ASHFORD CRICKET CLUB 2009
Committee Report 2009
This season the Club and its members faced the tough challenge of trying to repeat the level of success that we enjoyed during the previous summer. Rightly, there was much expectation within the Club that promoted teams would carry momentum into their 2009 campaigns and reach new heights by September. Although a review of the summer shows that the Club’s achievements fall short of the high standard set, the Club’s progress continues on an upward trend – thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of its members.
On the field team performances have been mixed. The 1st XI and 2nd XIs adapted well to their new league format of a mix of limited-over and declaration games. Despite finishing a creditable third in their first season in Division 3, the 1st XI players were disappointed not to achieve back-to-back promotions – a reflection of how far the team feels it has come over the past couple of years. The ambitious goal of repeating our extraordinary 20/20 exploits came to a premature end at Stoke d’Abernon, but not before Division 1’s Walton was again swept aside in the early rounds – the Walton XI were so dismayed to draw their bogey team again that they forgot where the game was being played!
On a more positive note Kully Banwait led the 2nd XI on its continued charge up the league, the team finishing second in Division 4 and earning another promotion. Meanwhile the 3rd and 4th XIs both produced strong performances finishing sixth and third in their respective leagues. But perhaps one of the key playing highlights for the Club in 2009 was the reappearance of the 5th XI – evidence that there is a healthy desire for club cricket at the weekend. Captained by Daniel Simper, the team played seven games and provided an opportunity for many of the Club’s developing Colts to play a longer format of the game. In fact, the progress of Colts and younger adult players was a driver for competition for positions throughout all the senior sides this year. Although often the cause of headaches for the selection committee, this dynamic augurs well for the future of the Club and must be encouraged.
The Ladies still wait to learn their fate from the league committee. Despite finishing in a potential relegation spot in Division 3 of the Women’s Cricket Southern League, the Ladies can take many positives out of their season. They regularly fielded full-strength sides, thanks to the arrival of several new lady members, they did not default on any games, and several individuals produced personal-best performances.
On Sundays, the Club continued to field two sides for the majority of the season led by the new captains Jon White and Graham Doggett with support from this year’s ever-enthusiastic Aussie overseas player Trent Nash. Trent made valuable contributions to the Club both on and off the field throughout his stay with us this summer, and he didn’t moan too much when his nation’s side yielded the Ashes to Strauss and his heroes – I’ll overlook the one-day results.
The Colts teams enjoyed mixed results, the pick of the sides being the U17s. Thanks to the enthusiasm of our volunteer managers and coaches the Club continues to nurture the talent that we hope will ensure its success in the future.
For more personal insights on each team’s performance in 2009 I direct you to the captains’ and Colts’ managers’ reports included with this mailing.
Back in May a group of members made the long trek down to the south-west for the annual Devon tour, and thanks must go to Paul Frost for taking up the reigns and organising this successful venture. On the topic of tours, the General Committee is currently exploring options for another overseas tour to run in 2010/11. Watch this space for more news.
Off the field the mood in the Clubhouse remains buoyant. Thanks to our bar manager Tracey, the clubhouse remains an enjoyable place to spend time with friends and family. Many of the events in this year’s social calendar received good support; the time and effort of the organisers of these events and other members, who help around the Club collecting subs, running the Friday night barbecue etc, are much appreciated. Thanks must also go to Safdar Butt for managing the bar rota once again and to the growing group of members who are willing to help out behind the bar on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Throughout the year there have been more improvements to the facilities at the Club (for example new fencing around the patio, recovered seats etc). These have been achieved by a group of keen members who take pride in enhancing the Club appearance, and they deserve our thanks too.
A read of Club Treasurer Paul Frost’s report and the detailed breakdown of the Club’s income and expenditure, which accompanies this mailing, show that the Club has experienced a challenging year financially. Factors resulting in the net loss of £952 for the year include a decline in membership numbers, the conclusion of a programme of funding through the ECB Chance to Shine initiative (which for the previous three years provided £1000 per year), additional cost incurred (including player costs), as well as investment in ground materials. Although determined to right the Club’s financial performance in 2010, the General Committee still remains committed to investing in the development of the Club’s facilities and performances on the field. Thanks in part to a grant secured from the ECB, the Club will boast a much-needed new roller next season. The Club is also continuing its commitment to reimburse the cost of coaching courses incurred by members who want to acquire UKCC Level 1 and 2 qualifications and coach our colts. The General Committee wants to hear from members or Colts’ parents interested in getting involved with Colts’ coaching.
