- Battersea Ironsides
- Cobham Avorians
- Guildford City
- Hampton Hill
- Maori Oxshott
- Old Emanuel
- Old Hamptonians
- Staines & Laleham
After relegation to Division 5 last season, the 2nd XI’s immediate aim was to take the games seriously, be focused and to stay in the division. Coming down a division gave the side a boost in terms of confidence.
The first 2 games started off with a promising performance with 2 straight wins, the first against Maori Oxshott; Dan Hardy and Senna with a blistering bowling performance. After those 2 wins, the season went downhill as there were no wins in the next 10 games. There were games when the team came close and some draws but no wins. All of a sudden with only 6 games to go the side was fighting for survival.
But the team was focussed and determined to pull off a miracle which ultimately was achieved in great style. 5 out of 6 remaining games were won also beating the 2 promoted teams along the way. It is a coincidence that the next win came against Maori Oxshott after 10 weeks having beaten them in the season opener. Also other results went the right way and the side ended up 4th in the table. It was a great team performance in the last 6 games not just surviving in the division but finishing in the top half of the table.
There were some good individual batting performances notably from Adam Gibson, Jason James and Ahsan Khan. Skipper Venu Gopal ended up the top wicket taker for the team. Good bowling contributions came from Nasrun Mir, Junaid Khan and Faisal Jamaluddin. It was a season filled with drama, entertainment, joy and despair. The whole team contributed to the late surge and is now looking forward to building on this success for the next season.
Cobham Avorians 2nd XI
The 2nd XI was champions of Division 5 with a record of 11 wins, 4 losses, 2 abandoned and one losing draw. This was a comprehensive win for the club and a win for the younger members who all made a telling contribution at some stage in the season.
The Club’s policy of moving younger players between 1st XI and 2nd XI, for experience, definitely worked as Joel Bailey, 355 runs and 21 wickets, along with performances from Andrew Hallam, Luke Barrow and Jamie Ellis all helped create wins for the side.
The batting was led by Ahsan Bashir (654 runs) supported by Mark Barrow (360) and the bowling by Ahsan Bashir (38 wickets) supported by Mohsin Bashir (30)s and Stephen King (18).
The fielding was generally excellent with catches taken with only a few runs to spare in several games. The notables were Matt Ellis, a wall behind the stumps, Dan Kelly and Simon Porter.
A special mention must go to Keith “Seedy” Millet a stalwart of the Club who leaves us for Australia this winter. A man who the clubs who played against him will remember for his “Seedy” shot and his willingness to always play for the team.
Thank you too to scorer, Karen Haywood and umpire, Peter Hallam who both put in sterling efforts.
Well done boys…We Won!
Guildford City 2nd XI
The 2nd XI started the 2017 season with a completely new team. A new captain was selected and many debutants arrived to the Surrey Championship or returned to the league after many years of absence.
With the season starting off with four losses it was evident there was an element of transformation taking place. The team led and captained by Amir Mohammed turned their fortunes around by going on a winning run. The main improvement occurred during the ‘timed games’ winning back to back matches. This form continued for the rest of the 2017 season.
During the season the standout batsman was Hafiz Saeed Hashmi and with the ball the skipper Amir taking 23 wickets. The former ended up being the number 1 batsman for the club and Amir the top bowler (runs scored / wickets taken). There were also some match winning individual performances by Bilal Hussain, Yousaf Kalim and Naveed Akhtar with the experienced Asif Hussain bowling some extremely effective spells during the season.
All in all it was a great team effort to end up at the top of the Division.
Hampton Hill 2nd XI
Hampton Hill’s first year in the Surrey Championship proved an enjoyable if dramatic affair.
Fresh from the last day Fullers League championship win in 2016 the team started the new season strongly with 5 wins from the first 7 games, including a couple of very tight finishes.
However the Hill then ‘hit the wall’ courtesy of two last ball losses; the second of these rounded off a dramatic collapse with Hill losing 5 wickets for just 1 run away at Lingfield after skipper Exworth had taken 5 for 17 in the first innings.
The season then took a more challenging turn as the inevitable holidays and team changes took effect but this did at least mean the opportunity to blood a number of younger players from Hill’s burgeoning youth system; Sam Fullicks, Massimo Campanale, Ryan McCartney and Adam Oliver all showed they are names to watch for in coming seasons.
