September 14th - Monks
Risborough - Home
Last match of the season
( September 14th - yet another beautiful day ), and we welcomed to the
Common Monks Risborough C.C., who were invited to take first use of the
wicket, Charlie having won the toss for the third consecutive Sunday. As
ever Messrs. Nutman and Stevens struck early, and from then on the
visitors always seemed to be on the back foot. However, at number seven,
Dunn, batting defiantly for 26, rallied the tail, and Monks Risborough
were able to reach the comparatively comfortable total of 121 all out from
36.2 overs. Tim Nutman finished with 3 wickets for 15 runs from ten overs,
Richard Austin 3 for 16 from eight and Dominic Haddock 2 for 12 from 2.2.
There had been some excellent ground fielding and three smart catches.
After tea the home batsmen set about their task in unhurried fashion.
Charlie Vermeylen and Henry Capper shared a stand of 70, which proved to
be the backbone of the innings, but, with 31 runs needed, Henry backed up
a little too far as Charlie drove the ball smartly in the direction of
mid-on, who promptly hurled down the wicket at the bowler's end, leaving
Henry ever-so-slightly stranded. Shortly afterwards Charlie departed to a
reflex caught-and-bowled ( that man Dunn again ). Two more wickets fell
quickly... time for a small panic ... but solid Tim Barnsley and Evan
Hamilton-Pike saw us home to 123 for 5 wickets from 38.3 overs. Charlie
and Henry had each scored 34 and for the visitors Brocklebank finished
with 2 wickets for 16 runs from 9 overs.
Result: Monks Risborough 121 Hyde
Heath 123-5 Hyde Heath won by 5
This has been a very good season for the Club with 11 wins from 19
games. The main strength has been the attack which has bowled out the
opposition on 14 occasions. What would have happened if that international
man of mystery spin had been fully available ?
Friday, 19th, Saturday, 20th. and Sunday 21st. September at the Common
for necessary work on the playing square. 10.00 a.m. start each day.
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September 7th - Cublington CC -
The season draws to a close ... a 1.30 start
means a hurried lunch, or no lunch at all, perhaps ... all the more reason
for making full use of the excellent tea interval. So, last Sunday, 7th
Sept., Charlie won the toss, for the second week in succession, and
invited this week's visitors, Cublington C.C. to bat first. The sky was
overcast but there was no real threat of rain.
The Cublington openers wasted no time and had 40 on the board inside
six overs, at which point the home attack was just getting into its
stride. Tim Nutman ( four wickets for 58 runs) and Jeremy Stevens ( 5 for
32 ) had reduced the visitors to 77 for 7 wickets, but then their skipper,
Steve George, batting low in the order, held their tail together with some
fine driving in his innings of 61 not out ( twelve fours ), and this
enabled them to reach the respectable total of 145 all out. The Hyde Heath
fielding had been of the highest order, and there had been two catches for
In reply the Hyde Heath openers had to negotiate half a dozen tricky
overs until teatime, but, that done, it was steady going all the way.
Richard Cousins ( 26 ) and Matt. Sims ( 33 ) added 60 for the first wicket
and then Henry Capper ( 55 not out-ten fours) and Tim Barnsley ( 20 not
out ) wrapped up the tenth win of the season with an unbroken stand for
the third wicket of 56, as they cruised to the target at 150 for 2
Result: Cublington 145 Hyde Heath 150 for 2. Hyde Heath won by 8
With a recent string of creditable scores Henry Capper is making a
strong bid to retain the batting cup, whilst in the bowling department
Jeremy Stevens is trying to do likewise; he has taken the same number of
wickets as Richard Austin, but whose is the better average, economy rate
or strike rate ? Watch this space...
Sunday 14th September at home to Monks Risborough C.C. (
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August 31st - Yeading
Cavaliers - Home
Another bright afternoon
at the Common ( Sunday, 31st August ) and the visitors were the
Yeading Cavaliers, winners earlier in the season of of the inaugural Hyde
Heath C. C. Six-a-Side tournament.
Having won the toss the home side took the field, and opening bowlers
Tim Nutman and Jeremy Stevens each struck twice. At the end of the tenth
over the visitors had lost four wickets and their total had not yet
reached 30 ... Enter Mr. Tanner, who laid about him to good purpose; he
had taken a liking to the legspin of young Tom Jeffreys, taking 23 off his
first two overs, but craft and guile would not be denied, and Tom ran
through the visitors' tail to finish with 5 wickets for 35 runs from 4.4
overs. He had good support from Tim ( 2 for 7 from7 ) and Jeremy ( 2 for
35 from 9 ). 96 all out from 27.4 overs was a disappointing total for the
Cavaliers ... it was a better wicket than that.
