- Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians
- Streatham & Marlborough
The captain would like to start with some thanks rather than leaving them to the end. Thanks to all 21 players who played in the 2nd XI, to vice-captain Chris Davies and other senior members of the team for their support and advice and to Andy Goulding and Dave Hanks for producing the best pitches and teas in the league.
From the 18 league games Ashford recorded 9 wins and 1 winning draw which, in a very competitive league saw Ashford finish 3rd - fighting for promotion all the way. Whilst the team missed out on its ultimate aim of promotion, there is no coincidence that the highest finish since 2012 came amidst a strong team morale and unity.
The batting was dominated by Chris Evans (428 @ 28.40) and Hasib Butt (403 @ 57.57) who at the top of the order ensured that the team got off to a flying start. Other notable contributions were from Ben Simper (333 @ 20.81), Gurpal Hundal (200 @ 28.57), Rashid Mahmood (195 @ 19.50) and Dave Robinson (162 @ 20.57).
In the bowling department, the captain led by example with 44 wickets @ 13.64 including 3 fivers and a hat-trick. He was well supported by Hundal (18 @ 26.11), Jamie Tilt (14 @ 25) and Manan Joshi (10 @ 19.50). A special mention to Ibra Rao, who bowled well all season without much luck and could have easily ended up with more than his 9 wickets.
The wicketkeeping duties were shared by Daniel Simper (8 catches), Chris Lunn (4 catches) and Ian Doggett (3 catches and 1 stumping).
An area which saw a huge improvement was catching and general fielding. The ever-safe hands of Mahmood claimed 9 victims, Hundal 8 and Ben Simper 6.
Finally Ashford wish Streatham & Marlborough and Chipstead C&W all the best in Division 2.
Camberley 2nd XI
The 2016 season was undoubtedly a very positive one for Camberley CC 2nd XI, ending up with seven wins and finishing seventh in a very tight league. In what could have been a tricky season following a barren previous year, the 2s played some very positive cricket, led by newly appointed skipper Dominic Peter. Buoyed by a couple of new players joining and improved availability from several experienced players, this better helped the development of the younger players.
For a while during the season Camberley were well in the promotion mix, with wins over eventual champions Streatham & Marlborough, Egham and Ashford, but a string of poor performances in the second half of the season saw CCC in the relegation scrap with three games to go. However, any threat of relegation was dismissed with a toughed-out win on a very flat wicket at Purley. Set up by veteran Craig Muir’s rapid 82 opening the batting, backed up by Nick Carter and Gary Udal who both chipped in with 50s, Purley were set 282. In reply Purley finished 39 short with Neil Piper’s economical spell being the pick of the bowling.
Other mentionable highlights would be chasing down 185 off the final ball of 30 overs at Egham in a rain affected match, Nick Carter’s 104 against Streatham and Chris Pike’s 10-2-27-5 against Chessington. The batting was led by Nick Carter who finished with 425 runs @ 38 (and a holiday to Dubai, courtesy of league sponsors Travelbag!). Skipper Dom Peter made an all-round contribution scoring 395 runs @ 33 and took 21 wickets @ 30. Chris Pike with 18 wickets from only 8 games was another leading wicket taker along with U15 Adam Carter and Neil Piper both with 14 wickets. There were also important contributions from Josh Halsey, Tim Hughes, Steve Hulks, James Reeves, Sam Rimmington and Paul Vickerman. The aim for 2017 is now to challenge for promotion.
Cheam 2nd XI
A disappointing season all told for the 2nd XI, plagued with inconsistent selection that saw a number of young players given the experience of playing a good standard of cricket. Regrettably, the lack of experience often resulted in the team turning out second best despite manufacturing promising positions in some matches.
Stand out performer of the year was Toby Aiston, a stalwart of the top order with 517 runs at an average of 51.7 (strike rate unimportant). Bowling proved an issue, with the inconsistent attack too one dimensional at times - only Ed Stovell, Jamie Rix and Tom Horwood made double figures in the wicket count.
