- Battersea Ironsides
- East Molesey
- Malden Wanderers
- Old Rutlishians
- Oxted and Limpsfield
- Streatham & Marlborough
- Valley End
Banstead 3rd XI had a very successful season, achieving promotion into the Premiership finishing in 2nd place. The first part of the season was mixed with 2 wins and 2 losses from the first 4, before going on a dominant run of wins through the middle part of the season. Banstead cut it close with a shaky end to the season but finished 2nd and are looking forward to the challenge of next season in the higher division. With a good mix of youth and experience within the side Banstead are well placed to keep progressing and challenging in the future.
Battersea Ironsides 3rd XI
After back to back league titles in 2016 and 2017, the 2018 season yielded a slightly different outcome. Relegation was avoided in a dramatic final day. The loss of key men to overseas travel, the operating theatre and the local orthopaedic clinic meant an unprecedented number of absentees from the title winning sides. All the games bar one were close affairs and it was ultimately a lack of numbers (playing with 10) and fine on field margins which resulted in lost games. A stunning last day victory where we bowled the opposition out for sub 130 to remain in the division was a reminder of what the side was capable of when it played at its best. Next season the team is looking forward to a healthier team, a better campaign and a return to the normal higher standards.
Beddington 3rd XI
Overall a very pleasing season for the 3rd XI, the side struggled in 2017 but 2018 saw a third place finish, with 9 wins. As with every 3rd XI, availability was mixed with some very strong sides and some less so; wins away at Streatham and Marlborough and Normandy were among the highlights. At Streatham a last wicket partnership of more than 40 runs in a low scoring game saw the game won by 24 runs while the game at Normandy saw a side full of teenage batsmen combine with Beddington newcomer Matt Rooke to chase down 230 runs.
Throughout the season the side was a mix of youth and experience , the batting was ably led by Tom Maslona scoring 375 runs at 28.65, Matt Rooke added solidity to the side with 273 at 24.82, Antony Down scored 224 runs from just 4 games, Aaron O’Sullivan hit 200 runs in 9 games before elevation to the twos. Young Janaken Prabhakaran looked the part with 143 runs in his 6 games.
As in the last few seasons the bowling was dominated by slow bowlers, Louis Cooper- Steward led the way with 22 wickets, the evergreen Ian Walters took 19 wickets, skipper Kevin Horkan took 18, Aaron O’Sullivan backed up his runs with 16 wickets and brothers George and Harry Gardner both impressed on many occasions throughout the season with the ball.
Somehow, the skipper Kevin Horkan led the way with 9 catches, Gary Morris with 6 catches and a couple run outs improved the standard in the field; the wicket keeping duties were shared out over the season.
The 3s are extremely lucky to have Paul Baker as a regular umpire, so thanks go to him for his hard work over the season, often doing both ends.
East Molesey 3rd XI
A fantastic season for East Molesey 3rd XI ended as a tale of what could, and perhaps should, have been.
After an up and down start the side dominated the rest of the league, including bowling out eventual champions Malden Wanderers for 81 in a crushing 8 wicket win but missed out on promotion due to a 60-point penalty, for accidentally fielding an ineligible player.
Despite this disappointment there were huge positives to take away from the season. Fielding consistently the youngest teams in the division, with 8 players every Saturday being 21-years-old or younger, usually 5 of those being U16 or U15, and even an U13 opening the batting (on merit) it showcased the impressive strength of East Molesey’s youngsters, further demonstrated by the U21s becoming Surrey Trust champions for the first time ever. With these youngsters set to push on for 1st and 2nd XI honours, the future looks very bright for the Moles.
Although this young side sometimes showed naivety with the bat, most notably failing to chase down 165 at Normandy in the penultimate game of the season, a game that would have seen the Moles finish top of the league had they won. Penalties notwithstanding, when the team clicked it was brilliant, including smashing 300 against then-top Banstead and finishing the year with 304 against Valley End. More impressive, however, was the bowling, taking all 10 wickets 11 times out of 18 matches despite the hottest summer on record and some soul-destroying, back-breaking flat pitches.
