1980-1989

By Micky Garner and Brian Butchers

1980

After a long drawn out discussion on wages, the Committee decided to employ a new groundsman in Mr Wright for the coming season. There were grand celebrations in May when Tony Cummins and Sheila Constantine were married at St Elphege’s Church Wallington and a fine reception for the couple when they arrived at the Beddington Cricket club. Tony Cummins like his father was later to become the Club President himself, after producing a cricketing son and daughter.

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The wedding day of our future president Antony Cummins and Sheila with Cliff Richards, Terry Lees, Robert Cummins and Antony Ward.

The Beddington 1st XI enjoyed their best ever season in the Championship finishing a creditable 3rd behind East Molesey and Spencer. A disappointing start with the first four games being drawn was followed by a purple patch over the next ten fixtures, which resulted in eight victories and a draw which took the club to the top of the table with four games remaining, with a win in the final game to make sure of the title, but this was not to be.
Newcomer to Surrey Cricket David Laitt had taken over as club Captain. He had appeared in the John Haig Cup Final for Reading in 1979. He had also represented Oxfordshire in Minor County Cricket and had played Sunday Cricket for Beddington during 1979 while still playing at Reading on Saturday. He has taken over from Graham Brown who had given up the club Captaincy after three years. David Laitt shouldered the main burden of the bowling attack taking 47 wickets, his best performance was 8 wickets for 54 runs against Epsom. Excellent support came from Martin Bamber who topped the bowling averages with 19 wickets and Mike Willett, whose 29 wickets was just reward for some accurate off-spin bowling, with Tony Cummins and Tim Alcroft with 26 and 18 wickets respectively a valuable contribution. These performances led to the taking of no fewer than 162 wickets with the opposition bowled out on 10 occasions.
The success of the side was to a great extent due to some excellent and on occasions brilliant out cricket. The close catching of Antony Cummins and Tim Alcroft in the slips and Roger Laitt at short leg sharing 30 catches, added to the fine out-fielding always keeping the batsmen under pressure. The wicket keeping of Andy Tibble was efficient and his sixteen victims were a fair return. The team were also indebted to Sid Rhodes (umpire) and Carol Farr (scorer) who contributed to a most enjoyable season. Antony Cummins completed the championship double, scoring 399 runs with 102 n.o. in 86 balls against Cheam the only century scored this season. Both Robert and Antony Cummins topped the Sunday Whole Day batting averages this year.
The 2nd XI runners up in the previous two seasons, were slightly disappointed to finish 5th in the 2nd Division, the Captain Geoff Knight missing seven matches through injury. The team played under three captains. Nonetheless some excellent bowling and catching saw some fine victories recorded eight in all, especially the defeat of eventual champions Purley. The performance of the season however belonged to the evergreen Ron Dolby who scored 378 runs opening the innings and whose 31 wickets cost 7.39 runs apiece. Finally the team were indebted to Arnold Cummins and Pat Smyth for their competent work as Umpire and scorer throughout the season.
The 3rd IX for this year captained by Mike Terry with B King as Vice-Captain. In their first match against Sunbury. Stewart took 7 wickets for 23 runs in 12 overs, Sunbury being bowled out for 118 runs, in reply Beddington scored 119 for 5 wickets with Roy Collins 61 runs and J Southgate 27 runs. By June, the Third XI had won four of their first five games until the Old Whitgiftians spoilt the fun in the sixth. In August Beddington declared against Mitcham at 150 for 5 wickets with R Collins 58 n.o. and K Dolby 37 runs. Mitcham in reply were bowled out for 22 runs with P Pepper 5 wickets for 6 runs and D Robson 5 wickets for 9 runs. In September they had another fine win over Bromley by two runs with D Robson taking another 6 wickets.
This was a good season for the third XI with R Collins topping the batting averages in great speed, with D Robson, P Pepper and C Dolby sharing the wickets. Mike Terry must have been pleased in his first year as Captain. The 4th XI had started the year without a Captain until a true veteran of the club Mr Ted Hill was asked to Skipper the side and he accepted the challenge. Ted Hill a Barnardo’s Boy, had been adopted as a boy by a Wallington builder, he had flown as a rear gunner for Bomber Command in the RAF, and also helped the club to restore the Pavilion in their hour of need, after the second Pavilion fire (1969-70).

1981

After the success of last season 1981 was very much an anti-climax for Beddington 1st XI, when they recorded only four wins and finished as low as 16th in the league. The reasons were fairly clear neither batsmen nor bowlers achieved the same level of performances as the previous season. David Laitt finishing the season with 41 wickets, including 26 in the last five games. Roger Laitt established himself as one of the Championship leading batsmen, with his first 100 runs against Streatham and a total of 460 runs at an average of 32.85. Robert Cummins although perhaps not scoring as heavily scored 407 runs at an average of 29.7 runs and played several good innings including a century at Maldon Wanderers.
The find of the season was Malcolm Sales, a local Beddington boy who came into the first XI half-way through the season and proceeded to the top of both the bowling and batting average with 32.40 runs. He may improve the performances of the side next season. Useful contributions came from Tony Cummins, Jon Rix and Tim Alcroft. The fielding as ever was of a high standard with R Laitt, T Cummins and T Alcroft sharing 34 catches between them, in a disappointing season.
The Beddington 2nd XI under a new Captain in Jonathan Rix were still the most consistent side in the club finishing in 5th place, fairly reflecting a season in which the side looked very good at times, but at others very ordinary, the side was unusually short of available spin bowlers causing an unbalanced attack at times. Jonathan Cummins taking 25 wickets in 8 games and Farrh Zaman went one better. Peter Pepper was the most consistent seamer, with 20 wickets and Ron Dolby although only playing seven games through injury topped both the bowling and the batting averages. Martin Seymour who scored 101 n.o. in a disappointing draw against Streatham.
Graham Brown in a brief visit from the first XI scored 113 n.o. against the Old Whitgiftians and Malcolm Sales contributions soon attracted the attention of the 1st XI. The wicket keeping was mainly in the hands of Tony Ward whose 18 victims included 5 stumpings, the fielding was somewhat lacking and not up to the standard of previous years.
The team recorded six wins, three draws and three defeats finishing in 4th position in the table. The batting was almost a replica of the previous season and was generally disappointing, K McLagen (209 runs), Roy Collins (188 runs) and D Sturt (188 runs) were the most consistent batsmen while A Hicks (114 runs) contributed to the score at times. Jim Holtby behind the stumps also had moments of inspiration. John Stewart was by far the best bowler taking a remarkable 32 wickets, followed a long way behind by the Captain Mike Terry and D Robson.
One of the most remarkable performances unfortunately came from a member of the opposition. Not to put too finer point on it. Beddington 3rds were “Bothamised” by a chap from Malden Wanderers who scored 100 runs in 68 minutes to win the game. Bit of a liberty really, he not only spoilt the game but got everybody into the bar earlier than expected. It was pleasing to see that several colts appeared in the side this season showing extreme promise as well as keenness in the field.
At the General Committee 1st September 1981, D M Brewer was elected to the playing membership. David Brewer played at Beddington for two seasons in the Surrey Championship he was very friendly with David Laitt and his son Roger. Others in the side included D Southgate, J Cummins and Malcolm Sales. David Brewer who in a letter to his friend, considered Beddington CC to be great club.

1982

A V A Cummins was in his third term as President, his son A G Cummins would be skippering the 1st XI for the first time. A full playing member subscription now stood at £25, (£20 if paid by May) Juniors paying £10, (18-21) under 18 years £5. Ron Dolby proposed and K McLagan seconded, that match fees should be 50 pence per game for all playing members. The 2nd XI Captain, Martin Seymour with J Cummins as Vice-Captain. 3rd XI Captained by J Stewart the 4th XI by H Jordan. Captain of the Sunday Whole Day side being Cliff Richards with A Tibble as Vice Captain.
In February, one of the giants in Beddington’s history Sydney Cooper a Life Member, had passed away. Apparently he had upset Alf Gover of Surrey by standing up at the wicket when he bowled. Sydney Cooper was a very jovial person, until his stumping was given n.o. by the Umpire, he would flatten the stumps and leave them for the umpire to pick up. He told me he would buy several local newspaper each week and leave them on the park benches, opened at the appropriate pages, so supporter could see how well he had played that weekend. He was always great fun to have on the club tours. On tour he once objected to the room he had been given in a hotel at Ockley, because women could see into the room from the top of buses that stopped at the hotel entrance.
In 1982 it was proposed on Committee this year, that Leslie Cozens should be offered Life Membership of the club. This truly gentle man had given the club and the visitors so much joy with his piano playing over 25 years, he also remembered every members favourite song and would be at the club every weekend playing them, come rain or shine. This year the club had also lost their long serving President Mr J K Gass, a man with a deep love of the game and the club that he was proud to be a part of. We had also lost our Treasurer Eric Harding, another stalwart of the club as a Committee man and social member. Jack Izard was voted onto the management Committee as Chairman with Peter Hancock as the new treasurer.

