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July 03, 2010

Soccer Bad, Cricket Good!! Chigwell v South Loughton

Reporter Dave Colwill writes:

SL won the toss and invited Chigs to bat on a pitch that had a good spread of moss and plenty of ridges and bumps - looking like a difficult pitch for any batsman used to batting at the Old Chigs! A good toss to win on the hottest day of the year, temperatures in the 30s and a large (on one side) and very slow outfield also ensuring scoring big runs would be difficult.
Rallum and Dave opened up with Rallum perishing quickly, caught behind for just four attempting a similar shot that had been successful minutes prior. The initial overs showed plenty of seam movement and awkward bounce - both high and low, which meant targets of a 230 score were quickly revised.
SL's opener, Dave Smith, bowled an immaculate 12 over spell of length bowling (0-24) and used the pitch to good advantage, landing it every ball and extracting sometimes unplayable movement. Dave watchfully faced a fair few of his overs, adopting a safe approach to ensure the middle order wasn't exposed early. Ashan in the meantime was playing positively against the somewhat too full bowling at the other end, getting a few boundaries away although did have some luck sky-ing one early on just past square leg, and having a regulation catch by the WK dropped, much to Smith's obvious anguish. Dave and Ashan put on what would turn out to be the p-ship of the match, 75, at a reasonable clip.
After Ashan departed for 33, Richard came and went quickly for 6, a lack of respect for the slow, slow left arm of Pearn. Adam joined Dave and after a brief P-ship, an exhausted looking Dave was bowled by Pearn for 56, looking for another boundary, clearly sick of running twos!
Nigel joined Adam and the two batted well, until the soccer (yes it's called soccer, as football can mean rugby, celtic, soccer, league or gridiron!!) intervened with a few overs left in the innings.
The less said about the England match the better, but upon the resumption, Adam had 'exited' the game, leaving Chigs 2 players short and another wicket down.
The lower order batted until the 45th, with new man Stephenson collecting a well compiled 21* & Vettori's dad a run a ball 19, the final team score being 194 - a very good total by the account of one of SL's top order.
Our adopted northerner and Ashan opened up, with Rich getting the early wicket feathered through to behind the stumps. Wickets fell at regular intervals, with SL struggling to score or survive on the inconsistent wicket. Chig's put in probably the team display of the season so far, with all catches bar one held, and a diligent fielding effort, especially with a man down. Special mention to Sarah, who fielded the entire innings - our esteemed skipper even made her field deep fine leg to fine leg for the duration. Wines still owed on that account I believe...
The last SL wicket fell at 124, a win by 70 runs with Ashan having a good all round game, claiming 3-30 (12), Nick Allum 3-16 (8.2), Rallum 2-19 (8), Rich 1-27 (7) and the effervescent Rob Orange 1-22 (6). Maximum points for Chigs and confidence will be high for HWG next week.
Cheers to SL for a hard fought game played in good spirits.


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