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At times it was like the England cricket team, with no fewer than 4 players captaining the side during the season. The worst blow, without doubt, was losing Clive Kellett, the 'official' captain, by early June-both in terms of his leadership and bowling. However, without his off the field contribution I could not have continued as 'caretaker captain'. It looks as if Clive may have to retire completely, a wretched blow for Clive and the Club.
So what of a season that started so well, reached an all time low at Stoke Green and finished moderately. It was a season of near misses with four league games going to the last ball of the match. If these 'results' had gone our way we would have finished very respectably in the Chilterns League instead of languishing in the bottom four. However, we were the only side to beat Wooburn Narkovians, the eventual champions. On the other side of the coin were the two terrible batting displays against Stoke Green and White Waltham which saw us dismissed for 44 and 51 respectively - a total embarrassment. At the end of the season, however, Simon Wigmore's 6-62 saw us beat Hatch End by just four runs.
On the individual side there can be no doubt that Graeme Paskins was Our player of the season. Opening, almost by default, Graeme matured to such an extent that he finished the season with over 1,200 runs and ten fifties (four on Saturday). In addition of course were his 40 wickets behind the stumps.
The remainder of the batting was patchy but there were highlights, the most memorable being Keith (follow that son) Paskins' 103 against Hillingdon on a very fast Wicket and Gerry Mills (88) v Wendover. However, to mount any serious threat next season we must get some consistency and quicker scoring into our performances.
The bowling, on the other hand, looked after itself admirably. Indeed, early on, as our 'spin kings' of Clive, Simon Wigmore, and Graham Kell made short work of the opposition we led the league, albeit briefly. All season Tony Cane and Tony Reynolds bowled economically without ever turning in the devastating performance. Geoff Reynolds returned to the Saturday 1st XI after a gap of a number of years and made a place in the side his own with some very tidy performances. Finally, we welcomed Ross Dunlop to the side. Ross was an ever present asset without quite showing us his real potential, so we look forward to exciting times in 1989.
My report would not be complete without thanking Doug Hatch for umpiring most of our games, the tea ladies for another wonderful effort and all of you who supported me during the season.