- Stoke D'Abernon
- Streatham & Marlborough
- Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian
2018 was a successful year for Ashford 2nd XI. After coming third in 2017 the side secured promotion at the eighth attempt! It might have been an even more successful season had the last game not ended in a convincing defeat in the ‘winner take all’ clash with Leatherhead
There were some great contributions with the bat, notably from skipper Waseem Ahmed who made 639 runs at an average of 42.60 with 8 fifties and was the leading run scorer in the league. Waqas Ahmed contributed 385 runs at 35 with 3 fifties, Muhammed Afzaal Butt, 345 at 31, (4 fifties). Other batsmen who made contributions were Gurpal Hundal (2 fifties), Chris Davies (2 fifties) and Ibrar Rao (1 fifty)
Ali Syed led the attack with 30 wickets at just under 20 apiece, whilst Wendell Sebastian’s 26 wickets came at just 12.73 each. Imran Khan took 25 wickets at 22, with good support from Gurpal Hundal, 15 wickets and Ibrar Rao with 14 wickets.
Waqas Ahmed also had a great season behind the stumps claiming 19 victims.
Ashford’s aim from the start was to win the league but coming second and promotion was still a great achievement and the side are looking forward to next season in Division 2. A special thank you to Mark Doggett who took time out of his life to travel with the team and umpire for most of the season.
Camberley 2nd XI
The resounding feeling amongst the Camberley 2nd XI at the end of the season was “what could have been?” With arguably the strongest team available for many seasons promotion was very much the plan – however this was damaged by a few weeks of poor availability across the club impacting all sides. The final position of 4th was especially disappointing given the fact that wins were secured against the teams who finished above Camberley and with the exception of two games in August (with a weakened team), CCC went toe to toe with every side in the league.
Despite the final League position not being ideal there were some fantastic personal and team performances along the way. Vijay Bhaskar was undoubtedly the star man, scoring 580 runs at 58 including a dazzling ton at Leatherhead and some stunning 50s. Runs from Richard Pottinger (266 at 20.46) evergreen Gary Udal (218 at 24.22) and Tim Hughes (178 at 35.6) ensured the team was competitive in most games – some of them relatively high scoring affairs on batting wickets owing to the hot weather. Of vital importance was the need for batters to go on, with only 3 half centuries made by the team excluding Bhaskar (three 50s, one 100).
With the ball, experience won the day with Gary Udal (28 at 11.79), Asfand Khan (16 at 15.75) and Neil Piper (16 at 17.56) all contributing heavily. The bowlers often restricted teams well on batting friendly surfaces and really showed the importance of accuracy on lightning fast outfields where loose deliveries were dispatched. Udal’s 6 for 26 and Khan’s 5 for 22 were fabulous examples of extracting every bit of life from pitches, setting up victories in both games.
Encouragingly Juniors Adam Carter (151 runs at 21.57, 10 wickets at 22) and Tom Holden (10 wickets at 25.7) both showed that the future is bright, with both players looking to have big seasons in 2019.
Chessington 2nd XI
Having gained promotion from Division 4 last season, 8th place was a disappointing result this time around. In truth it was a mixed season that could have had better reward for some good cricket at times with 3 successive timed games resulting in frustrating draws with opposition 8 down and 9 down twice. The one abandonment of the season came at tea in a 50 over game with 245 for 3 on the board against a Camberley team not looking at their best. Generally it was some poor team batting performances that cost the team defeats but there were some positives that will give the team confidence that they can move up the table in 2019.
Mahad Qazi stepped up from the 3s to be Player of the Year taking 25 wickets at an economy rate of 3.1 with some very controlled medium pace. Connor McElligott took 18 at under 4 and new boy Arpit Patel was also very effective with 15 at 3.35, while Tom Daniel’s 14 came at 3.63.
Captain Andy White topped the batting with 515 euns at 39.62 with Jimmy Woolman hitting 368 at 36.8 and new boy Alex Orme looks a good addition with 172 at 43.
With the 1st team consolidating their position in Division 1 the 2s will be looking to challenge for promotion next season.
Egham 2nd XI
A strong finish with three wins in a row, masked an inconsistent season. Early promise with young batsman Tegh Summy and Dane Gilmour being promoted to the 1st XI following match winning knocks meant the batting cupboard was left bare. Too often the side was left with too few runs to defend or lacked the fire power to overhaul modest totals.
