- Battersea Ironsides
- Guildford City
- Hampton Hill
- Maori Oxshott
- Old Emanuel
- Old Hamptonians
- Thames Ditton
Russell Clayton’s six-year tenure as 2nd XI captain came to an end after the team endured the Club’s worst ever league season in 2017. He was replaced by Jim Bridgeman, now well into his sixties, who last captained Alleyn in 1995 during the club’s ‘golden era’. Faced with an inevitable relegation battle, he rallied his troops when it really mattered and the team escaped the drop by winning the final three matches. In the first of these, the 2nd XI made its highest-ever score; 302 for six against Guildford City.
Unlike in previous seasons, depth in bowling was not a problem for the team. Alastair Reeves again took wickets (10 at 19.20) alongside his new ball partner Amjad Hussain (13 at 21.38). Wickets also came from Nathan Wells (11 at 10.91), Clayton (18 at 18.67) and Will Everitt (16 at 12.81).
The batting was a let-down, which was rather annoying as it had previously been a strength. Runs came from Bridgeman (442 at 40.18), Josh Lawrence (261 at 43.50) and Fred Everitt (230 at 28.25) but Chris Foster had a rare quiet season (184 at 13) and there was limited support from Ali Zahoor and David Owen, though to their immense credit they kept turning out. Having been relegated after 12 seasons in Division Four, it was a disappointment to struggle quite so much in Division Five and a tremendous relief to survive.
There was wholehearted support from the cricket family; the umpires (Digby Hunt and Jonathan Wyles), scorers (Colin Gay and Simone van Elk) and caterers (Gemma de Ruyter and Maureen Kelleher). The thriving junior section is now one of the biggest in London. Thanks to Bridgeman and his tireless staff, not only did seven juniors graduate to the senior teams this year but 12 of the club’s young players qualified as Level 2 coaches.
Battersea Ironsides 2nd XI
The 2nd XI were keen to get the season started after a positive pre-season with few new talented players signing up. There was a very promising start to the season with 8 wins out of first 10 games. The only loss was against the potential champions. The second half of the season was poor; 3 losses, one against a team that had not won a game all season and until then, promotion hopes were still alive. The side ended up finishing 3rd in the table; one more win would have seen the team playing Div 4 in 2019!
We had some notable batting and bowling performances. Yousuf Ahmed, Faisal Feroz and Ahsan Khan had good seasons with the bat. Nas Mir contributed with some good wicket taking spells. There were also great individual performances from the "returning" Sam Rowntree and some positive performances from new recruits Tom Palmer, George Painter, Harry Jackson, Greg Bird and Ben Riding.
Battersea Ironsides can now only reflect on the 2018 season but aim to come back stronger in 2019. There were positives from the 2018 season and the team aims to get one place higher in 2019 with promotion to Div 4.
Guildford City 2nd XI
No report was submitted by the club; the following was written by the Editor.
Guildford City 2nd XI managed only one win all season and losing 14 times tells the main story. Poor availability, regularly playing with less than 11 players and a lack of depth meant the team amassed a total of only 33 points.
The most innings any players had for the 2nd XI was 11. Only one player, Saijad Mohammed (226) scored over 200 runs. He was supported by S Safdar (135), Waheed Akhtar (128) and Mohsi Bashir (119). The bowling had two bowlers both taking 13 wickets, C Dasghose and Shoaib Bashir, follow by Zafar Iqbal with 7. No other bowler had more than 5 wickets.
Guildford City must have a serious recruitment campaign for the winter. A better depth of availability is the main issue which needs to be urgently addressed by the club.
Hampton Hill 2nd XI
A good start saw the 2nd XI leading the league after Week 2. A couple of disappointing weeks followed where we failed to put out consistent teams, to bat well under pressure and turned in some poor performances in the field plus an early arrival of the traditional mid-season slump.
Things turned around after the mid-season slump and the team started to put some results together. Unbeaten in 7 with 4 wins and 3 draws and progress was being made up the table. Alas the inconsistency returned and the team finished the season with mid-table respectability!
Some notable games and performances: 300 runs against Old Hamptonians with Jordan Gomez scoring 100. A low scoring win at Alleyn. A winning draw against Old Emanuel, with a maiden league 50 from Liam Weeks and another 40 from Warren Carr who had arrived from the 3s. An 8 wicket win against Mitcham with 4 wickets and 76* for the returning Stuart Barrs James and a solid 38 from Warren Carr, who had found new life in 2s cricket. A draw against Thames Ditton with Sam Fullicks batting 21 overs to save the game before smashing the last ball to the boundary. In the return game against Thames Ditton, Umakant Saraswat was finally available for the 2s and took 1 for 7 (from 10 overs) and 37 runs with a stand of 50+ for the last wicket.