1983

Beddington 1st XI had a disastrous year in the Championship, it was not until 18th June that the side registered their first Championship win of the season. Joe Ramsey was called into the side and was a very adequate choice by the Captain A Cummins with bat and ball, in the middle order.
Playing in the President’s XI during Cricket Week the old school of M Reeve, J Cummins, John Slaven, Ken Kasey and son, declared at 251 for 7 wickets and then bowled out the Beddington XI for 236 runs with L Gillam scoring 57 runs. The wickets were shared by the President’s bowlers with J Slaven 4, M Reeves 3 and J Cummins 3. Ken Kasey could only manage 7 overs, 4 maidens for 13 runs approaching his 50th year, the penetration had gone, while Maurice Reeves yawned in the slips after his 50th birthday party.
The 1983 Beddington 1st XI overall results: Wins 6, Draws 6, lost 11, one abandoned. They finished the season in 12th place in the 1st Division, winning only one game in Cricket Week. Steven Brown topped the batting averages with 52.25 with Len Gillam 47.80 and Malcolm Sales 47.33. Tim Alcroft topped the bowling averages with 40 wickets with M sales and A Cummins 39 each. This was a well-balanced side with openers G Brown S Brown B Paul and L Gillam all playing their part, with all-rounders A Cummins, M Sales, T Alcroft, J Ramsey and wicket keepers A Ward, B Paul and A Tibble at various times. This should have been a winning side in the Championship League of 1983.
It was during this season that Roger Bowles resigned from the club to join Cheam with his sons. Michael Griggs another young player from Beddington who was showing promise as an opening bat. also joined the Cheam club. With all this talent in the side the most consistent player in the team was Len Gillam at number three. In the 2nd XI it was J English who topped the batting averages with 27.5 runs with D Sturt a close 2nd with 27.00 runs Martin Seymour had a good year with the bat scoring 414 runs at an average of 26.6 runs. S Austin topped the bowling averages with 18 wickets at 11.83, and Mike Terry with 26 wickets at 15.69 runs.
1983 Beddington 1st XI Report: The side captained by Antony Cummins: A season of consolidation given the changes in personnel. The cricket varied from open and enjoyable to games that contained all that is wrong with Championship cricket. (this comment would not have been made by the Championship winners). My thanks to Old Emanuel, Epsom, Banstead, Honor Oak, and Old Whitgiftians for taking our games to an exciting conclusion, would that all league games could be as positive! Beddington 1st XI finishing in 10th position this year. Injuries to two strike bowlers made the season a long and arduous one, for those called upon to bowl the extra overs.
Tim Alcroft topped the bowling averages with 33 wickets with Malcolm Sales 26 wickets and Jon Rix with 24. The batting was generally more consistent than of late with the first six batsmen all scoring over 300 runs Graham Brown with 448, Steven Brown 438 Cliff Richards 364 and Tim Alcroft 365 runs gave valuable support. Cliff Richards 103 n.o. against Epsom was a match winning innings and the only century of the Championship season. (Roger Bowles who had deserted the Beddington club for Cheam CC, this season topped their batting averages)
Beddington 2nd Xl Captained by Martin Seymour had lost some regular players this season, the side suffered nine defeats in 1983 and fell from second to twelfth place in the Championship. The midway position in the table was a fair reflection of the team’s performances, which improved in the second half of the season with five wins and only three draws. The leading run scorer being the Captain himself with 452 runs at nearly a run minute which was not unusual for this very talented striker of a ball. David Sturt open the innings (Roy Collins had no chance at one run every 15 minutes) Sturt batted reliably for 351 runs, John English 330 runs topped the averages but Brian Paul would have been disappointed with 247 runs for the season, while Geoff Knight 227 runs composed mainly of three entertaining fifties.
Dick Risebro played several valuable innings towards the end of the season. Veteran Mike Terry claimed 29 victims with his leg-breaks his best spell being against Streatham at Beddington taking 7 wickets for 41 runs resulting in a victory for the home side.Teenager Simon Austin headed the averages with 23 wickets and Geoff Knight bowled well for his 20 wickets. Wilf Pepper claimed 17 victims but lacked penetration after to many pints, Brian Paul had 21 victims behind the stumps and admirably filled the gap vacated by Tony Ward, although his slip catching abilities were missed, the fielding in general was sometimes variable. The 3rd Xl did not contribute to the Year book in 1983 having a poor season, unable to bowl sides out and the early batting always took a while to get out of the blocks.

1984

Beddington 1st XI under the Captaincy of Antony Cummins for the 3rd season, made a promising start to the Surrey Championship season with two wins in their first three games. The side consisted of G Downer, J English, L Gillam, J Cummins, G Brown, J Ramsey, M Sales, C Richards, A Cummins, T Alcroft and S Brown in their three wicket victory over Spencer. It looked on paper a very balanced team lacking maybe a second top class spinner. Beddington Park was no place for the faint hearted in their clash with Spencer in May when Tim Alcroft squeezed two runs off the ball of the day to clinch a pulsating 3 wicket Surrey Championship victory. Spencer declaring at 218 for 6 wickets with Beddington in reply 219 for 7 wickets. Alcroft securing 10 precious points.
The following week Beddington lost to Cheam by the same margin. Tim Alcroft produced the best figures of his Surrey Championship career against Sunbury returning figures of 16.4 overs five maidens, with 8 wickets for 17 runs as Sunbury were bowled out for 86 runs. This was a welcomed victory for Beddington who had been going through a very mediocre spell at the end of July.
Beddington had a very mixed season: they played well as individuals on occasions but on many occasions they couldn’t take the last wicket or score the last twenty runs. Malcolm Sales played well to achieve a personal best of 141 runs against Sutton and a few weeks later led the assault to beat Esher. Tim Alcroft bowled his medium pace very well against Sunbury and East Molesey and later in the season he was forced to open the batting with Cliff Richards at Old Emanuel and what a story it may have been if they had opened at the start of the season, a century partnership at Blagdons and over 200 together against Honor Oak two days later. Tony Cummins had a very quiet season only once reaching 50 and not bowling as much as previous years, family life was taking its toll. Antony Cummins after three years as Captain would not stand next year. The club would look forward to a new season with hopes of finishing in the frame.
Beddington 2nd XI : Another mid table position (12th) was a fair reflection of the teams efforts, victories in the first three games flattered to deceive, and a barren midseason patch included several heavy defeats revealing short comings above all the ability to bowl sides out, although a pleasant atmosphere prevailed in the side with several games closely contested with Martin Seymour skippering for his third term. Brian Paul returned from the wilderness to score 507 runs and his opening partner David Stuart exceeded 300 runs. Steven Moore with 315 runs and Tony Ward 280 runs were much improved but Captain Martin Seymour with 215 runs had a disappointing season.
Steve Crowley batted well until called into the 1st XI. The bowling was tidy but rather ordinary and a number of opponents scored heavily. Geoff Knight with 28 wickets, Simon Austin with 20 wickets and Mark Walter with 16 wickets bore the brunt of the bowling. Dropped catches did not encourage the bowlers , but Greg Downer and Tony Ward performed well behind the stumps. The leading catcher being the Captain, Martin Seymour, at Mid-off, Long- off, and Deep Extra Cover.
Beddington 3rd XI: As with all clubs the strength of the side was dependent on the need to provide players for the 2nd XI, however we fielded over 40 players this year and only achieved two wins. Alan Down batted very consistently and averaged 27 runs Keith McLagan scored 132 runs in only three innings. Mike Neilan scored half centuries on both occasions that he played. The best innings came from Dickie Risebro who scored an unbeaten 80 runs against Sunbury. Terry Lees played only seven games bowling 112 overs took 24 wickets at an average of 10 runs proving he was one of the best bowlers in the League. Mark Walters, David Mills showed some good prospects for the future earning a draw against Wimbledon probably our best result of the season.
In the Autumn of 1984 Tony Cummins received the SCA Festive Cup from Sir Alexander Durie, President of Surrey CCC after his Team’s 11 runs victory in the final at the Oval in September. In April of 1984 Antony and Sheila had produced a son Ryan Antony Gilbert Cummins and what a wonderful name to inherit from several family members, who would later play for Leicestershire, Northants CCC and obtained a club Cricket Conference cap in 2007.

