Wimbledon too strong for 1st XI

Sunbury were outplayed by a strong Wimbledon side who chalked up 312-3 in 50 overs with the hosts only able to muster 256-9 following a last wicket stand of 94 in 12 overs between new keeper Connor Fulton and Adam Stanier.

On a flat wicket Wimbledon were heading for a large score from the start and although Kevin Smith took an early wicket, a second wicket stand of 165 between Nick Welch (68) and Ryan Patel in 28 overs enabled the visitors to pile on the runs. In the latter part of their innings Surrey 2’s up and coming star Patel continued to put Sunbury’s regular attack to the sword as he went on to reach 146 not out with 18-4’s and with ex-Surrey regular Martin Spriegel chipping in with 72 not out from just 32 balls with 9-4’s and 3-6’s they were able to get to 312-3 from their 50 over allocation.

A good start was necessary as Sunbury went after their target but when the third wicket fell with the score on just 21 in just the 7th over it looked as bad for Sunbury as it had looked good for Wimbledon earlier in the day. Sam Burgess and Rhythm Bedi added 55 for the 4th wicket and looked comfortable until Burgess (33) was caught on the boundary and although Amar Virdi (27) gave good support to Bedi as they took the score to 116 at the halfway point a poor shot saw Bedi (44) caught by a skyer to the keeper immediately after the break. Four more wickets fell cheaply as Sunbury slumped to 162-9 before another of Sunbury’s youngsters, Connor Fulton who has performed well in the early season behind the stumps showed he also has the ability to prove a good asset with the bat. He and last man Adam Stanier had some fun as they took the score to a respectable 256-9 at the close of the innings with their last wicket stand of 94. Fulton ended on 64 not out with 8-4’s and 1-6 and Stanier 39 not out with 5-6’s and 1-6. The last wicket stand produced an extra 4 bonus points!

Next week Sunbury visit Normandy and will be hoping for a better result to get their 2017 campaign under way.

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