1982: a season of improvement

One of the photos on the wall of the clubhouse shows captains for the 1982 season – Dave Holland, Dick Duggan, Gerry Mills, Simon Wigmore and Greg Jervis.

1982 was a reasonably successful season in the Chilterns League – with first team finishing fourth and the seconds third.

For the first team, Dave Holland wrote: With regard to the Chiltern League a creditable 4th place was achieved and indeed for most of the season a higher placing seemed likely.

David Greenaway and Bill Adaway topped the batting averages, with Greenaway hitting a top score of 116 not out against Fleet.

For the second XI, Dick Duggan commented: Six victories in League matches and we were beaten by the only two teams to finish above us, suggesting that our third place in the League table was a fair indication of the strength of the side.

Dave Thornley took 8 for 12 in a comprehensive win against Bledlow.

For the Sunday Second XI, Gerry Mills reported:

There were a number of highlights worth recalling, namely Paul Goodrham‘s 6 for 35 against Fleet and a staggering 8 for 36 against West Drayton. Tim Isaac‘s 6 for 46 against Old Gaytonians was a joy to watch. Tim bowled fast and kept the ball well up; he did in fact take the first six wickets. Of the batting, Gill Dunn proved the most consistent, possibly hos 74 not out from 103 for 2 against Redingensions being the best. John Clark weighed in with several good knocks especially his 43 against Cove and 48 against Littlewick Green; unfortunately when the possibility of hving to buy a jug loomed up the responsibility proved too much. Both Geoff Herbert and Derek Newman scored half centuries.

There was also a match against and England Ladies XI in August. The England team was captained by Rachel Heyhoe Flint, later Baroness Heyhoe Flint, who played a key role in the development of women’s cricket.

The ladies won the match on the last but one ball of the game.

Off the field, the club had also made progress, reducing borrowings at high interest of £3,000 to an interest free loan of £1,000 and new shower rooms.

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