Chess Valley League Division 2 - Played 8, Won 5, Lost 3, Points - 20, Position - 4th
This season was a typical one in terms of HCC Sunday Cricket, barring one important aspect, the final league position. To say I was annoyed when Ickenham were promoted ahead of us on net run would be somewhat of an understatement, but that's life! There were some fantastic team performances, some fantastic individual performances and some performances that drove the captain to the edge of his sanity for no real reason whatsoever.
I kept some of the principles of our previous leaders, there was a substantial amount of duo-gullying, often we turned up absolutely paralytic, and Doug absolutely had to drive to away games. My own "innovative" thinking was met with somewhat was less approval, "What do you mean you won the toss and bowled?!?!" and not bowling Russ when the St. Albans' opener was attempting to hit the ball somewhere near the moon.
Our performances were consistent, we lost to Radlett, St. Albans and Broxbourne and beat everyone else, including Tring Park and Ickenham, who were both promoted. Jay Parmar was superb with the bat in his first season at the club and was leading league run scorer, backed up by Dan Ogden, Macey and Dan Evans. Danny knicked the non-existent bowling cup from Finchy beating him by 2 wickets and as always Scotty wasn't far behind.
There were several individual moments that really stood out 1) Arriving early from Brighton to watch Jordie skittle Harrow Town's top order and take our only 5fer of the year. 2) Matt Ogden creaming "Yasir Arafat" for 4 to win the game at Crouch End with one ball to spare and 3) Jamie, Danny and Justice all banging 50s against St. Albans. But for me Dan Ogden's unbeaten 74 against Uxbridge, and particularly a fired up Caribbean quick, showed true grit, determination and ability. proving that the club is in very good hands in the near future, with himself, his brother, Finchy, Jordie, Beacham et al contributing wherever they play.
Saying all that, it wouldn't be us without an incident and the morning of the Radlett game, when a certain coffin lid closed firmly on the face of Douglas King, has to be the more traditional Sunday highlight of the season. Especially as he came back from Hospital, without any underwear on but with a freshly glued chin, and opened the batting, in a manner of speaking, for the 2nd XI against Potters Bar.
I can't thank Baz, Pedro, Statto, Devo and my Old Man enough for the help with administration and transport, as well as all the lads for help with on field antics in my first season of captaincy. Most important thanks go to Steve and Tracy (obviously) for keeping us fed and watered on a day of the week where most of us aren't feeling too clever!
I've thoroughly-ish enjoyed the experience this season, but as I'm going to focus on my music career, I've decided to resign from this prestigious role! I hope Scotty enjoys it and can seal the promotion that I couldn't!!
Tom Day, Sunday 1XI Captain
1. So Doug doesn't get the hump, he also took a 5fer at Burnham, Jordie's was the only league one!!