Winning the toss in conditions that looked to favour bowlers proved a good thing as John Maunders decided to invite East Molesey to bat and the swinging ball brought immediate results as the hosts top four bats were back in the pavilion by the eighth over with the score on 13-4.
Opening bowlers Ishy Sohi (2-34) and Nath Gregory (2-29) shared the spoils as the ball swung around and made batting difficult. But captain Sam Burge (35) and Dominic Reed (43) showed some resistance as they got after both the Sunbury quicks until in the seventeenth over Maunders turned to Adam Stanier, who again was a revelation as he firstly trapped Burge lbw and then, after Amar Virdi had Reed caught in the deep with a fine catch by Gregory, got a further 2 wickets in quick succession. The innings folded meekly with East Molesey bowled out for just 133 in 34.4 overs. Stanier was again Sunbury’s most successful bowler taking 3-21 in 7 overs to add to the 9 wickets he had captured in his previous 2 games.
What looked to be the easiest of tasks proved not so, as Sunbury tumbled to 24-3 with Adam London (7), Gregory (0) and Maunders (6) all dismissed within the first 5 overs. Sam Burgess was joined by Dane Vilas and despite some hostile bowling and fielding from East Molesey, who after their early success were particularly chirpy, and for the second week in succession Sunbury’s ‘Young Gun’ Burgess and South African Test star Vilas turned things around with some sensible batting which accelerated into some bruising hitting as the pair added an undefeated 113 from 15 overs with Burgess ending on 54* with 10 fours and Vilas on 60* with 7 fours and a six to give Sunbury another victory to keep them at the top of the table level on points with Reigate Priory.
Saturday 11 June sees the crunch game between the two table toppers as Sunbury visit Reigate in possibly the Season’s biggest game so far, the match starting at 11.30.