- Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians
- Old Emanuel
- Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian
Although the 3rd XI missed out on promotion again, it was a successful season overall and one in which the team progressed. The side had more wins, more points and beat some of the teams higher than them in the league too and with a settled team and good cohort of young players coming through the club, things are looking good for the future.
A few notable performances stand out. Firstly, the final game of the season saw the team comfortably beat Trinity MidWhits, a local rival and a team that finished higher than Addiscombe in the league. TMW, batting first and started well with a score of 125 for 1 after 25 overs. A smart wicket by young Rikky Mano, bowling leg spin, started a collapse which saw 5 wickets fall in 2 overs, with Sadiq Mansour taking 3 in an over at the other end. TMW finished on 158 all out and ACC finished things, despite a few wobbles, with 4 wickets to spare. Naz Mahmood finished on 77 not out, batting throughout.
Secondly, a game against Epsom at home saw a brilliant bowling performance and a nail biting finish. Despite a poor batting performance from Addiscombe, (bowled out for 97), Addiscombe only lost with 3 balls to go in the game, just needing one wicket to win. Dev Johnson with 2 for 7 off six overs and Wakil Ahmad with 2 for 5 off six overs.
The Player of the Season was Sadique Mansoor (250 runs and 18 wickets)
Chipstead Coulsdon and Walcountians 3rd XI
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CCWCC 3rd XI finished in third place in a fairly competitive East Division. Effectively three teams played the season out for one promotion place, in the end deservedly won by Purley. Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians were second with Chipstead in third place, missing out on promotion by 43 points.
The side won ten games but losing 4 matches was the real issue, twice to Mitcham and against Epsom and Purley.
The batting was held together by Anthony Smith, David Whittenbury and James Plater with support from Holger Kriess, Brice Lane, Craig Wilson and Paul Flower. Paul Huitson was the key bowler (22 wickets) but Andy Puttock (12), James Plater (11) and Tom Whittenbury (9) also took wickets. Support bowling was plentiful with a further eight bowlers taking 5 or more wickets.
More of the same will be needed for 2019 and with a little more luck and consistency in availability there is every chance that Chipstead could be promoted.
Epsom 3rd XI
Epsom had a moderately successful season in the 3rd XI in 2018, although perhaps less successful than the side hoped for at the outset of the season. In future seasons more consistent performances are required to mount a better attempt at securing promotion from the current league and the team remains optimistic for the 2019 season.
It was encouraging to see younger players coming through to represent the club at this level which is encouraging should they continue to develop as seen this season. There were good performances from Nik Vidler in the early half of the season especially taking plenty of wickets and Steve Zwarts came good with the bat in the mid to late season, scoring his first hundred for Epsom. As always with Epsom there were good performances from the regular faces and even on those times when the side did not play well the team played with enthusiasm and competitiveness and had plenty of enjoyment along the way.
Everyone is looking forward to the looming possibility of moving to a new ground for 3rd team cricket either next year or the year after. Epsom hope that that might bring slightly better fortunes than those achieved in the past few years.
Merstham 3rd XI
It was an up and down season for the 3rd XI, using 59 players over the course of the season. The highlight was the emergence of promising youngsters Josh Young, Matt Lehain, Asfar Khan, Anthony Maplesden and Alvin Sathya, who are the future of the club and will have learnt a lot from this season.
When availability was strong the 3rd XI was one of the best teams in the division; winning 8 games and having 2 dominant winning draws.
The season was full of memorable moments, including some classic victories along the way. Firstly, beating Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians, with the captain James Lowe walking out to the middle and smashing a straight six into the sightscreen, to win by 2 wickets with only an over to spare. Secondly, with Woodmansterne needing only 2 runs to win and a fantastic 10th wicket stand at the crease the game seamed lost but George Corrie snagged a catch at gully off the bowling of Callum Letts to spark celebrations reminiscent of Edgbaston, 2005.
Other highlights included centuries for Jack Letts (131 vs. Wallington) and George Chellis (132 vs. Woodmansterne) as well as fantastic knocks from Asif Akhtar (86 vs. Woodmansterne) and Max Stormer (84* vs. Mitcham). Highlights with the ball included great spells from Callum Letts (24 wickets), Fergus Carrick (13), Omer Shuja (12) and Bobby Sharp (12 including 5 for 21 vs. Addiscombe).
Mitcham 3rd XI
As with previous years, 2018 saw the issue of player availability impact on what the 3rd XI was able to achieve. When at full strength, the side is more than capable of challenging the majority of teams in the league and that was seen in a number of the performances and previous seasons, however the inconsistency with which that side can be put out is reflected in the results.
Although results have not always been to the side’s liking, the way in which the team plays the game and the spirit within the squad has made for an enjoyable season and has been appreciated by many of the teams played against this year. That team spirit has been a hallmark of this side for the last few seasons and is something to look to maintain into the future.
With some late season recruitment and hopefully the addition of a few more players over the close season the team are looking forward to an improved showing in the league next year. One thing is guaranteed, the side will enjoy themselves whatever happens!
Old Emanuel 3rd XI
The season started very promisingly and although that early promise was not maintained, a number of notable performances and results helped the side finish the season with its highest points total of the last few years.
