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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

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 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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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





Sunday XI continue Winning Run

Sunday 9th June 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 223 for 6 (40 overs)
Epsom Methodists 120 all out (30.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 103 runs

A third win in a row for the Sunday XI who put runs on the board for the third week running and then backed it up with a great bowling & fielding performance. Read more

Odd Performance by the Sunday XI

Sunday 12th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 148 all out (39.3 overs)
Odney 151 for 1 (26 overs)
Odney won by 9 wickets

An uncharacteristic performance by Stoke’s Sunday XI saw them crash to a nine wicket defeat to new opponents Odney who enquired about a fixture last weekend but were just too late. This week they got in early when we placed our ad and brought a very sociable side along who stayed behind quite a while afterwards.

Pre-game discussions saw the visitors keen to bowl first, and with Stoke happy to back their batting line up despite the traditional multiple drop outs, the token toss saw Alistair McMillan and Moumer Khara take strike against visiting captain Finlay who was sharp for a Sunday bowler; and Van Heerden who landed his gentle medium pacers in good areas.

Khara Snr was well held by Bailie off Finlay for 11; and Carel Ferreira hit first change Moss’ sixth legitimate ball to one of several skilled circle fielders; but McMillan and debutant Richard Harris put Stoke into a decent position at 80 for 2 as the drinks break approached; but then the wheels came off.

McMillan, (36 off 61), missed a full one then Harris Snr who looked good his 31 fell to a decent catch on the circle.

Rod Thomson and Ralph Coleman tried to bat a few overs in the hope that the extra batsman would arrive, (two expressed an interest in playing but when left to agree amongst themselves which one would report neither did), and despite hitting a boundary each they were unable to spread the field; much of this due to left-armer Dickie who sent down four overs for just three runs, taking the wickets of Coleman and Geoff Vinall with successive deliveries before the opposition opened the game up.

Sameer Khara gave Thomson some support but fell to a good overhead slip catch. Thomson himself was the last but one to fall when he was also caught – 120 for 8, effectively for 9 – it was a surprise to many that he only had 12 to his name having hit so many good shots, unfortunately straight to fielders.

Stoke were indebted to Shawn Dyson for covering one of the spaces created by the aforementioned drop outs; and bets were taken on how quickly the opposition would work out that he was he was amongst inferior players. A massive six over extra cover was evidence enough, and he smashed 23 before holing out on the line attempting a repeat in the final over. 148 was now something to bowl at, at least.

Stoke’s hospitality off the pitch – notably Jo’s excellent tea – was sadly matched by the bowlers and fielders when play resumed.

Dobson was given an early life when he mis-drove Sameer Khara to cover. Khara Jnr, and opening bowling partner Rory Harris bowled very well, the latter beat the bat several times, before Dobson and his partner Wilkinson worked them out.

Disappointingly the usual strong suit that is the change bowling had a collective nightmare and a ten over period saw the opposition scoring at tens off a succession of poor deliveries.

Thomson restored some order when he found Wilkinson’s edge and Vinall took a sharp slip catch; but No.3 Bailie, fresh off the back of a century last week, and Dobson who continued to hit the ball in unusual areas, knocked off the rest of the runs.

Two further chances went to ground along the way and the winning runs came courtesy of four byes to sum up the afternoon.

We’ll draw a line under this one and go again next week. Get your availability in – no drop outs, please! – in ASAP so we can assess our strength and find an appropriate fixture.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4047684





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





Will Thomson Century but Stoke fall just short at Ashford

Saturday 15th September 2018
Friendly
Ashford 214 all out (38.3 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 205 for 8 (40 overs)
Ashford won by 9 runs

A great all-round individual performance from Will Thomson that included a maiden century wasn’t quite enough to score a win at Ashford who kindly offered us the fixture in the week after their original opposition never confirmed the fixture.

