- Battersea Ironsides
- Guildford City
- Maori Oxshott
- Old Emanuel
Reflecting back on the 2017 season for the 1st XI, overall a very disappointing year riddled with missed chances at crucial stages of games, plenty of good individual performances but ultimately not good enough to rely on individuals in a team sport. The side finished the season quite well and had the weather been more favourable near the end the team may have had a chance of avoiding relegation, but at the end of the day the side ended up where it deserved to be. Looking ahead, as previously mentioned, there were some positives to take out of the season and the team looks forward to building some momentum early next year and getting promoted back to the Championship.
Chertsey 1st XI
Missing out on promotion by 18 points will perhaps be viewed as a frustrating end result for the 1st XI during the 2017 season but there were enough positives to take out of the campaign to encourage the side ahead of another push next summer.
A run of four wins in the last five games to keep the pressure on Maori Oxshott showed the fighting spirit that is present in the squad, while a home record of just two defeats in eight means Grove Road will be a tough place to visit in 2018. Individually, the achievements of towering opening bowler Jacob Loveridge deserve particular praise, not just in terms of the team, but the entire division. Loveridge enjoyed the best season of his career to lead Division 5 in the wicket-taking stakes, ending the summer having snared 35 victims at 12.31, with a best of 4 for 16 against Kempton. Vice-captain Jack Ogle took 28 wickets, a tally good enough for 10th in the league, while Wade Cupido, Will Cooper and Luke Westcott all took close to 20. With the bat it was overseas star Cupido who led the way, falling six runs short of 500 for the season with a top score of 112 against Old Emanuel. Three players, Zeeshan Mehtab, skipper Greg Burton and David Risk scored over 300 runs, with the former pair also scoring centuries of their own during the season.
Farncombe 1st XI
It was another difficult year for Farncombe resulting in the Club’s 1st XI being relegated from the Championship. Consequently the club has decided to move back to playing local cricket in the I’Anson league from the 2018 season.
Farncombe has enjoyed many years competing in the Surrey Championship but the time has come for the Club to make a fresh start by rebuilding in a standard of cricket where it can be competitive and more easily progress the young talent into our senior sides.
Farncombe would like to thank the Championship for many seasons of enjoyable cricket.
Guildford City 1st XI
2016 had been a difficult season for the 1st XI, Fortunately at the beginning of 2017 several previous players decided to return to help the club. This enabled the club to put together a reasonable side with a young captain (Zafar Khan).
The season was challenging but the team performed adequately and the captain grew into being a good captain. He had the advantage of two experienced prior captains (Asfand Khan and Zafar Iqbal) who gave advice as needed. There were several close games which could have gone either way but the side ended above the relegation zone with enough promise apparent in the 2nd XI to suggest that there will be further improvements in 2018.
Haslemere 1st XI
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Kempton 1st XI
The 1st XI made a strong start to the 2017 season, winning three from four, but the season faded thereafter as availability became inconsistent. A final position of seventh should provide a platform for 2018. Alex Dillon was the outstanding contributor with the bat (571 runs at 44, with centuries against Merstham and Chertsey), followed by Ellis Miah (396 at 30) and Martin Watts (305 at 44). Skipper Andy Ward led the bowling, capturing 34 wickets at 14, with Gary Porter and Ellis and Joel Miah also contributing regularly. The draw at Haslemere provided the bowlers with a chance to improve their economy rates as the eventual champions, chasing 138, amassed 66 for 9 from 50 overs.
Profound thanks as ever to umpire Derek Maidment and to scorer Celia Mackay, both of whom operated solo in many matches, and to Karen Miah and her team for the excellent teas.
Maori Oxshott 1st XI
An extremely successful season for the 1st XI saw the team finish second and gain promotion back to Division 4 after a four-year absence, missing out on the league title by just two points. A young side led by an even younger captain, Henry Thorpe just 20 years old, had a difficult task on their hands with strong competition across the league. Winning the last seven games and playing some incredible cricket at times has sparked a brilliant feel-good factor and sees the team obtain lofty ambitions for next season.
Bradley Goodsell was outstanding with both bat and ball (587 runs and 30 wickets), setting the division alight at times with some enthralling performances and was backed up by the best new-ball pairing in the division, Lee Cope and Kieran Corbett (vice-captain) who took 56 wickets between them with sensational consistency all season long. This was a major factor in bowling teams out four times under the hundred mark. The spin of Akshat Trivedi and Steve Saker, a legend of the Surrey Championship, tangled teams in knots which backed up the seam attack with aplomb and often made the job of the batsmen very straight forward.
