Winners of the Middlesex and Essex Invitation League 2009 - 2012

May 14, 2019

Chigs vs Galleywood, 12/5/2019

Report by Dan 'Scoop' Lewis

Form Guide: We came 4 runs short of our chase against Galleywood last year – was history going to repeat itself?

Location: Slades Lane, Galleywood

Format: Timed game.

Toss: Chigwell, opted to field.

Outfield: Hedgy.

Weather: Pleasant if cool.

Result: Scores level draw

Galleywood: 197-9 dec (38 overs), C Murray 64, Z Hicks 41, P Woods 40,

R Hannant 6-0-26-3, N Allum 9-2-28-3

Chigwell: 197-9 (40 overs), D Lewis 39, R Allum 38, R Orange 35,

S Wicks 3-0-26-2, D Walton 9-1-33-2

Link to full Scorecard:

Galleywood started strongly with Murray hitting a number of (mis-timed!) one bounce fours. He was eventually undone by Rob O’s ‘flipper’. Hitchcock fell to a curious dropped-catch/stumping innovation behind the stumps. Woods helped up the pace until he was felled by Ade’s slower ball. Hicks renewed the attack as wickets fell around him until Hutchinson cleaned him up and the tail stodged a few overs before the declaration.

With Nav (ankle) and Owen (life) injured it looked like Chigs were starting with 2 already back in the Pavilion. R Allum and Hutchinson kicked things off, Mark racing off to a run a ball 29, dismissed top-edging to the keeper. Rob (38 off 72) remained stoic as Abbas, Nick and Rich (S/R 200) came and went. Lewis (39 of 31 balls) and Orange (35* at a run a ball) put on a partnership of 62, before, at 183-6, Lewis holed out to Long Off to set up a tantalising conclusion.

With 13 required off the last 3 overs the tail failed to wag (Evans and Clunes all registered blobs). Nav, with his badly twisted ankle, limped out, pads over jeans, and hobbled through for a single leaving Rob O needing 5 to win off two balls. A dot and a four (piercing a packed leg-side field) lead to a scores-level draw in a thrilling game of timed cricket.

Notes on Opposition:

Felt like a Under 15/Over 40 game, although a little closer to Under 18/Over 60. The youngsters provided the bulk of the runs, the elders bowled awkward nagging lines on a slow and low pitch.


Galleywood has a nice bar in nice surroundings. Shame this reporter had to rush off to see his fictional girlfriend.


Rob A after his pre-match warm-up.



Gremlo "back in natural territory" and the Gidea Park Predator



Abbas in full flow.


WhatsApp highlights:

Owen: “I'll be there. I might be a bit tired.”

Ade: “Who said Dads Army? 😂”

Dan: “When you tie a game you end up with so many coulda, woulda's. You can always find that one run somewhere...”

Personal Highlight:

The look of fear on James face as a high catch came his way:

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April 11, 2019

Fixtures published!

With little over a week until the curtain-raiser with Ardleigh Green & Havering-atte-Bower on 21st April, the fixture list is finally published.

December 30, 2018

Exhume your flannels

Winter nets are starting on Wednesday 2nd January at Sylvestrian Leisure Centre, aka Forest School. So get your whites out of the garage/cupboard/garden shed and come along between 21.00 and 22.00 each Wednesday night between now and the end of April.

We are always on the look-out for new players so please send an email or just turn up at a net session.

March 30, 2018

2018 fixtures!

The fixture list for the 2018 season (aka the '30 glorious years' season) is now live. Woop!

July 09, 2017

A Tribute to Brad Davis

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One of our oldest and dearest friends, Brad Davis, died last month. Brad was a Chigwell founder-member and purveyor of the slowest non-spinning bowling on record. We are staging a memorial match for Brad on Sunday 16th July at Old Chigs. All welcome to come along and celebrate Brad's life and unique batting stance.



March 25, 2017

2017 Season

A toast to the coming season from some of the Chigs glitterati.

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The fixture list is out. Also some slightly modified Middlesex and Essex League playing conditions for members to study (particularly those with a proclivity for late arrival at matches) are now on the league website, along with the full league fixture list.



August 14, 2016

Abandoned match, Caribbean tea. Yum!!

Abandoned match, Caribbean tea. Yum!!

April 06, 2016

The Nightingale Wanstead

Our new sponsors - The finest pub in East London. Period.

The Nightingale Wanstead

April 03, 2016

League website updates

The Middlesex and Essex Invitation League website has been updated with the complete fixture list for 2016, as well as updated playing conditions. The only significant difference to previous years is that all league games will begin at 1pm with last hour starting at 5.30pm. More time for everyone to patronise Rusty's Bar.

2016 Fixtures Published

The fixture list for the upcoming season is now online. Our first match is on 17th April vs Gidea Park and Romford at Gallows Corner. Woo!