Year Book 2017

  • Chessington
  • Epsom
  • Esher
  • Hampton Hill
  • Kempton
  • Kingstonian
  • Leatherhead
  • Old Emanuel
  • Staines & Laleham
  • Thames Ditton

Chessington 3rd XI
The 3rd XI enjoyed an excellent season with promotion still on the cards right up until the last game of the season. As with a team that had a mix of both old heads and progressive youth, at times the side played some top drawer cricket but on the other hand sometimes it was woeful! Mid table at the halfway point, a run of 5 wins in a row propelled the team to the top of the table. Sadly a couple of defeats in August left Chessington just short.
There were some real highlights, eventual champions Epsom set us 230 to win which we passed 9 down with an over to go, a wonderful game of cricket. Dan Mckay’s swashbuckling 101* when chasing only 109 to beat Esher also lives in the memory. The team generally bowled and fielded well, Mahad Qazi and Rob Barnard were always a threat whilst the guile of Simon Burge gave the side great control. Wily veteran Paul Dillon had an excellent season with important runs whilst his non-turning and sometimes non-pitching off spin grabbed a career best 7 for 30 vs. Leatherhead!
Congratulations go to worthy champions Epsom and Chessington look forward to the 2017 season with promotion as the target.

Epsom 3rd XI
The 2016 season was a successful one for the 3rd XI at Epsom, which saw the side promoted back to Division 2 following relegation in 2015. The new regional league this season was very competitive, with promotion being achieved on the final day.
The success of the 2016 season was due to a great mix and team spirit throughout the campaign; despite losing a couple of games on the bounce, this spirit and drive saw the team successfully end the season as champions.
The addition this season of some new faces to the team has been excellent; the likes of Steve Zwarts, Lockie Kerr and Andy Winsor have all been huge additions to the side, all contributing greatly with the bat to give the team some depth in the middle order.
A further factor of the team’s success was the involvement and performances of the colts who played and became regulars in the 3rd XI; Sam Buchan-Davies bowled line and length to come away with some great economical figures at the start of the season, Pru Anandpura bowled outstandingly with the new ball taking early wickets and Jacob Bird who has not only improved behind the sticks, but also scored the most runs in the league, just shy of 500.
The team was also boosted by the continued performances of those who were involved in the side relegated the year before. Fred Retief continuing once again to take wickets on a regular basis, finishing the season with 28 wickets in the league, the second highest, as well as scoring vital runs, Adam Hlobil, bowled with deadly accuracy at the end of the season, taking 10 wickets over back to back Saturdays and Matt Lassiter and Dan Allen for their continued availability and contribution in the field, both with match winning displays.

Esher 3rd XI
2016 for Esher’s 3rd XI was very much a season of two halves; the first half produced just three wins in nine, while in the second half there was only one loss, which was to deserved league winners Epsom, the only team to do the double over Esher. Along the way there were various highs and lows. A couple of spicy games could not detract from it being a thoroughly enjoyable season both on and off the pitch.
The turning point appeared to be an “against the odds” win against then top of the table Hampton Hill. With a combined age of 465 and many cobwebs dusted off the cricket kit, a truly fabulous afternoon and evening was had by the Esher “Dads’ Army” thanks to a herculean team effort, notably including a fine knock of 65 from Richard “haven't played in 18 years” Clarke, a mesmerising five-wicket burst from Imran “Murali” Khan and two wickets from debutant Josh “Warney” Da Vall.
In a great season for new recruits, Esher welcomed new talents and characters including father and son combo Martin and Jonathan Miles, Chris Harvey, Dan Dickenson and many others. Also heartening to see is the conveyor belt of colts coming through, with highlights including a colossal innings of 132 from Rob Davies, ever improving bowling performances from Jonathan Martin and impressive contributions from Oscar Nicholson, Marcus Jones, Nick Morgan, Josh Tallent and Calum Allbrook. All in all, it is an exciting time to be part of the club and 2017 bodes to be even better.
Thanks go to skipper Chris Burton (averaging 40 this season) and a variety of lieutenants including Dimi Balasuriyar, Imran Khan, Pete Slaney, Neil Fletcher, David Crook and Faisy Malik.
Winter well!

