Surrey Cricket League (EST 1975)

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Local radio station, Radio Jackie, agrees to broadcast League fixtures and results. They donate two new awards – for the highest score and for the best bowling figures of the year. Old Thorntonians win the top division for a record fourth consecutive season. Their captain, Sajjad Ahmed, tops the batting averages and now has a total of 11,750 League runs to his name.


Tony Hodgson, co-founder of the League, succeeds Alan Baker as President of the League. Dave Goldsmith joins the Executive Committee as Vice-Chairman. Old Thorntonians retains the Premier Division championship and received the Derek Guppy award, the only club to do so. At the end of the season Sheen Park withdraw from the League leaving Old Thorntonians the only founder member.


The League is reduced to four divisions for the season, with Division One reflecting the Premier Division consisting of 10 teams playing home and away, and identical playing conditions.


Old Thorntonians win their 8th top division championship but they lose to Surrey Seamers in the Twenty20 Cup final match. YRG Eagles win the Twenty20 Trophy in their first season with the League. Mark Dainty joins the Executive Committee in charge of League development and sponsorship. Ben Whyall succeeds Paul Harrison as Chairman of the Umpires Panel. Founder members Old Suttonians return to the League after an absence of 7 years. Addington 1743 are expelled during the season for discipline. John Fisher and Old Isleworthians & Heston move on to the Surrey County League and the Middlesex Championship respectively. Norwood withdraws from the League after 19 years membership. Dave Goldsmith is awarded the Derek Guppy shield for his contribution as an umpire and auditor of the League’s accounts. A 3-year agreement is signed with Kookaburra Reader to supply the cricket balls.


Wimbledon (formerly Morden) Corinthians become Premier Division champions at first attempt and them amalgamate with Old Tenisonians moving the first XI to the Surrey County League. Founder members Putney win Division One and also move to the County League. Sheen Park move their first and second XIs to the Middlesex Championship. Spelthorne win Division Four undefeated in their first season back in the League after an absence of 8 seasons. Abahani and Osterley 2000 both disband. John Lloyd resigned from the Executive Committee. Paul Harrison takes over as Chairman and Robin Ford as Treasurer. John declines the offer of a gift in recognition of his long service to the League and donates a cup to be awarded annually to the most sporting team during the season – to be known as the John Lloyd Sportsmanship Trophy. Raju Sivakumaran is presented the Derek Guppy award for services to the League. Ram takes over sponsorship of the League for a season.


Abahani retain the Premier Division championship. Morden Corinthians become Division One champions and are undefeated in the two seasons they have been with the League. Morden win Division Two, their first league title for over 30 years. Burgh Heath rejoin the League after an absence of 26 years and win both Division Three and the Twenty20 Trophy. Wandsworth defeat Abahani in the final of the Twenty20 Cup. Gurinder Singh of Addington 1743 breaks the record for the highest individual score with 270 not out against Wimbledon Village. The same match sees the highest match aggregate of 663 (Addington 1743 365-9 Wimbledon Village 298-6). C Smith and N Essa of Sutton record the highest 6th wicket partnership with 208 v Selsdon A. Peckham Rye expelled from the League for non-payment of fees.


Mark Huitson steps down from the committee to concentrate on restoring his health after 27 years’ service. Philip Emanuel, who had established the League’s umpires’ panel, resigns from the committee and is succeeded by Paul Harrison. Raju Sivakumaran takes over as chairman of the Disciplinary Committee from Garry Roberts. Abahani win their fourth league championship and are the first winners of the re-named Premier Division. Putney 301-9 v Sheen Park 303-6 achieve the highest match aggregate score of 604. Hook & Southborough A record the lowest score in the League; only 3 against Banstead. S Ahmed & A Iqbal of Old Thorntonians break the record for the 8th wicket partnership with a stand of 145. M Rafi & T Abbass of Wandsworth break the record for the 9th wicket partnership with a stand of 124. Guest of honour at the annual presentations dinner is Mohammad Akram of Surrey and Pakistan. Founder members Redhill & Old Coulsdon disband their Saturday side and leave the League.


John Lloyd takes over as Chairman from Neville Rainford. Garry Roberts becomes Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee. C Cooper and B Phillips break the league record for the 2nd wicket partnership (290 runs). Derek Guppy award won by Sajjad Ahmed of Old Thorntonians. Surrey Seamers win Division One for first time. Founder members Deando Ruxley leave the League. Hampton disband after 32 years with the League. The League team won the 9-a-side inter-league competition at the Brit Oval. Former Pakistan test cricketer, Asif Iqbal, is guest of honour at the annual presentations dinner. The League signs a 3-year sponsorship deal with AJ Sports.


