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”.