple of overs before drinks; but Stoke still had work to do with the board showing 99 for 3 and two batsmen having got themselves in.

The double-change afterwards had the desired effect. Townsend pressured Wallace to punch to Naeem in the covers; Alistair McMillan tempted Medhurst down the track and he was duly stumped; then Townsend, (4-0-21-2), took his 50th career wicket for the Club when he castled Somesh.

Although Stoke had scoreboard control these were important wickets as Bruce was going well at the other end and the asking rate was little more than a run-a-ball.

Clearly worried that he was running out of partners Bruce then played more shots and having finally worked McMillan out, he was then unable to get another sight of him as Khara Jnr was reintroduced in to the attack and he ended the second innings in near identical fashion to the first.

First ball, J.Holder skied to Townsend at point, last man but one Lander played and missed at his first but was bowled by his second; and last man N.Holder was leg-before next ball. Game over more than eleven overs early, Bruce left stranded on 77 not out.

Khara Jnr finished with career best figures of 3 for 25; but five of the seven bowlers used took wickets when called upon to complete a good session the field, made more impressive by the fact that it was a ten man fielding effort.

Sadly the opposition – who in fairness had come a long way – saw the opportunity of an early train combination meaning they shot off before the bar shutters were lifted; but we thank them for providing an opposition for the Sunday side to continue their winning run. Next week our friends the Epsom Methodists come to The Rec.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4055670

6000 Career Runs for the President

Sunday 19th May 2019
Stoke D’Abernon 174 for 9 (40 overs)
Maori Oxshott 178 for 6 (34.5 overs)
Maori Oxshott won by 4 wickets

A marked improvement on last week’s performance for the Sunday XI.

In the end the team were left to rue a shortage of runs again, but they made Oxshott work very hard for the win, and it took three of their players to register career best scores to get the job done.

Pre-game discussions saw both sides leaning to have a bowl first; but as guests we agreed to have first go.

In his first appearance of the season Hamza Hafeez played nicely but had to dig in as he saw wickets fall at the other end; Bester taking out Moumer Khara, Deepak Malhotra and Alistair McMillan at a personal cost of just 22 runs in seven overs.

The bowling conditions were still favourable to allow Woods, (6-2-16-0), and first change H.Barnes, (5-3-3-1), to slow the run rate down. Five maidens were bowled in a row.

Rod Thomson played nicely for his 11, but was beaten by a direct hit from mid-off. Hafeez reached 28 before edging to the keeper and Stoke were in a spot of bother at 60 for 5 with two new batsmen to take strike after drinks.

However the next two were ideal for the situation. In their first outings of the season, brothers Chris and Stephen Finch rebuilt things and fell just short of what would have been a first ever century partnership; separated at 94 from 94 balls faced. Finch Snr picked up from where he left off at the back end of last season and made a nice 40, passing 6000 career runs for the Club in the process.

Finch Jnr was watchful initially, but once he got his feet moving he went through the gears. Three sixes and seven fours saw him complete his first half-century since July 2014. He eventually checked out on 57 from 53 balls faced.

Umar Qayyum, making his first appearance for a couple of years, debutant Mashood Naeem and Geoff Vinall nudged the total up to 174 for 9 with an over to go. An excellent last over by youngster Edgar-Gibson to Vinall saw no addition to the score, though.

After an excellent tea Stoke’s bowlers were tasked with not giving away the sort of quick start gifted to last week’s opposition.

Sadly, despite debutant Naeem bowling well without luck, the board did tick around to 44 after just seven overs.

Khara slowed things down a little allowing Naeem to get his first wicket for the Club towards the end of his opening spell when former Stoker Depree was well held at backward point; but this brought Overseas De Vos to the crease, his fortunes were of much interest to his fellow WPCC team-mates Dyson and Hopton who had earlier seen him take 3 for 26 with the ball. It was nice to see the away support boosted by messers Corbishley, Trower, Dolman and Vinall Jnr at various points in the afternoon.

Khara landed deliveries in areas that resulted in variable bounce, and De Vos touched a lifting delivery to Malhotra behind the stumps for just eight. Two balls later H.Barnes was bowled and Stoke now had a foothold in the game at 67 for 3.

With the fast start creating little run-rate issues, O.Barnes and Khan batted time and pushed the total towards the hundred mark. Barnes had complied a career best 40 before Qayyum pinned him leg-before with one that kept a bit low. 95 for 4.

Thomson and McMillan bowled good overs either side of drinks to keep things interesting; but Stoke were starting to run out of runs to play with as Khan and Gavin Harper moved the total to 129.

