THREE MUSKETEERS: George Cole, Wilfred Pitchford and Gilby Richards.
THE INVICIBLES: The Boys U10's went unbeaten in all matches in 2020.
THE GIRLS U10's were another side with a 100% record.
CUTTING your teeth in competition at six years old isn't a bad way to start!
RIDERS ON THE STORM: Some intrepid parents in an U11 match against Kew.
CHAMPION: The U9's won their informal league in 2020.
'ROARY' JACOMB in action against Teddington.
IN GEAR: Enzo Manuel fires down another exocet.
DEADLY DANOS: 20 wickets in a fine 2019 season at U10.
GIVE HIM AN INCH: one of Sheen's fine crop of young players - Joe Inch.
MARCUS GRISDALE who was the record breaking wicket-taker in 2019 with 45.
SUMMER SON: Will Summers in action at North Middlesex in the Gubby Allen Trophy.
               Season Review 2021


A mixed summer in the context of results in a crammed schedule with 67 matches won and 48 lost in all competition, including the summer leagues.

Sheen Colts are always competitive, but there was a strong element of inclusiveness around the club this year and winning was often not at the top of the agenda.

The U12’s were our most powerful team, claiming the Middlesex South Region League and narrowly failing to make the County League finals day and they were closely followed by the U11’s who won both Middlesex (South) and Surrey (East) titles. 

The U9’s grew in stature as the season progressed, claiming seven victories in 10 matches and finished second in their league.

The result of the season was arguably the Girls U12’s extraordinary victory over a powerful Richmond outfit at Christ’s School in late June.

 

UNDER 17’s

Middlesex League: 

Middlesex Record: Pld 6   W 1  L 3   A 2 

With the average age of boys in this XI 15 or under, it was no surprise that this team were outplayed in a number of matches, but there were some excellent contributions. After early season batterings from Teddington (10 wickets) and Richmond (six wickets) there was a much tighter game against Teddington in the reverse fixture with Sheen going down by just 25 runs. In the final match, Josh Summers (41) and George Grisdale (41) helped Sheen to a defendable 113-7 against Hampton Hill and it was left to Olly Richards (4-3) to spin Sheen to a 26 run win.


UNDER 15’s

Middlesex League: 

Middlesex Record: Pld 8   W 1  L 3  A 4 

It was never possible to gain any real momentum through the summer with a number of games abandoned due to poor weather. Rufus Goodman was the excellent captain of a side that was always competitive but generally lacked the strength-in-depth or power of other teams. It was, however, an invaluable experience for the youngsters playing up, with Ishrat Oberoi particularly making his mark.

There was a s solitary half century from Olly Richards against Teddington


UNDER 14’s

Middlesex League: 

Middlesex Record: Pld    W 6   L 3   A 4

With Olly Richards the cornerstone of this team with bat, ball and in the field and an in turn aided by a willing first lieutenant, Tommaso Wood, the side enjoyed an excellent season producing fine wins against Teddington (twice), Kew (twice) Sunbury and Indian Gymkhana. 

Richards managed three half centuries, including an outstanding 93* against Sunbury, and he also grabbed 20 wickets at 10.9 with his phantom spinners.

Others to hit half centuries were Wood, with 77* against Teddington and George Grisdale – 59 against Sunbury.


UNDER 13’s

Middlesex League: 

Middlesex Record: Pld 11   W 1  L 8   A 2

Very much a development side with the majority of the team playing up from the U12’s, there was just the one win all summer – against Teddington, with Harry Klein steering the side to victory with an unbeaten half-century.. There were also two tight games against a powerful Wycombe House side – Alf Beresford-Pierse hitting 50* in a loss-off-the-last-ball encounter while Danny Barlow was consistent all summer with his left arm spin.


UNDER 12’s

Middlesex League: 

Middlesex Record: Pld 12   W 8  L 2   A 2

Unbeaten for the majority of the summer, Beresford-Pierse’s charges only slipped at the death, losing to Barnes in the Regional Cup semi-final and Hampstead in the County league semi-final (in the last over).

The batting was both a strength and a weakness – on occasions brutally destructive – but was exposed against Barnes when the XI were bowled out for 32 chasing just 50. 

