Chingford Cricket Club - 2021 SEASON

A Review of the 2021 Season

The lockdown until late March meant no AGM could be held in person and also no-one could do any preseason training so – following the road map below, players went straight into the April games and some injuries inevitably resulted.



Permitted Activity

& Restriction

STEP 1 (A)

No earlier than

8th March

STEP 1 (B)

No earlier than

29th March

Decision 22nd March


No earlier than

12th April

Decision 5th April


No earlier than

17th May

Decision 10th May


Play for school age children as part of educational

provision and

wraparound care (i.e. after-school clubs) can resume

Play for school age children as part of educational provision and wraparound care can continue


Not permitted

Organised outdoor coaching can resume in line with Government guidance and safeguarding ratios


Organised outdoor cricket not permitted

Organised outdoor cricket can resume – in line with last year’s guidance of 30 participants


Not permitted

U18s indoor cricket activity may

resume subject to

UK government approval of indoor guidance

Organised indoor cricket for adults may resume,

subject to

compliance with

ECB guidance


Follow government guidelines



Should remain closed

Grounds maintenance permitted subject to COVID risk assessment and plan

Open for organised outdoor cricket

(participants only – no spectators)

Changing rooms should remain closed

Grounds maintenance permitted subject to

COVID risk assessment and plan

Open for organised outdoor cricket

Grounds maintenance permitted subject to COVID risk assessment and plan

Spectators must socially distance and observe wider social contact limits and rules (including group sizes)


Should remain closed

Open for restricted use

(toilet and hand washing, first aid, safeguarding or

COVID isolation)

Changing rooms and showers closed

No food and beverage

Outdoor food and beverage areas at

grounds may reopen, rule of 6 or two

households rule applies

Indoor hospitality areas may reopen, rule of 6 or two households rule

applies (subject to review)



DBS Video Verifications only

Face to face DBS verification


So for the first two scheduled  weeks of the season, teas and spectators were banned, clubhouses out of bounds plus no dressing rooms but nevertheless we got the season underway in bitterly cold conditions on Sat April 10.

Restrictions eased in the defined stages but a key one remained in that car sharing to matches was not allowed in April, meaning the League Committee ripped up the League Cup draw and replaced it with everybody playing their next door neighbours. We beat Woodford Wells and Fives and Heronians and then in June went out to Hornchurch at the Quarter Final stage.

Results in 2021 were as follows:






Sat 1st





Sat 2nd





Sat 3rd





Sat 4th












5+1 tie









The League Committee took the sensible step to reverse the time and overs matches, which in my opinion had always been a complete anomaly anyway. Other than this the competition was to run smoothly albeit with no catering permitted and Chingford had also taken the decision to revert to four Saturday xis.

The 1st xi season proved a bit of a struggle in the Premier League but we achieved safety by securing 8th place. A somewhat disappointing performance fuelled by erratic availability of a number of the better players yet having said that there are only 9 other occasions in the Club’s history when the 1s have finished in the top 8 in Essex. Andy MacGregor with 393 runs and Peter McDermott with 326 were the only batsmen to pass 300 runs, whilst Essex staffer Feroze Khushi hit the only century v Fives and Heronians in the League Cup. Liam Lannen led the way with the ball with 32 wickets at 14 apiece, while Skipper Alex Stokoe picked up 22 at 19 each. Best bowling of the season was Ben MacGregor with 6-98 v eventual Champions Chelmsford.

The 2nd xi nursed a massive hangover from the winless 2020 season and with the 1st xi under strength hence on many occasions found themselves with their best players on 1st xi duty. The result was the team struggled to compete in the Premier Division and finished bottom by a considerable margin. There were few highlights although Jibran Mirza hit 325 runs in total and with the ball Talal Sultan contributed 21 wickets including 7-37 v Ilford.

Faizan Awan’s 3rd xi also looked doomed in early August but a late rally saw a few vital wins secured which carried them to safety in Division 2. As usual these days Ali Butt was the leading run scorer with 482 and Bilal Kamal hit an impressive 126 v Harlow 4th. With the ball, skipper Faizan Awan led from the front, returning 45 wickets at 12 apiece which contributed greatly to him bagging The Bunny Swinfen Trophy for the first time.

Stuart Cox led the 4th xi for the first time and did an excellent job as they finished runners-up in Division 1 West. With only 1 promotion slot available to the 3 runners up in the Regional 4th xi Div 1 Leagues, this is a very difficult Division to get out of. Stuart also uncovered a wealth of talent from amongst the Colts parents which added considerably to the team’s strength and a number of promising Colts began to deliver. Stuart was ably assisted by former 1st xi Captain Jamie Hill who as one would expect proved a positive role model to all the youngsters. Newcomer Bernard Storm smashed 539 runs in just 10 innings in his own inimitable style ably assisted by the Captain and Vice-Captain With the ball Nick van Arkle proved a handful with his left arm seamers delivering 17 wickets, while Stephen Thorne returned the best bowling performances with 7-26 v Ilford 5th and 7-28 v Goresbrook 3rd.

The Sunday xi after 2 years with just 1 defeat reverted to type as for a variety of reasons we lost the services of most of the better batsmen who had served us so well in that period, yet we still had a full house of bowlers. This led to some less than well balanced sides and some erratic results at times as we finished 6th in Chess Valley League Division 3, but nevertheless 8 games were won overall. Ross Simmons’ batting has come on in leaps and bounds and he was leading run scorer with 439, followed by Lewis Dixon with 316 and Harry Houldsworth with 300. James Bridge with 263 at 43.83 was in superb form until his season was truncated very early, following breaking a bone in his leg. With the ball the spin department as usual dominated proceedings with George Duke (27 wickets), Talal Sultan (24) and Scott Prestedge (24) all making consistent valuable contributions.

On the international scene the Club were delighted to see Dan Lawrence make his England debut in January 2021 away to Sri Lanka, and the Club received some welcome publicity in the National Media as we were badgered by journalists wanting to know more about the product of our Colts system. By the turn of the year Dan had featured in 8 tests overall v India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka with a highest score of 81* v New Zealand. Dan was also selected for the Ashes tour of Australia but sadly did not feature in any of the 5 tests.