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Great effort by the Sunday XI at Chipstead

Sunday 15th September 2019
Friendly
Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians 231 for 4 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 194 for 9 (40 overs)
Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians won by 37 runs

While many have called time on their season or chose to watch events at The Oval as their cricket fix, 22 guys made the most of the excellent end of season weather and played out a fun game where, for a couple of periods, Stoke looked like chasing down a good score that was based on a century by a 1s player who carried his bat. Read more

Sunday XI beat Claygate by 2 Runs

Sunday 1st September 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 160 for 8 (40 overs)
Claygate 158 for 7 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 2 runs

You could forgive home supporters for leaving this one early with the opposition 122 for 2 with two well-set batsmen in and a fast outfield; but Stoke’s bowlers and fielders conjured up a narrow win in an exciting match played in a tremendous spirit. Read more

Sunday XI defeat the Badgers

Sunday 25th August 2019
Stoke D’Abernon 162 all out (36.5 overs)
Badgers 116 all out (33.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 46 runs

With one or two notable exceptions Stoke’s batsmen were indebted to their bowling unit as they turned and under-par score into a winning one at a sun-soaked Stoke Rec. 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





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

Away Match Read more





Sunday Round Up : Three matches!

Sunday 28th July 2019

Excellent availability, and most importantly received early in the week, allowed us to source two great fixtures…and in the end we played three matches! An early call could be made to secure a fixture at our friends from Sutton, and later in the week Thames Ditton binned off their original opposition when an advert for a game at the Rec was placed; technically a re-match but none of the Stoke XI that played at Giggs Hill Green a few weeks ago were in Duncan Elder’s side.

Home Friendly – Match 1
Thames Ditton 91 all out (18.2 overs)

Stoke D’Abernon 92 for 4 (13 overs) Read more





Sunday XI back to Winning Ways

Sunday 21st July 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 206 for 6 (40 overs)
Wonersh 117 all out (29.2 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 89 runs

Stoke’s Sunday XI were back to winning ways after last week’s narrow defeat. Wonersh were the successful applicants in response to our advert and they brought a friendly bunch of guys plus an umpire and scorer. Read more

Narrow defeat for the Sunday XI

Sunday 14th July 2019
Friendly
HJM CC 215 for 7 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 213 all out (39.5 overs)
HJM CC won by 2 runs

While England and New Zealand served up a rather dull affair at Lord’s, two sides, meeting for the first time, fixture only agreed the day before, served up a classic at The Rec that would have been talked about well into the night but for the fact that the teams were still playing at that time.

A quick setting up after the colts fixture saw the visitors choose to bat on winning the toss; Carel Ferreira and Andy Butler did more than OK with the new ball; Butler bumping out Suleman to get Stoke on the board; but were part of a succession of bowlers who suffered bad-ball-an-over-itis as opener Khan and No.3 Singh cashed in on anything loose; racing to 69 before Ed Ashwell took two wickets in a four over burst; Khan, (31), giving Andy Page a second of three catches behind the timbers then Moinak, (15), chipped to mid-wicket where Hassan Dahir Jnr took a good running catch. 116 for 4.

A far too late decision to take pace off the ball slowed the scoring; Dahir Jnr and Harry Nawaz Snr shared 14 overs at a personal combined cost of just 45; Dad picking up Nadeem caught at the wicket standing up and Singh for 51, well held on the line by Hamza Hafeez the ball after reaching his half-century. With better support in the field Dahir Jnr would have had even better figures than his 7-1-23-0.

As is the way we do things on Sundays opportunities were given to other bowlers in the closing overs. Rod Thomson and Moumer Khara took wickets courtesy of a bowled and another catch on the line by Hafeez respectively; some slightly untidy fielding as the batsmen ran everything, notably from the home captain who basically had a mare all afternoon, saw the innings close on 215 for 7, a few more than he planned for but still very gettable on a good pitch.

After tea Khara and Hafeez dealt in boundaries but were both gone by the mid-point of the sixth over with 20 on the board.

Page played nicely and punished everything loose whilst Thomson dropped anchor. The former was bowled for 21 trying to up the rate with the total on 54; but Stoke were still nicely placed at and just after the drinks break, (extended to watch the last two overs of the World Cup Final); Rob Butler playing some nice shots before checking out on 29 from 22 in the 24th over. 99 for 4.

The plan to hold Ferreira back to take on the change bowlers proved an effective tactic as Stoke caught up with the required run rate. Ferreira scored runs all around the wicket and any dots were drilled straight to fielders; making it to 41 from 26 before the keeper removed his pads, came on to bowl and castled him with a dart. 177 for 5; 39 needed off 38 at this point.

Ashwell worked the same bowler out, and got Stoke ahead with a nice straight six to take the total past 200, (15 now needed off 24), but a disastrous start to the 37th over saw Ashwell run out by the bowler off his own bowling for 11 from 5; and Thomson’s excellent effort – that included a ‘six’ courtesy of four overthrows – ended next ball when he was bowled for 47 off the 104th ball he faced.

Stoke still had some batting left but equally the visitors had some death bowling; notably M.Khan who snicked off Andy Butler, then castled Nawaz, (10), and the captain next ball to close out a 2 run win off the penultimate ball and finish with 7.5-0-31-4.

A great game and no-one would have argued if the result had gone the other way or the teams had tied. We would have needed floodlights for any Super Over, though.

