Addiscombe beat Cobham Avorians after successful run chase

By - Monday 10th June, 2013

Cobham Avorains 179 (Wimalasena 63) lost to Addiscombe 180-5 (Benham 77) by 5 wickets

A picturesque Sandilands was the venue for Addiscombe 1st XI’s latest fixture in Division 3 of the Surrey Championship. As the first game of the 100-over ‘time’ matches, the team was looking forward to continuing their solid start to the season which saw them sit 3rd in the table after winning three of the first four games. The visiting team, Cobham Avorians, lost the toss and Addiscombe captain Scott Benham had no hesitation in inserting the opposition.

Addiscombe opened the bowling with the usual pairing of Adnan Saleem and Chris Jones. Both openers kept things tight and with the new ball doing enough off the pitch and in the air, Saleem quickly dispatched both openers to leave Cobham 15-2. Cobham’s skipper Danny Stevenson then set about rebuilding the innings. First change bowlers Sudesh Karunanayake and Jon-Paul Enslin kept the pressure on, and both picked up wickets with batsmen being caught, leaving Cobham 50-4.

Cobham put together a partnership of 44 between Stevenson and Dilan Wimalasena until Benham, now bowling his off spin, bowled Stevenson with a classic dismissal through the gate for 44. At this point Wimalasena started to cut loose, striking the ball cleanly. He lost partners regularly (two more to the Saleem and one to fast bowler Jason Moore), but kept on going and reached his half century with another 4 through wide long on. His counter-attack was finally ended when he was bowled by Karunanayake for 63, off only 60 balls. Moore finished the innings with another LBW decision meaning that Cobham finished on 179 after 49.4 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Adnan Saleem with excellent figures of 13-3-44-4.

Benham reached his maiden 1st XI league 50

Andrew Poulton and Benham started Addiscombe’s run chase against the old ball. Batting positively against the spinners and waiting for the bad ball, both looked very good on a track that was not lending much assistance. With the score on 77, Poulton received a ball from Venkatesh Parthasarathy that turned more than expected and he edged behind to the keeper for a well made 27. Moore joined Benham and both continued to bat positively, though not without the odd spot of luck. Benham reached his maiden 1st XI league 50 to warm applause from the Addiscombe faithful.

The two batsmen put on 59 runs together, until their sudden departure (both caught) with the score on 136 to put a halt on progress. Mark Halse and Ashley Worrall had to re-start the innings. Wimalasena continued his good match by having Worrall caught in the covers to further Addiscombe’s wobble. However, Dan Lineker came in and played a quick cameo, hitting 24 off of 14 balls to ensure that nerves were kept at bay. With 8 runs still required Lineker departed bowled, looking for another boundary, leaving Halse (16*) and Andrew Hurrion (3*) to see Addiscombe across the line.

This was a good win for Addiscombe who picked up a vital 13 points to keep pressure on the top two teams. Next week Addiscombe travel to Churt to hunt another 13 points.

Addiscombe Cricket Club

Addiscombe Cricket Club

Addiscombe Cricket Club was founded in 1866. As one of the founding members of the Surrey Championship, Addiscombe has a long tradition in the competition. Addiscombe field 4 league sides on a Saturday and 2 sides on a Sunday. The club’s colts section ranges from U10 right through to U16.

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