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Alleyn Court Aces passed their biggest test of the season with flying colours by defeating league leaders Rayleigh by 35 runs at Rawreth Lane.
The Aces posted 192/8 – their highest total of the season – with Adam Flemming and Rob Mckay unbeaten on 53 and 51 (retired) respectively, and Noel Smith 47* doing the majority of the damage.
Toby Turner – 2/28, then 43 with the bat – did his utmost for the home side, while Sam Harmsworth (29*) and Jon Cook (24) were also amongst the runs. However, they were to fall short – Ish Madan’s (3/9 from 3 overs) and Adam Flemming (2/32 from 4) keeping it tight for the Aces.
Broomhills staged a thrilling encounter on Wednesday evening which saw Civic Centre edge out Hockley on the penultimate ball of the match.
Civic Centre skipper, Dave Colwill struck a boundary to win the match, taking his score to 29* – Joe Smith chipped in with (21*) – Joe Robbins (2/21) and Dave Williams (1/13) the pick of the Hockley attack.
Earlier, Robbins had hit 33, helping Hockley to 111/4 – but a tight spell from Martin Robinson (1/11) and Jamie Coleman (1/21) kept Civic Centre in the hunt.
It’s three victories on the bounce for Eastwood, who got past Rayleigh Fairview with 22 balls to spare.
Fairview posted 112/7 with Jellet and King both hitting 25 – Eastwood’s Harry Beaver (2/12), Alec Hume (2/13) and James Drabble (2/23) keeping the contest within reach.
And so it proved. Ryan Creasey (26*) and Huchstepp (16) guided Eastwood home with the loss of just four wickets. – Collins taking 2/21 for the beaten hosts.
Leigh On Sea became the first team to break the 200-run barrier, hitting 203/3 off 20 overs against Southend On Sea & EMT.
Spencer and Elliot both retired on 50* – Only Glenn Norfolk (1/29) enjoying success with the ball for SOSEMT.
Joe Sibbons made 45 as the Southchurch Park club refused to throw in the towel. But SOSEMT was always going to fall short. They reached 105/9 – Jeacock (3/17) the pick of the Leigh bowlers, helping his side remain in touch with the title contenders.
This week’s Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League fixtures;
Monday, June 7
Rayleigh Fairview v Civic Centre (at Rayleigh Town FC)
Tuesday, June 8
Hockley v SOSEMT (at Broomhills)
Wednesday, June 9
Canewdon v Westcliff On Sea (at Canewdon Park)
Thursday, June 10
Leigh On Sea v Rayleigh (at Chalkwell Park)