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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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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 – 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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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





Robbie 65 from 39 but 1st XI Lose to Old Ruts

Saturday 1st June 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Old Rutlishians 310 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 206 all out (37.5 overs)
Old Rutlishians won by 104 runs

Stoke were set one of the highest totals ever made by an opposition at The Rec, and they gave it a go but eventually fell to defeat.

Opener Wood, who made 96 and 101 (retired) in his other two visits to Stoke added another 112 to his count. Gibbs made 92 and there were healthy partnerships throughout the innings; Ian Hopton, (10-1-68-3), and Shawn Dyson, (10-0-42-2), shared five wickets as Stoke picked up some useful bowling points; there was a wicket each for Will Frost and Tim Handel to go with two run outs near the end. The final total was 310 for 9.

Stoke made a bad start in reply, slipping to 28 for 4; then 48 for 5 despite of 26 by James Trower. Alastair Curran, (47), and Hopton, (18), near on doubled the total but Stoke were staring down the barrel at 126 for 8 as they and others departed.

Robbie Blackburn smashed eleven fours and a six to register his third half-century for the Club before checking out on 65 from 39 balls faced. Will Frost, (15 not out), continued his good form with the bat but aided by 5 for 44 from Trimmings Old Rutlishians were back to winning ways after a surprise defeat last week.

Next week mid-table Stoke travel to Master Park in Oxted to re-acquaint themselves with good friends Oxted & Limpsfield.

Scorecard : https://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753435





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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1st XI P2 W2 after beating Bank of England

Saturday 18th May 2019
AJ Fordham Surrey Championship
Bank of England 209 for 9 (50 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon 210 for 2 (29 overs)
Stoke D’Abernon won by 8 wickets

Two wins out of two for Stoke’s 1st XI as they chased down Bank of England’s moderate total in double-quick time.

BofE’s openers made a fast start having been inserted, but the bowlers then found their ranges reduced them to 74 for 5; three wickets for Robbie Blackburn, (3 for 57), and the first, (of two each), for Shawn Dyson and Will Frost.

Frost Jnr, Dyson and Hopton, (1 for 19 from his ten), suffocated the scoring; and once a sixth wicket partnership of 41 was broken, BofE laboured to 156 for nine.

A frustrating unbroken last wicket stand of 53 meant a total of 209 for 9 was achieved, but not many sides will beat this Stoke team when the highest scorer in the innings is 27. Five players made it to the 20s but no further. There were 22 extras.

Toby Tarrant, (1 for 45), Will Frost, (2 for 28), Dyson, (2 for 35), complete the bowling figures. There were three catches for Dyson – one off his own bowling – and one each for Kane Fullalove, Roddy Kelso and the Frost brothers.

In reply Max Subba Row and James Trower made a quick start to the chase; 21 from 3, 40 from 6, 68 from 10, and the century partnership was brought up in just the 16th over.

Having passed 1000 runs as captain last weekend, Trower added another 49 to his count, hitting four fours and a six along the way before being caught off the bowling of Winder who would be the only bowler to go for less than a run-a-ball throughout the innings.

Absenteeism of a couple of regulars provided an opportunity for Tom Frost at number 3 and he made full use of his chance, finding the fence seven times in an unbeaten 38.

At the other end Subba Row moved serenely to 82, (16×4), before he was leg-before with the total on 177.

Dyson, (16 not out), smashed off the majority of the rest in the space of three overs to complete a resounding win.

Next week Stoke travel to picturesque Chipstead who are also unbeaten following an opening day tie and a crushing defeat of Sanderstead.

Scorecard : http://sdacc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753219