Chingford Cricket Club - Wormcasts


The Wormcasts

Founded 1984

President: P.J.Norgate Esq
Vice President : J.Briggs Esq

The 'Casts' are a wandering team that plays occasional fixtures. The side is run by Chingford's Michael Blake and features numerous ex-Test Match and Chingford cricketers. They regularly play Chingford on the Monday of Cricket Week.

It was the Winter of 1983 and Chingford Cricket Club’s Centenary Committee were putting together the final touches to the Centenary Celebrations.

The Centenary Committee was chaired by Buddy Jessop, with Mike Higgs and Mike Blake making up the quorum and a "boozy" session was taking place at Buddy’s splendid house in Sewardestonebury.

The conversation turned to the subject of the Centenary Cricket Week, something the Club hadn’t attempted since the 1950s. Fixtures had already been arranged for the Tuesday to the Friday against Essex CCC, The Mayor’s XI, The Stock Exchange and the MCC but the question arose as to what to do with the Monday.

It was agreed that the Club should invite an invitation XI and that we would invite 2 players from each of the Club’s 5 favourite opponents. That list included Barnet and Saffron Walden. It would be interesting to see if any of the same 5 Clubs selected would make the same list in 2020 ! Numerous Wormcasts Team and Action Photographs can be found by clicking the link here:
https://chingford.cricketclubwebsite.co.uk/gallery/galleryid_1213/Wormcasts.aspx

Jeff Runciman was the natural choice to skipper and with his vast array of friends from his countless years as Sunday B skipper he set about selecting a side.

However the side still remained nameless until Buddy blurted out of the top of his head "Let's call it the Wormcasts" …and so the legend began on 16 July 1984.

Results Summary 1984-2019

Scorecards and individual details of all the Wormcasts matches can be found in the “Results” Section of this Website under “Weekday XI”

Played 35

Wormcasts 11

Drawn 9

Chingford 14

Abandoned 1

 

Year

 

 

Result

2019

Chingford 268-5

Wormcasts 183

Chingford won by 85 runs

2018

Chingford 243-5

Wormcasts 189-8

Draw

2017

Chingford 250-6

Wormcasts 201-7

Draw

2016

Chingford 261-4

Wormcasts 219-7

Draw

2015

Chingford 234-4

Wormcasts 238-4

Wormcasts won by 6 wickets

2014

Chingford 254-5

Wormcasts 252-8

Draw

2013

Chingford 254-1

Wormcasts 255-8

Wormcasts won by 2 wickets

2012

 

 