Ralph Coleman brought himself on and his first ball that lifted off a length saw Harper, who did well to get anywhere near it, glove to Malhotra who made a terrific diving one-handed catch low down in front of slip. Malhotra did well behind the timbers given the variety of levels of bounce from similar length.

Next man Wood was nearly cleaned up first ball but eventually found his rhythm, and with Khan having the day of his life at the other end; the pair moved their team to the brink of victory.

In one final throw of the dice Naeem returned to the attack and sent Wood’s bails flying over the slip cordon, (he would finish with 8-1-45-2), but youngster Burns hit two boundaries, a first to tie the scores, then the other to complete the win with 5.1 overs to spare.

Khan walked off unbeaten on 40, (previous career highest score 20), and the players shook hands after a contest played in a great spirit.

We’re hopeful of numbers for a fixture next Sunday. To make this happen please get your availability in so we can assess our strength and find a matching opposition.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4050117

Two Sunday XI Matches – Two Wins! – President 85*

Sunday 9th September 2018
Incredible availability meant that we needed to source an additional Sunday fixture to the one already in the card against Kingstonian. Our friends from Whiteley Village had an ad on the board, and a call to them resulted in a second game being agreed meaning everyone who was available at the time got a chance to play.

Jase Earl skippered the Whiteley Village match, our second trip there this year; Ralphie managed the re-match with Ks and here’s how we got on…

Friendly (1)
Kingstonian 142 all out (34.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 143 for 2 (32 overs)

Stoke D’Abernon won by 8 wickets Read more

500 Games for Malc but Sunday XI Beaten


The last home game of the season ended in defeat but some very good things came from this one, notably contributions from our younger players.

After Thames Ditton progressed to the later stages of the Trust League and needed their pitch we were able to switch the game to Stoke, Hoppy & crew producing a good pitch and Jo extending her season by another week to feed us.

Stoke batted first having won the toss and got a decent start with Moumer Khara and Hamza Hafeez adding 28 before the former was bowled trying to smash first change Moroz out of the parish.

In his 500th appearance for the Club Malcolm Dickson batted with little alarm and hit three nice scoring shots before getting the only ball that jumped all afternoon and gully held on.

Hafeez and Chris Finch batted to drinks, making cautious progress against Ram who conceded just eight runs from his seven overs. Both batsmen fell for 34 and 15 trying to up the rate.

Teague Clarke was another to bat sensibly at the start, but as overs began to run out he became more expansive. He lost Stephen Finch and late call-up Kevin Morgan; but Will Thomson kept the rate high in the closing overs with a quickfire 24.

Inspired by this Clarke and Ben Townsend plundered 33 from the last three overs to lift the total to 193 for 7; Clarke walking off unbeaten on 43; great to see these youngsters playing without fear.

After Jo’s feast the new ball was given to the younger players. Rory Harris and Townsend bowled with a lot of heart but were victims of an important decision; Zain surviving a vociferous appeal for a catch at the wicket after a snorter from Harris ended in keeper Chris Finch’s right glove. The same batsman then smashed the ball to all parts, nearly half of the runs required knocked off inside the first ten overs, and other opener Ahmad making just 15 out of an opening stand of 83.

Needs must and Thomson was thrown the ball and charged in; Khara providing some economy at the other. He got deliveries through Ahmed and Harding; but a scrappy period where the other bowlers weren’t given the greatest support in the field saw Zain pass fifty – shortly after been recalled when given out lbw – and Malins make a scratchy 33; had either of these been dismissed earlier there was the possibility of finding a tail given the assumption that the better players would be in the League match.

After Clarke and Hafeez had a turn and did OK, in one final throw of the dice Thomson and Townsend had another go and took another wicket each before Corvi hit two boundaries to leave Zain stranded on 96 not out.

So a six wicket defeat for a small number of people in the bar afterwards to talk over, 1st XI players who came to support long-gone after the effects if the night before had finally caught up on them, and the opposition uncharacteristically disappearing straight afterwards without buying a drink…and they also forgot to pay their tea money so another item on the do-pad.

We go again next weekend with a run of away games in September to keep the season going. Availability for Saturday and Sunday, please.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3706962

Carel left stranded as Academy learn the hard way

Sunday 22nd July 2018
Surrey Trust League
Godalming 288 for 7 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 188 all out (29.5 overs)
Godalming won by 100 runs

Whilst the scorecard doesn’t lie a lot of good things could still be taken out of this one and if some of the errors can be ironed out between now and the return fixture on the 5th August hopefully we will see a reversal of this result and progress up the table.

