By Micky Garner and Brian Butchers
The leadership under Tim Alcroft remained as unpredictable as ever in the 1st XI. On its day it can rise to the most difficult challenge and beat the best, but on others nothing. Five wins and eight defeats resulted in a mid-table position of 13th one place better than last year. Highlights of the season were wins against Wimbledon, Old Emanuel and Malden Wanderers, this last game being one of the best for many years, thanks to good positive cricket by two teams willing to risk defeat in order to secure victory. Mike McKaughan in his last season dominating the batting with 621 runs at an average of 39 runs including six scores of 50 plus.
Len Gillam had another successful year with 534 runs and recorded his first Championship 100 against Old Whits. He shared a third wicket partnership of 206 against the Met Police, contributing a sparkling 144 runs alongside Steven Brown. Brown, a model of consistency, making 570 runs. Other useful knocks came from Australian David Clifton-James in his 484 runs including a century. For the second year running the bowling was a model of line and length with four men taking 25 or more wickets with the rejuvenated M Sales leading with 31 wickets. Jonathan Cummins topped the averages with 19 wickets at 14 runs each. Joe Ramsey took 25 wickets, Simon Austin 27 and Tim Alcroft with 29 wickets at 22 runs were the other main bowlers. The catching improved this year and Steve Hewitt showed his Cambridge Blue class with 13 victims including five stumpings. The ground fielding was not one of Beddington’s strong points.
The opening five 2nd XI matches smacked of imminent departure to the 2nd Division, yielding only five points. Tom Evans had limited experience as Captain and this added to the problem, although the fielding was by far the most consistent part of the early games. The teams drop in average age improved the fielding, which in turn encouraged the bowlers, so that in the last seven matches, not even 1st XI availability could prevent 46 points accruing, and during this spell the batting became more reliable and a healthy team spirit prevailed. Cherry Lyons accumulated 644 runs, D Sturt and C Rayner were consistent but slow in scoring runs, Roy Collins was consistent but very slow in scoring runs to the annoyance of Martin Seymour, Steve Moore and Tom Evans who were neither consistent nor slow.
The one regular wicket taker was Ian Holleyman with 34 wickets and Mark Austin bowled well until his departure to the 1st XI. The fielding standard was certainly enhanced by Greg Downer’s keeping and Lyons and Fascione agility, this year’s dropped catches averaged three a game always making winning difficult. The 2nd XI finishing the season in 11th positions seven places higher than the previous season.
It was a disappointing season for the 3rd XI with an average season in 10th place, a weak bowling attack often gave opponents too good a start, which the batting could not offset, although there were two centuries by Stephen Crowley and Matthew Wigham. The team spirit was excellent and there is the prospect of better times ahead.
This year Mark Roberts the visiting one term only Skipper will be in charge of the Beddington 1st XI. Roberts played at Banstead before moving to Beddington Park. He will be seen as a player who will have a tremendous influence on the side as he has faced Beddington CC on many occasions and is in a good position to assess the strengths and weaknesses of his new side. Darren Lyons will be his Vice Captain as an opening bat and seam bowler. The morale of the team at the moment is high and Beddington are hoping to finish higher up than the mid table position they occupied last season.
Another signing is that of James Boiling from the Oval and the club is expecting to cash in on his off-spin and all round ability. Chris Rayner takes over the colts section and is looking for new players, Umpires and scorers. The first game was a convincing win over Old Whitgiftians at Beddington Park, when Sales and McSherry the former applying bat to ball to reach his 50 by putting Beck over the top for six. McSherry and Ramsey continued with Beddington declaring at 193 for 8 wickets. The introduction of Jonathan Rix virtually put an end to the Old Whits but Beddington were held up by a last wicket stand before they could celebrate their first win of the season as Old Whits were bowled out for 79 runs.
Beddington strode into the third round of the National Knockout Cup with a commendable all-round performance of 216 for 5 wickets (L Gillam 43 runs) against Highgate 181-9 wickets, Cummins Sales and Milligan sharing the wickets.
On Whit Monday Joe Ramsey once again inspired Beddington victory with a superb spell of 4 for 36 against Send in the Championship Send bowled out for 114 runs. At Mitcham the game was drawn with S Brown (45) and new man D Clifton-James (90) Beddington declared at 211 for 6 wickets, Mitcham in reply held on at 157 for 9 wickets with M Sales and M Roberts sharing the wickets. It was Roberts and Ramsey who bowled out Send on their home ground for 114 runs and in reply Beddington scored 116 for 4 wickets at this stage in the season Beddington were looking confident. In a tame draw against the MCC in June D Clifton-James scored his first 100 n.o. In Cricket Week Malcolm Sales went one better with 138 runs in a win against Twickenham, and Len Gillam not to be outdone scored 100 runs in the drawn game against Stoics, Steve Cornell bowled well to take 6 of the Stoics wickets for 65 runs, but again Beddington had failed to bowl their opponents out.
