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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 – One Win, One Loss

Sunday 11th August 2019

The week started with excellent availability to source a second fixture. The traditional number of drop outs, including four on the Saturday, one at 10.30pm and another tried to bail on the Sunday morning but was turned around, made for a bit of a late scramble but 21 players helped make two games; each side posting a similar score but with a different result.

Home Match
Stoke D’Abernon 211 for 7 (35 overs)
Hampton Woodlawn 127 all out (30 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 84 runs

Stoke batted first in a 35 over contest and whilst run-scoring was difficult early on, the opposition eventually ran out of bowling.

Alistair McMillan, (21), did the hard yards, gluing the top order before being adjudged run out, (“looked a tight call” according to he of pony tail who popped down to watch some of the action.)

Rod Thomson, (29), and Robbie Parrett, (25), got the board moving with a stand of 62; for the second season running Thomson found himself run out by a Stoke fielder lent to the opposition.

When they – and captain Jeremy Connell – were dismissed there was still some work to do at 138 for 7; but at this point the fireworks began.

Carel Ferreira, (20 not out), was his usual positive self; but anything he did was comparatively dull compared to Ed Ashwell who clubbed an unbeaten 52 with five fours and four massive sixes to lift the total to a formidable 211 for 7.

After tea Geoff Vinall and Ferreira put the visitors behind the rate; and Stoke earned two run outs.

Vinnie Paters and Ben Townsend took a wicket each; and the next three bowlers used took wickets too; Connell, (3 for 16), the most successful; and there was one each for McMillan and Thomson to complete an 84 run win.

Members of the away team returned to HQ to find a highly social opposition still putting money over the bar so a good day off the field too.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4074980

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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





Ten Man Over 40s beaten by Walton

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 138 for 8 (20 overs)
Walton-on-Thames Over 40s 142 for 5 (16.2 overs)
Walton-on-Thames Over 40s won by 5 wickets

The Over 40s resumed their season after a rain-off and an opposition forfeiture and played well in patches but fell to a five wicket defeat.

Batting first having lost the toss Peter Phipps was an early departure, bowled attempting a ramp; but Malcolm Dickson and No.3 Justin Jones played very well; running hard and picking up boundaries whenever the bowlers erred. They each hit a six in a stand of 62 in just under nine overs before Dickson, (29 from 29), fell to a great one handed grab in the deep by one of a few suspiciously under the age of 40 looking fielders who were able to save many runs on the boundary.

Jones departed soon after for the match’s highest score – 44 from 37 – courtesy of one of three stumpings to Fletcher.

Stoke traded runs for wickets in the closing overs with a few single figure scores but no ducks; Geoff Vinall gave it a biff to make 18 from 11 and Mark Christie added 11 from 12; the latter sportingly recalled having been stumped off a beamer.

Ten man Stoke made it to 138 for 8.

The absence of an eleventh man didn’t help the cause as openers Kane and Fletcher took advantage of the extra gaps to add 46 for the opening wicket. Geoff Vinall broke the partnership when he had an lbw appeal upheld; then took two more, one bowled, another courtesy of a rare catch for Ralph Coleman; that saw him drag his figures back to 4-0-24-3.

Hassan Dahir Jnr was given a turn with the ball and bowled nicely, creating a couple of chances that the presence of an eleventh man might have seen taken, and definitely would have seen fewer runs conceded. He can be pleased with his contribution given he is still at an age where he doesn’t bowl off 22 yards.

Rod Thomson swung one into the line of the stumps to remove Kane for 42; Harry Nawaz picked up the wicket of Matoli for 14 and Stoke had a sniff at 100 for 5.

Sadly the next two batsmen – one aided by a runner permitted – knocked off the rest with little ease and 20 balls to spare; despite the best efforts of the fielders who saved many runs – Phipps kept well given it was not a regular thing for him to do.

Thanks to Kevin for putting the team together and to everyone for being so giving of their time to make this fixture happen.

