- Cobham Avorians
- Hampton Wick Royal
- Horsley & Send
- Old Hamptonians
- Stoke D'Abernon
- Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian
- Weybridge Vandals
- Woking & Horsell
The 1st XI endured a tough season winning just 5 league games, finishing 3rd from bottom but comfortably avoided relegation by 55 points. Without overseas player Greg Gandy, results and the final position could have been much different. Greg amassed 739 league runs including 167 in his first game for the club, the next highest contribution with the bat was some 500 runs fewer. The 1st XI had to call upon a number of younger colts including George and Alfie Mickley both who acquitted themselves well, given that they were only 15 and 13 years old at the start of the league season. George registered his maiden league 50 against Woking & Horsell and Alfie showed glimpses of his promise. The bowling lacked penetration and the side failed to contain or bowl many sides out, Sam Tyler was the most consistent performer with 24 wickets. Too often the team was let down by poor fielding and catching. Next season the side looks forward to the younger players continuing their progression, however the senior players will need to contribute far more if results are to improve in 2018.
Churt 1st XI
After securing the 2016 Division 5 title, Churt knew that a positive start was needed to the 2017 season if the team stood any chance of replicating that success. With four convincing victories from the first four matches, all augured well. However, the first proper test came away at Stoke D’Abernon. Despite a couple of decent knocks from Ben Mitchell and Robbie Chhabra, a total of 209 was never going to be enough on a small ground. That proved so and Stoke cantered to a five-wicket win and inflicted a wake-up call upon Churt. The test of a good team is how it reacts to failure and Churt reacted well, cruising to victories against Woking & Horsell, Cobham Avorians and Byfleet to make it seven victories from the first eight matches. That was nearly added to but for a stubborn 10th wicket partnership from Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian lasting more than 10 overs, which meant that Churt had to make do with a draw. The side bounced back with further convincing wins against a decent Hampton Wick Royal side and a struggling Weybridge Vandals outfit, before rain thwarted the team in matches with Old Hamptonians and Horsley & Send.
Next up was a top-of-the-table clash with Stoke D’Abernon. Were it not for a mature 78 from Rowley Marshall, Churt would have got nowhere near a final total of 183. Stoke looked to be cruising at 93 for 3, but Churt’s bowling attack was at its best and it ripped through the middle and lower order to bowl Stoke out for 149. That victory was marred slightly by defeat against Woking & Horsell, Churt having collapsed to 92 all out when chasing just 109 for victory. However, the team bounced back again to defeat Hampton Wick Royal and Cobham Avorians in tight, exciting encounters, and Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian in the final match of the season. In the end Churt had won 13 out of a possible 18 matches with only 2 losses and secured back to back titles.
Credit goes to excellent batting performances from Ben Mitchell (575 runs at 41) and Toby Finneran (535 runs at 53.5) but it was the all-round bowling attack that was again magnificent. Ben Mitchell (43 wickets at 10.7), Rowley Marshall (37 at 10.1) and Oli Plaistowe (25 at 17.3) were backed up by Chhabra, Greg Talbot, and Dave Thomas. Youngsters Josh Williams and Matt Crane put in some excellent performances which bodes well.
Daniel Higgins steps down from the Captaincy, with the side well placed to do well in 2018 in Division 3.
Cobham Avorians 1st XI
2017 was another solid year, with a third successive top 5 finish in the league and a record of 9 wins, 2 draws, 5 defeats and 2 abandoned matches. There were several notable team performances including a tight, high scoring victory vs. promoted local rivals Stoke D’Abernon and away vs. Old Hamptonians and Byfleet.
Like many clubs Avorians’ future is with the group of talented younger players and those graduating from youth cricket into senior ranks. The main club objective this year was to integrate these players into the 1st, 2nd and 3rd XIs, giving them the coaching, experience and confidence to realise their undoubted potential. The club was rewarded with some fantastic performances and this augurs well for future seasons. In the 1st XI there were five U18s playing regularly, all making very important personal contributions in matches, highlights including; with the bat, match winning maiden league 50s from George Frise (57) and Luke Barrow( 80*); with the ball, 5 for 49 for Jamie Ellis. Other regulars were Andrew Hallam and Alex Worth.
Of the more established players, there were standout seasons from Kumudu Prashad with 583 runs and 27 wickets and Mahesh Liyange with 687 runs. They were match winners on their day, demonstrated by Kumudu’s explosive 168 vs. Byfleet and Mahesh’s crucial 136 vs. Stoke D’Abernon. Overseas player Chandimanthu Rodrigo was very consistent with both bat and ball, his 5 for 24 vs. Woking & Horsell, including a hat-trick, being a highlight.
Other performances of note were Sanjaya Rodrigo’s 101* vs. Woking & Horsell, former captain James McLaughlin’s match winning 5 for 52 vs. Byfleet, his first for the 1s, and Dom Worth’s fighting, maiden, match saving 55* vs. Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian.
Finally, thank you to all those who supported the team, in particular the scorers, Kat Worth and Alice Frise and umpire Peter Worth.
