Year Book 2018

  • Addiscombe
  • Beddington Park
  • Crockham Hill
  • Dorking
  • Merstham
  • Old Wimbledonians
  • Sanderstead
  • Sutton
  • Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian
  • Wimbledon Lakeside

Addiscombe 4th XI
Addiscombe 4th XI had a very positive season. The team went into the final game of the season vs. Dorking knowing that a win would seal second place in the league. Although we lost that match by 3 wickets and therefore ended 4th in the league, no one was too disappointed. We had made real progress and were very encouraged by the way the team performed and the team spirit we generated. Often our team relied on young colts, many from our U14 team, and many of them put in excellent performances.
After narrowly losing a great opening match vs. Sanderstead with an entirely teenage bowling attack, the side embarked upon a run of wins which meant that between 13th May and 12th August only one match was lost (to the eventual winners Sutton). For much of the season the team was in touching distance of the top spot but poor availability in the higher XIs meant a huge amount of change week to week.
The batting was led by skipper Jon Kuhrt (515 runs at 46) and Jack Southwell (270 at 33) who played 4 superb match-winning innings. Steve Hasler and Martin Stone also both scored over 100 runs and made vital contributions. The bowling was led by Jack Southwell (22 wickets at 8) and debutant Mano Sivayokam (12 at 11). The juniors bowled excellently with Danny Kuhrt (aged 14) getting 12 wickets at an average of 12 and Aaryan Purohit (aged 14) getting 11 wickets at 16. Tom Kuhrt (aged 12) got 11 wickets at 11, including a memorable 5 for 15 vs. Sanderstead.
All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable season. The captain is very grateful to our umpire Gavin Mander and all the players who played good cricket and more importantly, played it in the right spirit.

Beddington Park 4th XI
No report submitted.

Crockham Hill 4th XI
The 5th XI had their most difficult year to date due to low availability and finished 8th in the table. Sanderstead

Dorking 4th XI
2017 was the most successful season for the Dorking 4th XI since it was formed back in 2015. The team came second in the league with 261 points, which was well clear of the chasing pack. The record of 9 wins from 18 matches, which included 3 concessions (1 of these was down to Dorking) and two abandonments enabled the side to reach its highest ever finish. The team chased Sutton hard for most of the season but some freak weather and then a forced concession due to lack of players meant losing ground and the focus was then on securing second place, which was achieved well. To be fair to Sutton they were well clear in the end and deserved winners of the league.
Most of the wins were built on solid fielding displays as the team remains a much stronger bowling side than a batting outfit. What made for exciting cricket was posting disappointingly low scores, lulling the opposition into thinking they would knock the runs off easily and then bowling them out to win. This was best demonstrated against Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian where Dorking were asked to bat on a dodgy wicket scored 131 all out; Trinity were then rolled over for 122 in the penultimate over against Wimbledon who won the toss ; Dorking scored just 95on a drying wicket; Wimbledon was then bowled out for 85.
The key behind the success this year was the investment in young players over the last 3 years who are now starting to show their value and potential to Dorking. Much progress has been seen, especially in the bowling and fielding; there remains some work to do on the batting front. Also tribute must be paid to the older players who bring the balance, experience, runs and of course the ability to drive to the away fixtures.
All in all a great season and the captain looks forward to next year, where the team may just go one step higher!

Merstham 4th XI
The 4th XI has seen some super bowlers, blooming batsmen and promising bowlers emerge within a season that was slightly better than the last. However, after a great start with a few sound victories, the team was struggling a bit due to the regular non-availability of some good players and also the moving around of players.
Although the season saw alternating wins and losses, the side recognised better synergy and commitment which should stand the team in good stead for next season. Identifying strengths and gaps was an eye-opener which helped everyone work harder for themselves. The team was able to score over 200 runs on a couple of occasions which has given more confidence to face the next season with increased vigour. Key areas of critical focus for 2018 will be fitness and fielding in addition to notable improvement in batting and bowling.
To sum up, the side has found the strains of a good team this season and with everyone working hard to plug gaps and enhance the strengths in the coming months, 2018 certainly looks promising.

