Having won their group which consisted of the Central and Met Boards they met the North District in the final at Billericay last Thursday.
With a little rain overnight and an 11 am start who ever won the toss would have put the opposition in and The North asked the South to bat first. Rahul Ravi unfortunately got a brut of a ball and was out in the 2nd over. This brought together Praneet Patel and Harry Lockyer who were careful early on and each rode a bit of luck however when the field restrictions lapsed more gaps opened which they found superbly and their partnership flourished with some great shots that found the boundary. Praneet scored a excellent 57 and Harry an equally good 31 and when their partnership ended in the 15 over they had added 93. This enabled the middle order to straight away go for their shots which they did especially Will Gibbons and skipper Matt Dobson. The final score of 126 was a very competitive score bearing in mind the large boundaries and slow outfield.
Praneet and Matt Dobson who opened the bowling did as planed and bowled line and length to keep them well below the run rate and this was carried on by Josh Jones and Matt Pasfield. Then enter Harry Lockyer in the 10th over when they were 41 for 3 and had to “tee off”. With the coach questioning the need for a slip in the circumstances Josh Jones took 2 there and the North had no answer –the only thing that could save them was the approaching thunder storms but with 6 for 12 Harry wrapped the game up in the 18 over before the rain set in.
A great win for a great bunch of boys!
Team: Tom Baker, Ryan Carey, Sam Coehlo, Matt Dobson, Frank Farrington, Will Gibbon, Josh Jones, Harry Lockyer, Finlay Mackay, Matt Pasfield, Praneet Patel, Rahul Patel
Report by Roy Soilleux
After our excellent win against the North, we were next scheduled to take on the Metropolitan Miami Dolphins, how would we fair against the city slickers ?
The weather was a little unkind with heavy overnight rain, maybe the wet surface would help the “dolphins” ?
We played the game at Belhus CC and my thanks to them for putting us up for the day and also to Messrs Benson and Fairweather for their help in getting the ground ready for the start.
As for the game , overall we bowled pretty poorly with most of our bowlers bowling wides and no balls, however good fielding and a couple of excellent catches by Adam Sullivan we restricted the Dolphins to 114 … surely not enough?
Well we started ok, but a mix up and our first run out of the day broke our opening partnership. Strong words by yours truly at a drinks break to our batters to stay calm and not take any unnecessary risks was seemingly adhered to by Adam Sullivan and Kaden Threadgold who were both batting well but were both looking to run each other out! At 95 for 3, we were almost their but then our captain fell for a good thirty something and all panic set loose,104 for 5 and suddenly the fingernails were creeping up to the mouth … what then happened is fortunately history, all out 113 with 13 overs to spare … how did we lose that … after 44 years of playing this game it never ceases to amaze. But it also is still very hard to take.
We moved to Rankins to play West. My thanks to Big Brian Petitt for his help in organising the ground preparations.
Pre match chats by the organisers and West looked a useful outfit and so it was, they batted very well with two or three lads hitting the ball very well and hopefully they will have a Essex trial as we all thought they looked very powerful with good technique and a decent array of shots. In the end we were well beat (by 100 or so runs), however defeat here was in my opinion much easier to take, we bowled and fielded well but were beaten by a better side on the day. This game was easy to get over … last Monday is still a case of shaking our heads … how did we lose?….
So two defeats after our initial win, what can I/we do to turn things around, well….
I was given the wonderful opportunity to chat to Manuele Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho, what better way to pick the brains of two of the worlds top managers and hopefully get some winning tips.
The interview started off quite cordially, they both advocated “rotating the squad”, yep I can go with that, Pellegrini emphasised the use of teamwork and 100% commitment, yes absolutely I said. Mourinho liked a pacey attack and I agreed, George and Josh are quite pacey I said, Jose looked a little perplexed. Then things started to go wrong, Pellegrini said the only way to play was with “one up top”, clearly something was lost in translation and I ignored the advice. Mourinho then leaned over and said the best advice he could give was to “Not let the opposition have the ball”, now here I had to draw the line, I am all for gaining every advantage you can but this is not cricket. “you cannot do that, they will have us much of the ball as we do I replied confidently”.
