Category: 2011 Reports

One draw and two defeats on 17th September

A team of 1st XI, 2nd XI and 6th XI players travelled to Rankins, who batted first and scored 215, Ian Bryant taking 3 wickets, Mike Law, John Stirk and David Hall two each. Rayleigh fell well short in reply, John Cook (49), Liam Druce and John Stirk top scoring.

The 3rd XI visited Ardleigh Green 2nd XI, who scored 166-3 in a timed game. In a badly rain affected reply Rayleigh batted out for a draw scoring 48-5.

The 4th XI travelled to Galleywood, who amassed 308-7 in their 40 overs, Ben James taking 4-65. Rayleigh totalled 133-6 in reply, Brad Walker (32) and Matt Walker (27) to lose by 175 runs.

Two wins and one defeat on Saturday 10th September

The 1st XI fixture was cancelled as nearly all the 1st XI players were unavailable.

The 2nd XI entertained Ardleigh Green 2nd XI in a 40 over game and batting first scored 196-8, Shree 54 retired. In reply Ardleigh Green were all out for 153.

The 3rd XI visited St Johns (Billericay) and scored 234, Nick Gosling (60) and Matt Jahanfar (38*) top scoring. St Johns were bowled out for 125.

The 4th XI were away to Eastwood 3nd XI and batting first scored 137-7 in their 40 overs, Matt Walker (51). Eastwood passed this score for the loss of 3 wickets.


Wins for 2nd, 4th and 6th XI on final day of 2011 league season and 2nd XI are Division 5 champions

Pegasus & Corringham were the visitors to the 1st XI. Rayleigh batted first and totalled a respectable 188, Marcus Cornish (40) and Matt Williams (33) top scoring. The visitors passed this total with the loss of 6 wickets thus avoiding relegation by 2 points and consigning Old Chelmsfordians to join Rayleigh in Division 1 next year.

The 2nd XI travelled to Great Waltham 2nd XI and batting first amassed 311-8, Andy Impey (93), Liam Druce (53), Steve Adams (52) and Matt Gilmore(30). In reply the hosts scored 180-8, Anees taking 3-24 and Matt Gilmore 3-36. This result ensured promotion to Division 4 as Champions.

The 3rd XI were away to South Weald 2nd XI and batting first scored 146-8, Richard Verrinder(37) and James Wratten (29*) leading the scoring. South Weald passed this score for the loss of 3 wickets, which means the 3rd XI finished 7th in the league.

The 4th XI were at home to Galleywood 2nd XI, who batted first and scored 217 all out, Richard Mantell taking 3-28. Rayleigh passed this score with the loss of three wickets, Steve Elsdon (67) and Brad Walker (45) making the main contributions. This result means 4th XI finished third in the league missing out on automatic promotion.

The 5th XI played Bentley 4th XI at Purleigh who batted first and scored 143 all out, Andy James taking 4-25. In reply the 5th XI were bowled out for 113 finishing 6th in the league.

The 6th XI visited Hannikins Farm to play Stock 4th XI and elected to bat and for the second game running Chris Slough (48) featured in a century opening partnership this time with Joe Gibbons (63). The innings closed on 191-7 after 40 overs. Accurate bowling from Luke Sullivan, Matt Dobson (4-26) and Josh Jones (3-33) meant the hosts were always behind the run rate but a big hitting 8th wicket partnership helped take their final total to 161 all out.

Under 15s win the South Essex District Board Final

Batting first, Wickford Under 15s were restricted to a total of 78 by good tight bowling and three direct hit run outs.  This target looked well within reach with George Barker and Christian Humphries looking comfortable against their opening attack but when both were run out in the same over and thereafter wickets falling steadily the game seemed beyond reach.  Several lusty blows by Nick Buckley and Gideon Humphries and good running by Tom Peppiatt and Matt Jahanfar kept Rayleigh in the game but with eight wickets down and three overs to go it was left to Luke Keeley and Matt Jahanfar to get 12 runs and then five from the final over. A neat late cut from Matt for four and then a single saw the team home with three balls to spare in another nail biting finish.  It was an exciting game of cricket fit for a final and every member of the team played a part in the victory.

Under 15 Final on Sunday 4th September

The final of the South Essex District Cricket Board Under 15 Competition will be held this coming Sunday, 4th September at Woodside Park, Benfleet starting at 9.30 am.

