Great Dane Shows The Way

1st XI Surrey Premiership – Saturday 7 May

Sunbury 354-7 (50) D Vilas 155, A London 87, Guildford 198 (39) A Stanier 6-37

Having only arrived in the UK on Friday and then having a few drinks at the Club in the evening and with little experience of English conditions Dane Vilas quickly made his mark scoring a magnificent 155 as Sunbury totalled 354-7. Guildford in reply were dismissed for 198 with Adam Stanier returning match winning figures of 6-37 in just 6 overs

Winning the toss and batting first John Maunders and Adam London looked in commanding form with Maunders (21) looking particularly menacing with 4 boundries before he was dismissed with the score on 33 and when Nath Gregory went without troubling the scorers to a suicidal run-out the door was open for Dane Vilas to make his first appearance in Sunbury colours. His quality and class was obvious right from the first ball as he quickly came to terms with the English conditions and began his mammoth innings which lasted just over two and a half hours, as he and London added 180 for the third wicket in 26 overs , before London went for another fine knock of 87 off 112 balls. Sam Burgess (23) and Rhythm Bedi (22) gave valuable support to Vilas but it was going to be the South African’s day as he was enjoying himself with boundaries in abundance and when he was finally dismissed in the 49th over his massive 155 off just 106 deliveries which included 13 fours and 10 sixes was truly memorable. A few lusty blows from Ishy Sohi in the final over saw Sunbury’s innings close on 354-7

Realistically the large target was always going to be out of reach of Guildford particularly when Kevin Smith uprooted Cunningham’s (22) off stump in just the sixth over followed by skipper Collins (21) four overs later. Two more wickets fell with the score on 79 when Edwards fell cheaply to Vishal Manro and Sunbury old-boy Bradley Erasmus now firmly established in the Surrey 2nd XI went for 26 to Gregory it was already starting to be a lost cause for the hosts. A fifth wicket stand of 77 saw a glimmer of hope until the late introduction into the attack of Adam Stanier who immediately had Teale (46) caught. After that it was just a procession as good catching and fielding saw Stanier pick up his best ever league bowling figures as the score went from 156-5 to 198 all out in just 10 overs to give Sunbury the massive 156 run victory. Stanier ended with 6-37 from just 6 overs which would have been even more remarkable had not 27 runs come off  his last 3 overs to claim the bowling honours.

Vilas was justifiably happy with his first knock for Sunbury and if he continues in this vein he should be exciting to watch at Kenton Court in the weeks ahead but he will also make a more than valuable contribution as Sunbury target taking league honours in successive seasons



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