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Report of week ending 20 July

Three wins and two defeats for the Saturday League sides and a semi-final defeat for the Women & Girls XI.

Despite a thunderstorm the previous evening only one game was lost to the weather.

The 1st XI entertained neighbours Rankins 1st XI in a game shortened to 35 overs as the pitch was very wet at the scheduled start time. Rankins batted first and scored 194-6, Matt Gilmore taking 3-44. Rayleigh fell short of this target by 12 runs despite a rapid knock of 55 by Jason Ox.

The 2nd XI visited Tillingham 1st XI who batted first were bowled out for 183, Liam Druce taking 3-7 and Trevor Nunn 3-35. The 2nd XI looked to be struggling to reach the target but a quickfire 50 not out from Sam Verrinder supported by Liam Druce (32*) enabled them to pass this total for the loss of seven wickets. This 50 was from just 21 balls and is the quickest so far this season - it also included 24 from just one over.

The 3rd XI game against Sandon Sports was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.

The 4th XI entertained Mountnessing, who batting first scored 259-6. Rebecca Holyoak (38), Steve Gosling (37) and Matt Walker (32) all started well but the team could not maintain the momentum and the innings closed on 216-9.

Boreham 2nd XI were the visitors to the 5th XI, who batted first and scored 257-8, Alan Brown (52*) leading the scoring. The visitors were bowled out for 120, Andy James taking 4-32, Gary Bush 3-18 and Tony Catling 3-38.

The 6th XI visited Hornchurch Athletic 4th XI, who had thrashed the 6th XI earlier in the season In a remarkable turn of fortune Rayleigh scored 300-5, Duncan Bond (94*) and Steve Rothon (81) both acheiving personal best scores. They then bowled the home side out for 54, Sam Levett taking 3-21.

The 7th XI entertained Thurrock 5th XI who scored 157 all out, Harry Donahue taking 4-12. Starting brightly the 7th XI were 83-2 after 20 overs with Mike Sullivan (42) and Adam Sullivan (17) going well but some excellent spin bowling slowed the scoring rate so that the 7th XI needed 35 off 5 overs. Some good shots by Adam Bailey (17) and Jess Walker (22) left the side needing 5 off the final over to win with the winning runs being scored off the penultimate ball.

Beaumont Seymour League Semi Final. The Women & Girls XI travelled to Colchester to play against Abingdon, runners up in the North Division. Batting first Rayleigh scored 43-1 off the first 10 overs and a reasonable score looked likely but the scoring rate dropped and wickets fell regularly with the innings closing on 83-6. After a slow start Abingdon accelerated and passed the target in the 16th over for the loss of three wickets. A disappointing end to a very successful season.

South Essex District Cricket Board Under 15 League West Group. Rayleigh Under 15A batted first and scored 111-5 in their 20 overs, Craig Smith (29) and Conor Slough (26) top scoring. In a close finish Belhus Under 15 scored 105-8, Josh Jones taking 2-15 and Conor Slough and Liam Harrold 2-20 in their 4 overs.

South Essex District Cricket Board Under 13 League East Group.  Westcliff Under 13A batted first and scored 133-8, Tom King taking 3-35.  In reply Rayleigh Under 13A scored 93-4, Jess Walker 27* and William Wheeler 22.

South Essex District Cricket Board Under 13 B League.  SOSEMT Under 13B batted first and scored 121-6, Jack Hadlow taking 2-30.  In reply Rayleigh Under 13B scored 78-3, Sammy Perks 18.

Report of week ending 13 July

Four wins and two defeats for the Saturday League sides.

The 1st XI travelled to Ingatestone 1st XI who batted first and scored 174 all out, Danny Frost taking 4-55 and Chris Frost 2-3. Rayleigh passed this target for the loss of three wickets, Jon Cook (75*) and Andy Impey (40) leading the reply.