In the final game there was a great stand between the two youngsters, Massimo Campanale (47) and Sam Fullicks (a maiden league 50), scoring 73 before retiring absolutely knackered!! There was also a fantastic spell of bowling from former skipper Exworth, proving that dodgy knees can be overcome with 2 for 7 (10 overs), capping a return to form in the 2nd half of the season.
It was a disappointing season in terms of the finishing position but, as always, lots of promise for the future.
Maori Oxshott 2nd XI
A mixed age Maori Oxshott 2nd XI managed to achieve a highly respectable fifth place, having once threatened the promotion places, before a succession of defeats followed by 4 straight wins in August meant the last few weeks of the season could be played with no fear of relegation.
The progress of this side over the last few years have been good, with this seasons 5th position the highest finish the side has achieved in the three years of being in Division 5, hopefully next year the side can push on to challenge the promotion places.
Winning as a team and losing as team is all part of the development process, watch this space. George Depree (29 wickets), Fahad Butt (700) were standout performers.
Merrow 2nd XI
In a season of highs and lows ending in possible relegation going right to the wire with 4 runs required from the last ball to ensure survival. Eventually the side fell short against Hampton Hill only to find that relegation was staved off because only one team was promoted from the Fullers League.
All in all the struggles came down to a loss of players either retiring or moving on to pastures new and poor availability. Unable to field a consistent side week on week with between 4 and 5 different faces coming in and out.
As ever the bowling attack was led by the ever green Ken Mead who yet again was leading wicket taker. He was ably supported by James Munt, Toby Finch and Sam Finch before his deserved promotion to the first team.
The performance of the 3 mentioned above bodes well for the future as all 3 have come through the junior system and it has been a pleasure to see them develop.
On the batting front this is where the team struggled and rarely posted a competitive total. Miles Trueman was the leading run scorer and really after that there was little support.
Jimmy Woodriffe came into the side in early July and showed huge promise and sound technique and will be a very good player.
All in all with the young players coming through and showing promise the future is bright for MCC and the club hopes to regroup next year to show greater fight.
Mitcham 2nd XI
Mitcham Cricket Club's 2nd eleven returned to the Surrey Championship after several years away.
Promoted as champions, the season started well with seven victories from the first nine matches (with a loss and an abandoned match due to rain for the other two). This was largely due to a number of great individual performances including Jaimin Patel (56* vs. Thames Ditton, 99 vs. Hampton Hill and 50 vs. Old Emanuel), Jay Jones (4 for 8 vs. Hampton Hill), Naimit Patel (4 for 25 vs. Guildford City) Shreyash Patel (42* vs. Guildford City, 61 vs. Merrow and 74* vs. Old Emanuel), Abhi Raval (5 for 27 vs. Merrow), Faridullah Hosseini (4 for 14 vs. Alleyn), Anwar Ul Haq (56* vs. Alleyn) and a Man of the Match performance by Ashan Khan against Old Emanuel (4 for 71 and 84*).
These results saw the team sitting comfortably second in the table halfway through the season. Unfortunately, the second half did not prove as successful. Following a number of internal player promotions, the side struggled to compete to the same level.
That said, strong team performances were still achieved against Maori Oxshott (winning by 47 runs), Thames Ditton (by 57 runs) and Battersea Ironsides (chasing down 189) and the team were still chasing promotion. Individual efforts during this period included Abhi Raval (5 for 25 vs. Old Hamptonians and 4 for 39 vs. Maori Oxshott), Jaimin Patel (55 vs. Maori Oxshott, 90 vs. Hampton Hill and 54 vs. Thames Ditton), Ashan Khan (4 for 41 vs. Maori Oxshott and 4 for 33 vs. Thames Ditton), Shreyash Patel (52 vs. Guildford City and 84* vs. Battersea Ironsides), Alston Wood (4 for 16 vs. Merrow), Wahid Ulla Khan (61 vs. Merrow) and Damian Greenall (55 vs. Old Emanuel).
An abandoned match, followed by a run of three losses to close the season proved the difference and ultimately ended any chance of promotion. A fourth place for the first season back was a positive result and the team will be back next season to try it all again.
Old Emanuel 2nd XI
The leadership group were confident that promotion was achievable, and so it proved, with individual brilliance gelling together well as a team.
Skipper Naveed Ahmad led from the front, fully supported by all, particularly new vice-captain, Asim Sheikh.