A couple of new members galvanised the team this year and made them more competitive in more games whilst at the same time maintaining the team spirit that has been a hallmark of this side for so many years. Such spirit was in evidence during one of the side’s best performances to date, achieving a victory against Woodmansterne, despite only having nine players.
Continuing the improvements made these last few years will be the goal for next season and if the team can continue to perform to their potential in more games then the only way is up!
Special mention should be made of Krish Nath who contributed with the bat throughout the season hitting a best of 94 against Mitcham whilst also accounting for 16 wickets with his wily offspin, proving that age is just a number! A special mention must alos be made of the engine room, Kav Hemraj, for his unstinting devotion to scrambling together 11 bodies most weeks, often against the odds.
Purley 3rd XI
Following the disappointment of relegation the previous season the 3rd XI entered the season with a clear aim; a league title and promotion. Buoyed by the addition of new players, improved availability of core players and a new captain in Michael Short, the side started strongly, winning their first three fixtures. This included laying down a strong marker by beating eventual title challengers Trinity Mid Whits and Chipstead in consecutive weeks. As the season ran its course it became clear that these results would be crucial as the title crown became a clear three-horse race. While these opponents ran Purley close, eventually the side was able to claim the league title with a week to spare.
Emboldened by the encouragement to take on a positive approach, the side’s batsmen thrived. Match-winning innings were offered at various points by a variety of batsmen. Harvey Jennings was the glue for the batting line up and standout performer, taking on a new role at the top of the order, Jennings ended the season with 485 runs at 44.09.
With the ball the clear key performer was Jack Webber, who took 37 wickets at an exceptional 10.89. Webber was ably backed up by teenager Sam Edwards (29 wickets) and all the other members of the bowling cartel.
A key factor behind the team’s success was the fact that 10 players managed to play 10 or more of the matches, this continuity certainly helped create a winning mentality within the side.
Next season brings a new decision, new opponents and new challenges. The aim for the side will be a year of solidity and continuation of last season’s form.
Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian 3rd XI
For the second season running Mids 3rd XI threatened to take the league title but ultimately had to settle for the runners up spot.
The highlight of the year was undoubtedly defending 180 to inflict Purley’s only defeat. Against Epsom (twice) and Mitcham narrow victories were recorded with similar totals. A dire bowling and fielding performance at Merstham (other than 13 year old Aarav Ganguli’s remarkable 7 wicket haul on debut) was followed by an outstanding batting display to reach 210 for 1 in reply. Even the dogged losing draw against Addiscombe felt better, in retrospect, than at the time.
However, the knack of making the best of tight situations deserted the team when most needed and a two wicket defeat in the return against Merstham and a hard fought tie against Chipstead gave Purley a deserved title with a game to spare.
The ageless Phil Mander (424 runs) accompanied by newcomer Surya Jaisankar (351) led the way with the bat. Adeel Shafique powered his way to 267 in only 4 completed innings and 15 others registered scores of 30 or more during the course of the season. Saad Amin’s 91 against Mitcham, having dropped out on the morning of the game and dropped back in again a few hours later, was probably the pick of them and easily the most unusual.
Bowling proved more of a challenge on the harder wickets but it didn’t worry Mike Asbury who still wheeled away to record 28 wickets including his 1200th for the Club in the final game. Kyle Barnwell had a promising debut season at this level taking 11 wickets. Ben Vaillant’s 6 for 26 to destroy Purley’s middle order was undoubtedly the best individual performance and sadly alerted the second team skipper to his quality as a bowler.
Wallington 3rd XI
The 2018 season for Wallington C.C. 3rd XI was not very successful as the team did not manage to achieve a win despite a couple of near misses.
The highlights of the season came against Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians where a resolute 76 from Dan Razzell took the team to within 64 runs of a victory against a strong opposition. Another great performance saw captain Jack Davis and new recruit Sham Ahmed share 8 wickets and narrowly fail to defend 64 against Old Emanuel in an early season fixture.
The season was littered with availability issues that hampered the side's ability to perform to a competitive level, often resulting in heavy defeats. Only crossing 100 once in the season points to obvious batting issues which will need to be addressed before the side is able to compete on a more regular basis next year.
The team continues to play in good spirits and uncover new players that go on to contribute to the wider club in great ways. Some more consistency in selection would go a long way to correcting the struggles over the previous seasons.
A special thanks goes to the teams Player of the Season, John Rodd, whose experience and expertise helped the captain Jack Davis through a very turbulent year and furthermore a big thanks to the entire team for making new members such as Haydon Robinson, Frank Kehr, Dean Spielman and Ankit Patel feel so welcome and comfortable.
With the increase of new players at the club and fresh, exciting ideas the team greatly looks forward to the future season and hopes for a more successful year.
Woodmansterne 3rd XI
It was a disappointing season for the 3rd XI. Although competing well and briefly topping the league in May, playing some promising cricket, the remainder of the season was plagued with poor availability which saw the team struggle in both the bowling and the batting departments when it mattered.
Martin Corbett (509 runs) was well supported by Sean Sims (299), were the highlights in the batting. Jason Hiscox, with best figures of 7-14 off 9 and a total of 16 league wickets for the season, took the club honours in the bowling, with the young bowlers Dylan Movel, Drew Gallon and Jake Fishlock, continuing to be exciting prospects for the future.
Hopefully, 2019 will see better results with more availability and the development of the younger players coming to fruition.