Beresford-Pierse cudgeled three half-centuries including 87* against Indian Gymkhana, while Klein, Freddie Danos, Oberoi, Will Summers and Josh Kavia also reached the landmark.

The bowling was spearheaded by the indefatigable Danos who claimed 12 wickets at 12.91 while Enzo Manuel snapped up 4-3 against Barnes, including a hat-trick.

 

UNDER 11’s

Middlesex League: 

Middlesex Record: Pld 12   W 8  L 3   A 1

This was another team with considerable in-depth talent that carried much before it but ultimately was found wanting against Teddington in both league and cup (actually one player – Omker Shenai) and then falling short in the County League semi-final against North Middlesex. 

Ranveer Dangi was a class act at the top of the order, compiling three effortless half centuries and in all scoring over 400 runs for the club at three age groups.

He was aided by the brutal and uncompromising Jeevan Bhandal who scored 366 runs including two half centuries at U11.

Leading wicket-taker was George Lacy with 23 while Ned Ballantyne 4-14 against Hampton Hill, U9 Seb Pearson 4-12 against HWR and Bhandal 5-8 against Barnes were all extremely effective.

A blow to the side was the early season injury to left-arm pace man Huw Stradling who underlined his talent by claiming 13 wickets when he returned in August for informal summer league cricket.


UNDER 11’s

Surrey League: 

Surrey Record: Pld 12   W 10  L 1   A 2

A tier two league, there was the opportunity to play up a number of U10’s to this side and they didn’t disappoint. There was a solitary loss against Barnes away, but the team gained revenge in the home fixture to clinch the league title.

 

UNDER 10’s

Middlesex League: 

Middlesex Record: Pld 12   W 5  L 5   A 2


Surrey League:

Surrey Record: Pld   W 4   L 3   T 1   A 1

With a strong policy of playing up youngsters and they often turning out as U10/9 teams, these XI’s acquitted themselves extremely well in bot Middlesex and Surrey all summer. There was excellent availability so it was rare for the team to be recognizable game to game.

Leading run-scorer was Nico Watts, with 189 at a touch under 38 while new ball specialist Seb Pearson ended up as the club’s leading wicket-taker with 26 at 12.46. 


 

UNDER 9’s

Middlesex League:

Middlesex Record: Pld 10   W 7  L 3   

With five seven year-olds playing in this side on a regular basis and a streak of four wins from the last four matches played, there is a lot of excitement generating from this age group.

If your U8’s and U9’s are your future, then Sheen definitely has a great one in prospect.

Franklin King topped the run-scoring charts with 122 at 30.50 whie seven-year-old Gilby Richards – younger brother of Olly - remodeled his action in the early weeks of the summer and ended up with 18 wickets at 7.83 including 4-16 against Sunbury.

Another of the young musketeers to stand out was Jack Bailey who ripped through Richmond, claiming 4-9.

 

GIRLS UNDER 12’s

Middlesex League:

Middlesex Record: Pld 12   W 2  L 4    A 6

Availability was a problem throughout the summer but the outstanding Ellie Phillips held the side together and the team was rewarded with a stunning win over one of Middlesex’s leading sides – Richmond – in late June.

With Sonali Garcha claiming 3-10 and Phillips scoring an unbeaten 30, Sheen’s girls won by seven wickets in the 19thover of the chase.

Other girls particularly mentioned in dispatches were Lucy Wilson and Layla Edwards.

Nathan Townsend did a tremendous job of managing this side with the support of Charlie Ullathorne.



GIRLS UNDER 10’s

Middlesex League: 

Middlesex Record: Pld 9   W 2  L 5   A 1 

This was a happy team, outstandingly marshaled by Ali Thomson. With the goal being to introduce cricket to a new crop of girls at the club, it wasn’t so important to win matches as to expose our younger players to competition. 

Jess Wood proved an excellent captain and Anneli Randall was the leading all-rounder. 


