The Blue & Gold Bulletin - 17 Jun

The Blue & Gold Bulletin - 17 Jun

By Dave Brown
18 June
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Welcome to this week’s summary of all the (soggy) news from around the club over the past 7 days.

The weather took its toll on most colts fixtures, but a couple were played and the weekend dried up just enough to allow both teams on Saturday to play and for the Sunday XI to play their first game of the season.

The 1st XI lost their 100% record on Saturday, narrowly losing by 1 wicket in a tense affair at home to Hayes. Chenies opted to bat first but some below par performances with the willow, compounded by a couple of rain breaks that robbed the innings of memntum, meant that Chenies were bowled out for 173. Sandeep Malhotra top scored with 74 and Sagar Surve provided a late innings boost of 30. Early wickets were needed and both openers were duly removed quickly. Two more should have followed if bastmen 3 and 4, while in single figures, had been given out caught behind as they should have been (or even if they’d walked – does anyone remember the spirit of cricket!). But both stayed at the crease to score 29 and 63 to put Hayes in the box seat. Despite a late flurry of wickets Hayes managed to get to their target with 2 overs and just 1 wicket to spare. The 1s stay top of the league but their lead has been reduced to just 1 point.

The 2nd XI travelled to NPL Teddington on Saturday. NPL won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat on a damp wicket. As a result they only made 40 in the first 20 overs but crucially had only lost 2 wickets and their next two added over a hundred leaving us to chase 168. We started slowly and importantly, with rain threatening we edged ahead of the run rate in the 30th over and won with 14 balls to spare thanks to 96* from Alex Martin. This win sees the 2nd XI climb to 3rd in the league.

The Sunday XI got their season going with a home fixture against Yarl CC. A young Chenies side (four 14yr olds and two 16yr olds) took on a decent Sunday side with true determination. Fielding first we bowled well against some aggressive batting with wickets shared but the 208-9 made was a stretching target. None the less, whilst we lost by 90 runs, a 35 by Alex walker and some good contributions from most made this defeat a real win for all our youngsters who can be very proud of their performances.

Next week the 1st XI travel to Harefield and the 2s host Cookham Dean, and the Sunday XI
have a home fixture against Uxbridge Casuals.

Colts Matches:
I’m afraid that 7 of the 9 scheduled matches had to be cancelled due to the very wet conditions over the week.
Mon 10 Jun – U11 v Chalfont St Peter (A) – cancelled due to rain
Mon 10 Jun – U15 Girls v Chalfont St Peter (H) – cancelled due to rain
Tue 11 Jun – U14 v Amersham (A) – cancelled due to rain
Tue 11 Jun – U11 v Knotty Green (H) – cancelled due to rain
Wed 12 Jun – U15 v The Lee (A) – cancelled due to rain
Wed 12 Jun – U13 v Stoke Green (A) – match cancelled as opposition could not raise a team

The rain eventually stopped on Friday enabling the U15 Girls to play their home match against Gerrards Cross. Chenies were asked to bat first and scored 89 thanks to 23 from Amelia Peck, 13 from Gurleen Grewal and 11 not out from Emily Brown. Wickets for Amelia, Emily, Emma Pannet, Roisin Grady, Poppy Lewis and Gurleen kept the GX chase honest but they ultimately prevailed with 4 overs to spare. The girls gave one of the best fielding displays ever. There were catches for Gurleen, Emma (2) and Roisin. The coaches were very proud to see them working together so well.

County Champions!!! Chenies & Latimer U9 Lions become Buckinghamshire County Champions! Victory over Ballinger on Friday by 60 runs made it 5 wins from 5 in the U9 Premier League and an unassailable lead at the top of the table. Batting first, Ballinger scored 232-8 with the leading bowlers being Harry Neal with with 2-3, Jeevan Brar (1-6) and Max Fallon (1-10). For the second game in a row Jeevan kept wicket without conceding a single bye. Jeevan also took a great catch behind the stumps off an inside edge from the bowling of Harry Neal during Harry's double-wicket maiden. Aarav Majithia took a great caught and bowled in the last over. Chenies scored 292-6 with Zachary Saul (15) and Jeevan Brar (13) top scoring. Jeevan and Noa Fonseka put on 33 runs in their 4 overs which included running 5 byes; and Zac and Max put on 31 in their 4 overs which included running 6 byes! Champagne cricket from the whole team really! The challenge now is to finish the league off on Wednesday and maintain that 100% record... the boys have been amazing and Coach Raj could not be any prouder of the whole squad!

Sun 16 Jun – U9 Tigers v Chalfont St Peter (H) – cancelled due to rain

Colts fixtures for the next week:
Mon 17 Jun – U14 v Chalfont St Peter (H)
Mon 17 Jun – U15 Girls v Stoke Green (A) – match cancelled as opposition cannot raise a team
Tue 18 Jun – U11 v Beaconsfield (A)
Wed 19 Jun – U14 Girls v Beaconsfield (A)
Wed 19 Jun – U9 Lions v Gerrards Cross (H)
Thur 20 Jun – U15 v Holmer Green (A)
Fri 21 Jun – U13 v Chalfont St Peter (H)
Fri 21 Jun – U9 Tigers v Beaconsfield (A)
Sat 22 Jun – U10 All Stars v Knotty Green (H)
Sun 23 Jun – U11 v Stoke Green (A)

In other news:
Subscriptions – if you have not yet paid your annual subscription then please pay as soon as possible.
Prosecco Cricket is up and running for the season. Come along on Tuesdays from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. (We meet later as the daylight hours lengthen). It’s a fun way for women to get involved in cricket. It’s soft ball and a great keep fit session with a glass of Prosecco to finish. Roll up to play and £5 per session. Please spread the word! Julie Pickard looks forward to welcoming you all and any queries please get back to her (01494 762707,
Club BBQ – Saturday 29th June. Open to all sections of the club – food is free, come along from 6.30pm onwards to support the 1st XI, enjoy a drink and a burger, and celebrate the club’s achievements so far this season.

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