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1st XI beat Guildford

Saturday 1st August 2020
Surrey Championship Challenge Cup
Stoke D’Abernon 243 for 6 (40 overs)
Guildford 210 all out (37.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 34 runs

On a glorious summer afternoon Stoke continued their great form of the last four seasons and secured a victory against a Guildford side who were ahead in the chase until an inspired fightback in the last hour. Read more

League Starts but rain ends both

Saturday 25th July 2020
Surrey Championship Challenge Cup

It had to happen, didn’t it! Starved of cricket for the best part of the summer we got on to the field only for terminal showers to put an end to both games that were shaping up nicely.

1st XI
Farnham 62 for 3 (14.5 overs)
v Stoke D’Abernon
Abandoned Read more

1st XI win big over Dorking

Saturday 31st August 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Stoke D’Abernon 261 for 9 (50 overs)
Dorking 104 all out (26 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 157 runs

A big win at The Rec put Stoke’s 1st XI in pole position for a fourth successive promotion.

Stoke were asked to bat first but this was not the worst toss to lose as Max Subba Row, who hit the first ball of the match for four, and James Trower set a good platform by adding 67 off the first 10.5 overs. Subba Row reached 40 off 30 balls faced with eight fours before chipping to mid-on.

Trower departed soon after for 29 when he was leg-before to one that kept a little low; but Shawn Dyson and James Corbishley kept the run rate healthy and moved the total past the 100 mark. A slight wobble saw Dyson held at slip for 24, Alastair Curran depart leg-before next ball and Corbishley leg before sweeping to give the visitors a foothold in the game at 122 for 5; but Ian Hopton and Tom Frost put together a decisive partnership of 87 off 90 to regain control.

An under the weather Hopton played patiently whilst the more expansive Frost took full advantage of anything loose; hitting three sixes and three fours as Dorking struggled for a reliable 5th/6th bowler option; those ten overs costing 65. Both batsmen checked out in successive overs for 35 and 55, (from 46), respectively; leaving a highly competent tail the last seven overs to get as many more as possible. Roddy Kelso, (18), Robbie Blackburn, (17), and Jase Earl, (10 not out), all delivered, lifting the total to 261 for 8.

After tea the League’s leading run-scorer Erasmus eased the first ball of the reply through the covers for four; but he was to add just one more boundary to his count before he was well held by Kelso at mid-wicket for 11 off the bowling of Blackburn. Having scored more than a third of his team’s runs this season, the impact of this dismissal on both sides was clearly evident, but there was still work to do.

Blackburn doubled his count when Rogers served up an easy catch to Corbishley at cover; continuing a frenetic start to the innings that saw the board showing 30 for 2 after just 28 balls; that then became 59 for 3 off 69 as Subba Row showed good hands on the line to give Will Frost his first.

Dyson made it 64 for 4 soon after when dismissing Gale leg before; but he was withdrawn from the attack after just three overs as Stoke’s need to get to the 20-over mark to constitute a game gathered some urgency when things got very gloomy and a big black cloud started to make its way towards the ground.

Subba Row was quickly brought into the attack and in addition to rattling through some overs he also found two edges, one of them off the bat of debutant Rory Wade, son of Stoke’s own Steve.

Frost, (10-2-41-2), bowled his allocation right through and collected the seventh wicket to fall with the score on 91; 20 over mark achieved just in time as three balls later the players fled the field.

The delay in play was shorter than expected and with playing conditions meaning no overs were lost the game resumed as normal less than half an hour later, and it took a similar amount of time to end the match. Earl held a return catch to make it eight down; then Subba Row took the last two wickets to finish with career best figures of 5-2-10-4.

Stoke were worthy winners by 157 runs; nine of the ten batsmen who faced a ball made double figure scores, all five bowlers used took wickets and the bowling quintet didn’t include the team’s leading wicket taker who wasn’t asked to bowl. A real team effort.

So Stoke travel to Farnham next weekend on the verge of something very special. Farnham secured their own status in the division with a win over Sanderstead; but whilst they technically now have nothing to play for it must be remembered that their win over Stoke earlier in the season kick-started their upturn in results that saw them survive.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754847





1st XI beat Sanderstead as Dyson sets new records

Saturday 24th August 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Stoke D’Abernon 200 all out (43.2 overs)
Sanderstead 159 all out (47.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 41 runs

Going into the last three matches in the knowledge that winning the last three games would make results elsewhere irrelevant; Stoke’s 1st XI completed the first of them by defending an under-par score at The Rec.

