- Old Wimbledonians
- Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians
Addiscombe 4th XI finished 4th in the league but despite the same league placing it did not feel as positive a season as 2017, mainly due to the number of frustrating concessions, especially those that came late in the week.
There were two great matches against Old Wimbledonians (one win, one draw), wins vs. Dorking and Beddington plus a very tight loss by 2 wickets to league winners Sanderstead. The match against Wimbledon was a nerve-jangling classic where the team just sneaked home when 5 runs were needed to win off the last 2 balls with just one wicket left.
Like last year, the team relied on juniors and many of them put in excellent performances. Aaryan Purohit, aged 15, was the leading wicket taker with 11 wickets at 15.0 including a hat-trick against Dorking where he collected 4 for 23. U13 Bevan West looked very promising picking up 7 wickets and always bowling well and Danny Kuhrt got an excellent 3 for 18 vs. Old Wimbledonians. At the more ‘experienced’ end, Lee Ramsey made a great return to the playing ranks, bowling the most overs and conceding just 2 an over. Vinay Malhotra bowled some great spells also picking up 7 wickets at a cheap rate.
Batting wise, Jon Kuhrt led the run scoring with 304 runs at 33.7 (83* vs. Beddington). Both Martin Stone and Vinay Malhotra (61 vs. Old Wimbledonians) made excellent contributions, scoring significant runs under pressure. Also, Jack Stone made an excellent 76 vs. Merstham. 15 year old Rikky Mano played a very mature innings vs. Wimbledon which ultimately led to the win, including his first ever adult 50.
The team was very grateful to umpire Gavin Mander who did a great job until he was elevated to higher XIs! Thanks also go to all the players who played good cricket in the right spirit and bore with the many cancellations that marred the season.
Beddington 5th XI
Unfortunately, there isn’t really a way of disguising this season as anything other than very challenging. Beddington faced some strong sides and although the team came close in some games, most notably Cheam at home and Old Wimbledonians away, it struggled badly in several others. The biggest issue was putting enough runs on the board; two batsmen scoring over 100 runs in the league and a team totalling 150+ four times over the year are testament to that. Good contributions were sporadic but there was a lot of promise for the future to be found in runs from Tom Wilkins, Joe Ridley and Lewis Wright, who would find himself playing more regularly further up the club.
The bowling and fielding was far better, with the young bowlers taking the lead. The team used a very promising group of young bowlers throughout the season. Joe Ridley once again shining, with notable contributions from Owen Cook, Ollie Green, Sam Beech, Joseph Wozniak, and Toby Trevallion, who all bowled great spells and caused some good players real problems. Once again, the problem was stringing these performances together as individual efforts were not often mirrored at the other end.
This phalanx of young players was backed up by some older heads as well as some players who proved their flexibility by turning out for the 5th XI when availability was strong further up the club. This includes the likes of Mark Curtis, Harry Sone, Angelo De Visser, Michael Loveridge and Ricky Layal but nobody exemplified this more than Herman Jeganathan who was key in providing control with the ball and runs with the bat.
All that said, next season has to be better. With the continued development of the young players and a few additions, there is no reason to think that Beddington cannot be more competitive next season. After two winless seasons, the side will need to perform more consistently in order to break that streak.
Cheam 4th XI
The 2018 season was a landmark one for the Club having reformed its 4th XI for the first time since 2010. The team put in a tremendous effort venturing into the unknown competing against other much more established 4th XIs in a competitive league. The commitment from the 4th XI players was encouraging and led to a fantastic result of finishing second.
Notable performers were A.Vaidya, Shrinivas and K.Patel in the bowling department. Youngsters Paskaran and S.Brophy put in excellent all-round performances and Butt, Khurll, Hammond, Bharath, Chaudhry and Donald all made significant contributions as batsman performing and winning key matches when it mattered the most and in the process losing just 3 matches all season. The team developed an excellent winning combination of energetic juniors and experienced adults.