1985

1985 Geoff Knight was elected Captain of the 1st XI and restored some sanity to the side in his effort to succeed where others had fallen. His report for the season described as disappointing. Beddington won the first three League games but could only manage a further two victories throughout the year. The batting was very strong and had great depth apart from a couple of disastrous days it proved to be good enough.

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In the 1985 championship, Graham Brown scored the most hundreds
Three players topped 500 runs Graham Brown with 593, Steven Brown with 564 and Malcolm Sales with 519 runs between them, these three made fourteen out of seventeen scores of over 50 runs the other centurions being Len Gillam and Antony Cummins both of whom ran into form in the latter part of the season. Tim Alcroft’s total of 263 runs would have been substantially larger had not a hand injury forced him to bat lower down the order for half the season. Steve Crowley also showed some promise but found it difficult to force the pace early in his innings. The bowling was more of a problem the side’s only spinner John Rix suffered an early season injury that restricted the options open to skipper Geoff Knight, however Rix still managed to claim 21 victims including a haul of 7 wickets for 54 runs against Sunbury. Joe Ramsey was also injured and could bowl very little, but still managed 5 wickets 51 runs against Banstead. The opening attack of A Cummins (25 wickets) and M Sales (26 wickets) was disappointing.
So often the bowling was placed squarely on the shoulders of Tim Alcroft who always seemed to stem the flow of runs, who finished top wicket taker with 36 victims. P Pepper also made important contributions to the attack this season, producing an inspired spell of the season against Esher taking 5 wickets for 26 runs in 11 overs hitting the stumps on each occasion. the wicket keeping of Greg Downer was at times brilliant for much of the season, and some excellent work by Steven Brown in the covers was highlighted by the lack of concentration shown by other players. Fielding being at least 75% part of the game of cricket.
The Beddington 2nd XI report for 1985 skipper Brian Paul: The lowly position of the side fairly reflects a season of erratic performances with both bat and ball. Nonetheless several players can look back on 1985 with some satisfaction. David Sturt’s 436 runs included 98 n.o. followed a few weeks later by a splendid maiden century against Malden Wanderers and best of all a match winning 60 runs against Old Whitgiftians where a target of 127 runs in 24 overs (due to rain) was reached with one ball to spare. Opener Roy Collins totalled 279 runs while Martin Seymour scored 325 runs in ten innings a, including 107 runs against Streatham.
James Dean’s welcomed return lent stability to the batting with an average of 38.50. Wicket keeper A Ward contributed 244 runs and Dick Risebro had a steady season. In what was to prove his only appearance John English hit 104 n.o. against a strong Purley side. It is a sobering fact that only three regular batsmen exceeded an average of 20 runs. As regards the bowlers the story was much the same. Nonetheless Terry Lees richly deserved his 32 wickets at 20 runs apiece and Simon Austin’s happy knack of taking wickets earned him 25 wickets at an average of 15.7 runs. John Stewart and the rarely seen Maurice Reeves who had taken 15 wickets each this season. Beddington 2nd XI finished the season in 19th place.

1986

Beddington 1st XI were seventh in the championship table this represented Beddington’s best position in the league since 1980 and unusually, the seven wins were all achieved in games where the club batted first. Although the bowling lacked variety, the opposition were bowled out on seven occasions, mainly due to the efforts of Joe Ramsey whose 42 wickets were a notable individual performance. Ramsay was selected to represent the England Civil Service vs the Scotland. Ramsey was ably backed by seamer Tim Alcroft with 28 wickets while other bowlers made telling contributions at opportune times especially against Old Emanuel and Old Whitgiftians these matches won by two runs and one run respectively and again when capturing the final two wickets with just four balls of the game remaining against Malden Wanderers.
The batting remained consistent throughout the season, with someone invariably coming up with runs at the right time. Nineteen scores of 50 plus were recorded and in the vanguard was Tony Cummins with five half-centuries or more in his 473 runs, while six other players each made two 50s. Captain Graham Brown 428 runs Steven Brown 357 runs and Joe Ramsey 340 runs were the main support, but a further four batsmen each contributed 200 runs. Undoubtedly the highlight occurred in the Addiscombe game when with the score at 7 runs for 1 wicket Tony Cummins took strike and proceeded to hammer 78 runs (seven 6s and six 4s) out of a partnership of 82 runs with Graham Brown the Skipper, there were four extra’s!
Clearly the player of the year was Joe Ramsey the enormous effort he had put in earned a just reward in a creditable all-round return of runs and wickets. The spirit of the side remained high, which was probably helped by batting first on fifteen occasions and together with a number of close finishes kept everyone interested right to the end.
Even the 2nd XI managed a position two places higher than the previous year. David Sturt opening the batting was valued tremendously, however apart from Tony Ward the middle order failed on a regular basis skippered by Richard Risebro. Peter Jemson and his brother Phillip both bowled consistently, Peter Jemson was particularly unlucky not to have picked up more wickets. Mark Walter and Geoff Knight also put in useful stints with the ball on several occasions. The club felt that with Lady Luck behind them the team could have achieved a much higher position in the division. Both Beddington XIs remaining in the 1st division of the Championship League and look forward to a better season in 1987.

1987

A new broom sweeps clean but not for Jonathan Cummins in a season plagued by rain with five matches ruined by the weather. Beddington romped home against Streatham Hollingtonians in May. A hard hitting 118 n.o. by Graham Brown saw Beddington home and dry in this championship game at Beddington Park. Beddington looked to be in trouble when opener Steve Brown was out for 14 runs Graham Brown and Len Gillam then put on 170 runs for the second wicket. Gillam weighed in with 61 runs while Graham Brown’s innings included 4 sixes and 12 fours. Streatham were never able to keep up with the asking rate and wickets fell at regular intervals, Rix Sales and Cummins team up to take the bowling honours. Beddington 228 for 2 wickets, Streatham 117 runs.
This game did not reflect the unsatisfactory result of 15th position at the end of the season, with wins over Cheam Ashford and Honor Oak failed to generate any real rhythm. Only Graham Brown (528 runs) and Tony Cummins (529 runs) were at all reliable with the bat. In his 20th League season Graham Brown recorded centuries against Old Whits and Streatham to average over 40 runs and A Cummins hitting peak form in July with 109 n.o. against Cheam, then the following week savaged the Dulwich bowling with 89 n.o. Occasions on which he made batting look ridiculously easy.
The best performance occurred at Honor Oak in what was effectively the last game of the season, Malcolm Sales belatedly showed his ability with a century and Tony Cummins smashed 77 runs in a declared total of 246 runs from only 46 overs, then Joe Ramsey took 8 wickets for 45 runs to finish the season with 32 wickets. Skipper Jonathan Cummins feels that the first season of Panel Umpires was generally a success and that introduction of regulations contributed a degree of tension to some later matches, so adding a healthy competitive edge to the bottom half of the table.
The 2nd XI was a case of “If only” pigs had wings they would fly. Beddington finishing the season in 20th position in the league with only one winning game. The side skippered by Roy Collins was unable to get their act together, the team incapable of passing 150 when chasing runs. Roy Collins, David Sturt, and James Dean contributing the most runs. Peter Jemson was the only penetrative bowler and the side failed to clinch the final wicket on no less than four occasions. On a slow wicket Geoff Knight’s ability to tie up one end was sadly missed, as was the absence of a good spinner underlined on the few occasions that Jon Rix turned out. So with only a small improvement and a useful spinner or two, we should see some enhanced results next season.

