- Hampton Wick Royal
- Malden Wanderers
- Staines & Laleham
- Valley End
Ashford 4th X1 were led by captain Sean Cully and vice-captain Shahzad Raja. The team was a good mix of younger players, Riordan Cully, Udit Tedeja, Ben Sherriff, Liam Manning and Matthew Knight with maturity provided in the shape of Praveen Jugonoori, Raj Kumar, Tahir Malik, James Gillespie, Kam Singh, Shahzad Raja and Sean Cully. They were aided by super veterans (still showing they have what it takes to compete with the best), Robert Evans, Robert Ford, Safdar Butt and Keith Pryke; four players with a combined age of over 250 years!
Leading the way with the ball was Shahzad Raja with 22 wickets at 29 with a best of 4 for 21. Skipper Cully took 17 Wickets at 25 apiece, Kam Singh, 15 wickets with good support from Anup Edward
Praveen Jogunoori scored 357 Runs with a highest Score of 109 and an average of over 35. Malik made 324 runs, Raja 209, Robert Evans 177, with other contributions from Matt Whitehorn and the ageless ballerina Robert Ford.
James Gillespie (7 victims) and Robert Evans (6 victims) shared the wicket keeping duties although both took turns in the field as well.
Overall a positive season with the team showing great team spirit on and off the pitch. Thanks to the whole club for their support especially elder statesmen Chris Evans and Saad Choudhary for their advice and encouragement. Andy Goulding provided perfect pitches to play on week after week and David Hanks prepared fantastic teas, both great ingredients for a good, enjoyable season.
Egham 4th XI
The 2018 season was eventful with oodles of fun and in addition the time spent together in the middle with the team was precious. At the end of the season, the side finished at the middle of the table with an equal number of wins as loses. The morale and enthusiasm from all the players was 100 percent. The team participated and played in all the matches and player availability was excellent; major improvement when compared with last season. However, we had very few junior players move into the 4th XI but, hopefully, next year will see more coming through. This year, the Player of the Year went to a new member ‘Dr. Varun Sundaram’ for his clinical batting performance that took many an opposition down.
The core 4XI was loyal, persistent and managed to make all the matches played despite various personal obligations. The level of commitment was such that one player came straight to the ground after landing in Heathrow from another continent. The 4th XI players also come from near and far each week (as far as Croydon, Harrow and Kent) due to warmth and support provided by the club and the management team.
A beautiful home ground at Royal Holloway University, which is an ideal, lovely, scenic venue with fantastic facilities on offer. Each one of the visiting teams enjoyed the home ground, lunches and not the least a friendly team of players. The captain enjoyed the full support of the resilient team and hopes to have an even more successful 2019.
Epsom 4th XI
Epsom 4th XI had a good season that was impacted greatly by intermittent availability. Many thanks to the founders of the 4ths, Majid Khan and Mark Honess and stalwarts Sunderland, Finch, Burke and Runu as Epsom says a sad farewell to league cricket for the time being. A great time was had with fantastic support from Chairman Berry and Juniors Manager MinHinnick.
Stars have risen from 4ths cricket notably Page, Beswick, Compton, Hlobil and many of the current 3rd XI. Epsom hope that this is just a short break and the Epsom 4ths will return to once again provide exercise for old codgers and an outlet for the stars of the future. Good luck and continued success to all the 4th XI's opponents the club has enjoyed battling against over the last 9 seasons.
Hampton Wick Royal 4th XI
A third-place finish in the West Division was a great achievement for the 4th XI, having finished second from bottom the previous year. The team thoroughly deserved this finish and the feeling at season close is that the 4s were the third best side in the league; the table does not lie.
The key to the improvement on 2017 was batting. Having struggled for runs in 2017, the 4th XI was far more consistent in this aspect of the game and was able to put sides under pressure with weight of runs. Bowling and fielding standards remained high and by mid-season a culture of attacking cricket had become routed within the team.
Junior development continued as a key focus for the 4th XI and the younger members of the team contributed effectively throughout this very enjoyable season.
Kempton 4th XI
The 4th XI enjoyed a mixed, somewhat truncated, year eventually finishing seventh in the nine-team West Division.
After a promising first half, the season tailed away with four concessions; two wins, two losses, a result of poor availability throughout the Club and indeed the league as a whole and one abandoned match in the second half. While a disappointing conclusion, there were many positive aspects to the season as many of the Club's juniors continued to progress and to acquire valuable experience.
Si Arscott was by some distance the most prolific batsman, totalling 325 runs at 40, with a highest score of 65 versus Valley End; a game in which Jamie Stock took 5 for 34 on his way to a season's haul of 16 wickets at 18. Skipper Stephen Wanigesekera took 14 wickets including 4 for 66 in the return fixture with Valley End, a match in which he hit 63. Also notable was Joe Cayley's return of 5 for 40 versus Malden Wanderers.
The side looks forward to new challenges in 2019
Kingstonian 4th XI
After seven years of friendly cricket, 2017 was the 4th XI’s first year of league cricket (in the Surrey Cricket League), which was fantastic preparation for this year in the Surrey Championship. The team played the first game with a mix of 4th XI, 6th XI and new players, and never looked back, quickly gelling together as a unit, and winning all but one league game this season, with the other a winning draw.
