15th September - Monks Risborough
And so we came to the last match of the season, at Monks Risborough. On an
overcast afternoon Charlie lost the toss, and was invited to bat first. Hyde
Heath were soon in trouble at 18 for 3 wickets as home skipper, Brocklebank,
enjoyed his opening spell of bowling. And the situation didn't improve with the
Monks Risborough bowlers pinning down the batsmen, causing them to act rashly in
frustration ( "unforced errors" in tennis parlance, 1 think ). At 61 for 5
Jeremy Stevens arrived at the wicket, and the tempo changed as he began to carry
the attack to the opposition. At 88 for 6 Charlie "Carlito" Vermeylen, who had
been at the wicket from the start, was joined by young Dominic Haddock, who
belied his career record by cleanly driving and pulling his way to 40 not out.
Not that Charlie was any kind of slouch - he and Dominic shared an unbroken
stand of 77 for the seventh wicket ( there's symmetry for you! ), and his own
score at the teatime declaration of 165 for 6 wickets was 75 not out, his best
of the season.
For Monks Risborough the best bowling return was that of Brocklebank with 3
wickets for 35 runs. Tim Nutman struck early for the visitors as the home side
slumped to 12 for 2 wickets, but then King ( 41 ) and Yarranton ( 48 ) added 69
for the third wicket, and there were useful contributions in the middle and
lower order. But time was running out - with two overs left fourteen runs were
needed and the last pair was at the wicket. With the third ball of the
penultimate over Evan Hamilton-Pike induced the batsman to edge the ball into
his stumps, from where it was smartly caught by 'keeper Henry Capper. ( The
batsman's mode of dismissal was, of course, "bowled" ). Thus Monks Risborough
were dismissed for 152. The visiting bowlers shared the wickets, Andy Williamson
being the best with 3 wickets for 47 runs from 13 overs.
HYDE HEATH 165-6 dec. MONKS RISBOROUGH 152
Hyde Heath won by 13 runs
A winning season for Charlie Samuels in his first year as
captain. Congratulations, Charlie, well done! Played 19; Won 7; Drawn 9; Lost
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September - Cublington - Away
( Your correspondent Robin Richards appears by kind permission of his wife of
exactly forty years )
Another pleasant Sunday afternoon, and as the volunteer workforce continued
on Day Two of the Great Hyde Heath Cricket Field Drainage Project, the lucky
ones escaped to Cublington for the penultimate game of the 2002 season.
The match started twelve minutes late, the home side having won the toss and
deciding to bat first. They were soon in a spot of bother at 2 for 2, which
included a run-out from a smart piece of fielding by Charlie Bibby, but they
then recovered somewhat as Kitchener ( 29 ) shared stands of 35 each with Aldus
( 21 ) and Lovatt ( 14 ). Jeremy Stevens came on as first-change bowler, and he
employed the full range of his delivery repertoire, creating havoc in the
Cublington middle and lower order, and finishing with 5 wickets for 33 runs from
6.5 overs. Tim Nutman bowled well, and had figures of 2 for 20 from 12 overs as
the home side were all out for 108.
After tea, with plenty of time available, Hyde Heath set about the task in
capable fashion. Charlie Vermeylen ( 24 ) and Tim Barnsley ( 21) put on 36 for
the first wicket, then Barnsley and the inform Henry Capper ( 36 not out ) added
43 for the second. Thereafter it was plain sailing and the visitors reached
their target in the twenty-fifth over.
With one match to play Charlie Samuels is guaranteed that his first season
as captain shall be a winning one ...
Played 18; Won 6;
Drawn 9; Lost 3.
CUBLINGTON 108. HYDE HEATH 109 - 2. Hyde Heath won by 8 wickets.
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1st September - Yeading Cavaliers
Sunday, Ist. September, 2002 (Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness ...
It's the one-thirty start that plays havoc with the gastric system...
Hyde Heath C.C. obtained a match through the emergency fixtures bureau of the
Club Cricket Conference, and they welcomed to The Common Yeading Cavaliers C.
