- Battersea Ironsides
- Beddington Park
- Crookham Hill
- Hampton Wick Royal
- Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian
- Wimbledon Lakeside
Despite coming bottom of their league the 4th XI played with incredible enthusiasm and gave many an opportunity for older colts players to start becoming involved in adult cricket. The team also completed some surprise victories over much higher placed opponents. The team was well led by Jack Southwell, with both the bat (178 runs) and the ball (10 wickets). Other notable performances during the season were; 4th team stalwart Steve Hasler (157 runs), wicket keeper Martin Stone (6 catches) and colts player Aaron Dias taking 15 wickets, including a 5 wicket haul.
Battersea Ironsides 4th XI
2016 proved to be an outstanding season for the BICC 4th XI. Becoming league champions with four games to spare is no mean feat and was achieved by a mixture of excellent cricket and a fantastic team spirit.
At the start of the season a host of young talented cricketers joined the club, including a fella from Game of Thrones, adding an extra dimension to the team both socially and out on the pitch. Although, it should be said the youth of one particular player is still very much up for debate.
A talented Brummie batsman also joined and the selectors got all excited, given the team only has one batsman. However, after finishing the season with shocking batting stats he is now considered a decent second change bowler.
The Ironsides started the season strongly with some devastating bowling performances, which would become a key feature of the season. They also instigated a radical ‘revolving door’ captaincy policy which saw Rob Davies, Dan Hardy and Gareth Taylor taking up the mantle to skipper the side in the absence of Will Breislin who took a well-deserved break from cricket during most of June and July. In fact it was only when the skipper came back did Ironsides start drawing and losing games.
Another fella from Game of Thrones joined during the season declaring to the dressing room “Can swing it both ways and get you runs down the order”. He proceeded to swing it one way, do nothing down the order but was our leading wicket taker with 21 wickets, so fair enough.
In terms of moments of the season there are many, some great bowling and batting spells as well as some great catches. One of the best catches has to be Tariq's one handed diving take at mid-off down at Merstham, it turned the game on its head. However, we did discover Tariq does not like his fellow opener getting runs, triggering Gareth Taylor on 99 away at Hampton Wick! Rob's broken finger down at Dorking was quite funny to onlookers and gave Mark Cooper a go with the gloves, taking some excellent one handed catches.
The championship winning game will be one to remember, a shocking batting performance by all followed by some excellent bowling with the skipper bringing himself on to take the final wicket, nice one skip!
The club are very much looking forward to the 2017 season to see where this exciting team can go.
Beddington Park 5th XI
This was a better season due to a combination of adults and colts coming forward enabling the club to field a team every week; a more mature side than previously seen with an age range of 13 to 74 years old.
A settled side enabled a balanced team in the batting and bowling departments but not always so in catching. This cost the team a few points which meant the side settled lower in the table than the Captain would have liked.
Leading batsmen were Kumar with 290 and Ray Clark 244. Leading wicket takers were D Floyd with 16 and A Green 15.
A good solid opening batting gave the stand the side required and only once did the team fail to use all the allotted overs. Very steady dependable bowling from A Green and colt G Gardner always ensured few runs were conceded in the first 12 overs or so. The team built around these performances.
The team played to win but were always respectful of the laws and spirit of the game, an important message that will stand the Colts in good stead in their coming years. The team is looking forward to the coming season and meeting old and new clubs alike.
Crookham Hill 5th XI
Oxted 5s did not quite manage to continue the successes of last year, with only 3 games won out of the 13 it managed to play, 8 losses and 2 winning draws. Despite the statistics it was an enjoyable season with plenty of competitive games and, as ever, the team introduced some new members to the club and introduced some young players to adult cricket.
Dorking 4th XI
2016 saw Dorking 4th XI finish, again, mid division, but at Dorking, cricket at this level is more than just about winning, it is about providing an introduction into league cricket for the up and coming juniors, and providing a place where twilight cricketers can pass on their experience to those youngsters. Dorking managed in 2016 to introduce to 4th XI league cricket some 32 different players all of whom through playing gained a real experience of league cricket and made great improvements in their overall playing of the game. Above all it was so good to see the development and bonding of competitive teams whilst playing within the spirit of the game.
Thanks go to those who tirelessly helped in the organisation of teams, Dorking looks forward to more players taking part and more enjoyable cricket.
Hampton Wick Royal 4th XI
The 4th XI had a truncated season with a third of the fixtures conceded either by The Wick or the opposition. The team finished a creditable 4th despite the lack of colts’ availability which was a problem throughout the season. Skipper Alex Bilton starred with the bat scoring 264 runs @ 44.00 including a top score of 134 against Beddington. The returning Sam Kemp also scored a ton in the convincing win at Dorking.
Switching to the West Division will help the team together with the plan to ensure more colts start to play adult cricket.
Thanks must go to Dave Bartle Wilson, Stephen Riley and Keith Nicholls for umpiring and the many coaches and helpers who continue to support the vibrant colts section.
