U11 – 3 report in 1 !

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 !

Central u13 vs. South u13 @ Hutton CC

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.

Orsett U15s are Champions – with just two balls to spare!

2013 Orsett U15 Outdoor Winners 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.

2013 Westcliff U15 Outdoor Finalists

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.

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Hadleigh and Thundersley win Inaugural County U18 T20 Competition

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.

Our U13s host The Netherlands at Rayleigh CC

U13 with Holland

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”.

Our U15 Youth Representative Team are all Tied Up!

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.

District Youth Cricket Resumes – Latest U13 and U11 Match Reports

South Essex U13s at Metropolitan Essex Dragons 24th July 2013Metropolitan 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 U13s at West Essex Board 25th July 2013South 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.

South Essex U13s at North Essex Board 26th July 2013North 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.

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.

Rayleigh Ladies Retain Indoor Title

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.