By the end of the season the Beddington 1st XI had won 7, lost 7, with 7 draws. New skipper Mark Roberts had led from the front breaking the Championship wicket-taking record as the 1st XI finished 8th in the division, their best placing for five years. Malcolm Sales contributed to the seven victories with a sterling all-round show which realised 505 runs and 29 wickets, and David Clifton-James hit 590 runs. Mark Roberts’ seamers brought him 78 victims from over 400 overs a really great effort and had hauled an erratic outfit to one of their better league placing. With Surrey contracted slow right arm bowler James Boiling plus Peter James and several youngsters coming through the future looks promising.
It was a sad season for the ageing 2nd XI who were relegated, although M Austin and S Crowley were mention in the Second Division top forty players with batting averages of 33.57 runs. In the 1st Division-1st XI top forty batsmen Beddington’s Malcolm Sales with 505 runs at 36.07 and D Clifton-James 590 runs at 28.09. Malcolm Sales (29) wicket and Mark Robert’s record breaking (78) wickets are also in the top forty 1st XI bowlers for this season. As the first XI Captain this year Mark Roberts had made 47 changes in his team selection. The 3rd XI had just one victory against ten defeats and was duly relegated to the 2nd Division. Poor availability and too many older players were factors but there are hopeful signs with a useful crop of colts emerging for next season.
The three day weekend began against the current title holders Sutton, who failed to beat Beddington with a new enthusiastic team Captained for the first time by Cliff Richards, due to the departure of last year’s visiting 1st XI Captain Mark Roberts, who had returned to Banstead. Beddington reached 166 for 9 wickets off 55 overs before declaring. It was a very bold declaration. With Beddington bowling only 43 overs back at Sutton, it was always going to be close, with Sutton falling short off their target by two runs only reaching 165 for 7 wickets and taking four points. Beddington moved towards the second round of the Surrey Knockout the following week with a fine win over Oxted who made a good score of 130 runs for 5 wickets but Beddington came through with a fine stand of 63 runs by James and Sales. James made a fine 54 runs and M Sales ended at 36 n.o. And victory was gained with one over to spare.
Beddington 2nd XI maintained their fine start under Steve Cowley with a fine win at Dorking who were bowled out for 134 runs. Then the old stagers David Stuart (31) and Martin Seymour (41) saw Beddington home by 5 wickets. Beddington 3rd XI Captain Chris Rayner’s policy is to play the youth of Beddington in his side and at the moment things are looking up. In the game against Sutton 171 for 6 wickets, Beddington 3rds replied with 125 runs for 6 wickets with the hardly youthful Roy Collins 56 n.o. Another tremendous game of cricket with Sunbury at Beddington Park, Sunbury batting first scoring 233 runs for 3 wickets. The two Browns opened for Beddington put on 68 runs for the first wicket Graham Brown defying his age was out for a superb 85 runs, at 216 runs for 8 wickets Beddington needed 18 runs from the last two overs, but they only managed 15 runs at 232 for 8 wickets again showing their position in the league is not a true reading of their ability to play the game.
Beddington 3rds in the meantime had another winning draw against Chipstead scoring 184 runs for 6 wickets against a side who never tried to win scoring 130 for 7 wickets, this left Beddington still in 2nd place in their league. In July Beddington entertained John Fisher with Beddington making 218 runs for 8 wickets, Malcolm Sales making 122 n.o. John Fisher in reply were bowled out for 178 runs with Cooper 92 runs. At the end of July losing on the last ball of the match plunged Beddington 1st XI into yet further relegation trouble. With Beddington’s position in the league the Cranleigh game promised lots of pressure and so it turned out. Antony Cummins who had taken four of the Cranleigh wickets for 78 runs bowled the last ball of the game that went through to the keeper missing the stumps and victory went to Cranleigh.
The Beddington 2nd XI suffered the same fate losing by 80 runs. While the Beddington 3rd XI were still unbeaten with a winning draw against Cranleigh 3rd Xl. This was a family affair between son Mark Rayner and father Chris Rayner who enabled Beddington to make 205 runs for 7 wickets, while Chris managed to contain Cranleigh to 167 runs for 5 wickets. By the end of July the 3rd XI under Chris Rayner’s inspired leadership the 3rd XI youngsters may even take the League Championship honours on present form.
