On the occasion of Fredly Westvis's fortieth birthday Chigwell revisited the scene of last years record scoring defeat, the postage stamp at Woodford Wells, with good humoured vengeance in their minds. Notwithstanding last year's events the consensus was to bat first, and with the skipper correctly nominating tails that's what we did.
As if having tiny boundaries isn't enough The postage stamp now boasts a shirt-front like square, and it was soon obvious that wickets would be hard to come by. The first wicket put on 68 before Harvey went onto the back foot, missed the ball and was shown the finger by the birthday boy. No complaints from Brown. Enter the cobbler. Ritchie played a superb innings, sensibly notching singles to give first Ross (88) and then Rob Allum (62) the strike. This saw him off strike for the larger part of his knock, although he still blasted 7 fours when the ball was there for it. A great knock, crowned by the rapturous acclaim he received after completing his first 50 in cricket - ever! He finished on 55 not out, Chigwell on 288, Dom having hit the last 3 balls for 14.
Sadly, while we were enjoying the magnificently iced birthday cake presented to Brad by Steve and Sue the rain clouds began leaking. Chigwell took to the field in the hope that they would benefit from the damp conditions, but sadly the rain persisted, and North Park cashed in with a sturdy opening partnership which was still unbroken on 190 when the rain gods finally saved Chigwell from what the experienced players recognised as inevitable defeat.
Plan for next year - lose the toss!!