C., who won the toss on a pleasant afternoon and decided to bat first. They were
soon in trouble 3 for 1, 4 for 2, then 7 for 3.
There were two reasons for this state of affairs - firstly the opening attack of
Andy Williamson ( 3 wickets for 10 runs ) and Evan Hamilton-Pike ( 2 for 2 )
and, secondly, the continuous shuttle service of bottles, glasses and trays
between the pavilion and the Plough.
( This must have had an exceedingly positive effect on Neil's turnover... ).
After 20 overs the Cavaliers had tottered to 44 for 6. Henry Capper was having a
good day as skipper, almost every fielding and bowling change immediately
resulting in a benefit. When he brought himself on as fourth-change bowler he
removed Smith, their most obdurate batsman for 29, and then their second-highest
scorer, Dave ( 'Trigger " ) Brennan, who had been persuaded to make up the
number, possibly on a promise of drink for 17. Henry finished with 3 wickets for
2 runs as the visitors were dismissed for 109 from 32 overs.
So, tea was taken slightly earlier than scheduled.
After the interval the home side set off steadily in pursuit of the target.
Birthday boy, chairman John Capper, had his day ruined when he was caught,
without troubling the scorers, but in-form batsman, Renry Capper, lead the way
to victory with a splendid 46 not out. He shared in stands of 44 with Evan
flamilton-Pike ( 24 ) and 39 with Chris. Simpson ( 16 not out ) and the target
was reached with 18 overs to spare.
For Yeading Cavaliers Waite extracted life and lift from a Pitch not thought
to possess either property, and finished with 3 for 43.
YEADING CAVALIERS 109. HYDE HEATH 113 for 4.
Hyde Heath won by 6 wickets.
The report of next Sunday's ( 8th. Sept.) match may well be secondhand,
because it will be the occasion of your reporter Robin Richard's 40th
wedding anniversary, and he may not be allowed out to umpire !
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August 25th - Money Programme - Home
Sunday, 25th. August ( four months to Christmas - my, how the seasons fly ! )
The Money Programme C.C. were the visitors to The Common on a dull-ish
afternoon. Their team contained Peter Marshall and his four sons - less of a
Money Programme, more like a Marshall Plan*
Henry Capper deputised for the holidaying Charlie Samuels ; he won the toss and
invited the visitors to bat first. Hyde Heath made a good start - in the third
over Jeremy Stevens bowled one opener and in the fourth, the other opener, the
dangerous Chris Marshall was run out by a direct throw from Simon Napier-
unn. 11 for 2... Get rid of one Marshall and another takes his place, this time
it was Richard, who drove and pulled to a splendid 69. He got good support from
his fellow batsmen, notably Tom Clark ( 35 ) and John Maund ( 23 ), and at the
fall of the ninth wicket at 187 the declaration was made. All four bowlers
shared the wickets equally, the best return being by Charlie Bibby ( 2 for 14 ).
An additional piece of entertainment happened just before tea, when a wasp
with inoperative navigational aids insinuated itself inside the home umpire's
After tea the visiting attack gave the home batsmen little room for manoeuvre
; although the opening stand was worth 36 runs it had taken some time to
achieve. Charlie Vermeylen ( 24 ) and Chris Simpson ( 28 ) did their best to pep
up the run rate, but could not sustain it and the match petered out to a draw
with Hyde Heath on 132 for 6 wickets, five of which had been captured by various
MONEY PROGRAMME 187- 9 dec. HYDE HEATH 132 - 6. Match Drawn.
*The Marshall Plan - Devised by George C. Marshall, U. S. Secretary of State
1947-1949. European Recovery Programme, in which the U.S.A.undertook to provide
economic aid to Europe after World War 2.
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18th - Gamecocks - Home
On a warm afternoon Gamecocks C. C. were the visitors to The Common. Their
skipper, Peter Cox, won the toss and, not unreasonably, decided to bat first.
The afternoon was to prove a setting for the talents of Jamie Cox - no, not the
one from Tasmania and Somerset C. C. C, ( although he might as well have been...