Outstanding individual performances included Greg Brown's 115 and Ed Craig's 106* vs. Valley End and Mark Collins 100 vs. Streatham & Marlborough. With the ball Elliott Hanson taking 7 for 49 vs. Valley End and 5 for 26 vs. Oxted & Limpsfield, Josh Tomlinson 5 for 77 vs. Malden Wanderers and Shaggy Jayasinghe 5 for 18 vs. Battersea Ironsides.
A great season that bodes very well indeed for the future.
Malden Wanderers 3rd XI
The 3rd XI enjoyed an extremely successful and exciting season. Relegation from the Premier Division offered a great opportunity to fix the wrongs of 2018, one skipper Charlie Cleaver and his team grabbed with both hands. Deserved champions, the Stags ultimately finished 61 points clear of third place.
Unlike previous campaigns, good bowling and batting performances were strung together and unprecedented availability meant a strong core from week to week. Attendance at training was significantly improved and warm-ups were no longer a thing of myth. The eight captains of 2018 last year appeared a distant nightmare under Charlie’s consistent leadership.
Having previously struggled to put together any sort of total, the batting line up consistently posted defendable scores which enabled a more than capable bowling attack to set attacking fields and take an impressive number of wickets. Perhaps the most cheering aspect on this front was the number of younger players that contributed both with bat and ball; testament to the 4s and junior section at Malden Wanderers, who have helped to develop some very promising talent.
There were notable contributions throughout with the bat; captain Cleaver scored 386 runs, Michael Jacobs 380 (including a dazzling 125 at Old Ruts), Andy Cabirdassou smashed the ball out of the park at every opportunity, scoring 297. With the rest of the batting order struggling against promotion rivals East Molesey, James Murphy hit a fantastic 100 and finally, George Williams (a late joiner for the season) averaged 61 over four innings. Honourable mentions also go to Phil Downey and Daniel Shepherd for consistently scoring important runs all season.
Those batting performances, however, would have paled into insignificance if the bowlers had not also put in a shift. Teenage quick Jesper Winn and Sam Hopkins topped the boards with 24 wickets apiece and an impressive 7 for 31 from Sam against title rivals Banstead proved vital.
Artie Rice-Oxley, Andy Cabirdassou, Jak Luxford and Cleaver again all successfully contributed with the ball, taking wickets with miserly economy rates, which helped pile pressure on the opposition.
A special mention also goes to Krish Patel, who made the step up from 4s to 3s with ease and played for the 2s in the final week. After a remarkable season, the hope and expectation for 2019 is for the team to push forward. Good availability should mean a stable Premiership campaign and, if we dare to dream, even giving those at the top of the table a run for their money.
Normandy 3rd XI
Any hopes of returning straight back to the Premier Division were put on hold with the team managing just one victory in the opening month; the tone was set in the first game with a loss by the narrowest margin away to eventually promoted Banstead.
The hot summer took hold and with the sun on their backs the team secured three consecutive wins, including back to back thumping victories against Streatham & Marlborough and Oxted & Limpsfield for the loss of only one wicket.
The rest of the season saw no shortage of effort and several moments of promise for future youngsters but the lack of quality opening bowlers and consistent batting performances saw the team rightly finish in mid-table.
The batting statistics were led from the front by the evergreen Mark Rosser 310 runs at 38.75 which included a valiant 118* in what unfortunately turned out to be a losing cause. Second in the ranks was Sean Cox (252 at 63.00) who in only 4 innings demonstrated his big talent and then came 3 club legends retiring Peter Scott (192 at 21.33), Jimmy Cox (181 at 22.63) and Michael Scott (168 at 24.00).
Two other innings that merit recognition came from opposite ends of the age spectrum with Jimmy Cox rolling back the years for his 89 from 85 balls against Beddington and young Sam Holland’s mature innings of 76* (and 3 for 4) against champions Malden Wanderers.
