It was a golden summer for the South Area with record temperatures and sizzling cricket from all the teams throughout the leagues. We had sixteen cricket clubs playing in twenty three league and cups competitions. Here are some of the highlights from 2018 (to see the full table from each league or cup competition then follow each separate link).

2018 MJCA County Championships; U15 winners, Teddington CC (above)
“In the regular season Teddington finished runners up to Sunbury in the U15s MJCA South Division, who had recorded a 10/10 100% record. Teddington qualified for the MJCA County Play-offs by finishing runners-up to Sunbury in South Division. In the County Play-offs knock-out season, Teddington negotiated Indian Gymkhana, Hornsey, Highgate and Osterley before facing local rivals Sunbury in an “all South Division” County Championship Final, held in 2018 at Sunbury. Games between these age groups have been close through the years and the County Final continued that pattern, Teddington batted first and raced to a flying start before being pegged back to 143. Sunbury’s batsmen were always close to the required run rate and inevitably the game went to the last ball, Teddington winning by 5 runs”

Richmond CC U15s: 2018 County Cup Winners and South Area Cup Winners (above)
Richmond CC U15s won the South U15 Cup to become the area champions before winning the County Cup and becoming the county’s representative in the nationals in which they beat Surrey’s representative (Esher) to win the London and South regional before losing in the last 16 in Horsham.  Dru Shori (c), Guy Murphy, Vivek Raman, Kartik Jain, Rory Flack, David Doughty, Keegan Hill, Kyle Seth, Arjan Bhatt Toby Dowding, Zac McGuire, Tanmay Thanawalla (wk), Lucien Ashworth, Anosh Malik.

Spirit of Cricket Winner
Hampton Hill CC

Under 9
An informal league to encourage participation and fun at the youngest age group. Although there was no official winner, some of the results can be seen here – Under 9

Under 10 (Division 1)
Richmond CC were unbeaten in their 8 match campaign and were worthy winners of Division 1. Their nearest rivals were Sunbury CC and Teddington CC who both managed to win 6 games. – Under 10 – Div 1

Under 10 (Division 2)
It was a very close finish in Division 2 with Ashford CC and Hampton Hill going head to head throughout the season. Despite a win for Hampton Hill on the final Division 2 match it was Ashford CC who won the league by a single point.–  Under 10 – Div 2

Sunbury CC: 2018 MJCA South U10 League Winners (above)
Under 10 Championship play off

The under 10 league is the first year of competitive cricket for many of the teams so the South Area has a play off to determine who is the ultimate Under 10 champion. Hampton Hill CC (2nd Div 2) beat Richmond CC (1st Div 1) in their semi-final while Sunbury (2nd Div 1) beat Ashford CC (1st Div 2). In the final Sunbury CC proved too strong for Hampton Hill CC and they were crowned overall Under 10 Champions. – Under 10 Championship Play-off

Under 11 (Division 1)
It couldn’t have been any closer in the top tier of Under 11 cricket with both Teddington CC and Richmond CC winning the same number of games and finishing the season on 64 pts each. Teddington CC won by virtue of having the highest average runs per wicket (runs scored / wickets lost) in their head to head matches vs Richmond CC. Under 11 – Div 1

Under 11 (Division 2)
It was a much more decisive title win for Indian Gymkhana in Division 2. They won 7 out of their 8 games and were well ahead of runners-up Sheen Park CC, Twickenham CC and Wycombe House. Under 11 – Div 2

Under 11 (Division 3)
Like Division 1 this league went right down to the wire with both Barnes CC and Hampton Hill CC finishing on 52 points. It was Barnes CC who emerged champions with a more decisive win in their second match against Hampton Hill CC. Under 11 – Div 3

Under 12 (Division 1)
All conquering Richmond CC had a season to remember with 7 wins from 7 matches.  They were the only team to beat Indian Gymkhana CC who were runners-up. Under 12 – Div 1

Under 12 (Division 2)
It was a clean sweep for Richmond CC across the Under 12 leagues as their B team claimed the Division 2 title. They were the only team to beat Bushy Park Girls CC who took the second place berth. Under 12 – Div 2

Under 13 (Division 1)
Champions Indian Gymkhana CC finished 10 points clear in Division 1 and remained unbeaten in their 2018 league campaign. Sunbury CC were runners-up with only 2 losses in their 8 matches. Under 13 – Div 1

Under 13 (Division 2)
The indefatigable Sheen Park CC won the Division 2 title with 70 points from their 8 games. While Teddington CC were runners-up, 10 points clear of their nearest rivals. – Under 13 – Div 2

Under 13 (Division 3)
There were some extremely close matches in the Division 3 but it was Teddington Town CC who emerged victorious at the end of the season. Chiswick and Whitton CC were runners-up with a 50% win rate. Under 13 – Div 3

RCC U14s: 2018 County League Winners (above)

Under 14 (Division 1)
The league was dominated by Richmond CC who were unbeaten throughout the competition and scored a maximum 80 points from their 8 games. Sunbury CC only lost two matches (both to the subsequent champions Richmond CC) and deserved their runner-up spot. Under 14 – Div 1

Under 14 (Division 2)
It was a Richmond CC double as their B team won the Division 2 title too, although not as decisive as their A team counterparts they still racked up an impressive 6 wins and 64 points. Behind them both Indian Gymkhana and Twickenham CC finished on 48 points. Under 14 – Div 2

Sunbury CC U15s: 2018 MJCA South Area League Winners and county league runners up (above)
Under 15 (Division 1)
All conquering Sunbury CC were impressive champions in Division 1 with an unbeaten record across their 10 games. Teddington CC beat Richmond CC to the runners-up position by just 2 points. Under 15 – Div 1

Under 15 (Division 2)
Indian Gymkhana CC won the Division 2 title and beat every team twice except runners-up Hampton Wick CC, who secured second place due to their superior bonus point tally. Under 15 – Div 2

Richmond CC U17s: 2018 County Cup Winners and South Area Double League and Cup Winners (above)
 Sami Shori (c), Asad Kapadi, Joel Clarke, Kyle Seth, Bendy Clarke, Cameron Bhasin, David Evans, Tanmay Thanawalla
Sam Skoulding, Arun Bhasin, Keerat Kheira (wk), Thomas Knight, Dru Shori, Anosh Malik, Shahab Athar, David Doughty, Kartik Jain, Joe McGuire, Ed Pearson, Rory Flack, Keegan Hill, Ed Bruce

Under 17 (Division 1)
It was a hard fought campaign for the elder statesmen of the South Area with Richmond CC coming out champions in Division 1. They were followed closely by Sunbury CC who were only beaten twice and that was by the subsequent champions Richmond CC. Under 17 – Div 1

Under 17 (Division 2)
Twickenham CC won the Division 2 title by a healthy margin. They were beaten only once throughout the league season and that was in the closest of matches vs Barnes CC. Ashford CC claimed the runners-up position. Under 17 – Div 2

Under 11 Cup
Wycombe House CC

Under 12 Cup
Sunbury CC

Under 13 Cup
Wycombe House CC

Under 14  Cup
Shared between Richmond A and Richmond B

Under 15 Cup
Richmond CC

Under 17 Cup
Richmond CC