League - Division 2 Surrey Championship                                                                                                

Captain - Steve Hankins                                      

Vice Captain - Adam Portlock

Last season - 4th - Division 2

Review of 2001

The 2nd XI had a thoroughly enjoyable summer, playing positive cricket throughout to register eight victories and a deserved, if disappointing fourth place finish.

This was undeniably an all-round team effort, with no one individual running the show.

A combination of testing batting conditions and some over extravagant stroke play meant that no player scored more than one fifty, although nine players scored in excess of 150 runs, as the batting order was frequently shuffled around.

Skipper Steve Hankins led the way (370 runs), despite batting half the season at number ten. His magnificent, rapid fire 145 at Warlingham, out of a total of 306-4 in 45 overs, emphasised that he must bat in the top four next season. The talented stroke playing middle order of Adam Portlock (305), Roger Greenway (206) and Jon Ambrose (232) all looked good but regularly gave it away, and could learn from the concentration of senior pros Ed Smith (209) and Neil Cheetham (223).

Newcomer Jamie Hunt (170) hit a match winning 60 in the wet gloom against Worcester Park, whilst Mark Surridge (187) and Jon Seward (157) played elegantly and productively on their limited trips to the middle.

The wickets were shared equally between seam and spin. The young, aggressive Chris Wearne (20 @ 20.85), continued his development from 2000, and was deservedly rewarded with a call up to the 1st XI on a number of occasions. When unavailable, the new ball went to the unerringly accurate Surridge (21 @ 13.71) and the fiery Ambrose (17 @ 16.65), who concluded the season with figures of 4-4 against Cranleigh.

David Gibney (19 @ 10.37) reinforced his reputation as a top off-spinner at this level, before consecutive five wicket hauls against Worcester Park and Old Emmanuel saw him depart to the 1st XI for the remainder of the season. The Old Tauntonian duo of Hunt (17 @ 17.53) and Hankins (18 @ 22.44)), provided the balance of the slow bowling, and despite lacking Gibney’s deep penetration, they helped win games, most notably Hunt’s 6-22 against Dorking.

In the field, W&H were dedicated and regularly excelled, with Portlock leading the way with twenty outfield catches. It was particularly good to welcome back long standing keeper Dean Faulkner in mid-season, who performed excellently despite a serious winter operation.

The team were happy to congratulate Old Midwhitgiftians and Epsom on their promotion, and took great pleasure in the deserved elevation of their own 1st XI colleagues to Div 2.  Sincere thanks go to Bob Hollands, Martin Raybould, Chris Murphy and Jamie Pinder for their umpiring and scoring services.


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