Hampton Hill 3rd XI
As no report was submitted by the club the following was written by the Editor.
Hampton Hill 3rd XI had what can only be described as an ‘average’ season. The side finished 6th in the newly formed Central Division with a total of six wins and a winning draw.
The season started very well defending 119 against Leatherhead and beating Thames Ditton in game three. Old Emanuel conceded and Staines & Laleham were easily beaten to leave the team flying high. However following a narrow defeat to Esher some inconsistency started to creep in to the performances and after losing four of the last five matches, the side can only reflect on what might have been.
The main highlights of the season were the 9 wicket thrashing of Kingstonian, bowling Chessington out for 47 and scoring 262 for 9 against Leatherhead (the team’s next highest score was 162!).
The season lows were the 80 all out at home against Kempton and the 84 all out away at Epsom together with the performances at the end of the season.
The main bowlers were Tahir Butt with 34 wickets @ 10.94 and Ryan McCartney with 20 @ 20.50. The key batsmen were Gaurav Walia with 242 runs @ 24.20 and Butt with 227 @ 18.92.
The side looks forward to the 2017 season with optimism.

Kempton 3rd XI
The 2016 season was one of new challenges and a new structure for the 3rd XI with a change of leadership under Bellal Aziz. An initial loss served to bring the players together and the team excelled from that point, winning 10 games and losing five out of 18. A closely contested season finished with Kempton in third place. Thamaru Welagedara scored 212 runs @ 42.40 and Aziz scored 206 runs. Stephen Crossley starred with the ball taking 22 wickets @ 6.80 with an economy rate of 2.03.
This season provided the team with many new players and a wealth of experience. Overall, it has been an excellent year for the 3rd XI.

Kingstonian 3rd XI
The 3rd XI season was stop-start with some regulars lost but new additions found. The season started off with a last-ball loss to Esher despite a gritty 63* by Junaid Khan but solid early wins against eventual champions Epsom and Old Emanuel followed, with Zain Khan leading the charge including a return of 4 for 23.
With the team ever-changing the next few games were lessons for the season. A tight match against Epsom ended in a draw before the team then scored back to back wins, including a thrilling one-run victory against Staines led by Milan Patra’s 4 for 17, Sohaib Wasim's match-saving 55 and a near-perfect run out to win the game.
After a run of poor results, Tom Sanger's timely return halfway through the season led to an upturn, with a devastating spell of three wickets in four balls winning a nail biter against Kempton. Saqlain Shabbir and Azeem Ishfaq's promotions from the 4th XI were also warranted, with both returning five wickets hauls against Old Emanuel and Leatherhead respectively. Dhruv Singh and Matt Williams shared a magnificent century stand in the win against Hampton Hill and a polished bowling performance against Chessington laid the foundation for a solid run chase led by Hafiz Waleed (46) and Peter Kent (43*).
Bowling was a strong point throughout the season, with Peter Kent (23 wickets), Neel Patel (16) and Tom Sanger (13) well supported by Rupert Sutton whose economy as first change was crucial. Without a settled batting line-up, Peter Kent led the way with 381 runs in 18 matches. Milan Patra scored 233 runs in 11 matches and Sohaib Wasim 153 in 10 matches before the 2nd XI beckoned for both. Samir Arora proved a useful addition at the top of the order and the team’s fielding continued to be strong with Sachi Jayatilleke and Omor Farouk setting high standards for the rest of the squad.

Leatherhead 3rd XI
Leatherhead 3rd XI finished the 2016 season in 8th place and managed to secure four wins, an improvement on the 2015 season. There were a number of promising performances throughout the season and the team environment made for great fun.
The team was well skippered by Lewis Higgs, who had a stand out season with the bat, finishing leading run scorer with 317 runs and he was well supported by Waqas Ahmed who scored 147. There were a lot of promising starts from the younger batters and the aim should be to bat for longer periods of the game in 2017. Waqas (17) and Lewis (13) also starred with the ball and were well supported by wobbly seamer Paul Dolan who took a career best 14 wickets. All of the colts bowled impressive spells with Aidan Hayes and Matthew Baker being particularly miserly.
The 2017 season is a great opportunity to further develop the core of young talent.

