Report of week ending 4 June.

A better weekend with four wins and two defeats for the Saturday League sides despite poor availability with a large number of players unavailable due to holidays

T Rippon Mid Essex Premier Division.  The 1st XI travelled to Brookweald 1st XI and batting first scored 222-8, Jason Ox (84) and Will Nolde (24) leading the scoring. The home side seemed quite comfortable having only lost one wicket after 20 overs but the introduction of Ian Bryant (4-41) into the attack made it a more interesting contest. Wickets continued to fall but Brookweald only needed 10 runs with two overs and two wickets left. However, 2nd XI captain Chris Frost (2-7) remained calm and took the last two wickets to give team a welcome victory by 8 runs and lift the Club off the bottom of the table.  

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 2.  The 2nd XI hosted Chadwell Heath 1st XI. Adam Krise captaining a team for the first time invited the visitors to bat and they scored 139-9 in their 45 overs, Richard Abley taking 3-8 off 10 overs, Sam Verrinder 2-32 plus two catches and Lee Brown 2-22. Adam Krise (34*), Adam Vyse (34), Callum Ginbey (23) and Daryl Ox (30*) took Rayleigh to victory by 7 wickets in 26 overs.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 5. The 3rd XI visited Hornchurch Athletic 2nd XI who batting first and totalled 181-6, Mike Law taking 2-48.  Rayleigh were bowled out for 139, only Toby Turner (49) mastering the bowling.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 7. The 4th XI entertained Hatfield Peverel and batting first scored 161-8 in their 45 overs with Mark Bailey (41) top scoring and Tony Catling (34*). In reply the visitors were bowled out for 150, Tony Catling taking 3-29 and John Wright 3-35.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 8.  The 5th XI went to Springfield 4th XI and scored 209-9, Matt Verrinder (92) and Mark Stratton (34). Springfield scored 177-8 in their 40 overs, Mihir Patel taking 5-20 and Mark Stratton 2-35.

Rippon Mid Essex League Division 10. Oaklands were the visitors to the 6th XI and batting first were bowled out for 141 in 35 overs, Lee Harding taking 3-19 and Jack Himpfen-Jones 3-22. This total proved too much for Rayleigh who subsided to an all out total of 119.  

Friendly fixture, The 7th XI played Chelmsford 6th XI at Lake Meadows, Billericay. Chelmsford batted first and scored 142-9, two features of the innings being that 8 bowlers were used and all took 1 wicket with Senith Fernando taking 2-16 and some incredible fielding by Jon Chase returning to the club after 7 years.  He also top scored with 24 as the team were bowled out for 71.

Beaumont Seymour Women & Girls Cricket League.  The team were away at Kelvedon but the journey took more than 2 ¼ hours due to a broken down tanker and subsequent accident on the A12. It was agreed to play a 10 over game and Rayleigh batted first and scored 80-0, Kelly Castle (27) and Rebecca Holyoak (25) both retired. This looked to be a winning total but quick running by Kelvedon and poor fielding by Rayleigh allowed Kelvedon to reach 84-1 in the final over.

South Essex District Cricket Board Under 15 West League.  Rayleigh Dragons faced Orsett & Thurrock for the second week running at their ground this time. Orsett scored 105-8 in their 20 overs, Jess Walker taking 3-25 and Jack Andrews 2-25. In a close finish Rayleigh won in the last over having lost 7 wickets, Jess Walker (35 retired), Sam Perks and Elliot Ward both scoring 20.

South Essex District Cricket Board Under 15 East League. Rayleigh Eagles played Rankins at Rawreth Lane. Rayleigh batted first and scored 82-8, Elliot Ward (22). Rankins passed this total in the 13th over without losing a wicket.








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