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May 27, 2004

One Two Remember As Chigwell Have Fives At Sixes and Sevens, But Not Four Long As They Fail To Break Three, Thus Not Ending On Cloud Nine


Chigwell displayed a real sense of purpose last Sunday, and hinted at even better to come, as they were reluctantly forced to settle for a draw against a strong Fives team.

The skipper inconveniently won the toss, thereby forcing him to make a decision that he'd rather have avoided. The stinging criticisms of his decision to bat first the week before were ignored, as the team this week looked really quite strong: the decision to field first was this time due to the one they call "Norman", the Fives skipper, who seems destined always to score a ton at a run a ball or better.

In the field Chigwell's focus was particularly pleasing and even two slip catches being spilled in the first over didn't dampen spirits. Dom, the unlucky bowler, maintained his high standard of pace and direction and Rob Allum bowled with panache and guile. It was Rob who claimed the first wicket when eventually Charlton reminded the team of how to execute a catch.

The horses douvres was followed by the dog's bollocks when a plan hatched by bowler and wicket keeper forced Norman, the linchpin of the Fives batting order, into a loose shot and the swerving spinning ball was expertly pouched by Brad at point.

All the bowlers contributed to a fine innings in the field; Tim Mitzman 1-25, Brad 2-32, and Nick producing excellent figures of 7 overs 3 maidens 2 wickets for 8. Rob O brought himself on, although many felt a rapier thrust with a quick bowler might have been a better choice. Many were proved correct, not least Dom who, after watching the skipper's second over go for 21, was returned to the attack and took the last two wickets in one over.

Fives all out for 184. I'm sure we will win many matches this season if we continue to shine in the field as we did on Sunday. Dom, Rob A, Tim M and Nick form the core of a very useful attack, with many able candidates to supplement their talents.

Sadly our batting, as often seems to be the way when we bat second, did not quite come up to scratch. Nigel was the biggest exception to this, top scoring with 31. The team continued to chase the modest total until victory was impossible, whereupon Brad and Ritchie further enhanced their performances by batting out the last four overs with no real scares.

So now the tour beckons...... and, if the "Beamers" happen to be monitoring this site, be warned: Chigwell are ready. Wear body armour.

(Report by Rob Orange)


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