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.
25th June v Southwater Lost by 5 wickets
Society 213 for 3 40 overs (Paul Spencer 90*, Peter Hardy 58), Southwater 216 for 5 (Andy Sheldon 5 for 50)
Although the scores do not suggest it, the Southwater pitch was very tricky and batting was at times a lottery. Paul Spencer and Peter Hardy batted with great good sense to give us what looked a defendable total. However , with only 10 men, we were left exposed in the field as the Southwater skipper smashed the ball to all parts. Andy Sheldon bowled well for his 5 wickets.
2nd July v West Meon and Warnford Draw
Society 163 for 6 dec (Jason Fenn 75) West Meon 160 for 4
Jason Fenn dominated our innings although a late flurry of wickets set us back a little. West Meon were behind the rate for most of their innings but Stuart Smith and the skipper gave them a realistic chance. Good death bowling by Harry Fenn and Angus Graham ensured that we got a draw.
9th July v Fleet Street Strollers Lost by 53 runs
Fleet Street Strollers 191 (Andy Sheldon 3 for 30, Paul Fielding 3 for 54) Society 138 (Peter Hardy 34)
This was a new fixture played at Pinkney's Green. Our opponents were a youngish side of decent cricketers but their batting was soon in trouble. At 123 for 9 we thought we had things in the bag but were thwarted by some extraordinary hitting from a man meeting his team mates for the first time. Our strong top order batting crumbled to 22 for 4 and, although Peter Hardy and Harry Fenn batted well, we were well beaten.
16th July v Britwell Salome Draw
Society 276 for 2 dec (Jason Fenn 122, Ilija Krunic 100*), Britwell Salome 186 for 5 (Paul Fielding 3 for 59)
Jason Fenn was in outstanding form and was well supported by Ilija Krunic's maiden Society ton as we declared after just 40 overs. Britwell were in the hunt for a while , although they settled for a draw after Paul Fielding took key wickets.
23rd July v Middleton Stoney Draw
Miiddleton Stoney 196 for 6 dec (John Symons 4 for 48), Society 86 for 9
Fielding a strong side, we had hoped for much more from this game. Harry and Tom Fenn caused early problems and John Symons bowled well but the Middleton score was always going to be hard to chase. Early and late collapses left us grateful the last pair for our draw.
30th July v Sparsholt. No play . Waterlogged square.
6th Aug v IBM (South Hants) Draw
IBM 222 all out (Joe Fenn 6 for 29), Society 132 for 8
Our opponents cried off and we travelled to the picturesque IBM ground. We leaked runs for much of the innings but Joe Fenn bowled a superb spell to keep us in the game. Wickets were lost at regular intervals but Tom Carmichael batted through to secure a draw.
7th Aug v Blackheath Won by 112 runs
Society 226 for 6 dec (Stuart Smith 65, Jon Thornton 64), Blackheath 114 all out (Matt Stevens 4 for 24)
After surviving a lively opening spell, Stuart Smith and Jon Thornton put on 144 for the first wicket. Rob Humphreys added 33* to set up the declaration. The young Blackheath batsmen fell to a combination of Andy Sheldon and Matt Stevens.
14th Aug v Odiham and Greywell. Draw
Odiham 182 all out (John Symons 4 for 45), Society 181 for 5 (Jason Fenn 107)
Good bowling by John Symons and Joe Fenn tied Odiham down on a good batting track. Jason Fenn batted brilliantly to put us in with a real chance of a rare win at Odiham but we fell just short. we were royally entertained , as ever, on the Odiham President's Day.
16th Aug v Lingfield Won by 96 runs
Society 200 for 6 (Stuart Cosstick 81, Will Wyatt 59*), Lingfield 104 all out (Stephen Fallowell 4 for 20)
In a new fixture at the attractive Newchapel ground, Stuart Cosstick hit a classy 81, whilst Will Wyatt blitzed sixes at the other end. After a good start, Lingfield succumbed rapidly to the spin of Stephen Fallowell and Stuart Smith.
20th Aug v Newdigate Lost by 5 wickets
Society 181 for 6 dec (Paul Spencer 67, Angus Graham 41), Newdigate 184 for 6
An opposing player had died at Newdigate on the previous day and the mood was understandably sombre. Paul Spencer and Angus Graham put us into what we thought was strong position. Unfortunately Newdigate's overseas player made light of the run chase .
27th Aug v Broadhalfpenny Brigands Draw
Brigands 168 for 8 dec, Society 139 for 7 (Graeme Overy 46)
The Brigands made slow progress against accurate Society bowling which was well supported by Tom Carmichael's 4 wicket keeping victims. The delayed declaration left us with 13 fewer overs to bat. Graeme Overy and Rob Humphreys put us in a strong postion but we lost wickets at crucial times to two good young bowlers
28th Aug v Petersfield Won by 138 runs
Society 203 for 5 dec (Jason Fenn 91, Stuart Smith 61), Petersfield 65 all out (Paul Fielding 5 for 11, Harry Fenn 3 for 8)
Jason Fenn and Stuart Smith put on 157 for the first wicket against steady Petersfield bowling and we declared at 203. Harry Fenn , for once, got reward for a superb spell in dismissing the early batting. Paul Fielding made short work of the tail. Petersfield were fine hosts on a lovely day.
3rd Sept v Crown Taverners Cancelled due to rain.
10th Sept v Sanderstead. Match abandoned as a draw.
Sanderstead 174 for 8 (Paul Fielding 7 for 87), Society 60 for 1(Jason Fenn 34)
Paul Fielding bowled a remarkable 22 overs for his seven wickets aided by some excellent catching. Our rely was looking very good when rain ended the game.
17th Sept v Rudgwick Lost by 6 wkts
Society 217 for 5 dec (Jason Fenn 113, Angus Graham 42*), Rudgwick 218 for 4
Jason Fenn was again in prime form and our innings ended with brother and sister Angus and Rosy Graham at the crease. What had looked a good score was overhauled by a remarkable innings by Sussex 2nd XI player Tom Haynes.
24th Sept v Reigate Pilgrims Won by 27 runs
Society 125 for 5 dec (Ronald Paterson 37*), Reigate Pilgrims 97 all out (Mark Wheeler 3 for 28)
Batting conditions were far from easy and we were indebted to an excellent knock by Ronald Paterson who had missed much of the season through an operation. Mark Wheeler and Paul Fielding proved too experienced for the pilgrim
|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.