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Match Reports Divison 1

Week 18 – 31st Aug 2019

Little Waltham won the toss and elected to bat at Little Baddow and scored 250 all out, Waqas Mahmood scoring 102 and Haris Mahmood 38 being the second highest scorer. Dodd 3/26 and Dethreidge 3/38 were the pick of the bowlers.
In reply, Little Baddow chased down the total in 32 overs with H Pearson  134* and Dethridge 63 as Little Baddow won by 9 wickets. F. Mahmood claimed 1/56.

Great Waltham won the toss and put South Weald into the field on what looked like a very hard and dry pitch.

South Weald started off well limiting GW to under 4 an over also removing the dangerous Harris early how. However a strong power hitting performance from Clout saw Great Waltham bounce back in the middle part of the game. It looked like GW were on for 260+ but a good finish from Pye and Hull saw SW restrict GW to 238.

Weald got off to a steady start before both openers were removed. Lingala batted well before GW taking 2 quick wickets with Pye coming in on a hat-trick ball. With Hull removed a few overs later the game looked over with Weald needing over 8 an over from the last 10. However with some contributions from the lower order South Weald took it to the last over before getting all out for 232 falling 6 short of the target.

Hornchurch Ath won the toss and elected to bowl first. Bentley II started well with Gordon (28) and G McDonald (35) putting on 60 for the first wicket before a mid-order collapse saw Bentley fall to 92-4. Lower order hitting from Clark (29) saw them up to 152 all out in 33.5 overs but in the end the Hornchurch bowlers proved too strong, in particular Duke (6-0-14-3) and Turner (4.5-0-22-3).

In reply, the Hornchurch top order struggled against the swing of M Smith (7-3-28-2) and spin of Clark (8-1-45-2) falling to 26-3 but Hammond (35*) and Samarasekera (56) steadied the ship and saw them home for the loss of only 4 wickets in 25.4 overs. Hornchurch Ath won by 6 wickets.

Rettendon arrived at Springfield, knowing only a win would maybe be enough for them to finish in the top 2, Springfield also in the same a position, a great game hanging in the balance. The toss was won by the Rettendon skipper who put Springfield into bowl. 

A superb start by Rettendon saw an opening partnership of 70 off 14 overs for no wicket. The introduction of spin proved vital as this seemed to slow the run rate somewhat throughout the game. A mad flurry of last minute runs from Rettendon saw them finish finally on 261-9 off their 45 (Sutherby top scoring) 

An enthusiastic Rettendon came out knowing they needed to start well. Springfield were consistent with their bowling and kept the run rate down. The early introduction of spin again proved vital and this further kept the run rate below the required rate. The introduction of Dawson and Snelling with 6 wickets between them was the final straw. A late flurry of runs see Springfield finish just 70 runs short of the total. A great game watched by spectators in good spirit.

Writtle won the toss at home to Tillingham and elected to bat. They limped towards 158/9 in 45 overs with Andy Mee claiming 4/37 and Josh Pursey 2/16. In reply, Tillingham started positively as Cummins (28) hit 5 boundaries in the first 3 overs. Adnan Shafi continued the onslaught, making an unbeaten 85 to see his side home in just 23 overs to record a comprehensive victory.

Week 17 – 24th Aug 2019

Match reports to follow

Week 16 – 17th Aug 2019

South Weald won the toss and put Writtle into bat on what looked like a slow patch wicket. Hull senior and junior opened the bowling making full use of the pitch to keep Writtle at bay. Writtle soon found themselves 3 wickets down and in need of a solid partnership which came when Delyfer and Patient both arrived at the crease. A slow but steady partnership saw them putting on 80 runs between them before both were removed in quick succession. There were some other small contributions from the rest of the Writtle order but no big scores and Writtle pushed their way to 173 all out. R Hull taking 3 wickets.

In reply South Weald lost an early wicket and never really looked like they would recover,(much like the season has gone this year) with only 2 batsmen getting into double figures. H Colburn being the stand out performance being the only person to reach 50 on the day as they were all-out for 136.

Tillingham travelled to Great Waltham where they reduced the hosts to 110/4, however a solid partnership between Graham Wickes (59) & Gary Bloom (74*) helped them post an above par 238/5 in 45 overs. Chris Allen claimed 2/45 and Adnan Shafi 2/35.

In reply, Tillingham appeared to be cruising as Dave Cummins (70) and Andy Mee (55) shared a 120 run second wicket partnership. With 66 needed off the final 10 overs, the wheels fell off, as Graham Wickes capped a good all-round performance, ripped through the middle-order to claim 6/45 as Tillingham fell 15 runs short.

Little Baddow won the toss and elected to bat first against Bentely II. R Harris (47) got them off to a strong start before C Tuttlebee (56) and T Dethridge (81) powered Little Baddow through the middle overs to an impressive 307-6 from their 45 overs. For Bentley, young legspinner C McDonald (10-0-66-2) and Gordon (7-0-46-2) were the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, Bentley started strongly putting on 91 for the first wicket as skipper Gordon (48) and Sapwell (31) led the way. However a collapse soon after saw Bentley slip to 126-6  with Willan (10-1-31-4) and T Moss (6-1-26-3) doing the bulk of the damage. Some lower order hitting saw Bentley past 200 but they were eventually dismissed for 207 in the last over.

Little Baddow win by 100 runs.

Rettendon & Rayleigh F lost the toss and were quickly invited to bat on what looked a tricky wicket to say the least.

Rettendon made a steady start only for Sutherby to fall in his 20’s, Rettendon quickly found themselves in big trouble as wickets fell around Butler (52). At 88-5 Rettendon needed the tail to wag and wag it did with some big hitting from Sullivan  (22), Ewing (39), Lawson (59) and Plummer (30*). Rettendon got up to 256-9 which seemed an impressive score given the conditions. The pick of the bowlers was Fahran Mahmood 3-45 from 10 and Rafiq 2-29 from 10.

Rettendon came out firing with Ewing and Snelling making the ball talk in difficult batting conditions. Little Waltham lost some quick wickets which brought Harris Mahmood and Tahir together at the crease and with the run rate ever increasing the pair set about dismantling the bowling attack, Tahir eventually removed for 49 and when Harris Mahmood was bowled on 93 by Ewing, Little Walthams race was done and the away side ran out winners. Waltham ending on 220-9.

