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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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Valiant 1st XI Come Up Just Short in Thriller

Saturday 6th July 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Farnham 278 for 8 declared (53 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 263 all out (44.1 overs)
Farnham won by 15 runs

The unpredictable trend of results in this year’s division continued at the Stoke Rec as Farnham, occupiers of one of the bottom two spots, scored a win in a high-scoring encounter.

Put into bat on a good pitch, the visitors made a fast start, posting an opening stand of 65 before first change Shawn Dyson nicked off Hicks for 32. Davies and No.3 Thorpe continued to keep the scoring rate high; moving the total to 127 before Max Subba Row castled Davies, (65), and No.4 Berry with successive deliveries.

Farnham made light of this double-strike, though, and a partnership of 114 followed as Thorpe, (68), and Rooney, (84), tried to bat Stoke out of the game. Dyson, (2 for 67), and Robbie Blackburn, (2 for 52), collected wickets towards the close, as did the returning Toby Tarrant. A run out effected by Ian Hopton off what would be the last ball of the innings prompted a 53 over declaration on 275 for 8.

Whilst many sides would think pessimistically about a winning draw or defeat avoidance when faced with such a total, Stoke played the brand of cricket that has served them so well over the last three seasons and gave it a right go. Subba Row and James Trower were early departures, but Hopton and Dyson constructed a nice stand of 84 before the former was dismissed for 36.

Alastair Curran, (26), helped with another stand of 64; and when he and Dyson, given leg-before for 87 from 72, departed in quick succession, most sides given this match situation might assess other options.

Not this Stoke side, though. Blackburn was promoted and smashed 45 from just 18 balls; Roddy Kelso gave good support and despite both their dismissals Tom Frost continued the chase, cracking 33 from just 19 balls. Sadly he was to run out of partners was the last man dismissed with seventeen balls to go and Stoke just 13 short.

A tremendous advert for the game and both clubs. The return 50:50 match is something to look forward to if this one was anything to go by.

We now have reached the half-way stage and Stoke sit in fifth place in the table, but still within one win of the top two. Another home game next week, this time Worcester Park come to The Rec.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753979





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





Stoke Smash I – the Thoughts of Chairman Drew

What an event!

From Monday to Thursday, the rain was pouring down and the ‘Stoke Smash’ organising committee was contemplating a myriad of actions, including postponement, using the astro pitch for the match and renting a dozen gazebos to keep people dry.

As it turned out, Friday benefitted from the combination of a drying wind, a bit of sun and the legendary rapid-draining characteristics of the Stoke wicket and outfield. By evening we had perfect conditions for what turned out to be a splendid evening of entertainment and fund-raising.

The evening commenced with colts training that finished early at 7pm. At 7.15pm two very courageous Under-11 managers led their teams onto the outfield for the official photo shoot.

Hats off to James Cheeseman and Geoff Vinall for agreeing to do this in front of their children!

Two teams of eight each played an entertaining 48 ball innings and the result could not have been much tighter. Having posted a score of 97 runs, Vinall’s Vampires restricted Cheeseman’s Cheetahs to 91 in a last ball thriller. An account of the game from scorers’ table where Richie and Ralphie just about managed to keep up with things can be viewed here : http://www.stokecc.co.uk/2019/06/16/stoke-smash-match-report/

Throughout the match, the father and son combination of Chris and Toby Tarrant provided a humorous commentary, ensuring that every player was rinsed and praised in equal measure.

Batsmen were compulsorily retired on reaching 20 runs and the crowd witnessed some massive hits from Will Gudgeon, Tom Frost, Oli Slipper and Shawn Dyson, plus excellent fielding displays from Justin Jones and Vinall.

Before, during and after the match, sales were very brisk at the bar, the BBQ, the sweet table and the gin stall. An outstanding effort, with the BBQ and gin sales coming in with good revenue figures.

The real fun and games began at 9pm when the auction kicked off. I never cease to be amazed by the incredible generosity and commitment of Stoke parents whenever we hold a fund-raiser.

There were some excellent prizes, topped by Toby Tarrant’s offer of a tour of Global Radio, (his own Radio X, Capital, Heart, etc), including spending some time with Toby during his morning show. Three parents went head to head for this prize and the bids were effectively trebled when he offered each parent a separate tour for the same bid. Another stunner was the winning bid for the 2019-20 Chelsea shirt, signed by the entire squad. The auction was swiftly followed by the raffle where more money was banked.