So, before tea could be taken, there was the matter of negotiating half
a dozen overs. This was achieved for the loss of Charlie Vermeylen's
wicket. 26 for 1. After tea Matt.Sims ( 27 not out ) and Henry Capper ( 43
) enjoyed a match-winning partnership of 67. Although Henry lost his
wicket in an attempt to win the game with a final mighty six, the end came
soon after as Hyde Heath eased to 99 for 2 wickets. (just as well... the
temperature had dropped and the spectators could sense the attraction of
the warmth of the Plough ).
That brings the total of wins for the season to nine ... with two games
to go, could we make it ten, or even eleven ??
RESULT: Yeading Cavaliers 96 Hyde Heath 99-2 Hyde Heath won by 8
Sunday, Sept. 7th. v, Cublington (home 1.30 )
Sunday, Sept. 14th . v. Monks Risborough (home 1.30)
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24th - B A Sports - Home
20. August an old fixture was renewed, against B. A. Sports, or Bellingdon
and Asheridge, as we used to know them. They batted first, having won the
toss, and made an all-out total of 158 from 37 overs. The substance of
their innings was a second wicket stand of 95 between Kashif ( 70 ) and
Zaheer ( 51 ). Nobody else, apart from extras, made double figures; this
was doubtless due to the economy of the Hyde Heath opening bowlers. Tim
Nutman took 3 wickets for 30 runs from 9 overs, and Jeremy Stevens 6 for
37 from 9, including a hat-trick.
After tea there were some good individual performances with the bat,
notably Henry Capper ( 31 ), Atif Mirza ( 38 ) and Joel Kelly ( 44 not out
), his best score to date for the Club, and Hyde Heath ran out winners by
4 wickets with seven overs to spare.
B.A. SPORTS 158. HYDE HEATH 159-6. Hyde Heath won by 4 wickets
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17th - Gamecocks - Home
Whilst your correspondent has been undergoing surgery, and subsequent
recuperation, two matches have taken place at The Common and brief reports
On Sunday, 17th.August the visitors were Gamecocks C.C., who won the
toss and chose to bat first. They lost a wicket in the first over, but
then progressed at a steady four runs per over before losing their second
wicket at 95. The rate was then increased by about 25 per cent, enabling
them to declare at tea with a total of 176 for 7 wickets fom 39 overs.
Their star batsmen had been Bhadri with 89 not out and Cameron with 42.
For Hyde Heath Andy Williamson had the best bowling figures with 3 wickets
for 35 runs from 9 overs.
The Hyde Heath reply stuttered, and although there was a good stand of
67 for the fourth wicket between Charlie Vermeylen ( 28 ) and Henry Capper
( 41 ), the home side were always behind the clock. Then wickets began to
fall, mostly to Adams ( 5 for 39 and the last pair had to bat for three
overs to achieve the draw
GAMECOCKS 176-7 dec. HYDE HEATH 137-9 Match Drawn
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August 10th - Longwick Sports - Home
Thursday evening ... a 'phone call from Chesham. Bois C. C ... they
can't raise a side for Sunday ... that's three cancellations in the last
four Sundays ... what is going on? ... does no-one want to play us? Friday
9.30 a.m ... thank you, the emergency fixtures bureau at the Club Cricket
Conference ... we now have a match at home to Longwick Sports. Pitch
preparation and tea supplies plan B are put into action.
So, Sunday 10th. August proves to be the hottest day ever recorded in
the United Kingdom. The visiting captain wins the toss and condemns his
men to an afternoon under a blazing sun by asking Hyde Heath to bat first.
Perhaps he knows more than we think, because by the twenty-first over, and
the first of several drinks breaks, there is a
disturbingly familiar look about the scorecard at 38 for 5 wickets. But
opening bat, Charlie Vermeylen, is still at the crease, and he and Dominic
Haddock ( 15 not out ) then anchor the innings with a stand of 90 for the
sixth wicket. Charlie is eventually dismissed seven minutes short of the
tea interval by a reflex-action caught-and-bowled. He made 81 ( nine fours
) and lost several pounds in weight. The home side declared at tea with
the total on 143 for 7 wickets from 41 overs. For the visitors Strange,
the spin bowler, had the best return with 3 wickets for 18 runs from 11
After tea, and what a splendid tea it was, thanks to a
great team effort from the ladies, Longwick soon got into their stride,
but it was again that old adage,"catches win matches~' which was to play
the major part. Whilst their no. 3 look fairly good for his 41 runs he
offered so many unaccepted chances that the Hyde Heath bowlers were
eventually resigned to the fact that they were not
going to have the opportunity of getting at the visitors' tail. And so it
proved; Longwick's batting on the day was too strong, and they reached
their target with seven wickets in hand and 4.2 overs to spare. For Hyde
Heath it will be a match that their attack will want to forget, but Jeremy
Stevens did take two wickets for 46 runs from nine overs.
RESULT: Hyde Heath 143-7 dec. Longwick Sports 145-3. Longwick won by 7
Your correspondent is about to go into hospital for
orthopaedic surgery; match reports are therefore, for the time
being, suspended. Why not take a trip to Hyde Heath Common and see,
at first hand, the following . ?
