In Memorium: Carys Hammond (6th Sept 1998-17th April 2017)

It is with profound sadness that we heard of the terrible news that 18-year-old Carys Hammond passed away on Easter Monday following a road traffic incident.

Carys was known to several of our member clubs.  Carys took part in our girls’ coaching schemes, which led to an email being sent to Essex requesting a trial.  Carys was first spotted playing for Horndon on the Hill juniors.  At the age of 13, Carys’ left-arm off-spin yielded three wickets for five runs in a youth indoor match against Orsett in 2011, which was the third best bowling figures in the entire competition that season.  Carys also played for Thurrock CC in the womens/girls indoor sixes in the Spring of 2013 and 2014.  More recently, Carys played for Benfleet CC.

Our hearts go out to Carys’s parents – mum June also played indoor six a side cricket with her daughter – and brother Connor, who plays for Horndon on the Hill CC.

New Members Rainham CC win Indoor Senior Division (west)

Rainham (Essex) cricket club won our senior indoor six a side cricket competition at Gateway Academy with a two-point margin over second-placed Belhus.  Rainham now meet the winners of our east competition which was played at Westcliff County High School for Boys. The play-off between our east and west winners is likely to be staged at Essex CCC in either November or December.

Orsett and Thurrock win Indoor Division Two Title (West)

Over the past Winter, there has been a significant increase in the number of open-age teams entering our six a side indoor cricket league staged at the Gateway Academy.  This led to a re-formation of division two, in what turned out to be a successful move.  Division two teams can only comprise of players of ‘third eleven standard and below’, and it was clear that this move has led to greater participation.

Orsett and Thurrock won the division two title with wins over Belhus CC and Rainham CC.  It is envisaged that this division will be extended for the 2017-18 indoor season.

Orsett and Thurrock retain our Womens’ Indoor Title….

Orsett and Thurrock Ferrets
2016-2017 Indoor Champions

Orsett and Thurrock retained their South Essex womens’ indoor cricket title following a comprehensive six-wicket win over runners-up Belhus at Gable Hall school on Tuesday (28th March 2017). In the annual event which was sponsored by Thurrock Sports Council for the sixth consecutive year, the School Lane team had openers Emily Hart and Allison Edmeades to thank for their undefeated contributions of 26 and 27 respectively. With these two reaching the compulsory retirement limit, it was left to Emma Green, 7 not out, and Charlotte Davis, 3 not out, to finish the job as the Orsett team, self-named as the Ferrets, stormed to 75 without loss with six overs to spare.

Earlier, Belhus had made a strong start, as Rachel Cordell joined Tilly Barnett for a second wicket partnership which yielded 45 runs. Barnett struck a patient 15 but the partnership was broken – along with Belhus hopes – when Cordell was run out for 24 as a result of fine work from Edmeades at mid-on. The accurate throw was cleanly gathered by Sarah Fergey at the bowler’s end. It turned out to be a pivotal moment in the match as the North Stifford-based team were restricted to 75 for the loss of three wickets after their allotted fifteen overs. Green claimed two wickets for just four runs from three overs, the last of which was a double wicket maiden. Fergey and Edmeades picked up one wicket apiece.

In earlier matches, Belhus Ladies defeated Orsett and Thurrock Amazons by just five runs in a thrilling encounter. Cordell top scored with 25 while Emily Price finished with 10 not out, as Belhus finished on 86, also for the loss of three wickets. Ella Allen, Courtney Chaplin and Amelia Avery picked up one wicket each. After the break, Simmons and Avery staged a vigorous run chase as Simmons hit 16 runs and Avery weighing in with 26 before being compulsorily retired. With Amazons requiring 16 runs from the final over, Charlotte Waters kept her nerve to concede just six runs to finish with 1-13 from three overs as Belhus edged home. Sally Winter picked up 1-11, also from three overs. Cordell completed a fine all-round performance by bowling two consecutive maidens and conceded just one run from her three over allotment.

The in-house match between Orsett and Thurrock’s two teams led to a slender one-wicket win by the Ferrets over the Amazons. Avery top scored for the Amazons with 13, closely followed by Chaplin with eleven runs to her name, as their team set a target of 64 for the loss of four wickets. Fergey and Hart claimed 2-13 and 1-16 respectively. The Ferrets bit back sharply with 20 runs from Edmeades, though no other batsman reached double figures as Allen, Bella McCarthy, Green, Chaplin and Avery claimed one wicket each. Eventually it was Edmeades who held her nerve to score the winning runs, with the Ferrets reaching 63 for the loss of five wickets.