New Cheam 4th XI Captain Mohan Elango did a superb job juggling players in a new team and responding to the demands and responsibility of winning whilst also understanding the need to bring on youngsters into a positive environment in adult cricket where they can learn their trade.
The 4th XI overall had a fantastic first season back and would like to thank all those who welcomed the side back into the fold. The team is looking forward to the 2019 season and hopes to remain competitive with a realistic opportunity of promotion with the change in league structure. The aim of the 4th XI will be to bring on more adults and juniors to play competitive cricket and the team will be a stepping stone for them to gain the experience of League Cricket and develop through the Club.
Dorking 4th XI
Dorking 4s ended second from bottom in East Division 4
There were some good performances from a young side ably led by Andy Walker. In a good start to the year Michael Cox and Dom Kenway both hit 50s to help amass 270 and defeat Merstham on the 5th May; Josh Shrives and Tim Johnson both picked up 3 wickets in this game.
In one of the best performances of the season in mid-June, Dorking pushed Sanderstead hard. Sanderstead scored 175 off 47 and Dorking with 150 from 43 came up just short. Aaron Buller picked up an excellent 70 but could not quite finish the job and Dorking ended with a losing draw to the eventual Champions.
Dorking then beat Beddington where Dale Godfrey with 4 wickets for 12 and George Edwards 3 wickets for 12 did the damage.
From there things went downhill; plenty of losses and 5 conceded matches reflected a story of waning availability and younger sides.
George Edwards hit 89 and Andy Walker 53 in the final game of the season, a win against Beddington but too little too late.
Overall George Edwards with 162 runs and Aaron Buller with 161 picked up the bulk of the runs.
On the bowling front, Dale Godfrey and Josh Shrives both took 9 wickets apiece to top the bowling but George Edwards, Freddie Fownes-Walpole and Cam Homewood all chipped in with vital wickets. There is plenty to build on for the future but more players are needed!
Merstham 4th XI
Merstham’s fourth team experienced the sublime and the ridiculous in 2018; such is the topsy turvy nature of the level. An inauspicious thrashing by a strong Dorking on day one did not put Gopa Nair’s side off who went on to take three victories, including a nine-wicket revenge victory over Dorking, with Will Prior notching 51* and Dilhan Jayamanne stuck on 49*.
The side also held the East Division’s eventual winners Sanderstead to a draw, when the visitors set an unimaginable target of 280. A combination of old hands and teenagers regularly looked capable of scoring 200 runs. Vice-captain Ian Lamont finally scored a maiden half-century (sadly in defeat at Wimbledon), while skipper Nair topped the season’s run totals with 244, his best an unbeaten 69 at Addiscombe. Kashif Noon (203) struck an unbeaten 74 at the Ring against Sanderstead, while Nair (58*) and wicketkeeper Rob Wood (60) showed patience and determination to combine to steer Merstham to a fabulous win over Addiscombe.
Wood’s wicketkeeping (7 catches) and improved runs total earned him Player of the Year. With the ball, the evergreen Tony Rickards again took victims, while Nair, the top wicket taker and showing a best of 3 for 5, could have had more had he not deferred to teenagers to push their progress. The youngest of them, Alvin Sathya, notched six wickets (12 maidens). The one five-wicket haul came from Kartick Mehrotra, aged 14, who was second top wicket taker with nine despite only moving to the area halfway through the season. Other promising teens included Brennan Calafato, Matt Greaves and Josh Young, who showed potential for bright futures, in whichever Merstham team they play.
Old Wimbledonians 4th XI
The Old Wimbledonians 4th XI used 41 players of which 12 were debuts (4 juniors to adult cricket, 3 new to OWs, 2 new to league cricket, 3 new to cricket). The team amassed 264 points, which is the highest total by the 4th XI since play-cricket stats began and the team finished in a respectable 3rd place just behind Cheam.
Keith Miskelly was the leading run scorer followed by Keith Gomez, Sachin Shah, and Paddy Devlin. Tim Richards and Ben Walsh were the top wicket takers. A great season, however the team was very disappointed with the number of games conceded by opposition, leaving Old Wimbledonians without a game.