Two events remain in the Club’s 2009 calendar, the first of which is the Annual Awards Dinner at Ashford Manor Golf Club on Saturday 14th November. I look forward to seeing many of you on the night (some 90 tickets have been sold). Following the dinner, on Monday 23rd November, the AGM will take place at the clubhouse, starting at 8.00pm. Accompanying this letter is a copy of the agenda and the minutes from last year’s AGM. Among other business for the evening the General Committee will be proposing changes to annual subscriptions and match fees for 2010. I encourage members to attend the meeting.
Looking towards next season I can report that winter nets are booked at Matthew Arnold School, Staines. Net sessions will start for Colts on Saturday 2nd January (3.00–4.30pm) and for adults on Sunday 3rd January (4.00–6.00pm).
To conclude I thank the members for their support during a year that saw the Club achieve further progress. Long may this continue – let’s hope 2010 brings more success for us all.
For and on behalf of the General Committee
1st XI Surrey Championship Report 2009
Surrey Championship Division 3: Played: 18; W: 4; L:3; WD: 2; W/Limited: 5; L/Limited: 4; Deducted: 2; Points: 119; League finish: 3rd
Ashford 1st XI finished in third place missing out on another promotion. Congratulations to Worcester Park and Chessington who were the best two teams in Division 3. The introduction of the 50-over format was well accepted and reflected in the better teams finishing in the top half of the table.
Potentially capable of another promotion we did not back our ability. The batting was not good enough. Our inability to construct critical partnerships and batsmen not putting enough value on their wicket were the major factors in us not posting competitive totals or chasing down targets, which denied us wins in crucial games.
Of the batting performances Richard Mansfield 541, Shaun Cousens 417, and Chris Evans 344 scored the bulk of the runs. Other contributions were from Riaz Khan 308, Ross Wright 277, Asif Prasala 260, Wendell Sebastian 228 and Paul Frost 167.
The bowling was held together by our 18-year old Shaun Cousens who took 33 wickets. Other performances came from Riaz Khan 26, Asif Prasala 25, Wendell Sebastian and Trent Nash with 13 wickets each.
Shaun Cousens, the baby in the group, was the stand out performer in 2009 with bat and ball, showing the majority of his teammates how to occupy the crease and construct an innings. His left-arm spin bowling was as impressive at an average of 15.82 in 160 overs. Keep your eye on young Cousens who is already in the Surrey Academy.
Also many congratulations to Chris Evans, now the highest cumulative run-scorer in the championship record, and huge thanks to Chris for his assistance on and off the field.
Trent Nash, our 18-year-old Aussie overseas player, grew in confidence both as a player and individual as the season progressed. We wish Trent a good summer down under.
There were some very promising contributions from the up and coming crop of homegrown young players: Ian Antonio, Aman Gill, Simon Cook and Harry Jackman whom I hope will be pushing hard for 1st XI places next season.
Many thanks to Jack Frost for scoring, the grounds staff for producing excellent practice and match wickets and the Club’s committee for their support. And finally a thank you to all my teammates for their support during an exciting season.
Overall, finishing in third is probably a true reflection on some very good team
performances, at times individual brilliance, desire and passion to keep fighting to the very end. We look forward to an exciting 2010 season.
Richard Mansfield, 1st XI captain
1st XI Sunday & Friendly Report 2009
With a mixture of friendlies and league matches this past season has produced some mixed results.
In the Thameside League competition it was struggle to get a constantly strong side together, with a few of our better players absent for a lot of games. Although congratulations are in order for my vice-captain Simon Cook, who was absent due to the arrival of his new son Callum.
The season had some mixed individual performances, which included a few exceptional batting performances from James ‘Jock’ Knill, Dan Rose and Paul Frost – well done guys. There was also great bowling performances from Ashleigh Armel-Close, Jaz Sanghera, and Harry Jackman as well as the odd appearance from wicket-keeper Ross Wright.
Taking on the captaincy of the Sunday 1st XI has been a challenge but definitely an enjoyable one. I’d like to thank all those who helped out during the summer, especially our overseas player Trent Nash who helped with captaincy when I wasn’t available
Thanks again, and good luck to everyone for the next season.
John White, Sunday 1st XI vice-captain
2nd XI Surrey Championship Report 2009
Surrey Championship Division 4: Played: 18; W: 6; L: 2; WD: 1; W/Limited: 7; L/Limited 2; Points: 151; League finish: 2nd – promoted
The 2ndXI secured their second successive promotion albeit this time as runners-up. This was still a fantastic achievement by the team because promotion did not come as easily as the season before in Division 5, so in many ways was more satisfying.
