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Match Reports – Premier Division Wks 11 -15

Week 15 – 10th Aug 2019

Stock lost to Springfield by 9 wickets

Springfield won the toss at Stock and inserted their hosts on a wet wicket. Scoring proved difficult as Ben Marrion and Rob Wickham continued their good form with the ball, taking 2-27 and 1-17 off their 10 overs respectively. T. Folk anchored the innings with a solid 45, but Andy Ovel (4-31) and Callum Eva (3-24) bowled well to restrict Stock to 133.

Despite the home team’s attempts to hamper Springfield’s chase with quite possibly the greatest tea the T. Rippon league has ever seen, the visitors cruised home in 16.5 overs, with Symonds (82) and Prudence (41*) quickly putting on 132 to see the league leaders home by 9 wickets.

Next up for Springfield is a home top-of-the-table clash against second-placed Rainham, with the hosts knowing a win will secure a second title in as many years.

Rainham beat Bentley by 4 runs

Rainham won the toss and elected to bat first. This looked to be a poor decision as they only managed to scrape together 107 on a slow pitch which held a little extra bounce but couldn’t justify the poor shot selection on display. They were bowled out after 32.4 overs, with Jon O’Neill top scoring with 32 and Beaney taking 4-15 off 8 for Bentley.

In response Bentley were bowled out for 103 off 29.2 ov as Rainham got home by 4 runs in a tense finish. Bhavik Patel the star with 6-35 for Rainham with Johnson top scoring for Bentley with 22.

Rayleigh beat Great Baddow by 8 wickets

Baddow won the toss and decided to bat on a hard deck. They didn’t get off to the best start thanks to Ackerman (2-32), before a partnership between Gunalan (33) and Gami (30) got Baddow some momentum. Some good fielding resulted in two run outs and left Evans-Green (30) to pick up some late runs, with the innings finishing on 187-9 from 45.

Rayleigh came out and started well, chasing the target with Turner (97 not out) and Impey (56) forming a 130-run first wicket partnership. M. Murray Brown (2-19) picked up the only two wickets in consecutive balls to give Baddow a small chance but Turner, supported by Nolde (19), chased the target down easily.

Old Chelmsfordians beat Aythorpe Roding by 35 runs

OC’s won the toss and chose to bat first. A good start from OC’s with the bat and some good bowling from Aythorpe meant the game was evenly poised.  An excellent spell from A. Clark (2-7 from 10 overs) pegged back the OC’s middle order. Some excellent batting from Nadeem (61) and Yash (54) took OC’s past 200 before Nadeem was run out backing up in the final over.

In reply Aythorpe scored at a good rate but some good all-round bowling and fielding from OC’s ensured the home side regularly lost wickets. G. Milbank making a good 48, but the innings eventually came to an end 35 runs short thanks to an amazing catch from R. Cant at mid-off. Wickets were shared around with T. Bird and F. Rahman picking up 3 each.

Canvey Island lost to Great Totham by 5 wickets

Canvey won the toss and batted first. Shearcroft made 56 and Skidmore made 35 not out as Canvey reached 170-9 from their 45 overs. L. Jones picked up 4 wickets and O. Cheeseman took 3 as Totham restricted Canvey to a chaseable total.

J. Davis (49) and H. Cooper (29) made telling knocks in reply, and L. Jones completed a fine all-round performance with 46 not out to bring Totham home by 5 wickets. Tiffin picked up 3 of Canvey’s 5 wickets but it was not enough to prevent Totham from picking up their first victory of the season.

Week 14 – 3rd Aug 2019

Great Baddow beat Old Chelmsfordians by 4 wickets

OC’s won the toss and elected to bat first. A good start from Ahmed and Sami got the ball rolling for OC’s, with Ahmed going on to make a good 72. Some good bowling from Baddow saw the OC’s middle order struggle to score freely. Huartson was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 5-39 from his 10 overs. What looked like a big scoring innings ended a few runs short on 218-8.

In reply Baddow started strongly with Huartson hitting the ball cleanly for a quick fire 39. This brought Ginalan to the crease and together with the other opener they put Baddow in a winning position. Ginalan fell just short of his half century. The other opener batted well and went on to a well-made 75 before a direct hit from the boundary saw him run out. Rehman bowled well for OC’s along with Sami – the two spinners taking two wickets each.