Springfield II travelled to Hornchurch Ath, lost the toss and were asked to bat first. The visitors lost an early wicket again in their innings with Duke picking up a wicket in the second over of the game. Wickets continued to fall thanks to some tight bowling from the home side, moving Springfield to 86-6 – Crane’s 4 wickets doing the damage with Turner bowling extremely economically again at the other end. Partnerships then formed through Nice and Hunt followed by Nice and Tyler to take the home side to 150 however, Nice ran out of partners and was left on 42*. Duke and Raftery both took 2 wickets each for athletic alongside Crane’s 4

The home side then came out strong scoring at a quick pace through Raftery and Klein. The openers put on 90 on good time before Raftery fell for 44, Klein was then dismissed for 55 before Porter and Samarasekera guided the home side to victory by 8 wickets in the 32nd over.

Week 15 – 10th Aug 2019

Great Waltham batted first at Rettendon & Rayleigh F. A stable opening partnership between Bloom and and Reed (30) set the basis for the Waltham innings. Not one batsman stood out but contributions from the whole top order (including 49 from Richardson and 45 from Harris) meant that Waltham were able to set a decent total of 211 on a slow pitch. Plummer claiming 2/33.

In reply Rettendon came out playing their shots and were well above the run rate early on. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and could never get a set partnership as both Fitzwater brother bowled their 10 overs straight through taking 9 of the 10 wickets available. Rettendon were eventually all out for 99 and in the end it was a comfortable win for Waltham.

Little Waltham batted first at Tillingham and rattled up 70/1 inside 8 overs. However, Terry Stiffell (5/47) ripped through the top-order to bring the hosts back into the game. A superb 108 not-out from Harris Mahmood led Waltham to a competitive 209 all-out in 40 overs.

In reply, Tillingham had a solid start thanks to Cummins & Parlour (24). Andy Mee (57) joined his skipper and took the side within sight of victory. A flurry of wickets from Bilal (4/49) made things interesting, but Cummins carried his bat once again with 83 not-out to lead the side home in the 41st over by 5 wickets.

Bentley II won the toss and elected to bowl first at home to Writtle. Writtle made a steady start with M Darvill (68), K Patel (37) getting the away side up to 86 for 2 at drinks. The rain then started to fall, stopping play for around 15 minutes reducing the game to 43 overs per side.

Bentley bowled well after the rain break to restrict Writtle to 215 all out in the 43rd over. The pick of the bowlers for Bentley were M Smith taking three wickets for 40 runs from his 5.5 overs and M Coleman bowling 9 overs picking up 2 wickets for 37 runs.

In reply Bentley got off to a quick start with O Gordon (69) and C Darby (45) the main contributors. The only stand out bowler for Writtle was A Koimuttan who picked up 2 wickets and going for only 16 runs from his 6 overs. Bentley got across the line easily with 4 wickets remaining in the 35th over.

South Weald won the toss and decided to bat at home to Hornchurch Athletic. They struggled to 166 all-out with the exception of Buttleman who made 67. Wade and Duke with 3 wickets each. After a top opening spell from Rob Hull, Athletic cruised to victory 5 down with Sam Samarasekera top scoring with 47*.

Little Baddow 190 – 7 (R Harris 64) beat Springfield II 157 all out (Williams 33, Ashton 3-30) by 33 Runs.

Week 14 – 3rd Aug 2019

League leaders Tillingham batted first at Rettendon & Rayleigh Fairview, but were in trouble early on as Jim Ewing picked up 2 early wickets including the dangerous Shafi, to reduce the visitors to 37/3. In-form skipper Dave Cummins anchored the innings with 93 and had good support from Warren (45) and Hayman (36). However a total of 236 all-out was well below par, Jamie Lawson claiming 4/43.

In reply, the hosts scored at better than a run-a-ball as they made light work of the target, romping home by 6 wickets. Siraj (70*) top-scoring with Hayman claiming 2/44. The result leaves 4 teams separated by just 4 points at the top of Division One.

Little Waltham won the toss and put South Weald into what looked like a slightly dubious pitch. Despite this, Little Waltham put some pressure on Weald early on scoring at steady rate scoring 75 runs after 15 overs for the loss of 2 wickets. An introduction from Ted Stroud and Pat Stroud turned the game in Weald’s favour as Little Waltham were reduced to 99-5 which included removing the dangerous Waqas Mahmood. Little Waltham however fought back well and S. Tahir struck some big hits that got them to a competitive score of 196 all out from 36 overs.

Weald started well in the chase and were 40 without loss after 8 overs. That all changed however with first change Harris Mahmood coming into the attack. A very disciplined line and length saw him pick up a very handy 8 wickets and rattle through the South Weald order. Dean Todd was the standout batsmen with no one else really sticking around long enough to support him. Dean finished on 56 before himself getting out to Harris Mahmood. In the end South Weald were all out for 115 in what was a well spirited game.

Great Waltham won the toss and elected to bat against Bentley II. Despite an early wicket, from that point on it was one way traffic as Bloom (101) and Harris (135) put on 231 runs for the second wicket before a quick 21 from Duggan saw them to 304-3 from their 45 overs. For Bentley, Alavoine once again impressed with 9-0-69-3 whilst spinner Matt France bowled tightly up front on his 2nd team debut.

In reply, skipper Gordon (57) got Bentley off to a decent start but tight bowling in the middle overs stemmed the flow of runs. All of the top 6 made starts and Waring (43) and Whelan (52*) took Bentley to maximum batting points as the innings ended on a very respectable 244-7 from the 45 overs. The pick of the bowlers for Great Waltham were O. Fitzwater (10-0-48-2) and R. Chapman (10-1-39-2). Great Waltham win by 60 runs.

On a flat pitch Hornchurch Athletic won the toss and batted. Sam Klein hit a sensational 144 not out with Sam Samerakasara also adding 83. Dodds bowled well taking 2/65 off 9 overs. HACC finished on 311/3.

In response Little Baddow started well with J Moss hitting a quick fire 34. Youngster A Smith hit a very good 56 but the pick of the batting the Baddow was Andy Harris hitting 89. Mike Wade claimed more wickets with 3/69 off 10 overs. Paul Crane with the catch of the season so far. Little Baddow finished on 292/8 off 45.

