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May 2004

May 27, 2004

One Two Remember As Chigwell Have Fives At Sixes and Sevens, But Not Four Long As They Fail To Break Three, Thus Not Ending On Cloud Nine

Ahem.

Chigwell displayed a real sense of purpose last Sunday, and hinted at even better to come, as they were reluctantly forced to settle for a draw against a strong Fives team.

The skipper inconveniently won the toss, thereby forcing him to make a decision that he'd rather have avoided. The stinging criticisms of his decision to bat first the week before were ignored, as the team this week looked really quite strong: the decision to field first was this time due to the one they call "Norman", the Fives skipper, who seems destined always to score a ton at a run a ball or better.

In the field Chigwell's focus was particularly pleasing and even two slip catches being spilled in the first over didn't dampen spirits. Dom, the unlucky bowler, maintained his high standard of pace and direction and Rob Allum bowled with panache and guile. It was Rob who claimed the first wicket when eventually Charlton reminded the team of how to execute a catch.

The horses douvres was followed by the dog's bollocks when a plan hatched by bowler and wicket keeper forced Norman, the linchpin of the Fives batting order, into a loose shot and the swerving spinning ball was expertly pouched by Brad at point.

All the bowlers contributed to a fine innings in the field; Tim Mitzman 1-25, Brad 2-32, and Nick producing excellent figures of 7 overs 3 maidens 2 wickets for 8. Rob O brought himself on, although many felt a rapier thrust with a quick bowler might have been a better choice. Many were proved correct, not least Dom who, after watching the skipper's second over go for 21, was returned to the attack and took the last two wickets in one over.

Fives all out for 184. I'm sure we will win many matches this season if we continue to shine in the field as we did on Sunday. Dom, Rob A, Tim M and Nick form the core of a very useful attack, with many able candidates to supplement their talents.

Sadly our batting, as often seems to be the way when we bat second, did not quite come up to scratch. Nigel was the biggest exception to this, top scoring with 31. The team continued to chase the modest total until victory was impossible, whereupon Brad and Ritchie further enhanced their performances by batting out the last four overs with no real scares.

So now the tour beckons...... and, if the "Beamers" happen to be monitoring this site, be warned: Chigwell are ready. Wear body armour.

(Report by Rob Orange)

May 19, 2004

More Chig Woe

Chigwell 104 all out Coopersale 105 for 2 Lost by 8 wickets In a match that was almost cancelled on Wednesday due to us being unable to raise a team we were always going to be up against it on Sunday, writes 'Scoop' Davis. We ended up fielding a weak side, particularly on the batting front, where we had only 3 or 4 recognised batsmen. We started half an hour late and the toss took place at 2.20. In a scenario where we could surely only field first Rob O found himself winning the toss with 3 of our team still not on the ground including, his 2 opening bowlers so felt he had no choice but to bat. We struggled to score any runs against a very tight opening attack, one of their bowlers producing figures of 10 8 3 2. After about 20 overs we had 20 odd for 3. Harvey batted very patiently and responsibly for an hour and a half seeing off the opening bowlers but hit virtually the 1st loose ball he received straight to a fielder and our hopes of any sort of competitive score disappeared with him. We struggled to 60 for 7 with Owen scoring 15 at which point they brought on their fifth string bowling attack, coinciding with the entrance of Dom who smashed them all over the place, including a huge six which almost took out two cars in its wake and seeing us through to 100. We actually bowled pretty well, Dom taking one wicket but no joy for Tim on this occasion. Guy bowled fast and accurately with no luck and Sarj could also have had a wicket. Charlie and Brad finished things off, Charlie bowling some very nice off spin and Brad trapping their opener plumb in front just before the inevitable with nine overs to spare.

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.

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!)