Sutton CC Saturday Fixtures 2020

Date 1st XI (Group 5) 2nd XI (Group 18) 3rd XI (Group 31) 4th XI (SDL Div 4) 5th XI (Friendlies)
18th Jul BEDDINGTON (FR) Beddington (FR) BEDDINGTON (FR) Beddington (FR) Salfords 3rds (FR)
25th Jul Chessington CHESSINGTON Ewell OXTED & LIMPSFIELD Cranleigh 4ths (FR)
1st Aug LEATHERHEAD Chipstead C & W LEATHERHEAD Westcott (FR) Beddington 4ths (FR)
8th Aug Chipstead C & W DORKING Chipstead C & W NUTFIELD Hampton Hill (FR)
15th Aug OXTED & LIMPSFIELD Leatherhead OXTED & LIMPSFIELD Dulwich Old Rutlishians (SC)
22nd Aug Dorking OXTED & LIMPSFIELD Dorking ASHTEAD Park Hill (FR)
29th Aug Epsom EPSOM Epsom TADWORTH NO GAME
5th Sep SANDERSTEAD Sanderstead SANDERSTEAD Capel Spencer (SC)
12th Sep SAM SEADON XI (FR) NO GAME Camberley (FR) HORSLEY & SEND Nutfield (FR)
19th Sep PARALYTICS (FR) NO GAME Ashtead (FR) ASHTEAD (FR) NO GAME
26th Sep THAMES DITTON (FR) NO GAME STREATHAM & MARLBOROUGH (FR) NO GAME NO GAME
  WON LOST ABANDONED    

26th/27th September Round Up

Sutton's covid 19 affected season came to a close with four wins out of four.

On Saturday, Sutton beat Thames Ditton by 7 wickets at Cheam Road, largely thanks to 136 from Josh Blake. The Swans posted a respectable 218 for 8 in their 40 overs with many batsmaen getting starts.  But Blake's innings, featuring 26 boundaries, saw a comfortable win against very welcome opposition.

Scorecard herehttps://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4528232

At Holmwood Close, Sutton beat Streatham & Marlborough by 5 wickets. Sutton restricted the visitors to 153 for 9 in 40 overs and it needed a fine 66 from Rehan Ratna' to get Sutton home having fallen to 71 for 5!

Scorecard herehttps://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4528580

On Sunday, there was a 35 over game against Merstham at Cheam Road. Sutton could only manage 158 and at 92 without loss, a heavy defeat looked on the cards. But 4 wickets each from Dan Edwards and Chat Premasinghe saw the visitors dismissed for 140 and an 18 run win for the home side.

Scorecard to follow

At Holmwood Close, Sutton proved to strong for Merton by beating their near neighbours by 183 runs. Once again, Josh Blake was in good form scoring 144 with Dylan Paskaran scoring 82. Merton replied with 161 for 9.

Scorecard herehttps://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4518559

Sutton Ladies lost their Surrey Slam semi final to a strong Spencer side by 9 wickets.

Scorecard herehttps://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4528409

Josh Blake and Dan Edwards (pictured) won the club adult Henderson awards for most runs and wickets in the shortened season.

19/20 September Round Up

Sutton duly despatched the Paralytics on Saturday with some solid batting as they reached 269 for 4 off 40 overs declared. Sam Woods and Rehan Ratna' both retired on 100 (pictured).

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4510783

Mike Woods' excellent report is here - https://the3rdmanblog.wordpress.com/

A 2nd/3rd XI lost an enjoyable close game at Ashtead.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4521333

A 4th/5th XI beat Ashtead at Holmwood Close with Balajee Ramalingam taking 5 wickets including a hat trick.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4521334

The Sunday XI won a friendly at Cheam Road against Hampton Hill. The visitors batted first and totalled 203 for 8 but Sutton won in just 30 overs after 92 from Matt Gardner paved the way for an early finish.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4521308

Sutton Ladies played an enjoyable friendly against Horley CC.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4522889

12/13 September Round Up

The annual Sutton v Ex-Sutton fixture (Sam Seadon XI) took place at Cheam Road and was won by Sutton. The old boys were indebted to 71 from Russell Coombe and some good late order batting from Paul Liddiard (27), Gary Outram (37) and Matt Cawood (46) allowed a total of 232-7 in 47 overs. Sam Woods (67 and pictured with 1st team scorer Mike Woods) and Josh Blake (39) got the reply off to a good start and it was left to captain of the day, Dan Edwards with 65 not out to steer his side home by 4 wickets.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4519298

A mixed 2nd and 3rd XI travelled to Camberley but were soundly beaten by 5 wickets. 

