2010 –

2010

In common with previous years Beddington entered the last game of the season with their fate still undecided.  Although confidence was high promotion would still depend upon other results. The eventual win against Farnham and Camberley’s success over Worcester Park ensured that promotion was achieved in an exciting climax to the season.

The campaign started well with four successive victories in the 50 over format which suited Beddington’s positive style of play.  However, momentum was lost during the timed games and the inability to bowl sides out was looking as though it would prove costly.  A timely victory against Worcester Park inspired the team to finish strongly and secure second place in the league.

Undoubtedly, the side was strengthened by the return from county cricket of Ryan Cummins. Ryan demonstrated his true all-round ability to score 384 runs and take 34 wickets. Other than Ryan’s performance there was no outstanding contribution this season but rather a steady team effort. Antony Down, David White and Graham Lester all posted 300 runs and played match winning innings when required.  Cummins was well supported by fellow opening bowler David Lester (19 wickets) and economical Daniel Lewis (19 wickets) and Shaun Lewis (19 wickets).  Overseas player Paresh Vallabh (23 wickets) could always be relied upon to break partnerships and gain crucial wickets.  Perhaps the defining moment of the season came towards the end with the return of Richard Risebro from long term injury. The team greatly benefited from his experience and determined bowling.

The side matured throughout the season and are relishing their return to Division One. Thanks go to Cricket Manager Mick Lewis, scorers Adam Knight and Chris Burton and to the Panel of Umpires.

2010 1s
Beddington 1st XI 2010 Runners-up (promoted) of Division 2

Standing l to r: Mick Lewis (manager), Dan Lewis, Graham Lester, Ryan Cummins, David Lester, Shaun Lewis, Danny Baker, Adam Knight (scorer). Seated l to r: Paresh Vallabh, Richie Risebro, Matthew Arnold, Antony Down (captain) Simon Lewis, Ian Gamble.

The 2nd XI had high expectations but were unable to mount a promotion challenge due to inconsistency. However, the emergence of 17-year-old opening bowler Dave Hall was most encouraging, and his development is keenly anticipated. In his debut in adult cricket he claimed 19 wkts at 25 apiece giving fine support to Tom Lewis (21 at 18) as they both turned in match-winning efforts.

Newcomer Scott Dance proved great value on and off the field. Supplying 288 runs at 32 plus 12 catches and one stumping, he was only pipped to the ‘Player of the Year’ award by the stalwart Mahesan Nadarajah, who notched 290 at 20. Six wins earned fifth place after an enjoyable season with a good team attitude. Hopefully, lessons will be learned, and the squad will be better prepared In 2011.

Gratitude to Ian Holleyman for umpiring, as did Dave DeRosa (at short notice), and to a reliable scorer, Mick Orange.

New 3rd Xl captain Sean Gardner took over from the outgoing Chris Austin with three main targets: a top-ten finish, ensure all players enjoy their cricket; identify young players that have a future at first team level. All three targets were met – plus promotion and winning the title, while in June and July the team won seven games in  a row to finish with 11 out of 17 games. Three where lost, deservedly to Valley End and Malden, and a very close one against runners-up Edward Alleyn, with two winning draws.

No one scored heavily: the captain and Austin each hit over 300 runs, supported by Elliot Chmielinski, Sujit Dadar, Richard Milligan, and Jack Hargreave, all with 200+. Alex Basson contributed good innings, while Tony Cummings played a number of games and provided tactical advice and real class at times with the bat. Cameos by Danny Stratford before football called added more power in mid-summer. Ryan May scored his maiden league ton  at Sinjuns and showed much potential – when focused.

The main strength was bowling. ‘Player of the Season’ Ashton was top wicket-taker, and with Gary Morris formed a strong strike partnership. Gillam and Basson were excellent back-up. Young left-arm spinner Sam Bartram showed he has a big future, with an excellent action and attitude, and should play at the highest level one day.

On returning from injury Richard Risebro turned the bowling unit into the strongest in the club’s 3s for a long time. .Chmielinski’s keeping vas sharp, which added to his improving batting should have him pushing for a 2s spot. Sam Owen was a fine stand-in for him, and should be a regular soon. Willy Brown’s enthusiasm and effort were also appreciated.

Thanks to umpires Ian Williams and Ian Roberts, whose regular appearances made the captain’s job a little bit easier, and to Bernie for the great teas.

