Runs mount for Christo Otto

Stanford CC Cricket Reports

Stanford Le Hope CC 1st XI 221/6 (50 overs)

Walthamstow CC 1st XI 213 all out (48.5 overs)

Stanford continued their fine recent form with a closely fought win against an unbeaten Walthamstow XI. Stanford lost the toss and were put into bat by the visiting skipper. The Stanford opening pair of Duncan Page (18) and Michael Gray (26) got off to a solid start as they achieved a 50 run partnership for the first time this season. The introduction of Walthamstow skipper Greg Harris (3-22) broke the partnership and started to make in-roads into the Stanford middle order. After Harris trapped Leslie (14) for a dubious LBW, Overseas star Christo Otto (64) and Robert Page (46) put on a magnificent partnership to take Stanford passed 200 and to a very competitive total of 221 in their 50 overs.

Stanford’s opening bowlers started brightly and reduced Walthamstow to 30-3 with Matthew Higgins taking 2-35 off his 10 overs. Walthamstow built a partnership that threatened to take the game away from the Le-Hope boys through Bala (67) and Sheikh (57). Stanford captain Lee Knight ran out the impressive Bala with a direct hit and Greg Cohen removed Sheikh’s off stump to bring Stanford back into the game. The re-introduction of the young South African Christo Otto proved the turning point for Stanford as he produced the goods through a stunning spell of fast bowling as he bowled Mahmood, Guest and Waters leaving his figures for the day at 10 overs 4-24. With overs and wickets running out Walthamstow found themselves in a spot of bother and it was down to the wiley Michael Gray to take the final two wickets of the day and send Stanford delirious as they won the match by 8 runs.

Stanford Le Hope CC 2nd XI 160-2
Old Brentwoods CC 2nd XI 158 all out

Stanford 2nd’s continued their 100% record at the start of the season as Greg Barr stole the show with the ball as he ripped through the Old Brentwood batting order as he returned figures of 7-41 off 16 overs. Old Brentwoods never got going in the match as Barr proved to be a real thorn in their side along with Ian Sanderson (2-52) as they were bowled out for a lowly 158 on a fantastic batting wicket. With the bat Stanford were never in any trouble of chasing down the target as Chay Hedges (49) and Aussie Beau Byster (47 not out) batted with ease. Hard hitting batsman Sean Barker completed the victory with a quickfire 27 not out, leaving Stanford top of the league.

Other results:

Stanford Le Hope CC 3rd XI 211-4
Fives and Heronians CC 4th XI 210 all out

Stanford Le Hope CC 4th XI 171 all out
Hainault and Clayhall 5th XI 174-6

Stanford Le Hope CC 5th XI 111 all out
Billericay CC 5th XI 114-9

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