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Fred Truman’s XI visited Beddington Park on 24 June 1987 in a benefit game for the Diamond Riding School

1988

In the 1988 season the following clubs will compete in the 3rd XI. Division 1 League. Beddington, Banstead, Honor Oak, Mitcham, Old Whits, Spencer and Worcester Park, making a total of 18 teams in the division. Beddington 1st XI saw another change in the captaincy with Len Gillam in charge. Five early wins put the 1st XI in a comfortable mid-table position. Nevertheless, at the half way stage, there were signs that they could be involved in a relegation scramble. The turning point came with a well-earned success at Old Emanuel where Tim Alcroft sent back eight home batsmen, reducing them to 146 for 9 wickets off 55 overs, then by some resolute batting against Australia’s Dave Gilbert, who bowled unchanged in taking 6 wickets and with the help of 20 extra’s, success was achieved in the penultimate over. Four of the wins occurred away from home, the lone success at Beddington Park was over local rivals Banstead. Not one of the Beddington batsmen scoring 100 runs in this Championship year.
The 1st XI needing two or three more quality players if they are to progress from mid-table anonymity to become title contenders, but then again many other clubs are in the same position. The club needs success to attract more playing members in the coming season. Following last season’s narrow escape from relegation the 2nd XIs 6th position this year reflects a most improved and successful campaign by Captain Peter Jemson and his team, when only the gleaning of a meagre four points from the last five games scotch hope of the title. Stan Crowley was the leading batsman with 488 runs, including three 50s and a superb 100 against Malden Wanderers. Newcomers David Craig and Dominic Arcari bolstered the line-up as well as the aggression. Dominic finishing with 336 runs, with an average of 48 runs.
The “Evergreen” Martin Seymour again enjoyed a useful season registering a fine 96 runs at Guildford and a match winning innings at Honor Oak. Vice-Captain and off spinner Jonathan Rix had a fine return of 45 wickets at just 14 runs each and Simon Austin’s 7 wickets for 26 runs against Ashford and 5 wickets against Dulwich was a useful contribution, while Peter Jemson struggled after injury, the side lacked penetration with the new ball during the critical closing games, the ground fielding and catching was sound, but it was the great spirit on the pitch and in the bar that made the season so enjoyable, the 2nd XI should be even more successful in 1989.
After several years outside the Championship the 3rd XI re-entered the league, but the overall pattern of performance was poor and was reflected by their lowly league position. Nevertheless the club have the benefit of a strong youth policy which hopefully will prompt the emergence of young players to strengthen and promote competition for higher places throughout the teams. Despite the uncertain weather, Beddington had a satisfactory Cricket Week with only one rained-off fixture. The results did not all go Beddington’s way but the week was a memorable one
Graham Brown, the 1st team opener went just three runs short of equalling the club record of three centuries in a Cricket Week after scoring hundreds against Met Police and Twickenham he was out for 97 runs against the President’s XI led by another shining star and old Captain of Beddington Norman Parks who had assembled a side from the glorious 1960s David Straw David Gale Ken Kasey Roger and John Bowles and the Wills Brothers Lex and Nick who were all nearing 50 years of age. The Beddington XI passed the President ‘s declared total of 170 for 8 wickets, losing only one wicket in the process that of Graham Brown seeking this 3rd century of the week. New comer Nick Morrell who had been awarded the Jack Harrison tankard this year for his 3 wickets for 13 runs and 29 not out against Whitgift, recorded another 4 wickets for 68 runs as the younger Beddington side put the old men to bed.

1989

The first eleven skippered by Tim Alcroft began the season on a high note with two wins from the opening three matches, but as so often happens this form could not be sustained and only three further victories ensued resulting in a lower mid-order position in the Championship. Surprisingly for Beddington the batting throughout the season was disappointing with no hundreds scored all season. Several changes were made including Roy Collins who was resurrected to the 1st XI and faired very well at a slow rate. The highest Knock was 76 runs by Graham Brown and only Len Gillam with 360 runs averaged over 30 runs. Graham Brown 452 runs supplied a late run of three fifties in the last four innings, but overall the batting was poor especially when batting second to earn success.
Conversely the bowling was the most effective with Joe Ramsey leading the way, equalling David Laitt’s 1980 club record of 47 wickets and only bad light robbed him of the outright best against Reigate Priory. Joe also had an outstanding performance against Limpsfield taking 8 wickets. The Australian wicket keeper Geoff Kustka showed an exceptional pair of hands behind the stumps, and knew how to score runs when required like most Australian players, the side had an excellent year in the field. Although it was a frustrating year, as ever there were many moments to savour, particularly Hales and Ramsey thrashing 96 runs in 7.3 overs to beat The Oak. Steve Brown and Mike McMaughan surviving a rare Purley minefield to put on 97 runs for the first wicket. The 100 unexpected runs accrued by the last three wickets on a bouncy track at Esher, and of course Joe Ramsey’s record equalling wicket just minutes before the umpires decided no further play was possible. This was an outstanding years for Joe with bat and ball. Happy days!
Neither was it a vintage season for the 2nd XI. They ended up in a scramble to get clear of the relegation zone. Ironically the team skippered by Geoff Knight once again had seen a reasonable spate of very close matches, with the results in doubt until the last ball, most of which went against Beddington. Victories during this period would have assured mid-table security (or should that be obscurity?). Dominic Arcari struggled until later in the season to rediscover his sparkling 1988 form, while Steve Cowley caused the scorers few headaches. but on the plus side newcomer Chris Rayner added stability and a left hand variation and his leg-breaks were a useful bonus.
Roy Collins also scored consistently in his own time, and perhaps his critics should study his technique and undoubted courage at the crease. Vice-Captain Martin Seymour scored well at first then a string of duck’s sapped his confidence while Tom Evans Mark Austin and David Sturt sometimes played well, possibly the best player being David Crang who kept wicket very competently before he left for America.
Simon Austin was easily the most successful bowler and at times was unplayable, but a mixture of injuries and unavailability meant rarely fielding the same attack two weeks running, so much so that Duncan Robson was dragged back from retirement and the golf course. The bowling was badly let down by the fielding that was the worst Skipper Geoff Knight had ever experienced at Beddington Park. It was common now for half the team to be over forty, but even the younger members looked very ordinary in the crucial areas. By July all three XIs were in the bottom eight of their division only winning six games between them all. The 1st XI finished the season in 14th place with the 2nd XI in 18th place, and the 3rd XI finishing 12th in their division. This year belonged to Len Gillam and Joe Ramsey, it is going to be a hard road back in the 1990s with an ageing population of cricketers at Beddington CC.

1990-1999

By Micky Garner and Brian Butchers

1990

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.

1991

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.

1992

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.

1993

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

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.

1995

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.

1996

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.

1997

1996
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!
1997 2s

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.

1997 3s

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.

1998

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.

1999

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.

