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22 Oct 2009 : Brockham Green CC 2009 Season Roundup
Brockham Green CC 2009 Season Roundup

The season started ominously enough when both teams were docked 10 points each for failing to attend meetings that they didn’t know were going on! Had the dirty tricks to rob the boys of a third successive title started early?

The Brockham 1st XI battled valiantly to defend their record breaking two seasons in a row League Champions title, but alas it was not to be and that honour went to Westcott instead.

It could be said that the team, ably lead yet again by the indomitable Mike Tapper, is under going a little personnel restructuring. Some players have moved on to pastures new but have been replaced by no means any lesser quality players. Indeed the 1st XI is still a very much feared team to go up against. Especially with a formidable batting line up of Gerard Weide (143), Jonathan Ellis (100), Dan Jordon (97), Mike Tapper (88), Paul Tipping (64) and Richard Brown (58). Not to mention an equally formidable bowling line up including Billy Scott-Malden, Chris and Martin Weill, Mark Haines (5-31), Gerard (5-35) and Richard (4-20).

It could also be said that the other teams were ‘out for blood’; and had Brockham targeted firmly in their sights as THE team not to lose against.

In truth, the line was only breached 3 times in the entire season (a very impressive record second only to Westcott). This alone speaks volumes for the team’s determination to hold onto the league title.

In reality, however, it was just the number of unconverted draws (the ones that got away) that held the team back this year. Nevertheless, an excellent performance and an excellent attempted defence of the title by all concerned & definitely the force to be reckoned with again next season.

Won 6, Drawn 7, Lost 3

But perhaps some of this year’s accolades should also go to the Herculean effort performed by the 2nd XI, who managed to create an almost mystical and feared reputation amongst the other division teams when playing at home (or ‘Fortress Brockham’ as it has become to be known). The team won a club record breaking and thoroughly impressive 6 games at the ‘Fortress’ including taking all the big scalps (Salfords – eventual division champions - Netherne & South Nuffield).

Won 7 (equals 2007 & 2008 seasons combined);
Drawn 4 (more than 2006, 2007 & 2008 seasons combined)
Lost 5 (20 less than 2006, 2007 & 2008 seasons combined)
Finished a dizzy 6th in the Division just 1 point behind the 5th place team.

This impressive result is largely down to the patient workings (over the last 3 years) of the knowledgeable and impassive captain Chris Pitchford whose attitude, dedication, leadership and encouragement of the team, especially the youngsters joining in for the first time, has been second to none. Ably assisted and to no less a degree of dedication and encouragement has been the vice captain Phil Brown. Because of these two the team has never before had such a ‘buzz’ and belief about itself than it does now. The 1st team will be eagerly awaiting the new polished recruits as they feed up the line leaving Chris & Phil to do it all again! Can I keep my position as wicket keeper next year after all that lads?!

2nd XI Bat & Field mentions
No less than 8 members of the team scored over 50 runs (another club record).
Andrew Ellis – 88 not out (464 for the season), Mike Ives – 82 (209 for the season; 10 catches (9 -2nds & 1 -1sts)), Bob Middlemiss – 73 not out, Jeff Kirkland – 67, Darryn Howland – 59 not out (365 for the season; 10 catches), Chris Pitchford – 57 (239 for the season) & Kevin Perrin 54.

2nd XI Bowling mentions
Phil Brown – 34 wickets (best 4-21), Chris Pitchford – 31 wickets (best 4-40), Andrew Ellis – 22 wickets (best 4-14), Darryn Howland – 18 wickets (best 4-24) & Mikey Ellis – 9 wickets (4-5).

Some excellent debutant young players to this years squad include: Dan Chips, Ryan Flynn, Jonathan Kyle-Simpson, James Walker, Jason Wolsey, James Armstrong & Zac Smith.

Possibly another reason why both teams’ spirits have never been so high in the introduction of the now infamous after match all out BBQ. You just gotta be there to appreciate it!

On a much more serious note:
The BGCC desperately needs to update their facilities to ensure the continuation of this proud 134 year old club and your help is hugely appreciated.

