The Society XI is open to all members and plays around 30 fixtures a season in the South East, mainly on Sundays on attractive village grounds. Our aim is to play good, traditional cricket in a convivial spirit.
30th April v Ockley Society Won by 10 wickets
Ockley 109 all out (Andy Sheldon 4 for 15), Society 110 for 0 (Jason Fenn 85*)
The XI started the season with a resounding win at Ockley. With rain forecast, Ockley chose to bat and were soon in trouble against Andy Sheldon. Young Tyrone Shaw offered the only real opposition with a fighting 46. Jason Fenn was in superb form as he raced to 85* in 52 balls well assisted by Paul Spencer, making sure that the rain was not a factor.
7th May v Darji at Princes Risborough Won by 37 runs
Society 220 for 6 (40 overs) (Jamie Hall 89, Jason Fenn 32) Darji 183 for9 (40 overs) (Andy Sheldon 3 for 36, Jason Fenn 3 for 36)
Original opponents, Princes Risborough, could not raise a team and we entertained Darji at Risborough's ground. Batting first in a 40 over game, our total was built around a fine 89 by Jamie Hall. Our key bowlers were Andy Sheldon who removed the top 3 , Jason Fenn also with 3 and 2 important strikes by Harry Fenn.
14th May v Old Leightonians Lost by 6 wickets
Society 138 for 7 dec (Pratik Bhattacharya 48), Old Leightonians 142 for 4
Batting first on a difficult pitch, our innings lacked momentum despite good innings by Andy Graham and Pratik Bhattacharya. We had our opponents in trouble at 22 for 3 but two experienced batsmen saw them home
21st May v Tilford Lost by 25 runs
Tilford 161 for 6 dec (John Symons 4 for 47), Society 136 all out (Rob Humphreys 42)
Miserly bowling by John Symons and Andy Sheldon pegged Tilford down until two first team batsmen finished the innings in some style with a car rear windscreen being amongst their victims. For a while our batting threatened to take us close but a late order collapse sealed our fate.
28th May v Godalming Match abandoned as a draw
Society 58 for 2.
Our original opponents cried off but Godalming were excellent hosts at short notice. Unfortunately the weather got the better of us.
29th May v Bryan Fenn Select XI at Hayes. Draw
Fenn XI 228 for 9 dec ( Harry Fenn 99, David Chapman 34) Society 187 for 5 (Stuart Smith 56, Peter Hardy 53*)
Jason Fenn raised an eleven, almost all from his family, to play this special game in memory of his late father. It was a sizeable family outing at Bryan's club, Hayes in Middlesex. Harry Fenn would have delighted his grandfather with a fine innings, before falling one short of a maiden century against his regular teammates. Stuart Smith and Peter Hardy batted well in our reply. Honours ended appropriately even.
4th June v Coldharbour. Won by 9 wickets.
Coldharbour 106 for 9 dec (Andy Sheldon 4 for 30 , Paul Fielding 4 for 35) Society 109 for 1 (Andy Graham 43*, Rob Humphreys 42*)
On the picture postcard Coldharbour ground, pitched rather inaccessibly on Leith Hill, we skittled the home team until the skipper's very young son offered some late resistance. Andy Sheldon and Paul Fielding refect on their bowling beneath. Andy Graham and Rob Humphreys plundered the short boundaries to see us home.
Paul Fielding and Andy Sheldon reflect on their four wicket hauls at Coldharbour , the highest ground in the South East. Gatwick Airport is in the background.
11th June v Wood Street Village won by 95 runs
Society 186 for 7 dec (Jason Fenn 62, Harry Fenn 34) Wood Street Village 91 (Paul Fielding 6 for 10)
We played at the attractive Wood Street Village ground after our original opponents cried off. Jason Fenn was in good form and son Harry weighed in with a quick fire 34. After Harry Fenn and Andy Sheldon removed the top 4, Paul Fielding took 6 for 10, which would have been better still but for some overhanging telephone wires intercepting a probable boundary catch.
