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Winners of the Middlesex and Essex Invitation League 2009 - 2012

November 03, 2013

Sun Goes Down on Old Chigs for 2013

Nice photo and frame of the team from the last home match of the 2013 season from Dave Colwill. Chigwell+CC+Team+Photo+2013

October 19, 2013

Stevenson Wins Glittering Prize


Jonathan Stevenson has won the 2013 President's Cup. Honourable mentions also went to Will McFarlane and Dave Colwill (who also was awarded the Champagne Moment for his boundary to bring up his century and a big win vs Old Parks).  Jonathan scored more than 400 runs and bagged a string of wicket-keeping dismissals. Tim Hall presented the coveted prize at last night's Annual Dinner, at Bodean's Restaurant, Tower Hill.

Jonathan made what is widely regarded as one of the finest acceptance speeches in 25 years of Chigwell Cricket Club. No one can remember now what he said, but he stood on a chair to say it.

September 14, 2013

Rained Off

Sunday's match (15th Sept) against Gidea Park & Romford has been cancelled because of rain.

August 14, 2013

Marathon Session Ends in a Draw

Chigwell vs Hadley Wood Green 11/8/13

Chigs lost the toss, writes Dave Colwill. Will hit 2 nice fours but left an incutter. Rob wished there was DRS. Russ and Dave put on a few before a very honest decision saw Russ LBW. Dave and Jonathan put on close to 100, until Jonathan could run no more and Dave brought up tonne No.2 for '13. Chigs declared at 206/3 off 29.4 at a rate of 6.95 on what was a good batting wicket.
HWG openers prodded around for a while. Many LBW shouts, and two bowleds later, the ocker brothers came into the attack and picked up two each, Jonathan taking two good catches. The game then meandered for some 20 overs with HWG only losing a wicket and got to the last 5 overs still with 3 in hand, and a win in sight. Despite giving back 60 overs, Chigs still offered generous fields and run scoring opps but only one of the batsmen was interested, and even then, only every 2nd over. Last over HWG held on for a draw 9 down and looked delighted with the result.
Jugs were bought and the mosquitos feasted as the sun went down. An interesting game that had everyone confused at times.


July 12, 2013

Draw against 64

Summer threatened to come along last Sunday and it did, writes Nigel Barfoot. Chigwell warmed up with a chill down of whatever liquid was available. Luckily anti-freeze has been banned for human consumption. Pernod was still allowed.

Chigwell started bowling at a 64CC XI replete with old friends (Adders, Stiff, JT, Bolsy and more). Gremlo passed on the usual jumper-fetish. At the other end was Ricardo who could never turn his collar up at that invitation. He wanted a better tan. The batsmen started well and continued to score a fair few runs until they stopped at 242. Fielding was hard work. Rob O took a one handed catch which brought the cries of – show off! Nope, he’s got a broken hand.

Chigwell came out to bat with Francois and Will. Francois was caught out early. A collapse happened but, then, Gremlo arrived without a jumper or tiffin. The guy managed to put on a few runs with Prof N Allum and we looked in the race again. Gremlo fell for 80 which was a decent score. Rob Orange stepped up to the plate and hit a lot of balls including a massive six. Nick was positive with grace all the way through and hit some great shots.

We finished 25 short of winning and two wickets short of losing. Gremlo – 80, Nick Allum 51, Rob Orange – 36. Scorecard here.

July 05, 2013

League Founders XI vs South Loughton Today

A Middlesex and Essex League Founders XI is playing South Loughton in their 75th Anniversary Cricket Week at Roding Road this afternoon, Friday 5th July, starting at 2.00pm. Please come along after work to catch the finish and drink their barrel of Doom Bar. The league team is: 

Rob Allum
Ren Bhairo
Ray Victor
James Fitzgerald +
Richard Hannant
Mike Steele
Jonathan Steele
Sarj Patel
Sam Oestreicher
Rob Orange
Nick Allum  *


May 07, 2013

Chigwell Carrion Dismembered By Crows

Chigwell lost on Sunday to a very strong Wandering Crows XI. Everyone had a splendid time in the sunshine and the game was played in excellent spirit. Linda's teas went down a storm with opposition and home team alike. The pitch played well too. Shame we couldn't manage more than 138 on it - but never mind. A very entertaining match report can be found on the Crows' website. 

