Dragons vs. Old Suttonians, Sutton Valence, 2015

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Dragons vs. Old Suttonians, Sutton Valence, 2015

Won by 2 wickets.

Alarm bells were ringing on Saturday evening with news that Old Suttonians were struggling to find an XI. The nine they gathered and one Dragon they borrowed would face one of the finest opening partnerships produced for many a year. Joe Peck and Sam Boyns both bowled superbly on a relatively placid track, with the former producing figures of 14.3-3-7-48. P Styleman was the only batsman to offer real resistance with an unbeaten 65 as Peck rarely tested Dragons catching ability in having five of his seven wickets clean bowled.

Dragons vs. Old Suttonians 2015

Dragons vs. Old Suttonians 2015

Despite the first wicket partnership making 31 runs, any thoughts that a total of 126 would be plain sailing were quickly dismissed. The Dragons middle order really struggled as 6 wickets fell for 35 runs with Styleman and Du Plooy generating real pressure. At 91-8 the Dragons were hugely indebted to C Arnold, who steadied the ship and batted with fine judgement and determination to see the Dragons home in a very uneasy final hour.

C. Arnold and S.Boynes seeing Dragons home for the win.

C. Arnold and S.Boynes seeing Dragons home for the win.

Old Suttonians 127 all out (J Peck 7-48; P Styleman 65*)
Dragons 131-8 (C Arnold 37*; P Styleman 4-46; L Du Plooy 4-32)