The bowling honours were secured in the last few weeks of the season with a hot run of form by Lee Smallbone 26 wickets at 17.15 who not only secured his maiden club 5 wicket haul but also the 3rd XI Player of the Year and Normandy Bowler of the Year! He was followed by Michael Collins (23 at 17.61), Chris Heane (19 at 14.63) and Peter Scott (11 at 15.00).
Eternal thanks go to Russell Home and Peter Scott, you will be missed.
Old Rutlishians 3rd XI
2018 was a summer of consolidation for the Old Ruts 3rd XI. The squad was stretched to the full throughout the season with 45 players used. Nevertheless, with a regular core of senior players such as T Berrington, T Emerton, D De Leon and C Holden producing dependable performances, the team was able to look to the burgeoning youth section to provide the headline performances that turned losses and draws into wins.
F Trimmings produced a performance beyond his years in scoring 116* and taking 4 for 48 in securing a tie against eventual champions Malden. Opening bowler V Patel showed control and a good seam position in taking 14 wickets in just 7 games, while young leg spinner E Sanders is one for the future, showing his full repertoire of tricks in sending down 53 overs. W Donegan displayed his increased consistency compared to last season in taking 18 wickets and scoring 146 runs to take the Player of the Season award.
If the team can manage to score a few more runs, especially at home, Old Ruts will be looking further up the table in 2019 as the team has the variety and potency in the bowling attack to trouble any team on their day.
Oxted and Limpsfield 3rd XI
The 3rd XI had a challenging season only managing one victory in the final game of the season against Beddington. Despite this, team spirit and commitment remained high and there were some promising performances along the way. Greg Miller led the way with the bat, scoring 312 runs at an average of 21, while Alex Porm took 11 wickets at an average of 17.
Streatham & Marlborough 3rd XI
The season was encouraging but the team was let down by inconsistency as some excellent performances were interspersed with some games to forget. Partly this was due to a losing the entire pre-season which meant the side struggled to gel a as team in the first few games. Nevertheless, a solid mid table position was achieved with good contributions from a number of players.
Special mention must go to Sahib Singh for his batting, with a majestic 147 backed up by two important half centuries. Ravi Paul, who finished as the club's leading run scorer for the season (749) and his ability to take important wickets also deserves a mention. Amongst the bowlers, Fraser Knapp stood out, taking 14 wickets at under 23, the team's best performer and showing a lot of promise for the future. Satish Parthasarathy also performed consistently well, taking 14 wickets and seriously improving his game during his first full season of league cricket.
Finally, Mark Bartolo performed consistently well throughout the season and the team benefited hugely from his experience and leadership.
In summary, it was a solid season which provides a good foundation to build on for the next year.
Valley End 3rd XI
This was a below par season for the 3rd XI with the team being relegated from Division 1. Poor availability in the higher teams often left the 3rd XI having completely different teams each week.
A good start to the season with 2 wins and 1 abandoned from 3 seeing the team top of the league however, the team only won one of the following 10 games which ultimately left them near the bottom of the table.
The bowling throughout the majority of the season was very strong, it was the batting that was the problem with only 5 players scoring over 100 runs in the season.
There were some very special bowling performances, especially from the younger age group, in particular Joe Clifford, Sam Orpin (top wicket taker with 20) and Elliot Sleep, with the former taking a hat trick in only his second senior appearance. Some standout figures included Joe’s 6 for 37 at home against Banstead and 5 for 33 at Oxted & Limpsfield, Sam’s 4 for 18 at Old Rutlishians and Elliot’s 4 for 3 at home against Oxted & Limspfield.
Although the batting was unreliable, there were still some standout performances. Congratulations to Ian Messenger for hitting the team’s only century on the final day of the season, 107* at East Molesey and finished as the top run scorer with 318. The best partnership of the season belonged to Sam Behr and Ryan Watt at Battersea Ironsides, opening the batting and putting on 136 off the first 20 overs; Sam finishing on 93 and Ryan on 50.
Overall, it was great to incorporate many of the club’s youth and see them performing exceptionally in the team. The 3rd XI now looks forward to next season where the side will be aiming to bounce back from last year’s disappointment and come straight back up into Division 1.