The Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League, West Division has been blown wide open after Westcliff On Sea won the Chalkwell Park derby against old adversaries, Leigh.
Batting first, Westcliff scored 138 from 19.4 overs. Charlie Lockhart made 46, while Noah Sims (3/12) and Prash Natarjan (3/7) were in good form with the ball for Leigh.
Wilson scored an unbeaten 44 n but was unable to help Leigh home. They finished on 128/6. Westcliff jumping into second place while Leigh are in third after six matches.
Two wins for Hadleigh & Thundersley over Rayleigh saw them forge a two-point lead at the top of the division.
With a game to be rearranged, the sides agreed on two ten-overs-per-side. H&T scored 106/6. Phil Everitt took 2/10. Rayleigh replied with 84/4. Sam Harmsworth scored 37 and Ian Turnball 30* but they finished 22 runs short.
Rebecca Walker did her utmost for Rayleigh in the second encounter, scoring 15* of their 60/7. She returned figures of 2/17 with the ball but was unable to prevent H&T from winning by 36 runs
Mid-table Rayleigh Fairview recorded their second victory of the season, beating Rettendon by five runs in a thrilling contest.
Adam Keating hit 28 and James Payne 26 as Fairview posted 140/7 from 20 overs – George Edwards took 3/21 for the home side.
Responding, Rettendon reached 135/7. Henry Hands (27) and Luke Sullivan (26) kept the game on a knife-edge – Josh Faires took 2/29 for Fairview.
The East Division is just as exciting with Alleyn Court Aces still leading the way after another victory. Civic Centre batted first at the School Ground scoring 100/9 (20). Skipper Dave Colwill (42) contributed the most runs for the Civic Centre team, while Vijay, with 2/9, had the best bowling figures for Aces. An unbeaten half-century from Neil Harvey saw the Aces home by seven wickets with 7.2 overs to spare.
Southend On Sea & EMT remains hot on the heels of the Aces. Batting first at Chalkwell Park they posted 140/7 in 20 overs against Westcliff’s second string.
Tom Clark scored 40 and Glen Norfolk 27* for the Seasiders. Y Samson claimed 3/20 for Westcliff II.
Westcliff II had scored 105/5 after 17.4 overs when the match was abandoned after an injury occurred. After calculating the run rate SOSEMT won by 18 runs.
The final game in the East Division saw Eastwood claiming their second win of the season over Canewdon.
A high-scoring encounter saw Eastwood batting first and post 165/6 from their 20 overs. Ciaran Turner retired at 50 retired, while Pragash (43) played his part in doing the bulk of the damage. Aslam (2/41) enjoyed the most success with the ball for Canewdon.
In reply, the village side scored 148/9. Chris Ashdown hit 30. However, tight bowling from Michael Stirrup (4/15) and Alfie Jeeves (2/27) helped Eastwood to a 17-run win.
- HTCC 13 points
- Westcliff 11 points
- Leigh 10 points
- Rayleigh Fairview 8 points
- Rettendon 7 points
- Rayleigh 2 points
- Alleyn Court Aces 16 points
- SOSEMT 14 points
- Westcliff II 8 points
- Eastwood 7 points
- Civic Centre 5 points
- Canewdon -1 points