- Hampton Wick Royal
- Old Whitgiftians
- Woking & Horsell
An average season ended with Ashford finishing in the lower half of the division but well clear of relegation.
The season got off to a flying start with an away win at SinjunGrammarians. A huge partnership of 300 between Ross Ormiston (unluckily out for 99) and Hasib Butt (an incredible 197!) was enough to ensure a fine win.
A hard game at Old Whitgiftians (Ciaran Lewis 73) was followed by Paul Cousens scoring 91 against Kingstonian. Ashford then beat Beddington, with Ormiston (44) leading the way. Whilst the team only totalled 140, the bowlers were magnificent with Ali Syed, Mansoor Malik, Taimoor Anwar, Tanmay Desai and Joe Balmer bowling Beddington out for just 94.
Next a fine win against Cheam with Under 13s Suhi Tamilarasan and Connor Cousens supporting veteran Neil Smith (4 for 42) in restricting Cheam to 110. Hasib Butt (86) knocked off the runs with captain Cousens almost idle as Ashford won by ten wickets.
Ormiston (41) and Ian Doggett (64) ensured a win against Purley, with Graham Doggett taking 5 for 17.
Rob Ford (63) and Ormiston again (64) posted a good total against Sanderstead, but despite some fine bowling from Ibrar Rao (2 for 52), Mansoor (3 for 54) and Anwar (2 for 47) the game ended with Sanderstead gaining the runs required.
Saad Choudary scored a great 57 in the return game against Old Whitgiftians but then the wins dried up. A later highlight included Andy Potter’s fine 63.
Hasib Butt (440) topped the batting with an average of 73 before promotion to the 2s and then the 1s. This was a fantastic season for Hasib who totalled 983 runs (average 66) for Ashford in all Surrey Championship games. He was well supported by Ormiston (342), Cousens (334), Malik (208), Anwar (193) and the seemingly ageless Ford (171).
Four bowlers took 10 wickets or more with Malik (15), Joe Balmer (11) and Under 13 Suhi (10), being topped again by Taimoor Anwar (19).
Beddington 3rd XI
A very successful season for Beddington 3rd XI, ending second in the league to Old Whits and gaining promotion back to division 1 at the first attempt. The side was a fine mixture of the young and much more mature.
From a batting perspective, four batters scored over 300 runs. Leading the way was Ryan May 357 @ 39.67 with 3 fifties, including two match winning performances at the business end of the season (91 vs. Sinjuns and 56* vs. Sanderstead) which rescued them from 15 for 3 in the last game of the season, showing real maturity when needed. Young Dan Beeton scored 329 @ 27.42 (with 59* a match winning innings on a wet one at Woking and Horsell), Tom Maslona hit 320 @ 35.55 with 143 vs. Purley and Ian Walters scored 302 @ 21.57 with 125 vs. Cheam.
Martin Richards contributed regularly scoring 190 runs with his best of 40*, Shiv Koppad also made some very important contributions with 196 runs and a best of 48. Other notable contributions came from Jack Ballard with 141 vs. Old Whits, Scott Dance’s mid-season efforts with 146* runs, Chris Austin with 76* at Ashford and young Sam Hadfield’s incredibly mature unbeaten 50 at Sinjuns.
From a bowling perspective the spin bowlers took the lead with the ball, Ian Walters took 36 wickets from 132 overs at an average of 13.19 with three five wicket hauls, including a seven for; he also was the leading wicket taker in the division. In just 7 games Louis Cooper Stewart took 22 wickets including a five for vs. Sinjuns, finishing joint second for divisional wicket taker. Aaron O’Sullivan took 12 wickets across the season including a 6 for vs. Old Whits. Sam Hadfield took 10 wickets including 4 for 18 vs. Hampton Wick Royals to lead the side to victory, he probably suffered more than any other bowler with dropped catches.
The seamers definitely bowled better than the figures suggest, Harry Weil swung the ball on a regular basis, Shiv Koppad and Martin Richards made regular contributions with the ball and could easily have taken more wickets.
In the field the 3s certainly had a few slower movers meaning the younger fielders had to work even harder, O’Sullivan, Beeton and May were outstanding every week. Young wicketkeeper Josh Fillingham improved as the season went along with 20 victims including 7 stumpings and the most dismissals in the division for keepers.
Ian Walters was elected as player of the year for his performance with both bat and ball.
