- Staines & Laleham
- Weybridge Vandals
- Whiteley Village
The 3rd XI showed on occasions they could really compete in this division and, when availabilities were consistent, managed to win some tough games. Iain Bowman continued to blood younger players throughout the season helping to bridge the gap between colts and senior cricket. Bowling tended to dominate most games with the West Byfleet pitch proving extremely difficult to post decent totals. The top run scorer Waheed Akhtar scored 180 runs from his 9 games whilst the experienced Iain Bowman took 20 wickets ably assisted by Rob Deven with 17 wickets. The side hopes to continue its progression in 2018 and compete throughout the season.
Camberley 3rd XI
A lot of progress was made in 2017 in the 3rd XI with some very good performances throughout the summer. The team was very different this year, with some of the senior players moving up to the 2nd XI. It was therefore down to junior players to bolster the side.
The team’s strongest discipline this season was bowling and of the 13 league matches played, the opposition were bowled out in 9 games. Opening bowlers Brandon Lesser and Tom Holden (both U15s) bowled extremely well with good pace and accuracy; Brandon ended up as leading wicket taker with 22 wickets. Ryan Balgobind had another good season with the ball taking 20 wickets including a 5 wicket haul against Whiteley Village but it was the quality from the junior bowlers that really stood out. Another junior U16 Ubaid Kayani with 10 wickets also bowled some important spells.
There was less consistency with the batting and chasing low scores was sometimes quite difficult to watch but in the 3 low scoring matches, chasing less than 130, the team did manage to get over the finishing line with the most exciting match probably the final game against Egham chasing 105. The middle order collapsed leaving the tail to do all the work and finally see the team home winning by 2 wickets. The clear standout batsman was captain John Holden with 324 runs at an average of 32.
In terms of results the team played 13 matches winning 7 and losing 6 with 3 games abandoned due to the weather and disappointingly 2 matches conceded. A 7th position in the Regional West Division was secured. There was a great spirit in the side this season with a good balance of youth and experience. Hopefully next year the high standards set by the bowlers will continue and the batting will improve so the Club can challenge for a top position in the league.
Chertsey 3rd XI
A five-game winning streak to end the season was not quite enough to propel the 3rd XI over the line in their long-running push for promotion in the West Division. The most consistent side in the league has now finished 2nd, 2nd, 3rd and 2nd in the last four seasons and will return next term once again aiming to go one better and reach Division 2.
John Bailey followed up a 50-wicket season last year with another hugely impressive tally, taking 34 wickets for the 3s (the second highest in the league). Behind his swing, Bruce Raeside and Jack Lloyd both took 21 scalps each, with all-rounder Hugh Aish-Lyons managing 19.
The batting was a big positive for the side during the season led by Josh Loveridge’s 320 runs. The middle-order man scored two fifties in that tally, with 61* against Weybridge Vandals his best effort. Skipper Craig Skelton, Hugh Aish-Lyons and Elliot Bloomfield all made significant contributions, while Luke Robertson achieved the rare feat of scoring every single run in a chase of 50 against Shepperton, finishing 53*.
Cranleigh 3rd XI
In a season where Cranleigh beat every other team in the division bar third placed Staines & Laleham, losing by one wicket in the home game and the return game abandoned when Cranleigh were in a winning position, finishing 4th in the league did not truly reflect the talent of the players. Early season availability was once again an issue but the side still competed strongly in games where the team had less than 11 players. The highlight was an eight run home win against a very strong Chertsey side who were pushing for promotion.
This season saw the developing Cranleigh colts come to the fore with Harvey Stiles excelling at this level, scoring 130 in 6 games and taking 10 wickets at an average of under 10, whilst fellow quick bowler Chad Marais also took 10 wickets and 11 other colts contributed significantly with runs and wickets. Other noticeable batting performances were A Burke with 260 runs and M Ahmed with 160 in 4 innings. The stand out wicket taker was again Ryan Grout with 24 wickets from his accurate medium pace at an average of 8.33, also taking the most catches and effecting most run outs.
