- Cobham Avorians
- Guildford City
- Hampton Wick Royal
- Old Hamptonians
- Weybridge Vandals
- Woking & Horsell
The 1st XI had an extremely eventful season finishing in joint 3rd Place recording 10 wins and 7 losses. This was a great achievement given that the team lost important 1st XI players; Ashley Rannie for the majority of the season which left a hole in the middle order, all-rounder Brent Kay joined Weybridge showing his class with the ball plus his lower order hitting power and then Captain Sam Crabtree left to join Weybridge at the end of July. The batting showed glimpses of improvement with 4 batsman accumulating over 250 league runs and the side was extremely grateful to Tim Richards who returned from University and played the final 4 league games scoring 166 valuable runs, this ultimately contributed to a 5 match winning streak in August/September. At one point the side was looking at being in a relegation battle but it managed to pull together and showed great team spirit to record 5 wins on the bounce and a final finishing position.
On occasions Byfleet had to select a young and inexperienced side including 3 or 4 under 16s, Tyron White returned as the overseas player for a 2nd season and was the pick of the batters and bowlers with 372 runs and 31 wickets. Josh Roguski returned for a 2nd spell with the club and accumulated 330 runs, Liam Blake improved his contributions with the bat scoring 310 runs, both averaged nearly 24. Special mention must be given to Charlie Black and Sam Tyler, both only 16, who contributed 24 and 23 wickets respectively.
Cobham Avorians 1st XI
The Avorians 1st XI were hopeful for a successful 2016 season. Having overcome the hardships of previous years both on and off the field, the As were ready to continue the hard work and push for a top spot in Division 4.
The season did not get underway well with two early losses to Hampton Wick Royal and Old Hamptonians. The team showed character winning 4 of the next 5 games, having picked up some key bonus points in the matches lost, which propelled the side into the top half of the table where it was to remain for the rest of the season. There were notable wins against Farncombe, Guildford City and Woking & Horsell, where the team racked up over 300 runs in each game. The last of those games saw 2 Surrey Championship records fall, which were the highest individual Division 4 innings and the highest 4th wicket partnership. AK Tyrone hit 170 off just 116 balls and shared a 4th wicket stand of 253 with his batting partner Kumudu Prashad who scored 115 in a truly remarkable spectacle.
The season had a few ups and downs but for the most part the Avorians battled it out at the top of the league, only just giving up on a chance of promotion in the penultimate game of the campaign. Although shaded in some disappointment on not getting promoted it was largely a successful season for the Avorians. The notable performers with the bat were AK Tyrone who scored 981 runs @ 57.71, Kumudu Prashad with 515 runs @ 30.29 and Mahesh Liyanage with 493 @ 30.81.
Notable performances with the ball were AK Tyrone with 39 wickets @ 12.18 and Kumudu Prashad with 31 @ 15.94. Youngster George Frise and Dominic Worth also put in some notable performances showing promise for the future. The Avorians are hopeful of pushing for promotion in the 2017 Season.
Farncombe 1st XI
This was a difficult year for the Farncombe 1st XI with only a few notable victories. A very young side combined with player availability made it difficult to compete on a consistent basis.
Notable individual performances included Adam Appleton ranked 9th in the league with 487 runs at just over 30 and Luke Edwards ranked 4th in the league standings with 35 wickets at 10.6.
Team spirit remained high throughout the season and the facilities, teas and hospitality continue to be of the highest standard.
Farncombe is sure that the development of promising younger players will stand the Club in good stead for the future.
The Club looks forward to the 2017 with enthusiasm and optimism.
Guildford City 1st XI
As no report was submitted by the club the following was written by the Editor.
Guildford City struggled for availability throughout the season, only managing to field one XI. The results were disappointing and a run of 14 straight defeats at the start of the season meant relegation was inevitable which was confirmed well before the end of the season.
The season’s highlight was the win against Woking & Horsell by 4 wickets in August; unfortunately followed by a very disappointing defeat to Sanderstead by one run a week later.
Guildford City plan to regroup and the club will be fielding two XIs next year. The side looks forward to the 2017 season with high hopes of a rapid return to Division 4.
