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.
Hadleigh and Thundersley Cricket Club’s U18 team won the first ever Essex T20 competition when they defeated Fives and Heronians CC by 50 runs at the Essex County Ground on Sunday (8th September 2013). For match details and team photograph, please see the link for “Yesterdays – Our Timeline” section of this website, which is at the foot of the menu on the right of this website.
South Essex District Cricket Board U13 XI together with The Netherlands U13 at
Rayleigh Cricket Club on Tuesday 30th July 2013
Netherlands U13 122-9
South Essex U13 86 all out
On a very wet day at Rayleigh, a 35-overs per side match was played on a green pitch. The South Essex District Cricket Board’s U13 team won the toss and invited their overseas guests to bat first. In the unfavourable batting conditions, it was no surprise that wickets fell early, but credit should be given to Ryan Carey (Wickford CC) who picked up two wickets in his first three overs. The Netherlands tried to consolidate but wickets fell regularly with Tom Baker (Westcliff on Sea CC) and Jac Sexton (Leigh on Sea CC) claiming two wickets each. Top scorer for the Holland team was KVD Guest with 18 runs. The South opened with Sexton joining his club colleague Taylor Casson and these two built a good first wicket partnership worth 27 runs. However, the tourists frequently took wickets through Vecchi, two for eight from five overs and Shoaib, 2-14 from six overs. Despite Baker top scoring with 17, the local lads were bowled out for just 86.
Central Essex U13 54 all out
South Essex U13 57-8
South Essex won the toss and decided to bowl first. Ryan Carey (Wickford CC) and Shane Bottrill (Southend EMT CC) opened the bowling with Bottrill being less accurate than normal. However, Carey more than made up for any deficiency by taking three wickets. Bowlers often hunt in pairs and the local openers have consistently delivered. Jacob Cullen (Wickford CC) and Jack Treen (Rankins CC) were the first change bowlers; Treen bowled particularly well picking up four wickets, three of which were bowled. Cullen picked up three wickets which resulted in the Central Essex Cricket Board side being unexpectedly bowled out for 54 in just eighteen overs.
After a quick turnaround, South opened with Harry Seaden (Southend EMT CC) and Freddie Barton (Leigh on Sea CC). Barton was unsuccessful in the higher position being bowled for nought with only three runs on the board. Seadon played carefully and with club colleague Tom Robinson, these two put on a partnership of 34. South had a minor crisis when they collapsed from 36 for 1 to 41 for 6 in the challenging conditions, but Billy Carter (Rankins CC) saw the team home to a slender two-wicket victory with Bottrill also at the crease. Mike Humphrey, U13 coach for the South Essex District Cricket Board squad said: “No-one from either side managed to score more than 16 runs and the pitch was clearly bowler-friendly. This win meant that this age group have had a positive season in terms of results for the first time since 2008″.
South Essex U15 182-8
Metropolitan Essex Dolphins U15 182-5
Some exciting, tense finishes have been played out in the recent district youth representative matches organised by the Essex County Cricket Board, but none more so than this tied clash at the Whitbread ground at Loughton. With the match looking lost for the South Board after a 75-run first wicket partnership, the match was back in the balance after superb glove work from Archie Davis (Rankins CC) claimed a stumping from the bowling of Charles Ball (Old Southendian and Southchurch CC). The fightback from the local lads stalled slightly as opportunities to take further wickets were missed which allowed the hosts to put on a further 75 for the second wicket. However, the South’s fielding and bowling stepped up several gears and Jack Plom (Orsett CC) bagged two wickets in one over and Austin Holmes (Hadleigh and Thundersley CC) bowled the visitors’ first maiden in the 32nd over, which placed all the pressure on the hosts. With only four wickets down and five runs per over required a tight finish was guaranteed. The Dolphins required seven runs from the final over which was bowled by Will Gibbon (Orsett CC). After five deliveries, the scores were level. A dramatic tie was secured when Davis achieved a run out as the home pair tried to scamper a match-winning single.
