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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

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

Ten Man Over 40s beaten by Walton

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
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

Over 40s defend 103

Monday 3rd June 2019
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

Over 40s Nets Move to Thursdays from September 13th

A message to the Membership from Stoke 1st XI player and Parkside Professional Cricket Coach Timmy.

The “Dads in Pads” sessions have proved to be a great success over the past couple of years. All dads/players are welcome to dust off their cricket bats and come along.

It doesn’t matter if you are still a regular player, or haven’t picked up a bat in 20 years. The more the merrier! What better way to relieve some of those day to day work stresses than to have a net, and then head to the Clubhouse for a pint or two!

The course will run for 9 weeks and will be held in the sports hall/gym at Parkside School.

Day and time : Thursday 8pm to 9pm
Course dates : 13/9, 27/9, 4/10, 11/10, 18/10, 25/10, 1/11, 8/11, 15/11, 22/11, 13/12
(NB. No sessions on 20/9, 29/11, 6/12)

There will be a small cost as Parkside School Enterprises need paying.

E-mail Timmy : handelt@parkside-school.co.uk / timmyh@me.com or Kevin – kpmorgan01@gmail.com – for details of how to register and when you are coming so they can plan the sessions.

Overs 40s beat Leatherhead

Thursday 19th July 2018
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 176 for 3 (20 overs)
Leatherhead Over 40s 96 for 6 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s won by 80 runs

Leatherhead were the latest to put together an Over 40s side as this highly successful initiative started by Stoke and Weybridge a couple of years ago continues to grow. Don’t read the scorecard as a one-sided affair. Everyone was involved and Stoke ran out winners against a newly formed team who, with games, will reduce the targets they will have to chase and put more on their own total.

Leatherhead were keen to field first to find out what the concept was all about. To constitute a match, (read the Laws!), a post negotiation toss saw Match Manager Kevin Morgan call correctly and appoint Jase Earl to manage on-field operations which he did superbly.

Justin Jones and Moumer Khara got Stoke off to a fast start, adding 60 in just over six overs as the visitors got to grips with field placements. Khara, (29 from 26), clubbed six nice boundaries before being fired out a run before he would have been asked to retire anyway. Jones faced just 17 balls for his 31 before walking off too; so the second batting wave of Deepak Malhotra and Harry Nawaz continued the fun.

Malhotra got off the mark with the match’s only six, Nawaz hit the ball crisply and the lightning outfield gave him full value for his shots. The pair retired together on 32 from 23 and 31 from 19 respectively at the end of the 14th over that saw the board showing 133 for 1. (At one stage it was 111 for 1 after 11 – good job we didn’t need Roy Johns’ old painted numbers. We wouldn’t have had enough!)

Debutant Paul Johnson took a few balls to get going but batted to the end of the innings making 17 not out. He lost a couple of partners along the way; Morgan fell to a good catch on the circle, one-time, (to date), Stoker Andy Meyer showed good hands to remove Carel Ferreira, (12 from 8), just as he threatened to push Stoke near the 200-mark. Simon Richardson, (9 not out), hit one nice four and ran well. The opposition used ten bowlers.

In reply the difference in experience showed. Mark Christie and Earl gave little away in the power-play overs, the latter completing his preparation for the weekend with the first wicket at a personal cost of just one no-ball in his two overs.

First change Ferreira took a wicket first ball with one that rolled, Nawaz emulated this a couple of overs later thanks to a sharp stumping by Malhotra; and with Earl taking a nice catch on the circle to give Richardson a deserved wicket Stoke were well ahead on the WASP with the opposition 45 for 4.

Meyer and Quickfall added a few more before the latter was castled by Johnson, (54 for 5 in the 12th), but Meyer and Melling put together a nice partnership as the challenge of winning the game moved to batting the overs. Meyer, (26), was run out as Malcolm Dickson effected an easy run out…off his own bowling…yes, he may not have had the chance to reach 8000 runs for the Club in this fixture but he did have only his second bowl for us in his 494th appearance.

This left Melling, (12 not out), and Harrison, (9 not out), the opportunity to negotiate the remaining overs. Earl used nine bowlers.

The match was watched by an excellent crowd. A very good away support, including a prospective new addition to the Ladies’ section – Anya & Andy B take note – added to the Stoke posse of Roddy Kelso, Will Frost, Jack Raimondo, Ian Hopton, Shawn Dyson and Aarav & Rimple Malhotra.

A highly successful evening. A return fixture is being arranged – miners’ helmets may be needed if the over rate is similar to tonight’s as a few stoppages resulted in the game ending in the gloom, but, hey, where there is a will to make a game of cricket, we’ll be there and will play in all conditions!

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3693607

Over 40s beaten by Walton-on-Thames

Thursday 21st June 2018
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 156 for 6 (20 overs)
Walton-on-Thames Over 40s 157 for 2 (17.4 overs)
Walton-on-Thames Over 40s won by 8 wickets

The Over 40s squad’s unbeaten run stretching back to last July came to an end as Walton-on-Thames chased down the required total with 14 balls to spare and plenty of wickets in hand.

Batting first having won the toss, Andy Berry was an early departure, but Justin Jones, (47 from 40), and David Barton, (23), added 46 in six overs; some of these runs coming off Jase Earl and Roy McMillan, (4-0-22-2), who kindly helped out with appearances for the opposition who had an availability crisis resulting in a couple of U40s sneaking into their XI as well to make game happen.

