So 2016 is now over and after many meetings and much deliberation I am delighted to announce 2016s Team of the Year, thanks to all those involved in selection process and thanks to Mike to for his help writing the below.
The team of the year has been sponsored by our friends at Alexander Marquees and Delightful Dining. Thanks again to them both for their great service at the ball!
Runs 861 Wickets 11 Catches 12
Opening the batting throughout the season for the ones, not always on the easiest of wickets, Prabhakar certainly looked back towards his best in 2016. Always scoring at a great tempo, Prab notched 2 50s and over 400 runs for the ones, with over 800 in total, thus making it his best season for the club so far.
Runs 1924 Wickets 77 Catches 34
To say 2016 was a good year for Mike is the mother of all understatements. His commitment of 8 days a week of cricket was unrivalled this year by any other player and was reflected in his 44 appearances for the club this year. With this much commitment, came with it runs, a mere 1924 (lifetime best) of them & also a phenomenal 77 wickets (highest since 2008) and 34 catches (lifetime best) to boot. It is very hard to pick one performance that stands out so I have to mention a few, a career high 228 off 119 against Cypos CC, which included 25 4s and 12 6s. Another double ton was only a few weeks later against Burgh Heath 215 off 117. In total 2 50s & 7 tons (another lifetime best)
All I can add is that, I am sure you will agree, we are all very glad we have the highest run scorer in all of Surrey, and 7th in the entire UK at TDCC!
Runs 464 Catches 7
Stjohn rolled back the years in style in 2016, and was the spearhead of the second XI batting as they chased promotion. His tally of 464 runs was his club highest since 1998 and 4 50s was his best return since 2001. 89* away to Byfleet was the pick of the bunch with the bat, and he showed once again how sharp his reflexes are in the field, taking a catch off of the last ball of a game to secure another famous win.
Runs 322 Wickets 29 Catches 3
A solid season for Dave saw him become a dependable member of the second XI. With over 300 runs and the best part of 30 wickets Dave had his best all round season for the club. 61 (part of an opening stand of 142) away to Wallington was the pick with the bat and he picked up career best figures of 5-15 with the ball away to Woodmansterne. Dave filled in for the 1s on occasion, but it was clear that the second XI league was the best platform to showcase his talent.
Runs 377 Catches 8
Pre 2016, Jai had his best season in 2013 when he scored 166 runs. This was totally smashed this season, as he picked up over 350 runs and also recorded his first two 50s for TDCC. Balancing captaincy and concentrating on your own game is never easy, but Jai certainly achieved this in 2016. His 77* against Leatherhead was the highest by any 3rd XI batsman and surely big things await in 2017.
Runs 607 Wickets 8 Catches 17
2016 will hopefully be remembered as the breakthrough season for Parky. He recorded his highest score (92 v Wallington) scored 5 50s (he previously had 1 to his name) and over doubled his career tally for TDCC (taking him past 1000 for the club in the process). Ollie was an integral part of the second XI with both bat and gloves and also became a Sunday team stalwart. With a bit of practice over the winter he could become a useful bowler on wickets “doing a bit” as displayed towards the end of the campaign.
Runs 1000 Wickets 55 Catches 27
“Go, go, Hamizilla” became a popular team song in 2016, and based on his performances it is easy to see why. To take 50 wickets in a season is rare. To score 1000 runs is rarer still. To do both in the same season. Well that’s almost unheard of. Hamza was a breath of fresh air in 2016. If he wasn’t taking teams apart with the bat, he was destroying them with the ball. 86 away to Woodmansterne was his highest score for the club, whilst 31 wickets was the best by anybody in the twos. A dependable pair of hands, Hamza also managed to snaffle 27 catches!
Runs 222 Wickets 29 Catches 5
Tamil became another regular for a second XI that came oh so close to promotion in 2016. Great skill with the ball brought him a personal best of 29 wickets for the season as part of a varied 2nd XI bowling attack. 222 vital runs show how accomplished he is with the bat and how important he is to the team. Tamil reached 100 career wickets for TDCC in 2016.
Runs 150 Wickets 42 Catches 12 Stumpings 3
Another player who has to balance captaincy as well as personal performance, Joe had his best league season to date for the club. 36 league wickets in the 1s, including devastating 6-fors against Chaldon and West End Esher ensured Joe was in the hunt for the league leading wicket taker all season. The team improved on last year under his leadership, Joe also managed to bag himself 12 catches, mostly at first slip.
Runs 276 Wickets 51 Catches 11 Stumpings 1
Restored in to the 1st XI for the first time since 2012, Chris supported the more experienced bowlers with great aplomb. 19 wickets saw him as third leading wicket taker for the ones, and his spell away to Hampton Wick was certainly a highlight. 51 wickets across all formats, Chris played over 40 games in 2016, one of the highest in the club. His batting is still showing signs of improvement, as he amassed 276 runs during the season, although he did pick up the duck award with 7!
Runs 56 Wickets 45 Catches 2
Martin continues to show everybody that age is merely a number. Coming out of league cricket retirement, Martin played both Saturdays and Sundays, to help himself to a career best haul of 45 wickets. 6-59 was the pick of the figures at home to Kempton, whilst on a Sunday he continued to have players both young and old in all sorts of trouble. Martin will aim to break the 400 wicket barrier for the club in 2017!
The twelfth men. It is always hard to put together a team of the season, usually because there are more than the standard 11 needed.. Our two “twelfth men” of the season go to Amrik Natt who skippered the twos brilliantly all year, just narrowly missing out on promotion as well as claiming 50 wickets across all formats and Andy Cassie who had a great return to form in 2016 (180 runs and 10 wickets) whilst also being selected to play for the Surrey over 60s.