Inter-District Cricket – week commencing 1st August 2011

The final round of matches were played this week against the Metropolitan Board – or at least, most were. The Under 15 match was postponed at the last minute by our opponents who were incredibly unable to raise a side. The Under 11’s put up a brave performance against a strong side,  going down by 5 wkts after scoring 148  for 5 in their 40 overs. Skipper Tom Baker (Westcliff) led the way with 41 runs and 3 for 16 and was well supported by Oliver Kersley (Benfleet) who scored 26. The Under 13’s however had a very successful week and showed just how much they have improved by initially overcoming their Met counterparts by 71 runs. Our score of 192 for 5 was built around a positive opening 37 by skipper, Austin Holmes (Hadleigh), was sustained by Harry Lockyer (Orsett) who scored 44 and finished off by an excellent unbeaten partnership of 69 between the Rayleigh pair of Max Jones (45 not out) and Matt Dobson (35 not out). In reply, Mohammed Khokar (Leigh) bowled admirably straight to finish with 4 for 30 and all the other bowlers showed consistent discipline in support.

The week ended with a highly enjoyable match against the Dutch National U13 side at Garon Park. We were put into bat and it was Harry Slack (Leigh) and Praneet Patel (Rankins) who set up the platform for a good score with 42 and 32 respectively. However, some tight bowling eventually restricted us to 143 for 6 in our 40 overs with Matt Dobson this time scoring a vital 18 runs at the end.The Dutch batted very positively and at 114 for 3 looked to be winning, but inspired spells by Joe Mitchell (Orsett) and Harry Slack  who took 4/19 and 3/16 respectively turned the tables and we ended victorious by just 1 run with 3 balls to spare. In a great team performance led by the thoughtful captaincy of Austin Holmes, the fielding and catching were of a very high standard throughout.

We next look forward to the district T20 festivals with the U11’s first to play this week in the preliminary play-off on Wednesday Aug 10th at Billericay CC, 11.00 start. As usual, all support will be very welcome.