The Monday Roundup
I know that it is Tuesday again and naming this column “The Monday Roundup” risks the wrath of the trade descriptions police, but I hope to get better at meeting my publication deadlines throughout the season. But I’m also willing to change the name of the bulletin, but I can’t think of anything better – I’m sure there are some great brains out there who can come up with something appropriate so please let me know your ideas – I’ll buy a drink at the bar for whoever comes up with the best name.
The 1st XI began their league season on Saturday at home with Datchet the visitors. The start was delayed by 2 sharp showers and the match was duly reduced to 37 overs per side. Datchet decided to bat first and got off to a rapid start. But the Chenies bowlers then exerted some control and took regular wickets to contain the visitors to 179-9. Dave Brown, Steve Hallam and Waqas Kiani each took 2 wickets. The Chenies reply was built around 43 from Waqas Kiani and 64 from Toqueer Butt and partnerships in excess of 40 for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th wickets. Skipper Roger Vessey then scored 22 not out in the pouring rain to steer the team home with 1.5 overs to spare.
The 2nd XI got off to a great start reducing Chalfont St Peter to 44-6, but couldn’t drive it home as a century stand and some strong hitting left us chasing 237. The Chenies batting then followed a similar pattern as St Peters but unfortunately our upturn was just 20 with us dismissed for just 68. Star performers were Max Higginbotham 3-17 & 17* and Emily Brown 2-22. Congratulations to U14s Youie Nichols, Amelia Peck and Emily Brown on making their league debuts for the club – a clear indication of the strength of girls’ cricket at our club.
Next week the 1st XI travel to Wooburn Narkovians and the 2s host High Wycombe 5s.
First up – the details of last week’s U11 match vs Gerrards X that we couldn’t provide on time due to rain induced disintegration of the scorecards. Chenies won the toss and we batted first setting a target of 222 with a particularly good stand from Jaran and Jasper with a partnership worth 15 runs that would later prove vital. Following the break, and with light and rain worsening, Chenies opened the bowling with a wicket falling in the second over thanks to great line and length from Georgia. This set the tone for the remaining 14 overs where we conceded a very small number of runs in extras but with wickets falling consistently throughout including two wickets in the same over by Sacha, 2 wickets by Seine, 1 wicket from Jasper and some very efficient bowling by Louisa. The visitors advance was stopped at 219 and there was no shortage of drama getting there. Notable moments included a sensational catch from Ciaran at deep cover and a 15 yard direct hit of the stumps by Oshi leading to a run out! The U11s played with class despite the rain and cold and showed great camaraderie amongst themselves and sportsmanship towards the visitors. Special mentions to Anna and David Peck for taking care of food and beverage duties, Esmond Brown for scoring and Tony Nugent Robertson for padding up the incoming batsmen!
Editors note: For those readers un-initiated in the mysteries of colts cricket, U9, U10 and U11 cricket is played by the Barrington rules in which a team starts with 200 runs but loses 6 runs for each wicket lost. Hence the big scores!
The U14s hosted Hawridge & Cholesbury on a chilly Tuesday evening. Chenies batted first and were quickly reduced to 24-3. But Amelia Peck and Gurleen Grewal steadied the ship with a fine partnership. Amelia retired on 52 and Gurleen was 20 not out and the innings closed at 136. A couple of early wickets from Poppy Lewis pegged back the Hawridge reply but their skipper rescued the innings scoring a fine 47 before he was bowled by Emily Brown (2-6). This took the oomph out of the chase and Hawridge finished 14 runs short to give Chenies the win.
On Friday the U9 Lions hosted Ballinger Waggoners. The Lions elected to field first and restricted Ballinger to 188-11. (Oscar Knight 2-3, Aarav Majithia 2-4, Harry Neal took 2-5, Jeevan Brar 1-5, Max Fallon 1-6). The wicket-keeping from Jeevan Brar and Harry Neal was exceptionally tidy with only a couple of byes conceded in 16 overs. The Lions cruised to victory scoring 293-6 (Max Fallon 26 from 15 balls and Aarav Majithia 17 from 10 balls). Remarkably four of our 6 wickets fell from catches with our batters unerringly picking out the same Ballinger fielder. The game was played in an excellent spirit of sportsmanship and the appearance of some sunshine was also notable!
The U14 Girls visited Burnham on Friday evening. They fielded first and contained their opposition to 89-5 with Emily, Leher, Emma and Poppy G each taking a wicket. Chenies then chased down the target with 2 overs to spare, chief run scorers were Lara with 24, Youie with 14 and Emma 16.
The U13s played away at Ley Hill on Sunday – Chenies came 2nd!!
On Sunday the U9 Tigers hosted Knotty Green. Chenies elected to bat first and amassed 318-4 (Joseph Sear 18, Max Schiavi 16, William Herring 16 and Reyan Patel 15). Our visitors then struggled to score at the same rate against tight bowling (Spencer Guthrie 1 for 2, William Herring 1 for 7 and Eddie Ayres 1 for 11) and could only get to 260-4. An excellent win by 58 runs – the highlights including Eddie’s six, Joseph’s diving stop on the boundary, Shravan's 2 overs only going for 3 runs, Avi rotating the strike well and Aden and Aron playing their first ever games for the club. Probably best not to mention the boys’ kamikaze running between the wickets!
Colts fixtures for the next week:
Mon 13 May – U15 v High Wycombe (H)
Mon 13 May – U9 Lions v Gerrards Cross (A)
Tue 14 May – U11 v Farnham Common (H)
Tue 14 May – U13 v Beaconsfield (A)
Wed 15 May – U14 Girls v Chalfont St Giles (A)
Thur 16 May – U11 v Chalfont St Peter (H)
Thur 16 May – U15 Girls v Burnham (A)
Fri 17 May – U15 Girls v Winchmore Hill (H) - cancelled
Sat 18 May – U10 All Stars v Knotty Green (H) – 9am start
In other news:
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