Cheam 3rd XI
This season proved another tough year for Cheam 3rd XI. The team was competitive in May, with one huge victory of over 200 runs and was unlucky in 2 other matches, losing by just 1 wicket on both occasions. As the season progressed, other teams got stronger whilst Cheam continued to struggle for availability and was heavily dependent on colts throughout the year. There were however a number of good performances from the colts and this bodes well for the future.
Captain Paul Fisher and wicket keeper Dan Mckerracher both performed well and subsequently played the second half of the season in the 2s, thus further reducing the quality available to the side. Next year the 3s will be under new leadership and will finally be playing at a level they can compete in giving plenty to look forward to in 2017.
Hampton Wick Royal 3rd XI
What could have been is the theme for The Wick season and the 3rd XI was no exception. The team finished 6th by winning well and losing closely, the exception being the thrashing The Wick received at relegated Cheam. There was a tied game against promoted Old Whitgiftians and a one run defeat to Purley, both apparently due to the inability of the captain Ed Charlton to see the team over the line. Mo Basit starred with both bat (265 runs @ 29.44) and ball (18 wickets @ 22.56). The batting was well supported by Joe Hirsch (258 runs @ 64.50) and the bowling by Graham Smith (19 wickets @ 21.16). The team was also bolstered by good performance from skipper Ed Charlton, Zubair Ahmed and the legend Pete Culham who returned to league cricket after a premature retirement.
Old Whitgiftians 3rd XI
A revitalised 3rd XI won promotion to Division 1 as champions under the leadership of Abhinay Raj. The team won ten games and was also involved in a tie towards the end of the season.
After a shaky start (losing two of its first three games), the side started to dominate games and won most by more than 5 wickets or 50 runs. Highlights include a 10 wicket win over Sanderstead chasing 175, two convincing wins against local rivals Purley and a last ball victory against Woking & Horsell at Croham Road.
The captain was leading run scorer scoring 383 runs @ 34.82, including an unbeaten 108 against Sanderstead. Bilal Muhammad scored 282 @ 37.43, contributing a vital 80 against Woking & Horsell, while Raj Chatwal scored 246 @ 49.20, after a shoulder injury prevented him bowling for the 2nd XI. Club stalwart Jon Higgins scored 241 @ 40.17 while youngster Neel Dudhia scored 238 runs in just eight innings.
The bowling honours were shared around a number of players with Abhishek Malhotra taking 15 wickets @an average of 10.27 followed closely by skipper Abhinay Raj who took 14 wickets @18.21. Suraj Vithlani’s 12 wickets included a vital last ball wicket against Woking & Horsell, Chetan Arora took 10 wickets and both Siddharth Bhatia and James Robbins ended on 9 wickets. Also worthy of mention were all-rounder Sumit Jain’s efforts early in the season before his promotion to the 2nd XI scoring 198 runs and taking 8 wickets.
The side will look to consolidate its position in Division One next season while several players will be hoping to secure places in the 2nd XI.
Purley 3rd XI
2016 saw Purley third XI often threaten to mount a promotion challenge but ultimately due to some inconsistent results ended with a fourth placed finish. Lack of ability higher up the club meant that an astonishing 58 players were used in all and made continuity of selection impossible.
There were more positive performances by the side than negative ones. As in previous seasons a very young team was regularly put out with many of these young players stepping up and taking on senior roles, something which can only benefit the club going forward.
The team was captained by player of the year Jack Sugarman for the first half of the season, who led from the front outstandingly with bat (119 runs @ 39.67) and ball (17 wickets @ 10.35), before being taken over by Michael Short for the second part of the season.
The lynchpins of the batting line up were David Scott (379 runs @ 42.11) who showed great temperament and application in his run making, often showing his teammates what can be achieved when your shot selection is wise and later in the season, Amandeep Dhillon (233 runs @ 77.67) who whilst only appearing in four matches had a huge influence on the side with some excellent innings.
With the ball a number of different bowlers stepped up at various times with youngsters Joe Hart, Robert Sands, Harvey Brown, George Webber, Matt Allison and Hassan Ali all showing that the club have a plethora of young bowlers coming through. A special mention here must go to Hart and Brown who both matured and led the attack towards the end of the season when poor availability from higher teams decimated the resources available in the 3rd XI; both showed exceptional control and skill whenever called upon.
