Week 18 – 31st Aug 2019
Great Baddow lost to Springfield by 30 runs
Title-winning Springfield arrived at Great Baddow with five under-21s on debut and were inserted by their hosts.
Despite losing 2 early wickets, Prudence (61) found support firstly in Singh (30), and then from 15 year-old debutante Atkinson who made a composed 43. When Prudence fell after drinks, the lower order rallied to get Springfield to a total of 238-9 off their 45 overs on a tricky deck. Huertson bowled well for the hosts taking 5-53 off his 10 overs.
Many batsmen got starts for Baddow, but none managed to press on to make 50, with a few 20s and 30s spread across their innings. Wickham and Chalk piced up 3 a piece for the visitors, with Ovel picking up 2. Nuttall rallied at the end for the hosts with an unbeaten 35, but ran out of partners as Atkinson picked up his first Premier Division wicket to top off a memorable debut.
Great Totham lost to Stock by 195 runs
Stock batted first on their visit to Great Totham, and it was J. Dowling who set about the Totham attack from the off, racking up a massive 161 in the final game of the season. He was assisted by James Raeburn (41) and Ben Norton (40 not out) as the visitors, who needed a win to guarantee safety, posted a formidable 395-6 from their 45 overs. D. Quartermaine picked up 2-89 from his 10 overs.
In response, Totham never threatened to chase down the mammoth total, with only L. Jones and T. Hawkridge posting 57 and 41 respectively, as Stock bowled out their opponents for 200 in 43.3 overs and secured Premier Division status for another year. Tom Fulk took 4-34 from 10 and Dowling picked up 2-38 from 9.
Bentley beat Aythorpe Roding by 199 runs
Bentley finished the season strongly with a convincing win over Aythorpe, who were relegated.
Bentley posted a big score of 348, with Parmenter making 79 and Swinney 50. Only Rosewell (3-72) held back Bentley’s charge as Aythorpe were set a huge total to win and give themselves a chance of survival. Unfortunately they were not able to threaten the target as they were bowled out for 149. Culleton made a spirited 50 but the damage was done by Flack (4-46) and Coleman (4-34) as Bentley won by 199 runs.
Rayleigh lost to Rainham by 8 wickets
Rainham finished strongly to make it 11 straight wins and secure their best-ever finish of 2nd place.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, home side Rayleigh made a solid start as Impey and Turner kept out the Rainham openers. However, both were dismissed after direct-hit throws from Rushi Patel and Ben Little got Rainham into their opposition. Thereafter it was the return of Ben Little (5-30 from 9 overs) which set the tone as a fiery spell swept through Rayleigh’s middle order. At 66-8 Shaun du Plessis led a counter-attack for the home side, making 24 from 13 balls with some big hits. Rayleigh had pushed on to 119 from 28 overs when they were finally dismissed.
After a straight turnaround Rainham made quick work of the run chase, knocking off the required 120 for the loss of 2 wickets in less than 16 overs. Du Plessis (1-24 from 5) got a wicket early on but Sid Patel (39) and Shyamal Vyas (52 not out) were the main contributors as Rainham cruised home.
Old Chelmsfordians lost to Canvey Island by 3 wickets
Canvey travelled to OCs in this end of season clash looking to head into the winter with a win. OCs batted first and got off to a good start reaching 67-1 in the 12th over, with N. Ahmed (35) doing a lot of the damage. However, this was as good as it got for the hosts with the bat as regular wickets then fell with Bucknell the only real resistance from the middle and lower order. Canvey bowled with good discipline and never let the hosts get away with all bowlers chipped in with wickets. The pick of the bowling was A. Shearcroft (3-47 from 8) and R. Casson (2-34 from 6).
Canvey come out looking to complete another chase to end the season and got off to a solid start before the openers but both fell in quick succession leaving canvey 35-2. This brought together J. Casson (84 not out) and A. Shearcroft (35) who settled the nerves for a while but the hosts got a couple of quick wickets to bring themselves back into the game again. R. Mcclughen steadied the other end however and eventually took Canvey close. A couple of late scares couldn’t stop J. Casson taking Canvey home to finish in a club best finish of 4th in the Premier Division.
Week 17 – 24th Aug 2019
Stock beat Old Chelmsfordians by 36 runs
Rainham beat Great Totham by 9 wickets
Victory seals 2nd place for Rainham in the Premier Division, and defeat confirms Totham’s relegation despite a spirited end of the season fightback.
Aythorpe Roding lost to Great Baddow by 3 wickets
Aythorpe batted first on a sunny afternoon. They got off to a good start thanks to Stevens (47) and Beddie (33) before Gunalan (1-30) broke the partnership. This slowed Aythorpe’s progress which was then further halted by Dohal (3-30), before Barnett (33) helped Aythorpe past the 200 mark to a competitive 202-7.
Baddow’s chase got off to a good start thanks to Simmons (35) and Olivelle (33), before Barnett (2-65) broke the partnership. This brought Gunalan (65) to the crease who got Baddow a fair way towards the target before Stevens (3-55) once again brought Aythorpe back into it. However, Evans-Green (22 not out) and Benadie (24) saw Baddow to victory by 3 wickets, which secures their safety in the division.
Aythorpe now require a result on the final day against Bentley to secure their Premier Division status.
Canvey Island beat Rayleigh by 8 wickets
Rayleigh visited Canvey for a late season mid-table clash, and batted first. It was Jason Ox who provided the momentum of the innings with 57, as Rayleigh batted the overs and put up 205. A. Shearcroft took 4-39 to restrict the visitors, and J. Casson returned figures of 1-21.
