And so we had the break to watch our new opposition, and the day’s hosts, face the Chalfont team that we had just beaten, and immediately a danger man was notified, as Alan Massey opened the batting for Winchmore and hit about 150 in his side’s 15 overs. The man to watch.
After Winchmore ended up destroying Chalfont, it was time for the big one, and Jed didn’t disappoint with the toss, winning it and enforcing the dreaded #CheshamBoisChase. Everyone knows that this is the way to go in the shortened version of the game - as our 6 a side team showed - and it started off in the same way as the first game, with Paul getting a wicket with the third ball, this time caught by Jeff Howe. The tactics from the home team were interesting, with an initial scorecard which had Massey down at number 10 getting a few CBCC heads spinning. But this clearly didn’t deter O’Brien, clearly keen to get to the top of the wicket standings for the season with this chance of bowling before Massey came in. And after another in the third over of the innings, Winchmore were somewhat struggling at 17 for 2 from 3. Some tight bowling followed from Mark Saunders, Peter Withams, and then Fraser Perceval - who stole the show in his first over. A catch at mid on for Peter and then a catch behind the stumps for Jed had Wormley and Finn Mason back on their way. This brought the man of the moment for the home supporters to the crease, and he didn’t disappoint. Supported by Edwards (before being bowled by the impressive Perceval), and then Slade, Massey carted Jack Myers for 60 from his 3 overs, before attempting to do the same to Scott, ending on a quickfire 66 not out.
The chase started with the same openers, but we got off to a slow start this time as Finn Mason - who played for CBCC in the 6 a side where we reached the semi finals - snared POB and Mark in the first over, both bowled. But that was that as far as Winchmore wickets were concerned. The Myers brothers were at the crease together once again, but this time they did not run the other out as an impressive unbeaten stand of 129 in merely 13.1 overs saw the mighty CBCC home for their first trophy in a long, long time. Scott ended up with another unbeaten high score - this time 74 - landing him the player of the tournament despite competition from Massey. Jack proceeded to follow his brother in making 50 not out, which must have resulted in a fairly happy journey back to Hampshire for the pair. Not even the expertise of a nervy looking Paul Withams was needed in at number 5.
A massive congratulations to all of the team as it is the first piece of silverware that the club has one for a number of years, and after coming so agonisingly close in the Amersham 6 a side tournament earlier in the summer (losing out in the semi-final to eventual winners Hyde Heath by 3 runs), it is sure to be one of the first of many. Here’s to the future of Chesham Bois Cricket Club.