A Review of the 1960 Season

Ken Dowding and Ron Lynch were both selected to play for the Club Cricket Conference v MCC at Lords.

On 20th May Chingford had the honour of hosting the President of the Club Cricket Conference XI, we think this was to celebrate the Club being 75 years old. The CCC totalled 179-9, with Robin Hobbs taking 3-51 while in reply Chingford made 141-8 to earn a draw – Norman Fowler top scoring with 43. A further part of the Celebrations saw Chingford host the MCC on Tuesday 9 Aug. The MCC gave Chingford a real caning in the morning session, reaching 199-3 at lunch and eventually declaring on 327-5. Undeterred Skipper Ken Dowding led the Chingford reply only to be robbed of his century for on 95, he trod on his wicket while hitting a six!

The game v Essex Club and Ground saw the County score 196-8 with Robin Hobbs capturing 4-53 for Chingford. In reply we got off to a good start through Ted Sandrock (27) and Peter Brown (32) but collapsed to 153 all out despite a valiant effort from number 11 Roy Harris (27*).

The 1st eleven under Ken Dowding had another successful season, losing only two games – despite the fact that The Secretary’s Report for the year mentions the declining attendances at Forest Side! Remarkably on 25 June we bowled out Buckhurst Hill for just 29, with Buddy Jessop returning figures of 10-8-4-6, while Buddy repeated his 6 wicket haul in the rout of Highgate who were dismissed for 49 and again with 6-60 in the August Bank Holiday Derby with Woodford Wells. Robin Hobbs also had a six wicket haul against Edmonton (6-48)  as did Terry Dennehy with 6-38 against Unilever. With the bat, Derek Harwood hammered 102 v Woodford Wells in the Spring Bank Holiday fixture(his second century in consecutive days, although he started the season in the 3rd XI and hit 111 v Woodford Wells in the opening fixture) .

George Chapman scored 101 not out in the home second eleven fixture with Highgate.

The Sunday As, who won 9 games, bowled out Wembley – the first time they had been dismissed in over a year – with Buddy Jessop claiming 5-43, but despite 78 from Ted Sandrock we fell two runs short of victory and had to settle for a draw. Derek Harwood hit a century in the home game against Upminster.

The Second XI also won 9, while the Third eleven gained an amazing 16 victories in 25 games. For the Extra 3rds avid Jones spun his way to an incredible 8-30 v Old Heronians on 4 June.

On Sundays availability was so good that an Extra B Eleven was fielded on 6 occasions.