With no 1st XI match on Saturday, the focus fell on the 2nd XI’s attempt to get back to winning ways following their defeat at league leaders Shepperton last week. Old adversaries Putney were the visitors to Bushy Park and skipper Warren Carr had no hesitation in asking them to bat, having won the toss. Tahir Butt struck immediately with the new ball, opener Cox going for a duck before the scoreboard had registered a run. Paul and Shaw then added 72 for the second wicket, the partnership eventually broken by a fine piece of fielding by Paul Thornley. The run out triggered a collapse, Putney losing their last 7 wickets for 14 runs. Butt, Carr and Ian Exworth all picked up 3 wickets, the latter conceding just a single from his 5 overs. Putney were bowled out for 106, inside 27 overs.
Hill’s reply was comprehensive, the target being reached in just 21 overs despite the early loss of Stuart Barrs-James. Tom Hampton (68 not out) and Ian Exworth (33 not out) saw them home by 9 wickets. The 2nd XI remain in second place in Division 1 but have closed to within one point of Shepperton.
Two 3rd XI’s took the field on Saturday with Glenn Thomas skippering at Carlisle Park against Streatham & Marlborough while Steve Fidler took a young side to Kings College sports ground in New Malden to play Kingstonians 4th XI.
Thomas won the toss and batted first, the Coates quartet (Harry, Roger, David and Tom) all got starts but failed to capitalise, leaving the innings in the balance at 79-5. Zac Dodd came to the crease and followed his impressive debut at Shepperton with a fine knock of 62 not out. He was ably supported by Niall Carr whose quickfire 34 enabled Thomas to declare on 206-8 after just 39 overs.
Streatham & Marlborough’s innings never really got going, only Curtis Knott’s 51 providing any resistance. Tom Coates was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-21 from 7 overs. David Coates, Vikram Setia and Joe Ayley picked up two wickets apiece as the visitors crumbled to 82 all out.
A similar story ensued at New Malden. Hampton Hill batted first and made a steady start, opener Fidler making a painstaking 24. His dismissal was quickly followed by that of Jimmy Joyce, bringing Charlie Newton-Savage in to join Harry Farnsworth. Their stand of 102 helped lift the score to a respectable 173-5 in the allotted 40 overs. Newton-Savage’s 62 included two sixes and five fours. Farnsworth batted through to the end of the innings for 44 not out.
The Kingstonian innings started in frenetic fashion with opener Paul Brennan playing every shot in the book as well as a few of his own. His unorthodox style proved difficult to set fields to and a couple of dropped catches helped him to reach 50 in the 13th over. It was at this point that Fidler introduced the offspin of Rahul Puri into the attack on a dusty pitch that was now providing some assistance. The change was effective almost immediately as Puri bowled Brennan for 55. A second spinner, in the shape of Ed Bevan, proved the decisive change. His leg breaks getting turn and bounce, bringing him impressive figures of 4-12. Puri took another couple of wickets as Kingstonians slumped to 121 all out. Early wickets for Adam Rutherford (2-28) and Charlie Newton-Savage (1-18) were supported by the luckless Will Christophers who bowled a hostile opening spell.
Three wins out of three and the news that the non-playing 1st XI had clinched promotion due to Old Tenisonians defeat of Horley was just what the club needed on the eve of the trophy games with Teddington Town.
The Sunday 1st XI welcomed Teddington Town to the new pavilion for the Nelson-Stanley Trophy, stand-in captain Ian Exworth winning the toss and asking them to bat. Olly Fallows, Rob Fullicks and Exworth himself all made early inroads but the late middle-order trio of Pye (37), Allen (39) and Tamblingson (22) steadied the ship. Exworth continued his fine weekend with figures of 3-28 from 8 overs. Fullicks (2-23) also bowled well, restricting the Town to 156-7 from their 40 overs.
The total never looked enough and an opening stand of 95 from Harry Coates and James Newton-Savage saw Hampton Hill well on the way. Newton-Savage was caught and bowled by Tamblingson, as was John Marriman, the very next ball. Coates unbeaten 81 was enough to see Hampton Hill retain the trophy, the target being reached in just 25 overs.
Arguably, the performance of the weekend came in the Anil Patel Cup – the annual confrontation between the 2nd XI’s of Hampton Hill and Teddington Town. Having been put in by Teddington Town, Hill’s openers put on 30 for the 1st wicket before skipper Mark Humphrey was bowled by Meyer. Darren Jonusas was joined by Sam Ralli, the former reaching 40 before being stumped off the bowling of Mckay. Ralli continued to strike the ball confidently and moved to a superb maiden century as Hampton Hill posted a very competitive 228-8 in 45 overs. Teddington Town used no fewer than nine bowlers as they attempted to stem the flow of runs. Mckay (3-34) and Callum McCarthy (2-34) being the best on show.
Mckay went on to open the batting, adding 79 for the first wicket with his skipper, Meyer. Nally Fernando produced a fine delivery to remove Meyer before Tom Hughes took two wickets in two balls, assisted by some sharp catching from the indomitable Ralli. Former HHCC colt, Shaun McCarthy, batting at 3, scored 54 not out but with little support, Town were all out for 183 in the 42nd over. Matt Humphrey took the last two Town wickets but not before Ralli had completed his all-round show with a wicket in his only over. The 45-run victory was a first for skipper Mark Humphrey, made all the sweeter by him picking up the Anil Patel Trophy at the end of the day’s proceedings.
With both trophies successfully retained, the club returns to league action next Saturday. The 1st XI are at home to Woodmansterne in a game that could see them clinch the league title, while the 2nd XI travel to bottom-placed Southern Railway & Kenley hoping to maintain their push for a second successive promotion.