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.