Hampton Wick Royal 1st XI
The HWRCC 1st XI had a consistent year, consistently either winning easily or losing close games. Also the comparison between results in overs (7 wins in 9) and timed (2 in 9) games was stark. The team finished a disappointing 6th despite convincingly winning the first four fixtures of the season. Defeats to Sanderstead (twice), Kingstonians, Byfleet, Cobham Avorians and Old Hamptonians were all suffered when The Wick were controlling the game at 6pm.
Special mention goes to Yasir Ahmed with 749 runs @ 53.50, a brilliant return from an opener. There were strong performances with the bat from Nomaan Ali (534 runs @ 38.14) and Iain Tong (369 runs @ 28.90).
The star bowler was Zammack Tughral (32 wickets @ 14.03). He was well supported by Fawad Anis, Nomaan Ali and Graeme Tong, the latter switching from medium pace to off spin. If the team is able to get over the line and win at least a few of those close ones it will be eyeing up promotion in 2017.
Kingstonian 1st XI
Consistency, togetherness and belief are what inspired the 1st XI to promotion. Possessing an abundance of cricketing wealth, Captain Amir Hussain led his multi-talented team to the title with three games remaining in the season. Only three defeats all year, two of which came at the end of the season, including a one run defeat to Byfleet and a loss to Hampton Wick by an average of 0.6, show how the team fought hard throughout the campaign.
The 1st XI started their season in the mood to challenge for the top and victory in the first three games laid down a serious marker. However, an away defeat by seven wickets to Woking in the fourth game provided a shock to the system and a rude awakening that to become champions, far more effort and dedication was required! From then on, the team knuckled down and blasted its way through the division, creating an unassailable lead at the top courtesy of an 11 game unbroken winning streak.
Performers were present throughout the squad with someone always ready to hold their hand up in time of need. Pakistani overseas J. Mirza was the standout performer with the bat, amassing 807 runs @ 67.25 from 16 games as well as picking up 16 wickets @ 24. There was ample support in the batting department from Raza Sikander (530 @ 35), Amir Hussain (422 @ 53), Haroon Ashfaq (412 @ 24) and Imran Khalid (404 @ 24).
New recruit and seasoned performer Abdul Aziz led the bowling department admirably, taking 30 wickets at a miserly average of 11. He had an excellent support cast of Raza Sikander (20 @ 13), Taimur Gujjar (16 @ 19) and Tahir Khan, who chipped in with 14 wickets @ 24.
A few games are worth a mention but the one etched in everybody's mind will no doubt have to be the away game against Old Hamptonians. While chasing 267, Kingstonian required 23 runs off the last eight balls, only for the last pair batting to show their quality when it mattered and clinch the game with a ball to spare. Overall, it was a very satisfying season and many observers have tipped this side for greater achievements, so the team moves forward with an expectation to make a mark in the 2017 season.
A big thank you goes out to the support staff; Roger Montgomery, Neel Patel, Paul Brennan, Terry Jacobs, and the one and only Geoff Phillips! CHAMPIONS!
Old Hamptonians 1st XI
OHCC embarked on a new season with promotion a high priority and the arrival of overseas player Camillo Carimbocas meant the squad was in high spirits. Last year’s 2nd XI leading run scorer Crowe led the way with two 40s in his first two games and two wins and two losses in May set the tone for a positive June.
Morris’ bowling continues to bamboozle opposition batsmen and his success with the ball was backed up by runs from Carimbocas, Madoc-Jones and Ahmad. The 1st XI was flying high in second place before i was brought down to earth by a rampant Kingstonian. Mughal was the leading all-rounder throughout the year and his contributions with bat and ball ensured that every total was chaseable. He was backed up by Samways and Lizieri, alongside the off spin of captain Brown, whose 41 league wickets at 15 were bettered only by the excellent Powell of Weybridge Vandals. The return of the travelling Morley, along with the introduction of Hamptonians past and present Devon and Cole Campbell meant that an exciting young side continued to push as they looked to win the timed games.
Unfortunately, draws meant vital ground lost on league leaders Kingstonian and Sanderstead. Cole Campbell became only the second player to score a century on debut for the club and Brown’s 7 wicket haul meant a win against barrel scrapers Guildford City. Campbell then repeated the feat against Kingstonian but an excellent run chase by the away side meant the target of 268 was reached with one ball to spare.
