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Match Reports – Premier Division Wks 1-5

Week 5 – 1st June 2019

Stock lost to Rainham by 2 wickets

Rainham crawled over the line after being given a big scare in a low-scoring affair at Stock Common.

After winning the toss and making the easy decision to bat, Stock got off to a stuttering start, as Ben Little (2-34 from 6 overs) made early inroads. A. Raeburn (29) dug in well to see off the openers, but guided a pull shot directly to backward square once well set. M. Mayhook batted well for his 20, but wickets were falling at regular intervals as the left arm spin pair of Biren Patel (3-8 from 5 overs) and Bhavik Patel (4-32 from 7 overs) restricted the home side to a well below par 118 all out.

With 15 overs to bat before tea, Stock set about their work with gusto and had Rainham at 45-4 at the interval. Only Jas Hothi (25) put up resistance as tight bowling and fielding gave Stock a chance. After tea, however, Rushi Patel (28) and Ben Little (38) came out with a strong counter-attack to tip the balance back to Rainham. With 10 to win and 6 wickets in hand, some questionable shot selection gave Stock a sniff, as J. Mayhook (6-28 from 8 overs) looked to inspire an upset. Rainham eventually managed to get over the line 8 down.

Rayleigh beat Great Totham by 13 runs

Rayleigh won the toss and batted first.

A. Vyse top scored with 28 as they were bowled out for 172 in 36 overs. Barry Mays (3-18 from 10) and Sam Bowen (3-45 from 9) were the pick of the bowlers for Totham.

In reply Totham were bowled out for 159 in 43.4 overs. Ben Ridge and Paul Marks both made 24 for the away side, but R. Nolde took 5-24 in his 5.4 overs to carry Rayleigh to their first win since the opening day.

Aythorpe Roding lost to Springfield by 166 runs

Aythorpe hosted Springfield on a warm day at the Recreation ground. Springfield won the toss and Brooks decided to have a bat on what looked a good cricket wicket.

After a few tight overs, Symonds (91) and Prudence started to put the bad ball away. Symonds was well caught by Paul Gravatt in the deep as the openers put on 140 for the first wicket.

James Clark played a great innings, making 67 as the visitors finished on an excellent 316-7, the first score of 300+ in the Prem this season.

The chase started badly for the home side when Wickham dismissed Gravatt in the first over. Jack Stevens (21) and Joel Barnett (25) looked in good nick but wickets fell at regular intervals as the home side were dismissed for 150. Lee Brooks (3-38) and Matt Chalk (3-35) claimed three wickets each, and Alfie Hunt took the final wicket his first game in the Premier Division.

Canvey Island beat Bentley by 3 wickets

Bentley won the toss and batted first. They were bowled out for 110 in 34.3 overs. O. Beaney top-scored with 26 not out. A. Shearcroft took 4-22 and Skidmore took 3-21 as Canvey once again delivered a strong performance with the ball.

Canvey chased it down off 38 overs, finishing on 114-7. Clark was the standout bowler with 2-14. A. Shearcroft completed a fine all-round performance, top scoring with 31 to guide Canvey home and establish them near the top of the table.

Old Chelmsfordians lost to Great Baddow by 4 wickets

OC’s won the toss and home and made it a clean sweep of bat-first decisions on a hot day. A good start from Ahmed (32) and Rahman (49) got OCs off to a good start before Haley (2-21) pulled them back. Huartson (5-17) then came in to skittle the lower order and bowl the home side out for 168.

Baddow got off to a good start from Huartson (23), before A. Reed (3-42) pegged Baddow back. This brought together the key partnership of Pierre (21) and Wilson (73 not out), who steered Baddow to victory with a few overs to spare.

Week 4 – 25th May 2019

Stock beat Great Baddow by 30 runs

Visiting captain Evans-Green lost the toss once again and Stock chose to bat first. A good opening partnership from A. Raeburn (30) and M. Mayhook (50) got Stock off to a great start, before a spell from Wilson (2-28) pegged them back. Some middle order resistance from J. Raeburn (22) and S. Clark (25) raised the total before Huartson (4-28) cleaned up the tail and left Stock 221 all out.

The reply from Baddow got off to an awful start, quickly falling to 12-3 thanks to J. Mayhook (3-40) and S. Clark (2-29). Some explosive hitting from P. Taylor (58) brought the visitors right back into the game, Once he fell, R. Wilson (38) and M. Bowering (32) kept Baddow in touch of the target before tidy and effective bowling from Griffiths (4-38) finished Baddow off for 191 – 30 runs short of the target.

