CRICKET: The good news for Chelmsford was a much more positive set of results, the bad was that the negative results included a loss for the first team. Overall there were five wins, a draw and two defeats with the Saturday seconds and fourths gaining their first wins in hard-fought run chases.
Wanstead continued their perfect record in the Premier league at Chelmer Park, winning for a fifth time. History also repeated itself with a Chelmsford opener carrying his bat while the rest of the order folded around him; Dan Hagen’s fine unbeaten 71 being in vain. An untidy beginning and end to the Wanstead innings had left them chasing an imposing total of 183 on a difficult wicket.
The second team won at Wanstead to get their season rolling. The bowlers all performed really well – Craig Thompson (2-21), Olly Devenish (2-34), Matt Poole (3-35) and Stuart Everard (2-29) restricted Wanstead to 122, Ramdial contributing 44. Haris Mahmood played well for 42 but much of the rest of the batting was shaky. Miles Clark made a memorable contribution on his debut, scoring an important 22 not out as the target was passed with three wickets left, Lord (3-26) was the pick of the home side’s attack.
It was a pretty straightforward chase for the third team with Neal Abhyankar’s six for 30 making a mess of Shenfield’s innings. Liam Keaney also picked up two wickets as Shenfield succumbed for 85. Paul Keaney (24) and Gary Chidley (33*) were in belligerent mood and made quick work of the target for a seven-wicket win.
The toughest chase of the lot was the fourth team who sneaked home by two wickets chasing Hadleigh & Thundersley’s 101 all out. When they were reduced to 48 for seven by Topliss (4-37) and Straker (3-34), victory looked remote. The combination of Sam Trowell, Alistair Fergus and Abi Kumar got them home. Ian Turner and Kumar picked up three wickets apiece in Chelmsford’s bowling effort.
When the fifth team posted just 99 at Horndon on the Hill a result looked certain but the game ended in a frustrating draw. Connor Cheverall played very well in making 35 on a very overgrown outfield and Clark took four for 18 for the home side. The reply closed at 82 for eight, Phil Arnold taking five for 13 and Harry Green two for 19.
Tahir Khan and Zameer Panjwani led the way as the sixth team beat Old Chelmsfordians by nine wickets.
OCs were dismissed for 73 with Panjwani taking five for 16 and two wickets each for Khan and Jordan Campion.
Kahn then made an undefeated 44 with Alex Critchell also performing well, 30 not out.
There was finally a Sunday match played on the main square at Chelmer Park and The Sunday 1st team beat Hadleigh & Thundersley by four wickets. James Arnold’s 61 was key to successfully achieving the target of 156, rescuing Chelmsford from 40 for four.
Paul Jones (33*) showed his experience with a good knock. Matt Thurston and Alistair Fergus had each taken four wickets in the Hadleigh innings with Smith contributing a useful half century.
In spite of an innings of 47 from David Goddard and Abi Kumar (29*) continuing his batting form from the previous day, the Sunday 2nds were all out for 131.
Stock achieved that for the loss of six wickets, Craig Thompson taking three wickets and Jamie Matthews two.