- Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians
- Valley End
Like 2017, it was another disappointing start for the 1st XI. Managing just 2 wins before the end of June left the side bottom of the table. A change of approach and a shake up to the batting order saw some good performances put together. A run of 5 wins in 7 games in July and August, including two big wins at home to Spencer and Guildford, saw a move into the top half of the league. Unfortunately, a fairly poor end to the season once safety was secured saw the team ending up in 8th position.
The mid-season run showed a lot of teams what Beddington are capable of and in a season where a lot of younger members of the club were blooded, there is a lot to be positive about going into next season.
Performance wise there were two real highlights. Tom Bevan against Spencer, hitting a fantastic 84 to help set 230 for 9 and then taking 6 for 39 to bowl them out for 121. The other from Dharam Vyas at Farnham, chasing 240 he went out and smashed 141* from just 135 balls in just his 4th game in the 1st team.
Special mention must go to 14 year old Sam Hadfield who came into the team half way through the season and made a big difference. Hitting his maiden first team 50 in the win at Chipstead and ending the season with 181 runs at 30 and taking 10 wickets at 29.
Main contributors were the ever reliable Tom Bevan 401 runs at 31 and 25 wickets at 24, Parth Vyas 385 at 26, Ryan Cummins 32 wickets at 21 and Chris Beck in an encouraging first season taking 25 wickets at 19.
Thanks go to Ian ‘Robbo’ Roberts for his fantastic wagon wheels, Michael Lewis for his continued hard work and all the regular supporters.
Camberley 1st XI
The 2018 season finished as a pleasing one with the 1st XI pushing for promotion and missing out narrowly (4th) due to several avoidable losses.
The season started slowly, losing the first two matches to the weather, but the first win came the following week home vs. Spencer. Scoring 251 (Hutcheson 87) ended up being too many for Spencer and the 1st XI were off. The 2nd win wasn’t far away beating Chipstead away, chasing 157 with 5 wickets down - Stephens 4-31 and Taylor 57* the main contributors.
A disappointing result away at Esher was next. Esher recovering from 140 for 8 to score 238. Camberley 1st XI were cruising to victory at 180 for 3, but when Hutcheson (53) was out, it started a collapse and ended up 11 runs short; a costly loss.
A win followed comfortably beating Beddington (111ao) (Samerakoon 4 for 24) by 8 wickets. Then a loss to Leatherhead who chased 272 with ease despite (Green 5 for 58), but a nervy win against Farnham the following week got CCC back on track. Camberley were firmly chasing promotion now and just needed a bit more consistency, so it was disappointing not to chase 164 vs. Guildford the following week. Another disappointing defeat the week after away vs. Chessington, perhaps summed up the season. Green 7 for 45 set up a run chase and when Taylor 70 (54 balls) was in, it looked like a comfortable win. 127 for 2 tuned into an embarrassing 161 ao.
A formidable 331 for 5 (Shoveller 131) was too many for Valley End the week after and following a crunching 200 run win against Chipstead, the 1st XI refused to give up. CCC were next found out chasing 131 against Spencer, bowled out for just 71. Tight wins against Esher and Beddington kept CCC in touch, but losses against Leatherhead and Guildford kept CCC in Div 1 for another season. CCC ended with a 113 run win against Farnham thanks to Shoveller’s 109, but it was not enough!
Chessington 1st XI
Thanks got to Jane Legg and Pam Whittle for not just making the best teas but also the best lunches in the county! Also a big thank you to Brian Whittle who works tirelessly to get the ground looking an absolute belter every week and another thank you to John Yarnley who kindly scores each week.
If an 8th place finish had been offered at the start of the season, the team would have taken it! To be able to finish 6th and confirm Division 1 cricket next year with 3 games to go just goes to show how successful this season has been for the club. The team have had 22 players represent the 1st XI this season with nobody looking out of place when called upon, which goes to show how strong the club is.
The stand out performances of the year with the bat were as follows; Karl Thorns top scoring with 378 runs at an average of 23, Jack Dixon scoring 277 at 69, with the only 100 of the year away to Esher on debut (115), Rob Edmond’s 97 away to Chipstead and Fazal HaqJan elegantly biffing his way to 219 runs with a strike rate of 133!
The stand out performances of the year with the ball were as follows; Syed Usman Maqbool taking 31 wickets at an average of 16 (6 for 74 against Leatherhead), Dan Yarnley taking 29 at 17 (5 for 23 away to Leatherhead and 10 overs for 7 runs away at Valley End) and Roman Qazi taking his first 5 fer for the club away to Guildford.
A mention must go to Mike O’Donnell who has kept extremely well this year on some tricky wickets at times. He has also settled really well into the club and in the process has taken 16 catches alongside 5 stumpings.
