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Season 1991
A bit of an improvement!

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PRESIDENT Mr. G. R. Brown. COMMITTEE (?): Chairman Mr. G. R. Brown; Secretary Howard Turner; Captain Howard Turner (May only), Duncan Perry; Vice-Captain Adrian Barrett; Fixture Secretary Howard Turner

Players (?) - Adrian Barrett (VC); Duncan Barrett; Dr. Paul Bates; Chris Bell; Nicky Brown; Steve Duke; Darren Eaton; Mike Hills; Peter Hull; Adrian Lamberth; Duncan Perry (C); Jason Stephens; Andy Thompson; Richard Thompson; Howard Turner (S, FS, C [May only]); Jason Walliker; John Williams; Nick Wilson-Jones

(The following is from the text of the committee's 1992 report to the AGM regarding 1991.)

tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    With 1990 behind us (our worst season on the pitch for years) West End Cricket Club looked forward to a better season in 1991. At first, it seemed our optimism was misplaced, however by September everyone involved with the club had enjoyed one of our best seasons.

FIXTURES 1991

APRIL

29 H Chertsey Rec lost by 9 wickets

MAY

5 A Concorde lost by 135 runs
12 H Fleet Spurs Won by 8 wickets
19 A Thorpe 1st XI lost by 76 runs
26 A Isleworth Village lost by 116 runs

JUNE

2 H Windlesham lost by 100 runs
9 A Gordon Boys School Won by 26 runs
16 H RAFA Barned cancelled (weather)
23 A Woking Vandals cancelled (weather)
30 A West Byfleet Won by 57 runs

JULY

7 H Lion Works (Bisley) Won by 58 runs
14 A Hamm Moor 2nd XI Won by 39 runs
21 H Thorpe 2nd XI Won by 148 runs
28 H Isleworth Village lost by 107 runs

AUGUST

4 A Fairlands Won by 3 wickets
11 A Chertsey Rec lost by 7 wickets
18 H charity Match match drawn
25 A Hamm Moor 2nd XI lost by 2 runs

SEPTEMBER

1 H Lion Works (Bisley) Won by 76 runs
8 H Double Wicket see text for results
15 H President's Day Won by 38 runs

tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    The first two games against Chertsey Rec and BAeís Concorde team were both lost by considerable margins, with no player turning in any notable performance. However in the next game against Fleet Spurs, the result was a resounding 8-wicket victory with Duncan Perry hitting an unbeaten 52 to give a taste of what he was to achieve throughout the season. Three more defeats took us to the beginning of June; batting performance against Thorpe first XI, (Dr. Paul Bates bowling superbly to take 5 wickets for 19 runs) and heavy defeats at Isleworth Village and at home against Windlesham.

tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    Then came the turning point, an extraordinary match against the Gordonsí School. The captaining of the side had passed from Howard Turner, whoíd stepped down due to work commitments, to Duncan Perry, previously Vice-Captain. West End were bowled out for just 43 runs and all looked bleak until Jason Walliker (7 wickets for 6 runs) and Adrian Barrett (3 for 10) dismissed the school side for just 17. The weather put paid to the next two games which took us to the end of June and a trip to West Byfleet. West End were put in and made 147 before declaring at tea with the loss of 8 wickets. The home side put up stout resistance until Turner claimed the final wicket with just 8 balls remaining, this capped fine bowling from Walliker (4 for 31) and Barrett (3 for 25) and West Byfleet were 90 all out.

tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    And so into July and three more consecutive victories taking the tally to six for the season and unbeaten since the end of May. First to fall were the Lion Works team from Bisley, West End scoring 161 for 9 declared (Perry 62, Bates 38) and dismissing the visitors for 73 (Bates 5 for 18, Peter Hull 4 for 20). Then a trip to the aptly named Victory Park in Addlestone to Play Hamm Moor second XI. A cracking 60 from Peter Hull helping us to 140 for 6 declared and then bowling the home side all out for101, Walliker taking his second 7-wicket haul of the year, this time for 51 runs. Thorpe 2nd XI then visited the Rec, and were dispatched courtesy of our highest ever team score for several years, 221 for 5 declared including three half centuries (Walliker 64, Perry 51, and Nick Wilson 52 not out).

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A pleasant Sunday afternoon at West End

 tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    The five match unbeaten run came to an end on the 28th July when Isleworth Village visited us for our second meeting of the year. They scored 171 for 9 declared (Walliker 7 for 50 Ė including 4 wickets in one final over before tea) and skittled us out for just 64 with a fine display of pace bowling. Simon Bennett hit just under half West Endís total with a fine 31 in the face of a very strong bowling attack. However, defeat was followed by victory as we travelled to Worplesdon and Fairlands CC. The home side struggled to 72 all out (Walliker and Barrett 4 wickets apiece) leaving us to get the runs convincingly, for 6 wickets (Perry 52 not out).

tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    Our second meeting with Chertsey Rec was disappointing. After reaching 100 for 4, Hull and Bates putting on 56 for the first wicket, we collapsed to 117 all out (Hull 29, Bates 34). Then after capturing their best batsman at 26 for 1 the rain came down. When we resumed the ball was difficult to control and Chertsey got the runs for just the loss of 2 more wickets.

tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    The ultimate ambition of a batsman is to score a century, especially in one day cricket, and that is just what Jason Walliker did in our next game, against Ockham. His 103 helped the home side to 156 for 5, and was the first century scored by a West End player since Alan Hull in 1984. He then rounded off an excellent performance by taking 5 wickets for 9 runs only to see Ockham hang on for the draw. This was followed by our most exciting game of the year at home against Hamm Moor. West End batted first, making 63 for 4 before collapsing to 90 for 8, only to be saved by a ninth wicket partnership between Jason Stephens (27 not out) and Mike Hills (37 not out) of 66 runs. This meant West End were 156 for 8 declared at the tea interval. Hamm Moor started solidly, 56 for the first wicket and then steadily caught up the West End total. They needed 2 runs by the final over and with 3 balls remaining struck the winning runs, Paul Bates taking the bowling honours for 41 runs.

tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    The final meeting between us and the Lion Works saw two excellent batting performances, 67 from Hull and 62 from Wilson, giving West End 206 all out, and eventually wining by 76 runs. The final analysis of played 17, won8, lost 8 and drawn 1 does not do justice to the excellent performances which set this season apart from previous ones. The team scored over 1900 runs at an average of 112 per game, with nine half centuries and one century. The bowling was also exceptional, with seven hauls of five wickets in an innings.

tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    The season drew to a close with two other events; the inaugural double wicket and the Presidentís Day. The Double wicket feature six pairs of players, as balanced as was reasonably possible, each pair facing ten overs from the rest on the field. The batsmen carry on to the bitter end of their allotted overs but may be out, and each time a wicket falls ten runs is deducted from their eventual total. The first coupling's innings in this new type of game scored exactly zero for their pains! After a tiring day's toil in the field where everyone was spread out for the full 60 overs, the competition was was won by Jason Stephens and Mike Hills with 60, beating Howard Turner and Duncan Perry by the narrowest of margins, as they managed 59. The last game of the season was West End versus the Presidentís XI, which is reported below. Undoubtedly a season to be remembered.

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PRESIDENTíS DAY  15-09-91

The Captain's  XI (above) played the President's XI (Below) in the first 'real President's Day" in 1991. Click either for a larger photo.

tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    In 1991, the Presidentís match was sponsored for charity, in this case the St. Peterís Hospital Scanner Appeal, and dedicated to the memory of Karen Williams. Our President (and Chairman) this year was Geoff Brown, a local businessman whose son Nicky played for ECC at that time. West End (or perhaps more correctly the Captain's XI) actually won the toss and elected to bat, reaching 99 for 4. A steady innings from Paul Bates with an excellent 54 was backed up in typical buccaneer fashion from new member Nick Wilson, and the pair made up the majority of West Endís score. After them, the lower reaches of the order collapsed, and the Captain's XI ended up with 139 all out. Some outstanding bowling from the Presidentís XI came from Terry Angers (5 for 33) and Larry Spencer (3 for 35). Angers was an extremely approachable gent who was visiting the area and fancied a game of cricket. Normally, he played professional football with Northampton Town!

tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    After tea, the Presidentís XI made a poor start, losing their first two wicket for just three runs, however steady batting from Larry Spencer saw them through to 47 for 4 before dismissed on 20 by Adrian Lamberth. Terry Angus followed for 13 shortly after, with only two more runs chalked up. Te Presidentís XI Captain, Brian ďWinnerĒ Smithers batted well for a quick 11 but successive ducks from Colin Whittle and El Presidente himself (a golden!) effectively ended their teams challenge, reaching 101 all out.

tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    The event has raised a considerable sum, which is still being collected. The festivities continued well into the evening with a buffet organised by Mrs. J. Brown, during which the Playerís Player Award Ė the Fenwick Shield Ė was presented to Dr. Paul Bates by Mrs. Audrey Fenwick, widow of Sid Fenwick. We would also like to express our thanks to the President for organising a successful event.

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

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tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    Under the heading "Recreation Ground and Common Land, West End Parish Council were to discuss "the request from WECC for permission to erect a post and rope barrier around artificial wicket." Interestingly, they were also going to discuss the blocked outflow on the pond. Our extremely irregular club 'magazine' "The Googly had its first edition issued late in 1991 and featured the following news item:

ďGood news for the club. The Parish Council have given permission for us to put up a permanent square surround. They have also kindly agreed to give us a donation towards the cost. This is, we hope, the first step to a grass square becoming a feature of our ground.Ē

tiniball.gif (953 bytes)    An Extra-Ordinary General meeting was called for November 28th at the Cricketers in Chobham and everybody connected with the club was urged to attend. The purpose was to discuss the future of the club, long-term organisation including elections of officers and how decisions would be best arrived at. In the long term, it was hoped to make headway for problematic AGM items which often needed lengthy prior discussions to reach a satisfactory resolution. However, despite the best of intentions the unavailability of several members though meant it was cancelled.

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AWARDS 1991

BATTING

Duncan Perry 28.6
Jason Walliker 21.6
Paul Bates 16.3

BOWLING

Jason Walliker 8.2
Paul Bates 10.6
Adrian Barrett 18.1
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