Old Chelmsfordians beat Great Totham by 2 wickets

Totham won the toss and elected to bat.

Some good bowling from A. Reed and J. Grant restricted Totham’s openers. However, the middle order tried to build a recovery with Davis, Marks and Hutton scoring 25, 23 and 30 respectively. The damage with the ball was done by Reed (10-2-30-4) and Rahman (8.2-2-21-4), whose figures included a hat trick to finish the innings and leave Mays stranded on 34 not out.

In reply, Totham picked up early wickets and continued to take wickets throughout OC’s chase. A good 51 from Nadeem and 37* from Shilandra were the mainstays of the run chase, with OC’s reaching their target 8 down inside 30 overs. Cheeseman was the pick of the Totham bowlers with an impressive spell of 4-44 from his allotted 10.

Rainham beat Aythorpe Roding by walkover

Bentley beat Rayleigh by 78 runs

Bentley bounced back from their defeat the previous week with a comfortable win at home to Rayleigh. Batting first they were able to score 215, with Chris Walker (55) and Steve Pimpenell (46) contributing most. The pick of Rayleigh’s bowling was Ian Turnball who returned 3-46.

In reply, Ben Francis top-scored with 36 as Rayleigh fell well short of their target. Nick Gosling also chipped in with 28 but 3 wickets apiece for Matt Coleman (3-32) and O Beaney (3-40) restricted Rayleigh to 137 all out to stay in touch with the league-leaders.

Springfield beat Canvey Island by 9 wickets

Canvey Island travelled to Springfield in the pick of the day’s fixtures as the two sides boasting 100% records faced off.

Canvey Island won the toss and elected to bat, started well until a couple of wickets fell and they were at 40/3. Soon after this Canvey suffered a batting collapse and ended their innings 86 all out. The only two scorers were Ronnie McClughen (27) and Alex Shearcroft (18). Ben Merrion did the most damage, pick returning figures of 5-28.

The teams swapped straight round and Springfield started their innings at speed from ball one, with both openers scoring quickly. Tiffin got the breakthrough, but was never enough as they batted through to complete the run chase within 12 overs. Prudence contributed 33 and Symonds 23, while Tiffin returned 1-28. Canvey were completely outplayed with bat and ball on a very bad day in the office for the islanders.

Week 3 – 18th May 2019

Great Baddow beat Great Totham by 15 runs

Great Totham won the toss and elected to bowl on a greenly-tinged wicket, hoping to take advantage of any moisture and movement in the surface. After early wickets fell to Sam Bowen (1-37) and Liam Jones (2-39), Baddow rebuilt through Gunalan (18) and Wilson (44) to reach 90-2. Totham then capitalised on some loose shots and variable bounce in the wicket to bowl Great Baddow out for 148. The wickets were shared around equally with the best figures returning to Joe Davis (6-2-13-2).

After the interval, Totham’s reply started poorly losing four early wickets for just 26 runs to the bowling of Gunalan (10-2-36-3). However, they rebuilt through A Whiting (34) and J Davis (43) to reach 99-4 with just 50 runs remaining to complete the victory. But Evans-Green returned to the attack for Baddow and returned figures of 7.4-0-18-5 to remove Totham’s tail and see them fall short of the target.

Great Baddow won by 15 runs in a closely fought encounter that could have gone either way.

Rayleigh lost to Springfield by 7 wickets

A beautiful Raleigh ground hosted Springfield. The Home side won the toss and elected to bat on a lovely wicket.

Rob Wickham struck early dismissing the dangerous Ben Francis without scoring, Wickham bowled beautifully, returning 3-15 from his 10 overs and was well supported by Ben Marrion whose 2-19 from 10 meant runs were hard to come by.

Ian Turnbell (34) and Will Wheeler (21) batted well in the middle of the innings to move the score along. The innings finished with the Home side dismissed for 122. Matt Chalk took 3-37.

Charlie Prudence (42) and Jimmy Symonds (20) came out of the blocks with intent and soon moved the score along. Matt Chalk (29) got Springfield within touching distance before the away side reached their target.

Aythorpe Roding beat Stock by 93 runs

Aythorpe Roding won the toss and chose to bat first.

Aythorpe managed 228-9 from their 45 overs, with key contributions from Barnett (82) and Millbank (44). The pick of the bowlers were Jack Davison (10 overs, 3-46) and Matt Mayhook (10 overs, 2-56).

In reply Stock were 135 all out from 28.2 overs. Matt Mayhook again contributed, top-scoring with 35. But Millbank’s 4-18 in 8.2 overs and Andy Clarke’s 3-32 from 7 were enough to secure a comfortable win for Aythorpe.

