16:39 22 June 2015
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Latest blog from Harold Wood’s Chris Bennett
Rain came and conquered most clubs in Essex this week. Harold Wood was the surprising benefactor of the horrific conditions.
The fours managed to pick up 25 points thanks to their opposition pulling out earlier this week, propelling them towards the top of the table.
But the real winners were the second team. Batting first and racking up 230 in the first innings, the twos realised 20 overs were needed in the second innings to constitute a game.
The twos managed to get in 20.2 overs in the second innings leaving the opposition 90-5 and winning the game before the heavens opened. This victory pushed them to the top of the table at the expense of the other soaked sides in the league.
With a powerful top order and a strong bowling attack the twos will look to continue to press for promotion. With six wins in seven games this season and strength in depth this could yet turn out to be an extremely successful year for the side.
As always with success for the twos, the club bar does a roaring trade, long may their success continue.
The third team blasted over 300 before rain once again ended proceedings. Chris Clarke hit 103 in just 15 overs to notch up his first hundred in 15 years.
The fifths had a friendly match in which they supplied the opposition our very own Adam Pickett to level up the numbers in the side.
With the opposition 50-5 Mr Pickett walked to the crease and smashed 60 for the opposition. His jug was enjoyed by all, aside from fifth team skipper Keith Donovan who felt betrayed.
Finally, the first team ended up 173-7 with four overs remaining in their shortened game when the rain intervened leaving Shahbaz Khan stranded on 98 not out.
As with all bad weather, the bar is the focus of all cricketers’ attention after a swift abandonment.
Many vitally important conversations take place between the fifth and tenth pint. This week’s debate centred on ‘the fantasy bag of crisps’. The debate raged on into the night. The result is found in the picture above.
*Harold Wood Cricket Club in conjunction with Simply Cricket is running a player of the weekend award throughout this season.
Chris Clarke won the award this weekend for his first hundred in over 15 years.
As a previous winner of the award he is well on his way to buy a bat with vouchers alone!