Review of 2018

All Stars

Newdigate proudly stepped up to deliver the All Stars Training programme again this season, in conjunction with the ECB online registration system. We had a great response, with a total of 26 participants signing up, aged between 5 and 7 years. We encourage 8 year olds to join in with the next age group, where they  able to take part in competitive matches against other clubs. Some of our youngsters who were All Stars last season have already now followed this pathway.
I would like to thank my assistant Activators Monjur and Annette in particular, without whom we wouldn’t be able to deliver the sessions throughout the summer. With some favourable weather we were able to deliver 12 full sessions on Friday evenings, running with ‘taster’ sessions before the official series began, and extending well beyond.  We had great fun with many parents getting involved. I am very grateful for those who took part, including Mick Delaford, Mark De Vrij and Phil Letts to name but a few.
Our youngsters sprinted across the Brocus each week with their All Stars shirt and kit bags, ready to learn new games encouraging hand to eye coordination, and be introduced to some basic skills with bat and ball. Many of the regular games became firm favourites. The ethos of All Stars is to get youngsters enjoying themselves with fun games and team activities which will hopefully encourage them to continue with cricket as a sporting activity they can develop. Our aim is to help them enjoy the experience.
I know that the ECB will be asking to receive feedback from parents about the scheme, and would also be keen for any suggestions you are be prepared to share with us in addition.
Roger Bailey
All Stars Activator

Under 9s

Division 1 – Played 7, Won 1, Lost 6.     Position 8th


This was a very young and inexperienced group. The main aim of the coaches was to get them used to playing matches and to understand the game. The attendance and enthusiasm at training throughout the season was excellent. We saw steady improvement throughout the group culminating in our first win against Oxted & Limpsfield. The outstanding moment was Freddie McLoughlin taking a hat-trick against Reigate Priory – all clean bowled.

John Callcut, Barry Jordan & Matt Dedes.

Under 11s

Division 2 – Played 6, Won 5, Lost 1.            Position 1st

The first match of the season was against Merstham and ended in a sterling victory.  A bit touch and go at one stage but some great bowling and fielding helped ensure that the advantage was wrestled back to us and we ended with a comfortable win.  Everyone played an important role so well done and thank you George for stepping in to make up numbers.  A vital cog in the winning formulae as always.

South Nutfield was a convincing victory with the U11 scoring just under three hundred and restricting South Nutfiled to just over 240.  Great bowling all round supported by an excellent fielding display.

Having been given a bye in the first round of the cup, we came up against Chipstead in the league and despite restricting them to a reasonable total (279) our batting never really got going meaning the final pair needed 64 off the last four overs.  Sadly, they could only manage 53 and so we lost by a small margin.

The quarterfinal of the cup was a rescheduled match against Reigate Priory (a Division 1 side!).  Having been put into bat, we made 295 with every pair contributing a positive score.  The match was very evenly balance until the last pair came to the crease.  Some excellent death bowling by Leo, Rufus, Tom and George meant they only made 20 of the thirty required but lost 5 wickets in the process taking their total back down to 251.  A comfortable win in the end.

Playing Caterham away on the day England played their first match in the world cup was always going to be a tough call but the stalwarts stood up to be counted and gave Caterham a sound thrashing.  Some good batting gave us a reasonable total which was very well defended with some amazing fielding that left their first pair reeling, having been run out 4 times and out twice more.  Well done to Henry Porter for joining us and putting in a player of the match performance.  England having heard how the U11s had just triumphed, nodded the ball into the net in the final minutes to sneak a victory as well.

The cup semi-final against Lingfield was re-arranged for a Friday night at home, ensuring that the team had a grandstand type audience.  Despite setting a reasonable total, a well drilled and proficient batting side chased down the runs and were careful not to give away wickets at the end, meaning they progressed through to the final.

A couple of weeks without a match did not prevent the U11s from putting on a fine performance against Wallington.  Having managed to get a team of 12 together for a 24 over a side match, Newdigate batted strongly throughout their innings with George standing out with 50 runs from his four overs.  Leo was only able to watch from the bowler’s end as George made short work of anything delivered at him.  A strong bowling and fielding performance meant that Wallington were never really in contention and ended up 60 runs short.

Going into the last match needing only one point to win the league, did not stop the team from putting on a strong performance against Salfords.  Yet again every pair performed well and added a positive score during their 4 overs.  With Rufus and Tom adding 53 in the final four overs. A good total of 310 was going to be a tough target.  Salfords tried hard but some fantastic fielding (5 run outs and two diving catches by Tom, one being onehanded off his own bowling) combined with strong bowling (three wickets bowled) meant that the team won league outright with yet another convincing victory.

The team played extremely well throughout the season as a joint U10 and U11 side with the honours of player of the match going to a different person virtually every game.  Wickets were shared out amongst the bowlers and runs constantly flowed from the bats of Tom, George, Henry, Rufus and Tommy.  Many of the boys played for the U12 or U13 throughout the season and did not look out of place, often finding themselves amongst the top scorers or leading wicket takers in a game.  A great performance from a side that has real potential for the future.  Well done to all the boys and girl that played!…. Angus Harper

Andrew Mayne, Evette Burton and Angus Harper

Under 12s

Division 1 – Played 8, Won 5, Lost 2, Opposition Conceded 1.     Position 2nd

Under 13s

Division 1 – Played 10. Won 7, Lost 1, Abandoned 1, Conceded 1, Position 3rd

Simon Wells, Caroline Clark, Lee Brien and Simon Holt.

Under 11s Girls

Sixteen girls signed up for training for the Surrey Youth Games. The squad was selected to represent Mole Valley and played matches against Guildford, Elmbridge, Runnymede and Epsom & Ewell 1.

We also entered the team into the Under 11s Surrey ‘Smash-It’ League. We played at Reigate Priory and lost to their first team but had a good win against their second team.

Monjur Elahi, Will Letts, Andrew Major, Evette Burton and John Callcut

Chance to Shine

Since its inception the Chance to Shine scheme has provided cricket to over 4 million boys and girls. I do five sessions for year 1 and five sessions for year 2 at Newdigate Infants School. I also did a session at Surrey Hills School in Westcott. This is the first pathway for young people to join the club’s junior section.

John Callcut

Dorking Schools’ Kwik Cricket Competition.

Once again we hosted the boys and girls Dorking Schools’ Kwik Cricket Competition. Lot’s of good cricket was played on both days. The boys was won by a very strong St. Pauls side and North Downs won the girls competition.

John Callcut