), but son of the captain and sometime teacher at the Beacon School. In a fine
exhibition of stroke play he batted throughout the visitors' innings, scoring
114 not out ( 15 fours and 2 sixes ). He did offer one unaccepted chance, but by
then the die was cast. He received good support from Edwards ( 22 ) and Wood (
35 ). and the declaration came after 34 overs at 213 - 4 wickets.
We'll gloss over the bowling figures, but Tim Barnsley did take two catches
After tea the home side found that one of their regular weapons at this time
of year - low sun over the pavilion - was working against them, as slow left-armer,
Adams, gave the ball some air. Only Henry Capper ( 32 ) and Chris Simpson ( 21 )
made any impression with the bat after each of the openers had been dismissed as
soon as they had reached double figures. The target had probably been too
daunting from the outset, but now wickets were falling too ..... lt was
left to two of the younger players to mount a rearguard action, and this they
did successfully. Charlic Bibby (16 not out) and Dominic Haddock ( 2 not out )
defended stoutly as Hyde Heath finished at 131 for 8 wickets, from 42 overs.
Adams was the Gamecocks ( or should it be Gamecox ? ) best bowler with 4 wickets
for 43 runs from 13 overs.
GAMECOCKS 213-4 dec.
HYDE HEATH 131-8.
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11th - Chesham Bois - Home
It was a dull day - no need for wide-brimmed hats and reactolite sunglasses.
Chesham. Bois were the visitors to The Common; they won the toss and invited the
home side to bat first. After fifteen overs Hyde Heath were 31 for 2 wickets,
but then Henry Capper ( 61 ) joined Charlie "Carlito" Vermeylen (74) and
together they added an entertaining 112 for the third wicket. In the search for
quick runs some later wickets were sacrificed, and the innings eventually closed
at tea on 168 for 8 wickets declared, from 42 overs.
For Chesham Bois their third change bowler, Hinks, returned the best figures
with five wickets for 28 runs.
After tea the visitors began their reply very slowly and after 22 overs had
reached just 25 for two wickets - it was a bit of an impasse - they seemingly
couldn't hit the ball off the square and the Heath bowlers couldn't take a
wicket. Eventually Caple, their no. 5 batsman, arrived and began to change the
tempo of the match. Dropped off the first ball he received he hit out powerfully
and while he was at the wicket achieving the target looked distinctly possible.
But wickets fell at the other end, and he was not always able to retain the
strike. He finished 72 not out as Chesham Bois ran out of overs on 122 for 6
wickets, also off 42 overs. Young Charlie Bibby, promoted to opening bowler, had
the best figures for Hyde Heath with 3 wickets for 32 from 13 overs.
HYDE HEATH 168-8 dec. CHESHAM BOIS
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4th - Bourne End - Home
On their return from Wiltshire Hyde Heath fielded first at home, to Bourne
End, Under threatening skies the opening bowlers were fairly economic but unable
to make a breakthrough. After the first stoppage for a heavy rainshower the
first change man, Alistair Richards, bowled Alan Proctor, but his brother, John,
continued to entertain with some powerful driving in his 87. His departure came
when he played one shot a little early, the ball went up a very long way and
Andy Witten hung on to a splendid catch. Meanwhile down at the wicket the
batsmen attempted to complete a second run.
Another shower brought about early tea and afterwards the visitors hustled to
score as many extra runs as they could in as short a time as possible, and they
declared at 155 for 4 wickets from 37 overs.
Alistair was Hyde Heath's most successful bowler with 2 wickets for 34 from
10 overs. Later the home batsmen were a little diffident against the raw pace of
Akhtar, but the backbone of the innings was provided by Henry Capper with a
splendid knock of 62 not out. He was given good support by Andy Williamson ( 22
) and Neil Williams ( 17 ),but the number of overs remaining was dwindling
fast,and the home side finished on 133 for 5 from 32 overs. Just a few more, and
it might have been a very close finish!