Cliff Richards was’ appointed as 1st XI Captain this year. Unfortunately events did not go his way and the ultimate result was the dreaded relegationinto the 2nd Division. Despite the result eight runs spaced over four games proved critical the team being two runs short of victory on a couple of occasions when chasing 200 runs and needed three runs off the final ball off the season to stay in the top bracket.
Despite this disappointing outcome the team will hopefully rise again, at the first attempt. The 2nd XI had to contend with the regular loss of players to the first team and was unable to climb back to Division 1 at the first attempt. The key batsmen were Martin Seymour with 450 runs and D Sturt 579 runs. The promising finale augers well providing the team can be kept together and the younger element improves.
Mixing a few “golden oldies” with a strong flavour of youth the 3rd XI went undefeated, finishing 3rd in their Division and enjoyed their season, the batting usually made around 200 runs. Roy Collins led the batting averages and Chris Rayner topped the bowling. Skipper Reyner and Andrew Dicker both hit centuries, while Alan Down always bowled well but without much luck – and always moaned about it! Scorer Judy Down and umpire Jack Cowans both played big parts in an excellent year for the team.
During the 1992 season the 4th XI had acquired several useful colts, which would be the rising stars of the future. These included McSherry, Jemson, A Down, S Brown, Mooney, Mavadia, Humby, R Riseboro and S Hicks. In the first game of the season against Battersea McSherry opened the batting scoring 74 n.o. in a total of 180 runs for 7 wickets. Battersea in reply scored 146 runs for 9 wickets with Stuart Down and Jemson sharing the wickets. In another draw against Camberley, Mooney scored 102 runs in 90 minutes and at the end of the season T Lees and S Down topped the bowling averages, but lacked the penetration required to bowl sides out.
By the 1st July Beddington Skipper Peter James through a clever change of bowling proved Dorking’s downfall in their Surrey Championship Division 2 match, when Beddington’s 87 run victory took them 15 points clear at the top of the table. The 2nd XI under the Captaincy of S Crowley also got back on the winning trail by beating Dorking by 5 wickets. Mark Austin took an amazing 9 wickets for 48 runs for Beddington. The clash between the Surrey Championship 3rd XI Division 2 leading pairing Sutton and Beddington produced a 47 run victory for Sutton.
In the 3rd round of the Abbot Ale National Knockout cup against Warlingham. Neil Driscoll made a marvellous 148 n.o. As Beddington advanced to the 3rd round. Driscoll and Steve Brown put on 142 for the first wicket as Beddington reached the enormous total of 284 for 7 wickets and in the Sunday 2nds, Neil Collins and Stewart Sales ran four of the last ball to give Beddington a 2 wicket win over Clapham. At the beginning of August Beddington’s Ist XI were occupying second spot in the table one point behind Spencer. Then a terrific burst of 6 wickets for 13 runs by Malcolm Sales against Mitcham almost brought them a win, this bowler had taken 43 wickets this season.
Following last year’s demotion from the 1st Division the club appointed their youngest ever skipper in 21 year old Peter James who led a mixture of old stars and youth, plus the exuberant Aussie Paul Allison, in a determined effort to regain 1st Division status at the first attempt and remained in the chase until two matches were lost against fellow- chasers Bank of England and Spencer and the chance was missed.
Malcolm Sales consistently took wickets while Simon Austin bowled an impeccable length and line. While Tony Cummins with his interpretation of this, captured crucial wickets. The graceful Graham Brown and steady Steve Brown supplied regular solid opening partnerships that set the example to the rest of the team. Allison like G Brown played every shot in the coaching manual while Tony Cummins manufactured every shot not in the book to great effect and when available Neil Driscoll augmented an already attractive line-up. Despite this disappointment the new enthusiasm at the club allied with more luck, will see the side back in the reckoning next season.
The 1st XI finishing in 4th position in the 2nd Division this year. The unsettled 2nd XI due to poor availability struggled to maintain momentum and saw a disappointing finale to the season. Skipper S Crowley’s 498 runs and Cliff Richards with 627 runs led the batsmen and both hit centuries in a thumping 9 wicket win over East Molesey. The pick of the bowlers being undoubtedly M Austin with 9 wickets for 48 runs off Dorking in his 50 wickets from just 12 games. Until a full strength side can be fielded for every match, promotion will remain a pipe dream. This was the year that the young Emma Cummins played her first Cricket match for Surrey Ladies and later played for the South of England Ladies. A produced of Loughborough University College of Cricketing Excellence she also played for Northants Ladies
1994 saw the return of the young “Jessie” James for a second term as Captain of the 1st XI, with Malcolm Sales the original “manic” man in charge of the Beddington 2nd XI. In June a confident Beddington went 5 points clear of the field in the Eve Surrey Championship Division Two with a 58 run win at Worcester Park. The win their third in four completed matches this season give Beddington 43 points from eight games and sees them five points clear of their nearest rivals Old Rutlishians and Streatham.