2010 3s
Beddington 3rd XI 2010 Winners Division 1

Standing l to r: Ian Williams (umpire), Elliot Chmielinski, Jack Hargreave, Gary Morris, Chris Austin, Tony Cummins, Matt Ashton, Fawad Bajwa, Jon Williams (scorer). seated l to r: Chris Williams (top supporter) Sam Bartram, Alex Basson, Sean Gardner (captain) Josh Gillam, Dan Shields.

The 2010 season saw the 4th XI compete in Division 3 of the RAM Surrey Cricket League for the first time. After a poor start and an often-changed team due to poor availability higher in the club, the 4th XI managed to put together several good performances, resulting in victories in half of their 14 games and with picking up bonus points in the losing games finishing 7th in the league.

Highlights of the year for the batsman were Alan Carroll continuing his good form from last year, scoring 202 runs at 25 with a high of 75 not out against Park Hill seeing us home to victory. Vijay Shah scoring 171 runs in three appearances including a match winning 88 against Wimbledon Corinthians before injury ended his season. There were also useful contributions from Sam Dorrington, Jon Cowlin, Jack Hargreave, Dan Bainbridge and Greg Cornell who all scored over 100 runs during the season.

The bowling was headed by Dan Bainbridge who took 16 wickets during the season, with best figures of 4-16. Niaz Utmankhel, Sam Dorrington and John Young all claimed over 10 scalps over the season.

The 4’s also saw the introduction to League cricket for a few youngsters, such as Fahim, Masood Arman, Jamie Green, Billie Dickson, Harry Parker and Jake Loadman. Along with the colts who had played in previous years including Sam Owen, Mark Kingston and Sam Bartram it is good to see the youngsters coming through and contributing in these league games.

 

2011

 

 

2012

The 1st Xl season had its highs and lows but ultimately the mid-table finish reflected the consistency of the team’s performance throughout the season. 2012 started with a bang with impressive results (when weather permitted) in the one day form of the game, most notably well fought victories against Ashtead and Cheam and a clinical performance VS. Brook. After the first third of the season the team felt in a strong position, amongst the other sides at the top of the division, however the transition into the middle third brought inconsistent performances. This occurred due to a lack of cricket (missing four weeks on the trot throughout July) and as a result the lack of momentum required to convert the strong start into a challenging position.

Individual performances never really got going so as to provide the consistency and the results required to properly compete. Newcomer Tom Bevan was the nearest thing to consistent scoring, 358 runs at 36 and taking 15 wickets at 15. He was supported by the evergreen Antony Down (227 at 25) and overseas pro Craig McElligott (238 runs at 20 and 13 wickets at 30). On the bowling front, as per the previous year, Ryan Cummins and Daniel Lewis did the bulk of the bowling providing a decent return and often setting games up for potential winning opportunities.

2013 looks promising as the predominantly home-grown side continues to mature, showing glimpses of a competent cricket side which can deliver in both forms of the game. This has been further strengthened with a couple of additions from around the county as well as the inclusion of some very promising              youngsters. Thanks must go to Adam Knight and Chris Burton for keeping an immaculate book/laptop and in particular to Mike Lewis for orchestrating the team and the club In general throughout the season.

This was a strange season for the 2n\d Xl as the weather played a huge part in making it an interesting end to the season with more games rained out than anyone else in the division. Despite this, there were a number of good performances, more with the ball than the bat. Josh Gilliam led the way with 27 wickets at 12.04, his best performance coming against East Molesey with figures of 5/42. Tom Lewis was also a key performer with 17 wickets at 15.35 with his best figures of 6/44 against Ban stead. There were also good cameo performances from Kevin Horkan with a highlight of 5/36 at Leatherhead.

With the bat, Ian Messom had a good year averaging over 30 with his best knocks coming against Trinity 66 and Spencer 73. Apart from that the team relied on a good end of the season from Mahesan Nadarajah with a best of 52 at East Molesey and a couple of good performances from a young Jack Hargreave with his best of 55. It is now time to rest up this winter and hope for a better summer in 2013.

