The final cricket news of the season! With little to play for, the 1s triumphed over Premier Champions, Sunbury; the 2s came a very poor second at home; the 3s, with a hugely weakened team nearly pull off a historic victory; the 4s have to concede their fixture as playing reserves finally ran out!
The 1s travelled to Sunbury with, probably, the weakest team that they have put out this season. It speaks volumes about how well they have gelled and improved this season that they came away from the League winners with a comprehensive victory. Of course Sunbury would have played a lot more seriously if they had to win but their full 1st team was totally outplayed and this will be a big feather in the 1st XI’s cap.
Sunbury won the toss and batted at the Geoff Kaye Memorial Ground. They never got going and lost wickets regularly through the innings. Stand in captain, Francois Vainker, marshalled his troops well and kept the pressure on throughout. Sunbury were out for 147 in 31.1 overs with Managei and Mills taking 3 and Franny chipping in with 2.
In reply, Weybridge made bigger partnerships, lost less wickets at crucial times and cruised to victory by 5 wickets. Ben Curran wrapped his first full season in the 1s with another 50 and the ever steady Sam Managei remained unbeaten on 43. This kept WCC in 3rd place in the league after Normandy completed a 10 match winning streak to finish 2nd. This was a very creditable performance for a newly assembled team and many congratulations go to SJ and his team. Commiserations go to Leatherhead and Valley End who were relegated, this season. Valley End needed to hit a 6 off the last ball to stay up but could not manage it. Congratulations to Sunbury who were clearly the best team in the league.
|FINAL SURREY CHAMPIONSHIP 1st XI PREMIER DIVISION|
|Reigate Priory CC||18||11||0||2||3||2||22||273||LOST||WON|
|Sutton CC, Surrey||18||8||0||1||8||1||27||199||LOST||WON|
|Valley End CC||18||4||0||0||13||1||43||139||WON||WON|
The 2nd XI have had a very frustrating season with long term injuries, long term absentees and several availability issues. Missing their enigmatic captain, Mike Arnot for a large part of the season has been another massive blow to a team full of potential.
Their last match against Sunbury summed up the frustration and annoyance at the season. Again Sunbury, with only 9 men, won the toss and decided to bat. Unlike their 1st XI, the 2s did not have trouble amassing runs and totalled 333 for 7 in 50 overs. Barry Hooper took 3 wickets but at a cost. Masud Javaid and Tan were their normal frugal selves and took 3 wickets between them for only 74 runs off 20 overs!
In reply, a very inexperienced team were skittled out for 113 in just 25.1 overs. Hoops top scored with 22 but it was a day to forget for Weybridge 2s. 4th position was affair achievement considering the problems and with more youngsters coming through next year, prospects are bright. Congrats to Reigate, who won the league with 328 points, a massive total!
|FINAL SURREY CHAMPIONSHIP 2nd XI PREMIER DIVISION|
|Reigate Priory CC||18||14||0||2||1||1||12||328||LOST||LOST|
|East Molesey CC||18||6||0||5||7||0||50||176||WON||WON|
|Malden Wanderers CC||18||5||1||1||11||0||37||157||WON||TIED|
The 3s flirted with their highest ever finish but lost their last 3 matches, which dented their achievements this season. There were some good performances this year and the future looks rosy, especially if we can keep the colts coming through.
With a team featuring no less the 8 4th XI regulars, the ventured to Old Ruts with a certain amount of trepidation. Wothers is always positive (CCCCCC’mmmmmmooonnnnnnnn Weybridge!) and he was determined to go and enjoy it. That’s why we play after all! He must have been quite shocked after asking Old Ruts to bat that WCC bowled them out for 117 in 34.4 overs. Only a late barrage got them to that total! The undoubted 3rd team bowler of the season, Anthony De Silva, took another 4 wickets and the 4th XI captain, Andy Evans, took 3 with his new shorter run up. Top marks to whoever suggested that to him!
In reply, it was always going to be tough with not the strongest of batting line ups but the 3s got close! Andy Evans top scored with 29 runs but 3 run outs cost the 3s dear as they fell agonisingly 7 runs short in the 48th over.
A 5th place finish for the 3s and a satisfactory season, if not quite as good as they would wish. Well done to Sunbury who were miles ahead at the top. Next season’s target must be a higher finish and to eventually beat Wimbledon in a 3rd XI league game!
|FINAL SURREY CHAMPIONSHIP 3rd XI PREMIER DIVISION|
|Reigate Priory CC||18||10||0||0||7||1||24||244||WON||LOST|
|Old Rutlishians CC||18||10||0||3||4||1||23||243||DREW||LOST|
|Malden Wanderers CC||18||7||0||0||10||1||35||203||LOST||WON|
|Spencer CC, Surrey||18||5||1||3||8||1||40||172||WON||LOST|
|Sutton CC, Surrey||18||2||0||2||13||1||30||84||WON||DREW|
The 4s had a tough year with a great turnover of players and the team suffered greatly with unavailability both amongst their squad and in teams above them. After a great start, the 4s were top for a few games but that was partly on the back of two victories concede to them by Guildford, who subsequently dropped out of the league. 10 losses out of the last 11 games has been the result of the problems mentioned before. Andy Evans and Sheldon Cummings remained positive and brought though a lot of youngsters from the U15s, the season great plus. Old Ruts won the league, congrats to them, and Weybridge finished 7th but a long way ahead of the bottom two. Onwards and upwards next year!!
|FINAL SURREY CHAMPIONSHIP 4th XI DIVISION ONE|
|Old Rutlishians CC||16||13||0||2||1||0||10||288||LOST||LOST|
|Woking & Horsell CC||16||10||0||1||5||0||25||247||LOST||LOST|
|Worcester Park CC||16||10||0||1||5||0||19||241||LOST||WON|
|Ashford CC, Surrey||16||6||0||3||7||0||39||165||WON||LOST|
|Sutton CC, Surrey||16||3||0||2||11||0||14||74||WON||LOST|
|Hampton Wick Royal CC||16||1||0||0||15||0||19||43||WON||WON|
The top 10 performers with the bat at the ball, in the league are listed below. Congrats to SJ and Franny for topping each discipline with Ben Curran and Anthony De Silva coming a commendable second. Well done to Thushara Managei who is, without doubt, the top all-rounder. Bill Gasson was the most prolific keeper this season and Cameron MacDonald took the most outfield catches. Well done all!
|TOP 10 LEAGUE BATSMEN (BY RUNS)|
|TOP 10 LEAGUE BOWLERS (BY WICKETS)|
|2||Anthony De Silva||131.4||21||531||35||15.17|