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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. Read more

Great Effort by the Sunday XI

Sunday 23rd June 2019
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. Read more

Sunday XI continue Winning Run

Sunday 9th June 2019
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
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


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
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

Two Sunday XI Matches – Two Wins! – President 85*

Sunday 9th September 2018
Incredible availability meant that we needed to source an additional Sunday fixture to the one already in the card against Kingstonian. Our friends from Whiteley Village had an ad on the board, and a call to them resulted in a second game being agreed meaning everyone who was available at the time got a chance to play.

Jase Earl skippered the Whiteley Village match, our second trip there this year; Ralphie managed the re-match with Ks and here’s how we got on…

Friendly (1)
Kingstonian 142 all out (34.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 143 for 2 (32 overs)

Stoke D’Abernon won by 8 wickets Read more

500 Games for Malc but Sunday XI Beaten


The last home game of the season ended in defeat but some very good things came from this one, notably contributions from our younger players.

After Thames Ditton progressed to the later stages of the Trust League and needed their pitch we were able to switch the game to Stoke, Hoppy & crew producing a good pitch and Jo extending her season by another week to feed us.

Stoke batted first having won the toss and got a decent start with Moumer Khara and Hamza Hafeez adding 28 before the former was bowled trying to smash first change Moroz out of the parish.

In his 500th appearance for the Club Malcolm Dickson batted with little alarm and hit three nice scoring shots before getting the only ball that jumped all afternoon and gully held on.

Hafeez and Chris Finch batted to drinks, making cautious progress against Ram who conceded just eight runs from his seven overs. Both batsmen fell for 34 and 15 trying to up the rate.

Teague Clarke was another to bat sensibly at the start, but as overs began to run out he became more expansive. He lost Stephen Finch and late call-up Kevin Morgan; but Will Thomson kept the rate high in the closing overs with a quickfire 24.

Inspired by this Clarke and Ben Townsend plundered 33 from the last three overs to lift the total to 193 for 7; Clarke walking off unbeaten on 43; great to see these youngsters playing without fear.

After Jo’s feast the new ball was given to the younger players. Rory Harris and Townsend bowled with a lot of heart but were victims of an important decision; Zain surviving a vociferous appeal for a catch at the wicket after a snorter from Harris ended in keeper Chris Finch’s right glove. The same batsman then smashed the ball to all parts, nearly half of the runs required knocked off inside the first ten overs, and other opener Ahmad making just 15 out of an opening stand of 83.

Needs must and Thomson was thrown the ball and charged in; Khara providing some economy at the other. He got deliveries through Ahmed and Harding; but a scrappy period where the other bowlers weren’t given the greatest support in the field saw Zain pass fifty – shortly after been recalled when given out lbw – and Malins make a scratchy 33; had either of these been dismissed earlier there was the possibility of finding a tail given the assumption that the better players would be in the League match.

After Clarke and Hafeez had a turn and did OK, in one final throw of the dice Thomson and Townsend had another go and took another wicket each before Corvi hit two boundaries to leave Zain stranded on 96 not out.

So a six wicket defeat for a small number of people in the bar afterwards to talk over, 1st XI players who came to support long-gone after the effects if the night before had finally caught up on them, and the opposition uncharacteristically disappearing straight afterwards without buying a drink…and they also forgot to pay their tea money so another item on the do-pad.

We go again next weekend with a run of away games in September to keep the season going. Availability for Saturday and Sunday, please.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3706962

Sunday XI Beaten despite Thomson Career Best

Sunday 12th August 2018
Stoke D’Abernon 169 for 8 (30 overs)
Kingstonian 172 for 4 (25.2 overs)
Kingstonian won by 6 wickets

Both sides were rewarded for giving it a go and got in a fun game that, although ended in defeat for Stoke, gave the younger players more valuable experience in adult cricket and the older ones time in the middle.

With a bit of weather around agreement was reached to play a over match in case time was lost. As it turned out we played through without interruption and could have easily got in 80-90 overs, possibly more.

With Byfleet’s concession of the scheduled Trust League fixture the Sunday XI received a nice feed from the Trust squad; Alex Clinton took charge and had a good day. After a few delays – mostly down to the home side who had a few latecomers who played rain cards and had to make a dash to the ground – play started 36 minutes later than scheduled with Stoke asked to bat.

On a pitch that did quite a bit Hamza Hafeez could do little other than glove one that leapt at him, but Moumer Khara took the pitch out of the equation and hit the ball cleanly for his 27 before he was out leg before.

First change Niazi started with a horrible wide but this was clearly a master plan as the remainder of his first four over spell was very destructive. He castled Jason Howard, (great to hive him back in the fold and he also kept well later), and Teague Clarke, the latter with an unplayable; and when League player Hussain took out Patrick O’Neill and Max Dunn in the space of four balls – the ball that got Dunn would have got out many batsmen – Stoke were in a spot of bother at 61 for 6.

Clinton and Will Thomson more than re-built the innings with an excellent stand of 73 in under nine overs. Clinton played nice shots all around the wicket and Thomson cashed in on anything errant. Just as the possibility of a score nearer 180-200 looked on the captain was lost to a run out having looked in no trouble during his knock of 28 from 35.

As opportunities were given the lesser bowlers Thomson reached his half century from 30 balls, then moved to a career best 79 from 48 before the returning Niazi, (5-3-15-4), yorked him off the penultimate ball of the innings, negotiated with aplomb by Geoff Vinall. There was time for debutant Rory Harris to start his Stoke career with a red inker.

A pre-game decision to turn straight round in case the weather came in meant a change to the planned opening bowling pairing. One given permission to go “quickly” to a local shop then took an age to saunter back and missed his slot.

Instead Vinall opened up and delivered three tidy overs. Clarke bowled well without luck at the other end; but League 1s player Hussain hit the rare bad balls – and some good ones too – to unusual areas; Dunn was unfortunate to bowl at him when he was in full flow, but there were some snorting deliveries in his opening over that drew praise from the home players.

Harris got his first bowl and after a nervous start got Stoke on the board with a successful lbw appeal. He gained confidence from this and bowled another good over before ending with a tired one. Promising start, though, and thanks to Tim Handel for putting him on to us. The raw materials are there.

O’Neill was into the attack at the other end and sent down five overs that challenged the batsmen. He got his reward when Hussain, (48), smashed one to mid-on and Clarke took a very good catch – to say the ball was travelling was an understatement. O’Neill’s figures of 5-1-15-1 were a true reflection of his control.

88 for 2 was soon 93 for 3 when Clinton attacked the ball hard to effect a run-out off Khara’s first ball; but in hindsight this didn’t help as Ks 1s League player and all-time leading run scorer Khalid was up next and helped himself to quickfire half-century.

He lost only one partner, Robinson who was bowled by Khara, and walked off unbeaten on 64 with seven fours and four sixes; home skipper Patra, (12 not out), was also there when the winning hit was made with the best part of five overs to spare.

Defeat, but we will gain in the long run as a result of playing these games, so well done to all for turning out and supporting this fixture. Thanks also to Kingstonian for offering us the game and sharing a common determination to make this happen. Note to Kevin Morgan – they are also keen on an Over 40s match next year as well.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/web_pages/88646