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May 12, 2009

It's a fair cop..... but the batsmen (not society) were to blame.

Sunday 10th May 2009 Chigwell v Met Police.

It was a lovely sunny day (check out the new pics from the camera of RobbieO in the gallery area) as I pulled up at the Met Police ground on Sunday and most of the chaps were already gathered at the little changing room in the hope of another nice day out and another win for CCC.
Hmmm.....well, at least we got the nice day out.
The pitch looked its usual uneven surface when I went out to toss up with the Met skipper. He fancied a 40 over match, which I didn't really resist, so we made an agreement as he wanted to bat first and I wanted to chase (not knowing what's a good score on that pitch).
The Met batted pretty well for their home conditions , although weirdly they didn't look that good but the final total of 181 was totally decent.
Roger and James S took the new ball and after James settled they both bowled nicely (as did most of our team - only Richard (the sun god) and Adam (the keeper) didn't bowl!)
Highlights were Zarg's return - right on the money after a long winter, Owen once again in the wickets ...and Graham S bowling late on taking 3 wickets for 7 off 2 overs!!  Welcome to Chigwell, G!
Overall we did the bowling right and fielded well and energetically and we all seemed to have a nice time:-)

Onto the batting:  To summarise, I would say we didn't really adapt our batting to the local conditions and paid the price.  Several of us fell early on playing the way we would on a good surface (this strip was very two-paced and the bounce extremely variable) and gradually we slipped further behind the required rate, lost more wickets and finished 50 short of the total.
It was fun to watch the late order playing some aggresive shots as there was no draw possible.
181 was a completely realistic target so it's a shame that as a batting unit we didn't really have our act fully together.
If I hadn't tinkered with the basics of the batting order (as someone suggested) we might have done better, but it's also clear that us in the top order should have employed a more sensible shot selection given the conditions!!
I reckon that we could have pushed the field much more than we did too and picked up more singles?

Anyways, the Met were a decent bunch and it was good to see lots of supporters on the boundary...... and we had an interesting tea - deep-fried sausages and chips!




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