1st XI - Report
Cheam crush the Pumas
Cheam cruised to victory on Saturday afternoon with more than thirty overs to spare thanks to well-disciplined bowling performance led by Mark Burns (6-37) and a confident chase.
The introduction of spin at both ends was to prove the catalyst in the Purley collapse. Cruising at 121-2, just before lunch, Tim Scott dismissed Medlycott and Medhi in quick succession to bring Cheam back into the game. From that point on it became the Mark Burns show. He finally removed Fry for 78 and then worked on the rest of the Purley middle order. His left arm spin was accurate and with enough guile to tempt some poor shots from the Pumas. James Scott hit a couple of meaty sixes, including one into the railway line off Burns, but the left-arm spinner had his revenge only a few balls later as Scott was dismissed for 31. The rest of the Purley side were dismissed cheaply, all out for 175. A score that looked under-par on a great batting surface.
Cheam looked to attack from the outset and with Daniel Phillips at the crease there would always be chances for the bowlers. Nav Chaudry bowled valiantly but without reward as two chances were dropped off Phillips but the Cheam openers rode their luck and started assertively. Phillips batted extremely well and his brutal attack on the Purley bowlers made the chase look relatively easy. His opening partner Bradley Scriven provided useful support before he misjudged a drive to Chaudry off spinner Andy Macdonald to grant the Pumas their opening wicket. Scriven was finally out for 80 well caught in the deep by Keith Medlycott off the bowling of Fuaad Syed. It was left to Adrian Jones and skipper Danny Miller to hit the remaining runs to complete a hugely convincing victory for the home side.