On a cloudy afternoon at Hyde Heath ( Sunday, Sept. 9th. ) Charles Taylor won
the toss, and opted to let the visitors, Cublington C.C., bat first. This may
not have appeared to be a good move as their score mounted steadily to 124 for
just the one wicket, thanks mainly to good knocks by their skipper ( 59 ) and
no. 3, who made 40. Thereafter it was the change bowlers who did the damage, as
Cublington. lost all their remaining wickets for the addition of just 65 runs,
being all out for 189 from 43.1 overs. Jeremy Stevens celebrated his first
five-wicket haul for the Club ( 5 for 72 from 14 overs and the crafty Kiwi,
Richard Howard, was again successful, this time with 4 for 53 from 11. 1 overs,
On paper the home side had a strong batting line-up, with Charlie Vertmelien at
no. 7 and Henry Capper at 8, so the run-chase was on well, er, no All the top
order batsmen made a good start, but failed to consolidate, when at least one of
them needed to make an innings of heroic proportions. Charles Taylor hit 32, and
Richard Howard, making the all-rounder's spot his own, 26. The sixth wicket fell
at 122, amid worsening light and the promise of rain ( a promise which was soon
fulfilled) and resistance crumbled, Hyde Heath being dismissed for 149 from 3
Hyde Heath seems to have lost the winning habit, the last victory being on
July 22nd. against Knotty Green
RESULT: CUBLINGTON 189; HYDE HEATH 149 Cublington won by 40 runs.
On an overcast Sunday afternoon at Odney (Cookham) Hyde Heath played a re-arranged match against their old rivals, Gamecocks, who won the toss and chose to bat first. They started quite brightly but then gave away their first wicket in the eleventh over to a bizarre run-out, which owed much to the swiftness of foot, hand and eye of Richard Howard. Thereafter Alistair Richards, who had not bowled for 4 weeks, got his radar sorted out and gave an exhibition of quality fast bowling. He was supported by good catching and ground fielding, as well as steady bowling from the other end.
Wickets fell at regular intervals and the home side was finally dismissed during the 46th. over for 144. Alistair sent down twenty overs and finished with 5 wickets for 46 runs, whilst the crafty Kiwi, Richard Howard, grabbed 3 for 12 at the end.
After tea Hyde Heath never really got to grips with the home attack - several batsmen were set but came out to injudicious shots - and then it began to rain, which made the ball greasy and, in theory more difficult for bowlers and fielders to handle, but the Gamecocks didn't seem to know about this, and they kept Hyde Heath pinned down.
When the shower had stopped, and a watery sun emerged, we were treated to the unusual sight of a rainbow entirely within our field, with both ends apparently just outside the cover boundary. There were no crocks of gold, however, as by now the target was well beyond the visitors, and they played out time to 111 for 7 wickets.
For the home side Sadd ( 3 for 23 and the young left-armer, Penny, (3 for 14) bowled well. This is Alistair's third season as captain, and during that time he has personally captured ninety-nine wickets .. can he make it 100 before he departs for Scotland ? Watch this space !
RESULT: GAMECOCKS 144 ; HYDE HEATH 111 - 7. Match Drawn.
Forthcoming end - of - season attractions : -
Sunday, Sept. 9th. v. Cublington (home) 2.00 pm.
Sunday, Sept. 16th. v. Monks Risborough (home) 2.00 pm.
The matches of the two previous Sundays had been cancelled, due to bad weather, and so the team was particularly looking forward to a Bank Holiday weekend fixture, with fine conditions, as forecast er, no Sunday dawned dull, dingy and damp, and it got damper.
Captain for the day, John Capper, lost the toss and the visitors, Money
Programme, opted to bat first. Opening bat Chris Marshall, a school contemporary
of Alistair, was soon into his stride, despatching the ball to all parts, yet
his innings was not without incident - he survived two dropped catches, a
The visitors lost four more wickets for the addition of 58 entertaining runs,
entertaining,that is, if you were a batsman, and not a fielder in drizzle which
was getting progressively heavierThe declaration came, mercifully, five minutes
before the tea interval at 198 for 7 wickets. Of the bowlers only the senior
pro., Paul Waiters, had respectable figures with 2 wickets for 40 runs, although
it was a pleasure to watch Mark
There was a regular clatter of wickets during the Hyde Heath innings. Only
Richard Howard (15)
Sept. 9th. v. Cublington (home at 2.00 p.m.)
