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|April 29th||Bank of England - won||A|
|May 6th||Chiltern Crusaders - cancelled||H|
|May 13th||The Lee - won||A|
|May 20th||Pelicans - won||H|
|May 27th||Little Marlow - won||A|
|June 3rd||Roxbourne - lost||H|
|June 10th||Lt Missenden - won||A|
|June 17th||Southwell Ramblers - Draw|
|April 29th - Bank of England - Away Win|
|A new season is upon us, and we kicked
off in some style, sartorially speaking as we all arrived in our new
training kit and played in branded whites. There was some style to our
convincing win too.
We arrived at the Bank of England’s ground in conditions that a Siberian husky would have found a bit nippy. Fortunately we all had three or four new layers of kit to keep us warm.
Our bowlers showed no signs of cobwebs needing to be dusted off and throughout our effort in the field, Luke, Stanley, Ben, Atiq and Imran kept things tight and took wickets at regular intervals. Luke even managed to take two dismissals with one delivery, when Bank’s able looking number three was struck in the pad, adjudged LBW, before the ball trickled back and dislodged a bail. Only one wicket was recorded of course, but a certain moral victory.
Thanks to a nuggety innings by Bank’s stalwart opener, they managed to get their way to 120 before we retired to tea at which we would have all welcomed hot soup. The heavily iced squashed we had received at drinks provided by grinning Bank players had not gone down terribly well (have I mentioned how cold it was?!).
120 seemed some way off when Bank’s opening bowler got the ball leaping about a bit early on, but Dom dropped anchor and Imran counter attacked to lay a foundation. At Imran’s fall Henry King came to the crease, looked in fine touch and then rather amusingly reverse swept a delivery he could have despatched anywhere he liked, straight to the only fielder behind leg.
There was no collapse though and Dom’s 46* got us home with a handful of overs to spare. We ought to mention of Will Cousins here, we thought of him often today as this is a ground we all associate him with, thanks to his swashbuckling half century here two seasons ago, his top score for the club. We toasted Will and that knock in the bar afterwards, before the Brian Hartley cup was presented to Hyde Heath.
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|May 13th - The Lee - Home Win|
|Our first home fixture of 2018 was
played in glorious sunshine against very local friends, The Lee. We lost
the toss and were asked to bat on green topped wicket, peppered damp
patches on and around a good length. With the theory that an unplayable
ankle-shooter, or lid rattler might be on its way, we got off to an
aggressive start, Henry and Dom putting on 80 for the first wicket in good
Almost every one of our batsmen contributed through the innings to get us a little over 200, an excellent score given the wicket. Notable scores were a fifty for Henry and an unbeaten 40-odd by Jez, and the skipper’s first appearance with the bat saw a pair of humungo-sixes over the midwicket region.
Our new ball (well old ball actually) pair, Luke and Stanley started brilliantly and demolished the Lee’s top order in just a few overs, thanks to pace, unerring accuracy and a bit of nip off the wicket - many of the dismissals were absolutely unplayable deliveries and it was a delight to watch them both bowl. With no real chance of victory, the Lee put up a stout defence in search of a draw. Our bowlers, Ben, TJ, Sohail and Spencer, persevered and slowly prized out the barnaculous batters. With only one over remaining we still needed a final wicket for victory and Stanley was brought into the attack. It took him just one deadly accurate delivery, wrapping the batsman’s front pad in front of middle and the Hyde Heath players went cock-a-hoop! Two wins from the first two fixtures, what a start.
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|May 20th - Pelicans - Home Win|
| So another local derby playing at home on a lovely
sunny Sunday. Hyde Heath won the toss and put The Pelicans in to bat.
After a slow start, we managed to get the breakthrough with the captain
Nick taking 4 wickets, 2 brilliantly caught by Stanley so the book read
‘bowled Burgham, caught Burgham.’ Stanley also bowled a quick spell and
took 2 wickets. When their time was up The Pelicans somehow had managed to
Another lovely Hyde Heath tea was enjoyed thanks to Caroline and Mary (delicious).
