The Season Ahead

Cheam Road - Home of Sutton CC

This summer, I will be scoring for the Sutton CC 4th XI on Saturday's in the Surrey Downs League Division 4.

http://www.surreydowns.org/

Sunday's will be spent watching club cricket around the local area along with some scoring stints.

On Monday's I plan to take in some Minor Counties cricket for the first time as this will be the middle day of the 3 day matches.

http://mcca.play-cricket.com/website/web_pages/129351

I plan to watch Somerset CCC when I can.

https://www.somersetcountycc.co.uk/

No doubt I will attend many Sutton CC Junior matches, particularly on Friday evenings at the club's second ground (along with a few beers).

I will be adding weekly round ups on this page commencing in April.

13th July Update

George Duckworth

Another disappointing Saturday for Sutton Cricket Club. The 1st team were well set at 74 for 1 but another capitulation saw them bowled out for just 154 by Wimbledon at Cheam Road with Sam Seadon top scoring with 40. The Dons bowled and caught well and then won by 8 wickets in just 32.1 overs. To make matters worse for Sutton (who slipped into the relegation places) they look to have lost skipper Luke Smith to a shoulder injury for the rest of the season. They travel to The Green to face Weybridge next Saturday.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754166

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82310

The 2nd XI also slipped into the relegation zone after defeat at The Green against Weybridge. Their 209 for 9 in 55 overs proved inadequate with Jaimin Patel top scoring with 81. A fine 1-5 from Tim Cross was the catalyst for the home side's win by 6 wickets in their final over. Divisional leaders, Wimbledon, visit Cheam Road next Saturday.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754170

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82316

The 3rd XI were led a merry dance at Cox's Walk where Streatham & Marlborough amassed 310 for 6 in 44 overs with Ravi Paul top scoring with 86. In reply, Sutton were 175 all out in the same amount of overs with a promising 54 from Ahrujan Ragunathan the main highlight. They are at Holmwood Close next Saturday in a mid table affair against Guildford.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754082

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82323

The 4th XI were the only winners and it was a comprehensive success over Tadworth at Holmwood Close.

This was a good team effort with both bat and ball and the fielding saw a marked improvement as well as Sutton posted 198 for 7 from their 40 overs. Dan Krayenbrink (46), Lee Quincey (29) and george Croome (26) were the main contributors. Tadworth were never really in the hunt and were dismissed for just 97 in the 28th over as Sutton completed a league double.

They travel to Horsley & Send next weekend.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3896549

Table here - https://sdl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82353

Sunday saw a hastily arranged friendly for Sutton Women against Streatham & Marlborough at Cheam Road which was won by 55 runs. It included a spell of 4 wickets in 4 balls for 12 year old Rebecca Denman, a remarkable feat that simply had to be recorded here.

On Monday, Sutton welcomed Taranaki Wanderers to Cheam Road and a superb, thoughtful game ensued. The New Zealand visitors, reeling perhaps from their world cup defeat the previous day, were bowled out for just 183 and, just before tea, Sutton looked well set as Chris Stevenson (38) and Rehan Ratnasapabathy (53) seemed in control. The loss of Stevenson on tea was pivotal and although Rehan received decent support, particularly from george Duckworth (22 - pictured), his dismissal meant a youthful tail had too much on their plate and Sutton were all out 23 runs short.

Scorecard here soon -

6th July Update

Paul Eldridge

Sutton showed some of the fighting spirit that will be required in what is clearly a relegation fight this season. With other results going their way, the 7 points gained from the draw at Sunbury may prove vital come September.

Sutton inserted their hosts and they raced to 305-3 declared thus allowing Sutton to bat 62 overs in reply. Half centuries from Sam Burgess and Rajan Soni were added to a fine century from Matt McGillivray but Sutton worked hard to match them. Another half century from Sangram Reddy was well supported by the 65 from 2s skipper Jamie Griffin (some of that accumulated with the help of a runner) and at 161 for 1 Sutton were in the hunt. Josh Blake and Chris Stevenson added 40s but Sutton closed 38 runs short of the win.

Next Saturday, Sutton welcome 3rd placed Wimbledon to Cheam Road.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754057

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82310 

A rather depleted 2nd XI came off second best to Guildford at Cheam Road but, again, showed good resilience to stay ahead of their opponents in the table via this draw. Guildford posted 272 for 3 in 50 overs with Henry Straw (87) and Tom Bancroft (64) the main contributors.

