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May 15, 2004

Drying Pitch, Damp Finish

Chaseville 200 for 6 declared Chigwell 177 for 9

Match drawn

After the excitement of moving the roller and towel drying the pitch, I won the toss and inserted the opposition in very damp conditions last Sunday, 9th May, writes Brad Davis.

Dom and Phil opened the bowling, Phil going unrewarded but Dom returning excellent figures of 2-31 off 12 overs. Tim M bowled a very good tight spell, also taking 2 wickets. There was also a wicket for Joe; Rob Allum bowled tidily at the end taking a wicket as Chaseville reached 200 for 6 at around ten to five.

On a drying pitch we always had a chance but the loss of early wickets slowed the scoring, increasing the run rate and the pressure on the middle order. Nigel batting at four played superbly for 41 in even time, his highest score for the club, but the dismissals of Tim M and Rob A, both to brilliant catches as they were starting to get going, left us chasing more than eight an over coming into the final ten overs, with only three wickets left. A stand of 42 for the 8th wicket between Joe and Ritchie kept us in the hunt but it was left to the skipper bringing up the rear to watch one delivery go harmlessly wide of his leg stump as Joe went on to complete a super fifty leaving us 23 short at stumps.

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