The season continued with the momentum of 2008 as eight successive wins were reeled off with maximum bonus points. Things then got a bit more difficult mid-season as we won only one of our next four fixtures, which included our first reverse in 22 league matches against fellow promotion hopefuls Valley End. The following week we bounced back to beat emphatically the eventual champions Thames Ditton at their ground.
The great thing to see early season was how the younger players in the squad really stepped up to the plate in particular Ian Antonio and Aman Gill whose batting was assured and when set made big runs against all opposition while under pressure. The bowling was again a strength this season and was reinforced further by the emergence of quicks Simon Cook and Harry Jackman. The off-spin of Andrew Tippell was top class and bamboozled many a batsman.
It was evident after the half-way stage of the season that our challengers for promotion would be Valley End and Thames Ditton. Our last two fixtures of the season were against these two sides and the crunch match to decide the fate of promotion was our penultimate game of the season against Valley End.
Valley End fielded a strong XI which included a few players with 1st XI experience. Having inserted the opposition, Ali Syed bowled an amazing spell of fast controlled swing bowling and was the pick of the bowlers doing all the damage up front against their strong batting line up. This restricted them to a below par total of 154. After a decent start reaching 55 for 1, and with the game and promotion in our control, we collapsed to 70 for 6 and the momentum swung towards Valley End. Under pressure, Chris Davies and James Berressem put on a superb unbroken partnership for the seventh wicket to seal an amazing win and promotion. Chris Davies (62*) played the innings of season.
As usual after such good team performances during the season it’s difficult to pick out individuals, but as a whole the batting was very solid, reliable and had good depth. The runs were shared around: Ian Antonio 465 runs @ 42, Chris Davies 363 @ 45, skipper Kully Banwait 345 @ 22, Rob Ford 292 @ 24 and Aman Gill 261 @ 44. There were other important supporting roles and match-winning performances from Simon Cook, Gareth Evans, James Berressem and Trefor Evans.
The bowling was led as ever by Ali Syed (33 wickets @ 15) who charged in and swung the new ball with his normal enthusiasm. Andrew Tippell, who bowled as well as anyone in the league, took 33 wickets @ 16 and completely controlled the middle overs of matches. Mohammed Usman bowled as well as he did last season and took 22 wickets @ 18. The pleasing aspect was again the young bowlers: Simon Cook (when available) 14 wickets @ 14; and Harry Jackman 15 wickets @ 21. Other notable performers with the ball were James Berressem, Neil Smith, Graham Doggett, and the emerging Aman Gill.
The fielding was generally improved from last season which is encouraging and keeping was top class when Dan Rose was available. Reluctant reserve keeper Chris Davies did a competent job when called upon, so many thanks to him.
Pleasingly, this season strong performances have come from every department of a very well-balanced side. More pleasing this season is that the manner of the wins have not been down to ‘one-man shows’; there have been many true team performances. A lot of new young faces have gelled well within the team and performances of all the youngsters augers well for the future, especially as some of them broke into our strong 1st XI. The attitude and desire to do well collectively was there for all to see. Well done.
Next season we will look forward to the challenge of Division 3 cricket and hope to build on the individual and team strengths. Without a doubt, a similar achievement for the 2s is definitely possible because a confidence and belief has developed through the Club which has definitely filtered on to the pitch in recent seasons.
Many thanks to umpires Trevor Allen and Steve Smith, to our groundsman, Andy Goulding, for producing excellent cricket wickets, and to the general committee for their support during another successful season for the 2s.
Kully Banwait, 2nd XI captain
2nd XI Sunday & Friendly Report 2009
Played: 17; Won: 4; Lost: 12; Draw: 1
I took on the captaincy of the Sunday 2nd XI after a few games at the beginning of the season. This summer it was almost as hard to get a team out as it was to win a game.
We struggled through lack of experience in the side with some weeks Dan Simper and me being the oldest players. On occasions Robert Smith provided years of cricketing knowledge and was happy to offer a helpful word in the ear of our bowlers. All of the Colts played well: Rishi Ghataore batted well at the top of the order and Dilgeet Guarav, though not the largest person at the crease, chipping in with some controlled hitting and top-class bowling. And the team would not have been the same with out Sandeep’s comments from ball one –all you could ever hear was him chirping away.
In a memorably close 45-over game against Worcester Park we batted first and having been reduced to 111–7 Dilgeet and Anique put on a brilliant partnership of 71 that enabled us to post 192 and get back into the game. In reply Worcester Park had to bat until 44th over before reaching the target, thanks to tight bowling by Javaad Khan, Dilgeet, Rishi and Ian Doggett.
