Essex Hawks and Kestrels record notable victories

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Essex Hawks and Kestrels recorded excellent victories in their respective leagues, with Conor Berry and Alex Scott making notable contributions with the bat…

Essex Hawks v Yorkshire – D40 Quest – Harlow Town Cricket Club – Report

Essex Hawks 225 for nine (40.0 overs)

Yorkshire 152 (30.5 overs)

Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bowl

Essex Hawks won by 73 runs

Conor Berry set Essex Hawks on their way to a sizable 73-run D40 Quest victory over a strong Yorkshire side with a mature yet flamboyant batting performance at Harlow Town Cricket Club.

Conor Berry batted brilliantly, reaching 92 for Essex Hawks against Yorkshire (Neil Robinson)

Indeed, Berry proved to be the scourge of the Yorkshire attack, hitting ten 4s on his way to 92 from 94 balls. The talented allrounder was desperately unlucky to fall just short of his first three-figure haul for the county when Dairen Hirst-Spalding took a catch off the bowling of skipper Matt Bateman.

Ronnie Jackson vitally contributed 45 out of 44. His innings included four 4s and two 6s. Cameron Cooper was the pick of the visitors’ attack, returning 8-1-29-3, while there were two wickets apiece for Bateman, Owen Morris and Rob Hewitt.

As expected, Yorkshire provided tough opposition in a game played with tremendous spirit. Nevertheless, following their impressive display recently at Lancashire, Essex bowled and fielded with intensity and confidence. Leg-spinner Alfie Jeeves led the way with 7-1-28-3, while Ben Aust had two for 28, and Benny Fryatt two for 29. Isaac Elles and Joe Moss were also amongst the wickets, as was hero Berry, who snaffled Kyle Clayton via an incredible one-handed catch by Jeeves. Morris top-scored for Yorkshire with 38.

Essex Hawks: Conor Berry, Matt Edwards, Ronnie Jackson, Joe Moss (Capt), Ben Aust, Alexander Welby, Alfie Jeeves, Isaac Elles, Andrew Mowatt, Martyn Doe, Benny Fryatt, James Ward (WK), Jack Gair

Yorkshire: K Clayton, C Sugden, D Hirst-Spalding, M Bateman, C Sweeney, O Morris, R Hewitt, A Ghani, C Cooper, J Grimes, L Savage, G Whitfield

Essex Kestrels v Hampshire –  S9 Regional South-East – Harlow Town Cricket Club – Report

Essex Kestrels 133 (25.0 overs)

Hampshire 32 (14.5 overs)

Hampshire won the toss and elected to bowl

Essex Kestrels won by 101 runs

Alex Scott played a leading role for the Kestels as the Essex ‘Harlow double-header’ ended with two out of two.

Alex Scott top-scored for Essex Kestrels against Hampshire (Neil Robinson)

The Kestrels moved to the top of S9 Regional South-East with a dominant display which saw their Hampshire counterparts beaten by 101 runs.

Scott marked his return to the side with a well-controlled 37, judging his innings to perfection and helping his side to a competitive 133 for eight. Meanwhile, Jack Flower contributed 21 as the home side seized control.

The Essex attack made short work of the Hampshire batting order. Oliver Kennedy returned impressive figures of three for 10, while Harry Willis almost matched him with three for 11. Alex Myles was also amongst the wickets, while Joshan Patel’s quick thinking saw Hampshire’s Legg run out without scoring.

Essex Kestrels: Bradley Donovan (Capt), Phil Law, James Coles, Jack Flowers, Charlie Stack, Alex Scott, Stephen Denham (WK), Alex Myles, Oliver Kennedy, Bradley Barker, Joshan Patel, Harry Willis

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