The 3’° Xl enjoyed an improved season ending 5th in the table winning 6 and drawing 2. Wins over Wimbledon and Sutton, led by Will Brown whilst Chris Austin was away, started the season well. Creditable performances throughout the season saw Arun Butler taking 4-24 against Wimbledon, Adam Trigwell scoring 106 away at Sutton as well as Sam Bartram taking 4-53, Matt Ashton scoring 69 in one of the double wins over Sunbury and against Spencer in a home win, Ryan Pepperell and John Young taking 5 apiece. Other notable performances included Gareth Williams 54 and Arun Butler 5-41 in a win against Malden Wanderers. A win against Sutton at home saw Dan Lewis taking 5-9!

A home loss to Dulwich followed with Arun Butler scoring 53 but Alan Carol and Chris Austin registered fifties against Sunbury. The side used 46 players throughout the season which has its own problems but the weather may have levelled many performances. Arun Butler was the Player of the Season with 24    wickets at an economy rate of 2.86 and scoring close to 200 runs. A thank you must go to Ian Williams for umpiring for the majority. of games and Micky Lewis for his continued support.

Beddington 5th Xl enjoyed an improved if curtailed season of fourth eleven cricket. An improved seventh place and 42 points was the team’s reward for more consistent performances with the bat and some good performances with the ball. The highlight was certainly the league win against Merstham away where a hard-hitting 99 from Niall Sheridan and 43 from Paul Baker set up a declaration, which was followed up by 6-30 from Nick Farley. Two friendly victories (including one with nine men) were also testament to the spirit showed by the team this year.

Team scores were generally of a higher order this year with three men scoring over a hundred runs. Kumar Kumaramaratan led the way in the league with 149 runs and James Sheridan scored 160 spread over just two innings. Availability issues meant the team could not field a consistent bowling attack with Nick Farley the leading wicket taker with 11. Other notable bowling performances included 6-41 by Noorani Chaghai against Trinity Mid Whits and 5-48 by Jon Kenward against Merstham. Thanks as always to the players, umpires and scorers who made the season an enjoyable one (when it was not raining).

2013

2013 proved a tumultuous year for the 1st Xl as poor availability and mixed performances resulted in a lower mid table finish.

Overseas pro James McAuliffe led the way with the bat scoring 500 runs @ 31, providing stability and dependability at the top order once he found his feet on British soil. Tom Bevan provided strong support with both bat and ball, backing up his impressive 2012 season, delivering 432 runs @ 28 and taking 15 wickets @40 in 2013 as well as Simon Lewis (396 @ 23) and newcomer Tom Caines (350 @ 23).

With the ball, Cummins (28 wickets @ 22), Lack (25 @ 35) and Caines (24 @ 25) were the mainstays of the attack providing both control and wickets throughout the year.

Highlights of the year were, firstly the two tied matches versus Old Whits, with the return fixture providing Tom Bevan the opportunity to score his maiden century for Beddington with a blistering knock which nearly single-handedly won Beddington the game chasing 212. Secondly David Lester’s hat-trick versus Camberley removing three of the top four and leaving the home side reeling at 2 for 3. This strong start led to a fine team victory as Beddington knocked off 142 in a tight game with Caines and Lack taking the team over the line with a partnership of 80 for the 6th wicket.

As usual the team dynamic was strong with home grown players forming the backbone of the side, which is well supported by recent acquisitions who have fitted in well with the club and its ethos, Thanks must go to the sterling work of Chris Burton who kept an immaculate book and provided much comedy throughout the year and particularly Mike Lewis who continues to drive the club forward throughout the sides.

The 2nd XI started the season with high hopes given the potential in the side However, with limited availability soon becoming apparent, it ended up a challenging year. Relegation was avoided comfortably in the end but it was, nevertheless, a disappointing final position.

With a number of senior players missing the door was opened for some of the youth players to make the most of their opportunities. The first two matches started brightly for Sam Owen (263 runs at 21) and although his form slipped, his keeping was generally. He should become a second team regular.

Arun Butler batted in almost every position this year finally finding his place at the top of the order, scoring 301 @ 23 and also taking 19 wickets @ 26, bowling some excellent spells at times and is expected to become a first team regular in the near future.

Callan Smith stepped in as opening bowler this season and he kept running in whenever he was asked andd he took 13 wickets at 36. Alex Basson bowled consistently well throughout the season taking 18 wickets @ 33. Shaun Lewis (332 @ 30) took 18 wickets @ 26; Fawad Baiwa (300 @ 25) plus 15 wickets @ 25.

