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May 26, 2010

Salute the Magician - Nick shines again against STM

Vice Captain Rob Orange writes:

Ramesh, the debutant, keen to impress, was at the ground a full 75 minutes before the scheduled start, having phoned me for directions, so I trundled down to Chigs a little early myself arriving a minute or two ahead of our skipper.  The rest of our somewhat unusual team had assembled by one thirty.  Two other debuts were to be made:  Sarah, and Jonathan.  Three others including Sarah’s charming straw hat.  Or four including the much awaited long-sleeved tops and jumpers, which had abused the privilege of irony by arriving in 28 degree heat, following two games played in thermals. So lots of arrivals, but not that of the opposition – STM – who finally rolled up at somewhere considerably nearer three than two o’clock .

Rob negotiated a 40 over a side match, the best we could manage against a definite preference for a 30 or 35 over game by the STM skipper. STM won the toss and would bat first, so after a few more minutes delay whilst umpire coats and the Chigwell scorebook were unearthed Ramesh and Richard opened the attack.

Richard returned to the bowling form he had shown in the first two matches of the season and while Ramesh was suffering from edges that never went to hand, Rich was able to claim the first wicket; a juggled but well pouched effort from Nick in the gully.  Notwithstanding Richard’s strike the score was rattling on, and there was a seemingly ominous period where no wickets fell.  Please excuse any vagueness in the detailing of events in this innings as STM may not have an experienced scorer to hand and the book was in a bit of a state in terms of readable data by the time we got it back at the tea interval. 

Rob asked Richard to take a blow, replacing him with Nick – very much our ace up the sleeve this season.  After a couple of overs of bedding in he proceeded through the STM upper order, aided by good catching from Rob A, Adam and himself – another juggled effort.  During this spell I replaced the unlucky Ramesh at the “Bell” end and soon had his help in taking a wicket; a good catch at cow corner.  Rob A took a catch at slip for me too, but then I dropped a straight-forward return chance offered by the opposition skipper (who went on to score 50) and this drop seemed to infect the team to the extent that I soon after saw three consecutive chances go begging, a fate customarily reserved for Brad’s bowling.  Speaking of which Brad replaced Nick at the “plum” end but struggled to bowl the line dictated by his skipper.  At least he took a wicket with a stumping that was so obvious nobody appealed – until it suddenly dawned on us that the batsman might not actually go without this formality.

Ramesh came back for another luckless over, but Nick’s return brought about the end of the innings with two timely wickets, one bowled the other LBW.  Fine figures of 7.3 overs 5 wickets for 39 tell their own story, as indeed do Nick’s figures for the season; something like fifteen wickets at about eight runs apiece.  STM were all out for 207 (9 wickets as they only had 10 men – a problem with which we are well familiar)  a crucial 3.3 overs ahead of the 40 over mark.

The Old Chigs tea showed no signs of improvement and moves are now afoot to arrange something better.

Brad stepped up to the plate when asked to open the batting with the skipper and helped see the shine off a new ball in a sturdy partnership of 60 for the first wicket.  He left on 14, walking like a man when thinly edging behind.  Adam joined Rob and took this partnership took the score beyond 100 before Rob rather wastefully ran himself out for the second time in three games. Enter Jonathan Stephenson, friend of Sarah and all round good egg, for his first bat in about three years.   After a few early nerves he calmly accumulated runs, eventually falling on 31.  Adam had departed in the meantime for 45, having popped one back to the bowler.  The victory had looked secure at 174 for 3, but two wickets fell in rapid succession to give us a few jitters.  Nigel (who had replaced Sarah towards the end of the STM innings) had been one of those to go, but had at least registered his first runs of the season (6).  Sadly Ramesh holed out for a duck, but we know enough of him to be confident of many runs (and wickets) in the very near future.

Eventually Dan and Richard saw us home with 2 overs to spare in a short but commanding partnership.  A special mention should go to the redoubtable “extras”, who contributed 57 runs but as usual declined to buy a jug.  Nick however got to the bar in quick time (just as well as it was closed seconds later), but not quite quickly enough to see any of the opposition, who left with far more urgency than they had shown in arriving... ;-)

Captain Rob Allum adds; It was great to have Tim Hall playing and hopefully he'll make it for a few more this season too..  What with Ross and Tim both being available already this season could this mean we might get to see Graham out on the field soon?  R.x

May 17, 2010

No to Willingale ('s lack of ambition...but a good tea as usual;-)

Captain Rob Allum writes:

A potentially rainy afternoon was in prospect as we rocked up to Willingale's ground on 'The Street' yesterday. I had a plan to win the toss and bowl first, getting everyone on to bowl and then chase down whatever they managed to post. Reality struck as I lost the toss and Willingale skipper was very quick to say they would have a bowl.... hmmmm.

