Junior fixtures are listed in the club Yearbook which is handed out to all members at the start of the season and may also be downloaded here: 2017 WCC Yearbook
2016 End of Season Report:
U12 MSL – League Champions
Through a combination of devastating bowling, brave and committed fielding and solid batting, we won the league, taking down old adversaries like Spencer and Esher who boast impressive county line ups in the process. A great team with a fantastic attitude - well deserved champions. An excellent season lads, well done.
U11 MSL - League Champions
This was another good season for a great group of players - well over 25 players played for the team during the season. We had a good campaign in the league, finishing 3rd against strong competition. The successful Cup campaign was a real highlight, culminating in a tense last over win in the final.
U9s - 2nd in the League
Our boys and girls finished the league season in style, winning again to end with a played 10, won 8, lost 2 record, thrashing the top quality Spencer and Esher teams along the way. If our mutually rearranged win against Spencer had counted we would be League Champions and that's what we told the kids after the match. We are all very proud of them and they were very happy.
Our batting was good again in our last match as we scored 100 runs for the loss of only 2 wickets. We have now only lost 5 wickets in our last 60 overs batting as our kids have learnt to play straighter and get on the front foot more often.
Dougie top scored with 17 (inc 4 nicely timed boundaries) as he and Adam again got us off to a good start. Ethan hit 2 fours in 13 not out, Ollie and Joseph Mc scored 9 each, Maddox and Tommy 7 each and Jemma an assured 6 on A team debut (all not out).
In the field we had an off day (we will blame it on the heat). We conceded 24 runs in wides and gave them another 15 plus in overthrows, very unlike us.
Tommy took 2-6 (both clean bowled) to save the day, with Nick expertly bowling their batsman with his first ball in A team cricket this year! Joseph S picked up a wicket too, with Maddox bowling the only maiden and running out their player with a direct hit as we won by 14 runs.
Our kids have been absolutely fantastic all season. They have been the most enthusiastic and committed team in the league and Spencer and Esher both commented about what a great "team" we are, with no weak link.
Well done everybody.
U9 NEC Festival Champions
Wimbledon U9s won the annual NEC Festival in style, winning all 5 matches played, without ever looking like losing, comfortably beating Whitgiftians, Spencer, Cheam, Trinity Midgift and Esher in the 40 balls per side matches.
Our 8 man team comprised Maddox Dakin, Joseph McColm, Ethan Patel, Shreesh Mehrotra, Ollie Hunt, Ethan Patel, Aryan Paul and William Sweet.
Our B team also played amazingly well, having to play against Esher, Old Ruts and Trinity Midgift "A" teams. They only narrowly lost each match, in very positive performances. Well played Tomasso Wood, George Johnson, Oliver and Charlie Holt, Max Rivaldi, Rory Wall, Dharam Rai and Dylan Stacey.
A big thankyou to all the mums and dads who helped out today, especially Mirjana and Barbara for running the B team.
Sunday 12th July - U12 NEC vs Old Ruts
The win against Old Ruts was a thrilling end to a very successful season. We have not had many occasions to chase targets this season and the boys have demonstrated, in two successive weeks, that they can execute a run chase well.
Today we also tried something different. The batting and bowling lineups were chosen by Kohler (captain) and all the bowlers were encouraged to take a risk to try something new/different.
With a secure 2nd position in the league, and 1st position likely to be out of reach, this was a calculated risk. It was also a great way for the boys to take full responsibility for the team's success - which they demonstrated admirably.
Wimbledon won the toss and elected to field first. Aggarwall tried his leg spin sliders successfully to take 2 wickets, Crumby tried his own versions of swing to take 2 more, Baker and Lawson tried different variations of the slower ball to take a wicket each. As the boys experimented with their bowling there were inevitably more extras than usual. As a result, Old Ruts got to a total of a 110 which is a very competitive score at the Raynes Park pitch.
In response, we lost two early wickets to a very quick opening bowler. Aram (22), Baker (14) and Kohler (18) then steadied the innings and we got to 87 in the 15th over, giving us a seemingly comfortable position. However, with a catch, one batsman bowled and two runouts in quick succession Old Ruts tilted the balance towards themselves.
