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Winners of the Middlesex and Essex Invitation League 2009 - 2012

July 14, 2010

Chigs v Craven

Another nice win for us at the Old Chigs on Sunday v Craven CC - contributions all round to produce a deserved win (chasing down 186) after strawberries and cream... sadly no spiced cured meat & vin rose in the showers this week;-)

R.x

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)

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July 05, 2010

Another Chigs win.... remarkably!

Chigs make great recovery from top five disaster after being inserted and go on to win the match emphatically... what a buzz!!  My favourite match of the season so far.

R.x

July 04, 2010

Chig lose toss and are inserted at Botany Bay

Rural idyll. (Enfield)

Chig lose toss and are inserted at Botany Bay

July 03, 2010

Soccer Bad, Cricket Good!! Chigwell v South Loughton

Reporter Dave Colwill writes:

SL won the toss and invited Chigs to bat on a pitch that had a good spread of moss and plenty of ridges and bumps - looking like a difficult pitch for any batsman used to batting at the Old Chigs! A good toss to win on the hottest day of the year, temperatures in the 30s and a large (on one side) and very slow outfield also ensuring scoring big runs would be difficult.
 
Rallum and Dave opened up with Rallum perishing quickly, caught behind for just four attempting a similar shot that had been successful minutes prior. The initial overs showed plenty of seam movement and awkward bounce - both high and low, which meant targets of a 230 score were quickly revised.
 
SL's opener, Dave Smith, bowled an immaculate 12 over spell of length bowling (0-24) and used the pitch to good advantage, landing it every ball and extracting sometimes unplayable movement. Dave watchfully faced a fair few of his overs, adopting a safe approach to ensure the middle order wasn't exposed early. Ashan in the meantime was playing positively against the somewhat too full bowling at the other end, getting a few boundaries away although did have some luck sky-ing one early on just past square leg, and having a regulation catch by the WK dropped, much to Smith's obvious anguish. Dave and Ashan put on what would turn out to be the p-ship of the match, 75, at a reasonable clip.
 
After Ashan departed for 33, Richard came and went quickly for 6, a lack of respect for the slow, slow left arm of Pearn. Adam joined Dave and after a brief P-ship, an exhausted looking Dave was bowled by Pearn for 56, looking for another boundary, clearly sick of running twos!
 
Nigel joined Adam and the two batted well, until the soccer (yes it's called soccer, as football can mean rugby, celtic, soccer, league or gridiron!!) intervened with a few overs left in the innings.
 
The less said about the England match the better, but upon the resumption, Adam had 'exited' the game, leaving Chigs 2 players short and another wicket down.
 
The lower order batted until the 45th, with new man Stephenson collecting a well compiled 21* & Vettori's dad a run a ball 19, the final team score being 194 - a very good total by the account of one of SL's top order.
 
Our adopted northerner and Ashan opened up, with Rich getting the early wicket feathered through to behind the stumps. Wickets fell at regular intervals, with SL struggling to score or survive on the inconsistent wicket. Chig's put in probably the team display of the season so far, with all catches bar one held, and a diligent fielding effort, especially with a man down. Special mention to Sarah, who fielded the entire innings - our esteemed skipper even made her field deep fine leg to fine leg for the duration. Wines still owed on that account I believe...
 
The last SL wicket fell at 124, a win by 70 runs with Ashan having a good all round game, claiming 3-30 (12), Nick Allum 3-16 (8.2), Rallum 2-19 (8), Rich 1-27 (7) and the effervescent Rob Orange 1-22 (6). Maximum points for Chigs and confidence will be high for HWG next week.
 
Cheers to SL for a hard fought game played in good spirits.

Tour Report - Chardstock

Chardstock reporter Stephen Drabwell writes:

Following a very hearty breakfast for most of the touring squad in Lyme Regis, Chigwell convened on a glorious summer’s day at what must be one of the most picturesque grounds in the country for an early start (to accommodate England’s opening game of the World Cup) against Chardstock. The breathtaking views of the rolling Dorset/Somerset/Devon countryside from this quaint little ground are offset a little by the fact that the ground is on a slope that would rival a Black Run at Val d’Isere. Brad even complained that when fielding at Deep Square Leg on the low side, he couldn’t see the stumps!

Captain for the day was Adam and following last year’s somewhat one sided victory a confident Chigwell Captain was ready to offer the Chardstock captain the opportunity to bat second  ‘to make a game of it’ but the olive branch was rejected and the host’s captain correctly called and took the chance to bat first on a good looking wicket. Maybe Chigwell’s confidence was a little misplaced!

Bossman and Rob A opened the bowling and Rob A was on the money from ball one and managed to make a couple of early breakthroughs using the ‘slope’ to get the ball to nip back from a dangerous length. Adam replaced Rob A (2-11) and Dave came on for Ross to offer a variety of spin from each end, off spinners from Adam and leggies from Dave. The Chardstock middle order batted steadily and looked set for a good score until Adam was replaced by Richard who took two quick wickets and Dave had the ‘soaring’ Rocket expertly caught by Brad to reduce the score to 138-5. Wickets fell steadily including another one each to Dave (2-24 from 9) and Richard who finished with 3-17. The skipper, in the spirit of the tour, introduced the very part time slow right arm bowling of Nigel (1-16)and Stephen (2-14) in an effort to ‘extend the game’ but they managed to pick up the last 3 wickets leaving Chigwell to chase 177 for victory.

