- Battersea Ironsides
- Hampton Wick Royal
- Stoke D’Abernon
The season started well with a good team win at Battersea. This, ironically, was followed by four straight losses before the next win at Stoke D’Abernon. Three consecutive wins in the timed games later resulted in a comfortable mid-table finish. The batting was generally strong on paper, and was led by wicketkeeper Ben Moncrieffe (461 @ 38), ably supported by Chris Foster (291 @ 22), Gavin van der Merwe (234 @ 14), captain Russell Clayton (207 @ 23), Phil Gay (204 @ 58) and Mikael Berglund (160 @ 20). Sean van der Merwe (160 @ 26) scored the season’s only century: 109 in defeat to Kempton.
The bowling generally lacked penetration and consistency, with the notable exceptions being Alastair Reeves (19 @ 19), Nauman Farooq (17 @ 24) and the all-rounder Gavin van der Merwe (15 @ 15). Amjad Hassan (8 @ 41) bowled 89 overs without much luck. The fielding was always enthusiastic but lacked youth, save for the pup of the team, David Owen, with his great hands.
Improved availability and the eventual arrival of youth may result in more consistent results next season. Thanks, as ever, to scorer Colin Gay and to Maureen Kelleher for the teas. Congratulations, too, must surely go to our president Dan Norcross for being signed to the BBC Test Match Special commentary team.
Battersea Ironsides 2nd XI
BICC 2nd X1 were full of confidence after finishing the previous season as champions. The first 2 games started off with a promising performance although the side did not quite click after that. It was a combination of some bad individual performances and decision making. It was also down to taking some of the opposition teams lightly. There were also some games where the team came quite close but could not finish the opposition off. The team does not think it performed as badly as the table suggests but that is the reality.
The side now goes away and reflects on a bad season and aims to come back stronger next season. Maybe, Division 5 is what the team needs now; to put some wins together and gain that confidence back to as a team. This season is one to forget but the team cannot wait to start next season. BICC 2nd XI is sure it has that mental strength as a team to perform and try to get promotion back to Division 4.
Chertsey 2nd XI
Winning quickly became a habit for the 2nd XI this season, as did the lengthy motivational text messages captain Phil Boast took to penning each Saturday morning as the chequered flag loomed into view. The side took maximum points 12 times in their 16 games to romp to the Division 4 title ahead of Kempton, who were the only team in the league able to beat them. The success means the side will be playing Division 3 cricket for the first time in eight years and the challenge is one that brings real excitement to the club.
Naturally, 2016 was a year full of highlights and it really is a tough task trying to name them all. Defending 124 against SinjunGrammarians in the opening game of the season set the tone for miserly bowling and sharp fielding, while scoring 261 for 5 at Hampton Wick Royal later in the year proved there was talent among the batting ranks too. There were match-winning contributions no matter where you looked in the squad, but Steven Bussey’s batting and Jamie Chapman’s bowling deserve special mentions. The former topped the charts with 337 runs in just nine games, scoring four half centuries with a best of 90 in a chase of 203 against Alleyn at home. Chapman was the side’s best bowler, taking 28 wickets with his hooping in-swing at an average of 17.11. He ripped through the Kingstonian order in his best performance of the campaign, recording figures of 5 for 55 in early June. However, he would probably much rather the light be shone on his regular stints as promoted pinch-hitter with the bat.
Other stand-out performers came in the shape of self-acclaimed Captain Genius Boast, who also scored four 50s in a total of 335 runs, while Mark Nuti and Stuart Eagles took their regular hatful of wickets with 26 and 22 each by bowling questionable offspin and bamboozling leg-spin respectively.
17-year-olds Tommy Duffy, who is a talented all-rounder, wicket-keeper Adam Robertson and opening bowler Ryan Boast all came into the team, held their own with notable contributions and were real feathers in the side’s cap, while university student Cade Skelton led the attack with searing pace and a maturity that belied his years.
