5 happy boys after an evening on the Green! The 1st XI have just beaten Sunbury in the T20 and you may see some autographs on hands, arms and……… faces!!
It has been a most amazing weekend of cricket at Weybridge Cricket Club, with fortunes coming and going but never any lack of excitement. Friday evening saw a most fantastic crowd watching a memorable game of cricket, with Weybridge overcoming the team of the moment, Sunbury, with a clinical display of T20 cricket. Sunbury won the toss and decided to bat and their team, loaded with stars, must have been very confident. Captain Vainker organised his team with meticulous precision and never allowed Sunbury to get away. No bowler was targeted and senior players, Jack Winslade and Phil Mann both picked up two wickets, but it was the spell of Thushara “Sam” Managei that caught the eye, taking 4 wickets for 19 runs in his 4 overs. Wonderful figures in the T20 format and contributed to restricting Sunbury to 147-9 in their 20 overs.
In reply, up and coming stars, Ben Curran and Oliver Mills, took Sunbury’s bowling apart. Ben smashed 46 0ff 30 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes bit it was Oli’s knock of 77 off 52 balls, with 11 fours and 3 sixes, that broke Sunbury’s heart. Ben was out with the score at 112 so PJ Moor just knocked the ball around and let Oli do the rest. It was a momentous achievement for the 1st XI, coached by SJ Erwee and managed by Andy Bell.
As you may have read earlier this week, the 1st XI now take part in Final’s Day at Ashford CC in Middlesex on Sunday 26th July. We are hoping that same fantastic crowd will make the short journey across to watch the boys. Their semi-final will begin at approx 1.00pm, against Kingstonian CC. Please see later in the newsletter for more details.
Saturday’s cricket resulted in two wins and two losses. They all had different effects on the respective leagues. For the 1st team, it was a great win against second place Reigate Priory, putting down a marker to the other top teams. The 2s lost their 3rd successive match and, by losing to the out and out league leaders, they must now concede that the league title is beyond them. The 3s victory brings them up to second in their league, still two wins behind Sunbury, but the highest league position ever for a Weybridge third team. The 4s loss has brought the rest of the pack all around them and they relinquish their leadership of the division. An immediate return to winning ways will be required to get back into a strong position.
The top performers of the day were SJ Erwee, who struck his first league ton of the year. He scored 145 runs with 18 fours and 3 sixes and returns to second spot in the top run scorer’s table. Sam Managei continued his great form, this time with the bat, scoring 64. Jack Winslade and Phil Mann took 3 wickets apiece in this game and totally 10 between them for the weekend. Masud Javaid took 4 wickets in the 2s and he was supported by Tristan Caviet and new boy Leo Methley with 3 each. Asim Zaka was the only real star with the bat, scoring a stoic 61 but youngster Leo also added 26 runs to his 3 wickets and a catch. Dan Unger’s 52 not out was the best score in a good total by the 3s and Rob Taylor’s figures of 6-20 went a long way to bowling Weybridge to victory. Hugh Howard’s 32 runs and Dom Pope’s 3 wickets were the highlight of a fairly average day out for the 4s.
|SURREY CHAMPIONSHIP PREMIER 1st XI LEAGUE|
|Reigate Priory CC||10||7||0||0||3||9||165|
|Sutton CC, Surrey||10||6||0||1||3||14||146|
|Valley End CC||10||2||0||0||8||28||76|
|SURREY CHAMPIONSHIP PREMIER 2nd XI LEAGUE|
|Reigate Priory CC||10||7||0||2||1||12||172|
|East Molesey CC||10||5||0||3||2||26||132|
|Malden Wanderers CC||10||3||1||1||5||23||99|
|SURREY CHAMPIONSHIP PREMIER 3rd XI LEAGUE|
|Malden Wanderers CC||10||5||0||0||5||17||137|
|Old Rutlishians CC||10||5||0||2||3||16||128|
|Reigate Priory CC||10||4||0||0||6||21||105|
|Spencer CC, Surrey||10||1||1||2||6||31||69|
|Sutton CC, Surrey||10||2||0||2||6||17||67|
|SURREY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 1 4th XI LEAGUE|
|Old Rutlishians CC||10||7||0||2||1||14||160|
|Woking & Horsell CC||10||6||0||1||3||23||157|
|Worcester Park CC||10||5||0||1||4||16||134|
|Ashford CC, Surrey||10||4||0||1||5||18||102|
|Sutton CC, Surrey||10||1||0||1||8||22||62|
|Hampton Wick Royal CC||10||1||0||0||9||16||40|
Now if Friday was amazing and Saturday was honours even, then Sunday was one for records! It would take someone with a longer and better memory than I to remember if tons have been scored by 3 different Weybridge batsmen in 1 innings but that is what happened on Sunday. Dan Martin’s Sunday 1st XI were supposed to play Spencer but they conceded the fixture. Merstham were picked up through the cricket conference and they visited Weybridge for the first time in recent years.
