- Old Rutlishians
- Old Wimbledonians
- Staines & Laleham
- Stoke D'Abernon
- Streatham & Marlborough
It was a mixed year for Addiscombe first team and a year where the side just could not quite get it to all come together. There were weeks when the team put in great bowling performances, weeks when batting went really well and weeks when the fielding was spot on but somehow it could never quite get the consistency with all three.
There were a couple of great games; the away game against Purley that came down to the very last ball was a stand out. Unfortunately that game was lost, however the spirit everybody showed and the whole team performance was incredible.
There were some stand-out individual performances. Aidy Monk scored a gritty century down at Churt on a poor wicket that set up an important win, he went on to score over 500 runs for the team and was key with both the bat and his wicket keeping.
James Ramsey won our player of the season award. His bowling was as brilliant as ever and he finished as leading wicket taker. On top of this he really came on with the bat and produced some brilliant, determined innings.
All in all it was a disappointing season in terms of where the club finished in the table but a season that quite a few positives can be taken out of and really build on for next year.
Cheam 1st XI
In the pre-season there was confidence for a successful campaign ahead for the Cheam 1st XI. With the signing of former international Coach Simon Talbot and keeping a group who narrowly missed out on promotion the year before, spirits were high.
However, after losing the first game from a strong position and making a general slow start to the season it was always going to be a tough season. Although performing well in spells and only needing one win from the final two games, Cheam was not able to keep their heads above water and finally succumbed to relegation in the final match. However in what was most definitely a disappointing season, there were some moments of individual achievement.
Sam Wright, the first team Player of the Year contributed very well with bat and ball, scoring 438 runs at an average of 36.50 and taking 19 wickets. Nailing down the number 3 spot and also regularly opening the bowling.
Another notable performer was James Fenwick taking 23 wickets at an average of 16.74 including one 5 wicket haul, which completely took Cheam from a losing position vs. Addiscombe to get over the line and win a timed game.
It was widely felt that the team was too good to suffer relegation, however the team did not manage to get over the line in close games which in the end sealed their fate. Despite the end result the Club has shown excellent unity in the face of adversity and attention has now turned to the 2019 season. Captain James Wright has been tasked with bringing the 1st XI back up not just one division but several and is relishing the challenge. The Club understands that a proactive approach is required and is hopeful that retaining the current team/leadership and making a few improvements for next season will allow the Cheam 1st XI to bounce straight back.
Churt 1st XI
Churt 1st XI started full of confidence after winning 2 consecutive Championships (Div 5 and Div 4) putting the team back in Division 3 after 4 years in the lower divisions. Churt were top again after 8 games, before slipping mid-season and ending on a sour note due to a penalty point induced relegation costing the team their spot in Division 3.
Churt’s bowling attack was certainly its strongest facet . Youngsters Greg Talbot and Matt Crane stepped up with the new ball, however spin was key to Churt’s attack with top wicket taker Rowley Marshall (33 wickets at 19) and Eric Osner (23) bowling well in partnership. David Thomas’ historic spell of 14 overs, up the hill at the rec, was the best performance taking 7 for 21 to help bowl Purley out for 109. Churt in all had 6 bowlers who took 10+ wickets, which really shows the strength in depth.
Churt’s batting has struggled to match the bowling historically and this season was no different with only 2 batsmen, Eric Osner (409 runs at 31) and Toby Finneran (405) scoring 300+ runs. Will Hucker (158) and Daniel Higgins (232) showed promise at the top of the order and Greg Talbot (245) showed himself to be a true hard hitting all-rounder.
The best team and batting performance was chasing Staines & Laleham 277 for 8 dec (45 overs) leaving Churt 55 overs to bat. Early wickets were followed by a middle order fight back; Jon Palmer (54), Eric Osner (81) and Greg Talbot (53) put Churt on track but wickets continued to fall leaving Churt’s youngest duo, Josh Williams and Matt Crane (17 and 16 years) requiring 18 for the last wicket. A nervous Churt watched on as the duo showed immaculate maturity and courage to get Churt across the line with 15 balls to spare.
The spirit is strong; expect Churt to bounce back in 2019.
Epsom 1st XI
Epsom had an excellent season this year. Having won 10 of the first 11 games, things looked good for promotion, despite being harshly docked points for an admin error. This error meant that the run in to the end of the season was much closer than it should have been and a couple of dropped points, combined with a very strong Old Rutlishians side and an incredible surge from a strong Stoke D’Abernon side meant that Epsom lost out on promotion.