Canvey Island beat Rainham by 102 runs

Rainham won the toss and chose to bowl on a wicket which looked fairly flat but contained some demons.

Rainham made early inroads with 2 wickets apiece for debutant Husham Chatta (2-26 from 10) and Charlie Puncher (10 overs 2-32) leaving Canvey on 50-4 at the end of the fielding restrictions. This led to the key partnership of the match as R Casson (83) and D Lee (36) put on a fine 102, profiting from some unusually profligate fielding from Rainham, with multiple missed direct-hit chances and several drops – most notably 3 from captain O’Neill. When this partnership was finally broken the tail batted aggressively, pushing Canvey to a formidable 180. Ben Little (2-41) and Jon O’Neill (3-37) shared the rest of the wickets.

In reply, Rainham were never in it, with nobody reaching 20. At 68-4 at the end of the fielding restrictions there was a glimmer of hope but Rainham crumbled to 78 all out, with C Tiffin (3-40), D Lee (2-13), E Skidmore (2-6) and R Casson (3-4) sharing the wickets in a comfortable win which maintains Canvey’s 100% record.

Old Chelmsfordians beat Bentley by 7 wickets

Bentley won the toss and batted first.

Bentley finished 199ao in the last over. Alee and Mann both made 40+. R Cant took 3-21 at the death to restrict Bentley.

In reply OC’s got off to a flyer and always looked in control. Bucknell (50) and McNeill (67) found the boundary regularly, using the fielding restrictions to their advantage. They romped to the target, finishing on 203-3 from 34.2 overs.

Week 2 – 11th May 2019

Stock lost to Canvey Island by 84 runs

Stock won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bowl on a wet pitch and immediately had success with Mayhook removing both openers and Davison getting an early wicket to reduce Canvey to 40/3. Canvey’s rebuild had to begin and R Casson and Z Dunkley duly delivered. Dunkley scored an enterprising 46 to put Stock on the back foot. Once he was removed trying one shot too many and R Casson was removed for 36, the lower order contributed well, led by J Avery (19 not out). Canvey managed to muster up 190-9 from their allotted 45 which looked slightly above par. Pick of the bowlers for Stock were J Mayhook (6-0-23-2) and (Griffiths 6-0-19-2).

Canvey come out of the traps quickly and were immediately creating chances and it wasn’t long till both openers were removed, with one picked up each for J Casson and R Casson. After this R Casson never relented – despite a 35-yard leg-side boundary he never let Stock get away, ripping through the middle order, and ultimately returning figures of 6-37 from his 10. J Casson also rearranged the stumps of another batsman for his two wickets and the tail was cleaned up with one each for C Tiffin and Z Dunkley. No Stock batsman was able to score more than 15 and they were bowled out for 107.

Rainham beat Great Baddow by 3 wickets

Great Baddow Travelled to Rainham, who won the toss and elected to field first. Great Baddow got off to a good start, with Huartson 18, before rain came along. After a long rain delay the game was cut down to 35 overs a side. After the long rain delay, after some good bowling from Puncher (2-18) an (B Little) 1-16, Baddow were limited to 74-3 from 25 overs. Wilson (27) and Dohal (27) got stuck in and got the total up to a respectable 119-7 from their 35 overs, on a wicket that was significantly compromised by the rainfall.

In reply, Rainham got off to a slow start with good bowling from Evans-Green (1-9) before O’Neill (33) and Skipper (24) formed a good partnership which saw them closing in on the total. However, quick wickets from Gunalan (2-15) and Buxton (2-12) gave Baddow some hope, until Ian Little’s 16 not out saw Rainham home with three wickets to spare.

Bentley beat Great Totham by 9 wickets
Bentley won the toss and elected to bowl. With rain shortening the innings by two overs per side, Totham were bowled out for 99 in 37.4 overs. The top scorer was Harry Cooper with 21, while the damage for Bentley was done by Beaney (4-23 from 10) and Parmenter (3 -1 from 2.4).  

In reply, Bentley made light work of the target, with Johnson scoring 52 as Bentley reached 100 -1 in 19 overs to win convincingly by 9 wickets.

Aythorpe Roding vs. Rayleigh – match abandoned

Match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Springfield beat Old Chelmsfordians by 90 runs

OC’s won the toss and as with every other toss on the day, elected to bowl. Springfield got off to a good start scoring 41 before losing their first wicket. The scoring was steady thereafter, but wickets came at regular intervals along the way and they finally finished on 193 for 7 from a rain restricted 43 overs. c Frost top scored with 47, abley assisted by Jimmy Symnods (29) ans J Clarke (22). the pick of the OC’s bowlers was Faz Rehman taking 3 for 43 off 9 overs, with the rest of the wickets spread amongst other bowling along with a run out.

