- Cobham Avorians
- Hampton Hill
- Sheen Park
- Thames Ditton
With the 3rd XI giving promotion a good run for the second season running, in the end an enjoyable, if slightly frustrating, season saw the team end in third place, well behind league winners Esher. Hhowever the side’s ability to lose games from good positions could have led to a better end showing. The team enjoyed some excellent matches, none more so than an enthralling high scoring tie vs. Dorking and a run chase against Avorians with both sides ignoring the heavy rain to finish the match and enjoy a beer after.
There were several very good performances with the bat, with Alex Dixon scoring an impressive 502 runs at 50, Al Barker 383 at 48, whilst all-rounder Simon Burge ended as the division’s joint leading wicket taker with 24 at just 11 along with 313 runs at 35. Pryank Patel’s 7 for 37 also deserves a mention.
The fielding was variable, mainly depending on the age of the player fielding it! As always the side tried to ensure that matches were competitive but played in the spirit of the game.
With many of the youth players now developing nicely and pushing for places at all levels, the future for Chessington C.C shows much promise.
2017 has to be seen as one of the most successful seasons for the club, possibly ever.
Cobham Avorians 3rd XI
The 3rd XI endured an unsettled start to the season as player availability and issues with the Council over pitch hire, meant that 3 games were lost to concessions or abandonments.
Just one win during the first half of the season, despite several battling performances, saw the As at the bottom of the table. However, once the team was able to field a settled side the wins began to come and 4 wins from the last 5 games of the season saw the side rise to a mid-table position, just reward for the great team spirit and fight shown throughout.
Always competitive, as evidenced by two close defeats to champions Esher, the Cobham Avorians 3rd XI can look forward to a strong showing in 2018.
Dorking 3rd XI
After finishing second last year the aim for the 3rd XI was to go one further and get promotion. With a steady start the side came across a good Esher team and from then it knew they were the team to try and beat.
With another year behind them, the youngsters in Dorking’s team stepped up another level with the outstanding performer of 15 year old George Edwards. Opening the bowling in all but one game, he finishing with an impressive 25 wickets for the season.
New signing Jim Ovens impressed with the bat and got the team out of some trouble in big games with important runs, which included turning up late due to traffic and then scoring 50+ runs.
Dorking, as a club, is very proud of the talented youngsters it has and the club as a whole has a bright future. Selection is always an issue, but knowing you can call on players relying on them to do a good job is a great asset.
The team finished second again behind a good side but having lost only two games all year there was some disappointment but improvements can be made and promotion cannot be far away. The team is looking forward to a good winter net and the season starting again to try and push on once more.
Esher 3rd XI
Esher’s 2017 3rd XI season carried on from where 2016 left off. Many players contributed on and off the field to an unbeaten league-winning season. The season was played in very good spirit and many enjoyable contests were had. In particular, Dorking pushed Esher all the way for the league title.
It has been a pleasure to see Duncan Pauline’s and Sohail Ahmed’s Esher young cricketers (YC) conveyor belt produce some more stars of the future who made important contributions to the Esher 3s winning season. Jonathan Miles was rightly awarded the Player of the Year award, Charlie Winder with his first ton in adult cricket against Kempton, Rob Davies with 74 against Chessington, Ollie John with a match winning 63* in the return fixture against Chessington, Marcus Jones taking 5 for 9 including the league winning wicket against Kingstonian, Angus Barrett, Freddie Harrison and Oscar Nicholson who appears to be reinvented as a very dangerous all-rounder. More is hoped for from all these players and others in 2018.
It should also be noted that it felt like this was the first year that a number of our original YCs from the start of the John Woollhead era were available for longer chunks of the season, having graduated from university, something that strengthened the club throughout and contributed to the club securing a hat trick of league titles. Thanks go to Christopher Parrish (18 wickets at 11), Matt Maginnis (a match changing 58* at Dorking), Sam Nutt (a classy 91 against Hampton Hill), Will Tilston (an important 65 against Dorking) and Messers McCleans, Tom Burnett and Dimi Balasuriyar.
Other notable highlights along the way included Martin Miles’ battling 88 in the first game of the season against Thames Ditton, Chris Burton’s bludgeoning 94* in the return fixture, Angus Barrett’s electric catch against Avorians, Joe Gilhooly’s dominant 96 against Kingstonian, Jonathan Barrett’s season-defining “ball of the century” to defeat Dorking with six balls to spare and Jonathan Miles’ also season-defining two wickets in two balls in the same game against Dorking.
The club is indebted to a range of lieutenants who provided invaluable help and wisdom along the way including Martin Miles, Jonathan Miles, Joe Gilhooly, Jonathan Barrett, John Woollhead, Dimi Balasuriyar and of course Mr David Crook. With this comprehensive support structure in place, it made skipper Chris Burton’s job an easy and pleasurable one (aside from the high class problem of selection issues!) and the side looks forward with enthusiasm to 2018.