Belhus Ladies:
Indoor Cricket Runners-up 2016-2017

Hadleigh & Thundersley lose out to Broadstairs in the South East indoor cricket finals.

Broadstairs are on their way back to Lord’s after a convincing 72-run win over Essex side Hadleigh & Thundersley in the South East indoor cricket finals at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Put into bat Broadstairs started cautiously scoring at 7 an over but with Elliot Fox taking most of the strike he soon reached 25, at halfway the score was 49, Marshall was next to reach 25 with Isaac Dilkes following soon after Matt Frewin and Jack Wheeler kept up the tempo before the latter was first wicket to fall with the score on 102 in the 10th over, followed soon after by Chris Kidd 6.

Frewin and the returning Fox 36 added a brisk 19 before the latter was run out for 23.

By the end of the innings Broadstairs had reached 137 adding 60 in the last 4 overs where apart from the wickets every ball was scored off, Adam Dobson with 1-25 was pick of the H&T bowlers.

In reply H& T were soon on the back foot with only three scored from the first over and Paul Tibbenham run out (by Fox) for just one in the second.

Oliver Smith and Jack Wagstaff were scoring more positively in the next two overs before Smith was well caught by Fox of Frewin for 11 in the fourth over, two overs later Frewin clean bowled the dangerous Wagstaff for 20.

The game was pretty much over, the last two batsmen only managed 4 between them before both of them fell to Dilkes, and in the 11th over Dobson who had made 20 was run out and his team were all out for 65. Dilkes finished with 2-4 while Frewin returned 2-15.

In the first semi final Broadstairs were up against Middlesex qualifiers Wycombe House, put into bat Wycombe were 0 for 2 as Kidd struck with his second and 5th balls, In Frewins second over a smart catch by Fox saw Perera out for 3 with the total on 13.

Fox bowled the next over which saw Elahis (11) stumps shattered, Lotia and Vasi Sheikh steadied the ship for a few overs before the former was run out in the 9th over by Dilkes, Sheikh carried his bat for the remaining overs scoring 34 and seeing his team reach 77 as Broadstairs bowling became a little erratic conceding 17 wides.

Kidd’s final figures were 2-9 while Frewin picked up 2-14. Broadstairs made light work of the run chase with Marshall 27* and Fox 25* scoring freely before they both retired leaving Dilkes to knock of the winning runs in the 8th over.

Broadstairs now progress to the national indoor Finals Day at the Home of Cricket on Sunday 26 March.


Wycombe House 77 – 5 (12) lost to Broadstairs 78-0 (7.3)

Hadleigh and Thundersley 103- 5 (12) beat Preston Nomads 100 -3 (12)

Broadstairs 137 – 4 (12) beat Hadleigh and Thundersley 65 all out (10.2)

Hadleigh and Thundersley cricket club are our Indoor Champions

Hadleigh and Thundersley cricket club became South Essex Indoor Champions last night (Sunday) following a twelve-run win at the Chelmsford indoor centre.
This was quite an achievement, as their opponents, Belhus, were last year’s National champions.
Hadleigh’s captain, Oliver Smith struck a magnificent undefeated 59 and valuable support was offered with 41 not out from Adam Dobson. These two were the chief architects in a final score of 148 for the loss of four wickets.

In reply, Belhus lost wickets at regular intervals though Daniel Dreher’s three consecutive sixes off Richard Straker’s third over threatened to turn the match away from Hadleigh. Dreher finished with 23 and he received support from Martin Guilbert 17, Michael Fogg 22, Danny Joyce 36 not out while Danny Norris hit 22. Straker struck back to claim two wickets, including the vital scalp of the hard hitting Dreher while Dobson completed a fine all-round match by claiming the wicket of Belhus opener Ryan Wells with his second delivery. Belhus were eventually restricted to 136 for the loss of five wickets.

Basildon Last Man Stand league

Another great game in the Basildon Last Man Stand league took place last night, 8th June.