There was an excellent 92no against Trinity Mld-Wits from Gareth Williams as he amassed 223 runs @ 41. Scott Dance scored 191 @ 31; Antony Down Scored 251 @ 41 and Nathan Pearson 245 @ 18.

So with a different side most weeks it was hard to play consistent cricket and make a real impact on the division. However, with the youngsters coming through including Jack Hargreaves, Seb Chmielinski and Louis Cooper-Stewart, combined with the returns of a couple of senior players, there is a side that can contend at the other end of the table next year Thanks to Tango for his scoring and especially Robbo for his overall assistance.

A real struggle for the 3rd XI this season that ended with with relegation on the last day of the season. A lack of depth in the batting meant that totals of less that 100 were all too commonplace; it is a credit to the side that they fought until the final day of the season when relegation was confirmed. All 4 wins were achieved in the 50 over format and winning a couple of the close timed games would have made all the difference.

The batting was led by Adam Trigwell with 402 runs at an average of 50 from 9 games, Chris Austin was next with 231 from 11 games, Seb Chmeilinsk1 performed well with the bat with 203 in six games and stood in as wicketkeeper on occasions and did an excellent job. Leading wicket taker were Sam Bartram with 17, skipper Kevin Horkan 14 and John Young 11 from his 7 games.

A regular keeper for 2014 is a must as the team starts life in Division 1, as is a regular umpire. Lastly thanks go to Graham, Peter and Ian for umpiring when available.

The5th XI at Beddington is a great training ground and even though the side plays to win the order of the day is to enjoy the cricket and play it in the right spirit. Playing in a 4th team league puts the side at a disadvantage and the amount of cry offs meant each week half the selected team was lost but all t hose who played did so with an enthusiasm that was infectious.

The team managed four wins and should have had two or three more. There wereoutstanding efforts from Martin Richards, David Floyd and Graham Parker from the old guard and great promise from James Baxter, Jaineel Shah, Harry Weil, Harry Richards and Matt Isaacs.

To conclude the team had a very enjoyable year and thanks are due to all who played and to the parents that gave up their time to support. The side looks forward to more success next year.

2014

2014 1s
Beddington 1st XI 2014 Runners-up (promoted) of Division 1

Standing l to r: Tony Cummins (president),Gareth Williams, Graham Lester, Craig McElligot, Dan Lewis, Danny Baker, Arun Butler, Fawad Bajwa, Chris Burton (scorer), Mick Lewis (manager) Seated l to r: Seb Chmielinski, Tom Bevan, Ryan Cummins (captain), Simon Lewis, Antony Down, Elliot Chmielinski. Absent: Sam Owen, Ned Lack.

Promotion was not the original plan for Beddington 1st Xl in 2014, instead the aim was to play strong all-round cricket. The addition of some younger players into the squad and the maturing of some of the established personnel meant a good balance was found with improved fielding, greater ‘nous’ when bowling​and important batting partnerships.

The season started well in the one day format with a 100% record, highlights were Bajwa’s 70-ball unbeaten century at Farnham and good results in shortened games vs. Cranleigh Camberley and Cheam.

In previous years longer formats were the team’s Achilles heel, however the unbeaten run continued until meeting the eventual champions Normandy.

A crucial game came against Molesey where Beddington were asked to bat on a wet wicket. The openers Gamble and Bajwa created a strong base for the middle order to build on, enabling the side to post 200+. With the baII Beven an d Cummins started strongly reducing the home side to 20 for 4; wickets continued falling at steady intervals. With time running out the Molesey tail showed a rear-guard  and in the last over Molesey were 9 down and hanging on for the losing draw. Bevan had other ideas and with three balls remaining induced an edge to Chmielinski to provide Beddington with 13 points. Momentum continued and a hard fought win at Cranleigh showed how much the side had come on and set the end of the season up! Beddington needed less than 20 points from five games to secure promotion, however it took a few games until the team guaranteed their return to the top flight.

Player of the season Bevan scored 380 @ 23 and took 37 @ 12, OS pro McElligott scored 543 @ 34 including a fine unbeaten hundred against Farnham and Bajwa was devastating up top with 479 @ 34.