I hope everyone who played for the team enjoyed the games, which I approached with the aim to ensure everyone plays a part in the match.
I’d like to thank the Colts for playing and hope they continue to do so next year. Thanks too to Jock for helping me when he played and giving advice even when he wasn’t taking part, Dan for the excessive umpiring, and thank you to the parents who transported the team and scored at the games.
Graham Doggett, 2nd XI Sunday captain
3rd XI Surrey Championship Report 2009
Surrey Championship Division 1: Played: 17; W: 7; L: 5; WD: 4; LD: 1; Points: 108; League finish: 6th
This has been a good season for the 3rd XI, finishing sixth in Division 1. The league was again of a good and fair standard with most of the games played with great spirit. Guildford appeared by far the strongest side we played, followed by Old Whitgiftians and this was backed up by the final league positions (first and fourth respectively).
The team changed virtually every game because of injuries and players missing from the 1st and 2nd XIs. This was shown by the fact that only three players, Rob Evans, Paul Cousens and Ian McAllan, scored more than 200 runs during the season. Ian was way out in front of everyone else with 457 runs. Wasim Ahmed, Graham Doggett, Alex Jackson, John White and Chris White all had good averages but did not have enough innings to build up a significant total. Two players, Dan Jones and James Knill, scored centuries early in the season, and James Berressem and Ben Simper regularly scored well, batting towards the end of the innings.
Bowling for the 3rd XI was led all season by Ben Simper. His figures were way out in front of other bowlers having taken 32 wickets at an average of 16 runs. Paul Wilson had a very good season taking 17 wickets at an average of under 20 runs, though he only played half of the season with the 3s following his well-earned promotion from the 4s. James Berressem and James Knill took 16 wickets each with Graham Doggett taking 13 early in the season before being correctly promoted to the 2s. Taimoor Anwar also took 13 wickets towards the end of the season.
The league season started with Dan Jones scoring 127* against Cheam. This was a great innings backed up well by Graham Doggett. In the following game against Walton, Ben Simper led from the front with four wickets. Following a heavy defeat by Old Whitgiftians, we played Worcester Park and won easily with James Knill scoring 138. We then played Chessington, where innings by Rob Evans and Dan Jones ensured that we made a good total. However, we were unable to take 10 wickets to win the game.
By the middle of the season a run of three winning draws in the next four games showed that we were not quite doing enough to win games. Against Pyrford we scored a healthy 245 runs with most of the team scoring around 30 runs each and Ian McAllan scoring another half-century. Against Alleyn & Honor Oak, 64* by Paul Cousens and 58 by Wasim Ahmed helped the team amass 246. Ashford took nine wickets, Ben Simper again taking four wickets with Harry Jackman also claiming four victims, but again was unable to win the game.
Following our defeat at the hands of Guildford, we beat Egham in a fiercely contested game, with Taimoor Anwar taking four wickets. A special mention must go to James Knill for his efforts in the next game at Beddington, where he took seven wickets at an average of under 4 runs per wicket. Rob Ford and Jon White batted with determination under extreme pressure to ensure we won this game.
Mark Smith joined the team late in the season and scored 82* in the win against Valley End. The season ended well with wins against Sanderstead (Alex Jackson 50) and Chipstead (Ben Simper with another four wickets) and a winning draw against Old Wimbledonians (Rob Evans and Wasim Ahmed both scoring 50) – the final moments of the match were played out in pitch dark with us requiring one run from the last two overs and the batsmen could not hit (or see) the ball!
Once again Rob Evans played the part of wicket-keeper, taking six catches and making three stumpings. Two players stood out for the 3rds in 2009. Ben Simper bowled well all season and Ian McAllan rarely let the team down when batting.
A personal thank you to Chris White (vice-captain) and Rob Evans who helped me to run the team throughout the season. Also thanks to our groundsman Andy Goulding and all those who helped prepare our pitch. They produced a pitch that I believe is among the best in the league and compares with many of the 1st XI team pitches in the County.
There were many other players who played throughout the season. They know who they are and I would like to express my appreciation to them all for helping to make 2009 a very enjoyable season.
Paul Cousens, 3rd XI captain
4th XI Surrey Championship Report 2009
Surrey Championship 4th XI Premier: Played: 16; W: 9; D: 1; L: 4; Tie: 1; No result: 1; League finish: 3rd
After finishing fourth in a league of nine in the 2008 season and on paper being the weakest side to be promoted into the premier league, I had some concerns about playing in the premier league this year.