BOURNE END 155 for 4 dec, HYDE HEATH 133 for 5 Match Drawn
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August 2nd - Bishops Canning - Away (tour)
|Back: Robin Richards, Henry Capper, David Brennan, Adam
Pusey, Joel Kelly, Simon Naper-Munn, Charlie Bibby
Front: Luke Brennan,
Charlie Vermeylen, Alistair Richards, Charlie Samuels, Andy Williamson,
We had aquaplaned down the M4 on Wednesday, travelling more in hope than
expectation. The game at Box C. C. was of course washed out, but we had the
promise- of a weather improvement for the Friday game at Bishops Cannings ( near
Devizes ). Charlie won the toss and asked the home side to bat first on a pitch
which was damp - of course it was with all that rain - and this paid off as the
Bishops slipped to 38 for six, thanks to Andy Williamson ( 3 wickets for 11 runs
) and Jeremy Stevens ( 3 for 26 ).
At this point, fearing that the game could be all over by teatime, Charlie
changed the bowling, and this was the cue for the seventh-wicket pair of Allsop
( 41 ) and Curran ( 32 ) to cut loose, adding 63 in their partnership.
Thereafter there was another collapse, this time to the bowling of Charhe Bibby
and Charlie Samuels, and the home side was put out for 120 from 34.3 overs.
After tea each of the top four visiting batsmen got a start, but nobody
appeared able either to build that crucial larger innings or, indeed hit the
ball off the square. At 54 for one wicket in the twentieth over the target
looked easily attainable, but the tight bowling of Curran ( 4 for 19 ) and young
Hickey ( 2 for 10 ) pushed it tantalisingly more distant. At the last Hyde Heath
looked not a little embarassed as they hung on at 102 for 8 wickets
... from 42 overs.
Bishops Cannings C. C. are a friendly bunch and a visit to the New Inn after
the match seemed to cure all disappointments.
BISHOPS CANNINGS 120. HYDE HEATH 102 - 8.Match Drawn.
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28th - Long Marston - Home
Thursday evening ( July 25 th.)... Potential disaster - scheduled opponents
for Sunday, West Wycombe C. C., cry off..
Friday morning ( July 26 th.)... Disaster averted - a visit to the Club
Cricket Conference emergency fixtures bureau results in a home meeting with Long
Marston C. C., and a very fine game it was...
Sunday ( July 28 th.) - the hottest day of the year - the visitors lose the
toss and Charlie elects to bat first. Richard Cousins ( 33 ) and
Henry Capper ( 13 ) put on 39 for the second wicket, but then the score reaches
67 for 4 in the twenty-second over, and the innings is in need of re-building.
On a flying visit from Scotland Alistair Richards ( 26 ) is joined by Sinion
Napier-Munn ( 47 not out ) and together they share a stand of 79 for the fifth
wicket. A quickfire 10 not out from Jeremy Stevens helps to boost the total at
tea to 161 for 5 declared ( from 44 overs ... )
N.Proctor (yes, a relative of the Bourne End C. C.
Proctors ) is the best bowler for Long Marston with 3 wickets for 27 runs.
The visitors reply steadily and lose their first wicket at 45 in the
seventeenth over. S.Robinson ( 94 not out ) and A. Vessey ( 40 ) then add 103
for the second wicket, all the while improving the scoring rate.
Now it's getting a bit tight - they need seven runs per over, and they are
achieving this rate, well near enough, to create a frisson of tension. Now
the last over arrives, and it's Alistair to bowl it - they need 10 runs to win
and have seven wickets in hand ... 2 , 1 , dot , 4 ( oo-er
! ), dot , dot. Yes, good game ... handshakes all round
... Long Marston finish on 159 for 3 wickets, and Alistair
is Hyde Heath's most successful bowler with 2 wickets for 44 runs from 12 overs.
HYDE HEATH 161 for 5 DEC.
LONG MARSTON 159 for 3.