OC’s never seemed to get going against the bowling of Ben Marion who finished with 6 -21 off his 10 overs. After reeling at 5 for 2, faz rehman came to the crease and top scored with 33. Assisted by nad Ahmed 20, OC’s made their way  to 103 all out. Andy Ovel contributed to their demise taking 3 for 39 off 8 overs. OC’s with two defeats from two face Bentley in their next game.

Week 1 – 4th May 2019

Great Baddow lost to Bentley by 5 wickets

Bentley won the toss and elected to bowl first. The game was reduced to 41 overs a side due to a couple of short rain breaks.

Great Baddow finished with 153-9 off their 41 overs on their return to the Premier Division. Nuttall, who top scored with 34, and a late 33 not out from Bartram were the main contributors with the bat. O. Beaney was the standout bowler with 5-31 off his 10.

In reply Bentley chased it down for five wickets off with 12 overs to spare. Alee top scored with 54, with Evans-Green the pick of the bowling, taking 2-33 for the home side. 

Great Totham lost to Springfield by 105 runs

The newly-promoted home side faced the reigning champions and won the toss, electing to bowl on a damp wicket.

Symonds and Prudence looked assured early on a slow wicket. Prudence was the mainstay of the Innings making 80 with some big blows. A few batsmen chipped in with 20 odds and Rob Wickham made a helpful 36 as Springfield reached 215/8 from the shortened innings of 40 overs.
Jones did most of the damage for the home side, taking 4-34, and he was ably supported by a tight spell of 1-32 from Ollie Cheeseman’s allotted overs.

Totham made a great start to the chase with the impressive Harry Cooper clearing the rope at ease, but a lack of support once he fell for 60 meant the they were bowled out for 110. 

Rayleigh beat Stock by 19 runs

In a contest consistently interrupted by rain, Rayleigh prevailed in a close, competitive match.

Batting first, Rayleigh were able to rack up a very competitive 196-7 from their 33 overs. Whilst nobody reached 50 there were significant contributions from B. Francis (45), D. Frost (37) and N. Gosling (30). Matt Mayhook and David Griffifths picked up two wickets each for Stock on their return to the top flight.

Stock started assuredly but slowly and in the end ran out of overs in their chase after some tight lines from the Rayleigh attack. I Turnball did most of the damage (10 overs, 3-62) and a tight spell from D. Frost (7 overs, 1-28) was enough to secure the victory, despite James Raeburn’s 49 not out and Matt Mayhook’s 42. 

Canvey Island beat Aythorpe Roding by 99 runs

Aythorpe won the toss and elected to bowl. Early rain reduced the game to 40 per side.

Canvey acquitted themselves well with the bat on a questionable early-season track, with stand-out knocks from Shearcroft (50) and J Casson (48). Milbank, Clarke and Stevens took 2 wickets apiece as Canvey posted 186-7.

Aythorpe started terribly in response, falling to 18-6. S Gravatt and Culleton (37) put on 58 for the 7th wicket stand but their efforts were futile, with Aythorpe dismissed for 87. Shearcroft, Tiffin and R Casson took 3 wickets each. 

Old Chelmsfordians lost to Rainham by 69 runs

Rainham produced a fine effort in the field to overcome OC’s in the only game of the day to be unaffected by rain.

After winning the toss, OC’s made a rare election to bowl at home, given the conditions and weather forecast in store. In the whipping wind they got a lot of early joy with Rainham quickly falling to 2-2, as T. Bird (1-22) and A. Read (2-22) made inroads. At 28-3 Jas Hothi was joined by Rushi Patel and the pair set about re-building the innings. Hothi ended with a fine 66, and Patel’s 25 along with Ben Little’s 31 helped Rainham to post a competitive 178, which had looked a long way away at the start. N Ahmed cleaned up the lower order with 4-17 from 6 overs.

In response, both Rainham openers picked up a wicket, and when J. O’Neill (4-19) picked up 3 wickets in an over OC’s were in trouble. Knocks of 27 from S. McNeill and a fine rearguard from T. Bird (28) and R. Cant (17 not out) were not enough as OC’s fell to 109 all out.

Week 6 – 8th June 2019

Week 7 – 15th June 2019

Week 8 – 22nd June 2019

Week 9 – 29th June 2019