East Molesey pop the cricket champagne

East Molesey are celebrating a return to the Premier Division of the Surrey Championship for the first time in 25 years.

The party could begin on Saturday afternoon after results in East Molesey’s favour meant their four-wicket win at Ashtead last weekend was enough to secure second place in Division One.

Nuno Bernandes was the thorn in Ashtead’s side with the ball, taking 3-24 in restricting the hosts to 203-8.

In reply, Robbie Heald (66) and Henry Nicholls (63) saw East Molesey over the line with eight balls to spare.

Skipper Paul Lawford said: “It has been a real team effort. Quite a few of the guys have got 300 runs and picked up 15 or more wickets. Some of the guys, such as Henry [Nicholls] and Simon [Barrett], have got into the 400s.

“But the main thing is the team spirit we have at the club and the fact that everyone wants to play for the club. Many umpires have told us that we have the best team spirit in the league.

“Quite a few of the guys have come through the youth system, and a few of us have been here all our lives and our dads have played at the club so it is a real family affair.

“There are a lot of people to whom the club means a lot and they are our base and backbone. This promotion is superb for players, family and backroom staff alike.”

Worcester Park will be playing in Division One next year after a mammoth 149-run win over Farnham confirmed their promotion from Division Two.

Joe Hill (99) and Rob Hill (96no) put on 162 for the third wicket as Park racked up 252-3.

In reply, Farnham could only reach 103 all out in the 37th over – Sandeep Ganguly was the pick of the bowling attack, taking 3-30.

Park complete their season with the visit of champions Leatherhead on Saturday.

Malden Wanderers suffered their first defeat in four as the Premier Division draws to its finale.

Reigate Priory, who have lost out in the title race to Wimbledon, were the visitors and they skittled Malden for just 111 off 37.3 overs. Only Ali Edmonds showed any fight, carrying his bat for 41.

In reply, Reigate had little trouble and they reached the target in the 20th over with the loss of two wickets.

Malden complete their season on Saturday at home to Sutton.

Harry Cripps and Jack Winsdale were the stars for Weybridge after a 56-run win over Camberley secured their status in the Premier Division of the Surrey Championship.

Weybridge elected to bat and, despite losing Joel Pope off the first ball, Cripps hit 95 to steady the ship and guide them to 226 all out.

In reply, Camberley had no answer to Winsdale’s attacking figures of 5-38 and were skittled for 170 in the 41st over.

Weybridge finish their season at Banstead.

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