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June 21, 2004

Chigwell Bat Like Drips After the Rain (South Woodford 20/6/04)

Not for the first time Chigwell competed well in the field against a strong batting side, but were unable to bat to the same standard. It must be said that the conditions turned against us when a cloudburst turned the normally even Old Chigs wicket into a evil beast full of "tennis ball bounce".

After an arranged toss the opening batsmen for South Woodford's Sunday A team padded up and strode purposefully to the crease. Dom had the ball swinging early on particularly troubling the left hander who eventually had to be given out LBW, seemingly a cumulative decision based on four very good appeals. Tim M bowled well and beat the bat on occasion, but all the bowlers suffered from a generally aggressive approach from South Woodford. The fielders stayed focused and after a period under the cosh rallied to restrict the score to 220, par on an Old Chigs wicket. The problem, as it turned out was a period of fifteen minutes or so when the players were forced to leave the field due to a very intense rain shower. This soaked the pitch and made batting an altogether more onerous task.

After tea the home side collapsed like a house of cards in a wind tunnel. Dom showed his all round credentials with a score of 25 not out, but in fairness to most of the rest of the batting the pitch had become unplayable and their wickets fell as much to the conditions as to the excited C. Brown, who finished with 8 for 39, Chigwell finishing 69 all out with a mere 20 overs to go.

Rob Allum struck a positive note with his e-mail sent the day after the game. I quote

"Oh My!
Golly gosh! Not the lowest total ever.....................but frikkin' close!
Damn those weather gods, but take heart Chigwellians, we'll be back soon enough with a little luck and a freshly picked bunch of application.
We were good in the field with commitment and courage and some lovely tidy bowling too. I think we've got good raw talent in our crazy band of merry men and if we can show the same strengths in our application to batting we could have got a lot further down the road to at least securing a difficult draw in what were (for the Old Chigs) very challenging conditions.
Here's to keeping our heads high and learning from every setback in a positive way!"

Of course he is right, we are getting stronger both individually and as a team, and we are having a bloody good time too, which is a large proportion of the point of turning up!


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