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Sunbury CC - 1st XI
Ashtead CC - 1st XI
Sat 4 Aug 12:00 - Surrey Championship - Premier Division - 1st XI Start time 12:00

Resounding victory for Ashtead

96 not out for David White as Ashtead defeat Sunbury by 9 wickets

Another hot day saw Ashtead travel to Sunbury. The pitch looked parched but glassy smooth. The visitors won the toss and elected to field preferring the option of a run chase. From the start the Sunbury batsmen looked uncomfortable with the bowling of Harshil Patel and Damian Shirazi. It was Patel who took the first wicket of Armaan Randhawa, lbw for 4 in the third over and in the ninth he claimed the scalps of both Sam Burgess and Martin Andersson, leaving Sunbury reeling on 35-3. At this point it was up to Conor Fulton and Rhythm Bedi to dig in and steady the ship. Sam Homes and Aaron Rose took over the bowling attack, tidy bowling but no breakthrough as the batters took their opportunities, aided in Rose’s first over by five penalty runs as the keeper deflected the ball onto a helmet.

Fulton and Bedi amassed a 102 run partnership before Fulton finally fell to a catch by Ben Geddes off Rose for 50 with the score on 137 in the 28th. Bedi went in the next over, lbw to Tom Homes for 39, followed by Alex Hughes caught Rose, bowled Tom Homes in the 31st. A bizarre mix up then saw both batsmen at one end, a somewhat wayward throw in from Guy Harper to keeper Hayden Storey who was half way down the wicket and proceeded to race the batsman back to the crease to remove the stumps and Amar Virdi was run out for a duck, leaving Sunbury on 145-7.

Patel returned to the bowling and together with Tom Homes saw off the remaining three batsmen for the addition of another 34 runs and the hosts were all out for 179 in the 43rd over with Patel and Homes finishing with four wickets each.

Ashtead must have gone in to tea feeling pretty pleased with their all round bowling and fielding performance. An easily achievable target on a crisp smooth field, but you can never be sure with cricket. However on this occasion the Stags made it look easy. Openers Michael Sanderson and David White got to business immediately with some lovely stroke play including a good number of carefully placed boundaries. There were times when they seemed intent on trying to race too quickly to the target, but sense prevailed as they took their time and opportunities. White was the first to reach his 50, off 47 balls in the 20th over and Sanderson followed suit a few overs later, off 70 balls with 7 fours.

Sunbury’s bowlers failed to make any impression although they must have rued a missed opportunity as White was dropped near the boundary. The first breakthrough came as Sanderson was caught and bowled by Ajit Singh Sambi for 59 in the 26th over with Ashtead’s score on 134. 46 runs required and White on 70 as Ben Geddes joined him at the crease. Any attempt to dislodge the new bat proved futile as Ashtead steadily approached the target. With the score on 171, 9 runs needed and White needing 12 for his century, Geddes did what he could to leave White with the strike but it was not to be. White finished the game off with a well struck four leaving himself on an impressive 96 (off 85 balls with 14 fours and a six) and Ashtead on 181.

Ashtead had resoundingly defeated Sunbury by 9 wickets, gained a valuable 20 points and moved themselves up to fifth in the table with just four games to go.


Scorecard

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

Sunbury CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Sam Burgess
ct. D Shirazi, b. H Patel
21
33
3
0
63.6
Armaan Randhawa
lb. H Patel
4
8
1
0
50.0
Martin Andersson
ct. H Storey, b. H Patel
6
14
0
0
42.9
Conor Fulton
ct. B Geddes, b. A Rose
50
74
5
0
67.6
Rhythm Bedi
lb. T Homes
39
43
4
0
90.7
Ishwarjot Singh Sohi
lb. H Patel
7
27
0
0
25.9
Alex Hughes
ct. A Rose, b. T Homes
6
7
1
0
85.7
Amar Virdi
ro. H Storey
0
5
0
0
0.0
Kevin Smith
ct. G Harper, b. T Homes
9
11
1
0
81.8
Vishal Manro
Not Out
3
13
0
0
23.1
Ajit Singh Sambhi
b. T Homes
12
25
1
0
48.0
Extras
7w, 4b, 6nb
22
Total
for 10 wickets 42.2 overs
179

Ashtead CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Harshil Patel
10
1
31
4
3.1
5nb, 1w
Damian Shirazi
10
0
32
0
3.2
1w
Sam Homes
5
0
25
0
5.0
Aaron Rose
7
1
34
1
4.9
1nb, 4w
Tom Deighton
2
0
25
0
12.5
1w
Tom Homes
8.2
1
23
4
2.9

Ashtead CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Michael Sanderson
ct. A Sambhi, b. A Sambhi
59
91
7
0
64.8
David White
Not Out
96
85
14
1
112.9
Ben Geddes
Not Out
18
38
3
0
47.4
Hayden Storey
 
 
Guy Harper
 
 
Damian Shirazi
 
 
Sam Homes
 
 
Aaron Rose
 
 
Tom Deighton
 
 
Tom Homes
 
 
Harshil Patel
 
 
Extras
2w, 3lb, 3nb
8
Total
for 1 wickets 35.1 overs
181

Sunbury CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Martin Andersson
7
0
20
0
2.9
1w
Kevin Smith
3
0
19
0
6.3
Amar Virdi
5
0
39
0
7.8
Ajit Singh Sambhi
8.1
1
34
1
4.3
Ishwarjot Singh Sohi
5
0
36
0
7.2
3nb, 1w
Vishal Manro
7
0
30
0
4.3

Team selection

League round up

Other Premier Division - 1st XI results

East Molesey CC - 1st XI
350/7
222
Banstead CC - 1st XI
Wimbledon CC - 1st XI
237
316/4
Weybridge CC - 1st XI
286/7
144
Normandy CC - 1st XI
162
276
Sutton CC, Surrey - 1st XI

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League table

# Team Pts
1. Reigate Priory CC - 1st XI 251
2. Weybridge CC - 1st XI 240
3. Banstead CC - 1st XI 195
4. Ashtead CC - 1st XI 182
5. Sunbury CC - 1st XI 179
6. Sutton CC, Surrey - 1st XI 160
7. Wimbledon CC - 1st XI 154

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