- Bank of England
- Worcester Park
Bank of England
After Bank of England 1st XI team gained promotion to Division 2 of the Surrey Championship in 2015, the 2016 season was always going to represent a challenge.
The early part of the season proved difficult with results, often excelling with either batting or bowling but not managing to combine the two areas effectively. The side often did well to stay in games and the resilience that was shown was encouraging.
Once a long overdue first win was gained, the team began to exhibit signs of improvement. With a more settled side and the return of some key players, a few more positive results were achieved. However, the danger of relegation plagued the team all season as it proved a struggle to put in good performances consistently.
It was not until the very latter stages of the season that Bank started playing their best cricket and began to look more like the team that won promotion the previous year. Going into the last game of the season, a win as well as reliance upon other results was needed to stay up. The team duly delivered with a fantastic performance to win the game and ultimately avoid relegation.
Great commitment was shown by all who played for the 1st team throughout the season with particularly strong contributions from Richard Rawlings (501 runs), Damon Ridgway (408) and Josh Andrighetto (404) with the bat and Jack O’Brien (32 wickets) with the ball. With just four wins in the league a significant improvement is needed next year in all departments; experience of this season will spur the team on to bigger and better things in 2017.
Camberley 1st XI
After a disappointing relegation in 2015, there was a concerted effort during the off-season to start well and push as hard as possible for promotion. The first match of the season was away at Farnham, Camberley made an impressive 317 thanks to some explosive hitting from Tim Burns (91) and Jimmy Day (109). Farnham were restricted to 232 all out. 15 year old debutant Paul Stephens stole the show ending with 4 for 39, all bowled! The perfect start to the new campaign.
Another comfortable victory followed the week after with a 79 run win over Dulwich, in which Marty Kain starred with the bat scoring a sensational 120* and Day with 77 and 3 for 17. The next two games saw comfortable victories against Egham and Chessington.
A difficult chase against Epsom the week after made it 5 wins from 5 matches, with Kain 5 for 51 and Shoveller 72* the main contributors. Two more wins followed against Esher (Day 101 off 51 balls!) and Worcester Park. With the lead at the top now over 40 points after 7 games, promotion became an achievable target. The most remarkable match was played against Egham the following week. With heavy rain arriving, the plan was to bat to 20 overs and set Egham around 120-130 from the 28 overs remaining. At 96 for 4 Camberley were perfectly set, but ended up being bowled out for 100 off 19.5 overs. At 66 for 0 after 14 overs Egham looked certain to end Camberley’s faultless start to the season when the first wicket fell. This gave Camberley a chance, which turned into 83 for 5. Egham recovered to 96 for 5 needing 5 runs from 3 overs, when a remarkable collapse to 99 all out gave Camberley their 8th win in a row by 1 run. Kain took 3 wickets in the final over and ended with 6 for 49.
Three more wins made it 11 in a row, a Club record and a very large gap at the top. A 12th win was not possible as another low scoring nail biter went Chessington’s way. Camberley bounced back the week after completing an impressive double over Farnham, with captain Max Shoveller top scoring with 85.
Camberley were crowned Division 2 champions with 3 games still to go and ended up with 13 wins. A final highlight was an outstanding 189 from Tim Burns in the last game against Esher. A great year from a team that demonstrated an exceptional team spirit who are now looking forward to playing in Division 1 in the 2017 season.
Chessington 1st XI
A season of stability for the 1st XI in 2016 meant a mid-table finish was probably what the side deserved. Never in a relegation battle but even though mathematically possible until a couple of games to go, promotion was also never really on the cards. The big positive of the season was the side fielded a minimum of 4 under 19s every week and some weeks up to 6 under 19s. Combine this with two-thirds of the regulars are 23 or under then the future really does look bright for the club and the experience will be invaluable to them.
On the stats front Under 16 Prince Singh topped the runs with 430 and there were also useful contributions from Karl Thorns, Matt Alldis, Paul Willis and Dan Yarnley. In all honesty though, the batting was not up to scratch this year and will need to improve for next season. Bowling wise skipper Dan Yarnley topped the division charts with 40 victims. The biggest and best find for the year though was undoubtedly Luke Barnard with an excellent return of 27 wickets in his first full season in the 1st XI. Availability was an issue this year and if the side wants to mount a serious promotion challenge next season this is an area that will have to improve.
Thanks as always to scorer John Yarnley for his commitment every week and his well-read match reports, Brian and his team for the ground and the tea ladies for making the toss so important so the lads can get tucked in at tea! Congrats to Camberley and Farnham for their promotions, they were certainly the division’s outstanding sides.