Our astro strip that we use for nets practice is in a very bad state and needs urgent repairs. However, what the club ideally needs is a more permanent solution in the form of a net area to be built in the far corner of the club ground. For that we need to raise a meagre £15,000. We are doing our level best trying to raise these funds ourselves. However any donations or any business sponsorship deals (company billboards at matches etc) would be most welcomed. Please contact Mike Ives (Fund Raising Secretary – 01737 843348, m.ives@btconnect.com) or Mark Haines (Club Secretary - 01403 249575, markhainesifa@hotmail.com).

Thank you in advance and remember this isn’t just for the present but for the future generations of young Brockhamite cricketers to come; a tradition that this village can truly be proud of.

The 'Hat’

13 Mar 2009 : Brockham Green CC have won the 2008 Surrey Downs League Division 1 Championship...again
Brockham Green CC have won the 2008 Surrey Downs League Division 1 Championship...again

As with all things in life; there is usually a beginning and an end. Though where these two points are actually to be found are matters for conjecture and heated philosophy, preferably over a few pints of the local brew in the local pub.

This one, for sake of argument, all started at the end of last season when the Brockham Green Cricket Club 1st XI proudly hoisted the Surrey Downs Leagues Champions Trophy for the very first time in their 132 year old history.

Ably lead by Captain Mike Tapper, this motley crew took the championship right down to the wire. It was to be decided in the last game of the season and, to really add some spice, it was a 4 way tie between Brockham, Westcott, West End Esher and Newdigate. Brockham had a 9 wicket win over Newdigate and both Westcott and West End Esher lost – Brockham were 2007 Champions.

This season, however, started out ominously as the defending champions soon lost the valuable services of their main pace bowler, Scott-Malden, to a broken collar bone against Albury. By the halfway point in the season Brockham stats read 4 Wins, 2 Losses and 3 draws – too many lost opportunities.

It seems that the trophy would go elsewhere as no other team has ever won the championship back to back.

The team looking very likely to do this were East Horsley who were romping away into the distance.

The second part of the season seemed to confirm this as the first game was lost to Old Woking and the dark clouds of gloom gathered; but maybe salvation was at hand as on the horizon some blue ones were spotted.

The team picked up its loins, and with a steely resolve looking ever forward, didn’t lose another match for the rest of the season; well except one to the weather though it was a close run thing: The rain won by 1 aborted start and a flooded pitch.

What of East Horsley? I hear you cry. It seemed that the pressure was finally getting to them and the curse of winning their first championship was upon them as they stuttered and fell at vital times; though not enough as far as Brockham were concerned.

History, they say, has a way of repeating itself; which is bad news if you thought mullet hairstyles and flares were gone forever. Only those who learn from it will prosper, and it seems there are very few who do.

It all came down to the last game of the season – again. Brockham needed a win against Albury; East Horsley a draw or win against Capel and the championship would have been sealed their way.

With maybe the felling of their pace bowler in the first encounter embossed on their memories, Brockham won a tight match against Albury; tight, as they very nearly ran out of overs towards the end in despatching the opposition.

It was very tense full hour later that the news filtered through that the champions elect had failed to win (or draw) by the slenderest of margins of just 10 runs. Thank you Capel!

Brockham Green Cricket Club 1st XI are Surrey Downs Leagues Champions for the second time in their history and the First club ever to win the Trophy back to back.

Even though it was a fantastic team effort (ably assisted with cameo appearances from the 2nd XI), there were a few worthy triumphs with the bat that should be mentioned: Gerard Weide 153 not out, Mike Tapper 102 not out, Darren Jordan 101 not out, Mike Duncan 66 not out and Jonathan Ellis with the highest seasonal average of 85.

Not to be out done, the bowlers put in some excellent performances too: Gerard Weide 7-45, Mark Haines 6-56, Chris Weill 6-32, Billy Scott-Malden 4-21 and Alex Bell 5-72.

Unlike most stories, we hope this one never ends…

The 'Hat'