Classy Chessington upstages the Pumas at The Ridge

By - Monday 10th June, 2013

A superb batting performance from Chessington led them to victory on Saturday 7th June, chasing 244 to win off just 42.2 overs against a confident Purley side at The Ridge

Purley appeal successfully for an LBW decision as Andy Macdonald takes the wicket of Yarnley

The Pumas appeared to be in a strong position at the halfway stage posting 242 for 7 but an extremely strong Chessington batting line-up made light work of the target to win with a flourish.

Chessington skipper Daniel Yarnley lost the toss and James Scott elected to bat first. The decision seemed wise on an excellent batting surface and with an incredibly quick outfield. Purley appeared to get off to a quick start but lost Stuart Glassington early on to an excellent ball from Dhillon Woutersz that cut back to remove his middle stump. West Indian overseas player Savion Lara joined Shane Patel and the pair put on 87 for the 2nd wicket with Patel happy to play the anchor role as the flamboyant left hander from Trinidad and Tobago played some magnificent shots all around the ground. He raced to his third score over fifty in four games.

The introduction of spin at both ends, in the form of Richard Singleton and Daniel Yarnley (4-58), helped re-establish some control for the visiting side. Patel was then dismissed, caught behind off Yarnley to bring Adam Windley (102) to the crease. Following a slow start Windley then began to show his power with some strong hitting as the Pumas seemed to be in a strong position to post a mounting total.

The Pumas sensed their moment and appeared to be in the ascendancy

Lara, starved off the strike towards the latter part of his innings, was then well caught by Woutersz off Yarnley for 76 with the score now 190-3. Nav Chaudry, Tauseef Medhi and James Scott all fell quickly for the home side as they tried to raise the scoring towards the end of the innings. Windley, however, stayed resolute and scored a quite brilliant century, his first for the 1st XI. Skipper Yarnley was the pick of the Chessington bowlers finishing with 4-58. The Pumas finally declared on 242 for 7 off 54.5 overs. The away side would need to score the 243 to win off just 45 overs which, despite the excellent batting conditions, would be a considerable feat considering the performances of the Puma bowling over the preceding weeks.

Adam Windley on the way to his first century for the 1st XI.

Thishan Wanigaratne got Purley off to a perfect start, bowling Sam Robinson first ball. Solid starts from Niall Stewart and Yarnley brought the visiting side towards the 50 mark before Wanigaratne struck again as Stewart edged to Stan Somerford, who took an excellent catch at first slip. Yarnley hit some excellent shots to race to 34 before he was adjudged lbw to off-spinner Andy Macdonald with Chessington now 76-3. The Pumas sensed their moment and appeared to be in the ascendancy.

An outstanding counter-attack by James Binney and, especially, Wendel Sebastien partially alleviated the pressure for the visiting side. They took on the spinners Macdonald and Razi Khan to hit them out of the attack and clearly enjoyed playing on such a fantastic surface. The score raced along, and despite needing over seven an over they looked in control. There was a brief moment of joy for the Pumas as the returning Wanigaratne bowled Binney (41) with an excellent delivery. The score, as Matthew Alldis joined Sebastien at the crease, was 142-4 and with still over a hundred required the home side sensed an opportunity to win the game.

The Pumas will look back on a couple of missed opportunities with both Alldis and Sebastien dropped when, at this level, the chances should have been taken. That notwithstanding the Chessington pair batted magnificently to score the winning runs with two overs still to play. Sebastien finished undefeated with a superb 76 off 55 balls and Alldis a classy 53 off 39 balls. On this form, Chessington look the side to beat this season.

Purley Cricket Club

Purley Cricket Club

Purley Cricket Club boast 3 Saturday sides playing in the Surrey Championship, 4 Sunday sides, a colts section which is the envy of the county and an innovative academy. Our ground boasts excellent facilities for playing and socialising. They have recently welcomed Redoubtables WCC, the second oldest women's cricket club in the world, to join with the ladies section as Purley Redoubtables. If you fancy a game of cricket, get in touch with Purley CC as they are looking for players of all standards.

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