In reply, I. Bryant (1-25) and A. Acraman (1-40) picked up a couple of early wickets, but it was J. Casson and brother R. Casson who took Canvey home, the pair making 59 not out and 84 not out respectively.
The win closes the gap between the two sides, with Canvey now knowing a better result than Rayleigh next week will mean a 4th placed finish.
Springfield beat Bentley by 4 wickets
Springfield confirmed back-to-back titles, their 6th overall, with a win at home against their arch-rivals Bentley.
The two sides have shared the championship for the previous seven seasons, since Aythorpe took the prize in 2011. Bentley won the toss and elected to bat, looking to push back their opponent’s coronation another week after their slip against 2nd-placed Rainham last week. Springfield put in yet another strong bowling performance, with Wickham (3-28) and Chalk (3-16) once again doing the damage. Parmenter and Johnson were the only two batsmen to pass 20 runs, but they could only make 23 as Bentley limped to 108 all out in 38.5 overs.
In reply, Parmenter delivered with the ball as well as he took 5-13 from his 10 overs. But it was a determined Clark who top-scored with 24 not out as Springfield reached the target in 30.5 overs for the loss of 6 wickets to secure the title.
Week 16 – 17th Aug 2019
Great Baddow beat Canvey Island by 16 runs
Canvey Travelled to Great Baddow looking to stop their poor run of form. Great Baddow batted first and got off to a solid start reaching 53-0 after which a mini-collapse ensued to bring Canvey back into the game, with Baddow reduced to 77-4 then 184-9. However, a last wicket stand frustrated the visitors and took the score to 223-9. Top scores for Baddow were opener Huartson with 53, Middle order batsman Benadie with 40 and number 10 Dhoal with 47*. The pick of Canveys bowling was E. Skidmore (3-36 from 9) and A. Shearcroft (3-50 from 9).
Canvey came out looking to repeat their chase of 9 weeks ago, but were quickly reduced to 26-3 as Huartson and Gunalan caused early problems. A brilliant partnership between J. Casson (81) and A. Shearcroft (53) brought Canvey back into the game but they had little other support to mount a serious charge. J. Casson was the last wicket to fall with Canvey 16 runs short. Huartson (3-31 from 10) and Gunalan (2-34 from 10) were the pick of the home attack.
Great Totham beat Aythorpe Roding by 80 runs
Totham produced a second straight win to keep alive their mathematical hopes of survival. Batting first, captain Harry Cooper bludgeoned 70 to get Totham off to a good start. Ably supported by Davidson (35 not out), Totham made their way to a defendable 183-8 from their 45 overs. In response, Aythorpe never got going as they were dismissed for 102 in 27.5 overs. Only Eaten provided much resistance with a rearguard 34.
Totham now have to produce two maximum-point wins from their remaining games against Rainham and Stock and hope other results go their way to pull off a miraculous survival.
Bentley beat Stock by 9 wickets
Stock travelled to Bentley looking to make a mark in their 250th Anniversary cricket week. Unfortunately this was not to prove the case due to a sensational spell of bowling by S. Flack, who bowled 8 maidens from his 10 allotted overs, picking up 4 wickets along the way for just 3 runs. With M. Coleman also picking up 4-33, Stock crawled to 74 all out from 28.5 overs, with Richard Cory making the highest score of the innings with 22.
Bentley made light work of the target as they knocked the required runs off in just 10.4 overs for the loss of one wicket, with A. Alee making 38 and C. Pether 28. Jack Mayhook (1-22 from 4) was the only bowler to make a mark on a bad day at the office for Stock.
Old Chelmsfordians beat Rayleigh by 7 wickets
OC’s emerged victorious in a mid-table clash against 4th placed Rayleigh.
Rayleigh batted first and were quickly subdued by Joe Grant (2-27) and Owen Jones (2-19). The rest of the wickets were shared around as Rayleigh were dismissed in 40 overs for a below-par 124. Toby Turner made 19 but Andy Impey top-scored with 41.
OC’s knocked off the target for the loss of 3 wickets, with N. Ahmed making 47 and D. Westwood 38 as they showed how to bat in their home conditions.
Springfield lost to Rainham by 40 runs
Rainham produced another fine bowling display to win a low-scoring top-of-the-table clash against Springfield, and push the title race to the penultimate game of the season.
After winning the toss on a wet wicket, stand-in captain Symonds had no hesitation electing to bowl on a wicket which had absorbed some rain in the morning. Rob Wickham (3-40 from 10) made early inroads in favourable conditions, producing unplayable balls to dismiss Rainham’s top 3. As the wicket dried out, M. Chalk (2-27 from 9.2) and A. Oval (3-18 from 7) continued to apply the pressure to Rainham’s middle order. Jas Hothi (25) and Shyamal Vyas (24) led a recovery as Rainham reached 73-3, but after drinks the wickets began to tumble and Rainham’s lower order failed to provide much resistance, with only Sid Patel (23) reaching the 20s. Rainham were dismissed for 123 in the 39th over.
In response, Rainham knew they needed early inroads, and as the wicket kept increasingly low they were able to do this, as Ben Little (2-17 from 6) and Husham Chatta (2-11 from 7) each dismissed a Springfield opener. The spin pair of Bhavik Patel (3-14 from 10) and Biren Patel (2-31 from 9) proved as reliable as ever to work their way through Springfield’s middle order, as wickets fell at regular intervals. Callum Eva (21 not out) provided resistance towards the end but it was not enough as Rainham dismissed Springfield for 83.
Springfield only need a win in either of their last 2 games to secure a second successive title but they travel to rivals Bentley next week.