Merstham 4th XI
Merstham’s fourth team, led by new captain Ian Lamont, began the season well, with three victories during the early part of the season. However, the second half of the season did not go so well, with the team kicking themselves for not winning a couple more.
As well as defeating Dorking (twice), featuring their former captain Tony Rickards, they continued the good record over the years against teams new to the division by beating Hampton. In the only other positive result, they were the only team to deny Battersea victory (via a draw) before the league leaders won the division, which Battersea secured in the reverse fixture; a tight game which Merstham really should have won.
Overall, opening batsman Kashif Noon top scored with 207 runs, with Will Prior in good form during the season in which he became a father. John Young made a welcome return after a few years absence and performed well with the ball. Andy Pearce reappeared fleetingly, while new players were welcomed in the form of Dilhan Jayamanne, who eventually settled into the side as an opening bat and Gopa Nair, who proved a valuable addition with the ball, taking eight wickets.
The experienced Omer Shuja offered terrific swing, taking 14 wickets at 2.81, but it was a promising youngster, Hamza Ali, who topped the bowling with 15. His younger brother Hasan Ali played the second of the season, also chipping in with 10. Wicketkeeper Rob Wood took seven catches and, in his first six matches, gave away a total of just six byes. Former captain Mike Wadsley put in a few appearances too, taking the gloves for one match at the age of 67 and then top scoring that day with 23.
Sanderstead 4th XI
In a season of transition the 4th XI achieved its highest ever league position finishing 3rd, only 2 points off 2nd place and 66 points clear of 4th. Ignoring abandoned matches 11 of 16 league games were won. This success can be attributed to new players joining and improved availability in the higher sides.
Despite losing captain Derek Rushforth’s services, initially to illness and then to umpiring duties, the first 5 games under Keith Haynes’ captaincy produced 5 wins before reality kicked-in losing heavily to champions Battersea Ironsides. This began a run of only one win in seven before winning ways returned under new captain Milan Majithia, who not only led the team to five consecutive wins but was also instrumental in establishing a strong team spirit. Rain affected the final game when another defeat to Battersea prevented the runners-up spot from being achieved.
Player of the Year Shahruk Khan (328 runs) was the main run scorer backed up by Chris Carey (209) and Darren Budden (154). Samir Ayub also contributed when not required by the 3rd XI.
The individual batting highlight was Charlie Carroll’s unbeaten 103 at Beddington sharing a century partnership with Most Improved Player Adam Absolon. Abhishek Sen contributed 93* in the opening day win at Addiscombe before moving swiftly into the 3rd XI. Later in the season Laura Bailey made a single 4th XI appearance before being similarly promoted.
Scores of 200 have been few and far between in recent years so it is pleasing to report four such instances in 2016
Milan Majithia and Chris Carey each took 12 wickets, newcomer Jonny Knight 9 and Jack Pettifor 8. Under 16s Will Hurst and Miles Brookes combined to take 5 wickets for 6 runs in 13 overs at Merstham.
Grateful thanks go to Patrick Sherlock for taking on the umpiring duties for most home games.
Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian 4th XI
Early availability issues are now not uncommon and the reliance on juniors appears ever more telling. Poor numbers meant that the first three scheduled fixtures had to be conceded. However, this very shaky start, and despite fielding an inexperienced side for much of the campaign, was converted into one of the most successful 4th XI seasons in memory, as a balanced, youthful outfit progressed steadily up the table to finish as runners-up to run-away champions Battersea Ironsides.
In fact, the improvement in fortunes was dramatic to the extent that nine of the last 11 matches were won. A sole draw saw the side falling just 3 runs short of another victory. The 'Fours' had a spirit and togetherness, quite refreshing for such a young side with a few older heads providing guidance and leadership where required.
Everyone, young and old, contributed at some stage. Runs were very much spread around with Tom Guckian leading run scorer from just five innings that included a maiden century.
Left-arm spinner and Player of the Year Gary Revel-Chion finished top wicket taker in the League with 27 wickets, which featured career-best figures of 8 for 41 against Dorking. He bowled a lot at the beginning of innings, often taking the new ball and always took important wickets. He also stood in when skipper Dave Martin was unavailable, proving a good role model to have in such a young side. Nathan Barnwell (U13) and Rahul Patel also bagged 5-wicket hauls with the U15 pair of Stanley Jones and Chris Perera contributing half centuries.
A significant group of talented, young players should make an impression for years to come.
Wimbledon Lakeside 5th XI
As no report was submitted by the club the following was written by the Editor.
The 5th XI finished 5th in the East Division where the run-away winner was Battersea Ironsides. A mediocre season with six wins, four defeats and having to concede four games meant there was no chance to get any momentum going and consequently team and individual performances were inconsistent. On top of this, calls from higher XIs meant that no one played more than six games for the 5th XI.
Of the regular performers, the main contributor with the bat and ball was Salman Ahmed with 85 runs @ 28.33 and 9 wickets @ 26.00. None of the other regulars scored more than 65 runs or took more than 7 wickets.
The side hopes to achieve an improved league position in 2017.