- Cobham Avorians
- Hampton Wick Royal
Following on from consecutive relegations, 2018 was the year to ensure consolidation and provide stability in the league position. Over the course of the season, 35 unique players were used. Whilst this was a large improvement from 2017, where 53 were utilised, it still makes for a difficult season. Fortunately Division 4 status was maintained, finishing sixth.
The batting performances that stood out were David Roche scoring 96 against Hampton Wick Royal and Barry Lineker scoring 90 against Purley to win the game. Craig Stevens topped the batting with 382 runs (3 fifties) with David Roche (2 fifties in six innings).
The bowling performances that stood out were Ali Rajah 6 for 32 off 14 overs against Kingstonian and Rob Maguire 5 for 25 off 12.3 overs against Ripley. Ali Rajah was the top wicket taker, taking 25 wickets in total closely followed by Rob Maguire with 22.
All in all it was pleasing to finish the season by not being relegated for a third season; at times the team showed it can compete with the best.
Cheam 2nd XI
The 2nd XI had high hopes for 2018 having stumbled in the back straight for promotion the previous year and the season started well with a few wins. However several key players were regularly pulled up to cover a shortage of 1st XI Players. For the entire season the team were mid-table however several teams at the lower end of the table went on winning streaks and in the final few games the team all of sudden found themselves in a last-minute relegation battle!
Availability issues continued to plague the team and going into the last game against promoted Hampton Wick it was a must-win game to stay up. Incredibly batting first the Cheam 2nd XI slumped to 5 wickets for just 1 run and were left shell shocked by some excellent Hampton Wick bowling. However even more incredibly the team mustered a half defendable total of 93 and went on to bowl Hampton Wick out for just 87. In some ways it summed up the incredible talent, yet inconsistency, of the team and the season.
Seasoned campaigner Senanayake led the way with the ball with 20 wickets at 13.70 topping the charts. Captain Sayed amounted 283 runs at 25.73 and 9 wickets at 20.22 and Under 15 Dutta made an impression in 7 games making 160 at 32.00. Mehmood and Fisher chipped in with important all-round performances. The 2019 season is looking promising and hopes are high that the team has the raw ingredients to achieve promotion if it is able to show the mental strength and commitment required to achieve consistency.
Cobham Avorians 2nd XI
No report was submitted by the club; the following was written by the Editor.
A very disappointing season for the Cobham Avorians 2nd XI saw them finish bottom of Division 4. The side achieved only one win all season and in the end was relegated by a margin of 122 points.
The bowling was led by captain Stephen King (304 runs) supported by John Christopher (293), Ashley Golder (241) and Mark Barrow (204).
Only three bowlers took more than 5 wickets; Animesh Satyarthi led the averages with 12 wickets while Joel Bailey and Stephen King took 16 apiece.
For Cobham Avorians to bounce back an influx of new blood is required and a few keen, enthusiastic youngsters with regular availability will also be needed.
Ewell 2nd XI
The team was delighted to win the division with a match to spare. The season did not start too well, losing the first game and having the second abandoned when the opposition had been piling on the runs but then the winning started, winning 14 of the final 16 games. Overall it was, once again, a team performance with different team members contributing to winning different games.
A Naqvi once again led the batting, scoring 539 runs including five 50s with A Khan not far behind scoring 511 runs including four 50s. I Ahmed, who joined last year, started to establish a position at number 3, scoring 393 with a top score of 93*. There was competition for the opening spots with D Chowdhry starting to play league cricket and N Singh joining the team; D Chowdhry scored 352 including three 50s and N Singh scored 210 with a top score of 104. B Mahmood had a poor season with the bat but showed what he can do with 127* in one game and I Wyatt doggedly batted through several long innings including a 56*.
Four bowlers bowled more than 100 overs. Leading the bowling was B Mahmood taking 35 wickets at an average of 12.8 and best figures of 6 for 11 and T Afzaal taking 26 wickets at 23.2. Ahsan Saleem was, however, the only bowler with an economy rate below 3, taking 14 wickets at an average of 21.4. P Jassi also bowled well, especially when the batsmen were looking to accelerate the run rate, taking 18 wickets at an average of 27.7 and best figures of 5 for 21.
