Year Book 2017

  • Addiscombe
  • Battersea Ironsides
  • Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians
  • Dorking
  • Merstham
  • Mitcham
  • Sheen Park
  • Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian
  • Wallington
  • Woodmansterne

Addiscombe 3rd XI
The 3rd XI, competing in the combined league with the FBSCL, managed a creditable fifth place in the table. Again, like all teams this season at the club, team performance was hugely affected by player availability and calls to higher elevens. Three batsmen performed particularly well during the season accumulating the following totals, S. Mansour 339 runs, N. Asseem 176 runs and A. Imthiaz 137 runs. Dan Mears (13 wickets) and colts player Adam Stevens (10 wickets) had the best bowling performances.

Battersea Ironsides 3rd XI
After two seasons of being there or thereabouts at the business end of the table, the 3rd XI finally managed to clinch promotion this year. Bolstered by an influx of excellent new players over the winter, the team suffered just one defeat all season, otherwise turning in a string of high quality performances throughout.
The team was particularly prolific with the bat, regularly posting scores of over 250, aided by some excellent individual batting performances. There were 9 individual hundreds scored this time out, including 3 for skipper David Clements and 2 for debutant Big Rob Milligan. Elsewhere, the arrival of a proper spinner in Harry Moore was pivotal, as he often ripped through the opposition in those all-important middle overs. Perhaps most importantly, however, was the team spirit, often lead by the mercurial Dr. Jonny "Zlatan" Christopher.
There is clearly much to build on next season, and the side relishes the chance to pitch itself against tougher opposition.

Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians 3rd XI
This proved to be another mixed season, with some promising performances against the top teams. Ultimately, the loss of several players to the seconds and inconsistent availability ensured a lower than hoped for position. The team continues to be the side to blood the younger players and it was pleasing to see Finlay Milton cement his place in the 2nd XI after consistent performances in the 3s. However after some good performances in the first half of the season, which saw the team climb to 3rd, the 4 lost games in August, when availability was stretched, saw the side finish in 7th position. There were some good individual performances but only James Parmenter and Dave Whittenbury scored over 200 runs and only James Orr and Paul Huitson took more than 10 wickets. The highlight of the season was, arguably, the unbroken 111 run stand for the 10th wicket between Mark Bradley and Len Heal, preventing an easy win for Merstham. More of that determination is required next season.
Thanks as always to our scorers Pat, Carolyn and Barbara, all the tea ladies, Dave Timms and the groundstaff team, whose pitches received marks that were only bettered by Guildford, without whom the club would be a different place.
Bring on 2017.

Dorking 3rd XI
This season the Dorking Cricket Club 3rd XI continued some fine work from the last couple of years and a good pre-season helped with what was achieved in the season ahead.
The new season brought a new look at what the cricket club wanted to achieve in seasons to come, this was to bring more youngsters through the club and end up playing 1st or 2nd team cricket.
With a plan to mix experience and youth, the 3rd team had an average of 3-4 players under 18 and 2-3 in their early 20s. This paid great dividends in the way the team fielded and bowled throughout the season, with the experienced bowlers always stepping up to the plate.
Batting, as ever, was a strong point for the 3rd team, with the experienced players scoring a lot of the runs and the youngsters, when called upon, always stepped up to show they are good enough.
Finishing 2nd was a great achievement for this team and a great stepping stone to push on and achieve good things for Dorking Cricket Club.
The 3rd team are all looking forward to the new season and fingers crossed that Dorking starts to see more youngsters stepping up to the 1st and 2nd team as well.

Merstham 3rd XI
On a fresh day in early May, 11 intrepid volunteers assembled for duty in a windswept field just outside Chipstead, many meeting their new comrades for the first time and wondering how long this band of brothers would stay together, or the 4ths as they prefer to be known.
There were moments of great offensive brilliance; from the outset Laurie Nicholson despatched the Chipstead bowling in compiling 140 runs in a resounding victory. Dorking were brusquely pushed aside and a shelling from James Lowe of 5 for 19 against Wallington ensured that Merstham were on the march. The sky appeared to be the limit, however darker skies were gathering.
After the first defeat, it took resolute defence from Lowe and Will Preston to blunt a Battersea offensive, leaving the boys to fight another day. Unfortunately, Merstham were kept in their trenches for the ensuing three games; the weather proving the victor. However a thrilling battle at Dorking, saw the 3s fight back, with assistance provided in the form of an Asim Ashraf hat-trick, but it proved to be in vain, with a narrow defeat.
Following this, Merstham would only lose one more battle in the last eight encounters of their campaign. Another blitz of 162 from Nicholson ensured his promotion to the elite unit. Following the early loss of Zeeshan Murtaza, a Ben Snelling assault yielded 63 runs, relentless accuracy from Ben Carter (3 for 42) and Jon Coleman (6 for 16) routed Chipstead, however Captain Mark Robson lost his nerve, the Chipstead resolve stiffened and Merstham were denied. Addiscombe were summarily dismissed with the aid of a Struan Clark 53 while both Woodmansterne and Sheen Park were brushed aside. The long march ended at the hands of the elements, preventing Merstham from truly landing a killer blow.
As the team heads into winter, one thing is for sure; they await the next campaign with relish and hunger.