The side looks forward to going again next season! Up the Chessy!
Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians 1st XI
No report was submitted by the club; the following was written by the Editor.
Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians 1st XI had a disappointing season finishing in 9th position in Division 1 and nearly 60 points shy of securing a place in the Division for 2019.
The team amassed only 4 wins but it was the defeats column which really tells the story; 11 defeats.
There were few highlights but early season wins against Farnham and eventual champions Guildford showed what the team was capable of; also doing the double over Spencer was very satisfying.
The batting was led by Chris Thompson, Rob Woolley and Nick Woods with support from Ben Dombrandt, Michael Armstrong and Matt Foakes. Nick Woods scored the team's only century in the win against Guildford.
The bowling statistics tell a tale with only one bowler, Michael Dombrandt (23 wickets) taking more than 20 wickets. The other main bowlers were Rob Woolley (19), Harrison Chamberlain (19) and Finlay Milton (15).
Tim Baker was consistent behind the stumps with 19 catches and one stumping.
The 1st XI must now regroup in Division 2, re-establish the necessary desire and push for promotion back to Division 1.
Esher 1st XI
With the hope of emulating the form of the 2017 season, Esher began the 2018 season in stop start fashion.
A win against Chessington was followed by a frustrating loss at home to Valley End and a washout versus Chipstead before an impressive win over Spencer. A nail biting win over Camberley kicked off the timed games before a brilliant run chase against Farnham saw Esher top the table after the first third of the season. Promotion favourites Guildford visited Esher in the middle of June and, with a depleted team due to injuries, Esher were handed a reality check. Two resounding victories against Beddington, where Khurram Malik bowled superbly to pick up figures of 8 for 40, and Chipstead followed.
A downturn in fortunes followed, however, with Esher suffering 3 defeats in the next 4 games, against Chessington, Valley End and Camberley. This left Esher in 3rd place with 4 games to go and chasing both Leatherhead and Guildford in the promotion spots.
Esher did not let the pressure get to them and put in a near-perfect display to beat Leatherhead by 8 wickets in the next game and moving level on points with Leatherhead in the process. Two more victories followed against Farnham and Beddington and, with Leatherhead losing their game to relegated Farnham, Esher went into the final game of the year against Guildford knowing a victory would guarantee promotion and possibly the Division 1 title.
The final game of the year turned out to be a classic encounter which swayed one way and the other from the first ball. Set 225 to win, the run chase started well but soon slowed after the fall of 4 quick wickets. Alex Martin and Ali Birkby steadied the ship but once they both fell with 70 still required to win it looked as though Guildford would come out on top. John Mason and Zafar Khan played brilliantly taking Esher to within 5 runs of victory before Mason was dismissed, a wicket that eventually handed Guildford the title after count-back. Zafar Khan and Nick Winder composed themselves and got Esher home and back to the Premier Division for the first time since 2006. A fantastic achievement, and one the club can be extremely proud of.
Farnham 1st XI
It was a hard fought but ultimately disappointing season for the Farnham 1st XI which resulted in relegation from Division 1 of the Surrey Championship. The 1st XI amassed only 3 wins across the season and 2 draws but that doesn't quite tell the whole story. The 1st XI achieved victories over Guildford, Leatherhead and Chessington, however, the season came down to close finishes, where invariably the side ended on the wrong side of the result. There were 2 single wicket defeats and 2 last over losses, that, had they gone differently, could have changed the fortunes of the season.
Despite a tough season there were some outstanding performances and contributions. Jim Berry was the clubs leading run scorer with 611 runs including 4 fifties and 1 hundred, 107 versus Leatherhead a brilliant individual innings. Notable mentions must also go to Nathan Thorpe, Toby Davies, Toby Ward and Guy Hicks who all amassed more than 350 runs with 8 fifties shared evenly between them and with Hicks scoring a fine 133 in a victory versus Guildford that was the highlight of the season.
Nathan Thorpe ended the season as the top wicket taker, taking 30 wickets across the year with his off-spin. Notable mentions must go to Rob Goldsworthy and Jim Berry, who between them accounted for 40 wickets and bowled consistently well throughout the season. Congratulations to Rob Goldsworthy who took 5 for 27 against Guildford and Alec Goldsworthy who took a maiden 1st XI 5 for 51 against Leatherhead.
Thanks must go to all the players who represented the 1st XI this year. Thanks to scorers Rachel Golding and Chris Peers and all behind the scenes at Farnham for their effort and help this year. Also, congratulations to all the new caps.
The club looks forward to bouncing back in the 2019 season.
Guildford 1st XI
A run of six straight victories took Guildford back into the Premier Division at first attempt, much to the delight of Tom Collins in his first season as captain.
