Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League – Round-Up…

Despite the recent erratic weather, there has been plenty of action in both the East and West Divisions of the Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League…

In the East Division, Canewdon recorded their first victory of the season, as Westcliff-on-Sea 2nd was beaten at Chalkwell Park.

Anthony Doherty (37) and Sunny Bedi (39) helped the home side to a competitive 137 for four – Muhammad Farooque, two for 16, and
Chris Ashdown, one for 12, the pick of the Canewdon attack.

However, the visitors chased down their target inside fifteen overs to win-win by eight wickets. Ashdown retired not out on 50 from only 19 balls, while Max Richards was unbeaten on 36* off 36: Akashdeep Singh and Max Mather, the Westcliff bowlers to break through.

Westcliff also found themselves on the wrong end of the result against leaders Civic Centre.

In a sixteen-over contest, Civic posted 139 for five with Darshan Shetty hitting 43 from 22, while Wali Rehman (26) and Frankie Leith (33) were also among the runs. Santhosh Ankeru took one for 8 for Westcliff.

Westcliff’s chase struggled to gain momentum, with Rajesh Ankuru (23) and Ankeru (11) the only batter to reach double figures. Matt Curtis claimed two for 8, and Callum Mortimer two for 9, helping Civic to a comfortable 47-run success.

Alleyn Court Aces beat Rankins by five wickets in a hard-fought encounter.

Rankings posted 105 for seven in a sixteen-over match, with Warner hitting 45, and Dean 30* – Dylan Batt (two for 11) and Atavin (two for 20) performing well with the ball for the Aces.

The Aces claimed victory with a ball to spare. Hemu scored 35. Dean and Higgins performed notably with the ball for Rankins.

Rayleigh took the derby honours against nine-man Rayleigh Fairview in the West Division by earning a four-wicket triumph.

Fairview posted 109 for eight from fourteen overs with Owen Barratt scoring 44 and Josh Faires 18, while David Archer took two for 10, and Jake Ashworth two for 5.

Rayleigh reached their target with a ball to spare despite the efforts of Sam Collins (three for 22). Jake Osbourn top-scored with 26.

Hadleigh and Thundersley won both games in a double-header with Benfleet.

The first encounter saw the Johns Burrows side record a ten-run success, with Rory Blackaby hitting an unbeaten half-century, while C Murdoch replicated the feat for Benfleet.

Hadleigh recorded a seven-wicket success in the second fixture.

Benfleet posted 118 for two off ten overs with C Huntley scoring 36 and
G Blowes unbeaten on 46*. O Smith hit 38, and Blackaby 31 to maintain the pressure on leaders Westcliff-on-Sea 1st.


Brian Jeeves