Taking on the job of vice-captain at last year's A.G.M. I thought I'll get someone by the start of the season to be captain. I did, ME!.
The first match with so many senior club members in the side seemed daunting, but I was ably assisted throughout, with three wise men behind the stumps and one at mid wicket. This gave me the confidence to continue, the match we lost and over the next seven weeks bar one drawn against Warren Row. The rest went the same way.
To be fair to the lads our Cavalier Policy of “we don't mind who we play”, gave us some strong opposition. But with a good mix of youth, experience and enthusiasm the side played with spirit and enjoyment as cricket should be.
There were some good individual performances, like Chris Davis and Derek Newman sharing a (94) mid order stand at Berkhamsted. Our highest scoring innings of the season was 223-7 drawing with Cookham Dean, Geoff and Oliver Ideson (39 & 19*) with Keith Franklin (51*). Chris Davis again (43*) at North Maidenhead (note to skipper - put him up the order). Mike Bradley coming back after injury scores (43). Derek Newman (39) ably assists Simon Christy (65) in our first win of the season, Windsor & Eton. The following week Simon (18) returns the compliment Derek Scores(61*). Another win, again SGI. Trevor Plowman and Geoff Ideson take on British Airways and share a fine (101) opening partnership in a drawn match. Opening the innings Trevor Plowman (78*) v Warren Row shares a stand of (50) with Glen Plowman.
Nick Mockett a (44) against White Lions, for safe hands Nick's our man seven catches two of them being caught and bowled. Alastair Ideson put in a lot of effort with his bowling over the season and returned his best figures of 5-19 against Windsor & Eton. Consistent bowling as ever from Geoff Ideson and Chris Davis throughout the season, Chris unfortunately seemed to do all the hard work without the reward of wickets.
Nick Mockett did well to step in and open the bowling when needed. Trevor Plowman teased and gave little to the opposition. Mark Green (3-34) well done, and on his debut Andrew Thornley (3-7) an excellent start in a senior side. The list could go on, but to all the players, your contribution large or small made to the team efforts.
In the field the match which stands out was against British Airways, when seven different players took catches.
To the colts who played their part in the season thank you to Simon Knibbs, Andrew Thomley, Glen Plowman and Martin Christy, with them and Nick Mockett, Alastair and Oliver Ideson the Club’s future looks good.
From my apprehension at the start of the season to one of full enjoyment thanks to a group of good natured sports for your availability and support (it washed up well).
Finally thank you to Dave Wigmore for preparing wickets at Taplow Court, Simon Christy for finding us matches every week, Brian May for scoring and umpiring and Mandy the one lady tea roster.