Sunday

batsman image An odd season to say the least. We started off as the third XI and by September, we had turned into the 2nds by virtue of the club not having enough first and second XI players available and us old contemptibles being around. Unfortunately, at the expense of some good third XI fixtures. Tabard pilgrims being one that stands out.

Results for the season played 12 won 4 lost 4 drew 4 with 4 lost to rain and as the 2nds played 3 drew 3.

Back to May, Ley Hill golf club's 18th green used on a Sunday for cricket, just the right size for us. Come away with a draw Trevor Plowman takes 5 wickets and we have 7 different catchers (all peaked too soon). A win against Pilgrims Keith Franklin (27) George Taylor (34) with a stand of 63 and Trevor Plowman takes 6 wickets this time. Win number two at Little Missenden Colin Callaghan at last gets some wickets, 4 in a 15 overs spell for very few but George Taylor shows his mean side with 5 overs 5 maidens for 2 followed by 30 runs for the boy! Back down to earth at Widmer End, well beaten on the day but they are a nice crowd.

Bix next, the day after Bix Horse show on their square! Keith Franklin (43) helps us on to a score of 126 at tea but Bix dig in like the horses had! for the draw. A young White Waltham side with a couple of old heads set us a 171 score, Mike Bradley bowled well and takes 5 wickets. We lose Roy Prosser down a rabbit hole chasing a ball in the out field, poor Roy tore leg ligaments and was out for the rest of the season. Our reply to their score was a poor one.

batsman image A new fixture I.C.L.. Their batting gives Colin Callaghan another 4 wickets and leaving us a modest total of 104 to get, seasoned openers Dick Duggan and Dave Wigmore put on 42 runs to get us under way and with Keith Franklin's 47*. Seeing us home to a win.(note must play them next season.)

Wealdstone Corinthians set us 179 for 2, poor Nick Mockett suffers a broken ankle while attempting a run out, down to 10 men come off for tea to find the tea urn has died on us the cards are stacked against us, lose opening bat to main ground in pursuit of a cup of tea . Now down to 9, replacement opener gets run out without facing a ball in the first over! Fortunately, young Laurence Brown (64) and Nathan Khan (22) put some runs on the board but to no avail.

The picturesque Harrow Town ground! (I must get these glasses changed) is our next port of call to play Harrowdene on half of it. The score book said pitch condition very green, their skipper said its been cut (the start of the season possibly) they bat. Gerry Bowyer takes charge of the gloves, this allows Wigs a free run of the outfield. He gives us a master class in this art. Steady batting by the home side see them at tea (note take packed lunch next season) on 189 for 7, two wickets a piece for young Laurence Brown and Aktar Zaman a reward for their efforts. In reply Gerry Bowyer (31) is the back bone of our innings but with wickets tumbling it's down to Dave Wigmore (31*) and Greg Lightfoot (8*) to negotiate the last 15 overs with some style? to see us draw.

A very depleted Taplow side take on Kenton with 3 guests and jet lagged Neil (Kipper) Shilling. Young Neil opens the bowling for us after 4 overs asks to leave the field, returns an hour later after a nap on the boundary at least you turned up Neil. Unfortunately, a strong Kenton batting line up put on 174 for 2 and then a bowler by the name of A. Patel takes 6 for 16 which didn't help the Taplow cause. Home to Widmer End. A new tactic by openers Callaghan and Tyler fake injury then come on to pick up the tail. Cogsy 5 wickets. Richard 2 wickets. Thanks to Keith and George for softening them up. Taplow's reply to their 126 is a little slow. 15 runs off 21 overs. Enter Derek Newman to liven things up, he and Dick Duggan do their version of the vicar of Dibley with Derek calling for a quick single "no no no no yes" thankfully for us both managed to stay in with one or two words of advice from vice skipper to Derek after. More wickets fall. I join Derek in a 55 run partnership to give us a draw. Mr. Newman finish with 52*.

Southside next. The sun is shining Cogsys 3 wickets for 8 and Richard's 1 wicket for 17. It's looking good. They're 5 down for 66 then the heavens open and the match is a wash out. Maybe next year.

Our three matches as the second XI I'm sure will be recorded in their report but in case one or two items get missed please allow me. Addlestone, two of the younger colts Ollie Brown and Tom Lightfoot both played a significant part in the outcome of the day in the field with run saving and catches and in support of Gerry Bowyer with bat, holding on for the draw. Well done.

wickets image Marlow Park (on the day the fair came to town and us the side show) what a mismatch but we didn't lose, Mike Bradley made their under 10 bowler happy with his first senior wicket. The sorry part of the day was we missed out on a match against Tabard Pilgrims who had turned up at Taplow to play us (in the piece and quiet of Taplow).

1st Oct. Thirds on Ten Acres versus Wendover XI but we have some all-stars with us, Messer's W. Midlane and A. Mills, Wendover bat. Put on 216 they have some guests too, 89 and 62 runs respectively. Unfortunately for us Will and Andy both suffer injuries and spend large parts of our time in the field sidelined. Will and Mike get us off to a good start only for Bradley to be out to another under 10, Keith Franklin (67) joins Will and the two put on 105 Will goes on to get 88, Derek Newman (23*) steers us home to a 4 wicket win, that's the way to finish the season.

Colts are valued members of the 3rds and as usual all played their part with bat, ball and in the field. Thanks goes to Aman Sood, Laurence and Ollie Brown, Aktar Zaman, Nathan Khan, Kipper Shilling and Tom Lightfoot. You're all welcome back next season.

If I have not mentioned someone by name that's not to say you were not part of our team. All who take part are valued members of the 3rds. Along with our guests thank you.

Dick, thanks again for being vice skipper and helping on and off the field also for putting in regular match reports, good or bad - the results, not your reports. Thanks as always to those who make it all possible on a Sunday. To the groundsman, to Simon Christy for finding us fixtures, Dave Wigmore for assistance in ground preparation, John Mockett for 12th man duties, Brian May for scoring.

Last, but never least, our gallant band of ladies who provide us with excellent teas. Thank you to Chris Duggan, Lynn Prosser, Lynn Taylor, Ann Newman, Mandy.

PS. The end of season meal did take place this year and thank you to all who attended. It was at The Akash, Burnham. Winners of the prestigious awards were The Little man award to Derek Newman, Jug avoidance to Roy Prosser and The Aylesbury to John Lake.

Greg Lightfoot
Third XI Captain