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Ashtead CC - 2nd XI
Malden Wanderers CC - 2nd XI
Sat 9 Jun 12:00 - Surrey Championship - Premier Division - 2nd XI Drawn

Ton for Michael Sanderson but frustrating draw

So near and yet so far as 2s fall 4 runs short of win.

Malden Wanderers won the toss and elected to bat, quickly piling on the runs at over five an over for the first ten overs. Captain Robert Graham and number 3 Simon Walsh fell reasonably cheaply to Henry Elburn and Jake Martin, but Ragu Aravinthan proved a thorn in Ashtead’s side as he notched up his 50 in 53 balls before being caught by Marcus Caprano-Wint off Harry Williams for 57 with the score on 94 after 21 overs. All the Malden Wanderers batsmen made a useful contribution with particular note to John Hess with a quickfire 27 (5 fours and a six) off 17 balls. Caprano-Wint took the next 3 wickets off his maximum 14 overs, finishing on 3-50 and Amir Akbarali continued the attack removing wickets 7, 8 and 9 for 49 runs (3-25).

However it was the final Malden Wanderers’ partnership between numbers 10 and 11, James Marks and Dan Kenton, who would ultimately prove Ashtead’s undoing as they put on another 28 runs (including 5 fours) before Marks was finally run out by a direct hit from Ben Sidwell. The visitors finished on 223 off 49.4 overs setting Ashtead a much higher than desirable target.

The Ashtead innings started with its customary slow and cautious approach and the dismissal of three batsmen for a handful of runs left the home team reeling on 43-3 after 18 overs and facing an uphill struggle. However the stubbornness of opener Michael Sanderson together with the determination of Sidwell steadied the ship and started attacking the target. Together they put together a partnership of 88 before Sidwell was caught behind by James Edwards off the bowling of Aravinthan for 36 in the 35th over, with Sanderson on 61 (having laboriously made his 50 off 88 balls taking nearly 2 hours).

Malden Wanderers then proceeded to adopt frequent and almost continuous bowling changes at both ends in an effort to unsettle the batsmen (and scorers!). However Sanderson stood solid and when Akbarali came to the crease with the score on 137-5 the two started attacking the deficit. 87 runs needed off 13 overs. By the end of the 45th over the score had moved on to 180, still 44 needed off 5 overs.
Early bowlers James Marks and Robert Graham were brought back into the attack, but struggled to match the batsmen’s determination as overs 46, 47 and 49 went for an average of 10 an over. Ashtead needed 9 off the final over for the win, but Marks was up to the challenge and the batters struggled. Two singles and then Akbarali launched a big hit towards the boundary. However the visitors had a strategically placed fielder on the boundary and what could almost have been the winning six was caught by Jak Luxford and Akbarali fell for 27.

Three balls left, six runs needed, a quick single from Josh Pickering. Then the exhausted Sanderson prepared himself for a big hit, but, sadly for Ashtead, he was bowled for a tremendous 116 with just one ball left. Unfortunately it was just to be a single and and Ashtead fell just 4 runs short of the win. Frustrating for the home team to be so close to 24 points but having to settle for just 8 from a losing draw. Malden Wanderers of course were ecstatic, with the pick of their bowling being James Marks with 3-44.

Farnham at home beckon next week and Ashtead hope that this time perseverance will be accompanied by some luck and they will get a much needed win.

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Scorecard

Malden Wanderers CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat

Malden Wanderers CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Robert Graham
ct. M Caprano-Wint, b. H Elburn
14
10
3
0
140.0
Ragu Aravinthan
ct. M Caprano-Wint, b. H Williams
57
68
6
0
83.8
Simon Walsh
b. J Martin
4
19
0
0
21.1
James Edwards
b. M Caprano-Wint
10
34
1
0
29.4
John Hess
lb. M Caprano-Wint
27
17
5
1
158.8
Tom Gould
ct. K Mirza, b. A Akberali
25
53
3
0
47.2
Jak Luxford
ct. M Caprano-Wint, b. M Caprano-Wint
15
24
2
0
62.5
Matthew Marks
ct. M Sanderson, b. A Akberali
6
17
1
0
35.3
Jack O'Dowd
b. A Akberali
17
36
1
0
47.2
James Marks
ro. B Sidwell
13
11
2
0
118.2
Dan Kenton
Not Out
16
12
3
0
133.3
Extras
9b, 6lb, 4nb
19
Total
for 10 wickets 49.4 overs
223

Ashtead CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Jake Martin
12
0
65
1
5.4
3nb
Henry Elburn
5.4
1
37
1
7.4
Marcus Caprano-Wint
14
1
50
3
3.6
1nb
Harry Williams
9
1
31
1
3.4
Amirali Akberali
9
1
25
3
2.8

Ashtead CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Michael Sanderson
b. J Marks
116
150
16
0
77.3
Aaron Rose
ct. M Marks, b. J Marks
4
6
1
0
66.7
Kamran Mirza
ct. M Marks, b. D Kenton
12
32
2
0
37.5
Harry Williams
ct. J O'Dowd, b. J O'Dowd
4
15
1
0
26.7
Ben Sidwell
ct. J Edwards, b. R Aravinthan
36
54
5
0
66.7
Jordan Nichols
b. J O'Dowd
0
7
0
0
0.0
Amirali Akberali
ct. J Luxford, b. J Marks
27
35
3
0
77.1
Josh Pickering
Not Out
1
1
0
0
100.0
Jake Martin
Not Out
1
1
0
0
100.0
Marcus Caprano-Wint
 
 
Henry Elburn
 
 
Extras
6w, 8b, 3lb, 1nb
18
Total
for 7 wickets 50 overs
219

Malden Wanderers CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
James Marks
11
1
44
3
4.0
Dan Kenton
9
3
24
1
2.7
1w
Robert Graham
11
2
54
0
4.9
1w
Jack O'Dowd
10
1
57
2
5.7
1nb
Jak Luxford
2
0
13
0
6.5
Matthew Marks
5
0
10
0
2.0
Ragu Aravinthan
2
0
6
1
3.0

Team selection

League round up

Other Premier Division - 2nd XI results

Spencer CC, Surrey - 2nd XI
177/9
187
Weybridge CC - 2nd XI
129
131/0
East Molesey CC - 2nd XI
Farnham CC, Surrey - 2nd XI
169
170/6
Wimbledon CC - 2nd XI
Banstead CC - 2nd XI
215
205
Sunbury CC - 2nd XI

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# Team Pts
1. Wimbledon CC - 2nd XI 298
2. East Molesey CC - 2nd XI 296
3. Reigate Priory CC - 2nd XI 259
4. Sunbury CC - 2nd XI 251
5. Banstead CC - 2nd XI 192
6. Spencer CC, Surrey - 2nd XI 191
7. Ashtead CC - 2nd XI 170

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