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Results confirm that we did not play to anywhere near our full potential. On paper the Saturday first XI bat down to at least Number 8. The fact that Number 8 rarely batted would suggest that the earlier batsmen were quite often extremely slow scoring. With scores in the region of 170 off 45 overs this puts an enormous task on the bowlers, unless the wicket is helpful.
However, we did have some good wins over Princes Risborough, Marlow, I.C.I. and best of all North Maidenhead (Nugget LBW from a full toss!) and from the signs of returning team spirit in September this augurs well for 1987.
For individual performances everyone 'had their day' with Tony Reynolds turning in his usual consistent performance every week, although he did struggle a bit against Marlow Park's No. 10. I seem to remember. Simon Wigmore slotted into the first XI league cricket quickly and ably supported the opening attack. Graham Kell also bowled well as can be seen from the records but was probably not used sufficiently. Due to infirmity the 'Silver Skillett' made only infrequent appearances but showed he had lost none of his guile when persuaded to turn out.
On paper our batting looked good but we lost Greg Jervis early in the season which tended to slow the run rate down. Dave Holland batted consistently well and his 125 against Bledlow was first class, followed closely by Chris Goodrham's 92 at Chalfont.
Dave Greenaway was again most successful as far as averages are concerned and rarely looked like getting out, if only he would play more regularly.
Richard Thorogood joined us at the start of the season and likes to open and get on with it, but invariably picks the wrong ball. However he made many useful contributions and added some light entertainment in the field.
Malcolm was Malcolm and he also made his contribution both batting and keeping, but enough is enough and we wish him well at his new club.
Our ground fielding was passable, but our catching on occasions was dreadful, the less said the better. We again had problems supplying an umpire and regretfully this problem does not seem to be improving.
Before finishing I must make some comment regarding the colts section. We only ran one team this season and quite frankly we must revert to our normal four elevens if we are to continue our policy of introducing colts into senior cricket. When you consider the number of colts who have come through to senior level you will realise this cannot be allowed to lapse.
We desperately need a colts manager for 1987 to arrange fixtures and to appoint separate team managers and to coach on Sunday mornings or whenever is convenient.
The one sour note was lack of availability and the knack practised by some members of calling off during the week preceding a match. This on top of the old problem of members playing only one day per weekend. This is understandable as we all have our domestic chores, but some can get better organised than others.
Apart from the hassle this causes the captains in finding replacements, it goes a long way to ensuring same do not stand the following season.
Finally, as 'caretaker captain', my thanks to Dave Holland for all his assistance and to Phil Goldthorpe and Doug Hatch for standing in our league games. Also, of course, to the ladies for their usual excellent teas.
The season began with two drawn games against Old Meadonians and Chalfont St. Peter. Following this we played Chertsey at home and thanks mainly to Tony Reynolds (6 wkts) we shot them out for 81.
A week later at Acacia, Malcolm Clifford's 104 not out was the highlight. On Sunday 8th June, away to Richings Park, we won by 6 wkts thanks to good knocks by Gerry Mills 50 and Dave Greenaway 71. However, the following week we were hammered for 230-5 by Fleet and could only reply with 112 all out.
A good team performance at Little Marlow saw us take 9 catches in removing them for 115. A cracking game at Chenies & Latimer saw us win by 6 wkts, chasing 191 we got them with two overs to spare, Gerry Mills again batting well for 81 not out.
The next four Sundays were all drawn and the last win of the season came against Old Gaytonians who were dismissed for 98, with Clive Kellett playing his one and only game on a Sunday claiming 7 wkts.
The highlights of the season for me were Gerry Mills 68 not out at Chalfont, Tony Reynolds 6 wkts versus Chertsey, Dave Greenaway 71 against Richings Park, Mike Bradley's catching of Carlos Thomas in the deep at Cookham and again Gerry Mills 81 at Chenies,Dave Greenaway smashing Fiddlers for 60 not out. John Midlane's two stumpings of my bowling against Wallingford and Richard Thorogood's great knock against Datchet, also the fielding of Keith Paskins.
My thanks to all 37 players who turned out for me and of course to the tea ladies.