- Hampton Hill
- Old Hamptonians
- Teddington Town
- Thames Ditton
After finishing mid table last year the 3rd XI was hoping to push for promotion this year but sadly availability was a major issue and the season was a tough struggle. The team finished the season well once the younger players became available.
The season was a mixed season but with players missing gave the club a chance to develop a couple of young players who did very well and hopefully they can push on better and stronger next year. Often bowling first and early season 1 or 2 bowlers were expensive which left the team with too much to do but once this was sorted out the side was always in with a chance of winning games and should have beaten 2 or 3 of the top teams but failed after getting so close. 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.
Ash Thaman, once he became available, bowled consistently tight and Pryank Patel at the other end bagged loads of wickets. Simon Burge was good with bat and ball and Jacob Stuart did a great job as a stand in wicket keeper. The other youngster Josh Turpin bowled really well and hopefully that continues next year. Rick Eustace, when available, did well when let lose at the tail. Batting has always been a struggle for the 3rd team generally but some good performances from Simon Burge, Al Dixon and Ash Thaman and generally the middle order, and the tail, waggled a bit better this year.
Alex Dixon (386 runs at 32.17) topped the batting with Simon Burge (224 at 32.0). Simon Burge (20 wickets at 13.35), captain Rob Barnard (17 at 21.06) and Ash Thaman (17 at 23.94) were the stand-out bowlers with Rick Eustace (8 at 10.88) death bowling at the tail.
Dorking 3rd XI
Dorking 3s finished a very creditable second in the Central Division to rivals Old Hamptonians. There were big wins, 13 in all, but ultimately losses to OH twice and an abandoned game at SingunGrammarians (when ahead) were the difference.
In both top of the table matches, OH scored more than 230 and on both occasions it proved too much and the batting faded. Disappointment in those games was balanced by a terrific season overall.
The team prides itself on good fielding and 13 catches by Tom Chisman was an impressive haul.
A sprightly Peter Horton was the batting colossus (again) around which the team built good scores. He hit a purple patch in July with consecutive scores of 76, 101*, 41, 104 and 55; averaging 42 overall and with hundreds against Thames Ditton and Hampton Hill. He amassed 503 runs, the highest in the league. Peter was ably supported by Aaron Buller who made 296 in only 7 innings at an average of 59 (play more). Makeshift opener Freddie Edwards snaffled 87 against Kingstonian and promising youngsters Andrew Halliday and Robbie Howlett averaged 36 and 37 respectively. Also on the batting front a gritty display saw Freddie Edwards and Dale Godfrey defend resolutely for 30 overs in a precarious game with Kingstonian.
Connor Myers played the role of menacing opening bowler with aplomb and ended with 24 wickets and a new baby – congratulations! He was pipped to top spot by Dave Young with 29 wickets including 5 for 20 against Hampton Hill. Will Phillips bowled 74 overs and was always difficult to get away. Best Bowling performance went to paceman Travis Blood who took 5 for 12 against Chessington.
Hampton Hill 3rd XI
Hampton Hill 3rd XI can look back on a satisfactory 2018 in which the team finished 4th in the Division with a record of played 17, won 9, drawn 1 and lost 6 with 1 abandoned. The club’s intention for the season was to introduce those juniors who were ready for the rough and tumble of adult cricket by putting out sides which balanced youth with experience and by this measure alone the team can reflect on a very successful year.
The team finished with three batsmen in the top 13, Peter Zonneveld (292 runs), the ageless Tahir Butt (288) and Umakant Saraswat (272) and three bowlers in the top 12, Umakant Saraswat (25 wickets), Tahir Butt (20) and 13-year-old Adam Mackinney (18). The team also provided the most successful wicket keeper in the division with Adam Fahey claiming 16 victims. Peter Zonneveld in his first innings of the summer scored 144 which remained the highest score by an individual batsman in the Division. The team provided two other centurions, Dharamvir Puri with his first and Warren Carr with two tons to add to his vast collection.
Season highlights include a nail-biting high-scoring win against SinjunGrammarians with the Hill scoring 271 off 45 overs and the opposition taking the outcome to the wire with 264. Another thriller was the 1 wicket win against Teddington Town with Mark Palmer and a nerveless 12-year-old Ryan Exworth scoring 18 for the last wicket to bring the game home. The biggest celebration of the year was for Adam Mackinney taking his first five wicket haul against Kempton with the last ball of his nine over spell. Umakant Saraswat matched Adam in the final game of the season finishing with 5 for 15.