This is a team and club with potential and the captain is looking forward to a successful 2018 season.
Hampton Wick Royal 1st XI
The Wick 1st XI endured yet another frustrating season, again being close but not close enough. Losing the overseas a few weeks before the start of the season was not a great start but it galvanised everyone else as runs and wickets were spread around. This led to a rapid start including some excellent last-over victories but a mid-season wobble saw the team settling for 4th, a fair return given the performances but not the talents.
Yasir Ahmed again led with the bat with 642 league runs, ably supported by Matt Davies, Iain Tong and Imran Rashid in particular. With the ball Fawad Anis, both Tongs and a resurgent Usman Junjua bowled with control and skill. Fielding was at times acceptable but mostly it was well below par which explains the final league position more than anything else.
Highlights were incredible last over wins away vs. deservedly promoted Stoke D’Abernon and home vs. Cobham Avorians. Lowlights were some insipid displays against some of the weaker teams in the league.
With plenty of talent coming through the future does look bright for the team as the club aspires for greater things.
Horsley & Send 1st XI
Following relegation in the 2016 season, the Horsley & Send AGM saw a contested election for 1st XI captain. The appointment of Brian Berthoud, the previous 2nd XI captain and well-respected coach, continued a policy to develop the younger members of the club. Many were promoted from the previous year’s 2nd XI and their hard work and enthusiasm was exemplary. The majority attended weekly nets and training and all benefitted from pre-match warm ups run by Shacaya Thomas, the overseas player. The younger players worked hard to step up to the challenge of 1st XI cricket and they were well supported by adults including M Salim, S. Thomas, R. Bottomley and the captain. Inevitably the overall inexperience made it hard for the team to compete but their efforts bode well for the future of the club.
The season saw notable batting performances by S. Thomas, M. Stewart and M. Salim, backed at times by L. Trimming and D. Collett.
Top of the bowling figures was S.Thomas with 21 wickets and an impressive second was 17 year old Dan Collett with 13 wickets which included a triple wicket maiden.
Though the season ended with a disappointing relegation, the future looks bright with a team that works as a unit and is gaining experience. 2017 saw many young players develop their batting and bowling which will stand them, and the club, in good stead in years to come
Thanks to K Trimming, B Croft and T Bottomley for umpiring, to Veronica Parr for scoring and to Mike Catt for producing excellent pitches. Also thanks to the many parents for their support and encouragement.
Old Hamptonians 1st XI
Our league 1st XI had high hopes for promotion with the new signing of wicket keeper batsman Matt Bendelow (1999-04) from local side Twickenham. Experience in the form of Raza Mughal with the ball who returned 44 wickets at a meagre average of 11 turned over four teams who simply did not stand a chance. He was ably supported by the youth of Ben Dowse (2011-16) who acted as the bridesmaid on many occasions.
A renaissance season from Neil Lizieri (1994-01) at the top of the order bludgeoned many, his contemporary Simon Morris (1996-01) returned 25 wickets at 14 apiece and just as importantly, his economy is still below base rate. He out bowled Rich Brown (23 wickets at 19) (2000-05) but they continued to be a threat to any team’s middle order. Vice-captain Toby Godfray showed experience beyond his years scoring over 500 runs at 33 including a memorable hundred versus Horsley & Send whilst his batting partner Adam Lee also scored fifty and showed it is time for him to conquer first team level in 2018. Player of the Year, Shajeel Butt re-joined the club after a three year absence and certainly made an impression on Division 4 scoring a mammoth 600 runs in a mere 13 games, almost averaging 50; his devastating pull shot put many a bowler to the sword.
Unfortunately, despite a great improvement in availability, rivals’ use of the overseas system saw them accumulate an extra win or two which led to our final position of third. With another year of experience for Messrs Wheeler (2013-Present), Mayes (2008-15), Lee (2012-Present), Godfray (2011-2016) and Dowse (2011-16) as well as further recruitment, from both inside and outside the Hampton family, there is no reason why promotion is not possible in 2018.
Stoke D’Abernon 1st XI
The momentum brought forward from the end of the 2016 season was carried into 2017 with an incredibly satisfying outcome.
The team was quickly out of the traps with six wins from the first seven games; highlights being a big partnership by debutant James O’Gorman, (99 on debut), and James Whitmarsh against Woking & Horsell; great all-round team efforts in both away games in Hampton and a couple of efficient “restrict and chase” performances against Churt and Horsley & Send. The side had game-changers when needed; Will Gudgeon cracked centuries against Weybridge Vandals and at Cobham Avorians, the latter in defeat that included an all-time Club record 8th wicket stand. Runs down the order were always in plentiful supply.
A mixed bag of results, a couple due to weather at the back end of the programme of timed games, meant the team never had clear water between them and the chasing pack but still secured promotion with a game to spare.
All the batsmen made contributions to wins over the season. New overseas Shawn Dyson (539 runs at 59.89) led the club on aggregate runs and the Division on average, O’Gorman (411 at 41.10), captain James Trower (370), Gudgeon (348), Ian Hopton (305) and Whitmarsh (300) all made important runs many of these players’ aggregates would be much higher with more appearances and more runs to chase. Alastair Curran, Tom Frost, Kane Fullalove and Billy Zander also made 50s.
