Paralytics wrecked as visitors attack hammered by Sutton openers

Ratna and Woods tons set up fine ‘Cricket Week’ win.

Sutton CC Mid-Week XI: 269-4 declared in 41-overs, beat The Paralytics CC, 220 all out in 53-overs, by 49-runs.

The Paralytics is a notable local wandering cricket club who ordinarily, play midweek cricket, mostly against clubs in Surrey and surrounds. They are often seen delighting spectators and members of many regional clubs, especially during club Cricket Weeks.

Sutton Cricket Club was pleased to welcome the ’Paras’ players, officials, and followers to Cheam Road yesterday, thanking them especially for turning out on a Saturday! By doing so, the Paralytics CC fulfilled one of Sutton’s, ‘lost’, 2020 cricket week fixtures; and the club is extremely grateful to them.  Long may they continue their cricketing ethos!

A lovely late September afternoon greeted players and officials to Cheam Road yesterday.  There were many spectators lining the boundary, (social distancing observed, of course,) to witness what is traditionally the fixture that rounds off Sutton CC’s ‘Cricket Week’.

Skipper for the day, Josh Blake, having observed the well-prepared wicket, elected to bat after winning the toss. This week Rehan Ratnasapabathy accompanied Sam Woods to the crease. After 30.5 overs of making merry, the two had accumulated 200-runs in an opening wicket partnership that simply blitzed the Paralytics bowling. At that stage Ratnasapabathy stood on 99 off 93-balls and Woods 93 off 92-balls.

At 202-0, after clipping a single to square off Ian Walters, Ratnasapabathy retired out, on 100 skilful and entertainingly made runs, to be replaced by skipper Blake. Surprisingly, for the club’s 2020 run machine, Blake was out first ball, caught at the wicket by Antony Down off the forever cagey bowling of Chris Page.  

Etinder Bopara joined Woods at the crease and at 217-2 Woods, continuing his good work from last week’s game, achieved his adroitly composed ton in exactly 100-balls, and duly retired out as well.

Fellow Sutton CC Centurions: Sam and Rehan,

Enjoyable cameos from Bopara, 32 off 29, stumped Downs, chasing Page, and from Joe Lunn, 26 not out, off 19, ensured Blake could declare the Sutton innings upon reaching a challenging score of 269-4 off just 41-overs.

The Paralytics’ top order worked hard to set a foundation for the inevitable assault on the target, with opener Driscoll holding the Paralytics innings together nicely.  Senior colt, Aiden Sheridan, (11-0-66-2) had nipped in with 2-wickets as the Paras reached 127-3 from 30-overs.

Blake had replaced Kumar’s effective left arm spin, (14-3-44-1) in the 29th over by bringing on ‘big gun’ Sagar Joshi, (5-1-17-2). In the 31st over Joshi, steaming in, was on a hat-trick after George Duckworth caught Cooper (13 from 25) in the deep and next ball, sent Driscoll’s stumps flying, (56 from 85).  

At 5.30pm and after 33-overs, the umpires called for a minimum 20-overs in the final hour of play, as the Paralytics, looking the worse for wear, were tottering on 127-5.

Down (20 no) and Walters staged a 5th wicket recovery with an enterprising stand of 55 runs in 9-overs. Then Joe Lunn held on for a stonking catch at deep mid-wicket to dismiss Walters (33 from 36) off the bowling of Kumar. Page, who began to dig-in immediately as only Page can, joined Down, who was starting to open-up.  He was especially severe on Duckworth, brought back for the 15th of the final 20-overs.

With the score standing at 214-6, Blake brought on the right-arm spin of Sam Woods for the 16th of the final 20, and 3-balls later, Page (1 from 19) fell victim to a sharp Bopara slip catch. At 214-7 Richard Clark joined Down.