The bowling shone for another season. Pleasing for next season, Dan Telford showed his class and moved swiftly into the 1st XI but in this discipline there were plenty of players lining up to replace him. Matt Hannon demonstrated great pace and movement through the air to take 9 wickets, Matt Hokinson also bowled with consistent pace and menace opening the door to the slower, more canny Elliot Hook and Amod Pandit and the ever interesting Harvey Moyne, who was blighted by injury in the second half of the season. The spin department was ever effective at this level, Stuart (Bunsen) Turner was the best, returning with his best ever season haul of 20 wickets including 5 for 30 against the auld enemy Ashford. Find of the season was the incredible Kartheeswara Ramasamy. A wily spinner and intelligence batsman, ‘Karthe’ took his wickets at 17.80 and bolstered the team moral in the middle of the season
Will Harrison led the (modest) run scoring charts in his final season as captain as well as chipping in with 13 catches and 9 stumpings. Huge thanks to the ever present scorer Carol Few (bar the long distance away game at Streatham & Marlborough). A massive thanks to Roger Dix who as umpire was an outstanding and mature influence on everyone.
Kempton 2nd XI
A disappointing 2nd XI campaign, disrupted by a change of captain mid-season, resulted in a ninth-place finish and relegation from Division 3.
The side often struggled against strong opposition which was reflected in only three wins overall. Vishal Singh impressed with both bat and ball (304 runs at 20 and 37 wickets at 16). Harjot Singh led the batting (315 runs at 35) with consistent contributions from Amit Sahni (258 at 26) and Jeeta Dhillon (229 at 21) at the top of the order. Gary O'Connell (15 wickets at 22) and Gurjeet Singh (6 for24 versus Camberley) provided valuable support in the bowling.
Much appreciation goes to Roy Beard for his umpiring and to Ian Haddow who scored in most matches.
Leatherhead 2nd XI
The 2nd XI were deservedly crowned champions of Division 3 at the end of a fantastic season when the team won 13 and lost just 2 of 17 completed matches.
The side got off to a great start, winning the first five completed games before a losing draw against Camberley and a loss to Ashford brought them back down to earth. After that, the team never looked back, winning 8 of the remains 10 matches and ending the season in style with four wins, culminating in a last day defeat of fellow promoted team Ashford to secure the championship.
Matt Baker lead the team expertly and also starred with both bat and ball, scoring 328 runs at an average of 66 and taking 22 wickets at 17. The batting was very powerful with Dave Baker (499 runs at 71), Matt Joblin (386 at 64) and Dave Mercer (314 at 52). There were centuries for Baker, Mercer (both in a 211 run partnership against Streatham and Marlborough), Joblin and Joe Peak, a savage 101 off just 72 balls in the defeat of Camberley. Jason Evans, Alasdair Walters, Jack Bradley and Simon Roberts also contributed at key points.
The bowling was led by 17 year old Dave 'Colts' Baker who took 29 wickets at an average of 14, including 6 for 30 against Kempton, a great effort in his first full season of senior cricket. It was also pleasing to see young Wes Hayes bowl quickly and take 13 wickets, including 5 for 21 against Egham and he deserved won his promotion to the 1st XI later in the season. There were also five wicket hauls for Matt Baker, Jack Bradley and Dave Mercer and others such as James Lander, Damon Robinson, Matt Roberts and Ant Joblin all chipped in with vital wickets at important times.
Overall it was a great season for the team and a fully deserved promotion to Division 2 as champions. The depth of talent is such that, assuming availability is good, the team can look forward to pushing for another promotion next year.
Sanderstead 2nd XI
2018 was a very good season with some new faces which has been a direct result of the club doing so well in all aspects of cricket from the Junior Section to all 4 Saturday sides, the Development side and Sunday sides.
The season started with a mixture of results but it was just a matter of time before the team started to get to know each other and bond together, with some great cricket being played and great team spirit, appreciated my teammates and opposition alike.
With some fantastic performances from the likes of Sandeep Kuckreja with a total of 458 runs at an average of 35.23 and 22 wickets at an average of 20.91.
Abishek Sen (348 at 48.0) had his first full season in the 2nd XI. Another solid season from Dan Udall ( 408 st 31.38) who opened the batting with Alex Ranger (294 at 22.62) as well as Alex’s great wicket keeping with a total of 19 catches.
There also has been some great bowling too from Dan Carey with 16 wickets and an average of 31.94 and Richard Key (30 at 15.03). Other great bowling contributions came from Omar Robinson (13 at15.69), Matt Harris (22 at 25.50) and Josh McKinnon (11 at 17.27), a debut season with us, and scoring 252 runs with an avg. of 19.36, as well as leading the banter on and off the pitch.
The team would like to take this opportunity to thank Umpire Derek Rushforth and scorer David Sadler.