In a low scoring run chase against Staines & Laleham, when the team was 49 for 6 and then 107 for 8, it was left to Syed Faisal to bat patiently for 40 overs to take the team to victory. The team was bowled out for 165 against a strong Malden Wanderers attack, with Wanderers then cruising at 111 for 3 before Asad Durrani’s 4 for 40 helped Kingstonian win by the wafer-thin margin of seven runs. Against Valley End, Usama Bin Anwar played a mature knock of 56 to recover from 143 for 6 to 248 for 9 before Farhan Ahmed bowled a brilliant spell to bowl the opposition out for 216.
These vital knocks became a hallmark of the team, with players standing up when needed. When the team was 46 for 6 against Hampton Wick, Srinath Panchavati hit a brilliant 104* in a 105-run partnership with Vivek Subramanyam to take the team to 238 for 8 dec. before Zaigham Manan helped bowl out Hampton Wick with 2 overs to spare in in his first game for the team. Chetan Malhotra and Syed Faisal have also consistently batted well at the top of the order, which has been crucial to help build an innings and score over 200 in most games.
Imran Malik has played several great knocks and Idris Plaatjies has been the team’s king of outswing all season with Dhilhan Hannah being the best fielder by far. It’s also impossible to get promoted without a good keeper, and Amal Bandaranayake has been fantastic, taking 19 victims this season. Throughout the season the team navigated some close encounters, celebrated each other’s successes, and backed each other up when someone had a few tough games; a fantastic team spirit and commitment to the cause at the core of their promotion.
The battle has only just begun, next year will be tougher in a higher division but the team is relishing the challenges ahead.
Malden Wanderers 4th XI
2018 was another good season for the 4th XI, culminating in a fourth consecutive second-placed finish. Regardless of who turns out on a Saturday this is a team, with energy, enthusiasm, and no shortage of quality.
Batting, and especially consistency of batting, was markedly improved on from 2018. Mark Rice-Oxley translated his sumptuous form at winter nets into runs, 292 over eight innings. Backed up by the relentless Sam Gerrard (239) and skipper Adam Barlow (247), more often than not there was someone who could be relied upon to make a significant contribution. Knock of the season, however, came from 15 year-old Alex Dodd who scored a busy 78 opening up against Valley End.
As a bowling unit the 4s are always strong. Skipper Barlow again led the way, finishing as the division’s top wicket taker with 30. He was, however, backed up superbly by the swing and accuracy of James Kuhrt and Alex Dodd respectively, with Dodd taking 5-20 against Egham. Spin was also a much more regular sight, with new boy Andy Campbell offering leggies and metronomic left-armer Krish Patel, another colt in his first season of adult cricket, testing more than just the batsman’s patience on a regular basis. Figures of the year came in the last game against Staines & Laleham, where Barlow’s career-best 8 for 15 saw the ball less talk, more chat non-stop on a worn pitch.
Lots of debuts were handed out this year. All justified their selections and showed their potential. Most notably a club slice of history was made when Surrey Ladies under-15 seamer Tanaya Dissanayaka became the first female to play a league game for the Stags. As expected, she bowled admirably, and fittingly enough, her first senior wicket wrapped up the innings and the game against Valley End. With fresh talent emerging year on year, next season’s proposed two-up linear league structure is great news for all concerned in the 4s.
Staines & Laleham 4th XI
Last but not least the 4th team led from the front by Nathan Sheldrake. It’s the same in any club of any sport that the lowest team takes the hit all the time regarding drop outs due to injury or last-minute emergencies or just poor availability that week. This season the club only failed to get a 4th team out once and that was purely down to an incredulously unforeseen circumstance, which as a result bought the club a lot closer together and made the bond that we have tighter for sure.
The 4th XI finished mid table with a stand out performance of beating Woking & Horsell by 10 wickets having bowled them out for under 40. Individual key performers were Gary Bonnick (244 runs at 22.18) and Nathan Sheldrake (26 wickets at 21.04).
It really has not been the most straight forward of seasons, however there are a lot of positives to take from it and the foundations for a great future have definitely been laid.
As already mentioned, the club has welcomed new members this season and seem to be doing this every season. Being able to have 4 league teams every week puts the club in a really strong position, a position which not a lot of teams in the area can boast.
Valley End 4th XI
It was a below par season for the 4th XI with it taking 7 weeks to register a first win.
The emphasis was heavily placed on youth development again this year and it really came into fruition. Performances from two 14 year old batters, Ollie Barrow (111* vs. Ashford) , Freddie Brennan (115* vs. Kempton) and Charlie Bailey (4 for 15 off 7 overs vs. Malden Wanderers). Congratulations gents on a wonderful season and everyone looks forward to seeing you develop further next year.
There were some very special performances in games that brought wins or got very close to results. Some of these were Sam Barkham (52 vs. Woking & Horsell) and James Barrow (57 vs. Woking & Horsell) taking the score from 45 for 6 to 143 for 7. Peter Millard (73 vs. Hampton Wick Royal) and Sam Barkham (69 vs. Hampton Wick Royal) again taking the total from 63 for 5 to 190 for 6.
The team had some incredibly tight displays of bowling helping to stay in a lot of games until the last few overs. In particular there were Shane Giddings (3 for 13 from 9 overs vs. Kempton), Simon Cooper (1 for 3 from 6 overs vs. Staines & Laleham) and James Barrow (3 for 3 from 9 overs vs. Egham).
A year for further development for the 4th XI and the club looks forward to whatever the 2019 season has to offer.