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4th XI (Surrey Championship) - Match centre

Banstead CC - 4th XI
Reigate Priory CC - 4th XI (Surrey Championship)
Sat 18 Aug 13:00 - Surrey Championship - Premier Division - 4th XI Start time 13:00

Collapse leaves 5s relegation battle in the balance

By Simon Morris

The 5th Team visited high flying Banstead with a strong team, for this important end of season match. With only 3 games left in the season and finding themselves in the relegation zone, Priory need a win.

The conditions favoured the bowling team, as at one end the wicket was damp (it appeared the covers had leaked) and the weather was overcast. Banstead won the toss and unsurprisingly put Priory into bat.

Unfortunately, Brijesh got lost and arrived just before the start and Andrew Hook was asked to open the batting with Ross Gurbutt. Facing first, Hooky left a ball which angled in and hit his off stump. Although the Banstead bowlers were accurate, on a helpful wicket, Priory did contribute to the steady fall of wickets with 2 avoidable run outs. Only 4 Priory players reached double figures, Brijesh Patel -11, Steve Cross -11, Michael Ramsden -14 and Aaron De Mello 10, in an under par batting performance. The shot of the day belonged to Aaron who smashed an off-drive for an unstoppable 4 runs.

Priory were all out for a disappointing 83 in 32 overs.

Priory opening bowlers Steve Cross and Manoj Rajarethinem bowled with an energy and desire that showed they felt that the game could still be won. This was supported by an excellent fielding display by a team hurting from setting such a low target. Steve took the first wicket, caught behind by Michael Ramsden. This was quickly followed with a wicket for Manoj, with Hooky confidently taking an excellent high catch. Steve went on to take another wicket in his 9 over spell and Manoj took another 2 wickets in his spell. The Banstead number 3, Irfan Sultan, scored an unbeaten 40 and this secured the win. Banstead reached their target with five wickets down from 22.3 overs.

It was a classic performance of two halves for Priory, with the highlight being the bowling and fielding and then there was the batting!

The situation is now very straightforward, to secure our place in the Premier League we need 2 wins from the last 2 games. This starts on Saturday with a home game (Red Lion) against Wimbledon. If you are free, I am sure the team would really appreciate your support.

Scorecard

Banstead CC - 4th XI won the toss and elected to field

Reigate Priory CC - 4th XI (Surrey Championship) batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Andrew Hook
b. K Indrarajah
0
 
Ross Gurbutt
ct. D Shields, b. R Ramanan
8
 
Pete Mitchell
lb. R Ramanan
5
 
Sam Gregson
b. R Ramanan
1
 
Brijesh Patel
ro. K Indrarajah
11
 
Steven Cross
ro. H Anear
11
 
Manoj Rajarethinam
b. S Kanth
4
 
Michael Ramsden
b. H Bowman
14
 
Simon Morris
ct. U Sultan, b. R Ramanan
5
 
Aaron De Mello
b. R Ramanan
10
 
Mike Coxon
Not Out
0
 
Extras
11w, 2lb, 1nb
14
Total
for 10 wickets 32.3 overs
83

Banstead CC - 4th XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Kogulen Indrarajah
7
2
17
1
2.4
R Ramanan
7.3
0
24
5
3.4
S Kanth
6
0
18
1
3.0
Harry Bowman
6
2
8
1
1.3
Siva Kugathas
6
1
14
1
2.3

Banstead CC - 4th XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Richard Butterfield
ct. M Ramsden, b. S Cross
10
 
S Kanth
ct. A Mello, b. M Rajarethinam
17
 
Irfan Sultan
Not Out
40
 
Harvey Anear
b. M Rajarethinam
0
 
Ben Butterfield
b. S Cross
0
 
Usmaan Sultan
ct. M Ramsden, b. M Rajarethinam
0
 
Kogulen Indrarajah
Not Out
16
 
David Shields
 
 
R Ramanan
 
 
Harry Bowman
 
 
Siva Kugathas
 
 
Extras
1w, 1lb
2
Total
for 5 wickets 22.3 overs
85

Reigate Priory CC - 4th XI (Surrey Championship) bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Steven Cross
9
2
29
2
3.2
Manoj Rajarethinam
9
1
26
3
2.9
Mike Coxon
2.3
0
18
0
9.0
Ross Gurbutt
2
0
11
0
5.5

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Other Premier Division - 4th XI results

Dulwich CC - 4th XI
106/8
105
Sunbury CC - 4th XI
Old Rutlishians CC - 4th XI
177/9
180/6
Streatham & Marlborough CC - 4th XI
Normandy CC - 4th XI
188/8
125
Wimbledon CC - 4th XI
97/5
94

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# Team Pts
1. Dulwich CC - 4th XI 342
2. Banstead CC - 4th XI 304
3. Wimbledon CC - 4th XI 276
4. Streatham & Marlborough CC - 4th XI 215
5. Sunbury CC - 4th XI 185
6. Old Rutlishians CC - 4th XI 177
7. Reigate Priory CC - 4th XI (Surrey Championship) 177

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