1st XI Captain
1st XI Season report
As has been said, there was little optimism any cricket could be played in 2020 last April but, by the time Effingham 1st XI lined up at the Calburn Cricket Field on 25th July to play in the six match group format of the Surrey Challenge Cup Group 13, there was a great deal of optimism inside ECC that the newly promoted Fullers Division 1 side could go on to produce a series of strong performances. Many thanks must be extended the Fullers League, Surrey Championship and Surrey Cricket Foundation for organising such a competitive and enjoyable two months of cricket.
Effingham opened their competitive season by hosting Worplesdon & Burpham and set about the year as they would continue by dominating with the bat. 20 year old Joel Stroud continued his strong breakthrough season form from 2019 alongside his former age group opening partner Cameron Walters as the pair amassed 92 runs from the first 15 overs. Walters fell for 46 under the inevitably darkening skies before the players were eventually forced off with the score on 207-6, not before Stroud had completed a blistering maiden 1st XI hundred. It was the beginning of what would be tough year for Worplesdon & Burpham as the only side from Fullers Division 3 in the group; they would go on to lose their remaining five matches. Hopefully 2021 will see their return to form in Division 3.
Effingham, frustrated by being denied the opportunity to complete victory the week before, arrived at the Calburn Cricket Field determined to test their abilities against strong Fullers Premier Godalming. Batting first again, Walters (89) and Stroud (32) picked up where they left off building a strong opening partnership of 85. This laid the platform for wicketkeeper Benji Thomas to arrive at the crease with the score on 119-3 and by the time he was dismissed for 73 from 47 balls the game was firmly in Effingham’s grasp. Having posted 268-6 from their 40 overs, Effingham set about defending the total professionally and effectively. Led by club stalwart Chris Fewson with figures of 8-1-27-5, Godalming were restricted to 166-7 from their 40 overs. Godalming would go onto enjoy a mixed season winning three and losing two.
Effingham followed up that performance with yet another dominant victory at Division 1 Ripley. Batting first again Effingham posted a total of 257-8, led yet again by Stroud (83) and supported ably by Thomas (45) and Fewson (54 not out). A strong Ripley side began their response with great promise reaching 72 runs from the first ten overs without the loss of a wicket, however the resistance soon began to subside as Effingham’s bowlers began to take control. Eventually Ripley were all out for 189, the attack again led by Fewson with his second “five-for” in as many games as he finished with figures of 6-1-22-5. It was a rare blip for Ripley who finished third in the group with three wins.
Next up for Effingham were Fullers Premier Merrow in what was surely to be the decider for top spot in group 13. Merrow won the toss and asked their visitors to field first for the first time in 2020, not that it made much difference to the eventual outcome. Merrow started promisingly reaching positions such as 37 for the first wicket and 90-2 from 25 overs but eventually the innings stagnated to 162-8 under the constant pressure from the controlled bowling and excellent fielding. Highlights from the bowlers included Anthony Brown’s unchanged opening spell of 8-4-9-1 and Will Farnsworth who closed the Merrow innings with a spell of 6-0-20-3. Once again by the time both Effingham’s openers were dismissed there were 134 runs on the board (including an exceptionally mature 58 from Walters) and the game was over as a contest. This strong Merrow side would finish second in the group with four wins.
After heavy overnight rain Effingham arrived at Whiteley Village the next week to find a very wet pitch and after winning the toss invited their hosts to bat first in what transpired to be a risky move. Whiteley Village batted intelligently in achieving a total of 129-8 from their 40 overs and, when Effingham found themselves 18-3 from 10 overs and then 56-4 from 23, they appeared to be in big trouble. This was an opportune time for number six Fewson to produce a blistering 67 from 40 balls and guide the side home with six overs and five wickets in hand. Despite this strong performance Whiteley Village only won once in the season and finished sixth.
Effingham would complete their truncated season at home to West End who had struggled winning only twice. Another impressive all round performance in the field saw West End dismissed for just 129 in 29 overs with the wickets shared evenly around the Effingham attack. This total provided the ideal opportunity for Stroud to showcase his talents once more as he dispatched the West End attack to all parts on his way to 52, ably supported by Harry Mead who would finish 46 not out as Effingham knocked off the paltry total in under 23 overs.
At this point the reader may be forgiven for thinking that Effingham’s success was down to the form of their opening batsmen alone (519 runs between them) but that would be to overlook the efforts of the bowlers; no side managed to score more than 162 batting first or get within 68 runs batting second against this impressive all round outfit. It is worth noting the returns of Ollie Tebbitts (the side’s most economical bowler going at less than 3.4 runs per over in his 30 overs all season) and Alex Cooper (who took 11 wickets at an average of 11.3). Both of whom complemented the efforts of seasoned campaigner Fewson; 14 scalps at 6.4 runs apiece, to go with his 149 runs at 149, were his rewards in a stellar year. James Clarke of Godalming completed the most fielding dismissals.
