2019 Season

Captain's Report and Season Averages will appear here soon.

Cricket Society XI Results 2019

28th April v Warborough and Shillingford. Draw. Society 190 for 3 dec (Pratik Bhattacharya 82*, Joe Fenn 52*, Rob Humphreys 37) Warborough 146 for 8 (Joe Fenn 3 for 42, Andy Sheldon 3 for 37)

The new season kicked off with an attractive new fixture at Warborough in Oxfordshire. After the loss of early wickets our batting was excellent with Pratik Bhattacharya to the fore. Warborough threatened briefly but ended up playing out for a draw. Joe Fenn had an excellent all round match.

5th May v Burley Lost by 4 wickets Society 205 for 4 (Jason Fenn 64, Rob Humphreys 57) Burley 207 for 6

Our journey to the New Forest was less eventful than last year. Batting first , we scored consistently with Jason Fenn and Rob Humphreys in form. Our much younger opponents were well in control until a flurry of mid order wickets. However sensible hitting saw them home.

12th May v Old Leightonians Lost by 4 wickets Society 103 all out (Alan Newman 41), Old Leightonians 104 for 6 (Paul Fielding 3 for 18, John Symons 3 for 21)

Batting was never straightforward on a tricky pitch and we were indebited to Alan Newman for giving any substance to our total. Old Leightonians fared little better but made it home despite the best efforts of Paul Fielding and John Symons.

19th May v Tilford Won by 7 wickets Tilford 177 for 6 dec (Andy Sheldon 3 for 37, John Symons 3 for 63), Society 179 for 3 (Jason Fenn 71, Alan Newman 37, Rob Humphreys 31)

Good bowling pinned Tilford down prior to their teatime declaration. Jason Fenn was in excellent form again aided by the rest of the top order as we recorded our first win of the season.

26th May v Salfords Won by 7 wickets Salfords 192 for 7 (John Symons 3 for 47), Society for 3 (Ruky Wickremasinghe 52, Jason Fenn 44*)

Unexpected rain caused an early delay before Salfords set what appeared to be a challenging total. Ruky Wickremasinghe on his Society debut batted superbly and Jason Fenn saw us home after rain had made bowling and fielding difficult. All credit to Salfords for staying out in very poor conditions.

2nd June v BBC Caversham at Princes Risborough. Draw. Society 203 for 4 dec (Jason Fenn 85*, Stuart Cosstick 34), BBC Caversham 108 for 8 (Paul Fielding 5 for 34)

Having originally expected to play Princes Risborough and then a touring team from Warwickshire, we were grateful that BBC Caversham stepped in as late opponents. Our batsmen enjoyed Andy Sheldon’s track with Jason Fenn again to the fore. Caversham found batting more difficult as the game meandered towards a draw. A flurry of wickets for Paul Fielding and Harry Fenn came just too late.

9th June v Wood Street Village. Cancelled no opponents.

16th June v Kew Lost by 80 runs Kew 245 for 7 (John Symons 3 for 38), Society 165 for 9 (Rob Humphreys 102*)

We have beaten Kew in the last two seasons, but they proved too strong for us this year. 6 late sixes from Kidron Thomas ruined our performance in the field and Rob Humphreys excellent unbeaten century deserved more support.

23rd June v Crawley Down. Lost by 3 wickets. Society 151 for 6 dec (Jason Fenn 94) Crawley Down 152 for 7 (Harry Fenn 3 for 26, Paul Fielding 3 for 52)

On a difficult track, Jason Fenn was in top form but no-one else could get going. Harry Fenn took early wickets and when the seventh wicket fell with 50 still wanted a win looked likely. It was not to be.

30th June v West Meon and Warnford Draw. West Meon 188 for 4 dec, Society 96 for 4 (Jason Fenn 37*)

The West Meon score was (going to be challenging and, on a track that became lower and slower, we had to settle for a draw.

7th July v Englefield Green. Won by 29 runs. Society 209 for 5 (Ruky Wickeramsinghe 67, Rob Humphreys 45), Englefield Green 180 all out (Jason Fenn 8 for 37)

Batting was never easy, but Ruky Wickeramsinghe and Rob Humphreys gave us a defendable total. Englefield Green looked comfortable at 156 for 3, but Jason Fenn bowled a remarkable spell to win us the game.

14th July v Britwell Salome Draw Britwell Salome 224 for 4 dec (Mark Wheeler 3 for 43), Society 158 for 3 (Jason Fenn 82, Paul Spencer 42)

Our bowling and fielding were a bit exposed by belligerent Britwell batting. In reply, Jason Fenn was in sparkling form, but the target proved too much. However, spirits were lifted by England’s World Cup win.

21st July v Petworth Park Lost by 23 runs. Petworth 153 all out (Paul Fielding 4 for 59), Society 130 all out.

In our return to Petworth Park after some years, we were in control at one stage but allowed our hosts to score too many. Our batting lacked momentum again and the middle order were left with too much to do.