As the pressure built Old Ruts didn't manage it as well as our boys did. A few loose balls by Old Ruts, some good running between the wickets by Wimbledon and Old Ruts started to crumble- the pendulum swung back. Wimbledon hit the winning runs on the 3rd ball of the last over.
It was an exciting end to a match played with great spirit by both sides. Congratulations to the boys for achieving a high position in the league.
Thanks to the scorers today and the parents for their continued support.
Sunday 5th July - U12 B vs Spencer
Another win today. This time in very rainy conditions.
Wimbledon won the toss and Reed (captain) elected to field. Despite the rain and wet conditions the boys put in an excellent bowling performance restricting Spencer to 87 for 9 in 20 overs. Aggarwall (4-0-13-3) and Reed (2-2-0-2) demonstrated the result of bowling a tight line and length. Moth and Crumby were effective in their 2 overs, taking one wicket each. Elliot's performance behind the wicket was outstanding with 3 stumpings and an excellent reaction catch. All the boys were sharp in the field and kept the runs down, in a relatively small ground.
Wimbledon's batting in response to the Spencer innings was a mature performance from Reed (29) and Aram (23) with excellent running between the wickets. Helped by 39 extras from Spencer we were able to reach the target in 14 overs reaching 91-2.
Well done to the boys again and thanks to Manish Aggarwall and Rob Crumby for scoring. Thanks also to the parents who came to support the team and braved the rain.
In the league table we are currently behind Dulwich at the top.
Sunday 28 June
U12 NEC League vs Old Wimbledonians
Today's win classifies as one of the best this season. It was a consummate fielding performance that won the match.
Wimbledon won the toss and elected to bat on a very lively wicket.
The Old Wimbledonians bowled tightly and were sharp in the field. The ball also bounced unpredictably making for hard work for the batsmen. Our batsmen showed some frustration at the inability to score runs and gifted their wickets to the opposition. Only Kohler (captain) reached double figures.
Wimbledon ended their innings at 63-9, for what seemed like a total we would find difficult to defend.
During the team talk before going into field we spoke about the need for bowling and fielding tightly and to use the unpredictable bounce to our advantage. We also had to find a stand in wicket keeper with Kohler and Hughes courageously stepping up to share responsibilities during the 20 overs.
The fielding performance was excellent right from the start. Baker and Lawson opened the bowling and bowled a good line. Both were unlucky not to have taken wickets but did what was asked of them by keeping the runs down. Aggarwall and Hughes combined next in what I can only describe as a devastating spell! Aggarwall skilfully flighted the ball and tempted the batsmen to make mistakes. His figures were 3-0-5-5. Hughes kept a steady line at the other end taking one wicket. The next change of Patel and Bowser rattled through the tail with Bowser taking 3 wickets in the one over he bowled and Patel taking one in the over he bowled.
Stand in keeper 1 - Kohler took one catch and effected two stumpings. Stand in keeper 2 - Hughes took one catch. Hellings took one catch in the field.
Old Wimbledonians were bowled for 38.
Next up are Spencer who are sure to field a stronger team than last week.
If today's performance in the field were to be repeated, we will have a really good chance of continuing our winning streak.
Well done to the boys today and to the parents for their continued support. Thanks to Manish Aggarwall and Rob Crumby for scoring.
Sunday 22 June
U12s MSl vs Spencer
Wimbledon scored a comprehensive win against Spencer in the NEC league on Sunday.
Wimbledon lost the toss and were put into bat.
Hyatt and Elliot started strongly, striking the bowlers at will. Following Elliot's dismissal we lost two quick wickets to a tricky bowler. Hyatt and Blake played a steady innings and both scored 30 and retired. Corbett scored a quick 28 successfully taking advantage of the inaccurate Spencer bowling. Wimbledon also benefited from Spencer's inability to hold on to catches.
Wimbledon finished with 161 for 6.