Credit to the opposition who stayed back quite a while after the game despite the near on 9pm finish; few were there to see a comical but ultimately successful bundling of six of them – plus kit bags – into one car and leave. Had there been space for the home captain as well – arguably he was their man of the match – there would have been few objections from the home support who stayed back to watch his horrific effort with the bat, ball and in the field. He lost the toss as well.

So bad news, he’ll probably be back next week. Good news, initial numbers look good for two Sunday games so get your availabilities in and we will source the appropriate number of fixtures.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3913253





Sunday Round Up – President’s XI win big. Sunday XI lose but have fun at Oxted

Sunday 7th July 2019
With a number of players who wouldn’t normally commit to a Sunday supporting the President’s Day match, to avoid disappointing others who wouldn’t have otherwise got a game, again we raised two sides with another XI going to Oxted & Limpsfield. Contrasting fortunes for the teams but many positives.

Home Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 233 for 4 declared (36 overs)
Chelsea Nomads 65 all out (37.2 overs)

Stoke D’Abernon won by 168 runs Read more





Great Effort by the Sunday XI

Sunday 23rd June 2019
Friendly
Chiswick 229 for 7 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 213 for 7 (40 overs)
Chiswick won by 16 runs

After Saturday’s League games attention turned to the friendly side of the programme and after a nice chat Chiswick were chosen from those who answered our advert looking for a weaker opposition; we pitched at that level after a couple of defeats last week and a few senior heads away this.

When the first few members of the opposition arrived, all seemed to be set up nicely, then things took a curious turn when the remainder – and majority – were from their Trust League team that contained Middlesex county players and one who had played for Surrey 2nd XI last year. Apparently the Trust game was called off and a chunk of the side originally selected was stood down.

So another ‘League’ game took place and Stoke managed their bowling resources accordingly. Geoff Vinall and Mashood Naeem bowled tidily until opener Sykes took sixteen from one over. Imran joined in the fun and at 57-0 Ben Townsend was given the call. His first was driven nicely for four by Ahmed but the next saw the off-stump bent back. With No.3 Redfern uncomfortable with Townsend’s pace, Stoke went back into friendly mode having made their point. Rory Harris got more overs into him and for the second day running should be pleased with his contribution.

Paddy Wilson was on the field for the first time this season and settled into a nice rhythm. Sykes had reached 65 but couldn’t resist charging at him and was duly stumped by by Rod Thomson who did a great job behind the timbers at short notice.

Redfern departed soon after when he was given caught at the wicket off Andy Butler by his teammate, but the bowlers and fielders stuck to their task and kept the run-rate in check despite Eyre relieving sone of his boredom with some boundaries. The result was a second wicket for Wilson, (8-0-41-2), and a first of two in a comeback spell for Naeem who castled Gandhi.

The total reached 200 when Naeem, (8-1-40-2), picked up the wicket of Eyre, (67 with 14 fours), to a well judged catch by Townsend; Wilson’s extended spell meaning debutant Rob Butler, (brother of), only got the chance to bowl at the death; but he did well having had no cricket since last year and snicked off the visiting captain – and probably their best player if a nice straight six was anything to go by – off the last ball of the innings.

To restrict the opposition to 229 for 7 on a good pitch was a great a effort.

With no volunteers to open with Malcolm Dickson, Ralph Coleman suited up and the chase commenced after Jo delivered tasty supplies. Dickson cashed in on anything loose; and with Coleman nudging the ball around a tidy opening stand of 55 at close on 5 per over formed a nice platform; ended when Coleman was unable to miss the man at mid-wicket.

Stoke fell a little behind the rate after that and lost three more wickets before drinks. Dickson’s knock of 44 with nine fours ended when he was caught by, effectively, a substitute fielder, (we were happy for the opposition to use all twelve players they brought…but ‘sub’ didn’t get a chance to bat or bowl – thanks for coming); Saud Ahmed was given leg before and Thomson was bowled.

Townsend and Rob Butler rebuilt things with a nice stand of 41, and this was enough for the opposition to press the panic button a little early and continue to keep League bowlers on. Townsend had constructed a nice 28 before being caught trying to go over the top; this then left Vinall with the uncomfortable prospect of facing the aforementioned Surrey 2s bowler who took exception to being hit for back to back fours and reverted to his traditional run up that more or less started from the sight screen.

All the Stoke players dealt with this far better than the keeper did, and having failed to bowl little if anything on the stumps his afternoon ended after just three overs; although his replacement – another Middlesex academy bowler – was more than decent for a social Sunday game.

Rob Butler played very nicely for his 29 before holing out looking for a sixth boundary. Vinall followed for 11 soon after when one kept a little low and went through his ‘defences’ and the the game was in danger of petering out as more Trust League standard bowling was deployed.

With Stoke more or less needing snookers, finally the match broke out into something more like what was agreed midweek; Andy Butler, (36 not out with a six and five fours), and Wilson, (18 not out with three fours and a five courtesy of overthrows from the Surrey 2s guy), put together an entertaining unbroken partnership of 60 to close the innings on 213 for 7; sixteen short but in many respects it felt like a win and the collective sense of pride in how we played the hand we were dealt could not be understated.

Next week normal Sunday service should be resumed when Old Ashfordians come to The Rec. If numbers are good, (possible with schools breaking), we will source an additional fixture.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4061812