September 30th - Woodley - Home
the last match for 2007...can't be doing with a 12.30 start every Sunday...in
the event Alistair bowls the first ball to Woodley at five minutes to one. He
reckons that he is not accustomed to using a new ball with a decent seam, so
the first two deliveries curve away from the off stump as wides. Generosity
has now ceased and he returns to his better-known parsimonious self, sending
down six maidens from the pavilion end and conceding just 19 runs in his
opening spell of eleven overs whilst taking two wickets. Meanwhile up at the
Plough end Sohail has been plugging away, taking just the one wicket (caught
by stand-in 'keeper, Jeremy), and he is eventually replaced by his cousin,
Atif, who has taken a lot of wickets over the past few Sundays.
proves to be no different as he twirls away, mesmerising the batsmen; his
efforts yield 4 wickets for 32 runs. Only S.Brar offers any resistance, and he
is unfortunate to be well caught on the deep square-leg boundary when two runs
short of a deserved half-century. Tom Jefferys and two run-outs complete the
visitors' misery as they are all out for 109 in 39 .4 overs. Mr.Webbe-Master
has briefly escaped from his stock-taking duties over at the village shop and
joined us for tea and more action pix.
Tea with jam and cream scones, carrot and chocolate
cake...ideal fare to round off the season...thank you, ladies.
The wicket was still damp from the rains of last
Thursday and Friday, and thus scoring was still not easy, but Alistair (16)
and James Shrimpton (26) ground out a workmanlike opening partnership and
there was good support from Nick Burgham (19), but the aggressive Jeremy and
Sohail saw us to the target after 27.1 overs. And so to the Plough...
Result: WOODLEY 109 HYDE HEATH
111-4. Hyde Heath won by 6 wickets.
And so another season, sadly, comes to an end...
Won 8, Drawn 4, Lost 8, Abandoned 1 (
Cancelled 4 )
Watch this space for further news during the winter
September 23rd - Ivinghoe &
Pitstone - Home
The weather remains clement. Although the playing
square did receive some moisture during the week Mike T. had it ready for
Sunday and the visit of Ivinghoe & Pitstone C.C. They won the toss and elected
to bat first, presumably to enjoy the best of the light available. By the
ninth over they had reached 46 for 3, but worse was to come as Sohail Rauf ( 4
wickets for 21 runs from 6 overs) and Atif Mirza ( rabbit-hunting again - 3
for 10 from 4) completely wrecked the visitors' innings. They were aided by
some excellent ground-fielding and catching which resulted in Ivinghoe &
Pitstone being all out for just 73 from 20.4 overs.
was too early for tea, so Henry and Dominic went out to open the innings for
Hyde Heath and made a good start, adding 42 for the first wicket, of which
Dominic made 31 (seven fours) from 28 deliveries. Henry was in a much more
subdued mood hitting just two fours in his 21 not out, from 36 balls faced.
James Shrimpton adopted a cavalier approach scoring his 22 not out (five
fours) at the rate of a run a minute, so the target and teatime were reached
simultaneously at 77 for 1 wicket from 13.4 overs.
Result: IVINGHOE & PITSTONE 73 HYDE
HEATH 77-1 Hyde Heath won by nine wickets.
We seem to have got the hang of winning now that the
season is almost over...
And so to tea, with egg sarnies, Bakewell tart,
flapjack and brownies...delicious...even Mr.and Mrs.Webbe-Master were not late
this Sunday and so could enjoy...I must quiz Mr.W-M. further about this piece
of history that he has unearthed, namely concerning a 200-guineas cricket
match at Hyde Heath in August, 1798...
Next Sunday ( Sept.30th.)...definitely the last
match of the 2007 season... v.WOODLEY (12.30 start)
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September 16th - Abbots Langley - Home
With the season's end fast approaching and the
weather bright and breezy we welcomed to the Common opponents
whom we first met last year, Abbots Langley C.C.
They won the toss and decided to bat first, but we couldn't get started
immediately, because some of them had become stuck in traffic en route, and we
were two short due to a mix-up with selection. Several 'phone calls by Charlie
eventually secured the services of the cousins, Atif Mirza and Sohail Rauf,
who arrived some time after the start ( Charlie, bad back and all, filled in
as sub.in the interim ).
first ball was eventually delivered some twenty-seven minutes after the
scheduled start. The visitors initially made a steady start, but then James
Aird , bowling with some pace from the Plough end, began to create havoc with
their top order. Opening batsman, Lewins ( 21) offered some resistance,
but Abbots Langley soon found themselves at 64 for 5 wickets - all five to
James ! Then A.Cox took control, cleverly farming the bowling, shielding the
tail-enders and hitting a well-constructed 54 ( seven fours ), but even he
fell victim to the wiles of Atif Mirza, who finished with the impressive
figures of 5 wickets for 11 runs from 5 overs...not bad for someone who wasn't
in the team at one o'clock ! He had been well supported by some good ground
fielding and really excellent catches. The visitors were all out for 125 in
exactly 34 overs and James Aird's return was 5 for 43 from 10 overs. I said
three weeks ago that I would believe it when I actually saw Tim Barnsley's
retirement...and there he was stood at slip, almost as large as life.
Tea, and some delightfully fruity sponge cakes -
thank you, ladies. Mr.and Mrs Webbe-Master arrived in time this week and the
air was filled with the whirrings of a digital motor drive, to produce yet
more action pics.for the website.
The Hyde Heath reply began slowly, and the first
wicket was lost without a run on the board, but
then Dominic Haddock ( 42 - nine fours ) and James Shrimpton ( 32 - five fours
) added 74 unhurried runs for the second wicket.
They were both eventually bowled by a young man named Dan Gurney ( I remember
in the sixties a very good american formula one driver of that name with his
"Eagle Climax" car...memories...trouble is I can't remember the events of the
previous over or two !) Back down on terra firma skipper for the day, Nick
Burgham, thumped his way to 36 not out ( four fours ) and with Richard Austin
saw the home side to the target with 7.2 overs to spare.
Result: ABBOTS LANGLEY 125 HYDE HEATH
129 - 3 Hyde Heath won by 7 wickets.
Next Sunday ( 23rd.Sept.) at the Common v. Ivinghoe
& Pitstone 1.00 pm. start
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September 9th - Cublington - Home
Second week in September, and still the sunny
weather continues.Your correspondent is enjoying a long weekend in North
Somerset, celebrating his wedding anniversary, so the integrity of the
scorebook rests with the team... We welcomed to the Common our friends from
Cublington, whose all-singing, all-dancing scorebox is the envy of their
opponents. They won the toss and chose to bat first. They lost a wicket in the
first over, but then their partnership of Burton and Taylor ( I seem to have
heard of them before...) added 67 runs for the second wicket. This proved to
be the rump of the visitors' innings total, for the next highest contribution
was the 17 wides sent down by the Hyde Heath bowlers ( we do seem to have
conceded a high number of wides this season...about 120, I estimate.) The
Cublington innings gradually petered out so that at teatime after 37 overs
they had reached 127 for 8 wickets declared.
