2018 Season

Cricket Society XI Captain’s Report 2018

2018 started and ended with games washed out by dreadful weather, whilst the bulk of the summer saw endless sunny days and boiling temperatures. It was a summer for batsmen and no-one took greater advantage of that than Jason Fenn. It was ironic that the late September rains deprived him of a chance to beat Kevan Carroll’s long-standing and seemingly unassailable run tally in one season. It wasn’t just the fact that he scored 1187 runs but the manner in which they were scored, setting up many of our 11 wins. In any other year Rob Humphreys’ three tons would have been the season’s highlight. Angus Graham, Peter Hardy and Paul Spencer all enjoyed successful seasons with the bat. Harry and Joe Fenn spent countless hours waiting with the pads on and batted selflessly and effectively when given the chance. Several others also contributed well with the bat.

Paul Fielding again took most wickets with John Symons and Andy Sheldon hot on his heals. Harry and Joe Fenn also bowled well , often with little luck. Bowling at the end of an innings on baked pitches with lightning outfields and exhausted fielders could be an unrewarding task. Of our 6 defeats, four were as the result of exceptional batting in favourable conditions. Nevertheless the team can feel very proud of the way in which they coped with the hottest of recent summers. Long distances were covered in the field without complaint. Wicketkeeper Tom Carmichael was fortunate in not having to cover those distances and passed John Douglas’ all-time record for victims .

We had enjoyable new fixtures at Burley, Salfords, Crawley Down, Englefield Green, Ipsden and Warlingham as well as many old favourites. Robbie Burns continues to produce a list that is the envy of many. Peter Hardy did a splendid job in his first year as Team Secretary and Rob Humphreys remains a supportive and insightful vice captain. As ever we were fortunate to have so many able umpires and scorers at our games and the support of wives, families and assorted followers.

In a season that saw the first appearances of Daniel Humphreys aged just 11, we were sad to see the final appearances of two stalwarts.

Andy Graham has soldiered on bravely in the face of injury but has finally had to submit after years of rugby and cricket knocks. Introduced by his old Edinburgh Academy opening partner, Ronald Paterson, Andy has hit 2536 runs in exactly 200 appearances and has taken many outstanding catches at first slip. He has been the most organised and supportive of all match managers, has served on our committee for many years, bringing much-needed good sense to our deliberations, and was our first Convenor, an appropriately Scottish term. Hopefully he’ll continue in these roles. More especially he has been, and remains, a very good friend to many of us. I know we’ll still see Andy and Gill at our games. Two of his proudest moments have been at Rudgwick; in 2016 when Angus hit a glorious 121 and last year when Angus and Rosy batted together.

At Rudgwick Andrew Moss told us that he had played the last of his 266 games for the Society XI. Andrew scored 5,960 runs, every one of them with a grace and elegance that no-one else could match. His record 154* at Knotty Green in 1990 has only been bettered twice since. Sadly, the years have finally caught up but even in his last innings we had a glimpse of those wonderful shots. Andrew’s cricketing knowledge is immense. As well as match managing for many years and supplying a host of good cricketers, Andrew introduced Rob Humphreys to our ranks. I’m sure that Andrew and Susan will continue to support us in between marathon cycling holidays and that we won’t lose one of the best cricketers and certainly the finest man ever to play for us.

Cricket Society 2018

Played 22 Won 11, Lost 6, Drawn 5. Cancelled due to weather 4










Jason Fenn








Angus Graham








Rob Humphreys








Tom Fenn








Harry Fenn








Peter Hardy








Joe Fenn








Paul Spencer








Alan Newman








Sandeep Sunder








Stuart Cosstick








Tom Carmichael








Andrew Moss








Andy Sheldon









Also batted:

21 games: John Symons 0*

18 games: Paul Fielding 0*

5 games: Ronald Paterson 3-3-45-29*

4 games: Ash Saleem 2-1-8-4*

3 games: Mark Wheeler 4*

2 games: Adrian Berendt 2-0-62-49, Ilja Krunic 2-1-60-58*,Zach Knights 11, Andy Graham 10, Rob Berendt 1* ,Daniel Humphreys 0*

I game: Jon Thornton 71, Anjam Khan 33*, Will Wyatt 23, David Chapman 11

Did not bat:

I game: James Hall, Andy Pye.