Alistair Richards reviewed the component parts of his team for last Sunday ( 5th) and considered that the whole was better suited to bowling, rather than batting. So, when he won the toss at Bourne End (the Hertfordshire one), he had no hesitation in asking the home side to bat first. What Alistair needed in fact was a team better suited to fielding, for five catches were spilled and a certainty run out ended in disaster (for Hyde Heath).
These acts of aiding and abetting allowed the Bourne End opening batsmen to take their side's total to 158 before they were separated. Thereafter wickets fell fairly frequently, but not to the regular bowlers. Richard Howard (4 for 42) and young Charlie Bibby (2 for 17) inflicted some late damage, bringing the home side to a teatime declaration of 206 for 7 wickets. Richard Howard staffed again after tea with another tenacious half-century, but wickets were falling with alarming regularity at the other end, and when Richard departed for 51, stumped off their leg spinner, who was making the ball bounce and turn uphill, the score was 94 for 5. The rot needed to be stopped, and no better man for the job than Charlie Samuels, whose defence was so dogged that he did not get off the mark until the forty-ninth delivery he received. he was joined by the senior professional, Paul Walters, and together they saw Hyde Heath safely to the close on 113 for 5 wickets.
Still undefeated on Sundays this season, but today had been a salutary lesson catches win matches.
Result: Bourne End 206-7 dec. Hyde Heath 113-7. Match drawn.
Next Sunday (12th. August) at home to Great Gaddesden ( 2.30 p.m)
Then Sun. (19th. August) at home to Gamecox ( 2.00 p.m.)
After tea West Wycombe were soon in trouble as Alistair removed four of their top five batsmen, all bowled, and at 25 for five wickets a rearguard action was the order of the day. Although James Aird was fast and straight, taking two wickets for 8 runs from nine overs, and there was a welcome return of young spinner, Tom Jefferies, (one for 4 from four overs ) the last man could not be prised out, so Hyde Heath had to content themselves with a "winning" draw as the home side reached 63 for nine wickets from 39 overs bowled. Alistair finished with four wickets for 21 from 14 overs.
RESULT: Hyde Heath 137. West Wycombe 63-9. Match drawn.
Next Sunday ( 5th. August ) away to Bourne End (the one in Hertfordshire.. )
On a damp pitch and beneath fairly heavy cloud cover Alistair won the toss last Sunday ( 22nd) and invited the visitors, Knotty Green, to bat first. This was a good decision, for his third delivery bowled their opening batsman, and further wickets fell at regular intervals thereafter. The only resistance came from a seventh-wicket stand of 24 between Dzewinski ( 17 not out ) and Lewis ( 14 ), but the innings was completed by ten minutes to four, when Knotty Green were bundled out for 77 in 27 overs.
For Hyde Heath Alistair took 4 wickets for 31 rims from 12 overs, Jeremy Stevens 4 for 20 from 9 and James Aird 2 for 18 from 6.
A tricky half- hour's batting then had to be negotiated and the home side lost an early wicket, but 12 for 1 wicket at tea proved to be the springboard as Richard Howard ( 32 not out ) and Henry Capper ( 33 ) added 59 runs, almost untroubled, for the second wicket.
Victory came soon after, in the twentieth over, at 78 for two wickets. Twelve wickets fell in the match - all bowled
Result: Knotty Green 77 ; Hyde Heath 78 for 2. Hyde Heath won by 8 wickets.
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Next Sunday's fixture is at home to Knotty Green, and the
following Sunday away to West Wycombe.
It was a funny old day, last Sunday .... three cry-offs on the morning of the match with Southwell Ramblers made Alistair resort to press gangs who roamed the lanes and tavern of Hyde Heath, and were eventually two-thirds successful. The visitors were late, due to an over hearty lunch, and, as a consequence, the umpires had to constantly bear in mind that "match" time was 42 minutes behind Central Hyde Heath time.
Alistair lost the toss, and the visiting captain, Paul Haddock invited the home side to bat first. After reviewing his slightly threadbare side Alistair opened the innings, and his second wicket stand of 78 with Charlie Vermeylen (31) became the backbone of the home total of 136. He avoided his maiden half century for the Club when he was caught out for 49. Paul Walters put some zip in the tail with a sprightly 21, and for the visitors Fitt took 5 wickets for 20 runs from 12 overs. After tea the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals, as Paul Walters ( 4 wickets for 29 runs Alistair ( 4 for 33) and Jeremy Stevens ( 2 for 14 ) took control. They were delayed temporarily by a stubborn stand for the ninth wicket between Spencer ( 23 ) and Fitt, but they got home with 5 overs and one ball remaining, as the visitors were all out for 109.