2000 – 2009

2000

The 1st XI had a new captain and vice-captain, no overseas player and a complete change in tactics from the previous year. With the loss of the whole seam attack from ’99 – either through departure from the club or long term injury the emphasis shifted to the very talented batting line up to win more games, unfortunately, through bad form and lack of self-belief the batting didn’t fire as a unit, hence the poor showing.
There were some good individual performances. Anthony Dower’s 101 not out at Send was the first hundred scored by a Beddington player for two years: this, and the 273 at 54 he scored in just 7 knocks, underlined his quality. Dave McSherry was the most consistent of the top order with 327 at 27, including a superb 84 against Chessington. The other batsmen only showed flashes of their capability, but with this experience now behind them, hopefully will go on to do the business next year.
With the batting disappointing, more pressure was put on the already weakened bowling attack. john Cummins took on the responsibility of senior pro with a return of30 wickets at 14 each, Dave Lester took over the new ball duties (15 at29) and improved steadily – a good find, and hopefully he will continue to improve.
With everybody nearly always being required to bat on a Saturday the Brugnoli brothers were called upon as all-rounders: Antony ended with 279 at 17 and 16 at 21, while Mike hit 238 at 19 and took 26 at 23. Richard Milligan’s ‘keeping has come on in leaps and bounds in the last two years and is much under-rated.
Congratulations to Normandy and Avorians for their promotion, which was just reward for far and away the best sides in the division.
Finally, as always great thanks go the Chris George for his sterling work with the book, and to Betty Hicks and all the tea ladies for their never-ending supply of goodies!
For the 2nd XI the new format of ten teams meant that the division was always going to be tight, so a solid start was important. Unfortunately, this was not achieved, the first five games brought three draws and two losses, and the side dropped into the bottom two places. However, consecutive victories over Malden and Spencer pushed it into the top two! This position could not be consolidated, as too often the bowling failed to take early wickets, and also couldn’t defend seemingly decent totals: 205 at home to Purley should have been enough, so should 237 the following week at Limpsfield. One point from those two games, followed by a second loss to Banstead, after batting 65 overs, meant the need to pick up at least one win from the final four games. This was achieved on the penultimate weekend, with a thoroughly comprehensive victory over Bank of England.
Although numerous players chipped-in with important runs, the main contributors with the bat were the ever-reliable Andrew Tibble (456) , the versatile David Sturt (428), powerful Sean Gardner (366) and the inconsistent Martin Ball (297).
Only four bowlers took ten wickets or more: Stuart Dunthorne, although not as prolific as previously, took 29, and Sam Dorrinton 21 , with the promise of more to come. Skipper Mick Lewis and Paul Murphy were the only others to reach double-figure victims.
Despite not finishing so high in the table the future seems bright, with youngsters such as the Zaman brothers, Ryan Cummins and Daniel Lewis all looking comfortable at this level.
Thanks to Chris Burton who umpired cheerfully, and Brian Paul for his efforts. in the scorebox.
Relegation is rarely the result of just one ‘excuse’. However, the skipper s failure to win the toss for the first seven matches did not enhance the 3rd Xl’s chances of success. It meant that even when playing the weaker teams Beddington were at a disadvantage. The side were bowled outfox less than one hundred in five of the first seven matches, but had they won the toss they would have had the opposition in trouble.
The bowling was fairly solid throughout, but the batting lacked consistency. If Johnny Gould’s flamboyance had not ‘hit’ more than it ‘missed’, and skipper Andy Williamson’s doggedness had not held the ship together, the results would have been even worse. Five wins had previously been sufficient to maintain a position in the top flight – not this year. Still, the team managed to record victories over the leading clubs only to fail against those who were struggling.
A policy of a large mixture of youth with a smattering of experience will, in the long run, bear fruit for the club; Danny and Simon Lewis, Zishan Zaman, Danny Stratford, Tim Trott and the Howe brothers all show undoubted potential. improved availability from young men such as Gavin Hicks, Ryan Cummins, Matthew Sinfield and Richie Risebro would have definitely helped as they are good players who have developed through the ranks and should be the nucleus to achieve greater heights.
Stalwarts Ronnie Carroll, Paul Baker, Darren Cuff ‘Pav’ and the ever-available Willie Brown did not achieve the consistency necessary to stave off relegation, but without their availability relegation would have been a certainty rather than the dog-fight it became.
Special praise for Adam Knight the scorer, and to Terry Murphy, who is an example of the model club cricketer on and off the pitch.

2001

The 1st Xl was again under new leadership, following the exit of the previous captain along with two top-order batsmen. This year the emphasis was to be on youth, with a couple of key positions being filled by first team debutants. The side looked reasonably balanced at the start, and after winning two of the first three matches plus other solid performances, approached mid-term in a respectable position.
Tony Cummins led the batsmen with early knocks of 75* versus Camberley, 48* against Dorking, and a magnificent 130* off just 84 balls at Brook – whilst the remainder of the order were struggling somewhat. New member Joe Gregg took an opening berth and usually looked comfortable but didn’t hit top form until a good 85 at Brook among his 280 runs at 20. Vice-captain Dave McSherry (264 at 26) was as solid as ever, making a superb 83* against Ashford despite restricted availability. Initially, and also from limited outings, James Howgate took the other opening slot usually supplying a good start; Sunny Zaman also had a stint of opening and showed superb technique. Anthony Down returned to the club and always looked solid for his 152 at 25, but lacked the big scores.
Disappointingly, the side failed to win again after the end of June. A series of sub-standard performances and defeats left it languishing towards the foot of the table. Originally giving more concern than the batting, the bowlers invariably out-performed their colleagues. In his first exposure at this level, young Ryan Cummins’ 37 wickets at 15 apiece was an outstanding effort, and earned him representative honours. He was soundly supported with the new ball by Dave Lester (21 at 29). John McSherry bowled well throughout the first half of the summer, as regularly did all-rounder Steve Murphy and the whole-hearted Richie Risebro, amazingly, all are under 22 years of age! The more experienced Jon Cummins bowled his slow left-armers steadily (17 at 25), and latterly he was joined in the spin department by Danny Baker – another teenager.
It was in many ways an encouraging summer, despite the final position, which provided a steep learning curve for most of the team. The club will persist with their youth policy, confident that it will pay dividends in the future. Captain Richard Milligan thanks Chris George, who again kept an immaculate book, the many panel umpires, and also Betty Hicks and her glamourous tea ladies.
After the player departures in the 1s, several younger faces appeared in the 2nd xi, so it was understandable that it took time for the side to settle. Excluding the opening game, the fact that the team was always competitive was a great credit to all involved.
Important contributions were made by many of the youngsters, notably Graham Lester behind the stumps and with the bat, Zishan Zaman with the ball, and Simon Lewis at the top of the order. Danny Baker batted stylishly and was always a great influence in the field before earning a run in the 1s, and Danny Lewis’ five wickets against Limpsfield showed his potential.
As previously, the attack too often failed to take early wickets, although Paul Murphy could always be relied on for 100% effort. Stuart Dunthorne’s off breaks captured over 30 wickets – a total that would have been greater with better back-up in the field. Again, the batsmen struggled to score runs quickly enough, despite the efforts of Sean Gardner.
Captain Micky Lewis thanks Chris Burton for his consistency and good humour – despite having to stand as the only umpire on far too many occasions, and all those who manned the scorebook (again, too often the sole occupant of the scorebox), especially Brian Paul.
The 3rd Xl started exceptionally with victories against Addiscombe, Camberley, Chertsey and Esher, all true team efforts with most o the side making positive contributions. Following such promise came four difficult games which realized one win and only 14 points, but the spirit was not damaged and the side returned to winning ways against Worcester Park Egham and Dorking, while newcomers Darren Phillips and Nick Bier arrived to streengthen both disciplines. In the latter stages Beddington played three of the top four sides and after losing the toss in two of these encounters, were pleased to come away with two wins and a losing draw!
By winning the finale against Old Whits, the side would finish as runners up, but should they lose, and Dulwich were victorious, then these rivals would clinch the second promotion place. Yet another toss was lost and the batsman faced umpteen testing avers from the ageless Charlton Lamb, but manage d to post a good total, based around a typical sterling effort from Nick Bier. Then the bowlers struck early, and rather surprisingly old Whits were bowled for just over a hundred with wickets being shared around. Thus promotion to the Premier Division was sealed. Commiserations to David Woods and his side, Dulwich, who also won their final game, for being pipped at the post.
Considering that the toss was won on only two occasions, a playing record ofeight wins, two losses, three winning draws, and two losing draws was quite satisfactory.
There were excellent performances with the bat from Martin Ball (436 runs), Bier (274) and Darren Cuff (159), all having healthy averages. Wickets were spread around with Ball leading, admirably supported by Phillips. Young Tommy Trott showed promise on occasion, although he and Danny Lewis sometimes struggled to control the new ball. An outstanding contribution was made by Willie Brown: not guaranteed a bat or a bowl, his fielding and enthusiasm were second to none, and he did return one five- wicket haul as well as some useful contributions with the bat.
Skipper Jan Holleyman thanks Adam Knight for scoring. The 3s are now looking .forward to the challenges of the Premier Division in 2002.

2001 3s
BEDDINGTON 3RD XI: 2001 Runners-up (promoted) of Division 2

standing l to r: Ron Dolby (umpire), R Clayton, W Brown, D Phillies, J Dray, T Trott, N Bier, Adam Knight (scorer). seated I to r: D Sturt, D Cuff, I Holleyman (captain), P Baker, M Ball.