A run of good availability in the club did see a promising spell in the season, the highlight being a dramatic run chase away at Camberley, with Niall McManus and Ollie Bracher heroically nudging the side over the line. A few swashbuckling cameos from Jonny Cowlard including a six-heavy 81 away at Streatham & Marlborough also make the season's highlight reel.
Optimism does however prevail for life in Division 4, where hopefully better availability can see the side challenge at the right end of the table!
Chessington 2nd XI
Trying to follow a promotion.... The 2s struggled to have to a cutting edge in the first few games, narrowly losing games they should have won or gained more from. The team generally needed a better start to have a better chance in the new division. The middle part of the season was the most frustrating as constant changes to the team due to poor availability was the side’s downfall. The must win games at the back end of the season got the team going and it finished in a richer vein of form, however, the fighting spirit the team lacked for much of the season was there but maybe a week or so too late as they had been relegated back to division 4.
Congratulations to Streatham & Marlborough and Chipstead on their well-deserved promotions.
Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians 2nd XI
To follow promotion from Division 4 – Division 3 in 2014 with another promotion from Division 3 - Division 2 this season, losing only two games all year can only be considered an outstanding performance by the 2nd XI. A combination of “experienced” senior pro’s and emerging youngsters complemented one another to deliver consistently solid batting and bowling performances throughout. Two players excelled and topped the league batting and bowling stats respectively – John Bristow scored 654 league runs at an average 55 with a best 97* and Ross Moody took 47 wickets at 11.60 a piece with a best of 7 for 76.
These headline grabbers were supported by a cast of many with tangible and notable contributions from John Blackburn (436 runs), Greg Barber (251 runs and 13 wickets), Adam Barber (20 wickets), Finlay Milton (18) and Nathan Clarke (15). The continuing emergence of the club’s youth was particularly pleasing; George Hebbard, Mickey Hodsdon and Alex Lane all played important roles with individual match winning contributions at different times. Mark Ennis, a club stalwart, emigrated to New Zealand at the end of the season and his contributions to both the progression of the club and league as 2nd XI captain in recent years should be duly noted and applauded.
Dorking 2nd XI
Led by new skipper Matt Homewood the season was full of ‘ifs, buts and maybes’, culminating in a mid-table finish in a competitive division. The first third of the season saw Dorking lead the table, but from there on batting became fragile, which led to an unfamiliar nail biting finish.
The first five games saw four wins with two absolute thrillers against Chessington and Egham. Contributions in this period saw Charlie Edwards take 5fer against Purley, Tom Chisman score the first of two 50s against Ashford, leading run scorer Andy Homewood’s first of four 50s and leading wicket taker Steve Quinn’s match winning five wicket haul.
June saw a narrow defeat at Camberley in which Ian Gregg captured his season best of 5 for 39, followed by a commanding win over promoted Streatham as the invaluable Francis Chadwick scored 50 and took 6 wickets and then two frustrating rain affected draws – Dorking were one wicket away from claiming maximum points at home to Chessington.
Six defeats in a row turned the form book completely on its head and ruled the team out of promotion hopes. The main highlight in this period was Quinn’s season best figures of 7 for 28.
The last two games saw the side score over 300 twice as Ben Rogers got a super hundred against Cheam with a season best of 88 for Homewood against Camberley and Nigel Pestifeld’s 61, who showed glimpses of his undoubted class during the season.
Chris Ward provided some extraordinary cameos with the bat and great energy when involved; Charlie Kenway showed what a fine future he has ahead at the club along with Freddie Edwards who had the knack of picking up wickets at crucial times along with stalwart Dave Young who produced some fine spells.
Homewood led the way with 472 runs @ 30 and Quinn and Ian Gregg were a constant threat claiming 28 @ 11 and 27 @ 16 respectively.
Egham 2nd XI
2016 was a rollercoaster year for the 2s. After winning the opening 2 matches against Cheam and Streatham & Marlborough the next victory would not come for another six weeks and this pattern continued all season until a final spot of 4th was reward for persistence and effort right to the end of the season. There were some excellent games along the way including a last ball defeat to Camberley, a tight victory over Chessington and being undefeated against the two promoted teams showed that when the batting fired the side was competitive. The bowling was strong all year and the emergence of a large group of youngsters including Dan Telford, Matt Cooper and Ryan Suckling complemented by the experience of Jamie Hamilton, Amod Pandit, Bradley Staight and Elliot Hook suggests a tough time for opposing batting line ups for years to come.