Many thanks to John Austin for umpiring once school cricket had finished.
Sanderstead 4th XI
The gradual transformation of the 4th XI from perennial also rans was completed by winning the division; improved availability higher up the club being an important factor in the success.
The season began well with victories in close games at Wimbledon and Old Wimbledonians. Approaching the half way stage another tight win against Addiscombe allowed a comfortable lead to be opened up. Then only four wins were achieved in the next nine games, including the only defeat of the campaign by Old Wimbledonians and having to hang on for a draw against lowly Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian, losing only one wicket in the last 25 overs. This raised the possibility of being caught but a win against eventual runners-up Cheam eased any nerves. With three games left the possibility of being caught still remained but a win at Dorking, chasing down 213 to win with three balls left, was critical.
The improvements to the home pitch were appreciated by all, especially the batsmen. The regular watering and Tommy Sherlock’s rolling improved the playing surface to the extent that no side was bowled out for under 100 compared to no less than seven occasions in 2017. This was a remarkable transformation.
Captain Chris Carey took advantage of the conditions in the early games and ended the season with 318 runs. Darren Budden made 218 runs in his six innings including three half centuries and another all-rounder, newcomer James Smith, provided 188 runs. Ian Lemon and Chris Aeschilmann were the others who scored 100+ runs, the latter reaching a half century against Cheam while his fellow opener scored only 1 as Cheam’s score of 213 was overhauled with ten overs to spare.
Chris Carey took 21 wickets, while the dependable James Smith and Jonny Knight and the veterans Keith Haynes and Chris Aeschilmann provided the necessary control. Young Sonny Rees also enjoyed success with the ball taking 7 wickets. The fielding was much improved from previous seasons, Vijay Nagabhairava and again Chris Carey leading the way with 6 catches each.
Being able to call on club umpires Patrick Sherlock and Richard Carey helped with the overall enjoyment of the season and the side can now look forward to the challenges of playing Premier clubs in the revised format for 2019. The enjoyable competitive games against familiar local clubs, including Oxted & Limpsfield, Merstham, Addiscombe, Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian and Beddington will be missed, at least temporarily.
Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians 5th XI
Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians 4th XI was forced to withdraw from the division early in the season due to a lack of numbers.
Retiring members, strict exam-conscious parents, but most significantly being devoid of an elected captain, all conspired with other more minor factors to make fielding a 4th XI more difficult than at any time since the first full 4th XI season 55 years ago!
Conceding fixtures is never pleasant; the understanding voiced by many clubs was appreciated.
The bare facts were 2 wins and one defeat in 5 games. Competitive sides were fielded when numbers allowed which magnified the frustration felt when dealing with fluctuating availability in higher teams.
It is hoped that a captain and a focused plan of action will lead to a positive outcome for the 2019 season.
Wimbledon 5th XI
Seven wins was the second best performance in the division and most of them were by very large margins. However, a few too many losses and a couple of frustrating concessions to lower placed teams meant the team ended up fifth when second seemed in reach for most of the season.
The bowling was typically well disciplined, nobody scored 200 against the side all year, and in Naveed Kiyani the team had the leading wicket taker in the league (26 at 10.3). His accuracy and change of pace combined with an ability to shift easily from around to over the wicket meant he presented the opposition with a constantly changing set of challenges. The batting had some great moments and was led by Kane Laurence who was also the highest run scorer in the League (375 at 47), everyone of them walloped with gusto. Kane’s 116 against Old Wimbledonians was the highlight of the year while Umair Anis (91*), Kieron Tallent (84) and Will Thomas (68) played three of the other great knocks of the season. Overall the batting was a bit erratic and the team struggled to overcome the more proficient attacks like Sanderstead and Cheam.
The 5ths is really about bringing through young talent and among the 20+ juniors who played this year four Under 14 players made particularly telling contributions in their first season in adult cricket; Will Royall, Charlie Whipple, Jenny Dawson and Freddie Simpson. All of them will be pushing for selection to higher teams soon but not before they have helped win a few more games for the 5s next year.