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May 09, 2005

Heavy Weather Chasing Chaseville (8/5/2005)

A day of showers, one of them meteorological, saw Chigwell finish 3 runs short of the winning post, and Chaseville 1 wicket short of a dramatic victory. It was good to see so many of the Chigs arrive in good time for a change although Nigel achieved the ultimate in lateness by never making it to the ground. Luckily Charlie was on hand to ensure Chigwell fielded a full complement of players as they took the field having won the toss. Rob Allum struck early, removing C Callen for a duck, but then the wickets became a little harder to take. Dom bowled very well as usual, but despite beating the bat or finding the edge on numerous occasions finished wicketless. Some team soon is going to suffer a Domolition when he gets the luck he deserves. Rob and Nick continued to keep things tight, Rob removing the other opener to a fine catch from James "standing up". Charlie came on for four overs, but was probably bowled from the wrong end, although he did have a chance put down by the luckless Tim Hall. I decided to give myself a go from the pavilion end and soon took a sharp return catch, which added to another catch from a Nicholas Allum delivery took me up to 3 catches, and jug territory. The latter part of Chaseville's innings provided cheap wickets for myself (3-19) Nick (3-45) and Brad, who buried the ghost of last week's wayward bowling with 2-6. Chigwell dismissed Chaseville for 156, below par really for an Old Chig's wicket, but looked very laboured at times in the field, conceding too many cheap singles, and twos that should have been ones. As it transpired this was to prove very costly. After tea Chigwell batted cautiously in the main, although Harvey attempted to batter the opening spinner and was caught for 8. James perished in a similar fashion, leaving Ritchie and Tim Hall slowly accumulating runs. Heavy weather was being made of chasing the total, and heavy weather was fast approaching as Dom, replacing Tim, arrived at the crease to biff a few sturdy blows before the storm broke just after Ritchie's demise, and Old Chig's was given a severe dousing over a twenty minute period. The combination of lost time and an invigorated pitch made things difficult, although only 3 an over was required for the last six overs with 4 wickets in hand. Rob A spooned one to extra cover and I was left with the tail of Brad, Owen, and Charlie to try to sneak home. Tidy aggressive bowling from the indefatigable R. Laney proved sufficient in the end to secure the draw for Chaseville, indeed but for stout resistance from Charlie they might have won a game that really should have been Chigwell's for the taking.


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