Firstly, Alex Clinton and Thomas Dennis did a great job managing on-field operations for the first time. They were fully supported by the senior players, and they took on the help and advice when appropriate. Their only blemish was an incorrect call at the toss that committed the side to 40 overs’ hard labour in the field where the ‘Oval 1976’ looking outfield – look it up on YouTube – gave full value for shots and a lot of long, timely, trips to the neighbouring satellite pitch to retrieve the ball.

Things could have been different had a couple of early chances stuck or been called for. Openers Jones and Cox made full advantage of their lives; adding 120 in 18 overs.

Deepak Malhotra slowed things down from one end, and this allowed Max Dunn to charge in from the over. They took wickets in successive overs when Jones, (62), bottom edged a cut off Dunn to Neil Foster behind the timbers, then Stoke’s gloveman for the day effected smart stumping to account for Cox, (49), a few balls later.

All the bowlers did their best and the unrelenting nature of the outfield made for quick scoring, although Stoke continued to be masters of their own downfall as a number of balls went through fielders on the circle and on the line; and the square-leg, (player), umpire twice observed one member of the Stoke side not walking in and being outside the circle at the point of release. Double-digit runs were scored from those extra deliveries.

The third wicket didn’t fall until the 29th over when Woodgates, (29), served up a catch to Ollie John at mid-on with the total on 192. The successful bowler was Clinton who sent down six overs for just 35 runs despite the batsmen being able to play freely with such a fast start and wickets in hand.

Hamza Hafeez ran one across Baker, (65), then Stoke took a few more quick ones in the closing overs; Clinton two of them – one a nice running catch by Carel Ferreira – to finish with 3 for 35; John effected a direct hit run-out and Dunn, (6-0-26-1), bowled two good death overs.

The only downside to this flurry of wickets was that it brought 1s player Hern to the crease and he smashed the ball to all parts, hitting the last ball of the innings for six to bring up his half-century and close the innings on a formidable total of 288 for 7.

After tea, Stoke went after two very young bowlers but found themselves three down quickly. Hafeez cut what would have been a wide to point in the first over; Moumer Khara clubbed two fours before falling off the last ball of the second; then John – who looked very good during his brief visit – got the ball of the season that drifted in then cut away and bent back his off stump whilst he held the pose for a textbook forward defensive. 28 for 3 after just four overs.

For the next hour the run rate never dipped. Malhotra and Ferreira added 91 runs in less than ten overs to give Godalming a taste of their own medicine. As heads in the field started to drop and the prospect of chasing the score down became a real possibility, Malhotra, (44), fell to a worldy of a catch in the deep. Energised by this the fielding improved; Foster was particularly unlucky to see a number of nice shots go straight to or be well-saved by fielders, and intelligent field placements dried up Ferreira’s boundary count.

Foster and Dunn, (the latter got off the mark with an enormous six), fell just after the drinks break; and the luckless Dennis managed to lose his leg bail off a combination of bat, pad, thigh pad, elbow, boot, you name it.

Ed Ashwell connected with less than he wanted to but entertained a sizeable crowd with a quickfire 14. Sadly Ferreira, having completed a fine half-century, then ran out of partners as Clinton and Sameer Khara fell in successive deliveries to close the innings on 188 after just 29.5 overs – yes, ‘failtobattheoveritis’ returned in a big way and Ferreira may not get a better chance this year to register his first century for the Club. He could be very pleased with his 57 not out, though.

The match was played in a great spirit – it was also nice to catch up with Nigel Churaman and find out how a few of the Godalming boys and girls we used to play against and score with at 1s level; Agge, Milner, Dique, Ross, etc, were getting on – and we hope for a similar fun atmosphere, (but a reversal of the result!), when we meet again on the 5th August.

No cricket at Stoke next Sunday as we’re in lockdown due to the cycling event. All available resource will be pooled into Saturday and we will source an appropriate friendly fixture in addition to our league programme based on who is available and what our strength or otherwise might be if we have numbers. Kevin may have an Over 40s game or two in the pipeline too, so watch this space.

More immediately we also have the all-day game at Claygate on Thursday 26th – availability for that one ASAP, please!

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3346472

Ferreira v Godalming 2018

Sunday Nine beat the Chelsea Nomads

Sunday 15th July 2018
Chelsea Nomads 191 for 9 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 192 for 3 (33.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 7 wickets

With World Cup fever apparently over on Wednesday night, this long-standing fixture was confirmed the following evening with the opposition saying “we have ten – should be able to get an 11th” and Stoke having 14 to pick from. A few of the 14 switched to Saturday to make the 3rd XI match happen, leaving us with 10+TBC – even if TBC wasn’t around, still a good ten. Sadly TBC wasn’t available, no worries there…but then two pulled out with bad backs – one first thing, another an hour before the start – resulting in an SOS. Roddy Kelso answered the call, so having lost a toss committing us to a fielding stint and no chance to sign up any others we made do with nine…and what a performance on another hot day.

