Opener steers hosts to easy win over Sutton

Surrey Championship Challenge Cup Group 5 – 8th August 2020

Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians CC, 201-5 (20 points) beat Sutton CC, 197-8 (3 points) by 5-wickets.

At the beautifully appointed Shabden Park, on a stifling, hot afternoon, 71-runs from opener Nick Woods led Chipstead to a comfortable five-wicket victory over Sutton in the third round of the Championship’s, ‘Challenge Cup’.

Chipstead’s beautiful ground.

Sutton managed a below-par 197-8, a score Chipstead breezed past with 6-overs remaining, after Sutton’s captain Luke Smith, winning the toss, elected to bat.

Sutton’s total was boosted by stands of 56 in 75 balls for the 3rd wicket between Smith, (43), and Etinder Bopara, (43); and 45 in 33 balls, for the 6th wicket between Rehan Ratnasapabathy, (15), and Sam Woods (23).

Sutton’s tail wagged a bit. Dan Edwards, (13 no), and Connor Griffin, (13), scoring rapidly, helped; but as time ran out it became obvious that the final total of 197-8, on an excellent batting strip, was almost certainly no real challenge.  Batting sensibly at a rate of just under 5-runs an over would surely see Chipstead home; and so, it transpired.   

After the first ball of Griffin’s 2nd over, Chrisopher Thompson was trapped LBW for 17, leaving Chipstead at 20-1.  Opener Nick Woods (71) was then joined by Chipstead’s skipper, Tom Lister (56). By the time Lister fell to a Josh Blake catch at point, bowled Bopara, 108-runs had been added in 98 balls; and at 128-2, Chipstead were well on their way to victory.

Despite a late flurry of wickets, (Ratnasapabathy 5-0-32-3) Chipstead recorded the second of their, ‘Challenge Cup’, campaign wins, as they cruised past the required total of 198 with 6-overs left.

Continuing to struggle with the 40/40 over format, this deflating defeat leaves Sutton without a win in the three, ‘Challenge Cup’, rounds played so far. Next up are Oxted & Limpsfield CC at Cheam Road, Saturday 15th August, (1.00pm start).  Always good to win at home, lads!

A link to a really lovely news clip: Shepherds Bush Cricket Club in West London – where four veteran players reminisce about cricketing glory, address the racism they encountered and reflect on what the future might hold for their beloved sport. Please click here to view.

Sutton CC’s 2XI beat Dorking CC 2nd XI on Saturday at Cheam Road by 7-wickets; and now stand joint top of Group 18. View the result details here.

For all the Club’s weekend results please click here.

Leatherhead CC win thrilling game at Cheam Road.

Surrey Championship Challenge Cup Group 5 – 1st August 2020

Leatherhead CC (20 points), 242-3 off allotted 40-overs, beat Sutton CC (4 points), 237 all out off 39.3-overs, by 5-runs.

Openers assault sets platform for visitor’s Challenge Cup Group 5 victory.

On an afternoon of warm sunny intervals, in complete contrast to last week’s inclement and chilly weather, Leatherhead won the toss and elected, unsurprisingly, to bat.  The wicket looked a good ‘un, and so it proved with almost 500-runs on the day.

Simon Roberts and Joel Walker set about Sutton’s early bowling at around 6-runs an over until, in the 34th over, at 183-runs, Sam Woods had Walker caught at deep mid-wicket by Sam Blake for a superb 90-runs off 102-balls.

Roberts, on 84, was then joined at the wicket by former Sutton stalwart, Dave Mercer. 5-overs later Roberts fell LBW to Sagar Joshi, in his second spell, 2-runs short of what would have been a well-deserved, and well-constructed ton; but not before he and his batting partner had rattled-up another 47-runs, of which Mercer contributed 29 off just 18-balls, leaving Leatherhead at a healthy 230-2 off 39-overs.

Mercer was caught at deep mid-on by Luke Smith off Connor Griffin in the last overwithout adding to his score.  Notwithstanding the openers individual scores, Mercer’s brisk contribution proved highly significant in the context of the game’s eventual result.  Leatherhead added another 12-runs off the final 5-balls to end their innings on 242-3, with those last 5-overs notching a decisive 59-runs!    

So, Sutton were faced with the challenge of scoring at a rate of 6-runs an over to win.  A tall order at any level of cricket.  Things were looking good for Sutton as openers Sam Seadon and Sagar Joshi took to their task with relish.

