Inclement weather conditions affected this week’s Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League fixtures with the games between Leigh On Sea and Alleyn Court Aces, and local rivals Eastwood and Emerson’s, rained off – each team awarded a point until the games are replayed later in the season.
Rayleigh’s nine-wicket win over Civic Centre ensured that they have already opened a lead at the top of the table as the only team with a 100% record.
Batting first, Civic posted a respectable 130/3 off 20 overs with Neal Mirron (31) and Garath Savory (29) leading the way – Mark Acraman 0/7 (4) and Toby Turner 1/8 (4) ensured a slow start for the local authority side from which they struggled to recover from.
Rayleigh’s Dan Frost bludgeoned several balls out of the ground on his way to 50 (retired). He was well supported by Turner with 31 and Carl Lees 31* ensuring the target was reached for the loss of one wicket in 13.2 overs.
New side Hockley recorded their first win by defeating Canewdon at Broomhills.
On a slow pitch, Canewdon struggled their way to 73/3 in 16 overs with Druce. 2/7 and Sherwood. 1/9 helping to keep the visitors in check.
Responding, Hockley didn’t have it all their own way and with 5 wickets down the village side looked in the game. However, Whiter (16*) and Chilmaid 14 saw Hockley home with three overs to spare.
Rayleigh Fairview, also recorded their first win of the season, defeating Westcliff by four wickets.
Westcliff was skittled for 87. Lockhart scored 23 but Nick Moore’s 3/29 from his allotted four overs did most of the damage. Fairview had Adam Keating to thank – his 44 holding their run chase together. Subsequently, they overtook the Westcliff total in 18.3 overs with 6 wickets down.
Next weeks fixtures…
Wednesday, May 19
Rayleigh v Hockley (Rawreth Lane)
Southend On Sea & EMT v Rayleigh Fairview (Southchurch Park)
Thursday, May 20
Westcliff v Alleyn Court (Chalkwell Park)
Leigh v Emersons (Chalkwell Park)
Eastwood v Civic Centre (Belfairs Park)