- Old Rutlishians
- Oxted & Limpsfield
- Reigate Priory
- Streatham & Marlborough
Another successful season for the 4th XI, finishing in 2nd place having won 13 of the 16 matches played. This was an excellent result considering that over 30 players were used during the season with the usual 4th XI Friday night call-ups. The season saw some solid batting contributions, especially from Kanth scoring 600 runs in 9 innings at 85, including 2 hundreds and Indrarajah 475 at 47. Captain Siva Kugathas again topped the bowling averages with 23 wickets at 11 aided by all rounder Indrarajah with 18.
Dulwich 4th XI
The 4th XI finally put right their wrongs of the three previous seasons and clinched the Premier League title after successive heartaches of being pipped at the post or just falling short. 14 wins out of the 17 matches played showed the degree of dominance that clinched the title by almost 40 points. It was not a flawless season, however, as two defeats were suffered against a strong Banstead team and a below par performance vs. Streatham & Marlborough.
The team benefited from a core of regulars but, as is the case at this level, also suffered from availability issues but the many that stepped in proved their worth. Captain Andrew Swain led the team well and from the front in claiming a league leading 33 wickets at 12 including three 5-wicket hauls. He was ably supported by a well balanced attack, notably Prasanna Callaghan, Will Palmer (two 5-wicket performances) and the spin dup of Dan Peters and the evergreen David Woods. Andrew Cornick surprised everyone (none more so than himself) with a 5 for 33!
Often small totals were being chased so the batsmen were not called upon to ‘dig deep’ on too many occasions. When required a number shone, notably Ollie Smith (263 runs at 53), Zeeshan Chaudhry (223 at 56 before injury curtailed his season) and Matt Phillips. Many of the players earned promotion to the 3rd XI once again showing the strength of the Club at present is at the 3rd / 4th XI.
What was pleasing was that towards the end of the season a number of the club’s junior players were able to be integrated and play a full part without any weakening of the team. This is something that the club will look to build upon at this level through its emerging Pathway Programme.
With the potential move to a linear league in 2019 the team looks forward to different challenges, playing different teams and on different grounds. Given the strength of the Club currently at this level, expectations are for, at least, consolidation in the first instance and then progression.
Normandy 4th XI
For the 4th XI a return to the Premier League was what it always has been, a tough summer and the changes to the league structure are a welcome sight. As the bottom rung of the club’s 4 teams being elevated to the top tier is always a huge struggle as the sides at the top are far stronger than our more traditional old men and boys and it is huge credit to the side that the older heads never let the enthusiasm drop and the youngsters continue to battle to the end.
Relegation was not unexpected, particularly when significant absences in the 1st XI filter down to leaving gaping holes in the 4th XI. On the rare occasions when a genuine 4th XI side was fielded it was competitive but too often the margin of defeat reflected the number of Friday night recruits coerced.
The batting was largely carried by the older heads with Dave Edwards (228 runs) leading from the front supported by Tim Jones (177), Matt Medlock (152) and Keith Ford (132). The top score of 74 was made by Aaron Hunt and if only the Sampson father and son double act could have been fielded more regularly then the team would have had an opening pair to be proud of.
Of the bowlers Matt Cook was the star, his pace accounting for 12 victims and Aaron Hunt and George Newton both took 10 wickets each when 3rd XI duty and injury (respectively) allowed. Tim Jones and Sunny Singh provided the slow bowling options when sufficient runs were posted.
Some new young faces entered the side and gave excellent accounts of themselves; Jonny Hodgson, George Anderson, Alfie Beardall and Henry Sumsion all show promise and set about their game in the right manner.
Thanks to all those who helped out at (very) short notice in a tough campaign and good luck to incoming captain Matt Medlock.
Old Rutlishians 4th XI
After winning promotion to the Premier Division last season, the 2018 season was a step into the unknown for the 4th XI. As with many 4th XIs across the country, player availability was always a concern, however, thanks to using upwards of 50 players throughout the season, the team was always able to field an XI and avoided any cancellations.
