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September 06, 2010

Chigwell Retain League Title

A win today at Mayfield sent Chigwell back up to the top of the table with no more matches to play.

We won the toss and really had to bat to to maximize our points (even though it looked like a good wicket to bowl on). It was fairly tough going at first with the ball swinging and some tight bowling from the Mayfield boys coupled with a very slow outfield, but we eventually made our way to 160 odd (charlie scoring 90 something) - giving us 4 batting points and leaving us with 5 wickets to take to get up to the 6 points we needed from the game to finish on top of the table.  After some yummy sandwiches and hot tea (and a rather belated chicken leg!) we got out on the field and set about the job. Starting with a tidy run out, Mayfield lost most of their wickets very quickly which handed us the points we needed, however, we wanted to win the match too rather than draw as we did last year. The best batsmen seemed to be saved 'til last and we had a minor doubt as we could see these big hitters potentially making the modest total required in the last twenty.. we carried on plugging away and finally removed the last man as the light was beginning to get a little murky.  Beer, wine, saucisson, chorizo, olives... and a game or two of pool were enjoyed back at the Mayfield Club and a pleasant end to a good day was had by all :-)

Congratulations to everybody who played in these league matches this year or supported the team along the way...... Strength & Honour.



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