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May 04, 2004

Hapless Wood Green

Hadley Wood Green 179 all out

Chigwell 181 for 4

Chigwell won by 6 wickets

Rob won the toss and put the opposition in to bat on a damp and slow pitch, writes Vice Captain Brad Davis. Nigel and Phil opened the bowling and both bowled good tight spells restricting the opposition to little over 20 in the 1st 16 overs. Phil took 1 wicket and Nigel deserved more but his efforts went unrewarded.

Rob Allum came on as 1st change and bowled extremely well deservedly finishing with a 5-wicket haul, which could easily have been more including the dangerous number 3 who hit the ball straight to Harvey who had been perfectly positioned at deep backward square.

Joe managed to spin the ball quite a bit on the damp surface and was also unlucky not to take a wicket. Nick came on to bowl but was unable to find any rhythm and was hit for a few lusty blows in an unusual wicketless spell. Brad came on to bowl and was paying severely for lack of net practice and whilst trying too hard not to bowl short resulted only in a succession of full tosses with 22 coming off 2 overs helping the opposition towards a respectable score! In a show of early season generosity the skipper allowed him to continue being rewarded with 2 wickets for a further cost of 14 runs in another 3 overs. Captain replaced vice captain at the end polishing off the innings by bowling the last batsman.

Ritchie kept superbly throughout the innings conceding only 3 byes capping his performance with a brilliant run out throwing down the stumps from about 10 yards whilst still wearing his glove with only 1 stump to aim at! This was a crucial wicket of a big hitter who had just started to get his eye in! Although 2 catches went down a very solid bowling and fielding display by the Chigs.

Chigwell needed a solid start and received it with Harvey and Mark putting on over 100 for the 1st wicket. Harvey entertained the crowd Freddie style with some glorious shots, taking a particular liking to Jim’s wayward deliveries and reaching his 50 with an enormous straight 6! At one stage Harvey had outscored Mark by 23 to 1!

Harvey finally holed out for 60 with Mark going on to a well-deserved 50 before being triggered reluctantly by the skipper. Jo was bowled 1st ball by one that kept low and Rob Allum was also bowled by a ball that swung in violently on the 2nd bounce, hitting the base of the stumps just before the 3rd bounce, leaving Rob with a face like Mike Gatting after that famous Shane Warne delivery.

However, fears of a Chigwell collapse never materialised with Graham and Nick seeing us home with plenty to spare as Nick finally timed one to see us to victory. Overall, an excellent performance, with every player making their contribution.

As ever Chigwell triumphed in the bar ably led by Nigel and the skipper although both were surpassed in The Nightingale later by Oliver Reed (alias Owen!)

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