Sun. Aug. 17th v. Gamecocks (2.00)
Sun. Aug.24th v. B.A.Sports (2.00)
Sun. Aug. 31st v. Yeading Cavaliers (2.00)
Sun. Sep. 7th v. Cublington (1.30)
Sun. Sep. 10 v. Monks Risborough (1.30)
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- Bourne End (Herts) - away
So, after a wet week in Wiltshire, we arrive at Bourne End ( the
Hertfordshire one ) and the temperature is in the mid- to upper eighties (
in old money ). There is no shade at all in the area of play, so the
sensible thing to do would be to win the toss and bat first, and this the
home side did.
They didn't start too well, losing wickets at regular intervals to
Jeremy Stevens ( 3 wickets for 18 runs ) and Richard Austin ( 4 for 35 );
in the sixteenth over the score stood at 54 for 6 wickets. The tail
responded by adding 59 for the last four wickets, striker-inchief being
Richard Scillitoe with a quickfire 26 ( six fours ), enabling the home
side to reach the modest respectability of 113 all out from 25.4 overs.
The visitors then needed to negotiate a tricky 10 overs before tea,
which they reached at 15 for the loss of just one wicket. After tea (
where the highlights were coffee sponge and fruit loaf ) it was that man
Scillitoe again, who, by employing the simple tactics of bowling fast and
straight, wreaked total havoc on the Hyde Heath innings. He took seven
wickets for nine runs in 15 overs, reducing the visitors to 59 all out.
Henry Capper batted an hour for 18 runs and Charlie Vermeylen, with 10
runs, was the only other person to reach double figures. With plenty of
time to do the job this had been a very disappointing batting performance
by Hyde Heath, mostly through poor shot selection.
Result: Bourne End 113. Hyde Heath 59. Hyde Heath lost by 54 runs.
Sunday, I0th August Hyde Heath C.C. at Chesham Bois (2.00)
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July 30th/Aug 1st -
Box & Bishops Cannings - tour
Well now, where were we ?? On Sunday 27th .July at 10.30
a.m. West Wycombe C.C. declared their ground unfit and cancelled the
match. This was particularly tiresome because the day, weatherwise,
eventually became ideal for cricket. Ho, humm .....
And so to Box ... first day of the annual pilgrimage to Wiltshire.
Charlie won the toss and opted to field first. The ground was fairly wet
and so the all-weather strip was used. The home side batsmen kept the
score ticking along at around four runs an over until James Aird and
Alistair Richards put on the brakes by bowling a series of maiden overs.
Unfortunately, it was not to last because the threatening rain eventually
arrived. After the break, with the ball having all the properties of a bar
of soap, the Box batsmen decided that it was time to accelerate, before
the next downpour, which did cause the game to be abandoned. Box had
reached 141 for 4 wickets with former Wiltshire batsman, Richard Foley on
61 not out. For Hyde Heath Aird bowled 13 good overs to finish with one
wicket for 29 runs.
More bad news on Friday ... heavy overnight and early morning rain had
made the Bishops Cannings wicket unplayable, but an impromptu pairs
competition was played, Box C.C. very kindly having lent us their
all-weather strip. This piece of fun was won by Henry Capper and Tom
Jeffreys, but there were some other highlights, such as David Brennan
being bowled by his son, Luke, and Alistair Richards managing to uproot,
in a single delivery, the leg and off stumps, but not the middle.There was
also the curious case of the off bail lodging vertically in the groove of
the middle stump, with the wicket otherwise undisturbed... The afternoon's
exercise had kept the lads out of the Queen's Head and away from the
television, which was showing a horror film on Channel 4.
Box C.C. 141-4 Match Abandoned.
Sunday 3rd August Bourne End C. C. v. Hyde Heath C. C. ( 2.30pm)
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July 23rd - Newton Tracy -
There was no match last Sunday ( 20th July ), because Knotty Green C.
C. could not raise a side and notified us of this fact at 9.50 a.m. on the
morning of the match. The Club Cricket Conference emergency fixtures
bureau closes at 5.00 p.m. on Fridays, so the hon. sec. was unable to
rustle up replacement opposition. There was clearly great disappointment
for a keen squad which looks forward to its Sunday afternoon game, and the
distinct probability that the Knotty Green fixture shall not continue.
But, here we are, unusually, on a Wednesday afternoon, and the visitors
being welcomed to the Common are a touring side from North Devon, Newton
Tracey, who win the toss and opt to bat first. In the eighteenth over they
have reached 51 for 5 wickets and appear to be pinned down by Hyde Heath's
tight bowling and enthusiastic fielding. Then the sixth-wicket pair
started to turn the tide with a dogged stand of 60, and the score was
further improved by a quickfire 40 not out off 26 balls from their no. 8
batsman, enabling the visitors to declare at tea with a total of 163 for 8
wickets. For Hyde Heath James Aird was the most successful bowler with 4
wickets for 41 runs from 12 overs. The home side had used three
wicket-keepers:- David Brennan, until Henry Capper arrived Iate from the
office, then Matt Sims after Henry injured a thumb.
