On a perfect batting track and an electric outfield Cranleigh batted their full 66 overs for their 302-9 to deny their bowlers the opportunity to bowl out the 1st XI to seal victory as the hosts ended on 235-7.
Seren Waters was the mainstay of the Cranleigh innings, the opener scoring 133 not out and with stands of 63, 52 and 47 with Jack Scriven, Ollie Pope and Matthew Crump respectively a big score looked likely as they comfortably reached 159-3 by the 38th over. A feature of Sunbury’s bowlers and fielders over the past 3 seasons is that they never give up and with the introduction of spinners Vishal Manro and Ajit Sambi and with Kevin Smith coming back after lunch to claim 2 wickets Cranleigh slipped to 172-5. Ed Tristem then smashed a quick 24 from just 14 balls and although the spinners picked up 4 wickets Sunbury were unable to claim the final wicket and with Waters batting throughout Cranleigh’s last pair added 36 in the final 5 overs as they finished on 302-9 with leg spinner Sambhi the pick of Sunbury’s bowlers with 4-73 from 19 overs.
John Maunders with new opening partner Elliot Shaw got the Sunbury innings off to a steady start as they added 45 in 14 overs before Maunders (27) nicked one to the keeper. Shaw (27) and Sam Burgess (29) followed and Sunbury were reduced to 95-3, but Nath Gregory and Rhythm Bedi then put on 92 for the 4th wicket before Bedi, who had struggled in earlier matches to find any sort of form, was dismissed for 61, which included 8-4’s and 3-6’s. A mini collapse followed as Sunbury lost 3 further wickets for just 26 runs which included Gregory run out in an unfortunate mix-up for 46. Keeper Connor Fulton, who had earlier looked really good behind the stumps and Smith saw Sunbury through to the end as they ended on 235-7.
This Saturday sees the 1st XI entertain local rivals Weybridge in what is always a fierce encounter, the game starting at 11.00am.