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July 11, 2006

Draw after Hadley Wood Green "Bloody Murder" Chigs

Hadley Wood Green pummelled a lack-lustre Chigwell, only for Chigwell to escape with a barely deserved draw. If anyone arrived at the ground not wishing they had taken the option to stay at home and enjoy the Wimbledon Men's final and the World Cup Final, five or six hours of turgid dross from Chigs soon put a stop to that. Of course it was only 3 hours turgid dross for Nigel who overslept and spent a fortune on a cab to join us late. Zarghum bowled very well and deservedly took the first wicket. The ploy of trying Owen as an opening bowler failed badly on this occasion and his hangover pies were smashed gaily to the fence and beyond. Two overs for 33 says it all really. Zarghum went for 32 in 10 overs. Mitz bowled well and only his status as key to our batting line up prevented him extending his 10 over spell. The spin twins didn't really exert much control, although Nick didn't suffer quite as much as myself at the hands of the now expansive batsmen of HWG. Brad replaced me and failed to prosper in a similar manner. Only one more wicket fell, a stumping by James off Nick, and the quality of catching was as poor as I can remember - although there was a strong wind blowing. Rob A belatedly joined the attack, but by now the horse had bolted, galloped 50 miles to the coast and swum to France. The innings closed on 237 for 2, and Chigwell ate their tea trying to console themselves with the thought that they chased down a big total last time we played HWG. Not this time. Batting-wise credit goes to Mitz, who looked good before edging one behind, Rob A who was similarly well set before falling caught & bowled, Steve Drabwell who batted extremely well for his 20 and Brad & Owen, the doughty last wicket pair who survived something like 10 overs to secure a draw, Chigwell finishing on 125 for 9. Unfortunately, due to the World Cup Final being in progress and there being no TV in the Hadley Wood clubhouse, everyone shot off and no post match beers were sunk with the opposition. Perhaps our collective sound spanking hastened the departures. A few of us gathered in "The Wagon" to drown our sorrows, and to witness Zidane end his career with a bullet header.

Man of the match: Zarghum

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