Hampton Wick Royal 2nd XI
Despite losing the opening game of the season to SinjunGrammarians hopes were high for a promotion-winning season for the 2nd XI.
Things were looking promising after losing just one of the next eight games. This included a great run chase away at Ripley. Following a poor performance at Stoke D'Abernon the side recovered with a tense win against Alleyn.
Taking wickets was rarely a problem for the side with notable performances from Waseem Ahmed (5 for 16 against Kingstonian) and Luke Webster (6 for27) in a thrashing of Kempton. Phil Linter performed consistently, ending the season with 24 wickets @ 12.92. The problem was a lack of availability from the best bowlers.
Three batsmen excelled for the side with skipper Ian Collier scoring 490 @ 40.83, Tom Crowther with 242 @ 40.33 and a much-improved season from Robbie Oliver with 313 runs @ 34.78.
There were also a few senior batsmen missing throughout the season which was highlighted when previous skipper Alex Jackson scored 99* in his only outing in 2016. (Note the skipper declared on 49 overs!!)
Special mention must also go to Rory Blanchard who took more outfield catches than any other player in the league.
Losing games from winning positions cost the side dearly. This included a defeat away at Chertsey despite bowling them out for just 136, also home and away defeats to Sinjuns; both games the side should have won.
So the team ended the season in third; disappointing but with the nucleus of a side that can really challenge in 2017. A big thanks to all the players who made last season so much fun.
Kempton 2nd XI
After promotion in 2015, the 2nd XI anticipated a tough year in 2016. However, a nervy two-wicket win at home to Kingstonian in the opening game was followed by a 90 run win over Stoke D’Abernon and a five-game winning streak halted only by a draw with Hampton Wick Royal. With the holiday period in full swing, availability was tough but the last nine games yielded five wins, a draw and only three defeats to achieve promotion as runners-up in the division.
Notable performances included Jeeta Dhillion's fantastic 98 against Alleyn and Danny Loveridge's 7 for 24 against Ripley. Richard Warne scored 359 runs @ 35.90, Dhillion 307 @ 43.86 and Allan Inwood 274 @ 34.25. Chris Page led the bowling averages with 20 wickets @ 14.57, followed by Loveridge 15 @ 18.67 and Ethan Walsh 14 @ 17.07
Captain Allan Inwood thanks everyone who played in the 2nd XI in 2016 with special thanks to Roy Beard for dedicating his time to umpire and Ian Haddow for dedicating his time to score every week. Thanks also to June Inwood and Karen Miah for the awesome teas they provide for the club on a weekly basis and to Frank Hammett for preparing the ground.
Congratulations to the Division 4 champions Chertsey. Let us see what 2017 brings and if we can carry on our good fortune.
Kingstonian 2nd XI
The 2nd XI’s mid-table positon was a fair reflection of the season. All but one of the team’s six wins were against teams lower in the league and only one of seven defeats was to a lower-placed team. Generally, the bowling attack performed well, almost always restricting oppositions to less than 200. Kamran Khan led the bowling, his 30 wickets @ 14.33 making him joint-leading wicket taker in the division. He was well supported by Wajid Mehmood, who took 17 wickets @ 18.56.
The team often relied on these two all-rounders. Wajid was the leading run scorer, with 267 runs @ 38, whilst Kamran contributed 192 runs. However, batting was often disappointing, none of the top order batsmen having a successful season and too often a poor start to the innings had to be rescued by the late middle order.
Wajid and Kamran both scored 50s in a large partnership to recover from 36 for 7 to overhaul the 149 set by Stoke D’Abernon and it was a similar tale in the team’s chase of Alleyn’s score of 197. The team slumped to 75 for 5 before late order runs got the team over the line. In a second dramatic game against Alleyn, Kamran Khan took four early wickets and finished with six for 39, the team’s best bowling performance of the season.
Ezra Hinds had a good season behind the stumps and with 20 dismissals was the leading keeper in the division. In addition, Sohaib Wasim forced his way in to the team on the back of good batting form for the lower teams and the Sunday XI. He showed promise for future seasons with his maiden 2nd XI 50 in the win against Battersea Ironsides and hopefully this is a sign of future promotions from the 3rd XI.
