- Cobham Avorians
- Ewell (formerly Deando Ruxley)
- Horsley & Send
- Maori Oxshott
- Old Emanuel
- Old Hamptonians
- Staines & Laleham
A good season of consolidation was notable for the sterling organisation of Matt Ellis assisted by a new captain Steve King tasked with playing hard, enjoyable, winning cricket, whilst having regard to getting more academy players into the game.
This was achieved with a season defining game in August against Deando Ruxley, where second played third. But for one lower order batsman somehow defying logic the team would have been in the promotion spot, and who knows what might have happened come end of the year.
Earlier the poor weather in May did not lead to any abandoned games, although it did help the home wicket become bowler friendly. This helped the side during the timed games as batting first and scoring 150 was normally enough to provide a victory to the disbelief of many opposition captains!
Andy Hallam and Luke Barrow took advantage and were notable for their bowling performances, the latter chipping in with some telling knocks as well. The best bowling of the year was reserved for Mohsin Bashir (9 for 48), a match winning performance. Matt Richardson, Jamie Ellis and Matt Galvin were given responsibility to bat, bowl and keep which will stand them in good stead for next season.
Steve King (357), Mark Barrow (333) and Luke Barrow (266) were the leading run scorers with Andrew Hallam (28), Mohsin Bashir (24), Steve King (22) and Luke Barrow (21) the leading wicket takers.
Thanks must go to Peter Hallam who umpired with “enthusiasm", Keith Millet for being Keith Millet and Karen Heywood, our number one supporter and scorer who always kept the opposition in check!
Lastly thank you to all who played and the side is now looking forward to next season with promotion a distinct possibility given the growing strength of the younger players in the club.
Ewell (formerly Deando Ruxley) 2nd XI
It was fitting that the last year played as Deando Ruxley Cricket Club resulted in promotion for the 2nd XI. Club members have voted to rename the club Ewell Cricket Club from 2017.
The season started well, winning all overs games, but then the harder time games followed. The first two were won, followed by two draws, an abandoned game, a win and then two losses put promotion in jeopardy. However a final time game win and winning the next four overs games secured promotion.
Batting was often fragile, with wickets falling quickly at times, but good scores were often made thanks to one player making a big score. Seven team members scored fifties, led by the captain B Mahmood with 5 fifties and 1 hundred and A Khan with 4 fifties and 2 hundreds; both scoring over 650 runs in the league.
New player T Afzaal made an impression with the bowling, taking 32 wickets at an average of 15.5 and 8 for 27 in one game. Otherwise it was the usual bowlers of B Mahmood with 32 wickets @12.16, I Wyatt 21 @15.19 and A Saleem 12 @30.25 who were the main attack, each bowling over 100 overs in the season. There were other useful contributions with J Singh and A Naqvi who both had a 5 wicket haul.
Keeping and out fielding was led by B Mahmood with 16 catches. He was one of three keepers used, usually with two or more used in most games, to the amusement/bewilderment of the opposition and scorers. Of the outfielders, W Ausaf was the pick with 8 catches but the new players of A Musharaf and T Afzaal both took 7 each.
The club would like to thank the Captain B Mahmood and the team would like to thank the tea lady Jane, not only for lovely teas but also a big smile even if events on the field were not going to plan. Thanks also go to Ahmar Mahmood for stepping in on several occasions at the last moment when someone dropped out, on one occasion surviving several overs to secure a draw.
Godalming 2nd XI
The season for Godalming Cricket Club 2nd XI can only be described as disappointing as it saw the team relegated from the Surrey Championship.
Availability was reasonable for the most part but the absence of the captain in all but three games hindered the side. Thanks should go to the stand in captains, most notably Chris Hansen who did a great job at short notice.
Team spirit remained high throughout the season and performances were often good, but an inability to get over the line in the tight games and win especially against sides in the lower half of the division eventually sealed the team’s fate.
The batting was headed by Dominic Coakley and Chris Hansen who both scored over 300 runs, Matt Sopp once again showed he has a lot of promise from his eight games. The bowlers found it tough going with no-one taking twenty wickets, Carsten Horne coming closest with 19.
