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Ashley Smith:

2017 proved to be a good year for the 1st xi. Statistically the team finished mid-table in the Surrey Downs Top Division. However this doesn’t really tell the whole story.
The team was, with the exception of Dave Venn who proved to be an excellent support to all with his experience, made up consistently throughout the year of lads who had all come through the youth system at the club.
This helped ensure an excellent team spirit throughout the season.
With 7 wins from our 18 league games this was an improvement on previous years and shows that this young squad, which is clearly the youngest in the league by a long way, are becoming more than capable of being competitive.
The club took on the ECB guidance relating to keeping young adults interested in cricket and ensuring a good transition from Youth to adult teams. By having mixed training with the Under 15 & 16 sides. This has not only helped with integration but has helped us see the amount of talent there is in the club.
It was great to give at least 4 1st Team debuts to youngsters from the youth section this year.
Didn’t really want to single out individuals but couldn’t not mention Dominic Venn who scored 1110 runs at an average of 50.45. Fantastic effort at the age of 17 showing great maturity and talent.
Really looking forward to 2018 and Winter Nets. Confident we can improve again with the team all being a year older and more aware of the requirements of 1stTeam Cricket.