batsman image With the third XI going from strength to strength, this season has shown how the blend of experience, youth and just plain enthusiasm for the game can make a winning side, on and off the field, with plenty of good humoured banter going around just how Sunday 3rds cricket should be.

First lets review some noteable games and performances over the season. Our first win came at the picturesque Croxley Guild (bikes and old ladies have the right of way at all times across the footpath through the ground). The next win came at Marlow Park with Keith Franklin 73* and Chris Lowe 6-25 being the main men on the day.

Our away match at Datchet resulted in us playing a team called Southside and our hosts Datchet watching. Home to Cookham Dean - having to take off Colin Callaghan 4-23 to make a game of it and George Taylor (48) jug avoidance giving us another win. Widmer End Andrew Hill (58*) and Trevor Plowman (49) put on 88 to open, followed by George Taylor (44*) see us win again.

The match against Vale saw Gerry Mills come back after injury with a fine 56* - sharing a 50 stand with Dave Vincent. Our modest total of 101 looked a little light but Alastair Ideson bowled right through the innings to return with 7-21 off 25 overs only to see their last pair dig in for the draw.

Warren Row's bowling seems to be to the liking of Rocket Mockett with Nick getting 33 in the home game and 91 in the away game. Bix last year gave us a thrashing - this was avenged with Trevor Plowman taking 4-33 and colt Nick Howell 2-15 restricting them to 153. Trevor (45) and Dick Duggan put on 50 to open followed by George Taylor 31, John Ewbank 33, Keith Franklin 21, Nick Howell (13*) saw us the winners off the last ball.

Coleshill match saw colt Andrew Hill showing all the quality of a top batsman of the future with a fine (96*) played in constant rain and in my boots (the nearest I'll get to that score). Finally, performances from all the regular third XI players be it with the bat, in the field, bowling or in the bar mentioned by name or not - all contributed to the success of the side, WELL DONE!


Unfortunately, Geoff had to leave us this season half way through to move to the west country. His contribution to the 3rds over a number of years has been the back bone of the side - batting or bowling. With plenty of advice to young and old, his good natured banter being part of his game. The type of side and the way we play is down to the likes of players like Geoff. His help and advice to me as captain has been considerable.

Another loss to the 3rds is Warren Row who for many years have been one of our regular home and away fixtures. Unfortunately, they have lost the use of their ground. This has been one of the most sporting sides we have played over the years and will be sadly missing off our fixture list. A new incentive award, performance of the week, voted for by the players each week to the player who stands out from the rest on the day. Some players have raised their game to try to gain this award with the skipper putting in a late challenge at Kenton but George Taylor just hung on to be the first winner.

As with all successful teams there are a number of people who contribute to the enjoyment on the day. Our thanks go to the groundsman, Simon Christy for finding us matches, Dave Wigmore for assisting in ground preparations among other things, Brian May and Rebecca Mockett for scoring and what would Sunday be without our teas - a big thank you to Chris Duggan, Lynn Prosser, Wilma Plowman, the Edlins and Mandy - excellent as always. To Mandy, 3rds secretary, for ringing 'round each week to get a team out.

Last but not least to our supporter of the year John Mockett. Thanks for your assistants off the field. You may sit under our new club brolly.


Greg Lightfoot
Third XI Captain