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Nearly but not quite for Chelmsford firsts
1:20pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Local Sport
THE league season came to a close on Saturday and for most of the teams at Chelmsford Cricket Club, the last games were something of a microcosm of the season.
In the firsts, it was nearly but not quite as they tied with Ilford. For the seconds, thirds and fourths, the batting failed to deliver as they went down to defeats to Ilford and Wanstead.
The fifths were well beaten when up against one of the league’s top teams. The only winners were the sixth team, who had another hard fought win.
Sensible batting from Matt Thurston and an explosive innings from Rob Hayto took Chelmsford to but not over the line against Ilford.
Ilford had made a good start through Qadir (61) and Jacobs (37) but the progress foundered against Chelmsford’s skilful spinners, James Clifford dismissing both and Nisarg Patel and Stuart Everard keeping the run rate down. In the end, Ilford posted a reasonable 202 for seven from 50 overs.
Chelmsford made a very steady start but several of the top order got in and out. A quickfire innings of 40 from Rob Hayto brought Chelmsford back into the chase and Matt Thurston (41*) played sensibly to set up an exciting finish. With nine needed from the last over, Chelmsford managed eight.
The tie kept Chelmsford in fifth place in the league, albeit only 26 points behind the winners and 12 behind the runners-up. A semi-final place in the League Cup and final place in the League T20 meant it was a decent season if not quite as good as it might have been.
Early batting problems put the second team in trouble against champions Ilford for whom Cheema (3-35) picked up wickets. Lee Cranmer (37) and Craig Thompson (36) played well with Darren Thompson (34*) playing solidly to take the score past 150.
Had Chelmsford held their catches that might have been a challenge, they didn’t though and Mian (51), Veetil (34) and Munir (37*) engineered a five wicket win. Chelmsford finished in a disappointing mid table position.
Tom Iliffe experienced being not out whilst the rest of the batting failed for the umpteenth time in the third team. A listless period in the field allowed Wanstead to reach 200 and gain sufficient points to win the league.
That was a very challenging target on a difficult pitch and when Mehad (6-11) reduced them to 60 for eight, humiliation seemed to be on the cards before Iliffe (50*) and Tom Arnold (35) shared a good partnership. A sixth place finish was a fair reflection of a poor season for Chelmsford.
Keith Goodman picked up yet another five-wicket haul in the fourth team. B Mead (44) and Dar (40) had put Wanstead in a strong position but Goodman (5-60) worked his way through the order and the total was restricted to 166. Sherzay took five wickets for 29 as Chelmsford were dismissed for 120; Steve Pleasant (33) top scoring.
The fourths finished fourth and did not beat any of the top three.
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