In reply, a fine 60 not out in 156 balls from Steve Dolben allowed Sutton to closeon 170 for 6 and he received good support from Chat Premasinghe (33), Matt Gardner (24) and youngster Jay Evemy (19).

They travel to The Green to face fifth placed Weybridge next Saturday

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3754060

Table here - https://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82316

The 3rd team lost at Imber Court to East Molesey where their total of 145 all out in the 42nd over was never going to be enough. Jaron Crawford hit 50 not out but The Moles cruised home in the 37th over to win by 4 wickets despite a 3 wicket haul from Rayyan Hassan.

It's 4th v 5th next week as Sutton visit Cox's Walk to play Streatham & Marlborough.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753970

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82323

At the three quarter stage of the match, Sutton 4ths were well in the hunt but they eventually succumbed to a 6 wicket defeat against Albury at Holmwood Close.

Sutton posted a reasonable 202 for 4 in their 40 overs with skipper, Paul Eldridge (49 - pictured) and Nach Datar (87 not out) the main contributors. At 75 for 1 at drinks, there was some pressure on the visitors but when Blaise Hammond (73 not out) joined skipper Nathaniel Hallam (71) the tide turned and Albury cruised home by 6 wickets with 7 overs to spare.

2nd placed Tadworth visit Holmwood Close next Saturday.

Scorecard here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82323

Table here - https://sdl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82353

On Sunday, the Development team welcomed Wimbledon to a damp Cheam Road and there was a delay to the start to 3pm with the match reduced to 35 overs each.

Sutton opted to bat but conditions were tricky and, at 78 for 6, Sutton were in trouble. However, Josh Blake (35), Rehan Ratna' (37) and 30 from Aidan Sheridan allowed a positive total of 163 for 9. Ross Menhennet picked up 4 for 20 on the helpful track. Sam Woods picked up 2 for 19 and Omar Nesari 2 for 11 from a hostile 4 overs as Wimbledon succumbed to 129 all out in the 30th over despite a bright 35 from wicket keeper, Joseph Throp.

Sutton head the division and travel to East Molesey next Sunday.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3792766

Table here - https://ssdl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=83214

29th June Update

Happier Times Ahead

At about 140 for 2, Sutton, who were invited to bat by the league leaders, looked in a most promising position at Cheam Road but the collapse to just 172 all out in the 63rd over underlined, once again, the fragility of the middle order. On a sweltering day, Sam Seadon (47) and Josh Blake (61), easily Sutton's most consistent batters thus far this season, had grafted hard against a strong attack but, despite useful contribitions from Chris Stevenson (29) and Sam Woods (24) the total never looked enough with Michael Munday taking an impressive 8 for 74.

In reply, Reigate Priory breezed home in the 33rd over to win by 8 wickets.

The trip to Sunbury next Saturday looks even more pivotal in what is becoming a worrying season.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753947

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82310 

A rather depleted 2nd XI travelled to basement boys Sunbury and were rather given the run around at Kenton Court Meadow. The hosts declared on 339 for 5 in just 43.3 overs as the Sutton bowlers laboured in the heat. Credit to Conor Griffin who, despite a hamstring issue, took 3 for 73 in 14 overs, decidedly economical in comparison to the others. Openers Conor, (44) and skipper Jamie Griffin (67) gave Sutton a good start putting on 92 but wickets fell steadily after that and Sutton were 196 all out in the 49th over.

Sutton welcome Guildford to Cheam Road next week in another key match up of the season.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753954

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82316

Judging by the temperature at Cheam Road on my return, I was most fortunate to score for the 3rd XI at a slightly cooler Holmwood Close where a hard earned win provided the only Saturday success for the club. Old Whits tardiness meant they forfeited the toss and Sutton went well on green but flat track. The declared 230 for 7 in 54 overs was built around a fine 114 from Chat Premasinghe and there was support throughout the innings.

Another superb tea and with 8 wickets down, an early finish looked likely. Some stubborn batting extended the game but Premasinghe's 3 wickets were crucial and Kumar Selveraj claimed 5 for 21 and the game was won in the 43rd of the 46 overs allowed to Old Whitgiftians.

Nice opposition, with some great banter, and chewing the Sutton CC fat with Richard Clark made for an ideal day of cricket all round. More please!!!