Bevans’ bowing was supplemented by Cummins (32 @ 14),DanLewis (29 @ 15), Ned Lack (22 @ 24) and Arun Butler (20 @ 16). Elliott Chmielinski’s keeping provided continuity and discipline gaining 30 dismissals and was integral in the impressive fielding displays of the side. Thanks must go to Mike and Burty for their managerial and scoring capacities.

2015 will be a big year for the club and hopes of survival are at the front of the club’s mind as the side looks to bring through home-grown talent into one of the strongest leagues in the country.

Before a recap of the 2nd Xl season many thanks must go to scorer Mickey Orange and umpire Ian Roberts for their help this year, Saturdays would not have run as smoothly without them involved.

The captain’s first year was not the success story he had dreamt it would be. With a team that proved it could be competitive, it let itself down through lack of availability. If the side is to improve next year it will need to have a strong group of players willing to play week in, week out.

Despite the doom and gloom there were numerous positives to take forward to next year. Stephen Mann bowled with good pace and ended the season with 20 wickets @ 15 apiece. Callan Smith bowled his usual tight lines gaining 18 wickets @ 24 and Danny Baker threw of offies down consistently to end with 14 @23.

Richie Risebro and Dave White chipped in too, with their experience proving very useful in helping the side avoid the dreaded relegation. Batting-wise, Baker had some great knocks to end with 299 @ 29.5. Scott Dance chipped in with 266 @ 26 and Sam Owen batted with maturity throughout ending with 242 @27.

Special mention must also go to Guy Lancefield, Mohesan Nadarajah and Jack Green who all look like promising youngsters, despite Nad being 43. The team looks forward to next year where it can carry the club’s push towards being a feared side in Division 1.

Having just missed out on promotion at the first attempt the 3rd XI can probably look back and think what if! First came the lows, having no points after the first three games. Then the team came good with the ball. Kev Horkans 5 for 6 and 22 wkts, Martin Richards 5 for 42 and 19 wkts, Sam Bartram 6 for 40 and 15 wkts and Cooper-Stewart 3 for 11 and 17 wkts, all provided good returns with the help of others as and when needed. With the bat Ian Walters scored 351 @ 58.46 and Maslona 395 @ 70.88, the latter having missed five games through injury. Overall the team always played as a team with fielding always being sharp.As a team it can always improve and look forward to challenging for honours in 2015 .. The captain would also like to thank Graham Parker for umpiring as and when he could, Ian Williams for drinks and Jan Roberts for sorting out all the play-cricket stuff, much appreciated guys.

Beddington’s 4th XI joined the rest of the club’s sides in the Surrey Championship and enjoyed a promising, but frustrating season. The team started strongly, but chasing low totals, losing three of the first six games to weather and being in a division of only 8 sides meant that players did not get much time in the middle. This lack of cricket ultimately proved costly toward the end of the season.

Availability of players and consistency of selection were a constant challenge throughout the season and the fact that 36 players were used in the 11 league games is testament to that. Despite this the team managed to play competitively and with excellent spirit throughout.

Three of last year’s key performers, Shiv Koppad, Jack Green and Matthew Isaacs, all put in strong early-season performances and quickly established themselves in teams further up the club, leaving gaps that were hard to fill.

Runs were scarce in 2014, but youngsters Matt Isaacs’ and Jack Green’s progress was fantastic to see. Jack took his chance at opening the batting and did not look back, recordingtwo half-centuries and averaging 150. Matt Isaacs also performed really well averaging 60.5 including a fluent 68* in beating Malden Wanderers by ten wickets. No other player managed 100 runs all year.

The bowling was led by captain Dan Bainbridge with 17 wickets @14.7 and Chris Page with 17 wickets @ 12.9. Mick Loveridge finished with 10 wickets @ 11, but succumbed to injury. Jack Ainslie finished with11 wickets @ 12.3 including a spell of 9 for 78 in a heavy defeat to Worcester Park on the last day.

Of the 11 games played, Beddington recorded seven victories and just two defeats – the fewest in the division. A 4th place finish was a little disappointing, but with improved availability and better luck, Beddington should be competing strongly for promotion next season.

Beddington’s 5th XI had an enjoyable season finishing 8th in the 4th Xl Central League. Ably led by Paul Baker, the combination of youth and experience recorded victories against Sanderstead and Merstham both home and away.

