- Battersea Ironsides
- Old Rutlishians
- Woking & Horsell
May was inevitably a slow start to the season for the 4th XI who were once again playing in the Surrey Championship Div 1, with a mixture of concessions and heavy defeats to strong outfits in both Old Ruts and Woking & Horsell. Dramatic improvements were seen in their first game at Box Hill School, where Ashtead were just 1 wicket away from defeating Beddington CC, helped by a 5-wicket haul from Will Culhane and a maiden adult cricket fifty (65*) from U13 Daniel Geddes. Ashtead were on the right side of an equally narrow 1 wicket win against Worcester Park CC a week later, before resilient displays to salvage losing draws in the next couple of weeks.
A resounding 8 wicket win away at Chertsey was punctuated by disappointing losses either side to Purley and Old Ruts, highlighting the team’s inconsistent performances. On the other side of two rain abandoned games and the loss of points after Worcester Park CC’s exit from the league, the 4th XI was left lingering at the bottom of the table and needed to find some much needed points. Thankfully the team responded in a positive fashion, winning 3 of their last 4 games to secure their safety, including a winner-takes-all final game away at Purley to decide both teams’ fate.
Richard Nichols led the way in batting for the 4th XI, his 274 runs at 39.14 highlighted by a magnificent 106* away at Beddington. Ben Gale also contributed well with 230 runs including a couple of fifties. Bowling wise, the seamers dominated many of the league’s batsmen, with Ashtead debutant Tom Marsden leading the way with 11 wickets at 12.55. U14 James Graham bowled superbly in his first season of adult cricket, taking 10 wickets at 25.10 and Dominic Lloyd also contributed regularly with 10 wickets at 9.00.
Battersea Ironsides 4th XI
As newcomers to Division 1 the 4th XI was eager to test itself against stronger opposition and to challenge for a second consecutive promotion. After a concession victory, the first competitive game ended in a slender defeat to eventual champions Old Ruts before the side embarked on a run of 4 wins from 5, including a great team performance away at Beddington and an impressive century from Shai Khan in the victory at Weybridge. The team then succumbed to a second narrow reversal against Old Ruts despite the best efforts of Nasek Wahhab with a season’s best 5 for 24 from 7 overs. A big win followed at home to Woking & Horsell featuring Shai Khan’s second ton of the campaign and 4 for 14 for experienced paceman Keelan Singh. A superb 171 run chase at Chertsey, including an explosive half-century from Kritarth Saurabh, meant that when August arrived the side was well placed and looking like favourites for the second promotion spot. However 3 successive defeats meant that on the last day of the season promotion was reliant on other results. Woking & Horsell were put to the sword once again with Shai Khan hitting 76 and all-rounder Ross Drabble claiming a stunning 6 for 14 off 7.4 overs but near neighbours, Old Ruts, were unable to deliver the favour needed against Normandy in order to go up. Normandy were a good side who, on balance, deservedly won promotion. Admittedly finishing 3rd, having been 2nd for most of the season, was a disappointment initially but the team is now looking forward to going again next year.
Beddington 4th XI
Beddington’s 4th XI followed up last season’s mid-table finish with a mixed season. Selection difficulties played their part, as the team used 42 players in 16 games played, including a remarkable nine different wicket keepers. The cricket was played in excellent spirit throughout but a seventh place finish was ultimately disappointing. After losing the first two games, Beddington’s 4th XI went 10 games unbeaten but only won four of those games. At the end of the season the 4th XI struggled against some strong opposition from the top of the league, losing four of the last six. A chance of a win in the final game was lost to rain.
Two convincing victories early in the season against Sutton and Ashford gave hope of a promotion push but inconsistency, particularly in the batting, meant that the 4th XI was only able to challenge in patches. Two improbable losses against Worcester Park summed up a frustrating year; in both games, with Beddington well on top, the opposition put on determined last wicket partnerships to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Other season highlights included a close fought 2 run win over Ashford at home, a century stand to chase down victory against Normandy and three determined rear-guard actions to avoid defeat against Purley, Oxted and Ashtead.
Three batsmen, Dan Bainbridge (377), Gulraiz Farrukh (296) and Jonathan Cowlin (197) finished in the top 10 of the league highest run scorers but the team just did not score consistently enough all season.
Beddington’s opening bowlers finished number one and two in the league’s wicket takers, Dan Bainbridge taking 31 at 11.8 and Mick Loveridge 30 at 8.0. Nick Farley offered excellent support taking 16 at 16.8. Anthony Jose, Harry Richards and Bilal Ahmed all bowled well at times with little reward despite great effort.
Hopefully the 4th XI will learn much from this year and be far more clinical in those close games next season.
Chertsey 4th XI
Promoted to Division 1 as West Division champions, the 4th XI more than held their own against some big clubs to finish fourth. Wins over Weybridge and Ashtead were some of the highlights for Neil Latham’s side, who can look to push on for another promotion in 2018.
It was a case of blending the young with the old during the summer and that was particularly evident at the top of the bowling charts. Seasoned campaigner Mark Pulling was pushed all the way for the honour of being the side’s leading wicket taker by junior star Cameron Wakefield, although in the end experience won out 16 to 15. Colts players Troy Bolger and Harrison Barnard were the next two on the list, showing that the future of the club looks good.
With the bat, it was the skipper who led the way with 152 runs and a top score of 51* in a win over Woking & Horsell. Shaun Smith, Martin Allen and Mark Pulling all reached three figures in the season.
Normandy 4th XI
A strange season for the 4th XI under new captaincy saw a mixture of opposition conceding, heavy defeats and glorious victories culminating in promotion gained in the final match of the season, beating champions Old Rutlishians on their own turf by 6 wickets thanks to a vital partnership between father and son Martin and Will Sampson, two of the finds of the season.
