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
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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.
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.