- East Molesey
- Hampton Wick Royal
- Horsell Red Lion
- Malden Wanderers
- Staines & Laleham
- Valley End
The 4th XI was back playing in the West Division led via a joint captaincy by both Qaisar Sheikh and vice-captain Sean Cully. The vice-captain would like to express his personal thanks to the following people within the club, Chris Evans and Saad Choudhary for their continued support given throughout the season and to Andrew Goulding for making it all possible in prepping such great pitches for us to play on and to David Hanks for always keeping the team going with the fantastic teas he provides without fail.
The team this year was made up of a great mix of young (Riordan Cully, Arshad Vohra, Udit Tuteja, Ben Sherriff), new (Praveen Jogunoori, Raj Kumar, Bharat Negi, James Gillespie) and veterans, still showing that they have what it takes (Safdar Butt, Keith Pryke). Let us hope this may long continue.
The bowlers were led by Shahzad (Doctor) Raja with 23 wickets at 29.43 and a best of 4 for 30. He was closely followed by Sean Cully and Kam Singh with 17 wickets apiece; Bharat Negi, Raj Kumar and Parakum Amarasinghe also made noteworthy contributions.
Bharat Negi led the batting with 293 runs at 29.3 and a best of 59, closely followed by Shahzad with 236. Praveen Jogunoori also topped 200 runs.
There was also another Star in the Team, being the newly appointed wicket keeper James Gillespie, who had his own battle behind the stumps and stepped up well this season with twelve catches, two stumpings and two runouts; sixteen victims in a great first season.
Overall 2017 was a truly great season played by all with great sportsmanship and team morale shown on and off the pitch. Both captains this season would like to thank all the players for their continued support throughout and look forward to welcoming everyone back next year to do it all again.
East Molesey 4th XI
This season has been outstanding for the 4th XI at East Molesey. After many years of using the 4th team to introduce young players to senior cricket, this year with the help of some senior players, the club’s policy has finally paid off with success in the Western Division and with it securing promotion to Division 1. It has been fantastic to play so many colts who took the step up in their stride, Louis Sarsom (U14) 105 against Ashford was the highlight of the batting and Max Hanson, Toby Porter and Joe Lynch (U15) were the pick of the bowlers, all chipping in with 4 or 5 wickets on a regular basis. These guys are, no doubt, destined for 3rd team cricket and beyond next season but it is testimony to the club’s coaching and player development that there is a queue of young players waiting for an opportunity to take their place.
Egham 4th XI
The 2017 4th XI season was eventful with a lot of fun and the time spent together in the middle with the team was precious. Although the side did not win many matches the morale and enthusiasm from all the players was 100 percent. There were some matches cancelled due to general player availability in all our four teams and the 4th XI suffered from a knock-on effect as players were moved up to the 3rd XI to cover the shortage. This also was one of the reasons the team won only 12% of the matches as the constant changing of the playing 11 caused unsettlement. There were a few colts players who moved into the 4th XI and one of them (Ben Sweetland) won the 4th XI Player of the Year award for his bowling performance; he will surely progress into 3rd or even 2nd XI in the next season.
The core of the 4th XI was loyal and persistent and managed to make all the matches played despite family obligations. One of them even flew in from a different continent and came straight to play from the airport; that is commitment for you. A lot of the 4th XI players come from near and far each week (as far as Croydon) which is due to the warmth and support provided by the club and the management team. The team is fortunate to play at a beautiful home ground, Royal Holloway University, a lovely scenic venue with fantastic facilities. Each one of the visiting teams always enjoyed the home ground, facilities, lunches and not least the friendly team of players. The captain really enjoyed the full support of the team, facilities and the management and he hopes this will lead to an even more successful season next year.
