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Reigate Priory CC - 3rd XI
Ashtead CC - 3rd XI
Sat 6 Jul 12:00 - Surrey Championship - Premier Division - 3rd XI Start time 12:00

3s beat clock by a minute to complete thrilling chase

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Bhat anchors with 74 before lower order blast 3s to victory

Having enjoyed a record 10th wicket partnership of 63 the week before, the shoe was on the other foot for the Llamas this week as Ashtead recovered from 156-9 to post 212 in 54.3 overs. The Llamas were desperate for a win having drawn their last four, but had only 45 overs, or until 6.50pm to knock off the runs.

Earlier in the day, Callum Gurbutt (3-28 from 12 overs) had bowled two of the spells of the season to chip away at Ashtead's batting, masterfully using the St Alban's Rd slope and making a succession of batsmen look rather silly. Jacob McLoughlin (3-42 from 9.3) was also a constant threat while Srikanth Vuppala (3-33 from 13) bowled with great control and could have taken more if edges had fallen more kindly, and the home side were on top for the vast majority of the first innings, having inserted Ashtead at the toss.

The tail, however, wagged annoyingly well, and the Llamas went into tea concerned that another draw may be on the cards.

Ashwin Bhat, back from uni, continued where he left off last year, compiling a mature and classy 74 to anchor the chase, putting on 84 for the opening wicket as Srikanth again was in the runs - this time falling for 43. It was then a case of contributions from all but the skipper (pre-occupied with entertaining his family who were enjoying a boozy picnic on the boundary) to get the Llamas close to the target.

Jordan Bunyan accumulated 22, the hobbling Nick Rotsey biffed a quick 17, McLoughlin added 14, but with the clock ticking down and Ashtead doing all they could to ensure they bowled no more than the minimum amount of overs, victory appeared to be slipping away.

However, Manoj Rajarethinam and Tom Guise batted brilliantly to get the job done just in the nick of time, picking their moments to hit the bad ball to the boundary. Manny's 15 from 8 balls included the shot of the century - a deft dab for four through backward point when all but the big overseas were expecting a massive biff over long on. Guisey also slashed three excellent boundaries in his 16 from 13 balls on return to LlamaLand, sealing a nerve-jangling win with the clock bang on 6.50.

A great result and team effort, with the Llamas showing fine ticker and composure in the latter stages. With Banstead visiting this week, hopefully we can make it two in a row and begin our ascent up the table.

Scorecard

Reigate Priory CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field

Ashtead CC - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Sam Gale
b. J Brickley
8
26
2
0
30.8
Sam Morris
b. C Gurbutt
16
25
3
0
64.0
Thomas Dunn
ct. W Brewis, b. S Vuppala
57
78
7
0
73.1
Thomas Culhane
lb. J McLoughlin
14
49
1
0
28.6
Patrick Murray
lb. J McLoughlin
0
1
0
0
0.0
Flynn Dudson
ct. N Rotsey, b. S Vuppala
5
12
1
0
41.7
Oliver Hunt
ct. A Bhat, b. C Gurbutt
17
41
1
0
41.5
James Amos
 
43
53
5
0
81.1
Nick Williams
b. S Vuppala
3
13
0
0
23.1
Dominic Lloyd
b. C Gurbutt
2
8
0
0
25.0
Sam Hunt
ct. J Brickley, b. J McLoughlin
19
19
3
0
100.0
Extras
7w, 10b, 11lb
28
Total
for 10 wickets 54.3 overs
212

Reigate Priory CC - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Callum Gurbutt
12
2
28
3
2.3
2w
James Brickley
8
1
37
1
4.6
William Brewis
6
0
24
0
4.0
5w
Jacob McLoughlin
9.3
2
42
3
4.7
Srikanth Vuppala
13
0
33
3
2.5
Tom Guise
3
0
14
0
4.7
Manoj Rajarethinam
3
1
13
0
4.3

Reigate Priory CC - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Ashwin Bhat
ct. N Williams, b. T Dunn
74
105
10
2
70.5
Srikanth Vuppala
b. D Lloyd
43
56
4
1
76.8
Jordan Bunyan
b. P Murray
22
44
2
0
50.0
Antony Ireland
ct. T Culhane, b. P Murray
5
20
0
0
25.0
Nick Rotsey
ct. T Culhane, b. T Dunn
17
14
2
1
121.4
Jacob McLoughlin
ct. T Culhane, b. S Hunt
14
18
2
0
77.8
Manoj Rajarethinam
lb. S Hunt
15
8
2
1
187.5
Tom Guise
 
16
13
3
0
123.1
William Brewis
 
0
0
0
0
 
Callum Gurbutt
Did Not Bat
 
James Brickley
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
6b, 4lb
10
Total
for 7 wickets 46.3 overs
216

Ashtead CC - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Flynn Dudson
4.3
0
24
0
6.0
Sam Hunt
7
0
36
2
5.1
James Amos
4
0
25
0
6.3
Dominic Lloyd
8
1
21
1
2.6
Nick Williams
7
0
33
0
4.7
Thomas Dunn
8
2
32
2
4.0
Patrick Murray
8
1
35
2
4.4

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Dulwich CC - 3rd XI
164/8
163
Wimbledon CC - 3rd XI
Spencer CC, Surrey - 3rd XI
284/4
133
Weybridge CC - 3rd XI
Sunbury CC - 3rd XI
135
138/5
Malden Wanderers CC - 3rd XI
193
131/9
Banstead CC - 3rd XI

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# Team Pts
1. Wimbledon CC 247
2. Spencer CC, Surrey 223
3. Dulwich CC 218
4. Weybridge CC 166
5. Walton on Thames CC 150
6. Reigate Priory CC 150
7. Sunbury CC 130

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