Terry Ingham and John Lloyd are made life vice presidents. Sajjad Ahmed (Old Thorntonians) has now scored the most runs 8129 in the competition overtaking Mike Cooper. Abahani won the Kookaburra Cup for the third year running. AJ Sports are the new League sponsors. Five games were tied, 3 of these in Division 4. Robin Ford won the Derek Guppy Award. Travaux leave the League having been loyal members since 1978. Annual presentations dinner moved to the Richmond Hill Hotel. Lambeth Enterprise were not re-elected.


Alan Smith retires at the end of season after 32 years on the Committee serving as Statistical and Fixture Secretary for most of these years. Old Thorntonians won Division One1 and their A team won Division Three. Abahani and Whyteleafe A both retained the Kookaburra and Fordham Cups respectively. John Lloyd won the Derek Guppy Award. League team reached the semi-final of the CCC Inter-League Trophy. BBC disbanded after 18 years with the League. Rowan and Ewell Village also left. Owais Shah (Middlesex and England) is guest of honour at the annual presentations dinner.


Tony Hodgson retires as chairman and Neville Rainford takes over. Independent panel of Umpires formed with all Division One matches having at least one officiating. Kookaburra Twenty20 Cup for divisions 1 and 2; Fordham Cup for Divisions 3, 4 and 5 replace the League Cup. Jairam (138) and Ally (94) for BBC featured in an unbroken first wicket stand of 259 against Lambeth Enterprise. C Argyle (136*) and C Osborn (89) for Merton against Cheam put on 236 for the 3rd wicket. On July 31st J Brickley bowled 8-3-11-9 for Reigate Priory against Vinyl Products. P Danushka (Surrey Seamers A) took 7-21 v Clapham Old Xaverians. 8th wicket record partnership was equalled (139) by Ravi Patel and R Joseph playing for Vinyl Products against Merton. B Patel (Osterley 2000) 13 years old scored 105 against Morden A. Philip Emanuel won the Derek Guppy award for his outstanding services to the league. The League team again won the 8-a-side competition at the Oval.


Closest high scoring match Merton 271-5 v Morden 272-6. Highest match aggregate with over 550 runs Battersea Ironsides 332-3 v BBC A 219-9. Old Thorntonians A 410-8 v John Fishers Old Boys 146. T Hussein (Guildford City A) scored 4 centuries including 237* – he was not out on all four occasions – finished with an average of 275. 3rd wicket record partnership beaten. 281 – A Bashir and S Nawaz (Guildford City) v Hampton 2003 S. Ahmed, Old Thorntonians scored 836 runs during the season. Best bowling was from D Smith (Sunbury) 8-43 against Old Iselworthians & Heston A. J Douglas (Selsdon) took 6 wickets on 3 occasions. 6-12 against John Fisher Old Boys, 6-29 against Clapham Old Xaverians, and 6-43 against Economicals. Surrey Seamers beat Redhill & Old Coulsdon by 286 runs. S Cooper and K Lewis (Travaux) took 32 catches between them. Division One to be reduced to 9 teams playing home and away in 2004. Barbara Hookaway resigned from the Committee as Social Secretary and was thanked for her hard work running the annual dinner dance and collecting fines. A Sunny (Abahani) a 16 year old left arm spinner played for Bangladesh v England during the winter. Neville Rainford won the Derek Guppy Award for outstanding services to the league. League Cup reinstated and won by Abahani for the first time. The League team won the inaugural 8-a-side competition at the Oval.


Highest tied aggregate Wandsworth 276-8 v Ewell Ruxley 276-8. Another high scoring game Bec Old Boys 274-5 v Sunbury 278- 6. S Salaria (Sunbury) scored 5 centuries: 191,185,177, 153 and 128. A Minhas (Battersea Ironsides C) scored 101, 103, 141 in consecutive weeks. James Rooke (Woodies) scored 121 in 45 balls against Old Thorntonians, the last 46 came off the last two overs. M Rana (Norwood) took 5-4 against Sheen Park A including a hat-trick. Battersea Ironsides 1st XI join the Surrey County League. Cheam and Woodside Green are elected to the League. Robin Ford won the Derek Guppy Award for outstanding services to the League. Committee member, Greg Irwin (Travaux), takes 8-16 against Honor Oak. A Darr (Old Thorntonians) umpired England v Australia in the World Cup. Terry Ingham produces his League 20th handbook. League Cup suspended.