Epsom 4th XI
Epsom 4th team had another successful year thanks to the hard work of Mark Honess who deputised for captain Mahendra for a large part of the season. Old timers Burke, Sunderland and Finch were admirably supported by newcomers Bartlett, Anderson and Robinson. Bartlett being the star of the show ended up leading batsman and bowler including a spell of 5 for 1, all 5 being clean bowled.
Thanks again to Andrew Minhinnick for promoting the colts. This year, 11 colts were given the opportunity to play adult cricket for the first time. Ones to watch included Euan, Gautham and Chris Chatterton.
Thanks as ever for the lovely teas to Helen and Louise.
Each year the 4th XI build on the previous one and this is expected to continue for many years to come.
Hampton Wick Royal 4th XI
On the face of it, finishing second from bottom of West Division 4th XI represents a disappointing season. For HWRCC 4th XI this assessment could not be further from reality after a very enjoyable season which saw improvement for the team in challenging circumstances. With the loss of 3 key batsmen to the 3rd XI, the team lacked runs all season which resulted in only 4 victories. However, in the field, the bowling unit was superb and most weeks the opposition were dismissed. Fielding standards were high and the team ethic and playing ethos was ideal for 4th XI cricket; everyone enjoyed the games and each player had opportunities to perform.
The greatest single achievement of the season was the number of appearances by colts, who represented 35% of players to take the field. At the start of the 2017 the club introduced a new policy for colt development. This policy created the atmosphere and opportunities for younger cricketers to express their talents. During the 2017 season, two of the highest wicket takers for the 4th XI were U17s and in addition an U16 colt bowled in the 4th XI before establishing himself in the 3rd XI.
Looking forward to the 2018 season, the core of the 4th XI is in place and the colts will be a year older and hopefully a year better. If the team can find some runs on a consistent basis, a mid-table finish and 7 wins is a realistic target.
Horsell Red Lion 4th XI
Generally, it has been a tough season for the Red Lions this year. Selection has been tough and it has been a rarity to have the same XI play twice during the season. Fortunately, the brilliant colts that play at Woking & Horsell have answered the call and produced some fantastic performances playing at the senior level. A special mention needs to go to Jake Silverton for his superb and consistent bowling throughout the season and also to Neil McPherson, who has been a brilliant middle man when it came to finding new and fresh colts for the side this season.
Overall the season should be regarded as a general success as throughout the entirety of the season the true spirit of the game was shown by all who took part. The dedication and commitment shown by all, especially in the field, when playing is what 5th XI cricket is all about and the side represented itself to the highest standard at all times. The side was always competitive and made sure that Saturday afternoons were enjoyed as much as possible, no matter the game or situation.
The leading wicket takers were Matt Wilson and Alex Wicks who both took 10 and the leading run scorer was the 5th XI Captain, Simon Nixon with 124 runs. Some highlights from the season include a brilliant team display against Kempton, Matt Wilson taking 6 wickets for 33 runs against Ashford and a brilliant batting display from Luke Barnes where some superb shots were played for his 75 against Malden Wanderers.
Kempton 4th XI
The 2017 season saw Kempton’s 4th XI finish seventh in the West Division. Rain took its toll on the fixture list, causing more than 20% of the games to be abandoned. Whilst not a stellar year in terms of results (3 wins, 2 concessions, 4 abandonments and 9 losses), a number of colts emerged over the season, many of whom were playing their first season of adult cricket.
Encouragingly the colt players accounted for 25% of all runs scored by the team and over 40% of all wickets taken, which hopefully presages a bright future for the club overall. In fact, it was great to see a number of teams within the league fielding sides packed with colts in addition to a few senior players to hold things together. It is truly inspiring to see the colts throughout the league actually being given the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the game.
Finally, it must be mentioned that the level of sportsmanship and camaraderie shown by opposition teams that Kempton encountered this year was exemplary, which made for great cricket on the field and in the clubhouses afterwards; the league should be very proud of itself.
