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Winners of the Middlesex and Essex Invitation League 2009 - 2012

April 25, 2010

Chigwell vs Pacific

Pacific reached 222 at tea. Chigwell 26-1 after six overs.

Update: Chigwell lost. Scores and report to follow.

April 23, 2010

Chigwell up and Winning

Chigwell vs South Loughton 18th April

Chigwell began the season a man light, writes Rob Orange, but enjoyed a stress-free victory over South Loughton, a team never before vanquished by the brigade of strength & honour.  In previous seasons we have either been soundly spanked, or lost from a dominant position, so without reference to the make up of the South Loughton side I made up my mind to bowl first, given the option.  Having called correctly and got my way I began to notice that we were taking on a side made up predominantly of colts.  Terry ventured that the game might not last too long.

Richard and Ahsan opened the bowling, Ahsan slightly reluctantly as I pressed him in to bowling seam as we were pretty short in this department.  He bowled really well, but never caused the scorer to rotate the wicket wheel in the score-box as the numerous edged deliveries refused to fly to Chigwell hands.  Richard meanwhile struck the most significant blow of the match as he had Terry Heman, a man who usually clumps many a run against us, coolly caught by Nick at gully.

There followed a quiet period as the highest partnership of the innings tentatively prospered.  Richard was punished for a couple of loose deliveries and left the attack with figures of 5-2-17-1.  Ahsan bowled 9 luckless overs for 28 and was replaced by Nick, Charlie under captain’s orders, bowling seam at the other end.  Young Rudkin produced a beauty to claim the second wicket and finished his short but impressive spell with 6-1-13-1.

Nick began the season in ominous form.  The South Loughton colts became his playthings as he ripped through the middle order, taking 3 wickets in 4 overs.  He was so effective that I was forced to stop him at this stage as the chances of getting the whole team involved were rapidly receding.  Brad took over from Charlie and showed the value of not netting by grabbing three wickets of his own.  Admittedly two of them were from not –so-good deliveries, but the third was the result of a well executed plan of pushing the ball a little wider and forcing a false shot from the South Loughtonian batsman.  In general Brad bowled a tidy line and length finishing with accomplished figures of 8-2-17-3.

Ahsan’s cousin, Kash, bowled five overs, which after a wonky start improved noticeably.  He joined the party with a wicket of his own before giving way to the return of Nick, and the inevitable wicket that closed the South Loughton innings on 98.

We certainly had plenty of time to get the runs, so after a prolonged tea Nigel and Charlie settled to their task.  Nigel was facing some very tight bowling from Dave Smith who racked up three consecutive maidens, bowling exclusively at Mr. Barfoot.  Inevitably as soon as Nige got to the other end he was bowled for a duck.  Charlie fell (after a prolonged umpiring change) to the same bowler an over or two later.  Ahsan departed  to a false shot while trying to have a bit of fun, but as we were facing such a small target it was easy to consolidate and between Russell, myself and Adam we cruised in with 15 overs to spare.

It was satisfying to have been able to give everyone a game, and of course to win.  I always prefer to bowl first in the first fixture of the season – I think the team rediscovers its bonds better that way, but perhaps next year I should take a closer look at the composition of the opposition (before deciding to bowl anyway...)

Man of the Match: N. Allum 5 overs 2 maidens 4 wickets for 5 runs (and 1 catch)

Full scorecard

April 20, 2010

Chigwell Raises Curtain On New Season With A Win


South Loughton 98
Chigwell 99-4

Chigwell recorded a first-ever win against South Loughton in the opening match of the 2010 season. Scorecard here. Match report to follow, if we are lucky.

April 04, 2010

New Season, League Awards Night and Pre-Season Social

The first match of the season is a friendly vs South Loughton on Sunday 18th April. All the fixtures for 2010 are now published.

To get into the swing of the new season, and to celebrate our victory in the League in 2009, please come to the League Awards and Pre-Season Social hosted by Ravi Sondh and co. at the Mayfield Athletic Club on Friday 16th April at 8.00pm.

