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East Molesey CC - 1st XI
Ashtead CC - 1st XI
Sat 8 Jul 11:00 - Surrey Championship - Premier Division - 1st XI Start time 11:00

Scripts are burnt as Ashtead stage thrilling steal

Ashtead staged a remarkable heist of their match against East Molesey, taking 5 wickets for 6 runs to win by 15 runs.

This game had everything. Runs, wickets, drama, and all results still possible the ball before the match ended. Ashtead snatched victory from the very jaws of defeat, as the Stags defeated East Molesey by 15 runs in a dramatic conclusion to Round 10 of the Surrey Championship Premier Division.


Ashtead won the toss, and elected to make first use of a surface that looked to turn into a dustbowl later in the game. Opening partnerships have typically not been long for the Stags so far, by fortune or by error, but Guy Harper and Lalit Bose set about changing that. The opening quick bowlers failed to make any inroads, and with some solid early boundaries, the score raced to 50. It would be the introduction of Jack Miller, a medium-pacer, that made the breakthrough, removing Harper for 31 just before drinks.

Wickets then fell at regular intervals throughout the next 25 overs or so. The absence of Dominic Sibley saw Michael Sanderson enter at 3, but the overseas bowler Angelo Perera saw him off early. Mahesh Rawat, the star signing for the Stags, could not continue his run and was snared down the leg side for 16. At lunch after 32 overs, the score was 131-3 and a platform had been set.

Momentum stalled after the break, and with the loss of Bose for 77, a good start seemed to be going to waste. Enter Stewart Cameron and John Vaughan-Davies. Both started slowly, but Cameron opened his boundary account with a solid six on ball 11, and continued to swing freely thereafter. Vaughan-Davies opened his account in a similar way – but it took till the 51st ball to do it. Some late hitting saw the Stags to 254-7 off 64 overs declaring two overs shy of the maximum allowed.


An early wicket for Harshil Patel in the first over of the reply raised early hopes of a hammering, but the East Molesey top and middle order showed why they can be a dangerous Premiership side. A pair of wickets fell fairly close together after the tea interval, but Perera and home captain Sam Burge combined for a 108 run stand to bring the hosts almost within sight of victory.

At 193-3, it seemed all was lost. But cricket is a fickle game, and the fat lady had yet to clear her throat. Tom Deighton began the work, breaking the stand as Perera fell to an outstanding catch from Michael Sanderson in the deep for 71. He also removed Paul Lawford, to another great catch from John Vaughan-Davies, for 12.

Runs had continued to flow, however, as the return of the pacers occurred. It would be Patel and Bose, defending 26 runs with 8 overs remaining.

6.4 overs left. East Molesey 233-5. 22 runs from 40 balls, and 5 wickets in the hut. The hosts couldn’t lose. Or could they? Bose began it with the crucial wicket, as Sam Burge edged to Tom Homes at first slip for 79. The lower order and the tail would have to set the Moles home. They hadn’t counted on a blistering 8 balls from Harshil Patel.

Ball 1 – Toby Green bowled. Balls 2-5 – all dots, as the pressure, and the temperature, rises in the cauldron-lie ground. Ball 6 – James Smith pinned LBW. A double-wicket maiden, 234-8. Bose then obliged by not taking a wicket in his over, with five runs off it. 239-8. Back to Patel. Ball 7 – Andre Westphal, pinned LBW. Hat-trick ball. One wicket left. Evan Beck bowled. A hat-trick to win it. The hosts despair. The visitors (and their scorer, penning this report) erupt. You couldn’t have written the script for this.


This win keeps Ashtead in 5th place in the league table, but makes their place in the Premier League all but secure. A win next week at home against Guildford should guarantee it, but Guildford won the first encounter by 10 runs on Week 3. Join us then.

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Scorecard

Ashtead CC - 1st XI won the toss and elected to bat

Ashtead CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Guy Harper
b. J Miller
31
46
3
67.4
Lalit Bose
b. D Reed
77
109
12
70.6
Michael Sanderson
b. A Perera
5
21
1
23.8
Mahesh Rawat
ct. N Stevens, b. J Miller
16
24
1
66.7
Ben Geddes
ct. N Stevens, b. E Beck
14
39
1
35.9
Stewart Cameron
lb. J Smith
55
49
3
4
112.2
John Vaughan-Davies
Not Out
36
78
1
1
46.2
Tom Homes
ct. S Burge, b. A Perera
10
17
1
58.8
Chris Douglas
Not Out
2
2
100.0
Harshil Patel
 
 
Tom Deighton
 
 
Extras
2w, 5b, 1nb
8
Total
for 7 wickets 64 overs
254

East Molesey CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Andrew Westphal
7
0
48
0
6.9
1nb
Dominic Reed
15
3
43
1
2.9
2w
Jack Miller
21
1
63
2
3.0
Angelo Perera
11
1
34
2
3.1
Evan Beck
5
1
17
1
3.4
Toby Green
2
0
18
0
9.0
James Smith
3
0
26
1
8.7

East Molesey CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Dominic Reed
b. H Patel
4
3
1
133.3
Nick Stevens
ct. L Bose, b. T Homes
13
55
1
23.6
Simon Barrett
ct. L Bose, b. T Homes
46
75
5
1
61.3
Angelo Perera
ct. M Sanderson, b. T Deighton
71
57
7
1
124.6
Sam Burge
ct. T Homes, b. L Bose
79
90
10
1
87.8
Paul Lawford
ct. J Vaughan-Davies, b. T Deighton
12
17
2
70.6
Andrew Westphal
lb. H Patel
5
8
62.5
Toby Green
b. H Patel
1
4
25.0
James Smith
lb. H Patel
0
5
0.0
Jack Miller
Not Out
4
5
1
80.0
Evan Beck
b. H Patel
0
1
0.0
Extras
4nb
4
Total
for 10 wickets 52.2 overs
239

Ashtead CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Harshil Patel
7.2
1
26
5
3.7
4nb
John Vaughan-Davies
5
2
11
0
2.2
Tom Deighton
16
4
70
2
4.4
Tom Homes
14
1
73
2
5.2
Lalit Bose
5
0
24
1
4.8
Stewart Cameron
5
0
35
0
7.0

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# Team Pts
1. Normandy CC - 1st XI 299
2. Sunbury CC - 1st XI 253
3. Reigate Priory CC - 1st XI 245
4. Wimbledon CC - 1st XI 228
5. Weybridge CC - 1st XI 227
6. Cranleigh CC - 1st XI 213
7. Ashtead CC - 1st XI 207

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