Westcliff On Sea has done all they can in a bid to capture the Medlock Southend Evening League title having outfit saw off Eastwood in their final game.
Only results going against them in re-arranged fixtures could wrestle top-spot away from the Chalkwell Park outfit.
Despite beating Southend On Sea & EMT, Rayleigh’s inferior run rate has proved costly. Meanwhile, Alleyn Court Ace hopes were hit when opponents, Hockley called off due to COVID cases. The Aces remain three points behind the top two but have three matches to rearrange if they are to stand a chance.
Westcliff set about the Eastwood attack, with Alex Portgugal scoring his third 50* (retired) in the competiotion. Charlie Lockhart followed suit, helping their side to 214/4 – the largest total by any side this season –
Michael Stirrip with 2/44, the best of the Eastwood bowlers.
Eastwood was always going to struggle in keeping up with the rate. Fitzgerald (1/10) and Peter Barnes (2/20) extinguished any hope – Eastwood finishing on 134/6.
Rayleigh’s eight wins and two defeats was identical to Westcliff. Carl Lees 50* (retired) and Danny White 37* helping their side to 154/3 – Glen Norfolk taking 1/14 for the Seasiders.
Norfolk did his utmost with the bat, scoring 20. However, his side finished 52 runs shy of their target – Chris Frost (3/23) and Callum Mayfield (2/16) doing most of the damage for Rayleigh.
Rayleigh Fairview scored a season-best 174/4 with Adam Keating 50* (retired) and Owen Barrett 23* the main contributors against Canewdon –
Gary Holmes with 2/17 for the villagers.
In response, Jack Broad reached 34 and A.Barker 25. However, with
Kieran Raby taking 3/11 and Ashley Ayres 3/13 (Canewdon were dismissed 127.
A re-arranged match between Rayleigh Fairview and Leigh On Sea was not possible. wWith both teams calling off once it is likely the points will be shared with time running out for replays.
Civic Centre finished a respectably, winning and losing five of their league fixtures. With a clear week, Civic arranged a friendly with Benfleet – the latter has considered a place in the league for the summer of 2022.
The game provided a decent introduction. Benfleet scoring 148/7, while Civic fell eight runs short – Alfie Jeeves amongst the wickets for the visitors.