                          VICTOR LUDORUM 2021
THE CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR is selected on the basis of points scored for batting, bowling and fielding through all games in the summer. There are 15 points per wicket, one per run, 10 per catch/run out as well as 20 points per catch/stumping for ‘keepers. 
Many congratulations to Olly Richards for winning the trophy in 2021 for the fourth time in five years!
OllyRICHARDS463300120
883
JeevanBHANDAL386375110
871
RanveerDANGI48018060
720
HarryKLEIN387
50180617
SebPEARSON18639040
616
IshratOBEROI27531520
610
AlfB-PEIRSE4059090
585
JosephINCH
34318040
563
SamuelWADE29510540120560
FreddieDANOS24524020
505
GilbertRICHARDS16530040
505
GeorgeLACY7436030
464
RoryJACOMB23218040
452
FranklinKING17725520
452
TommasoWOOD (Gottardi)21416560
439
GeorgeBUTLER14224050
432
MaxJACKSON28110530
416
NicoWATTS21316530
408
HuwSTRADLING4024030
310
JackBAILEY76225

301
RohanBHANDAL117165

282
EdCLEMENT173105

278
MarcusGRISDALE1069080
276
JoshSUMMERS184090
274
EloisePHILLIPS1299040
259
XavierPEARCE60195

255
NedBALLANTYNE224010
252
GeorgeCOLE98135

233
AryaSINGH10110520
226
DannyBARLOW5815010
218
GeorgeGRISDALE1633020
213
OscarLEONARD884560
193
WillSUMMERS1384510
193
BertieDANOS4513510
190
JackHAYNES4410540
189
HarryTHORNTON1184510
173
TobySTRADLING30135

165
LukasGEORGE529020
162
WilfredPITCHFORD507520
145
RufusGOODMAN1171510
142
KitSTEWART477510
132
DominicULLATHORNE4290

132
JohnnyCARSWELL4875

123
GeorgeBUCKINGHAM111010
121
NathanPINTO5160

111
JamesFRASER196030
109
KunshKHANNA90010
100

 Season Review 2020


An extraordinary summer, which at one time seemed an unlikely prospect, was re-scheduled from June through to September and was quite simply the most wonderful in Sheen’s history.

From the very start, when a Pod system of coaching was introduced to conform to Government guidelines, there was a wellspring of support from parents and on one memorable evening twelve pods of young boys and girls – 72 children – were out on the common showcasing their talent. 

Ali Fraser, the former Middlesex all-rounder ran these sessions with no little skill managing a fantastic group of adult volunteers who stepped in to assist with the running of the pods.

The true breakthrough came in mid July when it was announced that a cricket season could go ahead and In all, 54 matches were then played across all age groups over the next 10 weeks – just a dozen less than one would expect in a normal summer. 

This was made possible by the string of volunteer managers who stepped up to take games – Jon Grisdale, Richard Barlow, Dom Danos, Will Inch, John & Sarah Wade, Charles Ullathorne and Nathan Townsend.

Of the 43 official matches played (the others were internal games) Sheen won 30. The U10’s and Girls U10’s went unbeaten and the U9’s lost just one match. 

More important, the degree of participation increased dramatically, prompting us to enter two teams at both U10 and U11 next summer as well as U14, U15 and U17 teams to Middlesex League and Cup competitions.

We are a small club, but that is part of our attraction. Do we want to grow to 300-400 members? Never. We believe that to give the majority the best chance of playing competitive cricket our optimum is between 110 and 130 boys and girls. 

Many, many, congratulations to Olly Richards, who emerged a runaway winner of the Victor Ludorum Trophy. In an unprecedented season, this young man scored 775 runs, took 13 wickets and claimed ten catches or run-outs for an outstanding total of 1070 points.