2002

Skipper Richard Mllligan’s 1st XI was much the same squad as last year. New overseas player Asmat Ullah from Pakistan immediately made a big impact with the ball, as the greenish pitches suited his steady medium pace, he eventually collected 53 wickets at 10 apiece, taking 5 or more victims on five occasions and also hit 323 runs at 22 – a most welcome recruit!
By mid term, wins over Purley, Brook, Dorking and Shepperton saw the side into 3rd place, aided by the form of Matt Hunt (136 at Dorking) – although his availability became erratic. All matches in July were won, mainly down to fine bowling. Generally, good use of the new ball was made by Dave Lester (23 wickets at 23) and Ryan Cummins (35 at 15), along with useful efforts from Richie Risebro, Danny Baker and Jon Cummins.
August opened ominously with two abandonments (including an oddity with Richmond Town when closing on 51-5 off 7 overs chasing their 51 all out), and thereafter promotion hopes receded. Nevertheless, eight victories and 7th place was a big improvement on 2001 – and a great credit to all.
Anthony Down hit 452 runs at 32, and the ageless Tony Cummins was invaluable for his all round contributions plus support and advice. Danny Baker rarely batted in the same position twice, but always showed an exemplary attitude. Thanks go to vice captain Joe Grigg, to all the youngsters who filled-in, to an impeccable scorer in Chris George, and to the Panel Umpires.
Despite having won five times, relegation was still a distinct possibility going into the 2nd Xl’s final match, but a good win at Old Mldwhits averted this fate. Once again, the problem was batting which scored too slowly, plus the inability to knock over early opposition wickets The slows were the main attacking threat Zeeshan Zaman improved with 34 wickets at 14, the reliable Stuart Dunthorne took 31 at 19 and evergreen Jon Cummins 19 at 14, all aided by Mick Lewis, John McSherry and Richie Risebro.
Although there were centuries from Steve Murphy (Walton) and McSheriy (Farnham), only skipper Lewis (314 runs) averaged over 20; Simon Lewis had two 50s among his 264; David Sturt hit 218, Sean Gardner 199 and Martin Ball 160.
Of the six successes, the highlights were beating champions Bank of England with a good all-round display, and the successful run-chase at Walton – which was mainly due to Murphy’s hard hitting.
While the potential for promotion exists, availability needs to be better for balanced teams to be selected. Thanks to ever-present umpire Chris Burton for his continued enthusiasm despite often having to stand at both ends, and to (reluctant) scorer Janet Murphy.
The 3rd XI made an inauspicious return to the Premler, butavoided demotion on the last day by beating Old MidWhits – and condemning them to the drop!
John Gould was the one player to show any consistent form, but the side bowled and fielded pretty well throughout . Top wicket-taker Terry Murphy received admirable support from Tim Trott and latterly Danny Stratford however, the batting needs reinforcement at this level. Losing 14 tosses out of 17 did not help the cause,but the spin was favourable in that last vital contest, enabling a memorable victory much helped by John McSherry’s 5-54 and 101 not out.
Gratitude to scorer Adam Knight, and Millie, Joan and Betty for the teas.

2003

After a promisng 2002 campaign, optimism was high in the 1st XI, especially as Richard Milligan led a virtually unchanged side, and was delighted to welcome back Pakistani Asmat Ullah Mohmand. A first-game stutter preceded good wins over MidWhits, Cranleigh and Maori, all largely due to solid run-chases led by the top order of Anthony Down who enjoyed his best-yet return of 677 at 37, Ullah (629 at 41) and Matty Arnold, who promised better than his eventual 285 at 23.
The usual defeat by Chessington was followed by frustrating winning draws against three of the top sides, and thoughts of promotion began to dwindle. A disappointing July saw three more losses, plus a luckless abandonment against Woking after having bowled them out for 70.
Ullah also generally excelled with the ball in collecting 38 wkts at 16 apiece on batsmen-friendly strips. Richie Risebro blossomed and spearheaded the attack with support first from Dave Lester and Steve Cowlin, and later from Ryan Cummins, Risebro’s 19 wkts at 25 belied his efforts – a reliable and gritty performer, epitomized by 5 for 16 versus Cranleigh. Danny Baker again proved his versatility with 29 at 17 and some typically defiant batting, and was also entertaining in the dressing room.
Three wins from the last four games brought 7th place, as per 2002, but with the same personnel and the same spirit next year, the team should realistically set sights on promotion.
Thanks to scorer Chris George, and to Betty, Millie and Joan for the usual high standard of teas.
Poor availability led to the 2nd Xl eventually using 30 players, and consistency was a problem especially in the batting, where the highest total successfully chased was just 89! 5th place could have been much better.
The seam attack was one of the best at this level, and forced two early victories by bowling out oppositions cheaply. Daniel Lewis (27 wkts) and Steve Cowlin (24) regularly achieved early break throughs, and earned their call-ups to the 1s, they were well supported by Dave Lester and Danny Stratford plus Malcolm Sales’ off-spin.
After four feeble run-chases, batting first proved the best option, and a spell of two wins and two 4-pointers cleared the relegation zone. Tony Cummins hit 356 runs, Simon Lewis made 292, but others scored fitfully, although there was promise of better from Dave Lester and David White.
Thanks to umpire Chris Burton, and to Mick Orange and Josh Gillam among a variety of scorers.
The 3rd Xl experienced mixed fortunes as they under-achieved. They began poorly when a likely win over Malden was turned into defeat in the space of one over, and too many matches were to end similarly.
However, it was generally enjoyable, especially with both victories over Spencer- achieved in the last overs of those games.
Offspinner Stuart Dunthorne compiled a maiden century for the club against Walton, and also shared a record last-wicket partnership with Terry Murphy. Jonathan Gould supplied 416 runs at 26 and Martin Ball 329 at 39 with a ton off Normandy, while best with the ball were Danny Stratford, Shahid Ismail and Ahson Saleem. Young Ben Tibble shaped well, and there are other talented colts coming through.
Skipper Daren Cuffs gratitude to scorer Adam Knight, and for all the help of umpire Jeff Pye.

2004

2004 1s
BEDDINGTON 1st Xl: 2004 Runners-up (promoted) of Division 2.

Standing I to r: M Arnold, S Lewis, G Lester, R Cummins, s Cowlin, D Baker.
Seated I to r: M Nadarajah, R Risebro, Richard Milligan (captain), A Ullah, A Down.

Div 1 cricket will finally return to Beddington Park, after the 1st XI became the runners-up in Division 2 on the last day – but only following a tense wait to discover the outcome of two other games! Eleven victories and four winning draws proved just enough as a young, talented side really blended together, and the spirit generated on and off the field permeated throughout the club.
Success hinged around two key performers; Pakistani OP Asmat Ullah returned for the third time as overseas player and amassed 814 runs at 54, and Ryan Cummins collected 68 wickets at 12 apiece by first-rate new hall bowling. There was also depth within the squad to support them when required: Anthony Down scored 327 at 21, and forged a formidable opening partnership with Ullah, while Simon Lewis (290 at 19) and Matty Amold (288 at28, including a superb century) played crucial innings. Vice-captain Richie Risebro once again made good use of the new cherry, in tandem with Cummins, to capture 25 at 21, and Ulla h’s steady seam (with occasional off spin) sent back 27 at 16.
The squad fully embraced a professional and organized approach, including intensive pre-match preparation, it was no coincidence that they are one of the best fielding teams, as epitomized by Graham Lester. There was also invaluable input from regulars Danny Baker, Nad Nadarajah and Steve Cowlin.
Promotion was the perfect finish to an enjoyable summer, and captain Richard Milligan expresses grateful thanks to scorer Chris George and all the panel umpires.
A campaign that seemed to flash by, saw the 2nd Xl finish a comfortable 6th, with six wins. A disastrous first-day loss, by 4 runs to Farnham, was followed by two fine victories, the second of these, against Sutton, being settled in a whirlwind spell of fast bowling by Danny Stratford of4.4 overs 4-17, in a 25-run win. A controversial last over defeat by champions Spencer ensued, despite a last wicket partnership of 24 overs between 14 year-old Ben Tibble and skipper Mick Lewis. The team continued inconsistently, until three successive wins attained a top-4 spot. These included defending 179 against Woking, before Lewis and Stratford bowled them out for 144 – the last four wickets falling for 0, and the following week chasing down 273 at Cheam, to win by 5 wickets. From here, momentum seemed to peter out with, perhaps, thoughts on the 1s, and performances towards the end were poor.
Tony Cummins (399) and Richie Knight (315) were leading run-scorers, closely followed by young David White (300), whose ‘keeping continues to improve. Dave Nott also chipped-in some attractive knocks. The attack of Dan Lewis (30 at 20), Dan Stratford (25 at 18) and Dave Lester were, on their day, devastating – and certainly have the potential to fuel a drive for promotion next year.
Thanks to ever-present Chris Burton for his diligent umpiring and Mick Orange for stylish scoring.
A much-disrupted 3rd Xl summer involved three captains, and ultimately ended with a cruel disappointment as a winning draw in the final match proved insufficient to avert relegation.
Skipper-elect Darren Cuff had to stand down for personal reasons, to be temporarily replaced by Alan Carroll, before Ben Hargreaves finished with the armband, and the side went seven games until their first success, by 1 wicket at Wimbledon. Further victories over Malden and Sutton brought hope – but not enough points.
Among some good individual efforts, Micky Stratford twice carried his bat through the innings, David Knott made 95 on debut, Tim Trott captured 6-for V Malden, and Stuart Brown’s 50 with the tail engineered the great Wimbledon escape.
Much gratitude to umpire Jeff Pye and scorer Adam Knight.

