Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League – Round-Up…

There was plenty for local cricket enthusiasts to chew the fat over following the latest round of Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League East and West Division fixtures…

East Division

Rankins saw off Civic Centre by five wickets at Stambridge, with Huggins hitting an unbeaten 45* for the victors as they chased down Civic’s 123 for eight.

De Cruz hit 34 in vain for the visitors, while Murray returned three for 26, and Raeside three for 13

Westcliff-on-Sea 2nd were six-wicket winners over Eastwood

at Chalkwell Park.

Eastwood posted 106 for seven from 20 overs, with Michael Stirrup hitting 27 from 15 balls and Praghash Ganeshalingham 21 from 14.

Sam Adley (two for 11), Santhosh Ankeru (two for 7) and Akash Singh (two for 23) did the bulk of the damage with the ball for the home side.

Westcliff reached their target with five balls to spare.

15-year-old George Currell carried his bat, with 49 from 45 deliveries.

Rajesh Ankeru – 14 runs from 18 deliveries – hit the winning boundary.

Stirrup (two for 16) and Chris Richards (two for 34) were the pick of the Eastwood attack.

Alleyn Court Aces recorded a sizable 132-run success over Canewdon.

Hemu Kumar Venkatakrishna scored 55* from 24 balls, while Rob McKay contributed 55* from 39.

Chris Ashdown (two for 32) and Naren Damodaran (two for 24) did their utmost to stem the tide for Canewdon.

Cawendon’s chase never gathered sufficient momentum as they succumbed inside sixteen overs for 71.

Ashdown scored 31. Meanwhile, Sebby Haskins claimed three for 15,  

Finley Payne 2 two for 22, and Shri Vijayakrishnan two for 8 for the winners.

West Division

Hadleigh & Thundersley and Westcliff 1st played out a well-contested encounter, with the latter winning by 12 runs.

Pete Barnes scored 36 and C Lockhart 37 for Westcliff. O Smith with three for 19 for the home side.

Hadleigh reached 167 for eight from their 20 overs, with O Smith unbeaten on 47*, while B Corps hit 32. G Cox returned four for 31 for the victors.

Benfleet’s match with Rayleigh Fairview was cancelled. However, there was plenty of good cricket at Rawreth Lane, where visitors Rettendon beat hosts Rayleigh by five wickets.

Sam Keene scored 43, and Richard Nolde 20, helping the home side to 141 for eight. Rettendon’s Josh Hussey claimed two for 10.

Rettendon chased down their target with eight balls to spare.

Adam Krise hit 32, Luke Sullivan, 28* Luke Smelling 27 and

Callum Druce 20* – Callum Mayfield had two for 12 for the luckless Rayleigh side.

Brian Jeeves