Saturday

Out of twenty completed matches, seven were won and only four lost. Unfortunately all four defeats were in league matches and as we achieved only three league victories our ultimate position was rather low despite having been up among the leaders in the early part of the season, In truth we deserved no better as we lacked the variety and penetration in our bowling which is essential to sustained success.

It was a good, dry season which produced quite a lot of runs and early in the season especially, a number of particularly close and enjoyable matches - which we did not always win. The drawn league match against North Maidenhead and the narrow defeats by Chalfont St. Giles and Denham were good examples here. We had three very good league wins against Kimble, Princes Risborough and Farnham Common, where in each case we made a high total batting second and there were good wins outside the league against Coleshill and Hatch End. We were disappointing, on the other hand, against Marlow Park and Wooburn. Surely we must win on that ground one year!

A lot of people scored runs and there were some memorable innings from Doug Hatch, Jeff Elder (a most effective return after several years' absence), Simon Wigmore, Geoff Reynolds and Keith Hawthorn - all of whom passed fifty at least once. Brian May deserves mention too for his batting and has continued to occupy a position in the order below his true worth. Our bowling was rather ordinary, but again Brian May did have a very good season and his 8-46 against Winchmore Hill was easily the best return of the season on either day. Simon Wigmore is to be congratulated on taking 50 wickets and generally bowled reliably. Otherwise Tim Isaac bowled long spells pretty economically in the league and Joe Silva showed promise and deserved greater reward. He has a good action and could develop a lot next year - especially if he could manage to hit the stumps more often on the occasions when he beats the bat.

I would like to offer my congratulations to Gerry Mills - who will be too modest to mention his own efforts - for smashing all second eleven batting records out of sight. His thousand runs in only fifteen completed innings will surely never be beaten. Thanks to those who helped to stage the cricket - the tea ladies especially. Also to the players who umpired and ensured that only eight LBW decisions were upheld throughout the entire season.

Dick Duggan
Saturday Second XI Captain