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Saturday & Sunday

The season was blessed by excellent weather and this was reflected by a greatly improved playing record. We won 26 games and lost 9 games as opposed to the previous season when we won 13 games and lost 6 games, the improvement was due in large part to two newcomers Gerry Mills who batted consistently throughout the season and Ian Clements, who achieved the milestone of 100 wickets.

We disappointed in both the knockout cups through lack of the type of aggressive batsmen needed for this form of cricket and bad luck with the toss. The side, however, performed best in its all day games of which we won six, drew one and only lost with a weakened side to Maidenhead and Bray. Most noteworthy were wins over Amersham Hill, Midland Bank, Mill Hill Park and a strong Dr. Summers XI and the dismissal of Hillingdon before lunch for 46.

The batting this year was greatly strengthened by newcomer Gerry Mills well supported by David Hawes and Mick Aston. Unfortunately, Ken Ramsden left us halfway through the season to go West and this left a gap in the batting; Ken played many attractive innings before his departure and topped the averages by a wide margin. The batting needs a certain amount of stiffening in the middle order for next season as many strong positions were thrown away by lack of concentration by the middle order last season. Mention must be made of three centuries by Mick Aston, Gerry Mills and Simon Christy; it must be some years since three different batsmen have achieved this batsman's ambition.

Our great strength was in the bowling which was spearheaded by Ian Clements and David Wigmore, who both bowled their hearts out to achieve 100 wickets each and were ably supported by youthful fast bowler David Thornley and by Don Booker with his thoughtful assortment of spin, both the latter obtaining 50 wickets apiece.

The fielding this season showed little improvement but it was good to see David Wigmore getting back to somewhere like his old form with 26 catches. Too many catches were dropped through lack of concentration rather than ability and some members should realise cricket does not just consist of batting and bowling. David Hawes took up wicketkeeping again to fill the breach and made an admirable job of it and he showed improvements throughout the season.

We must again thank our secretary David Wigmore for his help and support off the field. Ted Woodley again did the unenviable job of umpire through a long hot season and we would like to thank him very much and forgive us when we occasionally criticise his decisions. We again lacked a regular scorer but thanks must go to Diana Mills, June Clements and Simon Wigmore who scored when pressed on a number of occasions.

Thanks must also go to the ladies who put so much work into providing us with lunches and teas.

A special mention must be made of our groundsman, Doug Bentley, who prepared a series of immaculate pitches, which the bowlers found increasingly difficult to obtain wickets on. It is not until we play away that we realise how lucky we are to have such a good groundsman.

John Partington and Simon Christy
First XI Captains