- Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians
- Old Whitgiftians
- Walton on Thames
Banstead CC’s 175th year ended with the 1st XI winning promotion back into the Surrey Championship Premier League.
The season began with two tough tests and, as it turned out, these games were to be influential. In the 1st game away at Sutton, Banstead threw away a strong position to lose to Sutton by 6 wickets. After this defeat, the importance of the 2nd fixture vs. Spencer was clear. Following a good performance with the ball, Banstead found themselves with their backs against the wall at 78 for 7 chasing 162. However, Neil Baker (73*), against his old club, stood up alongside new addition Arsalan Abbas (36) to put on 73 for the 9th wicket to bring them level, with Baker smashing a 4 as Banstead scraped over the line to win by 1 wicket.
The team followed up this performance with comfortable victories over Walton and Leatherhead before moving into the timed format.
After some inconsistent displays, again, the crunch game came against Spencer where Banstead delivered the most complete bowling performance of the season. Luke Fisher and overseas Gareth Macaskill took vital wickets with the new ball, before Freddie Van den Bergh, for the 2nd consecutive season, tore apart the Spencer line up taking 5 for 20 and Banstead won by 9 wickets.
This set the tone for the remaining games and, despite a small blip against an inspired Beddington side, Banstead’s level of performance continued to improve.
The team finished the season with 6 wins from their last 6 completed games, with inspired individual performances coming from Satbir Mann (5 for 32 vs. Walton), Tom Lancefield (4 for 35 vs. Beddington), Gareth Macaskill (67* vs. Camberley) and Daniel Newton (88 vs. Chipstead).
Banstead secured promotion vs. Farnham, with crucial runs from Neil Baker (74), who once again led from the front in a difficult situation, before Tom Lancefield picked up a match defining 5 for 19 to seal the victory and with that, promotion.
Over the season this Banstead 1st XI side showed an excellent strength in depth, reflected in the fact that the team had 8 players with more than 10 wickets in the league, whilst the consistency of the team’s performances showed a readiness for a new challenge.
Promotion was a fitting way to celebrate what was a fantastic 175th year for the club; however the team know that the Premier League will be a different proposition and that improvements must be made as a team and as individual cricketers to continue to progress and to achieve their ambitions.
Beddington 1st XI
After a disappointing start to the season which saw the 1st XI winning only 1 of the first 7 games and at one point in early June being bottom of the table (poor availability and injuries certainly did not help), the team finally got its second win against Farnham and then went on to win four matches in a row including being bowled out for just 99 in ‘that’ match at Banstead. Ryan Cummins and Tom Bevan produced two of the best opening bowling spells seen for a long time at the club as Banstead were stunned, bowling them out for just 93. Cummins ended up with figures of 8 for 44 off just 9.5 overs.
This run of form pushed the side up the table and with even an outside chance of pushing for the top two. Two abandoned matches in a row ended this hope and with a couple more wins before the end of the season a respectable 5th place finish was achieved.
Performance wise, the team struggled with the bat, only scoring 200+ runs on two occasions. Individual performers were, Simon Lewis 428 at 39, Kyle Moolman 352 at 27, Fawad Bajwa 293 at 20 and Graham Lester 223 at 32.
The bowling though was a different story; the opposition were bowled out for less than 150 on six occasions. The star of the show was Ryan Cummins who ended the season as the 2nd leading wicket taker in the Championship, taking 45 wickets at 12 supported by Kyle Moolman, 22 at 16 and Tom Bevan, 14 at 24.
Thanks go to Ian Roberts for scoring, Michael Lewis for all the hard work during the season and the die-hard supporters.
Camberley 1st XI
2017 started brilliantly with an away win over Leatherhead by 15 runs. Recovering from 90 for 5 Camberley scored 254 for 8 thanks to a recovery 6th wicket partnership of 126 (McGeer 76, Syed 46). In the next game against Walton, Camberley faltered from 157 for 0 (Shoveller 97, Hutcheson 66) to 228 ao, a far too regular occurrence over the season. At 171 for 9, with the game again heading Camberley’s way, a poor bowling display and a battling last wicket stand of 57* meant Walton won.