218 was never quite enough and despite a few late wickets Baddow made it across the line with two overs to spare.

Great Totham lost to Rayleigh by 8 wickets

Great Totham batted first and were dismissed for 97 in 25 overs by a rampant Rayleigh attack. The wickets were shared between Mark Acraman (5-37), Shaun du Plessis (3-37) and Ian Turnball (2-5). Only R. Mutton (20) was able to provide significant resistance as Extras top scored on 37.

In reply, Rayleigh knocked off the target in 20.2 overs for the loss of 2 wickets. Rob Turner made 34 and Andy Impey was 24 not out as Rayleigh won by 8 wickets in an early finish.

Rainham beat Stock by 7 wickets 

Stock won the toss and elected to bat first.

Rainham made early inroads as openers Ben Little (3-38) and Jon O’Neill (3-34) both had success with the new ball. Only one Stock batsman was able to pass 20 runs, which Johnson did in style, finding the middle of the bat with apparent ease. As Bhavik Patel (4-22) got stuck into the middle and lower order, Johnson penetrated the off-side with drives time and time again, making the 90 meter boundary look small. He eventually ran out of partners, carrying his bat for a gutsy 75 not out. Stock had reached 157 all out in 36.5 overs.

Despite an early wicket from J. Mayhook, Rainham never looked in trouble, with 2018 Young Player of the year Ronnie Jackson (78 not out) and Jas Hothi (48) putting on a telling partnership with patient batting. Rainham eventually reached 158-3 from 25 overs to make it seven straight wins going in to top-of-the-table clashes with Bentley and then Springfield in the next fortnight.

Bentley beat Canvey Island by 78 runs

Bentley batted first on what looked a good track and fast outfield. D Lee took an early wicket for Canvey removing Walker for 1 and Canvey got regular wickets throughout. But Pether stood tall while wickets feel around him, making a fine 68. It wasn’t until Beaney who scored 43 at number 8 that Pether found support, but between the two they managed to get Bentley to 193 all out. D. Lee (3-30 from 9) and J Sanders (2-29 from 10) were the pick of the Canvey attack.

Canvey come out to bat looking to chase the respectable target but lost both openers with 10 on the board and never recovered. The visitors lost regular wickets to the disciplined Bentley attack with only J. Casson (30) and E. Skidmore (15) offering any resistance. H. King at number 10 kept Bentley in the field with an entertaining 23, but Canvey were eventually bowled out for 115. Flack (3-25 from 10) and Swinney (7-0-19-2) the pick of the hosts attack.

Springfield beat Aythorpe Roding by 18 runs

Springfield batted first and were restricted to 186-9 from their 45 overs – their lowest first innings total of the season – by the Aythorpe attack. Culleton (3-35) and Clarke (4-26) were the standout bowlers again as they shared 7 of the Springfield wickets between them. Singh top-scored for Springfield with a crucial 59.

In reply, Ben Marrion (4-26) continued his fine form with the ball as Aythorpe’s batsmen looked to cause an upset. Clarke contributed again with 51 and Milbank showed his ability with 35, but 3-23 from Lee Brooks helped Springfield to a narrow victory as Aythorpe were dismissed 18 short with 6 overs in hand.

Week 13 – 27th July 2019

Aythorpe Roding lost to Rainham by 1 wicket

Rainham prevailed in wet conditions in a thriller at Aythorpe Roding to steal a march on their league rivals.

With the forecast looking unpromising, Rainham made the journey to Aythorpe where the pitch covers proved their worth to avoid an early call-off. As the light rain subsided, a 32 over game was deemed possible thanks to some great work by the highly competent Aythorpe pitch team. Rainham won the toss and elected to bowl, accounting for the possibility of more overs being lost despite contradictory weather forecasts from BBC, the Met Office and Accuweather.

The Rainham openers had some early joy, as Jon O’Neill (2-33 from 10) removed both openers. G. Millbank (31) and R. Eaton (28) consolidated Aythorpe’s position as the spin pair of Biren Patel (2-44) and Bhavik Patel (3-32) looked to tie down the middle overs of the truncated innings. However, they were powerless to resist the lower order hitting of Andy Clarke (43 not out) as he accelerated Aythorpe to a competitive 163-8 from their 32 overs.