In the back straight of the year the team was left battling relegation but an important win against Staines and then last day revenge over Lingfield ultimately kept the side safe and just a couple of wins away from the promotion places.
Stuart Barrs-James was Hill’s all-round star with a batting average of 42 and two five fors (7 for 32 vs. Merrow and 5 for 44 vs. Lingfield). Ian Exworth (26 wickets) and Tom Rose (25) led the bowling whilst John Cadogan (313 runs) and James Everett (281) led the batting.
Lingfield 2nd XI
2017 was always going to be a testing year for Lingfield 2nd XI as the side went into the season aware of several key players being unavailable for most or all of the season. However, this gave the opportunity for some younger players to step up a level into the 2s.
It was an up and down season with a run of 5 consecutive wins in June and July bookended either side with a total of 10 defeats.
The younger players came in and showed fight in some very close games and pressure situations. Stand out performers included 15 year old wicket keeper Jake Pearce who acquitted himself very well, playing the majority of the league games and 17 year old Alex Fisher who took the new ball responsibility, claiming 16 wickets at 18 runs apiece and also some useful runs down the order.
The leading bowler was the evergreen Micky Webster with 34 wickets at an average of 12.5. Sam Castle and 19 year old Jack Haigh also made significant contributions with 18 and 16 wickets respectively. Throughout the season the team bowled and fielded superbly, consistently putting teams under pressure and showing energy in the field
The batting was more of a struggle. Only three players scored more than 150 runs. However, there were some good individual performances on occasions, with half centuries from Sam Castle, Jack Haigh, Tom Batty, Ali Reynolds, Rob Widrig and Joe Batty, who also scored his maiden league century in a memorable win over
It was a real disappointment when relegation was confirmed on the last game of the season but there were enough positives from 2017 to make the side confident that it can compete and try to bounce straight back up at the first attempt. Hopefully the absence from the Championship will be temporary; see you again in 2019!
Maori Oxshott 2nd XI
41 players represented Maori Oxshott 2nd XI in 2017, a similar number to the previous season. In fact there were many similarities between the two seasons, not least being an 8th place finish although an extra 13 points and a 7th win were needed on this occasion.
Perhaps the biggest change was with the re-emergence of Phil Murphy, dragged out of retirement to help himself to 500 runs at 62.5, a very creditable effort. Jon Ryan and Dylan Alcock supplied the main support whilst with the ball Chris Bester, George Depree and Tony Murphy all took over 20 wickets. James Ewart grabbed 14 behind the sticks and 31 different players took catches during the year.
A lot of fun was had all round and a thrilling last day win ensured another season in the Surrey Championship. Well done to all the players.
Merrow 2nd XI
Having gained promotion from the Fullers Premier division in 2016, Merrow 2nd XI eagerly awaited its first ever season in the Surrey Championship.
The first fixture saw Merrow drawn away to Old Hamptonians. 15 year old Toby Jones and a slightly older Gary ‘Thomo’ Thomson eagerly set about batting with gusto. With Thomo departed to a superb catch at mid-off for 38 and young Jones, for a maiden league half century 69, there were further bristling half centuries from the northern duo of Ward and Gallagher which enabled Merrow to post a very credible 254 for 7. At 16 for 3, Old Hamptonians were in trouble and Merrow sensed a straightforward 20 points, that was until their number 5 took guard and smashed an unbeaten and chanceless 136 not out off 110 balls. Sometimes you have to take your hat off and say ‘well played’; it was a truly extraordinary innings.
Boyed with confidence from a fine batting performance, Merrow won the next 3 matches, including a fine 242 run chase against a strong Guildford City side and drew the 4th to start life in the new league in impressive fashion. Consistent runs from Thomson, Gallagher and Mark Jones along with an abundance of wickets from Andy Windus, Ken ‘TL’ Mead, Mark Jones and Archie Foy saw Merrow win a further 2 of their next 3 games. Ollie Kirk returned figures of 4 for 29 against Maori Oxshott and in the same game 12 year old leg spinner Toby Finch took his first adult league wickets in a fine spell of 2 for 39. Toby and his elder 15 year old brother Sam played regularly this season and along with Toby Jones and several other promising colts, it was great to see youth coming through the Merrow ranks.
