An 'almost season' for the 1st team as they placed third to North Middlesex CC in the premier division with 118 points from 18 games and narrowly lost in the semi-finals of the National Knockout. Oli Wilkin has had a fantastic comeback season as our highest run scorer of the season with 703 runs. A top score of 122 against Stanmore CC saw Ealing produce an emphatic performance to progress through to the final of Middlesex Cup this weekend. Our most successful wicket taker has been led from the front by skipper Kristian Martin as he tallied up 32 wickets for the season. The boys have had many successes over the season that they should be immensely proud of. To play for the first team is a huge honour and we have welcomed Harry Stowe, Bailey Capel and Ryan Farrell to the club who have not disappointed in their debut season. Alongside our newcomers, homegrown success has seen Ali Dewhurst and Robbie Connelly progress through the ranks of the club and receive their well-earned baggy greens, again, making the club proud of our development system. The last match of the season bought huge smiles and congrats after the heartbreak of the league...The E-men brought home the silverware with an impressive win against Teddington in the Middlesex Cup at Uxbridge. As we look into the future, we hope to go one further next year and bring both the Middlesex Premier League and National Knockout back home.
The 2nd team have finished the season in fourth place with 99 points from 18 matches (9 wins, 3 draws, 6 losses). A consistent rock in the middle order sees Anand Ashok as the leading run scorer of the season with over 500 runs for the team. The bowling attack saw close competition for the top wicket taking spot. Guy Rowley put up a good fight, claiming 24 poles this season. However, Ahsan Faraz eclipsed the rest with regular success in managing 26 for the season, an outstanding achievement with one highlight coming against North Middlesex (8.2-0-42-5). Neil Fairbairn’s men will seek to improve their consistency in form to become title challengers next season.
The 3rd team have been the most successful side of the season in an impressive campaign. The side rewarded by promotion back to the top flight of third team cricket, winning the league with 145 points (13 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses). Second half of the season success has partially resulted from outstanding performances such as Henry Anton’s 104* vs Finchley CC, and Tom Good’s 103* vs Hornsey CC. However, the leading run scorer title belongs to Andre Raubenheimer with 341 runs this season. Our bowling has continued to be dominant against all opposition throughout the year, none more successful than Nabil Irfan (43 wickets) who has been the highest in the league throughout all the teams, with his most impressive figures of 11-3-36-7 vs Brondesbury CC. The team hope to carry on their form into next season by establishing themselves as serious contenders in the top league next season.
A season to forget for the 4th team as they find themselves relegated with 19 points (1 win, 15 losses). However, a few personal triumphs are worth noting. Pratham Kantilal scored the only century of the season with 100 vs Perivale Phoenicians CC (113 runs in June). Osman Ali scored consistently throughout the season finishing on 148, only to be beaten by Adarsh Gupte who tops the list with 152 runs from 4 matches. Siyan Mayuran has been our strongest bowling threat again with 27 wickets for the season, including an incredibly spell against Osterley CC that rewarded figures of 20-6-70-8. As potential can be seen in individual performances, the team hope to follow in the 3rd XI’s footsteps and have a fantastic next season to return back up to top to flight with promotion. A special mention to Will Grigg who will step down as Captain. He has done he utmost best for the club and unfortunately the players need to back up the captain for the 2020 season if we are to seek a return to a higher division. The 4XI field no less than 62 different players throughout the 2019 campaign, and if we are to triumph next year they need a core group of players to help them achieve this goal as the 3XI have done this year.
The 5th XI have also struggled throughout the campaign, ending in 8th place on 38 points (4 wins, 1 draw, 11 losses). However, the team have a couple highlights to cheer about from the season. Adeel Wasim who scored 58 runs and 7 wickets vs Teddington CC. The most successful run scorer is held by Yogesh Deugi (190 runs) who’s highlight came against MTSSC with a fantastic 81 scored to lead the side to victory. Yogesh also narrowly takes the top wicket taking spot with 8 for the season. Yogesh finished with the Player of the Year at the awards evening and well fully deserved. He has given his all this year and having just joined the club midway throughout the season. The side hope to improve on an indifferent season and become title contenders next year.