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June 08, 2004

Ingatestone Survive Thrilling Chigwell Fightback (Ingatestone 6/6/04)

The Chigwell skipper skillfully lost the toss, thus avoiding having to justify fielding first on a warm summer's day. Ingatestone looked the part, and the top order played shots with gay abandon, some stylish stroke play mixed with the occasional loose shot. Tim and Dom bowled well, as we have come to expect, but Ingatestone still prospered with only a solitary loss to the Mitzman. Chigwell's own Bros entered the fray, and despite suffering a few choice hits slowly dragged Chigwell back into the game. From the boundary proud father and president Doug saw Rob Allum taking three wickets, with Nick removing the stubborn opener. The lower echelons of the Ingatestone batting were not of the same high pedigree as the top three and the scoring rate tailed off somewhat. Owen had a couple of overs, but was hit for a few lusty blows. Orange replaced him, and showed the perverse nature of cricket by finishing with 2 for 0 off two overs; 2 weeks ago it was he who went for 26 in 2 overs! The innings closed on 244 for 7, a pretty good performance by Chigwell given the rapid start Ingatestone had to their innings. Now, or after tea at any rate, Chigwell faced the task of scoring 245 in 45 overs or so, an asking rate of 5.44. Hall and Orange opened, but both were out in their teens, Nigel flashed the blade but holed out in single figures, and Paul had a look but was caught trying to move things on. Sir Loin of Tonkington Village (aka Graham) was in prime form and steadied the ship before girding his loins and making an assault on the distant winning score. The last twenty was entered with Chigwell needing 8.4 per over, but in this never say die club no task is too daunting. Graham scored a fine 58, Rob and Dom had entertaining cameos, before Tim Mitzman and Nick put together a mouthwatering 72 run partnership for the eighth wicket. Towards the end of this partnership disaster struck when Nick felt something go ping, and was made lame by a calf muscle pull. He batted on bravely but the momentum was lost. Eventually he fell to the sort of run out that so often happens with a runner. Owen did all he could to keep us on target but it ended with Hannah facing 3 balls to secure a draw. She followed the skippers instructions to get into line, but was unfortunate to glove the last ball of the match to the keeper. A great match decided on the last ball - how bad is that? There is a great spirit about the side this year, more confidence and a calmness under pressure. In the immortal words of old Mr. Grace, you've all done very well!!!

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