- Cobham Avorians
- Weybridge Vandals
- Whiteley Village
The 3rd XI endured a tough season in the newly formed West Division, the side managed 4 wins and 9 losses but worryingly had to concede 2 games during the holiday season due to lack of numbers. The team competed well but failed to score enough runs across the season which ultimately left too much pressure on the bowlers to win games.
Captain Iain Bowman accumulated 328 runs including an attacking 91 against Weybridge Vandals, which was a great achievement given that the game was played on the difficult Byfleet Rec. Pitch!
On the bowling front the team had a number of positives with the progression of Lewis Deven bowling both medium pace and spin taking 13 wickets at 17.62 including 6 for 42 against Whiteley Village. Jamie Collett when back from University contributed 11 wickets at an average of just 7 including 6 for 26 against Ripley, nearly causing an upset.
Overall the side should take positives as the 3rd XI is assisting with the progression of the senior colts under the guidance of senior players. Byfleet continues to give opportunities to promising colts and hopefully can continue with this conveyor belt.
Camberley 3rd XI
Encouraged by the Club being able to secure the use of the Army’s Royal Logistic Corps Ground at Deepcut for home games, the 3rd XI had a successful season winning 5 games and finishing 7th in the new Surrey Championship/Fullers Brewery Surrey County League Regional 3rd XI West League. The team competed well all season, generally scoring higher totals than in 2015 and by mid-season was in the top 5. Regretfully poor availability with the higher teams towards the end of the season resulted in the cancellation of 2 league games, which obviously caused a drop to the league position.
The batting led by Rich Pottinger (416 runs @ 35), Rich Faulkner (268 @ 34), John Holden (224 @ 37), Captain Rim Rimmington (188 @ 18) and U17 Jamie Wilkinson (159 @ 20), were the main run scorers. There were other useful batting contributions from Sam Rimmington and U15 Ubaid Kayani. The bowling was headed by Rich Pottinger (16 wickets), Alex Boorman (14), Ryan Balgobind (9), U14 Josh Griffiths (7), U15 Ubaid Kayani (6) and U13 Tom Holden (6). There were also useful spells from juniors Sultan, Jamie Wilkinson and Zack Barkham, who all improved as the season progressed.
Although 30+ different players were selected throughout the season it was pleasing that 15 of the Club’s juniors played at various times, providing them with important senior cricket experience. A significant first was U13 Emily Holden playing as the first girl to represent a senior Camberley Saturday team.
All in all, an enjoyable season for skipper Rim Rimmington MBE and his 3rd XI, who again look forward to playing at the RLC ground in Deepcut in 2017.
Chertsey 3rd XI
Craig Skelton’s 3rd XI finished in the top three of the West Division for the third consecutive year. However, with only the champions being afforded promotion in that league, their silver medal means they will be sharing that company once again in 2017. The regularity of the team’s form is a tremendous achievement considering this XI is often the most affected by unavailability further up the club and 10 wins from 17 games is a fantastic base from which to launch another promotion push next term. In the end only rain-affected abandonments towards the fag end of the season curtailed the team’s push, as Ripley gained a comfortable lead at the top of the tree.
Notable contributions came from Tommy Duffy with the bat, who scored 291 runs in eight innings and recorded three 50s. His best, an unbeaten 74 in a total of 185 at home to Ripley, was one of many knocks that saw him promoted to the 2nd XI by the end of the summer. Harry Nuti, who scored the side’s only individual century with a score of 115 in the reverse fixture with Ripley, was another to stand out with the bat this year, while Josh Loveridge and skipper Skelton also registered half centuries during the season.
In the bowling department, wickets tended to be shared around with four squad members taking between 15 and 18 scalps. Of that group, Hugh Aish-Lyons claimed the most victims with 18 wickets at a cost of 13.50, while John Bailey took 16 in just seven appearances. Wiser heads Bruce Raeside and Mark Pulling completed the quartet with 15 wickets each for a bowling unit that held their opponents under 150 in 10 different matches during the season.
Cobham Avorians 3rd XI
The first official season in the Surrey/Fullers Championship was rewarding in many ways for the club. Having played only friendlies in 2015 but enjoying some success, this season promised a great deal. It was important for the club to now have 3 full teams out each Saturday and in most cases this goal was achieved and not a single game was forfeited all season. The 3rd XI was competitive throughout the season and whilst it did not achieve the goal and finish in the top half of the table, it was certainly proud of its efforts and finished the season strongly.
The first game against Camberley showed that Avorians would be competitive in the 3rd XI competition. There were also close games enjoyed against Weybridge Vandals, Egham, Shepperton and Cranleigh, and significant wins against Byfleet and Whiteley Village. The strongest performance delivered a tie with Chertsey in the closing rounds which proved that the team had arrived.
