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The 1984 cricket season will go down as a season of what might have been. A superb string of results saw the Chilterns League being led all season until the fateful defeat by Wendover condemned us to the runners up spot. Despite this near miss, however, it was a tremendous achievement by the team and a tribute to the consistent commitment shown by everyone involved. The league season got under way with an emphatic 5 wickets win over neighbours North Maidenhead with Tony Cane announcing his potential by taking 7-35. Wins followed each week and it was not until the sixth match that Farnham Common's bowling was mainly responsible for the first drawn game of the season. Back to winning ways at Marlow Park where a fine all round team performance defended a lowly total of 119. Tony Cane (4-27) and Clive Kellett (3-14) reduced Marlow Park to 88 all out. By this time Brian Wells had returned to the team and together with Dave Thornley provided the seam bowling experience, which blended well with Tony Cane's youthful impact in his first full season in the first XI, Eventually Winchmore Hill and Wendover, despite Chris Goodrham's brave 52, proved more resilient and congratulations go to Winchmore Hill in winning the league in their first season.
Rather surprisingly the bowling, highlighted by Tony Cane’s 32 league wickets at 10 runs apiece, proved to be better balanced than the batting, as the final figures show and if there was a reason for failing to win the league it must be the inability to score enough runs under pressure. On the positive side however, I am sure that all who took part in the games can take pleasure from the overall performances and results.
There were in any case a number of gains from the season, not least Paul Mathews batting, which suggests great things in 1985, Dominic Evans' infectious enthusiasm and Graham Kell's growing influence with the ball.
My report would not be complete without grateful thanks to the regular established members of the team who gave me their full support and to Malcolm Clifford for his contribution to the first XI as a whole; 1,299 runs, 63 victims and an ever present throughout the season.
Finally, as in previous years, my thanks to scorers, tea ladies and umpires Phil Goldthorpe and Reg Breeze for their help during the season without which my job would have been that much more difficult.
I have enjoyed my three years as captain immensely and now feel it is right to hand over in the knowledge that the basic formula for playing success is very much in evidence within the club.