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21st - Knotty Green - Away
As the team left Hyde Heath for the scheduled away fixture Chris. Stanier-Davis
could be seen on the Common, mowing the home outfield, and jolly good it looked
too ! As the team arrived at Knotty Green the unanimous wish was that
Chris had accompanied them, for the outfield there appeared to have been
shaved not as closely as your average batsman would like. Still,
same for both sides...
Charlie Samuels lost the toss for the second successive match, and Hyde Heath
batted first. The innings was a dour affair as the home side kept a fairly tight
rein on the proceedings, firstly through the pace of Lewis ( 2 for 21 ), then
the wiles of Grant ( 3 for 30 ) and Forrester ( 2 for 22 ). Only Henry Capper (
27 ) and Matt Sims ( 29 ) came close to mastering the situation and they each
perished in their attempts to improve the scoring rate. After 40. 1 overs the
visitors lost their final wicket at the unimpressive total of 101.
After tea Knotty Green lost an early wicket, but then Genders - he of the
firm call - ( 36 not out ) and Forrester ( 41 ) provided the foundation for the
innings with a second-wicket stand of 57. The score then slipped from 73 for 2
wickets to 74 for 5, and the visitors thought that they could detect the faint
whiff of a possible victory ... ... but it was not to be,
and Knotty Green cantered home, with almost ten overs to spare, at 102 for 6
For Hyde Heath Tim Nutman bowled well, taking 2 wickets for 24 runs from 13
overs, and young Chris. Michaelson-Yates gave good support with 2 for 14 off 5.
HYDE HEATH 101 KNOTTY GREEN
Knotty Green won by 4 wickets.
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July 14th - Ballinger Waggoners - Away
Bastille Day at Ballinger Waggoners ; phew, what a scorcher
Waggoners skipper, Paul Humphries, won the toss and invited the visitors to
bat first. Charlie Vermeylen ( 23 ) and Tim Barnsley ( 42 ) put on 35 for the
first wicket and then Tim and Henry Capper ( 60 ) shared a second-wicket stand
of 59. The strike rate, however, was not exceptional, a little more than three
runs per over - this may have been because it was a wicket where the ball tended
to keep low, and this feature was fairly well exploited by the home spinners,
lan Davis and Stuart McGowan. Henry was the backbone of the innings with some
spirited strokeplay, and he was given support in the middle order with some
lusty blows from Andy Witten ( 24 ).
Tea came with the declaration at 193 for 6 wickets. To their great credit the
Waggoners had sent down 49 overs.
In their reply the home side lost two early wickets, both being bowled by
Jeremy Stevens ( 2 for 22 from 11 overs ), but then the third -wicket pair added
87 before Danny Draper ( 49 ) was brilliantly caught by Dominic Haddock at short
mid-wicket. ( Dommic appears to be claiming this piece of territory as his own ;
he has certainly done some outstanding work on it this season ...
) lan Davis (55) compiled a splendid half-century, but time seemed to be
With just two overs left, and three wickets in hand, 23 runs were needed - a
tall order ! But, cometh the hour etc.,etc... Jeremy Rayne ( 18 not out ) joined
Trevor Yeardye ( also 18 not out ) and together they biffed their way to the
target, with just one ball to spare. Good game, good game
... congratulations to both teams.
HYDE HEATH 193 -6 dec. BALLINGER
WAGGONERS 194 - 7. Waggoners won by 3 wickets.
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July 7th - Southwell Ramblers - Home
Despite overnight and early morning rain Terry Egan produced a well-tempered
pitch for the home match with Southwell Ramblers ( Sunday, 7th. July ). The
visitors arrived full of bonhomie and dejeuner chez Haddock, won the toss and
decided to take first use of the strip. They soon lost their first wicket when
Paul Haddock played a non-textbook shot to the bowling of his son, Dominic, and
was adjudged l.b.w. Thereafter the Ramblers lost wickets at regular intervals,
although Alistair Turner ( 54 ) kept his end fully operative, driving with due
care and attention on both sides of the wicket.
After he had departed Richard Mann ( 27 not out ) held the tail together for a
teatime declaration at 153 for 8 wickets. Hyde Heath's ground fielding was of
its usual high order. but the catching was woeful ... Paul
Waiters was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets for 42 runs, ably supported
by Dominic Haddock ( 2 for 35 ) and Tim Nutman ( 2 for 33 ).
