Festival at Rayleigh Cricket Club – 29th July 2012

Rayleigh Cricket Club hosted a Womens’ and Girls’ eight a side Festival, which attracted teams from Belhus, Benfleet, Bentley, Great Waltham, Old Chelmsfordians and Rayleigh.  Each side played two games in a three-team league format and then a further game against a team from the other league.  The final saw Benfleet edge out last year’s winners, Old Chelmsfordians, by just two runs.  Despite two heavy downpours all the games were completed and the players seemed to enjoy the day.

Report by Brian Dawbarn, Chairman of Rayleigh Cricket Club
 1st August 2012

Belhus Ladies took part in an eight-a-side competition on Sunday, with three matches against Bentley, Benfleet and Rayleigh, the host club.  In their first game, Belhus scored 37 for the loss of just one wicket, as Sophie Lennox top scored with nine out.  When Bentley replied, opening bowler Rhiannan Jefferies struck with her second ball and later some smart fielding by Jefferies combined by good work from bowler Jackie Norris saw Bentley lose their second wicket.  But there was no further loss as the target was reached with seven balls to spare.

Benfleet followed as second opponents, which saw Belhus total 28 for the loss of two wickets after their alloted seven overs.  In reply, Benfleet reached their target with one over to spare.

After a rain delay which extended the lunch interval, Belhus were held to 21 for the loss of four wickets by a strong Rayleigh attack.  Grimwood was impressive with two wickets at a cost of just two runs for the host club, while Elisha Brett and Louise Kirby picked up one wicket each.  Rhiannan Jefferies finished as she began the tournament, by dismissing Louise Kirby as opening bowler and conceding just five runs in the process.  Rayleigh lost one further wicket, that of opener Lorraine Frost, who was run out by good work in the field by Libby Cansdale and bowler Lennox.  The Belhus team: Lynne Bonner (captain), Libby Cansdale, Crystal Gansbuhler, Louise Harmsworth, Janet Jefferies, Rhiannan Jefferies, Sophie Lennox and Jackie Norris.

Belhus Cricket Club would like to thank the members of Rayleigh Cricket Club, especially Brian Dawbarn and his volunteer colleagues for their excellent hospitality and for making this event so enjoyable for all our players and supporters.

Report by Cliff Cansdale, Manager, Belhus Ladies Cricket Club
 29th July 2012