Surrey Indoor Cricket League: Videos and reports from an action-filled week!
Game of the week: Guy's & St Thomas's ace monster chase!!
Watch the video to catch up on the best moments of Thursday's titanic contest. In pursuit of more than 150 off 12 overs, G&S threw caution to the wind. The result was a spectacular 1 wicket victory!
Fletcher powers Oxted to no.1 spot
Stuart Fletcher walked to the crease for the second time, on 25 not out. He walked off just 6 balls later with a half century to his name! Congratulations for being the first person to hit this landmark at Downsend in 2017!
Stuart's efforts provided the perfect start and finish to an Oxted innings, that never dropped below 5th gear. His batting partners milked 3s at will, driving Cheam's attack to distraction. Hamza Hafeez was the only bowler to emerge with their figures undamaged. 3 overs for just 17 runs was highly credible amid the carnage!
Varma led Cheam's reply, and he ended up baeing last dismissed for a fluent 38....and for a while kept his team in the hunt. But in pursuit of 162, there was no time for any letting up. Pace off the ball was their un-doing....with Ned Lack and Gary Miller's spin combining for 3 wickets.
Farhan heroics decisive in "Ham and Egg" showdown
Ham & Petersham's final batsman edged out Egham in a tense encounter, where momentum swayed throughout. Requiring 20 on his own, off 2 overs, Farhan Hameed looked to knock them off as quickly as possible.
The match came down to the crucial 11th over. 2 boundaries off the first 2 balls put the pressure firmly onto the fielding side. And Hameed continued to strike the ball cleanly, picking 9 runs off the rest of the over. It was a brave counter-attacking innings.
Egham were desperately close to their maiden win in the league. Billy Herbert is racking up MVP points, thanks to 20 runs, a wicket and 2 run outs. Ahmed Mahbub (27, 1-16) continued to find form indoors as well. This contrasted with poor Usama Amir - didn't bowl, run out by his partner without facing. Cricket can be kind, and it can be cruel.
Edwards holds his nerve in dramatic Epsom chase!
The Surrey Junior Indoor League takes place at Downsend as well. If any of the adults need a masterclass on the intricasies of the game, several boys and girls are providing it!
Nathan Edwards was the hero of a 1 wicket win against Weybridge. This innings showed amazing character for a young player. Nathan carried the burden of being the last batter, playing sensible shots, and keeping the ball down for 16 off 12 balls. He added clear calling and quick running to his shot selection.
The match appeared to be leaning Weybridge's way, as the boys in purple produced a spirited defence of a small total (76 all out). Freddie Huntington and Lorenzo Fabris gave their side belief that they could bowl out Epsom, beating the edge regularly, and conceding few early runs. However, Epsom's batters showed equal resolve, all making starts, but without capitalising (3 made it to double figures, top score 17).
This game was short - just 18.2 of a maximum 24 taken - but highly eventful. The first over alone sent our scoring app into overdrive!! 20 runs, 3 kinds of extras, 1 wicket, and remarkable a direct hit run out with the batsmen looking for their 8th (8th!!!) run!
Bury saves Weybridge against Meah rearguard
To complete a hugely exciting evening, Weybridge "A" scraped home by the skin of their teeth, against the Twenty20 Academy.
Without doubt, the player of the match was Ben Bury, who single-handedly hauled his side from nowhere - 59-5 in the 9th over - to a more respectable total of 82. In 30 balls he ammassed a calm, composed, 35....only a beautiful out-swinger by Alex Yates dislodged him from the crease. As if this wasn't enpough, Ben was a constant menace with the ball. It was his tight early spell that sent Twenty20's run-rate higher. He then he came on in the final over to finish the contest, forcing a loose shot from the final batter. Despite conceding some needless runs and extras, Weybridge had more than a few brilliant deliveries, thus were a constant wicket threat. Kudos to Freddie Rider for bowling a rare indoor maiden too!
This last man standing was Keiran Meah, a regular at the Twenty20 Academy for the last few years. In this innings he really came of age! The vast majority of his 29 (23 balls) came for the final wicket. Most impressive was his sticking to the game plan of quick singles, and cleverly time shots into gaps....not panicking and chipping away at the target over time.
Even though his knock wasn't enough, we are proud of him and his deserved progress! Well done to both excellent teams!