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The 2016 AGM

The 2016 AGM of the South Essex District Cricket Board will take place on Tuesday 26th January commencing at 7.30pm at Benfleet CC.

Attendance at the AGM is compulsory for affiliated clubs. Non attendance will result in a fine being levied on the club.

Members are encouraged to invite visitors to any meeting of the Board in addition to the official delegate. Visitors will not participate in the activity of the meeting without the permission of the Chairman. In particular youth team managers (as well as Club Youth Section Coordinators) are encouraged to attend.

OSSCC C2S Kwik Cricket Tournaments 2015

I am delighted that both of this year’s Tournaments took place as scheduled –in perfect weather on both days!

On Friday, 3rd July, the BOYS Tournament saw the following Schools taking part:
Bournes Green; Earls Hall; Edwards Hall; Hamstel; Heycroft;
Prince Avenue; Sacred Heart; Temple Sutton; Thorpedene; Thorpe Greenways

On Monday, 6th July, the GIRLS Tournament saw the following Schools taking part:
Bournes Green; Darlinghurst; Earls Hall; Edwards Hall; Hamstel; Heycroft;
Prince Avenue; Sacred Heart; Temple Sutton; Thorpedene; Thorpe Greenways

The Tournaments provided an opportunity for all of the players to embrace the “Spirit of Cricket” – by playing their best, playing fair and having fun!

The aims of the Tournaments also included giving Y5s and younger who have taken part in Chance to Shine this year the opportunity to play competitive matches against other C2S Schools in order to help prepare them for next year’s SSP Kwik Cricket competitions.

The Tournaments followed the Rules of the SPSSA Kwik Cricket competitions, but with some revisions to the Rules for Underarm and Overarm Bowling, and Wide Balls to take into account players’ limited cricket experience.

Whilst the games were competitive, there was no overall trophy awarded, instead, every School that participated on each day was presented with a Kwik Cricket Set as a reward for taking part to take back their School and to use in School cricket activities in 2016!

Half of these sets were supplied by Chris Drummond of Essex Cricket on behalf of Chance to Shine, the remainder by funding from Southend on Sea Borough Council.

Thirty matches were played over the two days. Watching the games, it was clear that players’ awareness, confidence and matchplay improved greatly over the course of the afternoon!

All Match facilities and resources were provided on behalf of Chance to Shine and Essex Cricket by the Old Southendian & Southchurch Cricket Club, with additional funding support from Chance to Shine and Southend on Sea Borough Council.

Thanks are due to Chance to Shine Coaches Paul Johnson, Terry Sims and Kevin Grant for organising and delivering 390 hours of Cricket Sessions for Chance to Shine Schools and their students in 2015, including these Tournaments!

It takes a lot of people to make events of this type run well! Thanks are also due to our OSSCC Umpires and Scorers at the Tournaments –Josh, Henry, Sam, Avinaash, Mike and Joe, and to Matt and Milan of SoSEMTCC.

Thanks are also due to Robey Wright, John Champion (with camera), Kevan Pratt, Gary Hunt, Nicky Fasey, Maria Madren and Club president Rob Irwin for their help and support on one or both of the days.

Special mentions for Nikki Seaden for managing the Clubhouse and providing refreshments on the Friday, and to Janet Johnston for preparing and managing the Clubhouse and providing refreshments on the Monday! Their hard work was much appreciated by all attending.

It is hoped that Chance to Shine will have inspired some of the Boys and Girls who are not yet involved in cricket outside of School to join a Cricket Club, each Schools’ Chance to Shine Coach has provided information to their School that can be shared with the Boys and Girls so that they can have the opportunity to play.

Finally – a big Thank You to these Schools and their Staff for their commitment to cricket and Chance to Shine in 2015 and to organising their Teams to take part in these Tournaments!

Paul Johnson
OSSCC Club Development Officer & Club Chance to Shine Project Organiser

OSSCC C2S Kwik Cricket Tournaments 2015
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U9 Festival at Rayleigh CC

Rayleigh Cricket Club hosted an Under 9 Kwik Cricket Festival for teams from Basildon, Benfleet, Hadleigh, Leigh, Orsett, Rayleigh and Southend.

Each side played three games of 8 overs a side. More than 70 young players entertained a large crowd of spectators on a beautiful sunny evening and all seemed to enjoy themselves.

Thanks to Waitrose in Leigh who sponsored provision of food and drink for the players.

U9 Festivals Rayleigh CC 19 June 2015

Rankin’s Cricket Clubs President’s Day

Rankin’s Cricket Club will be holding their annual President’s Day on Sunday 19th July 2015.

The last twelve months have seen significant changes with the completion of the pavilion refurbishment and the opening of a 2nd pitch.
Throughout the club’s 134 year history the emphasis has always been upon playing competitive cricket in a social environment with the engagement of the local community.

Come along and meet officials and players from Essex County Cricket Club whilst enjoying a refreshing drink from the well-stocked bar.

Presidents Day Final public v2

Basildon CC in Last Man Stand

Basildon CC
Our second of the debut teams started their Last Man Stand campaign of with a 39 run win over ‘The Village People’ last night (02/06/15)

Batting first Basildon CC posted 171 all out with Liam Rouse making a very impressive 92 runs of 48 balls.

In reply The Village People managed 132-7, with Jordan Stevens making 64 runs not out.

A great game played in good spirit from both sides.

See the full scorecard here

Last Man Stand at Basildon

Broke Bat Mountain
In the glorious early summer sunshine the start of the new Last Man Stand season started with a win for the first of the debut teams in the Basildon league.

