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2nd XI Relegated after defeat to Kempton who also face the drop

Saturday 24th August 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 177 for 9 (50 overs)
Kempton 2nd XI 178 for 7 (39.4 overs)
Kempton 2nd XI won by 3 wickets

Only a win would do for both sides and it was Kempton who emerged victorious after Stoke ground out a par-ish score on a good track but were unable to get through a competent lower order pair. Victory for Ripley now relegates Stoke to Division 5; and only defeats with zero points for Addiscombe and two wins for Kempton would prevent this from being a pair of Division 5 fixtures next year. Read more

1st XI beaten by the Weather / 2nd XI beaten by Kingstonian

Saturday 27th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Stoke D’Abernon v Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians
Match abandoned without a ball bowled

The Rec was unable to beat the overnight deluge and an early call was made to call off the 3rd v 1st contest between Stoke and Chipstead. The visitors retain a 39 point gap from Stoke; and at the time of going to press there was no news of results for 2nd placed Bank of England or others with an eye on the promotion places, notably Dorking and Dulwich. Read more

1st XI Lose Narrowly as Promotion Picture Changes Again

Saturday 20th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Bank of England 112 all out (38.5 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 107 all out (31.1 overs)
Bank of England won by 5 runs

All change in the title race once again as Stoke won the toss and won the first half of the match but slipped to a narrow defeat after tea.

A delayed start saw seven overs shaved off the minimum 100; but the game never looked like going the distance when Stoke rolled their opponents for 112 in under 39 of them.

Tom Dennis got Stoke on the board with the first two wickets; Jones was bowled and Woodroof held behind the timbers by Will Thomson. Good support came from the other end from Will Harris making his first 1st XI appearance for the Club. (Surrey Championship Cap No.87 for those keeping count.)

First change Shawn Dyson ran through the middle order with the next four wickets to make it 45 for 6; and when No.4 Scott was finally prised away from the crease by Mike Enslin Stoke were in the pound seats at 65 for 7.

As can often be the case a partnership or two developed; home skipper Winder found enough support from No.9 Ramesh and the tail. Winder made 46 from 55 balls with a six and five fours before Dyson took out both to finish with Stoke career best figures of 13-5-41-6. Ian Hopton closed the innings on 112 with an lbw, his 25th League wicket of the season to lead the division on his own…until later.

Stoke made a decent start to the chase; but 20 for 0 was soon 40 for 4 as three bowlers shared the wickets. Winder’s good day continued as he grabbed two of them.

Alastair Curran, (24), and Dyson doubled the total to put Stoke back on track; but Curran’s dismissal was one of three quick strikes by Thornbury, (4-2-7-3), to make it 84 for 7.

Thomson provided the support Dyson desperately needed but was eighth out with Stoke still seven runs short of the winning line. Enslin departed with no addition to the score; so with just the last man left Dyson, (38 from 44), got back on strike and tried to finish it but was bowled by Winder, (12.1-4-38-5 – matching Hopton’s aggregate of 25 for the season), to have his all-round performance trumped.

Rain around the county meant the sides below now 3rd placed Stoke didn’t make too much ground; but Stoke now need a win over leaders Chipstead – who won their rain reduced match in the last over – next week to keep pace with the top two.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754192





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.

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Stoke D’Abernon 233 for 4 declared (36 overs)
Chelsea Nomads 65 all out (37.2 overs)

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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.

To say the afternoon was a success was an understatement…

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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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Winning Draw for the 1st XI – Curran 101, Hopton 300th Wicket

Saturday 29th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Stoke D’Abernon 308 for 8 (55 overs)
Dorking 155 for 9 (45 overs)
Match Drawn – ‘Winning Draw’ to Stoke D’Abernon

Stoke’s 1st XI had control throughout this 2nd v 3rd encounter at Pixham Lane but for the second time in three weeks had to settle for a winning draw with the last pair at the wicket.

Batting first on winning the toss James Trower and Ian Hopton, (36), added 104 for the first wicket. Trower, (75), and No.3 Tristan Caviet both fell with the score on 129; but James Corbishley and Alastair Curran kept the board moving by adding another 81, Corbishley making 23 of them.