Consistent performances with the bat from opening batsman Chris Harp helped the 3rd XI right throughout the season, scoring 501 runs in 15 games at an average of 38.54. Nice innings from Ian Elliott and John Christ helped the performances with the latter scoring a century against Byfleet. Cameron Harp was the main strike bowler taking 24 wickets throughout the season, with best figures of 5 for 29 against Egham. Other bowlers of note were Jamie Ellis who took 4 for 11 and Ash Kuchel (captain) with 3 for 8 off 5 overs against Camberley.
The club is proud of the first season for the 3rd XI, having achieved many of its goals, none more important than developing a plethora of young players who will feature strongly in the Avorians 1st XI and 2nd XI in the years to come.
Cranleigh 3rd XI
All in all, it was a good season for Cranleigh St Andrews 3rd XI finishing fourth in the league but a few close games that were lost by a couple of runs proved frustrating. The side was, however, lucky to have a regular umpire in Dave Sands most weeks. The club's colts once again featured consistently throughout the season and proved very valuable contributing well with bat and ball as well as some outstanding fielding. Luke Andrews, Callum Cozens and Ryan Anderson playing the most, with the last two both playing 2nd XI as well. Marius Henderson topped the wicket taking table with 25. Top run scorer was Harry Scott with 212 closely followed by Steve Neal and Mahfuz Ahmed.
Cranleigh will have a top two finish and promotion as the aims for next season.
Egham 3rd XI
A successful year for the 3rd XI finishing third in the league behind two strong sides in Ripley and Chertsey. The bowling and fielding was very good all season and helped get the team into strong positions to win matches. However there seemed a tendency to then make life far too difficult, resulting in a series of exciting but nail biting finales, with one side often winning by the narrowest of margins. Fortunately Egham was able to get across the line more often than not.
A particular mention goes to Phil Robson, who unfortunately leaves Egham CC due to a re-location to Scotland. Phil topped the total wickets column for the second season in a row (16 @ 12) with a best of 3 for 5 off 6 overs. There are some good colts coming through to try and fill the gap left, such as Alex Hannon who continues to improve and finished with a best of 5 for 14.
There were some excellent all round displays too with vice-captain Rohit Moudgil taking 14 wickets @ 11 and scoring 193 with the bat, including a 60*. Toby Prior, player of the season for Egham 3rd XI, should also be proud of his all-round performance with plenty of runs including 2 fifties. He may have only taken 7 wickets with the ball but always had a knack of taking a wicket at the right time to turn the game in Egham’s favour. As did Billy Herbert who could unfortunately only play 6 matches this season but still took 11 wickets. With better availability next season Billy will no doubt be looking to double this tally in 2017.
Farnham 3rd XI
The 3rd XI finished in a solid 5th position in the division, including 8 wins. There were a number of fine performances throughout the season especially from captain Dan Jones, who recorded two centuries and ended the season with an average of over 50. The other performance of note came from Adam Elstow who scored over 300 runs including two fine 50s.
Captain Jones also led the way with the ball taking 20 wickets including 5 for 22 against Cobham Avorians CC. He had fine support and control from Peter Goldsworthy who took 13 wickets over the course of the season with an impressive economy rate of just over 2.
The impact of younger players has especially stood out and the rate at which they have grown in stature throughout the season has been impressive and something to develop in the coming season. With availability fluctuating throughout the season, however, an improvement in this and more consistency in performance would allow the team a chance to really challenge for a promotion place.
Thanks to everyone for the help and assistance throughout the season.
Ripley 3rd XI
After a strong end to the 2015 season, in 2016 the aim was to push on and try and beat the 4th place finish from 2015 whilst incorporating as many youngsters as possible to assist with the development of the club as a whole. With the league being restructured and being decided on average points, literally every available point mattered in rain or shine!
The side ended the season with an enviable record of 14 wins, one winning draw and one loss; managing to edge out Chertsey to win the league. It was an all-round team effort with so many different players contributing game defining performances.
With the bat, Skipper Neal Panting 326 runs, with a best of 80, led the way supported by Rob Ward 221 consistently chipping in, Dan Searle 204 with a best of 74* and George Geeves 190, with a best of 60.
Other notable mentions will be vital scores of 55 for Chris Camm vs. a very strong Cherstey side in arguably the game of the season edging home in the last over chasing 230 with a fantastic 9th wicket partnership of 40 between Tim Irvine and Jamie Saunders; a strong advert for the league! Tom Clover also scored a very mature 63* against Byfleet.
