After winning Division 2 last year, the main aim of the season for the Esher 2nd XI was to stabilize themselves in Division 1. The season started against Walton with a nervy 3-wicket win. A knock of 45* by Dan Dickenson and a debut 4 -16 from Jonathan Miles restricted the visitors to 125 all out. Esher then lost to Dulwich in a rain affected game and were soundly beaten by Valley End in what was arguably Esher’s worst performance of the year; the only high for Esher was a fine innings of 96 by Jamie McCormack.
Esher bounced back by beating Sutton. Archie Stroud’s 106* and 4 – 10 was the standout performance. Esher then beat Old Rutlishians (Harry Alderson 4-25) and Cranleigh (Jim Steven 4 – 25 & Almaher Shelley 60). Sadly, a 3-game losing streak would follow, losing to Normandy (Almaher Shelley 50), Guildford and Beddington (Matt Sabben-Clare 60*). The loss to Dulwich earlier in the season was avenged as Esher ran out winners, with 92* by Pete Blackhurst. Esher then lost to Walton (Austin Wilman 4 – 58 & 55) and Sutton. That prompted a 5-match winning streak, propelling Esher up the table. Austin Wilman’s 63 helped beat Valley End by 3 wickets, then 131 by Almaher Shelley and 52 by Adam Koep saw Esher set-up a 10-run victory against Old Rutlishians. Cranleigh were beaten with Almaher Shelley and Jamie McCormack scoring 50’s, and fine bowling from Jim Steven, Andrew McCallum, Oscar Nicholson and Freddie Harrison giving Esher a 19-run victory. Normandy were soundly beaten with Andrew McCallum’s 5-22 keeping the hosts total down to 84. Beddington travelled to Esher and stand-in captain Alex Mason’s 56 and Ruari Crichard’s 51* helped gain a 7-wicket victory. The last game of the season saw Guildford thump Esher at home, but with a 3rd place finish guaranteed, Esher could look back with pride on what they had achieved throughout the year.