Match Reports – Womens’ Indoor Six a Side 2013

Original Press Release – 25th March 2013


Thurrock Sports Council has agreed to sponsor the third annual Womens’ Indoor six a side cricket competition, which has again been organised by Matthew Walker for the South Essex District Cricket Board.  This year, the event will take place over three consecutive weeks at Gable Hall School, Corringham and, for the first time, there will be three Thurrock-based teams taking part.  Belhus, Stanford le Hope and Thurrock will be joining current champions Rayleigh in the four-team tournament.Belhus Ladies CC Coaching 2013

The event is being taken very seriously, with Belhus Ladies CC hosting a well attended, six-week intensive training programme at Grays School, prior to the start of the competition (pictured right).

The coaching scheme was fully funded by Sportivate, part of Sport England’s Olympic Legacy in association with Essex Cricket, with coaches Laura Knight and Amy Squires making a significant contribution to the success of the course.

The first round of matches takes place on Thursday 18th April and the event, which is not open to the public, concludes two weeks later.  Full fixture list:  18th April: 7pm – Thurrock v. Stanford le Hope;  8pm – Rayleigh v Belhus.  25th April: 7pm – Belhus v Thurrock;  8pm – Stanford le Hope v Rayleigh.  2nd May: 7pm – Belhus v Stanford le Hope;  8pm – Thurrock v Rayleigh.

Thursday 19th April 2013


Thurrock Ladies CC 2013 Indoor TeamFour womens’ cricket teams in South Essex are taking part in an indoor six a side cricket competition sponsored by Thurrock Sports Council over the next few weeks at Gable Hall School, Corringham.

The first round of league fixtures took place last Thursday, with Stanford le Hope securing a win over Thurrock (pictured, left) with just one ball to spare. Thurrock batted first and posted 62 runs for the loss of four wickets, for whom Catherine Hodge top scored with 13 not out.  But Stanford’s Laura Knight claimed three wickets in one solitary over, without conceding a single run.  Olivia Wyatt provided excellent support by taking one wicket for just one run.

In reply, Stanford made a steady start as Wordley and Hales both scored eleven runs and McCarthy chipped in with nine runs. With one over remaining, Stanford required two runs to win, with Wyatt on strike.  The first four deliveries were dot balls, but two runs were scrambled to earn victory in a thrilling finish, with Stanford reaching 63-4.  For Thurrock, Hodge was impressive as wicketkeeper, claiming one stumping and a run out.

In the following match, Rayleigh, who are looking for their third consecutive success at this annual tournament, enjoyed a comfortable six wicket win over Belhus. The North Stifford based club scored 45 for the loss of four wickets from their alloted ten overs as Tracey Sloan top scored with ten runs, while Amy Squires and Rachel Cordell scored nine and seven runs respectively. Elisha Brett kept a firm lid on the Belhus batting with three wickets at a cost of just ten runs, while assistance came from Louise Harmsworth with 1-13.  In reply, Rayleigh openers Lorraine Frost and Kelly Lee put the match beyond doubt with respective undefeated scores of eleven and ten as the Rawreth Lane club finished on 46 without loss. Match umpires were Roy Saunders and Michael Squires.

Belhus Ladies CC Indoor Team 2013Thursday 26th April 2013


In the latest round of matches of the womens’ indoor cricket competition sponsored by Thurrock Sports Council, Thurrock cricket club edged home against Belhus (pictured, right) with just four balls to spare in this gripping fixture at Gable Hall school, Corringham, on Thursday evening.

Belhus batted first with opening batsman Tracey Sloan striking a powerful 25 not out, in a knock which included one six and three fours and was supported well by Crystal Gansbuhler who struck two fours in an innings of 18 runs.  The innings closed on 79 for the loss of four wickets as Jackie Trigg claimed one wicket for just nine runs from two wickets, her wicket being that of Belhus opener Tracey Fairweather.  Second change bowler Sarah Fergey was also in the same league for the economy stakes, with only seven runs conceded, also from two overs. Meanwhile, Catherine Hodge picked up the wicket of Rhiannan Jefferies for one run from her fifth delivery and went on to finish her two-over spell with 1-5.  Lynne Bonner also contributed to the Belhus scoresheet with five runs until she became the second run out victim of the innings.