Taking to the field the Kohler (captain) and Hughes led from the front taking two quick wickets each. We were (mostly!) sharp in the field. We effected 3 good very good run outs and two good catches by Kohler and Hyatt, who also took two wickets.
Spencer were bowled out for 45 in the 15th over.
In the post match debrief the boys were rightly pleased at achieving a comprehensive win and correctly identified the need for more catch practise. They should work on fielding drills during training and at school.
Thanks to parents for their continued support and to Messrs Kohler, Hyatt and Hughes for scoring and umpiring. Also thanks to the groundsman at the Archbishop Tennison ground who organised drinks for the boys and parents.
Next match is against Old Wimbledonians.
Sunday 15 June
U12 NEC vs Old Ruts
Our win demonstrated how much the team has matured over the season in terms of batting performance.
Captained by James Reed, Wimbledon put Old Ruts into bat first. The weather was cold and pitch very unpredictable.
Lawson and Hughes opened the bowling and there was some very tight end to end bowling. Crumby, Van Spall, Sivaram, Cameron, Corbett and Reed bowled a good line generally and we took regular wickets restricting Old Ruts for 101 for 9 in allotted 20 overs. Old Ruts' Surrey County - Girls player gave our boys a demonstration of excellent running between the wickets and how to pick the gaps in the field. But for the retirement at 30 rule we might have faced a higher total.
Our boys came back strongly. Reed played with fluency and elegance to reach 28 before unfortunately being bowled. Hellings played an understated but composed innings to retire at 30. Reed and Hellings were quick between the wickets taking singles and regularly converting singles to 2s. On Reed's dismissal Crumby came in to partner Hellings and scored a solid 24. Wimbledon reached 102 for 1 in the 17th over. We continued to the 20th over to give the boys some batting practise.
In the post match debrief we talked about the importance of our fielding again. We probably gave away 25 runs too many. The cold weather didn't help. However, we agreed that getting behind the ball and using hands to stop the ball were better than feet, at stopping runs. The boys should continue to practise this during their training at school.
Well done to the boys for a comprehensive win.
U12s - 2 week roundup vs Bank of England and Malden Wanderers
Apologies, last week slipped away without me emailing a report (I did get the results sheet in to the league of course), so this week you get two succinct write ups for the price of one.
Last Sunday we were hosted in opulent surroundings at the Bank of England on a glorious morning. They were, like us, still undefeated in the league so we knew we had our work cut out for us. We won the toss and elected to bat. The pitch was a bit iffy and hard to score from early on with the opposition bowling tightly, Robert Muir eking out 19 with several partners until we reached 70 for the loss of 6 after about 15 overs. Ben Mangat and Pranav Pandey then managed to plunder a 40 partnership off the last few overs to lift us to a respectable and defendable 110.
We knew and discussed at the interval that if we bowled and fielded like we can, we could take them, and that's just what we did. Another superlative effort in the field and some excellent bowling saw us skittle them out for just 59, a better result than we'd even imagined. Some of the bowling figures make great economical reading - Pravin Kiritharan - 2 for 5 off 3 overs, Pranav Khera - 2 for 7 off 4, and man of the match Pranav Pandey had 3 for 8 off 4. A superb performance against a quality team.
This morning saw us entertain the Malden Wanderers at another new ground - Archbishop Tenison. Very hospitable staff there made us feel welcome and they'd even put stumps out for us. The conditions were a bit dank but the pitch was fairly decent and having lost the toss we were fielding first. It seemed like we were leaking runs all over the place but we managed to get them all out for 70 after 18 and a half overs with all bowlers contributing well with wickets - 2 each for Sam Baker, James Kohler and Pranav Pandey, one for Arnav Aggarwal and three for Pranav Khera. 5 were clean bowled which shows the quality of our attack.
Our reply was really only any fun for two guys, as neither of our openers were dismissed before we reached the target - Pravin Kiritharan with 29 n.o. and Wilf Morris with 32 n.o. Apologies to the other 9 who missed out on a bat - that's cricket for you. Another superb team effort though and unbeaten league record still holding. If only we hadn't been denied the chance to beat Barnes in the opening match by the rain we'd be top of the table.