Thanks should go to our scorer Alasdair Brookman who not only scored each week but also played on occasion when the team was short. Thanks also to the many people that make the club run smoothly.
Horsley & Send 2nd XI
2016 saw a group of senior colts who had developed into a team during their progression through the club, split up, as there was a need to promote some of them to the 1st XI. This changed the dynamic beyond recognition. The lack of togetherness brought with it a lack of performance and the 2nd XI did not go the extra mile to get potential wins and to save draws from the jaws of defeat. However there were some good performances from the youngsters and senior players in the side. Special mention should go to Luke Trimmings (337 runs), Rizwan Hussain (197), Naz Hussain (236) and Jarred Hunt (168). The bowlers tried hard and Rohan Sharma took 22 wickets, James Croft (15) and Dan Collett (8), all of whom made the step up into the 1st XI at times during the season.
2017 will see the team adjusting its entire programme in the Fullers League which will result in exciting times for the club. Thanks go to all who accompanied the team on their journey this season, including Peter Reynolds for his umpiring and advice.
Lingfield 2nd XI
2016 turned out to be a turbulent season for Lingfield 2nd XI with some fine individual performances coupled with nail biting finales that the team have come to expect in recent seasons. The mixed results consisted of a few commanding victories, a solid bowling attack and mercurial batting (mention here must go to Mark Hendry and George Obrey, who held on for two draws both at 9 wickets down, batting for over 30 overs in total for approx. 3 runs) as the team finished seventh.
Individually, first to mention is Joe Batty (275 runs @ 27.5) who played a combination of mature and aggressive innings, including a match winning 73* in becoming a mainstay at the top of the order. The team’s dominant bowling and fielding outfit put it in strong positions on an impressively consistent basis, with George Obrey (25 wickets @ 20.08 including a best of 6 for 41), Tom Driscoll (25 @ 14.32) and the evergreen vice-captain Micky Webster (21 @ 14.05) doing much of the damage throughout the season.
The team also enjoyed valuable contributions from new members Tom Walker and Ali Reynolds, whilst they welcomed back the club man Will Armstrong after years out of the Lingfield game.
With a healthy crop of youngsters coming through into the senior team and the current squad as close as ever, the team will be pushing for promotion once more in 2017. Up the 2s!
Maori Oxshott 2nd XI
After two successive relegations, the aim for the 2nd XI was simple, to try and stop the rot and remain in the Surrey Championship. After a number of players were recruited over the winter, the team went into the season with optimism that it would be able to achieve that aim. Things started well with a good win over Old Hamptonians. However, in the next few games, the lack of batting cost a number of games. The team lost five games in a row all of which looked like they could have been won, not losing by more than 2 wickets or 20 runs. These defeats meant the side slipped down the table and, despite a very good win away at Staines and Laleham, by the middle of July after defeat away at Horsley & Send, the team sat 2nd bottom.
However from this point, the side won four out of the next five games, gaining a good win against Godalming with Mike Jarrett scoring a 100 and Jon Ryan scoring 97, then going on to beat promotion chasing Old Hamptonians, despite their team being littered with a number of recognisable 1st XI players. Wins over Staines & Laleham and Horsley & Send made things pretty much safe and the three bonus points picked up in the penultimate game against Deando Ruxley ensured the team’s status in the Surrey Championship.
Standout performances with the bat came from Mike Jarrett and Jon Ryan, who both amassed 300 runs over the course of the season and Tony Murphy who made a couple of match winning contributions including a quick fire 30 at Old Hamptonians.
Bowling wise, three players took the majority of the wickets, George Depree taking 24 wickets with Tony Murphy and Steve Saker both taking 19 wickets. Rob Stileman and Rory Depree also contributed taking 13 and 10 wickets respectively.
Overall, the side successfully avoided a third successive relegation and hopefully after a winter of player recruitment, can push forward in 2017.
Merstham 2nd XI
This was a fantastic season for the second string at Merstham who again improved with a few new recruits and the regular players who have been there for the last few years gelling straight away.