Plan B didn't start quite so well as Adam and Myself failed with the bat this week - both playing bad shots and we lost a succession of wickets for not many until Ross and Robbie O steadied the ship with a nice partnership, laying the foundation we needed to get up to some kind of competitive total.  Everyone else chipped in (including Roebyn who batted well and I think eventually was the not out batsman!) to get us up to 150 in the alloted 2.5hrs village rules format.  An excellent tea was enjoyed including a disc of 'cheese straw' - these would have gone well with a beer if there had been any left over after the match but hey ho!

Onwards to the next innings. Robbie O opened the bowling at the top end with Rich at the other. Rich having been literally walking sideways the night before was not in the best form and felt that he could contribute better in the field (which he duly did with full commitment and success.  Rob O adds: I’d like to add a mention of the catch that Richard took off Dan’s bowling, fielding at short mid off.  The ball was blasted directly at him by one of the few aggressive shots played all innings.  He managed a half turn before the ball was crashing into his abdomen, eliciting a strange noise somewhere between a grunt, a gasp and a squeal from our hero.  This was followed a split second later by the cry of “Yes!!!”  as he completed the turn and thrust the ball aloft in triumph.  The bruise already showing below his ribs had become a badge of honour.... ) and I took over at the bottom end to try to stem the flow of seamer based runs.  Rob bowled very tightly and I picked up wickets from my end but the Willingale boys were never particularly behind the rate or very far away from what was only a modest total to chase. However, after a rain break (just at the 20 overs to go mark) and with about 42 on the board with only 3 wickets down they just pulled down the shutters and shut up shop. At this point everyone had a go at bowing as we tried to tempt them to play shots and go for it with the field in etc...they lost a couple more wickets and the guys coming in at least wanted to try to hit the ball around a bit but it was too little too late for Willingale and for us  - so the game dwindled into a bit of a nothing draw..

Shame that it didn't get closer but at least we got a full game in amongst the rain (and I finally got Nige on to bowl for the first time in ages and he took 2 wickets!!).... see you for the next thrilling installment of CCC's cricketing adventures soon folks.

Beam me up Scotty!

Adam Peters Writes:

A long 'trek' was had by all the Chigwell faithful as we descended down the A23 towards to coast to yet again defend our honour!

Upon arrival, which was very premature for most as the journey was smooth... the Brad-Mobil head straight for the sea and some fish and chips! Returning to the ground the rest of the team had arrived and were 'warming up' used very loosely; although ironically a proper warm up would have been greatly approved by most as the warm journey in the car had not acclimatised us to the chilly south coast wind.

Ron lost the toss on a very green wicket but to our amazement was forced in to the field, much to the delight of the Chigwell Team. Confidence rippled through the team as after a low scoring encounter the previous year, the chance to bowl first on a slow, damp, green track had us licking our lips. Richard started us off from the Petrol Station End with some inconsistent and stiff bowling. No swing surprised us all and the pitch seemed to be okay. The latter thought was soon dismissed as Richie got one to literally crawl along the floor from a bowl pitched half way down and trapped the opener, Bailey, plumb in front (6-1). Rob A opened from the Sea End and although bowling well again failed to swing the ball and again the pitch seemed to have less demons in it than we all thought with some straight blows over the top proving to be main retaliation of the Beamers Batsmen. After some 'dodgy fielding' and a couple of chances going down Chigwell heads seemed to drop and as Rich continued to struggle, returning figures of 3-0-22-0 from his opening spell, Rob A turned to spin early trying to regain control of the game. Rob O struck early in his spell dismissing Smith for a lusty 19 (44-2) but the game was still moving at a great pace.

