Captain: M. Cassell
The 1971 season was, unfortunately, another poor one for Monoux cricket. However we did improve on the previous season.
The 1st XI tended to play badly against weak teams whom we should have beaten; this being due to the lack of consistency of both batsmen and bowlers. The only consistent feature of our play was our fielding, which ranged from good to excellent.
After winning our first round Cricketer Cup match against Samuel Pepys by only two runs, we were unlucky to be drawn against Battersea in the second round. They convincingly beat us, and I feel that it showed up our lack of experience in 'limited overs' cricket. P.Grecian represented Essex Under 19s and D.Goldsworthy represented Waltham Forest.
The 2nd XI, as usual, enjoyed the best results of any team in the school, losing only one match. Their performance was especially noteworthy as the team was different almost every week, due to examinations and people leaving the school after them. Someone in the team always managed to score some runs and this covered up for some very weak bowling.
The Under 15 XI were able to field two teams for some midweek matches and there was certainly no lack of enthusiasm in the team. However, their lack of experience constantly showed. It is hoped that an equal amount of interest will be shown by this year's fourth form so as to make it possible to field two teams in some Saturday as well as in some evening matches.
All cricketers thank Mr.Harwood, Mr.Allen, Mr.Ward, Mr.Shaw, Mr.Chambers and all other members of staff who helped in any way, also, all the ladies who came to make teas and the groundsman.