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4519984

The 4th XI secured the runners up spot in Surrey Downs League division 4 (no promotion this year however) by beating Horsley & Send on a pleasant day at Holmwood Close. The visitors were restricted to just 113 and Sutton won by 5 wickets.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4459202

The 5th XI won at Nutfield. Jamie Reid (3-20) and Raj Pillai (4-28) soon had the hosts in trouble who managed just 128. Sutton cruised home with Zeeshan Zafar (54) top scorer.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4519839

The Sunday Trust XI were soundly beaten at Banstead. Jay Evemy (76) top scored as Sutton reached 217 all out with 1 over left. The Rams flew home in the 26th over by 3 wickets.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4476815

The Club XI won against Ottersham at Cheam Road with Johnny Rosenthal and Sam Longstone both scoring half centuries in the 197-6 total. 4 wickets for Martin Gardner and 3 for Steve Hall secured a 52 run win for Sutton.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4518143

Sutton Ladies reached the Surrey Slam finals day at Horlsey & Send on 27th September by beating Newdigate at Holmwood Close.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4517011

They followed that up with a friendly win against Outwood.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4520409

5th/6th September Round Up

The first XI had a decent home win to round off their abridged season on Saturday at Cheam Road. Chasing Sanderstead's 177 for 8, Sutton the in form Josh Blake (68 not out) to help see them home by 3 wickets for a third succesive win.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4473507

The 2nd XI were comprehensively beaten at The Old Saw Mill by Sanderstead whose 217 for 9 proved too much as Sutton were skittled for just 97.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4473421

There was a superb all round effort for 13 year old Ansh Bansal who scored 45 and took 5 for 14 in the 3rd XI's comprehensive win over Leatherhead at Holmwood Close. Solid team batting had enabled 230 for 9 for the hosts and in reply, The Tanners slumped to 103 all out with Aidan Sheridan taking 4 for 8 at the death.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4473466

The 4th XI also had a powerful win at Capel. Batting first, a brisk 52 from Joe Lunnn set the ball rolling but a mid innings collapse of sorts required the tail to wag allowing an all out total of 185. Capel had no answer to veteran Steve Hall (5 for 21) and they collapsed to 66 all out.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4459215

The 5th XI lost to Spencer 4s at Openview by 72 runs but it will be hoped that a 5th team can be fielded regularly in 2021 to enable our next crop of youngsters some valuable longer experience.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4473500

Sunday saw our under 19 side in finals day action at Valley End CC but they were eliminated in the first game by a decent Rowledge side.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4514300

Our Sunday Club XI lost to Viscount by 3 wickets at Cheam Road on what ended up a most pleasant day. Chat Premasinghe (pictured) top scored with 68 and was well supported by John Fordham (38) and Paul Eldridge (25). From 91 for 1 at ninety overs, Sutton managed 179 for 8 with the visitors getting home late in the day.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4337554

Sutton CC 2020 Single Wicket

Sutton Cricket Club's 2020 single wicket competition proved to be one of the best in the modern era with two new winners of the men's and women's competition.

The day was superbly orchestrated including the fund raising venture for the club and the Royal Marsden Hospital where over £4 thousand was raised.

It was a rather chilly day but the bacon rolls and burgers were well received and the crowd grew throughout the day adding to the exciting feel.

The women's competition, which had been rather depleted number wise, was won by the 2020 skipper Jess Lewis who beat Jubilee K 7-3 in an intriguing final. Jubilee had beaten former winner and ex skipper, Carolyn Brady in the semi final on a day of surprises. Arguably the best games of the day however were between Jess Lewis (12*) and Anita Coyne (10*) where wides proved decisive, and Jubilee (8) and Dani Borini (6) where both players fell to their last ball received.