Thurrock were dealt a blow when their opening batsman Hodge was run out at the bowler’s end by some intelligent fielding by Sloan for just one run off in the first over, but then Fergey and Allison Edmeades joined forces.  Fergey was the more prominent batsman, scoring a fine undefeated 27 while Edmeades ended with seven not out.  Both contributed three runs each from the first and second balls of the final over, as they successfully concluded a thrilling contest between two evenly matched teams, with Fergey hitting two boundaries.  The most accurate bowler was Jackie Norris whose spell cost only 16 runs from 2.2 overs.

In the second and final match of the evening, Rayleigh maintained their 100% record with a five wicket win over Stanford le Hope. The local team batted first and posted 63 for the loss of five wickets with McCarthy top scoring with 20 runs. Adding value were Laura Knight, Hales and Watson with 5, 6 and 7 runs respectively. But the Hope were pegged back by outstanding performances from Rayleigh’s Elisha Brett and Louise Frost. Brett’s bowling was awesome as the medium pacer struck four times within her three-over spell and conceded just 14 runs into the bargain. Then Brett achieved a run out to dismiss Stanford’s batsman Olivia Wyatt and also accepted a return catch off her own bowling as one of her four scalps. Meanwhile, Frost also had a hand in cooling the Stanford run accumulation by pouching three catches.

Barnard led the way in Rayleigh’s response until she was bowled by McCarthy for 22. But Brett and Lees saw the Rawreth Lane club home without any further debits by undefeated scores of 16 and 9 respectively. McCarthy finished a one over bowling spell with 1-9.  Umpires for both matches were Jim Medlycott and Terry Hills.

Thursday 2nd May 2013


Rayleigh (pictured left) picked up the Thurrock Sports Council’s indoor six a side cricket crown with a third consecutive title at Gable Hall School, Corringham on Thursday evening. Following wins over Stanford le Hope and Belhus, the Rawreth Lane based club stormed to a 58-run win over Thurrock.

Batting first, Rayleigh were all out for 93 with Thurrock emerging with great credit as they became the first team in the history of the competition to dismiss the reigning title holders.  Rebecca Holyoak struck three sixes in a superb innings of 45 runs, but Hannah picked up 2-14 for Thurrock and she received valuable support from Sarah Fergey and Heather Phillips with one wicket each.  Allison Edmeades hit 12 not out for the Blackshots-based side but Rayleigh bounced back in style as Elisha Brett picked up 2-8 from three overs while Louise Harmsworth and Holyoak collected 1-7 and 1-10 respectively.  Thurrock were restricted to 35 for the loss of five wickets after their ten-over allocation to leave Rayleigh at the top of the final league table once again.

Meanwhile, Stanford secured the runners-up spot with a 32-run victory over Belhus. Stanford, batting first, had three batsmen in double figures, being Gemma Reynolds with 11 runs, Olivia Wyatt contributed 13 while Laura Knight was undefeated on 21 as Stanford closed on 93 for the loss of three wickets. Belhus lost their opening batsman, Amy Squires, in the first over for just one run when Rhiannon Hales (1-21) held on to a good catch off her own bowling. But Tracey Sloan joined Rachel Cordell and these two put on 49 for the second wicket until Cordell was bowled by Knight for six runs. Sloan hit two sixes in a bludgeoning knock of 20 runs, but perished when she was caught and bowled by Wyatt (1-7). Belhus concluded their innings on 60 for the loss of three wickets, with Knight (1-1) picking up the wicket of Cordell.  Umpires for both matches were Graham Davies and Mike Randall.