U21s - Surrey Development Academy XI

Matches: Sundays

Home Ground: Church Road

WCC Academy Cricket Report – 2016

2016 was a year of missed opportunity. Frustratingly, availability issues meant that we were never in a position to field our best teams, and our progress in all competitions suffered because of this.

However, the Under 17s started us off at half term with a fine victory over Ashtead in the U17 cup curtesy of two crushing innings, one from Ed Cooper(27,22 balls), and the other from Aran Veneik(19, 7 balls) , and a steady all round performance from skip Sam Dickson (50* and 2 for 13). Then on to Old Ruts in July, where another thumping innings form Ed, and another fine all round performance from Sam (50* and 2 for 26) gave us a one run victory. Our last cup game was against Spencer in the first week of August, which we lost comprehensively having posted 139 for 5 in 20 overs, (50 from Ed Cooper), Spencer hit them off in 17 overs.

The U17 league in August was a disaster, with very little availability from our U17, U16 and U15 cohorts. We did well against Hampton when our youngest player was actually 14, with an 83 from Harry Thomas and a hat trick from Ishaan Rajan who does not bowl often, but then with everyone away, we had to concede our next match. We then ran into a strong Esher outfit, with a very young team. We suffered at the backend of their innings as they posted 223-6 in 30 overs, and with Harry going first ball struggled to 94ao in 18 overs, notable only for a top score of 26 from Will Harvey. We lost the playoff game with an even younger side. Our opening bats were Charlie Whipple and Tim Lloyd both 12 year olds, a precursor to what may be in future years. We did well to hold Malden Wanderers to 189 (28.3 overs). Umar Anis took 4 wickets, and George Whipple 2 for 0, but Harry, who batted through to be last out for 81, was on his own apart from a score of 23 from Tim, so we finished 34 runs short.

The Under 19s, Wimbledon Bloods, were in good form in the ECB U19 T20 competition, winning 4 matches on the trot, but once again Spencer were our nemesis. We scraped a win against Malden Wanderers, despite our strong batting line up completely underperforming, thanks to David Scott’s 3 for 19. Batting was better against Old Ruts, with a 50 from Nick Welch, and two wickets for Harry Crocker snuffed out their response. In probably our best performance of the summer, we beat a good Sutton side by 8 wickets. 50 from David Scott and a late flourish from Victor Bakker saw us home chasing 126 in the nineteenth over. George Whipple took 3 for 5. In our final match against Spencer, it’s fair to say they batted brilliantly to put 188 on the board. Two crucial catches went begging, and our reply did not start well, Alex Combe out first ball. Good contributions from Ryan Patel (27, 16 balls) and Miguel Machado (39,22) kept us up to the rate and got us to a creditable, but not enough, 146 all out in 17 overs.

The U21s campaign in the Trust League, 40 overs, started badly, a loss to Spencer. We were pleased to be able to hold a strong batting line up to 207 all out. George Whipple took 3 for 36. Nick Welch, 59(55 balls) and Alex Kirkpatrick 46, got us up to the drinks break in contention, but we stumbled badly through the middle order, and only Ed Cooper’s 29, (26 balls), was of note after that, 170 all out. The Beddington game is famous for Miguel having to retire hurt when his helmet dug into the turf as he dived to make his ground. Collectively, we bowled well to hold Beddington to 180 all out, Sam Dickson taking 3 for 29. Alex Kirkpatrick led the way with 79 off 63 balls, his best knock of my season, a run a ball 31 from Miguel, and quick runs from the middle order meant we got home with 10 overs to spare. We were doing well against Old Whits, but we were taken for 80 runs off the last 10 overs of their innings (Nick Welch 2 overs for 31 runs) so they reached 230, and whilst there were several decent contributions, Welch 38, Rajan 34, Huxtable 31, we were not able to generate the scoring rate required, so finished on 190 from 40 overs. As it turned out, our next, against Dulwich, was our last game. They were struggling with their own availability, so our 188 batting first was not exceptional, Machado 60. But we picked up early wickets and Dipesh Patel took out the middle order (3 for 25), and we dismissed them for 120 in 33 overs. Addiscombe conceded our next match, and the two losses meant that we did not advance from the group stage, so the U21 programme ended at the end of July, which was a shame for such an enthusiastic cohort.