 

The men's competition threw up numerous tight games, though low scoring, to keep the gathering well entertained. Sudhir Gurung,  the second Nepalese to grace Cheam Road, showed great application for him to be considered a “dark horse” when he defeated Sam Blake but he fell to Keith Gilpin (more of him later). A 0-0 result between Sam Woods and Josh Blake was a surprise with the latter progressing not out and Josh also defeated Balajee Ramalingham before falling to Matt Gardner in a 7-7 tie with Matt not out moving to the semi finals. Matt also turned over Jay Evemy and Sam Schofield to merit his last 4 place.

Matt Lewis disposed of two youngsters in George Duckworth and Aarav Rajnikanth to earn his place v Gardner in the first semi final.

Keith Gilpin put the 2019 winner, Sam Griffin out as well as Dan Edwards to earn a semi final against Rehan Ratna' who, in turn had closed out against Bob Foster, the considerate and patient Johnny Rosenthal and Sam Seadon.

In the semi finals, Gardner had scored just 7 off 7 balls making Lewis the favourite but although he remained not out, he couldn't hit and of his final 3 balls with the field swarming like vultures.

Rehan's 18 not out in the other semi final looked strong but Gilpin progressed with a ball to spare as the competition, once again, proved a great leveller and ruiner of reputations.

The final was one of the best for many a year with Gardner scoring 15 off 9 balls but Gilpin would not be denied and he crossed the line with two balls to spare.

With the presentations, auction and raffle complete, a pleasant evening ensued with most of the talk about the day's cricket while listening to a lovely set of singing from Alita Butcher-Willis.

This all goes to underly the need to preserve a superb tradition at the club.

Thanks to all the helpers, prize donators and of course, Adair, our main club sponsor.

29th/30th/31st August Round Up

Last Wednesday, Sutton's under 21s defeated a very good Bromley under 21s by 9 wickets thanks to a 265 run partnership between Josh Blake (132) and Rehan Ratna' (116) (pictured) and that after Harry Neale-Smith went to the 2nd ball of the innings! Bromley's 264 had looked a daunting total.

Saturday saw an easy 9 wicket win for the 1st XI at Epsom where Sam Seadon (102) scored his first ever ton in the 1st team in a league game.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4473369

The 2nd XI won easily enough at home to Epsom, with their 195 for 7 (Matt Gardner 60) proving to much as the visitors were dismissed for 122 with 3 wickets apiece for Kumar Selveraj and Dan Edwards.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4473286

The 3rd XI lost by 7 runs at Epsom despite half centuries from Andy Alabaster and the promising Gagan Erra.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4473328

Bank Holiday Monday saw a decent Surrey Trust league match at Cheam Road against a good Dulwich side with the visitors prevailing by 24 runs. Dulwich posted 215 for 9 on a good track but 4 wickets for Postlewhite and 3 from Crawford-Khan restricted Sutton to 191 all out despite half centuries from Josh Blake and Jay Evemy.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4483076

22nd/23rd August Round Up

The 1st XI won their first league match for over a year by 4 wickets at Dorking. The Chicks were restricted to 157 all out with Aneesh Jhalla claiming 4 for 29. Sutton's reply got off to a good start with skipper, Luke Smith, scoring 45 but at 127 for 6, the jitters looked to have returned before Sam Woods and Jay Evemy saw Sutton home.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4473234

The 2nd XI lost by 4 runs at Cheam Road against Oxted & Limpsfield. Oxted posted 224 for 6 on a flat deck having opted to bat. In reply, Sutton were always in touch but despite a brave 35 from George Duckworth, they fell agonisingly short.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4473151

The 3rd XI won easily enough at Dorking where 4 wickets from Aiden Sheridan along with some fine support bowling saw Dorking score just 101. In reply, Ali Hasan Butt scored 47 to allow a 7 wicket success.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4473193

The 4th XI lost by 5 runs at Holmwood Close against Ashtead. The visitors 198-8 was challenging and although there was some solid enough batting in reply, no one could add the vital winning score.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4459208

The 5th XI lost heavily at Park Hill in a friendly. The home side posted a daunting 269 for 6 and Sutton's young side were bowled out for just 91.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4507309

The Trust XI were blown away by a strong Banstead side at Cheam Road on Sunday. Some big hitting saw the visitors post 268 for 2 and although Sutton were resolute in their reply, the ever climbing run rate proved too much and they ended on 244 for 8, with Josh Blake top scoring with 68.