Mourinho looked flushed and rose to his feet “Who is the manager of this team ?” he said, “I am the chosen one” I sheepishly responded……..they stormed off!
Oh well, I cannot stand Chelsea.
Anyway , off to Brentwood to face Central, who had also been beaten by West but by a lot less then we had. Brentwood is a lovely ground but it was disappointing to see that we were put onto a made up pitch, off the square and with VERY short boundaries. We lose the toss and the opposition decide to bat. They start with a left and right hander and once again we do not bowl that well with too many wides and extras. At first drinks they are 46 for 2 (both wickets to Jaime Fairweather) but 21 of those runs are extras. Adam set good field positions and we were fielding well but the change happened when Josh Clarke and Josh Faires came onto bowl. Both lads are decent seam bowlers but if they are honest they had not bowled as well as they can in both the Dolphin and West games but today we saw them at their best. Josh C took 2 for 12 and bowled pacey and straight, Josh Clarke stole the show with 4 for 5 including a hat trick as Central were hustled out for 125 in 25 overs…..a good performance in the end as the outfield was quick and short .
Tea was taken, batting order was handed out…..boys just bat, runs will come.
Our openers were Aravind Ravi and David Jarrett and boy did they bat. David played some lovely drives and leg glances and scored a superb 72* including one six into the trees. Aravind scored 41* with cover and mid wicket drives and both boys ran, called and showed great maturity, skill and determination…….very well played boys.
P.S I have just spoken to Mourinho/Pellegrini and they said if you were not English they would be signing you up !
Onwards to two 20/20 matches next week.
PPS…..I still cannot believe we lost to the Dolphins !
Team: F Barton, T Casson*†, S Ejaz, C Harris, R Martin, D Mitchell, T Pinkerton, T Redman, H Seaden, N Van Lint, W Wheeler, Z Wilson
The final 40 over game of the season for South. If we win we have a ‘winning season’, if we lose we don’t. Which will it be?
Before the match the Central u13 coach mentioned that over 600 runs had been scored on the wicket at the weekend and he expected the game to be a high scoring one.
We lost the toss and Central decided to bat first. As usual Freddie opened, this time with Dylan as his strike partner. Success arrived early with Dylan getting a wicket in the 2nd over (2-1), Freddie getting one in the 3rd (4-2) and5th (14-3) and Dylan picking up another 2 in the 8th (28-4). Really good bowling from Freddie and Dylan yet Central were still scoring at nearly 4 an over.
Once Freddie and Dylan stood down there was a mini stand until Will picked up a wicket in the 14th over (67-6) and we were working through the team. 91-7 in the 17th over, 127-8 in the 22nd. Although the run rate was nearing 6 an over it looked like we would get Central out for a moderate total.
T Mortlock came out at 9 with CricHQ showing him as averaging 15 with a high score of 8. His coach said he was definitely playing as a bowler not a bat. 88 runs later, from 55 balls, Ted was not out. He had put on 123 runs with J Smith and moved the game to a different level. When we picked up the final couple of wickets Central had accrued 272, mainly from some lusty hitting.
Our normally very frugal Freddie had gone for over 6 runs an over with Dylan being by far the most economical bowler with figures of 8-2-27-4. Clearly a challenging total for us to get but anything they could do we could.
At the break we talked about getting a target requiring 7.32 runs per over and that Central had started at about 4 and accelerated, we could do the same.
Nick and Harry opened and looked pretty comfortable from the off. After 12 overs we were 48 runs for no loss and we were hopeful that they could start to up the run rate. Unfortunately due to a combination of good bowling and sensible field placing it was not to be. We continued scoring at 4 an over pretty much through to the 30th over. Nick and Harry were each out just short of their fifties trying to push on; Taylor and Tommy tried to hit and run everything but it was too little too late.