Cancelled – R Lynch Funeral

2011

Wormcasts 212-10

Chingford 213-4

Chingford won by 6 wickets

2010

Wormcasts 285-8

Chingford 226-10

Wormcasts won by 59 runs

2009

Wormcasts 302-7

Chingford 302-6

Draw

2008

Wormcasts 179-10

Chingford 143-10

Wormcasts won by 36 runs

2007

Wormcasts 258-9

Chingford 60-3

Abandoned - thunderstorm

2006

Wormcasts 214-9

Chingford 209-10

Wormcasts won by 5 runs

2005

Wormcasts 252-8

Chingford 252-8

Draw

2004

Chingford 225-6

Wormcasts 221-9

Draw

2003

Wormcasts 202-10

Chingford 201-8

Draw

2002

Wormcasts 235-6

Chingford 225-10

Wormcasts won by 10 runs

2001

Wormcasts 206-4

Chingford 208-5

Chingford won by 5 wickets

2000

Wormcasts 169-9

Chingford 170-4

Chingford won by 6 wickets

1999

Wormcasts 220-8

Chingford 221-4

Chingford won by 6 wickets

1998

Wormcasts 150-10

Chingford 151-7

Chingford won by 3 wickets

1997

Wormcasts 143-10

Chingford 147-6

Chingford won by 4 wickets

1996

Chingford 214-7

Wormcasts 192-10

Chingford won by 22 runs

1995

Wormcasts 198-5

Chingford 145-10

Wormcasts won by 53 runs

1994

Chingford 210-7

Wormcasts 196-9

Draw

1993

Wormcasts 203-9

Chingford 206-5

Chingford won by 5 wickets

1992

Wormcasts 234-2

Chingford 219-10

Wormcasts won by 15 runs

1991

Wormcasts 201-5

Chingford 164-10

Wormcasts won by 37 runs

1990

Wormcasts 190-4

Chingford 193-5

Chingford won by 5 wickets

1989

Wormcasts 198-6

Chingford 168-10

Wormcasts won by 30 runs

1988

Wormcasts 199-6

Chingford 114-10

Wormcasts won by 85 runs

1987

Chingford 190-6

Wormcasts 121-10

Chingford won by 69 runs

1986

Chingford 142-7

Wormcasts 128-10

Chingford won by 14 runs

1985

Wormcasts 142-10

Chingford 147-4

Chingford won by 6 wickets

1984

Wormcasts 177-10

Chingford 178-6

Chingford won by 4 wickets

 

 Wormcast Players 1984-2019

 

Name

Debut

Apps

Runs

O

M

R

W

Paul Adshead

2017

3

84

31

2

150

5

Warren Arden

1994

23

160

91

6

557

9

Andy Baker

2013

1

16

6

0

49

0

Tony Barker

2001

11

9

78

1

559

8

Mick Bear

2006

9

264

48

10

210

6

Michael Blake

1989

25

178

42.1

8

171

6

Chris Bowler

1999

1

5

 

 

 

 

Frank Boys-Stones

1995

1

72

 

 

 

 

John Briggs

1987

31

746

3.5

1

9

1

Richard Browne

1991

1

 

14

3

39

2

Tony Browne

1992

1

 

11

2

41

1

Val Browne

1988

7

87

63

6

290

9

Vin Browne

1989

2

8

 

 

 

 

Bobby Cairns

2004

1

14

 

 

 

 

Mark Cairns

2004

1

35

6

1

20

1

Paul Canham

2003

1

8

 

 

 

 

Roy Canham

1996

7

33

 

 

 

 

Graham Carpenter

1994

2

26

15.4

3

74

0

Vic Carpenter

1984

1

0

 

 

 

 

Bill Cashmore

2003

7

136

 

 

 

 

Peter Coyte

1994

1

4

 

 

 

 

Paul Cross

1994

1

14

10

0

49

3

Keith Eglinton

1990

5

82

54

8

187

7

Sunny Fernando

2015

2

 

14

1

66

0

Gareth Fosberry

2015

5

65

6

0

36

0

R Foster

1990

1

13

7

1

35

 

John Gascoine

1986

7

144

24

5

74

4

Paul Gordon-Wright

1993

1

1

 

 

 

 

John Haig

1991

1

27

2.1

0

6

1

Graham Hainsby

2008

1

5

 

 

 

 

Peter Hall

1986

1

54

 

 

 

 

Paul Harris

1998

4

29

19

1

93

1

Paul B Hart

2000

1

6

4

0

35

0

Paul J Hart

2004

3

2

25

3

124

5

Howard Hartley

1984

1

24

 

 

 

 

Steve Harwood

2010

6

6

56.5

3

305

6

Paul Heale

1991

3

0

18.3

0

98

1

Derek Hill

1984

1

1

7

0

34

1

Colin Hogan

2018

1

59

 

 

 

 

Robert Hubbard

1993

1

40

13.5

2

52

0

John Hunter

1988

2

14

4

0

14

3

Keith Hutton

2003

1

15

 

 

 

 

Barry Ironton

1984

11

68

3

1

19

0

Barry Jessop

1989

2

56

2

0

13

1

Buddy Jessop

1994

1

1

12

2

41

1

Mark Jessop

1989

1

49

 

 

 

 

Andrew Joslin

2010

1

9

 

 

 

 

Myles Joyce

2013

1

30

 

 

 

 

Shakeel Kadri

2003

2

62

17.5

3

78

1

Rob Kamp

1995

1

66

 

 

 

 

Denis Keats

1986

1

1

 

 

 

 

Brian Kenworthy

1984

1

0

6

0

25

0

Martin Kerr

1985

1

37

1.4

0

12

0

Derek Lacey

2000

4

68

 

 

 

 

