WICKET MAIDEN: Eadie Alexander took two wickets in two balls in her first game for Sheen Colts at Twickenham.

RUNNING MEN: Shori claims another victim

GOTCHA: Luke Magalhaes leads the celebration with Rufus Goodman and a thoughtful Will Weir.

QUICK OFF THE MARK: Ted Clark meets Stuart Broad.

FAST AND THE FURIOUS: Ted Clark in action at Sunbury.
CUP WINNERS: The team after the U11 Regional final win against Teddington.
STOKED UP: Celebrating a compelling win against Esher in the eight-a-side final.

Season Review 2017

UNDER 14’s

Middlesex League: 4th in Div 1;

Middlesex Cup: Regional semi-final.

Main man: Matty George

Middlesex record: Pld 10 W 3  L 7

Season synopsis: After the success of the previous two years where County titles were won in Cup and League this was a disappointing season. Just three wins all summer was the tally from a side that had dominated the region in previous years and been in three County finals in consecutive seasons. Despite a squad of 20, availability was often limited, yet it was the manner of defeat to both Richmond and Sunbury at home – matches that were as good as won – that was both puzzling and disappointing. There were of course shafts of light and the commitment of Matty George – who played almost every game, despite being away at boarding school – was outstanding. George finished second in the batting averages (128 runs at 32.00) and ended the season leading bowler with nine wickets at 11.11.

 

UNDER 13’s

Middlesex League: 3rd in Div 1;

Middlesex Cup: Regional semi-final.

Main men: Arjun Bhat & Gabriel Hammond

Middlesex record: Pld 10 W 5  L 8

Season synopsis: With Bhat, Hammond and Ben Barlow the heartbeat of a side enthusiastically supported by boys from younger age groups, this was an elemental and happy team that played some memorable matches at home – notably the two run win over Indian Gymkhana. The achilles heel of the side was the inability to raise an XI for away games – in all four were conceded due to poor availability. The above trio contributed 519 runs at 34.60 and 24 wickets at 14.46 through the summer whilst U11 Will Weir impressed with 5-32 from the two matches he played.


UNDER 12’s

Middlesex League: 8th;

Middlesex Cup: 1st Round

Main man: Jamie Cowley

Middlesex record: Pld 7 W 1  L 6

Season synopsis: With a number of the boys committing to playing up at U13 this was a disappointing season with a solitary victory coming in the final game against Sunbury. Jamie Cowley was the pick of the bowlers whilst Ben Barlow scored a battling 48* against Indian Gymkhana in his solitary appearance.



UNDER 11’s

Middlesex League: 4th;

Middlesex Cup: Regional Cup winners, County Cup winners

Surrey league: 5th

Surrey Cup: Second round losers.

Surrey 8-a-side: Winners

Main men: Will Weir, Eddy Rogan, Rufus Goodman, George Grisdale, Luke Magalhaes

Rising star: Olly Richards

Middlesex record: Pld 14 W 9  L 5

Surrey record: Pld 10 W 4 L 6

Season synopsis: Eddie Rogan (227) and Rufus Goodman (201) both topped 200 runs, but the fortunes of the team enjoyed a marked upswing with the return of George Grisdale from mid June. The side won six of its last seven games in the summer which was a reflection of the strength of the squad with good availability. There were many outstanding performances, notably with the ball and an attack that boasted four spinners was always going to prosper with runs on the board. Will Weir’s return of 5-6 against Winchmore Hill was a stand-out and the leg spinner took 15 wickets at 7.66 in the Middlesex League and Cup. The Regional Cup was won with an excellent 25 run win over Teddington and it was followed at the county stages with emphatic victories over Winchmore Hill and Acton. The final was notable for a recovery from 25-2, batting first, to 204-3  (Richards 54*, Shori 42, Rogan 38*) and despite conceding over 50 extras in the field, Sheen won by 76 runs. The climax to the season was the Surrey eight-a-side tournament hosted at Esher and an extraordinary final where Sheen chased down 19 to win off a pulsating final over against a powerful Esher side. With a development team smattered with senior players playing in the Surrey League, there were some excellent results, including victories over East Molesey, Richmond and Malden Wanderers and a narrow loss to Spencer.