Malden Wanderers 4th XI
Strength in depth proved the key as the ever-nomadic 4th XI, buoyed by using just two home grounds rather than the five municipal surfaces ‘enjoyed’ in 2016, had a highly successful campaign.
A third consecutive second-placed finish with more outright wins than league winners East Molesey was particularly impressive given a relatively iffy start due to that ever-troublesome May availability window; the bane of all those at the thin end of cricket’s wedge.
Just one win in the opening three, at Hampton Wick Royal in the curtain raiser (where teenage keeper Adam Dodd snaffled five catches and hit 32) was followed by a 118-run towsing against East Molesey, which suggested a long season might lie ahead; wrong!
The green shoots appeared with Alex Dodd (14) taking a hat-trick (all bowled off-stump) in just his third over of adult cricket in a narrow loss at Valley End.
Three defeats in the first five appeared to have put the kibosh on promotion hopes but the club’s youthful resources, well-marshalled by new, young skipper Adam Barlow, revelled in the opportunity to show what they could do. The 156-run win at Kempton was achieved with no fewer than nine players aged below 17.
There were many stand-outs, notably 13 year-old Ragu Aravinthan (remember the name) who hit a stunning 102 in victory at Ashford and took some outstanding grabs in the field before moving up to the 3s, Arhant Mathur, whose consistently classy stroke play at the top of the order brought him 272 runs and 15 year-old opener Arjun Johal, whose two gritty half-centuries bode well for 2018. Skipper Barlow, the spearhead of a potent and varied attack weighed in with 26 wickets as well as 16 catches, the joint-best for an outfield player anywhere in the Championship.
The final dig of 2017, setting Kempton 336 (anchored by Mathur’s 84), is thought to be the 4s highest ever score. It suggests 2018 could be memorable for a side a year older and wiser.
Staines & Laleham 4th XI
The 4th XI had one of their best seasons finishing 4th. An influx of players was a massive contributing factor meaning there was some consistency of selection.
Skipper Gary Bonnick led tirelessly and he deserves huge credit. Gary made 298 runs and was well supported by Dasgupta (298) and Shashi Padi (289) both of whom will undoubtedly see action higher up the club in future seasons. Captain elect Nathan Sheldrake led the way with 14 wickets and 2018 promises to be a great season.
As a club Staines & Laleham had a largely successful season the only real detractor being the relegation of the 2nd XI from the Surrey Championship. The club rarely struggled to field 4 League sides and on a couple of occasions managed to raise a 5th XI which was a fantastic achievement.
In closing a huge thankyou to the League and its officials, to the club captains for their hard work, Jane for her tea time tit-bits, Chris Notton for improving the ground and finally everyone that turned out for Staines & Laleham making it a club to be proud of.
Valley End 4th XI
This was a very successful season with the 4th XI finishing third in the league collecting 9 wins and only 3 losses. With wavering availability in the higher teams, it was very rare that a team was put out with more than 5 of the same people in it week in week out. This led to a few shock results in games where individual performances pulled the team over the lines for draws when the game looked lost. A few examples of these were the games versus East Molesey, where Adil Saleem and Charlie Godwin batted for 15 overs as batsmen 10 and 11 to see the game off and Staines & Laleham, where Will Wieland (U13) batted for 25 overs to see out the draw. Both games produced important points to push forward for the rest of the season.
The emphasis was once again firmly placed on youth development with 8 or 9 colts stepping up to make their first starts within men’s cricket. With quite a few cementing regular places within the team, this is important especially with the way that Valley End’s youth performed this season.
The best batting performance of the season came from Austen Reedman who scored 99 in the first game of the season. The best bowling performance came from Sam Barkham with 6 for 17 against Egham.
Further congratulations to Austen Reedman for being the highest run scorer in the league with 388 runs, nearly 100 runs in front of second place. Adrian Gale took the highest number of wickets with 18.
Thanks to all who helped with teas and scoring and of course to Ian Wordley for his efforts producing excellent pitches.