Old Wimbledonians 4th XI
It was a successful season for Old Wimbledonians 4th XI. The team set itself a pre-season target of a top 3 finish and thanks to a good win and other results going the right way on the last Saturday the side managed to achieve this. There were a number of very close finishes with the majority of them going the right way. There were some excellent performances; Matt Irvine managed a career best of 124* and Kieth Miskelly scored the most runs over the season as well as chipping in with some important wickets. Skipper Ben Walsh managed his first league 5 for; a feat that still eludes Kennedy Warwick despite him beating the bat week after week and finishing with an economy rate of under 2.5.
The 4th XI Player of the Season however was Muhil Mustapha who worked incredibly hard to improve his game and contributed with bat, ball and in the field. It was a great season shared with a fantastic group of gents.

Sanderstead 4th XI
The 4th XI finished 5th in the league this season which was a fair representation of how the team performed. The availability of players was a factor in this but with the codgers making themselves available wins came and a 3 game winning streak occurred. There were several wins that stood out against Old Wimbledonians, Merstham, and Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian.
Samir Ayub (347 runs) was the main run scorer backed up by Lance Harris (236), Chris Carey (117) and Hugh Duncan (102). The standout batting performance was Lance Harris’s 94 against Trinity midwives where he was close to a 100, thankfully team orders prevented that from happening. Runs were hard to come by this season and sadly some games were over by 2:30pm when put in to bat first.
On the bowling front Johnny Knight took 14 wickets, Darren Budden (13), newcomer Darsh (12) and codger Chris Aeschlimann (11). The stand out bowling performance was Dan Allen’s 5-wicket haul in the game against Merstham. Tom Harris and Darsh Haria are bowlers to look forward to for the future and the team hopes they can both play more games next season.
Corky Bull, Samir Ayub and Keith Haynes all took 4 catches this season and Milan Majithia was keeper of choice with the most victims.
Laurence Weaver played the most games and was influential in providing team spirit (15 games) with Adam Absolon and Milan Majithia playing 12 games each.
Grateful thanks go to Patrick Sherlock for taking on the umpiring duties for games on The Rec and to Richard Carey for helping manage the 4th XI this year and introducing the roller to The Rec.

Sutton 4th XI
The target for the 4th XI this season was simple, get 11 players out and not concede fixtures. 18 games later with 0 concessions, 13 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss and 4 abandonments as the side was 4th XI Eastern Division Champions!
The team won games with superb performances on the bowling front with Phil Diaper and Aidan Sheridan consistently taking wickets with the new ball whilst also bowling with control giving away no easy runs. Diaper took 29 wickets at an average of 6.93 and was well supported by Sheridan who despite only taking 10 wickets bowled with an economy of 2.15, quite a feat for an U15! The new ball bowlers were supported well by Sam Mannion who topped the league bowling charts with 31 wickets, Steve Hall with 12 victims before injury struck and Sam Griffin with 11 wickets. The controlled off spinner Chris Blake also took 11 wickets at big moments in matches.
On the batting front skipper Sam Clarkson scored 253 runs in his 10 innings. Chris Blake played some steady innings at number 3 contributing 188 runs and Ricky Singh chipped in with 133 runs at an average of 44.33 including some match winning contributions in the middle order.
Thank you to everyone that contributed to the success of the team this season. Umpire John Fordham, scorers Aly and Dave and tea ladies Lyn, Anita and Dani who, from the feedback we received, were also league champions in the catering department!

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian 4th XI
A disrupted and disjointed season for the 4th XI can best be evidenced by the fact that 8 different captains led the side during the season. Thanks should be recorded to Dave Martin for holding the fort over the last couple of years.
It is pleasing to record that better availability meant that no early season games needed to be conceded, however given the lack of continuity results were not as good as in 2016 with only 4 victories and a winning draw to show for not insignificant efforts.
The most satisfying statistics must be the debuts of three U13s and that more than 20 teenagers represented the side, two of whom skippered. There were maiden centuries for Eugene Carr and Raul Unnithan (U14), whilst Aidan Barton scored 201 runs in just 4 innings.
Kyle Barnwell (U17) starred with the ball and deservedly won Player of the Year for his 21 wickets. Regularly available and at training, his improvement and development were obvious to see, as were his consistently good performances. Veteran Mike Asbury bagged two 5-fors in his 3 games.
It is hoped that a regular captain can be found for the 2018 season who should have a significant resource of young talent to nurture.

Wimbledon Lakeside 4th XI
No report submitted.

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