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June 29, 2011

Chigwell's Batting Goes South (Loughton)

Chigwell vs South Loughton
Sunday 26th June

The sun had its hat on for sure, writes Nigel Barfoot. We started well with Rob Allum winning the toss and consulting the team on what we should do - bat/bowl? The vote was 7/4 to bowl first which we did, with SPF 0(Richard) to SPF 50(Rob O).

  Gremlo started with his usual panache of in-swing with Ricardo at the other end swinging the other way. Hedge took a catch at point which kicked off a McFlurry of wickets - we got them down to about 55-6. They scored 101 in the end which was kind of us having not finished them off with our bowlers for 70 odd. They scored 101 all out.

  Rob A and Dave opened up the batting and we all sat back in the glorious sun watching an imperious duo of batsmen pick off the runs. Well, they got 2 runs and Dave took his Mizuno loft wedge from his caddy, chipping in for a birdie. The Highway man came to crease and looked to stay out all day - we had hours to get a tonne. Accurate bowling brought an appeal for LBW which was turned down by Will but an over later, the same ball got stuck in Nige's LBW hole. The next wickets fell to the same bowler, mostly LBW apart from Aqeel who edged to slip. Uh-o - Romeo and Juliet, Money for Nothing - we were in Dire Straits with two drummers. Soon to be one drummer after Rallum got bowled.

  Rob Orange and Nick had to go out and stodge out about 3 hours of cricket. They did well but Nick flourished to gully. Rob joined the golf fraternity by chipping one straight to a fielder. Brad did well and was joined by our nuclear submarine from up north, Ricardo Hannanto, who was #11.

  First ball - 4 runs. We hadn't seen much of that and being about 35-9, it was something to cheer. Then something very strange happened - Richard blocked a ball at his stumps. Wait a minute, could he do this for a while? Could the super-boomer win it?  Quite sensible, then bonkers whacking of the ball put Chigs back in contention again. 20/20 stuff now. Rich hit the ball bloody hard and got us to 60 very quickly but he was caught out being sensible, boo.

  Well done in the field and for the guys who saw out the accurate bowling. We're 400% better than that though.

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