- East Molesey
- Horsell Red Lions
- Malden Wanderers
- Old Wimbledonians
- Staines & Laleham
- Valley End
Rounding out a hugely successful year for Chertsey Cricket Club this season was the 4th XI, who arguably achieved the most of all four senior teams by winning the West Division at a canter. If the 3rd XI suffered from their players being pinched in those dark days of poor availability, then the 4s, who have no team below them from which to restock their shelves, are often well and truly pilfered. Despite that, skipper Neil Latham was able to find talent from within the club’s colts setup to win 11 of their 18 games and take the division title by 47 points from East Molesey.
The team’s hot-knife bowling attack often ran through opposition batting cards like butter, with John Bailey the clear leader of the attack. The swing bowler only played seven games before he was snapped up by the 3rd XI, but managed to take a jaw-dropping 34 wickets in that time at a paltry average of 3.79. That run of mastery included four matches in succession in which he took six-wicket hauls and, in a statistical quirk every club cricketer that has ever umpired a 4th match will appreciate, did not snare a single LBW in his collection of wickets. 15-year-old Harrison Barnard took up Bailey’s mantle after the latter’s promotion, claiming 22 victims at 14.45 apiece, while Tom Bolger, Waqar Aziz and the Drage family (Chris, Tom and Jack) all played their part.
Not to be outdone by the bowlers, the batsmen all scored heavily as a rule. Opener Sam Salt very rarely dies wondering at the crease and enjoyed a bludgeoning campaign to score 387 runs at an average of 48.38. Although his top score of the season fell two agonizing runs short of three figures, it was one of four half centuries registered in the campaign. Middle-order men Tom Bolger and Saeed Rasa often got in and got on with it too. Young all-rounder Bolger made 274 runs in the year with two 50s, while Rasa proved difficult to get rid of, contributing 257 runs at an average of 64.25. Jack Perks, Martin Allen and Bijoya Jena all stuck their hands up at various points of the season, while Latham often marshalled things in the lower order.
East Molesey 4th XI
It has been a pleasure to captain the 4th XI this year. The season started strongly with three wins and it was only cancellations due to bad weather that stopped East Molesey making further progress. It was pleasing that each week the club was able to field at least six under 15 players. This is a credit to the youth development programme with numerous colts making valuable contributions with both bat and ball. A notable 168 not out by Rod Porter away at Kempton was one of the highlights of the season.
The 4th XI finished the season in second place which bodes well for next year, congratulations to all involved.
Egham 4th XI
While it was a tough season for availability and sickness there were some great highlights for the 4th XI including an 89 and 90 for Ram Bala, who duly received Player of the Season, and the vice-captain, Peter Clark having an unbeaten season when he was captain. Most games were low scoring and Egham kept competitive in many close losses while blooding some young talent. Things are looking much more positive for the new season.
Epsom 4th XI
The 4th XI had another superb year and missed second place as a result of providing players for the 3rds who gained promotion. Opportunities were given to 38 players over the course of the season with new colts and seniors playing for the first time. Top batting performances from Abdul, Andy and Runu were well supported by excellent bowling from Sunders, Finch and Safeer. Mahendra captained once again and hogged the batting and bowling and even took a few catches.
It was great to see Jemma and Sarah provide valuable contributions this year and also heart-warming to have the Minhinnick’s and Compton’s father and son combinations. Thanks again to Christine for her superb teas and all the parents who came to support their rising stars. Talking of which, George Beswick, George Compton and Alex Minhinnick are names to watch out for next year.
Special thanks to Burke behind the stumps whose agility belies his age, and Vidler who provided the excitement on dull days.
And finally a very, very special thanks to Mark Honess who is the heart and soul of the 4ths, although not all opposition would agree.
The 4ths continue to provide a great atmosphere to play quality, competitive cricket played in the right spirit.
Horsell Red Lions 5th XI
This year’s summer has been a tough one for the 5th XI, however throughout this season there have been many signs of real promise. 11 colts from a variety of age groups took part in senior cricket for the first time this season and their performances suggest that the future is looking very bright for Woking & Horsell CC.
The season began with an unfortunate change in captaincy as a result of the tragic passing of the true club legend that was Dave Lane. The reins were passed to Simon Nixon who had some very big shoes to fill but he did this to the best of his ability and led the team with both runs (182) and wickets (13).
The results were up and down overall but the team was competitive throughout; some highlights including the defeat of local rivals Valley End at their home ground and a strong victory against the eventual league winners Chertsey.
Overall it has been a very enjoyable season for the 5ths and the side will endeavour to continue playing the game in the kind of spirit Dave would have approved of. Bring on 2017!
Kempton 4th XI
The 4th XI season started with much promise driven by strong availability throughout the Club. The initial loss at Epsom (Harry Lee 58) was followed by low scoring wins against Old Wimbledonians and Woking & Horsell (Gary O'Connell 4 for 14). Two more wins highlighted the strength of the bowling, with O'Connell taking 4 for 22 against Malden Wanderers. The draw against Woking saw the batting scrape a total 101 that Woking got nowhere near thanks to O'Connell's 7 for 24.
Captain Stephen Wanigesekera resigned in mid-season and with the holiday season approaching and availability dropping, Ben Osborn was brought in to steady the ship. His coaching and advice from the side lines led to victory against Valley End thanks to a return to form by Simon Arscott (62), a rare guest appearance from Will Standen (3 for 36) and U14 Sami Virk's 3 for 11. The draw against East Molesey should have been a win but from 5 for 4 Molesey’s Rod Porter smashed 166 out of 225. Despite a great start from Arscott (72) and Andy Grozzards (62), the chase fell just short on 214 for 9. In the end a loss at Valley End (Trevor Warne, 5 for 7 in a rare appearance) and an abandoned game against Malden gave a fourth-place finish.