In July a remarkable all-round performance almost brought victory over Ashford. Vice-Captain Cummins smashed an undefeated century as Beddington amassed a massive 264 for 4 wickets and then went on to take 5 wickets including a hat-trick to leave Ashford clinging on for a draw at 223 runs for 9 wickets. Overseas player Tim Heal hit an undefeated 61 runs to record his first 50 runs for the Beddington club at the close Beddington took four points to their rivals one.
The Beddington 2nd XI took one point from a high-scoring losing draw against Guildford. Guildford compiling 242 runs for 6 wickets in their innings. Beddington made a splendid start in reply putting on 150 runs for the first wicket but in trying to reach their imposing target they lost five quick wickets and settled for a losing draw on 195 for 5 wickets. Cliff Richards with 88 runs and Antony Down 53 runs were Beddington’s top scorers.
On July 10th a testimonial match for former England batsman David Smith was held at Beddington Park. The pro-am six-a-side competition featured a number of well-travelled batsman’s county colleagues. International cricketers Paul Jarvis, Ian Salisbury, Alan Wells and Frank Stephenson are expected to play. At the end of July on an unpredictable wicket Beddington were sent crashing to a 19 run defeat at Oxted. Beddington led the field in the early stages but slipped to eighth spot after dismissing their host for just 90 runs before crashing to just 71 runs all out themselves.
Beddington after finishing fourth in the tight competition for the Division 2 title the 1st XI had particular cause to regret their poor availability for an ‘easier’ fixture and also an umpire’s decision to let them field in the rain, but not the opposition! In the latter stages, altered tactics and some excellent cricket prompted a strong finish to their campaign. Nick Marsh had a notable debut with 38 wickets assisting keeper Jesse James to equal the league record for stumpings, Simon Austin and Tony Cummins supplied, respectively, 35 and 27 wickets, while overseas player Tim Heal switched from off-spin to strike bowler as he adapted to English club Cricket. T Cummins averaged 41 runs with the bat and distinguished himself in the winning draw against champions Ashford by hitting an unbeaten century and capturing five wickets. Commitment and playing standards are improving rapidly, giving rise to optimism for 95.
Eighth position was a fair reflection of the 2nd XIs uneven form. There were five wins, seven draws and four defeats and while victories were all competent displays the losses to Hamptonians and Purley were especially dire. skipper Malcolm Sales made the highest score 147 runs in the draw with Dorking as he amassed 540 runs while Cliff Richards returned 471 runs including a fine 88 runs off Guildford. Antony Down made 254 runs. when any of the four main bowlers were absent there was great difficulty in dismissing opponents.
A mix of over forties and under twenties blended nicely to make it a successful year for the 3rd XI who finished 4th in their division with eight wins. The only losses were to the two promoted sides. Youngsters John McSherry and Stuart Gibbs made heartening progress with bat and ball. Duncan Robson Terry Murphy invariably bowled well and the leading bats Steve Dyke, Dick Riseboro, Dave Carey, Roy Collins, and Mark Walters and the newcomer Steve Popjoy proved a useful all round acquisition. Skipper Roy Collins thanks the ever reliable umpire Jack Cowans and Alan Down who had now retired, his wit and encouragement will be greatly missed.
Peter “Jesse” James the most popular Captain since N D Parks in 1959 was standing for the third year as Beddington’s 1st XI Captain he had retained all of last year’s side and strengthened their whole set-up with some experienced recruits, chief among these is the in bowling South African all-rounder Toki Eterhuizen whose contribution could be vital when Beddington batted first. Toki Eterhuizen had come over from Durbanville the club James played for during the Winter. Graham Brown had taken over the job as 2nd XI Skipper, when Beddington started their Surrey Championship Division Two campaign believing they can win promotion.
In the first match of the 1995 season Beddington 1st XI were asked to bat on a variable wicket at Oatlands Park. Runs came steadily after losing Neil Driscoll at 25, Steve Brown scored a valuable 56 runs assisted by Tony Cummins with 26 run, M Sales with 46 runs, and Andy Tibble with 46 runs, Beddington declared at 217 for 6 wickets. Victory came to Beddington with just two overs remaining when M Sales took the last wicket with Oatlands Park dismissed on 108 runs. On Sunday Beddington crushed Old Mid Whitgiftians in the OCCC Trophy Neil Driscoll scoring 97 n.o. with Steve Brown n.o. 72 runs. It was an excellent performance so early in the season and suggests they could again be a force to be reckoned with in the race for promotion this year.
