Rayleigh enhanced their position at the top of the Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League with a victory over second-placed Leigh On Sea at Chalkwell Park.
Ian Mc Donald scored 34 as Leight posted a competitive 132/8 – Mark Acraman with 4/29 and Shaun Duplessis (2/17) the pick of the Rayleigh bowlers.
In response, Carl Lees retired on 50, while an unbeaten 24 from Phil Everitt at the back end of the innings saw Rayleigh confirm a four-wicket victory – James Spencer (3/14) doing his utmost for Leigh with the ball. Rayleigh now holding a five-point advantage at the top.
Alleyn Court Aces are currently third after their game was forfeited by Emersons. This was the second week running the Electrical Company have not been able to field a side, leaving them second from bottom in the table having had points deducted twice.
League new boys, Hockley and Southend On Sea & EMT when head-to-head at Broomhills.
Hockley forced a win after posting 115/2 from eighteen overs – Chilmaid unbeaten on 47, Wicks contributing a valuable 27.
Joe Sibbons retired on 51, but with little support around his, SOSEMT fell ten runs short on 105/6 – Isherwood (3/9) Williams (3/18) responsible for keeping the visitors in check.
Westcliff On Sea hit their highest total of the season, blasting 194/2 against Canewdon.
Hallows and Pinkerton both retired on 50, while Evans finished unbeaten on 40 for Westcliff – Chris Ashdown – with 1/19 – the only Canewdon bowler with credible figures.
Jack and Simon Broad, with 48* and 26* respectively, attempted to retrieve the situation. However, it was always going to be a tough ask for the villagers. Peter Barnes (2/22), Bedi (1/16) and Fitzgerald (1/16) ensuring a handsome Westcliff win as Canewdon fell seventy runs short.
Civic Centre was involved in another thrilling encounter, this time with Rayleigh Fairview.
Adam Keating (29) and Dave Jellett (22) helped Rayleigh Fairview to 134/6 – Jamie Coleman (0/12) and Nor Ali Khan (3/14) attempting to keep a lid on proceedings with the ball.
And that proved vital as Adnam Khan (49), Gurpreet Singh (45), Humayan (23) and Dave Colwill (22) saw Civic over the line with the loss of just two wickets, inside fifteen overs – Fairs (1/34) and Turner (1/35) the best with the ball for Fairview.
This week’s Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League fixtures;
Monday, June 14
Civic Centre v Alleyn Court Aces at Alleyn Court School
Rayleigh Fairview v Hockley at Rayleigh Town FC
Wednesday, June 16
Rayleigh v Westcliff at Rawreth Lane.
SOSEMT v Canewdon at Southchurch Park
Thursday, June 17
Eastwood v Leigh at Belfairs Park