2005

A more than satisfactory return to Div 1 by the 1st XI realized 87 points and sixth place. Once again, a young and enthusiastic side found the right mix of application and enjoyment, and whilst six wins came against just three sides – a hat-trick of doubles – the team were also competitive agains tthe table-toppers. in his fifth year of captaincy, Richard Milligan had a larger squad of players than previously, with several newcomers and good strength in depth in most areas.
Pakistani Asmat Ullah returned for his fourth campaign, and contributed 365 runs at 25, including a maiden league hundred at Sutton, and also claimed 20 wkts at 19 apiece. The other previous star was opening bowler Ryan Cummins, and his success for Loughborough had helped secure a contract at Leicestershire CCC. In consequence, he played just seven games – but his inclusion always lifted the team and he helped to three victories, the highlight at Avorians as he and Richie Risebro tore through a strong batting line-up for 86 when defending only 110.
Amongst the new faces, Ian Gamble, who opened and eventually top scored with 413 at just under 30, was always good value, brothers Shaun and Tom Lewis joined from Horsley, and both fitted in comfortably. Shaun hit237 at 17 and excelled in the field. With the bat, Ant Down was reliable (319 at25), as was Matty Arnold (298 at 23). Contracted pro Rob White smashed a 71-ball 148 at the Bank.
With Cummins frequently absent, it generally fell to Dave Lester and Richie Risebro to sare the new ball; both had good seasons, Risebro, in particular, picked up 34 wkts at 19, which was enough to earn him the ‘Player of the Season’ award. However the attack probably lacked a genuinely good slow bowler.
So, a pleasing summer for all and appreciation, as ever, to Chris George for his immaculate scorebook.
Buoyed by the 1s’ promotion the 2nd XI opened confidently with a comfortable win at newly promoted Worcester Park. A stronger line-up than of recent times cave credence to a challenge at the top and so it proved; promotion was confirmed on the penultimate weekend with a tense win at Epsom.
This outcome was achieved by trying to play positive cricket at all times, borne out by the fact that the team lost five games! 31 players appeared but whoever came in (be it via the 1s or the 3s) contributed to the success – while the captain taking 13 tosses also helped. After losing two of the first four games, the side won five on the bounce to set up a promotion push that was maintained despite some setbacks – the nadir a defeat at Leatherhead.
The batsmen always seemed to play with freedom and so run-rate was always good. Main contributors were Graham Lester (449 at 56) Richard Knights (300 at 33) Dave White (263 at 43) and Simon Lewis (211 at 52). Hopefully, they will be able to bridge the gap between the 1s and 2s more consistently in 2006. Other significant knocks came from the hard-hitting Simon Dunning, Danny Baker and a match-winning innings in a crucial game at Epsom by Paul Murphy.
The bowling was more inconsistent but on good days it was devastating: on eight occasions the opposition were dismissed for less than 170, the lowest Cheam’s 46. The wickets were shared about, which showed the options open to the skipper. Simon Dunning always gave 100% and was rewarded with 26 wickets; Steve Cowlin captured 22, although he looked capable of more. The only others to manage double-figure victims were Danny Baker and captain Mick Lewis.
Much appreciation to Farnham, for their willingness to play in poor conditions so that a result could be achieved, and congratulations to Dulwich, deserved champions. As always, grateful thanks umpire Chris Burton and scorer Mick Orange.
Victories in the opening two games, including bowling out eventual champions Esher for 22 in 10 overs, raised hopes of an immediate return to the Premier. However, that proved to be the 3rd Xl’s pinnacle.
The failure to convert winning positions into 13 points left them off the pace at half-way, most notably against Warlingham following a spectacular run chase. Losing 12 spins didn’t help, either, but congratulations to the top two clubs, whose consistent cricket maintained a firm grip on the promotion places.
The team lacked a consistent performer with either bat or ball, but had plenty of good individual performances: S Dunning ‘s 5 wicket spell at Esher, C Muil’s quick-fire 50 vs Warlingham, C Austin’s match-winning innings at Emanuel, and captain B Hargreaves’s maiden century against Walton. Terry Murphy was the only ever-present, still making a valuable all-round contribution – a magnificent effort aged 60.
A big hand to Adam Knight for scoring, and thanks to Jeff Pye for umpiring on occasions.

2006

After the relatively successful return to Div 1 with 6th place in 2005, the 1st XI found it much tougher this time. There were three abandonments and four defeats in the opening seven outings before the first victory when chasing 277 at Camberley, but the side remained among the relegation candidates until the penultimate fixture in a very competitive section.
Poor availability impacted, and player turn-round was high, but three further wins and a nervy last-day point in the rain at Ashtead secured safety. Notable efforts came from opener Jan Gamble (411 runs at 30) and Simon Lewis (392 at 27), Lewis and Billy Cruft each hitting superb 90s off Purley. Zimbabwe OP Mark Perkins eventually found some form with the ball, where the leading operators were Danny Baker (25 wkts at 14 each) and Dave Lester (22 at 22), while a couple of good innings helped Baker earn the ‘Player of the Year’ award. Contracted player Ryan Cummings was a welcome addition on three occasions.
Richard Milligan is now retiring from the captaincy after six years, and thanks all who supported him.
Several key players were missing from a 2nd XI already under pressure to consolidate last year’s promotion, and they too were on the cusp of demotion until a last-day defeat of Esher maintained status at their expense.
Earlier, there had been what was to prove a vital victory over fellow-strugglers Malden, mainly due to a late partnership between Anthony Down and skipper Mick Lewis, plus completely out-playing Camberley. Then a string of losses when resources were stretched brought danger, only relieved by the character shown in the finale.
Without a regular slow, the bulk of the bowling was undertaken by seamers – Steve Cowlin and promising 16 year-old all-rounder Ben Tibble both claimed 15 wickets, with good back-up from Dan Lewis (14w), Danny Stratford and Darren Cuff. Dave White, who will soon be with the 1s, was the one reliable batsman, averaging 49 from his 539 runs – which was over 200 more than the next highest, Sean Gardner. All-rounder Stratford supplied 249 at 41, and was badly missed latterly.
Thanks go to ever-present umpire Chris Burton, and scorer Mick Orange.
Seeking to emulate the recent promotions of the senior sides, the 3rd Xl were initially lucky with the weather, recording three wins, and with another reached second place by mid-June. Slowed by three defeats, a change of captaincy and three more victories revived hopes – then the failure to capture the last wicket against Mitcham and Streatham, and a crushing by the champions-elect, brought only 7th place.
The team generally struggled for runs – despite David Knott, Ben Hargreaves and Chris Austin averaging well – and often were unable to dismiss opponents when bowling second. However, there was great promise from the flourishing youth section, and come the first weekend of next May, promotion hopes will once again be high. Thanks to Adam Knight for scoring, rain or shine!