After a slip up against Warlingham, Beddington returned to winning ways when they crushed Old Emanuel by 8 wickets. A remarkable performance by Simon Austin (16 overs, 14 maidens, 7 wickets for 7 runs saw Old Emanuel collapse to 84 all out. By July Beddington 2nd XI had surged into contention for promotion from the Surrey Championship Division Two with three consecutive victories their latest victim being Dorking. Ray Baker 60 runs and John McSherry 50 runs spearheaded the win by 4 wickets.
Beddington got off to the worst start possible at Streatham when the Streatham side paved their way to a 3 wicket victory with 2.3 overs to spare. On August Bank Holiday Monday at Brook, The side amassed a large total of 265 for 5 wickets declared. They then dismissed their opponents for 231 runs to record a welcome 34 run victory. Driscoll (83) and skipper James (55) made all the early runs James being stumped after a 2nd wicket stand of 96 runs. Driscoll was the last of the five wickets to fall 17 short of a century. Simon Austin took 5 wickets for 97 runs taking his tally of league wickets to 60.
Beddington 2nd XI on the other hand were still chasing a promotion spot from Division 2 after a victory and winning draw from their two weekend games. In September Antony Cummins (100) and Antony Browns (43) put together a partnership of 120 runs to revive Beddington’s fortunes. In reply Send came within 5 runs of victory but had to settle for a winning draw. Beddington 2nd XI was still in with a chance of promotion to Division One despite not getting a victory target of 137 runs against Chessington. Mike Lewis taking 4 wickets for 26 runs for Beddington.
By the 2nd Saturday in August the Beddington 2nd XI still harboured thoughts of promotion, but such hopes steadily receded as in uncharacteristically edgy batting engendered just one further victory. Yet even on the final day a win over second placed Hamptonians would have secured that coveted promotion place denied when the home side comfortably obtained the draw they needed. The opening defeat by Oatlands Park was followed by eight victories and a tie with Addiscombe- from the next 13 matches – then those batting nerves set in! Nevertheless, it was a successful and enjoyable season with several commendable performances. vastly experienced Skipper Graham Brown completed two centuries and scored 742 runs at an average of 49, all-rounder Ray Baker also had a hundred in his 451 runs.
The ever reliable Cliff Richards made 379 runs at an average of 34 with two important 70s against Emanuel and Streatham. Five men monopolised the bowling: off spinner S Dunthorne, seamer R Baker, the steady Steve Jenner, John Rix and energetic Eric De Mel snapped up useful wickets. The team only needs stronger resolve to translate this year’s progress into promotion next season.
Jesse James skippered the 1st XI for the fourth year running and Graham Brown was once again handling the 2nd XI. The season started with a high scoring draw against Addiscombe who declared at 250 for one wicket A Saleem 100 runs and M Butcher 90 n.o. with S Austin taking the only wicket. Beddington 1st XI in reply scored 243 runs for 6 wickets with N Driscoll 108 runs and Jesse James 73 runs just eight runs short of victory at the close. In July Beddington’s push was slowed down when they suffered a disappointing defeat at Normandy apart from Steve Brown(74) and Tony Cummins(50) the rest of the batting was poor and a total of 184 runs on a good track proved to be insufficient.
Richard Risebro produced an outstanding performance for the 3rd XI as they defeated Farnham. He took 9 wickets for 58 runs in an excellent spell of seam bowling and was unfortunate not to claim all ten wickets when he was offered a difficult caught and bowled chance. While Beddington 3rds gained a 50 run victory over the Bank of England.
Beddington 3rds are now climbing the table and won this game in confident style as the Bank were bowled out for 88 runs. The 3rd teams batsmen of Beddington and Chertsey fought each other to a standstill in their recent Championship Division 2 draw. Beddington making 244 runs for 5 wickets before declaring and Chertsey in an attempt to score the runs finished with 234 runs for 4 wickets. That left Beddington in 5th position with 91 points from 12 games, including 12 outright victories, two of their players went close to centuries, J Howgate falling at 98 runs and A Williamson making 95 runs. Beddington 2nds came close to beating Rutlishians in Division 2. As it was they just missed out on a maximum 13 points which would have lifted them away from relegation trouble. Beddington declared on 227 for 7 wickets with Andrew Tibble making 104 runs, they then reduced Rutlishians to 124 runs for 8 wickets as Ray Baker took 6 wickets for 66 runs.
That left Beddington 2nd XI 4th from bottom with 33 points from 13 games. On the other hand Beddington 3rd XI went 3rd in their division after dismissing Sanderstead for 93 runs and replying with 94 for 3 wickets. This gave the side 104 points after 13 games 17 points behind the leaders Sutton.