Springfield II travelled to Writtle looking to overturn the result of high scoring game at coronation park earlier in the season. The home side won the toss and chose to bat. The visitors came out well and kept things tight through Frost and Arain – both taking an early wicket a piece and using conditions well. Writtle kept battling through Delyfer (14) however, the introduction of Northfield and Brown swung the game back to the visitors – the pair taking 6 between them to run through the home sides middle order – Boasman (14) & Gopisetty (16) the only others to make double figures. Tyler took the final two wickets to finish with 2-6 and bowl Writtle out for 80, Northfield 2-13 and Brown 4-25 to round off a good bowling display.

Some tight bowling from Kolmutten gave the home side a good start however, defending 80 was always going to be difficult – 2 wickets in an over from Delyfer kept the home side in with a sniff at 25-2 however, Frost (19*) and Williams (28*) calmly guided the visitors home to win by 8 wickets .

Week 13 – 27th July 2019

All matches abandoned due to the rain

Week 12 -20th July 2019

Bentley II won the toss and put Rettendon & Rayleigh F  into bat. Eight batsmen scored 13 or higher as Rettendon racked up 290-9 from their 45 overs. Lawson (55) top scored, well supported by Butler (54) and Patel (44). For Bentley, Rebecca McGlashon was the pick of the bowlers with 3/52, supported by C Walker 2/35.

In reply, as has been sadly typical this season, the Bentley top order was decimated and they slipped to 32-6. Whelan (37) showed some resistance alongside Number 11, M Smith (27) but Bentley were eventually dismissed for 122. Sullivan (3/23) did the damage at the start of the innings before Webster (3/35) finished it off. Rettendon win by 168 runs.

Springfield II travelled to Little Waltham, lost the toss and were asked to bat on a wet wicket. The home side got off to the best possible start with a wicket on the 4th ball of the game which was soon followed by 4 more quick wickets leaving the visitors on 31-5 in what could only be described as testing batting conditions…Rafiq and B Nasir both using the conditions well. A partnership then developed between Northfield (32) and Eva to take the score past 100 as batting became slightly easier. However, wickets continued to fall in clusters with 2 more falling in the same over taking the score to 102-7. Eva then put on another 70 run partnership with Tyler before Eva fell for 63. Tyler struck some 6’s before he was dismissed for 39 – Springfield clawing themselves back into the game at 186 all out knowing that the wicket continued to be bowler friendly. Rafiq the pick of the bowlers with 4-39, B Mahmood also bowling well with 3-40

Waltham came out and got off to a brisk start however, some tight bowling from Frost and Northfield kept the visitors in the game. When the dangerous Fahran & Harris Mahmood were both removed cheaply wickets began to fall regularly with Northfield on a hat trick on two occasions and using the conditions well. B Nasir batted well for the hosts scoring 42 however when he fell, only some late hitting from S Tahir (26) moved the score on. Frost taking the final wicket with the score on 129 and Springfield running out winners by 57 runs. Northfield finishing with 6-27 and Frost 3-24 off their allocation for the visitors.

Due to rain the game between Great Waltham and Hornchurch Ath did not start till 2pm, reducing the game to 35 overs per side. Great Waltham won the toss and elected to bowl first. On a very tricky pitch HACC managed to get 213 for 4. Sam Klein and Sam Samaraseraka put on an impressive 136 run partnership. Klein hitting 87 and Samaraseraka hitting 70.

HACC bowled very well, with Great Waltham out for 115 in the 24th over with M Wade taking 4 for 31 of his 10 overs. J Turner taking 2 for 35 from 6 and T Marks taking 3 for 16 of 2. HACC winning convincingly for 98 runs.

Tillingham won the toss and elected to bowl first on a soft wicket following overnight rain, a decision which was vindicated further after a deluge of rain reducing the game to 39 overs. A steady flow of wickets meant the innings never really took off on a pitch with inconsistent bounce, meaning a below par total of 129 all out. Stiffell doing the majority of the damage with 4/28 and Hayman chipping in with 3/38. The Tillingham innings got off to a steady start with Cummins doing the early work, keeping the opening bowlers at bay. Some solid batting from both the openers meant there were no real chances given in the home team cruising home for a 10 wicket win, Cummins finishing unbeaten on 71, Parlour on 38.

Writtle batted first against Little Baddow making 245 for 7, Darvill (112*) and Ank (63) were the main contributors. Little Baddow were never in the chase as they were 147 all-out. Pierson (53) offering the only resistance as N Koimuttam (5-25) did the damage as Writtle won by 98 Runs

Week 11 – 13th July 2019

Division 1

Hornchurch Ath won the toss and elected to bat and scored 213 all-out against Little Waltham. A. Kumar (62) and  S. Samarasekara (31) were the main contributors with B Nasir claiming 3/31 and F Mahmood 3/50. In reply, Little Waltham lost quick wickets and didn’t really get going, eventually all-out for 71. Zia Rahman making 23 not out as Waltham lost by 142 runs. M. White claimed 4/29 and Duke 2/13.

Writtle posted 247-7 at home to Great Waltham. Jones (86), Adams (51) and Darvill (51) all making solid contributions. Josh Fitzwater claiming 3/54.

In reply Great Waltham were 235 all-out, with Sam Harris (83) again batting well. Harsha Gopisetty claiming 3/41 and Adams 2/41.

Springfield II won the toss on a humid day, and elected to bat on a light coloured, hard pitch. The openers got off to a good start, Jasani, in particular looking to punish anything loose. The introduction of Pat Stroud changed the complexion of the match, with a spell of 6-33 from his ten overs. Late order hitting from Eva and Northfield lifted Springfield to a challenging total of 243-9.

Springfield started well with Northfield and Arain keeping tight lines. The only resistance in the Weald innings came from Vamshi Lingala with 37, Leading to a limp chase totalling 108. Springfield running out deserved winners.

Rettendon batted first at Little Baddow starting cautiously reaching 38-0 off the first 10. The loss of Plummer and Butler in quick succession brought the debutant Sutherby and Wall at the crease. A fantastic partnership followed, Sutherby falling for 96 and Wall for 83, a partnership totalling 168. Another quick flurry of wickets, Pearson doing most the damage, with Rettendon on 247-5. A smash and grab 30 from Snelling and 21 from D.Lawson amongst other contributors, Rettendon finally ending their innings on 323-8. Pierson claimed 4/86 Ashton 2/52. 

