- Old Rutlishians
- Old Whitgiftians
- Oxted & Limpsfield
- Streatham & Marlborough
- Valley End
- Worcester Park
Banstead finished a respectable mid-table after getting off to a very shaky start with 5 straight losses at the start of the season. After a convincing run chase against Old Ruts to seal the team’s first victory of the season, Banstead went on to secure another three on the bounce to move up the table. After a strong second half Banstead finished comfortably within the division with a strong foundation to build on for next season.
Beddington 3rd XI
2017 was a struggle for Beddington 3rd XI, following promotion from Division 2 the previous season hopes were high for strong showing this time out. That was not too be, as very poor availability in higher sides in the earlier part of the season meant that many regular 3s players were playing up.
Relegation was always a threat with only 4 victories all season. That said 4 games were lost by 10 runs or less and an 8th place finish was a fair result.
Runs were the issue all season as 5 scores of under 100 clearly demonstrates, with only one batsman in the top 20 batters in the Division, Antony Down led the way with 195 in 5 games and Dan Beeton with 180 in 7 games.
The bowlers worked extremely hard and made the side competitive, as in previous years, spin led the way with Aaron O’Sullivan taking 27 wickets and Louis Cooper Stewart with 19 wickets; they were supported by Harry Richards in the second half of the year offering a cutting edge with the ball.
The 3s were fortunate to have Paul Baker standing in his first year as umpire as it makes a massive difference to all of the players especially as the 3s are generally a young side.
Guildford 3rd XI
Problems which beset the more senior sides made it a particularly difficult season for Guildford’s 3rd XI. The team was forced to concede three matches, two others being abandoned and finished bottom of Division One.
There were four wins to lighten the mood under captain Rav Garcha in a tough baptismal summer, the outstanding batsman being 17-year-old Will Jenner as he averaged 44 over six matches and made two half-centuries. Seamers Harrison Charles and Nathaniel Brittany bowled intelligently, wicketkeeper Jevan Kher showing plenty of youthful enthusiasm in support.
Old Rutlishians 3rd XI
2017 was very much a rebuilding season for the Old Ruts 3rd XI following last year’s final day relegation. A number of new players helped the team remain unbeaten in the first 4 games, including a 1 wicket win away at Oxted.
Availability problems led to a mid-season wobble and some rained off matches in July against teams involved in a relegation tussle led to an uphill battle to gain promotion towards the end of the season. A frustrating draw against Guildford, who blocked their way to 112 for 8 in 51 overs chasing 230 and a loss to Banstead ruled out promotion and meant a mid-table finish for the 3s. There were a number of notable performances throughout the season and most of them came from the 3s Player of the Year Tim Berrington, who scored 353 runs at 58 with four 50s.
All systems go for 2018!
Old Whitgiftians 3rd XI
The 3rd XI followed up 2016’s promotion to Division One with another promotion, this time as runners up, to the Premier Division. The side finished with an improved points tally of 267 points and 11 victories.
Maqsood Rana was the side’s leading batsman, scoring 595 runs at 45 and was ably assisted by Bilal Muhammad (257) and Mo Basit (205). Batting highlights include Maqsood Rana’s 105 against Guildford, Mo Basit’s 103* against Oxted and Jon Higgins unbeaten hundred against Oxted in the return fixture.
Key bowlers for the team were Siddharth Bhatia, who took 16 wickets at 11, and young Moiz Rana, whose control of line and length was exemplary. Bowling highlights include the five wicket hauls taken by Mo Basit, Maqsood Rana and Siddharth Bhatia to secure vital victories.
The 3rd XI will look to continue to strengthen and consolidate its position in the Premier Division in 2018. Thanks to Noel Vas for umpiring this season.
Oxted & Limpsfield 3rd XI
A season, that started very promisingly, stalled badly during the middle part of the season and finished with a bit of flourish. In short, when the team was good, it was very good …. but on bad days it was awful.
The side generally played well in the limited overs format but only won one match in the time games mid-season. Either not enough runs were scored batting first to put any meaningful pressure on the opposition or, more generally, the team just lacked wicket taking penetration.
All in all in what is a competitive 3rd XI division the team had a better season than in recent years. In terms of notable contributions, Neil Ejje, Bertie Heaver and Rob Burles with the bat were the most consistent, all averaging over 30. Bertie, only 15 years old, batted with great maturity and he is sure to be seen playing for higher sides at the club in future seasons.
Bowling wise, skipper Nick Emmins, Ian Barney, Pete Glancy and Nigel Pearce spearheaded the attack and were the primary wicket takers.
Looking forward, the side does believe it has younger players coming through that will help the team challenge for Premier Division cricket, so roll on 2018.
Streatham & Marlborough 3rd XI
It has been a mixed year for the SMCC 3rd XI. The experimental joint captaincy was cut short due to personal circumstances and several players had the honour of captaining.
The team started off very well against Banstead putting on 195 with a strong opening partnership between Gray and McNeil Adams, a sign of things to come any time they opened together. A strong performance by Little who scored a brilliant 48* and 4 wickets for Kidd helped the side secure its first win of the season.
