Making a rare appearance for the 1st XI at Normandy Ollie Roland-Jones starred with 85* in a rain affected match that reduced the 100 over format to just 52 overs. Sunbury posted 169-6 from their 26 over allocation and then routed Normandy for just 91.
Batting first John Maunders and Roland-Jones looked at ease as they put on 43 for the first wicket in just seven overs before Maunders (13) was dismissed by the Middlesex 2s regular Nick Sowter. Adam London joined Roland-Jones and the pair kept up the run rate before London (28) became Sowter’s second victim with the score on 108. The remaining eight overs saw a further 4 wickets go down as on a difficult wicket Sunbury’s middle order, in support of Roland-Jones, went in search of the quick runs that was inevitably to prove to be a winning target. Roland-Jones stood resolute as he carried his bat compiling his match winning score from just 74 balls, that included 11 fours.
With a target of just 6.5 runs an over Normandy couldn’t have got off to a worse start when Kevin Smith and Ishy Sohi reduced them to 23-3 by the fifth over. Smith in particular looked menacing as he bowled the dangerous Batchelor after just 3 balls and then had an lbw appeal upheld in his third over, whilst at the other end Sohi bowled opener Jones. Sunbury’s bowling attack has shown good form of late and the openers have been well backed up by Adam Stanier and the regular spinners Vishal Manro and Amar Virdi and so it proved again, as firstly Manro with 3 wickets, Stanier with 1 and Kevin Smith with his third wicket and then Virdi in just 2 overs captured 2 wickets that saw Normandy dismissed in just 19.1 overs for 91. Smith 3-20, Manro 3-28 and Virdi 2-8 took the bowling honours.
Sunbury with just 2 games to go remain 15 points ahead of Reigate Priory and with an away game against Beddington this Saturday followed by a winner take-all match against Reigate Priory on the last day of the Season at Kenton Court, there’s an exciting conclusion coming up.