This was a very disappointing end to a year which started so well.
Old Rutlishians 1st XI
This season the 1st XI found itself back in Division 3, a division where success was tasted in years gone by. This season was no different as the team played 18 games, winning 13, drawing 4 with one abandoned. Going the season unbeaten meant, unsurprisingly, that the team had its fair share of excellent player and team performances.
Dan Sharples was the stand out player of the season and led the way with the ball, taking 37 wickets at 12.32 and also scoring 403 runs at 31.00 and was duly crowned the Player of the Season. This season also saw the welcome return of Joe Riches to 1st XI cricket at Poplar Road after a season away and he was the leading run scorer with 609 runs at 50.75. He was well supported by Rory Pemberton at the top of the order, scoring 493 runs at 37.92 and with one of the performances of the season, 112* against Streatham & Marlborough. With the ball Sharples was the pick and he was well supported by Sonny Cooper who took 27 and with the addition of Joe Jarvis they formed a formidable trio with the new ball.
It was superb to see Ross Trimmings come of age with bat and ball and contribute throughout the season. The same has to be said for Michael Jones. With his first season under his belt, he led the spin department which included the newest 1st XI spinner in Trishan Patel, who regularly showed why Surrey CC rate him so highly. Chris Mude also deserves a mention for his consistent performances behind the stumps and for playing a key role in the team’s approach and performances. The team also saw the welcome return of Russell Bryan to the club. After a couple of seasons away it was great to have him back in the middle order scoring runs and having another senior player in the side.
The success achieved by the team was massively down to the team spirit showed throughout. The side performed week in week out and got the deserved rewards.
Next season the team returns to Division 2 and looks to build on this season and continue to develop the youngsters at the club. With the guidance of the senior 1st XI players, coupled with the outstanding talent coming through the junior section, more success is hoped for in the 2019 campaign.
Old Wimbledonians 1st XI
2018 was a tough year for the 1’s after losing some players from the previous season but winning the last two games took the team from a position of weakness into a position of mid table security. The side is looking forward to a much improved 2019. This will, hopefully, be aided by the addition of at least three new faces who will add strength to both the bowling and batting sides of the game.
Skipper Johnno Gordon led from the front returning both the side's top wickets (35) and runs (349). As a collective everyone knows that 349 is about half of what the top run scorer should make and as such the team will focus on putting in big performances with the bat in 2019.
A special mention has to be made of Ben Laycock who had a terrific first year with the club taking 21 wickets and scoring 239 runs. Also Nick Dartnall who was a rock in the middle order for the season and who was a huge part in the team staying in the division. Tim Sealy-Fisher and James Smith also played their parts with each contributing more than 300 runs. Last, but by no means least, Greg Nielsen scored his maiden hundred with 107* which was a show of incredible hitting; he also contributed a 5 wicket haul. Bring on 2019.
Purley 1st XI
It was truly a season of two halves for the 1st XI as the seemingly doomed Pumas ended the season on fire and with high hopes for 2019. A first win of the season on the back of Sam Sugarman’s 6 for 41 augured well but was followed by no more and seven defeats at the halfway stage, including three in the final over and two off the last ball, for a team that had forgotten how to win. Rock-bottom, and seemingly destined for Division 4, a remarkable turnaround ensued as the final nine games saw eight wins and a winning draw against the eventual champions, the only team to have any sort of win against them, and a creditable fourth place finish.
A formidable top three played a major role in the turnaround. 2nd team call-up Chris Cooper led the way with 587 runs at 45.2 and a century against Staines; contributions also came from Sushant Marathe (516 at 51.6) with a century against Old Wimbledonians and Ajay Chikki (478 at 36.8) as well as 11 wickets. Captain James Scott with 305 runs was another key figure. The evergreen Razi Khan led the bowling attack with 24 wickets at 24, while Tishan Wanigaratne and Adam Kelly grabbed 22 wickets each, Wanigaratne’s coming at an impressive 15.5 apiece on his return from serious injury.
Staines & Laleham 1st XI
2018 saw plenty of eventful happenings at Staines & Laleham Cricket Club and it was definitely a season of trials and tribulations. There were points in the season where the club had to overcome all different levels of adversity ranging from form, players departing mid-season and changing of captains in one of the teams as a result. The 1st XI lost 11 of the last 13 games of the season, only to be saved from relegation by some incredible team spirit, grit and determination right at the end when it really mattered; a fast-ish start certainly came back to help.