For the home side young Spencer North bowled well
to finish with 2 wickets for 26 runs, but the pick of the bunch was Alistair
Richards with 3 for 14.
was soon in action again after tea as he opened the innings with Dominic
Haddock. Together they achieved the best partnership of the season so far,
adding 90 runs for the first wicket.
had been particularly brutal, smashing 11 fours in his knock of 55, but then
James Shrimpton and Alistair batted comfortably to reach the target of 128 in
just 18.2 overs. Alistair's contribution was 37 not out ( 6 fours ) and the
match was all over by half past five.
Mr.Webbe-Master had been seen earlier, snapping away to great effect...the
strange thing was that he was too late for tea...The photographs that he
contributes to our website are topnotch and appreciated by our fans all over
the world, especially in New Zealand.
CUBLINGTON 127-8 dec. HYDE HEATH 128-1. Hyde Heath won by 9
Next Sunday ( 16th.Sept.) v. Abbots Langley at
the Common 1.00 start.
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September 2nd - Amersham Hill - Away
September ... autumn by any other name ... season of mists, mellow
fruitfulness and one o' clock starts, which interfere with the smooth running of
domestic affairs, causing early lunches, or, if you're really unlucky, no lunch
at all. We had a new fixture at Amersham Hill; Henry won the toss
and opted to
field first. It was agreed to be a "forty overs" game with a
maximum of eight overs per bowler.
The home side made its intentions clear from the start as
Telford attempted several big hits. He was dropped twice and then bowled, but
the best stand of the innings was 65 between wicket-keeper McKenzie, (34-two
fours, two sixes) and skipper Joseph (72-nine fours and one six). I wished that
I had constructed a wagon wheel of the latter's innings, since several of his
fours were taken through the slip area ... still all runs look good in the book,
especially in colour. Apart from a brief cameo by Bugden (it seems that I went
to school with a cousin of his uncle) the home side slid to 169 all out from
39.3 overs. For Hyde Heath James Aird bowled well to finish with 3 wickets for
36 runs from his eight overs and Nick "the Kiwi" Burgham three for 35.
After tea we lost two early wickets to the speed of Richardson-Hill, but Nick
had decided he was going to enjoy his afternoon, peppering the straight boundary
with three sixes in his knock of 36. He added 49 with Alistair Richards and then
we saw a stand of 38 from two veterans, Simon Napier-Munn (18) and John Capper
(22), but it was not enough. There was no saving-face belligerence
by the bowlers and Hyde Heath subsided to 139 all out in 34.3 overs. It would
have been nice to reduce the margin of defeat a little more.
Result: AMERSHAM HILL 169 HYDE HEATH 139
Amersham Hill won by 30 runs
Next Sunday (9th.Sept.) v. Cublington (home - 1.00 start)
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August 26th - Bank of England Touring - Home
After the washout of the previous Sunday it was gratifying to
be greeted by sunny weather on August Bank Holiday Sunday. And what a day! We
started with a celebratory brunch chez Barnsley to mark his retirement from the
game (I’ll believe it when I see it..) Many thanks to Anna for the abundance of
provisions, especially the banofee pie of which a portion was saved for me at
teatime, and to Tim, for the other refreshments which made it such a good
So to the Common where our guests were Bank of England
Touring. They won the toss and invited Hyde Heath to bat first. Henry Capper and
Alistair Richards found the going slow at first-after all the rain there was a
degree of uneven bounce in the wicket-but they eventually added 78 for the first
wicket. Henry was the first to go-lbw.for 46 (8 fours-63 minutes) and there then
followed a partnership of 77 for the second wicket. This time it was
Alistair who was dismissed; he made 57 (7 fours, 1 six in 124 minutes). This was
his maiden half-century for the Club, and it brought much pleasure, not only to
him, but to all those who were certain, particularly the proud old age parent,
that he would any day now achieve this milestone. James Shrimpton 70 not out
(eleven fours-89 minutes) ensured satisfactory progress to the tea declaration
at 199 for 3 wickets from 44 overs.
Tea, the obligatory chocolate cake-my favourite-and Mr.Webbe-Master
snapping away on his monopodded digital camera, complete with motor drive...
After tea the visitors were soon in trouble at 31 for 4
wickets after 15 overs . Their woes were compounded by an injury to Austin,
their wicket-keeper, and then a direct throw for a run out.
At this point Kidnee
43 not out (5 fours) and Eddols 47 not out (3 fours) came together and no amount
of bowling changes could shift them as their sterling action brought the Bank of
England total to 132 for 5 wickets at the close. Only Jeremy Stevens met with
any success with the ball, taking 4 wickets for 16 runs from 12 overs.
Result: HYDE HEATH 199 - 3 dec. BANK OF ENGLAND TOURING 132 - 5 Match
Afterwards we were treated to the tourists' fancy dress parade and relevant
songs. The theme this year was either four months too early, or eight months too
late ... Christmas !. We look forward to seeing them again next season.
Next Sunday (2nd.Sept.) at Amersham Hill C.C.- a new fixture- 1.00 start.
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19th - Gamecocks - Rain
- Longwick - Home
a cloudy afternoon visitors Longwick won the toss
and opted to field first. it was nice to see Charlie
Vermeijlen make a return to
the Common. He opened the innings with Henry Capper and their
partnership was worth 62 at more than a run a minute. Henry's innings of 102
not out was his third century for the Club; it contained 15 fours and was
struck from 124 balls in 150 minutes. It was of course the dominant feature of
the Hyde Heath innings since no other batsman could scrape an individual score
greater than 15.Longwick hustled through their overs, sending down 44, despite
a brief break for rain, so Hyde Heath reached 191 for 6 wickets declared at
Tea ... two different types of chocolate cake and a visit from Mr.Webbe -
master with his monopod and motor drive, snapping at will.
Longwick in their reply were always up with the clock and their best stand was
worth 91 runs for the fourth wicket between Marshall (80-thirteen fours one
six) and Autrey (25). There was a good supporting knock from Rhodes (3 1)
which helped the visitors to reach their target comfortably in 32.3 overs. For
Hyde Heath Alistair Richards returned the best (if slightly expensive, for
him) bowling figures of four wickets for 64 runs from 11.3 overs. You have to
feel sorry for Henry ... a chanceless century and finishing on the losing
Result HYDE HEATH 191-6 dec. LONGWICK 193-6. Longwick won by 4 wickets
That means that we have now lost 7 matches this season...
Next Sunday, 19th.August v. Gamecocks at the Common (2.00 start)
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August 5th - Bourne End - Away
Phew ... hottest Sunday of the year thus far ... thirty degrees centigrade
(or eighty-six in old money) and we would be at Bourne End, where there is no
shade whatever to be found. The visitors won the toss and invited the home side
to bat first, which they were delighted to do, rather than field in the heat of
the afternoon. Their opening batsmen moved along nicely at just under four runs
per over and they added 63 for the first wicket. The tempo increased with the
arrival of Hill, whose 54 (five fours one six) formed the backbone of the
innings; he got good support from the other middle order batsmen and this
enabled Bourne End to declare at tea on 190 for 6 wickets from 39 overs.
There had been two drinks breaks, mercifully, as the Hyde Heath bowlers
struggled in the heat and were one short in number, Timothy Nutman having sent a
text to say that to say that his physio instructs no cricket for TM for a
fortnight ... James Aird toiled manfully to take two wickets for 33 runs from 14
overs, and Nick Burgham weighed in with two for 34. Overall, though, the Hyde
Heath fielding was not up to its usual standard.