After tea Hyde Heath lost wickets at regular intervals and by the
twentieth over the score had tottered along to 68 for 5 wickets, Matt Sims
being the major contributor with 26. During the next nine overs Andy and
Andy ( messrs Williamson and Witten ) were restricted to a mere 3 runs ...
zzzzz ... but then Jeremy Stevens ( 38 not out ) re-awakened us with some
snappy strokeplay ( 8 fours ). He and David Brennan added an unbroken 48
for the eighth wicket as the home side reached the close on 119 for 7
wickets ... first drawn game of the season! For Newton Tracey opening slow
bowler, Bill Soby, took three wickets for 37 runs from 16 overs.
Result: Newton Tracey 163-8 dec. Hyde Heath 119-7. Match drawn.
Sunday, 27 July 2003 at West Wycombe C. C. ( 2.30 ) -
Wednesday, 30 July 2003 at Box C.C. (Wiltshire, 2.30
Friday, 1 August 2003 at Bishops Cannings C.C. (Wiltshire, 2.30
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July 13th - Ballinger Waggoners - Home
Another very hot Sunday ( 13th.July ) and this time Ballinger Waggoners were
the visitors to the Common. Their skipper, lan Davies, won the toss and invited
Hyde Heath to bat first.
They started well, albeit steadily ( Richard Cousins 18, Matt. Sims 33 and
Henry Capper 17 ), but the backbone to the innings was a stand of 72 between
Adam Pusey ( 46 ) and James Aird ( 25 ). This stand occupied forty-two minutes,
with the ball disappearing to all parts ... this was more like it ! Adam hit 9
imperious fours, and a big score for him looked a certainty, until he was
dismissed by a splendid two-handed overhead catch. At this point the side had
reached 158 for 5 wickets in the 20. over, and a further 35 runs were added,
admittedly at a lesser pace, to bring the teatime total to 193 for seven wickets
declared from 37.0 overs. For Ballinger Lloyd was the most successful bowler
with three wickets for 60 runs from 14 overs.
After tea the Waggoners lost an early wicket, but then their innings was
underpinned by a splendid knock from young Webster, who shared a stand of 82 for
the third wicket with the similarly young Wells ( 24 ). Webster was at last
undone by the persevering Jeremy Stevens- his 83 contained 16 fours and he was
fourth out at 132. 62 runs were still needed with almost twelve overs remaining
... game still on. James Aird had other ideas, as he and the recalled
spin-doctor, Simon Napier-Munn, polished off the remaining batsmen, dismissing
the visitors for 148. Jeremy finished with 3 wickets for 32 runs from 11 overs,
James with 3 for 3 8 from 11. 5 and Simon 2 for 3 2 from 7.
Result., Hyde Heath 193-7 dec. Ballinger Waggoners 148. Hyde Heath won by
So far this season Hyde Heath have played 10 matches, won 7 and lost 3.
Sunday, 20th. July v. Knotty Green ( home ) 2.00 pm.
Wednesday, 23d. July v. Newton Tracey ( home) 2.30 pm.
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6th - Southwell Ramblers - Home
Another warm Sunday ( 6/7/2003 ) and this time the visitors were scheduled to
be the Southwell Ramblers -not the Southwell in Notts. that boasts a minster and
an allweather horseracing track, but Southwell Gardens ( off the Gloucester
Road, London, S.W.7 - sounds like Rumpole territory ). Some thirty years ago
three flatmates decided to form a wandering cricket team ... one of them was
Paul Haddock, and he and Jemima had today kindly invited both teams to lunch (
and a jolly nice affair it was, too ). But, was this an opportunity for P.H.to
nobble the Hyde Heath squad ? Surely not, but those of a suspicious mind might
point out that he had "turned" his no.1 son, Dominic, to appear for the visiting
Later, down at the Common, Hyde Heath skipper, Charlie Samuels, lost the
toss, the home side were put in to bat, and, to he frank, they didn't nt make
much of a job of it. Three top-order batsmen, Richard Cousins ( 19 ), Henry
Capper ( 25 ) and Nathan Wilkinson ( 37 ) all made a good start, but failed to
build a big, match winning innings. To be fair, the Ramblers bowled tightly and
held their catches but the innings dawdled on, and it was blessed relief when
the last wicket fell at tea O'clock with the home side all out for 129 from 41.4
overs!! For the visitors Richard Mann took 3 wickets for 8 runs and Dominic
Haddock 2 for 9.
