SURREY PREMIER FIRST XI
Captain: Olly Swann
Home Ground: Church Road, SW19 5AG
|13 May||Valley End||Home||12pm|
|3 June||East Molesey||Home||11am|
|24 June||Valley End||Away||11am|
|8 July||Reigate Priory||Away||11am|
|5 August||East Molesey||Away||12pm|
|19 August||Reigate Priory||Home||12pm|
|26 August||Ashtead||Home||11.30am||WCC won by 6 wickets and are now 4th in the league. Astead 160, WCC 161-4 (Webb 94)||Link|
2016 End of Season Report
The 1st XI enjoyed an encouraging year, finishing in 4th place. http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=65129
It was a much changed side from 2015 with no less than 9 players making their debut for the side through the season. Much was expected of overseas player Kelly Smuts, but he returned to South Africa due to injury after just 4 games. His absence only brought the side closer together, and gave more opportunity to all players to show what they were capable of.
We started the season well winning 3 out of first 4 in the limited overs games. Only going down by 2 wickets to Reigate Priory, but in truth that flattered us. Kieran Bunting shone with the ball, picking up 7fer against Sutton and Oli Swann gave some much needed solidity at the top of the order with back to back 50’s.
Due to a combination of rain and some indifferent performances our season stuttered through the middle as we didn’t perform as consistently as we would have liked. Whilst dominating sides such as Guildford and Sutton we were unable to match our level of performance against Sunbury and Weybridge away. Which is something we will need to improve on should we want to push for the title next season.
Nick Welch announced himself into the 1st XI with a brutal 80* against Sutton, and Ryan Patel, at only 18, has fast become one of our most important players averaging over 50 with the bat and bowling at first change. The side will be much better off for them being available for the whole season next year, we wish them well on their travels over the winter playing cricket.
They weren’t the only young players to make an impression in the 1st XI this year, Sam Dickson completed an unprecedented feat when he made his debut becoming the first to represent the club at every level from U8 all the way up to the 1st XI. Niall Solomon and David Scott will both be looking to cement their place in the side after their breakthrough years, both grew in confidence towards the back end of the season. It is important to note that all these players were selected on merit, and fully deserved the opportunity they got due to their performances in the 2nd XI over the last few seasons.
Another new player made a huge impact in the changing room and on the pitch this year, Robbie Gunn, he did the hard yards through the season. He was available every game, came in down the order and scored crucial runs at the back end of the innings and picked up important wickets. The experience of Brown saw us over the line in a big run chase against Beddington and Johnston was consistent with the ball, picking up 6fer in the same game.
We were lucky enough to have Surrey pro Mat Pillans play for us towards the back end of the year and he impressed everyone with his attitude and quality in the games he played, not least picking up 6fer in the final game against Normandy.
Nothing less than a title challenge is expected of the 1st XI next season. Having finished the season this year on a high with convincing wins against Weybridge and Normandy, it is now up to the players to put in more consistent performances over each game if we are going to close the gap on deserving winners Sunbury next season.
A big thanks to Crispin and JB for stepping in and scoring through the season after Barry passed away shortly before we started, and to everyone who helped out through the year.
2015 Captain's Report
By Wimbledon standards the 2015 season was a tough one. As a club we knew that this was going to be the beginning of a transition period after losing several key players and early losses to Reigate and Sunbury put an early dent in the confidence of what was a group of very mixed experience levels. Insufficient runs was a problem throughout the season and were it not for the batting efforts of Matt Spriegel and Ben Compton, relegation may have been even more of a possibility. Ryan Patel, aged just 17, showed immense promise on numerous occasions, none more so than when scoring a very mature 90 against a skillful Reigate bowling attack. Overseas pro Will Sheridan also played some eye-catching innings but as a team we were unable to post match-winning scores with any level of consistency.
Standards with the ball were generally much higher and were largely responsible for the wins we did get. Matt Spriegel bowled with great control, particularly in the longer format, where he was required to bowl a large amount of overs. James Johnston's medium pace was ever reliable as was Ryan Patel before injury put a premature end to his season. The retiring Neil Turk also produced some outstanding spells at vital moments, non more so than his 4 wickets in an over against Leatherhead which turned the game on its head.
Victory over Weybridge in the final of the Surrey Cahmpionship T20 and a run to the National T20 Quarter Finals (which ended in a last ball defeat to Exmouth) went some way to amking up for a disappointing league campaign. The performances of younger members of the squad in pressure situations throughout the T20 campagin give the club every reason to be optimistic for 2016 and beyond.
T20 2015 National Competition
Regional Semi-Final - vs South Wilts. WCC won by 6 wickets. WCC 109-4. South Wilts 108.
Regional Final - vs Blackheath. WCC won by 65 runs. WCC 162-5. Blackheath 97-8.
2014 Captain's Report
With the loss of three senior players from last year’s double winning side, we knew that it would be a battle to retain the title and so it proved. With Reigate hoovering up points whatever the weather we were left playing catch up throughout the summer.
High point of the season was beating the Llamas with a solid all round performance - the low point a defeat in the t20 Cup, which came as a bit of a shock after the National titles of the last 2 seasons! Well done to Old Ruts in beating us and to Ashtead getting to the National Final – demonstrating the depth across the county.
Leading run scorer was Neil Turk with 500 including a classy ton at Sunbury. Youngster Ben Compton with 463 would have finished with most runs if he hadn’t wrecked his knee with 5 games left.
Leading wicket takers were overseas James Bett with 32 and Jack Snape with 31. We were also delighted to introduce two 16 year olds (Tom Lace and Will Whipple) which bodes well for the future. An element of rebuilding is now taking place with a view to catching great rivals and deserved Champions, Reigate Priory.
Lastly, our thanks to outgoing Chairman Simon Robins for his vision and support over the last 8 years and to the omnipresent and reliable scorer, technophobe Barry Perry.