By now Curran was in full flow; partnerships of 50 with Tim Frost, then 30 with Roddy Kelso, (24), saw him complete a maiden 1st XI League century before checking out on 101 with eleven fours and three sixes.

Stoke continued to make Dorking’s bowlers and fielders toil in the heat and closed their innings on 308 for 8.

After tea Dorking’s openers Erasmus and Johnson gave the chase a go with a rapid partnership of 68; Hopton breaking it with a return catch to account for Johnson for 27 – his 300th wicket for the Club – then Tom Dennis took out the Division’s leading run-scorer for 43.

The latter’s dismissal seemed to send a shockwave through the home dressing room as soon after they 112 for 7 as Hopton and Will Frost, (2 for 37), worked their way through the middle and lower order.

With overs running out Curran’s good day continued when he took a first Championship wicket to remove Ward; Hopton, (4 for 22), then castled No.10 Edwards, but Corbett and last man Quinn negotiated the final deliveries to secure the draw.

We reach the half-way stage of the season next week as Farnham visit the Stoke Rec.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753868





1st XI Fight Back for Winning Draw

Saturday 15th June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Stoke D’Abernon 179 all out (40.4 overs)
Dulwich 151 for 9 (51 overs)
Match Drawn – ‘Winning Draw’ to Stoke D’Abernon

Visitors Dulwich may have won an important toss and were ahead for large parts of the match, but they had to withstand a tremendous post drinks fightback by Stoke who secured a winning draw with the last pair hanging on.

Missing their first choice opening bats a new combination took strike under grey skies in the shape of acting captain Tom Frost, and returning Stoke colts product Tristan Caviet, the latter playing his first game for Stoke since 2003 and his first League match for the Club since September 1999.

Frost was an early departure when he was bowled playing forward, and No.3 Ian Hopton could do nothing about a length ball that spat and ballooned to the keeper; but Caviet played nicely for his 31 from 47 balls faced with five fours before being third out with the score on 54.

The timing of Caviet’s dismissal was typical of the pattern of the Stoke innings; all the subsequent batsmen got starts but a wicket always seemed to fall just as a partnership was starting to build. Alastair Curran, Shawn Dyson and James Corbishley all made it to double figures on a seam-friendly surface; but ironically were all dismissed by left-arm spinner Gledhill.

Corbishley’s dismissal came soon after that of Robbie Blackburn who was successful in knocking the bowlers out of their rhythm, making 34 from just 25 deliveries, 17 of them coming in one over, before he fell to a stunning return catch – again by Gledhill who finished with 4 for 47.

Consequently Stoke were in a bit of a hole at 126 for 7, and a shower that took eight overs out of the game continued to make batting difficult.

Runs down the order came to the rescue, though. In their first outings of the season Billy Zander and Mike Enslin played in their respective styles; Zander struck five nice fours but was bowled for 29 from 24 looking to pull a sixth. Will Frost held around long-enough for Enslin to compile a run-a-ball 29 not out before he was left stranded as returning bower Munawar took the last two wickets to finish with 3 for 31.

After tea conditions for batting were better and there were periods of sunshine to aid the visitors’ cause.

Blackburn made an early breakthrough when Leyshon couldn’t keep down a ball that lifted; but opener Purhouse played nicely, a majority of his runs coming through the mid-on to mid-wicket arc.

Dyson made it 38 for 2 when he took out No.3 Catling; but No.4 Marfani played nicely to put Dulwich into a position of strength at 84 for 2 on a pitch that had started to lose its bite.

The Stoke bowlers, including Tom Dennis who bowled well without luck, stuck to their task and cut off the batsmen’s preferred scoring areas as they were starting to run out of runs to play with. But there was still enough for spinners Will Frost and Hopton to work with; and they bowled Stoke back into the match either side of drinks.

Marfani was caught by Corbishley at point trying to drive at Frost Jnr; then Hopton secured two leg-before decisions to change the atmosphere in the middle. 111 for 5 was soon 117 for 7 when Purhouse, (62 from 104), charged at Frost and was bowled; then in the next over Bancroft tried to hit Hopton over the top but Enslin took a stinging catch at mid-off.

