Guildford Cricket Club – Men’s Team Reports for the 2018 Season
A run of six straight victories took Guildford back into the Premier Division at first attempt, much to the delight of Tom Collins in his first season as captain.
Three defeats in five weeks in mid-season, following by a losing draw at Leatherhead, had left the promotion campaign very much in the balance. But wins over Valley End, Chipstead, Chessington, Farnham, Spencer and Camberley guaranteed promotion and it meant that five bonus points in the narrow defeat at home to Esher, who joined Guildford as runners-up, secured top spot.
There was no doubt about the star of the show – Nathan Tilley hit six centuries the final eight matches to finish with a remarkable 873 runs at 109 a time, which made him the highest scorer in Division One by more than 200 runs and third overall in the Surrey Championship – despite only playing 11 league matches, spending his early weeks turning out for Reed’s School.
He received excellent support from Alex Sweet (459 at 51) while Fred McMIllan’s 399 and Joel Walker’s 333 included some vital early innings while the batting order was depleted.
Off-spinner Jonny Charles was the outstanding bowler, claiming 34 scalps at 20 in his first full season at first team level, holding together the attack. Duncan Selmes (23), Joe Pipkin (20) and Jamie Odell (16) all shone despite having to miss a number of matches and there were promising contributions from George Barlow and Freddie Geffen.
Captain Collins led the side with considerable flair, constantly chipping in with runs, wickets and fine catches and showing a selfless attitude which was an example to all his team-mates. With coach Jeremy Greaves, he will be working hard to ensure Guildford make an impact on the return to the Premier Division in the new season.
We had three loses in our first seven games and our promotion hopes were hanging by a thread.
However, after beating Esher at home we went on a run of six wins in the all-day format; four bowling second!
By the end of the all day games we were sitting 2nd.
We had a wobble when we lost to Walton but bounced back superbly to beat Normandy at home and then champions Sutton away.
Promotion was mathematically secured against Old Ruts and we finished the season of superbly by demolishing Esher.
Our strength was an experienced team with real depth in our batting.
Big contributions by Teale, Parker, Appleton & French’s with the bat. However, Henry Straw was immense with 599 league runs in only 10 innings!
Wickets were shared but Matt Teale showed promise with 21 wickets and Vik Singh great consistency with 25.
Bring on the Prem in 2019!!!
Guildford 3rd X1 were promoted as Champions in what can only be described as a successful and enjoyable season. This was undoubtedly helped by the strength of our 1st and 2nd teams who were both going for promotion and strength of the club in general from the 2nd half of the season.
There were naturally many highlights but the outstanding feeling for all concerned was seeing all our 1st and 2nd team players come down to watch the 3rds play on the first afternoon of the league season after they had secured their victories; was worth its’ weight in gold.
The team had 2 outstanding performers with the bat, Jaedyn Short and John Hedges and with the ball Callum Mclean, Jon Burrows and Cammy Green. There were naturally other fine contributions during the summer with the bat from Jonny French, Callum Mclean, Aqeel Iqbal, Will Jenner, Tom Geffen, Jevan Kher and Tim Walter and James Mcmillan, Shane Isaacs, Jaedyn, Ahmed and Malorie Short with the ball and Jevan with the gloves.
Many thanks go to Jon Hedges, Jonny French and Jon Burrowes who skippered the team when Tim was unavailable due to fitness. Also special mention to James Telling and Sanjay Kher for scoring making life for all concerned so much easier.
Academy Under 21
This season was a test which we had rarely seen in this competition. We had an even younger squad than previous years; however, we still saw some great individual moments which got us over the line comfortably in some games.
It was great to see many age group cricketers in our ranks this year and it is vital experience for them if they want to progress into adult cricket. We saw the likes of Robyn Bentley, Jevan Kher and Henry McMillan to name a few who have shown that they are not far from becoming good saturday cricketers who can compete.
The player of the season was Oscar Martin who had a fantastic season. He almost scored 300 runs and showed unbelievable potential to be a top cricketer. He needs to keep working hard on some aspects of his game and he will no doubt be a talented youngster to look out for.