Not relying on one person to carry the attack, the bowlers hunted as a pack and shared the wickets. Dyson (31 at 15.65) led the way. Toby Tarrant (25 at 18.80), Hopton (24) and Will Frost (21) were equally important. Additionally, Dan Gluckman took 5 for 23 at Old Hamptonians on a rare chance with the ball, a burst of 4 for 7 from Charlie Hill set up a win at Weybridge Vandals, Roddy Kelso ran through Horsley & Send’s middle order, Alex Bond bowled well without luck and Fullalove and O’Gorman were handy change options.
Every week at least 7 players and sometimes 8-9 were selected who had come through the Stoke D’Abernon system. This young side ( was athletic in the field, was good in all disciplines, was well captained and thoroughly deserving of a crack at Division 3.
Although the side had them on head-to-head this year, congratulations to club friends at Churt on finishing top again, showing the consistency required to win the division.
Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian 1st XI
After the disappointment of relegation it was imperative the side began strongly and confidently to avoid any continuation of poor results. A fresher, younger looking side took the field for many of the games and were rewarded with 3 wins in the first 4 games, despite continued batting frailties. Strong performances followed in the timed games and at the mid-way point of the season the team found itself very much in the promotion hunt.
Confidence was heightened with the arrival of the returning overseas, a delay caused by difficulties in obtaining a visa. However, draws against Churt and Cobham Avorians, either side of a loss to a strong Stoke D’Abernon unit, followed by 2 weeks of frustration due to rain, left too much to do in the last 5 weeks. One monkey was lifted when the team recorded its first win in August since 2012!
A returning Stewart Sales impressed with the bat scoring 496 runs including 2 fine centuries, albeit one in a losing cause. He was ably supported throughout the season by opener Kunal Patel with the top order regularly contributing to competitive scores. The captain led from the front with the ball, regularly troubling batsmen, taking 29 wickets at 13; he was supported by the rest of the bowling department, notably Christian Bond, Daryl King and Gunjal Patel, all of whom chipped in at key times.
Special thanks go, as always, to Robert Keenan for his impeccable scoring and to James Gibson for umpiring when required.
Matt Winter is stepping down after 3 difficult years as captain. The new management team will need to ensure that the squad hit the ground running in order to realise promotion goals.
Weybridge Vandals 1st XI
Vandals suffered a disappointing summer which ultimately ended in relegation. The loss of four key 1st XI players and the lack of replacements meant staying in the division would always be a tough proposition. However the writing was on the wall in the very first match where Vandals were skittled for 59 in what proved a very short game at Trinity Mid Whitgiftian. The glaring batting deficiencies continued to frustrate and when mixed with inconsistent bowling that wall soon became indelibly daubed with defeat.
After nine consecutive losses it was encouraging to see a change in the team’s fortunes and performances. The turn of the year saw them far more competitive, eventually chalking up three victories and finishing a far more confident unit than the one which started the season.
On a personnel front, veterans J Powell (21 wickets at 23.86) and S Baker (24 at 21.67) did the majority of bowling and were chief wicket takers, however the returning M Fenton (18 at 23) deserves a special mention for his form at the latter end of the year. It was a sorry tale for Vandals batters with only three passing a half century all year. T Neville (252 runs at 19.38) topped the stats with both S Buckell (236 runs at 15.73) and skipper W Powell (195 runs at 17.73) chipping in.
Woking & Horsell 1st XI
An eventful season for W&HCC 1st XI in 2017 was masked by yet another mid-table finish, the 3rd in a row since relegation to Division 4 in 2014. The season started poorly as the side lost the opening two games in tight contests.
Poor availability in week three led to a heavy defeat to Hampton Wick Royal but a win over struggling Weybridge Vandals put some much needed points on the board. However, three heavy defeats and a losing draw followed in the next four weeks and the team was low on confidence and in real danger at the halfway stage.
Another win against fellow strugglers Horsley & Send led to two losing draws that could have been closed out, including a memorable game against Hampton Wick with all three results possible from the last delivery. The performances and feeling around the club had improved hugely but the next two games were abandoned with W&HCC in good positions; relegation still loomed.
The two games that followed changed everything as the side successfully defended 169 away to Cobham Avorians and followed it up by defending 108 away to eventual champions Churt. These two memorable victories ensured another season in the division and provide hope of moving back up the leagues in the near future.
Despite an up and down season there were plenty of performances to note, S Warner carried the batting for much of the season and finished with 540 runs at 38 including five 50s. The bowling unit improved hugely in the latter stages of the season and this was built on the promising and finally injury free opening pair of Jack Allen and Qasim Ashgar and the spin duo of Tom Sharpless and Phill West who took 32 wickets between them at 19. The club was also proud to welcome some genuine young talent to the side in the form of Chris Pyle, James Furness and Ramish Malik.