 

UNDER 10’s

Middlesex League: 5th;

Middlesex Cup: Gubby Allen quarter finalists. Joint winners regional Cup.

Main man:  Olly Richards

Rising Star: Eddie Vigar

Middlesex record: Pld 11 W 5  L 6

Season synopsis:  Like the Surrey U11’s, the focus was on development with this side, no fewer that 13 players playing hard ball for the first time through the summer. Olly Richards (nine wickets at 8.66) was a key figure with the ball, supported by Eddie Vigar, who took a memorable hat-trick against  Indian Gymkhana. And it was again Richards who dominated with the bat, scoring 159 runs at 53 with Vigar managing 138 at 34.50. There was extreme frustration in the Gubby Allen with two match-day washouts, but Sheen produced some excellent performances when the competition was re-jigged and played as a knock-out Cup, notably the match at Sunbury where as underdogs they won with something to spare.

U11 County final report:

CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS

Pint-sized skipper Eddie Rogan dominated a sun-kissed August afternoon and proved to be the rock on which Sheen Park swept aside a weakened Acton in the final of the U11 County Cup at Wembley CC.

A watchful unbeaten 38 for all but one ball of the innings underpinned Sheen’s at first hesitant and later regal charge to 202-3 off their 35 overs.

And when Sheen went out to bowl he first took the gloves and imposed strictly disciplined fields as Sheen took a stranglehold grip on the game before later bowling five probing overs and claiming the vital wicket of Luke-Shenley.

Sheen’s start had not been fruitful. With the batting talisman Rufus Goodman out first ball to an indeterminate prod, Ted Clark soon followed, despite a quick-fire 14 of 17 balls.

The diminutive Rogan then shared in a vital stand of 80 for the third wicket with an irrepressible Dilly Shori who played his innings of the season. Assured and calm, he kept the scoreboard ticking over and when dismissed had put the Sheen juggernaut firmly back on its tracks.

Olly Richards joined Rogan and announced his arrival with a risky aerial cuff through mid-wicket but thereafter played with certainty way beyond his years. A wilting Acton attack was put to the sword as the blond Viking smote nine boundaries in his undefeated 54 off just 41 balls. His unbeaten partnership of 97 with Rogan came off just 13 overs.

Fifty-five runs came off the last five as Sheen raced past a formidable 200.

Sheen Scorer Tom Bradshaw said later: “Eddie’s innings reminded me of the Rogan Josh I had last night. Slow cooked – and it had a lot of fire in it.”

In reply Acton were pegged back mercilessly by Clark and Manuel and the match was almost over as a contest as early as the 15th over of their innings as they crawled to 34-1.

Dunlop’s first burst of lively left-arm seam kept up the pressure and Goodman gave nothing away in an unchanged seven over spell of 7-1-18-0.

With the match won, it was difficult for the boys to maintain the intensity of earlier and whilst runs off the bat were at a premium (Acton scored just 59 in their innings) the extras column filled rapidly.

Despite a rash of byes and wides, Sheen were still able to stroll to an emphatic 76 run win.

SHEEN PARK 202-3 (Rogan 38*, Shori 42, Richards 54*; Luke-Shenley 2-37, Webster 1-23) BEAT ACTON 126-7 (Northam 24; Clark 2-14, Manuel 1-12, Dunlop 2-17, Rogan 1-21, Georgie 1-7) BY 76 RUNS.

 

ESHER EIGHT-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT 


ROBUST RICHARDS TURNS IN VIRTUOSO PERFORMANCE

Olly Richards – long hair flapping around him like a Viking- snuffed out a brave Ashtead challenge with an immaculate last over to see his Sheen to a comfortable win in the first match of the day. Having earlier brandished his bat like a broadsword to plunder 30 in just 17 balls, Sheen’s talisman dismissed the dangerous Ashead opener for 20 and then claimed his second wicket next ball to a catch at the wicket. A run-out from Rogan, who had also snared two victims, concluded the innings as Sheen got points on the board.