In to bat we went with a new player playing his first game, a friend of Henry and Stanley, Monty Weatherall. Monty and Ben opened the batting and with good some bowling from The Pelicans, they managed to stay there for quite some time. We had 70 runs on the board when we lost our first wicket. Great innings from Monty, a very solid 50 with some lovely shots. We needed to push on now to try and win the game. Unfortunately, we lost three quick wickets but still had lots of batting to come. Out strode Omar to the wicket and decided he was not going to hang around and smashed 54 off 21 deliveries including four 6’s. Jez was at the other end and contributed well with 24 not out. The game was won with three overs to spare. That’s three wins in a row now for Hyde Heath, a great start to the season. Away to Little Marlow next week, can’t wait.
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|May 27th - Little Marlow - Away Win|
|Records were broken this Sunday as the
club marched to our fourth win in four fixtures.
We were asked to bat first on a hot, humid sort of day and got off to a bright start, Henry and Dom getting us to 75 at the ten over mark with no alarms. With opening bowlers seen off, eyes in, foundation laid and the knowledge of a strong batting line up to come, Henry and Dom really started going for it. Sixes and fours rained and both reached quick hundreds and when Henry was eventually dismissed LBW, the partnership was worth 254, scored in 28 overs. Though record books going back further than 20 years are yet to be consulted, surely this is the club’s highest batting partnership for any wicket, and will take some beating.
Shrimpy, returning thanks to his partners distractions on a continental hen-do, had had to wait almost 30 overs for his knock but he took his chance and made a quick, classy and unbeaten 20 before Nick declared with Dom on 119* and the Heath’s score 285.
Little Marlow’s openers looked keen on the chase, both bludgeoning the ball to the cover boundary with worrying regularity early on. Stanley and Ben managed to nip them out without too much damage being done. Then followed a passage of play during which we did our best to lose the match. Spencer, Nick, then Shrimpy all delivered excellent spells, and the rest of us managed to shell seven opportunities - most off Spence who became less and less forgiving and was desperately unlucky not to take lots of wickets.
We needed some luck, some inspiration, some full tosses and long hops that would be chipped to fieldsmen; Jez was our man. In a spell of super slow and super deadly off spin at a key point in the match, Jez bowled five overs for 14 runs, took three wickets and cooly completed a farcical run out (Yes, yes, wait, no, go back). It was a crushing spell and made the chase impossible.
One wicket still stood between us and that glorious combination of a win on sunny bank holiday Sunday. We had very almost run out of overs, just one remained and Stanley took it. Surely Stanley couldn’t pull off two final-wicket-in-final-over victories in three weeks could he? He bloody could, thanks to a delivery that the batsman had to play and a sharp catch by Spencer on the drive. The celebrations on the pitch were wild and they continued long into the bank holiday night.
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|June 3rd - Roxbourne - Home - lost|
|A bad day at the office against
Roxbourne this week. We bowled first and though we started well, our
catching let us down again. We could have bowled out Roxbourne for little
over 120, thanks particularly to an excellent containing spell by Nick
(three wickets) and Luke, during which the oppo were restricted to 20 runs
from the middle 10 overs. However some late order striking got them to
175, around par the three week old wicket.
Our reply with the bat never got going, wickets falling every few overs with little of our usual aggressive stroke play. With 13 overs remaining we still required 130 to win, with three wickets in hand, but Spencer and Nick were still keen to chase, a great illustration of the team’s current confidence and positivity. Soon afterwards we are resigned to gritting out a draw, which though tough looked possible with Burgham senior and junior providing an excellent rear guard defence. A penultimate over wicket was the final blow and we succumbed to our first defeat of 2018; may they be few and far between.
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|June 10th - Little Missenden - Away Win|
got back to winnings ways this week, at Little Missenden in front of a
packed house. Henry King made his opening debut for the club alongside Dom
on a green top indistinguishable from the rest of the square. However they
rattled along to reach a hundred stand, both making half centuries.
