February 2nd 2016

Championship Division 2 - Preview

 

Andover II

Harry Blackburn - Best season in 2016  with bat including 156 v Bishops Waltham

Previous Seasons: 2016: W5/L9 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 17th  CD1 (R)

Harry Blackburn 512 @ 57

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2015 3rd   CD2 (P)

Shaun Attwood 693 @ 50

Phil Knight 27w @ 18

2014 1st   CD3N (P)

Sean Purchase 359 @ 45

Phil Knight 25w @ 12

2013 14th  CD2 (R)

Max Souter 439 @ 49

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2012 18th  CD1 (R)

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The last 5 years have been crazy times for Andover II, with 3 relegations and 2 promotions. Two successive promotions saw them back in CD1 for 2016 and despite winning 5 games, a 30 point penalty sees them drop back to CD2 for 2017 where they are likely to be right up in the mix.

 

Bedhampton

Martin Hovey - led batting averages for Bedhampton in 2016 and scored impressive 756 in 2013

Previous Seasons: 2016: W8/L6 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 8th    CD2 Martin Hovey - 409 @ 31

Alex Gardner 27w @13

2015 7th   CD2  Ben DeJong 669 @ 48

S Harris (Aus) 583 @42

Alex Cox 34 @ 15

Alex Gardner 31w @ 18

2014 4th    CD2 Dan Clark 426 @ 36

Ben DeJong 408 @ 41

Martin Hovey 374@31

Gardner 29w @15

Ashan Silva 28w @ 15

2013 5th    CD2 Martin Hovey 756 @ 63

Dan Clark 432 @ 31

Alex Gardner 29w @17

2012 16th  CD1 (R)

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Sway's trip to Bedhampton in August looks on paper to be one of the toughest fixtures of the season. The team have consistently been near the top of CD2 over the last 4 years albeit they slipped to 8th in 2016.  Bowler Alex Gardner, who has impressively made the CD1/CD2 averages every season for the last decade is no doubt a key member of the side - as Hythe & Dibden found out when he took 5-32 last season ripping through their top order.

 

Basingstoke III

Andy Neal - experienced all rounder, turned out 5 times in 2016 for the 1st XI in Southern League Silver

Previous Seasons: 2016: W6/L7 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 9th   CD2 - Rakitha Perera 20w @ 15
2015 12th  CD2 - A Neal 26w @ 18
2014 11th  CD2 A Neal 373 @ 53 -
2013 2nd CD3N (P) A Neal 438 @ 55 A Neal 26w @ 11
2012 2nd CD4N  (P)

A Neal 369 @ 46

 L Nurse 282 @ 31

M Smith 280@47

R Bowen 30w @ 6

 Sankaran 25w @ 16

With two teams in the Southern League, excellent facilities, thriving colts section and a large catchment area, Basingstoke are a strong club. Their 3rd XI has made its way up from C$ in recent years and is now established in CD2 with 2016 seeing their highest finish. The lack of anyone in the batting averages for 2016 is leading as normal top scorer, all rounder Andy Neal turned out 5 times for the 1st XI but still managed to average 46 in his 9 appearances for the 3rds. As is usually the case for a 3rd team, consistence in selection is often an issue - 30 players were used in 2016.but with 14 different players recording innings of 40+ their is plenty of strength in depth.

 

Bramshaw

Andy Hart - skipper and prodigious run scorer has scored almost 1,500 runs in the last 2 seasons averaging over 70.
Previous Seasons: 2016: W4/L9 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 13th    CD2 Andy Hart 532 @ 44 -
2015 1st      CD3S (P) Andy Hart 942 @ 94

 Simon Booth 459 @ 42

Zane D'Monte 410 @ 41

Jamie Martin 38w @ 14

Andy Hart 26w @ 19

Mark Angel 22w @ 14

Michael Kingston 22w @ 14

2014 4th     CD3S Simon Booth 396 @ 33 Jamie Martin 21w @15
2013 3rd     CD3S Jack Cox 386 @ 39

Andy Hart 570 @ 38

Zane  D'Monte 421 @35

Mark Angel 26w @ 15

Kevin Gray 21w @ 15

Jamie Martin 28 @ 17

2012 16th   CD2 (R) Andy Hart 622 @ 62 Mark Angel 20w @ 16

Sway have learned from home defeats in both 2015 and 2013 that Bramshaw are a fine side with some quality players. Skipper and opening batsman Andy Hart leads from the front, consistently scoring more than 500 runs a season and scoring almost 1,000 in 2015 as his team raced to the CS3 title.