Batting first on winning the toss a healthy run rate throughout the innings was maintained but wickets were lost at regular intervals; only James Corbishley, (30), and Alastair Curran, (39) reaching 30; as the innings needed a few re-boots after spluttering to 89 for 5, then 145 for 7. Tom Frost, (15), Robbie Blackburn, (22), and Jase Earl, (13 not out), made useful lower order runs before the innings closed on exactly 200 in just the 44th over.

After tea Stoke’s bowlers stepped up. Will Frost, (10-3-20-2), took out both openers, Shawn Dyson took his 99th and 100th 1st XI League wickets to make it 61 for 4. No stoke bowler with 100 or more 1st XI wickets in the combined Championship and Fuller’s League era has a better strike rate or average.


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Hassan and Wallbank got the visitors close to half-way mark, but used many overs getting there as Billy Zander returned miserly figures of 10-4-8-1; Wallbank was fifth out to Ian Hopton, needing 57 balls to make just 8 as the asking rate climbed.

In the end Sanderstead fell well short. Hopton doubled his count on the way to figures of 10-2-33-2; Max Subba Row took another wicket in a short spell; Dyson, (9-1-40-3), made it nine down before Blackburn castled the last man to complete a 41 run win. All six bowlers used got into the fourth column.

Three wins from three now becomes two wins from two. Dorking are up next. They can’t catch Stoke having been beaten by Chipstead who secured the title by beating them; but Dulwich, Oxted & Limpsfield and Bank of England are all still in the race for second place having secured wins. The latter two play each other next week whilst Dulwich host Worcester Park.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754737





1st XI take 2nd spot from Dulwich

Saturday 17th August 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Dulwich 104 all out (46.4 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 105 for 6 (30.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 4 wickets

All change again at the top of the division as Stoke took second place in the table from Dulwich after beating them by four wickets.

James Trower won the toss and gave the hosts first use of a pitch that was always going to do a bit given the rain that fell in the week; Robbie Blackburn, (6-1-10-0), and Will Frost, (7-1-13-1), gave little away; the latter striking early when dismissing Patel first ball.

A lush outfield didn’t give value for shots either and whilst Purhouse and Khan progressed things to 41 for 1; many overs were used getting to that point as Shawn Dyson, (5-1-13-1), and Jase Earl, (7-0-19-0), continued to lock things down. Dyson made the breakthrough when Purhouse was caught at the wicket by Tom Frost, (one of four dismissals), for what would be the innings’ highest score of 24.

The pressure told and the next wave of bowlers shared the next eight wickets for 63 at a personal cost of just 44 between them. Billy Zander, (10-3-17-3), returned career best 1st XI Surrey Championship bowling figures; Ian Hopton, (9-1-25-3), added another triple to his count and Max Subba Row, (2.2-1-2-2), bowled the last two batsmen to make it 104 all out in 46.4 overs.

Subba Row’s afternoon turned a little for the worst when he was caught at the wicket off the first ball of the reply; and there were a few butterflies when Trower and Hopton were both back in the pavilion soon after with just 11 on the board; but Stoke’s deep batting order was little troubled thereafter; Dyson, (30), Alastair Curran, (27), and Roddy Kelso took Stoke most of the way there; Tom Frost, (15 not out), and Zander, (11 not out), knocked off the rest.

So the result now means if Stoke can win out no-one can stop them finishing in the top two. Bottom placed Sanderstead come to the Rec next Saturday, but they must not be underestimated having dismissed Dorking for 79 to keep alive their faint hopes of survival.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754627





Valiant 1st XI Come Up Just Short in Thriller

Saturday 6th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Farnham 278 for 8 declared (53 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 263 all out (44.1 overs)
Farnham won by 15 runs

The unpredictable trend of results in this year’s division continued at the Stoke Rec as Farnham, occupiers of one of the bottom two spots, scored a win in a high-scoring encounter.

Put into bat on a good pitch, the visitors made a fast start, posting an opening stand of 65 before first change Shawn Dyson nicked off Hicks for 32. Davies and No.3 Thorpe continued to keep the scoring rate high; moving the total to 127 before Max Subba Row castled Davies, (65), and No.4 Berry with successive deliveries.

Farnham made light of this double-strike, though, and a partnership of 114 followed as Thorpe, (68), and Rooney, (84), tried to bat Stoke out of the game. Dyson, (2 for 67), and Robbie Blackburn, (2 for 52), collected wickets towards the close, as did the returning Toby Tarrant. A run out effected by Ian Hopton off what would be the last ball of the innings prompted a 53 over declaration on 275 for 8.

Whilst many sides would think pessimistically about a winning draw or defeat avoidance when faced with such a total, Stoke played the brand of cricket that has served them so well over the last three seasons and gave it a right go. Subba Row and James Trower were early departures, but Hopton and Dyson constructed a nice stand of 84 before the former was dismissed for 36.