Thanks to Messrs Muir, Baker and Murray for scoring and to the Kiritharans for supplying today's between innings refreshments. A crunch game beckons on Thursday v Spencer (the only other team yet to lose in the league) at somewhere called the Fishpond - could be interesting....
Sunday 31 May
U12s 1st Round Cup Match vs Richmond
It was a cold, damp and windy morning but as we had a cup fixture we really thought we should get it done and the pitch was playable. We had intelligence that Richmond were going to be under strength with four of their rep players in a district match. However, that district match was cancelled and they ruthlessly culled four players due to play in order to make way for the stars and mobilise to full strength after all.
We won the toss and elected to field. Our first few overs were tight (they only scored 20 in the first seven) but then it started to unravel a bit. The ball was being hit hard and most in the field were guilty of allowing at least one boundary through that could have been stopped. The opposing batsmen were also very good at stealing quick singles and running on overthrows (several run out opportunities missed).
They probably scored at least 20 more than they would have had we fielded as well as last week, but to be fair it was cold and miserable and the ball was slippery. A couple of difficult catching chances were put down for the same reason. Helped by a few wides, Richmond posted 106 for 2 (two retired) - a good total on a square hard to score from.
Our run chase started better than their innings with 24 off the first six overs. Four wickets then fell fairly quickly and our run rate suffered accordingly. Their pace attack was tight and again we had trouble getting it away. Some muscular hitting off their spinners from Wolff (16) and Mangat (19 not out) then pulled us back into contention but it was too little too late and we fell 9 runs short of their total.
No disgrace to lose to quality opposition but frustrating as we could and should have won it and progressed to the next round. Certainly our fielding needs work in training - not enough bodies behind the ball today and a lack of alertness cost us the game. We'll need to see improvement as we're away to undefeated Bank of England next Sunday - our own unbeaten league record on the line.
Thanks to our three different scorers - Messrs Baker, Hyatt and Muir - and to Paul Mangat who's racking up the umpiring miles.
Wednesday 27 May
U12s vs Hurlingham
We finally managed to get a game played at the magnificent Hurlingham Club last night, having had the fixture disappointingly rained off the last few seasons. They were short of a couple of players so we offered to rotate our guys into their fielding and they would be able to recall a couple of batsmen if needed. Two Wimbledon players who are also Hurlingham members, Bakers T and H, both turned out for the opposition and performed creditably.
We lost the toss and fielded first. As it was a friendly everyone was given the chance to bowl, and as they tonked a few early boundaries it looked like they might rack up a decent total. Some of the bowling was a bit loose, with a higher than usual number of wides being conceded, but with another excellent fielding effort we managed to limit them to 83 for 4 plus one retired (31) off their 20 overs. Excellent wickets were claimed by Anderson, Blake, Aggarwal and Wolff, ably supported by Kohler, Muir, Reed, Hyatt and Morris, with a great performance behind the stumps from Mangat and an exemplary fielding performance from Hellings.
In reply, a stubborn opening partnership between Hyatt (not out 21) and Morris (retired 30), meant that only the first three in the order took to the crease before we reached the target after 12 overs, so apologies particularly to Hellings who was next in and hadn't bowled. A nice game which finished just before the rain with light fading fast, so just as well we got the runs ahead of time.
Special thanks to Paul Mangat for umpiring, Rich Hyatt for scoring the old school way next to the impressive electric scoreboard, and to Hurlingham, to whom a separate note of thanks has been sent. This undefeated (apart from a friendly against older boys) and enthusiastic bunch of players continues to demonstrate technical improvement and, more importantly, excellent team spirit - keep it up lads.
Sunday 24 May:
U12 NEC vs Alleyns
A comprehensive win for the Wimbledon U-12 team against Alleyns in the NEC league today. It was especially pleasing as we had mixed team including two U-11 players (Long and Mathur) who stepped up to play for the U- 12s today.