The start of the season was in line with expectations with some strong individual and team performances seeing the team through to some convincing wins.
Mid-season, a few below par performances resulted in some losses which created some discomfort but a strong finish confirmed the team’s promotion to Division 4 by virtue of a runners-up place.
The captain would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chairman, support team and last but not least all team members who were involved in making the season an absolute success and ensuring promotion.
Special mention for the top performers, Jehangir Zeb and Ibrar Malik finished first and second respectively in the division with aggregates of 671 and 603 runs respectively. Asim Sheikh with 477 runs was also in the top 5.
In the Bowling department Rehan Malik and Akhtar Ali were the leading wicket takers with 19 and 17 wickets respectively. The Skipper Naveed Ahmad also made some valuable contributions with 13 wickets.
Zahid Ahmad, Hamzah Khan, Naseer Butt and Naeem Sheikh, being true team players, were at the heart of the team’s success with numerous contributions on and off the field.
The camaraderie within the team is exceptional and the club is very hopeful that this is just a start of a success story that will see the OECC badge rise through the ranks of the Surrey Championship.
Old Hamptonians 2nd XI
The 2nd XI embarked on their ninth consecutive season in Division 5 with a squad that had high hopes for finally winning the league. Bolstered by batsmen Oliver George, Max Vyvyan, George Gregory, Chris Madoc-Jones, Poulter, Reid, new recruit Tim Walker and stalwarts Baker, Crowe and captain Doherty, the side would finally realise its potential amassing record totals from the start including a club record partnership of 212* between George, who finished on another club record 174*, and the captain, against Guildford.
Crucial contributions throughout the season came from all of the aforementioned and their efforts were superbly capitalised on by the opening bowling duo of Elliott Morley and Sam Osborn, who took over 60 wickets between them. Further bowling strength came in the form of James Scowen, Tom Hunter, Zac Goodwill, Kavi Bhasin and the spin twins Madoc-Jones and Walker. Rarely did an opposition survive their full allocation of overs and only once did a team chase down a score against the 2nd XI all year.
George reached unprecedented levels by becoming the first player to win the Young Player and Players’ Player award for the team in the same season. His 543 runs at an average of 55 were instrumental in the team’s success and he will only be kept out of the 1st XI next season by some almighty winter recruitment. The team has benefitted greatly from the 1st XI’s strength, which in turn has come from the wonderful recruitment the club has done in getting the best recent school leavers playing and enjoying their cricket. Winning 14 out of the 18 games the side finished on 333 points, a new record, and secured a place in Division 4 for next year, where the team hopes to continue the momentum and winning form and look to challenge for promotion again. Such aims will only be possible by the continued presence of talented Hamptonians, past and present.
Thames Ditton 2nd XI
Consolidation was the aim following promotion in 2017 and this was achieved under the committed and passionate captaincy of Amrik Natt.
Victory first came as Guildford City were blown away for an incredible 28. Akash Kapoor took 4 for 12 and equally surprisingly the runs were knocked off for no wickets.
A trip to Merrow ended badly then the team started racking up the scores, albeit with the timed format counting against them. 264 for 6 against Maori Oxshott, 256 for 9 at Old Emanuel including Shah’s excellent 65 and 256 for 7 against Hampton Hill with a masterful 93 from Shah, all drawn.
Three wins followed at Alleyn with 51* from Aktar then, at home, 50s for Shah and Robinson against Battersea Ironsides with Morgan and Senthilkumar superb in reply, 3 for 21 and 4 for 27 respectively. 70 from Zain and another 4 wickets from Senthilkumar meant Guildford City were bowled out well short of their target.
Mitcham ended the revival but Bennett took 4 for 24 as Merrow were bowled out for 117 and TD won by 9 wickets with 50s from Morgan and Shah. The same pair scored 50s again at Maori Oxshott but were not backed up by the rest of the team, losing by 3 wickets despite an incredible diving catch from Maughan.
58 from Park and 3 wickets for Lodge could not prevent defeat to Old Emanuel before a thumping win against Hampton Hill stopped the rot with a first 50 for the club for Lessiter.
It was a good season back in the Championship. Notable performances came from Shah (477 runs at 31.8), Ollie Park (310 at 31), Robinson (300 at 20), Lessiter (257 at 36.71). The stand-out bowlers were Senthilkumar (17 wickets at 19.18), Spiler (16 at 21.19), Natt (11 at 26.91) and Morgan (11 at 22). Natt led the fielding with 12 victims backed up by Shah and Lessiter behind the stumps.
Next year no doubt the 2nd XI will hope to push on from another strong season and go for another promotion.