Next over Duckworth (8-2-43-1) got his revenge on Down, caught by Chat Premasinghe at mid-wicket, for a highly competent 51. After a maiden in the 18th of the final 20, Woods took the ball for the closing over. Second ball and it was 220-9 as Clark fell LBW; and since No.11 was absent, the game was over.  A win to Sutton CC’s Mid-Week XI by 49-runs. Woods ended the game with bowling stats of 2.2-1-0-2. Not a bad afternoon’s work given his earlier exploits with the bat!

Thanks for the game lads. See you next year!

Part of the challenge of many ‘wandering games’, such as this one, is to ensure that the day sees a ‘perfect’ game of cricket, leaving all results possible as late into the game as possible.  Ideally, the winning runs will be scored, or the last wicket will fall in the concluding few balls of the day. This takes a little bit of imagination from the captains, who also need to ensure that all players get as equal an opportunity as possible in the games.  

Both skippers on the day, Anthony Down and Josh Blake, deserve much credit for the way they deployed their respective teams during the game, thus producing thoroughly entertaining cricket for the many spectators at Cheam Road to enjoy, in addition to ensuring that all results were possible late into the game.

From beginning to end, an engaging and fun day’s cricket. Congratulations to all involved. 

Seadogs sail into tricky waters before navigating a sounder course.

Competitive recreational cricket returned early in August, but Sutton CC, due to the coronavirus pandemic, were forced to cancel their Cricket Week, normally set to take place during the last week of July/early August, annually. Each year the event provides quality club cricket, and attracts good crowds but, due to the current situation with the Covid-19 outbreak, the Club was left with no option but to cancel.  Nevertheless, they were able to arrange for two of the originally cancelled traditional cricket week fixtures to take place on successive Saturday’s, once the League season had concluded.  The first was Saturday’s match against Sam Seadon’s team of former Sutton CC players, now known affectionately as the ‘Sammy Seadog XI’!  The second, versus The Paralytics, customarily the Club’s cricket week Friday fixture, is set for next Saturday, September 19th.

Saturday, September 12th 2020: Sutton CC Mid-Week XI 236-6 (39.1 overs) beat the Sammy Seadog XI 232-7 dec (47-overs) by 4-wickets, (declaration game; 20-overs from 5.45pm).

Traffic congestion around the Rose Hill area and on the A 217 leading to Cheam delayed the 1.00pm start by 15-minutes as many of the day’s players were delayed by up to an hour travelling to the ground. As the Seadog XI only numbered six at the time, Sam Seadon ‘won’ the toss and ‘elected’ to bat!   

Despite a lack of cricket for many of the Seadog players, collectively they certainly did not look out of their depth. Saying that, after 16-overs, the visitors were in deep water at 67-4, two of the wickets taken by senior colt Aiden Sheridan. However, former Sutton CC keeper, Russell Coombe, coming in first wicket down, was still there on 30-runs, rolling-back the years, and remaining resolute throughout whilst resisting the early pressure.  Coombe was joined at the crease by former Sutton CC pro, Garth Davson, at the fall of the 4th wicket.

The unexpected dismissal of Davson, run out for just 5-runs following a fine piece of fielding from Connor Griffin, helped Sutton enormously, and the Seadogs were now drowning in hot water, struggling at 84-5.

Coombe, with Sutton CC stalwart, Paul Liddiard, came to the Seadogs rescue, proceeding to steer through some steady spin bowling from Bob Foster and Dan Edwards, before at 140-5, Foster’s new-found left-arm spin claimed Coombe’s wicket, stumped by Josh Blake, for a superb 71-runs from 73 balls.  140-6 soon became 149-7 in the 33rd over, as Foster claimed Liddiard’s wicket for 27, calmly made runs, after Griffin took a nice catch at mid-off. 

Russell Coombe

No further wickets fell in the subsequent 14.3-overs as Gary Outram, then on 8 not out, was joined by Matt Cawood; and both were determined, come hell or high water, to establish a challenging Seadog total for Sutton to chase. Which they duly did!

Skipper Seadon declared the innings after 47-overs with his Seadog XI standing at 232-7; Outram ending 37 not out from 44-balls, and Cawood not out after a swashbuckling 46 from 50-balls. 