Having got a taste for winning throughout 2017, the team had to experience the other side of the coin a fair bit this season as from the 18 games, 6 were won, 11 were lost one was conceded by the opposition. For a first season in the top division, taking into consideration availability and newcomer status, consolidation/survival was the primary objective. Thanks to a number of excellent team and individual performances, the team managed to steer clear of relegation with a respectable 6th place finish.
The club prides itself on continuously bringing through young players from the burgeoning youth set up at Poplar Road. The 4th XI, along with the 5ths, benefit hugely by being able to provide youngsters with a first taste of senior cricket and the 2018 season saw no exception to this with 15 year old Elliot Sanders finishing the season with 16 wickets at 17.31. Captain Slatford, along with D Grindrod and S Piper-Masha formed the core of senior players who, as touched upon, where supported at various times throughout the season by a whole host of players.
Runs were hard to come by at times but Robbie Larcombe earns special mention for hitting his first senior 50 for the club with a well-made 67 opening the batting against Oxted & Limpsfield, only to slowly slide down the order as the season progressed and finishing the season having potentially batted in every position for the 4s this season!
The team looks forward to what 2019 brings.
Oxted & Limpsfield 4th XI
In a very enjoyable season the 4th XI was a tad unlucky to be relegated on 155 points. There were some cracking games notably against S&M (twice), Old Ruts, Reigate Priory and Sinjuns which all went down to the wire.
The batting was helped by a couple of big contributions from Keith Tushingham (a century vs. S&M being the standout) and Simon Virley, whilst the principle wicket takers were, once again, Kevin Powell and a couple of promising Under 13’s, Matt Thomas and Jos Heaver. Also a special mention to Ben Barney, another Under 13, who opened both the batting and the bowling on a number of occasions and Jack Plunkett (U17) who took a career best 8 for 69 against Sinjuns.
In spite of the usual struggles with availability and using 62 players in total the season was played out in good spirit in a very competitive league where most teams went for the win even in the timed games. Finally thanks to Dolores who was a Trojan on the teas and all those players who stepped in at the last moment to play.
Reigate Priory 4th XI
The side had selection issues due to several players at the top end no longer playing and struggled to remain competitive throughout the season. Some of the side’s key players put in some fine performances however but for little reward.
Four batsmen scored around 200 runs or more with Jonny Wickes being the pick with 321 runs at 45.6. Other leading run scorers were Sam Gregson, Brijesh Patel and Matt Van Staden. Michael Ramsden also averaged over 40 in his 4 innings.
Only 3 bowlers, Steve Cross, Simon Morris and Peter Friend, took just over 10 wickets with Cross being a match winner with both bat and ball when he played. The fact that the most overs anyone bowled in an 18 match season was 54 shows the lack of a consistent side, with 48 players being used.
With four games to go relegation loomed but the side rallied to secure victories and retain the 4th XI Premier League status. The final match was won to remain in the Premier league, in fact finishing 6th. After the euphoria of staying up however it was then discovered that under league restructuring the final push looks like being rendered a little meaningless.
Despite the various traumas the side, week in and week out, always returned to the club to help support other teams and make their charitable donations behind the bar. Onwards and upwards for next season whatever it may hold.
SinjunGrammarians 4th XI
The campaign for the 4th XI was enjoyable, with a change in personnel. New skipper and fresh faces, with a good balance of seniors and youths, with availabilities and injuries the team varied in strength on a weekly basis.
The side had some good victories, close defeats but always competitive and enjoyable. Fahim Abbas, Craig Presaud and Kash Malik batting consistently well with the pick of the bowlers being Adam Ismail, Shaf Malik, Abdul Haq.
The Player of the Season was Fahim Abbas with 15 wickets and 617 runs (top scored 119). Hopefully the team can build on this and look forward to the 2019 season.
Streatham & Marlborough 4th XI
With a new full-time captain, the 4th XI was looking positively to the year ahead with a mind-set that could seek a top of the table finish. However, a series of up and down results, with some serious injuries to key players, made a challenge at the top more difficult than was desired and Streatham & Marlborough finished 4th, which was still the team's highest finish in the 4th XI Premiership.