Playing 17 games, winning 14 and losing only three, there were some dramatic games in the season; sneaking home by one wicket at Lingfield after bowling them out cheaply, this happened again at Maori. There was the great run chase at Deando chasing 198 to win with 4 balls to go. Merstham had a season where all players managed to offer something, the team had 3 main bowlers all taking 25 plus wickets along with others picking up wickets along the way too. The batsmen all did well and Neil Maplesden defied his years taking wonder catches behind the stumps.
The team is looking forward to next season in Division 4 and seeing how much it has progressed since gaining promotion as champions in the first season in the Surrey Championship. The team hopes to retain the core and keep adding experience and ability to the squad.
Old Emanuel 2nd XI
This was skipper Ibs Malik’s first venture into captaincy, taking the helm in a transitional period but with a talented group of players. A great start to the season with the three wins in the first three outings but momentum could not be maintained due to erratic player availability. Mid-season winning draws kept the side in close contention, sparking hopes of achieving second spot, if not winning the league. Losing a couple of crucial games due to the weak bowling attacks towards the end consigned the team to 3rd spot.
With the bat, key performances came from Ibs Malik (579 @ 36), Jehangir Zeb (526 @ 58), Harry Cronshaw (329) and Harshil Brambhatt (301); each registering centuries during the campaign.
All in all, a fruitful and enjoyable season with realistic prospects of contending for the top positions in 2017. The skipper is grateful for the support and guidance from other senior players throughout the season.
Old Hamptonians 2nd XI
The 2nd XI season started in miserable fashion as a young side fell to a harrowing defeat at newly relegated Maori Oxshott. A good bowling performance helped the team beat Cobham Avorians in the season’s first home game but this success was followed by losses to newly promoted Merstham and Lingfield.
The team fared slightly better in June with defeats to Godalming and Merstham being cancelled out with wins against Old Emanuel and Horsley & Send. As the weather gradually started to improve the 2nd team’s performances did too and a nail biting win at home to Staines & Laleham was backed up by a clinical run chase away at Cobham and then the season’s best performance to eventually promoted team Deando Ruxley. By restricting Deando’s leg side scoring opportunities the big hitting side got frustrated and were bowled out for an under par score of 180. A mini collapse in the chase made things interesting but the lower order held firm and an excellent display was rewarded with the full 24 points.
This was followed by a dominant winning draw against Lingfield but with promotion now a possibility after the desolate opening to the year, the side fell away once more. Defeats at the hands of Maori Oxshott and Old Emanuel knocked the wind out of the team’s sails and poor bowling against Horsley & Send and Deando Ruxley meant two more defeats. Staines & Laleham earned revenge for their loss earlier in the season with a home triumph and the year ended in the rain with an abandoned match against bottom of the table Godalming, meaning the 2nd XI ended in the middle of the league table.
Despite finishing 5th the team can be pleased with a number of convincing performances which offer hope for next season. Player of the Year was the experienced Neil Meadows and Young Player of the Year was promising all-rounder Max Vyvyan.
Staines & Laleham 2nd XI
Having been promoted from the County League in 2015 a fourth place finish represents an excellent season for the 2nd XI and had the side been slightly more consistent, promotion would have been a real possibility.
Skippered again by the excellent Andy Cranston the side certainly benefitted from the fact that the 1st XI was stronger. There was no better example of this than Ryan Ramdin (@ 34.58) who was outstanding in his 13 appearances for the side. In addition veteran all-rounder Peter “Saint” Roberts weighed in with 309 (@ 25.75) along with 16 wickets. Susant Kumar Swain (258 @ 43) had an incredible run which saw him elevated to the 1st XI. Two hundred plus league runs were also achieved by Andy Cranston, Sam Barrett and Majik Patel.
The bowling honours were taken by the ever consistent Gary Turner (26 @ 15.35), the aforementioned Peter Roberts and new member Jared de Jesus (12 @ 18.25) for whom there is great hope in 2017.
All in all, it was an enjoyable season with a mix of stalwarts, new members and emerging talent. Hopes are high for 2017 and a push for promotion.