A trip to Imber Court to face East Molesey next week awaits.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753865

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82323

The 4th XI were well beated at league leaders Old Woking where call ups through cry offs and injuries decimated the team. A few batsmen got a start with Moksch Sachdeva top scored with 39 in the total of 141 for 8 in 40 overs but, despite an early wicket, the hosts cruised home in 20 overs by 9 wickets.

Albury visit Holmwood Close next Saturday.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3896539

Table here - https://sdl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82353

The Sunday XI had a resounding 88 run win against Jack Frost at Cheam Road in conditions much more appropriate for cricket. Opener Matt Gardner scored 100 which, along with 33 from Joe Lunn, got the hosts off to a flying start. 55 from Chris Stevenson helped Sutton post a daunting 275 for 6 in their 40 overs. The visitors were just about in contention at drinks but a succession of wickets, with leg spinner Dylan Walden-Ferguson claiming four of them meant they were all out for 187.

A very nice day of cricket all round.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3906321

22nd June Update

Bobby Foster

Sutton came off second best at Woodbridge Road as they drew with Guildford. The home side offered some solid top order batting with opener Nathan Tilley's 89 probably the highlight. Guildford declared on 263-7, allowing Sutton 60 overs to chase down the total. And at 105 without loss thanks to 1st XI debutant Sangram Reddy (56) and Sam Seadon (46) it was looking good for a vital away win. But when they fell in fairly quick succession, the middle order offered little resistance except for Chris Stevenson (22) and Josh Blake whose 46 not out off 114 balls at least allowed Sutton to travel back up the A3 with six points.

Next Saturday, the 1st XI are at home to league leaders Reigate Priory.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753839

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82310

The 2nd XI fought hard to hold off a strong Reigate Priory at Cheam Road. The visitor's 241 for 3 declared in 51 overs featured 108 from Rory Haughton and 69 from Henry Tye with Connor Griffin claiming all the scalps. Sutton survived a remarkable 69 overs in reply including a particularly stubborn knock from 15 year old George Duckworth and 29 from the experienced Bob Foster (pictured). And when stumps were drawn, they had reached 122 for 8.

Next Saturday, they travel to bottom of the league Sunbury.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753843

Table here - https://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82316

Sutton's 3rd XI were the only Saturday winners, once again, as they defended a modest score at Beddington Park. Sutton posted just 133 but tight bowling and good fielding put Beddo under constant pressure and they could only muster 112 in reply. Lee Quincey claimed 3 wickets.

The 3rd XI will be hopeful of further progress as they welcome Old Whitgiftians to Holmwood Close next Saturday.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753753

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82323

10 man Nutfield completed a Surrey Downs League double over the 4th XI but there were some positives to be taken from the loss. Ex Sutton player, Shaheen Suriyabandara scored a brisk 47 and George Chudleigh added 44, including a temporary retirement due to a back spasm as the visitors posted 199. Leg spinner, Anuj Srivastav claimed 4 for 23 and Aamna Ahmed bagged two wickets.

In reply, wickets fell at regular intervals but a stubbon 35 from Sam Longstone in 96 minutes raised home hopes. He received good supporting knocks from Srivastav and Dylan Walden-Ferguson but a spell of 3 for 6 from the experienced Chris Lyons kept the visitors in control. Sutton were all out for 157 in the 35th over.

Sutton travel to runaway league leaders Old Woking next week.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3896538

Table here - https://sdl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82353

The Surrey Development team had a convincing home win over Banstead on Sunday but it didn't look too promising early doors as they were restricted to 27 for 4. However, Josh Blake (72) and Sam Woods (23) added 52 runs before Woods played on. Blake received further good support from Connor Griffin (45) and Aidan Sheridan (37) as Sutton posted 223 all out in 39.2 overs. Spinner George Saunders took 4 for 43 off 7 overs.

Banstead's reply went much the same way at 15 for 3 with all the wickets falling to Sam Blake and caught by his brother Josh. They recovered to 64-3 but four quick wickets put Sutton in control, especially when Tom Pitchley fell for 47 (expecting leg spin from Woods) but he made a hash of an off break. Skipper Arsalan Abbas hit a good 50 with support from Calum Estall (29) but they were 162 all out in the 37th over. Sam Blake claimed 5 for 31 off 7 overs.

Their next match is at home to Wimbledon in a fortnight.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3792759

Table here - https://ssdl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=83214

The ladies team had their first win of the season at Outwood in the Surrey Slam competition.

Carolyn Brady top scored with 37 and Aamna Ahmed claimed four wickets in a comfortable win.

