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Date Fixture     Date Fixture
April 28th Bank of England - draw A      
May 5th Cublington - win H        
May 12th The Lee - win          
May 19th Pelicans - draw        
May 26th Little Marlow - lost          
June 2nd Roxbourne          
June 9th Lt Missenden Misfits          
June 16th Southwell Ramblers - cancelled - rain          
June 23rd Presidents X1 H        
July 7th Ballinger - win A        
             
April 28th - Bank of England - Away Draw
 
We arrived at the Bank of England’s impressive club grounds with a strong XI and unlike previous years, on time, with all of our kit and temperatures above freezing (just!).

We were asked to bat first on what felt like a great batting wicket, but Dom and Henry fell early on to pair of LBWs. After a frenetic start, Henry King settled into a brutal knock, smashing almost everything that came his way, generally along the deck and often with classy punches down the ground and through the covers. It was glorious to watch. Ateeq was his parter in a 150 run stand, who looked assured and ran hard for his younger colleague. They ended on 127 and 58 respectively and between them scored almost all of our 222.

It’s not often you blaze 127 and almost get pipped to man of the match, but Ben Sonley took Henry(K) pretty close with a mammoth 11 over spell, that went for only 22 runs and included four maidens and four wickets, incredible stuff from the metronome. I have a memory that the first wicket was a lightning fast leg-side stumping by some young chap called Haddock behind the stumps.

That miserly spell meant that Bank never looked like scoring enough runs. Ben was well supported by every other bowler, particularly Luke who was fast, Simon on debut and Captain Nick who took a sharp C&B in his three wicket haul.

Our catching let us down a bit, Bank hung onto a draw, eight wickets down and we dropped at least three chances. Still, a very good start to the season, particularly for Henry(K), who has timed his maiden hundred for the club perfectly, this being the first summer that he can legally buy a jug! This might turn out to be an expensive season for him.
Dom Haddock
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May 5th - Cublington - Home Win
 
Things didn’t get off to a good start against Cublington. There was a hint of an Australia accent on their hefty opening batsman, which is usually a concern. Our worst fears were realised, and we discovered that this chap was an overseas pro at some point during his blistering, faultless 170 (retired). His innings enabled their skipper to gleefully declare before tea with 254 on board. If we were going to have anything to celebrate over bank holiday beers in the Plough, we’d have to bat out of skins.

Dom and Henry started watchfully, but both looked in good touch. They reached 100 in good time, without any concerns. Having both passed 50, they set their minds on the chase and opened their arms, dispatching the ball to parts in a session which saw 60 odd runs scored in a flash.

As we reach the 20 over countdown, Cublington turned to their Saturday opening quicks. Unfortunately this led immediately to a double breakthrough, Henry Capper for 76 and Henry King for a duck. Captain Nick strode purposefully to the crease, kept the scoreboard ticking and ran well with Dom who was by now in the 90s. Though he’d sent a good number of straight(ish) sixes into the trees and swivel pull shots off his nose over the road, it felt appropriate that a mistimed bunt through mid-wicket took Dom to his hundred.

The match was still alive. Nick was dismissed but Simon, on home debut, was a cool head under pressure. Dom was swinging hard at everything now and the pair were keeping us up with the rate, just. On 132, Dom was finally dismissed by a sharp caught and bowled by our Australian friend. We needed 12 from two overs, fingernail chomping stuff. Kenny came in, perhaps the perfect scenario for him, licence to unleash his lusty blows. He did just that which coupled with Simon’s nous kept us going. A late cut from the outside half of Simon’s bat took us to victory with just two balls to spare.

Phew! What a finish! A famous victory! No one can remember a higher successful chase for the club. A superb batting effort, made possible by the bowlers and fielders sticking to a tough task against quality oppo earlier in the day. Much post match analysis was required in the Plough.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Dom Haddock
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May 12th - The Lee - Away Win
 
On the wettest wicket since Worcestershire CCC ill advisedly toured to Atlantis CC, we were asked to bat first at The Lee. Our top three showed discipline against some good new ball bowling, but though Dom made it into the 30s, runs were scarce and the scoring rate slow. Having arrived 30 minutes late, Luke must have missed the team tactics meeting about patience and casually deposited his first two deliveries ten yards over the boundary. He continued in this style to make our only meaningful contribution with the bat, a thrilling and brutal 95. He was out in the closing overs, selflessly pushing the score on without concern for his hundred. It was brutal batting and we would have been well short without it. He was well supported by Nick, who looked in good nick, Simon who hung around and ran well for a long time, Gus who crashed a pull shot to the boundary and decided that was enough for him, and Ben who will talk you through his run-a-ball 12 in great detail whether you like it or not.