Unfortunately through some poor summer club availability, the curse of a lot of clubs and some inconsistent performances, especially fielding, Merrow 2nds won only 2 of their final 9 games. Despite an inconsistent 2nd half to the season, Merrow held on to finish a credible 3rd.
Batting wise, Thomo (415 runs at 34.58), Gallagher (370 at 33.64) and Milo ’Skip’ Trueman (275at 22.92) finished in the league top 20 averages with further notable contributions from Mark Jones and Ollie Ward.
Bowling wise Mead (29 wickets at20.48), Windus (23 at 13) and ‘Captain’ Kirk (19 at 14.63) all finished in the league top 15.
Many thanks to ‘Bev’ for the best teas in the league!
Old Emanuel 2nd XI
Naveed Ahmed took over the captaincy for the 2017 season with some new and talented additions to the squad. A good start to the season with 2 wins in the first 3 matches but momentum could not be maintained due to erratic player availability. In a very competitive division where the points margin separating teams finishing 4th to 8th was fairly small, mid-season results were volatile which resulted in the side not being able to maintain a steady position. Losing a few crucial games in the latter part of the season due to a weak bowling attack and at times low scores put the team in some “must win” scenarios to avoid relegation, many of which were duly achieved to enable a final 7th position. With the bat, key performances came from Ibrar Malik (417), Jehangir Zeb (372), Hamzah Khan (307) and Naseer Butt (304) with Hamzah and Jehangir each registering centuries.
With the ball there were two stand-out match winning performances from Zahid Ahmad (6 for 25) and Jawad Butt (6 for 22).
The skipper is grateful for the support and guidance received from other senior players throughout the season.
Old Hamptonians 2nd XI
The 2nd XI’s 2017 campaign was a roller-coaster ride, flirting with both promotion and relegation. It started at home chasing 250 against Merrow; Jaime Pontey (136*) smashed it everywhere and he and vice-captain Neil Meadows (45*) put on an unbroken 150 to see the team home with ease.
In games two, three and four the side failed to score 150 runs in any of them. In week six Cobham won a low scoring match but week seven was a day at the lovely Sports Village in Oxshott; 499 runs were scored and Oxshott finished 10 runs short with one wicket left culminating in a winning draw for which the 2nd XI gained maximum bonus points.
After two weeks on the road, the team welcomed Guildford City to Dean Road. Guildford City won the toss and bowled and a few supporting knocks alongside a magnificent 98 from Harry Mayes saw the side to 230. However, the opposition went hard and scored almost half their runs in maximums.
Things turned around with a visit to Hampton Hill. Adam Lee made his maiden club century and a wonderful supporting knock from Adam Dunbavand (80*) saw the team to an impressive 270 for 4 declared. Old Hamptonianswon in the last over and spirits were high. The week after, the team found themselves inserted under dark skies against Old Emanuel but after a brilliant Ed Crowe innings came to an end, there was a collapse. Thankfully, Chris Madoc-Jones rallied and with help from Sam Osborn and Kavi Bhasin, reached a total of 250, which was enough for a winning draw.
Weather affected the remaining timed games which cost the side momentum, but the second round of limited overs matches started with three successive victories to give hope of a possible late charge for promotion but defeat to Maori Oxshott knocked the wind out of the team’s sails. However, it has been a great year of growth and new faces and it is hoped this will continue in the same vein in 2018.
Staines & Laleham 2nd XI
For the 2nd XI it was disappointment. In an extremely tight Division the team could not win when they really needed to and so it is back to the Fullers League for 2018.
It was an unsettled season with skipper Mitun Patel moving out of the area, vice-captain Andy Hall suffering a serious, double break to his leg following a freak accident meaning that the side had more than one stand in captain.
Hard hitting “Shani” Mehran, a new member to the club, was a highlight recording 377 league runs. He was well supported by the evergreen all-rounder Peter “Saint” Roberts with 356. Another new member Harmanpret Brar was the star with the ball and all being well he will see plenty of 1st XI action in 2018.
The aim will of course be promotion back to the Championship but it will not be easy!