Stoke D'Abernon 2nd XI
2018 was a tough season but with some highlights. Andy Berry (98 at Sanderstead and 50 at home to Kempton), Jase Earl (97 at Egham), Roddy Kelso (67 at Leatherhead), Billy Zander (66 at Streatham & Marlborough), Max Subba Row (58 at Egham), Andy Page (50 against Leatherhead) and Duncan Elder (58 in the return match at Kempton, a record score by a Stoke No.11) were the highest individual innings.
Alex Clinton (6 for 26 against Kempton second time around) and Kelso (5 for 41 against Trinity Midwhitgiftians) were the best bowling performances.
So few jug purchases gives an indication of the season that saw just one win against Trinity Midwhitgiftians and that was hardly routine, secured by a large 10th wicket stand followed by Kelso’s nap hand. Skipper Earl tried everything to find a winning formula but a general shortage of runs and lack of wickets up front plagued the team all season, as did the absence of many who contributed so much to the previous season’s promotion. The team was unlucky in some games, but not all.
Amidst the wreckage younger players who should score heavily and take more wickets in future seasons were identified. Clinton is mentioned above; Patrick O’Neill bowled well and became more productive with the bat as the season progressed, when fit and available Tom Dennis showed his class earning 1st XI call-ups and Ben Townsend demonstrated the heart of a lion, running in hard at all times despite pitches offering him little.
Of the senior players, Berry and Earl lead the batting and bowling aggregates respectively. Will Thomson put in good all-round performances when not required for the 1st XI. Many batsmen got starts without going on. Bowlers tried hard but that match-winning spell proved elusive.
So it is back down a division but simply assuming that things will be easier would be foolish. Plans are already being made for a repeat of 2017, not 2018.
Streatham & Marlborough 2nd XI
SMCC’s 2nd XI were looking to bounce back from the previous year’s relegation and get back into the second Division. An opening day loss and an abandonment was followed by four consecutive wins before the declaration games became a sticking point once again.
Just three wins from a possible nine ultimately proved costly as the team headed in to the remaining five limited overs games with a lot of ground to make up. Two more declaration wins would have put the side in a good position to push for promotion and it was frustrating to have Ashford and Camberley nine down at the end of two brilliant days of cricket played in competitive spirit by both sides. On reflection, it was most probably these two games that made the difference to the table at the end of the season.
That said, once the limited overs games kicked in, a surprising loss against struggling Chessington knocked the stuffing out of the side’s promotion push and the remaining four games became dead rubbers as the team was firmly camped in the middle of the table.
Come September, the curtains came down on an enjoyably tough season that started with the potential to be a good one for SMCC as the side was well set after the first six games. That said, the season can still be looked upon as a success considering the squad had lost a number of key players over the winter and had managed to integrate a number of talented new members who look like they will be set to take the team back into Division two next season.
Congratulations must go to Leatherhead and Ashford as they proved to be tough competition and fully deserved their promotions.
Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian 2nd XI
The 2nd XI had visions of challenging at the top of the division. Two comfortable wins bolstered hopes before a winless streak of 7 games eroded confidence.
Week 11 already had the feel of a relegation crunch match. The batting effort of 161 all out felt woefully under par, particularly when Kempton cruised to 103 for 2. Everything turned on a remarkable hour as skipper Nick Cook bagged 7 for 47 to seal a narrow win and secure breathing space above the relegation places.
With pressure relieved the remaining home games were won, including an excellent victory against champions Leatherhead. The remaining away games were lost of which Chessington successfully managed to score 8 from the final two balls.
Finishing 7th was a fair reflection, a season blighted by inconsistent availability thus proving difficult to maintain momentum. The side was often significantly stronger at home, as 5 wins versus a solitary away victory demonstrates.
A number of younger players featured; Ben Vaillant bowled well all summer, Aman Khera got better and better and Raul Unnithan’s great potential looks to have cemented a place opening the batting.
However, the usual suspects continued to perform and remain indispensable. Sameer Khan improved in all aspects scoring 480 runs. Graham Cobbett and Stuart Clarke scored 343 and 341 respectively whilst James Wilson became the eminent all-rounder.
The ever-changing bowling unit was augmented by a number of talented young players. Skipper Cook enjoyed a bumper season in dry conditions, taking 33 wickets, whilst Jeevithan Somasegaram and Mike Brugnoli perhaps deserved more reward.
Overall it was undoubtedly a stronger division than in 2017. The side did well to avoid getting dragged into a long relegation fight and will be hopeful that next year brings more consistent availability and a push at the top end of the table once more.