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Chigwell drew with Lyndhurst

June 5, 2011

ChigwellLYNDHURST
Chigwell drew with Lyndhurst

Match Report

For this match to be finished on a dark, rainswept May evening was quite an achievement in itself - the rain failed to dampen the spirits of either team, and a draw was a fair result after a rollercoaster game that could quite easily have ended in any of four results. For Alfie to hit his maiden century in such conditions is a testament to the quality of the innings.

It was Lyndhurst who drew first blood with 3 wickets before Chigwell made 10 runs: one apiece for openers JJ and Alfie and a quick-thinking run-out from Maffro. However, despite looking like they might roll over, the Chigwell middle order delivered with a couple of solid half-centuries to leave Lyndhurst hurting. Liam again proved his talent with 2-26 to give him the early lead in the bowling averages, but despite this and some handy fielding at the back end of an innings that felt like it went on for days, Chigwell found themself on an intimidating 217-8 before they declared. The drizzle had started and as the wicket softened and the ball became saturated, it seemed as though a draw or an abandonment might be Lyndhurst's best chance to salvage a result.

Acting captain Alfie clearly thought otherwise, racing away to 30 in quick time, before opening partner Jeff was dismissed for 13. Alfie was racing along as Liam and Jono came and went but, with the rain showing no sign of stopping and the wicket deteriorating to the point of unsafety, it looked like he might be left stranded in the 90s again. Ten minutes later, the rain had stopped and Alfie was marching past 100 for the first time to the delight of the Lyndhurst faithful. At this point it seemed like if Alfie could stay in, Lyndhurst would canter home.

When he was dismissed for 102, though, the Lyndhurst lower order proved their worth, with Sid and George putting on a great partnership of 33 following a few quick wickets. The partnership was all the more impressive given that both batsmen were using runners, meaning six Lyndhurst players were on the field all at once. With runs seemingly impossible to come by but the game saved, Lyndhurst saw out the last few of their 41 overs, agonisingly falling 15 runs short of their target.

The game was drawn and 79 overs were bowled in unfeasibly bad conditions. For Lyndhurst there were many signs of encouragement and after two exciting games out of two in the 2011 season, who would dare to predict what's going to happen next week?

Report written by JJ.

The Team

PositionPlayerNotesBattingBowlingCatches
1A. HedgesCaptain MotM! 1023 for 30 from 11 overs0
2J. Richards13 0
3L. ClayMotMr/u 12 for 26 from 5 overs0
4J. J. O'Neill151 for 21 from 8 overs0
5D. DennisonWK 13 0
6M. Richards70 for 12 from 2 overs1
7J. Jupp00 for 13 from 1 overs0
8S. Hamilton151 for 17 from 2 overs0
9G. Hedges22 n.o.0 for 35 from 3 overs0
10W. Harris1 n.o. 0
11G. Oakley 1 for 36 from 5 overs0

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All games against this opponent

SeasonDateResultReport
2010June 6, 2010Old Chigwellians beat Lyndhurst by 8 wicketsClick for Report
2011June 5, 2011Chigwell drew with LyndhurstClick for Report
2012July 15, 2012Lyndhurst beat Chigwell by 5 wicketsClick for Report

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