After tea father and son, Gordon and Richard Scillitoe, opened the bowling,
and at one point they were pitted against father and son, John and Henry Capper.
Captain Akhtar held himself back, but when he came on as third-change bowler
there was total mayhem as he exploited every uneven patch of the wicket to take
five wickets for just six runs as Hyde Heath collapsed to 94 all out, suffering
from post-tour blues. Gordon Scillitoe bowled well to finish with 4 for 23.
Result: BOURNE END 190-6 dec. HYDE HEATH 94. Boume End won by 96 runs.
Next Sunday, 12th.August v. Longwick at the Common ( 2.00 start)
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3rd - Petts Wood - tour - Away
On Friday at Petts Wood the home side won the toss and opted to bat first.
No.3 batsman, Ward, made a fighting 78, but his colleagues appeared to have no
answer to the pace of Alistair and James as they ripped through the order, with
4 wickets for 13 from 9.5 overs and 4 for 9 from 5. As light relief Richard
Cousins had a long spin, taking the other two wickets for 54, and there was good
support from the field with Dominic keeping wicket well and taking 3 catches,
whilst Simon Napier-Munn also pouched 3. This reduced Petts Wood to an all-out
total of 144, which they made from 36.5 overs. All appeared to be plain sailing
as Hyde Heath made their reply. Henry and Matt Sims (21) shared a partnership of
64 for the first wicket, and then an unbroken stand for the second wicket of 84
with James Shrimpton (36 not out). Henry's contribution was a classy 88 not out,
made from 76 deliveries and including 16 fours which enabled Hyde Heath to reach
their target at 148 for 1 wicket from 24.3 overs.
Result: PETTS WOOD 144 HYDE HEATH 148-1 Hyde Heath won by 9 wickets.
It is a fact that the two occupants of room 6 at the Grange Moor Hotel each
took 6 wickets on tour.. spooky, or what! Thanks to Matt Sims for organising the
whole trip to Kent...
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August 2nd -
Harvil - tour - Away
To the garden of England, a change of location for the annual tour. Our
chairman, John Capper, together with Caroline, not forgetting Angus, had offered
to take me to the first game, at Harvil (near Meopham, for those of you who like
to know about locations ), so it was heigh-ho for the open road, if that's how
you like your M.25, and thanks to J.C.'s satnav. we were there in plenty of time
for the start, 11.30 for a 50 overs per side match.
Hyde Heath won the toss and elected to bat, and it was nice to see the
captain and vice captain set off to open the innings. Yours truly had a new
plaything to handle, the controls of an electronic scoreboard, which was nice.
I'm trying to get the chairman to set up a capital project for a similar piece
of equipment ... Henry Capper hit a useful 25 to get the innings going, but the
highlight of the morning's play was a stand of 65 for the fourth wicket between
James Shrimpton (54) and Richard Austin (29).
After lunch (steak pie and veg., followed by profiteroles), with only 12
overs remaining, quick runs were vital and they came in an unbroken stand for
the eighth wicket between Dominic Haddock (56 not out) and Alistair Richards (32
not out), the highlight being a lofted drive by Alistair,which cleared the roof
of the neighbouring pub., the Amazon and Tiger. This late flurry of runs helped
Hyde Heath to a 50-over total of 238 for 7 wickets ... very respectable, but the
home side exuded strength; with a South African and an Australian, both league
professionals, you felt that they could reach a target of 338 or 438, if
required. And so they ticked along at four an over until tea (ham and chicken
salad cake etc.).
Jeremy Stevens had dismissed both opening batsmen at a personal cost of just
18 runs, and a few spots of rain had made all the coloured inks in my scorebook
run. For the home side Wakeman made 47, Kang retired on 50 and Van de Merwe hit
a belligerent 41 not out, enabling Harvil to reach 240 for 7 wickets in 39.4
overs. For Hyde Heath, in addition to the aforementioned Jeremy, Alistair took
two wickets for 30 and James Aird two for 43. After the game there was yet more
food available, from the barbecue, so it was a sausage in a bun, with some for
Angus, then it was back round the M.25 and home in time for the watershed on TV.
Good day out ... thanks again, John.
Result: HYDE HEATH 238-7 HARVIL 240-6 Harvil won by 4
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Now The real story of the Tour -
Tom's blog ....
August 2007 saw
the first Hyde Heath tour away from Box in some years. Tour Manager Matt Simms
had organized two fixtures in his native Kent, and so it was that an advanced
party of elite Hyde Heath cricketers made their way down to Maidstone on the
evening of Wednesday 1st August. After checking in to the Grange Moor
Hotel – which was clean and pleasant enough – we headed in to town for a few
drinks. These were soaked up by the traditional tour late-night curry and we all
went to bed in reasonable time ahead of tomorrow’s big match.
morning we headed to Harvel’s ground where we were met by the rest of the squad.
Tour Manager Matt Simms had thoughtfully brought with him a straw Stetson-style
hat for each member of the squad. These were worn with gusto for many of the
tour’s off-field activities. The match was to be 50 overs per side, beginning at
11.00 with breaks for lunch and tea.
Hyde Heath won
the toss, and openers Henry Capper and Charlie Samuels strode purposefully to
the crease. They put on a useful opening partnership against some tidy bowling,
and hopes of a big total began to rise. Unfortunately the customary Hyde Heath
collapse rather put the brakes on. Charlie got a good one from Harvel’s Aussi
pro, Henry missed a bit of a heave, and Tom Jeffreys missed a straight one to
bag a second ball duck – for which he earned the privilege of wearing a lurid
orange t-shirt for the rest of the day.
fought back with a carefully constructed half century, punctuated by some
elegant driving and authoritative pull-shots. He was dismissed almost
immediately after lunch (which I might add, was really excellent). This brought
Alistair Richards and Dom Haddock to the crease. Their rapid-fire unbeaten 8th
wicket partnership of 66 gave us a competitive total. Dom hit 50 at faster than
a run a ball and Ali hit some mighty blows, none bigger than a huge off-driven
six that was still rising as it flew into the trees. Their partnership lifted
Hyde Heath to what seemed a relatively competitive total of 238 off their 50
Whilst this was
all occurring some of the players amused themselves with a game of
one-hand-one-bounce with a wind-ball. Tom Jeffreys proved a wily bowler (quite a
contrast to his usual rubbish), whilst Atif Mirza turned it square both ways. He
let himself down however by dissenting at a straightforward LBW decision.