Earlier, South Board captain Harry Slack (Leigh on Sea CC) won the toss and elected to bat, but he saw his side slump to 21 for the loss of three wickets. Rahul Ravi (Westcliff on Sea CC) and Matt Denmark (Hadleigh & Thundersley and Canvey Island CC) started a recovery by putting on 30 runs until both gave their wickets away which brought the Orsett duo of Plom and Gibbon together. Plom scored 27 and Gibbon struck a commanding 55 in a crucial partnership worth 70 runs. Then, Matt Dobson (Rayleigh CC) made the perfect impact late in the innings with a quick fire 35 not out from as many deliveries. Scott Simmons, U15 coach for the South Essex District Cricket Board said: “Superb temperament and experience was shown from our team and to defend 182 was a great effort on a very good track and fast outfield”.
West Essex U15 184-8
South Essex U15 185-4
On a pitch which was described by their coach as the best he had seen all season, the South Essex District Cricket Board’s under fifteen representative team did exceptionally well to keep their hosts to a score below the 200 mark at the Saffron Walden club. Harry Slack (Leigh on Sea CC) lost the toss for the first time this season, but he rotated the bowling with exceptional results and was backed up by strong fielding which accounted for three home batsmen being run out. The outstanding bowlers were Austin Holmes (Hadleigh and Thundersley CC) whose six overs cost just six runs and included four maidens (one wicket) while Josh Jones helped himself to 3-23 from four overs.
After a tea described as ‘amazing’ with some first class cakes, the banquet did not slow the South Board batters as Holmes and Slack put on 64 for the first wicket with some quick running between the wickets. Austin was in fine touch, scoring 45 runs in double quick time. Harry Slack scored two runs more before being bowled. Two 59-run partnerships had clearly laid the foundations for a successful run chase. Rahul Ravi (Westcliff on Sea CC) then struck 58 until he was dismissed with the South score on 176 for three wickets. Jack Plom (Orsett CC) was chomping at the bit to get a knock and he did not fail to impress with two big boundaries to see his team home with a comfortable victory after 35.4 overs.
Metropolitan Essex Dragons U13 – 152 all out
South Essex U13 – 153 for 6
The South Essex District Cricket Board’s U13 representative squad were involved in three matches in as many days. The first of these fixtures involved a short journey to Gallows Corner, home of Gidea Park and Romford CC. The Dragons won the toss and batted first. A combination of good bowling and an excellent fielding performance restricted the home side to 152 all out. Joe Barnett (Rayleigh CC) took four catches behind the stumps, Jacob Cullen (Wickford CC) held two in the outfield while Ryan Carey (also Wickford CC) picked up three wickets, which included a wicket maiden. Only one Metropolitan Essex batsman gave South Essex any trouble by scoring 46 runs quite quickly. Captain Tom Baker (Westcliff on Sea CC) used ten different bowlers which meant everyone had a go and the scorer muttered darkly about needing extra space in the scorebook. In the second innings, South started with a nice opening partnership of 34 before the first wicket fell. Jack Treen (Rankins CC), who had joined South after being released from the County U12 squad, went in at number three. A second wicket partnership of 50 showed the quality of the decision made by the captain while Treen gained his first ever 50 in any kind of cricket – 51 not out. Frank Farrington (Basildon and Pitsea CC) scored 27 before Frankie Toomey (Rankins CC) with 18 not out finished the innings with Treen alongside him.
South Essex U13 – 156 for 9
West Essex U13 – 116 all out
Following the four-wicket win the previous day, the South Essex District Board squad travelled further afield to Stansted cricket club with a few changes in the team for reasons of rotation. This time South batted first and Jack Treen was promoted to opener after his solid display the day before. Batting with Jac Sexton (Leigh on Sea CC), the pair of Jacks put on 43 runs for the first wicket at just under four runs per over. A very good start. Treen was not able to reproduce his form of the previous day but with South having built a solid foundation, Harry Seaden fell one short of a deserving half-century and Ewan Thomas (Wickford CC) with 22 runs to his name were able to progess the score to 156. South had a good start to the second innings with a run out and an early wicket leaving West on 21 for 2. The home team’s third and fourth batsmen steadied the ship and, with a required run rate of four an over, West were on track to reach their target. However, the visitors once again showed strong commitment in the field and the ability to hold on to vital catches. Freddie Barton (Leigh on Sea CC) dropped one early on but made up for it with a cracker soon afterwards. Jac Sexton got in on the act as did Shane Bottrill (Southend EMT CC) as wickets fell regularly. Fielders were throwing themselves around to stop the ball and prevent runs. At 28 overs, the hosts were 98 for 6 needing 58 runs from 72 balls and the match was still in the balance. However South picked up the remaining four wickets inside five overs to create a comforatble victory.