The Over 40s go again on Thursday when Leatherhead come to The Rec.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4057062





Sunday Cricket : Two Wins. One run feast, one feast of insanity

Sunday 30th June 2019
Famine to feast again on the availability front and we had numbers to play two Sunday fixtures this weekend, thus avoiding the difficult decision of having to tell a handful of people that they had no game. Plans were hastily changed when the original opposition called an hour after the second fixture was booked to say they couldn’t raise a side; but we found a replacement opposition well known to us selected the sides accordingly.

To say the afternoon was a success was an understatement…

Home Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 211 for 7 (40 overs)
Hampton Hill 97 all out (29.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 114 runs

President Finch looked after matters at HQ and got first use of the pitch used for the previous day’s league match. It still played well and encouraged the batsmen to do the same.

Malcolm Dickson and Alistair McMillan opened the batting, (for the first time this season – a feature on these two will come on a slow news day), but both were gone with 28 on the board.

This provided an early opportunity for Thomas Dennis to get some valuable time in the middle, and he didn’t disappoint, making 54. He lost Neil Foster, (27), along the way; but the run rate remained healthy as the captain continued his great form with 51; Richard Harris chipped in with an unbeaten 30 and others unselfishly gave away their wickets in the pursuit of quick runs. Stoke closed on 211 for 7.

In reply the opposition, who had advertised themselves as weak when the fixture was agreed, never really got going and fell away to 97 all out; but this was as much a credit to the Stoke bowling and fielding. The first five bowlers used all took wickets; Carel Ferreira, (2 for 8), McMillan, (2 for 20), and Rod Thomson, (5-3-9-1), shared the first five.

Chris Finch returned from injury and collected his second best ever bowling figures in his 404th appearance when taking 3 for 11 in four overs. Dennis effected a run out and Rory Harris completed the win by castling No.11. Thanks to Carel for sourcing Louis Lecornu to complete the XI – he was afforded three overs towards the end to make sure everyone had a chance to contribute.

A great afternoon’s work…but this was merely the entrée…

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4063539

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Stoke Smash I – Pictures (1)

The first round of images from last Friday’s inaugural Stoke Smash have hit the Club’s in-box…


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We’ll add more as we receive them.

Stay tuned for the thoughts of Chairman Drew on this incredible event!





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.

So two medium strength teams fell back to XIs of lesser strength at the time the coins were tossed, but the sides were not without ability and despite losing both games, this was an overall success as had we not gone for the extra game half a dozen or so guys would not have got the chance to play and we got to meet a couple of newbies who should bolster player numbers.

So to the cricket…

Home Friendly
Battersea Eagles 194 all out (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 111 all out (33.5 overs)

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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.

Vinall’s Vampires Batted first…

Over 1
Not a great start as Geoff Vinall departs before the Barmy Army could break into their rendition of “…and Number One is Geoffrey V…” but Tom Frost hit the first maximum of the evening with Justin Jones knocking it around at the other end.

10-1 (1/8)

Over 2
Frost plants two more maximums into the crowd, and with a couple of singles also nudged becomes the first enforced retirement of the evening at 20 not out. Next man Shawn Dyson ends the over with a four and a two.

29-1 (2/8)

Over 3
Klimcke concedes ‘only’ 15 as Jones and Dyson trade boundaries.

44-1 (3/8)

Over 4
Dyson plants Will Frost into the crowd, and then into the car park in successive deliveries. A single then means an enforced retirement.

58-1 (4/8)

Over 5
The first of two, (by rule), from captain Cheeseman starts with a wicket as Harry Nawaz cuts to Oli Slipper. Jones retires after a couple of boundaries meaning two new bats in the form of Fraser Slater and Club Captain James Trower.

71-2 (5/8)

Over 6
Ian Hopton bowls the only over of the match not to contain a boundary as the batsmen garner six from six.

77-2 (6/8)

Over 7
The only runs off the bat to Trower as Slipper concedes just four; Slater unlucky to face one of the better bowlers on the night.

81-2 (7/8)

Over 8
Cheeseman again. A mixed bag, including the wicket of Slater, but not as successful as his previous set as Trower moves to 20, (retired, but leans on his bat at the other end to keep the game moving), leaving Kevin Morgan the last few deliveries – caught off a no-ball off one of them, bowled off the free hit, thus helping to register a nice red-inker.

97-3 (8/8)

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