January 02, 2010

Happy New Year

Chigwell Cricket Club wishes friends and foes a Happy New Year...

22 years in the cricket business, luvvies!

August 17, 2009

Chigs vs Hainault & Chigwell - 16/08/2009

It was an interesting day for the Chigwell Boys this week... (writes Adam Peters)

After winning the toss on Saturday night, before seeing the pitch, conditions, team or the oppo we inserted ourselves on a dry and true looking  chig's wicket. It seemed as thought someone had bothered to cut the grass this week, although not still up to the recent years of Old Chig's standards.   

Ahsan and Dave opened the batting in glorious sunshine and with high spirits we eagerly awaited the inevitable onslaught. We weren't  disappointed. Whether it was down to enthuasism, bad bowling or just lack of talent, Ahsan immediately set the tone for the day dispatching  H&C's opening bowler for 13 in his over peppering the deep square leg boundary as he strangely attempted to bounce Ahsan out. The flurry of  boundaries continued from the pavilion end as Dave joined in with the hooking feast on offer again sending the ball to all parts. Ahsan survived  an early caught and bowled chance which seemed to phase him... if only for a few seconds, again playing aerial and surviving. Dave seemed in a  more content state at the other end as Ahsan reached his blistering 50 with the score on no more than 75, Dave continued with waiting for the  bad ball. Eventually departing for a well played and well paced 78, playing another ridiculous LATE CUT! Ahsan left Dave to steer the innings  towards a needed 250+. (130-1) 

Ross entered at 3 but by this time H&C had learnt from their earlier mistakes and were in full spin mode with off spin from both ends. He came  and went for 12 caught and bowled skying an attempted lusty blow (184-2).

Mr Rudkin, fresh from tour then took over and after a slightly  hesitant start settled in knocking several ones and two with Dave to keep the run rate going. Dave eventually fell short of a well deserved  century, bowled for 94 looking to push on (203-3).

Nigel, in an interesting state, strode to the crease and again, although struggling at first  with the two spinners, found his feet and was able to push some 1's and 2's mixed in with some inevitable swipes over cow corner. A generous  bowling change then allowed Chas and Nige to accelerate just enough to declare on 260-3 (49). 

Mixed feelings at tea with our eyes being set on 270, we settled for our 260 but time was an issue as the late declaration was always going to  put us under pressure. General feeling around the camp was to get out there and bowl some overs quickly. Maybe get a spinner on early, as the  only 3 wickets of the day had fallen to spinners. Spinners 152-3 (23) Seamers 101-0 (16). 

A surge of excitement followed us out from tea as Brad, captaining the side, selected his bowlers and set fields... mind you no one actually  knew who was bowling apart from the bowler until we reached the middle.  An interesting gamble opening the bowling with our opening batsmen was met with some raised eyebrows, especially as we had only lost 3 wickets  and many hadn't played any role in the game so far apart from scoring and umpiring, but Ahsan and Brad silenced any critics was a first ball  duck for their opener, nicking a cover drive straight to Dave at 1st Slip (0-1).

New boy Steve opened from the other end and struggled to find a  consistent line and length. The pitch didn't help him much as length balls were driven down the ground and anything slightly short was  immediately pounced upon, a carbon copy of our opening half, hours earlier. Steve eventually settled down and was gifted the wicket of the other  opener after attempting to sweep a leg stump half volley and succeeding in only skying a gentle dolly to Adam behind the stumps (29-2).

Ahsan,  bowling well at the other end, swinging the old ball nicely then gained the prize scalp of their number 3, whom we knew was the key man, skying  an attempted lofted straight drive to Charlie who took a a good catch at mid off, making up several backpedalling yards. (29-3).