At the end we scored 191-4 with three players reaching 45 but not making 50 (Harry, Nick and Taylor). Taylor gets a mention for his 155% strike rate; Tommy gets another honourable mention as he was run out pushing for a single whilst his batting partner watched the mis-hit ball go in the air back to the bowler. Who dropped it.
Although the difference in scores shows we were soundly beaten it was really down to Ted hitting consistently and cleanly and our players not really being able to figure out how to bowl and field to him. This is an u13 team after all and at worst this was a learning experience.
Central u13 272 all out
South u13 191-4
Central win by 81 runs.
So the 40 over season ends for us with played 5, won 2 lost 3.
On to the T20s.
A busy week for the u13s with 3 games scheduled. Given the ECB Fast Bowling Directives and the heat this meant some juggling of bowlers. A good job the squad is larger than normal.
Monday 21st July
Netherlands U13 vs. South U13 @ Bacons Oval
On quite a warm day near Bradwell on Sea the Netherlands won the toss and put us into bat. Ryan and Tommy opened and found it hard going – the pitch was slow and low, the outfield very slow. Balls driven along the ground stopped quickly in the stubbly grass, balls hit into the air plugged. Tommy got a delivery that moved around and beat him. Unfortunate but that good ball is always out there. 8-1
Harry came out and worked well with Ryan running in the very hot conditions as the ball rarely made it to the boundary. The scoring rate was pretty slow, Harry got a bit frustrated and was stumped trying to push the score on. 52-2
Unfortunately there was then a small collapse as wickets fell at 61, 63, 67 and 68. Dismissals were LBW, stumped and bowled showing that the batters were having difficulty getting the ball away.
An honourable exception to this was Jess who belted a solid 4 (only the second of the innings) and then got out. Jess and James added a handful of runs each but wickets still fell regularly until we were all out on 90 runs in the 36th over.
During the first innings I had chatted with the Netherlands coach and we thought 140-160 would be a good score. Clearly it would have been! However 90 runs did look at bit short.
Dylan and Nick opened the bowling and stopped the Netherlands from getting a quick start. This clearly caused some frustration as three wickets fell in a flurry when they were on 13. This included a wicket maiden for Dylan and one batter run out without facing. Not a good feeling for the first match of their tour. 13-1, 2 and 3.
Like us Netherlands had one bat who was working hard and slowly accumulating runs whilst his colleagues fell. Matt picked up a wicket and again there was a small collapse with two wickets falling on 34 and one on 45.
The match had been pretty equal early on – after 10 over Netherlands were 2 runs behind where South had been – but then Netherlands stalled a bit and at 20 overs we’d scored 57 compared to the Netherlands’ 38. However a wicket fell in the next over and the new batter started to attack the bowling successfully. In 8 overs they had caught up and the scores were level. It was getting to be a tight match – 14 runs to win or 2 wickets. Plenty of overs.
Just before drinks we got a wicket but there was still a dangerous batter there. At drinks Netherlands needed 11 runs to win, we needed 1 wicket.
31st over: 2 scored, 9 runs or 1 wicket to win
32nd over: 1 scored, 8 runs or 1 wicket to win
33rd over: 3 scored, 5 runs or 1 wicket to win
34th over: Tom to bowl
First ball 2 wides. Netherlands need 3 runs to win.
Second ball – WICKET!
South u13 90 all out
Netherlands 88 all out
South win by 2 runs.
It is amazing how a low scoring game can be so compelling. The team played really well, apart from our bowling of wides. The umpires had been told to be strict (as per the standard 40 over District games) and this had been a problem for most of our attack. At one point wides accounted for half the Netherlands score and by the end wides were both the ‘highest scorer’ and a third of their total.
Tuesday 22nd July
South U13 vs. Met Dolphins u13 @ Garon Park
Despite another warm day the groundskeeper was concerned the wicket was a bit low and slow having only confirmed the pitch as playable late in the morning. Given his standards are First Class County I thought the wicket would be quite lively for u13s.