The party went on till the early hours of Saturday morning, although our DJ, Fia Tarrant, very sensibly switched off her music at 11pm.

It took our treasurer, Rod Thomson, a couple of days to figure out what we had made. After deducting the cost of bar stocks, and burgers etc, the final number that came in made a healthy dent in the outstanding balance of the loan we are still paying off! This will make a huge difference to the club.

If you want to make further donations, or you were unable to attend and would have donated if you could have click here : https://www.justgiving.com/sdacc/donate/

In addition, or alternatively, you can purchase and personalise kit items via our on-line shop : https://teamwear.nxt-sports.com/shop/stokecc

Why buy clothing and kit off the peg in local sport shops when you can personalise your own? All sales generate a small commission for the Club, too.

Special thanks go to the army of helpers who made this happen. There was a large organising committee, the match-planning being a joint effort between Tim Handel, Geoff Vinall, Ian Hopton, Shawn Dyson and James Cheeseman.

The evening saw Colts parents out in force, working on the BBQ, behind the bar, selling sweets, tidying up etc. There are too many names to mention, but THANK YOU ALL – you made it very special for everyone.

Finally, massive thanks are due to all of our members for making the inaugural ‘Stoke Smash’ a night to remember.

Roll on the next one!

Drew





Stoke Smash I – Pictures (1)

The first round of images from last Friday’s inaugural Stoke Smash have hit the Club’s in-box…


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We’ll add more as we receive them.

Stay tuned for the thoughts of Chairman Drew on this incredible event!





Stoke Smash I – Match Report

Friday 14th June 2019
Stoke Smash I
Vinall’s Vampires v Cheeseman’s Cheetahs
Umpires : Drew Patrick and Tim Handel

A separate report on Friday as a whole will appear but here in due course, but here is an account of how the match played out from the scorers’ table courtesy of the Big Bird and Ralphie.

Vinall’s Vampires Batted first…

Over 1
Not a great start as Geoff Vinall departs before the Barmy Army could break into their rendition of “…and Number One is Geoffrey V…” but Tom Frost hit the first maximum of the evening with Justin Jones knocking it around at the other end.

10-1 (1/8)

Over 2
Frost plants two more maximums into the crowd, and with a couple of singles also nudged becomes the first enforced retirement of the evening at 20 not out. Next man Shawn Dyson ends the over with a four and a two.

29-1 (2/8)

Over 3
Klimcke concedes ‘only’ 15 as Jones and Dyson trade boundaries.

44-1 (3/8)

Over 4
Dyson plants Will Frost into the crowd, and then into the car park in successive deliveries. A single then means an enforced retirement.

58-1 (4/8)

Over 5
The first of two, (by rule), from captain Cheeseman starts with a wicket as Harry Nawaz cuts to Oli Slipper. Jones retires after a couple of boundaries meaning two new bats in the form of Fraser Slater and Club Captain James Trower.

71-2 (5/8)

Over 6
Ian Hopton bowls the only over of the match not to contain a boundary as the batsmen garner six from six.

77-2 (6/8)

Over 7
The only runs off the bat to Trower as Slipper concedes just four; Slater unlucky to face one of the better bowlers on the night.

81-2 (7/8)

Over 8
Cheeseman again. A mixed bag, including the wicket of Slater, but not as successful as his previous set as Trower moves to 20, (retired, but leans on his bat at the other end to keep the game moving), leaving Kevin Morgan the last few deliveries – caught off a no-ball off one of them, bowled off the free hit, thus helping to register a nice red-inker.

97-3 (8/8)

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My Greatest XI – Tom Frost

One of our golden generation turns 30 today!

When not doing his bit for World Peace in Somalia and other parts of the world, Frosty has taken time out to pen this for your enjoyment:

Here is my submission for my greatest Stoke XI:

1. Jack Raimondo
I know, I know an opening batsman who is scared of fast bowling!? But I have seen Mr Prawn – the self-confessed ‘closet six footer’ – score more runs and more match winning innings than almost anyone else. This added to his, (ahem), social contribution and the fact that we used to played rugby together from the age of 4 means that he is a shoe-in to open the batting in this team.

2. Ian Hopton
Hoppy’s love for Stokey D, (and living for free for 5 months of the year at the Patricks’), knows no bounds. His batting gets better every year and he has introduced us to some seriously talented overseas players. From my unique position behind the stumps I get to enjoy him sending down several wicket taking balls per spell. Thank God Hoppy did that gap year at Parkside and thank God for his British passport!

