- Bank of England
- Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians
- Old Whitgiftians
- Old Wimbledonians
- Oxted and Limpsfield
- Woking & Horsell
- Worcester Park
Bank of England
A hugely positive season for the Bank 2nd XI, with some fantastic performances, the team finished 4th which is not a fair reflection of the season and with a little more luck and a captain who could actually win the toss, promotion could and probably should have been achieved
There were no fewer than 15 half centuries from the batsman and 3 hundreds. The hundreds came from Max Dawe (370 runs) against Worcester Park. Shiraz Hussain showed a great deal of maturity in the second half of the season and his hundred against Chipstead showed this. Sam Brandon scored a match winning hundred against Old Wimbledonians. There were also notable performances from Yogi Patel (340), Marc Williams who kept wicket superbly as well, Naeman Symonds Baig, and Will Jarrett.
The Bowling was also strong with some notable performances but Aaron Crane was the most consistent bowler with 26 league wickets including 6 for 52 against Old Wimbledonians, Naeman Symonds Baig took 24 and Sanjay Thapan took 23, Will Jarrett also provided excellent support along with Shyam Patel.
It was also very positive to see junior players Owen Thornbury and Leo Gardner make the step up into men's cricket; the club is looking forward to seeing these two juniors play leading roles next season.
This team really learned how to play as a unit this season and there is no doubt if this teamwork is carried into next season, they will be pushing very hard for promotion.
A huge thank you must be given to our umpire Paul Bartlett who provides a consistently high level of umpiring this season, in particular, as he had to endure some less than friendly situations. Also a huge thank you must go to Ian Wall and his team at the Bank for providing fantastic surfaces in what was a very testing summer weather wise.
Chertsey 2nd XI
If the 1st XI were celebrating promotion and a league title for the first time in a while, it has become something of the norm for the club’s 2nd XI, who racked up their third consecutive championship to move into Division 1 for 2019.
The last few years for this side has been nothing short of remarkable. Since finishing third in Division 4 in 2015, the group has lost just nine of the next 54 matches. In the space of three years the team finds itselves just one rung below the Premier Division.
The secret to the success? A blend of young players growing in ability and confidence and consistent veterans who knit things together.
Three of the squad finished the season inside the league’s top 10 run scorers. Another three achieved the same feat from a wicket-taking perspective and beyond those six there were plenty of other strong performers.
Opening bat Steve Bussey and skipper Phil Boast have been the batting card’s foundations throughout this astonishing run of success. This summer the pair combined for 965 runs, six 50s and two centuries. However, this season they had a third partner in crime in the form of Bussey’s young opening partner Tommy Duffy, who contributed 407 and another two half centuries. Middle-order player Jimmy Baldwin also deserves a mention for his 339 runs at 33.90.
With the ball another veteran leads the way. Leg spinner Stuart Eagles finished the campaign having claimed 31 victims – the division’s second best tally. New-ball pairing Jamie Anthony and Josh Jackman were close behind with 29 and 27 wickets each and that trio were supported throughout by Tom Drage (20), John Bailey (20) and Cade Skelton (16).
Can they make it four titles on the spin next season? Will they finally be brought down to earth in Div 1? What the future holds for this group is anyone’s guess, but it’s going to be very exciting finding out.
Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians 2nd XI
No report was submitted by the clubl the following was written by the Editor.
Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians 2nd XI finished 3rd in Division 2 but missed out on promotion by 39 points.
It was a fairly successful season with 8 wins and only 5 defeats but it was defeats to the two sides above them and Bank of England early in the season which were costly. Two defeats and a tie in the final three matches did not help the cause.
The batting was led by Darren Saunders, Alex Lane, Jamie Dunkley and John Blackburn with support from Robbie Martin, Bruce Lane, David Farrington, John Bristow and Nathan Clarke. Darren Saunders scored the team's only century against Worcester Park.