Alleyns won the toss and elected to bat first. It was a pitch with uneven bounce and boundaries were long. Our bowlers took advantage of the situation to restrict Alleyns to 86 for 4. The bowling performance was good all round, as was the fielding. Special mention goes to the two U-11 players, Long and Mathur, who took a wicket each.
In response Wimbledon started positively but lost three quick wickets to balls lofted in the air as the batsmen were tempted by the prospect of hitting the big shots. Eliott (captain) and Murray then came in to steady the innings playing some fine shots punishing the Alleyns bowlers for straying down the leg side. Wimbledon achieved the target of 87 in the 15th over. The boys continued to play till the 20th over and benefitted from some batting practice.
During the post match debrief we talked about the importance of keeping the ball on the ground when batting, playing through the line of the ball and rotating the strike. The boys should practice this in the nets and during school matches.
The boys should be justifiably proud of their achievement today, making two wins in the NEC cup and league in the last two days.
Thanks to the parents for their continued support during the matches and to Manish Aggarwall for scoring.
U12As vs Esher - MSL
Andrew Morris reports - Today we were up against Esher - a team who claimed they hadn't lost a game for five years. With a squad full of current or former county and district players, further boosted by the addition of 6ft fast bowler Fabian Pountney, we were certainly up against it. The fixture is given further spice by the fact that half of each team go to the same school, so bragging rights were at stake. We made sure before the game started that the boys knew they had it in them to beat these guys, having run them close twice last season
In good conditions at RP2, but on an alternative strip (as the one prepared for us had been interfered with), we lost the toss and were sent in to bat. The opening partnership was a rock solid 53 shared by Rory Hyatt and Pravin Kiritharan, with Rory eventually falling for 15. Pravin eventually retired after an excellent 35, and Wilf Morris chipped in with 11 before being run out by a direct hit. The key factor was the denial of wickets which frustrated their quality bowling attack, with the last two of only 4 wickets falling in the last over when we were trying to force extra runs.
We weren't scoring as freely as we would have liked however, and a final total of 100 (a cracking four off the last from Ben Mangat), whilst respectable, looked lowish as the pitch was heating up and drying out - we would have to bowl and field extremely well to hold them back.
It wasn't looking good early on as Esher plundered 21 off the first and third overs. At the other end Pravin kept it tight with a wicket maiden in the fourth. Ed Blake and Sam Baker both bowled tidily with two wickets for Baker one of which was a great catch by Blake. Pranav Pandey bowled his excellent leg spin and kept the runs down and Mike Anderson weighed in at the other end, finishing with three wickets. Two excellent catches by Robert Muir, including an absolute pearler running backwards off Pandey, typified a very fine all round fielding performance which pervaded throughout the team and kept us in the game.
Pranav Khera came back on with a devastating first ball to dismiss one of Esher's big hitting danger men and at this point it looked like we might just do the job. The wickets just kept falling but even when 9 down Esher were still in with a shout before Anderson finished them all off for 80, 20 short, by clean bowling their last man in the 18th over. Celebrations were sportingly understated and the teams shook hands on an excellent encounter which was deservedly and convincingly won by the underdogs.
In terms of what to work on in training, although harder in the nets as it tends to come out in the middle of a match, that extra confidence and playing complete scoring strokes is definitely a work in progress. We've struggled to get the ball off the square in the last couple of games but the boys all have it in them to knock it past the field and in this format it would help to score more freely. Bowling and fielding were, as mentioned, very good with just a few loose deliveries and the odd boundary that should have been stopped. We were very fortunate to have our director of cricket, Matt Spriegel, looking on and thanks to him for coming down.
Thanks also to Paul Mangat again for helping with preparing the lads and umpiring, to Mark Baker for scoring and to my Mrs (and Waitrose) for providing the refreshments between innings.
Friday 22 May:
U12B vs Old Wimbledonians - NEC Cup
A comprehensive win in the NEC cup yesterday sees us going to the next round. It was an excellent example of great team work with every one of the boys making a good contribution.
Wimbledon won the toss and elected to bat first. Unfortunately, we lost early wickets and at one stage were 23 for 5 early in our innings. The wickets fell quickly to a combination of good swing bowling and a very street smart approach to fielding by Old Wimbledonians. A real lesson for our boys on how to be alert in the field!