 It was all down hill from then though... Ahsan and Steve were left on too long and, with Chigs not being active enough, the run rate steadily  climbed to well above 6 an over, the Chigs deck getting slower and slower. Surprisingly another seamer was brought in to the attack. Frank began  his bounding hop, skip and jump run up and apart from a slight nightmare second over bowled a good line. We finally saw some spin the next over  with Chaz entering the attack giving it a tweak... No Nick and Rob yet; Brad saving them for the final push. The run rate continued rising with  Charlie going for 25 from his 4 overs but bowled better than his figures suggest. Frank then picked up a much needed wicket as their left handed  No.4 slapped a half volley to Ahsan at short extra cover... Chigs back in the game (107-4).

Brad replaced Charlie at the pavilion end and  proceeded to bowl 4 waist and head high fall tosses before drinks in his first over and Chig's were beginning to dig a hole for themselves...  was 260 enough?   A quiet drinks break found us on the sidelines with H&C needing 120 and us 6 wickets from the final hour. Brad was confident and keeping Rob and  Nick back was obviously in his plan to squeeze them in the last 20.  After drinks Brad realised that pitching the ball might be to his advantage and when presented with a loopy length ball, H&C's No.5 helped it on  its way... straight down Dave's throat at deep mid on in the first over after the break, again a much needed and prize wicket (143-5).

Rob and  Nick finally entered the attack and with immediate effect! Rob O getting No.6 caught at first slip by Nick off the outside edge trying to turn  the ball in to the legside against the spin (170-6).

Tension grew on the field as H&C sent out more batsmen who found it too easy to score  boundaries. A couple of catches went down and words were said by Adam behind the stumps as the game started to shift back to H&C's favour. We  weren't on the ball! Field placing became sketchy and 2's were too easy to come by in the outfield. Ross worked his socks off at the bottom of  the hill stopping some 2's and 3's mixed in with some missed pick ups, but all round did  a good job for us down there and saved some runs. It  took the metronomic arm of Nick Allum to break the deadlock in the middle trapping H&C's No.7 LBW (210-7).

H&C continued to hit their way  through the overs though and when Nick's final over of his spell included another 2 boundaries the needle of fate was swinging this way and that  with every ball bowled. With 41 needed off the last 4 soon becoming 20 off 2, Brad took another gamble replacing a weirdly out of touch Nick  with Dave's darts from the School End. Dave's one over proved to be the decider though skittling H&C's No.8 for a fantastic 43 (243-8). With his  over only going for 5 H&C needed 15 off the last and Rob O was to bowl... 'Vettori's Dad' stepped up to the plate, bowling their No.9 trying to  aim for the tennis courts (248-9).

As their No.11 walked to the crease, Chigs surrounded their prey looking for that last wicket to gain  victory... but it wasn't meant to be as the batsmen watched the first of his 2 remaining balls safely past off stump and the second missing off  stump after beating the bat from a loose forward defence.   

A hard effort from all the boys today. Brad, a quiet captain throughout the day, played his cards close to his chest and although not  marshalling his troops well enough in the middle period in the field, remained confident throughout and almost steered the ship to a slightly  undeserved victory. It was certainly a game of two halves and a draw was probably a fair result for both after a good run chase by Hainault &  Clayhall.   

Well done Brad... so close but so far.

August 01, 2009

Time For Another Bottle

Chigwell vs Coopersale at Brickfield Road, 26/07/09

Hi everyone, (writes Richard Hannant from France)

It’s a little odd to see a team being scraped together without me in it. Eh well, tant pis! I will spend six weeks in France...anyway about my report I did start it last week but ran out of time at the internet cafe and got completely bored with my own rhetoric, so I’ll try again now, slightly worse for wear but with a bit more time and hopefully with a little more succinctness than I had shown myself capable of last time, he writes without any kind of irony...

Well we won the toss and I decided to bat; we were waiting for two players of varying abilities, but each important to the collective, and we didn't know what time they were due so hence the decision to bat. I got out for 8 (2 fours off Tony in the same over but he got his revenge with a superb off cutter that i took a nibble at), Nigel held forth for a miserly return of one and Ahsan displayed his usual panache tempered by impatience so too was dispatched before his innings met its proper conclusion.
Dave on the other hand, everybody's favourite poor man's Aussie, came good, just as I knew he would. A week of badgering, hectoring and cajoling paid dividends for me and the team with another magnificent ton.