15th June Update

Chat Premasinghe

There was controversy at Cheam Road on Saturday as the weather saved Sutton 1st XI from defeat against Esher.

At 140-3 off 30 overs at lunch, the visitors looked in total control but a double 5 wicket haul from Aman Shinwari (5-69) and Aneesh Jhalla (5-25) meant a total of just 176 off 42.2 overs with new Derbyshire signing Fynn Hudson-Prentice scoring 63.

Rain meant Sutton had 60 overs to face but they never really got going despite decent knocks from Chris Stevenson (39) and Sam Woods (30). At 117-9, the umpires called a halt to proceedings thus frustrating Esher who, to be fair, took the decision very well.

Sutton travel to Guildford next week in another vital game towards the foot of the table.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753730

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82310

Despite a fine 91 from opener Sangram Reddy, Sutton 2nd XI slipped to an 8 wicket defeat at Fieldview against Spencer.

A few Sutton batters got in but there was little real support for Reddy in the total of 180 in 46 overs. In reply, Spencer offered two good partnerships, both including Aymun Ali whose 84 not out was pivotal in the win.

Sutton are at home to 3rd placed Reigate Priory next week.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753737

Table here - https://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82316

The 3rd XI were the only winning team on the day for Sutton thanks to a fine 5 wicket success against Normandy at Holmwood Close. The visitors opted to bat but excellent bowling from Chat Premasinghe - (pictured) - (4-32 off 12) and Kumar Selvaraj (3-33 off 14) restricted the innings to 191 all out in the 52nd over.

Sutton's win was built around two fine innings from skipper Matt Gardner (70) and Premasinghe (68 not out) as the target was reached in the 46th over.

Sutton visit 3rd placed Beddington next Saturday.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753648

Table here - https://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82323

The 4th XI struggled in gloomy conditions at Albury Heath where the ever improving hosts won comfortably by 84 runs. There was a maiden half century for his club from Robert Bourke (60) and former Reeds boy Nathaniel Hallam scored an impressive 121 not out. The 230 for 3 total took over 3 hours to complete underlining the damp conditions.

The home made scotch eggs and blueberry muffins at tea were, possibly, the highlight of the day for Sutton who struggled with the bat with teenager Theo Currie causing problems with three early wickets all caught splendidly by Hallam. Sutton mustered just 146-9 with Dan Krayenbrink hitting 74 not out (mostly with Jaron Crawford's bat) and he received promising support from George Croome and Dan Coughlan and there was an obdurate knock from skipper Martin Gardner towards the end of a long day.

Sutton host Nutfield next Saturday.

Scorecard here - https://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82323

Table here - https://sdl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82353

All eyes were on twitter at a deserted Cheam Road as Sutton's Trust side travelled to Guildford. And they returned back up the A3 on the end of a 40 run defeat. Wicket keeper Tom Geffen scored 75 and received good support from Jack Cunningham (41) as 220 all out was reached with three balls remaining.

Sutton's response flickered and fainted throughout with six batters reaching double figures, but there was no innings to match that of Geffen and Sutton were all out for 180 in the 38th over.

Sutton are at home in a derby against Banstead next Sunday.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3792761

Table here - https://ssdl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=83214

Sutton Ladies suffered a heavy defeat at Broom Road against Twickenham. Only openers Aamna Ahmed (19) and Jess Lewis (11) reached double figures in a total of just 55 in 25 overs.

Penny Thane-Woodhams smashed a quickfire 40 as Twickenham cruised home at 56-2 in 13 overs.

Sutton travel to Outwood next Sunday morning in the Surrey Slam.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3720940

Table here - https://surreygirlssmashit.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=81849

8th June Update

Ricky Singh

It was a, mostly, disappointing weekend for Sutton but there were one or two highlights to brighten up the mood.

There was a delayed start at Graburn Way where East Molesey asked Sutton to bat and. although the top three got starts, the visitors were dismissed for just 91 runs in 35 overs. The Moles knocked the runs off in under 15 overs.

Sutton face a key home game on vice-presidents day next Saturday at Cheam Road against Esher.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753621

Table here - https://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82310

That enabled the team to return to blighty to see the reverse 2nd XI fixture where Sutton won the toss and batted. Despite losing Sangram Reddy, captain, Jamie Griffin, continued his good form with a solid 72 runs and he received good support from Connor Griffin (34), Steve Dolben (23) and Ganesh Nerurkar (23) in a total of 199-8 in 53 overs.