Jeffreys bowled a straight one, which Atif padded up to. The umpire (also
Jeffreys) had no hesitation in raising the finger, but Atif refused to walk, and
eventually the bat had to be literally wrestled from his hands. It was an
When the other
cricket resumed, Hyde Heath began reasonably well. Jeremy Stevens bowled
straight through to record exceptional figures of 10-3-19-2. The two wickets
however were from the rankest deliveries he bowled all day. The problem was the
bowling from the other end. Tim Nutman bowled tidily enough but was hampered by
a very short off-side boundary. Atif Mirza was brought on, but he too was driven
repeatedly over long off. Tom Jeffreys replaced Jeremy when his spell was up,
and, perhaps inspired by the manner in which Stevens had claimed his wickets,
proceeded to dish up some serious dross. His 3 overs went for 44, and the match
began to slip away from Hyde Heath. The batsmen continued the slaughter and
reached their target with 13 overs to spare.
was punctuated by two memorable moments however: With the score mounting one of
the opposition batsman tried to carve James Aird back over his head. He slightly
mistimed the shot however and sent the ball spiralling towards long off. All
heads turned to see who would try to take the catch. Only one small fellow was
anywhere near it: yes, it was none other than Atif Mirza. We all prepared to
laugh at the expected drop, but somehow Atif overcame his usual appalling
standard of fielding. He safely held the catch and was promptly mobbed by his
A few overs
later, and with Harvel within sight of Hyde Heath’s total, the batsmen became
increasingly ambitious. The result was a huge top edge, again off Aird, which
sailed high into the air. The wicket-keeper (Richard Austin) called confidently
for the ball, settled under its trajectory, steadied himself… and missed it
completely. We all howled with laughter as Richard himself simply appeared
rather puzzled by the event. A man with big gloves on had failed where good old
Atif had succeeded!
So Hyde Heath
got a thrashing, but the hosts put on a lovely barbeque for us, which went down
very well indeed. That evening the squad headed into Maidstone to commiserate.
As is so often the case, drink led to bravado, and somehow, a series of hundred
yard sprints was organized. Whilst for some, drunkenness can slow the body, and
dull the senses, for others it acts as, literally, a sharpener. This was
definitely the case for Tom ‘Carl Lewis’ Jeffreys. Overcoming his usual
laziness, he dished out a sound thrashing to all and sundry – especially a
particularly embarrassed Henry Capper (who was unfortunately unable to back up
his chat). One race between Jeffreys, Atif, and Al Shirley ended in amusing
fashion: with Jeffreys comfortably in the lead, Shirley’s vision was hampered by
the trail of dust. Losing his sight, he lost his footing, and tumbled onto the
pavement right in front of a slow moving police car! The sound of laughter
emanating from their loudspeaker could be heard throughout the whole of Kent…
Tim Nutman had
spent much of the evening complaining about an injury that he had allegedly
picked up during the day, but somehow managed to shake it off when the squad
arrived at Maidstone’s prime night-spot. His dancing was nothing compared to
that of Dom Haddock. Oddly enough, the Kent ladies were none too impressed by
his run-a-ball half-century – I’m not sure how successful his dance-moves were
after contained this piece of dialogue in front of the owner of our hotel:
(referring to Tim’s much-publicised posterior ailment) “How’s your arse, this
Atif: “I’m not
can’t wait to have us back next year.
Hyde Heath come against Pett’s Wood, a side skippered by the brother of Matt
Simms. Matt had warned us beforehand that he and his brother were complete
opposites and he wasn’t wrong: Toby Simms is several sizes larger round the
waist than Matt, but, like Matt, an astute captain and extremely affable host.
the toss and we were asked to take the field. After the previous evenings
shenanigans and on account of the baking sun, ours was a rather lethargic
performance in the field. Whilst there weren’t many glaring errors, the level of
banter was well below the Hyde Heath average. After the previous evening’s
races, it was good to see the level of athleticism return to normal.
were dismissed for 144 with Alistair Richards and James Aird claiming four
wickets apiece. This raised suspicion in some quarters of a room 6 conspiracy
between the two bowlers to avoid having to buy a jug, but the case was never
made it to court. One of Aird’s dismissals was notable for the manner in which
he managed to shatter the middle stump: Devon Malcolm would have been proud…The
nagging off-spin of Richard Cousins also claimed another two wickets, but he put
down a tough caught-and-bowled chance off one of their openers when the batsman
was on 5. He went on to make 75 – over half of his team’s total. Generally
though, the fielding was good: Dom Haddock – keeping wicket due to a hand injury
to Henry Capper – pouched three catches off the quicks, and Simon Napier-Munn
also snared three, including an excellent diving catch in the gulley. In so
doing, Napes became the first man on tour not to bat or bowl, but still have to
buy a jug!
time, Tim Nutman, who had been rested due to the injury that he had told us all
so much about, went AWOL. Apparently he was upset at not being selected, and
decided – not exactly in the spirit of team solidarity – to pack up and drive
home. In his absence, it was decided by the committee to fine him £1.3 million
for deserting his post. He has been refused the right to appeal. Atif, unlike
Nutman, stood by his team. Although some of us began to wish he hadn’t. He spent
the majority of Pett’s Wood’s innings dressed like a gay pirate as square-leg
umpire muttering into his dictaphone about ways to fine the rest of the team.
But at least, he hadn’t buggered off home…
Wood missing their best bowler due to injury, their attack was a little thin,
and the Hyde Heath top-order took full advantage. Matt Simms got the momentum
going with an uncharacteristically swashbuckling cameo while Henry Capper made a
sensibly aggressive unbeaten 88. James Shrinpton then finished the innings off
with 4, 6, and 4 off consecutive balls to register an emphatic 9 wicket victory
for Hyde Heath.
Our hosts were
extremely magnanimous in defeat, laying on an excellent tea and plenty of local
ale. Both teams then adjourned to a local pub, where the Fines Committee handed
out more bizarre fines: Dom Haddock was fined for something to do with his
university Drama Society, whilst Henry Capper was fined for losing to Tom
Jeffreys in the previous evening’s races. Talk about salt in the wounds…
dinner consisted of take-away pizza in the hotel, after which Richard Austin,
Tom Jeffreys, and Jeremy Stevens whiled away the evening with a game of
seriously high-stakes poker. The rest of the squad weren’t brave enough to
participate. Needless to say, Jeremy won. The next morning we all went on our
separate ways. But the memory of tour lives on – especially as we were
apparently given a sound thrashing by Bourne End the following day. All in all,
it was a thorough success, memorable for Atif’s catch, Charlie’s new position as
opening batsman, Al’s tumble, and Tim Nutman’s impending bankruptcy.
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29th - Turville Park - Away
Rain on Saturday evening, but an early Sunday 'phone call from the Turville
Park match manager assures that the game is still on. China Charlie is kindly
giving me a lift; we meet at the Plough to
round up any stragglers then set off for a fairly remote part of Oxfordshire,
singing snatches of C M McCall's "Convoy".
On arrival we find a slightly damp square, but it is a bright and breezy
drying day, so winning the toss and electing to field seems like a good idea The
only snag is that our bowlers appear to be
having an off-day as opening batsman, Keelmer, ( 50 - ten fours ... there's that
Convoy again ) and skipper, Wade, who last year hit 116 at Hyde Heath, but this
year was dismissed relatively cheaply for 92 ( eleven fours, three sixes ) piled
on the agony. On the bright side there was some excellent fielding, highlighted
by three top-drawer catches, two by Danny Samuels and one by James Shrimpton.
There was a clatter of wickets towards the end of the Turville Park innings as
our bowlers regained a little pride, with Jeremy Stevens taking 3 for 35 from
ten overs, Timothy Nutman 2 for 60 from 12 and Atif Mirza, 2 for 58 from 10,
helping the home side to declare on 203 for 9
wickets from 40 overs.
