Another absorbing week of cricket with three wins and two defeats for our Saturday league sides, who had opposition.
T Rippon Mid Essex Premier Division. The 1st XI entertained Aythorpe Roding 1st XI who batted first and were bowled out for 186 in the 39th over. Mark Acraman taking 4-38, Dan Frost 2-24, Aaron Acraman 2-32 and Ian Turnbull 2-35. Wickets fell regularly in the reply but a fifth wicket stand of 75 between Ben Francis (34) and Skipper Jason Ox steadied the innings but then three more wickets fell cheaply. An eighth wicket stand of 57 between Will Wheeler (35) and Jason revived the home side’s hopes but when two more wickets fell the game was in for a tense finish. With Rayleigh needing 2 runs to win with 1 wicket left Jason hit the ball in the air to offer a difficult chance to the visiting side but the catch was not taken. Jason (53*) hit the next ball for four to give Rayleigh a one wicket victory. Not quite the excitement of Lords but still nerve jangling.