- Hampton Wick Royal
- Stoke D'Abernon
The Houdini XI finally succumbed to the drop this time round. With only 3 victories registered, the 2nd XI was fighting a relegation battle from early in the season - losing 7 on the bounce before finding some form mid-season with good wins in the time games against Sinjuns, Hampton Wick and Stoke D’Abernon.
The team has ‘matured’ together and the cracks began to show this year. There were performances of note with the bat; Jim Bridgeman (when not making another comeback in the ones) registered 376 runs in only ten knocks including 95 in the win over Hampton Wick, Chris Foster mustered 307 including a fine 61* against Champions Chessington and Ben Moncrieffe was slightly below last year’s achievements with 257. Mention should also be made of young Karim Oriakhel who showed maturity and technique beyond his years including a fine 56 against Stoke.
In the bowling department the attack was led manfully by Alastair Reeves with 22 wickets (despite an early season injury), ably supported by newcomer Nigel Watson (15 wickets) and Russell Clayton (10). Stats do not always tell the story but using 36 batters, 27 bowlers and 4 keepers was never going to make the side competitive.
Thanks, as ever, go to Colin Gay for keeping an immaculate book, to David Owen for his webmaster duties and to Gemma for the great teas.
With an injection of youth the team aims to come back strongly in 2018!
Cheam 2nd XI
The 2nd XI went into the season with a belief that 2017 may finally bring a turn in the tide after some difficult seasons. Newly appointed captain Nasir Sayed decided on a positive approach and in the first game one of his recruits Waseem Ahmad amassed a swashbuckling 106, well supported by Hamza Hafeez (57). Unfortunately, the total of 283 was not enough as a combination of rusty bowling and a brilliant century by Ewell’s S. Naqvi denied Cheam victory. A bit shell-shocked on the back of that defeat, Cheam 2nd XI went on to lose the next three games and yet another relegation looked on the cards.
However, against Alleyn, a good all-round team performance demonstrated the side’s potential. Yasin took 3 for 21 and Fisher 3 for 17 to bowl Alleyn out cheaply. Cheam’s top three batsmen sealed the victory with Hafeez making 56, Bastable 38, and Sayed 41*. With a new-found confidence the 2nd XI went on to win 7 of the next 8 games. During this period 2nd XI Player of the Season Ewan Lavender was the linchpin of the batting along with captain Sayed. Lavender scored 344 runs at 38 and Sayed 348 at 25. Yasin and Horwood led the way with the ball taking 16 wickets each at 16 and 14 respectively and Bastable (13 wickets at 19, and 183 runs at 18) chipped in with good all-round performances.
Unfortunately defeat at the hands of a very impressive Stoke D’Abernon ended Cheam’s promotion charge. However, 8 wins represents the highest number of wins by the 2nd XI since 2010! Overall 2017 was a huge step in the right direction for the team and more progress next year promises for exciting times ahead.
Chessington 2nd XI
Having suffered the huge disappointment of being relegated in 2016, the 2nd XI was determined to make amends and bounce straight back to Division 3. This was achieved with 3 games to spare when a superb bowling and fielding performance won a low scoring game against Ripley by 3 runs (Kev Dillon 10-0-33-5). In truth the title was won before the rains came in July with 10 of the first 11 games won, the only slip being to only take 9 wickets for a winning draw again against Ripley in a timed game.
This success was built on a strong team spirit with valuable contributions from all involved. There were some impressive stats in amongst the team effort with Andy Robson (614 runs at 47), Andy White (575 at 52) and Jimmy Woolman (469 at 31) all in the top 5 runs scorers in the Division.
The young opening bowling partnership of Jack Strange (26 wickets at 11.88) and Tayler Young (25 at 18.04) terrorised many a batsman and few ever looked comfortable against them. Woolman added 19 wickets to his run tally for a great all-round return and there were important contributions with both bat and ball from Tom Daniel and Ash Arora (great to have him back at the club). Conor McElligott deserved more than his 12 wickets with an economy rate under 3.
With youngsters Adam Lawrence, Liam White, Glenn Brown, Dave Farrington and Anton Gowthaman improving all the time this side should be able to challenge again next season. Everyone is looking forward to it.