Although the batting struggled generally, there were 4 scores of 100+ including one from U17 Will Arkell against Cheam in the opening match and another from the old warhorse Hamilton against Camberley. There were only 5 other contributions of 50 and it was in the run scoring that the team most felt the erratic availability and lack of form. There is potential within the group to score more runs with young players such as Jamie Scudder, Will Brown, Harry Morris and Connor Hawes all having the potential to be heavy run scorers at this and higher levels.
As ever we must thank Carol for scoring, Roger for umpiring, Janet for the teas and the grounds team for getting the pitches ready. Thanks also to Will Harrison who took on the captaincy half way through the summer and led with great thought and enthusiasm.
Purley 2nd XI
It was a difficult year for the 2nd XI having been relegated last year to a competitive and well-rounded league. A final league position of 8th did not reflect how well Purley competed with other teams. A run of 5 wins showed that the side was capable of beating any team on the day. Jack Sugarman stood out with superb control opening the bowling. Asif Ali was reliable as ever with bat and ball. Adeel Rehman was superb opening the batting and got the innings off to a good start on multiple occasions. It was good to see a mixture of youth and experience within the team.
Sanderstead 2nd XI
Heading into the 2016 season the side was hoping to compete for promotion and things started brightly with an excellent win at Chessington thanks in no small part to an excellent hundred from Dan Udall.
Availability issues took their toll and despite excellent wins against Cheam and Purley thanks to a brilliant performance with bat and ball from Deine Robinson, by mid-season the side found itself near the bottom of the table.
Availability improved in the second half of the season and results picked up eventually concluding in a mid-table finish. Special mention must go to Johann Branch’s century against Chessington, Christie Sullivan’s 6-for against Dorking and the all-round performances of Tariq Syed throughout the season.
Lack of availability made consistency of selection very difficult, using a total of 34 players over the course of the season is not ideal and ultimately stopped the side from competing for the top two spots. However there is now a solid nucleus of regular players which will put the team in good shape for 2017.
A big thanks to Derek Rushforth for umpiring, Sarah-Jane Sherlock for scoring and Richard Carey for admin help which made life so much easier for the captain this year.
Streatham & Marlborough 2nd XI
SMCC’s 2nd XI enjoyed a successful season as the team ended as champions on the last day of the season.
A couple of new additions meant that 2015’s indifferent season was sure to be rectified. After a win on the first day, the team was confident of a successful promotion push this season. This proved to be a little premature as the side lost its next two games before bouncing back with an important win. Bowling and fielding was the side’s strongest suit in the early games but the batting had not clicked often enough leading to some low totals.
The declaration format saw the side pick up more points than in previous campaigns. Two one-sided winning draws were frustrating but picking up four wins ensured a high total of points. Two of these games were won with the penultimate and final deliveries which added to the drama. The last of the declaration games pitted SMCC against first placed Chipstead. SMCC posted a good total and immediately made inroads into the Chipstead top order. To their credit, Chipstead shut up shop ensuring SMCC did not take all the points. It was at this point that the side believed they were good enough to push for the title.
With five games left, the table was tight. The team knew that they needed to win the majority, if not all of the remaining games to have a chance. Three games later, the side had three wins under their belt and went in to the penultimate game knowing that if they won and first place beat third, promotion would be secured. One hundred hard overs later and SMCC had done their job, eagerly awaiting news from the other game. The news broke on the A3 that promotion was secured and the celebrations continued long into the night.
Heading into the final game, SMCC were keen to put the pressure on Chipstead (first) by getting a win. A quick over rate and a target after twenty overs set, the team was ahead of the rate when the rain came. With no news from Chipstead, SMCC were unsure of their status. Confirmation came through at 10pm that Egham had won ensuring SMCC were crowned Champions in what had been a thoroughly enjoyable and competitive campaign.
The club is now looking forward to testing this young side in Division two!