Refreshed by the usual top-quality tea the home side set about regaining some
initiative and Richard Austin took two early wickets. But then Paul Chappell
made his intentions clear by hitting three sixes; an attempted fourth sent the
ball into orbit and Richard Cousins caught it after re-entry. Still, at 64 for
three wickets the Ramblers were looking fairly comfortable. Enter Simon
Napier-Munn, and a few overs later it was 96 for seven; aided by some splendid
catches ( Matt.Sims, Tim Nutman and Richard Cousins ) he wove his spinning magic
and Hyde Heath began to look invincible in the field -just as they had against
the President's XI last weekend ! However, the visitors were not to he denied
and late defiance helped the score to creep ever nearer the target. In the
penultimate over Richard Austin took a final excellent catch at point and that
was it; Hyde Heath had won by six runs with ten balls remaining. Richard
finished with 3 wickets for 37 runs and Simon with 3 for 36. They were well
supported by Andy Williamson with 2 for 15. For the Ramblers Dominic Haddock
top-scored with 25 ... has he done enough as a double agent to get back into the
Hyde Heath side against Ballinger next weekend ?
Result: Hyde Heath 129 Southwell Ramblers 123 Hyde Heath won by 6 runs.
Sunday, 13th.July 2.00 p.m. Hyde Heath v. Ballinger Waggoners
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June 29th - Six-a-side competition
For the second successive morning The Common looked a picture; the greensward
appeared perfect, and in the background the white marquee with its three roof
line finials put the viewer in mind of the sort of tournament held hundreds of
years ago. Back to the future ... today, 29th June was to see the
running of the Club's inaugural Six-A-Side Competition. Neil Taylor of the Real
Sports Shop was erecting his gazebo and wondering what sort of trade the day
might bring; Chris.Sargeant was tinkering with his public address system and
wondering why it wouldn't work, and Hyde Heath 1 was ready to start proceedings,
but wondering where its captain for the day had got to ... all was soon sorted
out and the Tournament was on its way ... just twenty minutes late.
There is neither the space nor the will to report on each game, so there
follows a summary of results, together with highlights or champagne moments.
Pool Matches :
Hyde Heath 1 ( 62-1 ) beat Hyde Heath III ( 52-2 ) by 10 runs
Hyde Heath II ( 67-4 ) beat The Plough (58-5) by 9 runs
Yeading Cavaliers ( 65-1 ) beat Chartridge (54-2) by 11 runs
Southwell Ramblers walked over The Lee
Hyde Heath 1 ( 48-3 ) beat Yeading Cavaliers ( 31-4) by 17 runs
Hyde Heath II walked over The Lee
Hyde Heath III (53-2) beat Chartridge (51-1) by 3 wickets
Southwell Ramblers beat The Plough (57-5) by 2 wickets
Chartridge (40-1) beat Hyde Heath 1 (37-5) by 4 wickets
Hyde Heath II ( 55-3) beat Southwell Ramblers ( 54-4) by 1 run
Yeading Cavaliers ( 55-0) beat Hyde Heath III (54-4) by 5 wickets
The Plough walked over The Lee
Hyde Heath 1 ( 70-0 ) beat Southwell Ramblers ( 55-1) by 15 runs
Yeading Cavaliers ( 63-1 ) beat Hyde Heath II ( 57-1 ) by 6 runs
Hyde Heath 1 - Tim
Barnsley, Ed Collins, Chris Heck, Alistair Richards,
Jeremy Stevens and Neil Williams - ( 47-4 )
-- lost to
- Graham Clark, Keith Clark, Mike Coleshill, Mike
Green, Steve Green and Ged Ridout - ( 49-0 ) by 5 wickets
..............Winners - Yeading Cavaliers
..The Plough team taking the field, all wearing Bob Marley-style wigs.
..Peter Grant of Chartridge taking four wickets in one over, including a
hat-trick, against Hyde Heath 1, but being beaten to the howling prize.
..Dominic Haddock taking catches at deep square leg off two successive
..The all-round strength of father and son, Steve and Mike Green, for
Yeading Cavaliers. ( Steve came second in the batting prize, just 5 runs behind
..Simon Napier-Munn going to the wicket against Chartridge with four runs
needed and one delivery remaining...and getting them !! Wild
Jurgen Klinsmann-type celebrations.
..Big hitting from Warren Gordon ( Hyde Heath 111 ) in the two innings he
..The umpires ( many thanks to them for officiating during a long and
tiring day ) having trouble counting eight-ball overs ... we may have to review
this for next year.
..The sometime organiser/ scorer/ information officer dicing with
tortology: "There will he two semi-finals "
..The consistent performances of Chris Heck, nominated player
Tournament and awarded an England replica shirt, donated by Club chairman, John
What a day ... thanks to Terry Egan, our groundsman, for preparing a strip
which stood up to the rigours of
the day, to Chris Stanier-Davis for making the outfield look so
good, and so fast.
Thanks to Chris Sargeant for his sterling work on the public
address system and to Neil Taylor of The Real Sports Shop.
Thanks to the Ladies for all their splendid catering and to
Roger Baldwin for his long stint as bartender.