In reply, the current champions slipped to 70 for 5 but Paul Lawford's 53 gave them hope. But Connor Griffin and Nick Clark proved too good and, along with some decent support bowling, The Moles were all out for 144 in just 38 overs.

Sutton travel to Spencer next week.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753626

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82316

The 3rd XI endured a miserable day at Abbey Rec where they were bowled out for just 59 in 29.3 overs by Battersea Ironsides. The home side knocked off the runs in 64 balls without losing a wicket.

Sutton face a pivotal home game against Normandy next Saturday.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753536

Table here - http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82323

The 4th XI provided one of the day's highlights where there was a maiden century for Ricky Singh (107 and pictured) at Holmwood Close against divisional leaders Old Woking who arrived with just ten players. Sutton's 197 all out in 34.4 overs also featured a nice little knock of 21 from Dan Coughlan, a total that should have been a tough challenge for the visitors.

At 19 for 2 thanks to a brace of wickets from Jake McCarthey, and another miserly spell of just 9 runs conceded in 8 overs from Steve Hall, Sutton looked favourites but a 140 run partnership between opening bat Elizabeth Jurczenko (55 not out) and stand in skipper Matt Coomber (85) proved decisive, aided by some more indifferent fielding, as Old Woking won by 6 wickets. Sutton slipped to 4th in the table. Sutton travel to improving Albury next week.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3896530

Table here - http://sdl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=82353

Sunday saw a change of fixture and a most pleasant one it was against Worcester Park at Cheam Road.

Park skipper, Stuart Bradshaw won the toss opted to bat. Nach Datar picked up two early wickets and it was left to Rob Hill (40) and Bradshaw (63) to help enable the visitors to post a respectable 185-9 off their 40 overs. In reply, Chris Stevenson (27) and Joe Lunn (44) got the home side off to a flyer with 61 runs in 8 overs and an early finish was on the cards. But when they fell the game changed and it needed a watchful 70 from Matt Gardner to see Sutton home by 4 wickets.

Great to see the legendary Park scorer Alan Housden in attendance for a rare Sunday scoring stint.

Scorecard here - https://worcesterpark.play-cricket.com/website/results/3785537

1st June Update

Nachiket Datar

In perfect batting conditions, the toss would prove decisive at Cheam Road and it was the visitors, Banstead, who prevailed and made hay. Sutton's 1st team started well with a wicket first ball and at 21 for 2 the home side were on top. However, 130 from Liam McKendry and 98 from Tom Lancefield saw Banstead pass 200 and a bright 55 from Cameron Gannon allowed a daunting 328 for 6 to be posted.

There was a unique cricketing double as Sam Seadon went first ball and, although many Popinjays batsmen “got in” there were few significant scores to make inroads into the target. Arun Harinath scored 55 and Dan Edwards, batting at number 9 scored 45 but the visitors prevailed by 116 runs.

Nine consecutive time games begin next Saturday.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753514

In the reverse 2nd XI fixture at Avenue Road, Banstead won the toss and batted. However, the decision rather backfired and they were dismissed for just 150 with Sam Woods the star with the ball as he returned 6 for 34 off his ten overs. Sangram Reddy and Woods went quickly in reply but it was skipper, Jamie Griffin, who once again steadied the ship scoring 75 not out and he received fine support from Jaimin Patel who added 48 in a comfortable 7 wicket success.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753517

At the King's Field, the third team enjoyed success against Hampton Wick Royal and it was three new additions on the day who had the most success. Nach Datar (pictured), promoted from the 4th XI, claimed 6 for 38 as the visitors bowled The Wick out for 179 in the 45th over. The Sutton innings remained pretty solid from the start with Ganesh Nerurkar scoring 74 and Jaron Crawford scored a typical 49 in a 6 wicket success.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753427

At Holmwood Close, the 4th XI looked jaded at the interval following a rather abject fielding display as Horsley & Send, welcome visitors, posted 203 for 7 for whom Ian Mair was 98 not out at the close. Only Steve Hall and Ricky Singh had any real control with the ball and it would need some good individual innings if Sutton were to prevail. A watchful John Fordham added 25 opening and it was left to Singh (83) and Dan Krayenbrink (53) to cross the line via a 122 run partnership in a little over ten overs for a 7 wicket success! The tea (which was enough for six teams) was superb as ever and it was a much happier troop that returned to blighty with maximum points.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3896525

The Sunday XI welcomed Teddington Town to Cheam Road in a game that became a 10 a side contest. The visitors batted first and at 48 for 2 at drinks it wasn't looking too hopeful especially after two run outs. However, the visitors managed a respectable 174 for 6 with Guljit Singh (37) and Pranay Cheyandran (75) causing most of the damage.

