VICE-CAPTAIN'S REPORT 1992
All in all, a pretty good season as we once agalil achieved more wins than losses whjlst the scarcity of draws reflects a continubd pos'itive approach. The poor weather during the- fjnal six weeks was a disappointment as people,'were clamouring to get a gamel jn marked contrast to the s'ituation earlier jn the year when we fre(uently struggled to raise a sjde. The loss of Garreth Anderson, currently drinking hjmself silly in South Australja on a "wine course" and James Lancaster, currently drinking hjmself si11y'in Newcastle for Tyne Tees TV, were blows whjch were compounded by the long-term injury to Hugh Weston and the retirement of Andrew Nott to Eaitbourne. Although, regrettably, we had to cancel one game due to lack of numbers, enormous credjt must go to Rosie who managed to keep us afloat when the pool of p'layers had seemjngly evaporated. Wj'lls, our skipper, again 1ed by example, turn'ing up for every single game. Hjs wicketkeep'ing was again consistent but he did excel in making 18 itumpings and and by significantly reducing the number of byes conceded. General-astonjshment at this last fact led to allegatjons of collusion between scorer and captain in a bye-rigging scandal but the sad truth of the matter is more likely that the ball did not pass the bat as often as jn recent seasons. Graham's batting was more aggressjve and even jf this was only due to the offer from the Vice of a p'int for every strajght four he hit, it certain'ly increased his effectiveness. Graham
batsmen, James McLean passed 1000 runs, scoring three centuries on the way, despite being controversjally dropped down the batting order. This was a direct result of his going away on holiday for a month mid-season, never a recommended option, with h'is customary opening berth being taken by Danny Sullivan who at last replaced the mature-'looking Julian Todd as the team-'s youth po'licy. Spotted by the skipper as he took apart our bowling for Radcliffes, Danny qu'ick1y made an impression by scori!g a century in only his second game to secure a good win against Grjffin, following thjs qp with a hard-hiiting 89 against Greenfield. His form deteriorated thereafter once he discovered-the joys of after hours drinking in the Westminster Arms but he still finished with a good average and we hope for more next year.
0f the other
newcomers included Paul Eathorne who contributed some useful knocks and looked sharp jn the field and Chris Hutton, brought in to make the skipper look young but who nevertheless performed well with the bat and almost bowled us to an unlikely victory agains NPL.
jff Healey played the next highest number of games and had what could fairly be described as an up and down season. Hjs nine ducks jn the After
is a record
which may never be broken, unless James Brooke Turner decjdes to play more often, but he djd score heavily towards the end, when condjt'ions were damper, culminating jn a fjne century against Morbid Pathology and a dogged 69 at NPL. Unfortunately, Cliffy failed by a mere 25 to reach his target for the season of 1000 runs, the weather proving to be the final season
nail in his coffin.
batting averages were actually
headed by Andrew
Nott, partly as a resu'lt
of his puziling binishment to the lower reaches of the batting_order although hjs disappojntment at this turn of events may have been partially assuaged^ by his iiri:reased opportunit jes with the bal l. Andrew, lo! qf the Bishop_of Norwich, has now left us to teach his impeccable forward defence to small boys in Eastbourne and he wjll be greatly missed.
to buy some pads" Whitney and Julian Todd were the other ma'in contributors to the runs total although each may feel that he should have scored more. While Alex was more jntent on flogging off dodgy equipment to his colleagues and Julian was spend'ing an unaccountable amount of tjme out of the country, it js more difficult to come up with an adequate excuse for Paul's poor form wjth the bat. One suggest'ion was that since being dumped by the skipper's daughter, Paul had grown increas'ingly shortsighted but thjs was dismjssed out of hand. Paul Brook, Alex "Do you want
js Reade, wh'ilst not much en joying f acing anyth'ing above slow-medium, as befits a Balfour man, was particularly severe on a 12 year o1d spjnner from Harrow whjch led to hjm scoring the fastest recorded 50 for the club - I thjnk it was 18 balls but i Haven't got the scorebook to confirm thjs. Unfortunately for Chris, there was a particular dearth of thjs sort of bowler and, one B0 apart, he failed to reproduce thjs form.
Ian Barnes, Jjm Montejth, Simon Makin and John Green all made useful runs on occas'ions and Ra'lph Ward again improved his best 'runs jn a season' total. Hjs most impressive innings, however, was when he opened the innings against the EIG. Although he scored only B runs, he helped McLean put on 72 for the fjrst wjcket in rapjd tjme, setting us on the way to a match-winning total. I cannot let mentjon of thjs match pass w'ithout describing the shot of the season, played by Hughje Davis. He hooked his fjrst ball, which was short and fast, sending it sajljng into the trees for a mighty six. The look of astonishment on the bowler's face said it all.
this year lacked penetration, particularly that of the less-slow bowlers. A1ex, however, d'id bowl cons jstently we11, especial ly against our stronger oppos'it'ion. Paul Brook also put in several gggd spe1ls without ever gaining just reward. The back-up'seamers', as they ljke to be ca11ed, Montejlh, who topped the averages, Mclean, Barnes, Reade and Wisdom all achieved a modicum of success, occasionaliy, while once again, Hughie did not play often enough to become a major contrjbutor. It must be sajd in his defence, howevei, that he was thwarted in his attempt to make hjs debut jn a match in September only by jnclement weather. The bowling
Mark Chaloner was the most effective taking 50 wjckets for the second season in succession. He bowled us to a number of v'ictories with his begui'ling left-armers and provided us with much entertainment, pqftlcularly when, in a raging fury, he chased Alex all the way across a crjcket field. AlI Alex had iar'd was "WelI bowled Mark" - jnnocuous enough you may think, but jt I jt the blue touch paper. It was good to see Simon Makin back in the team although condjtions rarely favoured hjs 1eg-spin and hjs batt'ing failed to I jve up to its pre-season promise.
0f the spinners,
Although we suffered one or two hammerings, we acquitted ourselves well jn most of our matches and the general spirit of the side remained strong. Many thanks are due to Rosie, who, like Graham, attended every match, for all her time and effort put into keeping an unruly bunch at least partially looking I
ike a cricket