The winners' celebratory champagne was donated by Club
captain, Charlie Samuels, and The Real Sports Shop gave £20 vouchers for the
Most runs: 96 ( undefeated ) Chris Heck ( Hyde Heath 1 )
Most wickets: 5 Tim Nutman ( Hyde Heath II)
Most catches: 3 Dominic Haddock ( Hyde Heath II)
Shall we do it again in 2004 ? It will he the Club's
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June 28th - Presidents XI
Saturday (June 28th ) proved warm and sunny ... ideal for welcoming all the
President's Men. Begone this morning's hangover and the pervading aroma of last
night's beer; let us look forward to the meeting of old friends and the soft
clink of claret glass and Pimm's cup. Lunch ... a splendid steak with a variety
of salads; thence, reluctantly, from lunch table to scorer's table. Skipper
Charlie Samuels won the toss and elected to field first. ( It would have made no
difference, because by tradition the President's XI always bats first ).
President David Bevan had assembled an awesome line-up, which appeared to
have no answer to man-of-the-moment, Tim Nutman, who ripped out the top order
and had the visitors reeling at 24 for 5 wickets. There then followed a bit of a
recovery between Tim Barnsley ( 20 ) and Alex Hancock ( 26 ) but thereafter
there wasn't much left in the tank as Richard Austin ( 2 wickets for 7 runs )
and Simon Napier-Munn ( 3 for 25 ) mopped up. The real star, however, was Tim
Nutman with 5 for 21 from nine overs as the President's XI was put out for just
84. The bonus for Charlie was that the fielding, and the appealing, had been
keen, almost fanatical. There was just enough time for seven overs before tea
when the Hyde Heath openers reached 16 for no wicket. Tea ... coffee sponge,
chocolate cake, brownies ... back to the scorer's table.
After tea run-scoring was a bit slow. Charlie Vermeylen, Dominic Haddock and
Henry Capper all got into the teens, but failed to consolidate on their start.
Still, there was plenty of time, and the target was reached with six wickets in
hand and 8.3 overs to spare. For the President's XI Alistair Richards was chief
meanie with one wicket for 12 runs from 11.3 overs ( 7 maidens ) while former
president, Mike Blayney took one for 7 from 8 overs ( 4 maidens ).
Next year, Mr. President ??
RESULT: President's XI 84 ( 29.2 overs) Hyde Heath 87-4 ( 34.3) overs Hyde
Heath won by six wickets.
Sunday, 6th July v
Southwell Ramblers - home 2.30 p.m.
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June 22nd - Lt Missenden Misfits - Home
On The Common last Sunday ( 22nd.June ) our
co-parishioners and close rivals, the Little Missenden Misfits, were welcomed as
the visiting team. They won the toss and invited Hyde Heath to bat first on a
wicket of unknown properties.
Within four minutes one of
the opening batsmen had been clean bowled; this was the signal
for the out of form Matt Sims to join Richard Cousins, and together they
embarked on what was to prove the best stand of the season so far - 131. While
Richard batted patiently for the most part ( the temptation to cut, in the air,
proved irresistible ) Matt was struggling with his timing, although, amazingly,
it improved the longer he remained at the wicket. Their stand occupied two hours
and five minutes and was ended when Matt had his off stump uprooted. His 52
contained 8 fours and came off 104 deliveries. Another 21 runs were added and
Charlie declared at 157 for four wickets when Richard was run out going for a
second in the fortieth over. His 76 had occupied two hours and twenty-nine
minutes and came off 127 balls. For their part the Misfits had done a fair job
to keep the run rate down; Buller and Johnson were their most successful
After tea Misfits opener Paul Partridge laid about him to good effect and at
79 for two wickets in the sixteenth over it was "game on " but then the home
side's most successful wicket-taker to date, Richard Austin, was the architect
of a collapse and the
score soon became 88 for 7. Partridge made 56 off 44 balls ( 12 fours ) and the
only other resistance came from the tail. Misfits were eventually dismissed for
124 with Austin taking 5 wickets for 25 runs and receiving good fielding
support. Are we ready for all the President's Men ?
HYDE HEATH 157-4 dec. LITTLE MISSENDEN MISFITS 124 - Hyde Heath won by 33
Saturday,28th.June v. PRESIDENT's XI ( 2.00 )
Sunday, 29th.June SIX-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT ( 10.00 )
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15th - Full Tossers - Home
A new club, the "Full Tossers" was welcomed to the Common last Sunday
(15th. June ). As it was a warm afternoon Charlie Samuels, having won the toss,
decided to bat first and let the visitors sweat it out in the field.
This plan worked well in the first instance as Charlie Vermeylen ( 24 ) and
Richard Cousins (23 ) added 44 for the first wicket. Thereafter, seven of the
remaining batsmen managed to contribute 15 runs between them - only David
Brennan ( 18 not out ) and Jeremy Stevens ( 18 ) managed a score in double
figures. All right, so it wasn't the world's greatest batting track, but 109 for
9 wickets from 42 overs ( a measly 2.6 runs per over) is very disappointing , to
say the least. The five Full Tossers bowlers shared the wickets and must have
been pleased with their afternoon's work.