Tea was a very pleasant interval with two different sorts of chocolate cake
and other toothsome sponge confections & Charlie gave me the batting order on a
piece of paper, which I later noted bore on the reverse the words "Sunglasses
half price, all rings £1, but I was too late to take advantage of this generous
Down on earth we had lost both our openers Henry Capper and Dominic Haddock
fairly cheaply, but James Shrimpton ( 30 - five fours ) and Tim Bamsley ( 22 -
three fours ) steadied the ship until the next piece of action. This was some
positive striking by Danny Samuels, (two fours, one six) and Timothy Nutman (
one four, one six) but we were by this time too far behind the clock and it was
eventually left to Jemmy Stevens and the skipper to play out time at 156 for 9.
For the home side Hunt produced the remarkable bowling analysis of 6 overs,
three maidens, nine runs, three wickets.
Result: TURVILLE PARK 203 - 9 dec. HYDE HEATH 156
- 9 match drawn.
We all adjourned to the Five Horseshoes at Upper Maidensgrove (wherever that
may be), an hostelry with scenic views from its garden and excellent music on
its sound system, the Travelling Wilberries no less .
Then it was time for an exciting journey home as we followed SN-M
who was following his eccentric sat.-nav. It seemed
to me at one point that all roads led back to
Next Thursday and Friday ... on tour in Kent for the Matt. Sims Homecoming.
Next Sunday (5th.August) at Bourne End (Herts. ) ... might as well say 2.30
start, because they're never ready for 2.00 pm.
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July 22nd -
Woodley - Home
Early morning rain ( that might be a good title for a song ... ) clearing,
and the forecast on TV referred to a mostly bright afternoon. We had rain on
Saturday, a deluge on Friday and goodness knows how much precipitation in the
days prior to that ... Incidentally, I watched the TV reports of the flooding in
Kingston upon Thames and noted that as soon as the~water had receded their
traffic wardens were out and about, booking abandoned vehicles !... to much more
important things-despite the dampness Mike Thompson had prepared a very
reasonable wicket for us to welcome our new friends from Woodley, who won the
toss and asked Hyde Heath to bat first. The innings was built round the
customary sound knock by Henry Capper, who patiently built a personal score of
85 (ten fours and two sixes ), and seven other batsmen who reached double
figures-just, the highest of these being 23 not out by Alistair Richards,
batting at number eight. Still, as a combined effort it brought riches to the
team total, enabling a tea declaration at 211 for 9 wickets, from 39 overs.
Henry's 85 had occupied 115 minutes and came from 87 balls. For the visitors
young Parfitt bowled well to finish with 4 wickets for 25 rims, and Cherin had 3
Tea... one was almost distracted by the Open golf on the pavilion television
set, but not enough to take the mind off the splendid Bakewell tart prepared and
provided by Lynne. I have fond memories of working in Bakewell, especially in
auditing the hotel where that delightful confection was first made ... happy
After tea the Woodley batsmen were under the cosh as Tim Nutman and Jeremy
Stevens each accounted for a top-order man, but then the change
to do some damage as Alistair bowled the next two, and the spinning fingers of Atif Mirza ran through the rest, recording the season's best return of 6 wickets
for 12 runs. Alistair finished with 2 for 12, and Henry, not keeping wicket
today, and Tom Jeffrys each grabbed two catches. You had to feel a bit sorry for
the Woodley batsmen as the track was drying nicely after tea. We shall see them
again next year, when the scenario will doubtless be entirely different.
Result: HYDE HEATH 211-9 dec. WOODLEY 59 Hyde Heath won by 152 runs
Incidentally, Mr.Webbe-Master was a teatime visitor, putting his motor-drive
and monopod to good use shortly thereafter ... he had done the sarne the
previous Wednesday evening for the fun match with the Plough, although l would
have thought that on that occasion the available light was totally inadequate...
Next match. Sunday, 29th. July at Turville Park ( 2.00 start ) and on the
following Thursday and Friday it's down to Kent for the Matt Sims homecoming
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- The Plough - Home - Evening fixture
little light relief took place on Wednesday evening when the annual challenge
to the Cricket Club by the denizens of The Plough took place. The main laws
are:- every player to bowl two overs and retire when his personal batting
total has reached 25, although he may return to the crease if all other
wickets have been taken.
The Plough won the toss and elected to field, their best bowlers being
Jonathon Humphries (3 for 9) and Ali Mirza (now, who could he be related to ? 2
for 9). For the Club Nick Burgham and Sohail Rauf made 25 each, and a recalled
Dominic Haddock finished on 42 as a total of 163 - 7 was reached after 18.2
overs. It was now starting to get dark and the odds were stacking against the
side batting second, despite 25's from Jonathon H. and Richard Austin and useful
knocks from Ali Mirza (him again!) and Mike Meduck Thompson. The onfield players
were having difficulty in seeing the ball by this time and the scorer was
finding it impossible. Mercifully, the twentieth over saw the end with the
Plough 21 runs short, but it had been a fun evening. Now it was all hands on
deck to get the gear neatly stowed in the pavilion before night totally
enveloped us. Thence to the Plough for a warming supper ... thanks, Chris.
(Not included in overall statistics)
Seems to me that this fixture should be played as near as possible to
midsummer day, and started earlier than 6.43 pm, if we are to avoid problems
with the available dayligbt.
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- Chesham Bois - Home
Although the wicket had been visited by more rain during the week a
commendable effort was made to get it ready for today's match, against Chesham
Bois, who lost the toss and were invited to bat first. At the start of the match
the weather was cloudy and warm with a light breeze, giving no hint of the
deluge to come. Of the visiting batsmen only Beaumont made any impression - his
46 contained seven fours, and he appeared to be in complete command. He must
have lost concentration, however, because his wicket fell to the first ball on
resumption after a twenty-minute break for rain. The players were back on the
field for a mere eight minutes, during which time two runs were scored, but then
the heavens opened again, and they all trooped off for an early tea. The usual
excellent tea contained an unusually long list of calorific confectionery, which
was pleasing to both the eye and the taste buds.
It was still raining at this point, and an inspection of the square told us
that the only course of action was abandonment with the visitors' score on
seventy-three for five. Tim Nutman had bowled well to finish with three wickets
for 19 runs from ten overs and James Aird with two for 18 from five.
Result: CHESHAM BOIS 73-5 ( 23.1 overs ) Match
Next Sunday ( 22nd.July ) v. WOODLEY ( home ) 2.00 start.
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July 8th - Ballinger Waggoners - Home
Firstly an update…. in the most recent
report filed by your correspondent, that is in the matter of the game against
the President's Eleven there arose :
Crisis of identity 1: The hon. scorer, enjoying yet another senior
moment, admits to getting the names wrong of
two of the Pres Xl. batsmen; in truth it was Mr.Boden, not Mr England who scored
92. The hon.scorer blames a). having the wrong pair of spectacles on his person
and b). the delicious lunch.
Crisis of Identity 2: Also ascribing the liquidity level of lunch to his
mental state Mr T R.Barnsley insisted on appearing in both team photographs.
Let us return to the present...