The batting was led by the evergreen Mark Rosser, when not being called upon to fill in the gaps for the 3s (and 2s!), whose 285 runs at 57 included a hundred in the abandoned game against Purley, just 13 years after his previous ton, made for the 2s in another abandoned game. He’s not known as “lucky” for nothing.
Skipper Edwards made a splendid hundred in the win over Woking and of the youngsters Adam Jones scored 167 runs and Will Sampson 121.
On the bowling front the reliable George Newton missed much of the season on ecumenical matters but still garnered 14 wickets at less than 13 and was always a positive force on and off the field. The fiery Alex Cook took 9 wickets and is surely destined for higher things while Aaron Hunt, Matt Cook, Bradley Richards and Henry Sumsion all showed promise and on the spinning front newcomer Sunny Singh caused batsmen genuine problems when he got it right.
As ever thanks to all those who helped out at short notice and especially to Tim Jones and Keith Ford whose reliability and calm demeanour ensure the games are played in the right spirit and the youngsters have positive role models to learn from.
A return to Premiership cricket will be tough for the squad but hopefully a year older the youngsters will be ready for the challenge.
Old Rutlishians 4th XI
After relegation from the Premier Division in 2016, the 2017 4th XI campaign was always going to be a season of rebuilding, with the aim of rediscovering that all important winning feeling being paramount. What unfolded, meant the team not only rebuilt, not only rediscovered that winning feeling but ultimately ended up winning the league with a total of 10 wins from 16 games.
The Old Rutlishians prides itself on the colts set up and, like all sides, the 4th XI benefitted immeasurably from the strength and depth that this pool of youngsters offers the club. This, coupled with a sprinkling of older heads, made for an excellent season where some of the youngsters tasted adult cricket for the very first time.
As touched upon, the 10 victories achieved throughout the season would not have been possible without the commitment and enthusiasm displayed by everyone at the club. Due to the nature of club cricket and the difficult position all 4th XIs find themselves in regarding selection and availability, it was often the case throughout the season that the 4th XI was left to pick up the pieces after dropouts or weeks in which availability was poor. In saying this, the fact that Old Ruts fielded over 50 players throughout the season, makes winning the league that much sweeter.
Standout performers with the ball were Vinay Patel (16 wickets at 21.56) who bowled with discipline and enthusiasm, David Grindrod (13 at 10.23) whose maidens became as predictable as the mid-season rain and young Robbie Larcombe (12 at 17.67) who played his first full senior season for the club.
On the batting side, Erol Moore-Amaadzie led the way (261 runs at 43.50) including an excellent 160*, ably supported by Richard Slatford (196 at 24.50) and Hussain Khan and Louis Cohen whose half centuries throughout the season proved invaluable.
Cricket is always more enjoyable when you are winning games and it would have been easy to let the 2016 result affect the side going into 2017, so bouncing back to the Premier Division at the first attempt is testament to the desire, commitment and enthusiasm shown by everyone that represented the side throughout the season.
Thanks go to Pat Keene and her team of caterers for providing the team with teas throughout the season and the captain speaks for everyone when saying “bring on 2018”!
Purley 4th XI
Purley 4th XI’s season, like the rest of the other senior sides within the club, proved to be a challenging one and unfortunately the side was relegated from the 4th XI Division 1. It was a bitter pill to swallow considering that the side had been in the division for a good few seasons along with the fact that only two seasons ago the side was bordering on the brink of being promoted to the 4th XI Premier Division. The side was relegated for numerous reasons, namely poor performances and general availability from senior members within the side along with having to concede games at the beginning of the season.
However, on a positive note along with other senior sides, the club managed to draft in a number of decent colts such as Hassan Ali and Colin Hemanchandran. It is worth noting that all the colts that were drafted in performed admirably and are a welcomed addition to the senior sides.
Notable performers of the 2017 season were Nick Hunt for taking 25 wickets and scoring 335 runs along with James Harper for scoring 305 runs in only 6 innings. Hopefully next season the 4th XI will be able to put the wrongs of the 2017 season right and the side’s aim for the 2018 season should be to try to achieve promotion back into the 4th XI Division 1.
Weybridge 4th XI
The 4th team experienced another difficult season mainly due to inconsistent availability and commitment. 5 wins, 2 cancelled and 1 abandoned made it difficult for the team to get on a roll and show what some of the players are truly capable of.
There were some good performances by Ed Edge with the bat and ball, Chris Ash with the bat, Jo Jeanes, Will and Steve Gray.
Thanks must go to Captain Sheldan Cummings for working tirelessly to put out the 4th team each week. The clubhase an abundance of young talent coming through to senior level and the team is looking forward to working with them and to develop their talent and passion for the game.
A great escape at the end of the season made sure the side will be competing in the same league again in 2018.
Woking & Horsell 4th XI
2017 was a tough year for the 4th XI in that only 6 players played more than 7 games.
This made building on successes during the season very difficult. The constant flux in the team also meant that at times the side was very good. Highlights included beating league winners Old Ruts at home and almost beating them away and beating league second place Normandy at home and almost beating them away too.
However, with availability across the club challenging, the side often found itself losing a large number of players to higher teams, resulting in heavy defeats. The flip side of this was it gave some good opportunities to some of the club’s up and coming colts who have developed well during the season, some of whom have progressed to higher teams. The stand out batsmen of the season was Ramesh Parthasarathy who scored 245 runs including two half centuries. The bowling accolades were a little more spread with Rajeev Marwaha leading the way with 13 wickets.
All in all, the season was challenging but some good foundations have been laid to build on next year.