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 manner.
2020 Season so far
At one point this summer the prospect of recreational cricket looked very remote. The events around the return of cricket have been well-documented and required some hasty action from certain members of the Playing Committee. Precising key points of the Covid Protocols and ensuring that they were understood and enforced , confirming that we had sufficient players, rearranging umpires, confirming that clubs were able to fulfil fixtures and printing new fixture cards all had to be done in a hurry.
Several of our players felt uneasy about playing, as did half of our umpires and scorers. However, raising sides has proved less of a task than it might have. Our opponents have generally been very keen to play and flexibility over work arrangements together with fewer holidays and the hard work of Rob Humphreys and Peter Hardy have meant that our sides have been complete and quite strong.
Of course, the threat of the virus is ever present. The ECB Protocols are extensive, sensible, and compulsory. We arrive changed, changing rooms are closed apart from a sign posted route to the toilets, we take our own teas, hands are sanitised after every six overs and there is a myriad of other regulations. The whole cricketing experience is rather different. All our opponents have been very welcoming, and most have applied the regulations well. Some have not. Some wives and families have come along, whilst others have decided to give this year a miss. It’s all a matter for individuals to decide on and all views are respected.
As for the games, Rob Humphreys is leading the side with flair and imagination and has been excellently supported by Jason Fenn. Some individuals have been highly successful, whilst the team has gelled and had fun.
26h July v Sparsholt Won by 7 wickets
Sparsholt 201 for 5 dec
Cricket Society 202 for 3 (Jason Fenn 85, Peter Hardy 43)
Our first game in the new world of Covid Regulations proved a success. Some had watched the previous day’s rain on the Sparsholt webcam, but the day stayed fine. New skipper, Rob Humphreys lost the toss and we had a long day in the field. However, our batsmen rose to the challenge with Jason Fenn and Peter Hardy leading the way with good contributions from Ronald Paterson and Rob Humphreys. Sparsholt were generous hosts even to the extent of presenting a bottle to our match -winning batsman.
2nd August v Old Wimbledonians. Won by 60 runs
Cricket Society 216 for 5 (Jason Fenn 102*, Ruky Wickremasinghe 47)
Old Wimbledonians 156 for 7
Jason Fenn was again in blistering form with 102 and others chipped in. A consistent bowling display with David Chapman to the fore meant that Old Wimbledonians struggled to get close to our total.
3rd August v Blackheath. Match Drawn, scores level
Blackheath 142 all out (Paul Fielding 3 for 36, Ilija Krunic 3 for 25)
Cricket Society 142 for 6 (Jason Fenn 42, Stuart Cosstick 37*)
An excellent bowling display restricted Blackheath to 140. The sanitiser breaks and a slightly elongated tea meant that we only received 30 overs in return and at 15-3 things didn't look good. Jason Fenn, batting at 7 after keeping wicket, hit an explosive 42 to keep Stuart Cosstick company. The Blackheath skipper introduced himself and tightened things up. A last over flourish left the scores level with both teams enjoying a level of satisfaction.
7th August South Oxfordshire Amateurs. Lost by 3 wickets
Cricket Society 173 for 7 dec (Ruky Wickremasinghe 73)
SOA 174 for 7
This fixture was revived after a gap of several years. The game was originally scheduled for Radley College, but we were relocated to the delightful Kingston Bagpuize ground. Ruky Wickremasinghe hit a rapid 70 but we struggled a little to maintain momentum. A strong SOA batting line up got home by 3 wickets but not before a few scares against our spinners.
9th August v Odiham and Greywell. Match Drawn
Odiham 242 for 8 dec (Andy Sheldon 3 for 73)
Cricket Society 186 for 6 (Peter Hardy 49, Rob Humphreys 44, Jason Fenn 34)
Odiham rattled up another substantial score, leaving us with a sizeable task. Tom Carmichael received a blow in the face keeping wicket which somehow became a season-ending hamstring injury by the following night. Daniel Humphreys took over the gloves with some aplomb. Our batting briefly challenged but in the end a draw was the result.
12th August v Lingfield Match Drawn
Cricket Society 212 for 6 dec (Dan White 56, Gareth Mort 50)
Lingfield 124 for 8 (Mark Wheeler 3 for 33, Ruky Wickremasinghe 3 for 31)
Crawley Down skipper, Dan White, on debut and Gareth Mort seized their opportunity and hit fine 50s at the top of the order. Lingfield found batting hard going but we couldn't budge their 9th wicket pairing.
16th August v Newdigate Won by 29 runs
Cricket Society 195 for 3 (Jason Fenn 119*, Peter Hardy 37*)
Newdigate 166 for 8
In a game originally scheduled for 35 overs, Jason Fenn broke Tony Crockert's record for the most Society hundreds. Heavy rain led to a shortened game and, although the top order batted well, Newdigate were well short. The penultimate over conceded 24 runs but the bowler will remain anonymous.
23rd August v Chessington Lost by 2 wickets
Cricket Society 175 for 6 (Ruky Wickremasinghe 60, Rob Humphreys 51*)
Chessington 179 for 8 (Jason Fenn 3 for 68)
This was a new fixture next door to the World of Adventures. Finding ourselves with 9 men was not the best of starts but our hosts kindly loaned a sub when we fielded. Batting first on a slightly tricky track and against good bowling our total in 35 overs seemed a bit above par. Ruky Wickremasinghe gave the innings an explosive start and Rob Humphreys hit a classy 51*. Harry Fenn bowled the Chessington opener with a first over jaffa, but our hosts were always up with the rate. The batsmen kept coming and several balls disappeared. Good bowling nearly won it for us, but Chessington got home with 3 balls to spare.
26th August v Warlingham Match Drawn
Cricket Society 235 for 1 dec (Stuart Cosstick 100*, Stuart Smith 75*)
Warlingham 199 for 6
Several late dropouts did not prevent the Society fielding a strong side. A re-modelled batting order made hay. Stuart Smith made an accomplished 75, but the real star was Stuart Cosstick who thoroughly deserved his first Society ton. Warlingham made a perfectly respectable reply in this most pleasant of midweek fixtures.
30th August v West Meon and Warnford. Match Drawn
Cricket Society 151 for 7 dec (Jason Fenn 30)
West Meon 138 for 9 (Andy Sheldon 4 for 47, Harry Fenn 3 for 28)
With only 9 regular players available, Denise Fielding made her cricketing debut and was an asset in the field. Batting was tricky for both teams. Extras topped scored in the Society innings. Although West Meon started well, Andy Sheldon and Harry Fenn reduced our hosts to 9 wickets down. Stuart Smith, this time in the opposition, kept our bowlers at bay.
31st August v Petersfield. Cancelled
A Petersfield player tested positive for the virus on the day before the game. The club was not the source, however he had contact with several of the team due to play us. Subsequent tests were negative, the circumstances investigated and a deep clean of the pavilion took place. Obviously, Petersfield had no alternative than to temporarily suspend all cricketing activity but were hopeful of a quick return. They deserve praise for their actions in such difficult circumstances. Cricket is a minor consideration compared with people's health.
The remaining fixtures are shown below. In line with Covid-19 protocols only players, officials and families can attend games.
Cricket Society XI Fixtures and Results
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Cricket Society XI Records
Click here to see the Society XI records
from 1949 - 2019
as compiled by Peter Hartland.