The 1st XI are league champions after a ‘down to the wire’ victory away at Old Merchant Taylors. The hosts opted to bat first on a flat track and got off to a steady start, but the control exerted by the Chenies bowlers, firstly by Steve Hallam and Alex Walker, then by Roger Vessey and Dave Brown, proved crucial. At drinks (22 overs) OMT had only lost the one wicket but only had 73 runs on the board. A couple more wickets quickly followed (Dave Brown 3-39) but this heralded a change of pace from the OMT line up and they began to strike the ball to all parts and despite a late wicket each for Ateeq Mohammed and Steve Hallam they finished their 45 overs on 231-5. A challenging total to chase, but Chenies measured it perfectly. We were always behind the required rate, but always ahead of the innings pace set by OMT so, with wickets in hand, we knew that it was possible. Charlie Anderson took charge at the top of the order with 51 and there were useful contributions from Mike Pickard (28), Ronald Eltringham (18) and Ateeq Mohammed (13). This left Majib Rehman and Athar Qureshi to steer us home and despite the required run rate climbing beyond 9 an over at times, they took us to the target with one ball to spare and the celebrations began. Majib finished on 67* and Athar on 36*.
Having been top of the table for 13 of the 18 weeks of the season, and been in top spot constantly since 27th July, Chenies are deserved winners of the league. It has not been easy as there has been constant pressure from the teams just below us, but resisting that pressure by keeping on winning has been a fantastic effort, especially considering the availability issues throughout the season. It has been a truly ‘club’ effort with 30 players having represented the 1st XI throughout the season. Congratulations to: Roger Vessey (captain), Ateeq Mohammed (vice captain), Dave Brown, Bilal Nisar, Harry Dahiya, Waqas Kiani, Majib Rehman, Steve Hallam, Mike Pickard, Mark Rogers, Ronald Eltringham, Alex Martin, Alex Walker, Charlie Anderson, Toqeer Butt, Mattie Brown, Thomas Horsburgh, Vid Mayadunne, Athar Qureshi, Pete Naylor-Smith, Sagar Surve, Tom Watson, Ben Cross, Sandeep Malhotra, Richard Parker, Siddhardha Anne, Wajid Fayaz, Wajid Hussain, Suliaman Ahmed and Shabaz Taj. There will be some celebrations after the match this Saturday so hopefully as many of the squad can come along as possible to support Saturday’s playing XI and join in the end of season celebrations.
The 2nd XI hosted Ruislip and had a day to forget! Chenies took to the field first and bowled and fielded well to restrict Ruislip to 171-6, with Shan Patel taking 3-40. Unfortunately the batting collapsed leaving us all out for 40, including 7 ducks and a top score of just 13 (Bill Mead).
The Sunday season came to a close with a game against Chalfont St Peter at Chenies. St Peter fielded a young but talented side and having won the toss batted first. They made rapid progress on a good batting track racing along to an imposing score of 278 for 7 off 40 overs. Alex Walker was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 for 40 off 8 overs supported by Ronald Eltringham 2 for 51 off 8 overs. Undaunted by such a high score Chenies made a good start with a stand of 42 in 9 overs between Mattie Brown (19) and Alex Martin. Alex was definitely in the mood for a battle and continued his impressive form going on to score a fine 105 with Mike Pickard (44) supporting him. Alex Walker (17) and debutante Lewis O'Donoghue (11) continued the run chase and we ended on a creditable 254 for 7 after 40 overs. A narrow defeat but memorable for all that for fighting spirit and good strokeplay.
Next week the Saturday league season completes with the 1st XI at home to Stoke Green and the 2s visit Hayes.
Colts Day takes place on Sunday 8th September. The activities will get under way from approximately 11.30am with U6, U7 and U8 colts versus parents matches. The BBQ will be going throughout lunchtime and the awards ceremony for all age groups will take place at 1.30pm. To speed the awards ceremony up the Colts Managers have been told to stick to just the awards and not to regale everyone with a full wicket by wicket and run by run summary of their season. These summaries will be published on the website instead. After the awards at about 2.15pm the U9, U10 and U11 colts versus parents matches will take place, and at 4pm the girls will have their colts versus parents match. We are also planning some other activities for everyone to partake in throughout the day. All these plans are in flux so please keep an eye out for specific communication from your age group manager to confirm details.
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Despite the league season completing this coming weekend, we are hoping to arrange fixtures for the following 2 weekends. If you are available to play, please let John Moffit know.