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The 1st XI maintained their 100% record with an emphatic victory at Burnham on Saturday. Chenies fielded first on a pitch offering plenty of pace, but one that also produced some variable bounce. But Chenies couldn’t use the conditions to take wickets and this was compounded by some sloppy fielding and bowling 59 extras!! Burnham completed their innings on 240-4. Most felt that despite the poor performance in the field, this was below par, and so it proved with Chenies completing the chase with 14 overs and 4 wickets to spare. Ateeq Mohammed top scored with 64 backed up by 48 from Harry Dahiya and 42 from Waqas Kiani. Skipper Roger Vessey said “We were sloppy and not as good as we should have been – it was good to win but we can do better.”
At Chenies the 2nd XI defeated Beaconsfield 3rd XI by 5 wickets . The Beaconsfield innings was restricted to 159-9, the pick of the bowling from Alex Walker who took 4 wickets for 33, with Max Higginbotham and Tom Horsburgh picking up 2 wickets each. The chase was completed comfortably with 7 overs to spare with Mike Pickard contributing 41 and Alex Martin, 35.
Next week the 1st XI host Hillingdon Manor and the 2s travel to Farnham Common.
On Wednesday the U9 Lions visited Beaconsfield. Chenies batted first and scored 265-6 with Oscar Knight top scoring with 12 from 15 balls, James Henderson and Harry Neal batted sensibly and ran well together to score 8 from 11 balls and 7 from 13 balls respectively. Beaconsfield’s reply was kept to 225-6 thanks to excellent bowling from Harry Neal (1/0 in 2 overs), bowling the only maiden overs of the match, Aarav Majithia (2-7) , Jeevan Brar (0-4), Oscar Knight (0-5), Noa Fonseka (1-8), Zac Saul (1-10), James Henderson (1-11) and Max Fallon (0-12). Long grass and an uphill slope for the right handers legside all seemed designed to counteract the hitting power in our team but we still came through to win comfortably with another excellent all-round team performance with the boys working really well together and with fantastic team spirit. That is now 4 wins in 4 for our U9 Lions in the Premier League, and 6 wins in 6 overall for our U9s - so it's fair to say that Coach Raj is very happy with our start to the season.
Also on Wednesday the U14s entertained Penn & Tylers Green. With the opposition awaiting for players still to arrive, it was decided that to get the game underway that they would bat first and they were quickly in their stride putting on 34 for the first wicket before Emily Brown, Gurleen Grewal and Matthew Elwes took wickets to reduce them to 56 for 3. Whilst we continued to bowl a good line and length with wickets falling at regular intervals, the depth of their batting ensured the run rate was in excess of 6 an over and they amassed a formidable 161 for 7 after 20 overs. Ayush and Aayush opened the batting and were scoring at 6 an over before a “yes” “no” “yes” conversation resulted in Ayush being run out. Youie and Matthew steadied things against some quick accurate bowling but boundaries were difficult to come by and whilst Amelia, Emily and Gurleen managed to up the run rate we were never going to threaten P&T’s huge total. To make matters worse they a had 9 very good and mainly quick bowlers and after 20 overs we had reached 91 for 9 with Varun and Ayman ensuring we were not all out. Special mention to Youie for some brilliant, if at times, unorthodox keeping and to all of the bowlers who kept their composure against some big hitting batsmen but most of all I was hugely impressed with the batting of the entire team who showed great character against a good and at times hostile bowling attack, you were a credit to Chenies.
On Thursday the U14 girls played Farnham Common U12 at home. The toss was won by Chenies who elected to field and while the bowlers kept the runs at bay, they couldn’t take any wickets and the vistors ended their 20 overs on 87-0. Best bowling from Lara (2-0-6-0), Sophia D (2-0-7-0) and Poppy L (2-0-8-0). Chenies made a really good fist of the reply with Sophia Davies retiring on 30, and Leher and Alice both getting 17, but the chase fell just short on 81-6. The Farnham Common coach was heard to tell his team that they had been lucky because they had won despite Chenies being the better team.
Colts fixtures for the next week:
A quiet week ahead due to the half term holiday, with just the one fixture:
Sun 2 Jun – U9 Tigers v Stoke Green (A)
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