1951 – First Southend District Cricket Association Fixture

The first recorded fixture of the Southend District Cricket Association took place at Southchurch Park on Saturday 18th August 1951, when a “select” team played at hosts Southend on Sea CC.   Of course, there were no organised club cricket leagues as in the present day.  Southend were regarded as the senior club in the area, with the local press report acknowledging as a footnote that “It was a good game and one from which the Association and minor clubs can take heart for the future”.  A touch condescending perhaps, but nevertheless gives an insight to the status, perceived or otherwise, of the local clubs at the time.

The home side were soon in trouble at 96 for seven wickets, but a few missed chances allowed the last wicket pair to put on 46 valuable runs.  Young D. Turner collected a patient 43 of the Southend total of 171.  G. West made 26 and number eleven B. Belsham played a significant role in the final partnership by contributing 24 not out.   R. Holland (Marine CC) with 3-18, T. Spinks (Rayleigh CC) with 3-29 and T. Richardson (St. Mary’s CC), 2-15, were the most successful representative team bowlers.

Unfortunately for Association captain George Carradus and his team, they found Southend’s D. Wilson in devastating form with the ball as he claimed five victims – the first four of which were clean bowled – at a cost of only 19 runs,  However, the district had E. Allen (Leigh St. Clements CC) to thank as he top scored with 44 and established a fourth wicket stand with Ken Sandeman (Westcliff CC), 15 runs, which enabled the Association team to pass the 100 mark.  However, the last man was bowled out with the addition of just two further runs.  For Southend, D. Watkins took 2-44.

With acknowledgements to Ken Evens, also to the Southend Standard, edition dated Thursday 23rd August 1951.

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