After tea Andy Williamson ( 22 ) and Charhe Vermeylen ( 19 ) put on 39 for
the first wicket, but at a rate of just two per over, thanks to the tightness of
the visitors' opening attack. Thereafter only Henry Capper ( 46 )
and Dominic Haddock ( 11 ) reached double figures as home resistance crumbled.
When the last over started (and it was the last over, despite the
visiting umpire's erroneous assertion) the score was 126 for 7 wickets. First
ball - Henry Capper bowled ; second ball Charlie Sarnuels caught at second slip;
third ball-Tim Nutman hit on the pad ... big appeal
... not out; fourth ball-T N attempted to put it
into an orbit over the pavilion ... missed; fifth and
sixth balls safely negotiated .... just.
For the visitors Robert Spencer bowled his spinners in one long spell and
finished with 3 for 66.
SOUTHWELL RAMBLERS 153 - 8 dec. HYDE HEATH 126 - 9.MATCH DRAWN
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29th - Presidents XI - Home
HYDE HEATH CRICKET CLUB Saturday 29th.June dawned fair. The marquee had been
"de-fumed' from the previous evening's Beer Festival, much clearing up had been
achieved and the Pimms bar was now open and ready to greet all the President's
Men. After lunch the traditional ceremony of the President's XI winning the toss
took place, and they of course decided to bat first. They started off rather
well, with Simon Blayney ( 29 ) and Nigel Goddard ( 30 ) sharing an opening
stand of 60, but then there was a minor collapse before Nathan Wilkinson
steadied the innings with a painstaking 44.
There was also late aggression from Mike Blayney who, assisted by a much younger
pair of legs, those of his runner, hit a quick 20 not out. For the Club Jeremy
Stevens bowled well to take 3 wickets for 44 runs from 13 overs while Dominic
Haddock had the excellent figures of 3 for 9 from 7 overs. Tea, and the
declaration at 162 for 8 wickets, arrived after exactly 40 overs. Tea .....
The Club's reply spluttered and stuttered to 49 for 5, and at this point the
patient Charlie Vermeylen,who had opened the innings, was joined by Jeremy
Stevens. Together they added 82 for the sixth wicket, and they reached the
situation of 3 2 runs needed from 6 overs with 5 wickets in hand - game on !
.... But the Presidential strike force returned for another tour of duty, four
wickets fell quickly and Tim Nutman played out the last over impeccably to
achieve the draw at 135 for 9 wickets, also, remarkably, from exactly 40 overs.
For the President's XI Simon Blayney took 4 for 21 from 9 overs, and, in his
first outing of the season, Alistair Richards grabbed 3 for 12 from 12 overs.
Charlie Vermeylen scored a splendid 59 and he was well supported by Jeremy
Stevens with 33.
PRESIDENT'S XI 162- 8 dec. HYDE HEATH
135-9. MATCH DRAWN
Deliveries often kept low during this match, which may have contributed to
the eight Lbw.dismissals. The home umpire allowed five appeals, probably as many
as for the whole of last season! Unfortunately there was another injury during
this year's game when Terry Laidlaw dislocated his shoulder when attempting one
more throw from the deep third man boundary. But it had been a good contest,
with much to please the crowd.
Same time next year, Mr.President ?
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June 23rd - vs Little Missenden - Away
In their latest match ( on Sunday, June 23rd. ) at Little Missenden the Hyde
Heath skipper, Charlie Samuels, won the toss and invited the home side to take
first use of a fairly good - looking wicket. They started fairly crisply, but
then Jeremy Stevens, employing an occasional element of guile, bowled a slower
ball ( a full toss, in fact ) which was clipped straight into the hands of
Dominic Haddock at short mid-wicket. Two overs later another full toss, this
time wide of the leg stump and to the very capable Evan Hamilton-Pike. "Four ! "
thought the bowler and the batsman simultaneously ; " Mine" said Andy Witton ,
taking a splendid one-handed diving catch at leg gully. This seemed to knock the
stuffing out of The Misfits as tight bowling and excellent ground fielding
restricted them to just 32 for 4 wickets after 20 overs. And their situation got
no better as two suicidal run-outs added to their woes, and they were finally
dismissed for 50 runs. Jeremy Stevens finished with the splendid figures of 5
wickets for 21 runs from 13 overs, Andy Williamson 2 for 6 from 6, and Tim,
Nutman bowled 10 good overs for 18 runs and no reward whatsoever.