George Kellingley (28 wickets at 12.68) led the bowling with support from Nathan Clarke (17), Darren Saunders (15) and Will Timms (11), George Hebbard (11) and Ross Moody (11).
The 2nd XI must produce more of the same to push for promotion to Division 1 in 2019. More consistency throughout the year, especially when it matters at the tail end of the season will be required.
Dorking 2nd XI
The 2018 season proved to be a successful one for Dorking 2nd XI, at on the first attempt of trying, the team achieved promotion to Division 1. In previous season’s the 2nd XI have always started strongly, continued to be strong contenders at the half way point of the season but unfortunately fallen away with consistency of availability; this was not so in 2018. Even before the season began the team had added to its already strong squad, with the development of a handful of junior players increasing the skillset during winter nets.
The team started in typical fashion, winning the first four games in the favoured 50:50 format and from then on, the confidence grew. The team knew that no matter what side was fielded, it had a very good chance of winning. The team was playing a much tougher brand of cricket, with players making an impact throughout the entire batting and bowling line ups. The team had a 'fight to win' spirit that just was not there in previous seasons and this saw games won that in previous years would have been lost.
To be a successful team at any level, you need to have consistency from batsmen and bowlers and there were some season long notable performances with both bat and ball. Steve Quinn and Max Ridler were just as impressive as 2017 with the ball and the team's runs were evenly scored across the entire team, with 50s and 100s at various points.
Players' Player of the 2018 season was awarded to Steve Quinn and the captain’s Player of the Year for the 2nds went to Max Ridler. Matt Homewood has decided to call it a day on his captaincy after 3 years and 2 successful promotion campaigns, taking Dorking 2nd XI to their highest ever league status.
The team looks forward to testing itself in Division 1 in 2019.
Epsom 2nd XI
A mixed season saw Epsom 2nd XI’s initial promotion hopes dwindle to finish in 6th place in Division 2. Overall a lack of a settled pool of players led to inconsistent performance that could not sustain the momentum required to challenge the top teams. Nevertheless there were several positives that first year skipper Zac Stanger could take from the year, including the continued progression of some talented junior players.
Stu Watts was the leading batsman of the year, scoring 343 runs with a high of 74*. Captain Stanger led the way with 31 wickets with able support from Fred Retief (18 wickets). George Beswick continued to develop as a promising batsmen and off spinner George Compton showed pace beyond his years and Alex Wileman displayed the flight and control that is often not present in a young spinner. The future looks bright for Epsom if they all continue to progress.
Other performance highlights from the year include Retief starring in a nervous 9th wicket partnership to defeat Bank of England in the first game of the season, a quality team performance seeing Old Whitgiftians dismissed for 39 (Stanger 5 for 8) and chasing down 200 with only one wicket down against Old Wimbledonians (Tom Nickels 113*, Dan Allen 73).
Old Whitgiftians 2nd XI
This was a season of contrasts for the 2nd XI, who were again ably led by Arun Ramamurthy. After winning the first game, the side struggled for consistency before embarking on a six game winning streak to complete the season. The team won seven games and drew three, leading to finishing in fifth position.
The side’s performances varied depending on player availability, only three players played more than ten games during, though there were some notable performances. All-rounder Mo Basit was the most consistent batsman, scoring 496 runs at 38.15, with Arun Ramamurthy scoring 262 at 20. Mo Basit (22 wickets at 20.14), and youngsters Izzet Khan (18 at 22.17) and Moiz Rana (17 at 14.18) led the bowling attack.
The side contains some of the club’s brightest prospects and will hopefully use this year’s experiences to push for promotion to the first team.
Old Wimbledonians 2nd XI
The Old Wimbledonians 2nd XI recovered from a very poor start to almost pluck isself from relegation, having trailed way behind earlier in season. However some good wins in the last few games were not enough.