Gary Outram and Matt Cawood.

Opening the attack for the Seadogs were two of the most consistently successful medium pace bowlers Sutton CC has seen in recent times.  At 1st XI league and cup level, David Mitchell is Sutton CC’s greatest wicket taker over the past 15-years, securing 184 at an average of 25.21 runs per wicket off 1,245-overs.   Sam Seadon, a genuine all-rounder, has captured 46-wickets so far during his SCC career, at an impressive average of 30.24 per wicket.

While Mitchell is the quicker of the two, neither of the bowlers are known for their rapid pace. They are both clever seamers though, who can move the ball both ways; and they have made many a top-order player look silly for well over a decade. So, when Sam Woods and Josh Blake, opening the Sutton innings, approached the wicket in pursuit of the 233-runs needed to win, they were not unaware of the quality they would be facing initially.

After 11-overs and at 51-0, Woods 26 no, and Blake 22 no, were thankful to have survived the endless nibble and wobble of the opening bowlers; and both batters looked relieved to see that changes to the attack were in the offing. Their respite was short lived however, as striding forward for the 12th over was Matt Cawood, Sutton CC’s second highest 1st XI wicket taker of recent times. A spinner who persistently tested the technique of his opposition, Cawood had notched 158-wickets at an average of 20.93 per wicket during his Sutton career. 

Cawood was joined in the 13th over by Krishna Rackal who, after many years representing the club on off the field of play, now holds the important club role of Committee Member for Clubhouse Management; and it was Rackal’s bowling that took the plaudits during a 6-over spell of probing spin.   

Woods, his expansive game shaping up nicely, and Blake, looking once more the complete top order batsman, were both moving along steadily, yet effectively, reaching 97-runs and eyeing a century opening partnership when, in the 17th over Rackal struck to take the first of his 3-wicket haul.  Cunningly placed by Rackal at short fine leg, Cawood took a top-quality catch to dismiss Blake for a controlled 39-runs off 46-balls. 

Two balls and 4-runs later, Sutton were 101-2 as Rackal made Chris Morris nick one to Coombe, who took it sharply behind the stumps, as only Coombsie can.  Woods was then joined by Sutton’s skipper, Dan Edwards, and at the end of the 20th over Sutton stood at 124-2 with Woods on 67 in 70-balls, and Edwards 11-runs off 9-balls.

At 5.45pm the day’s final 20-overs were called by the umpires, leaving Sutton with a further 109-runs required for victory. Off the 3rd ball of the first of the final overs, Rackal enticed Woods in similar fashion to the Morris dismissal.  This time Coombsie took an even sharper catch; and Rackal had claimed his 3rd wicket (6-0-35-3) of the innings.  Sutton, at 124-3, now needed 109-runs to win from the remaining 19.3-overs.

Sam Woods

7-overs later Etinder Bopara and Edwards had moved briskly to 172-3; 24 from 20, and 32 from 28, respectively. Outram had replaced Cawood earlier, and with the first ball of his 3rd over drew Bopara just enough to bring Coombsie his third victim of the day; a very quick-witted stumping. 4-balls later Andy Alabaster was clean bowled by Outram (4-0-20-2) for just 3-runs. Sutton stood at 176-5 and the Seadogs, now penetrating the Sutton batting effectively, were smelling a chance of victory.     

With 12.1-overs remaining, and 57-runs required, Rehan Ratnasapabathy joined Edwards. With 7.4-overs left, and the score on 192, Davson, replacing Rackal earlier, forced Ratnasapabathy to drive straight to Seadon at mid-on, who held on to grab a magnificent catch.  192-6; 7.3-overs left; 41-runs to win, and this challenge was growing into a wonderful cricketing occasion for all who were present at Cheam Road.

