Young Clifford takes five in simple victory
CHELMSFORD continued their winning start to the season by completing another emphatic win against visitors Shenfield on Saturday.
Having had poor weather for weeks prior to the start of the season the lush outfield and soft wicket meant that it was a good toss to win. Chris Prowting's luck was in and he had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat first.
Shenfield started their innings in a positive manner despite tight opening spells from Mark Drain and Nisarg Patel. The opening pair put on 44 before a sharp bit of glove work from skipper Prowting removed John Walter (12), stumped off the bowling of Neil Fergus. Arshad Ali decided to take the attack to the bowlers scoring a run-a-ball 44 before James Clifford took a good catch on the long on boundary again off the bowling of Fergus.
The Shenfield innings didn't really recover from the loss of Ali with Daniel Jacob providing the only other real resistance, riding his luck to reach 28 before becoming Neil Fergus' third and final victim leaving him with excellent figures of 10 overs, three wickets for only 20 runs.
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The standout bowling performance came from 15-year old James Clifford who took five wickets for 16 runs in only 4.1 overs including bowling Lugg and Allen with sharply turning, almost unplayable deliveries.
Clifford's introduction into the attack led to Shenfield losing their final seven wickets for only 33 runs with Paul Jones picking up the other wickets (2-27 from 7 overs).
Despite conditions favouring the bowlers 136 always looked a below par score and Chelmsford's innings started brightly with boundaries from Paul Jones before he became the only wicket to fall for 13.
The departure of Jones brought Nick Prowting to the crease whose knock of 59 not out saw Chelmsford through to the finishing line.
The early wicket gave some hope to Shenfield who tried to increase the pressure with some vocal support for their bowlers but Prowting rarely looked in any trouble and his partnership of 115 with Dan Hagen (44 not out) did the talking.
The winning post was reach with 14.1 overs to spare completing the perfect start to the season for Chelmsford having secured maximum points from the first two games.
This weekend Chelmsford travel to Brentwood in the league from 12.30pm. The Sunday side are at home to Basildon in a Twenty20 fixture which is due to start at 2pm.