Ewell 2nd XI
For the first year in Division 4, the 2nd XI started very well, winning the four overs games, scoring over 200 runs in three and bowling the opposition out for under 90 in the other. The time games were more of an issue, with only 2 won, 2 games drawn and 3 lost. With the return of the overs games, the first was lost but the remaining 4 were all won. The result was finishing a credible fourth, just 5 points behind second.
The batting saw a return to form for A Naqvi scoring 680 runs including five 50s and two 100s. There were also continuing good scores again from A Khan, scoring 560 runs including two 50s. There were promising starts from new players I Ahmed and B Ramachandran.
Leading the bowling was A Saleem taking 20 wickets at 10.0 and B Mahmood taking 25 at 10.7. Both had good economy at about 2.4 runs per over. T Afzaal bowled more overs, taking 21 wickets but had a lower economy of 3.5. New players R Jabaar and Z Hussain (5 for 8 against Alleyn) also bowled well at times.
Keeping was again shared by B Mahmood, A Naqvi and A Chaudhry but it was T Afzaal and A Khan in the outfield who took the most catches at 14 and 11 respectively.
The club would like to thank the captain, B Mahmood and the team would like to thank the tea lady Agnes.
Hampton Wick Royal 2nd XI
It was a disappointing 2017 season for HWRCC 2nd XI after finishing third in 2016. The main issue was inconsistent form with the bat, especially from the top order, who were the team’s strength last year
Inconsistency was highlighted by the fact that the team suffered bad defeats to both relegated sides but managed wins against both promoted sides! This did however provide the middle order with a few chances to shine; Nick Browning’s winning innings of 51* away at Stoke D’Abernon being one to remember.
Despite the backward step in league position there were however a number of highlights. Phil Linter continued his form with the ball taking 29 wickets and Rory Blanchard was a revelation taking 21 wickets with a strike rate of 19. Harry Copeland had a good season, he was the side’s top scorer with 321 league runs. A special mention should also go to a number of colts who cemented their places in the side; Sunny Patel proving a reliable off spinner and Keerat Khaira beginning to show talent at a senior level.
Kingstonian 2nd XI
The 2017 season was a mixed bag for the Kingstonian 2nd XI. It started with a fantastic win against Stoke D’Abernon with both Raja Sultan and Ezra Hinds playing a gem of an innings too chase a 230 plus target. Momentum was lost in between with a few losses to Chessington and Hampton Wick but the team came back strongly against Merstham, thanks to Kamran Khan for his wonderful bowling, well supported by Raja Sultan and Sunny Sethi.
There have been a few notable performances with the bat this season with Jawed Ahmed Niazi scoring a brilliant 138* against Alleyn and Saqlain Shabbir getting three crucial half centuries to help set defendable totals against Chessington, Alleyn and Cheam respectively. Truly this has been the season of all-rounders and the team was blessed to have plenty; Mohammed Nabi, Raja Sultan, Milan Patra, Saqlain Shabbir (just to name a few). Mohammed Nabi’s excellent show with both bat and ball against Cheam was one of the best all round performances this season. Nabi was quite lethal with his bowling and along with Kamran Khan they formed the most destructive bowling pair in the league. Rohit Syed, Milan Patra and Raja Sultan chipped in with the bat as well to get the team some crucial runs in some of the important matches towards the end of the league.
Overall a very good season for the 2nd XI finishing 3rd in the league and unlucky to miss the promotion and 2nd position by just 2 points to worthy champions Chessington.
Merstham 2nd XI
This season saw Merstham take on the 4th Division, the highest the club has ever played at. The team managed to keep its place in the league which was the season’s remit. As a team the side lost lots of players at times, having to play first team matches and injuries. Although this happened the team coped and battled well. If more runs were scored by batsmen this year the side would have competed better as the bowlers once again stood up and bowled well. At the end of the season there were some young players coming up from the 3s doing well and cementing their place in the team. Next year the side hopes to continue and progress up the league.
Star player was Imran Aslam; wickets and some early season runs.
Ripley 2nd XI
After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, the 2nd XI really wanted to push on up the table. After a good start which saw the team win five and draw two of their first eight matches they were in the hunt for a promotion place. Unfortunately towards the end of the year the team slightly fell away and had to settle for finishing mid table.
