This rain business is actually starting to irk us now. A The Hundred scoreboard's more easier to fathom out than a weather app these days - you have to take your cricket where you can at the moment.
It's not all negative though, we do have some good news - we have another league win to tell you about! This time is is the U12s, who have won the Surrey Junior Championship Under 12 Tier 3 Sunday Central! By half a point! We hope there's a cup out there somewhere big enough to fit all that on. They come away undefeated too so very well done to the J's; John Bailey, Jack Lloyd, Jamie Anthony, Josh Jackman, and all the support, and most importantly the squad for such a great achievement!
Some Chertsey alumni were lucky enough to be at the Oval last Friday to see Surrey take on Northants in the Royal London One Day Cup competition having taken advantage of the free CCC member's ticket offer but unfortunately they only got to see 5 and a bit overs after the game was beset with rain, so Surrey have offered us some more free tickets to their next home Royal London match on Tuesday 10th for their encounter with Warwickshire at the Oval as compensation. So if you want to give it a go (according to the tea leaves its meant to be dry) and be in attendance reply back to us with the number of tickets you'd like, they're unreserved seating. It's first come first served, so if you can let us know by Saturday morning that would be great to turn things around and get you your electronic tickets over in time.
The weekend was about making the most of the opportunity. Out of the five scheduled matches we managed to complete just two Seniors games due to the weather. Of all the games, the 3s' one was the one that was destined not to happen from the outset, with two players needing to be sourced at short notice and some heavy clouds always loitering overhead. They were taking on Ashford, who's ground is renowned for being open to the elements meaning you could see which direction the dark clouds were going. After a delay of 30 minutes we were underway fielding first, and as we saw an ominous black cloud head Chertsey's way (which would put paid to the 1s' game) we managed to inexplicably dodge rain for majority of the game - even a short monumental downpour towards the end of the first innings didn't keep us off indefinitely and we lost just four overs. Up to this point the 3s had a lot to feel positive about, as they had restricted Ashford to 110-6 after just over 30 tidy overs, the bowlers worked hard to keep the pressure on - James Pearson with three wickets in a row, the pairing of Joe Blanks & Josh Fyfe applying early heat in particular. After the rain delay the way was lost slightly until the end of the innings, but still a defendable score was racked up - Ashford ending on 143-7. Due to the old Duckworth Lewis the score required was increased to 152 required off 39 overs. In reply Chertsey gave themselves a lot of work to do, but there were some slices of goodness - Fin Lloyd the standout with 23, Mark Lemon on debut too (who reminded us of a young Jamie Smith of Surrey with his cut shots), but the loss was unavoidable and we left Short Lane with two points - but at least we got some cricket in.
Old Isleworthians were the oppo travelling down the A316 to take on the Sunday XI and stand-in Captain Dan Perks lead by example starting us off with 30, Phil Boast and Neil Latham also underpinning things with 37 and 36 respectively, and after the forty overs we were looking at defending 158-6. Post-game it was a trouble deciphering things - we had a Flex, a Jason, and someone called Fifa bowling for Chertsey on the scorecard so you'll have to forgive us should things not quite be on track, easily done - we think Felix (Labaki), James "Jason" Pearson, and Boasty respectively by the measure of things. James Barnes bagged the opener, nabbing another during the innings, Fifa got one, and with the score on nelson six down it was game on and time to squeeze the Isleites. Maff Barnes sent them to warm the car up removing the number 9 and it was down to James Pearson (with 5 wickets over the course of the weekend) to finish things off with eighteen runs spare for the win, pretty much everyone getting a bat and a bowl.
The U10s capped off a stellar season with a win against Valley End last night, their nemesis (don't worry you're not alone), the game won with some healthy partnerships, and they won by 26 runs.
Saturday 31st July
Surrey Championship - 1st XI v Hampton Wick 2-1 - Abandoned
Surrey Championship - 2nd XI 146-6 v Old Rutlishians - Abandoned
David Sloan 57
Surrey Championship - 3rd XI 64 a/o v Ashford 143-7
Fin Lloyd 23, James Pearson 3-19
Surrey Championship - 4th XI v Shepperton - Abandoned
Sunday 1st August
U9s 245-4 v Camberley 245-3
Ben Maher 15, Mya Nar 2-16
U11s 82-9 v East Molesey 83-1
Zach Edwards 13 & 2-18, Archie Bailey 2-10
Sunday XI 158-6 v Old Isleworthians 140 a/o
Phil Boast 37, James Pearson 3-17
Wednesday 4th August
U10s 129-5 v Valley End 93-3
Scott Russell 20 & 1-6, Zach Edwards 1-26
U11s 70-9 v Ashstead 130-6
Charlie Grant 15, Enan Parmar 2-8, James Kenny 2-2
U12s v Weybridge Vandals - Cancelled
A game not to be missed next week - after finishing top of the NW Surrey Slam league the Ladies now play a knockout game to be in with a chance of being crowned county champions at Finals Day - that knockout fixture is this Wednesday 11th at home from 6.30pm against Richmond, so come show your support!
Thursday 5th August
Social League - Vet Labs v Pirates - Cancelled
Social League - Football Club v Academy - Cancelled
U10s v Egham - Cancelled
Saturday 7th August
Surrey Championship - 1st XI v Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians (H) 12pm start
Surrey Championship - 2nd XI v Sutton (A) 12pm start
Surrey Championship - 3rd XI v Woking & Horsell (HRec) 1pm start
Surrey Championship - 4th XI v Woking & Horsell (A) 1pm start
Sunday 8th August
U11s v Horsley & Send
U13s v Ashford
Sunday XI v Phoenix (H) 1pm start
League - Ladies v Dulwich (A) 2pm start
Wednesday 11th August
Slam Knockout - Ladies v Richmond (H) 6.30pm
Dates For Your Diary
29th August - CPL Finals Day
18th September - Colts Dinner
With the end of the 2021 season in the near distant future it's time to start thinking about some end of season celebrations... and to that end details for Colts Dinner on September 18th will be revealed over the next few days so Colts parents, keep your peelers peeled...