The Sutton Herald 14th August; Beddington went to the top of the Eve Surrey Championship Division two with an overwhelming victory against Old Alleynians. Steve Brown proved to be the batting star of the day with an undefeated 108 runs and Beddington were able to declare at 224 for 5 wickets. Alleynians were rattled out for 95 runs in 31 overs. only two bowlers were needed. Peter Rogers took 3 for 43, with Simon Carter claiming 7 for 49 runs, the second time in three weeks he has taken seven wickets. This pair must be the most feared in the division.
The Beddington 3rd XI moved into 3rd place in their division recently with a victory over Old Emanuel. Beddington dismissed for 76 runs, bowled Old Emanuel out for just 52 to claim the points. Beddington 1st Xl was set for promotion against East Molesey who were bowled out by Peter Rogers and Simon Carter for 141 runs. Then Steve Brown (64) and Neil Driscoll (69 n.o.) put on 116 runs for the 1st wicket after the loss of Brown, Beddington cruised home off just 29 overs. With just two games to go Beddington were now 26 points clear at the top of the table and set to end a frustrating four year exile from the top flight of Surrey club Cricket.
The following week Beddington secured the title with a draw against Cranleigh. Peter Rogers chalked up 70 wickets and Simon Carter 44. Together with the main batting of S Brown, Driscoll, James and A Cummins who were largely instrumental in achieving the promotion success. It was around this time in the club’s history that Cricket week had ceased to be a necessary feature in the club calendar, with the exception of Stoics and the President’s XI, who still remained faithful to the cause, and this trait has continued until today. (The MCC would not have been interested in a 2nd XI fixture.)
Eve Surrey Championship Division 2 for 1996 records Beddington CC winning the Division with 162 points with 12 wins and only two lost, with Beddington returning to the 1st Division after four years in the wilderness, a great achievement for the popular “Jesse” James after four years as Captain, and good news for the Beddington club.
The 2nd XI finished their season in 13th position in Division 2 captained by Graham Brown, with the 3rd XI finishing in 8th position, another good result for Captain Graham Howgate and his team.
Beddington 1st XI 1997
1997 This was to be Peter “Jesse” James last year as the 1st XI Captain. After a triumphant campaign in 1996, when the 1st XI gained promotion from Division 2 as champions, the return to the top flight was in the end a touch disappointing. Given the influx of new quality players and with the majority of the previous personnel remaining there was every reason to believe the team could be very successful and up until the middle of August this proved to be the case. However a combination of injuries, selection for the County representative sides and the continuing promotion hopes of the 2nd and 3rd XIs, saw the effort peter out, to just take three points from the final six games.
Ironically the Banstead 2nd XI won the Division 1 Championship with Malcolm Sales who had left Beddington after the 1976 season. The great potential was illustrated by the number of young players going on to County Cricket in some shape or form. One of these in particular had a spectacular rise Rupesh Amin, having never represented Surrey at any level this season was bowling Beddington out of trouble at Sutton on the 17th May. By the end of the summer he had played in four First Class matches and had gained a County contract. At only 19 years he shows great control and has maturity beyond his years and now with such natural talent the sky is the limit to what he may achieve. Along with Rupesh, Sheehan da Silva, Antony Down, Brian Shellbourne and Simon Carter all represented the County 2nd XI and formed the heart of the YC’s side. With all this talent away on representative duties and other availabilities the team chopped and changed from week to week and twenty-six players were used in all.
Peter James had led the side with all the passion and commitment he had shown previously until side-lined by injury. The mainstay of the bowling with Rupesh Amin absent was once again Aussie Peter Rogers who will be sorely missed next season. Mike Brugnoli took over as skipper making a good contribution with the ball with valuable performances by Tony Cummins, Simon Austin, Raj Tulsiani and new recruit Chris Page.
The team can now build on this experience and with so much talent available hope to secure a place in the top ten and maybe even further. Thanks were due to Chris George who has stood in for many years as scorer plus his very able stand- in Sheila Cummins and also to the Tea Ladies who make the finest Tuna sandwiches in the world!
Beddington 2nd XI, 1997 Runners-up Div 2
Standing l to r Bryan Paul (scorer), Richard Milligan, Paul Murphy, Martin Bill, Graham Brown, Stuart Gibbs, Stuart Dunthorne, seated l to r John McSherry, Cliff Richards, Mick Lewis (captain), Andy Tibble, Terry Barry, Chris Burton (umpire)
With an interesting mixture of youth and experience the 2nd XI soon made it clear that they were not going to be easy to beat, all the ingredients were there under the imaginative captaincy of Micky Lewis for a successful season. And so it proved, with defeat coming only in the last game against champions Addiscombe by which time promotion was already in the bag. Overall this was truly a team performance with many players making crucial contributions with Graham Brown posting the sole century against Purley. Richard Milligan hit a glorious six for a win against East Molesey.
