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Ashtead CC - 1st XI
East Molesey CC - 1st XI
Sat 19 Aug 12:00 - Surrey Championship - Premier Division - 1st XI Start time 12:00

East Molesey pick up vital points as Stags fall short

East Molesey clinched a vital 4-wicket victory at Woodfield Lane

Another dramatic game between two old rivals, but the visitors, who needed the points, came away with them. This was the story from Woodfield Lane, as East Molesey beat Ashtead by 4 wickets in Round 16 of the 2017 Surrey Championship Premier League.


Ashtead won the toss (again), and elected to bat first (again), on a pitch that looked true and good for batting, but with an outfield that would not reward good shots. The early going was steady, as Guy Harper and Lalit Bose looked to build a solid foundation. Despite losing Bose for 19 in the 8th over, Mike Sanderson continued the solid pace and the hosts cruised to 73-1 off 17 overs.

It was the loss of Harper, LBW for 35, that began to turn the tide back towards the visitors. However, it was the loss of star batsman Mahesh Rawat, caught behind after swinging at a wide one for just 16, that really began the turmoil.

98-2 became 115-6 as Dominic Reed and Andrew Westphal tore through the Stags’ middle order. Sanderson, Hayden Storey and Michael Cowdrey all fell during this period, and the odds of posting a representative total lengthened significantly.

A fighting rearguard action from the lower order and the tail ensured that the total would be respectable. Tom Homes and John Vaughan-Davies began the effort, but it would be Rafeh Jafri and Tom Deighton that maximised the use of the concluding overs. They added 48 between them, 35 in concert. Jafri eventually fell for 27 with 14 balls remaining, and Deighton then followed off the penultimate delivery. 190 all out with a ball to spare. Low, too low, but better than others in the division and an outside chance to win it.


Early wickets would be crucial, but only one was forthcoming in the opening overs, as Jafri enticed an edge from Jason Moore in the 5th over. The partnership of Angelo Perera and captain Sam Burge would always be dangerous, and they scored at a fast pace as the game began to slip away.

It would be the introduction of spin, via Homes (Deighton had left the field earlier in the innings, and would not return after breaking a finger), that would remove Perera for 35. Chances began to come, but the luck was not with the hosts, and 71 runs later, the game was all but over.

Or so we thought. The double strike, of Jafri to remove Dom Reed for 42, and then Mahesh Rawat’ twirlers bowling Burge, also for 42, gave the Stags a glimmer of hope.

But it wasn’t to be. Despite further wickets for Harshil Patel, and another for Rawat, the experienced hands of Paul Lawford saw the visitors to a 4 wicket win with nearly 8 overs still in the bank.


This defeat sees Ashtead slip to 5th in the table, while the result sees East Molesey almost to safety for 2018. Next week sees Ashtead travel to Wimbledon for another mid-table clash. 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
lb. F Knight
35
51
2
68.6
Lalit Bose
b. D Reed
19
23
1
1
82.6
Michael Sanderson
lb. D Reed
21
51
3
41.2
Mahesh Rawat
ct. N Stevens, b. A Westphal
16
18
1
1
88.9
John Vaughan-Davies
b. A Westphal
11
35
31.4
Hayden Storey
lb. D Reed
1
9
11.1
Michael Cowdrey
ct. S Burge, b. D Reed
0
3
0.0
Tom Homes
lb. S Jayasinghe
12
35
1
34.3
Rafeh Jafri
b. A Perera
27
35
2
1
77.1
Tom Deighton
ct. S Burge, b. A Perera
21
34
1
61.8
Harshil Patel
Not Out
3
6
50.0
Extras
20w, 3lb, 1nb
24
Total
for 10 wickets 49.5 overs
190

East Molesey CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Andrew Westphal
10
1
36
2
3.6
1nb, 2w
Dominic Reed
10
0
43
4
4.3
9w
Frank Knight
4
0
21
1
5.3
1w
Senura Jayasinghe
10
0
46
1
4.6
Jack Miller
10
2
22
0
2.2
2w
Angelo Perera
5.5
1
19
2
3.8
1w

East Molesey CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Jason Moore
ct. T Homes, b. R Jafri
5
18
27.8
Angelo Perera
b. T Homes
35
33
6
106.1
Sam Burge
b. M Rawat
42
65
4
64.6
Dominic Reed
ct. M Cowdrey, b. R Jafri
42
49
4
1
85.7
Paul Lawford
Not Out
27
48
2
56.3
Andrew Westphal
lb. H Patel
18
16
2
112.5
Kieran Burge
lb. M Rawat
11
26
2
42.3
Nick Stevens
Not Out
0
0
 
Jack Miller
 
 
Senura Jayasinghe
 
 
Frank Knight
 
 
Extras
8w, 2lb, 3nb
13
Total
for 6 wickets 42.1 overs
193

Ashtead CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Rafeh Jafri
10
0
39
2
3.9
2nb, 2w
John Vaughan-Davies
5
1
20
0
4.0
1nb, 2w
Harshil Patel
9.1
0
50
1
5.6
1w
Tom Homes
6
0
28
1
4.7
Mahesh Rawat
10
0
30
2
3.0
2w
Lalit Bose
2
0
24
0
12.0
1w

Team selection

League round up

Other Premier Division - 1st XI results

Normandy CC - 1st XI
117/0
113
Valley End CC - 1st XI
126
263/7
Sunbury CC - 1st XI
Weybridge CC - 1st XI
206/8
191
Wimbledon CC - 1st XI
114
115/3

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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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