Stand out performers were Simon Arscott (254 runs @ 25.40), Don Taylor (160 @ 53.33), Gerry Mannes (125 @ 15.63), Gary O'Connell (21 wickets @ 8.05), Steve Wanigesekera (16 @ 16) and Colin Hearsum (14 @ 14.14). The great experience within the team has the potential to develop the up and coming youth, with Will Taylor making huge strides this season, Joe Pipe and Sami Virk when available contributed well and Joe Cayley and Vik Sandhu made their adult cricket debuts this season. Whoever takes the captaincy on next season will have a good basis to take the team forward.
Malden Wanderers 4th XI
The 4th XI proved there was life at the bottom, securing a second consecutive second-placed league finish; this in spite of playing at six different grounds across nine ‘home’ fixtures.
For all the “where are we playing this week, skipper?” there was huge satisfaction to be taken from performances in a decent division. Congratulations go to Chertsey, who were worthy champions and played the game in excellent spirit. Several of last season’s youngsters continued to flourish with bat and ball; notably 15 year-old Sam Gerrard who demonstrated Tavare-esque temperament (8* from 117 balls) to keep Chertsey at bay for an unlikely draw (batting 19 overs with no.9 Adam Barlow); Daniel Shepherd (14), a batsman-keeper of great potential who will make a stack of runs in the future and Oscar Ress (15), whose nagging length and pace variations were matched by cameos with the bat.
Equally important were the old stagers; Phil Downey, livewire with the willow (and at gully) and the evergreen Alan Wood who continues to delight team-mates and irritate opponents with his pinpoint darts, batting nous and his tactical input proved invaluable. When available, Nic Cecil (348 runs @ 87) matched anything in the division with the bat; his innings in traditionally hard fought encounters with Epsom, in tandem with son Matt (14), proving the difference in victory. Elsewhere there were plenty of reasons to be cheerful: Tom Ward proved a great find, Mark Rice-Oxley rolled back the years with two six-fers and his 15 year-old son Artie looks an all-rounder of great potential. Another father-and-son combo, Ben and Billy Bartlett (17) also had their moments, helping the side post a respectable total at East Molesey after a calamitous start.
An away defeat at Chertsey when well placed to win put the kibosh on promotion. More will be expected next year and the boys will be determined to get over the line at the third time of asking.
Old Wimbledonians 4th XI
The 4th XI continued the policy of introducing colts into adult cricket but unfortunately numbers coming through were lower than the previous year. However, the side maintained a positive approach with a blend of young and old players and four league wins was a decent return.
Matt Irvine led the way with the bat scoring 238 runs. G Vyas recorded the top score with a scintillating 102* against Epsom. Some excellent displays of canny bowling secured Ben Walsh as top wicket-taker with 22. The best bowling figures came courtesy of newcomer Keith Miskelly (5 for 12) who also scored 61 in the same match against Woking. Three under 18s took their first wicket in adult league cricket; M Mustapha, H Chappell and T Ogilvie. Highlights included M Mustapha hitting his first ball in league cricket for 6; his 5 for 42 against Staines & Laleham and H Chappell’s 5 for 55 against East Molesey.
Overall it was an enjoyable season where everyone was given a chance to play. A number of strong performances promise well for the future of both this team and the whole club.
Staines & Laleham 4th XI
With the return of a number of ex-colts and new members coming into the club, availability was better than it had been for a number of years and no games were conceded by the 4th XI.
The team was once again skippered by the enthusiastic and 100% committed Gary Bonnick and there was a good blend of youth and experience. The side was able to bring through youngsters such as Thomas Madle (U13), Fin Cranston (U14) who made a marvellous 75 not out in a winning game against East Molsey, Ryan Collins (U15) with 9 wickets whilst retaining many of the U16s including Ellis Bonnick, James Madle, Scott Anderson, Migara Kumerasingh and Nathan Herring.
Stand out performances included Harsha Kumerasingh (82 runs vs. Epsom), Ghulan Mallan (193 runs), Praful Choudhary (208 runs and 20 wickets), Fin Cranston (215 runs) and Chris Hunt (12 wickets). Finally, a special mention goes to new keeper Josh Boffin who was outstanding behind the stumps.
Huge thanks go to groundsman Andy Hall, tea lady Jane Walgate and all League officers and umpires that make cricket possible for everyone.
Valley End 4th XI
A new captain awaited the 4th XI for the start of this season and overall it was a progressive season with definitely more highs than lows. With six wins this season the 4s finished 5th in the league.
An emphasis was placed on calling on the youth this year in the 4th XI and a huge ‘well done’ has to go to Christian Tait, Elliott Sleep, Sam Orpin, Charles Deane, Gideon Jansen, Cam Colloff and Fred Brennan who all made their first men’s debuts this season.
There were a few big games to talk about this season. One was against Chertsey CC, where Valley End won the toss and decided to bat with Andy Monk and Austen Reedman opening the batting. What ensued was a 240 run opening partnership with Andy scoring 121 and Austen getting out in the 90s, batsmen 3, 4 and 5 were all suffering from pad rash but eventually made it out to the middle to try and pile on the runs leaving Valley End on 284 after 45 overs. However, Chertsey, were not to lie down and take defeat and despite Reedman taking 5 for 53, chased the runs down with 2 balls to spare.
Another highlight of the season was the game against Old Wimbledonians where despite the opposition having ‘their best batting line up’ they collapsed for 47 with Andy Freeman taking 6 for 17 and Rob Kerr taking 3 wickets with 7 balls. With 48 needed the runs were chased down before tea, in what was a very good day for the 4s and Valley End as a whole, as all five Saturday teams won.
Congratulations to Austen Reedman who finished the season as the second highest runs scorer in the league.