RESULT: Hyde Heath 136 Southwell Ramblers 109 Hyde Heath won by 27 runs
This coming week the Club will be on tour in Thomas Hardy's Wessex, with matches at Box (missed that one at rehearsal...) and Bishops Cannings.
On return next Sunday ( 15th.July) we are at home to Ballinger Waggoners.
Two evening games have been held recently, providing playing
opportunity for younger and less experienced members. The first, a 20‑overs
aftair, saw defeat at the hands of the Chiltern R.F.C. Veterans, and Peter Kyte
is still talking about it. The second, a ten‑a‑side 18‑overs
contest, was another defeat, this time by the Wycombe Doctors ... your life in
President's Day promised warmth and no rain, and that's what we got .. oh, the delight of seeing old friends again ; oh, the delicious aroma of char-grilled steak ; oh, the soft clink of the claret glasses.
The match was to be one of 40 overs per side, with no bowler permitted to bowl more than eight of them. Tradition was otherwise maintained in that the President's XI batted first because they always do.
They began well enough, at almost 6 runs per over, but they soon lost two wickets. Enter Roger Bibby (32 ) who supported Tony Rayne in a partnership of 81 for the third wicket, and this proved to be the backbone of the innings, for, although Tony continued scoring to great effect, wickets started to fall at the other end. He was finally out ( at the Australian unlucky number - 87 - one hundred minus thirteen ) when James Aird clung on to a very firmly-struck return catch, and his innings had contained fourteen fours and three sixes.
The experienced bowlers then gathered in the last five wickets, and the President's XI was all out on the stroke of tea for l86. Alistair took 3 for 13 from his 8 overs, Jeremy Stevens 3 for 23 from his, and Tim Nutman also bowled well to finish with 2 for 32.
Tea was of 5-Star quality, and afterwards the Club innings jogged along at around 3 an over, thanks in no small part to the miserliness of Mike Blayney ( 2 wickets for 10 runs from his eight overs ).
At the fall of the fourth wicket (at 43 ) John Capper joined Charles Taylor at the crease. John got off the mark, the cheers subsided and the game was then transformed as the two of them added 147 in 14 overs , unbroken, for the fifth wicket. Charles was particularly brutal in his driving and pulling - he finished on 108 not out ( 12 fours and 6 sixes ) and John played a good second fiddle with 41 not out as the Club reached its target with 10 overs plus to spare.
What a day ! Thanks to the ladies for the excellent catering .See you next year, Mr.President.
President's XI 186 ( 40 overs ) ; Hyde Heath C. C. 190 - 4 ( 29.5 overs )
HYDE HEATH C.C. WON BY 6 WICKETS
Coming Soon: Sunday 8th. July v. Southwell Ramblers (home 2.00
Followed By : On tour in Wiltshire
On the warmest Sunday thus far this season Hyde Heath entertained their near-neighbours and rivals, Little Missenden Misfits. They also welcomed back to the team a stalwart of last season, the New Zealander, Richard Howard, who had just returned from a four-month tour of North West and Central Africa, where he had been able to experience, at first hand, such local delights as malaria and dysentery. Entering the fray at no. 3 ( Alistair had lost the toss and been invited to bat first ) he appeared to be well below his normal fighting weight, but he top-scored with a solid 59, and his stand of 103 with Charlie Vermeylen (32 ) provided the main ingredient of the Hyde Heath innings, which at the tea interval reached 158 for 4 wickets declared from the 35 overs which the visitors had delivered in two-and-a-half hours.
Why Hyde Heath has drawn so many matches, not apparently being able to press home an advantage, became all too clear after tea - at crucial moments in the game catches are not sticking - and now the Little Missenden opening pair of Connor and Buller profited in their stand of 53. Then the home bowlers started to get among the wickets, but they were thwarted, albeit temporarily, by a belligerent 43 from Partridge.
Unable to take the vital final wicket, time ran out with the visitors hanging on at 141 for 9. For Hyde Heath Paul Walters finished with the creditable figures of 3 for 24 from 9 overs and James Aird 2 for 29 from 7.