Scorecard to follow - 

The Sunday Club XI had a fine win at Sunbury despite being 31 for 5 in reply to Sunbury's 163. It was Sam Longstone (57) and Balajee Ramalingam (47) who saw Sutton home.

Scorecard to follow - 

The Women's team had double success at Holmwood Close with a Surrey Slam win over Purley and a friendly win over Outwood. There was 40 runs and 4 wicket for Aamna Ahmed (pictured) v Purley and and 28 and 29 runs for Aly and Jubilee in the outwood game

Purley card here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4426957

Outwood card here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4501735

15th/16th August Round Up

The weather played a huge part in the weekend's matches

The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th XIs were cancelled but the 4th XI played a Surrey Championship game at Dulwich which they lost by 29 runs

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4472958

On Sunday, the Trust XI lost a rain affected game at East Molesey by 9 wickets.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4483075

The Club XI lost by 25 runs at Cheam Road against Surrey Ovalites. The visitors were in trouble 6 down when rain halted proceedings for 24 minutes but they rallied to score 181 for 6 off their 40 overs with Phil Diaper taking 4 for 31.

In reply, Sutton were in with a chance after Jonny Rosenthal hit 46 (including 10 fours) but despite the best efforts of Balojee Ramalingam and Nachiket Datar, tight bowling meant Sutton could only muster 156 for 7.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4127647

In midweek, Sutton Scorchers (our under 19 team - pictured) reached finals day at Valley End CC on Sunday 6th September after tow fine midweek wins at Reigate Priory on Monday and at home to Banstead on Wednesday.

Reigate card here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4497489

Banstead card here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4483095

Banstead highlights here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE6CByM9Tp0&t=130s

8th/9th August Round Up

Another rather mixed weekend but some notable performances in hot conditions.

The 1st XI lost again, this time at Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians by 5 wickets. Skipper Luke Smith and Etinder Bopara scored 43 each but 197 never looked enough.

Mike Woods report here - https://the3rdmanblog.wordpress.com/

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4472962

The 2nd XI had a comfortable 7 wicket home win against Dorking. Skipper Jamie Griffin (47) got the reply off to a good start and a stoical 52 not out from Steve Dolben was the catalyst for the win. There were entertaining knocks from Chris Morris and Sam Schofield to keep a large crowd well entertained. Earlier, Sutton had bowled and fielded well to restrict The Chicks to just 164.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4472879

The 3rd XI won at Chipstead C & W by 26 runs. The visitors posted 215 for 8 with teenager, Dylan Paskaran scoring 59 not out in a solid team effort. Decent bowling and fielding secured the win with Kumar Selveraj taking 4.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4472921

The 4th XI saw off Nutfield at Holmwood Close by 65 runs. Matt Gardner top scored with 69 as well as taking 4 wickets for the man of the match award.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4459187

The 5th XI secured a very good 6 wicket win at Hampton Hill. They easily past the hosts 136 (Dylan Patel 3 wickets) with Abhi Kapoor hitting a fine half century.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4496737

The Sunday Trust side had an easy win at Dulwich by 92 runs. Dan Edwards (101 and pictured) received solid support in their 266 total and he took 4 wickets as Dulwich were never really in the hunt.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4185189

The Sunday Club XI lost at Teddington Town by 7 wickets with little of note to report except a decent score for Sam Griffin of 36 and a nice 29 from Samit Saha.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4185268

The Womens team lost a friendly by 10 wickets at Cheam Road against Reigate Priory despite posting a respectable 227 for 5 in their 35 overs. Claire Daniels top scored with 52 not out.