2007

Richie Risebro took over the captaincy of a largely unchanged 1st Xl squad that struggled in the drop zone for much of the summer, and eventually dodged relegation by the skin of its teeth.
Fortunately, and surprisingly in a side usually short of runs, Aaron O’Connor amassed the division’s top aggregate (597 at 39), but support was limited to David White (283) and Matt Arnold with 250+. The attack was better balanced, a fine new ball pairing of the captain (33 wkts at 16) and David Lester (27 at 20) supplemented by the tidy medium of Shaun Lewis and spin from Andy Murphy and Dan Baker.
Among the sparse victories was a crucial 13 points at Pyrford in the penultimate fixture, then a losing draw in the finale at Midwhits just gained safety. Hopefully, a youthful squad will benefit from this experience.
Sadly, the 2nd Xl could not pull off the same trick as the 1s, and were doomed with a fixture to play.
An opening-day victory at defending champions Sunbury raised what proved to be false hopes, as the side proceeded to play very poorly on occasions, relieved slightly by the second – and final – success, over Walton, in July. Ironically, “just” 7 points from a tie after a tremendous penultimate game, with Sutton, finished hopes of survival.
No batsman accumulated 300 runs, though there were some decent starts from Richard Milligan and Ian Messom, while Anthony Down stroked an unbeaten century in that original win. The seam department was strongish, Dan Lewis captured 26 wkts at 21 when not with the 1s, and back-up from Tom Lewis and Steve Cowlin, but a spinner was lacking.
Once again, gratitude to scorer Mick Orange and umpire Chris Burton.
The 3rd XI won three times from the first six outings, a useful start in their promotion hunt. However, they fell agonizingly short in a few close games, and were only able to force three more victories which resulted in 9th place.
It was an ever-changing team, but several promising players emerged from the large youth section and they will strengthen both this side and the rest of the club.
Highlights were Gary Morris showing much control for his 20 wkts at 20 apiece, Alan Carroll claimed 16, George Evans took 7-33 V Old Whits, and Josh Gillam 6-40 at Egham. Skipper Chris Austin had a century off Chessington in his 416 runs at 41 , pinch-hitter William Brown cracked 304 at 20, and Neil Trott supplied over 250 from limited availability.
With everyone a year older, this outcome can be improved in 2008!

2008

After narrow escapes in the last couple of years the1st Xl were determined not to leave survival late again: in characteristic fashion, it entered the lastgame against Esher requiring a win to maintain the status! Despite a great team effort to get the match played in atrocious conditions, the resulting four points proved inadequate and relegation had to be accepted. Yet this was not always the case as three early wins suggested that the squad could compete against any in the league, and that mid-table respectability could be achieved. Injury, lack of availability and loss of form were responsible for the change of fortune. Sadly, this was compounded by the illness and consequent return to Australia of the overseas player.
There were some highlights in a disappointing renewal. I Gamble, skipper A Down and D White all passed 300 runs but match-winning partnerships were scarce. Due to injuries a depleted attack relied heavily upon S Lewis (30 wkts) and D Lester (20). D Baker also thrived on the added responsibility and captured 28, including an excellent spell of 4-9 which defeated Brook. D Lewis and, in the latter stages, J Ireland, bowled economically and took crucial wickets.
The club relish the challenge of returning to Division 1, with a squad looking to rebuild in confidence and reach its peak. Thanks, as always to Adam Knight for scoring and to the Panel of Umpires.
Last year’s relegation from the Premier for the 2nd Xl was a disappointment, particularly as it was Mickey Lewis’s swan-song as skipper: however, it probably turned outdo be a blessing, since the team failed to make any real impact in the lower division The eventual 73 points was made up of five wins, eight defeats and four draws – and whilst avoiding relegation quite comfortably they were certainly in the mix for the last few weeks.
There were too few good all-round team performances, with a struggle throughout to put together a run of form. Batting was the main problem, only posting 200+ on four occasions yet less than 150 six times. Most reliable were Tony Cummins and Darren Cuff the latter having perhaps his best-ever retum with the bat. Veteran TC hit 414 at 46 and Cuff 395 at 30. Ian Messom supported well (283 at25) and new skipper Richard Milligan, David Nott and John Coles also made decent contributions but consistency was needed, and it never emerged.
The club were light on new ball bowlers after long-term injuries to key individuals Gary Morris stepped up creditably, and whilst his form tailed-off slightly at the end, he returned 15 wkts at 30, a good effort considering the age restrictions applied. He was supported with the new ball by a host of others including Steve Cowlin, Sammy Darrington, Ben Tibble and Dan Lewis, but not having the same openers each week was a problem.
The attack was bolstered by slow left armer Mark Gorman who joined at the end of May. He started well with a 4-for at Cheam and never looked back. A magnificent 9-21 at Worcester Park won that game, and from ten outings he collected 29 wkts at 15. Other contributions came from Alex Basson both with bat and ball, including a useful 5-for at Old Whits. Mohesan Nadarajah was injury-plagued but performed well when available, and M Lewis was always reliable.
Thanks as ever to those who officiated and scored, in particular Ian Holleyman and Mickey Orange.
It was a disappointing summer for the 3rd XI, who used over 30 players. Despite a thrilling tie on 242 each with Esher in the second match, the first win only came in the ninth fixture, and regularly the side were unable to compile enough runs, until a strong finish, winning four from five, earned survival.
Latterly, there were match-winning displays from Will Brown, 72 in a run chase at Sanderstead, Stuart Dunthorpe with 6-23 v Caterham, and Sean Gardner’s 50 in 40+ overs against Malden. Ronnie Carroll economically achieved 19 wkts, John Young was also mean for his 15, and young Ryan May captured 13 in his age-limited stints. Skipper Chris Austin top-scored with 351 runs.
Hopefully improved availability in the club will lead to a better start in 2009, and more success especially as the youngsters mature. Much gratitude to Ian Williams for both umpiring and transport.

2009

Despite the disappointments of last year the 1st X1 began the season with the aims of rebuilding confidence and rediscovering form that had been so scarce in 2008. Top position after the first set of 50 over matches more than emphasised that progress had been made. However, there were some poorer performances in the timed games and momentum was lost with the inability to bowl sides out. Our overall position of third was respectable when considering the strengths of Cheam and Old Whitgiftians who finished above us.
Undoubtedly, the highlights of the season were the performances of overseas player Ben Shuhmacher. Ben amassed 902 runs and was the second highest run scorer in the Championship- despite not even registering a century! His positive strokeplay inspired others who had previously lacked consistency. Captain A Down made 537 runs including a century at Leatherhead and S Lewis (487), D White (357) and M Arnold (243) all had their best returns for some time.
Despite being economical in the 50 over matches the bowling lacked the penetration of previous years. R Risebro returned briefly and was almost back to his best with a devastating spell that led to eventual champions Cheam being bowled out for 99 before injury again cut his season short. S Lewis (25), D Baker (18) and S Cowlin (17) all had notable performances but would have welcomed more wickets.
Although failing to return to Division One at the first attempt confidence has been restored and we look forward to 2010 with renewed optimism. Thanks to scorer Adam Knight, Cricket Manager Mick Lewis and our loyal supporters.
It was a mixed season at best for the 2nd XI as they failed to adapt to the limited over format, winning just 2 out of the 9 and only mustering 5 wins in total. 10 defeats tells the story as once again we were too inconsistent, particularly with the ball.
Contributions of note with the bat came from Jon Coles who really blossomed this season hitting 475 at just under 40, and Ian Messom who had good haul of 323 at 30. Darren Cuff took on the captain’s duties on 4four occasions, he managed 313 at 26. Also worthy of note is Tony Cummins’ 230 from 5 games including a century at Worcester Park in the opening game. A dodgy knee ended his season far too early unfortunately but we hope to see him back in 2010!
With the ball the 2s only managed to take 10 wickets in a match on three occasions and in general bowling was sub-standard, so Matt Ashton’s 28 wickets from 15 games at an average of 20 was a real highlight in an otherwise mediocre season. Youngsters Alex Basson and Ryan Pepperall cemented 2nd team places this term and should go on to improve further next season.
Stalwart umpire Chris Burton finally hung up his coat after standing in more than 200 league games, captain Richard Milligan expresses his thanks both to him and to Ian Holleyman and Mickey Orange for their contributions this season.
The 3rd’s ended up in 11th position in the table without consistency we failed to bowl sides out. That said, John Young picked up 29 wickets, twice taking six wickets in match-winning performances. And two youngsters showing potential were Niaz Utmankhel and Hamza Nasir who picked up 15 & 13 respectively.
Runs came from the skipper Chris Austin, hitting 529 in 14 innings, Will Brown hit 279 runs, Sean Gardner 260, Nathan Pearson 273.
Throughout the season the 3rd’s used 40 players and as always we struggled for a consistent selection policy, but it is good to see the younger team members performing and they should look to develop and compete for places in the higher teams once they have learnt their trade. I would like to extend his thanks to Ian Williams for umpiring and ferrying the team around.
The 4th XI captained by John Cowlin had a great season, gaining promotion finishing in 2nd place. John Sinfield and Alan Carroll made major contributions with runs and Dan Bainbridge and Stuart Dunthorne excelled in the bowling department.

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.