Met Dolphins won the toss and elected to bat, as we would have done. Freddie and Lucas opened the bowling with their normal parsimony restricting the run rate. Figures of 7-1-12-0 and 6-2-8-0 show how good they were but I know how frustrating it is to bowl well yet get nothing in the wickets column.
After the first 10 overs the bowlers were rested with the score at 13. Cameron and Tom were next up and despite loose first overs both continued the high standard set by the openers with Tom sneaking a wicket maiden. 20-1.
Met Dolphins batted solidly but never really got away from us. Using the good outfield and wicket Met Dolphins did accelerate a little from the 15th over but wickets fell regularly including 3 run outs (those fielding drills must be working) and they were all out for 89.
So another low scoring innings, without the obvious issues of the long grass and the slow, low wicket from yesterday.
Taylor changing his opening pair for this match and from the start they were ahead of the run rate. Nick batted well before being caught when the score 38. Harry joined Taylor and between them they got the 90 required in the 21st over.
Although Met Dolphins were a man short this is still a good result for us. One of our players commented afterwards it was all a bit boring. Speaking as the coach I quite like a game where we restrict the opposition to a low score then get the runs without any dramas. Monday was an exciting game to watch, I like “boring”.
Met Dolphins 89 all out
South u13 90-1
South win by 9 wickets.
Thursday 24th July
South U13 vs. West u13 @ Rayleigh CC
The heat wave continues. Once again Taylor lost the toss and was put in to bat, which was what he would have done anyway.
Taylor and Nick opened and built a solid foundation reaching 29 in 10 overs. Not spectacular but with no wickets down hopefully something we could move on and build upon. Whether the prospect of a drinks’ break made Taylor misjudge a shot but he was dismissed just as we may have hoped Nick and he would accelerate. 46-1.
We got a bit bogged down after Taylor had gone and Nick was dismissed almost 10 overs later at 53-2.
After that we got back to scoring at about 4 an over but with wickets falling regularly we could not make up for the barren period. We finished on 121 all out, setting a target higher than the earler two matches but possibly not high enough.
West started well and despite losing 2 early wickets they were matching our scoring rate for the first 13 overs. Then for the period we stagnated they kept going and pushed the rate up to over 4 an over. Despite losing another wicket they cruised to victory in the 27th over.
We were beaten by a team that bowled better than us, especially their spinners, and who took advantage of poor deliveries better than we did. Always room to improve.
South u13 121 all out
West u13 122-3
West win by 7 wickets.
So 3 matches played, 2 won, 1 lost.
With the dark , cold, rainy days of winter and the hard hours put into training by the u11 squad, we all looked forward eagerly to our first match of the season against “the northerners !”.
Difficult team selection emails had been sent, umpires had been arranged, grounds begged for and the selection of sandwiches and cakes had gone to the eurovision jury.
One sensed trouble when the BBC Weather site for Rayleigh and Wickford recorded an unusable amount of hits from the Grant household. Had I only read about a British heat wave in the papers a little earlier, but no this weather was coming from Europe. Nigel Farage was warning us about the menace from Europe, similar to Mr Churchill all those years ago, maybe he was correct, lets face it Romania and Poland are not known for cricket and surely the Germans would have banned it if they succeeded in the 40s.
So remembering some vague long forgotten work strategy a backup plan was needed, could we play later in the week when the dark clouds of Europe would be replaced by “broad sunlight uplands”.
The “northerners” were confident, Wickford CC were willing to oblige, 2 new umpires were sorted, 387 texts later Tuesdays game was off, can you play Friday ? Unfortunately, Aravind has suspected chicken pox, Sam Good is trying to make a last minute bid for Rio by trying to catch Hodgson eye at the Peru game and Oliver Robinson is swapping the thrills, spills and bumps of wicket keeping for the thrills , spills and bumps of Thorpe Park…..never mind the south can muster able deputies.
