- Cobham Avorians
- Staines & Laleham
- Weybridge Vandals
- Whiteley Village
The 3rd XI results and individual performances improved resulting in a 7th position finish. Byfleet should be proud of being the only team to play every single game in 2018 with most clubs having at least one game conceded by an opposition and the side achieved the best finish since the 3rd XI was introduced.
The most impressive element was the batting performances including ten scores of 50 or more and a first ever 100 scored by Pete Horobin against Weybridge Vandals. Both Pete and Josh Hill scored over 300 league runs.
Rob Deven was the leading wicket taker with 23 wickets including a best of 5 for 18 vs. Camberley, Ged Hill took the fielding award with 9 catches including a couple of special ones!
Overall the team continues to improve, more youngsters were blooded and the club had more senior players to support and ease selection. Bring on the 2019 season for more highs and lows!
Camberley 3rd XI
Another good season for Camberley 3rd XI finishing 3rd place overall in the league with 8 wins beating all of the teams except Chertsey at least once. The only disappointment was the number of matches conceded by the teams at the bottom of the league.
The team has continued to improve from last year with the younger players maturing and contributing much more in all the matches. As with 2017 the team had an impressive bowling attack made up primarily of junior members but supported well with two or three of the senior guys.
Despite losing U15 Tom Holden to the 2nd XI early in the season, the team’s bowling attack became led by U16 Brandon Lesser who took 22 wickets with best figures of 6 for 19 against Egham. Brandon has been a key member of the team and has shown to be a fine all-rounder contributing well with the bat scoring 191 runs. Ubaid Kayani also performed well with the ball taking 15 wkts and together with Brandon formed a hostile opening partnership. Sultan Maroufkhill, Ryan Balgobind and Emily Holden also made important bowling contributions.
The team’s batting improved this year with more contributions throughout the team, but it is still an area that the team needs to improve and certainly needs more of the players to go on and make decent scores. Captain John Holden was the leading run scorer with 386 runs at 38.6, which included an unbeaten century against Staines & Laleham. Wicket Keeper Jas Ahluwalia, Sam Rimmington and Josh Griffiths also batted well in key games.
Following the closure of Royal Logistic Corps, Deepcut, the Club will be moving next year to an alternative Army ground in Aldershot for 3rd XI home games. Camberley 3rd XI therefore looks forward to playing in Division 1 of the new league structure for the 2019 season, which will be a step up and good challenge for the team.
Chertsey 3rd XI
On to the 3rd XI and, that’s right, yet more silverware and success and on the face of things this side’s achievement was arguably the best of the lot.
After years of near misses in pursuit of the West Division’s solitary promotion place, the 3s broke off the shackles in emphatic fashion, securing the league title with a maximum 360 points.
Their record of Played 18, Won 17 and 1 Conceded is the best produced by a Chertsey side in many, many years and it was thoroughly deserved after numerous nearly-but-not-quite campaigns in the regional divisions.
Clearly the campaign as a whole was a dominant one, but the form at home is worth shining a spotlight on.
There was a clear strategy in place for captain Ricky Redmond, who wanted to go for the throat with the ball and bowl sides out quickly and cheaply; well, he got his wish. Only one visiting opponent managed to score over 150 against Redmond’s attack, with the other eight all failing to reach even 120 and five of those getting dismissed for less than 100.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly given those performances, wickets were shared around over the course of the season. Eight bowlers took 10 wickets or more, with young seamer Cameron Wakefield coming out as top dog with 20. Ravi Patel, Mark Nuti, Joe Clarke, Troy Bolger, Jamie Chapman, Jack Lloyd and Shaun Smith were the other members of the 10+ club but it is Clarke’s feat that strikes most. Arriving in the side late in the season, he was the side’s fourth-highest wicket-taker, with 14 scalps from just 37 overs bowled.
At the crease there was one man that stood head and shoulders above his teammates. David Sloan only played seven games for the side, but managed to cash in big time when he did feature. He scored 416 runs in those seven knocks, scoring two centuries and averaging 69.33. Redmond was the next in line and proved difficult to get out with five red inkers in 13 innings. Those knocks produced 286 runs at 35.75, and one half century. Tom Bolger is the other batsman to get a mention, after he smashed an unbeaten 110 against Shepperton, off just 72 balls with 12 fours and eight maximums.
Cobham Avorians 3rd XI
No report was submitted by the club; the following was written by the Editor.
Cobham Avorians 3rd XI had a tough year in the Surrey Championship West Division ending the season winless with only 34 points from 18 matches. The team lost 9 matches and conceded 8. The remaining match was abandoned.
Varadaraj Palaniswamy batted valiantly scoring 239 runs. He was supported by Chris Harp (154) but no other batsman scored more than 70! The only bowler to take 10 wickets was Chris Harp (10).
There is much to review and reconsider for 2019. Cobham Avorians availability is the key issue and the club needs new fresh blood to fulfil its current fixture commitments.
Egham 3rd XI
A good season started off pretty slowly, with a first win not coming until the third game at Shepperton. In fact, in the 50/50 format, only two wins of the nine were achieved, which was a major limiting factor in the season. The declaration format on the other hand was a completely different story, where eight of the nine fixtures were won. This is a testament of how the side played the game tactically, as well as with the performances with the ball. The team often took the initiative by batting first and backing the bowlers to get ten wickets and they did on most occasions …. In fact, in the top fifteen bowling performers in the league Egham had four bowlers Michael Hawes, Matt Hannon, Ed Comber and Rohit Moudgil. Fielding had a similar return with two in the top fifteen catchers, notably Matt Tambling who accrued 14 victims and was Player of the Season. Unfortunately, the batting did not have the consistency required, especially on some testing early season surfaces at home and this is area to improve on with the introduction of linear leagues and a fully deserved promotion.
