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Sunday XI win at Kingstonian. Deepak 74, Aarav 4-14, Ralphie Hat-Trick

Sunday 8th September 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 232 for 7 (40 overs)
Kingstonian 178 all out (39 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 54 runs

Stoke’s Sunday XI continued a memorable weekend for the Club by reversing an earlier defeat to Kingstonian.

On arrival Ks advertised themselves as weaker than when the last sides met as their league players had reached the T20 Finals Day, so were keen for Stoke to have a bat when the coin was tossed. For the record it was a win. 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 : 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 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





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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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

6000 Career Runs for the President

Sunday 19th May 2019
Friendly
Stoke D’Abernon 174 for 9 (40 overs)
Maori Oxshott 178 for 6 (34.5 overs)
Maori Oxshott won by 4 wickets

A marked improvement on last week’s performance for the Sunday XI.

In the end the team were left to rue a shortage of runs again, but they made Oxshott work very hard for the win, and it took three of their players to register career best scores to get the job done.

Pre-game discussions saw both sides leaning to have a bowl first; but as guests we agreed to have first go.

In his first appearance of the season Hamza Hafeez played nicely but had to dig in as he saw wickets fall at the other end; Bester taking out Moumer Khara, Deepak Malhotra and Alistair McMillan at a personal cost of just 22 runs in seven overs.

The bowling conditions were still favourable to allow Woods, (6-2-16-0), and first change H.Barnes, (5-3-3-1), to slow the run rate down. Five maidens were bowled in a row.

Rod Thomson played nicely for his 11, but was beaten by a direct hit from mid-off. Hafeez reached 28 before edging to the keeper and Stoke were in a spot of bother at 60 for 5 with two new batsmen to take strike after drinks.

However the next two were ideal for the situation. In their first outings of the season, brothers Chris and Stephen Finch rebuilt things and fell just short of what would have been a first ever century partnership; separated at 94 from 94 balls faced. Finch Snr picked up from where he left off at the back end of last season and made a nice 40, passing 6000 career runs for the Club in the process.

Finch Jnr was watchful initially, but once he got his feet moving he went through the gears. Three sixes and seven fours saw him complete his first half-century since July 2014. He eventually checked out on 57 from 53 balls faced.

Umar Qayyum, making his first appearance for a couple of years, debutant Mashood Naeem and Geoff Vinall nudged the total up to 174 for 9 with an over to go. An excellent last over by youngster Edgar-Gibson to Vinall saw no addition to the score, though.

After an excellent tea Stoke’s bowlers were tasked with not giving away the sort of quick start gifted to last week’s opposition.

Sadly, despite debutant Naeem bowling well without luck, the board did tick around to 44 after just seven overs.

Khara slowed things down a little allowing Naeem to get his first wicket for the Club towards the end of his opening spell when former Stoker Depree was well held at backward point; but this brought Overseas De Vos to the crease, his fortunes were of much interest to his fellow WPCC team-mates Dyson and Hopton who had earlier seen him take 3 for 26 with the ball. It was nice to see the away support boosted by messers Corbishley, Trower, Dolman and Vinall Jnr at various points in the afternoon.

Khara landed deliveries in areas that resulted in variable bounce, and De Vos touched a lifting delivery to Malhotra behind the stumps for just eight. Two balls later H.Barnes was bowled and Stoke now had a foothold in the game at 67 for 3.

With the fast start creating little run-rate issues, O.Barnes and Khan batted time and pushed the total towards the hundred mark. Barnes had complied a career best 40 before Qayyum pinned him leg-before with one that kept a bit low. 95 for 4.

Thomson and McMillan bowled good overs either side of drinks to keep things interesting; but Stoke were starting to run out of runs to play with as Khan and Gavin Harper moved the total to 129.

Ralph Coleman brought himself on and his first ball that lifted off a length saw Harper, who did well to get anywhere near it, glove to Malhotra who made a terrific diving one-handed catch low down in front of slip. Malhotra did well behind the timbers given the variety of levels of bounce from similar length.

Next man Wood was nearly cleaned up first ball but eventually found his rhythm, and with Khan having the day of his life at the other end; the pair moved their team to the brink of victory.

In one final throw of the dice Naeem returned to the attack and sent Wood’s bails flying over the slip cordon, (he would finish with 8-1-45-2), but youngster Burns hit two boundaries, a first to tie the scores, then the other to complete the win with 5.1 overs to spare.

Khan walked off unbeaten on 40, (previous career highest score 20), and the players shook hands after a contest played in a great spirit.

We’re hopeful of numbers for a fixture next Sunday. To make this happen please get your availability in so we can assess our strength and find a matching opposition.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/4050117





Kohli v Stoke (2) : Consecutive 20+ Scores

India drew first blood in the Test Series this week despite a moderate contribution from Virat Kohli. However Virat added another impressive stat to his CV recently in the ODI series against the West Indies where, having made 157 not out, he made an eighteenth successive score of 20 or more in ODIs, (passing Matthew Hayden’s run of 17 20+ scores in 2007.) He then extended his run to nineteen with 107 in the next match before finally falling for 16 in Mumbai. Twelve of Virat’s knocks were also over 50, (8×100, 4×50.)

