- Hampton Wick Royal
- Old Wimbledonians
- Woking & Horsell
- Worcester Park
Ashford 3rd XI finished mid-table by winning half of the games. A very enjoyable season and all games whether won or lost, were tense, close and played with good spirit by all sides.
Four out of the first five games were won based on some good innings from Hasib Butt, Ciaran Lewis, Anup Edward, Paul Cousens and Joe Balmer.
Hasib Butt made 96 in the defeat at Sanderstead whilst Chris Lunn’s 5 for 22 set up a victory against Worcester Park. Lunn was well supported by Keith Manning and Simon Wilson with their combined 16 overs costing just 35 runs. Gareth Evans with 43 ensured the seven-wicket victory.
A loss against Hampton Wick Royal followed, despite Connor Cousens’ 4 for 29 whilst the win against Woking was due to Butt’s 73 and Lunn’s 71.
The next few games runs were frustrating with few highlights apart from Connor Cousens taking another 4 wickets and scoring 32 against Old Wimbledonians.
Ashford’s performances picked up in the last few games; highlights included 4 wickets for Shaun Cousens for 18 runs, Ciaran Lewis with 4 for only 16 and a very good 42 from young Josh Wilson.
Fielders taking 5 or more catches included Paul Wilson (5), Taimoor Anwar (5), Paul Cousens (6) and Lunn (8). Wilson behind the stumps took 9 catches and 4 stumpings.
Players scoring well included Lunn (281), Lewis (293), Gareth Evans (307) and Paul Cousens (310). Hasib Butt topped the scoring with 428 runs.
Simon Wilson, although playing only half of the season took 16 wickets. Lunn with 20 wickets and Anwar with 22 were topped by U15 Connor Cousens who led the way with 24 wickets.
Cheam 3rd XI
Having just been promoted, the 3rd XI had a successful first season in Division 2. The team achieved 8 wins and also had several hard-fought games that were not decided until the last few overs. The team included members with a wide range of experience of higher level adult cricket and allowed both juniors and seniors the opportunity to develop their skills in a supportive atmosphere.
The team worked well together and the players managed to produce some outstanding performances. These included a patient and well executed century from Toby Aiston and a magnificent 9 wickets for 21 runs from a Cheam legend Ed Stovell.
The team, whilst regularly competitive, did show some inconsistency and with several players with experience of 1st XI and 2nd XI cricket the Club has high hopes that the 3rd XI can push on in the 2019 season and make their talent and experience come to the fore in a push for promotion.
Esher 3rd XI
After four strong seasons under the illustrious leadership of Chris Burton, Esher 3s had a change of reins for the 2018 season.
The season started slowly and without luck as Esher lost their opening four games by three wickets or fewer, realising that batting out their overs was of paramount importance, as shown by a good 50 in a losing cause by Alex Murray. Esher’s bowling and fielding performances were more impressive with Chris Harvey, Dimitri Balasuriyar and Tom Burnett all leading from the front. The first win of the season came against Cheam, where an excellent “5-fer” from Chris Parrish and a 50 from Jess Richman sealed a strong victory.
Unfortunately, Esher were unable to take that victory and build momentum into the middle season. As temperatures rose and conditions became tougher and tougher to play in, Esher struggled with player availability, injuries and the intense heat. Strong individual batting performances from Chris Burton (71), Bobby Lowe (60) and a couple of 40s from David Crook were the highlights in a trying middle season period. Too many losses on the trot did not reflect the resolve and commitment of those who put on the Esher shirt throughout this period.
Another frustrating one-wicket loss to Worcester Park, despite the exceptional bowling efforts of Michael Michailidis, preceded a six-game winning streak, including beating three of the four top teams in the league. 50s from Tom Gwynne, Tom Brown, Nick Woollhead and Jack Slaney, as well as excellent bowling performances from Richie Harrison, which included a “5-fer” against champions Guildford, Angus Barrett, Jonathan Barrett, Tom Gwynne, Jonathan Miles and Ollie John showed how Esher could more than hold their own in a strong league. The influx of juniors in the latter part of the season mixed with experienced seniors was not enough to keep Esher afloat but a valiant end of season performance showed the strength and potential of the team.