The 1st XI, captained by Adam Smith (313 runs at 19.65) really went through it all this season. The mentioned decent start soon turned into panic with a very long run of poor form with enough losses in that sequence that should not have happened. The unforeseen loss of a regular 1st team player which resulted in some unrest throughout the club, certainly did not help matters either, but with new players such as Trevor Langworth (400 runs at 26.67 including 105 and 21 Wickets at 25.24), Shak Muhammad (541 at 33.81 including 95* and 26 at 33.81), Yasir Ahmed (515 runs at 25.75 including 79) and Zammak Tughral (16 at 33.25). The team as a whole managed to come together and survive another season. Not to forget Ciaran Dunne (27 wickets at 25.96) and Sean Archer who took 2 extremely vital and match winning 5 wicket hauls (34 at 14.09).
With a couple more vital additions coming to the club in 2019, it would not be a surprise to see a complete 360-degree spin and Staines & Laleham 1st team be pushing for promotion. The Club has already secured two new 1st team players, Chris Turkich, an opening batsman who joins as the overseas player from Perth, Western Australia.
Stoke D'Abernon 1st XI
2018 was another tremendous season resulting in a third successive promotion for the 1t XI.
James Trower kept a side used to winning hungry for more success. Early morale boosting wins against Addiscombe and Churt, the latter secured by a bowling and fielding performance that should be adopted as a template, got points on the board early. A hiccup at Staines & Laleham was learned from quickly. The week after saw the start of an unbeaten run that was only ended the week after a thoroughly deserved promotion, achieved with the majority of the side having come through the junior system, was confirmed.
The side batted deep. Eight different players scored one or more half-centuries; Trower (101 against Streatham & Marlborough), Shawn Dyson (138 versus Churt) and Max Subba Row (105 not out in the reverse fixture against Staines & Laleham) made it onto the 100s board.
Runs down the order were always in plentiful supply; Ian Hopton, (331 at 36.78) and James Corbishley, (averaged 38.17), shared an unbroken stand of 157 to win the reverse fixture at Addiscombe after a poor start to the chase. Exciting newcomer Robbie Blackburn turned the match against Cheam in Stoke's favour with 66 (he then bagged 6 for 34 after tea) and Tim Handel made an overdue return to the squad to average 60.33.
From an excellent supporting cast Will Gudgeon and Alastair Curran made match-winning innings against Purley and Old Wimbledonians respectively; Tom Frost more than made up for his lack of opportunity to score runs with some outstanding keeping displays and others called into the team all played their part when required.
Leading run-scorer for the second season running though, was Dyson who chalked up 601 runs at 40.07. He also jointly led the division for wickets taken (43 at 15.05)
Other major contributors with the ball were ever-present Will Frost (30 at 17.83), Hopton (29 at 19.79) and Blackburn (19 at 19.47.). Billy Zander took nine wickets at 10.33 apiece. Toby Tarrant’s limited availability saw him send down only 64 overs but had the best economy that allowed others to exploit.
The fielding was athletic and often electrifying. Hopton made 15 grabs; Gudgeon and Dyson gobbled many in the cordon. Little went through Corbishley at backward point.
Off the field, thanks must go to Drew for everything he does. Also to Richie and Ralphie for sharing the scoring duties and to Jo who kept everyone fed and watered to excess; the quality was evidenced by one opposition taking photos of the spread to take back to their own professional caterers!
Streatham & Marlborough 1st XI
Having narrowly missed out on promotion in 2017, a much changed side took the field under the charge of new skipper, Neneto Davis. After an opening day win, the side had to wait until the middle of June before obtaining further results. Consecutive games were won by hitting a six, firstly on the last ball of a timed game vs. Purley and then nine wickets down vs. Cheam. Both chases showed the resilience and strength in depth in games which proved crucial given the tightness of the division.
Some mixed results followed but the team gave themselves enough breathing space from the bottom of the table with comprehensive victories against Addiscombe and Churt in August before defeating Cheam on the last game.
The season statistics make for mixed reading. Steel (459 runs at 38 and 14 wickets at 24) is the stand out contributor but many will not be satisfied with their figures. Ellis (359 runs at 28), Knott (287 at 21), Pickles (268 at 22), Hughes (251 at 29) surpassed 250 runs for the season whilst Singh (21 wickets at 25), Davis (18 at 26), Rao (14 at 26) and Allardice (11 at 32) made double figures in terms of wickets. Knott also had a fine season behind the stumps. There is more to come from this group of players.
Finally, it was one of the more enjoyable seasons of late and the team have a great many friends in this division. Streatham are keen to pit the 2019 vintage against them next year.