28th July v Sparsholt Draw Sparsholt 199 for 8 dec (Paul Fielding 3 for 53) Society 193 for 7 (Jason Fenn 55, Craig Falkingham 47)

We were indebted to our hosts for loaning us two players which allowed us to field eleven. A strong Sparsholt line up were pegged back by top class bowling from Harry Fenn and Andy Sheldon. Our guests and Dave Bate were all outstanding in the field. John Symons became the second highest Society wicket taker. Jason Fenn and Craig Falkingham added 111 for the first wicket and Sparsholt had to resort to their first team bowlers to prevent what would have been an outstanding Society win.

4th August v Old Wimbledonians Won by 110 runs Society 247 for 1 Jason Fenn 100*, Rob Humphreys 92)(, Old Wimbledonians 137 all out (Ruky Wickremasinghe 4 for 17)

After the challenges of finding our way to Raynes Park on the weekend of the London Bike Ride, we were treated to excellent batting by Jason Fenn and Rob Humphreys as they put on 190 for the first wicket. After the dangerous opener was removed , our hosts never really challenged with Ruky Wickremasinghe in good form with the ball. Paul Spencer took a wicket with his first ball for the Society.

5th August v Blackheath Lost by 5 wickets Society 210 for 8 dec (Rob Humphreys 75, Jon Thornton 34), Blackheath 213 for 5

After a good start , we lost our way to the Blackheath overseas offspinner. However a late flourish gave us a competitive score. Early wickets had Blackheath in trouble but cultured batting by the Harrison brothers was too much for our attack.

8th August v Melbourne XXIX at Brasenose College Oxford Lost by 5 wickets. Society 165 all out (Harry Fenn 49), Melbourne 169 for 5 (Ash Saleem 3 for 44)

Our third game of the week saw us play a very strong Australian touring team as part of the South Oxfordshire Amateurs mini festival. On batting first we had not anticipated that Melbourne XXIX would open with two very fast young bowlers , one on a Victoria Rookie contract and the other a paid overseas pro from the Cheshire league. Bowling one through until lunch seemed a little bit of overkill. In support they had the Victoria wicketkeeper. Our batsmen can take great credit for the way in which they applied themselves and Harry Fenn and Ash Saleem put on 49 in a hard hitting stand. To our astonishment and delight , Harry and Ash reduced Melbourne XXIX to 36 for 5 at tea with Ash taking a hat trick. With Sam Harper (top first class score 80) at number 5 it was little surprise that our success ended there.

11th August v Odiham and Greywell. Lost by 5 wickets. Society 186 for 7 dec (Jason Fenn 43, Harry Fenn 32) Odiham 187 for 5

It’s always a delight to play at Odiham with their excellent new pavilion , outstanding teas, the hospitality of Alan Laycock and sporting opponents. We dispensed with tradition and batted first with a strong line up hoping to set a formidable score. Our plans didn’t quite materialize and Odiham passed our 186 with relative comfort.

14th August v Lingfield Cancelled rain

18th August v Newdigate Cancelled rain

25th August v Broadhalfpenny Brigands Draw. Society 182 for 4 dec (Jason Fenn 86, Harry Fenn 32), Brigands 143 for 7.

Our two day tour of Hampshire coincided with very high temperatures , so being inserted at the Cradle of Cricket was a welcome relief. Jason Fenn replayed the gesture with a hugely accomplished 86 and son Harry hit a belligerent 32. The Brigands key batsmen fell to Paul Fielding and John Symons and they ended up blocking out.

26th August v Petersfield. Won by 7 wickets. Petersfield 133 ( John Symons 4 for 36, Paul Fielding 3 for 64) Society 134 for 3 (Jason Fenn 58*, Paul Spencer 32*)

Day Two of the tour and a lost toss condemned us to a session in the broiling heat. Our bowlers stuck manfully to the task with John Symons taking 4 for 36. Petersfield had two very good bowlers who applied the brakes to our innings. Jason Fenn , batting at number 5, provided the impetus to see us home and complete a very satisfactory tour.

28th August v Warlingham . draw. Society 220 for 4 dec (Rob Humphreys 100*, Ruky Wickremasinghe 45), Warlingham 124 for 8 (Mark Wheeler 4 for 34).

With only a day’s break (and not even that in one case) six of our tourists were in action again , but minus the heat. Warlingham , on our second visit, were again excellent hosts . Rob Humphreys and Ruky Wickremasinghe score with freedom and there was just time for Rob’s son, Daniel( aged 12) to score 3 not out. Mark Wheeler took 4 cheap wickets but an experienced ninth wicket pairing could not be separated.

1st September v Crown Taverners Lost by 7 wickets . Society 120 all out (Peter Hardy 62), Crown Taverners 121 for 3.

This was a game best forgotten by most of us , but not by a back-to-form Peter Hardy or by Daniel Humphreys who put most of us to shame with a solid defence and three well-struck fours in his 15.

8th September v Sanderstead. Draw. Sanderstead 213 for 5 dec , Society 182 for 5 (Jason Fenn 81, Rob Humphreys 34)

We returned to form with a good performance against a very strong Sanderstead team. A brother and sister combination eventually gave our hosts a good total whilst being filmed by their father. Jason Fenn continued his outstanding form, but his dismissal ended our hopes of a win.

Dan Allen’s highly amusing film and commentary of the match can be seen by clicking here.