SURREY PREMIER SECOND XI
Captain: David Wills
Home Ground: Church Road, SW19 5AG
|29 April||Practice Match||Home||1pm|
|13 May||Valley End||Away||12pm|
|3 June||East Molesey||Away||12pm||
|24 June||Valley End||Home||12pm|
|8 July||Reigate Priory||KCS||12pm|
|5 August||East Molesey||Home||12pm|
|19 August||Reigate Priory||Away||12pm|
Won by 18 runs and secured the league title. WCC 189 (De Passos 50) Ashtead 171-9.
2017 Captain’s Report
Wimbledon 2nd XI lost two of their first three games in 2017, including one to closest title rival Sunbury – not the ideal foundation on which to base a title challenge! For the team to end up winning the league with a game to spare therefore speaks volumes for the quality of cricket played since. This was especially true throughout the time games in the middle of the summer where the team recorded 6 wins and only 1 defeat (with 2 abandoned). Winning the title was made even more pleasing by the competitiveness of the division this year; the quality of cricket was as high as it has been for many years. No fixture was easy to predict, as evidenced by the fact that the two teams to get relegated took points off the top two sides during the course of the season. The key to Wimbledon’s success was an ability to win the close games. Of their 12 victories, at least 6 could be considered tight games, epitomised by three away wins (at Farnham, Reigate and Ashtead) with a combined winning margin of just 25 runs! One of the most pleasing aspects of the season was the emergence of many academy players who made key contributions to winning games for the team. A total of nine academy players were used throughout the season with four of them also going on to represent the 1st XI. Special mentions must go to Niall Solomon (third highest run scorer with 346 runs @ 43) and 16 year old Billy Sewell (who in the 4 games he played quickly established himself as the teams go-to bowler, despite being the youngest member of the squad). The team’s leading run scorers were Wills (424 @ 28) and Smith (418 @ 35), but there were consistent contributions from a number of players with a total of 8 people going past the 200 run mark and 6 averaging 35+. On the bowling front, spinners De Silva and Gunn were standout performers and led the wicket taking charts with 25 (@ 20) and 24 (@ 15) respectively. The seamers also put in consistent performances throughout the season on generally unresponsive pitches – C Anand (16 @ 27), Hetherton (15 @ 14) and Hunt (13 @ 20) all reached double figures for the season. 2017 has been an excellent year for Wimbledon both on and off the pitch; the 2nd XI squad will be looking forward to defending the title next year in what promises to be another keenly fought campaign.
2016 Captain’s Report – David Wills
The 2016 season was generally a positive one for the 2nd XI and, despite finishing 4th (http://surreychampionship.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=65136 as opposed to 2nd in 2015, it felt like significant progress was made. The team topped the table after the initial set of overs games and remained in title contention until well into August, finishing the season having lost the joint fewest games in the league.
It was the period in the middle of the season that really cost us a better shot at the title, going a period of 6 games without a win in the timed format (3 draws, 1 loss and 2 abandoned). The weather did not help our cause in this regard as two games in succession were washed out without a ball being bowled. Not only did this cost us the chance to earn vital points, but it also disrupted our momentum and meant that the players went three or four weeks without any cricket.
One of the most pleasing aspects of the season was the development of many of our academy players. Four of our U17/18 players came through the 2nd XI into 1st XI cricket and a total of 10 academy players represented the 2nd XI during the course of the season, playing a significant role in our success.
Everyone within the squad contributed at some stage of the season, but greater consistency (especially within the batting unit) will be needed to take the team to the next level. Two individual performances stand out in particular – Scott’s sublime 117* at Malden Wanderers from just 106 balls (our only century of the season scored by the 2nd youngest player in the squad) and Linley’s demolition of Epsom with 9/15 in 15.1 overs.
Skipper Wills topped the run scoring charts for the 2nd successive year with 400, while opening partner De Passos finished with the best average of 32.5 (among players to have played a meaningful number of innings). New club members Fisher, Kirkpatrick, Machado and Rose all finished with more than 200 runs for the season.
On the bowling front, the two outstanding performers were De Silva and Linley who finished with 26 and 23 wickets respectively, both with economy rates under 3 rpo. Urquhart, Brown and Solomon all reached double figures for the season as well.
2nd XI cricket has been played in a positive spirit and to a high standard in 2016, and Wimbledon should be in good shape to mount a title challenge next year.
2015 Captain's Report
The 2015 season was a season of rebuilding for the club. Many experienced players had left the club and from the very 1st game an entirely new squad took shape. This core group of players were a mixture of 3Xi players and colts.
It was going to be tough given the dramatic change in personnel, however we did not expect to lose so heavily in the first three games. At that moment I thought relegation was a realistic end of season outcome.
However, after those three games the team really dug in and we had a terrific run. Players felt settled in the team and we had some very good individual performances. The most pleasing thing was that the two players who contributed the most; leading run scorere - David Wills and leading wicket takeer - Tom Linley, were previously 3 XI players with little 2XI experience. Both stepped up and became vital members of the team.
Other key players wit the bat were Joe Lukens and Sean Davies. Both contributed with matching winning centruies and provided a solid middle order. Within the lower middle order Dan Urquhart was the trusy no. 7 who gave backbone to our line up and also picked up key wickets.
There were some key performances from our yongsters also; namely Tahir Ahmad (on several occasions), Niall Soloman, Danny Chesham, David Scott, Seb Cambell and Will Whipple. This crop of young talent are the future of Wimbledon CC and gives me great confidentce the club can now more forward.
Not to forget Dilshan De Silva and the Anand twins also provided strong support.
All of this resulted in Wimbledon 2XI finishing 2nd in the league which was a fantastic achievement given the year of transition.
2014 Captain's Report
2014 was a very mixed year for the second team. Some purple patches where we went on winning runs and looked like a side that was capable of winning the league were coupled with periods of inconsistency which eventually lead to a disappointing end to the season.￼￼The stand out performer has to be Gavin Yell. Having an opening bowler who was both economical and threatening on any surface was a real bonus for us.
A real plus point for the season was everyone chipping in with a match winning contribution at least once. The opening batsmen played very well for us this year. Ray de Passos deserves special mention for topping the run scorers charts. Special note for Nick Brothers converting one of his many half centuries to a well-deserved maiden century.
The emergence of youngsters such as Niall Solomon, Dipesh Patel and Sam Dickson was great to see. Hopefully next year they will be putting pressure on to become permanent and crucial parts of the team.
As a team the seconds are very close to becoming a very good side. With a little more consistency and the ability to hold catches the next title isn’t too far away.