Winners of the Middlesex and Essex Invitation League 2009 - 2012
The Middlesex and Essex Invitation League website has been updated with the complete fixture list for 2016, as well as updated playing conditions. The only significant difference to previous years is that all league games will begin at 1pm with last hour starting at 5.30pm. More time for everyone to patronise Rusty's Bar.
The fixture list for the upcoming season is now online. Our first match is on 17th April vs Gidea Park and Romford at Gallows Corner. Woo!
Our big hitting all-rounder shows us the secret of his success... and all this time we thought it was Guinness.
We have a change of oppo this coming Sunday with a fixture at Harlow CC. Last time I played at this ground early this season I ended up with a smashed window on my trusty red Golf... I won't be parking there again ;-)
We're all to play for in the Sunday league as we're currently in 2nd position... keep going well, Chigs!
There is a change to the previously advertised fixture this Sunday, as we welcome Abridge CC to Old Chigs for the first time. 1:30pm start or thereabouts.
Chigs day out at Alexandra Park v Pacific was a disappointing affair for the visitors. We had a delayed start due to rainy conditions and we lost the toss. Were duly inserted. I fell early (chopping on) and the rot had sadly started there... We lost wickets regularly with no one digging in and making an innings of any note other than another decent innings from Boom Boom Hannant (a quickfire 38 or thereabouts?) to continue his good season with the bat so far. Chigwell all out for 124 so not even a batting point. Serious under-achievement from the Chigs batting unit :'(
After an okay tea (French Fancy-gate) we went out to bowl knowing we needed desperately to hang on to any chance that came our way. Mark bowled extremely well to the Aussie overseas but to no avail as a difficult early chance gloved behind ultimately didn't stick. Another gloved chance later on went down too but by that time it was already probably too late. Robbie O grabbed a couple of late wickets and Tom nabbed one also, meaning that at least we didn't end up pointless... scant consolation in a very disappointed dressing room. Onwards and upwards, Chaps! R.x
After last weeks great tight match with Willingale (a hard won Chigs win) We moved onto this weeks home fixture v a new oppo - Roving Reporters - a great buch of guys and very sociable. RR batted first and scored 218 declared. Good tight bowling (as has been the theme of this whole season so far) from all Chigs bowlers. Marlon, Richard, Nick, Alex, Lewis, Adrian all bowled very well picking up wickets against what was a strong looking RR line-up. For me, Roger was the toppermost of our bowlers on excellent form.. best I've seen him for ages. A superb tea was produced by Kizzi - Phenomenal millionaires shortbread, choc brownies, rocky road etc all home made and dangerously good ;-) After tea our batting was largely Marlon (80) and I (98). A little wobble near the end to keep things interesting as a few wickets tumbled meant some late innings nerves from yours truly,
but we got over the line with Rich and Nav sensibly doing the job. Excellent beers and social was enjoyed, followed by further fun back at the Nightingale with a sociable line-up of characters.... and shots! Happy Days :-)