After tea run-saving was the order of the day; Charlie's face was a picture
when the first delivery was fired down the legside for four byes ! Tim, Nutman
then struck twice, and the visitors were 18 for two wickets in the sixth over.
This was the prelude to a match-winning partnership of 56 between nos. 1 and 4
batsmen, who were generally circumspect but were not afraid to punish any loose
delivery. True, the ball was in the air quite often, but it never went to hand.
Andy Williamson broke this partnership and a short while later snatched two more
wickets to have the Full Tossers reeling at 84 for six wickets. Game on !
Another wicket fell at 94, but thereafter the eighth-wicket pair defended
stoutly surviving a dropped slip
catch, and eventually reaching 112 for seven wickets with just 7 balls to
For Hyde, Heath Andy Williamson bowled well to finish with 3 wickets for 30
runs and he was ably supported by Tim Nutman ( 2 for 13 ) and Jeremy Stevens ( 2
for 45 ).
HYDE HEATH 109-9 dec. FULL TOSSERS 112-7 Hyde Heath lost by 3 wickets
Sunday, 22nd June v. Little Missenden Misfits ( home 2.00 p.m.)
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1st - Chiltern Gypsies - Home
On a day which had been forecast as a scorcher but remained
steadfastly cloudy with the occasional sprinkle of rain ( last Sunday, 1st.June
) Hyde Heath welcomed the Chiltern Gypsies to The Common. The visitors won the
toss and chose to bat first.
An old friend, Andy Williamson, in new streamlined mode, joined Jeremy
Stevens in the attack and together they had the visitors on the ropes at 44 for
5 in the 19th over. Then on came the third-change bowler, that man of mystery,
Simon Napier-Munn ... first ball - batsman caught and bowled ( that magic left
hand again - the one where on the previous Sunday he had re-set the thumb after
dislocation ),fifth ball - batsman so plumb 1.b.w. that he walked. In two overs
of mayhem Simon plundered three wickets for just six runs, which, coupled with
Andy's three for 18 from ten overs, broke the back of the Chiltern Gypsies'
innings and they were put out for a total of just 76 from 29.2 overs. Hyde
Heath's ground fielding was good, and there was much better news this week on
the catching front. ( six held and only two very tough ones dropped ).
After tea the home side lost both openers with only 17 runs on the board, but
then James Aird ( 28 ) and Henry Capper ( 27 not out ) added 36 for the third
wicket. An unbroken stand of 27 between Henry and Matt Sims saw Hyde Heath home
to 80 for three wickets from just 20.2 overs
CHILTERN GYPSIES 76 HYDE HEATH 80 – 3 Hyde Heath won by 7 wickets
Sunday, 8*. June at Turville Park ( 2.00 p.m. start)
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May 25th - Great Missenden
Pelicans - Away
One of the most frequently-quoted truisms in cricket is "catches win
matches". This was never more appropriate than at Nags Head Meadow last Sunday,
25th May, where the visitors contrived to spill more than half a
dozen chances and, as a consequence, lost for the second time this season
Having won the toss Great Missenden Pelicans opted to bat first and after six
overs were in trouble at 19 for 3 wickets, but then an excellent stand of 97 for
their fourth wicket steadied the ship. Third-change bowler Dominic Haddock broke
that stand and persevered to finish with the creditable figures of 4 wickets for
18 runs while the leading wicket-taker, Richard Austin, weighed in with 5 for 36
as the home side were all out for 144 from exactly 37 overs. As ever, the ground
fielding had been good, but Hyde Heath might yet regret those dropped catches.
After tea Hyde Heath slipped to 20 for 3 wickets, until the Cappers, father
and son, John and Henry, stopped the rot, albeit temporarily, with a stand of
44. John was the more aggressive, contributing 26 to the partnership, but after
he had departed only Tim Nutman with an unusually solid 21 showed any real
right. While he and Henry, who finished with 45, were together there might be a
chance of victory, but Hyde Heath fell eventually 21 runs short at 123 all out
from 36.1 overs. For the Pelicans their bowlers shared the wickets and their
fielders held the catches.
GREAT MISSENDEN PELICANS 144 HYDE HEATH 123. Hyde Heath lost by 21 runs.
Sunday, 1st. June 2003 2.00 p.m. start Hyde Heath v. Chiltern Gypsies.
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May 18th - Gt Gaddesden - Away
With the skies looking threatening,and the forecast all gloom and doom, Hyde
Heath Cricket Club was extremely fortunate to complete the match last Sunday
(May 18th) -and without a single interruption. Winning the toss, and bearing in
mind the previous Sunday's embarrassment, Charlie opted for some team batting
Progress, like the wicket and outfield, was initially slow, as could only be
expected after quite a lot of rain, but full marks to Great Gaddesden for
getting the game on. Opening bat Charles Vermeylen took the best part of an hour
for his 25, but the team total was built on a stand of 90 for the fourth wicket
between Nathan Wilkinson ( 78 ) and Henry Capper ( 40 ). This was Nathan's first
knock for the Club for some time and it included eight fours; he and Henry (
three fours ) ran well between the wickets and the partnership was achieved at
well over a run a minute. The home bowlers stuck to their task, notably A.Roland
with 2 for 29 from 12.4 overs, and the declaration came just before tea at 166
for 5 wickets from 46.4 overs.