Sanja Bangar who played for Abahani is selected for India versus England in November. Alan Baker is elected President. Highest match aggregate was between Godstone & Horne scored 362-3 in reply Putney made 237-7. 599 runs scored in the afternoon for the loss of only 6 wickets. Surbiton British Legion Division 2 winners completing a hat-trick of championships from Division 4 to 2 in consecutive seasons. A Darr scored 6 sixes in an over for Old Thorntonians v Whyteleafe (M Horrocks). The dinner dance is held at Epsom Racecourse for the first time, and is deemed a great success. A lot of credit goes to Barbara Hookway for organising it. John Lloyd is presented with the Derek Guppy award for outstanding services to the League. Alan Smith takes over again as Fixture Secretary. Spelthorne leave to join the Surrey County League. Merton, Hook & Southborough, Guildford City and Surrey Seamers join from the Morrant Wey Valley League. Reigate Priory and Peckham Rye are also elected to the League. Results published on the website.


New Malden Haraambe win the League Cup after being losing finalists in 1994/97 & 98. James Rooke (38) and Nick Paul (35) both of Surbiton British Legion hit 73 sixes during the season. James and Nick both scored a hundred in sixes (17) in one innings. James Rooke scored 177* batting no. 6 Whyteleafe win Division Two, without losing a game. Trevor Semper of Lambeth Enterprise C.C. records three consecutive hundreds. The highest aggregate for a league match is recorded by BBC and Godstone, when they amass 586 runs between them. In contrast, lowest innings recorded by Old Suttonians ‘A’ 14. Alex Tudor (Surrey C.C.C. & England) is Guest of Honour at the Dinner and Dance, held for the first time for many years at Sandown Park, Esher. The venue proved very popular. Mark Huitson appointed Life Vice President. Caterham Cricket Club leave the League to join the Surrey County League. Robin Ford, (St Lukes,) compiles the results sheets and league tables for the first time, succeeding Alan Smith who had compiled them since the inception of the league.


The 25th year of the League. Celebration programme includes a special match at the Oval (between a team comprising players who have played 25 years in the League and a team of other long-serving players) and a match against SCB. Ten founder member Clubs – Caterham, Ewell Ruxley, New Malden, Old Coulsdon, Old Suttonians, Old Tenisonians, Old Thorntonians, Petersham, Putney, Sheen Park – complete twenty-five continuous years with the League. Co-founder Tony Hodgson completes 25 years continuous service. Abahani do League and Cup double. G Sutherland (Rowan) scores two double centuries in one season. G Irwin and M Daly (Travaux) create 8th wicket record partnership of 139 v New Malden Haraambe “A’.


Slazengers withdraw their sponsorship of the League after 23 years. Kookaburra Sports and Fordham Sports become the League’s new sponsors. Malden Wimbledon Haraambe are the first champions of the new League; and Abahani triumph in the League Cup Final.


Old Thorntonians do the double. The League Representative side again fares well with emphatic wins over the Fullers League and the North Kent League. However, a disappointing batting performance resulted in a comprehensive defeat by the Thames Valley League (the eventual winners) in the quarter-finals. Alan Baker retires after 17 years as League Chairman and is elected League President. Micky Stewart is elected a Life Vice President, in recognition of his part in the formation of the League and twenty-three years as its President. Tony Hodgson is elected Chairman of the League. Mike Cooper returns to the League, as its Vice-Chairman.


Malden Wimbledon Haraambe are League champions for the first time. Old Thorntonians beat Lambeth Enterprise in the first Delroy McDermott Trophy, a match which produces over 475 runs. St Lukes record the highest ever score in the League: 488-6 against Morden Spartans ‘A’. F Moughal and A Rashid (Old Thorntonians) share a record seventh wicket partnership of 217 runs against Ewell Ruxley. A Patel (Milan) sets a new record of stumpings in a season (17). W Richards (Lambeth Enterprise) emulates J Freitag (1987) by finishing highest run-scorer (1,145) and leading wicket-taker (42) for the season. The League Representative side has its finest hour. In the CCC Knock-out Cup, convincing wins over the Arun Valley League and the Berkshire League, were followed by a memorable victory at Colchester against the Two Counties League, which contained a number of players with County Second Eleven experience. The side finally lost in the semi-finals against the Middlesex County League. Slazenger League results are reviewed each week on local cable television. Alan Baker is made a Life Vice-President after twenty years on the League Executive Committee.