Egham 3rd XI
A difficult 2017 season saw Egham 3rd XI finish 8th, a stark decline from the 3rd place finish in the previous season. This was a reflection on a number of key players from 2016 missing for a variety of reasons. Some were injured, others had relocated and some had received a well-deserved promotion to the 2nd XI. However this allowed for younger members of the club to experience 3rd XI cricket for the first time. Rohit Moudgil impressed again with both bat and ball. 236 runs and 22 wickets with a best of 5 for 26 earned him Egham 3rd XI Player of the Season. Other highlights of the season include Josh Wright scoring 115 runs off 79 balls and Cameron Rose taking 3 wickets for 5 runs from just 8 deliveries.
Farnham 3rd XI
The 3rd XI had a brilliant season culminating in promotion, winning 14 games and only losing 3 across the year. The side were led superbly by captain Dan Jones and with younger players continuing to improve and show promise, the side were consistent in their performances throughout the season.
Dan Jones scored 421 runs at 38 including scoring 145 against Staines. Pete Goldsworthy also passed the 200 runs barrier scoring 257 at 42. There were also many other key contributors throughout the season and 50s came regularly for the top order. Ollie Godden, Adam Elstow, Toby Elstow, Matt Crew and Alistair Milton-Seall all raised their bats throughout the course of the season and this led the side to closing in on scores of 300 on two occasions.
The bowlers were on great form from the start bowling opponents out for totals below 100 on five occasions. Pete Goldsworthy led the way with 31 wickets including a 7 for 8 away at Camberley. Dan Jones also took 28 including a 7 for 40 and also another 5 for. Steve Elstow contributed 19 wickets and Jamie Jones and Matt White took 12 and 10 respectively, all with averages around 10.
This was a brilliant achievement and effort from the 3rd XI; a thoroughly deserved promotion.
Shepperton 3rd XI
The 3rd XI has had a very enjoyable and fulfilling season. The side finished 5th in the table which is the highest position since a third Saturday side was first fielded in 2013.
Furthermore, considering the quality of opposition and periodic issues with availability, this was a not insignificant achievement. Aside from this, throughout the season there has been a great atmosphere and team spirit, something that is commented on and appreciated by other club members who only play for the 3s periodically. It was also pleasing to help several of the colts players improve and develop their game through exposure to adult cricket.
Individual performance wise special mention must be given to captain Mark Pepall who led the run scoring throughout the season, providing a solid base for others to build on and Peter Mair for leading the wicket taking.
Many thanks must go to all for their contributions to a successful season.
Staines & Laleham 3rd XI
A good season for the 3rd XI, saw the team finish third.
Notable highlights came through David Gyves (29 wickets) and Ben Nannery with both bat and ball (244 runs and 26 wickets). A few wash outs and a couple of weeks where the club found itself short of players probably being the difference between a fight for top place!
There were a notable couple of games in the season; one was the win against Egham at the start of the campaign which saw Ghulam Mallah hit 103* with the bat and 9-3-30-2 with the ball. The other being the win against Chertsey which saw the 3s prevail, with an over to spare!
Plenty to build on going into next season which, hopefully, will be another promotion push and continued growth as a club.
Weybridge Vandals 3rd XI
Despite finishing bottom in the West Division Weybridge Vandals 3rd XI made some good progress during the season with young players coming through the colts to senior cricket for the first time. Oscar Powell did very well as an opening bowler with good support from Freddie Good, Edward Drew and Duncan Moffat.
This sparked a lot of interest from the dads and Simon Drew, Allan Moffat, Mark Norton, Allick Forrester and Omar Kamarat started to play and to get runs, wickets, catches and really enjoy themselves.
Miles McGreevey added good slow left arm bowling on a regular basis as a new club member. Haseeb Rahman and Adrian Waldock were the natural opening partnership for the early part of the season but the team lost the reliable Haseeb to the 2nd XI during June. Nick Blyth and Geoff Foreman bowled well but had only limited availability. Simon Bradwell was so determined that he travelled from Southampton to play in about half the matches and showed a great Corinthian spirit as did Chris Richie and David Ritchie did after a long time of not playing cricket.
Graham Hills came in for a couple of appearances and did well with the bat. Bruce Magill came up from Alton is Hampshire on 4 occasions to help us which was appreciated.
Alex MacHorton improved a lot as a keeper but was injured at the start of August and missed the last 4 games. Simon Drew stepped in to take the gloves and did well. We hope that as the colts grow at the club the team will improve in the future.
Whiteley Village 3rd XI
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