GoogleyBox played HODS and came out on top with a 74 run victory.
Batting first GoogleyBox posted an impressive 168-8 after 20 overs. Rhys Neil took 2-9 off his 4 overs. Josh Gridley scored a big hitting 53 and Dan Compton a well-made 62.

In reply it was Josh Glester who managed 45 before being caught & bowled but wickets fell at regular intervals with the HODS finishing up on 90 runs, 74 runs short of victory.
Pictured are Josh (53) and Dan (62)




SEDCB U13 District Squad are T20 Essex Champions 2016

IMG_2784This year there was a change to the fixture structure for the District games. The County had requested we play all 4 district games in the first two weeks of the summer holidays. This meant the T20 competition would now be played in the summer half term.

The original plan was for us to play two games on 1st June against West and North and on Friday 3rd June we would play Central. The two top teams would play each other, as a final in the afternoon. The weather unfortunately had other ideas and the first day of competition was a complete washout. A restructure meant we were playing a straightforward knockout and we were drawn against Central.

We were confident of our chances in this competition, both Neil and myself believed we had an excellent group of players, who had worked hard during the winter months. We did though realise the other districts were also very strong and to my recollection we had never previously won the T20 competition.

Central vs South

In this game we won the toss and elected to bat first. Plans were put into place as to target scores, based on scores at 5, 10, 15 and 20 overs, with contingency plans dependant on the number of wickets lost. At the start of the game the ground was still wet and the wicket was very green, there was plenty of assistance for the bowlers. David Jarrett got us off to a great start with a quick fire 43, steady scores from others including Jamie Fairweather with 22 meant we finished the innings on 136. Considering the wicket we thought this would take some chasing down.

The bowling was opened by Matt McCutcheon and George Benson, they were able to keep very tight control of the run rate and after they had completed their spells, with 8 overs down and an escalating required run rate, wickets continued to fall regularly and the game was won comfortably.

North vs South

We had kept an eye on the other game and realised there were some very good players in the North team and we would need to lift our game to another level if we were to compete.

We lost the toss and were put into bat, again there was a good team performance with highlights being, David Jarrett 44, Jamie Fairweather 32 and Captain Michael Pearn scoring an unbeaten 29, we finished on 142.

In the field we did not bowl as well as we hoped, there were too many wides and we appeared to be doing our best to keep North in the game. The game though turned on two moments of brilliance, dismissing two of the North’s strongest batsman. The first involve a fantastic throw from David Jarrett all the way from a very long boundary which stand in wicket keeper, Adam Sullivan, was able to take the ball over the stumps and whip the bails off as North tried to run a quick two. The second was as fine a catch as I have seen at any level from David Jarrett, the ball seemed to have gone past him and I can only describe it as a one handed, backhanded catch where he was unable to see the ball into his hand – simply brilliant.

We eventually won the game by 15 runs.

Congratulations to the team on this performance, fully deserved. Thanks to Neil for all the unseen work he performs.

We now move to the 4 District games, unfortunately due to holidays I will not be at these games but I hope the boys continue to play with the same intensity and achieve the success they deserve.

Mike Sullivan

Belhus Cricket Club are National Indoor Cricket Champions

IMG_20160313_185535Belhus Cricket Club are National Indoor Cricket Champions for 2016 amid euphoric and emotional scenes at Lord’s.

Former England captain Mike Gatting presented the trophy to winning captain Joe Joyce. It was a fitting end as Joyce struck a magnificent half century while Martin Guilbert and Daniel Dreher both reached the compulsory retirement score with 26 and 25, both not out respectively.

This enabled Belhus to reach 115 for the loss of three wickets in reply to Yorkshire’s Whitley Hall score of 114.

It has been an incredible journey for the Belhus team, which started at the Gateway Academy sports hall back in January 2015 and they progressed to three further rounds at the Essex County Ground, as well as emerging victorious in the London and South East finals at Canterbury.

Over 800 teams enter the indoor event annually, which emphasises the scale of achievement by the Belhus team.

In their first match at Lord’s, Belhus met Haverfordwest who were dismissed for 79 after 10.2 overs as Guilbert and Danny Norris picked up two wickets each. In reply, Belhus reached 80 for the loss of two wickets after 9.5 overs. Joe Joyce was undefeated on 27.

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