SUTTON showed just why they are unbeaten Surrey Championship Division One leaders as they demolished Farnham at the Park last Saturday.
Choosing to bat first on a good-looking pitch, Sutton attacked from the off and Farnham’s cause was not helped by the hostile Ben Ungaretti breaking down injured in his second over.
George Osborne stepped into the breach and immediately settled into a tight line and length, making the breakthrough at 41 when he had Luke Smith caught behind by Joel Walker.
Rob Dale toiled away at the other end in the hot morning sun, but it was to be a long, hard slog for the Farnham bowlers, with Osborne and spinner Matt Clarke deserving their tea after reeling off 20 overs apiece.
Farnham held their nerve as the runs flowed and managed to prevent major partnerships developing until Harry Allen, playing the anchor role, was joined by Chris Morris at 186-5.
The pair put on 106 in fast time and Allen eventually hit the ball to all parts as he progressed to a fine century.
Osborne finally dismissed Morris to claim his fourth wicket, but this only brought in Aman Shinwari who hit some of the biggest sixes seen at the Park in recent years and dented what would have been very respectable figures for Osborne.
This allowed Sutton to post a mammoth 336-7 from 59 overs.
Shinwari proved an equally formidable proposition with the new ball and with raw pace and swing, he ripped through Farnham’s top order, dismissing four of the first five batsmen.
Most got a start, but no-one could turn it into a decent score against the lethal combination of Shinwari’s pace and Allen’s spin.
Farnham didn’t roll over and resisted for 44 overs, five batsmen reaching double figures, but could muster only 114 all out. Shinwari, their nemesis, finished with 5-36 in 14 overs.