Connor Griffin strode to the wicket, linking with Edwards who, on 39 from 42-balls, was playing watchfully, determined to see his team over the finishing line victorious. Both were unyielding, as Seadon threw a variety of bowling skills at the pair in a desperate attempt to break the partnership.  Liddiard, Matt Lewis, Dave Mercer, and Mitchell, back for his second spell, all tried in vain, but to no avail.

Griffin caressed a boundary off the first ball of the day’s final over, bowled by Mitchell, to secure a Sutton win by 4-wickets.  Griffin ended on 13 not out from 18-balls; and Edwards not out for an excellent, measured 65 from 64-balls.

Dan Edwards

So, the third in this series of permanent, ‘Cricket Week’, fixtures, goes to the Club XI.  It is the first time they have beaten the Seadogs.  Previous encounters resulted in wins for the Seadogs by 3-wickets in 2018, and by 14-runs in 2019.      

Post-game there was much recounting of many matches and anecdotes from over the years which were enjoyed by all.  A beautiful day’s cricket, played competitively, but in the spirit of the game.  Looking forward to next year’s encounter already!

The Players

Highly competitive game goes Sutton’s way

Surrey Championship ‘Challenge Cup’ Group 5 – Round 7; Saturday September 5th 2020; Cheam Road, Sutton.

Sutton CC 1st XI (20 points) 178-7 from 38-overs beat Sanderstead CC 1st XI (4 points) 177-8 from 40-overs.

Pre-match warm-up…you may think it’s a bit of rugby; but no! It’s Aussie Rules, an import initiated no doubt, by our resident, ‘mate’, Chris Morris.

At Cheam Road on Saturday, in the final ‘Challenge Cup’ fixture for both clubs of this all too short season, Sutton fought off a strong and determined challenge by Sanderstead to win by 3-wickets in a classic game where control of the game regularly ebbed and flowed.

A bright day greeted everyone; a blessed relief given some of the unfavorable weather encountered recently on Saturday afternoons!  Sanderstead’s captain, Simon Carter, won the toss and elected to bat on another decent Cheam Road wicket.

Openers Jake Scarisbrick and Tyler Ward were quietly establishing a solid start for the innings when, with the score at 45, Sam Blake, who was delivering a very tight and accurate spell, (7-2-10-1) had Scarisbrick caught by Chris Morris at first slip, for 29 from 38 balls, in the first ball of the 12th over.

The second wicket fell terrifically, to the opening ball of Tom Sole’s first appearance for Sutton CC; Ward falling to a Sam Seadon slip catch for 19 from 41, leaving the visitors at 57-2.  John Coles joined Chris Bauman and their time together at the crease, off 2-balls short of 13-overs, produced 64 runs of which Bauman notched 44 in 47 balls before being bowled by Aneesh Jhalla.

Sanderstead now stood at 121-3 after 29-overs.  5-overs later, as Jhalla (8-1-33-2), Sagar Joshi (7-1-42-1) and Rehan Ratnasapabathy (3-0-16-2) got amongst the wickets, Sanderstead, positioned now at 132-6, needed their lower order to come good if they were to reach anywhere near a challenging total.  Sure enough, they did their job, adding 44-runs in the final 6-overs for the loss of 2-wickets, to reach a total of 177-8 from their allotted 40-overs.

In reply, having lost the openers for 29, Luke Smith, (11 off 26), and Sam Seadon, (12 off 13), Sutton were quickly realising that the visitors would fight hard to defend the target of 178.  The bowling was tight, the fielding excellent; and a positive but vigilant response was vital if Sutton were to remain in the game.

The vigilant came from Josh Blake (68 not out off 81), who in partnership with Etinder Bopara (18 off 40) added 48-runs in one ball short of 13-overs, before Bopara fell to a Bauman catch in the deep, off the bowling of Jonathan Lock.  So, after 20-overs Sutton were reasonably placed at 77-3, needing another 101-runs to win off the remaining 20-overs.