Highlights of the season were Harry Richards taking 15 wickets, including 6 for 24 against Merstham, and James Baxter’s 57* against Sanderstead. A number of the younger players should be looking to progress into the higher teams next year.

2015

2015 was going to be a challenge for the recently promoted 1st Xl as they endeavoured to survive in the top flight of the Surrey Championship. Survival in the division came down to the last 4 games and this is where the side really showed its capabilities managing to win 3 of the last four, ensuring survivaI on the last day of the season in a thrilling affair which was dependent on Reigate beating Valley End.

Key highlights came in the victory at Valley End in an outstanding run chase which saw Beddington chase down 280 in a very unlikely game, 110 runs being put on in the last 9 overs, as well as a remarkable game vs Weybridge where Beddington nearly defended a below-par 180 with Cummins taking 8 for 94 and just losing out by one wicket

Contributions with the bat came from Simon Lewis (478), Antony Down (456) and Kyle Moolman (368) created a platform in important games and played some stylish innings. Whilst with the ball, Cummins (43 wkts), Moolman (32) and Bevan (25) bowled well as a unit and particularly fired in the last four games.

Real spirit was show throughout the year as the side maintained the core of the squad promoted the previous year, plus the addition of overseas pro Kyle Moolman. Thanks must go to one of the hardest working management teams in league cricket as Mike Lewis (manager), Ian Roberts (assistant) and Chris Burton (scorer) ensured that things ran smoothly, which was key to the team winning the Fair Play Award again, a testament to the attitude and spirit of the players and the family culture of the club.

The side looks forward to the 2016 season to build on the first experience and it aims to claim more established Premier League scalps.

Beddington 2nd XI gave themselves hope, only to see the team’s dreams dashed as the great escape could not be completed. The team will spend the 2016 season locked in the challenging division 2 instead.

The year is not all doom and gloom with a number of outstanding performances. Louis Cooper Stewart finished second in the division for his bowling and 1st in the country for most improved fielder and Callan Smith finished fifth in the division for bowling and also scored 308 league runs, smashing many a six and flicking balls 6 ft outside off past square leg for 4. Liam Jenkinson improved immeasurably to notch up 413 runs and enjoyed biffing it all year round

And then there is Nararajah, defying age with a ritual of daily sun cream application and proving to be the best Mowgli impersonator we have by nurdling 408 runs in the process.

Thanks must go to Tango and to Graham Parker who have given up their time to help for the majority of the season and have done sterling jobs.

2015 was a very frustrating year for the 3rd Xl as the team failed to live up to its full potential, following a disappointing 3rd place finish in 2014 with promotion to the Premier 3rd XI looking a strong possibility. The season started well with a number of close wins with Beddington leading the table, so the signs were looking very good. The team then went on a downward slide winning the last of 5 wins on the 30th June.

The difficulty was having to play over 40 different players and not being able to keep the core as had been achieved in 2014 due to a lack of availability in the higher Xls plus injuries to key players. 39 players batted with only Ian Walters scoring over 300 runs. Chris Austin was only available for 7 games but averaged 58.2 and was the only player to deliver consistent performances leading to him getting the 3rd team Player of the Year. There were useful batting contributions from Allan Carroll (235 @ 26.11), Tom Maslona (199 @ 24.88) and Ryan May (223 @ 18.58).

The bowling struggled to gain a stranglehold on teams like last year and the side sorely missed the opening bowling of Martin Richards who turned his ankle on the boundary in an early season win at Cheam. 29 players bowled but not one managed over 20 wickets with 5 bowlers getting into double figures: Ian Walters (17), Kevin Horkan (14), Ryan May (11), Gary Morris (10) and Jack Hargreave (10). The best bowling figures were Jack Hargreave (5 for 24) and Ryan May (5 for 54).

​The highlight was the spirit with which the side played its cricket and that it gave good opportunities to young players in particular keeper Matt Isaacs and all-rounder Dan Beeton. It was a big disappointment being relegated as the battle went down to the last game of the season.

Beddington 4th Xl’s first season in Division One saw a comfortable mid table finish, with some fine cricket played along the way. Things started brightly as the early fixtures seemed to go in the 4th Xl’s favour. The two games against Purley highlighted the enduring appeal of cricket with all results still possible until the last few balls. In the second half, tough games with Old Ruts, Woking & Horsell and Worcester Park went against the 4th Xl and saw the end of any promotion hopes.

