Chingford Cricket Club Sat 2nd v Wickford on Sat 19 May 2007 at 1.00
Chingford Cricket Club Won by 4 wickets

Match report Chingford won in what must go down as one of their best run chases in recent years at Forest Side largely due to Greg Hales' magnificent and brutal 111.
The result was all the more remarkable after such a disatrous first half of the match for the home side.
After asking Wickford to bat, the home skipper, Robert Runcimans' plans were sent into disarray when opening bowler Steve Pipers' late night drinking binge with groundsman Mark "Loggsy" Lawrence stopped him from getting to the ground until 20 minutes afer the start.
However, a solid first four overs from Richard Offord and two wickets in two overs from part time opening bowler Greg Hales (both caught and bowled) gave Wickford somthing to think about at 49-2. The dangerous Deller came in at 3 and the ever reliable Richard MacGregor was brought on to contain, but while he did just that the runs began to flow with ease from the other end. In no time at all Chingfords' fielding severely deterioated as misfields, overthrows and more importantly dropped catches began to go down along with loose deliveries. Rouse took full advantage helping himself to 80, while Deller made a fine 136 not out, striking what was to be the final ball of the innings for a huge six out of the ground to bring up the declaration at 283-3.
One thing Chingford had done well was bowl their overs in good time giving themselves almost three hours to bat.
Knowing this and that their batting line up looked strong on paper, Chingford dusted themselves down at tea and openers Rhone and Alston played positively before the former was caught at gully for 13. There must have been somthing in the air as the Wickford fielders also began to miss opportunities and for a long while it looked like Alston would make them pay before he fell just three short of a half century. Then enter Greg Hales, who came in to partner Piper(30)and an excellent stand took the score to 135-3 before Piper fell just 15 minutes before the last twenty overs. Hales then took the game by the scruff of the neck as he he got the run rate down to just 6.5 per over. He layed a savage assault on the Wickford attack along with a handy cameo from Truptesh Patel(12) before beind dismissed for 111 with the score at 234-5 and victory was within sight. Martin Steel and Robert Runciman carried it on with some good running between the wickets ( most notably running two to orthodox mid-on )before Steel cooly helped himself to 34 not out with one thunderous straight six and Darren Ross hit the winning runs with a typical cut shot in the 54th over with two overs to spare to seal a wonderful first league win of the season by 4 wickets.

Daily Sport Man of the match:

Greg Hales 111 & 2-29, 2 catches

Chingford Cricket Club Sat 2nd Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 6 wickets
Richard Alston Caught  47
Billy Rhone Caught  13 1
Steven Piper Caught  30
Greg Hales Bowled  111 2
Truptesh Patel Caught  12
Martin Steel Not Out  34
Robert Runciman Run out  7
Darren Ross Not Out  11
Anthony Peek  
Richard MacGregor  
Richard Offord  

Wickford Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Wickford Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 3 wickets
283 (0.0 overs)

Chingford Cricket Club Sat 2nd Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Richard Offord12.015900.004.92
Greg Hales9.0229214.503.22
Richard MacGregor13.024800.003.69
Steven Piper8.005600.007.00
Anthony Peek5.004200.008.40
Robert Runciman4.3036136.008.00