Despite my concerns we had a fantastic season finishing third in the table of nine above teams that finished above us in 2008 (Sunbury and Ashtead). We played 16 league game, winning nine games to amass 129 points, which was an excellent effort from all those involved. There were games that we narrowly lost that we potentially could have won with a little extra strength in the team on the day, which would have further enhanced our final league position.
This year we have seen some of the younger Colts start to come through into senior cricket and probably they did not get as many opportunities as I would have hoped because of capable adult players being available. However, with Dan Simper running a 5th XI most of the Colts got regular cricket and the best performers were given the opportunity to play in the 4th XI on occasion.
The bowling of Shakir Khan, Hafiz Khan, Ali Siddiqi and Tiamoor Anwar was memorable, each of them taking wickets at key stages of games. In addition, Paul Wilson bowled well in the few games he played with the 4th XI. The batting was not dominated by any individual but there were five exceptional innings by Saquib Ansari (82), Imtiaz Khan (61) and Dan Rose (80) Hasib Butt (54) and Khasif Hameed (51*).
There were two highlights of the season. The first was beating Spencer at Ashford by seven wickets, where we chased down 206 thanks to a partnership of 150 from Saquib and Imtiaz. The other was finally beating Wimbledon at their home ground where we chased 195; this was a great game in which Ali Siddiqui showed his batting skills in hitting an unbeaten 44 to win the game.
Picking an overall player of the season was a tough decision but for his commitment and regular performances with ball and bat this award goes to Hafiz Khan.
I would like to add my thanks to Jaz Rehncy who came to several home games to umpire and also to Elaine Doggett who did the scoring in some of the games, an not forgetting Safdar who gave great support in the running of the side.
Overall, I believe this has been a great season which has seen the quality of cricket go up a notch and hopefully this will continue to next year. My thanks to everyone who made this possible.
Ikie Gill, 4th XI captain
5th XI Report 2009
Played: 7; W: 5; L: 2
After going missing on their journeys in 1997 the 5th XI returned in 2009 for a short stint in the middle months of the summer. The first game of the season saw the 5s travel to Old Whitgiftians and the captain start a run of losing the toss that would last the whole season. The game involved 479 runs and finished with the 5s claiming their first win.
The season included some memorable batting performances by Jasraj Sanghera (261 runs in the season) and Mark Smith (130), who together put on some big partnership just when the team needed them including an impressive 192 against Hampton Hill. Other notable contributions came from Rishi Ghatore (108) and Nick Ashton (80). Ashleigh Armel-Close and Ryan Croxan deserve a mention for their mature batting display to secure the win against Kingstonian.
Bowling performances of the season include: Dilget Gaurav (9 wickets in the season), who in his first game returned figures of 5 for 15; and Nick Ashton (14), who on three occasions picked up four wickets in a game. They were well supported by Mark Fleckney (4), who was plagued with injury towards the end of the season, Farhan Boota (6), Matthew Frost (6) and everyone else who bowled.
I’d like to thank Chris Evans for arranging the fixtures, Robert Evans for finding us a home ground at Long Lane, David Frost for umpiring in our games and Mark and Elaine Doggett for all their help.
All games were played in a good spirit and enjoyed by all; it has been a pleasure to captain the side. Hopefully the Club will continue to grow from strength to strength and the success of fielding a 5th team will continue next year.
Daniel Simper, 5th XI Captain
Ladies Report 2009
On the field results have not gone our way, with only two league wins, and the possibility of relegation still hangs over us while the league committee assesses entries for next season. However, there are lots of positives to be taken from the summer. While our batting has been fragile, our bowling at times has been quite outstanding, and is increasingly backed up in the field. Jenny Tippell took her first senior five-wicket haul, and has just been named Surrey U13 player of the year. Hannah Merchant has improved all areas of her game, and has been noticed by the County. We have several new adult players, and all are improving. Becky Halls’ captaincy has been much more dynamic, and team spirit has remained good.
We started the year with a coach, Andy Doree, who put in a lot of work with us, but unfortunately could not continue. Thanks to Kevin Lambert, who stepped in to take practice sessions, and to everyone who helped by bowling to us in the nets. Steve Smith has been our regular umpire, and Helen Cook our scorer, and we couldn’t have managed without Bernard Tippell, who has taken over both umpiring and scoring when we’ve needed help. Last but not least, Becky’s Mum continues to produce teas which are the envy of all the men’s sides!
Alison McCreedy, Ladies secretary