Mark Wheeler






Andy Sheldon






Paul Fielding






Joe Fenn






John Symons






Harry Fenn








Also Bowled:

Ash Saleem 26.3-0-130-3; Tom Fenn 18-0-62-1; Angus Graham 15.1-0-121-2; Jason Fenn 15-0-81-3: Sandeep Sunder 15-0-81-3; Zach Knights 12.1-0-72-2; Rob Berendt 9-0-52-1; James Hall 9-0-53-0; Andy Pye 8-0-27-1; Will Wyatt 4-0-29-1; Anjam Khan 4-0-56-0; Peter Hardy 1-0-4-0; Daniel Humphreys 1-0-4-0.



30 Carmichael (11ct, 19 st)

6 Angus Graham, Harry Fenn

5 Jason Fenn, Rob Humphreys

3 Hardy, Sheldon, Spencer

2 Joe Fenn, Symons, Wheeler

1 Andy Graham, Saleem, Adrian Berendt, Tom Fenn, Moss.






Record Partnerships

Ist wicket:

184 Humphreys and Spencer v Crown Taverners

167 Spencer and Hardy v Coldharbour

154 Jason Fenn and Hardy v Salfords

144 Jason Fenn and Spencer v Kew

102 Jason Fenn and Tom Fenn v Petersfield

2nd wicket:

154 Jason Fenn and Humphreys v Old Wimbledonians

143 Humphreys and Hardy v Ipsden

3rd wicket:

142 Jason Fenn and Adrian Berendt v Warlingham

4th wicket:

58 Hardy and Krunic v Lingfield

5th wicket:

Jason Fenn and Joe Fenn v West Meon

6th wicket:

56 Paterson and Hardy v Newdigate

7th wicket:

21* Moss and Carmichael v Tilford

8th wicket: Newman and Carmichael v Sanderstead

9th wicket:

22 Newman and Sheldon v Sanderstead

10th wicket:


Cricket Society XI Results 2018

29th April v Old Wimbledonians. Match cancelled after excessive bad weather.

6th May v Burley Won by 57 runs.

Society 176 for 5 (Jason Fenn 113*)

Burley 119 all out (Andy Sheldon 3 for 14)

The Bank Holiday traffic to the New Forest proved a challenge for many of our team. However it proved to be a very worthwhile journey as we enjoyed a great day in beautiful surroundings. Jason Fenn's innings was little short of magnificent on a difficult pitch and he received able suoport from Sandeep Sunder on debut. Daniel Humphreys (aged 11 ) subbed throughout the Burley innings.

13th May v Old Leightonians Draw

Old Leightonians 167 all out (Paul Fielding 5 for 47

 Society 149-6 (Peter Hardy 41, Harry Fenn 36, Rob Humphreys 36)

We bowled well to restrict our opponents to 167 with Paul Fielding taking 5 wickets. After a slow start, Peter Hardy and Harry Fenn gave us a chance but it was just too much.

20th May v Tilford Won by 66 runs.

Society 191 for 6 dec (Jason Fenn 52, Harry Fenn 37*)

Tilford 125 all out (Paul Fielding 5 for 37)

Tilford are amongst our stronger opponents , so victory on an incident-packed day at sunny Tilford Green was most satisfying. The Fenns dominated our innings with Andrew Moss rolling back the years with a late cameo. Surprisingly the Tilford innings never really got going and Paul Fielding bowled us to victory.

27th May v Salfords Won by 51 runs

Society 196 for 4 (Jason Fenn 88, Peter Hardy 54)

Salfords 145 all out (Harry Fenn 4 for 26)

In a new fixture at the surprisingly rural Salfords ground, we enjoyed another fine day and victory. Jason Fenn continued his fine form with excellent support from Peter Hardy. After an athletic catch by Jason Fenn dismissed the dangerous number 3, Harry Fenn returned to clean up the Salfords innings.

3rd June v Coldharbour Won by 157 runs

Society 252 for 3 (Paul Spencer 118, Peter Hardy 75, Angus Graham 35*)

Coldharbour 96 all out (Andy Sheldon 7 for 26)

Coldharbour is a ground like no other, a postage stamp set atop Leith Hill with an exciting drive uo an unmade track and wonderful views over South East England.