So, there was the final half-hour before tea for the visitors to negotiate.
They lost Richard Cousins in the second over, and Eddie Buller's pace was
proving troublesome, but the interval was reached with no further alarms at 22
for one wicket. After tea Andy Williamson (16 ) had his middle stump removed by
a good fast ball from Buller, but Charlie Vermeylen ( 20 not out ) and Henry
Capper saw Hyde Heath safely to 54 for two wickets.
LITTLE MISSENDEN MISFITS 50 (32.4 overs ) HYDE HEATH 54 - 2 ( 18.4 overs)
HYDE HEATH WON BY 8 WICKETS
Hyde Heath's bowling and fielding appears to be as tight as their skipper
could hope for, but have they peaked too soon ? The President , remembering last
year's 6-wicket defeat , is bound to bring a much stronger side this year... So,
be up at The Common on Saturday, June 29th. at 2.00 p.m ....
or watch this space...
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June 16th - vs The Plough and
(Your correspondent Robin Richards is on holiday so result only this week)
|The Plough & the Stars 98-9 dec
||Hyde Heath CC 99-3
||22 not out
||20 not out
Hyde Heath CC won by seven wickets
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June 2nd - vs
Chiltern Gypsies - Away at Hughenden
There was a new fixture last Sunday ( 2nd. June ) at Hughenden where Hyde
Heath were the visitors to Chiltern Gypsies, who won the toss and decided to
bat. On a slow track against tight bowling and excellent ground fielding runs
were always going to be difficult to come by, and the home side ground its way
to 68 for 3 wickets, but it had taken them 24 overs. So Charlie Samuels called
upon his senior pro., Paul Waiters, who responded by taking four wickets for 14
runs with his off-breaks, and the Gypsies' innings was suddenly in tatters.
There was good support from Matthew Walters ( son of senior pro. ) with three
for 12, and the home side's innings subsided to 98 all out - from 41.5 overs.
Hyde Heath's reply stuttered along. Jeremy Stevens played all round a
straight full-toss, David Brennan was proceeding steadily on 15, when he had a
rush of blood (and feet) and ran himself out and then Simon Napier-Munn was
looking good on 13, when he played a poor shot (about ten minutes too soon) to a
poor delivery and was l.b.w. At this point 24 overs had been bowled, and the
score was 56 for 4 wickets. Now Joel Kelly joined Matthew Walters, and they
shared the best partnership of the day. Together they added 43 in 7.5 overs, to
the accompaniment of the occasional roll of thunder and intermittent rain,
reaching the target at 99 for 4 wickets with 5.1 overs to spare. Man of the
match, Matthew Walters, made 33 not out.
CHILTERN GYPSIES 98
HYDE HEATH 99 - 4. HYDE HEATH
WON BY 6 WICKETS
Your correspondent is not available for the next two matches, at home to
Turville Park and ThePlough and the Stars, so , if you want to know what
happens, make Sunday afternoon visits to Hyde Heath Common .....
