Match : Stonor vs Greys Green
  20th July 2008
  Venue : Stonor Cricket Club
  Result : Stonor won by 6 wickets
     Innings of Greys Green
     Batsmen How Out Bowler Total Fours Sixes
  1  Butler c Fulford-Dobson Marshall 88 7 4
  2  Dennis b Marshall 0    
  3  Knight c Fulford-Dobson Marshall 1    
  4  Cusden c Hodkinson D Fennell 40 5  
  5  Rooke c Allsop Marshall 10    
  6  Ahmed c Hodkinson Nicholson 4    
  7  Sims not  out 1    
  8  Dawkins not  out 2    
        Extras 17    
        TOTAL 163 for 6 wickets
     Fall of wickets (wicket-runs-batsman): 1-3-2 / 2-7-3 / 3-105- / 4-136-5 / 5-158-1 / 6-158-6  
     Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average
  1  T Marshall 8 5 19 4 4.75
  2  A Agar 5 - 9 - -
  3  B Denton 7 - 29 - -
  4  P Hodkinson 5 1 20 - -
  5  D Fennell 7 - 52 1 52.00
  6  O Nicholson 8 1 25 1 25.00
     Innings of Stonor
     Batsmen How Out Bowler Total Fours Sixes
  1  J Stick c Hogart Sims 27 4  
  2  J Denton b Sims 23 3  
  3  B Denton c Hogart Husden 8 2  
  4  O Nicholson * not out 64 9 2
  5  D Fennell c Butler Rooke 28 6  
  6  A Agar not out 4 1  
        Extras 10    
        TOTAL 164 for 4 wickets
     Fall of wickets (wicket-runs-batsman): 1-53-2 / 2-54-1 / 3-93-3 / 4-135-5
      Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average
  1  Ahmed 10 - 43 - -
  2  Rooke 9 - 36 1 36.00
  3  Sims 8 1 31 1 31.00
  4  Cusden 6 1 38 2 19.00
  5  Crook 2 - 13 - -
  Stonor entertained Greys Green on Sunday, and the home team came through victorious, thanks to some tight bowling, followed by some good aggressive batting, which proved too strong for the visitors.

Stonor skipper Olly Nicholson won the toss and inserted the opposition, and the bowlers immediately applied the pressure on the batsman. Opening bowlers Tom Marshall and Ashley Agar, supported excellently by the Stonor fielders, ensured runs were hard to come by for the Greys Batsman. Agar was unfortunate to miss the outside edge on numerous occasions, but it was Marshall who made two early breakthroughs, removing two of the Greys top three. Greys’ skipper Butler then delivered an admirable captain’s innings, leading the Greys fightback with a good balance between attack and defence. He was ably supported by Cusden, and together they added 98 runs. Ben Denton and Paul Hodkinson worked hard to prize an opening, but it was the left arm spin of Dan Fennell that broke the partnership, Cusden caught well by Hodkinson in the deep. Nicholson then brought himself on to bowl and demonstrated brilliant control of line and length, picking up the wicket of Ahmed and giving away very few runs at
a crucial time of the innings. Marshall then returned, and together with Nicholson kept the
Greys onslaught at bay, restricting the total to 163-6 from 40 overs. Special mention should
also go to Nicholson for his field placements and excellent captaincy throughout the afternoon.
He was backed up by the fielders, with excellent contributions from Dan Fennell, Jasper
Fulford-Dobson, and Paul Hodkinson, with the latter two holding on to two good catches each.
  Stonor faced a dilemma as they had a number of opening batsmen in their side, but it was Jeremy Denton and Jay Stick who begun the response. They batted cautiously and sensibly, whilst punishing any loose balls from the Greys bowlers. Ahmed bowled with control and pace and, along with Rooke, restricted the batsmen. Nevertheless, the Stonor openers recorded a 50 partnership, with Stick hitting the ball hard and Denton as solid as ever. However, both openers fell in quick succession, with Denton bowled by Sims and Stick caught well by Hoggart off the same bowler. This brought the younger Ben Denton, to the crease, along with Olly Nicholson. The latter wasted no time in scoring his first runs, with his third and fourth balls going to the boundary. This set the tone for his innings, and together with Denton added 41 runs to the Stonor total. Denton was removed for 8, miscuing a drive to short extra cover, Hoggart accepting the chance gleefully. Dan Fennell then joined Nicholson at the crease, and with Nicholson seeing the ball well and Fennell keen to make up for his unusually and unluckily expensive bowling, the Stonor innings was in safe hands. Nicholson was fortunate on occasions,
with the Greys bowlers desperate to make a breakthrough, but they strayed off line on too
many occasions. Nicholson passed his 50 with a boundary, just one of eleven in his innings,
and by this stage, the writing was on the wall. Dan Fennell recorded an impressive run-a-ball
28, before being removed by the returning Rooke. Ashley Agar then steadied the ship and
together with Nicholson steered Stonor to victory. The afternoon’s proceedings were
concluded by a Nicholson boundary, which rounded off an impressive Stonor victory.
The game was dominated by the two captains’ batting, with Butler playing excellently for
his 88, but it was Nicholson’s 64 which won the day for Stonor.

(Match Report: Tom Marshall)
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