Match Reports – Womens’ Indoor Six a Side 2011

Friday 15th April 2011

Rayleigh “B” took the Essex Community Foundation-funded indoor cricket title as they convincingly defeated their club’s “A” team by five wickets at Grays School. Rayleigh “A” team were restricted to 43 for the loss of two wickets, for whom Jodie Billett top scored with ten runs, but it was a clinical partnership from the victor’s Michelle King, 10 not out, and Clare Fallis with 13 runs to her name, which saw the indoor championship heading in the direction of Rawreth Lane as the “B” team proved they were certainly not second-rate by finishing on 44 for the loss of just one wicket. They completed their fixtures without dropping a single point after two previous wins earlier in the competition.

Benfleet Ladies achieved their first win of the competition when they defeated Thurrock Ladies, also by five wickets, and in doing so edged their way into the runners-up spot. Thurrock batted first with Sophie-Anne Radley top scoring with 13 not out in a final total of 54 for the loss of two wickets, but Benfleet were ecstatic to achieve success by reaching 56 for the loss of only one wicket, for whom Debbie Handley top scored with 11 not out and Kerry Lees gave valuable support with 10 not out in a match-winning undefeated partnership.

In the evening’s remaining game, Rayleigh “A” defeated Benfleet by 27 runs. Kelly Castle proved to be a tower of strength for the Rayleigh team by scoring 23 not out and then followed up by taking two Benfleet wickets at a cost of only eight runs. Billett was also in double figures for Rayleigh with 12 runs, while June Hammond matched that score for Benfleet. Rayleigh “A” finished on 83-2 and in reply Benfleet scored 56-1 after being pegged back by an accurate bowling attack.

Friday 25th March 2011

Rayleigh Ladies “B” have emerged from the first week of womens’ indoor six a side cricket competition at Grays School with a 100% record after two impressive victories over Benfleet and Thurrock Ladies. It was Clare Fallis who led the way with the bat for Rayleigh “B” as she struck a fine 28 not out against Benfleet and then followed that up with 20 runs against Thurrock. In the Benfleet game, Fallis received valuable support from the bat of Louise Harmsworth which contributed 23 runs, while Amy McGowan finished on 26 not out. This confident batting display enabled Rayleigh “B” to close on 114 for the loss of four wickets. In reply, Benfleet were dismissed for 39, but this was a good effort from a fledgling team, in the face of some accurate bowling.

Thurrock Ladies posted a score of 51 for the loss of just one wicket against Rayleigh “B”, with Laura Knight top scoring with 25 not out, Harmsworth taking the lone wicket to fall. Fallis again opened the batting in the Rayleigh reply, this time launching only the second ball she received to the boundary wall for a well-driven six hit. Amy McGowan chipped in with 12 runs, but with both Fallis and McGowan being run out by some keen Thurrock fielding, then having Harmsworth dismissed the same way, the game was in the balance with Rayleigh requiring eight runs from the final over. The tension mounted as no runs were scored from the first three balls, five runs were achieved from the following two deliveries – so it was all down to the final ball with three runs required. Louise Kirby kept her nerve and executed a good pull shot to secure the last-gasp victory for the loss of four wickets.

In the evening’s remaining fixture at Grays School, Thurrock Ladies defeated Rayleigh “A” by five wickets, thanks to an aggressive innings of 22 not out from Amy Squires. Rayleigh “A” had earlier scored 65 for the loss of four wickets with Jodie Billett top-scoring with 25 not out and Lorraine Frost scoring 11 runs. Some fast bowling from Knight generated two wickets at a cost of just six runs in two hostile overs which paved the way for Thurrock, who finished on 68 for the loss of one wicket.