As the drizzle picked up during the tea break, conditions started to deteriorate. Aythorpe’s bowling attack had to deal with a wetter ball and much slipperier creases, but Rainham’s batsmen were contending with a little more life in the pitch than their counterparts.

The talismanic Clarke (2-43 from 10) opened the bowling and extracted plenty from the situation as he picked up two scalps in the top order. Culleton (4-51 from 10) also chipped in with wickets in spells from both ends as he and Millbank (2-34) put Aythorpe into the driving with skilled utilisation of the conditions. At 35-4 Rainham were rocked, and a telling partnership between Ben Little (19) and Shyamal Vyas (36) ended with the unfortunate Vyas slipping going for a second run and being run out by yards. 85-4 became 94-7 as Rainham’s long tail was put to the test. Charlie Puncher hung around and Bhavik Patel hit a few telling boundaries in crucial partnerships with Jon O’Neill (46 not out) as Rainham took the game to the last over.

With 2 runs required to win and 2 wickets in hand, Millbank nicked off Bhavik Patel for 13 to ensure a nail-biting finish. Rainham’s number 11 Mick Clifford proved his credentials by attempting to guide his first ball to backward square, only to edge agonisingly through the slips for a scampered 2 and wild celebrations.

All other matches abandoned due to rain

Week 12 -20th July 2019

Stock beat Aythorpe Roding by 87 runs

Stock made 222 all out from 41 overs. Haynes (55) and J. Raeburn (65 not out) both made half-centuries. Culleton (4-41) and Milbank (3-36) continued their good form with the ball to restrict the home side.

In reply, M. Mayhook took 4-60 and D. Davidson 3-13 as Aythorpe were bowled out for 135 in 32 overs. Barnett with 46 provided the most resistance as Stock picked up their 3rd win of the campaign.

Great Totham lost to Great Baddow by 129 runs

Baddow won the toss and batted first at Totham. They didn’t start well due to good bowling from the openers, especially Bowen who returned 4-53. A good partnership between R. Wilson (73) and P. Taylor (43) put Baddow in a commanding position and some good hitting from Dohal (39) and Thomas (26) saw Baddow end on 289-8.

Totham’s innings didn’t start well due to some superb bowling from Huartson (3-38) and Gunalan (4-25), before a partnership from Jones (63) and Hutton (21) produced a good fightback. But Wilson (2-13) came in and took the last few wickets to bowl the struggling Totham out for 160, which keeps Baddow in touch with fellow strugglers Stock.

Baddow and Stock meet for a “52-pointer” next week.

Rainham beat Canvey Island by 41 runs

Rainham won the toss and elected to bat despite the heavy rain fall in the last couple of days. Canvey took an early wicket through C. Tiffin, but Rainham recovered thanks to a good partnership between B. Patel (33) and R. Jackson (28), which laid a good platform at 54-1 from 20 overs. However, once R. Casson broke this partnership Canvey regained some control and regular wickets stemmed the flow of runs as Rainham were eventually bowled out for 152 in the 41st over. C Tiffin, who returned 5-30 from his 9.1 overs after a devastating second spell to rip through the Rainham lower order, and R. Casson (3-34 from 10) were the pick of the attack.

Canvey come out to bat on a deteriorating wicket and immediately lost an early wicket. R. Casson and J. Casson set about a mini revival. However, once Biren and Bhavik Patel were introduced, Rainham took control, reducing Canvey to 52-7. A lower-order fightback ensued led by L. Rowe (19) and J. Avery but the damage was already done as Canvey were eventually bowled out for 112. Biren (3-21 from 7) and Bhavik Patel (4-19 from 7) were the pick of the Rainham attack.

Bentley beat Old Chelmsfordians by 5 wickets

Bentley won the toss and chose to bowl first on a wicket that looked like it would have something in it for the bowlers early on.

Some tight bowling and a very slow wicket made scoring runs difficult. After losing Nadeem early on, Westwood (42) and Rehman (20) stuck around and saw off a good opening spell from Coleman. The introduction of spin brought with it runs and wickets. Skipper Swinney took 3-43 from his 10 overs. As the wicket got easier to bat on, a late flurry of runs saw T. Bird reach a well made 50 with great support from the lower order. OC’s finished on a reasonable 213-8 in from their 45 overs.

