Masterful Stanier Bowls Sunbury to Winning Position

Sunbury maintained their 100% league record when they easily overcame Sutton thanks in part to a superb bowling performance from Adam Stanier and another brave innings from Sam Burgess.

Bowling first the Sunbury openers Ishi Sohi and Nath Gregory were off the radar, even though Sohi struck in the first over. They were somewhat wayward as Sutton piled on the runs and 50 came up in just the tenth over, before skipper Maunders had no option but to change the bowling and introduce Adam Stanier and Amar Virdi into the attack. If the Sunbury openers had looked poor the bowling of Stanier was quite a revelation as he made life very difficult for the Sutton batsmen who were unable to continue their efforts to increase the run rate, and from a comparatively healthy 70-1 Sutton slumped to 82-6 as Stanier captured 3 wickets in 10 overs that yielded just 14 runs as he bamboozled the visitors with a spell of the highest quality and accuracy. When he finally finished his 10 over spell his figures of 10 overs, 4 maidens, 14 runs for 3 wickets said it all!!

Adam London (2-12) and Vishal Manro (2-4) replaced Stanier and Virdi (2-42) who had been the perfect foil for Stanier and they wrapped up the Sutton innings in the next seven overs as they were finally all out for 125 on what looked like a perfect batting track.

Often low targets can be difficult and so it proved initially as Maunders went caught behind in the third over and although Gregory (19), given the opportunity to open and the ever reliable London (15) found run scoring difficult, when they both went in the tenth over Sunbury were tottering on 48 – 3, all to the excellent Mitchell. Another wicket or two would have seen Sunbury in panic mode but the experience of Dane Vilas and the raw talent of Sam Burgess clearly thought otherwise as the pair slowly got on top of the Sutton bowlers and saw Sunbury home with wickets and overs in hand, Vilas ended on 29* and Burgess 46* that included six fours and a big six as they added 77 in just twelve overs to see Sunbury comfortably home.

This weekend Sunbury visit bottom of the table winless East Molesey hoping to keep pressure on Reigate Priory who have a similar 100% record, the match starting at 11.30.

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