Scorecard to follow - 

1st/2nd August Round Up

It was a mixed bag results wise for Sutton this weekend.

The 1st lost at home to Leatherhead. Read Mike Woods report here 

https://the3rdmanblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/02/surrey-championship-challenge-cup/

Jaimin Patel scored 158 as the 2nd XI won at Chipstead

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4472741

The 3rd XI lost to a good Sanderstead side

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4472789

The 4th XI won at Westcott in a friendly

Scorecard here (soon) - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4492761

The 5th XI won a friendly at Beddington 4th XI

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4472821

The Sunday Club XI lost at Holmwood Close to Putney while the Ladies team lost by 1 wicket at Streatham & Marlborough

Club XI Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4490761

Ladies XI scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4487325

The Trust XI played a friendly against Graces CC at Cheam Road.

Batting first, Graces did well to reach 200, largely thanks to attacking fields set by stand in skipper, Dan Edwards. Sam Schofield, as miserly as ever, took 4 late wickets.

In reply, Joe Lunn (pictured) got off to a flyer as Sutton's youngsters made hay in the sunshine.

Lunn eventually made his maiden century for the club off just 56 balls including 17 fours and when he fell for 104 it was left to two promising batters in Dylan paskaran and Aarav Rajnikanth to see Sutton home by 6 wickets.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4496445

25th/26th July Round Up

Saturday saw the club field five sides and four of those were in good positions when the heavens opened, bringing a halt to proceedings.

The 1st XI had Chessington 77 for 8 (Sam Blake 4 wickets and pictured) while at Cheam Road, the 2nds reduced Chessington to 120 for 7 which represented a recovery from 61 for 6 for the visitors.

At Ruxley Lane, Ewell 3rds were 124 for 4 while at Holmwood Close, Oxted & Limpsfield were 117 for 9 with Sam Griffin taking 4 wicksts.

The 5th Xi had posted 140 for 7 in 30 overs before the close of play in their match at Dunsfold CC against Cranleigh..

On Sunday, The Trust XI, a player short, lost a low scoring friendly at Ashford by 5 wickets but the Club XI fared better scoring 158 against Park Hill at Cheam Road, with Aarav Rajinkanth scoring 71. Steve Hall and Balajee Ramalingham took 3 wickets each to restrict the visitors to just 104.

The Ladies team lost a friendly at Holmwood Close to Streatham & Marlborough.

All scorecards will appear here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/Matches

 

18th/19th July Round Up

Hriday Nandwani (left) and Paul Eldridge open the innings for Sutton 5s at Salfords

Following last week's intra club matches, Sutton enjoyed much success from their 5 teams on Saturday.

The 1st XI had a good win against Beddington at Cheam Road despite falling to just 7 for 4 wickets early on.

They recovered to 161 all out thanks to 53 from Sagar Roshi and 46 from Josh Blake. Sutton bowled well with three wickets each for Aneesh Jhalla and birthday boy Rehan Ratna.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4461809

The 2nd XI won comfortably at Beddington as Sam Woods (82) and Steve Dolben (54) shone to allow Sutton 224 for 7 from their 40 overs. Sutton won by 100 runs as tight bowling and fielding enabled a comfortable win.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4461810

The 3rds won a good game at Holmwood Close, also against Beddington. The visitors batted well on an uneven track to reach 184 for 6 and at 137 for 5, in reply the game was very much in the balance. However, the experience of Ali Hasan Butt (60) and Bob Foster (22) saw Sutton home for a good win.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4461836

The 4th XI, a mix of youth and experience saw off Beddington to complete the grand slam. Some fine bowling limited Beddo to 129 in 35 overs but, despite a good start, Sutton slipped to 85 for 6. Youngsters Dylan Paskeran (40) and Anuj Srivastav (17) belied their young years to steer Sutton home to a 4 wicket win.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4461861

A 5th XI was fielded and they had a fine win against Salfords 3rd XI at Netherne. Ahrujan Ragunathan took 4 for 17 after Sutton had posted 131 for 5 in their 35 overs to help skittle the home side for just 97.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4461913