Farnham 3rd XI
A season that promised so much ultimately delivered so little for Farnham’s 3rd XI as they suffered relegation in their maiden season in Division Two.
As every other team in the Championship kicked off their season on May 5th, Farnham’s match away at Woking was abandoned due to the weather … on the hottest weekend of the year! Match-day 3 saw Farnham finally complete their first fixture, albeit a meek surrender to Old Wimbledonians with another disappointing home run-chase following against Hampton Wick.
A valiant 9-man effort at home to Ashford on match-day 5 saw Farnham register their first batting point of the season and there followed a run of four games without defeat, including three victories. Victory away at Esher was followed by an excellent, yet disappointing, winning draw against then league leaders Sanderstead; a team’s season-best 125 from Jack Thomas the standout performance. Consecutive victories at home to strugglers Worcester Park and away at Cheam (Peter Goldsworthy with 9 for 46 across both games) left Farnham comfortably mid-table at the turn. However, this was to be as good as it got for them as despite a strong bowling attack, Farnham’s batting woes would persistently prove their undoing.
July, a month in which Farnham only once put out a full XI, saw just one more bowling point added to the season’s tally as consecutive scores of 83, 52 and 46 unsurprisingly proved inadequate. Needing an undefeated August, an excellent 59 from Dan Peers proved decisive away to Ashford but any optimism was short-lived as Farnham were skittled at home against Esher for just 35, chasing 150, the next week. Farnham then snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at Sanderstead capitulating from 70 for 2 to 106ao to lose by two runs, thus confirming relegation. A dead-rubber victory at Worcester Park saw the team finish on a high and, incredibly, end 2018 with the most victories of any Farnham side.
Guildford 3rd XI
Guildford's 3rd X1 were promoted as Champions in what can only be described as a successful and enjoyable season. This was undoubtedly helped by the strength of the 1st and 2nd teams who were both going for promotion and the strength of the club in general from the 2nd half of the season.
There were naturally many highlights but the outstanding feeling for all concerned was seeing all our 1st and 2nd team players come down to watch the 3rds play on the first afternoon of the league season after both teams had secured victories. This was worth its weight in gold.
The team had 2 outstanding performers with the bat, Jaedyn Short and John Hedges and three with the ball Callum Mclean, Jon Burrows and Cammy Green. There were naturally other fine contributions during the summer with the bat from Jonny French, Callum Mclean, Aqeel Iqbal, Will Jenner, Tom Geffen, Jevan Kher and Tim Walter. There were fine performances with the ball from James Mcmillan, Shane Isaacs, Jaedyn, Ahmed and Malorie Short and Jevan with the gloves.
Many thanks go to Jon Hedges, Jonny French and Jon Burrowes who skippered the team when Tim was unavailable due to fitness. Also special mention to James Telling and Sanjay Kher for scoring and making life for all concerned so much easier.
Hampton Wick Royal 3rd XI
The 3rd XI started the season with the aim of bettering efforts from the previous one and finishing at least in the top 4. At the beginning, the prospects looked a little bleak as the team did not win any of the first three matches and were hovering around the relegation zone. Then it all clicked and came together from game 4 onwards when defending 116 to beat Farnham. The 3rd XI started to win consistently and had a winning, or rather not losing, streak of 7 matches that propelled the side to a promotion fight.
The players stepped up to the challenge and performed admirably in all three aspects of the game securing promotion following a win at Old Wimbledonians. C Daniels, A Rehman, A Bilton and W Strange scored 200+ runs in the season, while veteran B Stephens fell just short of 200 but averaged 66 with three 50s from 5 matches. In the bowling department A Shahpurwala and Z Ahmed took 29 and 19 wickets respectively.
All in all, it was a great season for the 3rd XI playing their cricket with the right attitude and spirit to achieve a well-deserved promotion. Well done, Gents!!!
Old Wimbledonians 3rd XI
The Saturday 3rd XI had a mixed season and narrowly missed out on promotion again.