Ian Lambert

2007

5

65

45

5

200

12

Barrie Lawrence

1987

1

4

 

 

 

 

Fraser Lawrence

1997

9

132

104.3

14

446

24

David Layton

1989

1

 

16.2

2

57

7

Derek Leech

1991

3

14

32

3

122

8

Andy Lenton

1988

1

102

 

 

 

 

Bob Ludlam

1984

1

0

 

 

 

 

Amjad Mahmood

2001

8

298

28

1

197

5

Richard McCormick

1993

1

1

 

 

 

 

Paul Middleton

1988

1

30

6

1

13

1

Trevor Milne

2000

3

26

1

0

16

0

Andy Norgate

1998

15

691

10

1

36

1

Graham Norgate

2002

9

219

6

0

24

4

Peter Norgate

1987

4

9

18

0

78

5

Dave Northwood

1990

1

 

12

0

41

2

Steve O’Sullivan

2000

1

14

 

 

 

 

Nitin Patel

1985

2

11

18

3

49

2

Dave Piper

1997

2

63

 

 

 

 

Des Piper

1990

3

183

 

 

 

 

Harry Piper

2013

2

164

7

0

42

0

Steve Piper

2015

4

136

19.5

0

101

3

Mike Price

1984

1

30

16

5

32

1

Paul Pritchard

1987

1

39

2

0

17

1

Geoff Robinson

2003

1

2

 

 

 

 

Arthur Rose

1987

1

4

8

0

42

1

Laurie Roseman

1992

1

 

6

2

8

1

Darren Ross

2000

1

24

4

0

24

3

Jason Rosser

1995

4

26

1

0

7

0

James Runciman

1989

2

1

17

1

62

0

Jeff Runciman

1984

10

35

 

 

 

 

Robin Runciman

1984

5

18

60

18

125

7

John Sankey

1994

6

177

 

 

 

 

Steve Selves

1984

1

72

4

0

18

0

Howard Smith

1984

1

3

2

0

20

0

Rod Sorrell

1992

1

25

 

 

 

 

Howard Southgate

1986

2

5

 

 

 

 

Neil Southgate

1987

1

7

7

0

23

3

Roger Stubbings

1986

3

8

21

4

88

1

Peter Tarrant

2002

3

58

 

 

 

 

S Taylor

1986

1

14

12

3

35

1

Steve Thorne

2017

2

34

18

0

118

0

Jon Thornton

2016

1

60

 

 

 

 

Nick Thorpe

2013

5

127

25

0

182

3

Ian Throssell

1996

1

24

 

 

 

 

Steve Vella

1990

1

18

 

 

 

 

Paul Watts

1993

5

11

48.4

6

206

8

D Wilkinson

1986

2

10

3

0

21

0

Paul Willis

1993

1

0

 

 

 

 

Steve Wilson

1999

11

58

101.3

5

551

17

John Woodland

2014

2

43

 

 

 

 

Andy Wragge

1988

1

1

 

 

 

 

Malcolm Wright

2014

6

45

 

 

 

 

 Plus 8 others from 1985 and 1 from 1988

 Wormcasts Miscellany 

  • The game has never been rained off in 35 years
  • The Casts have only ever had 3 Captains: Jeff Runciman, Peter Norgate and Michael Blake
  • All of the results are known but 2 of the scorecards are incomplete (1985 and xxx)
  • The latest declaration was 6.02pm (2006)
  • The Casts give misleading selection information to the opposition to confuse them . In 2004 Chingford were informed that Dave Houghton was to be playing , only for him to be commentating on Sky Sports at 1.15pm on the matchday!
  • The match is accepted on the understanding there are drinks every hour on the hour. In 2004 drinks were brought out to the Casts after 3 overs of fielding !
  • In 1985 Barry Ironton turned up a week late for the match
  • First centurion for the Casts was Andy Lenton – with 102 no in 1988
  • Fraser  Lawrence and Steve Wilson both got centuries in the same match in 2009….off their own bowling!
  • Jon Briggs has so far played for the Casts in 31 of the 35 matches and shows no signs of giving up!

....And finally.......The Casts went unbeaten from 2002 to 2010. However a new sequence will start with a victory in 2020 (maybe....)