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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

Stokers Better/Worse than Virat Kohli

This week’s Ask Steven column on CricInfo looked at one of the poorer sides of Virat Kohli’s game. The question and the answer was:

Q : Does Virat Kohli have the worst average for anyone who has bowled more than 100 overs in ODIs?

A : Virat Kohli has so far taken four wickets in one-day internationals, for an average of 166.25. That is indeed the highest average for anyone who has bowled more than 100 overs. Next comes an Indian captain of a much earlier vintage, S Venkataraghavan, whose five ODI wickets cost him 108.40 apiece. Pommie Mbwangwa of Zimbabwe, (11 wickets at 103.63), also ended up with a three-figure average. 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

Enjoyable day despite defeat for the Sunday XI

Sunday 1st July 2018
Old Ashfordians 229 for 4 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 200 for 7 (40 overs)
Old Ashfordians won by 29 runs

The original Women’s Surrey Trust League match was postponed in the week after the opposition were unable to raise a side. This left the Stoke Rec free for a home friendly and our good friends the Old Ashfordians were able to come along and play.

Whilst the opposition set the tone for the day by forming a queue at the bar on arrival, Adrian Mills accepted a late ‘invitation’ to captain the side, and despite being added to a lengthy waiting list for a course on how to win a toss, he managed the side very well. It was also great to see Becca and Mills Jnr.

Stoke were in the field first, and on a good pitch wickets were always going to be hard to come by. Geoff Vinall found two early ones; visiting skipper Smith missed a straight one then Richards picked out Teague Clarke at mid-on. 30 for 2.

No.3 Carr looked in good form, though, and scored the majority of a third wicket stand of 59 with Wiggett, (23), before the latter served up a return catch to Patrick O’Neill to prompt an early drinks break. The overall innings run-rate was healthy but O’Neill conceded just seven runs from his first five overs.

As opportunities were given to other bowlers Carr went through the gears, ending up with the majority of the strike much to the ridicule of his team-mates. A third wicket stand of 112 was finally broken when No.4 Corsini, (38), was cleaned up by Clarke in the second over of his comeback spell. Clarke is another exciting Academy prospect and was full value for his figures of 6-0-24-1.

By the time of Corsini’s dismissal Carr had already reached 104 and he batted through to the conclusion of the innings, walking off unbeaten on 123 with seventeen fours and three sixes. Stoke’s 5th/6th/7th bowling options proved a little expensive but the fielding unit kept going on a hot afternoon.

Although wicketless, Mills, (8-3-23-0), and O’Neill’s death overs, (he bowled much better than his final analysis of 8-1-32-1), helped limit the Old Ashfordians to 229 for 4.

After tea – and a massive thank you to Mrs.Clarke for helping to cut & serve at short notice – Moumer Khara and Alistair McMillan made steady progress against economical opening bowling; their opening stand of 39, that included some overthrows, was broken when McMillan edged to replacement keeper Harvey who took over keeping duties after he had opened the bowling.

Khara and Hamza Hafeez looked to speed things up after the asking rate rose towards seven per over. Khara reached 32 before picking out the lone fielder in the deep; but Hafeez and Clarke added another 66 in 14 overs to keep the board ticking.

On a used pitch, left-hander Clarke had to deal with some exaggerated turn out of the footholes, but toughed it out and was unlucky to go for 28 when he somehow managed to sky one to the keeper. Clarke’s dismissal fell in a very eventful over that saw Chris Finch smash the first ball he faced for four.

Finch Jnr would also smash back to back sixes soon after as the chase gathered momentum; but just as things got interesting Stoke got stuck against a succession of pace-off options. With overs running out Hafeez was stumped for a well-constructed 48 from 52 balls faced, making it 147 for 4 with seven overs to go, but Stoke kept pushing.

The Finch brothers added a few more. Finch Jnr, (21 from 19), fell to a smart grab by the substitute keeper standing up to leave 64 needed off 26. Alex Clinton kept the dream alive with some nice shots before holing out off the last ball of the penultimate over; and Carr was afforded the last that saw five singles and the President fall to a good catch off the last ball the match for 27 from 20, leaving Malcolm Dickson – who kept well earlier – with a run-a-ball red-inker. Stoke finished 29 runs short.

An enjoyable fixture as always; the opposition stopped back for quite a while to boost funds further. Fixture computer/congestion permitting we will be able to continue this highly sociable fixture next year.

Next Sunday Stoke have two fixtures. The Academy have the return away Trust League fixture away to Horsley & Send, and the Sunday XI host Bank of England CC. No football so no excuses for being unavailable!

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3552553

Sunday XI beat Ham & Petersham

Sunday 13th May 2018
Ham & Petersham 146 for 9 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 148 for 4 (29.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 6 wickets

A new look Sunday XI including a number of exciting prospects from our Academy scored a good win in a match that wasn’t arranged until Saturday morning, then was under threat due to the previous day’s rains. The ground pulled up OK, Hoppy & Shawn reporting early to work on a wet patch to ensure the start was only slightly delayed.

The opposition chose to bat. When play began Max Dunn and Teague Clarke gave little away in their five over spells; and the good work was carried on by debutant Jarryd Richardson who picked up a wicket with his second ball when C.Reddish guided one to slip where Louis Cole made a good grab. 25 for 1 was soon 31 for 2 when Shah played down the wrong line to Ralph Coleman.