Max Jacobs took 28 wickets and continues to improve every year and is developing into a decent all-rounder.
It was extremely pleasing to see the juniors come through and put in some notable performances. The future looks bright with the likes of Harry and William Chappel, Mustafa Murhill and Charlie Topley; the side can look to push for promotion in 2019.
Thanks to the ever present leadership team of Evan Da Silva and Trevor Evans helping the team develop over the year and supporting captain Dion Redelinghuys. Also many thanks go to Eddie Bell for umpiring.
Sanderstead 3rd XI
The 3rd XI had a competitive and largely enjoyable season winning 9 of the 16 matches actually played, drawing 2 and losing 5. The team finished a respectable 3rd in the league, just 6 points behind second placed Hampton Wick using a total of 51 players in the process.
With the bat, Steve Hackshall led the way with 550 runs from just 10 innings with 5 fifties to add to his hundred at Cheam. There were also valuable contributions from Stuart Elleray, Lance Harris and Samir Ayub who all scored over 200 runs for the season whilst Giles Owen scored an excellent hundred on the rec. against Woking & Horsell before being his elevation to the higher teams.
The bowling was headed by Stuart Elleray with 23 wickets and Sohail Abdul who claimed 17 victims in his debut season with many other useful contributions along the way. There were no 5-wicket hauls but six of the side did take 4 wickets in a match with Bob Hollands 4 for 14, as Farnham lost their last 8 wickets for 31 runs, being the best return of the season.
The captain would like to thank everyone who played throughout the year and contributed to a first season at the helm. Special mentions must go to Patrick Sherlock for umpiring the home games, Tommy Sherlock for rolling the wicket on the rec. and Richard Carey for keeping it watered at the height of the summer and his tireless efforts in organising availability and selection.
Woking & Horsell 3rd XI
The 3rd XI was at times strong but hardly stable. Forty-nine different players manoeuvred the team to occupy every position in the table at some point of the season except the top two.
The team was sustained by consistent performances from 3rd XI grandees Peter Smith (20 wickets) and Tom Harlow (286 runs). Yasir Shahid shook off his coat of invisibility and, quite rightly, played most of his games in the 2s. The side certainly missed his runs and he still managed to be the top scorer with 333 runs in his seven innings, including a wonderful 103 against league-winning Guildford.
It was a number of much younger new recruits though who provided key performances to win crucial games. Jake Silverton took 10 wickets in two games against Old Wimbledonians and Farnham. Elliot McPherson shared an unbeaten eighth wicket stand of 65 to chase down the target at Hampton Wick. Sudeep Rana, although a reluctant bowler, was, at times, the best and took 15 wickets in his truncated season. Jude Silverton and Rhaman Malik made impressive starts to their adult cricket careers.
There were some outstanding individual and team performances and to finish seventh in the table was a disappointment. Given the injection of new talent though, the side is looking forward with hope to 2019.
Worcester Park 3rd XI
The 3rd XI season was a tough one for all involved, as the team finished bottom of the table someway off the next highest team. The main issue for the team was availability, as 53 different players were used during the season. This was made worse by the team changing four or five players on a weekly basis, making continuity hard to come by.
All was not lost as there where some great individual performances. Two players scored their first senior 50s for the club, Dan Andrews and Tom Latham. Whilst the club was able to give lots of the juniors more experience playing adult cricket which will benefit both the club and them in the future.
There were other personal achievements as leading run scorer Stuart Bradshaw (173 runs at 24.71), managed to start in the 3rd XI and work his way up to the 1st XI. This was also done by fellow batsmen Andrew Botting after scoring a crucial 47 to help beat Woking & Horsell.
The Achilles heel for the team was that not enough runs were scored on a regular basis. This is shown in the fact that the team failed to score over 100 on five occasions and only managed over 200 on two. This made it very hard for the bowlers to take wickets with no score board pressure. The leading wicket takers had just ten wickets apiece.
Thanks must be said to all the players who did play this year and helped put a side out every week except when the world cup quarter final was on. Special thanks need to be made to the players who agreed to play, after a late night call on a Friday, which happened on many occasions.