RND 1: SHEEN PARK 62-0 (Richards 30* Weir 13*, Goodman 13*) BEAT ASHTEAD 49-6 (WEIR 1-11, ROGAN 2-3, RICHARDS 2-2) BY 13 RUNS.


GRIFFINS DRAW FIRST BLOOD

A truly outstanding game of cricket that ebbed and flowed throughout and went down to the last ball, was snatched at the last by Esher. Limited to 50 in their innings, a superb run out by Richards underlining Sheen’s quality with the ball and in the field, Sheen seemed to have had it won when Dunlop plundered four fours and Sheen scored 18 runs off the fourth over of their reply. At 31-2 and 20 needed off three overs, Richards fell to a fine catch at mid wicket and in the frantic final stages Sheen were unable to pierce the field for the boundary they so desperately needed.

RND 2: ESHER GRIFFINS 50-4 (Rogan 1-8, Goodman 1-6, Weir 1-10) BEAT SHEEN PARK 48-3 (Dunlop 26*) BY TWO RUNS


THE PRICE IS RIGHT AS BOWLERS SEAL WIN

Connor Price – overlooked at U11 for much of the season – underlined his mental durability with an outstanding over against Cranleigh in a low scoring game. With a nature that disguises his inner steel, Price claimed two crucial wickets with Cranleigh flexing their muscles at a run a ball 15-0 chasing Sheen’s par score of 48. With both openers despatched, the fight went out of a side that struggled to come to terms with a slow pitch.

RND 3: SHEEN PARK 48-3 (Goodman 10*, Dunlop 12*) BEAT CRANLEIGH 33-5 (Price 2-5, Rogan 1-7, Richards 1-1) BY 15 RUNS.


BAGGIES SHOT DOWN BY PORTUGUESE MAN O’ WAR

With a place in the final at stake and Bagshot the team to beat, Sheen ran riot with a performance of such utter dominance that it resonated across the picturesque Esher CC ground. Luke Magalhaes bestrode the stage like a colossus, getting his first bat of the tournament and indelibly imprinting his character on the match. As well as plundering 31*, with excellent support from Price (15*), he skippered the side astutely to victory from behind the stumps and the feature of Sheen’s play in the tournament – outstanding fielding – manifested itself in the shape of three clinical run-outs.

RND 4: SHEEN PARK 70-0 (Magalhaes 31*, Price 15*) BEAT BAGSHOT 18-7 (Manuel 1-1, Price 1-4, Weir 2-1) BY 52 RUNS


SHEEN QUENCH DRAGONS FIRE

With a place in the final already confirmed after the crushing win against Bagshot, Sheen nevertheless kept up the momentum with victory over a spirited Esher ‘B’ side. Shori’s sublime innings of 30* underpinned a challenging total of 61-1 and Manuel – who had already scored an unbeaten 14, made certain of a Sheen win with a wicket-maiden leaving the Dragons with too much to do.

RND 5: SHEEN PARK 61-1 (Shori 30*, Manuel 14*) BEAT ESHER DRAGONS 50-3 (Manuel 1-0, Price 1-9) BY 11 RUNS


GRIFFINS MELT DOWN IN FINAL OVER

BEN Stokes would have shuddered had he been there to watch. With Sheen needing 18 to win off the final over of a compelling final, Esher ‘A’ had both hands resting firmly on the trophy.

After posting an excellent 63-3 in their innings, the Griffins seemed in complete control when left-arm spinner Nirek took 1-3 in a probing fourth over, leaving Sheen needing 30 off twelve balls.

Some fearless running between the unflinching Magalhaes and the elegant Shori meant 12 runs were scored in the penultimate over, and then came the sensational denouement as skipper Mallett bowled 5 wides, a bye, two wides and a wide – effectively nine runs off one ball – to present Sheen with the chance they ruthlessly exploited. First Magalhaes cut for four down to third man and though he was run-out attempting an impossible second the next ball, the willowy Weir came in and in no-nonsense style flicked a boundary backward of square to clinch a tumultuous victory with two balls to spare.

THE FINAL: ESHER GRIFFINS 63-3 (Shori 2-13) LOST TO SHEEN PARK 64-3 off 6.4 overs  (Magalhaes 28) BY BY FOUR WICKETS.