Harlow 4th v Chingford Cricket Club Sat 5th on Sat 31 Jul 2010 at 1:00
Match was Drawn

Match report The 5th’s travelled to Harlow with the excitement of a fabulous tea (well, some of the team did) and hoping for a victory against one of the weaker teams in the league. Harlow won the toss and asked Chingford to bat, which was what the 5th’s had hoped for, so everyone was happy.
The happiness didn’t last long as the openers (Blakey & Brewer) struggled on a pitch that was very helpful to the bowlers, however they stuck with the task and slowly made another 50 partnership. The determination and respect of the pitch from the openers was not matched by the Chingford number 3 (Baker), who’s eyes lit up to a wide one outside off and promptly cut back and took out his off stump. A league debut for David Piper showed promise as he scored freely for a respectable 27. When Brewer and Piper were out with a couple of overs of each other, Chingford were struggling at 109-4. A decent partnership between Sam Tall (41) and Jon Bird (31) followed before Sam was caught in very unusual circumstances. In what could have been a very nasty incident (he was encouraged to where a helmet due to pitch conditions), Sam swept at the ball, top edged it onto his helmet and was caught by mid-wicket. After that, Jon Bird produced some aggressive shots to help the 5th’s to a respectable 185, but would it be enough.
Chingford couldn’t have got off to a better start with the ball, as Chris Watson got a wicket with his first ball (c+b). Harlow responded well, finding the pace of Jack Piper a little easier to get away and looking good as they raced to 41 in 7 overs. Both opening bowlers stuck at there tasks, with Chris looking like he could take a wicket any ball. A flurry of wickets saw Harlow reduced to 45-4, with Jack taking the important wicket of the Harlow number 3, who had really taken to his bowling. It was now Harlows time to take stock and bat sensibly, which they did and didn’t lose another wicket for 19 overs. With 20 overs remaining Harlow require 100 to win, which seemed a difficult task considering the slow scoring throughout the game. After putting on a 50 partnership, Harlow lost there 5th wicket and the game turned once more. The Harlow number 7, making his first appearance showed no care in the world as he just blasted the ball all over the ground and the Chingford bowlers were perplexed as to how to bowl to the unorthodox batsman. A quick 50 partnership was ended by some great fielding as a run out put a stop to the Harlow number 7. An exciting finish with 22 required of the last 2 overs with 2 wickets in hand. The first of the 2 overs went for 9, leaving 13 to win of the last over. A well flighted first ball from Baker had the Harlow number 10 bowled, so with 5 balls remaining either team could win. The tension was felt and one mistake by bowler or batsman could end the game. The deadlock could not be broken and with Harlow requiring a 6 off the last ball, which was tossed up temptingly, decided to defend the ball to force the draw.

Chingford Cricket Club Sat 5th Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets
Steve Brewer Caught  19
Michael Blake Caught  34
Andy Baker Bowled  0
Dave Piper Lbw  27
Sam Tall Caught  41
Jonathan Bird Caught  31 1
Steve Tall Bowled  1
Jack Piper Caught  1 1
Harry Houldsworth Not Out  8
Christopher Watson Bowled  0 1
Bill Burke Caught  1

Harlow 4th Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Harlow 4th Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
179 (0.0 overs)

Chingford Cricket Club Sat 5th Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Christopher Watson8.012739.003.38
Jack Piper5.0032132.006.40
Andy Baker17.0361230.503.59
Harry Houldsworth5.011300.002.60
Steve Tall9.0141141.004.56