The Blue & Gold Bulletin - 8 July

The Blue & Gold Bulletin - 8 July

By Dave Brown
9 July
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Welcome to this week’s summary of all the news from around the club over the past 7 days.

The 1st XI played out a high scoring draw away at Stoke Green. Batting first, Waqas Kiani (54) and Harry Dahiya (56) provided the biggest contributions with Mattie Brown adding 29 from no. 8. But all batsmen from 1-11 got into double figures and Chenies were bowled out for 301. After a tea consisting of …. nothing!! the Chenies bowlers set about trying to secure the 10 wickets needed for the win – it proved to be a difficult challenge in the high scoring conditions, and umpiring decisions can be blamed, but ultimately it was dropped catches that proved costly and Stoke Green finished on 265-8. Maybe denying us tea was a tactical masterstroke by the opposition!!
The 2nd XI hosted Hayes and took to the field first. The visitors piled on the runs amassing 261-8 in their 40 overs. Emily Brown returned superb figures of 4-45 from her 10 overs and Mark Rogers took the other 4 wickets. The Chenies chase never threatened the target and limped to 181-8 with Bill Mead top scoring on 26.
The Sunday XI hosted Chesham Bois. Chenies won the toss and batted on a fine, sunny afternoon. We struggled to 34 for 2 which was effectively 34 for 3 as Bill Mead limped off gripping his hamstring. The team rallied somewhat from this point to complete the innings with a total of 161 for 9 in 34 overs, 20 or 30 runs short of a par score. Top scorer was Mike Pickard with 62 backed up by Ronald Eltringham (20), John Moffit (14) and debutant James Louwe (14). Chesham Bois were pegged back by some tight bowling particularly from Brian Shipley 3 for 20, Alex Walker 1 for 19 and Ronald Elrtringham 2 for 38. A relieved Chesham Bois side scrambled to their target of 162 for 8 on the penultimate ball of the last over - so an exciting finish to a good game.
Next week the 1st XI visit Datchet and the 2s entertain Chalfont St Peter. The Sunday XI are looking for a fixture as we have a team ready to play, but no scheduled match.

Colts Matches:
First, a catch up on the U14’s match at Chalfont St Giles on 25th June. Chalfont St Giles won the toss and elected to bat and thanks to some wayward bowling they had 39 runs on the board off the first 4 overs but thanks to some excellent line and length bowling from Jack we managed to peg them back. Wickets were difficult to come by on an excellent batting track and their opening bat, who was dropped when on 10 went on to make a good 52. Thankfully when he retired there was a steady flow of wickets and we managed to dismiss them for 126 in 15 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Jack with 1 for 6 and Pranaam 2 for 19 with Ayush, Kai, Shashank and Aayush each taking a wicket. The good thing about our bowling is that we only bowled 6 wides. Ayush and Aayush opened the batting and were going along nicely until Aayush was deceived by a double bounce ball and was out for 11. Following the dismissal of Pranaam, Varun joined Ayush and they put on a stand of 56 runs. Ayush making 35 and Varun 16. However boundaries were at a premium and we slipped well behind the run rate and with 3 over to go we required 29 runs win. However thanks to some poor bowling and suicidal running by Ayman and Daisy, come the last over we needed 11 to win and following a boundary by Ayman and a bizarre running of 4 when a single didn’t seem on, we required 3 to win or 2 to tie off the last ball but only managed a single meaning we lost by a single run. A great performance by everyone with Kai doing an excellent job as skipper and special thanks to Ayman who kept wicket even though he wanted to have a bowl.
Now to the latest week’s reports
The U15s hosted Ley Hill on Monday evening. Chenies took to the field first and initially could not get a break through as the opening pair raced to 42. But then Emily Brown nabbed a wicket courtesy of a nick into the gloves of Henry James. From there wickets continued to elude but the run rate was well controlled by tight bowling and excellent fielding. The Ley Hill innings finished on 85-4. Stand out bowling was Emily’s 2-7 and Alexander Poole’s 3 overs and 1 wicket only costing 2 runs. Anish Vaddiraju (11) and Youie Nichols (15) got the chase off to a positive start and when Anish was out Henry James (25) produced a measured innings of 25, which just left Akshay Obhrai to come in and blast 10 off 4 balls to win the match.
Tue 2 July – U14 v Bledlow Ridge (A) – no report received.
On Wednesday the U10 All Stars played at home v Gerrards Cross. The visitors batted first, starting with some powerful hitting as their opening pair put on 31 in 4 overs so it was an excellent bowling and fielding performance to contain them after that. There was very consistent bowling from C&L, in particular from Freddie Jennings (1-6), Max Fallon (1-8) and Jeevan Brar and Max Vergopolous (both 1-9). Jeevan also secured 2 run outs with direct hits - one whilst he was wicket-keeping and the other when he was fielding off his own bowling. The GX innings ended on 259-10. Our innings started slowly against strong bowling and we also had a couple of run-outs which left us on 176 after 8 overs. There was, however, fantastic team spirit and positivity from the team with tremendous support from the parents and boys on the sidelines - and the opposition were soon scattering fielders to protect the boundaries as we added 64 in 9 overs to leave us needing 20 from the last 3 overs. The chase was still very much on until we lost a wicket off the first ball of the last over that just left us with a little too much to do. Our top batters were Max Fallon (15 from 12 balls), Freddie Jennings (12 from 10), Jeevan Brar (8 from 12) and Max Durkin (8 from 14). The powerful batting from both sides meant that 3 balls were lost during the course of the match! The incredible unbeaten run of our fabulous boys in the U9 and U10 league teams came to an end but the boys did amazingly well playing a year up against a very powerful GX side that have won all their games this season as well, and included an U12 county girl and an U10 county boy. Coach Raj was very proud of the incredible team spirit and belief to almost turn an impossible position into a win - it bodes well for the future!
Thur 4 July – U15 Girls v Beaconsfield (H) – cancelled as the opposition could not raise a side
Sun 7 July – U13 v Farnham Common (H) – no report received

Colts fixtures for the next week:
Mon 8 July – U16 v Ley Hill (H) – rescheduled to 23rd July
Mon 8 July – U14 Girls v Chalfont St Peter (H)
Tue 9 July – U11 v Knotty Green (H)
Wed 10 July – U11 v Beaconsfield (A)
Wed 10 July – U16 v Wendover (A)
Fri 12 July – U15 Girls v Farnham Royal (H)

In other news:
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