Ripley 2nd XI
After successfully meeting last season’s aim of avoiding relegation, this season the team aimed to improve on last season’s fifth place finish. Unfortunately, this aim was not met and it was really a season of two halves. Having won the second game of the season, the team then had to wait until the tenth to celebrate another victory. After this the team went on a five game unbeaten streak including four wins and a draw.
Despite not meeting the team’s aim for the season there were some excellent individual performances. Firstly with the bat Jay Dhillion was the leading run scorer in the league, scoring 502 runs at an average of 38.62, including one century. Another notable performer with the bat this season was Yasir Arif, who finished with 267 runs @ 24.27. With the ball, Nad Rashid once again showed his importance to the side taking 27 wickets @ 19.33 while Jeremy Russell chipped in with 18 wickets @ 22.78.
With some better player availability in the coming season, Ripley will be hoping to firmly cement their position in the league and try to push on towards the promotion places.
SinjunGrammarians 2nd XI
A new team, new skipper and an overall change within the club affected how the teams were made up. Considering a number of the older 2nd XI players either moved up to the 1st XI or had moved on, this meant that a lot of the new recruits were brought in from the 3rd XI.
Asim took charge and started well. 3 wins against Hampton Wick, Chertsey and Ironsides put the team in an amazing position. Unfortunately that momentum could not be maintained into the 4th game. Two losses and then the clouds moved in. Rain took away 3 games on the trot, with Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian taking a battering with a high water table making it impossible to work on the ground giving unplayable conditions. The local duck community had taken a shine to the ground and they looked like they were bedding in for the summer, or lack of.
Thereafter a lot of interest in cricket for the club had gone and selections became a scraping of the barrel. The abandoned games were followed by a further three straight losses but two wins brought the reigns back in and back to back wins against Kempton and Hampton Wick helped steady the ship.
Notable batting from Abu Baker and Muhammed Faizan notched a commendable 400 runs each. The bowling was aided by Muhammed Imran, the skipper Asim and Abu all chipping in with 16, 15 and 14 wickets each. The stand out fielder was Zohaib Sheikh. The team finished mid table which was a just reward for a season that did not quite get going.
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI
The season followed its traditional pattern of a slow start, a steady improvement, (particularly when exams finished) and a strong end to finish a very credible 4th place in the table.
Continuity in selection is always tricky at this level and this year was no different with 38 different players used. The demands of the 1st XI meant captain Jase Earl only led the side six times while three others captained matches. Eight different players kept wicket. Such erratic weekly team-sheets that often changed dramatically late with drop-outs were reflected in the pattern of results.
The side started with a good win at Ripley where Andy Page carried his bat for 103* and Thomas Dennis took 4 for33 on League debut but a win over Hampton Wick Royal aside (achieved with some surprise contributors), was the only other victory until the second week of July… against promoted Kempton.
A brief flirtation with the relegation zone resulted not helped by losing to Kingstonian despite having them 36 for 7, then Ripley successfully blocked out another game when they were 37 for 6, but the side finished strongly. The team scored 298 against Sinjungrammarians, (Earl 97*, Raimondo 80), chased down Kingstonian’s total with ease, (Giacomo Gray 76, Andy Berry 47*), safely defended a score at Battersea Ironsides, (Adam De Swardt 100*) and finished with a run-rate victory at Alleyn, (Curran 52.)
Adrian Mills led the bowlers with 19 wickets @ 14.84 including the season’s only 5-for at Kingstonian. Duncan Elder took 17 @ 15.35. De Swardt took 4 for 23 against champions Chertsey and a number of younger bowlers took their chances to prove that there was good strength in depth.
If the team can iron out of some of the aforementioned inconsistencies it hopes to improve and challenge in 2017. Two narrow defeats to the runaway champions and a comprehensive win over the other promoted side suggest, hopefully, that it can make a return to Division 3.