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Chigwell & Hainault
Cricket Club
Chigwell and Hainault (C&H) is probably the oldest shul cricket club in North East London. The Club was formed following a challenge to a match from the Cambridge Jewish Community in 1984.

This immediately became an annual fixture and the following seasons saw an increasing fixture list of friendly matches against Jewish teams in the London area.

Following the untimely death of Ronnie Shapiro (one of the Club's founder members) a magnificent cup was presented in Ronnie's memory by his firm. Since 1990 matches have been played annually to win this prestigious trophy. C&H won the inaugural competition, which has been keenly contested over the years. In 2002 this reverted to the traditional contest between Southgate and C&H and it will continue in that format in the future (C&H won the trophy in 2002). C&H will also be competing in the Maccabi League and in the Stuart Neils Cup.

C&H is a friendly club, which plays cricket for the love of the game, but where necessary with a keen competitive edge. Over the years they have beaten some of the top Jewish teams, due to a combination of talented youth and the experienced old guard.

The club looks forward to the coming cricket season with their usual enthusiasm and a not unreasonable belief that they could have at least as successful season as last year - when they won more than they lost and finished second in the Maccabi Sunday League division three.

At last some strength in depth is building. The all-round talents of Simon Warren (who made it to the Totally Jewish Team of the Season 2002), Danny Myers and Kevin Sinclair, batting of Richard Allen (captain's player of the season 2002) and bowling of Lloyd Green and Stuart Kaye were well supported last year by a crop of young players including Gavin Stollar and Eliot Solarz and the team's fortunes were boosted by the return of Jeff Freedman after several year's absence.

On top of that is the experience of Barry Shine, Ian Murray, Michael Carson and Melvin Gold, and hopefully this year will also see the return of Nigel Katseph, absent through injury last year.

The team will compete in the second division of the Maccabi League, the Stuart Neils Cup, the annual Ronnie Shapiro Challenge Cup against Southgate as well as a number of friendlies.

For the east Londoners the new season cannot come soon enough.

Any new players interested in joining the squad should contact Stuart Kaye

(stuart@melanie39.fsnet.co.uk) or Danny Myers (d.myers@btinternet.com).

Contact: Danny (Captain)
Email Danny

Stuart (Fixtures & New members)
Email Stuart

Cricket Fixtures 2003
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Cricket Fixtures 2002
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Cricket Fixtures 2001
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