Hampton Hill 3rd XI
The League 3rd XI captained by Umakant Sarawat started really well winning six of their first eight games but selection upset their chances of gaining promotion and they finished a comfortable fourth in the Surrey Championship Central Division.
Top scorers were Dharamvir Puri (242 runs) and Dhruv Contractor (234). Skipper Umi and Tahir Butt were the main wicket takers taking 24 and 22 respectively. The 3rd XI is a breeding ground for the juniors and there were a number of them playing and holding their own competitively in this Division, such as Adam Oliver, Massimo Campanale and Sam Fullicks.
Kempton 3rd XI
The 3rd XI started the season with great promise, securing maximum points in the first two league matches, but low availability throughout the club and strong opposition led to defeat in the next four games. This only bought the true Kempton spirit to life and the team pulled together to play some outstanding cricket to produce a draw against Kingstonian, setting the wheels in motion for wins in four of the next five games. Over the season Abdul Palekar top scored with 210 runs, followed by captain Bellal Aziz at 173. Steve Crossley took 14 wickets at 15 with an impressive economy rate of 2.69.
The team finished joint fifth in the Central Division and would like to thank all its opponents for some great cricket this year.
Kingstonian 3rd XI
The 3rd XI season was stop -start with some regulars lost but new additions found.
The season started off with a good win against Thames Ditton led by Dhruv Singh with a gritty 71. With the team ever changing, the next few games were lessons for the season in the batting and fielding departments. Losing the toss most of the time never helped the cause but was no reason not to post more sizeable totals. The next win was vs. Cobham Avorians led by Peter Kent’s 83*. A marathon match vs. Esher included marathon performances by Zain and Zoheb Khan on their return during Ramadan.
Tom Sanger’s brutal spell of 6 for 26 vs. Kempton led the team to a frustrating winning draw with only 1 wicket needed for the win. Mid-July came and so did consecutive weeks of rain despite fielding strong sides which caused shortened games and abandonments. A thrilling win was achieved vs. Kempton in the final game to end on a positive note led by Jim McEvoy’s 4 wickets.
Bowling was a strong point with Peter Kent (15 wickets) and Neel Patel (14) well supported as ever by Rupert Sutton and Samir Arora whose overs as first changes were crucial. Hikmat Akhundzada was an excellent addition to the bowling department in August, getting better with each game. Felix Keith bowled very well during the season without much luck but proved an excellent addition with his in-swingers. Without a settled batting line-up, Peter Kent led the way with 457 runs in 16 matches. Samir Arora who was in fine touch all season scored 200 runs in 8 matches including a valiant 88 vs. a strong Dorking outfit. Tariq Mustafa and Taha Siddique showed glimpses of their potential which bodes well for next season. Fielding continued to get better with Junaid Khan and Taha Siddique leading the standard and Jack Browne proving extremely tidy behind the stumps
Sheen Park 3rd XI
This was the side’s first season in the 3rd XI Central League and it saw the team take another step forward in its development. Ian Appleby led the team to three wins this season. A number of players joined the team and contributed with either bat or ball and one player was promoted to the 2nd XI where he performed well for them.
This season saw Sheen Park find new bowlers and the team is hoping to discover some new batting talent next season to help support the bowling attack.
The team would like to thank the groundstaff for preparing the pitches and all the players for all their efforts.
Thames Ditton 3rd XI
The 3rd XI season can really be explained by two factors; with a lack of consistency and the availability of regular players the side ended up using a remarkable 49 players, coupled with an incredible number of dropped catches meant 8th place was justified.
The two victories the team did manage were against eventual 3rd place Chessington and Kempton. Against Kempton, the formidable Ben Johns finished with figures of 9-3-11-7 which included a marvellous hat trick. The win against Chessington was a superb team effort; after setting a target of 181 (Cassie 45), the opposition seemed to be cruising at 140 for 5 but after some great bowling and fielding the visitors were all out for 148 (wickets for Tom Oliver 3, David Morgan 4, Andy Jones 1 and Tom Coulson-Smith 2 (including 1 run out)).
Aside from the two wins, credit must go to the two colts making the transition to men’s cricket from the Under 14s, Oliver Lodge and Oliver Johns. Both bowled extremely well, at points without much luck but showed seniority well beyond their years to keep bowling superbly, which no doubt will see them being stars of the future. Oli Lodge finished with 8 wickets and Oli Johns 7 but there are plenty more in their bright future.
Stats wise, skipper Jai Patel was, for the second season in a row, the only batsman to reach 200 runs (269) supported by Andy Cassie with 153 and Steve Wallace 125. Leading the bowling stats: Andy Jones with 9 at 14 and Tom Coulson-Smith with figures of 9 at 20. In the field, it was definitely a season to forget with more drops than catches, but well done to Steve Wallace behind the sticks with 6 catches, 6 stumpings and a run out.
More consistency and better performances with the bat are a must for a more successful season in 2018.