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That was 2015

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The end of the season is marked by the club supper. This annual group hug to congratulate playing performance and individual contributions (but not the 1XI umpire or scorer/scribe or colts umpires) has been happening as far as I can remember back into last century, well 1976. In all that time I think I have only missed two, once when we had the quixotic choice of a riverboat shuffle, and second to ill health. It was a great night out for 37 souls and brilliant to see 5 colts there sneaking the odd shandy.

Money can't buy league points, unless you are a Far Eastern bookmaker, and the 1XI had fewer points than a Hornby starter pack going into the final 3 games of the season. We pulled off the remarkable feat of 85 points from a possible 90 to send an incredulous White Waltham 2XI down, controversially below Amersham Hill. Sadly Amersham took offence at the comments in my report earlier in the season for the home fixture. I guess we just have a different view on village cricket and how to spend a Saturday afternoon. All this is a long way away from the brilliant start to the season with two wins and a record 2ndwicket stand of 226 between Veg and Roy Oftherovers.   

This year also continued the march and brilliant organisation of the colts as reported by Mike Walnut when he reported on the U13 game at N.Maids. Well done the U13 winning their division in the final at Slough. After 6 seasons of the revamped colts we are now benefitting from over half a dozen playing regularly in senior teams and relieving some of the ancients of a lot of chasing around and now crowding the slips. Their enthusiasm is in contrast to a small cadre of players who pick and choose which team they play in content on easy runs and wickets. Still, the club is like a family with different characters, arguments and sprout farts. The Graham brothers filled in for the 1XI at Amersham Hill and Joe provided my Champaign moment with two excellent catches in the deep.
The 2XI finished (lower) mid table but had a refreshing approach away from results towards building for the future. Consequently Mike and Nigel took the batting and bowling awards with a combined age well over 110. Spookily this is the number of balls it takes Mike to get into double figures and seconds for Nigel to bowl a ball. I hope Henry Graham took the duck award in the spirit it was intended.

My walk round Twyford in the summer was spoilt by a fleet of taxis and S-Class Mercedes with fashionable ladies gazing out of the back windows somewhat dismissively at the great unwashed. Henley regatta was on and the air had the scent of money. Now, believe me I wouldn't mind a little splashed my way, but as the saying goes: it can't buy you happiness, but a little less unhappiness, or if you are a bookmaker in Asia…..

And finally my predictions for 2016: Goldenballs sets his sights on 40,000 runs for the club before he is 70, Prof returns as a 9 stone very quick bowler with dodgy antipodean goatee, Veg starts his boxing coaching and applies this to the colts and punches the lights out of our favourite opposition bowler. Mike Walnut tops the 6 hitting stats, Dave Walnut develops a doosra, the Cadbury Kid has his cleared up with Penicillin. A number of club bushes receive topiary awards. Stevie T continues with his photographic career while Scott ends up in Calais instead of Coleshill.

Good luck all in 2016, I promise to write a bit more frequently if the cricket can inspire me more than last season.
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