Ripley 3rd XI
2018 was a mid-table season for Ripley in Surrey Championship 3rd XI Division 3 West. The Club was pleased to see strong performances from a nucleus of young 3rd XI regulars, notably Thomas and James Clover (the Clover twins – “no, honestly umpire, that lad has not already batted!”). Thomas averaged nearly 50 and was joined towards the top of the team scoring charts by older hands such as Tim Irvine and captain Steve Adcock. On the bowling front, all players worked hard through a long hot summer. Josh Thomas and Aaron Preston took good early season bowling form into the Club’s 2nd XI.
A concession or two probably put paid to any real challenge for promotion from Ripley. However, the Club continues to attach great importance to the 3rd XI competition which delivers enjoyable competitive cricket. The 3rd XI league enables youngsters to transition from short form youth cricket into adult cricket and then on to a higher grade of cricket. The Club is very grateful to those in the Surrey Championship and Surrey County League organisations who work to make the 3rd XI league a success.
Congratulations to Chertsey CC for winning the division so convincingly.
Shepperton 3rd XI
Once again, the team had a season of much variability, both in the strength of the opposition, the teams fielded and in the quality of the pitches (a couple of which were really not suitable for any form of cricket). Regardless of all this, all games were played in good spirit, the team enjoyed a season and were pleased to finish mid-table.
The team had more depth this year, even putting out a 4th XI a few times for the first time in the club’s history. The core was strengthened by two new regular players; Harb Parmar, who won the batting award and opening batsman Anshuman “Anchor-man” Tiwari, who helped getting off to many a good start. Peter “Nightmare” Mair was the stand-out bowler, taking twice as many wickets as anybody else, but he was ably supported by Sunil Nayar and Harb Parmar. The team’s two other all-rounders, Jai Duraikannu and Gunpreet Bhatla, also contributed on occasions (but not quite as many as they would have liked or are capable of!).
Thanks go to other members of the core cadre, Ben Horler, Jon Hope, Stuart Catchpole, Calvin Roake, Andy Chinn and captain Mark Pepall, not to mention U18 Izzy Ralph who bowled very well all season and gained some valuable experience playing men’s cricket.
Finally, it was fantastic to see the return of Chris “Stabs” Stabler, after a long illness.
Staines & Laleham 3rd XI
The 3rd team were the club’s biggest achievers in finishing 2nd in the league behind local rivals Chertsey who ended up running away with it. The captaincy was shared between Andy Cranston (who spent a lot of the season actually playing for the 2nd team) and his vice-captain David Gyves. Both did terrific jobs in guiding a very young and inexperienced team to such a league position. Things definitely look bright for the future with players coming up through the elevens. Standout performances for the 3rd XI include Chris Hunt (257 runs at 28.56) and David Gyves (32 wickets at 9.84).
Weybridge Vandals 3rd XI
The 3rd XI started the season in high spirits with a new, young and dynamic skipper at the helm, Jamie Pompei. The new skipper would bring a lot of experience to the team.
The 3rd XI started off the season with 11 men most weeks but when the club picked up so many injuries, the club really struggled to get a side out some weeks. All season the team battled hard in some extreme weather and against some formidable opponents.
The majority of sides the 3rd XI met were too strong. Despite this, the team never once moaned and they fought hard all season. The team fielded a mixture of youth, middle-aged, to a 67-year-old in the side most weeks.
Among the captain’s highlights were watching the young juniors grow in stature as the season went on. There were some fine performances from the juniors with bat and ball. Oscar Powell carried on where he left off in 2017 with the ball and showed everyone how much he had improved with the bat. Drew Churchwell was a new find for the club and what a promising player he is! He can bat and bowl and can field as well. Freddie Good grew with the ball in hand as the season went on and his batting was improving markedly too.
A special mention goes to Dan Reeves for a fine 50 against a very strong Egham side, which at least gave something to bowl at.
Thank you to Dan Reeves and Alan Moffat for all their hard work and helping with skippering duties when Jamie was away.
Whiteley Village 3rd XI
The plan this season was to build on last year’s performances and continue the development of the younger players and field a mix of experienced seniors to try and improve on last year’s league position. Availably at the club did not really allow this but the team had a very enjoyable season regardless.
Huge thanks must go to all the seniors who turned out and their contribution to the spirit of the team and their continuous encouragement to the younger members. In addition, a big shout-out to all of the juniors who stepped into the breach and did the team proud each week.
Despite the variable availability this fine summer was complimented by some well contested games and excellent performances.
The batting highlights were Mathew Rowley’s 96* against Ripley, Andy Marshall’s three 50+ innings and the two excellent half centuries by David Herzog and Khalid Harris not to forget Nathan Dimond’s fantastic 41 and Michael Cliff’s 38 in their rear-guard efforts against Ripley.
On the bowling front a tight contest for leading wicket taker between the experienced Shyam Bharadwaj, Andy Marshall and Peter Roberts and the youngest player Harry Wood (13). The club is proud to say Harry won through with 18 league scalps and best figures of 5 for 25, a top effort all round. Additional mentions must go to Joseph Horsey, Michael Cliff and Dan Horsey for their tight lines and excellent fielding and Dave Nash for his all-round excellent play.
A big thank you to the support crew at Whiteley, Jackie for her admin, Joseph and Keith for scoring and Shyam for his relentless spells umpiring. Finally thank you to the league organisers and all the opposition for enabling the side to play and enjoy this summer of cricket. Everyone is hoping for another great summer in 2019.