Review of our Half-Term District Youth Representative Matches

South Essex U15 Team 2013U15 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.