Mitcham 3rd XI
2016 proved to be an interesting year for Mitcham 3rd XI. The enlarged league structure meant fixtures were played against a number of new team, and crucially, more cricket, with 18 games this year as opposed to the 12 scheduled last year. Unfortunately this coincided with lower player availability in 2016, meaning many of the seniors and some younger players were promoted to higher teams to fill the gaps.
But, as they say, “every cloud has a silver lining,” for a number of Mitcham youngsters were called up and blooded in the 3s and even in the 2s and generally acquitted themselves very well! The 3rd XI has always viewed itself as the Club’s development team, acting as a bridge, allowing the U16 players a route into senior cricket and the Colts coaching team should be proud of their former charges; their fielding in particular has been excellent.
The season started with a close game against Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians which resulted in a win just, followed by a loss against a very well-organised Chipstead side. The team then managed three wins on the trot before losing a close match to Merstham. The rain came in at this point of the season causing two of the next three games to be abandoned. Merton Council had banned all play on their pitches on safety grounds.
The side managed a couple more wins but finished the season with three straight defeats, struggling against the likes of Battersea, Dorking and Merstham. The team finished 6th out of 10 but there were a number of good performances this year from Sharif Hosseini (bowling) as well as Karan Bala and Damian Greenhall (batting).
Once again Mitcham seem to produce lots of bowlers, so the team is hoping to discover some additional batting talent in 2017, should the club be able to field a 3rd XI team.
Our heartfelt thanks to the admin team at both Mitcham and the league for helping make this season happen.

Sheen Park 3rd XI
Sheen Park’s campaign saw the team battle through the season with two wins in thrilling circumstances with both games going down to the wire. The team’s wins came away at Woodmansterne and home to Wallington. The season saw two players progress to play for the second team and perform well for them. The team was led by Ian Appleby who gave everyone an opportunity during the season with bat and ball and this saw players improve as the season went on.
Despite the results the players kept trying and giving their best and making themselves available every week. The club would like to thank the players for their efforts this season and looks forward to next season and the new challenges that lie ahead.

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian 3rd XI
Following last season’s relegation, the pre-season hope was that the 3rd eleven could bounce straight back. With only one place available for promotion and normal early season availability problems, finishing fourth, just two points below a Merstham side against whom the side had enjoyed two close battles, probably represented a reasonable achievement.
The biggest surprise was that the poorer performances came in the batting department. There were welcome returns to form from the experienced Kevin Pacey (330 runs) and Phil Mander (240), their most eye catching performance being the club 2nd wicket partnership record of 254 against Addiscombe where both hit tons.
Runs flowed in some other games too. 300 was passed in both games against Sheen Park and the best all-round team performance saw 208 scored on a tough track against lively bowling at Mitcham. Too often, though, when faced with steady bowling and fielding the fragilities showed and low scoring but exciting games followed against sides of similar strength.
The bowling, meanwhile, proved more than enough for most of the opposition. Mike Asbury’s 30 wickets at an average of 10 represented an outstanding summer. Five others took ten wickets or more. Indeed three bowlers in the last four games all found themselves on a hat trick but only James Warburton found the straight ball when needed.
Mention should also be made of the wicket keepers, Aidan Barton, Robbie Warburton and Luca Picciano, all provided outstanding support to the bowling attack and inspired much improved performances in the field.
It was an enjoyable year in a league of wide ranging ability played almost unfailingly in good spirits. But with a year of experience now at this level and an outstanding crop of youngsters coming through the ranks, the target for next year really should be more consistency in the tougher games and promotion back to a higher standard.

Wallington 3rd XI
Wallington entered the 2016 season on the back of some promising performances at the end of the previous season and despite welcoming some unfamiliar teams into a reformed league structure were hopeful of a positive season of cricket.
Unfortunately, this did not get off to the best of starts with four of the first six league matches having to be conceded as poor player availability rocked the club and put the season in jeopardy. A 4th week, tightly contested game with CCW with Wallington falling short of chasing 266 by only 12 runs showed promising signs but was followed by two further concessions and 2 games lost to the weather.
With the first half of the season a write-off things could only improve going into the mid-summer games. A couple of tough games including table toppers Battersea were followed by the visit of Sheen Park. The past seasons had featured some great contests and gave a real chance of a first victory of the season and to get off the foot of the table. What followed in the game was a performance of the season from opening bowler Jack Davis, ripping through the Sheen batting line up with figures of 7 for 56 in a 20 over spell to inspire Wallington to victory.
With confidence high going into the end of the season and eyes on an improved record, the side was again struck by poor availability throughout the club. This robbed the team of the chance to be competitive in the closing weeks of the season, except for another hotly contested game with Sheen Park eventually scraping over the line by 1 wicket. This was not enough to dislodge Wallington from the 9th place stolen from Sheen the previous week.
A disappointing season in all but promising signs for a few young players and with improved availability next year there will be a desire to win and get back to the middle of the table where the team wants to be.

Woodmansterne 3rd XI
Woodmansterne 3rd XI started the season with an exciting 290 run chase against the eventual title winners Battersea Ironsides and fell just short with a battling 105 from Micky Joyce and 97 from Paul Movell. From then on, the season promised more but Woods found the ageing squad to be tested throughout, playing prominently much younger elevens which at least indicate there is plenty of young talent developing in the Surrey Championship 3rd XIs.
The usual batsmen Martin Corbett and Tony Phillips performed well but the side fell short when the backup was needed in the lower order to win the game. The bowlers, led by the promising young colt Joe Dawson followed by Max and Louie Raynor, strived to penetrate the opposition and the only real back-up came from the conjurer Ralph Patel. The Merstham run chase failure of over 300 highlighted the progress required from bowlers and batsmen alike. However, with another year behind them the Woods colts will be stepping forward to claim their place in a challenging but exciting 3s East Division.

Where next?

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