- Bank of England
- Old Whitgiftians
- Oxted & Limpsfield
- Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian
- Woking & Horsell
The loss of players to the 1st XI had a knock on effect on the 2nd XI and consequently results suffered, resulting in the unfortunate situation of relegation at the end of a hard fought season. Most notable performances in the batting came from David Roche 192 runs, Glyn Albuquerque 161 and Rob Maguire 109 runs. With the bowling Barry Lineker took 21 wickets, including two 5 wicket hauls. Rob Maguire and David Roche complemented their batting by taking 15 and 14 wickets each respectively. Thanks again to Ray Munn who turned out as scorer throughout the season.
Bank of England 2nd XI
The 2nd XI’s season was a tale of two halves. Having come down from Division 1, early season talk was of swift promotion. However, the first raft of overs games only yielded one win, by halfway through the season the side was bottom.
But then, as relegation loomed, the proverbial clouds lifted and the Bank men remembered how to win. Indeed, the team remained undefeated for the rest of the season, winning the final six games in a row to finish in a frankly remarkable 4th place.
The traditional strength of this side has been the bowling and while Sanjay Thapan again dominated the division with 31 wickets at 17, two newcomers Justin Hunt (17 @ 21) and young Yusuf Jackson (15 @ 14) made a large impact.
On the batting side, Yogi Patel again led the pack, with 417 @ 38, including a ton at Trinity Mid Whits. Max Dawe lived up to his potential with 295 @ 37, with an excellent 118 at Beddington. Shiraz Husain will have opening bowlers waking up with cold sweats after his outrageous attacking stroke play often saw run rates at 6s or 7s in the first 10 overs, seeing him muster 342 @ 43. There were also contributions from newcomer Dominic Ramjag, as well as Shyam Patel, Sam Brandon, Will Jarrett and Ali Killham.
Joe McCarthy had the gloves for most of the season and was reliable as ever. Jon San Jose took the gloves in 4 games, showing his worth by amassing 6 stumpings.
The team spirit was high, despite the bizarre nature of the first half of the season, and excellent sportsmanship was displayed on a number of occasions. The team would again like to thank Paul Bartlett for the hefty mileage put on his car to umpire fixtures both home and away, and the ground staff at the Bank of England for the facilities.
Beddington 2nd XI
Beddington 2nd XI, under new captain Danny Baker, ended up a disappointing 8th yet the season could have been so very, very different. Taking away crushing defeats to Dulwich (home and away) the 2s managed to miss out on positive results in 7 games by either 1 wicket or under 10 runs; something that will be worked on and improved upon over the close season.
Captain Baker led the way with the bat, scoring 450 at 30 and young spinner Jack Green capped his breakthrough year by taking 26 wickets along with Stephen Mann and cementing a run in the Premier league campaign for the 1s. Sadly consistency and time at the crease put paid to any promotion hopes but the season was not all doom and gloom on Church Road.
Notable performances by youngsters Hamed Gondal, Jack Ballard and Jack Green saw them all end up in the top 20 list for the league and with elder statesman Mahesan Nadarajah managing to score 400 runs, despite being held together by an array of plasters, meant that there is much to be positive about.
The 2s wish to thank Tango for his scoring prowess and Graham Parker for his umpiring. The club have much to be positive about and the 2s have every intention to learn from 2016 and come back fighting in Division 2 next year.
Cranleigh 2nd XI
Following promotion in 2015, the 2nd XI moved into Surrey Championship Division 2. The squad was strengthened with Callum Kent, Phil Roper and the returning Chris Boucher in the batting department and left arm spinner Andrew Goudie. Ed Copleston took over as Captain but following a broken hand Josh Cummings took charge for the majority of matches.
Cranleigh started off the season strongly with wins in the limited over matches, Euan Johnstone continued his excellent run with the bat and Phil Roper scoring heavily at the top of the order. Youngster Sam Wade and veteran Stu Ketley both bowled with control with the new ball. The spin attack was led by Paddy Harman who continued to spin sides out with George Thomas and Goudie squeezing opposition. All-rounders Cummings and Jay Harman both produced match winning performances with bat and ball as veteran Will Howard also played some crucial innings under pressure.
Cranleigh looked in line for the league title until suffering 2 defeats to worthy champions Dulwich. With a young and hungry squad the side achieved its 4th promotion in 4 years and looks forward to playing Division One cricket next season.
Dulwich 2nd XI
The 2nd XI had an excellent season, not just achieving their aim of gaining promotion from Division 2, but winning the league too.
