2016 Captains’ Reports
Club Captain’s Report
2016 has seen an improvement in results on the pitch and in the availability of senior players.
The signs for the season were promising back in January and February with outstanding player attendance at pre-season training. Quite possibly the best re-season net attendance ever at this club with sometimes twenty or more players turning out on Monday evenings at Esher School.
Although the final placing in a very close fought Fullers Division One did not show this, the First team were much more successful than last season. Whilst last year was a relegation dogfight after losing their opening five matches, this year was spent most of the season in the top half of the table only falling away in the last few matches. The 1st team also managed to find a few new players this season which augurs well for 2017.
The star performers were the Second team, only missing promotion back to the Surrey Championship by one victory. In previous years the Seconds have been squeezed by the need to play 2s players in the 1s and generally limited player availability But this year, with a consistent core of seven or eight regulars each week, there was e a marked improvement in team spirit and performance.
One of the most encouraging aspects of the season has been the introduction of the colts into senior cricket. Max Newbold at the tender age of 14 played six matches for the 1s whilst other such as Tom Oliver and Sam Bennett performed well in the Third team.
Sunday cricket continues to thrive with teams often arranged weeks in advance given the demand to play social cricket on the Green.
All in all a very successful season for Thames Ditton Cricket Club.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the captains; Joe, Amrik, Jai and Jonny who have each done a magnificent job this season.
Andrew Salter, Club Captain
1st XI Report
A season saved by (almost) a repeat of last year.
The team started well with victory away at Deando Ruxley after two disastrous losses in pre-season against Hampton Wick and Claygate. A run of wins and losses followed and Thames Ditton were sitting comfortably in third position.
Mike Dixon was leading the way with the bat (704 @ 39.11) and Prab Vasudev (470 @ 26.11) contributed well. With 5 games to go and with fixtures against teams below us we inexplicitly lost 3 games in a row to put us near the relegation zone.
A tough win against West End saw us end the season in 7th position but within touching distance of 3rd (such is the tightness of the table).
Strong bowling performances by Joe Jarvis (36 @ 13.5), Mike Dixon (35 @ 14.11) and Chris Dixon (19 @ 28.63). Congratulations to both Long Ditton and Hampton Hill on their promotions.
Roll on next season.
Joe Jarvis, 1st XI Captain
3rd XI Report
The 3rd XI experienced a frustrating summer as they finished in ninth place. Due to erratic availability, the composition of the side changed weekly with forty players being used in total and only five players appeared in ten or more of the eighteen games; hardly a recipe for success.
The season started ok, in the absence of the skipper, winning 1 and losing 2 was not the worst start to the season, especially when you consider only 8 people got into double figures.
With Jai Patel back at the helm the next 3 games gave the team real hope for the season, comprehensively beating Chessington and Esher by 7 wickets, then beating Kingstonians in a nail biter. Played 6 won 4 – great start!
What happened next was the opposite, 11 games brought 9 losses and 2 losing draws.
However, in the final game the team showed they could bat, scoring a season high 257 against Kingstonians, before the rain came, the season ending on a relative high.
Stats wise, skipper, Jai Patel was the only batsman to reach 200 runs (firstname.lastname@example.org) including the team’s highest individual score of 77* supported by Jon Fairhurst with email@example.com. Worthy mention goes to Andy Cassie scoring firstname.lastname@example.org. Matt Monk, Max Sosna & Paul Campbell also showed good form with the bat.
Familiar names led the bowling stats with the best being Martin Annable with email@example.com including a 6/59 against Kempton, next was Andy Jones with 18@21. Notable mentions go to Rajeev Dayal firstname.lastname@example.org and also Andy Cassie, who deserved more, but finished with 10@33.
Probably a season to forget in the field, with possibly more drops then catches, despite this, Steve Wallace held onto 12, including 5 at Hampton Hill. In the outfield only Jon Fairhurst (7) and Jai Patel (6) took more than 5 catches.
Better availability and better performances with the bat is a must for a more successful season in 2017.
Jai Patel, 3rd XI Captain