The 2nd XI hosted Terling 1st XI, who batted first and scored 199 having been 94-6 at one stage in their innings, Liam Druce taking 3-29. At 81-6 in their innings the 2nd XI looked to be facing defeat but 7th (56) and 8th wicket (63*) stands by Sree (51*), Colin Mayor (24) and Sam Verrinder (40*) saw them home by 3 wickets.

The 3rd XI entertained St Johns Billericay 1st XI who batted first and were bowled out for 89, James Wratten taking 4-15, Nick Green 4-22 and Josh Jones 2-12. The 3rd XI passed this target for the loss of four wickets.

The 4th XI visited Hockley and batting first scored 159-7, Phil Wolff scoring 64 not out. Hockley were bowled out for 103, Sam Levett taking 4-37 and Max Jones taking 4-3.

In a top of the table game the 5th XI went to Galleywood 2nd XI and lost the toss on a difficult, wet pitch batting first scored 125-9. As the sun dried out the pitch the hosts had much the easier of the conditions and knocked the required runs off for the loss of five wickets to replace the 5th XI at the top of the table.

The 6th XI played Goresbrook 4th XI at Rawreth Lane. Batting first Chris Slough (28), Phil Hammond (31) and Simon Lennox gave the 6th XI a good start but when Simon retired hurt also on 31 the innings lost momentum and finished on 151-8, a target the visitors reached for the loss of three wickets.

The 7th XI friendly against Matthews was cancelled by Basildon Council on Friday afternoon as the pitch at Wickford Memorial was waterlogged.

Colts

Batting first Rayleigh Under 15As scored 111-6, Conor Slough (33) and Craig Smith (20) top scoring. In reply Horndon Under 15s scored 112-4 with three balls to spare, Tom Lopez taking 2-23.

Batting first Rayleigh Under 15Bs scored 57, Jess Walker (23). Southend EMT Under 15Bs scored 58-4 Cameron MacDonald taking 2-14. .

The Sunday Under 11 and Under 13 games were cancelled due to heavy rainfall in the morning.

Report of week ending 29 June

Three wins and three defeats for the Saturday League sides and a first defeat for the Women & Girls XI.

The 1st XI travelled to Burnham Sports 2nd XI and batted first on a pitch of uneven bounce. At 77-7, defeat was looking to be the likely result but the tail wagged and the 1st XI ended on 143 all out. Another excellent spell of bowling by Ian Turnbull taking 6 wickets saw the hosts all out for 97. This result leaves them 4th in the table at the halfway stage of the season.

The 2nd XI hosted Broomfield 1st XI, who batted first and scored 214-5 helped by a number of dropped catches. However James Ellis (91) and Steven Lynch (60) enabled the 2nd XI to pass the target for the loss of 5 wickets. This result moves them in 6th position in the table.

The 3rd XI entertained Great Walthan 2nd XI who batted first and scored 210-5. In reply nearly everyone started to build an innings but no-one delivered a good score and the innings subsided to an all out total of 180 all out, Alex Jones (31) top scoring. They are 4th in their Division.

The 4th XI visited Rainham 2nd XI and batting first scored 129-6 a target in a match affected by the rain with Conor Slough top scoring with 37. The home side passed for the loss of 3 wickets. They are 6th in their Division.

The 5th XI went to Great Totham 3rd XI who batted first in a match reduced to 41 overs per side and scored 102-8. Rob Wilson (77*) and Richard Verrinder knocked the runs off without losing a wicket. They are top of the Division.

The 6th XI played Great Baddow 4th XI at Rawreth Lane and batting first were skittled out for 72. The visitors reached their target for the loss of three wickets. This defeat leaves them in 8th place.

In a friendly a very young 7th XI travelled to play an equally young Chelmsford 6th XI who batted first and amassed 293-5. Jess Walker (56) and Steve Rothon (73) gave Rayleigh a flying start but few of the remaining batters contributed and they were bowled out for 165.