Rettendon started impressively with their fielding and claimed the wickets of Harris and Pierson in the first 10 overs. Little Baddow began to fall behind the ever increasing run rate. Only T.Dethridge 31 and B.Dethridge 23 making any form of runs in the big chase. Snelling bowling out the rest of the tail finishing with 5/30 off his 8 overs, supported superbly by Sullivan 1/26. Jim Ewing 2/32 the other pick of the bowlers. Little Baddow finishing all out on 145.

Tillingham took a depleted side to Bentley and were chasing leather for 10 overs as Gordon (33) and Walker (33) took the attack to the new ball reaching 71/0. However, when Walker became the first of 4 victims for the impressive Hayman (4/47) a collapse followed in bowler-friendly conditions. Harry Hylton (3/41) returned to mop up the lower order as the hosts were all-out for 167 in 34 overs.

In reply, TIllingham started cautiously as skipper Cummins looked to anchor the innings. Contributions from Gray (19), H Hylton (19) and Pursey (16) kept Tillingham in the game despite the loss of regular wickets. With 5 overs remaining Tillingham required 26 but crucially only had 3 wickets remaining. However, Cummins (68*) was still there and guided them home to a 3 wicket win. Sean Whelan impressed with 2/18 in 10 overs.

Week 10 – 6th July 2019

Division 1

South Weald won the toss and put Bentley in to bat. Gordon (97) and C Walker (75) put on 179 for the first wicket before Whelan (38) and J Knight (30) saw Bentley to an impressive 300-8 from their 45 overs. For South Weald, E Griffin (4-0-35-3), V Lingala (10-0-75-2) and D Pye (10-0-42-2) took the wickets.

In reply, South Weald lost wickets at regular intervals though V Lingala (34) and P Stroud (33) tried in vain to chase the runs. For Bentley, C Walker (10-0-41-2) and G Alavoine (5-0-22-2) were the pick of the bowlers as South Weald finished 194-9 from their 45 overs. Bentley won by 106 runs.

Little Baddow batted first at Great Waltham scoring 261-6. Andy Harris (102) and Ben Dethridge (60) top-scoring. In reply Gt Waltham were 207 all out with Sam Harris making 108, Andy Harris capping a good all-round display with 5-20 as Baddow won by 54 runs.

Writtle batted first at Little Waltham. Early wickets by F Mahmood and Z Farooq had  Writtle in trouble early on. The middle order tried to get Writtle back in to the game with A Nair (35) & H Gopisetty (27) but the damage was done and Writtle were eventually bowled out in the 38th over for 179. The pick of the bowlers for Little Waltham N Mahmood with 4-27.

Little Waltham made a swift start with F Mahmood hitting 8 fours before he was bowled by K Patel for 39. Writtle’s bowling attack got them back in to the game with Little Waltham wickets falling cheaply before a quick fire 51 from W Mahmood had Little Waltham back in control getting over the line in the 35th over.

Rettendon won the toss and decided to bowl first against Hornchurch Ath. The opening bowlers started well. The pick of the bowling for Rettendon was Sullivan taking 3/23 off 10 overs and Butler taking 3/26 off 7.2 overs. Batting wise, opener Sam Klein scored 48 and Tyler Marks continued his good form scoring 41 late on. Hornchurch finished on 184 all out.

Rettendon started well in the chase, a couple of wickets went down but when R.Shepherd came in, he changed the game with a score of 66, hitting some very good shots. Bowling wise J Turner took 1/34 off 10 overs. Rettendon crossing the line for the loss of just 4 wickets off 35.4 overs.

Tillingham batted first at home to Springfield and were in trouble early on at 45/4 in 19 overs. However, Stiffell (52) joined Cummins (48) and helped rebuild the innings. 29 from Adnan Shafi helped push the score on to 200/8 in 45 overs. Callum Eva claiming 3/43.

In reply Springfield started slowly in the face of some accurate seam bowling. Scott Ellis (75*) carried his bat through the innings, but only Hunt (33) gave him any real support as Springfield closed on 185/5 in 45 overs. Stiffell was the pick of the bowlers with 0/23 in 10 overs, Shafi claiming 1/30 in 10 and Harry Hylton 2/41 in 10.

Week 9 – 29th June 2019

Division 1

Springfield won the toss and batted at Rettendon in a game that again went down to the wire for the visitors.

The home side got off to a quick start with the early wicket of Jasani. Frost came to the crease and then began forming partnerships throughout the innings. Scoring was difficult initially with the visitors on 157-6 from 34 overs and the home side turning the screw thanks largely to some tight bowling from Ewing and Webster in particular, both going at 4 an over off their respective 10 overs. Eva joined Frost at the crease and began upping the rate with an unbeaten 100 partnership off the final 11 overs to take the visitors to 257-6, Eva smashing 45* and Frost carrying his bat through the innings for 111*Webster with 2-42 was the pick of the bowlers for the home side.

Rettendon got off to an equally poor start of 5-1 however a 100 partnership between Plummer (39) and Patel (58) got the home side in the game. 3 quick wickets fell to spin taking the score to 113-4 and leaving Springfield in the driving seat with overs running out. Faulconbridge and Wall put together a partnership however, when both fell followed by Krise, Rettendon were in trouble at 172-7 – the home side needing 86 more to win with 12 overs remaining. However, this wicket brought Ewing to the crease and he proceeded to change the game, smashing 58* in an 84 run partnership with Lawson (30) in just 9 overs to win the game. Brown 2-14 and Tyler 2-55 were the pick for the visitors.

South Weald recorded their first win of the season with at home to Great Waltham. Batting first, Weald amassed 249/7 in 45 overs, with Chambers (76) and Lingala (58) leading the way. Ollie Fitzwater was the pick of the bowlers with 3/66.

In reply, Waltham made a good fist of the chase, with skipper Sam Harris scoring 109. He had good support from Graham Wickes (41). However a flurry of wickets from Rob Hull (3/47) and F Harle (5/66) reduced Waltham to 211 all-out, South Weald winning by 38 runs.

Hornchurch Athletic won the toss and decided to bat first away against Bentley II. Dan Stone came in at number 3 scoring 48. Sam Samerakasara followed up at number 4 scoring 44. After a little collapse, Tyler Marks came in at number 8 scoring a very good 64 not out. The pick of the bowling was Yorke taking 2/33 off 7 overs. HACC finished on 249/10 off 45 overs.