Three defeats in five weeks in mid-season, following by a losing draw at Leatherhead, left the promotion campaign very much in the balance. However, wins over Valley End, Chipstead, Chessington, Farnham, Spencer and Camberley guaranteed promotion and it meant that five bonus points in the narrow defeat at home to Esher, who joined Guildford as runners-up, secured top spot.
There was no doubt about the star of the show, Nathan Tilley hit six centuries the final eight matches to finish with a remarkable 873 runs at 109 a time, which made him the highest scorer in Division One by more than 200 runs and third overall in the Surrey Championship and despite only playing 11 league matches, spending his early weeks turning out for Reed’s School. He received excellent support from Alex Sweet (459 at 51) while Fred McMIllan (399) and Joel Walker (333) included some vital early innings while the batting order was depleted.
Off-spinner Jonny Charles was the outstanding bowler, claiming 34 scalps at 20 in his first full season at first team level, holding together the attack. Duncan Selmes (23), Joe Pipkin (20) and Jamie Odell (16) all shone despite having to miss a number of matches and there were promising contributions from George Barlow and Freddie Geffen.
Captain Collins led the side with considerable flair, constantly chipping in with runs, wickets and fine catches and showing a selfless attitude which was an example to all his team-mates. With coach Jeremy Greaves, he will be working hard to ensure Guildford make an impact on the return to the Premier Division in the new season.
Leatherhead 1st XI
The 1st XI had a very good season, finishing third in Division 1 and narrowly missing out on promotion on the last day of the season.
After a slow start, the team came into its own during the timed matches, with 5 wins and 3 winning draws taking them briefly to the top of the league. Disappointing late season losses to Esher and Farnham left the side needing to beat Chipstead on the last day and hope that Guildford could beat Esher. Alas it was not to be but the team can be proud of the performances in 2018 and look forward with optimism to 2019.
Adam Dyson lead the side well and was also leading wicket taker with 34, as well as scoring 416 runs. He was ably supported on the bowling front by fellow spinners James Crowson (28 wickets) and Marcus Dawes (17). Mark Farrant was the leading paceman with 15 victims and there were also 5 wicket hauls for Mike Dawes and Mike Wakefield. The leading batsman was again Mike Nicol (491 runs at 38), including the team's only century, 115 not out in a comprehensive win at Valley End. Crowson scored 424 runs and Ollie Trower 391 and with Dyson, these four formed the backbone of the batting, with good contributions also coming from John Tribe, Wakefield and Ross Richardson, who also kept wicket superbly.
The team was at its best chasing, with someone always stepping up to see the team home, often in very tight matches. There were particularly nail-biting wins against Farnham, by one wicket thanks to Ollie Tower’s 77 and against Chessington by two wickets with Mike Nicol leading the way with 78*.
Overall, after a disappointing 2017, it was a strong return to form for the team and there is every reason to be positive about being able to push for promotion back to the Premier League in 2019.
Spencer 1st XI
2018 was a transitory year for the Spencer 1st XI. Many older, more experienced players had moved on at the end of the previous season and made way for a young team, made up predominantly of former Spencer juniors.
The team performed exactly as you would expect an inexperienced, talented team to. There were some absolutely blistering performances; new boy Sam Wyatt-Haines totalling 20 sixes in the two match-winning hundreds he scored, the team bowled out Leatherhead for 66 (Grant 7 for 26), and Luke Billingham even scored a few runs.
Spencer were even in the promotion contention at the halfway stage. However, the team’s inexperience showed. Spencer lost the last five matches in a row to end up finishing in the bottom half of the league but safe from relegation, largely thanks to some gritty batting from Archie Macpherson in the middle of the season.
Spencer can look back on 2018 with some fond memories as a team, ready to kick on and mount a promotion push next season.
Valley End 1st XI
The season for the 1st XI began as a bit of a damp squib, two weekends into May and still not a game completed through pre-season or into league season.
Having experienced a difficult year in the Premiership the previous season it was important for the 1st XI to bounce back and have a strong building season. The season began doing just that performing well. However, through the middle of the season, the inability to field the same team for consecutive weeks made for a more challenging times and saw 26 different players used throughout the year.
There were some notable batting and bowling performances, with three players making hundred’s, Chris Peploe and Ben Kingsnorth away at Farnham and Oliver Dunnett making a brilliant ton and carrying his bat in the final game of the season against Beddington.
Along with the batting there were also some excellent bowling performances with Rob Carrick in a brilliant spell taking all five of the wickets gained away at Guildford and Steve Durandt taking five helping the team on its way to bowling out Chipstead for 133.
Despite availability issues the first team performed admirably to finish mid-table come the end of the season to provide a great springboard for improvement next season.