3. Timmy Handel
What can I say, the most natural striker of a ball I have ever shared a pitch with, (maybe apart from Jason Roy…actually it’s definitely Jason Roy but Timmy is a close second.) I feel lucky to have played with him as many times as I have especially as he was clearly better than the level we played at especially in the Fuller’s days! Although his fielding has declined in recent years he remains an all-round double yolker and one of the loveliest blokes I have met through the Club.

4. Hiken Shah
OK fine I admit it he bought me a pint in exchange for missing a straight one v Chipstead in 2009. Sorry Hickster!!! Jokes aside Hiken was genuinely unlucky not to become a household name on the First Class or even International scene, he was that good, (First Class average of 42.35.) The better the opposition the better Hiken got and when we were a team of talented but erratic youngsters he won us untold matches. He also took a ridiculous amount of wickets with THE MOST gentle off breaks in Club history.



5. James O’Gorman
That cover drive…THAT BLOODY COVER DRIVE!!! Another who I feel lucky to have played with as he was clearly capable of playing a much higher level. Gifted, handsome and a bloody good bloke to share an Asahi with, it’s just a shame that he couldn’t deal with UK visas and immigration quite as easily as he dealt with overpitched bowling.

6. Will Gudgeon
“I bet he’s quick” is the usual first impression for opposition players who have never played against Gudge, little do they know that this gentle giant got the yips when he was 17 and can’t land it on the square! Gudge will secretly be fuming that I have him this far down the order. The best No.3 in the Club, his ability to take the game away from the opposition is scary. When Gudge gets in he likes to stay in and he has a penchant for scoring big hundreds and smashing some of the biggest sixes that I have ever seen. Another who I have played with for well over a decade and is as good value off the field as he is on it.

7. Shawn Dyson
Bomber is probably one of the most useful players to every pull on the Stoke shirt. It is hard to compare Overseas players because of the difference in opposition, but he definitely would have broken more noses in the lower leagues! Bombs is so much more than a mercenary just chasing the Yankee dollar, he is a fully committed Club man who spends more time helping the colts than the senior players. Topping the runs and wickets in league cricket over the last two seasons, what more do I need to say?

8. Andy Page (Captain & Keeper)
Leader. Captain. Legend. The only man who I have brought to tears on a cricket pitch, (apart from that child in a Sunday game, but I’m not as proud of that.) Pagie brought me to the club in 2006 with the promise of easy runs and good wickets, but then consistently batted me at No.8. A consummate Club man – if you cut Pagie he bleeds blue, silver and gold – he should probably get that looked at, (wait for laughter and applause), and his enthusiasm for winning the right way as well as his ability to protect his team and confront opposition players who have stepped outside the Spirit of Cricket mean that he is the only choice to captain this side.


9. Sam Levido
The summer that Levi-Dog spent at Stoke produced so many unforgettable memories for those who were there. Who can forget the mullet, the time he spear tackled Richie during a game of touch rugby or when he shared his Amsterdam canal story with everyone… ah memories! The only player in the team who probably isn’t here on cricketing ability, but it’s my team, my memories and when we were both 18 we had the summer of our lives! Also, he would have taken far more wickets if Mike Baker had given all the edges that I took standing up to his away swingers.

10. Will Frost
Yes he is my brother, no nepotism is not why I’m picking him. I have seen Willo bowl some of the most unbelievable deliveries and dismissed some of the best batsmen who we have played against. As the 1st XI has progressed up the leagues his bowling has got better and better, although like most spinners he is not afraid of buying several wickets a season with some absolutely filthy half trackers! He continues to beat good batsmen regularly and from behind the sticks I always feel that the next ball will be a wicket and you can’t ask for much more from your lead spinner.


11. Toby Tarrant
Lots of good candidates for this spot, but TT has to be the most consummate No.11 I have ever seen. You look at his pads, his different borrowed bat every week and the way he wears his helmet and you just know he’s here for a good time not a long time. Just to make it clear I’m picking July/August Toby here because early season Toby, boosted by his reluctance to net, is generally slow, short and a bit of a buffet; but once the mid-point of the season is passed he turns into a new bowler and sends down absolute seeds with regularity. This added to his off field persona make him a pleasure to keep to and share a dressing room with.

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