Can’t remember much about the rest of the batting other than to say the youngsters that were coerced into the team batted really well and fluently, especially young James, each doing as was asked of them, keeping the scoreboard ticking over. We managed a not unreasonable 215: despite the fact that there over rate seemed at best tardy and at worst f**king slow!

Their innings got off really quite badly. At one point they were 26 for 5, in no small part to some excellent bowling, lazy batting and the debut of a superb, new, and exciting young wicket keeper. Their stalwart of a giant, Graham Hancock, kept his end up well however and started to mash our bowlers into the adjoining gardens and fields. He was aided and abetted by a batsman who should have been out on 2 to the most blatant lbw ever witnessed but the clueless umpire said it was bat first! [Steady on old boy - Ed] Anyway he got out caught behind by the fantastic, new and exciting prospect of a wicket keeper (have I already mentioned him), even though he didn't actually touch the ball. It was a fair cop even though he did make an extra 46 unfairly.

Anyway, their tall but friendly giant was finally dispatched for 99, joy never knew such sublimity, and from then on it was not so much as a run chase as just sticking out for an undeserved draw. And even though with one wicket following another, despite one bad umpiring decision following another, they did until the final ball of the innings.

Let it be said now that to get to this point in the game we had been called off the field twice for rain, once rather prematurely and the other rather fortuitously because it meant that we could all marvel at the wonder of nature as it put on for us a spectacular light show in the form of a rainbow that we saw the full curve of with one end in the middle of the cricket pitch, quite wonderful, and the light that had been so bad so as to nearly require cocoa and bedtime stories . Despite all that, at the end of the game we needed one wicket from one ball to claim victory. The bowler Mr. Allum of the BGC variety, the batter who cares, just a body to pad the ball back for a draw. The ball came in, Rallum deciding earlier that the batsman was not capable of playing a slow full toss, the great team of Chigwell surrounded the bat, watching, concentrating and willing for a catch or the tumble of wicket, oh that the wily Rallum's strategy proved to be pitch perfect. The batsman played across the line of a perfectly straight ball and the off stump fell. It was joy and sublimity in quantities unimaginable, the team rose as one and the joy and relief on those Chigwell players’ faces could have sourced the national grid enough for break time during Corrie! It was that kind of moment.

I'd like to give the captain some credit at this point for having the tactical acumen to have Rallum taking the last over. Btw, did I mention that the captain was the same handsome young, imperiously talented, new wicketkeeper that I mentioned earlier? No? Oh well, tant pis! Time for another bottle!

Strength and honour!

July 05, 2009

Tour match III - Axminster

'Scoop' Hannant's match report:

14th June 2009

Well, Sunday was upon us. After two wins out of two the opportunity presented itself of making a clean sweep and winning all three tour games, a feat never previously achieved. Unfortunately there was a new captain on duty with absolutely no idea how to set a field other than to say "can you stand there, please"?

The captain, me btw, fortified himself with a hearty breakfast and another bracing swim. All was well with the world, nothing could go wrong. And it didn’t.

The Axminster captain and I didn't have a toss, we just shook hands on the format (40 overs) and who should bat first (them). The previous year they put out a team of varying ages but the victory we earned was quite tight so i was expecting the same this year, even though their team was made up of mainly colts. One thing they didn't anticipate, and whoever could, was the way our opening bowler could swing it. The ruddy cheeked, bespectacled mass that is Graham Wiskin trundled in from the pavilion end to take the wickets of the opening two batsmen, two fine looking stroke players but in the end quite incapable of coping with Mr. Wiskin’s unplayable swinging balls.

