It was a, mostly, positive start to the Surrey Championship season on a day where the weather played a pivotal part.
Isolated heavy showers were forecast throughout the county but they did not stop a young 1st team getting off to the ideal start with a win Church Road against Wimbledon.
Wimbledon, having won the toss, had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat and at 115 for 7, it looked like an early finish was possible. However, an 87 run partnership between Chris
Morris (56) and Dan Edwards (32 - pictured) helped Sutton reach 206 all out in 45.5 overs.
Wimbledon received a revised target of 208 in 46 overs but Sutton
bowled exceptionally well throughout the innings, taking wickets regularly and at key moments to record a fine win by 49 runs with Sam Seadon's 3 for 20 off ten catching the eye.
The average age of the Sutton team was 22 with 8 home grown players who all played their part.
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The 2nd XI match at Cheam Road against Weybridge was abandoned after a heavy hailstorm rendered the wick too wet to contine. Sutton were a promising looking
33 without loss in 5 overs when play was halted.
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The 3rd XI, who were relegated last season, and under new skipper Matt Gardner got off to a winning start at Holmwood Close against Streatham & Marlborough.
Another toss won and the visitors were asked to bat. But only two batters reached double figures as they were dismissed for just 117 in the 43rd over. Kumar
Selveraj took 4 for 27 on debut and was well supported by a miserly Richard Clark, in particular, with 2 for 12 in ten overs.
In response, 54 from Premasinghe
and a bright 31 from Zafar saw the Popinjays home for the loss of 5 wickets.
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The 4th XI got to play their second league game having received a walkover last week and they enjoyed a most pleasant day at Ockham Cricket Club against
a youthful Leatherhead 3rd XI in the Surrey Downs League Division 4.
To be fair, the wicket was tricky and the outfield rather long but a game
played in fine spirit ensued nonetheless. More importantly, the weather held fine for most of the day and the tranquil setting with numerous red kites overhead made one feel rather at peace with the world.
Sutton won the toss and Leatherhead were asked to bat. It was difficult to get value for ground shots but a 57 run partnership for the 2nd wicket set the home side up nicely. But Joe Wiggins well constructed
61 was the only serious damage as Sutton's out cricket dominated, especially via 15 year old seamer, Moksch Sachdeva (a very promising 2 for 19) and 12 year old leggy, Anuj Srivastav (3 for 24) and the catching was good from all, especially one from John Fordham
who, let's say, is at the opposite end of the spectrum regarding his cricketing career. Lovely stuff all round.
The Ockham bartender looked after us well
throughout the day though his weather forecasting left much to be desired (thankfully) and replenished after an old fashioned but perfectly adequate tea, it was time to bat. The main contributions came from wicket keeper Johnny (Ronnie) Rosenthal with a 3rd
consecutive half century and 44 from the free hitting Jaron Crawford and these knocks ensured a five wicket success despite some fine bowling from Myers and Sutherland.
Several beers and a lovely rainbow rounded off the day to perfection.
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The Sunday team won comfortably against Banstead thanks to a strong top order who, eventually, posted 256 for 4 in 40 overs. In reply, the visitors were always behind
the 8 ball though there was an eye catching 35 from Vikram Prabhakar as they could only muster 133 for 7.
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The women's team had a day to forget at Shepperton on and off the field!
Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3720931