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April 29, 2004

Byfleet CC Ends Chigwell's Unbeaten Run (Byfleet 25/4/04)

What happened to Wells? Sadly the local fixture was cancelled with indecent lateness by our local rivals, citing some old tosh about not being able to prepare a pitch for the Sunday game.... both pitches in use on Saturday however....hmmm. Still I'm sure they had their reasons.

The lateness of the cancellation left us having to arrange a fixture through the conference, and ending up on the opposite side of the M25 at Byfleet. We fielded first and recovered well from a rapid start by Byfleet. They ended on 205 for 7, three wickets to Rob Allum, 2 to Nick Allum and generally good bowling from Dom, Tim M and Joe. Owen swung the ball well, but was smashed mercilessly around the ground in the period immediately prior to the declaration. Chigwell found their opening batting innings of the season difficult and couldn't score at any sort of rate. Most perished trying to play shots, hardly anyone managed to get away with even the slightest aggressive intent. All out for 95 and a heavy defeat, but not without some positive aspects; after all we did play pretty much a first XI team. Greater glory will be ours!!!

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