RESULT: Hyde Heath 158-4 dec. Little Missenden 141-9 MATCH DRAWN (again...)
Sunday, Ist July ( 2.30 ) v President's XI
After the heavy rains of the previous 24 hours groundsman Terry Egan did wonderfully well to produce a playable wicket last Sunday ( 17th.) for the match against "The Plough and the Stars".
This was the annual 'Club versus Pub' fixture, elevated from mid-week evening to Sunday afternoon status, on a 30 overs per side basis, but still with special local rules:
Alistair won the toss and elected to bat, although he was soon to wonder if this had been a good idea, for with half the allotted overs bowled the Club's score stood at a rather poor 41 for 6. But then Club chairman, John Capper, began to rally the side, and he was ably assisted by Charlie Vermeylen ( 25 not out) and Paul Waiters ( 26 not out). The three of them added 72 runs, and, when Charlie was obliged to retire, John returned to increase his score to 38, this time wearing a Batman costume!
The Club finally totalled 129 for 9 wickets. The most successful Plough bowlers were George Buchan (2 wickets for 9 runs ) and young Ben Gray (2 for 25 ). After tea the Plough batsmen got stuck into the task at hand and at the halfway mark were well up with the clock, having reached 68 for 4, and being cheered on by their supporters, who, in turn were fortified by the beverages supplied by mine host, Nell Phillips. But Alistair had held back his most trusty bowlers until the end, and they gradually slowed the run rate. Still, at 100 for 7, and with 6 overs remaining, the situation was a bit tight. Enter-the senior pro., Paul Walters ; in nine deliveries he took 3 for 3 ( all bowled ) and the Club got home with three and a half overs to spare.
For the Plough Andy Witten ( 28 ) and George Buchan ( 21 ) batted well, supported by Mike Thompson ( 17 ). Other Club bowlers to impress were Tim Judd ( 2 wickets for 4 runs ) and Charlie Samuels (2 for 14 ).
RESULT: HYDE HEATH 129-9 ... THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS 106. ( H.H. won by 23 runs)
Afterwards in a packed Plough bar awards ( sponsored by the Cricketers' Club of London, and its local rep., Mr. George Moakes ) were made - man of the match - George Buchan and champagne moment - John Capper - for the return of Batman.
Turville Park C. C. has probably one of the most attractive grounds on the Hyde Heath fixtures circuit , and last Sunday there were the now-familiar red kites to be seen , performing their own mesmerising brand of acrobatics, displaying the colours of their attractive wing markings and occasionally being harassed by a much less illustrious bird, a crow. However, down on terra firma , more serious things were afoot - Alistair had called wrongly, so the home side decided to bat first. So well did he and his opening partner , Jeremy Stevens , bowl, that after 20 overs they had restricted Turville Park to just 32 for 2 wickets. Young Adam O'Reilly ( 65 ) and lan McSweeney ( 32 ) then set about improving the run rate and this was further helped by Messrs. Bazell and Hollier in pre-tea stand of 30 in quick time, before the declaration at 157 for 6. For the visitors Alistair bowled well to finish with 2 wickets for 43 runs from 16 overs - he even clipped MeSweeney's off stump, but the bails failed to move - and debutant , Richard Cousins , took 3 for 25. Hyde Heath set off at a fair clip in pursuit of the target , and at 64 for 1 wicket James Aird's contribution was 50 not out. Then re-enter young O'Reilly, whose bowling was a bit faster than when we had last seen him three years ago. With wicketkeeper and slips standing nearer to the boundary than the wicket , he unleashed a series of deliveries at something approaching warp factor two. This made batsmen call for helmets , and the run rate slowed considerably. However, another debutant , Chns Graham , stood firm and had reached 22 not out when the end came at 121 for 5 wickets. ( James Aird's final score was 66 - from 73 balls faced)
Next Sunday 17 th. June v The Plough and the Stars - home 2.30 p.m.
24 th. June v Little Missenden Misfits - home 2.00 p.m.
1st. July v President's XI - home 2.30 p.m.
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With a long list of "non - availables" Alistair had difficulty in putting together a team for the re-arranged fixture with Chartridge , but he won the toss last Sunday at the Common and had no hesitation in inviting the visitors to bat first. They were soon in trouble at 3 for 2 due to Jeremy Stevens' opening burst, and a stinging catch by Paul Haddock, but then Messrs. Gooch ( 25 ) and Sweet ( 45 ) steadied the ship with a stand of 67.
