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Firsts' bowling wins it before tea
10:32am Friday 16th August 2013 in Local Sport
IT was a good weekend for Chelmsford Cricket Club. The firsts, fourths and fifths all won fairly comfortably in chases at Chelmer Park and the sixth team also won at Admiral’s Park.
The seconds and thirds went down to disappointing defeats away from home. The pattern continued on Sunday with a home win in the only fixture.
A fine bowling performance allowed the first team to win before tea against Colchester.
Three wickets went down in single figures and in spite of a good innings from Blundell (52), the score only just went in three figures. There were three wickets apiece for Ollie Devenish, Nisarg Patel and Ben Clifford; Clifford particularly impressing in just his second game at this level.
Dan Hagen and Adil Dewan gave the Chelmsford innings a solid start but fell in successive overs. Any nerves were largely settled by Jack Sterland (38) who took the chase to the point of victory. Three of the four wickets fell to G Stephens (3-50).
The second team need to find some paper to bat on because the line-up looks formidable there but they failed to deliver again.
Despite outstanding individual performances from Stuart Everard and Miles Clark, they went down to a very disappointing defeat at Colchester. Everard took seven wickets and two catches as Colchester were dismissed for 169.
Clark made an unbeaten 57 but was let down by the rest of the order, none of whom managed more than 12. Freddie Clark picked up four wickets for Colchester in Chelmsford’s 115. Jack Moss was another to turn in an excellent individual performance that was wasted as the third team lost at Fives & Heronians.
Moss hit a much-deserved century with useful support from James Arnold (44) in Chelmsford’s 205 for four. A generous declaration backfired with Daniels (54) smashing the home team to victory.
A good opening partnership between the contrasting styles of Connor Cheverall (39) and Francis Kyan (63) set the fourth team up for a five wicket win. A decent bowling performance restricted Upminster to 158 and the opening partnership of 96 took Chelmsford most of the way before a stutter.
There was a successful return to the fold for club chairman Eddie Lawrence with four wickets in the fifth team. Davis made 54 for Fives & Heronians in their score of 169 with Harry Arnold (3-23) and Lawrence (4-23) the chief wicket-takers. Tahir Khan (59) provided the cornerstone of the chase with attacking support from Barry Clayden (36) and Jordan Campion (31*).
Chelmsford’s mainly young sixth team managed to get a win over Writtle. Andy Shepherd continued his good run of form with a half century and had useful support from Jamie Matthews. Writtle were going well before collapsing with Sam Taylor and Matt Cole amongst the wickets.
Sunday was a productive day for the Keaney family. Liam hit 116 and his father Paul 76 as Chelmsford amassed 263 from 40 overs against Forest Gate. The visitors had a good attempt at the chase, but ultimately came up comfortably short.
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