However, when called upon, the team more often than not, delivered with the bat with match-winning innings from Mike Jarrett, Henry Thorpe, Neil Driscoll and Dhiraj Patel in tandem with the ever-brilliant Goodsell. Consistent performers also included fiery all-rounders Eddie Shreuder and Nick Day who also played their part with both facets of the game but both will look to excel further after their first season in the Surrey Championship. This season also saw the emergence of new, young talent in the form of the Stephen brothers, Will and Alex. The team hopes to see more of the Academy playing for the 1st XI next season with strong foundations for the future.
The incredible work of Henry Thorpe, Mike Jarrett and George Depree, both on and off the field, supported by the talented and fresh-faced squad have given this team a platform to build on and a feel-good factor to the club. This team is determined to achieve more together and will continue to grow next season. The first season together has proven to be a valuable one and will stand the side in good stead. Congratulations to everyone at the club for their efforts and hopefully 2018 will bring more of the same!
Merrow 1st XI
After gaining promotion in 2016, Merrow 1st XI needed to step up to the challenge of the Surrey Championship.
The early season started well, with Merrow holding its own, winning half of the games and competing strongly in the losses. Runs were often hard to come by, with the exception of Daniel Lee (536 runs at 31.53) and George Trueman (447 at 34.38), who both batted well throughout the season and notched up debut Championship tons.
The second half of the season was a mixed bag with availability problems and inconsistent performances. It was bolstered however, by the availability of Peter Scott (303 at 34.22) who batted in his usual exuberant way and produced some match winning performances. The end of the season was given a big lift with Merrow being the only side to gain a victory against the league winners Haslemere. This meant that Merrow finished in a respectable 5th position in their first year back in the Championship.
Merrow’s strength throughout the season was in their bowling and fielding with fantastic individual bowling performances from Dave Trendel (5 for 40), Archie Foy (5 for 17), Peter Scott (5 for 18), Mark Tyler (4 for 12) and Toby Corning (4 for 49). In addition, the ever reliable and highly skilled Jason Hurst bowled brilliantly throughout the season with a total of 29 wickets at 17.76.
Merrow will look to build on the positives from this season and will work hard on scoring more runs consistently to improve on the league position next year.
Thanks must go to the umpires and the tea ladies throughout the season.
Merstham 1st XI
After three successive promotions Merstham 1st XI had to settle for a season of consolidation in Division 5 of the Surrey Championship. Form throughout the season was inconsistent and included some excellent winning performances and some equally disappointing displays.
The first game resulted in a nervy win for Merstham against Guildford City by two wickets. A perfect start, but what came after proved to be a wake-up call of the task faced by Merstham to compete at this level. The win was followed with heavy losses to Chertsey and Maori Oxshott and by further losses to Old Emanuel and Haslemere.
A ten wicket victory against Farncombe was followed by strong performances against Merrow and Kempton, both atoning for losses earlier in the year, and finally in the last game against Battersea Ironsides. These results saw Merstham move on from the prospect of a nail-biting relegation scrap to a comfortable mid table finish.
Player of the Season was unanimously awarded to Noman Javed for outstanding returns of 32 wickets at 15.34, and 653 runs at 50.23 including two centuries.
Merstham can be proud of its first season in the Surrey Championship and proved to be a competitive and spirited team who, on their day, could match any team in the league.
Old Emanuel 1st XI
This was an encouraging season overall with many new players joining the club (hopefully long term). A couple of early losses strengthened resolve in the team which later became strong candidates for promotion, until a couple of costly losses towards the tail end of the season ruined any chances when needing to maintain a winning streak for promotion. A creditable 4th place was achieved nevertheless.
Stand out performances came from the ever-consistent Sajjad Ahmed, both with the bat (averaging 50+) and the ball. Sajjad scored heavily despite moving around the batting order, which speaks volumes as to his ability and talent. Awais, Navjot, Kashif, Ather, Farooq and Haseeb all contributed well with both bat and ball. Great credit goes to captain Qumber for some crucial innings, his skilful leadership and man management throughout the season. Special thanks to AB, Dave and Khalid for helping out with umpiring, transporting players and other match day duties.