 

UNDER 14’s

Middlesex League: 1st in Div 2

Middlesex Record: Pld 8  W 5  L 2  T 1

Season synopsis: Despite losses to Sunbury and Kew, the team managed by John Grisdale nevertheless clinched the unofficial league tile, edging out Sunbury, whose challenge was ultimately impacted on by the weather.Having registered four consecutive wins to easily top the table early on, the two defeats seriously undermined the side’s chances of winning the league, but a quality innings of 62* from Marcus Grisdale forced a tie against Hounslow and Whitton, (Sheen fielded just eight players) and a crunching win over Ashford in the final match edged the team over the line. The sublime Olly Richards scored 363 runs at 90.75 while George Grisdale registered a century against Hampton Hill and Rufus Goodman (182 runs at 26.00) produced a number of foundation-laying innings’ at the top of the order. As if gorging himself on hapless attacks wasn’t enough, Richards was also leading wicket-taker claiming nine victims, while Danny Barlow topped the averages with six wickets at 5.66 including 4-4 against Hampton Hill. Goodman also managed six wickets while the front-line seamers – Keegan Phillips and Leo Cusden took four apiece.


UNDER 13’s

Middlesex League: 4th in Div 1

Middlesex Record: Pld 8 W 3 L 5  

Season synopsis: In an extremely competitive league where top and bottom were separated by just 18 points, Sheen underlined their credentials with victories over strong Richmond and Indian Gymkhana teams but did not, in the ultimate analysis, have the penetration in attack needed to mount a serious title challenge. Richards, again was the pick of the batters, registering a match-winning 115* against Indian Gymkhana and two half centuries against  Sunbury. In all he amassed 409 runs at this age group at 81.80. Also amongst the runs was Josh Summers (145 at 24.16) while a host of other players contributed at various stages in the summer. The achilles heel was in the bowling, where no one took more than four wickets in the eight matches played, though Megan Wilson impressed with her accuracy and took 3-25 at 8.33. 

UNDER 11’s

Middlesex (North) League: 2nd 

Middlesex record: Pld 6 W 2  L 4 

Season synopsis: Another tight league, but with availability a little stripped back at times, Sheen were unable to gain any momentum and only registered two wins against Kew. Freddie Danos underlined his all-round qualities by claiming nine wickets at 9.33 and scoring 168 runs at 56. Others to catch the eye with the bat were Alf Beresford-Pierse (135 runs at 67.5) and Will Summers (139 runs at 34.75). Summers recorded the only half century – 52* against Richmond.

 

UNDER 10’s

Middlesex League: 1st

Surrey Friendly League:1st

Middlesex record: Pld 7  W 7 L 0 

Surrey record: Pld 5 W 5 L 0

Season synopsis:  A curtailed season, it’s true, but the U10’s were once again magnificent, enjoying a 100% record through a hectic nine-week period. From the first match – a highly charged friendly against Sunbury won off the last ball – this squad proved itself time and time again under the inspired and benevolent leadership of manager Will Inch. Inch boasts the enviable record of two consecutive seasons unbeaten as manager-coach and has been at the heart of all things good at the club in recent times. Heading the averages by some way was the assured and gifted Ranveer Dangi (147 runs at 73.50), though top run scorer was Sammy Wade (219 runs at 27.37). Others to feature prominently with the bat were Joe Inch (174 runs at 29.00), skipper Jeevan Bhandal (141 runs at 35.25) and Nico Watts (105 runs at 26.25). Leading bowler, of those who bowled 10 or more overs, was Bhandal, with 13 wickets at 5.46 whilst Inch was top wicket-taker with 16 at 7.25. Seb Pearson took 10 wickets at 8.30, Wade nine at 8.55 and Max Jackson nine at 11.00. Rory Jacomb’s hat-trick against Richmond with the first three balls of the innings at Sheen was possibly the highlight of a remarkable summer.

UNDER 10 Girls

Middlesex South League: 1st

Middlesex record: Pld 4  W 4  L 0

In their inaugural season, the girls made a distinct impression, winning all four league matches played, beating Bushey Park Girls and Roehampton & Fulham twice each. Leading wicket-takers were Abby Knight and Cara Hughes, both with five, while Sophia Ullathorne collected four. Eloise Phillips was the stand-out player in the squad allying some express bowling to some thumping performances with the bat. In all she scored 104 runs for just once out. Cara Hughes netted 64 runs, Olivia Klein 35 and Zoe Lennon 30.