Of the new bowlers, A Rab was the highlight, taking 16 wickets at an average of 12.2 and an economy of 3.3. U Qayyum gave another option for a fast opening attack and Absaar Saleem also showed promise with his off break bowling.
Several players kept wicket, but it was mostly B Mahmood and A Naqvi who had the gloves. A Khan, however, took the most catches, 10 in total of which one was while keeping. T Afzaal, B Mahmood and I Ahmed all held onto 9 catches each.
The club would like to thank the Captain, B Mahmood, and the team would like to thank the tea lady Agnes.
Hampton Wick Royal 2nd XI
2018 represented HWR 2nd XI’s fifth consecutive season in Division 4. Having narrowly missed out on promotion several times during this stay, the task remained to deliver consistent performances across the season. Preparations for the year were hampered when on the season’s eve, injury to incumbent skipper Ian Collier advanced debutant 2’s skipper, Phil Linter to the role.
Building upon strong foundations, a balance of juniors, youth and experience was struck with early confidence showing as the team notched up 10 wins from the first 11 games; the only loss coming at eventual league winners, Ewell. Promotion was sealed in style with 2 games to play, a comprehensive 7-wicket victory away to rival challengers Purley ensured a first appearance in Division 3 for 2019
Though match-winning performances could be found throughout the season (Ed Charlton away at Merstham and Tom Clements at home to SinjunGrammarians) success was born out of a tight-knit team culture and contributions all around the field. With the bat, Joe Hirsch (425 at 47.22), Harry Copeland (338 at 28.17) and Tom Clements (307 at 38.38) set the tone in an increasingly mature line-up. Skipper Phil Linter led from the front with the ball (30 wickets), ably supported by young and exciting all-rounders Dom Jones (18) and Nick Browning (16). Finally, fielding remained a key strength of the team, often proving the difference between sides, best exemplified by Ed Charlton, who's 17 outfield catches saw him top the Surrey Championships fielding stats, across all divisions.
A huge congratulations to HWR and all the 2nd XI players, it was a superb effort this season and a deserved promotion, bring on 2019!
Kingstonian 2nd XI
The 2nd XI season got off to a false start, with regulars not available, and the first three matches ended in two narrow defeats and an abandoned game. As the weather improved, so did results, and wins against Cobham Avorians and Addiscombe ensued, with Kamran Khan the pick with his 4 for 46. This followed a masterclass in batting by Ahmad Mahboob (153*) vs. Ripley backed up by the ever-illustrious Mohammed Nabi picking up 4 for 27 off his 11 overs. Skipper Milan Patra led the way with his first league century, a valiant 103 in a losing draw vs. SinjunGrammarians.
Dan Gascoyne carried on his excellent early season bowling form from the 3rd XI to grab 4 for 41 in a narrow victory against Mertsham, alongside an excellent all-round performance from Rohit Syed with bat (46) and ball (4 for 15). Ezra Hinds also played well for his 89 in the win against Cheam. Rashu Khanna emerged mid-season to add some steel at the top of the order with a fighting 77* against Hampton Wick as he carried his bat. Tahir Khan led from the front with his experience with an outstanding 127 and Nabi backed it up with a 5-wicket haul; Nabi followed this up with another 5 wickets in a narrow defeat versus Ewell.
An outstanding all-round game against Addiscombe led to a tied match, with valuable contributions on both sides. The team ended the season strongly with three wins on the bounce with notable performances from Harsha Alla (5 for 18), Dan Gascoyne (5 for 10) and Srinath Panchavati (two consecutive 50s). This saw the team finish a creditable third for the second season running, with many positives to take into next season. Nabi has proved what a valuable asset he is to the club with bat and ball all season and other players have emerged with some excellent performances throughout the season, all well marshalled by Milan Patra.
Merstham 2nd XI
This season was a frustrating one for the 2nd XI both in player availability and reaching potential. A team that had lots of player changes each week with only two players playing most games of the season and the other 9 changing around. When the strongest side was out then the potential was shown, bowling teams out has never been an issue, scoring the runs sometimes has.
Although knowing the players the team should quite easily be able to put both together and be very good and strong. Hopes are high that this can be made to work next year.