Alastair Curran, (26), helped with another stand of 64; and when he and Dyson, given leg-before for 87 from 72, departed in quick succession, most sides given this match situation might assess other options.

Not this Stoke side, though. Blackburn was promoted and smashed 45 from just 18 balls; Roddy Kelso gave good support and despite both their dismissals Tom Frost continued the chase, cracking 33 from just 19 balls. Sadly he was to run out of partners was the last man dismissed with seventeen balls to go and Stoke just 13 short.

A tremendous advert for the game and both clubs. The return 50:50 match is something to look forward to if this one was anything to go by.

We now have reached the half-way stage and Stoke sit in fifth place in the table, but still within one win of the top two. Another home game next week, this time Worcester Park come to The Rec.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753979





1st XI Fight Back for Winning Draw

Saturday 15th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Stoke D’Abernon 179 all out (40.4 overs)
Dulwich 151 for 9 (51 overs)
Match Drawn – ‘Winning Draw’ to Stoke D’Abernon

Visitors Dulwich may have won an important toss and were ahead for large parts of the match, but they had to withstand a tremendous post drinks fightback by Stoke who secured a winning draw with the last pair hanging on.

Missing their first choice opening bats a new combination took strike under grey skies in the shape of acting captain Tom Frost, and returning Stoke colts product Tristan Caviet, the latter playing his first game for Stoke since 2003 and his first League match for the Club since September 1999.

Frost was an early departure when he was bowled playing forward, and No.3 Ian Hopton could do nothing about a length ball that spat and ballooned to the keeper; but Caviet played nicely for his 31 from 47 balls faced with five fours before being third out with the score on 54.

The timing of Caviet’s dismissal was typical of the pattern of the Stoke innings; all the subsequent batsmen got starts but a wicket always seemed to fall just as a partnership was starting to build. Alastair Curran, Shawn Dyson and James Corbishley all made it to double figures on a seam-friendly surface; but ironically were all dismissed by left-arm spinner Gledhill.

Corbishley’s dismissal came soon after that of Robbie Blackburn who was successful in knocking the bowlers out of their rhythm, making 34 from just 25 deliveries, 17 of them coming in one over, before he fell to a stunning return catch – again by Gledhill who finished with 4 for 47.

Consequently Stoke were in a bit of a hole at 126 for 7, and a shower that took eight overs out of the game continued to make batting difficult.

Runs down the order came to the rescue, though. In their first outings of the season Billy Zander and Mike Enslin played in their respective styles; Zander struck five nice fours but was bowled for 29 from 24 looking to pull a sixth. Will Frost held around long-enough for Enslin to compile a run-a-ball 29 not out before he was left stranded as returning bower Munawar took the last two wickets to finish with 3 for 31.

After tea conditions for batting were better and there were periods of sunshine to aid the visitors’ cause.

Blackburn made an early breakthrough when Leyshon couldn’t keep down a ball that lifted; but opener Purhouse played nicely, a majority of his runs coming through the mid-on to mid-wicket arc.

Dyson made it 38 for 2 when he took out No.3 Catling; but No.4 Marfani played nicely to put Dulwich into a position of strength at 84 for 2 on a pitch that had started to lose its bite.

The Stoke bowlers, including Tom Dennis who bowled well without luck, stuck to their task and cut off the batsmen’s preferred scoring areas as they were starting to run out of runs to play with. But there was still enough for spinners Will Frost and Hopton to work with; and they bowled Stoke back into the match either side of drinks.

Marfani was caught by Corbishley at point trying to drive at Frost Jnr; then Hopton secured two leg-before decisions to change the atmosphere in the middle. 111 for 5 was soon 117 for 7 when Purhouse, (62 from 104), charged at Frost and was bowled; then in the next over Bancroft tried to hit Hopton over the top but Enslin took a stinging catch at mid-off.

Visiting skipper Lodwick and Harwood then dug in as all results remained possible; the visitors having 51 overs minimum to get the runs as Stoke had scored theirs so quickly earlier on; but the quiet spell was ended when Hopton, (13-3-26-4), took a great low return catch to dismiss Harwood.

Looking for the kill Frost, (12-2-27-2), gave way for Blackburn and Dyson who shared overs from the Railway End. The latter picked up No.10 leg before with his first ball back; but Stoke were unable to separate the last pair who negotiated the last 29 balls. A sharp slip chance went to ground but Lodwick, (24 not out), and last man Gledhill dealt with everything Stoke threw at them and secured a couple of draw points for their side.

Whilst it can be deflating to draw a game when you have the opposition nine down, given the loss of an important toss, the absence of some established players and being behind the game for long periods, Stoke should take a lot from this performance into their trip to Sanderstead next weekend.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753652