Wickford is looking picturesque as normal, a little damp and green but the game is on. I speak to my Northern counterpart, he is quietly confident and hoping for an early finish (no doubt to rush back to Emmerdale country).They have already played a couple of practice matches so that may give them an advantage, a number of lads from their team go to prep schools who tend to start cricket a lot earlier.
After some fielding and bowling practice, Adam wins the toss and decides to bat.
The South management team pass a few comments on the opposition practice and we are confident that we will put up a good show (we lost by 5 wickets last year).
Henry and David open the batting and bat steadily, running well between the wickets and scoring at a reasonable rate against a steady attack.
Henry and then Josh get out and at 28 for 2 off 9 overs I felt the game was at a crucial point.
We just started to get things moving when David Jarrett was a little unfortunate to get caught for a battling 16 and once again the game was nicely poised at 42 for 3 off 13. The wicket was slow and a little low and the outfield was quite lush so we reckoned that anything above 130 would be a decent target.
In came Oliver Coker to join skipper Adam and they gave us a nice foundation to accelerate from by maintaining the current run rate but crucially by also not losing any more wickets. Oliver finally went for 14 leaving us at 91 for 4 with 9 overs remaining. Perhaps 10 to 20 below where we would have ideally liked to be but with some good strikers of the ball to come we still had hopes of setting a tough target.
Unfortunately we then suffered two run outs, the sort of incidents that happen late on in overs games. Adam Sullivan continued to bat very well before finally falling for a top score of 38. With two overs remaining we were on 121 and Jamie Fairweather and Micheal Pearn did really well scoring 11* and 12* respectively to get us to a competitive 141 for 7.
Clap the teams of and then a few words of wisdom in the changing room, oops yours truly so used to going into the visitors changing room at Wickford goes into the wrong room.
Tea time, and many thanks to all parents who provided such a lovely tea and especially to Mrs Humphrey, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Coker and also Andy Jarrett for scoring, much appreciated.
So come on boys, bowl nice and straight, yours truly gives captain Adam a post it note with some suggestions for bowling combinations and we open up with George and Michael. Decent opening but the opposition batsmen look fairly comfortable, 7 overs 19 for 0, Adam looks at my post it note for inspiration and fortunately mis-reads it or more likely knows better and ignores my advice. Ryan Humphrey clean bowls both openers then takes a decent caught and bowled and they are soon 34 for 3. Josh Faires joins the action and in between 2 wides bowls a great yorker, 36 for 4. wickets now fall at regular intervals with Morgan, Josh Clarke and Michael Pearn all getting wickets. We get a little sloppy in the field but captain Adam comes back to get the last wicket, caught by a Tom Daley backward roll Michael Pearn and the “northerners” are ao for 97, luvely jubbly.
Handshakes all around, into the dressing room…” WELL done”…oops sorry wrong dressing room again…”err well done boys good game” and quickly out and into our dressing room.
In all seriousness a very good win, good concentration batting and some good bowling which we now come to expect, our fielding was a little ragged at times and we need to concentrate for the full time in the field (not easy I know). But onwards and upwards. We have games in July and we have to re-arrange the games against the Dolphins and the Eagles (that is Metropolitan and not Miami and Philadelphia).
I promise if we lose match reports will be very much shorter !
May 30th: On a blustery but dry day at Garon Park our first match of the 2014 season took place against North u13. North won the toss and decided to bat first.
Freddie Barton and Lucas Wiggins opened the bowling with Freddie taking a wicket in the first over. A promising start. Conditions were difficult for batters and bowlers with a strong winds across the wicket and Freddie seemed to cope with conditions better than any other South bowler.
North re-grouped after the early dismissal of their captain with Kempster scoring 54, before being dismissed by Lucas Wiggins, and Rymell 114, before also being dismissed by Lucas. None of the other batters got in to the same extent but with a total of 239 it was a daunting target with the scoreboard pressure being clear to all.