A few losses followed before recording victory at Old Ruts. SMCC batted first, Lawrence scored a brilliant 57 and Little batted well again, scoring 69. Lee had a brilliant day taking 5 for 32. This would have been a perfect result to help the team get the season back on track but 7 losses, 2 draws and 2 weather abandonments then followed and all ideas of a possible promotion push faded.
With a few weeks to go Little took over the gloves from McNeil Adams who left to study in Germany. In Little’s own words “Harry is lucky I didn’t decide to keep earlier.” Survival was now the aim and with already promoted Weybridge looming in the final game only a win would do against relegation threatened Worcester Park. Youngster Dodds bowled very well to take 2 for 21 and Clark burgled 4 for 66 to limit Worcester Park to 207. Only 36.3 overs were needed to chase the total, Little (87*) and Patel (75*) bringing home victory and safety.
The top performers were McNeil Adams (309 runs and 10 dismissals) and Gladstone with (17 wickets). It was not the best season for the 3s but having now been in this division for 2 years the side is well placed to push on next year. A big thankyou to everyone who played for the 3s this year, it has been a delight captaining you.
Valley End 3rd XI
It was an excellent season again for the 3rd XI coming third in the division for the third season in a row. Taking into account the scarce availability resulting in different teams week in week out, it was a very good season with enthusiasm and morale always remaining high and helping in some memorable victories. One game in particular was beating the champions of the league Weybridge, bowling them out for 81; a team that only lost twice all season. This win resulted in a nail biting finish to the season but with only two games to go the side was unable to clinch the required points for promotion.
The batting was a disappointment this season with only two players scoring over 200 runs however a special mention needs to be given to Ian Messenger. Our only centurion in the team (with two) he scored 435 runs and was influential in many of the victories keeping the side in games and helping set totals to defend.
Luckily the bowling was of high quality throughout the season. Well done to Mark Tomlinson (18 wickets) who finished the highest wicket taker but another mention must go to Andy Freeman who bowled brilliantly at times, again helping us in some vital wins.
Overall it was a strong season for the 3rd team with a lot of quality on show throughout. It was great to see and help the development of a lot of youth players who made their first appearances for the 3rd XI, looking comfortable when doing so. It was also brilliant to see some of them progressing to the 2nd and 1st teams as well. Everyone is looking forward to next season to see further development with the up and coming youth of VECC and hopefully another successful season for the 3rd XI.
Thanks must go to all those who made the teas and to Ian Wordley for the excellent pitches.
Weybridge 3rd XI
The season started brightly at Worcester Park with a convincing 139 run win; Dave Wotherspoon (50) and Haydir Ali (139*) with the highest individual score of the season. The first loss came at Oxted & Limpsfield where a poor chase ensured the victory for O&L.
7 wins in a row gave the team confidence in securing promotion. Notable performances came from James Cunningham and Trevor Allen with half centuries at Valley End. Bowlers Darren Livett, Danny Rae and Ben Rogers all with 5 wickets hauls. The performance of the season was at home to Old Whits; struggling at 132 for 9, Danny Rae stepped in with 118 batting at 10 leaving the team on 269 all out; a remarkable innings including 12 sixes and a last wicket partnership of 137 with Ed Edge.
The run came to an end at Banstead. Batting first the team finished 270 for 9 with 82 from Dan Unger and 71* from Chris Smith. Unfortunately the side could not bowl Banstead out even with a 5 wicket haul from Tom Dawson. With two games abandoned and a loss to Valley End the team needed to get back to winning ways. Dominating Beddington saw the team edge closer to promotion with another 5 wicket haul for Ben Rogers. Needing a win to secure promotion, the team visited Old Ruts; a brilliant bowling display spearheaded by Danny Rae with 4 wickets and a small chase of 60 gave the team promotion.
Dave Wotherspoon finished as top scorer with 272 including two half centuries. Danny Rae finished as top wicket taker with 26 wickets with two five wicket hauls.
With the aim of getting promoted back to the Premier Division, the team put a fantastic effort in over the course of the season and finished with a deserved league title. Hopefully this year’s efforts will stand the side in good stead for next season in the Premier Division
Worcester Park 3rd XI
Come the end of the season, the 3rd XI only missed out on survival by eight points but inconsistency cost them. None of the side’s victories was followed by a win and the dearth of players available meant some line-ups resembled what would have been 4s teams the season before. The shortcomings of the side are evident in the final statistics for the season.
Averaging 17, Stuart Bradshaw top scored with 222 runs, fittingly getting three ducks throughout the season. The idiosyncratic Jim Williamson notched 174 at 19, while Jon Mayhew (171 at 34), scored the club’s only Saturday ton of the season. Captain Botting registered 170 at 17 closely trailed by Connor Bliss (162 at 34) when work permitted.
Bowlers too rarely took the game by the scruff of the neck but fledgling Luke Sapey ended as top wicket-taker with 11 at 27. Cameo acts supported him, such as Ryan Somes and John Rivenell, both claiming eight victims. Matt Probert also chipped in with seven. Williamson was capable behind the stumps with seven catches. Respect to Matt Saunders who, after seeing his 4s side dissolve, stepped in as 3s skipper when needed.
The 3rd XI is another Park side that will be aiming to consolidate in 2018 and get some stability in selection, often the key to success, re-established.