The positive response came with the arrival of Tom Sole at the wicket.  6-overs later the score had moved rapidly to 125 with Sole on 29 from just 17-balls.  After adding a single, Sole’s next ball looked destined for a 6-run boundary, but a fine Bauman catch at deep mid-on, off the bowling of Lock, saw Sole’s explosive and welcome innings end on 30 runs off 19-balls.  Meanwhile, Blake affirmed his growing influence on the innings by reaching his half-century, one ball before Sole’s dismissal.  Sutton were now 127-4 with 12.3 overs left, and 51-runs needed to win.

Commendably, Sanderstead, to a man, were defending their total relentlessly.  It almost paid off.  Three more wickets fell as Sutton’s mid to late order batsmen flayed around, only achieving bits and pieces, whilst looking to end the game quickly.  Blake hung in, scoring another 18 runs on his way to an impeccable 68 not out. Joined by Chris Morris (3-runs off 4), for the 8th wicket, the winning run was scored fittingly by Blake, off the final ball of the 38th over.

The ‘chase’ met!

One could not have witnessed a more competitive game of cricket to end this league season. Distinguished by Sanderstead’s exceptional, non-stop attempt to earn a win over their more illustrious opponents, Sutton needed to dig deep to win; and in the end their ‘bits and pieces’ stuff did the trick…….with a little help from Josh Blake, of course!

If ‘The Third Man’ were a betting man, he would find a friendly unsuspecting bookie to offer him a price on Sanderstead gaining promotion next season from the 3rd Division to the 2nd.  At evens, he would take it…….if he were a betting man!   

PS: The Third Man thanks 1st XI skipper Luke Smith and all the 1st XI players for their end of season ‘thank-yous’, and their generous, extremely well received gift.  It’s been a pleasure to score for such a great bunch of lads and record a few wins, as well!  God willing, I’m happy to do it again next season. Thanks to you all, once more.

For the final league tables of the season please visit: www.surreychampionship.com/match-info/tables Simply use the filter to scroll to relevant tables.  Sutton’s 1st XI played in group 5; the 2s in group 18; and the 3s in group 31. The 4s played their 2020 season in the Surrey County League Division 4; details here.

Seadon stars as Sutton ease to victory at Epsom.

Surrey Championship Challenge Cup Group 5 (Round 6): Sutton CC 1st XI 187-1 off 35.1-overs (20 points) beat Epsom CC 1st XI 185-8 off 40-overs (2 points) by 9-wickets at the Francis Schnadhorst Memorial Ground, Epsom.

Pre-match warm-up at a chilly Epsom CC

Sam Seadon, (102 not out from 101 balls), nailed a superb century as Sutton crushed Epsom by nine wickets on Saturday to help put the visitor’s campaign back on track in the Challenge Cup Group 5 series.

Supported proficiently by opening partner, and skipper, Luke Smith, (34 from 84), and by a back to form Josh Blake, (31 not out from 29), for the second wicket, Seadon gave a flawless batting exhibition, leaving the field with his wicket intact on 102. He also took three Epsom wickets earlier in day; a nailed-on MOTM performance!

An understandably happy Sam Seadon receiving congrats from his teamates after 102 no.

Batting first after winning the toss, on a dry yet slow wicket, Epsom made a disastrous start, losing both their openers inside 2-overs; George Beswick 0, bowled Sam Blake; and keeper Jacob Bird 1, bowled Seadon.  Their third batsman, captain Phil Edwards, went in the 8th, caught nicely at slip by Steven Dolben, bowled Seadon for 9, before Ben Hudson (71 from 92 ) and Asim Zeb (38 from 73) resurrected the innings to help Epsom reach a passable 105-3 off 26 overs.

The introduction of Chris Morris’ off-spin broke the partnership, securing Zeb, caught at deep mid-wicket for 38 by the returning from injury, Etinder Bopara, with the score now on 107-4. At 138 Morris struck again; this time capturing Hudson, caught behind by Josh Blake, for a well-constructed 71, now leaving the hosts 5-wickets down.