With the change bowlers making no inroads, and fielders' heads going down the drinks break afforded an ideal opportunity for a huddle and team talk, and this appeared to have borne fruit as the visitors slumped to 83 for 6. But there was further resistance from Grant ( 26 not out ) and the tail as the all-out total of 125 and teatime were reached simultaneously. Henry Capper bowled well to finish with 3 wickets for 22 runs , Jeremy 2 for 15 and Alistair 4 for 39. David Brennan did a very good job as stand - in wicketkeeper.
After tea the Chartridge bowlers kept a tight rein on proceedings to such effect that after 10 overs the home score had advanced to a mere 17 without loss. Then 3 wickets fell quickly, but Henry ( 34 ) increased the strike rate, and it got better when Jeremy ( 33 ) joined in. With 6 overs left 28 runs were needed, but then another clatter of wickets left David to safely see out the final over with the total on 107 for 8.
Played three , drawn three . a model of consistency !
FORTHCOMING ATTRACTIONS .....
Sunday, June 17th. v. The Plough and The Stars ( 2.30 home
Sunday, June 24th. v. Little Missenden Misfits ( 2.00 home)
Sunday, July lst. v. President 's XI ( 2. 00 home)
Last Sunday Hyde Heath C.C, played its first home match of the season , the visitors being Harry Baldwin's XI . Alistair was away with the Amersham Brass Quartet, so Chas. Taylor assumed the captaincy, and all went well for the first hour or so. Chas. won the toss , put the visitors in to bat, and after twenty overs they were struggling at 62 for 6 wickets.
The visiting captain, Jonathon Cake , who had arrived at the wicket with a runner - he had previously sought permission from Chas. - now set about the change bowlers. He found a willing partner in no. 8 batsman, Ben Morris , and together they added 113 , unbroken , for the seventh wicket . Normally one expects .,all the fun of the fair " when a runner is on the field , but the three of them operated so efficiently that one got the suspicion they had done this before. From an unpromising position they reached a relatively healthy teatime declaration of 175 for 6, Cake being 72 not out and Morris 46 not out.
For Hyde Heath Chas. Taylor had the very good figures of 5 wickets for 49 runs from 14 overs. The home side's reply stuttered to 27 for 3, but then Charlic Vermeylen ( 20 ) and Chas. Taylor ( 39) put together a stand of 49 , at which point the former, attempting an unwise second run was out to a direct hit. Thereafter Henry Capper enlivened proceedings with a lusty 32 , but further wickets fell, and it was left to the dependable Paul Walters to see out the last over, to a dogged draw on 13 1 for 9 wickets.
Future Matches: Sun. June 3rd v Chartridge ( home 2.00
Sun. June 10th. v Turville Park (away 2.00
Umpire's Reference Manual... Law 2 (5) states: "A Runner shall be allowed for a Batsman who
during the match is incapacitated by illness or injury."
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After all the wet weather, and inactivity due to foot and mouth precautions, Hyde Heath Cricket Club finally started its season last Sunday with an away match at local rivals, The Lee. Although he had not played for two seasons, Tim Barnsley opened the innings, and the comeback kid made good, sharing a second-wicket stand of 95 with Chas Taylor, and personally contributing a fairly aggressive 63. Chas then added a further 84, unbroken for the third wicket, with Charlie Vermeylen ( 20 not out ) , and was in sight of his maiden century for the Club, when the thunderstonn, which had been threatening, at last arrived, leaving Chas on 86 not out, and Alistair with no option but to declare on 208 for 2 wickets.
In reply The Lee lost an early wicket, however Swain ( 53 ) and Webb ( 44 ) set about the bowling, reaching 50 for 1 in just nine overs , and adding 90 in all for their second wicket. But then they lost five wickets for just 20 runs, the damage being done by Dominic Haddock ( 3 wickets for 33 runs and ( that man again ) Chas Taylor with 2 for 19.
With plenty of overs remaining the home side opted for caution, and although Alistair tried eight different bowlers, Messrs. Lang and Hemsley were unmoved, enabling The Lee to finish on 169 for 6 wickets. There is no match next Sunday ( 20th. but on the following Sunday ( 27th. ) the Club is at home to Harry Baldwin's Xl.
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