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Best Ever Stoke Bowlers in the Surrey Championship?

So we’re about to start our 11th season in the Surrey Championship, and our first in Division 2 after three successive promotions.

Whilst our progress through the divisions has relied on a combination of batting, bowling, fielding and keeping excellences, not to mention tremendous team spirit and the support network behind the scenes; an article on CricInfo appeared in the off-season penned by Anantha Narayanan who chose to look at the role played by the bowlers in the success of any team. It would be remiss of us not to look at how our bowlers have done in comparison! Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Keeping

With Ben Foakes walking off with the Man of the Series award earlier this week we thought it appropriate to devote some web space to wicket-keeping as, generally, the Stats and Features sections of this site lean towards batting and bowling performances.

Who could or should we ask? When looking at commentary in the “My Greatest XI” section, two bits of feedback from he of pony tail and he of Radio DJ helped us identify a suitable candidate to pick on…

Po : “…I’ve never seen anyone making keeping wicket look as easy. I don’t know enough about keeping to get technical, but I never worry about edges or stumping chances not being taken when he’s behind the stumps. Also a fluent batsman with the ability to rotate the strike or hit boundaries and, (like a lot of good keepers), never short of a word or two for the opposition batters when necessary”

and

Radio X : “…Easy choice as wicket-keeper. He has taken countless edges off my bowling over the years and helped my average out. Plus I’ve never seen anyone play so little yet always look in decent touch with the bat. Thankfully we never bat together as he runs far too many singles.”

Having gone past 200 dismissals for the Club in the season just gone, we set Tom Frost a little challenge which he gladly took on.

Firstly, could he recall the twelve players who he has combined with for the most catches and/or stumpings?

TF : I can have a stab at the names but I’ve no idea about the order…

1. Willo
2. Hiken
3. Hoppy
4. Toby
5. Ralphie
6. Shawn
7. Timmy

SDCC : A good start here as six of the seven above are on the list…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel (All ct)
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 –
9 –
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 –
6 –
5 –

Frosty Keeping
Frosty and Willo

Surprisingly Shawn Dyson is, (currently), an incorrect answer. There has only been one c T.Frost b Dyson

TF : Surely Dyson got more than 1 snick off…

SDCC : Shawn has picked up six wickets courtesy of catches by keepers, (over 55% of all Shawn’s dismissals have been bowled or leg-before), but five of them were held by James Whitmarsh. Frosty has just the one behind the timbers, plus one as an outfielder.

TF : Will Gudgeon? Andy Page?

SDCC : W.Gudgeon is a correct answer, (7 – all caught), but nothing off Pagie.

Frosty Keeping T20 Finals

TF : Raimondo has to be in there. Will Lander? Stuart Riley?

SDCC : A couple more gaps filled, so the board now looks like this…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 –
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 –
5 –

Stuart Riley wasn’t a great guess as he only took thirteen wickets for the Club, six of them for the 2s.

TF : (Looks like he is starting to think about the Trust League) T.Gudgeon? Alim Sheikh? Trying to think of who used to bowl when we were in Fuller’s…also I used to play Sunday so maybe Roy Johns or Finchy?

Frosty Team Picture STL

SDCC : Updated list…
24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 –
5 –

Only one c T.Frost b Sheikh and two just dismissals each off Johns and Riley. Incredibly, despite the difference in the number of overs bowled and wickets taken for the Club, the Finch brothers have one dismissal each courtesy of Frosty.

A great effort so far, and having kept a promise not to cheat, he did start to ask for some clues! (Without scrolling down, how are other readers of this getting on?)

TF : Spinners or seamers? Levido? Saud Hassan?

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 –
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 – Levido
5 –

SDCC : Sam Levido, he of mullet and late swing, teamed up with Frosty six times in the single season that he played for us. Saud Hassan played a few more years but just the one c T.Frost b Hassan in the scorebooks.

TF : Seb Jewell? Sid? Surely Po!

