Following the disappointment of losing out on promotion on the final day of last season, Esher were determined to make amends in 2017.
With the added impetus of some fresh faces, Esher started the season strongly, winning all four overs games before suffering defeat against Epsom. This gave Esher the wake-up call required. Esher then went on a run of five wins in a row, with no side scoring more than 150 against them. This run took Esher to within touching distance of promotion; however, a strange period followed. Following defeat to Dulwich, two games were then abandoned, meaning that when Esher played Epsom in early August, the club had not won a game for a month and yet were only two wins from promotion. The first win came against Epsom, meaning victory against Dorking a week later would be enough to secure promotion. A resounding victory followed with Esher posting 283-9 off 50 overs, before bowling Dorking out for 162, meaning Esher were promoted with three games remaining and required just six points from three games to secure top spot. Another strong performance against Worcester Park followed, securing the six points required and resulting in Esher guaranteeing top spot. The penultimate game of the season saw Esher win for the thirteenth time of the season against Old Rutlishians, before suffering defeat against Malden Wanderers in the final game.
Overall it was a strong season for Esher in which they achieved exactly what they set out to do. It was a fantastic team effort with important contributions coming consistently throughout the season from all involved. Although the award could have gone to a number of people, Khurram Malik was awarded player of the season for his performance with the ball, claiming 36 wickets and at times looking unplayable.
Esher will take confidence from their performances this season into Division One next year. They will hope for another strong campaign; one they hope will end in further celebration