Because of the loss of the early wickets my job as captain was made considerably easier enabling me to shift the bowling around without too much anxiety of them making an unexpectedly high score. In dispatches I’d like to mention young Mr Wiskin who, after a bright start, fell to earth in the middle of the wicket with a seeming dislocation of the shoulder. Thankfully it wasn't and with a few beers down his neck after the game he soon forgot all about it. And I’d also like to mention Owen, just because I would.

Their innings was not without contention however. Two blinding stumpings by the poor man's Aussie were cruelly denied by the umpire, who was clearly blinded to them and by them, which did make the game at one point seem a little niggly but by the end of their innings a not impossible total of 168 was set for us to chase.

After another lovely, fresh tea Bradders and Nige were sent in to intimidate and frighten their opening bowlers. After that failed the cherubic seraph that is the poor man's Aussie was sent in to try and avenge for the umpire's previous indiscretions, and this he duly did with a blinding and belligerent ton, three cheers for the Ocker. But even in batting contention followed us, or was it just Dave the Kiwi that contention followed? Towards the end of the ton there was some very unsportsmanlike behaviour from one of their bowlers. With our score rapidly approaching theirs the opportunities for the ton were receding rapidly, especially since their 'bowler' deliberately bowled wides and no balls to try and stymie keeper Dave’s chances. Lots of grumbling and heckling ensued but this in itself could not aid Dave towards his ton, but we had a much better weapon. The crafty, wily, and sportsmanlike BGC was batting at the other end and as wide as the 'bowler' tried to bowl the ball was batted back with the BGC at some point having to stretch six foot on his off side so to do!

By the end Dave needed four for his ton but we only needed one to win. Thankfully a nice young man gifted Dave a ball that he could despatch to the boundary. The ton was his but more importantly the victory was ours.

The team could return home with victory ringing in its ears, a hundred per cent win for the team and a 100 per cent win for me.

This captaining's all quite easy really, isn't it?


Strength and honour

Tour match II - Chardstock

13th June 2009

After about 30 minutes of driving around in one of Dagenham’s finest, Dave and I found the Chardstock ground, writes Nigel Barfoot. The pitch was pitched at around 10 degrees from leg to off and had a pretty short boundary. Nice.

After a quick toss with the opposition’s captain, he informed me of their weak batting line up and suggested we bat first to get more of a game. We batted first…

I faced, with the Chigwell talisman Rob Allum dropped to number 2. Frustration at not scoring an early six on the short boundary caused Rob to hit one straight to a fielder at mid off which was subsequently dropped. I did the same thing the next over then something strange happened. The score board showed 116 for no loss of wicket? Seagulls started talking to me saying there was no trawler to follow. Then the BGC was bowled making 56.

Steve Drabwell padded to the hilt entered the fray with a nervy start to then hit a couple of fours which settled him down. I hit my fifty then decided to go for a big six and got stumped. Richard joined the crease then departed before his Marlboro red was extinguished which caused a fracas in the changing room as Nick had to rush his box in. Steve was in hitting mood and managed to crack a huge straight six into the field next door. Very nice.

Dave came in next with Graham and Brad following in quick succession after Nick had scored 9. Adam came in after Graham and managed to score a quick 22 with three fours and a six. We finished on 215 for 8.

Dave the Kiwi rave opened the bowling with Ricardo Hannante and it wasn’t long before Dave bowled the #2 bat. Once the second wicked fell there was a huge Chardstock collapse with five ducks in a row, a few golden too. Nick had a huge amount of W’s and one M so had to be taken off so everyone got a game.

With 16 overs gone, we didn’t have much of a game to play with the score at 53 for 7. Rob O bowled 3 overs collecting 2 wickets and was replaced by Brad. Graham was brought on with everyone hoping to see the legendary swing that the Wiskas can produce. We didn’t have to wait too long with Graham beating the bat virtually every ball. At one point we had 4 slips and a gully due to the swing which was especially useful as Graham bowled one straight to 3rd slip.

Owen replaced Beef and picked up an amazing wicket caught by Ricardo at cow corner. Nice catch mate.

They finished on 106 all out so we could have an early beer which was jolly kind.

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!