Dulwich 1st XI
As one club walked away with the Division 2 title, Dulwich’s 1st XI were one of six other clubs competing for second place. In the end, despite winning both matches against eventual runners up Farnham, the 1st XI had to be content with fifth place. Victory in either of the matches lost by a single wicket would have ensured promotion. Third place would have been achieved but for a 4-point penalty received.
The batting was led by Tom Savill, whose 480 runs @ 53 included two scores of 94 among his five 50s in just 10 innings. He was well supported by Ed Stolle with 361 runs. The pair managed seven opening stands of 50 or more in nine starts together. But apart from 50s in his last two innings by Henry Hazlewood, the rest of the batting was inconsistent. Too often the fall of the first or second wicket led to a collapse which the lower order was left to try and rectify, the worst example being in the crucial match against Esher when 133 for 1 became 188 all out.
Bowling honours were shared with nine bowlers taking nine or more wickets. Jon Lodwick led the attack and was top wicket taker with 24 @ 19, with good seam support from Naeem Iqbal, Leon Sealy and Kamran Munawar. Spinners Alex Gledhill, Levi Olver and Salaar Waqar took 47 wickets between them and Stolle added 13 which included an unlikely 11 in two matches. In the few games for which he was available Richard King provided flexibility, being able to bowl seam or spin as the situation demanded.
Skipper Gledhill led the side with enthusiasm and engendered a good team spirit. After fighting relegation in 2015 the side will be looking to build on the significant improvement made in 2016 to mount a strong challenge next season. Thanks, as always, are due to John Lewis for his continued immaculate scoring and dedication.
Egham 1st XI
After a very successful 2015 the team was excited and eager to get the season started and continue on from where it left off last year. Egham started well at Dulwich with a great bowling and fielding display which was going to be a common theme throughout the season. Honourable mentions for bowling performances this season go to Marlon with 28 league wickets, was ably assisted by David Morris, Ryan Dennis, Stefan Kaltner and Chris Douglas. However, the side just fell short with the bat and again this was an unfortunate theme through the season. The team had a number of close games which unfortunately did not go to plan this year and after a long hard fought season the side missed out on staying in Division 2 and was relegated on the final weekend. Selection was tough this year due to work commitments and long term injuries, but hopefully with the commitment from the players and a number of young players breaking through Egham will bounce straight back up to Division 2 next year. Special thanks go to Dave Risk who was the only player to play every league match this year with some useful contributions with the bat; he epitomised the effort the team gave this year.
Massive thanks go to Debbie Beesley for her excellent scoring all year and of course the Bax clan for providing potentially the best teas in the league.
Epsom 1st XI
After a disappointing end to the 1st XI’s previous campaign, losing five on the bounce to finish in a disappointing 5th, Epsom made another strong start. After seven results, the team had won five, losing to the two teams who would eventually end up getting promoted. Having not quite fired with the bat, the team were keen to progress after the strong start and mount a charge for promotion.
With four games to go, Epsom were more than 20 points clear of nearest rivals for second place, Farnham, having beaten the soon to be Champions, Camberley the week before (Greg Hughes with a season’s best of 6 for 22). Yet again, Epsom looked set for promotion as the side started to set some decent scores; something that had not happened for the majority of the season. Unfortunately, each of the last four opponents also decided to score some strong runs and Epsom lost out in the first three of the last four games.
Heading into the final game, somehow Epsom still had promotion to play for if results went the right way. The opposition, Bank of England, needed to win to remain in Division 2 for another year. Epsom batted first and set a decent, albeit slightly sub-par, score of 231. The game was fairly balanced and a wicket or good couple of overs would swing the momentum of the game until the rain came down. The team’s fate was already sealed to remain in Division 2 as other results had not gone as needed but the result went to Bank of England on run rate.
Batting contributions from Godfrey Stevens (675 runs); bowling contributions from Godfrey Stevens (26 wickets), Greg Hughes (21) and Stuart Knapman (20); fielding contributions from Phil Edwards (11 catches)and Simon Rivers (8).
Esher 1st XI
Esher begun the season with hopes of promotion to Division 1 and, buoyed by the arrival of several new faces, started the season well with three wins out of four, the only loss coming off the final ball at home to Farnham. A surprising losing draw to newly promoted Egham followed, beginning a slump in form which saw Esher win just one of the next five games and left them 7th in the table.
Esher travelled to Bank of England towards the end of July knowing that they had to win to keep any hopes of achieving their pre- season ambitions alive. And win they did, with Nick Winder taking 5 wickets to inspire a dramatic victory.