HACC started bowling well with N Duke taking an early wicket, the pick of the batting was a couple of youngsters C.Darby scoring 28 and G.Alavoine scoring 25. The pick of the HACC bowling was Joe Turner taking 4/34 off 9.2 overs. Bentley all out for 135.

Tillingham batted first at home to Writtle. They lost a wicket in the third over, however Barrell (42) joined skipper Cummins (30) to lay the foundations for the innings. Andy Mee (42) and George Parlour (44) made good contributions as Tillingham reached a competitive 217/9 in 45 overs. K Patel was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors with 5/43.

In reply, Writtle started slowly in the face of some accurate bowling. Half-centuries from Darvill (63) and K Patel (65) helped take the game to the wire. Andy Cheek returned to claim 3/42 and Stiffell 1/41 as Tillingham won by 3 runs.

Little Waltham batted first at home to Little Baddow. They made 187 all-out with Rahman (38) top-scoring. Harry Dodd claimed 6/30. In reply, Pierson scored 47 and B Dethridge 49* as Baddow won by 4 wickets.

Week 8 – 22nd June 2019

Division 1

Tillingham have lost top-spot in Division 1 after defeat away at Hornchurch Ath. Batting first, the hosts were indebted to a superb 141 from Ross Raftery. He found support from Daniel Stone (64) playing his first game for the club as they made 255/6 in 45 overs. Adnan Shafi claimed 2/61 and Stiffell 1/48.

Tillingham started at a rate of knots, as they reached 109 without loss in 10 overs as Adnan Shafi smashed 78 in this time. However, when he fell to the first ball of the 11th over, this sparked a collapse as they slumped to 135/6. However, Terry Stiffell (67) and Andy Cheek (34) put on 95 for the seventh wicket to draw the game close. With 7 overs to go, Tillingham required just 26 with 4 wickets in hand. However, Tyler Marks & Dan Stone returned to the attack and claimed 2 wickets a piece to leave Tillingham all-out 235.

Springfield II won the toss and elected to bat first against Bentley II. Progress was steady as Springfield racked up a considerable score from their 45 overs of 226-4 with Kunjan Jasani (75) and Andy Frost (74) doing the bulk of the damage. For Bentley, S Whelan kept the run rate in check returning figures of 10-0-41-3.

After some poor batting performances over the last few weeks, Bentley showed signs of promise in their chase with T Mann (45) and C Smith (41) battling through the middle overs. However Springfield’s bowling was too strong, led predominantly by Eva (9-0-53-4), and supported well by Frost and Brown who both took 2 wickets. Bentley ended up 175 all out in 43.1 meaning Springfield win by 51 runs. The win means Springfield have gone top of Division 1 by a single point.

Little Baddow batted first against South Weald and scored 256 all-out in 45 overs. They made steady progress throughout the innings, with a flurry of runs and wickets in the last 5 overs, no batsman making 50 and wickets shared – Watson taking his 3 in the last over.
Hull 42 was the top scorer as South Weald again failed to chase, reaching 187 all-out in response. Ashton claiming 4-33 in a ten over opening spell.

Great Waltham won the toss and elected to bat. A fine innings by Sam Harris (108) and a belligerent 105 from Dave Clout helped Great Waltham reach 300 for 6 in 45 overs. Waqas Mahmood claimed 3/19 and T Rafiq 3/36.

In reply, Little Waltham lost quick wickets which brought Waqas Mahmood to the crease. Despite a brilliant 102* from the captain and Zia Rehman contributing 48 to the total, Little Waltham finished on 214, losing by 86 runs. The wickets were shared between J. Fitzwater (3/34,) O. Fitzwater (3/31) & M Chapman (3/27).

On what was finally a warm Saturday, Writtle won the toss and decided to bat first. A good start by Rettendon with an an early wicket for Sullivan was silenced by a good aggressive start from Jones finally falling on 33. Middle order runs from Shinde and Patel with regular wickets falling, Writtle found themselves 120-7 before a tail end wag, the pick of the tail being Adams finishing 35 not out, Writtle squeezing out a cheeky 201 to chase in 45 overs. Pick of the bowlers J Lawson (2/37) and Snelling (2/21).

Writtle needed a positive start and that’s exactly what they got. Plummer falling in the first over for 0. A solid start from Butler see him fall not long after, followed by Krise. Rettendon finding themselves 3 down for not many. Up stepped the inform Wall, with middle order contributions from Snelling and J Lawson. A fantastic innings once again with Wall falling on 79. Rettendon needing 50 runs still with 3 wickets remaining. Another small wag from the tail, ended with a superb partnership between Sullivan (28 no) and Webster (17 no) seeing Rettendon home with 2 balls to spare.

Week 7 15th June 2019

Division 1

Tillingham hosted Great Waltham and the hosts elected to bat first. An accurate opening spell from Josh & Ollie Fitzwater (0/25 in 10) meant Tillingham had reached 65/1 in 20 overs. Andy Mee (23) shared a 90-run partnership for the second wicket with Dave Cummins before his dismissal. Cummins continued at one end as the middle-order chipped in with Shafi (27) and Warren  (14) the only other men to make double figures. Cummins batted through to the 39th over, eventually caught in the deep for 92. Josh Fitzwater returned to run through the middle & lower order and finished with 7/27 in 9.3 overs.

Waltham started brightly as Reed (18) and Bloom (56) looked to build a platform. However Wilson (2/19) claimed 2 wickets in an over before Andy Mee (3/50) got in on the act. With 10 overs to go Waltham needed 60. A fine spell from Chris Ryan (3/26) helped close out the game as the visitors finished on 181/8. Gary Bloom left unbeaten on 32 as Tillingham won by 22 runs.

Writtle won the toss and elected to bat. Writtle made a steady start with 3 of the top order reaching 30 (Adams, Darvill & Gopisetty) but with a steady fall of wickets Writtle were all out in the 41st over for 192. The pick of the South Weald bowlers D Pye with 3/39.

South Weald openers N Watson and D Todd got South Weald off to a good start before each fell just short of 30 runs. South Weald looked to be in control of the match but like the Writtle innings wickets steadily fell. South Weald were 141/6 off 34 but successive wickets in the next 3 overs and the match was in the balance. A last wicket stand of 16 kept the game alive. The final wicket was taken at the end of the 41st over and this bottom of the table clash was over with Writtle claiming a vital win. Gopisetty claiming 3/28.