SDCC : No and two yesses respectively…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 – Lahiri (4ct, 6st)
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 –
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 – Levido
5 – Mills

Nothing for Sebby but Lahiri was the last of the missing double-digit answers…

Nearly there…

TF : Ummm…Duncan Murphy…Gluckman…CHALKY!!!

Frosty Gurn 2

SDCC : Only two for Murphy, (both caught), and three, (all-stumped), for the God of Chalk. Just a solitary stumping off Gluckers.

TF : Surely I took more than 3 off Chalky! I might need a clue…Richie?

SDCC : Richie P 1ct 1st and Robbie P zero.

TF : I am kicking myself here. 8 is loads so definitely kept over multiple seasons…I’m desperately trying not to cheat!

SDCC : OK, a clue…you kept to him in one match this year. You also played another match with him but he didn’t bowl…

TF : I can only think of Roddy (Kelso) or Kane (Fullalove) that fit that bill. League games THIS year? Jase?

SDCC : Only ever one c T.Frost b Earl (v Avorians in 2012)

TF : Do I stand up to him?

SDCC : Wouldn’t recommend it…but then again you did stand up to Bomber this year…

TF : Speaking of which I plan on putting in the work so that I can stand up to him in middle overs this season to raise my game to the new division’s standard…

…BONDY!!!!!

SDCC : Yes, this completes the board…

24 – Coleman (23ct, 1st)
20 – Handel
17 – W.Frost (5ct, 12st)
14 – Tarrant (13ct, 1st)
13 – Hopton (9ct, 4st)
10 – Lahiri (4ct, 6st)
9 – T.Gudgeon (8ct, 1st)
9 – Raimondo (2ct, 7st)
8 – Bond
8 – Shah (5ct, 3st)
7 – W.Gudgeon
7 – W.Lander
6 – Levido
5 – Mills

Frosty Team Picture JLT

There have been 44 different caught and/or stumped T.Frost b Bowler combinations amongst his 201 dismissals, against 64 different clubs. Nearly a third of all dismissals, 63, have come against just eight of those clubs, though.

Being told the last paragraph seemed to light the curiosity touch paper, so looking for another challenge Frosty asked for another list with gaps to fill. We sent him this…

10 – One opposition
9 – 2 x oppositions
8 – 2 x oppositions
7 – One opposition
6 – 2 x oppositions

TF : I remember taking 3 catches against Godalming when I wasn’t keeping so I’d guess that they would be up there. I feel like we’ve played Old Ruts lots of times including Trust League. I haven’t played in many Churt games.

SDCC : 9 dismissals v Godalming, (Agge & Clarke twice, Old Man Gilly and four others once.) 7 v Ruts, (Foster twice.) Just the four dismissals against Churt in the two games this year.

TF : Merrow? Oxshott? Kingstonian? Old Hamptonians? I’m thinking of clubs that we have met in several seasons.

Frosty Gurn

SDCC : Some good guesses here…

10 – Kingstonian
9 – Godalming and ???
8 – ??? and ???
7 – Old Rutlishians
6 – ??? and ???

TF : Byfleet?

SDCC : No. Only 3, (14/06/2008 – Levido and 01/07/2017 – Tarrant x2 – quite a time gap there!)

TF : Chertsey? Old Paulines? Please say Dorking! Thames Ditton?

SDCC : You’re on a roll..

10 – Kingstonian
9 – Godalming and Thames Ditton
8 – Dorking and ???
7 – Old Rutlishians
6 – ??? and ???

From earlier, five against both Merrow and Oxshott…just one against Old Hamptonians, (James Lander), and none against Paulines.

TF : Struggling to think of more clubs. Addiscombe? Guildford City?

SDCC : Four and two respectively. Here is the full list including the missing ??? cases…

10 – Kingstonian
9 – Godalming and Thames Ditton
8 – Dorking and Weybridge
7 – Old Rutlishians
6 – Claygate and Hampton Wick Royal

…and here is a pretty decent squad of players that have fallen more than once to a caught and/or stumped T.Frost:

2 Agge (Godalming)
2 Foster (Old Ruts)
2 Gavin-Brown (Ashtead)
2 Hooker (Lingfield)
2 Hussain (Kingstonian)
2 Khan (Kingstonian)
2 Ravi Shankar (Old Tiffs)
2 Raza (Hampton Wick Royal)
2 Taylor (Weybridge)
2 Turnbull (Thames Ditton)
2 Vincent (Claygate)
2 Woods (Chipstead)

TF : Ah! I was thinking of HWR when I said Old Hamptonians! When have we played Weybridge enough times to take that many wickets?

