A comprehensive victory over Old Tiffinians delivered a full 20 points for Claygate from their penultimate game of the season, earning promotion to the 1st XI Division 2 of the Fullers County League at the first time of asking.
Claygate joined the Fullers League this season having spent the previous decade in the Surrey Downs league.
With 10 points required for promotion, Claygate won the toss and decided to bat on what looked a batting paradise. Jamie Henderson went early to a ball that kept low, bringing skipper Chris Howe to the middle. A solid partnership between Howe and Sanjeewa moved the score along smoothly before Sanjeewa and Ashley Thorpe were both removed in one over.
Dan Walker and Scott Labacik both played well, scoring 38 and 22 respectively, boosting the scoring rate. Howe moved to a well earned first century of the season before being run out for 115. Claygate finished on 255-7 from 45 overs.
In reply, Rajindu Rodrigo kept up his excellent form with the ball, taking 5-21, bowling with great accuracy and pace. He was superbly supported by Peter Knight who ripped through the middle order taking 4 wickets. Old Tiffinians were bowled out for 96 meaning a full 20 points for Claygate and promotion to Division 2 for next season.
Skipper Chris Howe commented, “I’m delighted for all those who have played for the 1st XI this season and in particular to see three of four of the players who have come from the Colts systems which has grown significantly over the last 5 or 6 years. We’ve always said that should be the strength of the club in the future and so it has proved. So it’s an exciting time for the club as a whole and whilst the 1st XI acquired some excellent players this year we’re always on the look-out for new players, whether it be for competitive league cricket or Sunday friendlies”.
The 2nd XI beat Old Tenisonians to give them a comfortable mid-table position for the season.
Club Manager Russ Guyatt added, “This is another sign that the club that is strengthening all the time. There is always the unknown when you move into a new league and we’ve been able to prove that our cricket is strong enough to play at this level. With the new clubhouse, other new facilities, continuing support from a whole range of people on and off the field, Claygate is growing its reputation both as a friendly club and a force on the field.”