After dispatching opening bowler Charlie Hill for a straight 6 in the 4th over, Joshi stood on 24-runs off just 10-balls; and Sutton on 36-0 with Sam Seadon 12no. Joshi was then ‘yorked’ by Hill at the end of that over and proceedings started to slow down a bit. However, a decent run rate was maintained as Seadon and Josh Blake added 31-runs together in the next 5-overs before, off the first ball of the 10th over Seadon fell to a Mark Farrant catch in the gully as Hill claimed his second wicket of the day. At 67 for 2 wickets off 9.1-overs, and Blake 14 no, Sutton were well up with the run rate required.

The next 11-overs produced 54-runs, as Blake 31no, and Etinder Bopara 34no, consolidated Sutton’s position.  Needing 122-runs off 19-overs to win, the required run rate had ticked-up a tad to around 6.50 an over; but with 8-wickets remaining the odds were beginning to favour the home XI. The introduction of Leatherhead’s all-rounder Dave Mercer soon saw that idea shattered.

Sutton, on 121-2 at the end of the 21st over, succumbed to 135-5 by the middle of the 26th, as Mercer quickly destroyed a section of middle-order batting.  Bopara caught at deep mid-on for 34, Blake at short square-leg 39 and Ratnasapabathy, caught at mid-wicket 7.  The required run-rate had now ticked-up to near 7.75 per over, a tough ask.  

After surviving Mercer’s final over Sam Woods and Dan Edwards tried valiantly to place Sutton back in the game. They put on 56-runs in 8.2-overs before Woods, having a crack at another lofted cover drive, mis-timed and was caught at mid-off in the 35th over by Jonathan Tribe, for 38-runs in 31 balls off the bowling of returning Mark Tarrant.  192-6 and 51-runs needed off 5.3-overs.

A brave attempt was made by Edwards together with Sutton’s lower order to reach the required total but Tarrant, who seemed to have gained an extra yard of pace since his first spell earlier in the innings, was having none of it. He proceeded to dismiss Smith for 8, Edwards for 30-runs off 32 balls, and Griffin for 9, all three bowled. 227 for 9.   

Needing 13-runs to win off the last over Sam Blake timed a lovely pull for 4, and Aneesh Jhalla scrambled his way to a couple.  At 236-9, the third ball of the over was delivered to Blake by Charlie Hill and dispatched to square; but in attempting a second run, Jhalla was run out for 2-runs.  Blake ending not out on 8.

Sutton’s 237 all out, just 6-runs short of victory, was a courageous bid on a challenging Leatherhead total.  A closely fought match, which entertained until the end.  It could have gone either way.  Then again, the visitor’s opening stand of 183-runs and the dominance of Dave Mercer’s all-round performance really did support a well-deserved Leatherhead win.

 Sutton Cricket Club 1st XI 2020

Sutton Cricket Club 1st XI 2020

Back row L to R: Sam Seadon – Sagar Joshi – Dan Edwards (WK) – Sam Woods – Josh Blake – Rehan Ratna

Front row L to R: Connor Griffin – Etinder Bopara – Luke Smith (Capt.) – Sam Blake – Aneesh Jhalla

Season 2020

For season 2020, all teams from the AJ Fordham Surrey Championship, in tandem with its feeder competition, the Fuller’s Brewery League, are combining in a single competition: The AJ Fordham & Fuller’s Brewery Challenge Cup; a regionalised competition over seven weeks from July 25th.  Details of groupings are available via the Championship website here

AJ Fordham Surrey Championship and the Fuller’s Brewery League,

Sutton’s 1st XI is playing in group 5; the 2s in group 18; and the 3s in group 31. Please click here for ‘Guidance on Rules & Playing Conditions’. The 4s will play their 2020 season in the Surrey County League Division 4; details here.

Sutton CC 1st XI Match Review 18/7/20

A232 Friendly Derby Kicks-Off 2020 Season!

The start of the Surrey Championship League season may be three months late but, after a summer of uncertainty, the opportunity to take to the field and play competitively has finally arrived.

A shortened season and a new format were always on the cards after the campaign was put on hold by the Covid-19 pandemic; but league administrators have been working round the clock to ensure everything is in place for things to get under way this coming weekend.