Overall the side will be better placed for next season as a result of this season and hopefully will mount a more sustained promotion push.
Sanderstead 3rd XI
For the 3s it was another extremely encouraging season as the team cemented its place in the division, although not completing a game in June would hinder any promotion hopes.
The season began with a dramatic one wicket win against Cheam chasing down an almighty total of…60! A beautiful cut stroke by Paul Funnell, who earlier had taken 4 for 12, gave him a match winning 4 not out to win it! Another impressive victory in the second match defending just 110 to bowl Woking & Horsell out for 74 put the side top of the table!
A few bad defeats against Sinjuns and Hampton was then followed by the team’s month long washout as three matches against Beddington, Old Whits and Sinjuns were all abandoned.
After a month without completing a game, the team managed three excellent wins. The first of these was chasing down 225 with two blistering knocks from Mark Handley (78) and Chris Carey (55*). A narrow 10 run win against Woking & Horsell (Paul Funnell with 4 for 20), was followed by yet another incredible run chase against Purley. This time chasing down 228 with Abhishek Sen carrying his bat with a fine 112*.
Hopes of promotion took a blow with defeats at Hampton and Old Whits and a draw at Cheam. However, an 8 wicket win against Purley and Ashford conceding helped us achieve another solid league position and one place higher than last year.
Stars of the season were Mark Handley with the ball whose opening spells picked up plenty of important early wickets. With the bat, Abhishek Sen in his first season scored nearly 300 runs with many crucial knocks. However, the true star of the season was Paul Funnell, who took 22 wickets and contributed many valuable runs down the order.
Thanks to everyone who played for the 3s and to Patrick Sherlock, Richard Carey and Simon Porter who helped with umpiring duties throughout the campaign.
SinjunGrammarians 3rd XI
Promoted into what would be a tough league the team had one regular 3rd XI player remaining. New faces predominantly made up with players from the 4th XI and a new captain. Starting with 2 losses was not the plan but a good win against Sanderstead at the rec., one of the trickiest wickets to play on, gave the team much hope. A win against Cheam helped to prop the team in a good position within the table but the weather had prevented any further progress, three abandoned games due to the rain with the home ground waterlogged buried any chance of survival. Games that should have been won, with run chases that started well but fall just short gave the team one win in the last eight games.
There were some standout performances; particularly by the skipper Joey Crouse (425 runs and 13 wickets), as ever Ettienne Massyn (277 runs) and Louwrens Verwey (262). The wickets were shared by the skipper and Faruk (15). However, it was all to no avail and it ended badly with the team relegated.
Let us hope the lads can dust themselves off for a better 2017 and the sun can stay out for longer than just the 3 days it was here.
Woking & Horsell 3rd XI
Having been at the wrong end of the 3rdXI Division 2 table for the past few seasons, 2016 saw a marked improvement with a 3rd place finish, just missing out on promotion on the final Saturday.
As tends to be the case in Division 2, matches were often decided by fine margins which meant going into the latter weeks of the season, as for most sides, with promotion and relegation both genuine possibilities.
In recent years the 3rd XI has tended to rely on its consistent bowling performances so it was pleasing to see encouraging batting displays. Ten separate players (Shahid, Allen, Ahmad, Sharpless, Price, Wilson, Tune, Statham, Mir and Rehman) scored 3rd XI half-centuries during the season with a further 2 players adding a 49. Rehan Ahmad’s swashbuckling style (193 runs) frequently got the team off to a flyer and Yasir Shahid (356) again proved very consistent. Without doubt the classy 184 run partnership between Tom Sharpless and Geoff Price vs. Sinjuns was the stand out performance of the season. Jack Allen’s 263 runs @ 44 also included 3 match winning innings. Zia Rehman’s and Matt Allan’s 100 run 8th wicket partnership vs. Ashford highlighted the batting depth available each week.
From a bowling perspective, Steve McCrum taking the new ball proved an excellent new recruit and Ed Smith (20 wickets) returning to the club and Matt Allan (19) always bowled the middle overs with control and skill. Regularly having up to eight front line bowling options in the 3rd XI meant this was a team of genuine all-rounders.
A spectacular boundary catch from Imran Khan vs. Purley proved a turning point as the season finished on a high with 5 wins on the bounce and so nearly sneaking promotion but congratulations to Old Whitgiftians and Beddington who held their nerve to the end. Prospects for 2017 look bright.