With England playing their World Cup quarter final match in mid-afternoon on Saturday availability was even worse than in recent weeks but there was some consolation in that this also affected our opposition. The Club had two wins for our Saturday league sides.
T Rippon Mid Essex Premier Division. The 1st XI entertained second placed Bentley 1st XI who batted first and surviving two difficult early chances the openers put on a century partnership paving the way to a final score of 294-8 in their 45 overs, Will Nolde taking 5-36. For the second week running Rayleigh lost four early wickets cheaply meaning the prospect of a heavy defeat looked inevitable but contributions from Luke Sullivan (35) and 2nd XI captain Chris Frost (78) gave the reply some respectability finishing on 215 in the 42nd over.