Old Emanuel 3rd XI
The 2016 season was, in many respects, similar to 2015 but yet more frustrating. Player availability, as with several other clubs/teams, was the main issue. Using 30+ players (with varying levels of playing availability) to fulfil 18 fixtures is becoming a challenge for several clubs, let alone one of our size. The team’s situation (and player availability) was further compounded by a league admin error placing the side in a different zonal division.
The result was a mixed bag of teams fielded; decent strong sides and sides with non-cricketers (and the occasional girlfriend) to make up the numbers. This naturally led the team to have a varied set of performances, either winning convincingly, defeated convincingly or had to cancel a game through lack of numbers. This is where the frustration comes in. When the club had a full decent strength side out, it was a very good team but the number of times that this occurred this season can be counted on one hand.
The one thing that has not changed and has not been affected is the team spirit within the squad. Opposition teams comment on how the team plays the game and how enjoyable it has been for them and that they look forward to playing Old Emanuel.
Planning for the 2017 season has already begun. This emanates from a genuine bond amongst the squad. There is a consensus of wanting to have a better season next year, so bring on 2017.

Staines & Laleham 3rd XI
Staines & Laleham 3rd XI started in a new league and with a new captain. Matt Phillips took over at the helm and the side moved to the Central Division.
The first match was conceded but from then on the season went from strength to strength with comfortable victories against Thames Ditton and Esher followed by a nerve-wracking win against Leatherhead. This saw S&L face their toughest bowling attack of the season, only posting a lowly 108. A complete team effort saw S&L grab the winning wicket with Leatherhead at 104-9 with 12 overs remaining.
Notable stars across the opening games were David Gyves with the ball who continued to stick to the basics and apply enough swing to bamboozle most of Surrey and Paul 'Mr Consistent' Donlevy. A couple of blips along the way with losses to Hampton Hill and Kingstonian were complemented with a number of convincing wins against Kempton and the reverse fixtures against Thames Ditton and Leatherhead.
As the season progressed S&L saw the rise of left arm bowler Ben Nannery, now regularly taking wickets alongside David Gyves. Half way through the season Staines & Laleham stood with potential promotion if results went its way. Captain Phillips continued to steady the ship with the bat resulting in the run of form continuing.
In the end, losses to Chessington and Epsom became pivotal in the chase for promotion which Epsom went on to claim. Ben Nannery's 6 for 37 off 9 overs against Hampton Hill and captain Phillips' 66* against Kingstonian meant the team finished strongly coming second in the league.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable season with success coming from building a side around a regular nucleus. Thanks go to all of those who assisted and made it a successful campaign. Final mention goes to S&L’s biggest asset of the season; the two girls who scored throughout alleviating one of the pains of lower level cricket.

Thames Ditton 3rd XI
The 3rd XI experienced a frustrating summer as it finished in ninth place. Due to erratic availability, the composition of the side changed weekly with forty players being used in total and only five players appeared in ten or more of the eighteen games; hardly a recipe for success.
The season started OK, in the absence of the skipper, winning one and losing two was not the worst start to the season, especially when you consider only eight people got into double figures.
With Jai Patel back at the helm the next three games gave the team real hope for the season, comprehensively beating Chessington and Esher by 7 wickets, then beating Kingstonians in a nail biter. Played six won four – great start!
What happened next was the opposite, 11 games brought nine losses and two losing draws.
However, in the final game the team showed it could bat, scoring a season high 257 against Kingstonians, before the rain came; so the season ended on a relative high.
Stats wise, skipper Jai Patel was the only batsman to reach 200 runs (273 @ 22.75) including the team's highest individual score of 77* supported by Jon Fairhurst with 181 @ 15.08. Worthy mention goes to Andy Cassie scoring 174 @ 14.5. Matt Monk, Max Sosna and Paul Campbell also showed good form with the bat.
Familiar names led the bowling stats with the best being Martin Annable with 20 @ 15.55 including a 6 for 59 against Kempton, next was Andy Jones with 18 @ 21. Notable mentions go to Rajeev Dayal 13 @ 24.77 and also Andy Cassie, who deserved more but finished with 10 @ 33.
Probably a season to forget in the field, with possibly more drops than catches, despite this, Steve Wallace held onto 12, including 5 at Hampton Hill. In the outfield only Jon Fairhurst (7) and Jai Patel (6) took more than 5 catches.
Better availability and better performances with the bat are a must for a more successful season in 2017.

Where next?

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