Ryan-Daniel Castle and Tommy Pinkerton opened for South and with 6 off the first over were ahead of the run rate. Despite losing wickets regularly including two run outs, after 17 overs there was only 1 run between the two sides. However whereas North had had two established batters able to take advantage of our change bowlers we did not. Although we were scoring at a pretty consistent 4 and a bit per over, North had scored at least a run an over faster. By the 28th over we were 60 runs behind where North had been at the same stage in their innings, with 6 wickets down.
With a required run rate of over 10 and climbing the final part of the match was really getting some match practice. A couple of lads went for the big shots … and missed. Others played out the overs scoring where they could. Even towards the end we were scoring at just under 4 an over.
North finished with a deserved victory. South needs to learn some lessons and apply ourselves come the next round of matches.
North u13 239 for 6 Barton 8-2-15-4
South U13 150 for 9 Castle 55
North won by 89 runs.
South U13 team: R-D Castle, T. Pinkerton, H. Seaden, T. Casson (capt.), J. Spencer, Z. Wilson, W. Wheeler, L. Wiggins, T. Redmond, F. Barton, M. Wicks, M. Mohan
The ECB have launched the 2014 Play Hard, Play Fair and Stay in the Game campaign that aims to increase the awareness and knowledge of the Spirit of Cricket in players aged 11 to 17.
The multiple choice quiz is designed to test your basic knowledge of the game, give you a greater understanding of how to behave towards your opponents and match officials, and help you make the right decision in the heat of the moment in a match situation.
All entries between the ages of 11 and 17 will be entered into a prize draw for 2 sets of 2 India Test Match Tickets, 15 NatWest T20 Blast tickets for your school or club and 1 Gray-Nicolls cricket bat.
Please can you get all cricketers at your club, school or county team aged between 11 and 17 to visit www.playhardplayfair.co.uk before the 30th June 2014 to complete this short quiz.
At the 2014 AGM held on February 11th the following motions of note were passed:
That this AGM notes with disappointment the lack of Community Coach Education courses organised in the South District for 2013/2014. This AGM feels that there is sufficient demand within South District for a number of courses aimed at different player environments and instructs the management committee to:
• contact all clubs within the District to identify the demand for coach education courses
• approach those schools it can to identify the demand for coach education courses
• approach the ECCB to obtain a greater commitment to delivering Community Coach Education courses based within the District
That this AGM notes with regret that some clubs played District and regular A team players in B teams within the Youth Competitions in 2013. Whilst recognising that there can be availability problems this AGM feels that picking better players for B teams to ‘make up the numbers’ is a breach of the Spirit of Cricket which can result in demotivating young players and distorting results.
This AGM therefore agrees that in future, where such incidents are drawn to the management committee’s attention shall be treated as breaches of the South Essex District Cricket Board’s Code of Conduct and dealt with under the existing Disciplinary Code and Guidance.
In addition there were changes ot the financial year, to the aims and objectives and the committee composition. These are all reflected ni the Constitution which is published on the website.
Young cricketers from Orsett (pictured left) clinched our U15 title as our extensive youth programme reached its climax with our U15, U13 and U11 finals being staged on Sunday (8th September 2013). Batting first, Westcliff on Sea (pictured below) posted 109-8 after their twenty over allotment, but Orsett responded with 112 for the loss of just two wickets. But it was much closer than the scores suggest as the win was only secured deep into the final over.
The U15 final was staged at the Dick Patmore Memorial Ground, home of Wickford Cricket Club, while the U13 and U11 finals were staged at the Woodside Park home of Benfleet Cricket Club.
In the U13 final, Westcliff on Sea scored 111-7 as opening batsman Lockhart reached the compulsory retirement of score of 25, Wickford were then dismissed for 96 despite a valiant 33 not out from number three batsman Ryan Carey. Meanwhile, on the adjacent ground, Rayleigh U11s emerged as 53-run victors as they scored 275-3 in their pairs contest with Thurrock CC, who replied with 222 for the loss of seven wickets.
The Management Committee of the South Essex District Cricket Board would like to thank all our host clubs for their excellent hospitality as well as our umpires and scorers for their significant assistance with our finals.