Paul Spencer and Peter Hardy added 167 for first wicket, Angus Graham hit 4 huge huge sixes that would have been maximums on most grounds and  Daniel Humphreys enjoyed a successful  full debut. Andy Sheldon's bowling was too much for Coldharbour aided by some good catching.

10th June v Wood Street Village  Won by 6 wickets

Wood Street Village 130 for 8 dec (John Symons 3 for 34)

Society 133 for 4

Run scoring was not easy for either side at the lovely Wood Street Village ground. The home team's late order youngsters gave their side some momentum to set up the declaration. Paul Spencer and Harry Fenn saw us home , but the best contribution came from 38 extras.


17th June v Kew Won by 14 runs

Cricket Society 218 for 1 (Jason Fenn 123*, Paul Spencer 32) Kew 204 all out (John Symons 4 for 40)

Jason Fenn was in top form as we totalled 218 in a 40 overs game. He was well supported by Paul Spencer and Rob Humphreys. Kew started well and later the hard hitting Kidron Thomas threatened to win the game on his own. John Symons took 4 for 40.

24th June v Crawley Down Lost by 3 wickets.

Cricket Society 178 for 7 dec (Jason Fenn 85, Peter Hardy 35) Crawley Down 181 for 7

Our total on a difficult pitch looked good enough with Jason Fenn again dominating the attack. However, we were beaten by an outstanding innings by our old friend from Newdigate Ruky Wickremasinghe who hit 118*. At the time of writing, this has been our only defeat this season.

1st July v West Meon and Warnford Won by 6 wickets

West Meon 184 for 3. Cricket Society 185 for 4 (Angus Graham 51, Jason Fenn 45*)

With the heat really setting in, fielding first has been something to be avoided. With skipper Tom Carmichael briefly off the field injured, Jason Fenn took over the captaincy and the wicket keeping with equal facility. We stuck at it as Stuart Smith (73*) showed his usual liking for our bowling. We’ll welcome him back into our ranks later in the season.

After the loss of two early wickets, an onslaught of mighty hitting by Angus Graham put us on top whilst Joe and Jason Fenn completed an impressive run chase.

8th July v Englefield Green won by 7 wickets

Englefield Green 174 all out (Joe Fenn 4 for 46) Cricket Society 175 for 3 (Jason Fenn 67, Angus Graham 38*)

In another attractive new fixture, our bowlers contained well with Joe Fenn leading the way. With his opening partner becalmed, Jason Fenn dominated the early stages of our reply. Angus Graham was slightly more restrained than in the previous week but still dominated the bowling with help from Peter Hardy.

15th July v Ipsden Won by 89 runs

Cricket Society 278 for 2 (Rob Humphreys 102*, Peter Hardy 78, Jason Fenn 44) Ipsden 189 for 7 (John Symons 4 for 25)

On World Cup Final Day, Britwell Salome were unable to raise a side. We travelled instead to the beautiful Oxfordshire setting of Ipsden. 35 overs a side in excessive heat seemed enough. It was appropriate that our batsmen made hay and Rob Humphreys made a welcome return to form with an outstanding century after dominant innings by Peter Hardy and Jason Fenn. Ipsden made a brave attempt but John Symons was too much for them.

22nd July v Middleton Stoney. Draw

Middleton Stoney 233 for 2 dec Cricket Society 194 for 5 (Tom Fenn 51, Jason Fenn 48*)

In oppressive heat the bat was always likely to dominate the ball and so it proved. For a long time, it looked like we might contain our hosts to little more than 200 but they just got away at the end. With large cracks developing on the pitch and a very good spinner getting excessive turn, the chase proved beyond us despite very good batting by Tom and Jason Fenn.

29th July v Sparsholt. Cancelled . Heavy rain

5th August v Old Wimbledonians Won by 8 wickets

Old Wimbledonians 223 for 4 Cricket Society 227 for 2 (Rob Humphreys 121*, Jason Fenn 76)

Our original opponents cried off and we travelled to Raynes Park to play Old Wimbledonians. We were rewarded with an excellent day in the scorching heat. Playing a 35 overs game , we did well to restrict our much younger opponents and then a brilliant partnership between Rob Humphreys and Jason Fenn put us in touch with Rob and Angus Graham  running our hosts ragged to seal the win.