Camberley’s 2nd win was two weeks later setting Old Whits 271, (120* Hutcheson and 71 Day), Old Whits were well set at 207 for 2, but a tight spell from overseas, Ekstraal, left them 15 short. A battling losing draw against Banstead, Hutcheson 86* (236 balls), was followed by another frustrating batting collapse against Farnham. Chasing 188 Camberley were well set at 170 for 5, until the last 5 wickets fell for 14 runs, Day 66, the 9th man out; Camberley lost by 3 runs.
A fantastic 146 from Ekstraal was the major contribution in a team score against Beddington of 301 for 8, but Beddington were able to hold out for a draw at 238 for 7. The next win came against Walton after setting them 212 (Ekstraal 74, Stephens 50). Walton were finally dismissed 18 runs short.
Losses against Spencer, Chipstead and Sutton plus two rained off weeks meant a couple of wins were still required. A further rain affected match saw a loss away at Banstead despite another 100 from Ekstraal.
However three good wins from the last four games meant a real positive finish to the season ending up with 6 wins and 7th in Division 1. The first was secured away at Farnham being set 192 (Stephens 4 for 25), McGeer 46* and Ekstraal 63 sealing the win. A tight loss followed against Chipstead. Then set 192 to win vs. Beddington (Holmes 3 for 28) Camberley knocked off the runs one wicket down (Shoveller 109*, Hutcheson 57*). An away win at Spencer finished the season (Hutcheson 93) and (M Carter 4 for 18) ensuring the best bowling figures of the season.
Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians 1st XI
2017 was another landmark year for Chipstead, Coulsdon & Old Walcountians C.C as the 1st XI recorded its highest ever finish in the Surrey Championship. It was a season that saw the continued development of a side that has now firmly established itself as a force to be reckoned with and that for much of the year battled hard in its efforts to secure promotion to the county’s Premier Division.
There were some fantastic performances. Of the batsmen Rob Woolley was perhaps the standout scoring a total of 678 runs at an average of just over 48. He was ably supported by Sri Lankan overseas Lahiru Udara whose combination of destructive stroke play and deft touch saw him score 616 runs at 47 with a fantastic 137* at Leatherhead the highlight. New recruit Matthew Foakes was a revelation, providing ballast to the middle order that had been lacking over recent years. His 447 runs at 74 saw him forge a reputation as the side’s finisher with several match winning innings in a successful debut season for the club.
With the ball, Rob Woolley led from the front taking 33 wickets at 14 apiece. Michael Bradley provided strong support, in a season in which the early part was hampered by injury with 20 wickets at just over 23 including a fantastic 7 for at Leatherhead.
It was, however, the emergence of Finlay Milton which was the most promising indication of the promise of this group of players. As a young spinner in his debut season for the 1st XI his contribution of 18 wickets at 25 was a fantastic return and the captain is confident he will build on these successes over the coming years.
Having captained the side for the last eight years, it is now time to step back into the ranks with a new leader taking charge. There have been some incredible contributions from many players along the way and whilst too many to mention here, it would be remiss of me not to thank all those that have played during my time as skipper.
Note from Director of Cricket, Mike Boothroyde; Nick Woods is standing down after eight seasons as Captain, he should be extremely proud of what he has achieved at Chipstead; leading the side from Division 5 to 3rd place in Division 1 is a remarkable achievement. Well done to Nick and the team on their success.
Farnham 1st XI
The Farnham 1st XI was back in Division 1 of the Surrey Championships after promotion in 2016. It was a tough start to the season in the 50/50 format, as Farnham struggled against promotion chasing Spencer and Chipstead, however this was followed by a remarkable run in the all-day 120 over timed matches. The side managed to compile 6 great victories including wins over Old Whitgiftians, Spencer, Banstead and also a remarkable win against Camberley when, having been 170 for 5 chasing 187, bowling them out for 184.