Has a run of scores of 20 or more of this length ever been achieved by a Stoker? After a trawl of the stats, the short answer is no, but there have been some impressive sequences; the longest being eleven, achieved by Chris Goode and Steve Eggleston. A couple of players will go into the 2019 season with a chance to beat that run. (See later on.)

For the avoidance of doubt, in these scoring runs below, if a player made a score of less than 20 but was not out, or did not bat in a match, we have continued the run but not counted the score of less than 20 or the DNB in the sequence.

Have you made the list? Look for yourself here…

As mentioned above, messers Goode and Eggleston have the longest run…

11 Chris Goode
45 in the last game of 1956 then 50 34 31 65 63 71 63 103* 30 and 77 in his first ten innings in 1957

11 Steve Eggleston
45 36 25 60 22 26* 27 24 and 132 in 1993 – these were all the games he played that season!
He then started 1994 with 44 and 42.

…closely followed by these four sturdy Stoke oaks who have runs of ten innings…

10 Steve Garner
21 34 32 75 32* 46 30 105* 31 89 in 1986

10 Will Gudgeon
22 54* 45 61 34* 19* 30 26 28 26 in 2013 then 50* in his first game of 2014

10 Gavin Johns
40 78 77 58*and 71 at the end of 1996 then 30 155* 43 28 and 67 at the start of 1997

10 Nick Lo
63* 23 22 27 31 38 39 30 61 29 in 2013

A few of Stoke’s all-time leading run-scorers/highest average-holders are in the next group with a run of nine innings, or eight, (Alistair McMillan and Ian Wellman have one of each, Sid Lahiri can boast two runs of eight in successive seasons in the noughties)…

9 Phil Easton
36 31* 59 100* 39 40 69 49* 69* in 1971

9 Alistair McMillan
30 18* 25 38 20 29* 30 11* 32 44* 22 in 1980

9 Ian Wellman
58 89* 39 69 51 44 64 79 61 in 1980

9 Sophie Pout Read more





Ducks by Brothers in the Same Innings

A rare – but not unique – piece of history in the first test between Pakistan and Australia recently where the Marsh brothers were both dismissed for a duck in the same innings. Andrew Samson at Test Match Special, and soon after Steven Lynch at CricInfo, looked into how many times this has happened, and there were only seven previous instances:

Ducks by Brothers in the Same Innings
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Well, at Stoke we can do better, (or worse!), than that. In the all-day game at Claygate on the 26th July 1990, the THREE Worsfold brothers; Paul, David and Michael, all registered blobs, all bowled by the same, (very good), bowler…

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/230729

They join this list of who have made a duck in the same innings on one or more occasion:

Richard Trenchard & George Trenchard v Ashtead 06/08/1932
Brian Meredith & Gordon Meredith v Oxshott 16/05/1964
Nigel Edwards & David Edwards v Richmond Town 28/07/1968
Gordon Meredith & Brian Meredith v Ripley 14/05/1972
Nigel Edwards & David Edwards v St.Johns 29/07/1972
Paul Worsfold & David Worsfold v Centurions 29/06/1975
Andy Tyrell & Ian Tyrell v Witley 09/06/1979
Paul/David/Michael Worsfold v Claygate 26/07/1990
Stephen Finch & Chris Finch v Honor Oak 04/05/1991
Alistair McMillan & Roy McMillan v St.Peter’s Old Boys 19/07/1992
Chris Finch & Stephen Finch v Carshalton 05/06/1999
Tom Frost & Will Frost v Godalming 05/07/2008
Tom Frost & Will Frost v Walton-on-Thames 09/08/2009
Jack Townsend & Ben Townsend v Godalming 19/06/2016
David Hill & Charlie Hill v Chessington 07/07/2016
Jack Townsend & Ben Townsend v Ashtead 28/05/2017
Ben Townsend & Jack Townsend v Alleyn 15/07/2017
Ben Townsend & Jack Townsend v Dulwich 13/08/2017
Fred Zander & Billy Zander v Walton-on-Thames 27/05/1918
Names in scorecard batting order

Some illustrious names on the list, but before they all read this and cry into their beer, (or other beverage in the case of U18s), or think they are being publicly shamed; remember that all of those named above have put in great performances with bat, ball the gloves or both; for example both Townsend brothers have already been in a separate match-winning 10th wicket stands in League cricket in their young careers; the Edwards brothers made 17699 combined career runs for the Club, Finches, (10588), Merediths, (7702), and that’s just their batting outputs.

Have a look at our Play Cricket stats engine – http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/web_pages/88636 – to get a full picture.