After four strong seasons under the illustrious leadership of Chris Burton, Esher 3s had a change of reins for the 2018 season. The season started
slowly and without luck as Esher lost their opening four games by three wickets or fewer, realising that batting out their overs was of paramount importance, as shown by a good 50 in a losing cause by Alex Murray. Esher’s bowling and fielding performances were more impressive with Chris Harvey, Dimitri Balasuriyar and Tom Burnett all leading from the front. The first win of the season came against Cheam, where an excellent “5-fer” from Chris Parrish and a 50 from Jess Richman sealed a strong victory. Unfortunately, Esher were unable to take that victory and build momentum into the middle season. As temperatures rose and conditions became tougher and tougher to play in, Esher struggled with player availability, injuries and the intense heat. Strong individual batting performances from Chris Burton (71), Bobby Lowe (60) and a couple of 40s from David Crook
were the highlights in a trying middle season period. Too many losses on the trot did not reflect the resolve and commitment of those who put on
the Esher shirt throughout this period.
Another frustrating one-wicket loss to Worcester Park, despite the exceptional bowling efforts of Michael Michailidis, preceded a six-game
winning streak, including beating three of the four top teams in the league. 50s from Tom Gwynne, Tom Brown, Nick Woollhead and Jack Slaney, as well as excellent bowling performances from Richie Harrison, which
included a “5-fer” against champions Guildford, Angus Barrett, Jonathan Barrett, Tom Gwynne, Jonathan Miles and Ollie John showed how Esher could more than hold their own in a strong league. The influx of colts in the latter part of the season mixed with experienced seniors was not enough to keep Esher afloat but a valiant end of season performance showed the strength and potential of the team.