By Josh Bartholomew
Former 1stXI batsman Cole Campbell (OH 2018) helped East Molesey CC to their first Surrey Championship Premier Division title since 1980.
The Surrey Championship’s top tier features many county and international players, and this year saw Reece Topley, Tom Bruce, Sam Curran and Jade Dernbach among many others turning out for their clubs.
Cole spent last winter in New Zealand in preparation for this season, and recently began studying at Leeds University in a bid to gain county recognition through the MCCU scheme, which helped fellow OH Zafar Ansari win his first professional contract.
Campbell, who had a spell in Hampshire’s academy side while at Hampton, scored 233 runs at an average of 19.42 in East Molesey’s victorious 1st XI.
Campbell said: “It was an amazing achievement. It’s the second time we’ve won the Surrey Championship and to do it with a team full of blokes who just want to play cricket – not getting paid to do so like many other clubs around the league – just makes it that little bit more special.
“To win 16 out of 18 games, as a team who were fighting against relegation until the penultimate game last year, is a great success and I couldn’t be prouder to have been a part of the side.
“It meant so much to the boys and understandably so. The camaraderie in the dressing room was like something I’ve never experienced before and I can’t wait to get back into the nets and prepare for next season, when we’ll hope to replicate what we managed to do this year.”