For season 2020, all teams from the AJ Fordham Surrey Championship, in tandem with its feeder competition, the Fuller’s Brewery League, are combining in a single competition: The AJ Fordham & Fuller’s Brewery Challenge Cup; a regionalised competition over seven weeks from July 25th.  Details of groupings are available via the Championship website here

Sutton’s 1st XI is playing in group 5; the 2s in group 18; and the 3s in group 31. Please click here for ‘Guidance on Rules & Playing Conditions’. The 4s will play their 2020 season in the Surrey County League Division 4; details here.

Several clubs, including Sutton, dipped their toes in with some friendly action last weekend to help them adjust to the regulations now in place and to ensure the game is safe for all.

Our 1st XI met borough neighbours Beddington CC at Cheam Road on a beautiful July day, perfect for cricket.  After winning the toss, Sutton elected to bat; but early season optimism was dented swiftly as class bowling by Ryan Cummins, (not unusual) damaged Sutton’s top order; and before long we were flagging at 6 runs for 4 wickets, thanks to Ryan’s devastating opening spell of 3 wickets for 3 runs, (final figures: 8-5-5-4).  The ship was steadied with the help of 53 runs from Sagar Joshi and 46 from Josh Blake.   Requiring 162 to win Beddington found the going tough as Sutton’s bowlers delivered nice, tidy lines.  Aneesh Jhalia (8-2-27-3) and Rehan Ratnasapabathy (5.2-0-16-3) excelled as Beddington drifted to a final total of 134 all out 36.2 overs, leaving Sutton winners by 27 runs.  A very pleasant day all round!

For the Club’s 2020 Fixtures and Results please click here.

Competitive club cricket starts this weekend and onwards when many thought it might be impossible to do so. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster not knowing when and if we were going to play this season and it wasn’t until two weeks ago that confirmation reached us outlining a playing format which, it seems, has been received well by clubs and players.  It has certainly made the long days’ of waiting worth it.

Enjoy your season!

The Third Man.

Sutton CC 1st XI Match Review 25/7/20

Cricket League Season Starts……Rain Arrives!

With everyone looking forward to the first weekend of competitive league cricket…….shock, horror, the rain returned!

Early action from Saturday’s Chessington CC v Sutton CC Surrey Championship ‘Challenge Cup’ Group 5 fixture.

Sutton’s 1st XI fixture at Chessington CC fell victim to the inclement weather and was abandoned after just 23.2 overs of the Chessington innings.

In the first of the Surrey Championship, ‘Challenge Cup’, Group 5 fixtures for this abridged season, the hosts captain, Billy Taylor, won the toss and elected to bat. Playing under the fresh 40/40 rules, a bright opening stand of 33 was ended with a smart Dan Edwards catch behind the stumps off Sagar Joshi’s pace bowling to dismiss Anton Gowthaman for 5-runs; (33 for 1.)  The Sutton duo replicated their initial efforts an over later, seeing off a skilful Karl Thorns innings of 26-runs, leaving Chessington on 40-runs for 2 wickets.   

Aside from Rukshan Rajamanthri’s 19 not out off 40 balls, by the time play was abandoned at 2.52pm the pace of youngsters Sam Blake (7.2-2-21-4) and Reham Ratnasapabathy (6-1-14-2) had destroyed Chessington’s middle-order, leaving the home side struggling at 77 for 8 wickets.

Sagar Joshi delivered 6-overs, 2-wickets for 22-runs; Dan Edwards, and Chris Morris, shared the afternoon’s catches with 2 apiece.

That’s it! Rain stops play at 2.52pm; players retreat to ‘their cars,’ and one hour later, retreat to the bar (only the one mind) as match abandoned!

For Saturday’s Group 5 results please click here.

All other Sutton CC league fixtures were also abandoned.  The 2s had Chessington 2s on 120-7 (34.1) at Cheam Road; the 3s, Ewell CC, on 124-4 (24.4) at Ruxley Lane; and the 4s left Oxted & Limpsfield languishing at Holmwood Close on 117-9 (29).

Next weekend Sutton’s 1st XI are playing at Cheam Road, versus Leatherhead CC; 1.00pm start.  Please come along to support the lads.  The bar will open mid-afternoon and apparently, there is a mini-scorcher due towards the end of this week.  Let us hope it includes next Saturday!

“There can be no summer in England without cricket,” wrote Neville Cardus.

Although not for the purists, (and I’m one of them, I think) the 40/40 format is huge fun.  It is great for the rest of the season to see organised, competitive club cricket back on a Saturday afternoon, especially when only a few weeks ago there was every possibility we would not have any recreational cricket for the year, of any format!

Enjoy your season.

The Third Man.

Saturday 25th July 2020