Nick and Rob O opened the batting for Chiggers and made a slow but steady start with the aforementioned ‘Rocky’ Rocket bowling with a bit of pace and getting the ball to nip back down the slope. Rob O (11) tried to up the ante but in going for a hook shot could only to top edge through to the keeper. Brad also perished to the ‘Rock’ without scoring and following a bright and breezy 17 from Russell Chigwell were rocking a bit at 33-3. Stephen (20) and Nick managed to add 44 for the 4th wicket before Stephen was run out, once again, from a direct hit. Nick was starting to get into his stride and hit the shot of the day with a glorious front foot drive lifted over the covers. Nigel joined Nick and batted well for his 16. Enter Richard ‘Boom Boom’ Hannant who hit a huge six over long but was out for 11 with 3 scoring shots! At 136-6, the position may have been perilous but fortunately we probably had the strongest tail in Chigwell’s illustrious history. Nick was also still there and made a faultless and well deserved 55. Rob A (22no) and Dave (14no) saw us home with plenty to spare to win by 3 wickets in a little under 37 overs.

Then it was off to the Tytherleigh Arms for beers, dinner and England. Thanks go to Chardstock CC for arranging with the  pub to section an area off for the two teams to watch the football. The beer was great, the food outstanding, the company excellent and the football......dire. Nick managed to find the only spot in the pub where the TV couldn’t be seen and quite honestly we’d all wish we had afterwards. Then it was back to Lyme for a few late night beers.

Man of the Match: Nick Allum

June 27, 2010

Chig beat South Loughton by 60 runs

A victory for Chigwell with 2.5 overs to spare. Dave Colwill 50 and wickets shared around all the bowlers.

June 25, 2010

Chigwell Well on Top, But Mayfield Field Better

Knowing that the Old Chigs pitch tends to play well, and that taking 10 wickets can be tough going, Rob chose to bowl first without hesitation on winning the toss.  A mixed bag of a fielding performance however saw virtually all of the Chigwell side making mistakes, costing us runs which were eventually proved to be of no consequence, (but were nonetheless irksome).

Charlie and Richard started the bowling; Mayfield got off to a sound start before a couple of maidens by Richard stemmed the flow.  Charlie was rewarded for an aggressive spell when he claimed the first wicket with the help of Dave behind the sticks - 43-1 after 9 overs.  Adam replaced Richard, the memory of his excellent bowling at Uplyme still fresh in our minds.  Unfortunately Adam developed a bit of a niggle and was unable to replicate that performance, so Rob took over after only three Adam overs.  Rob O replaced Charlie and the change of pace soon brought results with Guy Bowden, who had looked in good nick, stumped - the result of taking guard beyond the crease on a turning wicket.  Martin Bentley departed bowled by Rob O and things were looking back under control.  Rob A added to the sense of well-being by taking a wicket with his first ball, a gentle half-volley guided into the grateful hands of mid off to leave Mayfield 77-4

Steve Copus and Ray Victor then forged an increasingly assured partnership which began to wrest the initiative back to the visitors.  It was during this stand that, under pressure from the cool running of the batsmen, the fielding became increasingly ragged with fielders slow to stop ones, gifting overthrows, and missing easy run-out opportunities.  After the partnership had doubled the score to 154 salvation was found by Chigwell in the form of Ahsan Kaleem who replaced the faltering Rob O to almost immediate effect.  Steve Copus departed for 41 to a marvellous catch by the bowler and with one end now open Ahsan proceeded to harvest the Mayfield middle-late order with wicked late in-swing.  His figures of 5-26 were in no way flattering and we look forward to many more 5 wicket hauls from him this season.  Charlie had a few more overs but in the end Rob O returned to dismiss the Mayfield number 11, although not before being dispatched over his head for 4 by the tail-ender.  The innings closed on 222 all out, one and a half overs short of the customary cut-off point.

"Wiskin Teas" delivered a sumptuous tea, so far removed from that dished out by their predecessor that it was hard not to overindulge.  Rob and Dave were more careful than most as they had to open the batting, although no one was exactly keen to share the burden of opening with the skipper, causing him to assert his authority and insist that Dave joined him.  Oh happy decision!  Rob and Dave batted superbly against a decent attack, defending the best balls and dispatching anything else with increasing aplomb.  Rob raced ahead to reach 50 first, Dave following soon after.  Eventually the partnership realised 204 runs, the 200 partnership mysteriously greeted with total silence by those gathered on the boundary.

Rob was well caught in the deep having scored a magnificent 117, surely the best he has ever batted.  The only real drama left in the day came when Mayfield went up for a catch behind, claiming an edge from Dave.  As umpire at the time I can only say that I heard no noise, saw no deflection and that however vociferous the appealing it is impossible to give someone out under such circumstances.  Having experienced a similar incident last year, (at a time when it was actually significant to the result) Mayfield were incensed.  Perhaps a largely fruitless day in the field added to their ire.  Unfortunately the incident rather spoiled the atmosphere of a good game played in a friendly spirit.  The bar being prematurely shut by Steve meant that we were unable to rekindle that spirit over a beer or two, which was a real shame. (Do we get a discount from Old Chigs if we have no bar facility after the game?).  

Overall a commanding performance with the bat by the openers and a skilful display of bowling by Ahsan more than made up for our fielding indiscretions and Chigwell finished the day looking like the reigning champions of the league (at last!)

June 14, 2010

Lyme Regis Tour Photos

Some pics from the tour are already up on fb from Brad and Kate. No doubt more to follow, along with match reports.