SDCC : The eight versus Weybridge were…

2 in the Trust League in 2008
4 in the Surrey Championship T20 in 2009 – one of these was Oli Slipper
2 in the Trust League in 2010

The second one in 2010, (http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/1327532), was this guy : http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/334394.html

trust-league-v-weybridge-2010

Four in a match is Frosty’s personal best…

22/05/2009 v Weybridge (Surrey Championship T20 Cup)
28/06/2009 v Magpies (Sunday XI)
05/06/2010 v Maori Oxshott (Surrey Championship 1s)
07/08/2010 v Thames Ditton (Surrey Championship 1s)
13/08/2016 v Sinjungrammarians 2nd XI

Frosty Team Picture

The full record can be viewed here : Tom Frost Dismissals

Here are Frosty’s full Play Cricket numbers, although the system doesn’t split out fielding and keeping numbers :

http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/player_stats_widget/fielding_stats/347494?from=fielding_stats&rule_type_id=179 Read more





Opened the Batting and the Bowling in the same League Match

Last week’s Ask Steven column on CricInfo looked at people who opened the batting and the bowling in the same ODI. The question and the answer was:

Q : Mehidy Hasan opened the batting and bowling for Bangladesh in the Asia Cup final. How many times has this happened?

A : This particular double is not terribly unusual in ODIs – it’s happened no fewer than 171 times by 45 different players; but Mehidy Hasan was the first to do it for Bangladesh, in the Asia Cup final in Dubai.

The man who did it most frequently was the combative Indian all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar with 45 – almost twice as often as the next on the list, Neil Johnson of Zimbabwe, who managed it 25 times. Mohammad Hafeez has so far done it 13 times for Pakistan, while Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka did it 13 times, and Darron Reekers of the Netherlands 12. We should perhaps give a special mention to Frasat Ali, who opened the batting and bowling in every one of East Africa’s official ODIs – all three of them, during the inaugural World Cup in 1975.

So who has done this for Stoke?

In 1st XI League cricket there have been eleven different players to have opened the batting and the bowling in the same match, just seven in 2s league cricket, and four in the Surrey Trust League. In the Under 19 T20 Blast we haven’t played that many games, so only Giacomo Gray and Nico Spreeth have had the honour of being first up in both disciplines.

The full list, including women & girls cricket, and how each player got on is here : Opened Batting and Bowling in Same League Match

As with Steven Lynch’s analysis of ODIs, an Indian tops the Stoke list with Sid Lahiri having opened the batting and the bowling in the same game on 23 occasions. Next comes Tim Handel with ten fewer. You could make a pretty handy Stoke XI with the players on the 1s list, although finding/asking someone to keep wicket might be tricky, and pity the poor captain tasked with sorting out a batting and bowling order to keep everyone happy!

When looking at individual performances; Sid is the only player to complete a match double of 50+ runs and 5+ wickets and is one of only two 1st XI centurions. With the ball only Mike Cooper, Sid, (twice), and Ranga Yasalal have taken a 5-for.

For those who never had the pleasure of meeting Ranga or playing with – or against him on President’s Day – he was our Overseas Player in 1998, (http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/player/50264.html & http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/player_stats_widget/batting_stats/812632?from=stats&rule_type_id=179), and is an unusual name to appear on the 2nd XI list. Back in the day clubs played each other once in larger divisions, and in seasons where there was an odd number of clubs or a club dropped out/scratched a fixture, on occasion there would be a bye-week and there was no restriction on playing your Overseas in the 2nd XI. Logie took Ranga along to Sinjuns and he helped himself to a big hundred.