Across three different age groups it is difficult to pick out one outstanding player, but Harry Thomas did well for the U17s scoring 198 runs, alongside Sam Dickson and Ed Cooper in the cup. Umar Anis (14) took 5 wickets. David Scott topped the averages for batting and bowling for the U19s. George Whipple, a 16 year old, took 5 wickets for the U21s and 11 across all age groups. Alex Kirkpatrick topped the batting for the U21s with 125 runs in his two innings. Miguel Machado took 5 wickets for the U21s, and 2 for the U19s, and scored more runs for the U19s and U21s than anyone else, 209.

Whilst we sometimes did not do ourselves justice, we always played with a smile on our faces, and as a team.

I have noted the appreciation that the other captains have shown for the contributions of the academy players. Of the top ten run scorers for the club in 2016, 6 were 21 or younger. On six occasions in July and August, 20 or more academy boys played Saturday cricket. Over 50 played some senior cricket during the summer, an increase of 10 on last year. So I am pleased to be able to say that our pathway from junior to senior cricket is now something of a 3 lane motorway. I look forward to the future of Wimbledon cricket with gleeful anticipation, and the considerable expectation that our juniors will make a significant contribution towards it.

Neal Harvey WCC Academy Manager 2016.







3 July Spencer Away 1pm  
10 July Beddington Away 1pm

17 July Old Whits Home 1pm


24 July Dulwich Home 1pm  
31 July Burgess Park Away 1pm
7 August Addiscombe Home 1pm

U17 League







27 July

Hampton Wick Royals Home 1pm

11 August

Richmond Away 1pm

17 August

Esher Home 1pm











2015 Reports - U17s, U19s, U21s and Adacemy

This was our come back season in teh Surrey Trust League, and it would have been nice for it to be triumphant, but in the end it was simply a comeback.  We played som eenjoyable cricket, 25 U21's players participated, plus a couple of ringers.

We played 7 games in the Trust League, won 3, lost 3 with one abandonment.  We had a good win against Old Ruts who won the gorup, we let ourselves down against Addiscombe.  Sebastian Campbell played every game and came out top of the bowling with 11 wickets at an average of 20, and Barney Oates' 4 for 39 against Old Ruts is legendary.

Our batting probably out played our bowling with captain Barney Oates topping the runs with 145 at an average of 36 and a strike rate of 105.  Niall Solomon's 89 against East Molesey was a relly mature innings, and Ed Cooper's 70 against Yateley in 53 balls the most entertaining.  Tom Bradshaw's 65 not out versus Old Ruts was a match winner.  on 5 occasions we managed to score over 200 runs in our innings.

Our big achievement though is that the U19 squad won the Surrey ECB Nat West U19 T20 competition.

During the group phase we played 5 and won 5.  We then beat Guildford and Ashtead on finals day to win the trophy.  Sebastian Campbell's 15 wickets marks him out as our key bowler and he contributed with the bat too.  In second place with 6 wickets each were Tahir Ahmed (average 15.2), Aran Beneik (11.7) and Sam Dickson (22) with an honorable mention for Ryan Patel on 5 (9.6).

Our batting was strong.  In the group phase our lowest score was 129 (in 17 overs) and our highest 167 (vs Spencer).  Finals day was a damp pitch, but we scored 108 in 14 overs to beat Guildford and crept over the line to score 108 to win the final by 3 wickets.  And whilst George Thomas was the top bat with 141 runs at an average of 70.5 and a strike rate of 111, two other, Sam Dickson and Tom Lace scored 50s, Tom Bradshaw score 47 and Alex Combe posted an impressive 45.8 batters finished with an average of over 20, and 4 of those had a stike rate in excess of 120, so a real and impressive team effort.

The U17s had a huge potential, but unavilability meant we lost our very best players.  Still that simply gve more opportunities to others.  We lost our first U17 cup game vs nemesis Spencer, with a team including two U14s.  Despite George Whipple's 3-26, Sencer's 165 was too much for us.  Danny Chesham hit 41 in our innings of 131.

In the league games we played 3, lost 2 and had a concession in our favour.  But that's not to say we did not play some spirited circket, indeed these 2 matches were memborable occasions and Will Whipple's sympathetic and exemplary captaincy was part of that.  In the first Richmond posted 252 (30 overs) and we responded with an impressive 201, highest score of 33 from Ed Doughty and 5 others scored over 20.  U13 Jamie Ash Vie pitched in with two wickets.  Against Esher we lost our way chasing 156 (for 4), Danny Chesham 44, only to rally with an 8th wicket stand of 45 featuruing Nabeel Irfan (19) and Sunny Patel (23).

In total 45 young players played in the Academy matches, 40 of which also played some Saturday League Cricket.