Congratulations to Addiscombe who were easily the best side in the Division. now everyone can look forward with cautious optimism to life in the higher Division. Micky Lewis the Captain offered his personal thanks to regular umpire Chris Burton and scorer Brian Paul. Skipper Micky Lewis in his first season as Captain had returned his side to the 1st division and would Skipper the side for the next 10 years. Only one year short of Alan De Rosa’s 12 year record.
Beddington 3rd XI 1997, Winners Div 2
The 3rd XI put on a ruthless display to crush Chipstead CC by 8 wickets in their Division in July. Cowell taking 6 wickets for 45 runs as Beddington routed Chipstead for 81 runs before making 82 runs for 2 wickets in reply. The 3rds had an outstanding season which culminated in winning the Division 2 title, was in some measure due to the strength in depth at the club with skipper Terry Murphy using over thirty players during the summer. At the outset of the season the wickets of “Ronnie” Carroll and the steady bowling of Ian Holleyman combined with the batting of Andy Williamson and Jimbo Howgate ensured the team were always in the top six.
When Steve Jenner and Sam Dorrington became available they immediately began picking up wickets Jenner having a truly purple patch quickly accumulating 30 wickets including match winning performances in several games. A winning draw on the final day against Addiscombe saw the Championship secured. The 3rd XI were now anticipating life back in Division 1 with relish. This season Beddington joined the elite group of clubs who have their top three sides in the 1st Division of their respective League.
A very good start to the season by the 1st XI saw them winning the first two games against Ashford and Limpsfield. With only one more win thereafter, come September the side were broken men and relegated. They had struggled to come to terms with the new longer game, especially the batsmen, who regularly folded under pressure applied by the opposition. Raj Tulisani was the one exception batting consistently well throughout. Due to the lack of runs the attack more often than not, had to perform miracles, but to their credit never gave up.
Chris Page toiled away in his usual manner and ended with 37 unhappy victims. Mike Brugnoli had a good summer but would like to forget August. Rupesh Amin when able to play got his share of wickets and Tony Cummins contributed with some tidy spells. Overall the side has a great deal of talent, but this talent must be transformed into winning results. As the tea ladies do every week with their top draw grub. In August Beddington’s Gary Butcher, a Glamorgan professional who is the brother of Cheam, Surrey and England’s Mark Butcher, hit 130 runs as Beddington posted a total of 255 for 8 wickets. Cheam in reply scoring 256 runs for the loss of only 2 wickets.
At the outset of the season the 2nd XI could reasonably expect nothing more than consolidation following last season’s promotion. However after winning seven of their eight games it became apparent that the league was there to be won at the first attempt. The magnificent win at Esher off the penultimate ball of the game was a definite highlight especially the running between the wickets of Matt Arnold and David McSherry. A very heavy defeat by the then bottom club Epsom in early July was to say the least unfortunate, but a further loss at Wimbledon was even more disappointing as this was the game that could and should have been won. Slowly but surely a healthy lead in the table was whittled down as the 2nd XI didn’t win again until August Bank Holiday. Nevertheless morale remained high right to the final game when there was still a chance of winning the title even if only mathematical. Arnold and Andrew Tibble both with four scores of fifty plus, headed a line-up, which was brittle and lacking in application, and even low targets were sometimes difficult to achieve.
From week to week the team seldom had the same pair of opening bowlers and so by necessity most of the hard work fell to Stuart Dunthorne (34 wickets) and Simon Austin (22), who between them sent down a phenomenal number of overs, with Skipper Mick Lewis chipping in with some useful stand breaking wickets, while a fielding highlight was Stephen Murphy’s incredible running boundary catch against Guildford. No doubt an offer of third place would have been gratefully accepted at the start. If the second half of the season was a trifle disappointing, the side was always in contention and did not expect any favours. They can look forward to ’99 with guarded optimism. The Captain would like to thank umpire Chris Burton and scorer Brian Paul with a mention for umpires Ron Dolby and Stuart Hicks and scorer Adam Knight who all stood in when needed.
After winning the Division 2 title in 1997, the 3rd XIs new season in Division 1 was eagerly awaited. losing to Esher on the opening day was not the best start, but a winning draw against Sunbury and two away wins at Spencer and Mitcham set the team on its way. Unfortunately that was as good as it got for quite a while, as the turnover of players increased dramatically. With such an unsettled side points were hard to secure and by the end of the season 41 players and several colts had featured.
