- Bank of England
- Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians
- Old Whitgiftians
- Old Wimbledonians
- Oxted & Limpsfield
- Streatham & Marlborough
- Woking & Horsell
Bank of England
Bank of England
A season of inconsistencies is the best way to sum up 2017. The 2nd XI played some excellent cricket and at times looked unbeatable but at times played some dull cricket. All in all 44 players were used which led to a team not being able to gel, 4 captains were used which did not allow a clear message and vision. The team won 7 games, lost 6 games and had 2 winning draws where the opposition blocked out 9 down and a losing draw with 10 players.
There were 3 centuries scored; Yogi Patel scored 109 against Esher, Ali Killham scored his maiden Bank ton with a 107* against Beddington and Christian Portz scored a majestic 134* against Streatham. Well done to Yogi for also topping the runs scored charts with 408 runs. There were also fine knocks from Max Dawe, Aaron Crane and Naeman Symonds Baig. Runs ultimately proved the shortcoming and this season the team used no fewer than 9 opening partnerships which in 16 games is some achievement.
Bowling-wise the Bank had 2 of the top 4 bowlers in the league. With the old timers Sanjay Thapan and Matt Cannon taking 58 wickets and 3 five wicket hauls between them.
The team will return next season with the vision of gaining promotion from the division and with more consistency and better availability I am sure that this year’s position of 5th will be considerably better.
As always a massive thanks must go to Ian Wall and his team at the Bank for providing such a wonderful playing surface and above all to umpire Paul Bartlett who without doubt had his toughest season having to deal with everything from M3 nightmares to players unable to abide by the spirit of the game. Paul we salute you.
Beddington 2nd XI
Beddington 2nd XI secured promotion back to Division One after a two year absence. The club had prioritised young player development with Owen, Gondal and the Chmielinski brothers managing to represent the club’s top team. Scott Dance justified his Player of the Year status with match winning knocks against Streatham & Marlborough and Woking & Horsell finishing on 369 runs for the year and a host of crucial dismissals. He was only outscored by the free scoring Sam Owen whose 459 runs showed he is ready for bigger challenges.
Captain Danny Baker continued to lead the all-rounder stakes with 263 at 43 and 19 wickets at 12 and with Hamid Gondal being the only player to both take a five wicket haul and score 50, the 2nd XI has a very balanced side moving onto next year. Notable contributions from Butcher, Green and Mann who at crucial times all took valuable wickets, including a breath taking hat trick by Mann against Old Whitgiftians.
The 2nd XI would like to thank Graham Parker and Mickey Orange for their help with the books and the umpire’s jacket and the club are confident in the quality of the young players to really push for places in the top two sides next year. If the group can stick together for next year, the captain is sure many a club will be hearing the famous “Beddo wise man” next summer.
Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians 2nd XI
Following promotion last season, finishing 4th in the Division 2 campaign was a great performance. The team finished exactly where it deserved to be; of the five losses encountered four were to the sides finishing higher in the league and, on reflection, the sidehad the better of the outcomes against those finishing lower in the league.
Three players provided the bulk of the runs Jamie Dunckley (436), John Blackburn (377) and Greg Barber (304), however there were notable supporting roles from Robbie Martin (208) including the only 2nd XI century of the season (an elegant 113 against Streatham & Marlborough), Alex Lane (237) and Nathan Clarke (271).
As ever Ross Moody topped the wicket takers (24 at 21) with George Hebbard (23 at 23), Matt Boothroyde (20 at 18) and Greg Barber (19 at 23) all delivering consistently throughout the season.
These headline grabbers were supported by a cast of many with notable contributions from Adam Davey (168 runs), Dave Whittenbury (203 runs), Adam Barber (7 wickets and 74 runs).
Notable bowling performances included George Hebbard 6 for 29 against Old Whitgiftians and 5 for 32 against Woking & Horsell, John Blackburn’s 5 for 14 against Woking & Horsell was his first ever league 5 wicket haul and Matt Boothroyde’s 5 for 27 at Leatherhead.
Greg Barber’s gutsy 79 at Bank of England was sublime and set a winning total when all those around him faltered. The unbroken 10th wicket partnership of Alex Boosey (20*) and Ross Moody (13*) coming together at 116 for 9 to win against Woking & Horsell chasing 137 was as exciting as it was nail-biting.
The continuing emergence of the club’s youth was particularly pleasing; George Hebbard, and Alex Lane in particular.
Thanks also to our wonderful tea ladies (Jo Moody and Katrina Dunckley), full-time scorer (Carolyn Barber) and umpires (Paul Fitzpatrick and Steve Dombrandt).