However, two steadying partnerships - Kohler / Elliott and Lawson / Elliot - and a fine 30 by Elliott brought us closer to a competitive total. Helped by 37 extras and some good running by the tailenders Wimbledon posted a total of 100.
In response, we started strongly with an excellent fielding performance. The cricket maxim of "catches win matches" was ably demonstrated by Wimbledon yesterday. There were 6 catches and an excellent run out. All the bowlers kept a good line and took wickets at regular intervals. Aggarwall finished with the best figures of 3-1-6-3.
An excellent result and well done to the boys. It was great to see the team spirit and there were great examples of encouragement provided to each other.
Now back to the League on Sunday.
17 May 2015:
U12B vs Trinity Mid Whitgiftians - NEC league
A very well deserved and comprehensive win today for Wimbledon on a beautiful sunny day in Sanderstead (we'll have to ignore the bit about the cold wind and how far it was for all of us!).
Wimbledon lost the toss and fielded first. Excellent bowling spells by Aggarwall (4-1-6-4) and Lawson (4-1-6-2), supported by good spells from Corbett, Sivaram and Van Spall restricted Trinity Mid Whitgiftians to 61 for 7 off their 20 overs. Kersley and Elliot also had the opportunity to use their arms.
An excellent catch by Van Spall who was so surprised to see the fast ball coming to him that he slowed it down by letting it go and catching it again - a cricket equivalent of a 'Keepy uppy'. The presence of mind he showed in holding on to the catch, and that shown by Hellings (captain) saving runs in the outfield, demonstrated the significantly improved fielding by the team compared with last weeks outing against Dulwich.
Wimbledon's batting response was strong with the first 3 batsman - Reed, Elliott and Hellings comfortably achieving the target in 12.3 overs. Reed retired at 30 after a good mix of well executed boundaries and running between wickets. Hellings made a useful 18 during his time at the pitch.
The managers had agreed to bat the full 20 overs so that more of the boys could have a practice run. Wimbledon ended their 20 overs with a score of 95.
During the Post-match debrief, we spoke about 2 things to work during training and future matches. 1) using the long barrier when fielding 2) pushing the runs between wickets and converting ones into twos. It would be great if the boys can work on this with the Wimbledon coaches or during their school training sessions.
Well done to all the boys and thanks to the dads (Hellings, Aggarwall and Reed) for helping with scoring and helping warm up the boys.
10 May 2015:
U12As vs Stoke D’Abernon
The U12 Mid Surrey Division 1 Team finally got their season under way after a frustrating rain cancellation last week. With a whole swathe of players unavailable due to district commitments, football and tennis matches (priorities boys, really!), we struggled to scrape a team together but those who fronted up away to Stoke D'Abernon weren't at all cowed by the situation. A charming pitch with a giant tree well inside the boundary (4 runs if you hit any part of it, but amazingly not once did it happen) and agreeable conditions made for an excellent encounter played in very good spirits.
Captain Wilf Morris won the toss and elected to bat, and a strong opening partnership of 56 ensued between Rory Hyatt (31) and Charlie Wolff (later out for 28). A competitive total of 118 was eventually posted and our boys got off to an excellent start in the field with wickets for Mike Anderson, Ben Hart and James Kohler. The fielding effort throughout the team was superb and with short boundaries on offer a whole shipload of runs were prevented by sharpness and with the lads putting their bodies on the line. A couple of really tricky catching opportunities just went begging but many were held, including a couple of beauties behind the stumps for keeper Ben Mangat. Mike Anderson finished with 4 wickets from his almost 4 overs, Ed Blake picked up 2 for 2 from 2 (perfect figures for the voice of the late great Richie Benaud), Ben Hart was fast and accurate and Kohler, Sam Baker, Rohan Patel, Max Covill, Morris and Hyatt also stepped up for a hurl - all performed with credit and they managed to get the opposition all out for 86. So a great win in adversity to kick things off.
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