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East Molesey CC - 1st XI
Ashtead CC - 1st XI
Sat 22 Jun 11:00 - Surrey Championship - Premier Division - 1st XI Start time 11:00

East Molesey take the points as Ashtead continue to toil

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5 wickets the margin at Graburn Way as high-fliers East Molesey beat Ashtead in Game 7 of the league

Another day, another opponent, yet the results continue to elude them. Ashtead were to finish second best in their Round 7 encounter of the 2019 Surrey Championship Premier Division, as East Molesey ended the victors by 5 wickets.

Ashtead won the toss and elected to Bat first on what was the best day of the summer so far, with hot and sunny conditions, at least to start with. And the openers initially started well, with Michael Sanderson and Hayden Storey commanding the early overs. Attacking stroke making was foremost, and together they plundered. 43-0 after 10.

But, as is so often the case with cricket, one wicket often breeds another, and the loss of Sanderson for 21 saw Amith Sarma depart shortly after. Harri Aravinthan provided the necessary reset, and the pair guided the visitors to 73-2 after 18.

Intervals also breed wickets – and so it was again, as another two wickets fell shortly after the break, with both set batsmen departing. Consolidation would be the key, and it was initially found in the Ashtead middle order. The rebuilding process had started. Shortly before lunch, however, another pair of wickets was to fall. Conor Young continued the lunch, aided by some more expansive shots from Prince Singh. 125-6 after 33 at the break.

The attack continued after the interval, and the momentum was just beginning to shift back towards the visitors when Prince holed out for 27. The beginning of the end was in sight, and when Young snicked off for 46, the resolve collapsed. Two ducks to finish the innings saw Ashtead capitulate for just 162 off 44.2 overs.

With 75 overs to get the runs, the chase needn’t be particularly strenuous or fast, but a pair of wickets during the first 10 overs gave the hosts pause for thought. The seam combination of Prince and Aaron Rose caused some early problems. Yet, as Dom Reed and the hosts’ overseas batsman began to dig in, the wickets dried up and the low total continued to bear.

Wickets for Aravinthan and Tom Deighton could have been the turning point, but the combative batting of Sam Burge and the continued efforts of the pro saw the target fall to just 56 at tea.

Breakthroughs would be vital immediately into the final session, but despite a single strike to remove the pro for 46, the total was just too low. Burge and Andrew Westphal, long servants of the East Molesey cause, finished the job with aplomb.

This result, and points scored elsewhere, means that Ashtead slip to 9th in the table, and into the relegation zone for the first time. However, it’s worth stating that 5 teams at the bottom half of the table are covered by just 14 points at this stage.

Next week sees Ashtead host Esher in the next round of matches. Ashtead have not faced Esher in competition cricket since 2009, when Ashtead saw their first promotion to the Premier League and Esher fell to Division 2. The long game that year, held at Esher, saw Ashtead run out comfortable winners by 9 wickets. Let’s see if the Stags can do it again. Join us then.

Scorecard

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

Ashtead CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Michael Sanderson
lb. M Tigg
21
31
3
0
67.7
Hayden Storey
ct. N Stevens, b. J Fawcett
46
65
7
0
70.8
Amith Sarma
lb. M Tigg
0
2
0
0
0.0
Harri Aravinthan
ct. J Kings, b. J Fawcett
8
28
0
0
28.6
Conor Young
ct. S Arachchige, b. A Westphal
38
58
6
0
65.5
Seb Stewart
b. D Reed
9
24
1
0
37.5
Tom Homes
lb. J Fawcett
1
3
0
0
33.3
Prince Singh
ct. S Burge, b. J Fawcett
27
39
5
0
69.2
Tom Deighton
Not Out
4
12
0
0
33.3
Jake Martin
b. A Westphal
0
3
0
0
0.0
Aaron Rose
b. J Fawcett
0
2
0
0
0.0
Extras
1w, 6lb, 1nb
8
Total
for 10 wickets 44.2 overs
162

East Molesey CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Jonathan Fawcett
16.2
3
54
5
3.4
Jake Kings
5
0
13
0
2.6
Matthew Tigg
6
0
20
2
3.3
Dominic Reed
13
3
57
1
4.4
1nb, 1w
Sahan Arachchige
1
0
5
0
5.0
Andrew Westphal
3
1
7
2
2.3

East Molesey CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Niall Solomon
b. A Rose
2
13
0
0
15.4
Thomas Phillippe
ct. H Storey, b. P Singh
17
23
3
0
73.9
Dominic Reed
lb. H Aravinthan
17
42
2
0
40.5
Sahan Arachchige
lb. T Homes
46
92
3
0
50.0
Simon Barrett
b. T Deighton
7
17
1
0
41.2
Sam Burge
Not Out
34
39
5
0
87.2
Andrew Westphal
Not Out
21
17
4
0
123.5
Nick Stevens
Did Not Bat
 
Jake Kings
Did Not Bat
 
Matthew Tigg
Did Not Bat
 
Jonathan Fawcett
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
6w, 13lb, 1nb
20
Total
for 5 wickets 40.1 overs
164

Ashtead CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Prince Singh
10
3
34
1
3.4
1nb
Aaron Rose
8
1
29
1
3.6
2w
Harri Aravinthan
7
1
19
1
2.7
Jake Martin
3
1
10
0
3.3
Tom Homes
9
1
36
1
4.0
Tom Deighton
3
0
19
1
6.3
Conor Young
0.1
0
4
0
 

Team selection

League round up

Other Premier Division - 1st XI results

Esher CC - 1st XI
193
196/3
Weybridge CC - 1st XI
76/0
75
Sunbury CC - 1st XI
Banstead CC - 1st XI
86
213
Wimbledon CC - 1st XI
263/7d
196/9
Sutton CC, Surrey - 1st XI

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# Team Pts
1. Reigate Priory CC 228
2. East Molesey CC 210
3. Wimbledon CC 170
4. Banstead CC 138
5. Weybridge CC 121
6. Ashtead CC 108
7. Sunbury CC 78

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