Stoke made early inroads into the visitors’ top order, that was also re-juggled as a wrong turn on the motorway saw three of them arrive just as the first ball was bowled. Ben Townsend struck first after Fuller mis-pulled to Moumer Khara at square; Khara then took a quick brace when Fitzgerald dollied one up to Neil Foster behind the timbers, then Phelan chipped one to Hamza Hafeez at mid-on. 16 for 3 was soon 27 for 4 when Stephen Finch took a stinging catch at gully off first change Thomas Dennis to account for Sisley whose only runs came via a five including overthrows.

Thomas, who has made runs in this fixture before, toughed it out and visiting skipper J.Asad hung around with him to add 39. The latter was lost to an lbw decision on a full ball, (right arm around the wicket), from sixth bowler Hafeez. Thomas wore a nasty short ball early in his knock so decided to take on the spin. He had some success before Patrick O’Neill despatched him for 37. 80 for 6. Game management time? Let’s see what the next one in does…

Good job we waited. No.8 Whiting had his “…he comes off once every 20 or so…” day and crashed the ball to all parts, taking 26 in one over and hitting the ball in unusual areas, profiting greatly from having two fewer fielders than normal to miss.

All the bowlers had second spells – that were kept short throughout to mix things up and keep people interested – and kept going on a warm afternoon, notably Townsend who was back in the groove. The 7th wicket partnership realised 101, just 8 of them scored by Sandhu who was dismissed in the penultimate over. The bowler was the returning O’Neill, (3 for 34), who then took Whiting’s wicket next ball for 76.

The hat-trick ball was negotiated by the opposition guest player Dugdale, (he of Dire Straits & others’ tour organisation fame and an MCC member according to his mate who watched the second innings – we never got the chance to ask him about his first meeting with Jimi Hendrix), and the last ball of the innings saw him call through the unfortunate I.Asad who was run out by Neil Foster with an accurate underarm thrown to Roddy Kelso at the bowler’s end. 191 for 9 in 40 overs.

Something to chase and for a sizeable crowd to watch.

Jo’s tea was well received and what was looking to be another long day proved so as the football delayed the re-start until 5.35pm.

The second innings started in a chaotic manner and ended with a tremendous piece of sportsmanship off the first ball, hit by Hafeez straight to cover who set off. Dennis answered the call, but a yes-no-yes-sorry scenario saw Dennis stranded at the keeper’s end having not faced…but the keeper then put his hand up and said that he had broken the stumps before collecting the ball. Batsman recalled, cue round of applause.

Things settled down after a few potential drop & go singles were declined; and realising this wasn’t going to be a way of scoring runs Hafeez started dealing in boundaries. Four nice ones until he was strangled down the leg-side for 19.

Kelso – given the No.3 spot by a generous Khara – was fluent from the off; starting with back to back boundaries and he raced past 30 whilst Dennis dropped anchor.

The visitors started to run out of change bowling options and the partnership reached 95 before Kelso, who reached his half-century with a nice straight six – was castled by I.Asad for 56 from 58 who was pretty sharp, but erratic to the point that cap was swapped for helmet.

Foster continued to keep the board ticking nicely and 24 from 18 saw another 50 added in just under seven overs. He fell pulling a short ball straight up in the air with eighteen runs needed and plenty of overs to spare.

This allowed the President to have his turn, and it was worth the wait as a cultured cut through the covers opened his account, then a couple more boundaries soon after tied the scores. There was no winning hit as a wild beamer with the scores level completed a very satisfying win.

Dennis made full use of the opposition’s generosity, batting through for a chanceless 55 not out from 94 balls faced with ten fours, the ninth a glorious straight drive to bring up his fifty. Dad will buy a jug for us when we have a game where more of us are around as a few had to leave straight away given the late finish.

Had the game gone the distance we were looking at a 9pm-ish finish. After last week solutions to improve opposition over-rates must be sought. The alarm was set close to 10.30pm as the visitors also stopped back to talk over the day’s events. Thanks to Bondy who helped with the bar and the tidy-up operation.

Stay tuned to the site for details of next Sunday’s activities. We have a Trust League game at Godalming, but the President also has something nice in store for everyone. Keep your diaries clear!

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3119643

Sunday : P2 L2

Sunday 8th July 2018

After the highs of the previous day both Stoke XIs fell to defeat in the Sunday programme, but credit to everyone for making these games happen given other choices of sport this weekend…

Stoke D’Abernon 230 for 7 declared (40 overs)
Bank of England 231 for 7 (34.4 overs)

Bank of England won by 3 wickets Read more