The Sunday Trust XI had a comfortable win against East Molesey at Cheam Road. Restricting the visitors to just 156, Sutton won by 9 wickets with Dan Edwards (77) and Josh Blake (45) both not out.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4476674

The Sunday Club XI lost a high scoring game against Thames Ditton at Holmwood Close. Chasing 244 for 5, Sutton responded with 206 for 8 with Steve Dolben (65), Aarav Rajnikanth (35) and Gagan Erra (35) the main contributors

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4461970

The Ladies XI won their opening league match at Walton on Thames. Rebecca Denman top scored with 25 as Sutton posted 120 while Sofia Stapleton-Parslow took 3 for 3 as the hosts were dismissed for just 30 runs.

Scorecard here - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4168965

Sutton Ladies v Streatham & Marlborough Ladies - 12th July

While England were losing the test match at an empty ground in Southampton, a decent crowd witnessed a most entertaing ladies match at Cheam Road.

The visitors won the toss and asked Sutton to bat on a beautiful day and Aamna Ahmed hit some decent shots on her way to 18. Streatham's bowling was tight and was well supported by good fielding meaning Sutton could never really get on top. Emma Waite (16) and teenager Sofia Stapleton Parslow (9) played well and a brisk 25 (retired not out) from Carolyn Brady allowed Sutton to reach 144 for 8 off their 35 overs.

S & M's opening bowler, Beth Kerins looked as sharp and accurate as most men I had seen the previous day!!

The visitor's reply started briskly with Zarish Rehman, in particular, bearing the brunt of a batting onslaught from Izzy Marin-Cortaud (retired 25 not out) but, gradually, Sutton clawed their way back via a superb caught and bowled by Clare Daniels.

Verity Quade (15) and Emma Crandon (21) got Streatham back on top but good middle order bowling from Waite, Beth Greenhaulgh and Stapleton-Parslow fought back assisted by two run outs from Ahmed and Rehman. Rehman's second bowling spell returned a crucial 2 for 9 spell.

There were two vital catches for Aly Arzente as well.

At 99 for 10 (this was a 12 a side match, skipper Tanya Wanless (26 not out) was joined by the returning opening bat and this solid pairing got them within 4 runs before Daniels cleaned up Marin-Cortaud (42) for a hard fought home success.

We seem to always have entertaining games with Streatham and, no doubt, both sides will relish the next encounter on 2nd August I am told. A winning start for new captain Jess lewis as well.

The positive terrace comments re the continued improvement of the ladies club game can only help in further development.

Scorecard - https://sutton.play-cricket.com/website/results/4440618

Sutton 3rds v Sutton 4ths - 11th July

Steve Hall - Man of the match today

While the 1st and 2nd teams did battle at Cheam Road (the 1st XI won), Sutton's 3rd and 4th teams went head to head at Holmwood Close as cricket returned in a pleasant and rather light hearted manner.

The toss was agreed and Chat Premasinghe opted to bat first on a flat but sluggish track.

A remarkable scorecard developed once Sam Griffin (3 for 15) and Nav Nonis (2 for 14) weaved their magic to reduce the 3s to a measly 39 for 6 in the 16th over.

A fightback of sorts followed when Nepalese batter Sudhir Gurung (34) and left arm spinner Kumar Selveraj (18) added 49 but at 102 for 9, an early finish looked imminent.

Enter the late arriving birthday boy, Richard Clark (30*) and Steve Hall (33) to add 58 swashbuckling runs for the final wicket allowing a respectable 160 from 38.5 overs. Martin Gardner snared 2 wickets as well.

The reply was going well for the 4s as Aarav Rajinkanth (16) and Matt Lewis (19) put on 47 for the opening wicket in just 12 overs. However, Ali Hasan Butt (2 for 15), Kumar Selveraj (3 for 8) and Steve Hall (5 for 18) saw the innings end in the 27th over for a total of just 89!

So a 71 run win for the 3s but everyone just seemed happy to be back playing and how nice to see two Surrey Championship umpires standing at such a fixture.

NB memo for future teas when they return – tuna sandwiches with a hint of green chillies, Mmmm!