Ashford advised that they were a mix of 1s/2s/3s and we had more of a 2s/Sunday feel, not that it was a side without ability, but the sensible decision for Stoke to field first was reached at the toss despite more than a few punctuality issues on the Stoke side that saw one player go to the Ashford CC in Kent despite being given the correct post code. Thanks to Ashford CC (Surrey) for lending us a couple of fielders for the first few overs to get the game going.

Duncan Elder made an early breakthrough when the jovial home umpire gave Evans out leg-before; but this was rare joy as League players I.Rao, Mahmood and Malik played their shots and made full use of the extra gaps caused by the shortage of a fielder.

Tom Dennis slowed things down a bit with some good overs; and Rory Harris showed continued growth in his early Stoke career when he got a ball to lift that Rao Snr, (34), who could only glove to keeper Raja Singh who did a great job. Unlike two Sundays ago where the same thing happened, this time he got the decision.

Mahmood looked set for a big score but checked out on 55 courtesy of a stinging catch at mid-wicket by Aydin Huseyin off debutant Mo Kashif. Despite the lack of appropriate footwear Kashif was an effective bowler either side of drinks, and a great effort for him to travel from Acton to play. Our reputation of providing a good experience continues to spread wider!

The wicket prompted early drinks with Ashford in a good position at 131 for 3; but Stoke kept going and got their reward when Thomson picked up four quick wickets that sandwiched a run-out by Harris who showed good awareness to get the ball in to the right end. 154 for 7 and Stoke, now at a full complement in the field after Khalid Harris jumped in the car and charged down from Battersea knowing the earlier mentioned player was more likely to go home rather than visit as many places called Ashford, were in the game.

Back to the cricket, Rory Harris earned a second spell that saw him castle Malik for 65, (he finished with commendable figures of 6-0-28-2); Ben Townsend and Elder bowled well at the death; Elder, (7.3-2-24-2), bent back the home skipper’s off stump to close the innings on 214 in the penultimate over.

After an excellent tea Stoke knocked off 17 of the required runs in the second over as a younger Rao struggled with his length, but he would return later and bowl well. Spelled after an over; League bowlers Wilson and Tilt slowed things down, and the latter picked up the wickets of Dennis, then Singh to a very sharp stumping, in a miserly opening spell of 5-3-2-2.

Thomson and Khalid Harris kept the board moving despite more good bowlers coming on; and just as things started to look good for Stoke Harris, (16), fell to a good slip catch, then Huseyin was castled in the first over after drinks for 10 having played a couple of nice shots.

With a couple of unknown quantities down the order, Kevin Morgan stayed with Thomson to take the game as deep as possible. Thomson scored most of a fifth wicket stand of 43; but the pair set the game up nicely with 75 needed off the last ten at the point of Morgan’s dismissal, held at short third man. Kashif was stumped going for it from the off.

At this point Ashford’s excellent facilities worked to Stoke’s disadvantage. With the individual scores on display on the board, Thomson, having passed a career best, seemed to be caught between personal and team glory. Had his score not been visible he might have carried on playing the way he had to reach 92, (off 79), but then another 31 balls were faced to reach the hundred, brought up with arguably his best shot, an imperious cover drive with the field up.

Elder, (16 from 13), kept Stoke in the hunt; and century bagged, Thomson then found his earlier gears and clubbed 30 off the next fourteen balls he faced to get the equation back to 22 off the last over. He and Ben Townsend ran unselfishly and often crazily in the closing overs to try and secure the win, that only became impossible with a couple of balls to go, the last of which saw Thomson caught on the line at cow for 133 off 124, (24×4, 2×6), with Stoke ten short of victory or nine for a tie.

A great game played in a tremendous spirit. Hopefully we can make this a permanent fixture going forward as there was a shared view on how the game should be played and lots of interesting stories to tell each other from our respective league and T20 Cup campaigns.

We’ll see where we are with numbers for next Saturday, but with two Sunday fixtures in the card for next weekend, please advise ASAP if you can help with an appearance to make both those games happen.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3709821

Will Thomson 133 v Ashford