UNDER 9’s 

Middlesex South League: 1st

Middlesex record: Pld 5  W 4  L 1 

Another start-up team who excelled, enjoying victories over Hounslow, Wycombe House, Richmond and Ashford – enough to see them emerge with the league title. This was the first time Sheen had entered an U9 team to Midlesex competition, and it was an experiment that proved massively successful. With youngsters like Gilby Richards (younger brother of VL winner Olly), Wilfred Pitchford and George Cole – all just six years old – having the opportunity to enjoy the sharp edge of competition for the first time. Dominic Ullathorne topped the bowling averages with six wickets at 7.16, including 4-14 against the Towering Kings XI . Nathan Pinto (7), Richards (6) Pitchford (5), Rohan Bhandal (5) and Moore (5) all made significant contributions. Richards was top run scorer with 91 at 18.20, Pitchford scored 74 at 24.66 while Bhandal, Moore, Pearse and Weston all enjoyed match-winning performances. 



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Season Review 2019

UNDER 13’s

Middlesex League: 5th in Div 1

Middlesex Cup: First Round

Middlesex Plate: Winners

Surrey League: 3rd in Div 1

Surrey Cup: Losing semi-finalists

Middlesex Record: Pld 12  W 4   L 5  A 3

Surrey Record: Pld 11  W 6   L 3  A 2


Season synopsis: A summer that hinged around three games in the second half of June – all of which could have been won, but all that ended in agonising defeats. First there was a one run loss to Teddington in the Middlesex League where with seven to win off the final over the boys couldn’t quite get over the line. Then came a pivotal loss to Richmond in the Surrey League, where Sheen posted 138-5 thanks largely to a thumping partnership between Shori (40*) and Weir (41*) but then failed to defend the target, Richmond edging home with one ball to spare. Finally, there was another loss to Richmond in the Middlesex League where with eight to win off the final over, Richmond again got over the line. Wins in those three games would have confirmed Sheen as Surrey Champions and they would have finished runners-up in Middlesex. Small margins indeed. Statistically Dilly Shori was the stand-out batter, with 268 runs at 26.8 and he was well supported by Ted Clark (257), Rufus Goodman (196) and Olly Richards (187). Will Weir and Luke Magalhaes also topped 100 runs. On the bowling front Jamie Kennedy was the leading wicket-taker with 11 at 10.54 including a haul of 5-3 v Spencer Girls. Keegan Phillips was always steady and probing taking 10 wickets at 13.4 but other than that, the attack lacked a cutting edge and wickets were very much shared around. The summer ended on a high note with victory in the South Region Plate – a Cup competition arranged for those teams who lost in the first round of the National Championships. Anchored by Olly Richards (46) Sheen notched up 138-9 in their 20 overs while Wycombe House – at one stage well on course for victory – ultimately had no answer to the guile of Eddie Rogan, who produced a match-winning spell of 4-0-14-3.

 

UNDER 12’s

Middlesex League: 1st in Div 2

Middlesex Cup: Losing finalists

Middlesex record: Pld 13  W 9   L 2  A 2

Season synopsis: This squad won the U12 League title with something to spare and then went on to reach the final of the Regional Cup where the team were well beaten by a powerful Richmond team who went undefeated in Middlesex through the summer. A loss to Teddington in the League play-offs left a sour taste - questionable decisions having a significant impact on the game, but overall, it was an excellent season with a number of players stepping up and making an impression. Five players scored over 100 runs including Olly Richards (223), George Grisdale (161), Josh Summers (138), James Colt (120) and Nick Squire (101). Richards’ 57 was crucial in the semi-final win over Indian Gymkhana whilst George Grisdale was at his powercrazed best with 74 off 41 balls against Wycombe House. Leading wicket-taker was Olly Burke with 12 at 6.92, including 4/4 against Hampton Hill whilst Richards and Marcus Grisdale both managed 10. 


UNDER 11’s

Middlesex League: 1st in Div 2

Middlesex Cup: Losing finalists

Middlesex record: Pld 13  W 8  L 2  A 3

Season synopsis: The U11’s summer almost a mirrored that of the U12’s. League winners by some distance and a run to the final of the Regional Cup, only to lose both the League play-off at Teddington and then the Regional Cup final against as good a Sunbury U11 side as there has been for many a year. Danny Barlow led the side from the front, scoring 121 runs at 24.2 including a fighting of 31* against Teddington in the County play-offs and taking seven wickets at 12.14. Runs were very much shared around, with Marcus Grisdale registering the only half century with 52 against Ashford. Wickets were spread, too, Grisdale (8), Barlow (7), Haris Khan (5) and Rory Jacomb (5) all chipping in.