Epsom completed their allotted 40-overs after notching a further 47-runs, whilst losing three more wickets, including the superbly executed run-out of Kieran Page, by Sam Blake, ending on 185 for the loss of 8 wickets.  Seadon finished the innings with figures of 8-0-37-3 (4.63).

After 20-overs, Sutton’s reply stood at 101 for no loss, as Smith (25) and notably, Seddon (56) set about the Epsom attack.  At a run rate of just over 5 an over, Sutton were well ahead of the rate required.  However, with the arrival of Epsom’s spin attack, things slowed down a tad; and when the score reached 134 in the 28th over, Greg Hughes had Smith caught behind for a solid, supporting role of 34-runs, whilst Seadon, 80 not out, was getting down to his work.

Josh Blake joined Seadon at the crease, and both advanced serenely for the next 5-overs, producing 14 runs to take Sutton’s score to 148-1.  However, Asim Zeb’s second over, the 33rd of the innings, received some almighty hammer as both Blake and Seadon went berserk, going at Zeb with all guns blazing, as they scored 11 and 8 runs off the over, respectively! 

By the first ball of the 36th over the game was over, as Sutton romped home with 4.5 overs to spare.

Sam Seadon applauded after his 102 not out.

Executing this fine performance must have been very satisfying for Sutton, especially after the win at Dorking last week; and for the top order to go out and play in such a positive yet disciplined way was very pleasing to see.

Next Saturday, September 5th, Sutton 1st XI are at Cheam Road for their final league fixture of this truncated season.  Sanderstead CC are the visitors and the match starts at 1.00pm 

Group 5 standings: www.sutton.play-cricket.com/website/division/92473

Sutton CC’s 2nd XI beat Epsom CC at Cheam Road on Saturday by 73-runs and stand joint top of Group 18 with Chipstead C &W, and with Sanderstead CC just one point behind them both.  Next Saturday, September 5th, the 2s visit Sanderstead……..interesting!

Group 18 standings: www.sutton.play-cricket.com/website/division/92487

Composed mid-order secure win for Sutton

PLEASE NOTE: The rearranged 1st XI fixture scheduled to take place on FRIDAY 28th August at Cheam Road vesus Oxted & Limpsfield CC is CANCELLED.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 at Pixham Lane, Dorking: Sutton CC 1st XI, 158-6 in 38.3 overs, (20 points,) beat Dorking CC 1st XI, 157 all out in 36.4 overs, (2 points,) by 4 wickets.  

This recreational season, drastically shortened by the coronavirus shutdown, has at least provided us with one or two engaging cricket gifts generally missing in a typical Sutton CC campaign.  One such reward is the chance to visit Dorking CC.  Their Pixham Lane ground, which nestles peacefully at the steep foot of Box Hill, on a stretch of the North Downs that leads gently up to the town of Dorking itself, is a lovely spot.  Playing, viewing, or scoring at the ground is a delight, especially in agreeable weather which, aside from a very brief shower, all at Pixham Lane on Saturday enjoyed.

Dorking CC Pixham Lane

Understandably, given the recent rain, the wicket looked a tad slow and unlikely to improve as the day progressed.  Dorking skipper Toby Blood won the toss and as expected, elected to bat. 

Early on, the sluggish track offered no significant assistance to Sutton’s fast bowlers, allowing the hosts to make a decent start which began to fall away when medium pace and spin were introduced. John Gale, (32 from 61 balls), and Charlie Kenway, (40 from 43 balls) helped Dorking to 83-2 after 17-overs.  From that commanding position, Dorking lost 4 wickets quickly. 

Sam Blake had Kenway caught at point by Luke Smith; and at 101-runs Steven Dolben took a sharp slip catch off Sam Seadon to dismiss Ben Overton for 8-runs. At 108-4 the introduction of Aneesh Jhalla’s left-arm spin quickly accounted for two Dorking wickets. First, Jhalla bowled Gale and did the same with the very next ball to dismiss Henry Smith for a duck, leaving Dorking wobbling at 108-6 after 25-overs.

