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On a warm afternoon at Rankins C.C. we lost the toss and were put in to bat first.

Against some very tight bowling we struggled to score and from 54-3 we collapsed to 59-8 with George Thurlow scoring a steady 25 runs before being bowled.
Harvey Michaelson and Aditya Kuzhupilly (10 n.o.) added 25 runs for the ninth wicket and then Adneer Ejaz came in and hit 16 not out so we finished on 111-9 after our 35 overs.

After a nice picnic in the sun it was the turn of the North District to bat and try to beat our score.

A wicket by Abneer Ejaz in the first over gave us some hope but then the North moved on to 26 quite quickly before losing another wicket. We took a third wicket at 33 to give us some hope again but then the North added 66 runs to put them in a very strong position.

From 99-3, with the help of 2 run outs, we had them wobbling at 107-7 but then they scored the winning runs and finished on 114-7 in the 28th over.

The best bowling figures were from Harvey Michaelson with 2 overs, 1 maiden, 1 wicket for 1 run.

Overall not a bad performance to begin with but improvement is needed in most areas to compete with the better districts.

See the full scorecard here

Ravi Bopara All Stars XI v Essex County Cricket Club

Rav All Star XI PosterIt gives me great pleasure that as part of Ravi Bopara’s Benefit Year, there will be a star studded Ravi Bopara’s All Stars XI that take on Essex Eagles in a floodlight T20 match at the county ground, Chelmsford. Players confirmed for the match include Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Kumar Sangakkara, Mehela jayawardena, Moeen Ali and others to be announced soon. Essex Eagles will have a strong squad to select from with the likes of Jesse Ryder, Shaun Tait, Ryan Ten Doeshcate etc.


The tickets are priced fairly at £15 per adult and £5 per under 18’s.


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OSCAs buzz starts at Essex

NOMINATIONS have begun for the annual OSCAs & Long Service awards at Essex County Cricket Club.

The unsung heroes of the county game will be honoured at a special ceremony in Chelmsford when Essex host Northants on Tuesday, September 1.

About 160 special guests are set to attend the awards lunch in the marquee at the County Ground and get the VIP treatment during the LV Championship match. (The 2014 winners are pictured above).

The Long Service awards go to non-playing volunteers who have helped local clubs for at least 25 years and all get a commemorative glass trophy presented by Essex treasurer David Acfield.

Previous winners include groundsmen, umpires, coaches and administration staff.

Graham Smith, who will host the ceremony alongside fellow Cricket Development Officer Graham Jelley, said: “We have expanded the types of roles that are eligible for the Long Service awards this year and we are delighted with the response. We have already had a nomination for a tea lady, and that is good to see.

“These really are some of the hidden gems of cricket in Essex. We had 15 nominations last year and we hope we will get another good crop this time.”

There are seven ECB Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) up for grabs including the coveted Heartbeat of the Club prize.

For the first time Essex will award a Groundsman OSCA, along with its own Outstanding Services to Cricket in Essex award, with the trophies being presented by sponsors and representatives from supporting charities.

An adhoc committee of experts with a background in volunteering will decide on the winners, and Essex County Cricket Board member Rod Greig will play a key role in checking the nominations.

For more information you can email

Become a Friend of Essex and benefit your Club!

Essex have today launched the Friends of Essex Scheme for Clubs, Schools and all organisations who are affiliated to the Essex County Cricket Board.

For just £100, affiliated organisations can benefit from a variety of offers including free tickets, signed merchandise and discounts at The Essex County Ground.

For more information, please view the brochure by clicking the tab below.


Youth cricket to be boosted by summer of festivals in South Essex

FIVE youth cricket festivals are being staged in south Essex this summer in a bid to boost participation.

Open days in the Southend, Castle Point and Thurrock areas will take place between June and August to introduce children to the joys of playing the game.

Organisers hope there will be about ten teams at each event where the focus will be on having fun rather than winning.

The days will also give parents a chance to find out where their sons or daughters can play cricket at local clubs and also become invloved at grassroots level themsleves.

Roy Soilleux, the Youth Coordinator at the South East Essex District Board, said: “What we really want to do is let youngsters know that cricket is an option for them in this area along with all the other sports.

“This is the first time we have arranged festivals like this in this area but we know similar projects in the north of the county have been very successful.

“We know there are boys and girls out there who want to be involved in cricket but they don’t know where the opportunites are.

“Schools that are affiliated to the successful Chance to Shine project offer children a pathway into the game but the majority of schools are still not doing enough within their curriculums.

“And this has a knock on affect for local clbs, where we have seen a reduction in the number of teams entering district competitions.

“What we need now is for people to get in touch so we can talk to them about what we have planned for the festivals in there areas and hopefully encourage them to come along.”

