With the 1st XI league title safely wrapped up last week, Hampton Hill Cricket Club’s attention turned to the 2nd XI’s quest for a second, successive promotion.
Going into their game, away to Horley, in second place, 1 point behind Shepperton, skipper Warren Carr knew that only a win would be good enough to maintain the promotion push. The 2nd XI league at this stage of the season is a limited overs format, 45 per side and the Horley skipper, having won the toss, had no hesitation in batting first. Openers Razzaq and Khurram set a blistering pace at the start of the innings, the latter out for 57, run out by Carr. Razzaq fell to Charlie Newton-Savage, just 4 runs short of a century and with useful support from Stevens (35 not out), Horley completed their 45 overs on an impressive 234-4. Only Tom Coates(0-19) and Carr(1-31) were able to stem the flow of runs.
Hill’s reply got off to the worst possible start when James Newton-Savage was caught off the bowling of Stevens without scoring. All the other batsmen made starts but wickets fell steadily. It wasn’t until James Robottom(37) and Scott Mitchell(38) came together that Hill started to look the likely winners. Just as their 66-run partnership was looking decisive, both were dismissed with the score on 187. Tom Coates quickly followed but Alex O’Reilly and Tahir Butt added 27 for the ninth wicket. When Butt was out, 17 runs were still required. Not for the first time this season, the last wicket pair of O’Reilly and Carr proved up to the task. Needing 7 to win from the last over, they hit a boundary each to secure a vital 20 points with just one ball to spare.
The win keeps the 2nd XI within a point of Shepperton and 12 points clear of Wallington in 3rd place. This sets up an intriguing clash on the last day of the season as Hampton Hill travel to Wallington for a winner-takes-all battle for the second promotion spot.
Fullers Surrey League Division 2 champions, Hampton Hill, completed their league programme against Wallington in Bushy Park. Batting first, Hill’s opener Harry Coates continued his excellent season with yet another 50. Alan Coleman(39) and John Marriman(43) kept the score ticking over and a hard-hitting 68 not out from Joe Lee-Rice had lifted the total to 234-7 when skipper Rob Fullicks declared in the 49th over. Puddicombe (4-150) and Miles(3-81) had bowled unchanged for Wallington.
Hill struggled to make inroads into the Wallington batting order and despite bowling 51 overs before the 7pm deadline, only 8 wickets fell. Wallington ended 28 runs short as the match petered out to a draw. Paul Metcalfe(3-44), Alan Coleman(3-45) and Fullicks(2-24) were Hill’s wicket-takers. The latter taking his total to a career-best 65 for the season.
With 13 wins and 2 winning draws in an unbeaten campaign, 2013 must rank as one of the best seasons for some time. Congratulations to all who contributed.
Such has been the availability of players this season, that the club has regularly fielded two 3rd XI’s and captains Jerry Fallows and Glenn Thomas pitted their wits against each other in a club game at Carlisle Park on Saturday. In a highly entertaining game, Fallows’ team emerged victorious by just one wicket. James Joyce top scored for Thomas’s XI with a quickfire 58, helping the total to reach 177-9. In reply, Ben Collier scored 74 as the target was reached in the 36th over.
On Sunday, the 2nd XI entertained Sanford in Bushy Park in a 35 over match. Joe Smith(57) top-scored for the home side in a solid batting display. The total of 206 looked competitive enough but despite Dave Castor’s 3-51 and a very economical spell by Jack Fullicks, some late fielding errors proved costly. Sanford running out winners by 2 wickets with 10 balls left.