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Despite a disastrous start to the league season and the loss of Graeme Paskins to Slough, the 1990 season developed into an enjoyable one of moderate success and positive cricket. By the end of the season we had developed into a difficult side to beat with a fair amount of consistency in our performances.
Four new players were welcomed during the season, all of whom made their mark. Tony Hutchings made a significant impact upon our fast-bowling resources but unfortunately only played a handful of games. Richard Lane (more of him later) became a more than useful member of the side, especially in terms of his fielding and infectious enthusiasm. Steve Roach, after a disappointing start, showed his true batting ability, suggesting that he too will be a valuable asset next season. Brian Stevens joined from North Maidenhead and kept wicket admirably.
There were a number of team highlights during the season. In the Chilterns League there were wins over Kimble, I.C.I., Cookham Dean and Farnham Common, with the "Common" game for me being the high point. Having been on the receiving end of many a thrashing from the "Woodlands", it looked like another repeat as they reached 100-0 chasing our 159. But then enter Richard Lane who proceeded to take 7-28 from 10 overs and we walked off winners by just 13 runs, with the "Woodland clan" suitably bemused. There were also wins over Penn, Birkbeck, Hatch End and Stokenchurch.
The batting was steady throughout the season with only one real failure: Wendover, 85 all out. Most of the side made contributions but the following stand out:
Inevitably in a season of good weather and hard wickets, our bowling struggled but even so there were some good days:
My thanks to all the players who have supported me during the season, especially those who played in the majority of matches. Simon Wigmore in particular, the only ever present, who made a contribution with bat or ball to most games. Similarly to Doug Hatch for giving up his time to umpire and to Nick Thorne for scoring. Finally, a big thank you to all the tea ladies for their superb efforts once again.