There were a number of notable moments and performances; some not so significant on paper but still critical in turning around difficult situations in tight games that might otherwise have gone the other way. The team displayed an excellent winning mentality and there was a willingness from individuals to step up and perform when required. This included being behind against Esher (recovering from 95 for 8 batting first), against Oxted & Limpsfield (winning from 85 for 8 chasing 115), and against the then-league leaders Cranleigh (who were 80 for 0 before being dismissed for 181). It is these types of performances that define a season.
The role of some new recruits was also important. There were centuries from Henry Hazlewood and Ed Towner, a five wicket haul amongst 23 wickets for James Hirst and 197 runs at just under 40 and a number of fine catches from wicket-keeper batsman Ajmal Patanker all of whom were playing their first season for the club.
Notable contributions also came from the consistent Raj Tulsiani (401 runs @ 36), Zakir Rostami (324 runs @ 29) and Stuart Ferguson (260 runs @ 37). There should also be a mention for Matthew Quaife who, whilst only scoring 112 runs, did so in three very tense situations which all saw the side scraping to a win. Others such as Oliver Steward, Andrew Inglis and Jack Anderson made vital contributions along the way.
The side was able to rely on some very good bowling performances which reduced opposition sides to low scores; seven times the opposition did not pass 120 in their innings. Four bowlers were in the top 15 league wicket takers with skipper James Bridgland leading the way with 29 wickets @ 12 despite missing a few matches through injury. Matt Quaife (26 @ 15), James Hirst (23 @ 14) and, showing his all-round prowess, Stuart Ferguson chipped in with 19 vital wickets @ 12. Much promise for the future was shown by young seamers Sameer Saleem and Sam Ellison and left arm spinner Patrick George, who all bowled with excellent control and skill and became key contributors to the team’s success in the second half of the season.
Special thanks, as always, go to our dedicated scorer and umpire team of Jenny Pratt and Rinaldo Frezzato, whose commitment is welcomed by all.
Esher 2nd XI
The season started with much hope and promise for Esher’s 2nd XI, and after a convincing victory against Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians in the opening game things were looking good. These thoughts, however, were short-lived, as the next two games served up disappointing defeats against Beddington and Cranleigh. Esher then travelled to Bank of England and, without the services of the captain, they swept Bank aside by 100 runs. Addiscombe then visited Esher with the hosts slumping to 122 all out and losing by 80 runs. The next four games ended with three losses and a losing draw, with the batting proving to be the biggest problem again. At the half way stage, it appeared that Esher were going to be in a relegation scrap.
However, in a tale of two halves that Robert Louis Stevenson would be proud of, things were about to change. With Mr Hyde out of the way, it was time for Dr Jekyll to take over, and in maybe the defining moment of the season Esher won a hard fought game against Beddington by 2 runs.
This seemed to rejuvenate the team and was followed by a victory against Woking. Next to visit New Road were Bank of England but Esher could only muster a winning draw. Esher were to remain in high spirits, though, and managed to win all of the next five games with the most intriguing game coming against Old Whitgiftians. After Esher posted 320 for 4, all 22 players could have been forgiven for thinking the game was over. But this was not the case, as Old Whits made it to 316 before a run out ensured victory for Esher with 2 balls to spare. Other victories included good performances against Addiscombe, Trinity, Woking and champions elect Dulwich. The final game of the season was unfortunately abandoned with Esher in control thanks to an opening partnership of 316 before the heavens opened with Oxted 50 for 3.
Old Whitgiftians 2nd XI
The 2nd XI, under new skipper Arun Ramamurthy, looked like possible promotion candidates early in the season but failed to capitalise on the good start and finished fifth with 182 points. Memorable matches included beating eventual champions Dulwich off the last ball of the game, beating local rivals Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian in both games and nearly chasing 320 against Esher in the penultimate game on the season.
The season started well with wins coming from three of the first four games followed by draws against Esher and Beddington as the bowlers struggled to claim the last few wickets needed for victory. Three away wins against Addiscombe, Dulwich and Trinity Mid-Whitgifitians in July preceded a winless streak of six games at the end of the season.
Leading run scorer Sujit Dadar scored 338 at an average of 42.25 and was ably supported by Sumit Jain (273), skipper Arun Ramamurthy (250) and all-rounder Pardeep Chatwal (226). Also worthy of mention is Shahrayz Nazim’s mature hundred against Esher in June.
The bowling attack was led by Pardeep Chatwal whose off spin took 24 wickets while the miserly bowling of Simon Yousaf took 23 wickets and evergreen Ramling Kalel took 19. Standout performances with the ball were Pardeep Chatwal’s and Simon Yousaf’s 7-fors while Shaz Rana took 5 for 10 against Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian.