We set 200, but rumours of very talented league batsmen through their order abounded. Today though, HHCC were brilliant in the field. Luke took the new ball and was fast and fiery, crashing through batmen’s gates and into stumps, and regularly finding the outside edge in a four wicket spell. The Burgham Boys, this week Nick and Walter, combined to claim six wickets(!), three to Nick’s off spin which had got better and better and surely he will compete for the highest wicket tally this year, and three stunning catches. Nick leapt like a salmon and took one in mid air to dismiss their best batsman, and two for Walter, one in which he covered a lot of ground and the other was struck mighty powerfully and went like a rocket. Ateeq’s well flighted leg spin wrapped up the tail, including a well judged over the shoulder catch taken by Kenny and in a flash we had dismissed The Lee for 120 in 20 overs.

It was a complete team performance. On paper one we ought not to have won, but a bit of brilliance by Luke with the bat, allowed us to pull together for a brilliant fielding performance and thumping victory.
 
Dom Haddock
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May 19th - Pelicans - home draw
 

On Sunday we hosted local rivals The Pelicans.  The Pelicans lost the toss so we put them in to bat.  The wicket was a little damp with all the rain we had on Saturday evening but was drying out fast.  A nice warm afternoon ahead of us.  Luke and Ben opened the bowling, Luke got one wicket but we couldn’t seem to break through the top order.  A bowling change was needed.  On came Nick and Luke’s friend, Matt aka Bomb Head!  Well these two surely did slow the run rate with Nick bowling 11 overs and taking 2 wickets and Matt bowling well having taken two wickets then in the last over before tea, took three more.  So a fiver for Matt.  A mention also to Angus who hung on to an absolute sky-er of a catch nearly taking Ben out in the process.  Luke also held a screamer to point. 

We headed into the tea break needing just under 200 to win the game.  Matt Simms and Luke opened the batting.  They were coasting along quite nicely, Luke hitting one of the biggest sixes ever seen on the common and Matt running quickly between the wickets.  After Matt’s dismissal, Spencer came to the crease and upped the run rate.  Unfortunately Luke got bowled by an extremely good delivery just clipping the top of off stump.  Then it left us a bit thin on the ground.  Nick, Angus and Kenny went quickly.  Simon hung around to guide us towards a draw.  Liam and Ben made sure we didn’t lose the game.  So all up a good effort from everyone. 

Next Sunday, home game against Little Marlow – bank holiday weekend.  See you there.

 
Nick Burgham
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May 26th - Little Marlow - home - lost
 

Typical. Glorious sunshine fills the skies as I arrive at the ground in preparation for a triumphant return to cricket at Hyde Heath. Then I open the car door and it starts pissing it down. Two pints in The Plough see the weather improve a little and we take to the field amid cold and damp and drizzle. You get the impression everyone would rather be in the pub – and it shows. Despite Dom's inspirational captaincy, I can't remember Hyde Heath fielding this badly in forever: ground-fielding errors, dropped catches, lethargic chases, overthrows, missed run-outs... If memory serves – and it rarely does – there were at least three of the above off just one ball. Certainly, it's the fielding I blame for my 5 overs disappearing for 40 – nothing to do with the rank full tosses getting belted into the trees. No sir.

Having agreed with Little Marlow to play 35 overs a side after a delayed start, we took the field and all of our seamers bowled well. Playing in his final game before relocating down to Cornwall (disgraceful behaviour to move so far from Hyde Heath...) Ben “Glenn McGrath” Sonley was at his usual frugal best and Stanley bowled a strong opening spell from the other end. Sohail rolled back the years with some pinpoint yorkers while Spencer was especially impressive, exploiting the up and down nature of the pitch but failing to win the plumbest of LBW appeals against the oppo's number 3 (it shot along the ground and hit him on the foot in front of middle). That fellow also benefitted from several dropped catches and went on to anchor the innings with 72 and help see Little Marlow up to 214 or so.

Tea was a beacon of excellence: Hyde Heath's most reliable cricketing forte. Bakewell slices suggested pride in the game's great traditions while devilled eggs demonstrated an embrace of innovation in the never-ending pursuit of progress.

Chasing a stiff target, we would have hoped for more from our openers, but after Dom and Henry Capper departed, it was Spencer and Henry King who put together our most significant partnership. Spencer in particular looked in fine form in making 50, so Henry K promptly ran him out. Wickets fell in a cluster before a revivifying partnership between Angus and myself. I made 39, mostly mown through the leg-side, and I especially enjoyed Gus's calling, which instead of the perfunctory options of “yes”, “no”, or “maybe” took place more in the form of a dialogue: “Ought we to run?” Angus enquired. “I don't see why we shouldn't.” Less efficient but more civilised than the usual approach, I'm sure you'll agree.

Sadly, I got bowled by a shooter, we continued to lose wickets in groups and with an over to go, we were finally all out 20 or so runs short as Sohail was felled by a toe-crusher.

Not the most impressive of performances from the Heath but an enjoyable afternoon against a fun opposition.