UNDER 10’s

Middlesex League: 1stin Div 1; League play-off winners

Surrey League: 1stin Div 2

Middlesex Cup: Regional winners

Middlesex record: Pld 14  W 11   L  1  A 2

Surrey record: Pld 16   W 13   L 3  A 0

Season synopsis:  Despite the hiccup of an off day in the County stages of the Gubby Allen, this was arguably the best U10 squad to have ever represented Sheen Park. Unbeaten in the Middlesex League, the team then played two unexpected play-off matches – but never took their eye off the ball and clinched the title with a pulsating win over Sunbury in September. There was also confirmation of their Cup status as they trounced Hampton Wick Royal in the Regional final the night before, winning by 62 runs. The story was similar in Surrey, though there were three defeats – twice to Esher in the league and then to Barnes in the Cup semi-final but a record of 24 wins and just four defeats in all competitions speaks volumes for the skill and resolve of this squad. Harry Klein scored 287 runs at 35.87 to top the averages whilst Rory Jacomb (218), Freddie Danos (212), Marcus Grisdale (203) Alf Beresford-Pierce (169) and Will Summers (159) all scored over 150 runs. Leading wicket-taker was George Lacy with 24 at 8.04 whilst Marcus Grisdale 23 at 4.30) and Freddie Danos (20 at 8.75) were almost as prolific. Five players took four or more wickets in an innings, and Cara Hughes became the first girl to achieve this feat.

NOTE: Overall, the club registered 51 wins from 67 matches played in 2019, a win ratio of 76.12% - or put more simply, three wins from every four matches played.

                       VICTOR LUDORUM 2019

THE CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR is selected on the basis of points scored for batting, bowling and fielding through all games in the summer. There are 15 points per wicket, one per run, 10 per catch/run out as well as 20 points per catch/stumping for ‘keepers. Below are all those Colts who scored 100+ points last summer.

NAME                              RUNS     WKTS     CT         CT/ST         TOTAL PTS
Marcus GRISDALE         338            675      70         0             1083
Olly RICHARDS 447            210      50         0               707
Freddie DANOS 257            300      60         0               617
Alf B-PEIRSE         237            300      80         0               617
Rory JACOMB 227            270      70         0               567
Enzo MANUEL        138            285      70         0               493
George GRISDALE        305            150      30         0               485
Harry KLEIN        349              75      10       40               474
George LACY          53            375      30         0               458
Danny BARLOW        181            180      80         0               441
Ted CLARK                 257            135      40         0               432
Will SUMMERS         203            120      70         0               393
Dillon SHORI                 268              75      30         0               373
Rufus GOODMAN         217            120      30         0               367
Will WEIR                 144            135      80         0               359
Will THOMSON         116            210      30         0               356
Thomas WOOD           50            255      30         0               335
Joe INCH                   77            240  0         0               317
Olly BURKE                   34            240      30         0               304
Sammy WADE           62            180      40         0               282
Luke MAGALHAES         129        0      90            60               279
Josh SUMMERS         168              60      10         0               238
Jeevan BHANDAL           80            135      20         0               235
Jamie KENNEDY           28            165      40         0               233
Haris KHAN                       69              90      50         0               209
James COLT                 120              60      20         0               200
Adrian PINTO                 103              75      20         0               198
Keegan PHILLIPS           22            150  0         0               172
Olly PHILLIPS                   28            135  0         0               163
Izaak MANUEL           61              60      40         0               161
Eddie ROGAN                   23            105      20         0               148
Nicholas SQUIRE     121              15      10         0               146
Eddy VIGAR                   89              45      10         0               144
Cara HUGHES             5            120  0         0               125
Joe SWAN                   30              90  0         0               120
Max JACKSON           26              75  0         0               101