Peter Phipps hit one nice four before being bowled trying to accelerate the scoring; leaving Andy Page and Andrew Klimcke the task of moving the total on, which they did with a stand of 46. Both hit the ball cleanly, but not quite with the same fireworks as their respective last innings for the Club. They made 29 and 21 at better than a run-a-ball, before both were lost to run-outs.

Geoff Vinall clubbed 12 off seven balls to lift the Stoke total to 156 for 6.

In reply captain Harry Nawaz had Klimcke and Page in partnership again as they shared the new ball; this time against a father & son combo. Page castled Donnelly Jnr for 9 in the fourth over, (a wicket maiden), but the elder Donnelly and Kemp moved the total from 26 to 56 at the required rate.

Probably not a match-turning decision but Page was unlucky that a full toss to Kemp was adjudged a no ball by the umpire, (who also appeared to introduce the leg-side wide rule for the second innings.) This made Phipps’ good catch irrelevant with the batsman having made just 8 at the time.

First change Barton picked up a wicket courtesy of a catch by Phipps that did count, but he pulled up at the end what would be his only over, causing Nawaz more headaches as he looked around for bowling options; surprisingly holding himself back despite not having had a bat.

All those thrown the ball did their best but found wickets impossible to come by as Kemp took full advantage of his reprieve and No.4 Upsdell both hit the ball cleanly. An unbroken stand or 101 finished the match in the 18th over. Kemp made 57 not out and Upsdell 46 not out, (five fours and three sixes.)

Thanks to Kevin for making this game happen. Keep an eye on the site and the Club’s Twitter feed for details of the next O40s match he arranges.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3686820

Justin Jones

Over 40s Win by One Run!

Wednesday 26th July 2017
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 123 for 9 (20 overs)
Weybridge Over 40s 122 for 9 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s won by 1 run

Think of all the reasons that you play cricket and most of them were on show in this one.

Two clubs with a like minded approach to get a game on and involve everyone, have fun along the way with a competitive edge when necessary, play out an exciting game that went to the last ball and beers afterwards.

The skies threatened to spoil things but thankfully a bit of drizzle at the scheduled time of the toss was all we had. One issue was just five Stokers having made it to the ground, so the sensible decision to get things going was for Stoke to have a bat first. We just about had a full compliment when the first ball was bowled.

Justin Jones and Andy Berry gave Stoke a great platform adding 48 in 6.3 overs, 34 of these came in a 12 ball period that saw Berry, (35 off 19), depart the ball after he hit the house over the road for six to prompt the appearance of a rather grumpy resident. He was quite an old chap, but we’re still confident the cricket ground was here first.

Starved of strike Jones, (17), fell soon after to a great running catch on the line; but three overs later Stoke were still well placed at 67 for 3 after 11.1.

After this, to say Stoke lost their way a little is an understatement. Another five wickets were lost in the next 18 balls for the addition of just six runs; Deepak Malhotra losing a succession of partners, although a couple were victims of his own aggressive running.

Keen to give the scoring rate a nudge, Malhotra scored the majority of an eighth wicket stand of 31 with Simon Richardson. No.10 Geoff Vinall adopted a ‘get bat on ball’ approach that worked well until he was ninth out with one ball left. Malhotra, (41 not out – his highest score for Stoke), watched the last ball hit for two to close the innings on 123 for 9.

A quick turnaround saw Andy Page and Sanjay Goswami open the bowling with differing fortunes. Weybridge got a bit of extra help, (Stoke would concede 21 of them), and openers Hall and Gray added 47 in no time.

Vinall and Ralph Coleman checked the scoring rate; Vinall found Gray’s edge to give Berry a catch behind the stumps to get Stoke on the board; then Coleman picked up McDonald lbw for 8. Vinall switched ends to allow the spinners to operate with the longer cow boundary and made it 79 for 3 when he took a return catch to account for Gray who made 32; but Weybridge were ahead of the rate and reached the 100 by the end of the 17th over.

But Stoke never gave up. James Howells, who played for Stoke in this fixture last year, was bowled by Malhotra, but Burgess clubbed the first ball he faced over the short boundary on the full to keep the home side ahead on the WASP.

With Vinall pulling up and unable to complete his allocation, Jones tried a couple of overs and did buy the wicket of Hargreaves for 20 who was smartly stumped by Berry; but the odds were still against Stoke as the penultimate over yielded seven more to leave six required from the last.

Thinking that his night’s work was done, Page got an unexpected call to bowl the last over. He delivered a simply phenomenal set.

Ferris edged the first ball, Berry keeping everyone in suspense when tipping the ball up a couple of times having not taken the catch cleanly at the first attempt; the second ball yielded a single, (five to win off four), before Burgess was bowled off the third. A nurdled single off the fourth left two chances to hit four to win; but Dunlop was bowled off the penultimate ball of the match.

This left No.10 Wyeth the last delivery to score the four needed; but he only got the pink ball as far as Dickson who was patrolling the short boundary. The batsmen kept running, and in a comedy moment Molloy tipped the ball with his bat to deny the fielder a clean pick up, before his partner was eventually run out by yards trying to tie the scores. Page’s final figures were 4-0-13-3.

So another nail-biter, half of the Stoke side are used to these things given the ridiculous amount of close finishes in 2nd XI cricket this year, though. The 2017 Over 40s series is now tied at 1-1, so much talk in the bar of a decider in the next week or so. Watch this space for anything we agree.

Our thanks to Weybridge for their excellent hospitality, and to Kevin for his perseverance in getting a Stoke XI out after many changes to the original side he had written down.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3185325