Tom Jeffreys (foreign correspondent)

 
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June 2nd Roxbourne - Home - Lost
 
Thanks to a fiery opening bust by Roxbourne’s opening bowlers and a spicy track that popped up and kept low, our theoretically strong top order were blown away in the first few overs leaving us at 68 for 7. Then came an incredible partnership between Simon and Liam. They occupied the crease, played nothing but low risk shots and ran well to double our score! Where 100 has looked impossible they dragged us up to 120 brilliantly, and frustrated the oppo no end in the process.

When Liam was eventually dismissed on 26, we unleashed our second secret weapon. Henry King had taken a break from revision, and wandered over for a slice of cake a tea. As we only had ten in the team, he was hastily kitted out in borrowed, mismatched, whites and pads and sent in at number 10. He blasted 12 from three balls and we finished on 148. We were probably short of par but we had something to bowl at thank to the Simon and Liam’s heroics. Simon was very unfortunate not to record his first half century for the club, caught on 46 whilst upping the scoring rate in the final overs.

Our start with the ball was excellent. Continuing his blinding form, Liam took a brilliant catch at gully off Spencer and Nick an early LBW. We continued to bowl with great heart, but were always short of a really competitive total and Roxbourne managed to get home well within time, without any great scares. Special mention to Liam who finished a brilliant day with a short spell of medium pace, reminiscent on one B.Sonley. Let’s hope we see some more in the future !
 
Dom Haddock

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June 9th Lt Missenden Misfits - Home - Draw
 
A mammoth second wicket stand between Henry Capper and Fiddy Spence saw us post a dominant 249, on a sticky wicket at home to Little Missenden. Henry’s 111 and Spencer’s 83 were patient and low risk and the wickets in hand allowed the middle order to tee off and add some quick runs at the end of the innings.

Little Missenden had recruited some young guns from various other Saturday clubs, which we took as a great compliment. After a stunning slip catch taken by Henry C. two visiting batsmen from the Lee came together and began to take the game away from us. Spencer put in an excellent 18(!) over spell and Stanley and Nick bowled well around him. But we couldn’t break the partnership. A leading edge and a real skier taken by Dom with the gloves gave us a sniff, but a young chap who had threatened against us at the Lee, really did the business here and was well past 100.

In the final over Missenden required 8 to win. With two balls left, just five needed and the centurion was on strike. Nick scuttled a low straight one to bowl him! All of a sudden the equation looked very different and our old friend Atif strode to the crease with six required off the last ball. A wide, flat dart from Nick under pressure made that impossible and the match was drawn.

Almost 495 runs scored under sunny skies, against an amiable side with honours even. Good match. Oh, and we recruited their ringer for next week.
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Dom Haddock

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June 23rd - Presidents X1
 
report coming ....
 
July 7th - Ballinger - Away Win
 
It was in the balance in Ballinger this weekend, the match decided in the final over. We got off to a flyer with the ball thanks to two stunning slip catches by Alex Davidson and a searching new ball burst by Luke and Kenny. Then Nick, Monty and Henry King rattled through 25 overs between them at a lightning pace, Monty even jogging back to his mark after every delivery. Though Ballinger were a strong, young, batting side with plenty of talent, we kept chipping away at the wickets. The two paced pitch created leading edges, caught and bowleds, and took turn, spectacularly in one case when Nick bowled their skipper through the gate. They set us 184, perhaps just under par, but something to defend.

Our reply got off to a stuttering start. The run rate was good, but we’d lost three wickets before reaching 50. A significant stand or two was required, and Monty and Alex, then Alex and Luke, did the business. All three batted sensibly, but with controlled aggression and the scoreboard ticked over nicely. Latterly, Alex and Luke got their eyes in and opened their arms to crash fours and sixes more regularly. They fell in quick succession, Alex after reaching a half century and Luke in the 40s.

We needed only six to win, but wickets and overs were running out, no problem it seemed for our fearless engine room in the lower order. Kenny, as a former Ballinger CC colt, came to the crease under the pressure of friendly jeering around him, but blasted his first ball for four, then holed out at long the next ball attempting to wrap things up, a classic Kenny innings. Liam strode to the middle, and under strict instructions from his skipper to “get something on it and run”, casually took a quick bouncer to the head and called the single through, confirming his status as the toughest member of the Hyde Heath squad. With five balls still to go and only one needed for victory, Nick ramped up the drama by edging to slip and everything was down to Angus. Block four balls and lose. Get out and lose. Pressure? What pressure? Gus neatly stepped inside the line of Ballinger’s raging quick and flicked him to fine leg for four, to whoops and hollers from the boundary. An extraordinarily close match, played in just the right spirit by both sides. We retired for beers in their new pavilion and to check the status of Liam’s (victorious)concussion.

 
Dom Haddock
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