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June 13, 2006

Falcons Grind Out Unambitious Draw

Firstly and most importantly I won the toss. 30 degree heat and threats of severe violence from various Chigwellians compelled me to go against type and bat first. The opposition, (Loxford Falcon), late substitutes for South Loughton, were a man short but soon Zarghum arrived to even up the sides. Not often you play against your new team on debut!

Harvey & Rob Allum opened the innings and got off top a bit of a slow start, byes racing ahead of them both initially. Rob was dropped fairly early on, and I think it is fair to say that Geoff Boycott's granny would have caughtit in her pinny. Harvey however perished to a great catch in the gully, the fielder diving forwards to take it at ankle height. Olly joined Rob and immediately set about the attack, playing all manner of fine shots to all parts of the ground. e raced to 50 in quick time, hitting 10 fours in the process. He departed shortly afterwards when the elder Barker clung on to a good catch off his own bowling. Enter Charles Rudkin, promoted to number 4 to show us what he could do. He did. After a calm period both Rob and Charlie began to take the sort of risks commensurate with having 45 minutes to go and 8 wickets in hand. Rob perished on 58 having played the anchor role necessitated by recent Chigwell team batting failures. Nick kept the charge going gamely, losing his wicket for 20 from 11 balls. James took his place and managed 20 off only 7 balls, including a massive 6 off what became the last ball of the innings, the skipper declaring on 219. Charlie remained 25 not out and all watching were very impressed, and maybe a little envious of what the future might hold in store for this very talented lad.

The Falcons innings was a strange affair. The skipper, Mr. Bhatty was dropped by me off a hard chance from the first ball Phil bowled. He went on to finish 87 not out, but from the point of losing their first wicket (a gloved bouncer from Dom's hostile bowling) the Falcons gave up trying to win the game and dug in for the draw with more than 20 overs remaining. They must have had very little faith in the batting at their disposal, and it did not make for much of a spectacle. One positive point was being able to try out a few lesser used bowling arms, with Olly showing great promise taking 2 wickets with his relatively pacy off-spin. The game fizzled out, Loxford finishing on 163 for 6, and special party rate jugs were purchased from the tiny backroom section of bar we are permitted when such events as a children's party are in full swing in the normal Old Chigs bar.

The Falcons proved to be a very friendly bunch, and both the game and the post-match drinking were carried out in the right spirit.

Man of the match this week: Oliver Diggins, 53 runs and 2 wickets.

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