The victory at Bank of England re-started Esher’s season and thanks to some solid all round team performances, five convincing victories were recorded on the bounce against Purley, Egham, Epsom, Worcester Park and Dulwich. This run of form took Esher to second place with one game of the season remaining, away at Camberley, but with Farnham hot on their heels Esher knew that it would be likely that only a win would be enough to see them promoted. Unfortunately for Esher, it was not to be, with the weather playing its part. The match was abandoned 9 overs into the second innings. This, combined with Farnham beating Chessington, meant that Esher fell tantalisingly short and must now prepare for another season in Division 2.
Although the season had ended in disappointment, it can still be classed as an encouraging one for Esher, who improved dramatically on their 2015 performance. Special mention should go to Alex Martin and Shoaib Khan whose prolific run scoring played a major part in Esher’s promotion chase. Following this season of improvement, Esher will again be targeting promotion come next April.
Farnham 1st XI
A victory on the final day of the season secured promotion at the first attempt back into Division 1 for Farnham CC 1st XI. Under the leadership of new skipper Thomas Grimes, the teambegan looking to rebuild after the side’s relegation the previous year. This led to the team producing ten wins during the season and playing a great brand of cricket, a real squad effort and a great team and club atmosphere was reflected in results and performances.
Ben Ungaretti ended the season as top wicket taker with 25, other notable mentions go to Thomas Andrews, Chris Terry and Josh Berry who joined the club over the winter and contributed 50 wickets between them. Individual bowling performances of note were Thomas Andrews taking 7 for 17 vs. Egham CC, Ben Ungaretti 5 for 36 vs. Camberley CC and James Berry 5 for 40 vs. Bank of England.
Nathan Thorpe ended the season as the highest run scorer with 432 runs including five 50s. Other batting performances worth a mention are Guy Hicks’ 129 against Bank of England and 101 vs. Chessington on the last day of the season. Also, Toby Ward’s maiden century for the 1st XI vs. Purley CC scoring 103 off 58 balls was a particular highlight. George Hellyer hit five consecutive 50s towards the end of the season which, with contributions from the other batsmen, aided the end of season promotion push.
Other notable mentions go to Joel Walker for his 20 dismissals behind the stumps and some much improved fielding throughout has enabled the side to achieve its aim of bouncing straight back to Division 1.
Thanks to everyone for the help and assistance provided throughout the season.
Purley 1st XI
2016 was certainly one of the toughest seasons the Purley 1st team has faced in recent years. With availability issues and injuries causing selection headaches it was extremely difficult to maintain a consistent team. In fact come the end of the season over 30 players has been used.
Whilst flashes of potential were always there, an inability to dominate the key areas in matches prevented Purley from securing any victories. It should be mentioned that Stuart Glassington stepped up to the plate, often in tough conditions and had a successful year with the bat. The selection issues bought their own opportunities and several younger players made the jump up over the season from the 3rd and 2nd teams.
Special mentions should go to Sam Edwards, Harvey Jennings, George Webber, Matt Jeffery, Joe Hart and Jack Yull who all showed plenty of promise and gave 100% when called upon.
Next year will certainly need that big fight back spirit and with a good pre-season planned, hopes and spirits are high for success in Division 3.
Worcester Park 1st XI
A 4th place finish was a fair reflection of a season spent in a competitive division which saw as many as five teams going into the final game with a chance of joining runaway champions Camberley in Division 1.
This year saw a change in captaincy, with Rob Hill taking over from brother Joe and a change in philosophy which saw younger players promoted and backed at the expense of any oversees recruitment. This was best emphasised by opening bowling pair James Harrison (29 wickets) and Jon Faller-Fritch (22) who spent the majority of last season taking the new ball in the 2nd team but now constantly troubled the best of 1st team batters with the swinging ball. Bowling support came from a trio of all-rounders in the Hill twins (Rob 21, Joe 15) and Rob Waite (15) and there were positive contributions from Gary Marshall, Waqas Sagar, Amer Saleem and Aiden Bell.
The batting unit had real depth and flexibility. Openers Scott Kent (351 runs) and Joe Hill (341 including 100 vs. Purley) started strongly but neither would finish the season opening as other options were successfully explored. Danny Palmer (315) added real solidity to the no. 3 spot without ever going on to the big score he promised. Charlie King (207), Waqas Sagar (190) and Amer Saleem (186) all made match winning contributions at various points but the batting was brilliantly led by skipper Rob Hill (616) who scored 116 against the high class Camberley bowling attack, with support from Rob Waite (526) who drifted up and down the order before finishing strongly back in the opening berth.
The quality of fielding was high, orchestrated by keeper Ben Davies and special mention should go to Charlie King who held everything that came his way at slip.
Final thanks to Alan for scoring and Adrian and Barry for the hours spent preparing the square.