The 1st XI maintained their 2 point lead over Reigate Priory at Sutton on Saturday when they managed to get over the line with 2 wickets and 11 balls to spare. In response to Sutton’s 221 in 65.2 overs they got to 223-8 in 53.1 overs thanks almost entirely to Vishal Manro’s 6-60 and a battling 71 not out from Rhythm Bedi.
Losing the toss an fielding first Sunbury’s seamers found life difficult on a good batting wicket as Sutton‘s openers Smith and Nicol looked at ease. The opening partnership passed 50 in just 12 overs but Nath Gregory had Nicol caught behind with the score on 58, and then shortly afterwards Bedi took a smart catch to get rid of McKerr to give Gregory a second wicket. Manro was introduced into the attack and soon took an important wicket bowling Allen just before lunch with the score on 99.
Manro was clearly the difference after lunch as Sutton slumped to 139-8 dismissing opener Smith (53) and then 3 more quick wickets, before a stubborn ninth wicket stand of 69 saw the score reach 208. Eventually Manro captured his sixth wicket before a Bedi run out of Outram (39) saw Sutton’s innings close on 221 in the sixty sixth over. Manro finished with excellent figures of 6-60 from 21 overs.
Sunbury got off to the worse possible start when Alex Hughes, promoted to open was out lbw from the first ball of the innings. Sam Burgess joined John Maunders and was looking confident until, with the score on 34, was caught and bowled having outscored his senior partner with a quickfire 23 that included 5 fours. Adam London, batting at four after a long stint in the heat behind the stumps, and Maunders took the score to 67 in 10 overs before Maunders (18) was dismissed. Gregory was next to go as Sunbury slipped to 93-4.
Bedi joined London and the pair added a further 57 runs before London (51) fell after a patient knock of 101 balls. Bedi meanwhile held firm although Sunbury were reduced to 186-7 as, firstly Mees Hussain and Ishy Sohi were both adjudged lbw, giving Sutton a scent of victory. Manro completed his day with a useful 11 runs before he went on 199 leaving Kevin Smith (8*) to help Bedi to score the remaining runs that saw Sunbury to a combative victory, finishing with an excellent 71* from 76 balls.