Bentley II posted 185-9 at home to Little Baddow. Coleman 110 was the mainstay as Ben Ashton claimed 4-30. In reply, Little Baddow lost 7 wickets in reaching their target as Tuttlebee hit 95.

Hornchurch Athletic won the toss and elected to bowl first. Springfield II hit a total of 174 off 44.3 overs with Joe turner the pick of the bowling with 6/29 off 10 overs. The opener hitting a very good 83. In response Hornchurch started well and were at 69/2, Sam Klein hitting 44. Good bowling from Springfield won the game as Hornchurch were all-out for 134.

Little Waltham won the toss and elected to bat and posted 108 all-out in 37 overs. Hamid Ali top scoring with 48. Butler claimed 4/3 and Webster 2/25.
In reply, Rettendon chased the total with 9 wickets to spare getting 111 for 1 in 14 overs. M. Plummer (57) & S Butler (28) as Rettendon won by 9 wickets.

Week 6 8th June 2019 

Division 1

Little Waltham hosted hosted Tillingham and on a wet pitch Tillingham elected to bowl first. Waltham reached 50 without loss before Waqas Mahmood (23) was dismissed and cousin Fahran followed in the next over. This started a middle order collapse, that left Waltham 118/6 as Andy Mee claimed 3/37 and Hayman 2/37. Nasir (30) and Rehman (29) top-scoring for the hosts before Chris Ryan (3/17) mopped up the tail as Waltham were all-out for 174.

In reply, Tillingham started well as Cummins (46) and Hylton (20) put on 70 for the first wicket inside 15 overs. Both fell in quick succession and soon Tillingham were 106/5. However Andy Mee (32) and Terry Stiffell (38*) held their nerve to lead the side home with 7 overs to spare. N Mahmood the pick of the bowlers with 3/22.

Rettendon won the toss on what was an extremely windy day. A pitch looking very green after the weeks rain. Great Waltham got off to a good start before 3 wickets in one over by Jim Ewing. A rebuilding process by the solid skipper Harris well supported by Fitzwater and Bloom. Waltham finished on 218-8 off their 45 overs. Rettendon negotiating the windy conditions well.

In response Rettendon started brightly finding themselves 63-0. Plummer falling alongside 3 others in quick session. Another rebuilding process ensued with Rettendon chasing down the 218. Superb batting by Jamie Lawson kept Rettendon in the game until a flurry of wickets towards the end of the innings. Rettendon eventually falling short by 18 runs.

Little Baddow won the toss and chose to bat at home to Springfield II. The visitors put the pressure on early with a very tight bowling and fielding display, led by Arain who returned 2-29 off his 10 over opening spell as Baddow reached 74-2 after the first 20 overs. R Harris (22), A Harris (32) and S Craddock (39) all got starts for the home side however, the introduction of spin kept things tight for the visitors and eventually brought wickets – Eva taking 5 and Tyler 1 whilst both going at 4 an over from their respective allocations. T Dethridge batted well for the hosts before eventually falling in the final over for 49 – Baddow reaching 198-9 off their 45.

Springfield started extremely positively scoring at 7 an over through Ellis (25) and Jasani. Jasani then built partnerships with Powell (28) and then Hunt (22*) before being caught for 99 trying to finish the game with some more big hits. The visitors saw themselves home for the loss of 5 wickets with 5 overs to spare – Willan taking 2-45 and Ashton 2-40 the pick for the home side.

Bentley won the toss and elected to bowl. Whelan (10-1-46-3) started well taking a couple of wickets early on before Darvill (79) and Harsha (68) batted well to see Writtle to 262-8 from a rain reduced 44 overs. Alavoine was the pick of the bowlers with (10-0-62-4).

In reply, the Bentley chase got off to a bad start with three batsmen removed for ducks mainly thanks to the accurate bowling of Patel (7-0-28-5). Youngster Callum Darby (30) battled hard for Bentley but he ran out of partners and Bentley eventually ended on 112 all out from 33.5 overs.

Sound Weald won the toss and elected to bowl on a soft pick from overnight rain, a watchful start from the Hornchurch Ath openers meant scoring was slow to begin with but began to pick up pace as the opening bowlers tired. Dom Pye tore through the middle order to pick up 4 wickets, but some late resistance and some lusty blows down the order got Hornchurch Ath up to a respectable 165. In reply the Weald innings never got going, with some variable bounce and tight bowling meant they were skittled for 86, in a dominant display from the home side.

Week 5 – 1st June 2019

Division 1

Springfield 2nd XI batted first against Writtle and eased their way to 258/2 off 45 Overs. S Ellis scoring 142 and A Frost 76. In reply a captains performance from M Darvill (74), 67 from B Jones and 42 from A Boasman and Writtle were within touching distance of a first win of the season. They remained calm and reached their target with 9 balls to spare and 4 wickets in hand.

South Weald won the toss and elected to bowl at home to Little Waltham. It quickly became the Mahmood’s show, Waqas Mahmood with his ballistic form for 99, Fahran Mahmood with an excellent 59 and a well composed innings by Zafar Mahmood 47, helping them reach a total of 304/7 in 45 overs. Lee Austin claiming 2/53 and Lingala 2/43.
In reply, South Weald didn’t really find any momentum and wickets kept on tumbling, D. Pye top scored with 18 as South Weald were all-out for 84. Nasir claimed 3/10 and Rafiq 3/18.

Hornchurch Ath hosted Little Baddow and made 218/8 in their 45 overs. Ross Raftery top-scoring with 97, Willan claiming 4-40. Little Baddow eased to victory for the loss of just 4 wickets, as Harris top-scored with 86.

Great Waltham travelled to Bentley where they hit 298/6 in their innings, with Dan Bloom smashing 133, Wickes 47. G Alavoine claimed 3/71. Bentley lost wickets at regular intervals as they were all-out for 171. Whelan top-scored with 31 as Ollie Fitzwater claimed 3/37.

Tillingham hosted Rettendon & Rayleigh F who batted first. A steady opening partnership from Plummer (20) and Butler (19) gave Rettendon a solid platform. However, Warren was introduced and ripped through the top-order, claiming 5/25, with 2/30 from Shafi. Lower-order resistance from Jamie Lawson (54*), Chauda (17) and Jim Ewing (23) helped Rettendon up to a competitive 186 all-out.

