Match Reports – Womens Indoor Six a Side 2012

Belhus Ladies CC Indoor Team

Thursday 12th April 2012

Belhus Ladies CC (pictured, right) played their first match against external opposition at adult level in the opening match of the Thurrock Sports Council Womens’ Indoor Six a Side Cricket tournament at Grays School. But their opponents, Rayleigh, stormed to a six-wicket success despite the fledgling Belhus team being dismissed for an encouraging total of 53 runs, for whom Lynn Bonner top scored with 10 runs. Kelly Castle, Elisha Brett and Rebecca Holyoak took a wicket each for Rayleigh, while Freya Barnard hit 22 not out to secure the win.

Thursday 19th April 2012

The Rayleigh Ladies indoor six a side cricket team look certain to lift the South Essex District Board’s womens’ competition for the second consecutive year. They need just one point from their remaining match in this Thurrock Sports Council sponsored tournament to be certain of the title, following a 29-run defeat of the Benfleet A team. Rayleigh batted first and reached 93 for the loss of just one wicket, with new recruit Rebecca Holyoak, from Harold Wood CC, leading the charge with 25 not out. Then Kelly Castle kept the Rayleigh fortress intact with an unbeaten knock of 30, despite the best efforts of a keen Benfleet attack, led by Lauren Earle, 1-27. Then, after the break, Earle struck 18 runs but Benfleet were eventually dismissed for 64 as Freya Barnard, Elisha Brett and Castle took one wicket each.

In the evening’s remaining game, Benfleet B defeated Belhus Ladies by five wickets, largely due to a fine all-round performance from Sam Miller, who claimed two Belhus wickets at a cost of 23 runs from three overs and later ensured a fine win with 26 not out. Belhus scored 81 for the loss of just three wickets from their allotted twelve overs. Assisting Miller with the ball was Liz Whitbourn (1-22). In reply, Benfleet reached their target after 7.1 overs by scoring 83 for one wicket despite Jackie Norris dismissing opening batsman Lisa Earle for ten runs with the final ball of her first over. Norris returned figures of 1-21 from two overs but Lesley Pryce and Miller finished the job for Benfleet as both were undefeated on 17 and 26 respectively.

Thursday 26th April 2012

As expected, Rayleigh Ladies won the South Essex District Cricket Board’s womens’ indoor six a side cricket competition for the second consective year at Grays School. Rayleigh needed only one point to regain the title and it would have taken something out of the ordinary for that not to have occurred. As it turned out, Rayleigh gained their championship-winning point when the first bonus point was achieved by reaching 50 runs. Rayleigh continued with their run gathering, reaching a creditable 105 for the loss of three wickets after their allotted twelve overs. In reply, opponents Benfleet were dismissed for 64, leaving Rayleigh Ladies clear winners by a margin of 41 runs in this Thurrock Sports Council sponsored event.

The Belhus and Benfleet cricket teams completed their indoor six side programme when they met on Thursday (26th April). After they had scored a patient 53 for the loss of two wickets after twelve overs, the Belhus team made two early strikes, the first of which came from the first ball of the Benfleet innings. Opening bowler Crystal Gansbuhler bowled Lauren Earle, then, three balls later, Gansbuhler was again on hand to gather a good throw and break the wicket to run out Earle’s replacement batsman, Chloe Brady, for just one run. At this stage, Benfleet were two runs for two wickets, but then Danielle Sillitoe, 12 not out, and Ella Hill, 8 not out, helped Benfleet over the finishing line without further loss. For Belhus, Gansbuhler finished with 1-10 from two overs. In the Belhus innings, Libby Cansdale and Rhiannan Jefferies were joint top scorers with nine not out while for Benfleet, Earle and Sillitoe picked up 1-13 and 1-7 respectively.