And so, after several millimetres of rainfall, we were at last able to play
again and welcomed to The Common
Ballinger Waggoners, who had brought plenty of support, won the toss and put the
home side in on a wicket which bore evidence of residual dampness. Initially
this seemed to be a good decision - after ten
overs the Hyde Heath score stood at 15 for 3 wickets. There then followed a
change of fortune as James Aird (33 - six fours), Nick Burgham and Alistair
Richards - pictured here - (22 - two fours, one six) added another 70 runs
between them to give the score some
respectability, but soon after that four wickets fell at the same
total as Hyde Heath were put out for a
paltry 109. For the visitors Lloyd, Holden and Webster each grabbed three
And so to tea, served by Miss Hannah and Miss Lucy. The highlight appeared to
be some attractive marble cake.
With such a small total to defend Hyde Heath needed to take quick wickets.
This they did as Alistair wreaked havoc with the visiting batting order,
reducing them to 19 for 7 wickets, his personal tally being six wickets for just
three runs, including a hat-trick. The match looked to be all over, but the
Ballinger eighth-wicket pair of Salisbury and Lloyd dug in and dug deep,
Alistair needed a rest and no other Hyde Heath bowler seemed to relish the task
of final demolition. As a consequence the two determined visiting batsmen
produced an unbroken partnership which was worth 94 runs and saw Ballinger home
by three wickets with 28 deliveries to spare. They had given just one possible
chance, by Lloyd, at the wicket when the scores were level; his contribution was
39 not out (six fours) and that of Salisbury 30 not out (four fours). For Hyde
Heath Alistair's final tally was six wickets for 19 runs from 14 overs (7
maidens). So, Ballinger won an interesting match of fluctuating fortunes and
Alistair took his second hat-trick for the Club. Incidentally, he has also taken
one against the Club (for the President's XI)
Result: HYDE HEATH 109 BALLINGER 113-7 Ballinger Waggoners won by 3 wickets
Next Sunday 15th. July v. Chesham Bois at the
Common 2.00 pm. start
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July 1st - Southwell Ramblers - Home - Rain
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June 24th - Six - a - side
tournament - Home - Rain
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23rd - Presidents XI - Home
Weather forecasters are confounded as rain keeps its distance for the
pre-lunch ceremony to welcome all the President's Men ... oh, the clink of the
Pimms glasses and the claret cups as good times are remembered and old stories
are re-told, perhaps with a little further embellishment. And so to lunch ... a
Dave Sanders-cooked steak, and salad, followed by the cheeseboard, sets up a lad
for a full afternoon at the scorebook... First - the teams:
|Presidents XI - Back: James
England, Dave Brennan, Tim Barnsley, Charlie Vermeijlen, Matt Mann, John
Keogh, Mike Bowden Front: Spencer North, Vin Grantham, Tim
Nutman, Luke Brennan (not in picture)
|Hyde Heath - Back: Colin Heck,
James Aird, Nick Burgham, Simon Napier Munn, Tim Barnsley,
Richard Austin, Henry Capper, Richard Cousins, John Capper, Atif Mirza
Front: Jeremy Stevens, Alistair Richards, Robin Richards, Charlie
Samuels, Matt Sims
The President's Xl won the toss and elected to bat first, which they always
do, toss or no, and lost their first wicket to the fifth ball of the match.
Thereafter they galloped along at not less than five runs an over, lead by
opener, England, who was soon despatching the ball to all parts. He was helped
in his endeavours by some particularly inept fielding, which was no doubt due to
overindulgence at the Beer Festival on the previous evening, and by a useful
stand of 87 with our old friend, Charlie Vermeiffien, ( 35 - 3 fours 1 six).
When he was finally out for 92, to a high running catch by China Charlie
Samuels, whom we welcomed back from injury, he had scored exactly two-thirds of
the President's runs with 11 fours and 1 six. Ten overs, and some tail-wagging
later, the tea interval arrived with the total on 183 for 8 wickets and four of
the home bowlers, James Aird, Atif Mirza, Jeremy Stevens and Alistair Richards
each having taken two wickets. Alistair's 2 for 21 from 9 overs being deemed the
best performance and winning him a bottle of champagne.
Teatime and its delights ... three different types of chocolate cake ... was
interrupted by a heavy downfall of rain which was accompanied by thunder and
lightning, so out went a few of our brave lads to put a cover on the wicket.
This seemed to work, because play resumed a mere twenty minutes late, with Henry
Capper keen to get after the target of 184. He started off well enough with help
from Richard Austin (17), but then he was bowled by Timothy Nutman for 38 (4
fours), who soon did the same for Nick Burgham. At this point there was another
downpour and the players were forced to leave the field for a further half-hour.
On their return the surface had slowed sufficiently to reduce the incidence of
the ball reaching the boundary, although James Aird tried his best with 4 fours
in his 24, and he was well supported by Richard Cousins (18). The chances of a
win seemed to have been washed away, and it was left to the bowlers, Alistair
(13 not out), and Jeremy (10 not out) to see Hyde Heath to the draw at 151 for 8
wickets. For the President's XI Timothy Nutman bowled well to finish with 4
wickets for 48 runs from 13 overs.
Result: PRESIDENT'S XI 183-8 dec. HYDE HEATH 151-8. Match drawn.
And so to Sunday ... at 9.45 a.m. with rain falling, and the forecast worse,
it was decided, rightly, to call off the six-a-side tournament, leaving so much
beer unconsumed and the engraved individual glass trophies undistributed. Does
anybody know how to neatly change a 7 to an 8 V
Next Sunday (July 1st) at home to the Southwell Ramblers (2.30 start) ...
More Presidents Day pictures :
|Reg Rundle, Dave Bevan, Brian Hartley,
Rob Merrick, Alan Neale, Paul Haddock,Tim Neale
Robin Richards .....
with pictures by Chris Sargeant
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June 17th - Lt Missenden Misfits - Home
Day ... receipt of opulent greetings card which depicts bottles of vintage
claret, an item which unfortunately does not form part of my present diet ...
doctor's orders, you know ... but a promise of delivery from some outfit in
cyberspace of two remastered CDs and a DVD of the Traveling Wilburys ... oh, joy
! To the matter in hand ... after some heavy rain during the week the wicket on
the Common was surprisingly dry enough for play as we welcomed our neighbours
from the other end of the parish, Little Missenden Misfits, who won the toss and
opted to field first.
Henry Capper provided the backbone to the innings, sharing firstly in a stand
of 54 with Alistair Richards, then one of 69 with James Shrimpton ( 37 - 4 fours
and 1 six ) and one of 38 with Richard Cousins ( 21 -3 fours ); he was fourth
out at 179 to a soft return catch, having made 98 ... unlucky not to have
reached the century. He struck 10 fours, 3 sixes and 2 motor cars heading for
the straight mile and Great Missenden ! After this there was a great clatter of
wickets as Hyde Heath pushed for the 200-mark, but mercifully the tea interval
forced a declaration at 198 for 8 (off 45 overs ). For the visitors Scott did
well to finish with 4 for 54 and Mayne 2 for 40.
was the usual pleasure with the highlight being smoked salmon in a brown roll,
followed by the lightest of sponge cakes. At this point we were joined by Mr.