Stopping the rot, Kamran Munawar (12 from 29 balls) and Blood (31 from 32 balls) together added 39-runs until at 147-6 Sagar Joshi, adjusting his pace, returned to clean bowl Munawar.  4-runs later, Blood fell LBW to Jhalla.  Dorking’s score concluded at 157 off 36.4 overs as Joshi took his 3rd wicket, (6-0-31-3), and Jhalla, wrapping up the innings, secured his 4th, (6.4-0-29-4).

On the face of it, a target of 158 to win would seem straightforward but given the conditions, the score seemed not far off par; and so it proved as the Sutton batsmen struggled to cope.  Needing to pursue the target watchfully, the openers duly obliged.  Fortuitously, Dorking’s opening attack produced a flurry of extras which helped captain Luke Smith, and fellow opener Sam Seadon, reach 60-runs without loss by the 13th over.  An extremely useful start at almost 4.7 runs per over, and well ahead of the required rate.  

Recognising the pitch was worsening, for the 8th over skipper Blood called on the off spin of Tim Johnson.  After his initial over, which went for a total of 10-runs, Johnson really got to work, ending his spell of 8-overs with 3 maidens, just 20-runs, and 2-wickets: Sam Seadon, 20 off 38 balls, and Josh Blake, not the only batsman struggling with the increasingly listless pitch, 6-runs off 25 balls.  Both caught behind by keeper William Edwards.  Sutton were now standing at 79-runs for the loss of 2-wickets from 20-overs.

In the 25th over, with the score at 97, Smith fell to the bowling of Charlie Kenway, caught at mid-on, for a steady 45 off 74 balls. An over later, Rehan Ratnasapabathy, (9 from 24 balls), was caught & bowled by Blood, who brought himself on for the 24th over, leaving Sutton at 99 for 4.

The conditions were really suiting Dorking skipper Blood’s spin, as aside from helping slow the run rate, swiftly took the next two wickets: Joshi caught in the gully for 10 off 10 balls, and Dolben LBW 10 off 15 balls. Now it was Sutton’s turn to ‘wobble’!  127-6 at a rate of just under 4-runs an over, needing 31-runs to win in 8-overs.

Sam Woods, 8 not out, was joined at the crease by 1st XI debutant, 16-year old colt, Jay Evemy.  Satisfyingly, both toiled and grafted their way towards a welcome Sutton victory.  Evemy, guided by his experienced partner, ended not out 13 from 20 balls.  Playing with increased confidence he supported a flawless 37 ball 24 not out from Woods to help ensure a welcome Sutton victory by 4-wickets.

The game was played in front of a large crowd, spread all round the ground, including members of Old Suttonians 1st XI football team, who earlier in the day, had been playing a pre-season friendly against a Dorking Wanderers XI at nearby Meadowbank.  Many were former school mates of Sam Woods, and whilst obviously enjoying the friendly environment, they gave Sutton’s cricketers some great vocal support. Let’s hope we see the lads again before the season ends, home and/or away!

On Saturday 29th August, the 1st XI visit Epsom CC for the penultimate ‘Challenge Cup’ fixture of the season. Start time 1.00pm.

Match Abandoned

Surrey Championship Challenge Cup Group 5 Round 4 – 15th August 2020

Ominous!

Sutton CC 1st XI vs. Oxted & Limpsfield CC 1st XI. Match abandoned; 4 points each.

On Saturday, Sutton CC 1st XI were unable to at least try and steer away from the foot of Group 5’s table, as the permanent murk and drizzle at Cheam Road prevented any play in their scheduled Round 4 fixture vs. Oxted & Limpsfield CC 1st XI.

The 2s remain joint-top of Group 18, even though their game at Leatherhead CC was also abandoned.

Round 5: The 1s are due at Dorking CC this coming Saturday, August 22nd, 1.00pm start; whilst the 2s welcome Oxted & Limpsfield CC 2nd XI to Cheam Road, also starting at 1.00pm.

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.