North Essex U13 – 192 all out
South Essex U13 – 126 all out
Friday 26th July was a day for aching limbs, sore muscles and sun burn. The players were fine, it was the coach Mike Humphrey who was suffering! South travelled to Kelvedon and Feering cricket club. The visitors won the toss and decided to bowl first. Once again South’s opening bowlers (Shane Bottrill and Freddie Barton) took a couple of early wickets with North reduced to 18 for 2 in the seventh over, partly as a result of an excellent slip catch from Harry Seaden (Southend EMT CC). However, the North’s number four batsman scored 73 runs without looking in too much trouble. South kept trying and despite being tired maintained high commitment levels in the field. Once South removed North’s number four, wickets fell reasonably regularly but with some big swishes North almost made the 200 mark. Up until this game, South’s batting had been good without being spectacular. That changed today as three of the top four batters were dismissed without score. Harry Seaden and Ryan Carey had to rebuild and they did a good job. North bowled well and stopped South scoring rapidly so by half way it was looking very challenging. Once the runs required reached about ten an over the batters started to feel free to play expansively. South had agreed they’d rather lose in 30 overs going for it than bat out to a strangled defeat after 40 overs. So Bottrill, Thomas, Barton and Barnett all had a go and for a short period South were scoring above the required rate and the home side looked nervous. Unfortunately for South it didn’t last and they were bowled out in the 34th over.
South Essex U11 150-7
Metroplitan Essex Dolphins U11 57 all out
The pick of the crop from the junior cricketers around South Essex travelled to Woodford Green for the first of two fixtures in as many days. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. At 31 for 4 after 11 overs the South Board team appeared to be in trouble but fine batting by Matt Mohan (Leigh on Sea CC) with 34 runs and Tom Nichols (Rayleigh Fairview CC), who scored 32, took the score into three figures with half a dozen overs to spare. It was then that some aggressive hitting by Adam Sullivan (Rayleigh CC), who plundered 28 not out and Tom Redman (Thurrock CC) who contributed an undefeated 17 runs, pushed the final tally to 150 for 7 off 35 overs. Buoyed by the fine batting performance, the bowlers set about their task and the Dolphins were soon in trouble. They finally succumbed to 57 all out, which left South Essex with a decisive 93-run win. South Board team coach Kevin Grant said: “This was an excellent performance, our bowling and fielding was superb, especially Sam Good (Basildon and Pitsea CC) who claimed two for seven in six overs and Billy Cracknell (Pegasus and Corringham CC), who picked up two wickets for nine runs”.
South Essex U11 135-5
West Essex U11 133 all out
The South Essex District Cricket Board’s under eleven squad achieved two consecutive away wins in as many days following a dramatic outcome at the Little Bardfield club. With four overs remaining, the representative team from the West Essex region needed just twelve runs to win with two wickets in hand. However, Cameron Harris (Southend EMT CC) was reintroduced to the attack and removed the threat of batsman Barnes for 25. Eventually, three runs were required for West and one wicket needed for South. The striker took a huge swing at the ball in an attempt to finish the match in gloroius fashion, but the ball went high in the air. Amid the tension, the cherry was safely pouched by Matt Mohan. This match-winning catch was his fourth of the match. This was certainly a match to remember for him and his team colleagues. Harris finished with four wickets at a cost of just seventeen runs. Earlier, Tommy Pinkerton (Westcliff on Sea CC) batted superbly for the South Board in attaining 52 runs, while valuable support was provided in the shape of Charlie Blerkom (Basildon and Pitsea CC), with 34 runs. For the West Essex District Cricket Board, Roberts picked up 3-15 in six very tidy overs.
U15 Met Essex Eagles 160
U15 South District 138
Captain Harry Slack won the toss and elected to field in this latest representative fixture as part of the South Essex District Cricket Board’s extensive match schedule.
