SUBLIME SHAW CENTURY SENDS SUNBURY SOARING TO SUMMIT
Sunbury 2nds recorded an emphatic victory over Normandy at home to make it two wins from two in the Surrey championship. Stand in skipper Elliot Shaw won the toss and decided to bat on a pristine looking deck that promised runs, albeit in overcast conditions. A solid start between Shaw and Ventham (30) saw Sunbury to 71 before the latter was brilliantly held at backward point. Shaw continued to accumulate runs with good support from Hussain (34) and reached a fantastic hundred before he fell to the controlled leg spin of Khan. Despite a late flurry of wickets, the returning Granger offered some impetus towards the end of the innings with a bright 25 to steer Sunbury to a competitive 238 all out from 49.5 overs.
The general feeling at the half way stage was that Sunbury would have to bowl and field exceptionally well to restrict Normandy. Cue youngster Eddie Knight who delivered a fine opening spell to reduce the oppo to 26-3, which soon became 65-6 as Sunbury dominated their counterparts through some excellent bowling by Mirza (3-15) and Granger (2-7) who took a wicket off his very first delivery. Some questionable batting techniques from the lower order combined with relentless accuracy of the Sunbury bowlers meant Normandy finally collapsed to a paltry 78 all out from just 22.2 overs, handing Sunbury a quite impressive 160 run victory. Nish Madan getting in on the act with a wicket and Knight finishing with fine figures of 4-12 off 7 overs.
A superb effort from the 2nd XI, who seem to have put last years woes firmly behind them and next week’s clash against Reigate promises to be a tantalising one where young side will look to consolidate on their early season success and show why they are serious contenders for the league title this year.
Finally, Man of the match deservedly goes to Shaw for his excellent captains knock. Kalsi was undisputedly awarded Dick of the day by running himself out without facing a delivery. Sorry Saran!