Visiting skipper Lodwick and Harwood then dug in as all results remained possible; the visitors having 51 overs minimum to get the runs as Stoke had scored theirs so quickly earlier on; but the quiet spell was ended when Hopton, (13-3-26-4), took a great low return catch to dismiss Harwood.

Looking for the kill Frost, (12-2-27-2), gave way for Blackburn and Dyson who shared overs from the Railway End. The latter picked up No.10 leg before with his first ball back; but Stoke were unable to separate the last pair who negotiated the last 29 balls. A sharp slip chance went to ground but Lodwick, (24 not out), and last man Gledhill dealt with everything Stoke threw at them and secured a couple of draw points for their side.

Whilst it can be deflating to draw a game when you have the opposition nine down, given the loss of an important toss, the absence of some established players and being behind the game for long periods, Stoke should take a lot from this performance into their trip to Sanderstead next weekend.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753652





Narrow defeat for depeleted 2nd XI

Saturday 18th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – 2nd XI competition
Addiscombe 2nd XI 212 for 7 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI 193 all out (49.3 overs)
Addiscombe 2nd XI won by 19 runs

Savaged by unanticipated non-availability and necessary call ups to the 1st XI for two others late in the week; the final Stoke 2nd XI picked itself but out of adversity put up a great fight.

Bowling first in helpful conditions, Adrian Mills and Duncan Elder took a wicket each in their opening spells courtesy of catches by Ralph Coleman in the covers and Andy Page behind the timbers.

Opener B.Lineker and No.4 Nash dug in as Mills bowled his allocation right through, conceding just 23; Jase Earl and Tom Dennis were effective first and second change options; well supported by some committed fielding.

Addiscombe were made to work hard for their runs, but wickets proved elusive until Dennis snicked off B.Lineker for 49 on the last ball before drinks with the total on 85. Earl took out D.Lineker for just 5 after he walked over a full ball to give the home umpire an easy leg-before decision; then skipper Peter Phipps was left with the difficult choice of bowling out his best bowlers whilst things were going well or save some of their overs for the death.

Neither decision was the wrong one but he opted for the former in the hope that lesser bowlers would then be able to have a crack at the tail. Earl, (10-1-46-1), bowled all his overs in one go; Elder returned and finished with 1 for 33 from ten – and Raja Singh bowled much better than his figures suggested. Sadly wickets proved elusive as the pitch started to play well.

This left Dennis and Coleman with the majority of the last ten overs. Dennis picked up Nash for 53, well caught on the circle by Earl; Wise obligingly dragged a rare full ball from Coleman on to his stumps; then Justin Jones judged a catch well in the deep to give Dennis, (9-1-30-3), the match’s best bowling figures.

In the closing overs Southwell, (19 not out), hit the ball in unusual areas to lift the total to 212 for 7.

Stoke made a fast start to the chase when 21 runs were taken from the first three overs; but by the end of the sixth it was 29 for 2 as Andy Berry and Moumer Khara were both back in the pavilion for just 6 and 8.

Phipps and Jones kept the board ticking and total moved to 68 in the 16th over when Jones, (20), picked out the one man in the deep targeting the change bowling.

Earl joined Phipps and the pair took Stoke to a decent position of 100 for 3 when drinks were taken.

Phipps set himself out to bat through and was doing a great job; unfortunately the one additional contribution to get Stoke over the line didn’t materialise. Earl, (25), skied a return catch; Page and Dennis were both leg-before, not before the latter had battled a migraine to delay his arrival at the crease and played nicely for his 24.

A plan to promote Elder to regain the initiative didn’t come off, and running out of partners Phipps was bowled in the 47th over for 66 from 115 balls faced, much less than half the strike.

With the asking rate now at tens the last three wickets fell in the pursuit of quick runs and Stoke fell 19 short.

This was a tough loss, but much should be taken into next week’s home game against Kingstonian where, hopefully, returning players will score and save enough runs either side of the ball to help secure a first win.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753260