Without three of their strike bowlers the Women & Girls XI entertained Woodham Mortimer who scored 113-3 In reply Rayleigh scored 79-8 , Sophie Lennox retiring on 28 not out.

Colts

Batting first Rankins Under 15s scored 118-3, Owen Brooks 1-13 and Cameron MacDonald 1-14 off their 14 overs. In reply Rayleigh scored 92-4, Callum Bishop (18) and Elliot Davies (16*) top scoring.

Leigh Under 13A scored 156-4 in their 20 overs. In reply Rayleigh Under 13A scored 61-9.

Rankins Under 13B scored 156-3 in their 20 overs. In reply Rayleigh Under 13B were bowled out for 34.

Hadleigh & Thundersley Under 11s 281-4 net score 261. Rayleigh Under 11A scored 281-9 net score 236, Hadleigh & Thundersley won by 25 runs.

Rayleigh Under 11B 288-5 net score 263. Southend Echo Monarch Trojans Under 11B scored 308-11 net score 253, Rayleigh won by 10 runs.

Report of week ending 6 July

Four wins and one loss for the Saturday League sides and another win for the Women & Girls XI.

The promised sunny spells did not materialize and all the games were interrupted by rain and bad light. Fortunately only one game was abandoned.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 1. The 1st XI entertained high flying Goresbrook 1st XI, who batted first and scored 262-4 in their 45 overs. After a heavy downpour and continued bad light the umpires abandoned the game after five overs with Rayleigh on 35-0.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 3. The 2nd XI visited Great Baddow 2nd XI who batted first were bowled out for 138, Sree taking 4-23. Rayleigh passed this total for the loss of three wickets, James Ellis (77*) top scoring.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 5. The 3rd XI visited Rayne 1st XI and batting first were all out for 161, Alex Jones (43) and Matt Lennox (30) leading the scoring. Josh Jones took 4-28 and James Wratten 2-29 in the host's reply but their efforts were in vain as they finished on 165-8.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 8. The 4th XI entertained top of the table Terling 2nd XI, who batting first were reduced to 32-7 but recovered to an all out total of 132, Luke Sullivan taking 7-21. Rayleigh started brightly with Conor Slough hitting 52 but after his departure the home side collapsed to 92-7. Phil Wolff (43*) and Luke Sullivan (9*) saw Rayleigh home by three wickets.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 11. Bentley 4th were the visitors to the 5th XI, who batted first and scored 254-5, Tony Catling (88*) and Rob Wilson (52) leading the scoring. The visitors were bowled out for 85, Sam Martin taking 6-17.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 12. The 6th XI visited top of the table Rainham 3rd XI. Batting first on a poor wicket they scored 137-9 in a reduced overs match, Chris Grob (34) and Simon Lennox (28) top scoring. Tight bowling by Jai Patel (4-19), Liam Harrold (3-39) and John Attfield (2-8) saw the home side all out for 98 to give the 6th XI an excellent win.

Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding the 7th XI opposition were unable to raise a side and the message did not get through leaving 11 disappointed players without a game.

Beaumont Seymour League South Division. The Women & Girls XI played at Maldon who batted first and were all out for 76, Louise Harmsworth taking 4 wickets. Rayleigh passed this total for the loss of 2 wickets, Sophie Lennox (22*) and Louise Harmsworth (19*). This victory means they top the South Division table and go forward to the semi-final and finals day at Colchester on Sunday 20th July.

Colts

South Essex District Cricket Board Under 15 League West Group. Rayleigh Under 15A batted first and scored 107-5 in their 20 overs, Craig Smith (38) and Conor Slough (35) both retiring. In a nail biting finish Benfleet Under 15 needed two to win off the last ball but their batsman was run out without scoring to give Rayleigh a win by 1 run. Josh Jones took 3-12 in his 4 overs.

