With a depleted bowling attack the 1st XI bowlers all performed well as they restricted Ashtead to just 159-7 from their 50 overs before John Maunders and Adam London with an opening stand of 125 from just 25 overs made light work of the target to register a second successive league victory.
Bowling first, openers Kevin Smith and Ishy Sohi quickly got into their rhythm and made scoring difficult for the visitors and when Sohi bowling at his venomous best dismissed Sibley and Harper in quick succession in the tenth over Ashtead were struggling on 28-2. Smith had the dogged Sanderson (55) well caught by Dane Vilas, and the pair then repeated their double act before Nath Gregory chipped in with a neat run-out, as Ashtead were reduced to 115-5. A feature of Sunbury’s depleted attack was the spin of Amar Virdi, who had just been awarded a pro-contract with Surrey and London who by contrast was having his first bowl in the league for two seasons. Both spinners bowled accurately and between them conceded just 42 runs from their allotted 20 overs at a time in the innings when Ashtead needed to up the run rate. But it was’t to be as firstly London claimed a wicket and then Smith notched his third before the inning closed on 159-7 with just 39 runs coming off the final 11 overs. Smith ended with 3-41 and Sohi with 2-33 but it was the two off-spinners Virdi (10 overs 0 wickets for 21) and London (10 overs 1 wicket for 21) who had put the brakes on Ashtead as they finished well under par on a fine batting track
To prove the point Maunders and London put on 125 for the first wicket in just 25 overs before Maunders (62) was caught but London who had been somewhat circumspect in the partnership with his skipper picked up the pace as he and Gregory knocked off the remaining 36 runs in just six overs. London finishing with 75 not-out with 9 fours his second successive league half century and Gregory with 19 not-out that included 3 fours in a brief but entertaining innings as they passed the Ashtead score with 18 overs left.
This Saturday the 1st XI visit their unbeaten local rivals Weybridge which has all the makings of an exciting battle, but not before we entertain the full Middlesex CCC that provided he returns from the IPL should include England captain Eoin Morgan as well as Steven Finn, Adam Voges, Sam Robson and James Franklin. Additionally Sunbury old boys Paul Stirling and Toby Roland-Jones now both Middlesex regulars will reportedly be guesting for Sunbury in an exciting T20 match this Friday May 20th. The game starts at 4.30pm, entrance is free and spectators are most welcome