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On the whole I have greatly enjoyed this year although it was hard work to start with, in my first (and last??) year. For the team it was perhaps slightly disappointing in that after a good start to the Chilterns League we (I) let things slip and we only finished fourth. Most of the old “stars” had a mediocre year for them, newcomers came and went (occasionally) although we must be grateful for the new enthusiasm injected by the new members. Perhaps next season we will get a settled side and produce some very good results.
We were more successful in the Evening League although the opposition was probably not the best. Still, I’m pleased to say we were runners up in the League Cup and won the division in which we played.
Now the end of the year is here, I’m looking forward to the start of the next season – only 21 weeks, and hopefully a more successful season.
Once again I am happy to report that a good time was had by all who played for the first XI on Sunday – at least I hope so, for I enjoyed myself. Thank you all for your efforts. I think the results prove that we completed the season with an in-credit balance; particularly if you remember that two of our defeats were inflicted by clubs who play a much higher standard of cricket, viz:- Oatlands Park of the Surrey Cricketers League and Gerrards Cross from the Thames Valley League.
Outstanding performances are listed elsewhere in these records, but I would like to congratulate David Goodrham who played several exciting innings during the season, not the least of which was his last knock of the year against Cove, when he required three runs to complete his maiden century for the Club, and proceeded to place the ball over the boundary, over the road, and half way across Taplow Court, to win the game and complete a wonderful century and season for himself. David Wigmore too deserves a mention in returning figures of 6-14 against Englefield Green – this at the wetter end of the season. Clive Kellett’s analysis of 4-44 against Oatlands Park does not look very exciting – but he bowled 19 consecutive overs that afternoon. Congratulations are due to Chris and David Goodrham for producing the majority of the runs; bad luck that both just failed to reach their 1000 runs for the season.
To Rodney Dye, thanks for your time and interest when umpiring for the team; and to Cliff Kellett for your vital appearance at Weybridge – I hope you are now fully fit Cliff. Our tea ladies continue to impress with what they offer us. Long may it be so! Thank you ladies. Thanks finally to our groundsman and those too few people who gave of their time to prepare the ground for our matches.
In closing may I say that I do not intent to stand for re-election in the coming season. I hope that my successor will enjoy his cricket as much as I have during the last three years.