The Surrey Trust League

Review of Men's Cricket in the 2013 Season

U21s

The U21s had a good season following last year’s disappointment of not reaching the Finals.

The campaign was off to a solid start with convincing wins against Camberley, Normandy and Beddington. Old Ruts was always going to be the big game in the group as they too were sitting top with three wins from three. Unfortunately we came up short, Old Ruts posted just over 200 thanks to an opening stand of 118 by their two first teamers. We were always going to struggle at 50-4 with Ben Walter, Jack Cunningham, Jonathan French and the skipper back in the pavilion and it did not get much better as we were eventually bowled out for 130.

At this stage the best we could really hope for was a second placed finish and progress into the plate. We still had two games to confirm this, first against Malden and finishing at home to Epsom. Malden conceded and we crushed Epsom - Ben Walter hitting 158 and Oliver Birts taking 5-17.

An away trip to Spencer awaited us in the Semi-Final. Spencer batted first on a deck that actually looked like the outfield but managed to reach a potentially tricky 156 in their 40 overs. However the captain’s nerves were put to bed when Walter and Elliot Charles put on 90 for the first wicket. We eventually crossed the line in the 32nd over with four wickets down (Walter 62, Charles 30).

The Final was played at Valley End against a strong Dulwich team. We batted first and were reduced to 12-2 but Elliot Charles dug in with the skipper and put on 50. The skipper got a start but fell with the score 90-4. This left the game in the balance, but some late order hitting from Jonny Charles and James Aston gave us a chance as we posed 154. We got off to the perfect start with Ben Walter, yes Ben Walter taking the wicket of their gun player to leave the score 5-1. Boundaries then started to come on a regular basis and before we knew it the score was on 50. The ball was then thrown to Veteran Josh Rix and incredibly he went for just 1 run in his first six overs! The Dulwich batters started to feel the pressure and quick wickets fell, firsty, to a brilliant run out from Jack Cunningham and then one a piece to the skipper and the outstanding Rix. Dulwich went from 50-2 to 58-5 and now we firmly in the ascendancy. Dulwich number 7 came in and played superbly to get his team close. However it wasn’t good enough and some excellent bowling at the death from youngsters Jonny Charles and Jonathan French was enough to give us the win by 6 runs! It was a tremendous effort from the team and I’m very proud of them. The future of Guildford cricket club looks very bright indeed.

Thanks again to Tim Walter for his continued support and of course to our umpires Dale and Barry and our scorers Ed and Martin. We really appreciate your time over the summer.

The Development XI (U18’s)

The Development XI (U18’s) were the defending Champions coming into the season. It was always going to be hard with a new young age group coming through so to make the Plate Final was a good result in the end as many of the younger players will have learnt from the experience.

The Plate Final was a rain affected game, with Purley CC batting first and scoring 167, which was par a score with the pitch uneven. There was tight bowling by Harrison Charles (1-19) and Alex Green (2-23). The game was made easier for us when the overs were reduced to 26 and we required only 108 runs. However, we never got going, losing wickets at regular intervals making it hard for us to carry any momentum throughout the innings. We ended up 89 all out with 10 balls remaining. There were valiant efforts from Jonny Charles (21) and Alex Sweet (14). During the season there were some great games, with the highlight being against Ashtead. Guildford and posted 192-7, which was under par at Woodbridge Road. There were two outstanding batting performances from 15 year old Alex Sweet (59) and 13 year old Nathan Tilley (50) - both maiden half centuries. Ashtead were cruising along at 124-2 when Nathan Tilley came onto bowl and took 7 for 46. Ashtead were bowled out for 192, losing 3 wickets in a dramatic last over.

At Esher, the home side scored 201. In reply Guildford, with many debutants made a valiant effort but fell 2 runs short. There were two fine performances - Jonathan Charles taking 2 for 15 off 7 overs and Jonathan French hitting 93.

There were good wins against Normandy, Leatherhead and Chobham. Individual performances included Tom Collins 103 against Leatherhead, Ben Walter 94 against Normandy, Phil Salt 79 against Chobham, and Alex Sweet 64 against Byfleet. James Aston bowled very well against Normandy, taking 4-23 off 8 overs.

Many thanks to Dale Corstorphine for umpiring all season and Ed Bailey for scoring.

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