Rob A toiled away for a couple more overs but runs continued to flow from both ends and Chigwell were forced to deploy Nick 'Granddad' Allum, fully equipment with thermals from head to toe under his whites. Nick bowled well slowing the game down both in runs and pace but failed to take a wicket. Rob O was struggling for line and length at the other end and the Brighton Pitch looked better and better with every over. Rob O eventually struck for the second time forcing Beamers No.4, Hewitte, to drag on with the bowl again coming slow and low off the pitch (117-3). Beamers continued to accelerate despite losing wickets through the middle overs. Nick got in to the wickets with a Allum one two after Rigby skied one (143-4) and then a brilliant one handed, diving forward, caught and bowled from Nick dismissed Nicholls, firmly cementing the theory that Nick only fields well off his own bowling (162-5). Beamers again rallied though dispatching Rob to the fence again and Nick, losing his length also felt the pain of the continuing onslaught of Brighton's Opener who blasted his way to a fantastic century. It was only when Bradley Davis entered the fray that the Beamers centurion lost his cool. After chasing a couple of wide balls outside the off stump and eyeing up cow corner again and again, Brad got one spot on and a little outswinger was B Rigby's undoing as he ran passed the ball trying to use his feet and was stumped by Adam (186-6). Another partnership soon emerged as again Chigwell were unable to turn one wicket in to two, Brad was able to sneak another cheeky wicket towards the end as Chaffey went for one shot too many and again ran past the ball and was bowled off stump (242-7). When Rich and Rob both returned for the last overs of the innings, the extra pace on the ball only seemed to helped the bowl find the boundary and Beamers ended on an impressive 251-7 (43 overs).

Tea was not a joyfull occasion for our boys but discussions on our batting line up and strategy lifted the mood when we realised that anything they can do we can do better. Plus a draw would again leave the 'Mini Ashes' trophy in limbo between the city and the coast.

Francois and Rob A opened the Chigwell account playing some nice shots and both batsmen looked comfortable on a wicket that had looked to promise so much for the bowlers. Francois got a good delivery and was caught on the crease, bowled for just 1 leaving Chigwell 18-1 with just 3 overs gone. Adam came in at 3 and looked to rebuild with Rob. Again some clean stroke play and big hits got Chigwell moving again until Rob A took a quick single to extra cover and was run out by the fielding move of the year so far with a one handed pick up and throw, crunching the one visible stump leaving Rob in no mans land. A run 9 times out of ten but Rob's number was up leaving Chigwell to rebuild again from 29-2. Adam escaped a good LBW shout the next bowl as he received one that shot along the ground from short of a length. Aqeel came in at 4 and played some nice shots. Some talks of playing straight and in the V were had and seemed to work as Chigwell passed 50 and hit one of the Beamers openers out of the attack. Some sweetly timed shots from Aqeel were moving us along nicely but unfortunately a nothing shot left his stumps in pieces as Lowe claimed his 2nd wicket of the innings (58-3). Enter BOOM BOOM Richie. We all new that Richie had it in him and this pitch seemed to suit him perfectly as the pace allowed him to pick and choose were to send the ball flying with great ease. Dispatching his first ball for 4 of mid wicket, Richie even left the ball outside the off stump, showing great control and raced along to 54 in just 33 balls. Some helpful bowling on an already slow pitch allowed Adam to sneak a boundary and rotate the strike back to Rich who in turn blasted it all round the park until Rich got some of his own medicine and was bowled by the rolling ball (151-5). Adam passed 50 and looked good, striking the ball cleanly through the covers and down the ground with relative ease. Dan came and went for a run a ball 12 (165-6) and all hopes of Chigwell chasing the huge total were lessening as the 10 an over target began to grow. Owen came in and was told to swing for the tree line with Excalibur (Richie's Bat) but was unable to connect with the tree trunk wrapped in gaffer tape. The last couple of overs descended in to nothing as the field was brought in to force something to happen, perhaps 5-8 overs too late. Owen was eventually bowled by a good yorker from the returning Lowe and Adam swatted away a couple more deliveries to end on 82 not out off 94.

A draw perhaps... but a fighting display from the Chigwell faithful.

A special note to Owen for his excellent fielding and to Richie for his maiden Chigwell half century!


A brief discussion in the pub ended with a promise that the Beamers would enter in to the valleys of Chigwell in 2011 for a final battle for the urn. With some changes to the game format favouring a result instead of the bore draw which has consumed 4 of the 5 fixtures.

Willingale next boys.... To Victory!

May 09, 2010

Beamers post 251-6. Chigwell 49-2 after 45 minutes in reply

Beamers post 251-6. Chigwell 49-2 after 45 minutes in reply

May 02, 2010

Pub / Dinner

Btw-Richard will be in the Nightingale pub, Nightingale lane Wanstead from 2:30 today... A few more of us will join him and perhaps take a curry later too.. Stay in touch. Sorry about the rain!! R.x

Match vs Hadley Wood rained off

Soaking. Hadley Wood laughing all the way to the bank with their six points.