The South (pictured) did not start too well with many extras being conceded and no pressure being applied on the Metropolitan batsmen. They raced to 74 from the first fifteen overs at the Rankins CC ground, but then Josh Jones was introduced to the attack and stemmed the run flow with two wickets at a cost of just 18 runs from eight overs. With the visitors pegged back at 100 for the loss of three wickets, the home side looked to push home the advantage but number nine batsman Doyle had other thoughts. He struck a quick-fire 43 to set a testing target.
After tea, South lost the early wicket of Ravi which brought in Dan Petts. The partnership was going along strong with 40 runs on the board, but then Harry was bowled and the innings started to fall away. Jack Plom and Ryan Creasey were putting the pressure back on the visitors but the rate run was always rising in the face of tight bowling and good fielding. Eventually, the pick of the crop from South Essex lost by 22 runs. Scott Simmons, U15 squad coach for the South Essex District Cricket Board said: “The boys showed great character to bring themselves back in the game after the quick start Met had, but we have lots of lessons to be learned”.
The previous day’s U15 match, away to North Essex on Tuesday 28th May, was abandoned after only twelve overs due to rain. Also affected by the weather were our two under eleven fixtures, away to the North Board on the same day, then a hosting of Metropolitan Essex Eagles at Southend EMT CC 24 hours later suffered the same fate. However, this fixture has been re-arranged for Sunday 9th June at the same venue, 2pm start.
Metropolitan District Eagles U13 153-8
South Essex District U13 148-8
The visiting team from the Metropolitan District Cricket Board kept their nerve and edged home by five runs in a thrilling finish beneath overcast skies at Garon Park on Tuesday 28th May 2013. South District lost the toss and Met decided to bat first. Shane Botterill and Ryan Carey opened the attack and bowled some good lines to restrict the Met Board’s run rate to less than three an over for the first ten overs. Despite tying the batsmen down, they did not take any wickets.
After a flurry of runs, third change bowler Ewan Thomas arrested the run accumulation, but it was Lucas Wiggins, in a three-over second spell, who conceded just seven runs which included a wicket maiden.
The post-tea session saw the juniors from South Essex start their innings. Taylor Casson and Carey opened the batting with Casson departing quite quickly after scoring four runs, then Harry Seaden, South’s number three, departed without score. Although the home side were scoring at about the same rate as the Eagles, they had lost more wickets – after twenty overs, Met had been 66 for 0, while South Essex were 63 for 3. Botterill (36), Thomas (16) and Sexton (17) all tried to stay in and play sensibly but the Met’s more assertive fielding meant runs were slow to come by and wickets fell too frequently.
The ‘runs required’ gradually increased until South Essex needed 14 runs from the final over with two wickets in hand. After two no balls and a wide, the target seemed achievable but, in the end, it was not to be as the local lads fell just five runs short. Our U13 match away to North Board on Tuesday 28th May was cancelled due to rain.
Rayleigh (pictured left) picked up the Thurrock Sports Council’s indoor six a side cricket crown with a third consecutive title at Gable Hall School, Corringham on Thursday evening (2nd May). Following wins over Stanford le Hope and Belhus, the Rawreth Lane based club stormed to a 58-run win over Thurrock.
Batting first, Rayleigh were all out for 93 with Thurrock emerging with great credit as they became the first team in the history of the competition to dismiss the reigning title holders. Rebecca Holyoak struck three sixes in a superb innings of 45 runs, but Hannah picked up 2-14 for Thurrock and she received valuable support from Sarah Fergey and Heather Phillips with one wicket each. Allison Edmeades hit 12 not out for the Blackshots-based side but Rayleigh bounced back in style as Elisha Brett picked up 2-8 from three overs while Louise Harmsworth and Holyoak collected 1-7 and 1-10 respectively. Thurrock were restricted to 35 for the loss of five wickets after their ten-over allocation to leave Rayleigh at the top of the final league table once again.
Belhus CC won both the Midweek and Sunday Divisions of our senior indoor six a side competition held in our West area, the venue being, as usual, the Gateway Academy. Meanwhile Eastwood CC picked up the East area division one title at Chase Leisure Centre. The winners of the competition’s premier division has not yet been announced. They will meet Belhus in the County play-offs later in the year.