Thursday 19th July 2018
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s 176 for 3 (20 overs)
Leatherhead Over 40s 96 for 6 (20 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon Over 40s won by 80 runs
Leatherhead were the latest to put together an Over 40s side as this highly successful initiative started by Stoke and Weybridge a couple of years ago continues to grow. Don’t read the scorecard as a one-sided affair. Everyone was involved and Stoke ran out winners against a newly formed team who, with games, will reduce the targets they will have to chase and put more on their own total.
Leatherhead were keen to field first to find out what the concept was all about. To constitute a match, (read the Laws!), a post negotiation toss saw Match Manager Kevin Morgan call correctly and appoint Jase Earl to manage on-field operations which he did superbly.
Justin Jones and Moumer Khara got Stoke off to a fast start, adding 60 in just over six overs as the visitors got to grips with field placements. Khara, (29 from 26), clubbed six nice boundaries before being fired out a run before he would have been asked to retire anyway. Jones faced just 17 balls for his 31 before walking off too; so the second batting wave of Deepak Malhotra and Harry Nawaz continued the fun.
Malhotra got off the mark with the match’s only six, Nawaz hit the ball crisply and the lightning outfield gave him full value for his shots. The pair retired together on 32 from 23 and 31 from 19 respectively at the end of the 14th over that saw the board showing 133 for 1. (At one stage it was 111 for 1 after 11 – good job we didn’t need Roy Johns’ old painted numbers. We wouldn’t have had enough!)
Debutant Paul Johnson took a few balls to get going but batted to the end of the innings making 17 not out. He lost a couple of partners along the way; Morgan fell to a good catch on the circle, one-time, (to date), Stoker Andy Meyer showed good hands to remove Carel Ferreira, (12 from 8), just as he threatened to push Stoke near the 200-mark. Simon Richardson, (9 not out), hit one nice four and ran well. The opposition used ten bowlers.
In reply the difference in experience showed. Mark Christie and Earl gave little away in the power-play overs, the latter completing his preparation for the weekend with the first wicket at a personal cost of just one no-ball in his two overs.
First change Ferreira took a wicket first ball with one that rolled, Nawaz emulated this a couple of overs later thanks to a sharp stumping by Malhotra; and with Earl taking a nice catch on the circle to give Richardson a deserved wicket Stoke were well ahead on the WASP with the opposition 45 for 4.
Meyer and Quickfall added a few more before the latter was castled by Johnson, (54 for 5 in the 12th), but Meyer and Melling put together a nice partnership as the challenge of winning the game moved to batting the overs. Meyer, (26), was run out as Malcolm Dickson effected an easy run out…off his own bowling…yes, he may not have had the chance to reach 8000 runs for the Club in this fixture but he did have only his second bowl for us in his 494th appearance.
This left Melling, (12 not out), and Harrison, (9 not out), the opportunity to negotiate the remaining overs. Earl used nine bowlers.
The match was watched by an excellent crowd. A very good away support, including a prospective new addition to the Ladies’ section – Anya & Andy B take note – added to the Stoke posse of Roddy Kelso, Will Frost, Jack Raimondo, Ian Hopton, Shawn Dyson and Aarav & Rimple Malhotra.
A highly successful evening. A return fixture is being arranged – miners’ helmets may be needed if the over rate is similar to tonight’s as a few stoppages resulted in the game ending in the gloom, but, hey, where there is a will to make a game of cricket, we’ll be there and will play in all conditions!
Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3693607