As always the 3rds enjoyed another eventful season with highs and lows on the field evenly shared with 7 wins 7 draws 5 lost. There were some memorable individual performances throughout the season, top of the list must be the 240 run opening partnership between Trevor Plowman 118* and Keith Franklin 100* at home to Widmer End, Glen Plowmans 110 at Harrowdene. Dave Ewbank's 86 at Kenton (it should have been the ton), Keith again 79 away at Widmer (he likes their bowling), John Ewbank 58 at Aldershot Nick Mockett 54 at Harrowdene in a 113 stand with Glen, Simon Christy with a match saving 49* at Ealing Wanderers, George Taylor 56 at Bix his first fifty in over 30 years.
On the bowling front the main performers were Alastair Ideson with two five wicket hauls at SGI and Marlow Park and six wickets in a 16 over spell unchanged for 42, Colin Callaghan gained three hauls of 4 wickets for very few runs 4-11 in 7 against Cookham Dean being one of the the best but against Abbotts Langley Colin's figures of 3 for 3 off six overs only to have the rain end the game (maybe next year Colin). Keith Franklin bowled at Amersham Hill unchanged for 15 overs for 5 wickets, against Cookham Dean figures of 4-16 in 7. Dave Ewbank picked up 4 wickets against Holyport 2nds. The first XI may have had two from down under but the ever resourceful 3rds had one too. Mark Forde from New Zealand at a snip of the price. He made up numbers at Harrowdene and went on to be a very useful bowler for the club with 4-22 in 11 against Widmer End and 5-31 in 17 at home to Kenton being two of the best.
Colts as always figured in the 3rds and a credit they are to the club with the likes of Nick Howells who gained a regular place in the side with fine performances with bat and ball. Neil Sood, another who showed his ability with the bat, sharing two good stands one with Dick Duggan of 70 and a 68 with Keith Franklin. Neil with 38 and 33 respectively, he moved on into the Sunday 2nds and continued to impress. Other colts who played well this season were the brothers Laurence and Jeff Brown along with Oliver Lowe and Andrew Hill. Well done all. I am sure we will see more of them and others next season.
There are regular members of the 3rds who over the season have not scored a ton or got five wickets but their own contributions to the side was invaluable with fine cameo performances making Sunday 3rds the unique side that it is. In saying the above, the winner of the performance of the week award this year goes to Colin Callaghan.
A special thank you to Dick who as vice-skipper has helped in many ways on the field in the running of the side and putting pen to paper with the regular descriptive reports win or lose to the Advertiser.
A big thank you to the back room staff who make it all possible on a Sunday. To the groundsman, to Simon Christy for finding us fixtures, Dave Wigmore for assisting in ground preparation, Brian May and Rebecca Mockett for scoring, John Mockett for off field help and to the main stay who make excellent teas in difficult conditions over at the 3rds - Thank you Chris Duggan, Lynn Prosser, Wilma Plowman, Rebeeca Mockett and Mandy.
Thank You All.