The sudden death at 39 of Delroy McDermott of Lambeth Enterprise and former Captain of the League stuns everyone. A special trophy is instituted, to be competed for at the beginning of each season between the previous season’s League Champions and League Cup winners. N Morris (Lambeth Enterprise) scores 1,131 runs in the season.


The League returns to five divisions. Racal Decca win the League championship for the second successive season. Old Thorntonians appear in sixth League Cup Final in seven years, beating New Malden Haraambe by five runs in a high scoring game. Presentation dinner dance changes to new venue at the Hilton National Hotel, Croydon.


Division 1 ceases playing on a home and away basis and returns to a full complement of teams. There are not enough teams to run five divisions. Division 5 is suspended. H G Patel and D G Amin (New Malden Haraambe) share a record third-wicket partnership of 243 against BBC. H Carter and B White (Hampton) share a record fifth wicket partnership of 203 against Redhill A. S Saker (South Wimbledon) tops the run aggregate for the third successive season (with 908 runs). Founder members Temple Bar leave the League.


Lambeth Enterprise do the double for the second time in three years and clinch a hat-trick of League Cup wins. LESSA becomes the first club to be expelled from the League on discipline grounds. Founder members Carshalton and West Wickham leave the League. With Carshalton’s departure goes A Greenslade leading run-scorer in the League (8,053 runs). Mike Cooper retires as League Secretary, having served in a number of posts since 1983. Mark Huitson takes over as General Secretary.


Mike Burke takes over as Manager of the League representative side, which marks an immediate change in the side’s fortunes. 17-year-old Spencer Turnbull sets a League record by scoring 258 not out for Old Suttonians A against Morden Spartans. S Saker (South Wimbledon) scores 1,071 runs in the season at an average of 119. A Bailey (Surbiton Legion) overtakes G Brander as leading wicket-taker in the League (622). After 15 years as League Auditor, John Lloyd takes over as League Treasurer. Founder members, Old Walcountians and Maori (formerly Bank Line) leave the League.


Lambeth Enterprise win the League Championship, ending Maori’s five-year run, and do the double by beating Old Thorntonians in the Cup Final. A Greenslade (Carshalton and Putney) overtakes M Cooper as leading runscorer (7,002 runs) in the League. For a Representative Side from League Second Elevens, wicket-keeper A Baker (Old Tenisonians) claims all 7 dismissals (two caught, five stumped) in Battersea Ironsides total 265-7 declared. Inspired by an idea from Peter Frost of Surbiton Hill Methodists, sportsmanship awards are introduced for each division, based on markings from opponents on result cards. Mark Huitson retires after eleven seasons as League Fixture Secretary. Founder members Norbiton and Netherne Hospital leave the League.


Major changes! First and Second Eleven Competitions are merged into five consolidated divisions, with promotion and relegation throughout all divisions. Division 1 comprises ten teams playing each other home and away. S Saeed (Old Thorntonians) becomes the first player to score 1,000 League runs in a season. He scores 1,290 in 19 innings; still a League record. Two other players complete 1,000 runs: Greenslade (Carshalton) 1,031, and M Forte (LESSA) 1,000. M Forte (LESSA) becomes the first batsman to score 200 runs in an innings (201 not out against Old Walcountains). C Dennis and A Lewis (West Drayton) enjoy an opening partnership of 350 runs against Nestle, a record for any wicket in the League. West Drayton’s total of 418-3 is first score over 400. M Denness and H Carter (Hampton ‘A’) share record second-wicket stand of 259 against Ewell Ruxley A. Maori (formerly Andrew Weir) win Division 1 for fifth successive year. Old Thorntonians win the League Cup for the second successive year. Alan Smith returns to the Committee as Press Secretary. League Headquarters moved to Old Tenisonians sports ground.


League positions will now be decided on average points per matches actually played (to minimise anomalies of matches abandoned through the weather). Lambeth win first of five consecutive cup successes.


Martin Whittaker of Economicals is tragically struck by lightning and killed during match against Old Isleworthians. A six-a-side tournament is held later in the season as a tribute to him. The event is hosted by the Maori Club; and twenty-one teams take part. In an exciting finish, Freitag hits 18 runs in the final over to secure victory for Maori over Carshalton with two balls to spare. The proceeds from the day go to Martin Whittaker’s family and towards a permanent memorial at Economicals sports ground. J Freitag (Maori) becomes the first player to top both batting and bowling aggregates for the season (650 runs at 50.46 and 47 wickets at 9.49). Maori do the Cup and League double. Alan Smith retires as General Secretary after twelve years service on the League Executive in a range of offices. He is elected League Vice-President for his services.