Overall it was a dominant summer for Effingham who also won the Surrey Slam T20 competition in September. The challenge now is to back this up with a stronger showing in Fullers Division 1 in 2021.
Challenge Cup Group: https://effingham.play-cricket.com/website/division/92482
|25th July||Effingham 1st XI||Worplesdon & Burpham||Match Abandoned due to rain|
|1st August||Effingham 1st XI||Godalming||Effingham beat Godalming by 102 runs|
|8th August||Ripley||Effingham 1st XI||Ripley lost to Effingham by 68 runs|
|22nd August||Merrow||Effingham 1st XI||Merrow lost to Effingham by 8 wickets|
|29th August||Whiteley Village||Effingham 1st XI||Whiteley Village lost to Effingham by 5 wickets|
|5th September||Effingham 1st XI||West End||Effingham beat West End by 7 wickets|
Challenge Cup Group: https://effingham.play-cricket.com/website/division/92538
|18th July||Effingham 2nd XI||Worplesdon & Burpham||Effingham beat Worplesdon by 5 wickets|
|25th July||Worplesdon & Burpham||Effingham 2nd XI||Match Abandoned due to rain|
|1st August||Malden Wanderers||Effingham 2nd XI||Malden lost to Effingham by 39 runs|
|8th August||Effingham 2nd XI||Godalming||Effingham beat Godalming by 3 runs|
|15th August||Ripley||Effingham 2nd XI||Ripley beat Effingham by 91 runs|
|22nd August||Effingham 2nd XI||Merrow||Effingham beat Merrow by 42 runs|
|29th August||Effingham 2nd XI||Whiteley Village||Effingham beat Whiteley Village by 39 runs|
|5th September||West End||Effingham 2nd XI||West End lost to Effingham by 54 runs|
|12th July||Effingham VCL XI||Cranleigh||Effingham lost to Cranleigh by 103 runs|
|26th July||Effingham VCL XI||Hambledon||Effingham lost to Hambledon by 3 wickets|
|2nd August||Ashtead||Effingham VCL XI||Ashtead beat Effingham by 236 runs|
|9th August||Holmbury St Mary||Effingham VCL XI||Holmbury St Mary beat Effingham by 2 wickets|
|23rd August||East Horsley||Effingham VCL XI||East Horsley beat Effingham by 69 runs|
|30th August||Effingham VCL XI||Abinger||Effingham beat Abinger by 84 runs|
|4th October||Leigh||Effingham VCL XI||Match Abandoned|
|19th July||Holmbury St Mary||Effingham Sunday XI||Holmbury St Mary beat Effingham by 5 wickets|
|6th September||Effingham Sunday XI||Mickleham||Effingham beat Mickleham by 30 runs|
|13th September||Leatherhead||Effingham Sunday XI||Leatherhead beat Effingham by 2 wickets|
|20th September||Bookham||Effingham Sunday XI||Bookham beat Effingham by 6 Wickets|
|21st July||Effingham Ships||Headley Old Freemens||Effingham beat Headley by 9 wickets|
|29th July||Brockham Green||Effingham Ships||Brockham lost to Effingham by 69 runs|
|4th August||Effingham Ships||Leatherhead||Effingham beat Leatherhead by 102 runs|
|13th August||Headley Old Freemens||Effingham Ships||Match Abandoned|
|18th August||Effingham Ships||Brockham Green||Brockham Conceded|
|25th August||Leatherhead||Effingham Ships||Leatherhead lost to Effingham by 6 runs|
|7th September||Effingham Ships||Newdigate||Effingham beat Newdigate by 8 wickets|
|12th September||Chaldon CMO||Effingham Ships||Chaldon lost to Effingham by 3 wickets (Q-Final)|
|20th September||Effingham Ships||Old Hamptonians||Effingham beat Hamptonians by 5 runs (S-Final)|
|20th September||Effingham Ships||Woodmansterne||Effingham beat Woodmansterne by 21 runs (Final)|
|20th July||Effingham Shipwrecks||Bradstone||Effingham lost to Bradstone by 70 runs|
|3rd August||Effingham Shipwrecks||Abinger||Effingham lost to Abinger by 95 runs|
|6th August||Horsley & Send||Effingham Shipwrecks||Horsley & Send beat Effingham by 109 runs|
|10th August||Effingham Shipwrecks||Bradstone||Effingham lost to Bradstone by 74 runs|
|19th August||Abinger||Effingham Shipwrecks||Match Abandoned|
|24th August||Effigham Shipwrecks||Horsley & Send||Effingham lost to Horsley & Send by 131 runs|