With the ball was the side’s main strength this year; the bowlers bowled great lines and really hunted the stumps. Three players ended up on 21 wickets, Toby Zapp, Dan Searle and Liam Jarrett. George Geeves claimed 18 and Tom Clover 12. All were great ‘all-round’ efforts.
Jamie Saunders, the ever dependable wicket keeper deserves a special mention. Playing at this standard it is arguably the most important spot in the team and Jamie claimed 21 victims from behind the stumps including a direct hit run out. A great effort coupled that with some important lower order runs. He also offered to play when his wife was in labour! A marvellous team effort, it was great to see so many players contribute to the team, thank you all; Tim Irvine, Doug Lebrocq, Chas and Toby Baddock, Aaron Preston, Charlie Anderson, Giles Audibert, James Clover, James Bell, Josh Thomas, Scott Hawkes and Chris Wales. I could go on. Thank you all so much! An amazing effort!
Ripley CC is very much looking forward to playing in Division 2 next year and see how it gets on. Having formed some strong relationships with clubs in the West league, the side wants to wish everyone all the best for next year.
Shepperton 3rd XI
Shepperton 3rd XI enjoyed a challenging first year in the newly combined third eleven system. Although the side initially found difficulty against tough new opposition and having lost players to the 2nd XI, the team enjoyed good victories against Byfleet (defending a total off the last over), Whiteley Village and on the final day against Camberley (who admirably let the game finish in the rain for the sake of a result). The side also enjoyed a final over thriller defending 191 at Cranleigh and gave champions Ripley a scare at their place.
The team was to see great progress in particular from young bowler Josh Day, who bagged his first and second club 5fers in the 3s and later was promoted to the 2s where he also made his first 50. The 3rd XI happily welcomed several new players to the fold including Stuart Catchpole, Jai Duraikannu and Ben Horler who contributed with bat and ball in addition to the now well established 3s core. The captain was delighted for 3s stalwart Suleman Mehmood who became a father for the first time.
While everyone who turned out for Shepperton deserves a mention (and of course others behind the scenes), the 44 names who helped keep the side turning out this year would take up some space! Suffice to say, the team is grateful for another hugely enjoyable season and already look forward to going again in May.
Weybridge Vandals 3rd XI
The 2016 season was challenging. In 2015 the side won the 3rd XI West league in dramatic fashion in a rain affected game vs. Whiteley Village. It was a proud moment for the team to lift the Cup at the Fuller’s dinner last November.
In 2016, Sampath Kumar stood down from the captaincy and was replaced by Surmesh Dadhwal. Sampath, Kiran Maharaj and Justin Culpeper suffered long term injuries. However, Kiran Maharaj still had the best individual batting inning of 209 in the history of our club and Justin Culpeper played a brilliant innings of 96. Suchin Kumar, a promising young left arm fast bowler, picked up couple of yards of pace over last year and was a real handful.
The most consistent player was Sandeep Sundar with 339 runs and 19 wickets, scoring two majestic 80s. Chulana Dias with 198 looked stylish at the crease and the team could have done with him playing more often. Adrian Waldock was dependable with the bat for his 132 runs. Surmesh scored 110 runs, bowled with deadly accuracy and economy whilst grabbing 12 wickets. Bruce Magill scored 101 runs.
Amit Parab got 11 wickets in five games and is a useful addition to the team. Rohit Gupta helped the side out so often that he became a regular member. Raj Arava and Dean Accouche were stalwarts of the team. The results went the wrong way because injuries affected the batting line badly and getting bowled out for low scores. The pleasing things was the improvement of Carl Bonnot as a bowler with 8 wickets, Alex MacHorton’s wicket keeping and 11 year old Oscar Powell got 4 for 29 on debut at the end of the season which was a great moment as a lot of the 1st XI were watching.
The worst aspect of the team was the repeated lateness of several players.
Thanks again to all players.
Whiteley Village 3rd XI
As no report was submitted by the club the following was written by the Editor.
Whitely Village 3rd XI finished mid-table in the 3rd XI West Division.
The side was unable to string any results together and if a win was achieved one week, the next match was almost certain to be a defeat. Unfortunately this was not promotion material.
The highlights of the season were doing the double over local rivals Weybridge Vandals in the opening game of the season and again in late July and a comfortable win at Farnham.
The season lows were the seven occasions where the side was dismissed for less than 120.
The key batsman was Umar Hameed with 309 runs @ 39; no one else scored more than 160. Umar Hameed was also the main bowler with 20 wickets @ 11.30. Daron Tribe (12), Leigh Goode (11) and Aiden Razey (11) also took wickets.
The side will be looking to improve on the 2016 season and push for promotion in 2017.