Oberoi and Bradley key to Chips victory
Ryman Surrey Championship Division Four
Chipstead C&W 211-8
OPENER Salil Oberoi's 61 helped set up a victory for Chipstead at Egham on Saturday.
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Although he was second wicket to fall, with the score on 97, the former Oxford University captain's contribution gave the visitors a platform on which to build a competitive total.
Captain Nick Woods believes the side have recruited well as they bid for promotion again, having missed out by a whisker on the final day of the season last summer.
However, it was some of the established players who made the key contributions to this victory.
Leigh Padfield took 2-25 in his seven overs at the start of Chipstead's bowling spell, accounting for both Egham openers.
The key wicket of the two was probably captain Jamie Powell, who scored four with his first ball before Padfield had him caught with his second.
He was supported by Elliot Noble, who bowled a nagging line and length for 2-13 off 10 overs.
Then Michael Bradley took 5-33, including a hat-trick, as Chips exerted pressure on their hosts and won by a big enough margin to secure a bonus point.
Woods hopes Oberoi's availability will be better than last year.
He added of their season's hopes: "I think we will go well again, we've recruited quite well over the winter."
David Ward, the former Surrey player who was playing for Old Whitgiftians, is returning to the club, who have also brought in Beddington's batsman Malinda Thotiwilage, who is Sri Lankan, Kris Sterling, formerly of Sussex's academy, as well as Baden Wilton. The latter is their overseas player, from New Zealand. He bowls a mix of seam and spin, bats in the middle order and will coach, too.