Full scorecard


April 30, 2013

Pacific? More like the Arctic

A thrilling scores level draw is becoming the norm for games against league rivals Pacific, writes Rob Orange.  Following their agonising nearly-but-not-quite effort in the probable "title decider" last season, Pacific will take more from the draw on this occasion, scoring more points and having been staring down the barrel when Chigs needed 2 to win from the final over with 2 wickets in hand.

Chigwell won the toss and  took to the field a man and an opening bowler light as Dave was struggling through traffic, having turned up at the wrong ground.  In a game of such tight margins being a man down for half an hour was probably the single biggest difference between a draw and a victory.  Rich bowled well and took his 2 wickets in successive balls to finish with 2 for 46.  Umpire Fred raised his finger for the second of those, despite the batsman claiming he had edged the ball into his pads.  (In the umpire's defence no one on our side noticed what must have been a thin touch). Alex couldn't get his radar going and conceded a fair few wides before being replaced by Nick, who bowled well despite a short legside boundary.  A couple of difficult chances were spilled off his bowling, and - as these thing often go - he was then punished with a couple of maximums in his final over.

Skipper Rob O replaced Rich and was surprised but delighted when Mr. Webley chipped one to Dave in the covers to end his firecracker innings on 44.  A great catch by Rich gave Rob his second wicket and with Dave now allowed to bowl and chipping in with a wicket, things were looking rosy before a well timed knock from Mr. Gleadow (42) ensured that Pacific reached a very respectable 217 for 8.   The last 2 balls of the innings involved a badly missed run out and a dropped catch by the skipper, costing Chigwell a bowling point and a crucial run or two.  Ah well…

After tea, during which a batting order was finally thrashed out, Chigs got off to a very shaky start with Aqeel departing LBW and Dave unexpectedly missing a full toss to leave us on 14 for 2.  Will - who has opened in both games now - and Russell then constructed the main partnership of the innings, a magnificent stand of 91 before Chassaud claimed them both in quick succession in an eventful 3 over spell of 2-29. Will made an excellent 44, Russell an equally attractive 50.  Rich and Nigel were next up, Nigel looking comfortable before getting a good away swinger to depart for 9.  Richard made 34 very quick runs before falling to the catch of the day in the deep.  This quick scoring enabled Nick and Jonathan to set themselves at the crease before pressing the accelerator as the innings neared its climax.  Jon hit successive boundaries to swing the game in Chigwell's favour.  Sharply run singles kept things ticking over until a direct hit run out ended Nick's innings (17) with Chigwell 7 runs short of victory.  Jonathan managed a 4 and a single to leave Chigwell in the envious position of needing 2 to win from the last over with 2 wickets in hand.  Pacific changed the bowler for this last over and were extremely fortunate that his first ball was not given wide.  It surely would have been at any other stage of the game, it being outside the return crease.  2 balls later Jon feathered a catch to the gleeful keeper and suddenly Chigwell were 1 run behind with 9 wickets down.  Alex saw 2 balls scuttle through, evading his bat, but managed a single off the last ball to leave a wonderful game drawn with the scores level.

Analysis of the scorebook after the game had Chigwell at 218, and the score for Pacific not reaching 217 by batting or by bowling, but without official scorers the book rarely adds up, so no problem with accepting that a really great game ended with honours even.  It is to be hoped that when the teams next meet on September 1st we enjoy similarly exciting cricket.  And a significantly higher temperature, it was bloody freezing!

Full scorecard

April 18, 2013

25 Glorious Years of Chigwell Cricket Club

We open the 2013 season celebrating our 25th year. Who would have thought that those tennis ball matches in the garden would lead to a quarter century of cricketing fun including 23 tours - to Sussex, Devon and Dorset, with the 24th planned for Spain this October?  In recognition of these fabulous achievements we have produced a very special 25th anniversary cap,which is available to members for just £25. That is just one pound per year! Please pay in cash or by bank transfer to the club account. No one will be issued with a cap before paying!! 

Chigwell 25 cap front  Chigwell 25 cap back 


April 14, 2013

New Old Chigs 2013