These wins included a notable performance from opening bowler Robbie Whelan; when promoted a few places from his regular number 11 spot he scored 61*, supported by Irfaan for the 8th wicket, to get the team home chasing 200+. Seven other batsmen contributed big scores and runs during the season (John Culley, Ales De Silva, Siraj Durrani, Alan Gardner, Mike Tolmie and Sam Smithies). However wickets were harder to come by with captain John Culley and Irfaan Baksh the only regular wicket-takers.
Many thanks must go to Mike O’Brien, Eddie Bell and Paul Curran for umpiring.
Oxted and Limpsfield 2nd XI
The 2nd XI season ultimately ended up with a 10th place finish but with the team only 9 points from safety had they managed to get over the line in 1 more game then they would have stayed up. With some good cricket played and a side balanced with youth and experience the team will be looking to bounce straight back next season.
The batting was led by 2 seasoned pros with Nadeem Durrany scoring 397 at 49.63 in just 9 innings, including the sides only ton (130* vs. Bank) and Richard Adamson who scored 330 at 30 (two 50s) while 8 other batters registered a 50. Durrany also led the bowling with 14 aqt 18.07 with Ed Thomas also taking 14 at 20.14 and Dave Paisey 12 at 11.83. All 3 achieved one 5 wicket haul, as did Oscar Green.
As always our thanks go to the umpire Nigel Turk.
Woking & Horsell 2nd XI
The 2nd XI was plagued by poor availability, using over 30 players as well as 4 different captains throughout the year. Availability had a noticeable impact on performance as probably the main reason that the side found itsself in another relegation dog fight. This being said it did allow multiple juniors to get their first 2nd XI caps, with many of them succeeding and going on to excel.
Ashan Malik averaged 29 with the bat as well as having best figures for the season of 5 for 12. At the other end of the age spectrum, Ed Smith had a stellar year with the ball taking 28 league wickets at an average of 10.9. Ed led the attack both in the wicket column and for economy; this allowed for some strong performances from the seam department over the course of the year, special mentions go to Sam Styles and Alfie Winter.
There were a few standout players one of which was Steve Jones who had an outstanding year taking 16 wickets at crucial times with the ball and top scoring with an impressive 71. Another top performer and the 2nd XI Player of the Year was Dave Foot. New to the club at the start of the season Dave settled in very quickly claiming a total of 14 victims from behind the stumps. More importantly Dave managed to save at least 2 games practically single handed and taking the side very close in one more.Looking back at how close the league ended up those couple of draws secured by Dave were crucial in avoiding relegation.
Worcester Park 2nd XI
On paper the 2nd XI’s season looks like one that will not be looked back on with too much fondness. A finishing spot one place above the relegation zone in Division 2 having been relegated in 2017 does not seem much to write home about.
However, had the rub-of-the green been with the team during its run of four home draws in June and July, the season could well have ended in a top 3 finish.
Towards the end of the season, batting form and availability deserted the side and a nervy win chasing 100 at Old Wimbledonians eventually secured Division 2 status for another year.
Availability proved to be an ongoing issue throughout the season, with a total of 43 players being used across the 18 games. But this particular cloud did have a silver lining as many of the club’s younger players took the opportunity to get their first taste of senior 2nd XI cricket. The latter part of the season also saw several younger players rewarded for 2nd XI performances by making 1st XI debuts.
In the absence of many of the leading run scorers of recent seasons Troy Mackenzie stood up and led the batting stats (288 runs at 32). Veteran Prakash Joshi, in his comeback season, was often the team’s middle order saviour (237 at 34).
Bowling saw outstanding contributions from left-arm spinner Aidan Bell (14 wickets in his eight games at 19). Late-season recruit, Raheel Mushtaq (20 wickets in 5 games) was a revelation with his wrist-spin. However, it was the ever-green Chris Turner (21 at 22) who led the way.
A final special mention should also be made for ever-present scorer Adrian Barratt and umpire Steve King who were often the sole officials at the ground.