Esher 2nd XI
After last year’s strong finish, the Esher 2nd XI started the season with high hopes, plenty of expectation and keen interest to see if the side could continue that form and gain promotion to the 1st Division.
A successful season has always hinged on the first 9 games and traditionally that has been a time when Esher struggle. This year, however, turned out to be somewhat different. At the mid-point in the season, Esher had picked up 6 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw and even though the two losses were against Esher’s two biggest title rivals, the side was in good spirits. There were some notable performances in the first 9 games. Half centuries from Dan Dickenson, Matt Sabben-Clare, Alex Mason, Ali Birkby, John Mason, Archie Breakspear and Al Shelley were all very valuable. It was in the ninth game, however, that Esher saw their first centurion of the season. Pete Blackhurst scored an incredible 139 off 80 deliveries. There were also two “five-fers” in the first 9 league games: John Mason and Henry Witten.
This good start meant that when the talented youngsters Esher have at their disposal became available they would come into a side pushing for promotion rather than a side desperately needing points to survive. This seemed to spur the youngsters on and in particular Harry Alderson (three fifties and 7-31) and Austin Wilman (5-60 and 66) showed maturity beyond their years to help Esher push for the title. Esher’s second half of the season ended up much like the first half: 6 wins, 2 losses and 1 abandoned fixture.
It was a steady year throughout, but it was Esher’s last 5 games that really sealed the triumph. With the hardest run-in on paper of the title contenders with victories needed against both of the top two sides and tricky away fixtures against the 4th and 5th-placed teams, it looked ominous. However, with a mix of talent and heart, Esher were crowned champions before the final game of the season. The final 9 games saw several more notable performances, with Mark Hopkinson’s two hundreds being particular highlights.
Special thanks must go to all the players that took part. A massive thank you must also go to umpire Paul Philpott and scorers Matthew Nolan and Jess Tallent whose work was invaluable throughout the season.
Leatherhead 2nd XI
In what was a year of generally poor availability for the club, the 2nd XI used the opportunity to try and develop some of the talented youngsters who have come through the club’s colt system. Promising young bowlers Callum Sutherland and Seb Waring showed dedication in a long season where not much seemed to go ‘right’ for the team.
It was a season of ‘what if’s’ and ‘if things had been slightly different’ for a mostly inexperienced team who, aided by seasoned campaigners Dave Baker, Damon Robinson and Mike Perry, produced several valiant performances in testing circumstances.
Many thanks must go to those who stepped in at the last minute and to those who, on occasions, returned to playing cricket which created a slightly stronger side. A mention must also be made for the Gamble brothers, Tom and Jack, who bowled excellently throughout the season.
Old Whitgiftians 2nd XI
The 2nd XI was ably led by Arun Ramamurthy, who in his second year as captain ensured that the team remained in Division Two. Memorable matches include an early season victory by over 200 runs and the home win against eventual champions Esher.
The team’s results fluctuated according to player availability with the side winning six games. The side relied heavily on its bowling with Sumit Jain’s seam bowling (24 wickets), Mo Basit’s medium pace (13), Pardeep Chatwal’s off spin (11)and Sadiq Khan’s leg spin (10). Also of mention is young opening bowler Joe Russell, whose 10 wickets herald a bright future. Sumit Jain (263 runs), Pardeep Chatwal (197) and Mo Basit (185) also led the batting.
The side remains young and will look to use the experience gained this season to push for a higher finish in 2018. Thanks to Hugo de Mel for umpiring this season.
Old Wimbledonians 2nd XI
After last season’s trials and tribulations in Div 1 the 2nd XI was back in more familiar territory this year.
After a fantastic start, winning all four of the limited over games, the timed format saw the side stutter and, despite some encouraging performances against Esher and Leatherhead, a mixture of drawn games and the weather saw the team lose ground at the top.
The side found the second half of limited over games more challenging with teams battling at both ends of the table, two wins from the last two games guaranteed third place and despite not quite bouncing back at the first attempt, third place was well deserved and an extremely positive result for the team. The results were generally a team effort with all players making important contributions, Phil Brown started the season batting so well he moved to the 1s and James Thomas showed he can score runs but needs to value his wicket more. James Smith contributed valuable runs as an opener as well as taking wickets with his spin. Rob Whelan supplied the opening pace and the Smithies, Sam and Christian, bowled tightly through the season with Callum Hearty also making a valuable contribution with the ball. The ever-young Trevor Evans was always tidy behind the stumps.
Skipper Roger White will be abroad next season and his leadership skills, runs and wickets will be a loss to the side. Thanks to Eddie Bell and Mike O’Brien for umpiring.