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May 19th - vs Bourne End - Home
Last Sunday (19th May) the visitors to the Common were Bourne End CC(the
Hertfordshire one... ), who won the toss and decided to bat first. They lost
a wicket in Jeremy Stevens' first over - a good catch by Tim Barnsley at second
slip - but thereafter they gorged themselves as the change bowling was put to
the sword. Akhtar (75) was particularly brutal, despatching the ball to all
parts of the wooded surrounds, and he was ably supported in a second - wicket
stand of 137 by Proctor ( 94 ). Joel Kelly got his customary wicket with a
splendid caught -and - bowled, but it was a merciful release when the visitors
declared well before tea on 216 for 3 wickets ( from just 35 overs ... ).
home side had put down at least five catches. Unusually, Bourne End produced a
father - and - son opening attack Gordon and Richard Scillitoe, but this did not
break the stand of Matt Sims and Richard Cousins (18), who put on 36 for the
first wicket. Thereafter Matt alone stood firm in just his second match for Hyde
Heath, scoring 53 (nine fours) whilst wickets tumbled at the other end. Joel
Kelly ( 10 ) was the only other batsman to reach double figures as the home side
was put out for 125. And who was the architect of all this mayhem ? None other
than Mr. Akhtar (no, not Shoaib... ) with a devastating spell of 5 wickets for
16 runs from a mere 4.4 overs.
BOURNE END 216 - 3 dec. HYDE HEATH 125 BOURNE END WON BY 91 RUNS
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May 12th - vs The Lee - Home
The Lee C. C. were the visitors to the Common last Sunday afternoon (12th May). They won the toss and invited Hyde Heath to bat first. This appeared
to be a very good decision as the home side collapsed to 32 for 7 wickets, David
Brennan alone resisting for long enough to make double figures.
state was due mainly to the extremely accurate bowling of visiting skipper,
Humphreys, who finished with the excellent figures of 15 overs and 1 ball, 7
maidens, 24 runs conceded and 7 wickets. Simon Napier-Munn (42) then set about
some reparation work; he and Joel Kelly (13), with the help of some useful
extras, added 67 for the eighth wicket. Hyde Heath eventually reached the
relatively respectable total of 102 all out. Knott had given his captain good
support with 2 wickets for 9 runs from ten overs.
There was a feeling of "deja-vu"
about The Lee's reply; their innings was in free-fall at 12 for 6, but, once
again a lower-order batsman did his best to repair the damage. This time it was
Knott, who followed up his good work with the ball by hitting an aggressive 52 (8 fours and a six). He took the total score to 87 ( Australia's "Nelson" ), but
was then dismissed. There was no further resistance as The Lee finally totalled
89 all out.
For Hyde Heath Jeremy Stevens returned career-best figures of 6
wickets for 18 runs from 10. 1 overs, and he was ably supported by Dominic
Haddock with 3 for 34 and a splendid catch at short mid-wicket. David Brennan's
enthusiastic wicket-keeping had ensured that no byes were conceded.
HYDE HEATH 102 THE LEE 89 HYDE HEATH WON BY 13 RUNS
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May 5th – vs Chartridge - Home
At Hyde Heath Common last Sunday the weather was cool and the sky overcast.
In his first match in charge Charlie Samuels did what every captain should - he
won the toss - and invited the visitors, Chartridge CC to bat.
The Hyde Heath opening attack of Jeremy Stevens and Tim Nutman proved
economical, conceding just two runs per over, but they found wickets hard totake
as the visitors batted slowly but surely. The introduction of young Dominic
Haddock as second change bowler brought some success, and he went on to take
four wickets for 35 runs from eleven overs.
There were also debut wickets for Joel Kelly and Simon Napier Munn, but,given
the conditions, the visitors batted steadily enough, thanks mainly to Gooch (30)
and Atif (26 not out to declare at tea on 137 for 7 wickets from 44 overs.
The home side's reply began a little too slowly, and after sixteen overs
their score was just 22 for one. Then disaster struck ... visiting skipper,
Sweet, put himself on to bowl first change, and proceeded to rip the heart out
of the Hyde Heath innings, taking six wickets for just eight runs from six overs.
Only David Brennan stood firm, scoring 28 not out, and he was aided for a while
by another debutant, Warren Gordon (17, including one defiant six ), but at the
end it was skipper Charlie who presented a stonewall defence to help his side to
88 for 9 wickets.
CHARTRIDGE 137 for 7 dec. HYDE HEATH 88 for 9. MATCH
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