Sunday

batsman image As our team scribe put in one of his match reports last season "1999 has not been a vintage year for Taplow 3rds" - with 8 drawn, 6 lost and only 4 wins he was right, but that's not to say we didn't have an enjoyable season.

A number of our regular fixtures had dropped out due to not being able to field a side, so a third of the games we played this season came from the conference lottery of the unknown. This gave us a mixed bag of sides and abilities. Put this with our own mix of regulars not available and injured we had to rely on a good number of guests at the start of the season. This left us rather disjointed in key positions, especially on the bowling front, with Colin Callaghan not having a regular opening partner until young Nick Howell became available mid-season.

Still, there were some memorable moments from the season, like being 8 for 4 at Widmer End and coming away with a win and needing just nine runs to win against Tabard Pilgrims Alastair Ideson and Greg Lightfoot got run outs to lose the match. But good old Marlow Park gave us two of our wins, the first Steve Roach enjoyed their bowling and the size of the boundary on one side (91 n.o.) along with Nick Mockett (62). In the second, Glen Plowman (75) and Simon Goodrham (42) with Simon picking up 5 wickets as well.

Trevor Plowman (66) and Nick Mockett (37 n.o.) both found Kenton's ground a comfortable size - a gentle push for four... George Taylor (61) and Dick Duggan (62) enjoying early season success at Farnham Royal with young Aman Sood (27) sharing an opening stand of 85 with Dick. Keith Franklin's one man stand against Harrow, 71 runs and 4 for 3O off 11 overs to give us a draw.

We had six five wicket hauls with Trevor Plowman getting two, at Widmer End which put us on for the win and against Wealdstone. Andrew Lavender at Wooburn and Simon Goodrham against Marlow Park and two first time 5 wicket hauls. One very over due and well deserved from Colin Callaghan who put in a lot of hard work for the team over the season and also improved on his last season wicket total - well done Cogsy.

Nick Howell picked up his first 5 wicket haul against Tabard Pilgrims. This young man has come on leaps and bounds over the last two seasons and made himself a regular and valued member of the side, it's always good to have someone to bowl you 2l overs unchanged at Kenton, sorry Nick.

As always in the 3rds, the colts played a regular and valued part in the team with Aman Sood playing in 10 games and contributing with bat and ball very well, along with the two Browns - Laurence getting a top score of 32 against Southside sharing a partnership of 50 with Dave Wigmore to help us secure a draw, Geoffrey picked up some useful wickets with 3 for 23 at Tabard Pilgrims and even opened the bowling at Harrowdene. I'm sure we will see more from both of them in the future.

Rangid Sidhu and Nathan Khan both gave good accounts of themselves early in the season but their availability was rather limited. Ollie Lowe played for us at the later end of the season and gave us some added batting in the middle order with a fine 22 against Addlestone being one that stands out and 3 wickets at Kenton to help us to a win.

One colt I must not forget is Thomas Lightfoot who stepped in at the last minute on 4 occasions and did a great job taking a fine catch over his shoulder off Trevor's bowling in our win over Marlow Park. Well done to all the colts. I'm sure there will be more from you all next season.

There are 3 members of the regular guard who deserve a mention for their contributions to the side over the season. In particular, Derek Newman (33) at Widmer End along with Roy Prosser (29) pulling us back into a game we looked set to lose - their efforts helped secure the win. Both these players played their part in a number of games with runs and fine performances in the field. The other performer being our senior professional Dave Wigmore with his merry little quips keeping everyone entertained! He made sure on a number of occasions that we did at least get a draw with quite a few not outs to his name, the best being with Tim Isaac against Southside. By the way Dave, a No 7 bus stops outside Kenton's ground for next season just in case.

To all the club members who helped us out with cameo performances I hope you enjoyed your day, Thank you.

Dick, thank you again for being vice-skipper. Your help in running the side on and off the field has been much appreciated and also your regular work as team scribe.

We unfortunately lost the services of Dave Ewbank at the start of the season, his job taking him to the west country. Over his time at the club Dave has served us well and in particular his time playing in the 3rds, we wish him all the best.

Thank you as always to those who make it possible on a Sunday - to the groundsman, to Simon Christy for finding us the fixtures, Dave Wigmore for his assistance in ground preparation, John Mockett for being our regular 12th man, Rebecca Mockett and Brian May for scoring. To our other third team, who are always winners with both sides on the day as ever - the excellent tea ladies - thank you to Chris Duggan, Wilma Plowman, Lynn Prosser, Ann Newman and Mandy.

STOP PRESS

Sorry the end of the season evening at AJ's did not take place. It has nothing to do with the recipient of the performance of the week award (the little man) not wishing to collect his trophy. I'll pick it up at the AGM - I won it hands down.

LETS MAKE NEXT SEASON A VINTAGE ONE.

Greg Lightfoot
Third XI Captain