The next pair of bowlers introduced by Rod Thomson, who again had ten bowlers to involve, continued to chip away; Patrick O’Neill’s first ball somehow missed everything, but with his second he castled Jony, then Malcolm Dickson took a good catch off him standing up to account for Hameed, a couple of balls after he hit a nice straight six. When Alex Clinton collected the wicket of Maheruj to a well-judged catch by Richardson in the deep it was 69 for 5 and visiting skipper Parekh, who looked a well organised player, was in dire need of people to stay with him.

A few hung around long enough to ensure that the full 40 overs were batted, although none made it to double-figures. Paddy Wilson took his first wickets of the season when Burnham failed to clear Thomson on the circle then Cook was given leg before to a second appeal in as many balls.

Parekh made it to 62 from 73 before falling to a ridiculous return catch by Thomson with a couple of balls to go in the innings. Off the final one O’Neill effected the run out of Ayan to close the innings on 146 for 9.

After another massive tea by Jo, Dickson and Moumer Khara gave the chase a nicely paced start, adding 47 in 11.2 overs. Dickson made it to 19 before being bowled by 4th bowler Burnham; this brought Richardson to the crease and he looked a class act, the highlight of his knock being a lovely straight six.

The opposition’s 1st XI had a league game at home and the lack of depth in change bowling as a result started to show as Parekh rang the changes. Khara went through the gears and after hitting a third six he retired at the end of the 23rd over on 54 to allow others their chance.

Richardson, Clarke and Cole all needed to get back into their boarding houses so were up the order accordingly. Clarke fell to a return catch from H.Reddish, Cole edged Hameed to the keeper and Richardson also gave the keeper catching practice off H.Reddish, checking out on 38 to see a mini collapse from 123 for 1 to 126 for 4.

Stoke had plenty of overs and batting left, though, so it wasn’t the usual Sunday panic. O’Neill guided one through the vacant slip and third man are for four, before Dunn ended things in a hurry. Off what would be the last three balls of the match he hit a huge six, then two fours to finish unbeaten on 17 from just nine balls faced to complete the win with more than ten overs to spare.

A highly successful afternoon given where we were midweek with numbers and the need to source a fixture. With reinforcements next week, including the prospect of the Finch brothers making it on to the field for the first time this season, details of next Sunday’s cricket will follow when all the availabilities are collated and a suitable opposition found.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3674514

Sunday XI beaten by the Battersea Eagles

Sunday 6th May 2018
Battersea Eagles 168 for 7 (40 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 125 all out (34.3 overs)
Battersea Eagles won by 43 runs

The Sunday XI opened their season with a defeat but the sensible decision to ensure everyone got overs & fielding into their legs and the batsmen time in the middle at the expense of the result was the right one.

Both sides were very keen to bat on a warm day so a contested toss saw Stoke in the field first, the new ball shared by Academy debutants Teague Clarke and Louis Cole; the former a very promising left-armer in the Neil Wagner mould who ran one across opener Majeed who edged to Paddy Wilson at slip resulting in a very sharp reaction catch. Cole also did well despite being the victim of some decidedly harsh leg-side wide calls from the player umpires.

Short spells were the order of the day given the heat that saw two drinks breaks; Geoff Vinall and Sameer Khara taking their turn next; the latter collecting a wicket at the end of a nervy first over when Sanjay hit to Cole at mid-on. 50 for 2 at the end of the 11th.

A third wicket partnership of 29 was broken by Alex Clinton who bowled opener Sultan for 33. This brought Khan to the crease and he was by far the most fluent of the batsmen, striking five fours before falling for 27 to an outstanding running catch in the deep by Cole off the bowling of Moumer Khara.

No.4 Cooper dealt almost exclusively in singles, and lost three partners as he batted through to the completion of the innings on 41 not out. Visiting captain Harris was bowled by Carel Ferreira – a first wicket for the Club in his fifth season, albeit it was a rare turn with the ball – Khara Jnr effected a comedy run-out to remove McRae, and Jeremy Connell collected a wicket at the death when Hussain was bowled.

The innings closed on 168 for 7, a total boosted by 28 extras including a number of wides that, yes, might have been so in a League game, but less so on a Sunday. Neil Foster kept well given the number of balls that kept low.

After a mega tea by Jo, Stoke started the chase badly but this owed much to the misfortune of coming up against a very impressive opening bowler in Khan who castled Malcolm Dickson, Connell and Foster in the space of 13 balls.

Clinton had the choice of which part of the parish to park first change Hussain’s loosener, but only succeeded in toe-ending it to the man on the circle; and when Clarke and Rod Thomson fell in successive overs the scoreboard showed a rather ugly 39 for 6. 17 of these runs were scored by Clarke who played the shot of the day, leaning on one from Khan that went all the way along the ground and rebounded back to the bowler off the sightscreen wheel.

Respectability was restored by Moumer Khara and Ferreira who added 36; the former making 28 of them in his usual belligerent style. Ferreira then went through the gears. He lost Wilson, (83 for 8), but Vinall stayed with him to take the total well past the hundred mark. Both struck the ball cleanly despite the surprise reintroduction of Khan when the game started to look a bit more exciting in front of a decent crowd. Thanks as always to the members of the 1st XI who came to cheer the team on.

Vinall, (12), holed out on the line as the asking rate approached a run-a-ball, and moments later the match ended when Ferreira, who made the innings’ top score of 35 with five fours and a six, served up a catch to the man on the circle.

A good workout for all those involved despite the result.

Details of next Sunday’s cricket will follow soon when the weekend availabilities are received.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3665745