In reply, Tillingham openers Cummins (39) and Parlour laid solid foundations for the chase, before Warren (52) and Shafi (23*) helped see the side home with 7.2 overs to spare.

Week 4 – 25th May 2019

Division 1

Writtle won the toss and elected to bat at home to Hornchurch Ath where they scored 190/9 off 45 overs. K Patel hit a very good 68 and A Boasman hit 50. T Marks took 3/32 off 9 overs and P Crane got 2/38 off 10 overs, whilst Sam Klein effected a superb run out.

Hornchurch went out to bat with S Klein hitting 29 and Sam Samerakasara hitting 67. Dhaval got 2/56 off 10. Athletic losing 6 wickets as they crossed the line inside 39 overs.

Springfield visited Gt Waltham and chose to bat first. The visitors lost a wicket early in the 4th over but then soon put together a partnership of 52 between Frost and Powell, then 56 between Powell (41) and Atkinson before the home side got themselves back into the game at 114-4 after 27 overs. The visitors began to up the run rate again through Ovel (38) and scampered their way to 201 all out off 43 overs. Taylor 3-46, Duggan 3-56 and pick of the bowlers Chapman 3-27 did the damage for Waltham.

The visitors felt they were 25 runs short and it soon seemed that way as Reed and Bloom put on 96 for the first wicket in a composed opening stand. The visitors tightened the screw with their spinners and although wickets were hard to come by the run rate soon rose from 4.5 per over to just over 7. When Reed fell to Brown, Bloom was joined by captain Harris and the pair put on 63 for the second wicket in quick time. With 8 overs to go, visiting captain Frost brought himself into the attack and removed Bloom for a gutsy 68 and then Clout in successive balls to leave the score on 159-3 with 6 overs to go. Eva took 2 wickets at the other end before removing Harris for 49 and leaving 15 required off the last 2 overs. Eva kept the pressure on and left 12 to win off the final over. Frost bowled the final over going for 6 runs and handing the win to the visitors. Eva finished with 3 wickets and Frost 2 wickets.

Little Waltham won the toss against Bentley II and elected to bat first, scoring 254-8 off of their 45 overs. For Little Waltham, Waqas Mahmood scored 54 and was supported well by Farhan Mahmood (45). For Bentley, Clark bowled 10-1-46-3.

In reply, Bentley lost wickets early to T Rafiq 6.5-2-24-2, J Iqbal 5-0-20-2 & B Nasir 9-1-51-2 before a late burst from Clark (54) took Bentley to 184 all out off 34.5. Little Waltham win by 70 runs.

Little Baddow travelled to Tillingham where they elected to bat first. They started aggressively, reaching 95/2 in 16 overs as Pierson (42) and Tuttlebee (23) tucked into some loose early overs. However, the introduction of Harry Hylton (5/34) and Adnan Shafi (2/19) turned the game as wickets tumbled, with Little Baddow 139 all-out inside 30 overs.

In reply, Tillingham were reeling at 18/2, however a partnership between Cummins (22) and Shafi (26) steadied the ship. Tom Ford (29) and Josh Pursey (20*) chipped in to help see Tillingham home in 30 overs, with 7 wickets down. Leo Willan claiming 5/51.

South Weald won the toss and decided to bat at Rettendon & Rayleigh F. A slow but steady start against some good bowling (J Ewing – 10-6-15-0 and Sullivan 9-4-31-1 saw SWCC limp to 98 for no wicket with 20 overs to go. A quick collapse with openers Chambers (45) and N Watson (23) departing, saw a quick cameo from Aquilina (30) to take Weald to 180-9 from 45 overrs – T Webster doing the damage with 5-21 from 7.

In response, Rettendon steadily accumulated with J wall adding an unbeaten 66 to steer his side home. Austin 10-2-41-3 and Harle 9.2-4-33-1 taking the wickets. A comfortable 6 wicket win in the end for Rettendon.

Week 3 – 18th May 2019

Division 1

Little Baddow sit top of Division after a convincing 158 run victory against Writtle. Batting first, Baddow amassed 302/5 off 45 Overs. H Pierson (97), N Sakhnlingham (55), Tuttlebee (54) & Harris (43) all making good contributions. In reply, Writtle were 144 all-out, with only Sam Adams making 62. Andy Harris claimed 4/26 and Willan 3/23.

Tillingham travelled to South Weald where they elected to bat. A testing early spell from Chambers (1/20) and Hull saw Tillingham struggle to 51/3 from 20 overs. However, Adnan Shafi (54) and Harry Butterwick (22) helped rebuild the innings. Mike Gray (49*) then helped shepherd the lower-order to a competitive total of 200/8 in 45 overs. Vamshi Lingala & Mark Palmer both claiming 2/20.

In reply, Tillingham struck 4 early blows thanks to a lively opening spell from Terry Stiffell. Middle-order resistance from Rob Hull (39), Buttleman (28) and McGowan (28) edged the hosts towards their target. A fifth wicket for Stiffell (5/23) and two from Stuart Cummins (2/14) helped bowl Weald out for 178 and seal a 22 run victory.

Great Waltham batted first at Hornchurch where they made 268 all-out in 44.4overs. Sam Harris made a composed 118, with support from Gary Bloom (69). Tyler Marks (4-44) and Tom Heneghan (4-9) were the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, Athletic batted sensibly with Klein (78) and Raftery (46) in the runs. Lewis Tucker claimed 2/34 but it wasn’t enough as Hornchurch won by 5 wickets with 2 overs to spare.

Rettendon won the toss against Bentley II and decided to bat. Bentley opened up the bowling well but with Butler and Plummer in aggressive form, Rettendon soon amassed 100-0. Plummer falling to a superb catch, in stepped John wall in similar form, batting to a superb 131. He was supported well by Butler 88 and Faires 45. Rettendon finishing on 380/5. Bentley doing superbly with a young side depleted by their first team. 

Opening the bowling was newbie Luke Sullivan who delivered superb figures of 4/37 off his 7 overs, well Supported by Tom Webster sneaking a 2 For in his 10 overs. Rettendon finally bowling out Bentley for 112.

Springfield elected to bat at home to Little Waltham and posted 216 all-out in 44 overs. Andy Frost (43) and Hunt (42) were the main contributors as Farhan Mahmood claimed 2/20 and Termezi 2/14. Little Waltham chased the total down with 2 wickets and 4 balls to spare. Waqas Mahmood making 62 and H Ali 53.

