A Review of the 1925 Season

The Club’s official playing record was as follows:






1st XI




2nd XI




3rd XI




Thursday XI





Player of the season was WF Barkas who topped both the runs (586) and wickets (72) aggregate, while F Stock also took 67 wickets.


On the evenings of 9/10 June a 2 day evening match starting at 6pm was played against Walthamstow and Gordon Downes bowling at hurricane pace captured 7-29 in Chingford’s win.


WF Barkas achieved the rare feat of a ton with the ball when he captured 6-100 v Walthamstow, who replied with a massive 328 to Chingford’s  124 in the 1st XI game away on 11 July. Willie Longden hit the top individual score for the 1sts with 96 v Hertford.


Following the final 2nd XI match of the season against Buckhurst Hill, a presentation was made to Mr F Hiam in the form of a case of pipes as an appreciation of his services as umpire for many seasons. In the same match C Newman performed a rare feat, taking an amazing 4 wickets in consecutive balls! G Peachey captured an impressive 8-53 v Westcliff 2nd XI.


In the 3rd XI we destroyed Associated Equipment at Wadham Oval, bowling them out for 18, thanks to Carvell’s curlers accounting for 7 –9. The following week at Royal London in Edmonton Tommy Downs produced what may have been a unique feat in Club history when he delivered a ball from 35 yards in his spell of 4-12 ! After the win at Ravensbourne, Tommy Downs who hit an unbeaten 38 in a run chase was chaired off the pitch by his teammates! Left armer Stan Kitchener took 8-4 (a club record at the time) at Cornhill Insurance in Edgware as the hosts were bundled out for 26 in reply to Chingford’s 159-7


For the Thursday XI, WF Barkas hit the season’s only century with 102 v Leyton Thursday, while F Stock took 8-27 v Authors.



A further rule was added which was rule 12, which might not go down too well with today’s political correctness brigade:


In the event of any member making himself obnoxious or doing anything detrimental to the Club’s interests, the General Committee shall have power to suspend or expel such an offender


The Tennis Section Secretary was Mr ER Davis, while Mr E Way was the Tennis Captain. Of four tennis fixtures, three were won and one drawn, while the Pettingall-Norbury Mixed Doubles Trophy was won by Miss Wrightson and Mr LH Williams. The Cornish Challenge Cups were won by Mr HJ Radbourne and Mrs Pettingall.