Published: 12th May, 2014
The 2014 Ryman Surrey Championship Premier Division got underway at the weekend – but sadly three of the five games were lost to poor weather.
In the two matches that did survive the conditions, Reigate Priory and Sunbury played their way to victories over newly promoted Leatherhead and Banstead respectively.
This week’s matches were played as fifty over games under One Day conditions. Match rules will change later in the season to include different formats.
Surrey players to turn out for their clubs were George Edwards (Spencer); Jack Winslade (Weybridge) and Tom Jewell (Guildford).
Reigate Priory CC (194/8) beat Leatherhead CC (137ao) by 57 runs
Exact details for this match are currently unavailable but Reigate’s opening day victory (including a bonus point) has left them top of the table after the first week. Stand out performances from Reigate came from batsman Richie Oliver (53) and wicket keeper Michael Burgess, who took three catches and completed two stumpings.
Spencer CC (122ao) vs. Sutton CC (94/3) – Match Abandoned
After being asked to bat first by their visitors, Earlsfield based the Spencer batsmen struggled to impose themselves on the game.
Only Krishna Sivakumaran (37) and captain and wicket keeper Neil Baker (27*) were able to post substantial innings with both Adam Rouse and Luke Billingham falling for ducks. Wickets were shared around the visiting bowlers, with Garth Davson (4/22) and opener Warren Barnes (3/15) leading the way.
Despite only having a small total to chase, Sutton were eventually caught by the conditions, despite the South African Davson (81* from 51 balls) proving equally effective with the bat. He came to the crease with his side on 0/1 after George Edwards had bowled Sam Woods for a duck and scored 86% of his team’s runs before the game was abandoned with Sutton 29 runs short of a successful chase with both sides taking one point.
Weybridge CC (DNB) vs. Valley End CC (167/6) – Match Abandoned
Making their debut in the top flight of Surrey club cricket, Valley End lost the toss and were inserted by their hosts Weybridge.
They battled back from the early loss of Tom Nevin, LBW to Surrey’s Jack Winslade for just one, with Chris MacDougal (33) and Alex MacQueen (39*) playing crucial innings as they made their way to 167/6 before the rains came.
Weybridge were denied the chance to start their chase, the game being as abandoned with each side taking a point.
Wimbledon CC (134/5) vs. Guildford CC (16/4) – Match Abandoned
Reigning champions Wimbledon were inserted by visiting Guildford and found themselves in deep early trouble at 0/2 with captain Chris Benham and James Bett both dismissed by Surrey’s Tom Jewell for a duck.
After a brief recovery, the hosts lost Neil Turk (10) and James Johnson (15) to slip to 39/4. However, Ben Compton (32*) and Hiran Marambe (48) put on a strong partnership to help their side to 134/5 off 33.2 overs.
Although they started their chase, Guildford were in deep trouble at 16/4 from four overs, three wickets going to Neil Turk, when the rains arrived in south west London and the game was called off with each side receiving a single point.
Banstead CC (136ao) lost to Sunbury CC (100/1) by nine wickets
Sunbury won the toss and, in common with other sides on Saturday, opted to bowl first in their game at Banstead.
After opening bowler Kevin Smith dismissed openers Jon Gunasekera (5) and Bertie Blackwell (6), Billy Yeats (22) and Uwe Birkenstock (38) staged a comeback for Banstead, moving them onto 52/2 before Yeats was trapped LBW by Justin Granger.
From there on in, Banstead lost regular wickets, with only captain Richard Bedbrook (12) and Chris Lowe (12) making double figures as the home side posted 136 all out, with Smith ending on 4/33.
In a stop start reply, Sunbury eventually cruised to a Duckworth/Lewis managed total of 100/1, with opener Andrew Herriott (27*) providing backup for the match winning innings of 49* from captain and former Middlesex batsman Adam London as Sunbury secured a nine point victory.
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