Henry’s knock was particularly assured and patient, respecting good balls
and brutally dismissing anything short, square of the wicket for sixes and
fours. His 80 laid the foundation for Spencer to come in a three and do
His thing was to be watchful early on and explosive thereafter; smashing sixes well over the ropes, cruising to a brilliant 82.
Nick shrewdly declared before tea, leaving Little Missenden with a tricky 15 minutes to see through. The Heath were desperate to nip a wicket before the interval and Stan was the man, fizzing down a slower off cutter, which gripped and came back through the gate to rearrange the opening batsman’s furniture.
Tea was taken then with nine Little Missenden wickets remaining, still 240 behind. Luke and Stan were quick to get back amongst the wickets as soon as we restarted. Given our position and the way our bowlers were hooping it around, the skipper put in four slips, a gully and a leg slip- what a cordon! And it was justified; Henry King took two at second slip, one lodged amidships without him knowing much about it, the second a sharp catch neatly taken and Spence clung onto an over-the-shoulder-running-backwards with great skill.
Stan and Luke were taking wickets at will. Then came a magic moment; Luke took two in two and a hat-trick was possible. Given everyone was already catching, there wasn’t a great change in the field, but Luke decided to take the fielders out of the equation and sent down a quick yorker, spearing in towards middle and leg, which struck the batsman’s heel on the full and the umpire did the rest. Special bowling by Luke.
Moments later Stanley also took two in two...were we about to have TWO hat-tricks in one match? It wasn’t to be, a huge shame, but a reminder of how special and rare hat-tricks are. It was fitting that Luke and Stanley shared the wickets evenly, they both deserved their five wicket hauls on an afternoon that will live long in the memory; SIX jugs due, thanks to three half centuries, two fifers and a hat-trick.
So a terrific win, and the margin of 198 runs May well be a club record. It was great to have three Burghams in the side this week, to have Gus back and fit and Charlie make his debut showing lots of potential in a brief and unbeaten innings. We also received fantastic support from fellow squad members and dozens of travelling Hyde Heath supporters. A great day for the club and its wider village family.
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|June 17th - Southwell Ramblers - Home - Draw|
|A famous finish at the Heath this
week as we played host to old friends, the Southwell Ramblers. We lost the
toss and were asked to bowl on a chilly, grey afternoon, providing an
excellent opportunity for new club jumpers to be debuted.
The Ramblers started brightly but Stanley and Sonley soon found their rhythms and kept scoring to a minimum. This pressure created the odd wicket, Stanley was particular pleased to see the back of Olly Haddock, who looked dangerous before looping one to Jeremy’s safe hands at first slip. Our catching was excellent throughout, including a nonchalant take by Angus to dismiss the Ramblers’ best set batsman.
The Ramblers threw caution to the wind and their bats at the ball in the final ten overs and managed to get themselves up to 189, which felt like 20 or so more than we should have allowed. Ben’s double wicket-taking final over of the innings meant that we went in on a high.
After an excellent tea, Dom and Shrimpy both got starts but couldn’t go on to big scores. As with the previous week, a partnership between Henry King and Spencer was our most significant. Both played sensibly, punishing the relatively infrequent bad balls on their way to a pair of 30s. Jeremy showed his cricketing nous, shepherding the middle order to make sure that though the run rate was challenging, we were always in contention. He was ably supported by Kenny and Gus, Kenny particularly ran him ragged, forcing Jez to complete not one, but TWO all run fours. Spectators weren’t sure whether to applaud or call the emergency services.
Jez kept going, and was joined by a hobbling Nick, who’d injured his foot badly in the field so Kenny ran for him, presumably much to Jez’s ire. Nick’s injury meant he was even more disposed to big hitting than usual, which is lucky as with 15 an over to chase, that’s just what we needed.
All seemed lost when eventually we needed eleven from the final two deliveries, but then Nick stuck a huge six and a win off the final ball was still possible. Alas, with every fielder riding the boundary, even captain fantastic couldn’t see us home, his final lusty blow being cut off by deep midwicket. Jez continues his run of red on 31* and Nick contributed a quick fire 27*. Honours even then, which felt about right in the end.
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