The batting was fragile although Andy Steadman, David Geddes, Andy Williamson, John Gould and young Danny Baker had their moments. The bowling was well served by Jonathan Cummins, all-rounder Steve Jenner and Peter McSherry with the ‘young’ Wilf Pepper providing the stability. With survival depending on the last match a fine all-round performance earned a win, ensuring another summer at this level. Gratitude to umpire David Simmons and to Janet Murphy for scoring this season. David Laitt passed away in June.
David who had skippered the Beddington side in 1980 made a nostalgic visit to Beddington a short time before his death and met many old friends- a day which he enjoy enormously and the world is a poorer place for his passing. Geoff Knight President Beddington CC.
An 11th hour rule change extended playing time and yet another wet summer all impacted on a significant season for the 22 first XI teams contesting 10 available places for the 1999 Premier Division. In the early spring the CCC quietly dropped the word ‘ Amateur ‘ from their rules which effectively made a nonsense of the Surrey Championship Rule 2. At a speedily convened Special General Meeting our clubs amended their own rules to follow the CCC line and there was no longer legislation preventing the payment of players.
If most of the qualifiers for the new set-up were predictable few would have picked the Bank of England especially after last season’s narrow escape from relegation yet they rose from 20th to 4th position. Less fortunate were the other teams Avorians who along with Beddington and Mitcham suffered what was, in effect a ‘double’ relegation.
The 1st XI started with a new attitude, team and pitch. With hindsight it is difficult to see which of the three sides did most to confine them to another year at this level. When bowling second six of the opposition were eight or more wickets down without being able to finish the job. The home pitch contributing to this as stroke play was a rare commodity at this stage in our history. New skipper R Tulsiani did what he could to be positive regularly declaring around the 180 mark, but it often proved too difficult to get the opposition interested in winning. The first win came against the Met Police with Mathew Arnold starring as he did for most of the season and Eugene Strange winning the match with his final excellent display behind the stumps. The inability to beat the lower placed sides was eventually their undoing. a classic example of this being against a poor Warlingham when dominating throughout the game for a mere four points. The first real test came against a strong Avorians team, their Captain smashing a century and grabbing a five wicket haul.
This game was in many ways a turning point for Beddington any arrogance being replaced by a more genial approach to the game. Two players in particular contributed to the change in the results firstly the rock like Mike Brugnoli whose pacey seamers and big hitting provided much match winning entertainment and secondly Mark Kelly who demonstrated true class with 70 runs against the Old Whitgiftians and an electric bowling spell at Cranleigh were performances worthy of a higher level.
Mark Kelly and Antony Down were selected for the SCB side, while Antony Brugnoli came of age with his solid and correct batting and bowling. Both he and his brother are expected to do the double next season. Arnold was the batsman of the year developing into an accomplished middle order player, his strength of character and will to succeed provided a shining example to all. Thanks to scorers Chris George and Sheila Cummins and all the Panel umpires. The first team has a pool of good players that expect to be challenging for promotion next season.
The 2nd XI were unlikely to repeat last season’s 3rd place as a few crucial players had been promoted, while a more taxing list of opening fixtures meant a very indifferent start with a consequent effect on confidence. The attack initially lacked penetration and too frequently opponents were able to set challenging totals. Steve Murphy and Richard Risboro were both inconsistent although showing potential and it was often left to Stuart Dunthorne and John McSherry to retrieve difficult situations. Brittle batting did not help and Graham Brown was sorely missed after early injury, 50 runs were few and far between. Andy Tibble hit 90 runs off Addiscombe, Jim Howgate 70 runs v Wimbledon and McSherry 70 runs against Malden Wanderers until Tony Cummins and David Knott arrived to give the necessary stability that gained the points to comfortably avoid relegation, but not enough to achieve a place in the new Premier Division. It was generally a most enjoyable summer but next year the mixture of youth and experience will need to be better.
The early season illness of new skipper Andy Williamson did little to help the 3rd XIs aim of consolidation in the top Division. However he had able deputies in Ian Hollyman and Ronnie Carroll and the side eventually registered five victories to attain safety with a final position in 8th place. Competent wins over the league leaders contrasted with defeats by struggling opponents, and relegation was a possibility without the valuable contribution of Terry Murphy Will Brown and Clive Rockell, David Knott’s batting earned him a place in the 2nd XI and there were promising youngsters in Andy Bovey, Danny Lewis, Ryan Cummins and the Zaman brothers. With so many younger players coming through and hopefully a fully fit Captain there is every confidence for 2000. Many thanks to regular scorer Adam Knight for his contribution and the tea ladies lovely grub.