Although a Carimbocas hundred in Croydon ensured a victory, it was a case of too little, too late for the 1st XI and the late surge in form, inspired by arguably the greatest ever Old Hamptonians batsman Julian Poulter scoring a majestic 95 against Hampton Wick Royal was not enough and a mid-table finish was settled for.
Sanderstead 1st XI
Having been promoted the year before, the last thing the 1st XI needed heading into the new season was an injury crisis that saw more first teamers unavailable than available for the first month. In addition, four days before the first game, the side found out it would be without Abdul for the majority of the season. With that in mind, a respectable mid table finish looked like a realistic goal for the squad to aim for.
For many years, Sanderstead has relied on its bowling to bail out the batting but this problem has seemingly been eradicated now; the 1s regularly posting scores in excess of 225. The return of Tyler, who looks like he will ton up every time he is at the crease and the addition of Liam Azer this season, helped give the top order that extra quality it had been lacking. James Allen has become a genuine all-rounder and his ability to take the game to the opposition won several matches throughout the season. Richie Bull and Josh Cox-Brooker’s quick scoring often making the difference, turning par scores into good scores and George Jackson scored 137 runs to get the team over the line in the last over of a game, playing undoubtedly one of the best knocks ever seen from a Sanderstead player. Once again, Simon was key to the batting, adding 525 runs to his total of 36 wickets.
Captains usually enjoy success with a group of players and think they have a special bunch but to have achieved back to back promotions with a group of players who have an average age of 23 and a team where ten of the eleven most capped players, played colts cricket for the club, is a pretty unique feat.
Weybridge Vandals 1st XI
The Vandals were going to find it hard to continue the form of the previous two seasons after successive promotions and so it proved in 2016.
Bereft of an overseas player and shorn of the services of Mark Fenton through injury the Vandals knew it would be tough. A close fought defeat in the opening game against eventual league champions Kingstonian gave hope but also saw the side lose the bowling services of skipper Woo Powell for the season.
Wins against Byfleet, where a sublime 131* from Aman Singh single-handedly saw the team across the line, and Guildford were followed by two disappointing defeats where frailties with the bat and inconsistency with the ball set the trend for the season. Further wins against the relegated sides and the strongest team performance against Hamptonians saw the side in to an inflated position of third going in to the final six weeks of the season. It was at this point where the Vandals’ train went right off track, incurring defeats in all remaining fixtures leaving the team stationed in a disappointing 8th position at the final buffer.
There were two shining lights for the team again this year, Aman Singh gracefully accumulating 578 runs @ 71 with the bat and Jonny Powell charming his way to 51 wickets @ 11.02 with the ball. Both showed high levels of skill and consistency that frequently sent fear in to oppositions. With those two back in 2017 Vandals will maintain a genuine hope of pushing for promotion.
Other key performers with the ball in 2016 saw relic Scott Baker return to the club with 26 wickets @ 11.76 and Luke ‘Beaky’ Bentley 27 @ 23.37. With the bat only two other players, aside from Aman, managed 300+ runs and they were Sam Buckell (324 runs @ 18) and former captain Ali Booth (324 @ 21.60) although Beaky gets recognition for his 290 runs @ 20.71.
Woking & Horsell 1st XI
2016 was a mixed season for Woking & Horsell 1st XI, the side was more competitive across the board but that did not translate to a stronger league positioning come September.
The season started well with James Woods and newcomer Stuart Warner combining to chase down 250 away against Byfleet. However the team failed to capitalise on that, losing the next two games to strong sides in Sanderstead and Hampton Wick Royal. An excellent 7 wicket win over eventual league champions Kingstonians, courtesy of fine bowling from Phil West and Indika Fernando and an unbeaten partnership of 120 between captain Tim Keene and Henri Peters, raised hopes that a push for promotion might be on the cards but a poor run of one win in the next five on top of two cancellations left the team looking at a mid-table finish with the season just over halfway through.
Two fine wins over Byfleet and Farncombe put to bed any risk of relegation but the mixed results continued for the final stretch as the lack of anything to play for affected availability and motivation.
Across the season the batting was much improved from the previous year, with three batsmen scoring over 400 runs with 14 half centuries between them, however despite some strong performances in certain games the bowling and fielding lacked the consistency of the previous year.
It was an enjoyable season playing against some strong, sociable sides but the club hope that next year the team can push on and gain promotion to Division 3.