Next season will see a renewed push for promotion as a young team starts to come of age.
Oxted & Limpsfield 2nd XI
OLCC 2nd XI achieved the highest finish in their history with 6th place in Division 2 and although they could have finished higher, the season was viewed as a success with the introduction of a number of the club’s up and coming younger players. Indeed the highlight of the season was probably the away win against Old Whits where the side contained 3 over 40s and 8 players between 14 and 25.
In truth the season stuttered somewhat with the team never winning more than two games in a row but with four wins in the first six and only close defeats to the two sides who would eventually be promoted the Os believed they could challenge. However the wet weather and the mid-season form put paid to the Os hopes as the next seven games included a winning draw, two abandoned and four defeats. However any relegation worries were quickly removed with the win at Whits and then a win at home to Woking. Sadly the side then threw away a run chase vs. Bank, lost to TMW after falling to 199 all out from 180 for 3 and finishing with another abandoned match.
Player of the season Richard Arscott topped the batting with 497 @ 49.70 (1 x 100, 3 x 50). Skipper Michael Adamson was next with 388 (2 x 50) and Hugh Catterall scored 314 @ 34.89 (2 x 50) in his debut season. Keeper Phil Trayner (21 dismissals) scored 185 while only 3 others made a 50.
The bowling was topped by the skipper with 32 @ 11.47 (1 x 5 wkts), who also topped the league wicket taking stats. However only 4 other bowlers managed double figures; Fairchild (14), Catterall (13), Emmins (11) and Mastin (10) while Haydon took an impressive 6 for 36 in the away win at Whits.
The stats reflect the changing nature of the side but with more consistency and some vital experience gained the Os look forward to mounting a promotion challenge in 2017.
Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian 2nd XI
The 2nd XI faced a tough season having lost several key players but despite some occasional encouraging performances this proved too much of an obstacle to overcome. Ultimately the team was not good enough throughout the entirety of the season as availability and performances against teams also fighting relegation cost the side any chance of staying up.
A number of players seen as regulars spent most of the season in the 1s and as a result the side was not generally strong enough in what was a far more competitive division than recent years, with both promoted sides performing strongly and the relegated teams proving difficult to beat. The lack of runs and the ability to post a competitive score was a theme throughout and a number of games were realistically lost by tea. The old adage of putting 200 on the board would win most games was particularly true; of the five times this was achieved, four were won.
Frustratingly the side showed it had more than enough talent to compete and win on numerous occasions, including a 100-run win over promoted Cranleigh, which was the first time they had lost in 10 games and back to back close-fought victories over Beddington (7 runs) and Oxted (2 wickets).
A few individuals warrant mention; Nick Cook led the wickets column with 19, Dave Jewiss bowled well all year and his 16 wickets were hard earned as were James Wilson’s 13. U14 Sam Williams showed good promise with the bat, starting well at this level but finding life tougher as the season went on. Stuart Clarke and Sameer Khan both scored 250+ runs. There is undoubtedly talent in the side but most of the batsmen need to show the ability and application to bat for 50 overs. If they do so the side can expect an immediate return to Division 2 cricket.
Woking & Horsell 2nd XI
2016 was a tough season for all involved with a number of close results not quite going the right way and dealing with a number of injuries and some unavailability. However, there were a few shining moments. In the team’s first game against OWs Andrew Statham scored a fantastic 98, the next game against Bank Kandarp Patel followed this with a cracking 53* which led the team to an excellent 249 for 9 and set up an excellent win. In week 3 Lewis Dunford continued where the side had left off the previous week with an unbeaten 66 gaining the 2s another win. After challenging weeks against the two promoted sides, the team secured another fantastic win at home against Oxted with Paul Norris claiming 6 for 31 off 17 overs.
Although in a losing cause against Trinity Mids, Aiyer turned out a first class bowling display taking 5 for 45. Following this, a hard fought point was earned away at Beddington with a rear guard display from tail-enders Norris, Guy, Aiyer and Ashgar. Woking’s next crucial win came away at OWs, where Liam Monaghan turned in a top display of swing bowling to take a match winning 4 for 34, a victory that would prove highly valuable at the end of the season.
In the following weeks luck was against the side although there were a few smashing displays, especially Vaihbav Bhade’s 62 against Esher.
The season finished well with back to back wins over Beddington (J Day 45, P West 3 for 13) and Addiscombe (J Day 59, W Pyle 75 and 4 for 29, Q Ashgar 4 for 57). These two victories put the side safely clear of relegation and in Division 2 for another year.
This season has given a number of younger players excellent exposure at this level which should allow this side a stable platform for growth into the 2017 season.