Wicket keeper Joel Walker led the batting stats scoring over 550 runs, including three 50s and his first hundred for the 1st team against Chipstead. Four other batsmen raised their bats throughout the season, Guy Hicks, George Hellyer, Nathan Thorpe and Jim Berry, with Hicks, Hellyer and Ciaran Rooney all passing 250 aggregate of runs for the year.
Rob Dale and Rob Goldsworthy led the way with the ball taking 24 wickets a piece, the former taking his at an average of 19. Mike O’Mahony also took 17 wickets at 13 and, between the three of them, Farnham had four 5 wicket hauls for the year. Other major contributions came from new spinner Matt Clarke who took 12 wickets and George Osborne who also contributed 10 wickets. Other contributions came from skipper Grimes, Rooney, Ungaretti and Thorpe all chipping in with valuable scalps throughout.
Farnham also improved in the fielding department, taking chances when they were presented. Guy Hicks contributed 15 catches at first slip, taking some one handed blinders. Joel Walker also contributed 10 catches and 6 stumpings to cap off a very tidy season behind the stumps.
All the hard work led to a fine finish to the season with the 1st XI ending in 6th place; an impressive season back in Division 1. A big thanks must go to all those who contributed and helped throughout the year.
Leatherhead 1st XI
Leatherhead 1st XI had a difficult season in the First Division but managed to avoid relegation in this highly competitive league. The team managed to win 5 games and have 1 winning draw which helped the side finish one position above the relegation zone. Notable team performances would be beating a very good and consistent Spencer side in a tense match to secure the team’s place in the First Division for the 2018 season.
Other notable performances were the wins over Walton on Thames and Farnham towards the end of the season. Notable individual performances that helped the team win those matches were Mike Nicol who scored 690 runs at an average of 49.29 with three magnificent hundreds. Adam Dyson took 27 wickets and the young overseas player, Grant Celliers, took 25 wickets at crucial times when opening the bowling and bowling at the death.
Old Whitgiftians 1st XI
2017 was a tough season for the 1st XI’; the young team lacked consistency with injuries and abandonments affecting key matches. Highlights of the season included the win against Leatherhead when a partnership between Adam Clarke and Harshil Shah of 125 helped the team to a winning position and Mumtaz Talah’s 94 against Camberley.
The season started brightly with the side winning two of its first three games, however, this was followed by a 10 game run without a win. A run of two more wins, including a DLS assisted win against Beddington, could not spark a revival leading to the OWs finishing with 114 points.
The batting was once again led by Mumtaz Talah (395 runs), followed by Chris Thompson (346) and Shaz Rana (244), whose season was cut short by a finger injury. The bowling attack was led by Suliman Younas (22 wickets) in his second spell at the club and skipper Mo Raza (20) with the only five wicket haul of the season.
The side will look to rebuild after losing some key players prior to the 2017 season and hopefully bounce back to Division One during 2018.
Congratulations to Sutton and Banstead on their promotion, they were easily the best teams in the division; thanks also to all the clubs for their hospitality, the umpires for their commitment to the game and finally to scorer, David Hagger.
Spencer 1st XI
The Spencer 1st XI worked hard as a unit during the preseason in preparation for the 2017 campaign. Having narrowly missed the relegation zone in 2016, the side was determined to prove that lessons had been learnt and their potential could be showcased. With early season wins and a narrow loss in a nail-biter against fond rivals Banstead, Spencer were positioned in the top four for most of the season.
Throughout the season Spencer showed that the faith put in their young team in the previous year was paying dividends. Midway through the season the side managed to get into a winning draw position against undefeated Sutton. The race for the top two promotion places was heating up but after two losses to Banstead and to a Sutton XI that was streets ahead of the competition; both these clubs took their deserved places at the top. Spencer wishes them both all the best for 2018 and look forward to joining them in the Premiership in 2019.