The season was played in excellent spirit throughout with players enjoying playing fourth team cricket. A fifth place finish was well deserved as the 4th Xl won seven, drew two and lost six games. Despite using 41 players in just 15 games, a core group of players emerged, Gulraiz Farrukh and Bilal ​Ahmed adding much strength to the side. Highlights include Bilal’s 84 which he followed up with five wickets against Ashford, Jon Young and Harry Parker picking up five wickets apiece defeating Weybridge, Jon Williams In the return with Ashford smashing 80 from 50 balls to just beat the rain and gain victory, Jon Cowlin s 89 to chase down 185 to win against Weybridge and Harry Weil surviving the last delivery.in the dark against Old Ruts to escape with a draw.

Three bowlers finished in the league’s top ten wicket takers, Bilal (21 @ 13), Mick Loveridge (19 @ 19) and Dan Bainbridge (17 @ 17). Harry Richards picked up 10 wickets in his first full season with the fours. Mick Loveridge’s catching earned him 12 scalps, comfortably the most in the division.

After last season’s struggle for runs, this season was pleasantly different with Bilal scoring 296 @ 49 Dan Bainbridge (245 @ 41) the maturing James Baxter (221 @ 37) and newcomer Gulraiz (176 @ 35) offering much hope for another tilt at promotion next season.

This was another good year for Beddington’s 5th Xl with a number of youngsters coming through and moving up the club sides, particularly Dan Beaton and Josh Fillingham. The team had a difficult year with availability, some weeks strong while other weeks depleted to the point of concession. All in all the team enjoyed its cricket and that is the most important thing of all.

2016

Unfortunately, the 2016 season proved to be a very tricky season for the 1st XI. Managing just one victory all season shows a lack of highlights to look back on. That solitary win came in the fifth match of the season away at Sutton where Ryan Cummins took 7 for 30 to bowl the opposition out for 72. It was hoped that this would be a springboard to kick start the season but unfortunately that did not prove to be the case. Other individual highlights came at Reigate Priory where overseas player Kyle Moolman scored a delightful 99 and at Wimbledon where Tom Bevan hit a powerful 92. With the three players already mentioned being the only three batsmen passing 300 runs (Moolman 517, Bevan 347 and Cummins 304) the batting was the major problem as the team only managed to score over 200 runs on four occasions.

The bowling was by far the stronger suit and the side pushed a lot of the bigger teams close, even when defending relatively small totals. Cummins 29 @ 22, Bevan 19 @ 27 and Rogerson 14 @ 32(in his debut season) were the only bowlers to take over 10 wickets. There were some positives to take out of the season with a few youngsters given a run of games in the team, this should bode well for next year.

Thanks as ever go to the incredibly hard-working cricket manager Mike Lewis and scorer Ian Roberts.

Beddington 2nd XI, under new captain Danny Baker, ended up a disappointing 8th yet the season could have been so very, very different. Taking away crushing defeats to Dulwich (home and away) the 2s managed to miss out on positive results in 7 games by either 1 wicket or under 10 runs; something that will be worked on and improved upon over the close season.

Captain Baker led the way with the bat, scoring 450 at 30 and young spinner Jack Green capped his breakthrough year by taking 26 wickets along with Stephen Mann and cementing a run in the Premier league campaign for the 1s. Sadly consistency and time at the crease put paid to any promotion hopes but the season was not all doom and gloom on Church Road.

Notable performances by youngsters Hamed Gondal, Jack Ballard and Jack Green saw them all end up in the top 20 list for the league and with elder statesman Mahesan Nadarajah managing to score 400 runs, despite being held together by an array of plasters, meant that there is much to be positive about.

The 2s wish to thank Tango for his scoring prowess and Graham Parker for his umpiring. The club have much to be positive about and the 2s have every intention to learn from 2016 and come back fighting in Division 2 next year.

A very successful season for Beddington 3rd XI, ending second in the league to Old Whits and gaining promotion back to division 1 at the first attempt. The side was a fine mixture of the young and much more mature.

