Esher began the season with hopes of promotion to Division 1 and, buoyed by the arrival of several new faces, started the season well with 3 wins out of 4, the only loss coming off the final ball at home to Farnham. A surprising losing draw to newly promoted Egham followed, beginning a slump in form which saw Esher win just 1 out of the next 5 games and left them 7th in the table.
Esher travelled to Bank of England towards the end of July knowing that they had to win to keep any hopes of achieving their pre- season ambitions alive. And win they did, with Nick Winder taking 5 wickets to inspire a dramatic victory.
The victory at Bank of England re-started Esher’s season and thanks to some solid all round team performances, 5 convincing victories were recorded on the bounce against Purley, Egham, Epsom, Worcester Park and Dulwich. This run of form took Esher to 2nd place with 1 game of the season remaining, away at Camberley, but with Farnham hot on their heels Esher knew that it would be likely that only a win would be enough to see them promoted. Unfortunately for Esher, it wasn’t to be, with the weather playing its part. The match was abandoned 9 overs into the second innings. This, combined with Farnham beating Chessington, meant that Esher fell tantalisingly short and must now prepare for another season in Division 2.
Although the season had ended in disappointment, it can still be classed as an encouraging one for Esher, who improved dramatically on their 2015 performance. Special mention should go to Alex Martin and Shoaib Khan whose prolific run scoring played a major part in Esher’s promotion chase. Following this season of improvement, Esher will again be targeting promotion come next April.