In reply, Sutton were wobbling with 6 wickets having fallen. Chris Stevenson (62) was the main contributor and it was left to teenagers Omar Nesari and Moksch Sachdeva to steady the ship and steer Sutton home to a 4 wicket success. A most pleasant day.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3906319

At Holmwood Close, the ladies team succumbed to a 94 run defeat to Reigate Priory. The visitors scored 201 for 6 from their 35 overs. Sutton were all out for 107 in 34.2 overs with Rebecca Denman's 21 runs really catching the eye.

Scorecard - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3720923

25th/26th/27th May Update

Josh Blake

Sutton 1st XI lost their unbeaten league record at Ashtead on Saturday. Having won the toss and batted, they will have been disappointed to be restricted to 182 all out in 38.5 overs. That represented quite a recovery from 48 for 5 thanks to 47 not out from in form Josh Blake (pictured) who received good support from Sam Woods, Dan Edwards and Aman Shinwari. In reply, Ashtead made light work of the target with 75 not out from David White the mainstay of the innings which lasted 37.4 overs.

Sutton will look to bounce back at home to Banstead next week.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753402

In the reverse 2nd XI fixture at Cheam Road, a superb 88 from Sangram Reddy allowed Sutton to post 212 all in in the 44th over. The middle order failed to make any inroads as the home side slipped from 143-1. 5 for 41 for Ragu Aravinthan did most of the damage. At 49 for 3, Sutton had a chance but The Stags middle order responded well via Stewart, Douglas and Gale and the target was reached with 37 balls remaining.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753410

At Holmwood Close, Sutton 3rd XI had a wretched day succumbing to just 116 all out with 10 overs remaining, with 28 of those coming from 15 year old George Duckworth.

Old Rutlishians reached their target 4 down in 23 overs for a comprehensive win.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753323

The 4th XI were the club's only winners. Some fine bowling (and fielding) restricted Tadworth to just 116 with Nach Datar (2 for 11 off 8) and Sam Mannion (4 for 28 off 7.5) the main beneficiaries.

In reply, Sutton would need to be cautious and it was 25 not out in 97 balls from John Fordham that laid the foundations for an excellent win. Jaron Crawford and Ricky Singh, both in typical fashion, made 34, the latter not out, to move Sutton to a promising third in the table.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3896520

Beddington cried off from the Sunday Trust friendly and were replaced by Energy Exiles at late notice.

The visitors got off to a fine start with 60 for 1 off 7 overs but the wheels quickly came off mainly via Sam Woods 4 for 28 as they mustered just 125 all out in the 26th over.

Sutton were cruising home at 106 without loss after 13 overs when the rain caused a curtailment. The Monday T20 wicket needed protection and Sutton won on a better run rate with Jaimin Patel 65 not out off just 45 balls.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3906316

Over at Greatpark, and on something of a minefield of a wicket, the Sutton Club XI beat Churchleigh by 7 wickets with drizzle threatening any result.

Chat Premasinghe was virtually unplayable with 5 for 7 off 6.5 overs and he received fine support fro debutant Shan Murugan, Phil Diaper and some baffling bowling from Ansh Bansal.

The target of 81 wasn't going to be easy but a swashbuckling 38 not out from all rounder Murugan clinched the game by 7 wickets in the 21st over.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3871413

Bank Holiday Monday saw a quarter final place in the Surrey Championship T20 up for grabs at Cheam Road.

First up, Sutton made light work of Old Rutlishians with the visitors posting just 114 for 9 in 20 overs. Dominic Wood opening scored an eye catching 34 with Aneesh Jhalla taking 4 for 15.

Sam Seadon (42 not out) and Josh Blake (47) saw Sutton to a 9 wicket win in the 16th over.

Scorecard here - http://www.surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/results/4050919

Chessington (104 for 7) lost to Old Hamptonians (106 for 3) to set up a keenly anticipated decider.

Old Hamptonians were inserted a reached a respectable 135 for 5 in their twenty overs but Sutton's openers were in good nick and Blake (65 not out) and Seadon (44) reaching the target in the 17th over.