6th August v Blackheath Lost by 8 wickets

Cricket Society 243 for 4 dec (Jon Thornton 71), Blackheath 245 for 2

All our batsmen played freely to set up the declaration. Unfortunately we found ourselves up against Blackheath's young Australian who hit 169*.

12th August v Odiham and Greywell Draw

Odiham 233 for 5 Cricket Society 174 for 3 (Jason Fenn 85*, Rob Humphreys 42))

John Symons took 3 wickets but we struggled in the field . Although we batted well , the target was too steep against good bowling. As ever, we were well entertained by Odiham President Alan Laycock.

15th August v Lingfield Won by 77 runs

Cricket Society 203 for 5 dec (Peter Hardy 73, Ilija Krunic 53*) Lingfield 126 all out (Mark Wheeler 7 for 28)

The change in the weather led to a slow pitch and outfield at Lingfield's main ground . However Peter Hardy and Illy Krunic adjusted well as both hit half centuries. Lingfield had little answer to Mark Wheeler's off spin.

19th August v Newdigate. Lost by 7 wickets

Cricket Society 138 for 8 dec (Paul Spencer 31), Newdigate 139 for 3.

This was a  disappointing performance in a season that has gone so well. Extras top scored for us with 34 and only three players made double figures. Newdigate knocked off the runs for the loss of only 3 wickets.

26th August v Broadhalfpenny Brigands. Cancelled Heavy rain

27th August  v Petersfield Draw

Petersfield 228 for 8 dec (Paul Fielding 4 for 59), Cricket Society 186 for 4 (Jason Fenn 71, Tom Fenn 36)

Very heavy rain on the previous day had threatened to completely ruin the Hampshire tour, but Petersfield's ground had absorbed the water and , although some moisture had got through the covers, the pitch was fit. Petersfield had a stronger side than in previous years and batted a long way down. During their innings Tom Carmichael broke John Douglas's long standing record for wicketkeeping victims. Jason and Tom Fenn put on a century opening partnership but accurate spin bowling pegged us back and we had to settle for a draw.

29th August v Warlingham Draw

Cricket Society 189 for 3 dec (Jason Fenn 111*, Adrian Berendt 49), Warlingham 144 for 7 (John Symons 3 for 32)

Warlingham proved to be a pleasant new fixture against sporting opponents. Jason Fenn became only the second Society batsman to pass 1000 runs in a season and was well supported by Adrian Berendt playing on the ground where family members put in years of devoted service. Warlingham started well but lost wickets and were happy to play out for a draw.

2nd September v Crown Taverners Lost by 4 wickets

Cricket Society 283 for 1 dec,(Rob Humphreys 152*, Paul Spencer 64, Jason Fenn 35*) Crown Taverners 284 for 6 (Joe Fenn 4 for 69)

Rob Humphreys raced to the fifth highest Society score of all time as we plundered 283 off 37 overs. He put on 184 for the first wicket with Paul Spencer. Crown Taverners chased all the way and ,although defeat was a disappointment to us , it was a super game of cricket.

9th September v Sanderstead Lost by 5 wickets

Cricket Society 188 for 8 dec (Jason Fenn 45, Alan Newman 43) Sanderstead 189 for 5

Jason Fenn hit 45 but wickets tumbled before Alan Newman gave us some respectability.Sanderstead's first teamers put them in a strong position before we took 4 quick wickets. However a fine century from Tyler Ward saw our hosts home.

 16th September v Rudgwick Lost by 19 runs

Rudgwick 159 for 8 (Paul Fielding 5 for 48) Cricket Society 140 for 5 (Angus Graham 72*)

Rudgwick's innings was a two-man effort before Paul Fielding stuck with 5 wickets , 3 of them stumped by Tom Carmichael. Batting was never easy on an end-of-season track and we fell short in this 35 overs game despite a mighty innings from Angus Graham. Andrew Moss played this last game for us . Read more about Andrew in the Captain's Report.

23Rd September v Reigate Pilgrims Cancelled. Heavy rain.