In 2nd XI cricket instances are far more rare; in part due to the opening spots having traditionally been filled by people who kept wicket or by players who wouldn’t expect to open the bowling, unless it is to buy wickets or start with the old ball.

Apologies here to Keith Watson who isn’t on the list at all but could fall into some of the above categories having taken an 8-for within his 70 career Club wickets –

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Sunday XI Win v The Min – Justin Jones 113

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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





Saturday Friendly Victory at Old Ruts

Saturday 8th September 2018
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 198 for 7 dec (42 overs)
Old Rutlishians 116 all out (34.1 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 82 runs

Pessimism that we would be able to play a Saturday fixture as everyone seemed to be available on Sunday this week, (two Sunday friendlies for the first time in years), took a nice twist mid-week when one of our regular friendly oppositions was in the same boat as us and were looking to see if we had a fixture or spare players if we didn’t. Solution? See if resources could be pooled and source a fixture.

A speculative call to our friends at Old Ruts in response to their ad was met with a positive outcome, so for the second week running a Stoke team travelled Poplar Road; eleven happy players who were only available Saturday now having the chance to play.

The Stoke contingent were all on time, the remainder with one exception had a few traffic issues, so by default we got the outcome we wanted at the toss as we wouldn’t have had enough to take the field.

Thomas Dennis took strike with debutant Azam Ahmed, the latter hastily changing in the car before running out to the middle. Sadly he was back just as quickly as he steered the first ball he faced to slip.

Dennis invested good time getting himself in on a sluggish pitch; No.3 Ali Khan played some nice shots and Stoke were well placed at 62 for 1 despite Khan then falling for a nice 21. One Khan was replaced by another, Danish K hit the bad ball very hard and a 55 partnership of which he scored 44 kept the rate around four per over.

Stoke then had a bit of a wobble. Harris was well caught trying to hit over the top, Umair Anis was caught low down; then Dennis was bowled by home skipper Lambert, (9-1-27-3), for a well-constructed 47. Repair work needed at 134 for 6.

Debutant Saleem Mohammed and official captain Ralph Coleman calmed things down. The former struck the ball the ball the cleanly, the latter less so but a 47 partnership nine overs brought an early declaration back into play, time called after 42 overs on 198 for 7 a few minutes after Coleman’s dismissal with Mohammed unbeaten on 43 and debutant Michael Rossi hitting a nice four.

After an excellent tea Stoke had an hour and a half plus the mandatory last 20 overs to get the job done. Raja Singh and Richie Parrett gave Stoke control of the match with five early wickets.

Singh took out No.2 and No.3 courtesy of a great catch by keeper Mohammed and a nice in-ducker; Parrett took his 250th career wicket for the Club when he found the other opener’s edge; and given one last over before giving other bowlers a chance, Singh made full use of it and castled two more to finish with a Stoke career best of 5-2-10-4.

Harris and Rossi were an effective slow bowling combination. They took a wicket each to make it 52 for 7; and a wicket for Anis in the last over before drinks had the locals, including Ryan Patel who popped in to have a look at proceedings, mulling over what might have been.

However, this was a timed game so Stoke still needed to get the job done. 14-year-old Wyke showed a temperament way beyond his years. In partnership with veteran Mills they ticked off over by over. The pies were smashed to the boundary or blocked appropriately and the pair doubled the score as overs started to run out.

The atmosphere on the pitch was certainly different to the one before drinks; plenty of ‘advice’ on field placements and bowling options was put forward; but Stoke’s skipper had another ace up his sleeve. Dennis was thrown the ball and bowled very quickly.

He got one through Wyke for a fine 52 off the last ball of his second over, and off the first ball of his next he shattered Lambert’s stumps to complete an 86 run win with 5.5 overs to spare. Mills, (10 not out), had gutsed it out for 47 deliveries.

Thanks to Old Ruts for offering us the fixture, a great tea and supplying an umpire. Apologies for the punctuality issues. Players on both sides had fun and hopefully we can repeat this sort of fixture in the future.

As availability starts to thin out we will see how we go week to week. If you want to keep playing, please advise ASAP as fixtures are very difficult to secure this time of year.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3708742