18th June v Kew Won by 8 wickets
Kew 127 all out (Joe Fenn 3 for 46), Society 131 for 2 (Rob Humphreys 57*)
We returned after several years to the lovely Kew Green on a blistering hot day. After a moving tribute to by Stuart Cosstick to the victims of the recent and nearby Grenville Tower tragedy, Kew batted first in ideal batting conditions. A hard-hitting first team regular threatened a significant innings before being dismissed by Joe Fenn in an impressive display of slow bowling. Paul Fielding took his wicket tally to 421 , equalling the record of John Kershaw.Rob Humphreys was in commanding form with the bat was well supported by Jason Fenn and Angus Graham who was playing his first game as a married man.
THE CRICKET SOCIETY XI FIXTURES 2017
|Sun||07-May||Princes Risborough, Bucks||2.00pm|
|Sun||14-May||Old Leightonians . Berks||2.00pm|
|Sun||21-May||Tilford . Surrey||2.00pm|
|Sun||28-May||Forest Green,. Surrey||2.00pm|
|Mon||29-May||Bryan Fenn Select XI at Hayes CC , Middlesex||2.00pm|
|Sun||11-Jun||Oakwood Hill, Surrey||2.00pm|
|Sun||02-Jul||West Meon and Warnford, Hampshire||2.00pm|
|Sun||09-Jul||Fleet Street Strollers at Pinkney’s Green, Berks||1.00pm|
|Sun||16-Jul||Britwell Salome, Oxon||2.00pm|
|Sun||23-Jul||Middleton Stoney, Oxon||2.00pm|
|Sun||06-Aug||St James’s Montefiore, Sussex||2.00pm|
|Mon||07 Aug||Blackheath , Surrey||2.00pm|
|Sun||13-Aug||Odiham & Greywell , Hants||1.00pm|
|Wed||16-Aug||Lingfield at Newchapel, Surrey||2.00pm|
|Sun||27-Aug||Broadhalfpenny Brigands , Hants||1.30pm|
|Sun||03-Sep||Crown Taverners, Hampshire||1.00pm|
|Sun||10-Sep||Sanderstead , Surrey||1.00pm|
|Sun||17-Sep||Rudgwick , West Sussex||1.00pm|
|Sun||24-Sep||Reigate Pilgrims , Surrey||1.00pm|
Captain's Report 2016 by Tom Carmichael
In the days after the last game of the season a series of e-mails flowed between many of our players. These e-mails spoke of the feeling of real satisfaction after an excellent season and the desire to do it all again next year. No doubt a super Angus Graham-inspired win at Reigate Pilgrims helped fuel this feeling but it did reflect another hugely enjoyable year for the Society XI.
7 wins to set against only 2 defeats creates an impressive win/loss ratio. We were victorious at Forest Green, West Meon, Abinger, Newdigate, Broadhalfpenny Brigands, Petersfield and Reigate Pilgrims. We lost in the rain at Sparsholt and in a tight game at the Royal Household. Unfortunately, we couldn’t raise a team for Ventor, so our days of touring the Isle of Wight appear over. However, the Hampshire tour was a great success. We’re not sure when we last won 2 games on tour.
We were seldom short of runs and runs scored with class and power. Jason Fenn and Rob Humphreys maintained their quality contributions whilst Paul Spencer and Peter Hardy both scored consistently well. Few who witnessed Angus Graham’s maiden century at Rudgwick will forget it and he followed it up with a match winning display of batting, bowling and catching the following week. Opportunities were often limited for many of our batsmen, but several others contributed well when called upon.
On the bowling front, Harry Fenn continued to be hugely unlucky, bowling with real pace and venom. The old stagers Andy Sheldon, Paul Fielding and John Symons would readily admit that much of their success was due to Harry’s bowling at the other end. However, it would be wrong to take anything away from the remarkable bowling of these three.
The days when the team couldn’t catch a cold are in the past. We lost count of the number of outstanding catches over the course of the season. Peter Hardy took 8 catches with Angus Graham and Rob Humphreys 6 each. Tom Carmichael pouched 25 wicket keeping victims.
As ever we were well served by our umpires and Brenda Symons, Robin Burns and Denise Fielding were excellent scorers. Many thanks again from me to Rob Humphreys for his total support as Vice-Captain and to the match managers. We were supported wherever we went by our travelling band of wives, partners, children and others. Many of our opponents regard their game with us as one of the highlights of their season and our supporters are an undoubted factor in this.
Roll on 2017.