and Mrs.Webbe-Meister, he to partake of a cuppa and show off his latest piece of
photographic hardware, a monopod.. There then followed an erudite discussion on
the value of monopods over tripods, and would there be a use for a bipod, of
which 1 have ever seen only the one, attached to a bren gun for firing from the
After tea Hyde Heath looked as though they meant business by sending down
four consecutive maiden overs. Jeremy Stevens bagged the first three wickets,
including that of Paul Partridge who struck an entertaining 35 ( 2 fours 2 sixes
), but this brought together the fourth-wicket
who appeared to be doing just as they pleased, in fact they shared in a
partnership of 104 runs until the 34th.over ( and Timothy Nutman's fourth ) when
the following happened:- first ball ... James Shrimpton leaped high in the air
at extra-cover to catch, and dismiss, Hugh Connor for 58 ( 4 fours 1 six ) the
batsmen crossed ... second ball ... James Aird executed a splendid running catch
to get rid of Don Crawford for 42 ( 2 fours 2 sixes ) ... third ... single to
Mayne ... fourth and fifth ... dot balls... sixth ... Young caught and bowled
Nutman ... 161 for 6. The thirty-fifth over was a maiden, bowled by Jeremy and
the thirty-sixth was a double wicket maiden, so Tim finished with 5 for 21 and
Jeremy 3 for 43 as the Misfits closed on 164 for 8 ftom 37 overs. To back up the
bowling the fielding had been of the highest order too, and it was not only the
young bodies which achieved such quality, witness Richard Cousins' attempt at a
run-out from a prone position after a diving stop.
Congratulations to Mike Thompson for providing us with a wicket, which, after
all the rainfall, yielded 362 runs on the day...
Result: HYDE HEATH 198-8 LITTLE MISSENDEN MISFITS 164-8 Match
Next week: Royal Ascot ... HH Beer Festival ... President's XI 2.00 Sat.
Jun.23rd ... Six-a-Side Tournament Sun Jun.24th ... giddy with anticipation...
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10th - Full Tossers - Home
one match to report on this week ... 1 need to re-negotiate my authorship fees
... We welcomed to the Common Full Tossers C.C. who lost the toss and were
invited to bat first. They were soon in trouble at 18 for 3 in the sixth over to
the opening attack of Tim Nutman and Jeremy Stevens, but then there was some
respite as father and son Lennon set about rebuilding the innings. Despite some
good support bowling from Kerry Binding ( 2 for 21 ), James Aird ( 2 for 14) and
Nick Burgham ( 2 for 5 ) the visitors' score gradually mounted, thanks mainly to
Lennon senior who made 45 off 104 balls ( 2 sixes, 4 fours ) and was out to a
good running catch by Jeremy at 106 for 7 wickets. The tail wagged briefly and
the innings came to an end at 131 all out after 41.4 overs. Jeremy did well to
finish with 3 for 10 from 5.4 overs.
was splendid, as ever, with the highlight of chocolate brownies, and afterwards
Hyde Heath lost their first wicket in the third over and their second in the
eighth, but then skipper, Henry Capper ( 26 ) and Richard Cousins ( 23 ) righted
the ship, and there was a further good contribution from Nick Burgham ( 29 ).
they had gone 24 runs were needed, but with 10 overs and four wickets in hand,
so the home side looked favourite for the win. However, at this point opening
bowler, Rubin, returned to the fray, and his second spell of 4 for 6 was
With the last pair at the crease and six runs required for victory Tim Nutman
had only to keep out one delivery, so that Tom Jeffreys could take the strike,
and like as not, score the winning runs during the next over, but it was not to
be, and the Full Tossers had won by 5 runs. Tim's return to the pavilion was
followed by the sounds of a slamming door and possible further barrack room
damages. Rubin bowled well to finish with 5 wickets for 15 from 10 overs.
Result: FULLTOSSERS 131 (41.4overs) HYDE HEATH 126 (36.O overs)
Full Tossers won by 5 runs ( so near and yet so far ! )
Next Sunday ( 17th.June ) at home to Little Missenden Misfits ( 2.00 start)
... weather permitting we shall look forward to welcoming our near neighbours
and their skipper, Hugh Connor.
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June 3rd - Odney
After the rains of May it was a relief to reach June and some brighter,
warmer weather. This day was a milestone in the Club's history in that it was
the first occasion on which two separate teams from Hyde Heath C.C.had taken the
field, one at home and one away.
So it was that Odney C.C. was welcomed to the Common; they won the toss,
opted to bat first and initially didn't make a very good fist of the job as Tim
Nutman ( 2 for 26 ) and Will Reynolds ( 2 for 19) found early success. Nunn ( 38
) and Polston ( 44) then steadied the ship, enabling the visitors to close on a
fairly respectable 132 all out, despite the wiles of Tom Jefflies, who finished
with 2 for 31 with his leg spin. After tea the home side needed a good start to
their reply, but it was not to be. Odney's man of the match, Nunn, was an
irresistible force, taking 7 for 17, notwithstanding the valiant efforts of
skipper, Matt.Sims ( 22 ) and Tim Barnsley ( 20 ). Hyde Heath, mainly due to
lack of experience, subsided to a meagre 85 all out, giving the visitors a
victory by 47 runs.
Results: ODNEY 132 HYDE HEATH 85 Odney won by 47 runs - but also .....
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June 3rd -
Ley Hill - Away
Meanwhile,over at Ley Hill Common, the visitors, Hyde Heath, won the toss and
asked the home side to bat first. James Aird ( 3 for 37 ) and Jeremy Stevens ( 2
for 3 1) met with early success, but were unable to remove opening batsman, Lown,
who held Ley Hill together with a marathon innings of 102 not out ( 11 fours, 5
sixes ) in 150 minutes off 122 balls. The next highest score was Phillips with 2
1; he and Lown had added 60 for the 6t.wicket. After 44 overs it was time for
tea and a declaration at 156 for 6 wickets.
Afterwards the Hyde Heath reply was always ahead of the clock, thanks to
solid knocks from Henry Capper ( 30 - 5 fours), James Shrimpton ( 37 - 6 fours)
and Will Conibear ( 36 - 5 fours, 1 six). With thirteen overs remaining and
eight wickets in hand 37 runs were needed for victory, but during the following
nine overs a further six wickets fell and 24 runs were still required when James
Aird arrived at the crease. Steve Gomm had pointed the way with a neat six to
the shortest boundary ( but perished the next ball in tying to repeat the dose !
) and James took the hint hitting three more and a four in his 24 not out ( from
just eight deliveries ) as Hyde Heath reached the target with one wicket and ten
balls to spare. For Ley Hill Paul Green bowled well to bring about that late
collapse in taking six wickets for 31 with his slow left-arm deliveries ... he
later-said that he would- like to keep that strip of the square, because he had
taken- a further five wickets on it the day before ...ugh !
Result: LEY HILL 156-6 dec. HYDE HEATH 162-9 Hyde Heath won by 1 wicket
At the end of a busy day it was thanks to all those who had made it possible,
the players for their availability, the captains for their team selection, the
ladies for their catering and Mike Thompson for preparing another strip.
Next Sunday (10th) there will be just the one match, at home to the Full
Tossers ( 2.00 pm start)
My local friendly weather station tells me that during the whole of May we
had 154mm.of rain.
Final thought ... how nice it was to welcome to the
ground our old friend and former overseas player, Richard Howard, together with
his new wife, Annette. We wish them safe home to NZ.