From a batting perspective, four batters scored over 300 runs. Leading the way was Ryan May 357 @ 39.67 with 3 fifties, including two match winning performances at the business end of the season (91 vs. Sinjuns and 56* vs. Sanderstead) which rescued them from 15 for 3 in the last game of the season, showing real maturity when needed. Young Dan Beeton scored 329 @ 27.42 (with 59* a match winning innings on a wet one at Woking and Horsell), Tom Maslona hit 320 @ 35.55 with 143 vs. Purley and Ian Walters scored 302 @ 21.57 with 125 vs. Cheam.

Martin Richards contributed regularly scoring 190 runs with his best of 40*, Shiv Koppad also made some very important contributions with 196 runs and a best of 48. Other notable contributions came from Jack Ballard with 141 vs. Old Whits, Scott Dance’s mid-season efforts with 146* runs, Chris Austin with 76* at Ashford and young Sam Hadfield’s incredibly mature unbeaten 50 at Sinjuns.

From a bowling perspective the spin bowlers took the lead with the ball, Ian Walters took 36 wickets from 132 overs at an average of 13.19 with three five wicket hauls, including a seven for; he also was the leading wicket taker in the division. In just 7 games Louis Cooper Stewart took 22 wickets including a five for vs. Sinjuns, finishing joint second for divisional wicket taker. Aaron O’Sullivan took 12 wickets across the season including a 6 for vs. Old Whits. Sam Hadfield took 10 wickets including 4 for 18 vs. Hampton Wick Royals to lead the side to victory, he probably suffered more than any other bowler with dropped catches.

The seamers definitely bowled better than the figures suggest, Harry Weil swung the ball on a regular basis, Shiv Koppad and Martin Richards made regular contributions with the ball and could easily have taken more wickets.

In the field the 3s certainly had a few slower movers meaning the younger fielders had to work even harder, O’Sullivan, Beeton and May were outstanding every week. Young wicketkeeper Josh Fillingham improved as the season went along with 20 victims including 7 stumpings and the most dismissals in the division for keepers. Ian Walters was elected as player of the year for his performance with both bat and ball.

Beddington’s 4th XI followed up last season’s mid-table finish with a mixed season. Selection difficulties played their part, as the team used 42 players in 16 games played, including a remarkable nine different wicket keepers. The cricket was played in excellent spirit throughout, but a seventh place finish was ultimately disappointing. After losing the first two games, Beddington’s 4th XI went 10 games unbeaten, but only won four of those games. At the end of the season the 4th XI struggled against some strong opposition from the top of the league, losing four of the last six. A chance of a win in the final game was lost to rain.

Two convincing victories early in the season against Sutton and Ashford gave hopes for a promotion push, but consistency, particularly in the batting, meant that the 4th XI were only able to challenge in patches. Two improbable losses against Worcester Park summed up a frustrating year – in both games, with Beddington well on top, the opposition put on determined last wicket partnerships to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Other season highlights included a close fought 2 run win over Ashford at home, a century stand to chase down victory against Normandy and three determined rear-guard actions to avoid defeat against Purley, Oxted and Ashtead.

Three batsmen, Dan Bainbridge (377), Gulraiz Farrukh (296) and Jonathan Cowlin (197) finished in the top 10 of the league’s highest run scorers, but as a team we just did not score consistently enough all season. Beddington’s opening bowlers finished number one and two in the league’s wicket takers, Dan Bainbridge taking 31 @ 11.8 and Mick Loveridge 30 @ 8.0. Nick Farley offered excellent support taking 16 @ 16.8. Anthony Jose, Harry Richards and Bilal Ahmed all bowled well at times with little reward, despite great effort.

Hopefully the 4th XI will learn much from this year and be far more clinical in those close games next season.

This was a better season for the 5th XI due to a combination of adults and colts coming forward enabling the club to field a team every week; a more mature side than previously seen with an age range of 13 to 74 years old. A settled side enabled a balanced team in the batting and bowling departments but not always so in catching. This cost the team a few points which meant the side settled lower in the table than the Captain would have liked.

Leading batsmen were Kumar with 290 and Ray Clark 244. Leading wicket takers were D Floyd with 16 and A Green 15. A good solid opening batting gave the stand the side required and only once did the team fail to use all the allotted overs. Very steady dependable bowling from A Green and colt G Gardner always ensured few runs were conceded in the first 12 overs or so. The team built around these performances.

The team played to win but were always respectful of the laws and spirit of the game, an important message that will stand the Colts in good stead in their coming years. The team is looking forward to the coming season and meeting old and new clubs alike.

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