 

Bournemouth II

Sway will get to play again on the super surface a Chapel Gate - where they won last time out back in 2008.

Previous Seasons: 2016: W8/L5 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 6th    CD2 - J Palmer 27w @ 14
2015 11th  CD2 - -
2014 16th  CD1 (R) - -
2013 SEPL III (R) - -
2012 SEPL III - -

After a disappointing few years which saw relegation from the Southern League and a drop down to CD2, Bournemouth 2nds have consolidated with the team finishing a creditable 6th in 2016. The lack of players in the averages in misleading due to a changing line up - the side actually had 9 players who averaged 30 or more in 2016 and 16 different players took wickets!

 

Compton & C Ford

Jovan Dhariwell - Hampshire U15 star may well turn out against Sway this year. Made three 50s in 5 appearances in 2016.

Previous Seasons: 2016: W10/L5 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 5th    CD2 A Budd 427 @ 36

L Palmer 387 @ 35

Matt Scorey 26w @ 15

Zac Williams 20w @ 19

2015 4th    CD2 Ryno Neethling [O] 586 @ 45

Andrew Gorty 460 @ 38

Matt Scorey 25w @ 19

P Rathod 24w @ 13

A Spearing 23w @ 11

2014 9th    CD2 Andrew Gorty 333 @ 30

A Pradhan 317 @ 35

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2013 6th    CD2 Andrew Gorty 667 @ 55

A Pradhan 353 @ 29

A Brown 25w @ 15

P Rathod 17w @ 17

A Pradhan 21w @ 18

2012 5th    CD2 Andrew Gorty 358 @ 40

M Reid 340 @38

A Pradhan 16w @ 10

R Wilson 14w @16

Since their relegation to CD2 in 2011, C&CF have without doubt been the most consistent side in CD2 and with a South African overseas player, they came very close to promotion in 2015. With some excellent colts coming through they will no doubt be looking to mount a promotion challenge in 2017.

 

Ellingham

Henry Shuttler -Ellingham's experienced skipper. Shutlers have been playing at Picket Post since for at least 70 years.

Previous Seasons: 2016: W4/L11 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 16th    CD1 (R) - -
2015 11th    CD1 A Barker 572 @ 41 H Shutler 27w @ 17
2014 8th     CD1 Not Submitted Not Submitted
2013 2nd    CD1 B Spicer 431 @ 54

M Burrett 397 @ 66

 

A Barker 21w @ 12

B Spicer 30w @ 19

2012 8th     CD1 A Barker 316 @ 53 H Shutler 19w @ 15

Ellingham have struggled ever since they were denied promotion to the Southern League after finishing 2nd in CD1 in 2013. Like Sway in 2014, this setback took wind out their sales from which they have yet to recover with 11 defeats in 2016 condemning them to relegation.

 

Easton & Martyr Worthy

 

RIP Steve Green

1973 - 2017

Previous Seasons: 2016: W5/L8 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 11th   CD2 Matt Chamberlain [O] 680 @ 57 Matt Chamberlain [O] 24w @ 17
2015 14th   CD2 - -
2014 14th   CD2 - -
2013 16th   CD1 (R) Mark Padwick 471 @ 43

Steve Green 349 @44

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2012 SEPL   (R) - -

Off the pitch, 2017 sadly got off to the worst possible start with the sudden death of uber experienced all-rounder Steve Green at the age of just 44. Green, a driving force behind the club's success,  played for many years with the Club in the Southern League. On the pitch, Easton will be delighted that young Australian opening batsman Matt Chamberlain has re-signed again for 2017 after making a big impact with both bat and ball in his first season in England. Sway will be looking to avenge a disappointing loss in their only other encounter in the National Village Cup in 2015 when Sway somehow managed to bat themselves out of the game when in a good position.

 

East Woodhay

Tom Flack - Averaged an incredible 141 in 2016...and no flash in the pan as he managaged to average 75 in 2015 and 97 in 2012 - something tells us this young man does not like getting out!