South Essex District Cricket Board Under 15 B League. Old Southendians & Southchurch Under 15 B visited Rawreth Lane in a game where bowlers bowled straight and almost all batsmen played poor shots. The visitors were bowled out for 48, Tom Lopez taking 5 wickets for 2 runs in 3.2 overs and Elliot Ward 4-18 in 4 overs. The Rayleigh innings started with a quickfire 25 from Jess Walker and an early finish looked likely but after he was out the side collapsed to 44-8 and eventually just squeezed home by 2 wickets.

South Essex District Cricket Board Under 11 East Group. Rayleigh Under 11A scored 356-9 net score 311, Westcliff Under 11s 315-9 net score 270. Rayleigh win by 41 runs.

Report of week ending 22 June

Four wins and two defeats for the Saturday League sides and another win for the Women & Girls XI.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 1. The 1st XI entertained bottom of the table South Weald 1st XI, who batted first and were bowled out for 137. Rayleigh passed this total for the loss of five wickets. Particularly notable were figures of 5-37 for Rhys Howard in his first game for the Club. Rhys also top scored with 26 in the Rayleigh reply.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 3. The 2nd XI visited neighbours Rayleigh Fairview 1st XI and batting first were bowled out for 136, Adam Dudmish (35) and Mike Law (23*) top scoring. This did not seem to be enough but Fairview subsided to an all out total of 117, Sree taking 3-20 and wicketkeeper Matt Lennox taking 4 catches and a stumping.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 5. The 3rd XI visited Southend Echo Monarch Trojans 1st XI who batted first and scored 239-7, Kalpesh Patel taking 3-29. Rayleigh fell short of this target by 30 runs, Kalpesh Patel (27) top scoring.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 8. The 4th XI entertained bottom of the table Herongate 2nd XI, who elected to bat and were skittled out for 39, Sam Levett taking 7-23. Rayleigh passed this total for the loss of two wickets, Conor Slough (20*).

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 11. South Woodham Ferrers 2nd XI were the visitors to the 5th XI, who batted first and scored 236-8, Matthew Verrinder (72) and Richard Verrinder (47) leading the scoring. In a tight finish the visitors were bowled out for 224, Sam Martin taking 4-63 and wicketkeeper Matthew Verrinder taking 5 catches.

T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 12. The 6th XI visited South Woodham Ferrers 3rd XI. Batting first the 6th XI scored 73 off the first 11 overs, Phil Hammond (53) setting the pace but after he was dismissed the side collapsed to an all out total of 128. The home side passed this total in the 34th over for the loss of 3 wickets.

In a friendly a very young and inexperienced 7th XI entertained Old Chelmsfordians 5th XI and batting first scored 158-5, Paul Cox (39*), Henry Hands (38) and Harry Donohue (26). The visitors passed this score for the loss of 3 wickets.

Beaumont Seymour League South Division. The Women & Girls XI played Kelvedon & Feering at Rawreth Lane and batting first scored 115-4, with Kelly Castle and Sophie Lennox retiring on 25 not out. The visitors were restricted to 59-9 in their 20 overs to give Rayleigh victory by 56 runs.

Colts

South Essex District Cricket Board Under 15 B League. Rayleigh Under 15B batted first and scored 100-7 in their 20 overs, Harry Donohue (32) and Callum Bishop (16) top scoring. In reply Southend Echo Monarch Trojans Under 15B passed this total with 4 balls to spare, Callum Bishop taking 4-25 in his 4 overs.

South Essex District Cricket Board Under 13 East Group. Southend Echo Monarch Trojans Under 13A scored 131-7 in their 20 overs, Elliot Ward taking 2-19 in his 4 overs. Rayleigh scored 79-9.

South Essex District Cricket Board Under 11 East Group. Rayleigh Under 11A scored 299-4 net score 279, Rankins Under 11s 291-5 net score 266. Rayleigh won by 13 runs.

South Essex District Cricket Board Under 11 B League. Belhus Under 11B 302-5 net score 277. In a tight finish Rayleigh Under 11B scored 300-3 net score 285 to win by 8 runs.

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