The festivals will be held at:

– Benfleet Cricket Club at 3pm on Sunday, June 14

– Rayleigh Cricket Club at 5pm on Friday, June 19

– Garon Park, Southend, at 5pm on Friday, July 10

– Belhus Cricket Club at 3pm on Friday, July 31

– Southchurch Park, Southend on Sunday, August 19

For more information you can call Roy Soilleux on 07710 393175 or the South East Essex District Board’s Competition Secretary Neil Mason on 07775 666798.

Thurrock win South Essex Women’s Indoor Competition

940x275thurrockThurrock cricket club sensationally ended Rayleigh’s four-year domination of the South Essex womens’ indoor cricket competition at Gable Hall school. The Grays-based team clinched their first title at this level by scoring 96 for the loss of just one wicket and then dismissed Rayleigh for 72.

Openers Sarah Fergey and Catherine Hodge led from the front, Fergey struck two sixes in her undefeated innings worth 27. Hodge hit 24 not out as they secured the highest team total in this year’s event.  Rayleigh were left requiring a monumental effort to retain their title and Michelle King more than met the challenge with a superb innings of 40, but no other batsman could reach double figures.

The preceding match saw Stanford claim their only win when they achieved a two-wicket victory over Belhus with 4.3 overs to spare. The team based at North Stifford could only muster 36 for the loss of five wickets from their allotted twelve overs, with only Rachel Cordell in double figures with 13 runs. Rhiannon Hales did the damage with the ball, starting and finishing her three-over spell with a wicket maiden to claim two wickets at a cost of just four runs.

The Stanford reply was not without setbacks, as Belhus claimed four wickets, though Hales completed a fine all-round performance with 17 runs to secure a winning team score of 37. Cordell also proved to be a hit with bat and ball, by collecting 2-5 from two overs.

Pupils flock to the County Ground for annual Schools Day event

YOUNGSTERS got the chance to sample the special atmosphere of the County Ground at Essex’s annual Schools Day.

About 150 primary school pupils packed into the VIP marquee at the ground in Chelmsford on Tuesday (March 24) to take in the start of Essex’s pre-season game with Middlesex.

They got the chance to record their own match commentary, see how the TV replay Hawk-Eye system works and try their hand at keeping score of the first-team’s match.

Some also tried to beat England cricket star Lydia Greenway at the ‘Rebound Challenge’ and other activities at the Yorkshire Tea sponsored event.

Everyone also got an activity pack, a chance to meet the players, and a one-hour coaching session by the club’s experts.

Lydia, an ambassador for the Chance to Shine project, said: “We’ve had a great day and it has given these children the chance to experience what goes on behind the scenes on a matchday at a county cricket club.

“They can all go back to school now and say they have been to the County Ground.

“So I hope they have have all had a good day and that it will inspire a few of them to come back here and get involved in the future.”

Last Man Stands coming to Chelmsford and Wivenhoe

THE exciting Last Man Stands competition is running two new leagues in Chelmsford and Colchester this year.

The format, which features eight-a-side midweek evening T20 matches, will now be held at Chelmsford Cricket Club at Chelmer Park and at the University of Essex’s Wivenhoe Park campus.

That means that along with existing competitors in Redbridge, Harold Wood, Colchester and Basildon, there are now six divisions where local teams compete to earn the chance to represent the South East at the national finals in September.

It all gets underway in mid-May and organisers hope a team may emulate last year’s success for Canvey CC, who won the Basildon league and then progressed to the national finals as South East runners-up.

LMS regional manager Steve Hayes said: “Our six leagues now accommodate 650 cricketers, and over a third have signed up over the past year.

“We expect that to grow again considerably this year and we would love to hear from new teams.”

To register visit or for more information email

Volunteers available to help out at local cricket clubs

LOCAL cricket clubs are being urged to make the most of Essex Cricket’s wide network of volunteers.

Your club may need help with a range of duties including website maintenance, ground work, scoring matches or social events organising.

Through its links with organisations like the ECB and Active Essex, and with its own large database, Essex can help.

Cricket development officer Graham Smith said: “We can facilitate getting the right people in the right positions.

“The process with accessing volunteers through the ECB can be complicated but we can help with that.

“We also would like to hear from prospective volunteers. Voluntering is very rewarding and can be beneficial to clubs and the individuals who give their time to help out.”

If your club could do with some support from a volunteer please get in touch to say which area you need help with by emailing

Clubs urged to have a welfare officer in place

ESSEX cricket is urging all clubs to make sure they have a designated welfare officer in place.

All clubs should have a trusted representative who will listen to confidential reports on areas such as inappropriate behaviour and misuse of social media.

Essex runs a ‘Safe Hands’ training course which gives people the skills needed and certification to be a welfare officer for three years.

Cricket development officer Louise Mitchell said: “It is very important clubs have someone in place who can listen to concerns and report them.

“We work closely with welfare officers and they can contact me in the first instance to look into any reported concerns.

“Having welfare officers in place creates confidence for everyone that things are being done right at clubs.”

To check if your welfare officer has the training needed, or to enquire about the ‘Safe Hands’ course, email

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