In reply the Great Gaddesden second wicket pair appeared reasonably
untroubled as they added 41, but then on came the second change howler,
Simon Napier-Munn, and the game was suddenly different ... one batsman bowled by
a delivery which bounced three times~ but at least had the virtue of being
straight, another taken in a flying catch by the otherwise unaerodynamic
Mr.Wilkinson, and the whole spell being a lesson in the spin bowler's art of
bamboozling the batsman. Simon finished with the excellent figures of 5 for 16
from 13.4 overs. He was ably supported by Richard Austin with 3 for 24 from 10
overs as Great Gaddesden were put out for 75.
HYDE HEATH 166-5 dec. GREAT GADDESDEN 75. Hyde Heath won by 91 runs.
Sunday 25th. May 2.30p.m. Great Missenden Pelicans v. Hyde Heath.
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11th - The Lee - Away
Second match of the season and the unbeaten record is already gone ... at The
Lee on Sunday ( 11th.May ) Charlie won the toss and opted to field first. This
appeared to he a good decision as the opening bowlers (Jeremy Stevens and Tim
Nutman) snatched two quick wickets apiece, aided by some sharp fielding,
including a brilliant left-handed diving catch at deep backward square by Simon
Napier-Munn. Twenty-four for four wickets-looking good !!
At this point Jon Humphreys opened his shoulders to good effect - the bowlers
were now delivering the stuff he likes - and his 60 included three sixes and
eight fours. Richard Austin replaced Tim with immediate success and Mike
Rafferty took over the hitting role with two sixes and four fours in his 32.
There was little other resistance and The Lee were all out for 121 from 31.3
overs. Richard Austin returned the best howling figures for the visitors with 5
wickets for 14 runs from 7.4 overs.
The least said about the Hyde Heath innings the better ... there were five
ducks, including three first-ball jobs, as those men of the match, Humphreys and
Rafferty, displayed the cardinal virtue of bowling consistently straight. At 35
for 9 (inc 18 in byes), and with an hour to go before opening time, skipper
Charlie "they shall not pass" Samuels joined Jeremy Stevens. Together they
gradually edged the score along and their defiance was rewarded when the opening
bowlers were taken off. Charlie eventually succumbed for 16, but they had added
42 runs for the last wicket to give Hyde Heath a more respectable total of 77
all out from 26.4 overs.
For the home side Humphreys finished with 5 wickets for 18 runs from 13 overs
and Rafferty 4 for 12 from 9.
THE LEE 121. HYDE HEATH 77. Hyde Heath lost by 44 runs.
Sunday, 18th.May at Great Gaddesden 2.00 start
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4th - Chartridge - Home
Hyde Heath C.C. started their 2003 season in the best possible way - with a
six wicket win. At the Common on Sunday last ( 4.May ) skipper Charlie Samuels
won the toss on a bright and breezy afternoon and invited the visitors,
Chartridge, to bat first. He was embarrassed to have only ten men in the field -
the missing person must dwell in some parallel universe, for he didn't just get
the day wrong; he got the week wrong ... However, younger son, Danny, got a late
call (wonderful things, these mobile 'phones ) and parity was restored.
The Chartridge batsmen went serenely about their business; several of them
got into the twenties, but nobody went on to build an innings of substance.
Despite an unusually dry Spring the wicket was slow-ish and the ball generally
stayed low. This factor, combined with some tight howling, notably from new boy,
Richard Austin, ( three wickets for 7 runs ) and Simon Napier-Munn ( three for
18 ) kept the run rate at slightly in excess of three runs per over and
the visitors reached the tea interval at 131 all out, from 42.5 overs. In the
scramble for runs at the end several chances of a catch had been offered, none
more painful than that to David Brennan, who, tumbling backwards at mid-on in a
valiant attempt to complete the catch, unfortunately landed on the ball and
cracked two ribs ! Henry Capper had a good day with the gloves - three stumpings
and two catches...
The Hyde Heath reply was anchored by Richard Cousins, who batted throughout
to make 58 not out. Initial progress had been very slow, at less than two runs
per over, and 102 were required from the last 20. Henry Capper now began to
accelerate and the pair ran many singles, some of which were in the high risk
category, as they added 66 in 50 minutes for the second wicket. Henry
eventually holed out to mid-on for 42 ( seven fours ), but Richard ( one six and
four fours ) kept going and the target was reached with thirteen balls to spare.
CHARTRIDGE 131. HYDE HEATH 133-4. Hyde Heath won by six wickets
Sunday, 11th May at The Lee 2.30 start
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