The new ‘Broke Bat Mountain’ team were put into bat first and made a respectable 113-7 in their 20 overs with Ian Turnbull make a high score of 36 of 25 balls. Tom Fletcher was the best with the ball for ‘The Village People’ as he picked up 3-11 of 4 overs.

In reply The Village People were all out for 83 with Mike Porter the pick of the bowlers with 12-3 of 4 overs.


Game 2 vs Metropolitan

This was scheduled to be an away game but with Metropolitan unable to provide a pitch, Eastwood CC stepped in in order that the game could go ahead. Thanks to Neil for accommodating not only the U13s but also the U11s.

This game was always going to be tough, there were several team changes and we were hopeful we could maintain the performance levels from the previous day.

Matt Mohan again won the toss and elected to bat. The opening bowlers were excellent and we did well to dig in and not lose too many wickets. This time we managed to bat 38.2 overs but the only significant contributions with the bat were from David Jarrett 30 and Sam Mellor 39.
Fortunately the opposition provide us with 56 extras and we finished on 153. We considered this to be a reasonable target, the outfield was not very fast and it would be difficult to score boundaries.

This time we just didn’t get going, we bowled far too many wides (28 in total) and the intensity in the field was low. There was some tight bowling from Michael Pearn 12 for 1 off 5 overs, Sam Mellor 15 for 2 off 5 overs and Tommy Pinkerton 23 for 3 from 6 overs.

Metropolitan went onto win by 2 wickets, scoring the runs in the 36th over.

At times we thought it was possible we could sneak another win, however in my opinion it would have been undeserved.

This was a game we could have won, I think our preparation and application for the second part of the game was poor, in hindsight I think the boys accept this and as long as they learn from this I am sure we can perform at a high level in our remaining games later in the summer.

Finally would like to say thank you to the scorers and parents who helped out setting up and especially with the teas and clearing up at the end of the game, Neil and myself really appreciate it.



The summer half term brought the U13s there first two games of the Essex 40 over district competition. The coaches were optimistic we could have a good season, a talented age group had made squad selection very difficult and some excellent players had to be left out..
Unusually for this time of year we were set for good weather for both games.

Game 1 vs North

Our first match was at home, Rankins CC kindly allowed us to use their ground and special thanks must go to Brian Pettit and Gary Toomey.

Matt Mohan won the toss and decided to bat on a warm day. Last minute instructions were given to the team, emphasis was made that it is a long game and that there was no need to play an expansive game. However, the game moved along very quickly, the run rate was high but wickets were falling frequently. Fortunately Tommy Pinkerton, showed his experience and skill and put together an accomplished 51 from 85 balls, there was also a crucial 35 partnership with Suhail Haji for the 8th wicket, Suhail eventually scoring 14.

We finished on 150 all out, unfortunately we only used 33.5 of the 40 overs. Extras were the second highest score with 36.

At tea, we thought we were 20 to 30 runs short, the outfield at Rankins was very quick and we knew this was going to be a difficult total to defend.

The North started there innings very well, their batsman had a strategy, it was clear they were aware of the required run rate and were determined to play a low risk game, very few balls were hit in the air and we did not look like we had the ability to cause their batsmen problems. At this point in the game Neil and I thought our our bowling was a little erratic and our lengths were too full, our fielding though was excellent, we missed one or two difficult chances but we were sticking to our task. Eventually there was a mix up from the North with there running between the wickets, a good throw by Matt Mohan and take by wicket keeper Brad Spencer brought us our first wicket. North were 29 for 1 off 7 overs.

Our bowling remained steady, but fielding was of a high standard, we did not take our next over until the 24th over and North were 109 for 2. At this stage we thought we had an outside chance of winning but knew the odds were heavily stacked against. The game changed though with a spell from Tom Redman, taking two wickets, one with a fantastic slower ball, finishing with 19 for 2.
This was the trigger for our other bowlers to click into gear, Jess Walker taking 2 wickets in an over and finishing with 23 for 3 and Tommy Pinkerton taking 20 for 2.

These figures though don’t tell the full story of the game, if you consider with 7 overs remaining and 6 wickets in hand North needed only 12 runs to win. The game went to the very last ball, North requiring 3 to win. We succeeded with a run out to win by 2 runs.

The performance was obviously incredibly satisfying, but to be honest, whilst I thought our bowling could have been better earlier in the game, what impressed me most was the way the boys gelled together and kept going in the field, both Neil and I were pleased for the boys with the final outcome, something that I am sure they will always reflect on with satisfaction.

The boys were energised and looking forward to the next game.


Another sunny day welcomed us to Eastwood Cricket Club for our second Under 11 District game of the season, our skipper Ryan Humphrey won the toss and decided to bowl first.

The Met started steadily but when Archie Toomey bowled their number one for 6 runs with the score on 19 we thought we had made a breakthrough, but no, their 2nd wicket partnership put on 92 runs.

With the intention of compiling a big score the Met started taking chances and although we managed 3 run outs they finished on 166-8 at the close of their innings.

Best bowling for us were Archie Toomey with 2 for 14 from 4 overs and George Thurlow with 2 for 15 from 4 overs.

So, chasing 167 for victory our openers strode out to the wicket.
Within 4 overs they were both back in the pavilion along with 2 other batsmen and our score was just 3 for 4 wickets.

We stumbled to 17 for 7 after 7 overs before our 8th wicket pair managed to hold up the Met victory for 5 overs but this just delayed the inevitable and we were finally all out for 30 from 13.4 overs.

Badly outclassed in this game but let’s hope for better luck in the July games.

See the full scorecard here

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