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The Southend Evening Cricket League – Sponsored by Medlock Electrical Suppliers – started its 54th season at the beginning of May after a year’s absence due to Covid restrictions. Three new sides Hockley, Leigh on Sea and Southend On Sea & EMT have entered, making the League up to eleven teams this season.
Reigning 2019 Champions, Canewdon opened the season with a close-fought win over new boys Leigh On Sea at Canewdon Park. All three games on the first night were rain reduced. Canewdon posted 151/6 from their 16 overs. Captain Jack Broad retired on 50, while Simon Broad scored 20 and Chris Ashdown 18 for the village side. Leigh’s best bowling came from Iain McDonald with 2/14.
Leigh’s chase was close but they fell 8 runs short on 143/8, mainly due to Gary Holmes’s 3/31 from 4 overs.
In a ten-over game at Southchurch Park, Civic Centre won the toss and elected to bat against Southend On Sea & EMT. They posted a respectable 92/4, thanks to opener Gareth Savory’s 25 (retired) and skipper Dave Colwill 25* at the back end of the innings.
The Seasiders used 8 different bowlers with Glenn Norfolk 2/22 having the most success. SOSEMT appeared to be in control of the run chase with K.Butler and J.Sibbions both retiring at 25 but S.Silver 18 not out found himself at the wrong end of the crease for the final over.
With only 7 needed to win and with a 4 hit off the first ball of Bob Curtis’ over, the game appeared finished. But with the aid of a catch from Matt Curtis and good keeping from Carl Robinson, two wickets were lost and no further runs were scored. Civic won by 2 runs with Curtis finishing with 2/4 along with M.Khan 2/11.
The final game of the first evening saw Rayleigh 82/2 destroy the total of Eastwood 79/4 in 6.2 overs. Carl Lees lead the way with 38*, Dan Frost assisted with 22. Eastwood had Turner 47, to thank for their total, Rayleigh’s Worrall took 2/35 from 3 overs.
In the game between Westcliff and a completely new side to the league, Hockley, the improved weather made it possible to have a full T20 match at Chalkwell Park. Westcliff batted first and posted 132/4. Giles Davies 51 retired and Tom Hickey 27 top-scored, with Hockley’s bowlers, Pastfield 2/18 (4) and Williams 2/20 (4) aiming to restrict the total.
Hockley’s Barker 31* and Chillmaid 25 could not break away from the tight Westcliff bowlers, Patel 2/18 (4) Hewitt 1/18(4) and Pitchforth 1/16 (3) – the new side starting their league campaign with a 7 run defeat when after they scored 125/4.
The last game of the week played at Belfairs Park saw Emersons defeat Rayleigh Fairview by 36 runs. Batting first Emersons scored 142/5 in 16 overs.
Jack Wagstaff 51 retired, Brett Deeming 28 and Alex Hatten 25 did most of the damage to the Fairview bowling. J.Faires 2/34 and J.Turner 2/34 was the pick of their bowlers. Fairview replied with 106/7.
K.Rigby 39 and O.Barrett 20 did their best to reach the Emersons score but Hattons 2/15 helped keep them short of the total needed.
Next week games:
Monday, May 10
Rayleigh Fairview v Westcliff Rayleigh Town Football Club)
Tuesday, May 11
Hockley v Canewdon (Rankins)
Wednesday, May 12
Rayleigh v Civic Centre (Rawreth Lane)
Thursday, May 13
Westcliff v Alleyn Court Aces (Chalkwell Park)
Emersons v Eastwood (Belfairs Park)
The league will run between May and July with the possibility of a cup competition at the end of the season. Anyone wishing for further information about playing or keeping up with the results should contact the Facebook page, Medlocks Southend Evening Cricket League.