Despite the dip in form at the end of the season, there were some excellent individual performances throughout with both bat and ball. With the bat, unlike last season, there was not one standout individual who scored the majority of the runs, instead the runs were much more shared out. In each of the first five matches of the season at least one individual scored 50 or higher and over the course of the season six players managed to pass 50 on at least one occasion. Harry Jamil ended the season as top run scorer with a total of 261 including two 50s at an average of 32.65. Other notable contributions came from Sam Woods and John Grimsdale who both scored two 50s and ended the season with 258 and 252 runs respectively.
With the ball Nad Rashid once again finished the season as the highest wicket taker, taking 22 wickets at an average of 21.82. Other standout bowlers for the team were Khurran Naseer and Jeremy Russell who both took 18 wickets at an average of 11.94 and 14.22 respectively.
With some better player availability in the coming season, Ripley will be hoping to firmly cement its position in the league and try to push on towards the promotion places.
SinjunGrammarians 2nd XI
A new season, a new skipper; Zohaib Sheikh. Most of the 2nd XI players moved up to play 1st XI. The team was built around youngsters and some experienced players. The 2nd XI was affected by people constantly stepping up to play 1st XI including the skipper. Asim was the interim captain who led the team from front with his bowling and fielding and kept the team together.
The 2nd XI had a good start by beating Alleyns in their first fixture. Due to constant changes in the team the 2nd XI wase unable to get the results needed. Overall, the batting was the big downfall of the team where only skipper Zohaib Sheikh and Naveed Sarwar were the noticeable performers with the bat.
The bowling attack was led by Asim Hafeez (23 wickets), Muhammad Imran (13) and Arpit Patel (12).
There were a few close encounters where the side lost by 1 wicket. The cricket was played in good spirit and everyone enjoyed it whether winning or losing.
The team is now looking forward to 2018 to build on this season.
Stoke D’Abernon 2nd XI
Last year’s handbook report suggested that ironing out a few inconsistencies could see a serious promotion challenge. Most were sorted but the season will still be looked back in years to come as one of the craziest. Half of the games went to the last over; many were won or lost by 1 or 2 wickets or less than ten runs. Wins were snatched from the jaws of defeat; points were coughed up against clubs lower down the table.
As a result the side left itself in 3rd place with three games to go, needing to beat top, 2nd and 4th! A commanding performance in each secured a return to Division 3.
Captain Jase Earl needed to call on 38 players. Only six players made double-digit appearances and the many that were called on to help with odd appearances were just as important, they accepted being out of the side whenever tough selection calls were made and offered to umpire and score. Many travelled to away games to support the team.
With the bat Andy Berry (466 runs at 38.83) often gave innings a platform. Earl (285 at 31.67) made good early season runs before opportunities reduced as the season progressed, students returned and schools broke up.
Steve Wade (average 52.25), Jack Raimondo (51.75) and James Corbishley (64.50) made match winning efforts against Merstham, Sinjungrammarians and Cheam respectively. Nico Spreeth averaged 68.00 aided by not-outs. Andy Page made crucial lower order runs at home to Ewell and Giacomo Gray and Malcolm Dickson also chipped in.
With the ball Earl (18 at 16.17) and vice-captain Duncan Elder (18 at 25.83) topped the aggregates. Adrian Mills was only available for half of the games but delivered his usual brand of accuracy and economy, (14 wickets at 15.00.). Will Thomson, Dan Gluckman and Alex Clinton bagged 4-fors. The best analyses of the season came at Sinjungrammarians though, where the versatile Deepak Malhotra took 6 for 32. Earl and Billy Zander were the only others to take a 5-for.
Chances were given to many from the academy, four of them Under 15s. Thomas Dennis made important contributions before injury did for him mid-season. Clinton won one game with the bat against Ripley and another with the ball against Ewell. Patrick O’Neill took a wicket with his first ball in League cricket and Ben Townsend joined his ‘older’ U17 brother in the side. All did well and should put up good numbers in future seasons.
This was a double-promotion season to remember. Thanks from the players to Jo for keeping everyone fed and watered, to Drew for his continued support and to those who did the admin and prepared the ground. Roll on 2018!