Week 2 – 11th May 2019

Division 1

Little Waltham hosted Hornchurch Athletic and batted first. Farhan Mahmood top-scored with 37 and found support from Tahir (27). However, once the Hornchurch spinners got to work the innings collapsed, with Tom Heneghan claiming 4/34 and Klein 2/4 as Waltham were bowled out for 142.

In reply, Honrchurch lost wickets at regular intervals. Sam Samarasekera (37) and Raftery (22) led the way. Mahmood capped a good game claiming 2/27 and Rafiq 2/31 as the game went to the wire, with Athletic eventually seeing it home 8 wickets down.

Tillingham hosted Bentley II and having won the toss elected to bat first. At 48/2 the game was evenly poised. Andy Mee anchored the innings with an unbeaten 71 and found support from Louis Barrell (55) as the hosts reached 204/5 before a torrential downpour halted the innings on 37 overs. A 2 hour delay followed before the game resumed. Bentley started positively and reached 78/1, before Andy Mee got amongst the wickets, claiming 5/38 to rip through the middle-order. Bentley finishing on 141 all-out.

Springfield II travelled to South Weald on a rain affected game that was reduced to 30 overs per side and were duly asked to bat first.The home side struck early, but a steady partnership of 72 between Williams (39) and Frost built a base for the visitors. Wickets fell around the captain Frost- who fell for 50. However, Tyler upped the scoring rate in the last 10 overs with 3 sixes in a quick fire 27, the visitors finishing on 141/7 off their 30 overs. Pye (3/23) and Hull (2/35) the pick of the bowlers for South Weald.

The home side started aggressively, however the visitors pegged the scoring back through Northfield (1/35 off 10) and Pothen (1/16) leaving the home side on 44/2 off the first 14 overs – Chambers and Davey going well. But, the introduction of spin then changed the game – Tyler taking 2 wickets from his first 2 balls to remove both the dangerous Chambers (39) and Hull. A run out soon followed before Tyler chipped in with 3 more wickets to finish with 5/7. Austin provided some late hitting however, the home side fell 46 runs short in the end.

Writtle travelled to Great Waltham where they elected to bat first. Excellent bowling from Josh Fitzwater (4/40) and Ollie Fitzwater (4/23) helped reduce Writtle to 27/5 . It was only thanks to a last wicket partnership of 49 between skipper James Darvill and Narayan that brought some respectability to the visitors score, as they were all-out for 110 in 39 overs. M Chapman claiming 2/12.

In reply Great Waltham eased home in 23 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets.

Little Baddow Batted first and scored 152 all-out in 40.4 overs in a match reduced to 41 overs aside.. Pierson top-scored with 53, Plummer claiming 4/47. In reply, Rettendon & Rayleigh F struggled to 98 all-out, with Willan claiming 4/26 and T Detheridge 3/29. Little Baddow won by 58 runs.

Week 1 – 4th May 2019

Division 1

Great Waltham travelled to Little Baddow and elected to bowl first. Rain delays meant the game was reduced to 36 overs a side.

Little Baddow made 251-4 off their 36 overs. Rob Harris top scored with 88, supplemented by 56 not out from brother Andy. James Taylor claiming 2/29 in 5 and Lewis Tucker 2/59 in 9.

In response, Great Waltham made 247-4, falling tantalisingly 4 runs short. Dan Bloom carried his bat, making 140 not out, whilst J Reed made 38. The pick of the Baddow bowlers were Tim Detheridge would bowled 1/47 in 10 and Andy Harris 1/61 in 10.

Writtle won the toss and elected to bowl at home to Little Waltham.

Little Waltham posted a formidable 276 for 8 in their 45 overs. B. Nasir 92 and Waqas Mahmood 83 doing the damage. D. Patel 4/32 and K. Zada 2/48 were the pick of the home bowlers.
In reply, Writtle fell 16 short, ending on 261 for 9 off 45 overs.
Rohit Shinde 74 and K. Patel 72 were the main contributors, whilst Waqas Mahmood (2/14) and N Mahmood (2/47) took the wickets for Waltham.

Tillingham elected to bat first at Springfield and got off to a solid start before 2 LBW’s in 2 overs either side of a rain delay turned the game. The visitors began to recover, led by Adnan Shafi (33) before a lower-order collapse saw the visitors close on 101 all-out. Andy Frost claiming 5/29 and Sam Brown ending with the impressive figures of 3/9 in 7 overs.

Springfield started positively in reply, as Kunjan Jasani hit 21 in quick time. However, his departure led to a collapse, as no-one else in the top 8 reached double figures. Adnan Shafi claiming 4/7 in 9 overs and Stiffell 2/44. However, a belligerent 38* from number 9 Ash Tyler turned the tide for Springfield as they crossed the line 8 wickets down in a nail-biting finish.

Bentley hosted South Weald, and having won the toss Bentley posted 172 -8 from 41 overs in a game interrupted by rain showers. Yorke 40, Darby C 32 and Hammond 28 the key contributors. Pye 3-31 and F. Harle 3-55 amongst the wickets.

In response South Weald collapsed to 7-3 without a run from the bat. A brief recovery with Cam Todd scoring 31 was not enough and eventually were bowled out for 102.  Martin with 3-31 and Yorke 2-7  the pick. Bentley running out convincing victors by 70 runs.

Hornchurch v Rettendon & Rayleigh Fairview

Rettendon fresh from their merger arrived at Hornchurch in good spirits looking to get their season in division one off to a good start. On what looked like a very flat green pitch, HACC won the toss and decided to bowl first.

This proved to be the correct decision as not long after the heavens opened, with hailstones of course, livening up the pitch for what was a fantastic opening spell of bowing from M.Wade, bowling 3-16 in his opening spell, only John Wall scoring double figures with 17. Backed up by Byford, 1-16 off his 7 RCC found themselves 36-5.

A much needed middle order partnership between newbie Luke Sullivan and skipper Luke Snelling of 63, both falling to Crane, finishing with superb figures of 4-14 off his 5. RCC finally bowled out in a rain affected Game for 126, HACC doing really well to get their 40 overs of bowling in.

A very heavy downpour at tea meant that the game was unable to continue for much longer and therefore the Match was abandoned due to rain.

Week 18 – 31st Aug 2019 

Week 17 – 24th Aug 2019

Week 16 – 17th Aug 2019

Week 15 – 10th Aug 2019