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27th - The Nomadic Medics - Home - Rain
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May 20th - Gt Missenden Pelicans - Away
Last Sunday was planned to be a milestone in the history of H.H.C.C. - we
were hoping to show the world that we could put out two teams, the first in the
away fixture at Great Missenden Pelicans, and the second in a home fixture to be
arranged through the Club Cricket Conference Fixture Bureau. The Pelicans rang
to say that they were short of players and might have to cancel if we couldn't
help, so China Charlie did the right thing as a good neighbour, and mindful of
our manpower resources, put the notion of a second fixture on hold ... for the
time being. He himself was suffering with a back problem, and was therefore not
playing, but was to be seen anxiously patrolling the boundary at Nag's Head Lane
while Henry Capper was in charge of the team. Henry got the first part right ...
he won the toss and invited the home side to bat first. A 40-overs per side
match had been agreed upon, with a maximum of 10 overs per bowler.
There was some cloud cover and the weather forecast didn't seem too
promising. After the recent rains the pitch was tricky to bat on, but home
skipper, Griggs, was prepared to battle, top-scoring with 32 runs from 75 balls
faced. There were useful contributions from Taylor, Kankate and and Woolerton
but the bowlers generally had the batsmen pinned down, and teatime came with the
Pelicans all out for 135 from 39.3 overs ( James Aird 2 for 32, Jeremy Stevens 3
for 30 and Alistair Richards, bowling spin, 2 wickets for 7 runs)
After tea Henry and volunteer opener, Alistair, went steadily towards the
target and were separated at 40 in the 12th.over when the former, having struck
five fours in his 29 was unluckily given out 1.b.w. The wicket was still not
easy to bat on, but Alistair, showing much resilience, appeared to master it,
and had help from Tim Barnsley (19 - 4 fours) and Matt.Holiland (12 - 2 fours).
As the visitors neared the target the question was whether Alistair's monumental
patience would prevent him from making his maiden half-century for the Club, and
the answer was in the affirmative as no- nonsense Jeremy struck the winning four
off the first ball of the 37th.over and Hyde Heath reached 139 for 7 wickets.
Alistair's 46 not out came in 134 minutes off 105 balls and contained 4 fours
and one towering six which was still rising as it entered the trees beyond the
long-on boundary. For the Pelicans Kankate ( 2 for 24 ), Mirza ( 2 for 28 ) and
Frank ( 2 for 40) all bowled well.
Result: GREAT MISSENDEN PELICANS 135 all out ( 39.3 overs
HYDE HEATH 139 - 7 ( 36.1 overs ) Hyde Heath won by 3 wickets
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11th - The Lee - Home - Rain
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May 6th -
Chartridge - Home
From left: Simon Napier-Munn, Alistair Richards, Nick Burgham, Bardley
Holt, Tim Barnsley, Danny Samuels, Charlie Samuels, Spencer North, Richard
Austin, Atif Mirza, Matt Sims.
On an afternoon which was breezy, cloudy and cool with the slight threat of
rain ( I'll be giving weather reports from coastal stations next ... )
Chartridge C.C. were the visitors to the Common; they won the toss and invited
the home side to bat first. Matt.Sims was out to the fourth ball of the innings;
this seemed to set the tone for some unadventurous batting, indeed after 18
overs, the striking rate was less than two ! Several batsmen reached double
figures and then surrendered prior to building an innings of substance, and
there was one suicidal run-out. After 24 overs the total had staggered to 60 for
6 wickets ... desperate measures were now required, and they were realised by
Bradley Holt (24) and Atif Mirza (34 not out) whose partnership more than
doubled the score in a further eleven overs. Spencer North then briefly added a
few runs more, enabling the tea declaration after two and a half hours and
thirty-seven overs to be made at 139 for 7 wickets. Mustafa had the best
bowling return for the visitors with 3 for 37 from 9 overs.
chocolate cake looked good at tea, when we were joined by Mr.Webbe-Master,who
during the afternoon had found a useful vantage point to park his tripod and
take some action pix, having started the afternoon with an outbreak of team
portraitures. After six overs, Chartridge were 6 for 2 wickets ... game on ...
but the fall of the third wicket at 23 heralded the arrival at the crease of
Mustafa, who, after a quiet start, began striking the ball to all parts. His 88
not out included 15 fours and one six. Although wickets had fallen earlier he
found a useful partner in Grant.
Together they added 74 in an unbroken stand for the seventh wicket to see the
visitors home with 4.2 overs to spare. For Hyde Heath China Charlie had found
himself with two injured front-line bowlers, Bradley Holt and Nick Burgham.
Nevertheless Alistair Richards bowled well to finish with 3 for 30 from 8.4
Result: HYDE HEATH 139-7 CHARTRIDGE 142-6 Chartridge won by 4 wickets
Well, that's the season's first defeat done and dusted ... perhaps we can now
concentrate on the season's first victory...will it be next Sunday, 13 . May at
home to The Lee (2.00)
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April 29th - HH Spitfires vs
HH Cavaliers - Home
There is a rose in full bloom outside the kitchen window of the hon.sec.;
underfoot the ground is as dry and hard as you might expect in July or August,
but it's the end of April.. Have the seasons lost their sense of timing ? Well,
maybe..but we can rely on one season to remain constant, the cricket season.
This year it was decided to bridge the gap between the warmth and comfort of
indoor nets at the Beacon and the windswept competitiveness of the first match
on the Common against Chartridge by staging a Club match...
so it came to pass that on a bright sunny afternoon Samuels' Spitfires won the
toss and invited the Capper Cavaliers to take first use of the wicket. They
used it fairly well initially, adding 43 for the first wicket in
three-quarters of an hour (Henry Capper 26, Richard Cousins 19), and they
continued at approx. 4 per over, but lost wickets at regular intervals. Jeremy
Stevens with a no-nonsense knock of 34 boosted the Cavaliers' rate, enabling
Henry to declare at tea o'clock on 160 for 9 off 36 overs. Simon Napier-Munn
had the best bowling figures with three for 30 from 8 overs, and young Spencer
North caught the eye with two for 15. However, one unwanted statistic was that
exactly 20 % of the Cavaliers' total came in extras. And so to tea, which
today included my favourite, poppy seed cake, specially delivered in a large
black vehicle with darkened windows.
Nice to see Mr.Webbe-Meister start the season with some long-range digital
images of the action and still be in time for tea...
In reply the Spitfires were always behind the clock, and they were losing
wickets too... The only bright spot so far had been Sohail Rauf who in a brief
cameo of an innings hit a six that went so high it's probably still in orbit ...
over Mr.Russell Smith's garden ... The middle order of Charlie Vermeylen (22),
Alistair Richards and Spencer (23) ensured a modicum of respectability to the
final total of 116 in 29.2 overs, but they failed to combat the wiles of Atif
Mirza who finished with 4 wickets for 21 and was ably supported by Jeremy with 3
Thanks to John Capper and Chris. Simpson for performing most of the umpiring
Conclusions which may be drawn from this exercise... It would be reasonable
to assume that the same players who- made runs and took wickets in previous
seasons will do so again in 2007, although Spencer North might prove a surprise
package. Bowling and fielding would need to be tightened to eliminate the
leakage of extras. If we can field two teams today, without the help of Messrs.
Haddock, Holt, Jefferys, Nutman, Shrimpton and Williamson what chance is there
of our becoming a two-team club ?
We shall see what happens when we entertain Chartridge next Sunday at the
Common (2.00 start).
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