Scorecard to follow here - http://www.surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/results/4053929

Sutton are now at home to Beddington in the quarter final on Thursday 27th June at 6pm.

18th/19th May Update

With You All The Way

Sutton's flagship 1st XI made it two wins from two games with a superb team effort against reigning champions Weybridge at Cheam Road. Having been inserted, Sutton posted 230-8 off their 50 overs with skipper Luke Smith (34) and Sam Seadon (61) putting on 97 for the first wicket. There were useful runs from Josh Blake (50) and Jaimin Patel (30) while Aman Shinwari hit a brisk 19 at the death.

The win was secured by some excellent bowling and fielding with Shinwari and Seadon claiming 3 wickets apiece but the real star with the ball was 17 year old Sam Blake whose 2 for 20 off 6 overs included more prize scalps to add to his ever growing CV.

Sutton will travel to Ashtead in good heart next weekend.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753298

The 2nd XI bowled and fielded pretty well at Church Road against a strong Wimbledon but unfortunately their batting was not up to par. 60 runs from ex Derbyshire player Jonathan Clare helped the hosts to 210 all out in 49 overs, a good effort that from Sutton with George Duckworth and Nick Clark, at opposite ends of their club cricket careers taking 4 wickets apiece. In reply, only skipper Jamie Griffin made real inroads with 60 with only Keith Gilpin and Sangram Reddy making double figures as spinners Clare and Robbie Gunn made hay with the ball.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753303

The 3rd XI did well to restrict Guildford to just 169-6 off 50 overs at Stoke Rec but in reply, the batting was rather poor and Sutton were dismissed for a meagre 68 in just 22.2 overs.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753210

At Chilmead Lane, the 4th XI came off second best following an horrific injury in the field to debutant Joseph Keller who was released from hospital later in the evening following extensive tests. At the time of the injury, Nutfield had reached 196-4 off 32.1 overs but with over an hour lost awaiting the ambulance, they declared their total with wicket keeper Simon Williams top scoring with 65..

In reply, at 6 minutes to 5, Sutton responded well and at 56-3 they were up with the required rate. However, when Jaron Crawford fell for 29, the game was up despite a not out 45 from Dan Krayenbrink and a nice 14 from George Croome. Nevertheless, it was a nice day with the game played in keeping with the spirit of the Surrey Downs League.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3896517

Sutton saw a pleasant and rather emotional day unfold at Cheam Road with Sutton prevailing by 83 runs against an enthusiastic Albamorphics.

Joe Lunn (48) and Conor Griffin (84) got the home side off to a fine start and with Sam Clarkson adding 84 not out, a formidable 256-5 was posted off 40 overs. James McCabe (who looks like joining Sutton very soon) and James Martin bowled very well.

In reply, the visitors weren't far off the pace early doors through Brown and Hawksley but when they, and skipper Wayne Crewe, fell, wickets went at regular intervals with Dylan Walden-Ferguson taking 3-24 with his leg spin and there were two wickets late on for Joe Lunn ahead of a busy few months. Everyone at Sutton CC are rooting for you Joe.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4051653

Sutton Women lost by 28 runs in their first Surrey Slam match of the season. Reigate Priory's Alice Capsey made it successive centuries while Zaresh Rehman took 3 for 44. In reply, Sutton lost just 1 wicket with Aamna Ahmed forced to retire on 42. All in all not a bad team effort.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3740325

11th/12th May Round Up

Dan Edwards

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.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753189

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.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753194

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.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753106

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.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3896511

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.

Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3962925

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

4th/5th May Round Up

Steve Hall

Ahead of the new Surrey Championship season, and on a miserably cold day with wind,rain and hail, Sutton's first three elevens had warm up games scheduled while the 4th XI were due to start their Surrey Downs league programme.