There were great performances from Ali and Aslam with the ball throughout the season. Some strong batting shows at certain times by players show what could happen. It was great to see young players come through like Joe Rees-Davies and Finn Harris the future at Merstham look good.
Hopefully both sides of the game will come through next season and the side can show its full potential.
This seasons close games can hopefully be finished off rather than the two one wicket losses and being bowled out cheaply after bowling teams out cheaply ourselves.
Purley 2nd XI
Following last-day relegation heartbreak in 2017 the 2nd XI had high hopes of bouncing back to Division 3 at the first attempt with what looked like a stronger, more settled team. The early signs were good with five wins, and dominating an abandoned game against the eventual league winners, out of the first six games. However, the loss of captain Chris Cooper to the 1st XI and various call-ups and unavailability, combined with England-style inconsistency from the top order throughout most of the season, meant results suffered. With promotion hopes gone the season ended with a whimper with four successive defeats and a fourth place finish but hopes are high for another push in 2019.
With the bat there were notable performances from Vishal Patel (440 runs at 34 with three 50s and a ton) Asif Ali (349 at 32) and a maiden century for Sam Radford, while Asif Ali also excelled with the ball with 20 wickets at 19.80 including a remarkable three-game spell in June (while fasting in hot weather) of 42 over 24 maidens 48 runs and 6 wickets! He was backed up by Farhan Ghalib with 19 wickets at 25.26 and Jack Sugarman with 15 wickets at 31. However, special mention must be given to Gohar Khan, who took over the team mid-season and, despite pushing other players ahead of himself, ended up with 432 runs at 62 and 27 wickets at 16.56, along with a clean sweep at the end of season awards.
Ripley 2nd XI
2018 will be looked back as a season of contrast.
The first half pretty awful the second half very good. The season had its usual struggles with availability, lack of wicketkeepers and also the glaring issue of taking catches. It is reasonable to estimate that the best part of 100 were shelled during the season, far from ideal.
The first half of the season involved routine defeats with the majority including not scoring enough runs batting first and being chased down with relative ease. Even scoring 260+ against eventual champions Ewell at home was comfortably chased down.
The turning point for Ripley was the home draw against Sinjuns, losing to a relegation rival is not ideal and we managed to hang on with R Zapp and Grimmy doing the needful.
After this the team went on a run of sorts, getting home 9 down in a thriller at Merstham, then having 4 successful chases around 200 against Purley, Kingstonian, Cheam and Avorians, which started pushing the team up the table. The side ended the season finishing a more than respectful 5th, with some great win coupled with some bad defeats.
The season's highlights were:
Batting: John Grimsdale 394, Nad Rashid 371 and Rich Warne 352. Bowling: Nad Rashid 21, Matt Cliff 18 and Richard Zapp 17.
Thanks must go to all who assisted the team throughout the season, Neil Woods, Abbas Sheikh and Hughie Hill for umpiring and also Jennifer Cliff and Steve Preston for scoring.
Moving forward the team have some strong foundations to build on for the upcoming season including a new captain and some more experienced younger players to step up to the task. The side just needs to make sure everyone takes more of the chances it creates in a tough competitive division.
SinjunGrammarians 2nd XI
Escaping relegation miraculously in 2017, the club had good influx of players with a newly appointed Captain Naveed Sarwar who was given a task to rebuild the team.
Overall the 2nd XI had very good results, 6 wins, 3 winning draws and 8 losses. Unfortunately the side could not keep its head above water as the lower half of the league got very competitive and most of the other clubs who were also battling against relegation ended up playing their 1st XI players in crunch games, however Sinjungrammarians needed their 1st XI players to be sure of promotion into the Surrey Championship and understandably the 1st XI skipper was not ready to compromise.
There were really good individual performances; 3 centuries scored by Adnan Khan, Rashid Javid and the Skipper Naveed Sarwar. Naveed (527 runs at 33) remained the 2nd highest run scorer in their division whilst Asim Hafeez (30 wickets at 20.37) had a 5 wicket haul and remained the 8th highest wicket taker in the division. A few of the new players also chipped in.
Next year, in a division lower, the 2nd XI remains committed, focused, strong and most importantly together to continue its progress to tread on the path with challenges to cherish.