Saucisses et des hommes nus dans les vestiaires
Reporter Nigel Barfoot writes:
Another league match with one of Chigwell’s favourite foes was greeted with great weather and a distinct smell of smoked bacon. Rob Allum tossed the coin and lost meaning Chigwell had to bat first. We batted…
Dave and Rob went out to bat against the might of Adam Randall and Matthew Taylor. Adam bowled very admirably but it was Matthew who took the first wicket with Dave Colwill who used a pitching wedge with backspin into the par 3 of mid on’s green hands. This was unexpected.
Ahsan came to the crease with his new Mercedes smile but perished soon after. Here starts the Chigwell collapse.
We were really in trouble – could have been all out for 80/90 odd.
The changing room was a bustle of pads and box application at this point. Chigs were 72-6 when super-spunk Hannant was told ‘No Mercy’. Richard scored a quickfire boom of 32 – a power of 2. Next time 64 mate!
Aqeel had stayed around and managed to get 60 – he was the backbone of our innings and chose to turn down many a smackable ball. Nick contributed a very healthy 24 to add to our total.
HWG came to bat after a delicious tea with Jon and Richard at the crease. Ahsan came to bowl very well and claimed 2 early wickets of Jon Butler and Mike Davey.
After quite a slow start, the HWG batsmen fell quickly apart from Adam and Nee Wijesekara who put on some decent runs.
Rob Orange took 6 wickets to close off play. Chig’s won with HWG putting on 90 all out.
In the changing room afterwards, Francois produced a French sausage plus vino in the midst of half naked men. This was a lovely touch to a great game of cricket and not in any way a double entendre.
Man of the match – Aqeel for sticking around when it mattered (sorry Rich – I know you wanted it)(sorry Rob – 6 for is damn good)