Oxted & Limpsfield 2nd XI
After a positive first year in Div 2 in 2016 Oxted & Limpsfield 2nd XI had high hopes of challenging in 2017 but after starting with 4 defeats in 4, mid-table became the goal! The Os’ form did duly improve and the team suffered only one further defeat to Champions Esher before securing safety in the division, picking up 5 wins and 2 winning draws in the remaining 10 completed games, before unfortunately losing the last 2, finishing 7th.
There were a few memorable games but the highlight was the win that secured Div 2 status vs. Old Wimbledonians which included catches of the highest order by Richard Adamson and Andy Starling and a direct hit run out from the boundary by 16 year old Will Heaver to win the game.
Overall the side had a good blend of youth and experience and towards the end of the season fielded five senior players and six under 18s.
However the 2017 stats told the story of the season, not enough consistency. The batting was led by skipper Michael Adamson with 572 at 33.65 (the league high and included 2 tons) followed by 23 year old Hugh Catterall with 322 at 35.73 and then the other 3 aforementioned senior players Richard Arscott (306 at 21.86), Richard Adamson (273 at 24.82) and Nadeem Durrany (240).
The bowling was shared around with some youthful attacks on show during the 2nd half of the season, a number the club has high hopes for in the coming years. Leading wicket taker was Michael Adamson with 25 at 13.2 including two 5-fers closely followed by Jay Mastin with 20 at 18.7., seventeen year old Sam Woodward took 10 at 17.4 whilst Nadeem Durrany took 10 at 19.3.
Overall an up and down season but ultimately enjoyable and the Os look forward to an improved showing in 2018. Thanks must go to the umpire Nigel Turk.
Streatham & Marlborough 2nd XI
Heading into the new season, SMCC’s 2nd XI were full of confidence and excitement to be playing in a new division. Unfortunately, this confidence was shattered as the team struggled to find any form in the early parts of the season and lost the first four limited over games before a hard fought draw stopped the rot.
The declaration games brought a couple of draws before the first win of the season came against fellow strugglers Leatherhead to keep SMCC in with a chance of survival as the business end of the season arrived.
With five games left, the bottom end of the table was tight but SMCC knew they needed to win all five of the remaining games to guarantee safety. The first game was a tight one against promotion chasing Old Wimbledonians but the Boro came through with a vital victory. Unfortunately this was followed by a defeat against Beddington.
With three games to go, SMCC knew one more loss meant they were back in Division 3. The side managed to take their fate right to the last game of the season when SMCC had to win and hope that Woking lost against already crowned champions, Esher. SMCC did their part and beat Oxted which left them waiting for news from Woking. Frustratingly, Woking had pulled off a tight victory to survive in the division and resign SMCC to a year back in Division 3.
A frustrating season that could have gone another way as SMCC were one win short. The side was cruising against Old Whitgiftians before the rain came, which left the Boro with a draw having been 20 runs short of victory. On another day, that game could have been completed and SMCC would be safe. Ultimately though, the early season form did the damage and SMCC will be looking to bounce back as Division 3 champions again.
Congratulations to Esher and Beddington on promotion.
Woking & Horsell 2nd XI
League survival for the 2nd XI came down to the final over of the final game against the Champions elect with the sun setting over Brewery Road. Like true Champions, Esher took the game down to the wire but fell just 5 runs short, leaving Henry Witten stranded on 40, with 2 late wickets in 2 balls to secure survival and set off a night of celebrations.
Over 30 different players were inked into the scoresheet this year at 2s level which is simply too many to mount an effective challenge. However, those selected always turned up ready to play and compete. This year was a year of building and the talent stocks have been added to and with skipper Malcolm Eddington (511 runs) and Arun Aiyer (34 wickets) returning, the team is in good health.
A number of players made the step up into the 1s when called upon, with Tom Sharpless, Ramish Malik, Mo Waseem, Qasim Ashgar, Angus Hargan, Pete Day, Stephen Jones and veteran Roger White all making good contributions at the higher level.
Notable performances with the bat came from two match winning performances, one by Qais Nawaz (101) against Old Wimbledonians and Stephen Jones cramming half his season’s runs into a single innings of 74 against Bank in difficult batting conditions. Malcolm Eddington hit a 100, a 99 and two further 50s.
Standout bowler was Arun Aiyer with his beguiling mix of leggies and toppies. Arun took 34 wickets and was always a threat, bowling the team to victory against Bank (5 for 29) and Leatherhead (5 for 30). Ed Smith proved a good foil taking 17 wickets.
A special thanks must go to scorer supreme and scone thief, Seb Egan.