Report of week ending 21 May

One win and five losses for the Saturday League sides. Almost all matches were played with a reduced number of overs on wet pitches and in these circumstances it is best to win the toss and field first but in all but one game the toss was lost and Rayleigh were asked to bat.

T Rippon Mid Essex Premier Division.  The 1st XI travelled to last year’s Champions Bentley 1st XI and were put into bat. With four rain interruptions Rayleigh struggled to build a competitive score only Ben Francis (41), Jason Ox (29) and Will Nolde (24) making any impression against accurate bowling and the innings closed on 141-7. The home side knocked the runs off in the 22nd over for the loss of 1 wicket.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 2.  The 2nd XI entertained Bentley 2nd XI and batting first were bowled out for 87, Shaun Duplessis (32) and Chris Frost (21) being the only batsmen to make double figures. Bentley passed this score for the loss of 3 wickets in the 23rd over.   

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 5. The 3rd XI were away at Great Wakering 1st XI and batting first were bowled out for 77.  The home side reached their target in the 17th over for the loss of two wickets. 

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 7. St Andrews were the visitors to the 4th XI and losing the toss were invited to bat first and were bowled out for 117, Jai Patel taking 4-16.  Rayleigh were unable to capitalise on their advantage and collapsed to an all out score of 86, Brad Walker (31).

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 8.  The 5th XI visited Navestock 2nd XI and scored 163-4 in a game restricted to 34 overs, Mark Stratton scoring 100*. In a close finish Navestock ended on 150-4 to give Rayleigh their only victory of the day

Rippon Mid Essex League Division 10.  The 6th XI hosted Broomfield 2nd XI, and batting first totalled 123-9 in their 40 overs. Broomfield passed this total for the loss of 6 wickets in the 38h over.   

Beaumont Seymour Women & Girls Cricket League.  The game against Old Chelmsfordians was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.


Friendly fixture. The 7th XI hosted Great Waltham 3rd XI, and batting first were skittled out for 22, their cause not helped by two unnecessary run outs and two batsmen playing on. The visitors knocked these runs off without loss.  A second T20 game was more evenly balanced and Great Waltham won this by 45 runs.


Under 15 SEDCB Peters Cup. 3rd round. Rankins batted first and scored 91-4, Will Wheeler taking 2-9 and Elliott Ward 1-12 each off 4 overs. Rayleigh found runs much harder to come by than in the first two rounds against good bowling and wickets fell regularly.  However, Will Wheeler scored 25 and Rayleigh eased home at the end of the 19th over having lost 8 wickets.


Under 11 SEDCB East League. Rayleigh Eagles 266-6 net score 236, Leigh on Sea 2 267-5 net score 242.

Leigh on Sea 2 won by 6 runs.


Under 11 SEDCB East League. Rayleigh Wyverns 265-9 net score 220. Hadleigh 337-2 net score 327.          Hadleigh won by 107 runs.




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