Previous Seasons: 2016: W9/L3 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 1st   CD3N Tom Flack 645 @ 141

Joe Lawrence 402 @45

 Richard Dando 380 @76

Richard Dando 25w @ 10
2015 8th  CD3N Richard Dando 695 @ 70

Tom Flack 524 @ 75

Richard Dando 28w @ 19
2014 5th  CD3N Joe Lawrance 357 @ 40

Will Flack 298 @ 33

Adam Kite 25w @ 16

Tristan Stockwell 24w @ 15

C Flack 19w @ 19

A Williams 15w @ 22

2013 4th  CD3N Tristan Stockwell 424 @ 85

Nick Bird 557 @ 51

A Williams 13w @ 17

Tristan Stockwell 22w @ 18

2012 9th  CD4N (P) Tom Flack 593 @ 97

Joe Lawrance 283 @ 26

A Williams 16w @ 11

Sway will travel almost to Berkshire when they got to East Woodhay on July 1st - but it will be well worth the wait to play at their picturesque ground with a familiar looking pavilion. Rising up from RD1 over the last decade, after a few seasons in the top half of CD3N, Woodhay won the CD3N league title in 2016.

 

Fair Oak II

Fair Oak - regular opponents in recent years

Previous Seasons: 2016: W6/L8 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 CD2   12th - Freddie Eley 19w @ 20
2015 CD3S   2nd Shayne Freemantle 406 @ 45

 

Shayne Freemantle 33w @ 11

Greg Stewart 25w @ 16

Nick Bass 21w @ 18

Alex Chessell 21w @ 21

2014 CD3S   3rd - Alex Chessell 21w @ 9
2013 CD3S   9th - Nick Bass 19w @ 16

Ben Hyde 20w @ 17

2012 CD4S   5th (P) - Jake Salmon 20w @ 10

A team that's has charted very similar progress to Sway in recent years. Nilantha Atapattu hit 65 as Sway took the spoils in the most recent encounter in 2015. However, Sway were humbled the previous season, bowled out for just 54. In 2012,  a 171 run unbeaten partnership between big Barry Jones and Jack Walton saw Sway cruise to a crushing 8-wicket victory.

 

Ferndown Wayfarers

Robbie Stammas - one of the most prolific bwicket takers in the HCl snaffling 43 in 2016 alone. One of only a few bowlers to have taken a competitive 10-wicket haul.

Previous Seasons: 2016: W11/L3/T1 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 CD3S   3rd Matty Rose 401 @ 40 Robbie Stammas 43w @ 10
2015 CD4S   1st JamesRaftery 462 @ 66

Leigh Dunham 453 @ 57

Robbie Stammas 38w @ 9

Dean Elsworthy 27w @ 12

2014 CD4S   12th Mike Jeans 334 @ 28 Sean Norris 25w @ 14
2013 CD4S   11th - Karl Forrest 19w @ 16

Sean Norris 18w @ 18

2012 RD1S   11th    

Since their entry into the Hampshiree League though merger with West Moors in 2016, Wayfarers have been moving swiftly upwards - no surprise to anyone who has seen the quality of their set up and strength in depth of their colts - a club clearly destined for Southern League cricket in due course. Their main claim to fame in 2016 along with promotion was that they denied run away champions a 100% record with their fixture ending in a dramatic tie. The 2016 encounter with Sway was a superb game which Sway edged thanks in part to 87 from skipper Alex Hall and some big hitting at the end from FJ Charton and Jack Baughan so the trip to Dolmans early in the season will be a real test of Sway credentials.

 

Locks Heath

Jack Paskins  - skipper and all-rounder.

Previous Seasons: 2016: W6/L7 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 CD2     10th Jack Levy 365 @ 37

James Hughes 363 @ 52

Jack Paskins 19w @ 16
2015 CD1     17th (R) Jack Paskins 480 @ 34 Moshi Sabri 22w @ 20
2014 CD1     15th - -
2013 CD1     10th Alex Adams 379 @ 42 -
2012 CD1     9th A Richardson 420 @ 42

S Jones 414 @ 52

Mike Boyd 347 @35

D Lemon 16w @ 25

After several years of struggling in the top flight, Locks Heath were relegated in 2015 then finished mid table in 2016. Sway will be looking to produce a performance close to the only previous encounter between the two clubs back in 2014 - a comprehensive 156 run victory.

 

Old Basing

Old Basing skipper Dan Belcher with Phil DeFreitas.

Previous Seasons: 2016: W7/L6 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 CD2     7th Greg Donaldson 408 @ 37 Nick Cooper 23w @ 14

Darren Turner 22w @ 17

2015 CD2     8th Dan Belcher 471 @ 31

Darren Turner 431 @ 31

Nick Cooper 28w @ 17
2014 CD2     12th - Nick Cooper 19w @ 14
2013 CD1     17th (R) - Nick Cooper 16w @ 21
2012 CD2     3rd (P) Dan Belcher 477 @ 48

Nick Cooper 303w @ 38

R Murray 18w @ 12

Darren Turner 17w @ 17

It will be Old Basing that have to make the long trip to Jubilee Field on the final day of the season - who knows what will be at stake for either side. This will be Sway's first ever game against this grand old club that celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2015.

