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Ashtead CC - 1st XI
Sunbury CC - 1st XI
Sat 20 Jul 11:00 - Surrey Championship - Premier Division - 1st XI Drawn

Draw the result, yet Ashtead own the day

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Ashtead secure a winning draw against Sunbury to secure their mid-table position

Last year’s game seems, at least in part, to have repeated itself in 2019. Ashtead vs Sunbury. At Woodfield Lane. A game finishing late in the evening. And a draw the end result. Except, this time, it was Ashtead who claimed the better result with a winning draw in Round 11 of the 2019 Surrey Championship.

Rain had been ever-present throughout the previous day, and so it proved again on Saturday morning, as the start was delayed by 40 minutes. When the two sides did get out to the middle, it was Ashtead who would be batting first, courtesy of a Sunbury decision.

The early going would not be easy, and when Michael Sanderson holed out to point in the second over, the challenge got much harder. Hayden Storey and David White worked together well to steadily accumulate, along with several fiery shots. 25-1 after 9 overs – when the rain fell again. Another half hour would be lost before lunch was called.

At 1:20, the innings resumed with a maximum of 47 overs left to bat. Losing Storey and White early on was definitely not in the Stags’ preferred script, but it gave two young guns the chance to shine. Ben Geddes and Harri Aravinthan rebuilt and played solidly, accumulating to start with and then going on the attack. Star spinner Amar Virdi was out of the attack (ending on 0-53 from 11), and it was not until the 44th over that a wicket would fall.

It would be Geddes gone first, stumped as he charged forward on 56. The platform had been set. It was finished by Aravinthan, Young and the Homes brothers. Cameos were gladly accepted, and with a strong 75 from Harri, the hosts finished on 256-9 from their 56.

44 overs would be the reply, and when Ben Sidwell claimed the dangerous scalp of John Maunders for 8, Ashtead sensed a great opportunity. Wickets continued to flow as Prince Singh, the other opening weapon, struck early as well. 29-2 after 8 overs.

It all calmed down a touch, but the introduction of Aravinthan (what a game he had) brought the wickets back. 2 in his first two overs reduced the visitors to 60-4. Game on. Unfortunately, by this time, captain White had left the field injured. Special mention to Harri’s brother, Ragu, who fielded by 35 overs in his stead.

As so often happens, drinks brought some more breakthroughs. Tom Homes was in the wickets again, capturing the crucial scalp of opener Rajan Soni for 42. Harri saw his opportunity and found his third wicket. Sunbury now on 89-7 and seemingly staring down another defeat.

Except they didn’t. Matt Harpur, and that man again, Amar Virdi, played with reckless abandon and quiet determination in equal measure. Chances aplenty, but the fortune had deserted the hosts, and nothing quite went their way. The pair batted out the overs for an unbeaten stand of 68, Virdi ending up joint high scorer for the innings on 42.

That result gave Ashtead 11 points and Sunbury 6, with Ashtead remaining in 6th place in the Championship table. Next week sees Ashtead travel to Sutton for the penultimate declaration encounter. Last year’s game, at Ashtead, saw the Stags came out on top with a 4-wicket win, and the 50 over match this year also saw the Stags take maximum points.

Let’s see if the Stags can do the double this year. Join us then.

Scorecard

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

Ashtead CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Michael Sanderson
ct. R Soni, b. K Smith
7
11
1
0
63.6
Hayden Storey
ct. R Soni, b. M McGillivray
20
32
4
0
62.5
David White
b. M McGillivray
24
35
4
0
68.6
Ben Geddes
st. C Fulton, b. A Hughes
56
88
6
1
63.6
Harri Aravinthan
ct. M McGillivray, b. K Smith
75
115
9
0
65.2
Conor Young
ct. A Virdi, b. K Smith
22
23
2
0
95.7
Sam Homes
ct. M Harpur, b. A Hughes
12
11
1
0
109.1
Tom Homes
Not Out
26
15
1
1
173.3
Prince Singh
b. A Hughes
1
2
0
0
50.0
Ben Sidwell
b. K Smith
1
4
0
0
25.0
Tom Deighton
Not Out
1
4
0
0
25.0
Extras
5b, 2lb, 4nb
11
Total
for 9 wickets 56 overs
256

Sunbury CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Matt McGillivray
12
3
38
2
3.2
Kevin Smith
16
1
60
4
3.8
Amar Virdi
11
0
53
0
4.8
3nb
Matt Harpur
3
0
18
0
6.0
1nb
Vishal Manro
6
0
24
0
4.0
Alex Hughes
8
0
56
3
7.0

Sunbury CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Rajan Soni
lb. T Homes
42
72
5
1
58.3
John Maunders
lb. B Sidwell
8
8
2
0
100.0
Matt McGillivray
b. P Singh
3
18
0
0
16.7
Conor Fulton
lb. H Aravinthan
19
26
3
0
73.1
Alex Hughes
b. H Aravinthan
0
4
0
0
0.0
Edward Hughes
lb. T Homes
5
29
0
0
17.2
Robbie Hughes
b. H Aravinthan
2
6
0
0
33.3
Matt Harpur
Not Out
26
47
4
0
55.3
Amar Virdi
Not Out
42
57
7
0
73.7
Kevin Smith
Did Not Bat
 
Vishal Manro
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
2w, 5b, 3nb
10
Total
for 7 wickets 44 overs
157

Ashtead CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Ben Sidwell
11.2
0
45
1
4.1
3nb
Prince Singh
9
1
32
1
3.6
2w
Tom Deighton
6.4
1
23
0
3.8
Harri Aravinthan
8
2
21
3
2.6
Tom Homes
8
2
24
2
3.0
Sam Homes
1
0
7
0
7.0

Team selection

League round up

Other Premier Division - 1st XI results

Weybridge CC - 1st XI
C
C
Sutton CC, Surrey - 1st XI
Banstead CC - 1st XI
C
C
Wimbledon CC - 1st XI
149/6
146
Esher CC - 1st XI
East Molesey CC - 1st XI
84/4
83

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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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