The 1st XI visited Dorking where they won the toss and elected to field. Dorking amassed 233 all out in 47.4 of their 50 overs with skipper, Toby Blood contrubuting 102 before being run out. Sutton's bowlers all had useful work outs and in reply, a 106 run partnership between Rehan Ratnasapabathy and Sam Seadon for the 4th wicket drove The Popinjays on. Seadon eventually fell agonisingly on 99 but good knocks from skipper Luke Smith (42) and Sam Woods (32*) saw them home by 4 wickets. Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3919348

The 2nd XI had a fine win over Beckenham at Cheam Road. Some reasonable bowling and fielding restricted the Kent side to 225-9 off 40 overs (Jamie Griffin 4 catches) and in reply, the home innings was dominated by Sangram Reddy who fired 120 not out for his debut ton for Sutton. Ganesh Nerurkar played some nice strokes for 34 not out as Sutton won by 7 wickets. Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3919347

There was a hastily arranged 3rd XI friendly at Beddington where Sutton had the best of it before the weather intervened. There were several bright knocks as Sutton posted 183-8 off their 40 overs and, at 93-7 in reply, Beddo looked doomed before rain forced the abandonment of the game with Omar Nesari taking 3-25 off 5 lively overs. Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4040723

The 4th XI saw their league match conceded on Friday morning by Ockley CC so a friendly game v Grays CC from Essex was arranged. Once again the weather halted proceedings but not before Johnny Rosenthal scored a second successive 50 and there were 53 extras in Sutton's total of 175 all out in 33'5 overs. When Anoop Soni removed Qasim at 95-3, Sutton were in with a chance of an unlikely win against a side claiming weak-medium status (not sure how) but torrential hail saw both squads running for cover and the handshakes followed. Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4043912

On to Sunday where Sutton hosted Wibbandune who had thrashed their hosts in 2018. A decent 40 from George Croome, who should go well this season, laid the foundations of Sutton's 218-7 off their 40 overs and he received fine support from Dylan Paskaran (31) and Sam Clarkson (45*) amongst others. In response, the visitors found the veteran lefty Steve Hall (pictured) unplayable and he returned 5 for 12 of 6 overs as the innings capitulated to a meagre 49 all out in just 18 overs. Scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3906317

Next Saturday the 1sts and 4ths travel to Wimbledon and Leatherhead while the 2nds and 3rds host Weybridge and Streatham & Marlborough. On Sunday, the club XI host Banstead while the Womens team travel to Shepperton.

27th/28th April Round Up

Chris Stevenson

Following a low key friendly on Sunday 21st April - scorecard here http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4028827 - Saturday 27th April saw the opening mens friendlies of the season.

Sutton 1st XI had a 4 wicket win over Chessington at Cheam Road where Josh Blake, back from a second succesful winter in Australia, top scored with 57 while Rehan Ratnasabapathy excelled with bat and ball. Good to see former Popinjays Luke and Rob Barnard on a day not ideal weatherwise for cricket and new overseas Chris Stevenson made his club debut (pictured) - scorecard and a report from Chessy here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3860318

The 2nd XI won the reverse fixture at the Francis Barker Ground played in equally unappealling conditions. Skipper jamie Griffin top scored with 53 but at 83-5 victory looked rather unlikely chasing 170. However Nav Nonis, Keith Gilpin and Aiden Sheridan saw the visitors home with lots of overs remaining - scorecard and a report from Chessy here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3860318

There was no 3rd XI game but the 4th team had a good win against Albury at Holmwood Close, a week ahead of their opening Surrey Downs League match at home to Ockley next Saturday.

At 96 for 4, progress was slow but wicket keeper "Ronnie" Rosenthal and Sam Longstone elevated a competitive score of 2-7-4 in 40 overs. In response, Albury struggled as well early on but former Merrow player, Freddie Wall added a decent 59 and with keeper Matt Robinson teeing off, an unlikely win was possible. However four expensive wickets from Steve Pusey and a further three from Anoop Soni ensured a 35 run success from a most pleasant, if chilly, day - scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4039655

Sunday saw the start of the ECB National Cup at Cheam Road but Sutton slipped to a disappointing defeat to a, quite frankly, superior Bromley Common outfit.

The Sutton innings got off to a slow start although many felt the 189-8 off their 40 overs would be competitive. Harry Allen top scored with 72 off 95 balls and he received decent support from Josh Blake and Sam Seadon with 24 apiece.

Bromley Common got off to a flier and Sutton never really recovered from the lightning start and the win was secured in 36.3 overs with good knocks from Leigh Walker (51) and Ollie Hickford (69) - scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3794503

The Sunday XI lost at Worcester Park despite good knocks from Sangram Reddy, Dylan Paskaran and Max Thoburn - Scorecard here - https://worcesterpark.play-cricket.com/website/results/3758316 while the Womens team lost at Spencer by 4 wickets in their opening league match with Aamna Ahmed top scoring with 51 for Sutton - scorecard here - http://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/3720936