Against relegation threatened East Molesey, 1st XI’s opening pair of John Maunders and Adam London recorded their best opening stand of the campaign, allowing them to post a final total of 283 from the 50 overs.
There was a cautious start from the two Sunbury openers that proved to be the platform for the big stand that followed as both Maunders and London settled in to show their class, rotating the strike and moving the score along to 180 at a run rate of just over 5 per over, with just 74 being scored in boundaries. London (76) was finally caught behind by
ex-Sunbury colt Nick Stephens from the bowling of another ex-Sunbury player Andy Westphal in the 35th over but a mini collapse and a hat-trick saw Sunbury slither to 190-4, Maunders (95) Sam Burgess and Ishy Sohi falling to slow left armer Currency.
Rhythm Bedi (35) and Nath Gregory (27) with a half century stand got the scoring rate back on track but when 4 quick wickets fell as the score went from 244 to 257 it was left to debutant Rajan Soni (19*) to ensure Sunbury’s final total of 283 was to prove too much for the visitors.
East Molesey got off to the worse possible start when Sohi picked up two early wickets when in just the fourth over he reduced their local rivals to 9-2. Stephens (35) and Green set about redressing matters with a stand of 74 before Stephens was caught behind off the wily Stanier, and when Vishal Manro trapped skipper Sam Burge (20) lbw with the score on 111-4 with just 22 overs remaining victory for East Molesey looked an almost impossible dream. Green (77), Reed (57) and Westphal (25) gave it their best shot but wickets fell at regular intervals but they finished 41 runs short as their innings closed on 242. Sohi was the most successful Sunbury bowler with 4-41 from 9 overs, Kevin Smith picked up a brace with Stanier and Manro getting one apiece.
The win keeps Sunbury on top of the table with a slender 2 point lead over closest rivals Reigate Priory. This Saturday Sunbury entertain Wimbledon in what promises to be a keen and hard fought battle, play starting at 12.00.