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Ashtead CC - 1st XI
Sutton CC, Surrey - 1st XI
Sat 21 Jul 11:00 - Surrey Championship - Premier Division - 1st XI Start time 11:00

24 points as Ashtead claim the spoils

Ashtead defeated Sutton by 4 wickets to claim the spoils at Woodfield Lane

They never do it the easy way. Ashtead eventually took the spoils in Round12 of the Surrey Championship Premier Division 2018, by 4 wickets, although they did make life difficult for themselves at Woodfield Lane.


The Stags won the toss – that’s 8 times out of 12 so far this year – and elected to field first on another dry and hot day. The visitors started fast, and despite dropping an early wicket, made hay during the first hour. Harshil Patel, Damien Shirazi and Rafeh Jafri all failed to make much impression and by 19 overs, Sutton were 84-1.

The introduction of Tom Homes into the attack saw the game begin to turn, but it would be Patel who would break the deadlock, bowling some short deliveries that fooled Luke Smith. He cleared Rafeh Jafri on the first attempt – but found his hands with the second. His departure would prove telling in the final analysis. Harry Allen, the other thorn in Ashtead’s side, was also found out by Patel before the lunch break. Sutton entered the interval at 116-3.

Spin from both ends was the feature after the break, and it would be Tom Homes with a double strike just after the interval, followed by a juggled return catch for Sam to reduce the visitors to 135-6. More wickets proved harder to come by, so instead the Homes boys bowled maiden after maiden, building the pressure – and, of course, it eventually brought a wicket. 155-7.

The tail wagged for Sutton, shepherded by wicketkeeper Josh Blake, but the runs refused to flow and all too soon, a couple more wickets would fall. Sutton were eventually dispatched for 197 in the 65th over.


The first 6 overs of the Ashtead innings were slow going, with Ben Geddes and David White seeing themselves in. Just when the runs were starting to flow, Geddes was out for 20. The run in to tea otherwise looked straightforward, but the wickets of Conor Young, White and Sam Homes all fell in the final 3 overs before the break. At 63-4, the Stags were in trouble.

It would be Guy Harper and Damien Shirazi who would lead the hosts’ charge after tea, and after an initial flurry from Harper, both batsmen slowed made their way through the overs. 50 for the partnership, then 60, then 70. Harper made his 50 off 76 balls, and at 161-5 with 10 overs to go, the Stags were finishing a glorious chase.

Then Harper fell, cutting to point, for 58. In comes Hayden Storey. Tensions are high. Yet, with his usual abandon, Storey strikes 17 from an over and sees the side to within 15 runs of victory. Despite falling by the sword, in a manner consistent with his style, Shirazi and Tom Homes saw the hosts to victory – Shirazi finishing on an unbeaten 52.


This win sees Ashtead rise to 6th in the league table, with safety looking much more promising than before. Next week sees Ashtead travel to Reigate Priory for the final timed fixture of 2018. Reigate Priory are currently leading the table and won the 50 over contest between the two sides earlier in the year. Let’s see if Ashtead can continue their winning ways. Join is then.

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Scorecard

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

Sutton CC, Surrey - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Luke Smith
ct. R Jafri, b. H Patel
51
77
7
1
66.2
Chris Morris
lb. H Patel
15
12
3
0
125.0
Harry Allen
lb. H Patel
34
60
5
0
56.7
Jaimin Patel
ct. S Homes, b. S Homes
15
36
1
0
41.7
Daniel Edwards
lb. T Homes
7
17
1
0
41.2
Richard Sillars
b. T Homes
4
4
1
0
100.0
Josh Blake
b. D Shirazi
31
89
4
0
34.8
Sam Seadon
lb. S Homes
7
22
1
0
31.8
Aman Shinwari
b. S Homes
14
46
1
0
30.4
Rehan Ratnasapabathy
Not Out
9
12
0
0
75.0
Aneesh Jhalla
ct. D White, b. T Homes
1
18
0
0
5.6
Extras
1b, 3lb, 6nb
10
Total
for 10 wickets 64.2 overs
198

Ashtead CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Harshil Patel
11
0
61
3
5.5
2nb
Damian Shirazi
12
3
22
1
1.8
Rafeh Jafri
4
0
24
0
6.0
4nb
Tom Homes
21.2
5
45
3
2.1
Sam Homes
16
2
42
3
2.6

Ashtead CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Ben Geddes
ct. J Blake, b. A Shinwari
20
27
5
0
74.1
David White
lb. H Allen
27
47
4
1
57.4
Conor Young
ct. A Jhalla, b. R Ratnasapabathy
12
17
2
0
70.6
Guy Harper
ct. R Ratnasapabathy, b. A Jhalla
58
84
7
0
69.0
Sam Homes
lb. H Allen
0
2
0
0
0.0
Damian Shirazi
Not Out
52
112
7
0
46.4
Hayden Storey
st. J Blake, b. A Jhalla
18
9
1
2
200.0
Tom Homes
Not Out
3
2
0
0
150.0
Harshil Patel
 
 
Rafeh Jafri
 
 
Seb Stewart
 
 
Extras
5b, 5lb, 2nb
12
Total
for 6 wickets 49.4 overs
202

Sutton CC, Surrey - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Richard Sillars
7
1
24
0
3.4
1nb
Aman Shinwari
12
4
42
1
3.5
1nb
Rehan Ratnasapabathy
4
1
13
1
3.3
Aneesh Jhalla
12
2
32
2
2.7
Harry Allen
10.4
1
63
2
6.3
Daniel Edwards
4
0
18
0
4.5

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League round up

Other Premier Division - 1st XI results

211/9
213/3
Banstead CC - 1st XI
Normandy CC - 1st XI
202
203/8
Weybridge CC - 1st XI
Sunbury CC - 1st XI
205/9
204
East Molesey CC - 1st XI
Wimbledon CC - 1st XI
86
88/3

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League table

# Team Pts
1. Weybridge CC - 1st XI 301
2. Reigate Priory CC - 1st XI 282
3. Ashtead CC - 1st XI 222
4. Wimbledon CC - 1st XI 214
5. Banstead CC - 1st XI 203
6. Sunbury CC - 1st XI 194
7. Sutton CC, Surrey - 1st XI 173

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