Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League – Round-Up

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Eastwood has emerged as a surprise contender for the East Division title following their nine-wicket victory over Westcliff On Sea 2nd at Chalkwell Park. A result which saw them move within three points of Alleyn Court Aces and Southend On Sea & EMT at the top.

Aces and SOSEMT postponed their scheduled match, and with Eastwood having to play them both before the season ends the division could become wide open.

At Chalkwell Park, Westcliff’s second string scored 134/5 in twenty overs. Alex Portugal scored 38, while H Benton hit 33. James Drabble was the pick of the Eastwood attack with two for 24.

Eastwood made short work of chasing down their target taking just sixteen overs for the loss of one wicket. James Sandford’s retired at 50, while Matt Feathers was unbeaten on 29 as Eastwood ramped up the pressure on the top two.

Elsewhere in the East Division, hosts, Canewdon posted a competitive 146/8 against Civic Centre, with Chris Ashdown (retired 50) and Simon Broad (24) amongst the runs. Dave Colwill returned Civic’s best bowling figures of the season with 4/24 from his four-over spell.

But the home side wasn’t to be denied their first win of the season. Liam Warren claimed 3/26 and Thorpe 2/20 as Civic were bowled out for 97. Jerrin Joy top-scored with 15.

East Division
1. Aces 18 points
2. SOSEMT 18 points
3. Eastwood 15 points
4. Westcliff II 8 points
5. Civic Centre 6 points
6. Canewdon. 2 points

Hadleigh & Thundersley have opened up a five-point gap at the top of the West Division following two wins over Rayleigh Fairview in ten-over contests

In the first re-arranged match Fairview scored 70/4 in 10 overs. Spemilli made 28, while Patel took 2/9 for the leaders.

H&T eased home with the loss of only one wicket. Jack Wagstaff’s 31* helping them over the line.

The second fixture match saw Hadleigh & Thundersley post an impressive 111/3, with Ollie Smith making 32*

Ayers did his utmost for Fairview, taking 2/15 and then hitting 15 with the bat, Fairview fell 32 runs short. Patel took 2/4 for the leaders.

Westcliff remains H&T’s closest rival after beating Rettendon at Rawreth Lane.

Westcliff posted 152 from 16 overs with Tom Baker, 50 retired, supplying the bulk of the runs. Rettendon bowler Ridgwell took 3/24 from three overs.

But Rettendon fell 23 runs short of their target. Harry Pitchforth’s 2/9 was teh pick of the Westcliff bowling. Charlie Seadon hit 28 for Rettendon but couldn’t prevent his side from slipping to defeat.

The title could well be decided when Hadleigh & Thundersley meet Westcliff next time out at The John Burrows Ground in Hadleigh.

Leigh On Sea’s chances of winning the title evaporated after they forfeited their match with Rayleigh.

West Division
1. HTCC 21 points
2. Westcliff 16 points
3. Leigh 10 points.

4. Rayleigh Fairview 10 points

5. Rettendon 7 points

6. Rayleigh 5 points

Brian Jeeves

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