It was a privilege to captain a team which worked tirelessly for each other and which played the game in the right spirit and with good-humour throughout.
Kempton 3rd XI
Four wins and nine losses saw the 3rd XI finish eighth in the nine-team Central Division. This result was disappointing given a generally high level of performance, a consequence of narrow losses in several close matches. Graham Standen was the outstanding batsman, including centuries against Teddington Town (126) and Hampton Hill (120) in his 455 runs at 55, the third highest aggregate in the division. He was ably backed up by Wayne Morgan (306 runs at 22) including 79 versus Old Hamptonians, Abdul Palekar (258 at 26) and Malcolm Burt (180 at 23). The bowling effort was shared. Ieuan Mannes was leading wicket taker (16 wickets at 23), followed by veteran Steve Crossley (13 at 16) and skipper Bellal Aziz (12 at 16).
The team looks forward to the challenges of a new structure in 2019 when it will be hoping to recapture the glory days of 2017.
Thanks to Karen Miah, June and Daniella for the grand teas and to Frank Hammett for providing some excellent wickets over the summer.
Kingstonian 3rd XI
The 2018 season was a bit of a mixed bag for the 3rd XI.
After shaky starts against Kempton and Teddington, the team found their rhythm with a comprehensive win against Hampton Hill. The opening bowling duo of Dan Gascoyne (4 for 28) and Alex Donaldson (3 for 18) looked extremely promising after this match. Against Old Hamptonians, the team looked well set, Dhruv Singh and Taha Siddique proving their temperament with the bat, while Dan Gascoyne (3 for 40) showing more disciplined bowling. The game ended in a nail-biting finish (a one run victory!), with Arab Niazi successfully taking the last wicket.
The next few games saw fantastic bowling by Hikmat Akhundzada (4 for 54) and Neel Patel (4 for 26), coupled with classy batting by Lovish Jain, Ashan Samarasinghe and Taha Siddique. Kash Ali scored the team’s first fifty of the season (50 exactly against Old Hamptonians), while Taha Siddique narrowly missed his half century on a couple of occasions with a high score of 47. Furthermore, throughout the season, the team’s fielding never let them down, with high standards set by Mansoor Shahid, Ashan Samarasinghe, Taha Siddique and Rupert Sutton.
Things became more challenging as the season progressed. However, a comprehensive win against Teddington Town in August, with gritty performances by Dhruv Singh (49*) and Tariq Mustafa (46) helped the team rebuild confidence. The introduction of juniors towards the latter half of the season, particularly Madulan Shankar, Kavi Chandran, Michael Minogue and Ibraheem Rawn, proved to be rewarding. In the final game against Chessington, Dhruv Singh (60) and Mansoor Shahid (49) topped things off with their highest scores for the team this year, leaving the team 5th in the league table, an improvement of two places on the previous year and something to build on during the 2019 season.
Old Hamptonians 3rd XI
2018 posed a new challenge for the 3rd XI, after years of just operating as a friendly side, the team entered league cricket for the first time for many a year and joined the Surrey Championship 3rd XI Central Division. There were mixed expectations of how the season would go but everyone agreed that it was a great step forward for the club and would provide the necessary challenge. The side was bolstered by the Afghan Refugee Project, a brilliant scheme that the club was lucky enough to get involved in through club stalwart Anoop Jaijee, with two extremely talented young lads coming into the OH ranks.
We had a mixed start to the season, a rain off and two wins, the team was unbeaten in the first three games with stand-in captain James Osborne’s 4 for 27 in week one allowing Rich Searle to see the boys home. James Wilson and Anoop Jaijee stood up with the bat in week 3 as the side brilliantly chased an imposing 235. Weeks four and five were disappointing as the team went down by three runs and one run despite some great fight by the lower order on both occasions.
The team was back on track in week six as new captain Sufyan Khan set an example with a superb 62 to give a much needed win. After that point the team was able to gain momentum up until the half way point of the season with many standout performances along the way.
Our momentum continued in the second half of the season as Julian Poulter rolled back the years at Hampton Hill away and Zainullah secured a win with 5 for 23 including a match winning hat trick. Wickets for Will Christophers, Zainullah and James Osborne accompanied by runs from captain Khan and some brilliant hitting in week 13 from Farridon and Harry Fuller gave the side another three wins; the team headed into the last month of the season with a genuine promotion chance.