After tea Bentley took control of the game early with both openers looking very comfortable. Pether made 56 before being run out. Despite giving a couple of chances, Coleman looked comfortable and finished on a well made 75 not out. Joe (Tiger) Grant picked up 3 wickets but Bentley cruised to a 5 wicket victory with 10 overs to spare.

Springfield beat Rayleigh by 7 wickets

Springfield won the toss and invited Rayleigh to bat on a wet track. Some hostile bowling reduced Rayleigh to 54 all out, with Rob Wickham taking a fantastic 6-19, and Ben Marrion 3-19, as the double act continued to terrorise batting lineups.

Springfield in reply lost 3 wickets with Dan Frost taking 2. This was never enough to Rayleigh to pull the game back. Springfield won easily finishing won 58/3, with Symonds making 46 of those.

Week 11 – 13th July 2019

Great Baddow lost to Rainham by 100 runs

Rainham won the toss and elected to bat on a green wicket.

The away side got off to a quick start with Biren Patel making 38, before having his middle stump cartwheeled by Gunalan (3-57). At the other end, Haley bowled a good spell of spin for his 2-42, picking up two of the top four along the way. This brought together Ronnie Jackson (71) and Ben Little (50) who pushed Rainham towards 200 with a partnership of 90. With a solid foundations, Dan Skipper (22*) and Jon O’Neill (31) were able to accelerate the score to 289, as Taylor (3-66) picked up a few late wickets.

Huartson (32) and Taylor (26) blasted Baddow to 44-0 from 4 overs to put Rainham on the backfoot, but Little (3-35) and O’Neill (2-29) pegged the home side back, reducing them to 87-5, while still at a run rate of more than 6. Biren Patel continued his good form with 2-31 as Rainham got within 1 wicket of victory with Baddow on 140. However, a sublime 54* from A. Nuttall brought Baddow 2 crucial bonus points, in a 49-run last-wicket partnership with the resolute J. Haley, who contributed 0 before being run out in the 37th over.

Great Totham lost to Bentley by 136 runs

Great Totham won the toss and bowled first. Bentley were bowled out for 287 off 43.2. P.Coleman top scored with a classy 108 before being run out by George Baron, and Parmenter made a solid 60 in the middle overs. Sam Bowen was the best of the bowlers with 3-53 desptie 3 dropped catches from his bowling. Simpson and Ollie Cheeseman both chipped in with 2 wickets.

In reply Totham were bowled out for 151 in 30.5 overs. Flack with 3-45 up top and Clark with 4-14 were the stand-out bowlers. Harry Cooper’s 61 was the only 50, with Liam Jones getting 35.

Rayleigh beat Aythorpe Roding by 1 wicket

Aythorpe Roding batted first and managed 186 all out, with Clarke (68) and S. Gravatt (38) the main contributers. Frorst picked up 2-24 from his 9 overs, with Acraman taking 4-38.

In reply, a gutsy 53 not out from Ox saw Rayleigh over the line 9 down in a nail-biter, ably assisted by a useful 34 from Francis. Culleton’s 4-33 wasn’t enough to bring the points back to Aythorpe.

Canvey Island beat Stock by 158 runs

Canvey won the toss and chose to bat first. J. Casson made 90 as Canvey amassed 257-8 from their 45 overs. A. Shearcroft contributed 31. Jack Mayhook and Jack Davison both picked up 2 wickets for the visitors. In reply, only James Raeburn made 26 as Stock were bowled out for 99 in under 20 overs. C. Tiffin (4-26 from 7) and Z. Dunkley (3-25 from 5) did most of the damage.
Canvey Island won a comfortable game.

Old Chelmsfordians lost to Springfield by 138 runs

The home side won toss and elected to bowl.

Jimmy Symonds (45) continue his good form up top, but wickets fell regularly until James Latimir-Jones batted well for 62. The home side bowled and fielded extremely well to restrict the league-leaders to 194 all out.

The chase didn’t start well with Rob Wickham (4-30) and Ben Marrion (3-13) continuing their great form and making runs hard to come by. C. Barnstone batted well for 20, but it was not enough as Lee Brooks (3-2) mopped up the tail and bowl OC’s out for 56 for another convincing victory.