Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League – Round-Up

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Southend On Sea & EMT booked a place in the semi-finals of the Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League Cup with a seven-wicket victory over Rayleigh Fairview at Southchurch Park.

Despite the wet conditions, a match ensued with Rayleigh Fairview posting 36 for 6 in a match reduced to ten overs.

Luke Clarke claimed two for 6 from his two overs. In response, Joe Sibbons scored an unbeaten 20 as the Seasiders passed their target with 4.3 overs to spare.

Rayleigh Fairview’s Josh Faires did his utmost, returning impressive figures of 3/15, but it was all to no avail.

SOSEMT will host Hadleigh & Thundersley in the last four, while Rayleigh Fairview go into the Plate Trophy with a home tie against Rayleigh.

In the league, only two games survived the inclement conditions, with Westcliff On Sea v Leigh On Sea, and Hadleigh & Thundersley v Rayleigh in the West Division being postponed,

The surviving games in the East Division saw Eastwood set a total of 119/6 6of sixteen overs against Canewdon at Belfairs Park.

James Harris led the way with 27. He received support from Archie Matthews, who hit 24. Jack Broad claimed 2/29 for Canewdon.

In reply, the village side fell 14 runs short on 105/6. Baker scored 47 but Sutya took 3-/5, while Michael Stirrup had 2/22 and debutant Alfie Jeeves 1-/23.

Alleyn Court Aces backed up their recent cup wins with a first league triumph of the season against Civic Centre.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the school side didn’t have everything their own way and steadily lost wickets throughout their allocated twenty overs.

But thanks to Andy Morley (40), Luca Albon (25) and Neil Harvey (24) they posted a competitive 159/9. Mirza taking 3/22 for Civic.

Civic were always well behind the required run rate. Tight bowling from Ish Maden 2/9, G.Singh 2/11 and S.Haggy 2/13 saw them finish short on 79.

Brian Jeeves