Highlights of the year include 100 for Alex Rackow (vs. Walton at home), 7 for 37 by Abid Jafri (vs. Old Whits at home), 28 wickets for Luke Ryan (average 14.82) and 23 catches plus 4 stumpings for Archie Macpherson.
2018 will be the year that Spencer 1st XI moves back up into the Premier League. The experience gained over the last two years, the loyalty of the players to the team and each other, as well as the hard work each player has committed to putting into the campaign should confirm this.
Sutton 1st XI
A season to remember, 2017 saw Sutton go a whole session undefeated and gain promotion back to the Premiership.
This was a fantastic achievement by all. Sutton dominated their division from game one when the team beat promoted Banstead by 6 wickets with a stand out performance from 17 year old Freddie Boys with his maiden 1st XI 5 wicket haul and big contributions from Gary Outram (73*) and Harry Allen (68*).
Sutton kicked on with convincing wins in the next 4 games, the only hiccup was a losing draw vs. Spencer. Sutton put this behind them and won every remaining game with 2 rained off in-between.
Sutton led by captain Daniel Edwards with a very young side looked to dominate teams from ball one. Sutton’s first hundred came from professional Grant Edmeades with a fantastic 130 vs. Old Whits, Grant went on to score 2 more hundreds at 57.31 scoring 745 runs and taking 30 wickets; 2 more hundreds came from 21 year old Harry Allen who was a massive factor inn Sutton’s promotion. Harry was a standout performer for the team this year and Player of the Season scoring 795 runs at 113.57 and taking 39 wickets at 13.49.
17 year old Freddie Boys scored 352 at 44 and took 23 wickets at 17.30; Freddie will look to take this form into next season. Aman Shinwari opening the attack with 36 wickets at 16.67 and his hard hitting down the order was a pleasure to watch and getting former Sutton player Mike Nicol out first ball on his return was the icing on the cake!!
The game of the season came against Leatherhead; Sutton posting 287 for 5 with the professional smashing 106 off 85 with the second 50 coming off just 16 balls! The home side were in trouble at 66 for 4, then a massive partnership took them to 243 for 5 before the collapse happened with Sutton picking up 5 wickets for 7 runs in 4 overs to win in remarkable fashion. With the season drawing to a close an 8 wicket win against Farnham would see Sutton crowned Champions.
Other contributions came from all-rounder Sam Seadon, top order batters Luke Smith, Chris Morris and 17 year old Jaimin Patel, fluent runs from vice-captain Gary Outram scoring 4 fifties at 77.75 and Surrey’s Conor McKerr being available for 7 games was a real lift for the dressing room.
Walton on Thames 1st XI
2017 saw the 1st XI attempt to stabilise in Division 1 having managed to stay up on the final day of the previous season, however, this proved a steep task. Poor batting displays throughout, the inability to make up for the missing pedigree of key players no longer present as well as a general lack of depth at this level meant that only two wins were achieved.
The batting struggled to compile nearly enough challenging totals, with only four scores of over 200. Two of these saw the team win and another providing a close finish. Only one batsman managed a return of over 300 runs compared to four the previous year, whilst only two averaged above 20 (Madoc-Jones 334 at 23.86 and Firth 243 at 22) in contrast to four averaging over 30 in 2016. The highest individual score of 2016 was passed 11 times the previous year, illustrating the shortfall.
Dominy (22 wickets at 21.55), Nichols (21 at 23.52), van Aswegen (17 at 25.41) and Bainbridge (13 at 32) shared the burden with the ball. However, the bowlers were often left with a futile task due to low scores and when bowling first, rarely managed to restrict the flow of runs as a unit.
The side now looks set to rebuild down a division without the grind of 120 overs and the higher calibre of players, whilst learning how to compete as a team once more without relying on standout names.