 

Parley

Alex Nippard  -  skipper has been getting used to cracking open the bubbly.

Previous Seasons: 2016: W14/L0/T1 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 CD3S     1st (P) Jack Rowett 393 @ 36

Sam Collins 365 @ 30

Alex Nippard 313 @ 35

Tom Blackley 29w @ 11

Ollie Green 28w @ 10

Jack Rowett 27w @ 10

2015 CD3S     3rd Rob Viney 705 @ 64

Sam Collins 512 @ 34

C Heweston (O) 409 @ 51

Tom Blackley 38w @ 12

Ollie Green 24w @ 8

2014 CD4S     1st (P) Sam Collins 484 @ 35

Robbie Gunn 417 @ 46

Tom Blackley 31w @ 10

Max Collins 29w @ 12

2013 RD1W    3rd  (P) - J Miller 17w @ 15
2012 RD2SW  2nd (P) G Oldbury 271 @ 45  

Since leaving the Dorset league, Parley have been storming through the Hampshire league and with 4 promotions in five years it seems only a matter of time before they reach the hallowed ground of the Southern League. The young side were the outstanding team in CD3S in 2016, going unbeaten all season and gaining revenge for a defeat that cost them promotion in 2015 by brushing Sway aside at Jubilee Field. The trio of bowlers Green, Blackley and Rowett are particularly deadly.

 

Petersfield

 

Previous Seasons: 2016: W10/L3 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 CD2      4th Dom Carson 405 @ 29

Dam Carson 380 @ 29

Dom Carson 20w @ 17
2015 CD2      5th G Broadhurst 526 @ 44 K Gumbe 25w @ 14

Dam Carson 24 @ 14

M Stanley 24w @ 20

2014 CD3N   2nd Dom Carson 463 @ 77

A Barnes 298 @ 60

Dam Carson 27w @ 8

S Blanks 17w @ 19

2013 CD4N   3rd W Rice 351 @ 44

T Austin 163 @ 41

T Austin 20w @ 13
2012 CD4N   12th B Maisey 499 @ 50

A Spencer 265 @ 44

B Maisey 22w @ 13

Another team that has been making excellent progress in recent years, Petersfield has an excellent season in 2016 losing just 3 games and narrowly missing out on promotion to CD1.

 

Redlynch & Hale

Ian Tanner - skipper & averages regular!

Previous Seasons: 2016: W10/L3 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 CD3N 2nd (P) Dave Webber 468 @ 39

Ian Tanner 337 @ 42

James Benson 314 @ 44

James Taylor 25w @ 16

Tom Emm 23w @ 13

Ben Brown 18w @ 17

Dave Webber 18w @ 24

2015 CD2  15th (R) Ian Tanner 517 @ 53 James Taylor 26w @ 16
2014 CD3N 3rd (P) Ian Tanner 558 @ 56

G Willoughby 420 @ 53

Kevin Hopkins 26w @ 13
2013 CD3N 5th G Willoughby 704 @ 54

Ian Tanner 666 @ 51

Tom Emm 28w @ 16

Russ Church 24w @ 19

2012 CD4S 4th (P) G Willoughby 353 @ 35

Ian Tanner 339 @ 38

Tom Emm 19w @ 12

Back in 2012 a young David Steadman had R&H skipper and opening batsman caught behind for just 5 as Sway ran out comfortable winners in the previous clash between the two sides. The game was particularly memorable for the 120 runs smashed by Redlynch's Matt Truckle - out of a total of just 174! Sway will be looking to repeat the victory when R&H visit Jubilee in August.

 

Totton & Eling II

Sway will get to enjoy Totton's superb facilities this season.

Previous Seasons: 2016: W2/L12 Top Bats Top Bowls
2016 CD1  18th (R) - -
2015 SEPL      (R)    
2014 SEPL    
2013 SEPL    
2012 SEPL    

The last few seasons have been pretty rough for Totton's second eleven, firstly losing Southern League status then falling back to CD2.  Obviously will be looking to re-build  - a big club with great facilities so theres a pretty good chance they will be up there in the mix this season.