Unfashionable Norbiton beat Hampton in low scoring Cup Final. M Cooper (Carshalton and Westfield) becomes the first player to score 5,000 runs in the League. League Clubs raise £1,500 for “Sports Aid”. Cane Hill and Watney Mann leave the League.


After many years of debate, a restriction of 12 overs per bowler is introduced. A system is introduced for monitoring the quality of pitches by visiting teams awarding a mark on the result card for every match. Slazengers introduce monthly awards for Batting and Bowling. Andrew Weir (formerly Bank Line) win the first of five successive League championships (the last three as Maori). J Stow (Ewell Ruxley) becomes the first player to take 200 wickets in the Second Eleven Section. The League Representative Team has its most successful season yet, beating the Surrey Cricketers League and the Three Counties League, before losing to the South Thames League. Founder members Godstone leave the League.


Wicket-keeper J Flint (Carshalton) sets record of 37 catches in the season. Battersea Ironsides Second Eleven win the Reserve Section for the third successive year and are ‘promoted’ to the First Eleven Competition (Division 3) for 1986. Tony Hodgson becomes first Life Vice-President of the League.


Economicals win the League championship for the first time. G Brander (Godstone) becomes the first player to take 500 wickets in the League. A Fenton and M Clark (Putney) share record sixth-wicket partnership of 160 against Andrew Weir. Co-founder of the League Tony Hodgson retires after ten years as League General Secretary; remains a member of the Executive. Alan Smith becomes General Secretary. Handbook first printed by Clifford Frost Limited.


S Awan (Carshalton) becomes the only player ever to take all ten wickets in the League (against Burgh Heath in Round 2 of the League Cup). After many different venues, the annual dinner dance begins the first of many successful years at Kempton Manor, under new Social Secretary Jack Flint. Founder members Burpham and Merstham leave the League.


Westfield reach their seventh successive League Cup Final and beat Bank Line. They also win the League Championship to do the double; but leave the League at the end of the season. Founder members Chessington and GLC also leave the League. After six years as Chairman of the League, Derek Guppy is succeeded by Alan Baker.


Addison break the Westfield/ Carshalton monopoly on the League Cup. Putney post a new name on the League championship. C Williams and D Phillips (Decca) set a record 237 for the fourth wicket against Travaux. J Cockerham and S Macdonald share record tenth-wicket partnership of 113 for John Fisher Old Boys against Hawker Athletic. Points system changed, so that the winning team collects 20 points. Bonus points awarded only to losing or tieing teams.


League moves its headquarters from Surbiton CC to Bank Line CC at Chessington. Watney-Mann record the then lowest score in the League: 15 all out against Putney. Founder members Old Hollingtonians and Streatham leave the League.


Westfield do the League and Cup double. M Gunner of Westfield takes 100 wickets in the season (the only player ever to do so) – 384.2 overs, 100 wickets, 822 runs, average 8.22. D Miles and V Barry (John Fisher Old Boys) share record eighth-wicket partnership of 116 against Morden.


The rapidly expanding League now boasts three divisions and two Reserve Divisions.


Carshalton make a clean sweep. They are First Division champions and winners of the League Cup; and Carshalton Second Eleven win the Reserve Division. T Cannon and B McNab-Jones share a record ninth wicket partnership of 120 for West Wickham against Temple Bar. Founder members Surbiton Town leave the League.


Tony Hodgson and the late Derek Guppy approach Micky Stewart, then Cricket Manager at Slazengers, about the possibility of Slazengers sponsoring a new cricket league in Surrey. The Slazenger Surrey Cricket League is formed, with Micky Stewart as its President. Slazengers provide bags of cricket gear for the winners of each division and the League Cup and meet half the cost of the League handbook. The format is 45 over matches. Teams score 10 points for a win. In addition both teams can gain up to 10 bonus points (5 for batting and 5 for bowling).


The First Season! Thirty clubs take part in two divisions (A and B drawn from the hat); the top eight clubs in each division to form Division 1 for 1976. Old Thorntonians and Chessington win the two divisions. Streatham win the Reserve Division of 15 teams. Westfield win the League Cup. The first presentation dinner dance is held at the Surrey Hills Hotel, Dorking, with Micky Stewart and Surrey and England stars John Edrich and Geoff Arnold as guests of honour.