Winning the toss and batting, Weybridge ended up with 3 centurions and, not only that, they all scored exactly 103 before they retired. In the picture below, you can see “Ton Makers”, Cameron, MacDonald, Danny Hall and Ralph Day.
Weybridge notched up 382 for 4 in 40 overs; quite some going! This allowed Dan the luxury of setting an attacking field and the opportunity to wrap the game up quickly. Wickets were shared evenly amongst the bowler, with Dan taking 2 himself. Unheard of! Merstham were put out of their misery for 122, some 260 runs behind and the Sunday 1s retired to the bar. It was a bad enough day as it was for Merstham but having to deal with two match officials such as Mike Arnot and Paul Burgess, below, must have been the straw the broke the camel’s back!
Sam Curran takes five on debut
Sam Curran became the youngest player on a Championship debut to take five wickets as Surrey produced a solid day of cricket against Kent. The 17 year old took 5-101 and elder bother Tom took 3-75 as Kent were all out for 336. Surrey closed on 144-1 in reply with Arun Harinath unbeaten on 76.
Kent started on their overnight 132-4 and James Burke made an early breakthrough when he had Darren Stevens caught down the legside for 9. Ben Harmison started cautiously as he was joined by Sam Billings and runs were hard to come by for the visitors. Sam Curran came into the attack from the Pavilion End and he brought Harmison’s innings to an end on 17 with a terrific delivery trapped the left hander LBW and left Kent 154-6. Billings played a couple of handsome shots through the covers and Callum Haggett got his head down as the Surrey bowlers continued to trouble the batsmen. Slowly the runs started to arrive with Billings and Haggett together at the crease and they guided Kent to lunch with the scoreboard reading 199-6. After the interval the visitors moved past 200 and Billings struck three consecutive boundaries to move to his first fifty of the summer from 82 deliveries.
The runs flowed after a quiet morning as Billings greeted Zafar Ansari by dancing down the pitch and lofting him into the OCS stand for six. Haggett played fluently as the partnership moved past 100 and developed as the afternoon session began to take shape. The runs continue to arrive at a good rate and Haggett moved to his fifty with a well struck boundary off Ansari. Billings was starting to dominate proceedings as Surrey looked to make the breakthrough as the Kent pair batted deep into the afternoon. The new ball was taken as Billings moved into the 90’s but Sam Curran brought his innings to an end when he trapped him LBW for 99 to break the 7th wicket partnership that had been worth 151.
Tom Curran finally got the wicket he deserved in the afternoon when he bowled James Tredwell for 3 and Sam Curran reduced the visitors to 331-9 when he had Matt Coles caught down the legside for 8. And the younger Curran took his fifth wicket on debut when he brought Haggett’s excellent innings to an end on 80 to finish with 5-101 as Kent were all out for 336. Harinath and Rory Burns opened Surrey’s reply is positive fashion and the runs flowed from the first ball.
Both openers played some excellent shots on either side of the wicket as the fifty partnership arrived after just ten overs. Harinath was particularly severe on anything over pitched and Burns played nicely down the ground as the score raced along. Burns had reached 31 when he was caught by Adam Ball off the bowling of Coles to leave Surrey 80-1. Harinath moved to his fifty from his 61st delivery an innings that contained nine crisply struck boundaries and Kumar Sangakkara got off the mark with a drive off Coles to the cover boundary.
The 100 arrived in the 20th over as Harinath continued to play beautifully using his feet to Tredwell and hitting him over the top to the Pavilion boundary. Sangakkara also used his feet to the off spinner and lofted him into the Pavilion for six as the runs continued to flow. The partnership moved past fifty and the crowd were treated to some wonderful and elegant stroke play late in the day. At stumps Surrey were 144-1 with Harinath 76* and Sangakkara 34* and the batsmen had dominated the final session of the day.
Surrey will be happy with their efforts and with a forecast for dry weather tomorrow they will look to push on with bat in hand.
Weybridge Cricket Club are members of the Friends of Surrey CCC and they get many benefits for their membership. We receive a signed bat by the 2015 squad to keep or auction, two tickets to any game at the Oval (apart from Test Matches and T20s), the use of a corporate box at the Oval and many other things.
As a result, we have 50 tickets for the Day Night 50 over game, Surrey v Worcestershire,on Tuesday 4th August. What a great occasion to take your son or daughter to. Tickets are first come, first served and can be ordered in batches of a maximum of 8. Please email email@example.com to order tickets
Whilst on the subject of tickets for cricket matches, there is a possibility to purchase tickets for the 2nd Test between South Africa and England on 2nd – 6th January at Newlands, if you happen or want to be there. Please email again to the above address for details.
January 2-6 2016: 2nd Sunfoil Test match, Newlands, Cape Town