Early losses to Wimbledon, Reigate and Oxted & Limpsfield had the team questioning the season and after the Lazarus like results against Normandy and Old Ruts, there was some belief that the team could win games from inconceivable positions, too often caused by a porous top order. Further wins over Banstead and then eventually providing Dulwich with their first loss of the season saw the team rise from the fiercely contested mid-table to finish 4th.
With only four batsmen scoring over 200 runs and none over 300, batting was the weakness. The runs tally was led by newcomer to the club Simon Wright (250 at 50) with a slew of red inks. He was supported by Curtis Knott (237 at 33.9) in his newly found number three spot, Roshan Saini (225 at 25) and skipper Benn Glazier (223 at 22.3), the skipper hitting a purple patch at the end of the season with two half-centuries on the trot.
The bowling was led by Glazier (23 wickets at 17.9), with support from Raj Patel (20 at 26.1) and Avin Ramani (17 at 8.88) who, when available, was a fierce cannon to demolish all comers. Alas, it was not to be, and this was the story of the season with regard to availability or a lack thereof.
Overall, a solid season, but moreover, a thoroughly enjoyable one as a new unit was forged, enjoying playing quality cricket on Saturdays but also remembering what club cricket is all about.
Sunbury 4th XI
A well-earned mid table finish was a reasonable success for the 4th XI; although two places lower than the previous season, mid table was good in what felt like a stronger division.
Spearheading the attack this year, once again, was Nobby Clarke, who just seemed to produce it week in week out, sending down 115 overs taking 24 wickets at 15.5; a remarkable performance once again. He was well assisted by opening pair Ranjit Gopi (15 at 19) and Stan Raymonde (13 at 16). Both were economical going at under 4 an over for the season and given the hot weather and flat surfaces that was quite an achievement.
The same names appear with the batting too. Stan averaged 44 in just 5 innings with a couple of very good half centuries. Ranjit Gopi scored 363 at 36.
Other notable innings were Manvinder Sehmi 87* vs. SinjunGrammarians on the final day, Mo Khan's very powerful 55 against Wimbledon and Ranjit Gopi's 69 to complete victory against Reigate Priory.
Once again, the 4th XI blooded several new youngsters this year which will serve the club well in the future. New players included Ben Maskery, Ahmed Khalir, Asim Rehman (5 for 12 against Normandy), James Hicks and Subhan Ramzan, all of whom will go on to bigger and better things, which is the main aim of the 4th XI.
Once again, with stronger availability throughout the club this side could push for a top 3 finish, something it hopes to achieve next season.
Wimbledon 4th XI
Wimbledon 4th XI started well with a win against Streatham thanks to Ehtisham Qadir (85*) and Anthony Kane (4 for 23). The second match was rained off after 9 overs following which Wimbledon won the next 3 games, including a tight game at Sunbury on the usual good batting surface. Highlights from those games included father and son Vince and Joshua Tallent opening and batting through for a 10 wicket win against Normandy and a 170 run partnership between Joshua Tallent (93) and Amjad Husain (82) against Sunbury.
Against Sinjuns, with Eric Anand making 73 and Joshua Tallent 61 in Wimbledon’s 274 for 6 declared, followed by bowling Sinjuns out for 92 with Eric Anand taking 6 for 34 and Anthony Kane 4 for 56. Dulwich, who were slightly ahead of Wimbledon and leading the table at that point, would be met the following week.
On world cup quarter final day, Dulwich won the toss and put Wimbledon in to bat. Wimbledon struggled to 197 all out off 45.1 overs, with Alistair Muirhead carrying his bat for 81*. After watching England do the business against Sweden Dulwich got off to a flyer, with their opener cracking a 28 ball 50 and racing on to 72 out of 115 off 43 balls. Wimbledon fought back manfully but in the end Dulwich’s excellent start told and Dulwich got home by 3 wickets (Jamie Andrews taking 4 for 45). From that point onwards, Dulwich were in the driving seat in the league and despite a couple of hiccups, never relinquished their lead, going on to win the 2018 title.
Overall, 40 players which was a reduction on the previous year., The leading run scorers being Joshua Tallent (586 runs) and Amjad Husain (485) and the leading wicket taker Jamie Andrews (20) Several 4th XI players went on to contribute to the 3rd XI league winning side which bodes well for the future.