The side travelled to Dorking in week seventeen with a win guaranteed to secure promotion in the debut season! Put in on a dubious wicket, Player of the Season, James Wilson hit a majestic 88 to lead the side to a well above par 241 for 4. Wickets up top and brilliant spin bowling for Meadows and Farridon gave the team a convincing win, a league title and a promotion to Division 2.
Massive thanks to everyone who represented the side this season and even bigger thanks to Sufyan Khan who captained brilliantly throughout. A promotion that was unprecedented at the start of the year.
SinjunGrammarians 3rd XI
The season could not have started much better, winning its opening match by 10 wickets against Thames Ditton. This was largely due to a 5 wicket haul by Adam Secret and an unbeaten opening partnership of 98 runs by Inderjit Dhalivaal and Ettienne Massyn. The following weeks saw the captain experiment with his positions to gain a better understanding of several new team members’ abilities, unfortunately this coincided with two narrow losses.
In June things turned around, with the side picking up three consecutive wins against Sheen Park (Ben Ehrke 58*), Chessington (Ettienne Massyn 60 and Jeet Basak 6 for 38) and Teddington Town (Ettienne Massyn 51*). It all came to a halt however when the team took on league leaders Old Hamptonions chasing 161, the batting collapsed early and, despite a spirited 38* from vice-captain Shannon Raymond, could not recover. Captain Kevin Mettam scored 109 in a winning-draw against Kingstonion before a gutsy losing draw away in the scorching heat of Dorking, despite courageous efforts from Harpal Singh (54*) and Murray King (51). The side took plenty of positives from this match to win the next three on the trot against Thames Ditton (Nawab Khan 5 for 20 and Henry Gane 52*), Kempton (Nayan Singh 5 for 25 and Bradley Terblanche 50). To continue this surge to the top of the ladder the team needed to win all the remaining matches; unfortunately 2 of the last 4 were lost. Despite this, it was a stellar season to finish with Ettienne Massyn winning Player of the Year, scoring 417 runs in total at an average of 69, closely followed by Jeet Basak (27 wickets at 16.8) and Nawab Khan (24 at 11.4). The team finished 3rd in the league and captain Kevin Mettam was particularly proud of the middle part of the season when the team hit its stride and made a real run for the title.
Teddington Town 3rd XI
Teddington Town 3rd XI enjoyed their first year in the Surrey Championship league with lots of local matches against teams who were not always too strong for the 3s squad.
Good bowling performances throughout the season, particularly from Dave Goodman, won the team some tight games early in the season and kept the 3s competitive all year.
Derek Facer led the batting stats for the year, not bad in his 60th year.
Overall it was a most enjoyable season in the new league home.
Thames Ditton 3rd XI
It was a fairly tough year for the 3rd XI in an extremely competitive league. Despite fielding consistently strong XIs the team only managed two victories. This is obviously disappointing but there was a great attitude throughout and a number of positives to take.
There has been the emergence of some very talented youth players. The two Ollies, Lodge and Johns, excelled throughout and both showed maturity well beyond their years to hold it together when bowling and fielding in pressured and challenging situations. Additional excellent performances from Kian Farr and Lukas Koehne-Mitchell show there is a very rosy future for Thames Ditton.
The game against Twickenham was a real highlight. The team went on to win despite defending only 40 from the last 11 overs with 9 wickets to get. The desire to carry on plugging away was superb and the catching and bowling in the last 10 overs brilliant. Johns snr taking a great boundary catch off the bowling of Johns jur was a lovely moment and George Moroz bowling the final over on debut was mighty impressive.
Debut seasons from Ed Blythe, Owais Ahmad, Rob Dawson, George Moroz and Steve Chalk showed plenty of promise with lots of encouraging performances. It is great to see so many new faces at the Club.
It was brilliant to have St. John Farley as a regular in the team. He was the top run scorer for the season and his innings against Hampton Hill was exceptional, scoring 102 of 189 runs. Akash Kapoor was the only other contributor with 25*.
Nic Corvi made a match winning 57* to earn a tough victory against a strong Kingstonian team.
All in all plenty to take away from a challenging season and lots to feel positive about for next year.
Farley was the Player of the Year scoring 281 runs at an average of 31.22 and Owais Ahmad was the leading bowler with 20 wickets at 22.5.