Rayleigh Under 15 XI will be playing the winner of the other semi-final between Rankins and Wickford, which is being played on Wednesday 31st August.

1st, 2nd and 3rd elevens all lose and 1st XI relegated to Division 1 but 2nd XI promoted.

The 1st XI visited 9th placed Old Chelmsfordians 1st XI needing to win by a large margin to keep stand any chance of avoiding relegation. Any hope of such a victory disappeared quite quickly as Rayleigh were bowled out for a meagre 93. This disappointing display was made worse by the fact that Chris Eldridge suffered a broken cheekbone and had to be taken to hospital for an operation. As last week Rayleigh made a good start in OCs reply reducing them to 32-4 but once again some big hitting saw OCs home by 5 wickets and an immediate return for our 1st XI to Division 1.

The 2nd XI entertained Rayleigh Fairview 2nd XI and batting first totalled 183-6, Andy Impey (48) and Chris Frost (39). Fairview were not daunted by this total and some sharp running by the last two pairs saw them home to a 1 wicket victory to end a 2nd XI run of eight consecutive victories. Nevertheless the 6 points gained and results elsewhere mean that the 2nd XI will be promoted to Division 4.

The 3rd XI were at home to Bentley 3rd XI who batted first and scored 204-6, Mark Acraman (3-39). In reply the 3rd XI scored 114-8, Matt Verrinder(29) and Matt Belcher (20) top scoring.

The 4th XI also travelled to Old Chelmsfordians to play their 4th XI. OCs batted first and scored 134-9, Matt Walker taking 3-18 and Graham Ilott 3-32. Rayleigh passed this score with the loss of five wickets, Brad Walker (48*) and Nathan Healey (31) making the main contribution. Despite this win, the 4th XI drop to third out of the automatic top two promotion places.

The 5th XI played Little Baddow 3rd and bowled them out for 70, Sam Verrinder taking 3-6, David James 3-9 and Neville Dunn 3-37. Adam Keeley (31*) and Shaun Grob (25*) shared in an unbeaten 2nd wicket partnership to take the 5th XI to a 9 wicket victory.

The 6th XI fixture was cancelled because Havering-atte-Bower 4th XI were unable to raise a side and no alterternative opposition could be found.

Only two wins for 2nd XI and 6th XI on 20th August

Needing to win at least two of their last three games to keep alive the slim chance of avoiding relegation the 1st XI visited Chignal 1st XI who elected to bat first. Rayleigh made a brilliant start to the game reducing the home side to 19-5. Some big hitting and erratic bowling thereafter enabled Chignal to recover to 134 all out but nevertheless this was a seemingly acheivable target. However Rayleigh collapsed to 95 all out leaving only a mathematical chance of staying in the Premier Division.

The 2nd XI entertained third placed Great Totham 2nd XI who batting first were all out for 105, Matt Gilmore taking 3-32 and Ben Stevens 2-24. Rayleigh passed this score for the loss of 4 wickets to remain top of the table, Steve Adams (36) and Andy Impey (27*) top scoring .

The 3rd XI were away to Rettendon 2nd XI and batting first were 155-7 in their 45 overs, James Wratten(32*) and Matt Verrinder(28). Rettendon passed this score for the loss of 3 wickets.

Visitors to the 4th XI Navestock and Ardleigh Green 2nd XI were unusually strong as their Shepherd Neame league sides had no games as their opposition had left that league. Batting first Rayleigh scored 233-6, Simon Harwood (51) and Hugh Kirby (48*). This score proved nowhere near enough as Navestock only lost one wicket in reply.

The 5th XI played Billericay St Johns 2nd XI and were all out for 104, Adam Keeley, Shaun Grob and Matt Jahanfar all scoring 24. Billericay passed this score for for the loss of 3 wickets.

The 6th XI visited Old Chelmsfordians 5th XI and chose to bat first and scored 176-6 in a game reduced to 35 overs because of heavy rain. Highlight of the innings was an unbeaten opening stand 111 between Chris Slough (70 retired hurt) and Matt Dobson (25), Luke Sullivan also contributed a rapid 20. Tight bowling throughout restricted the home side to 117-7, Mike Humphrey taking 3-16 and Matt Dobson 2-9.

The Sunday XI travelled to Tillingham who scored 239-8, Ian Bryant taking 2-24. In reply Rayleigh posted 243-7 led by Jason Ox (59*) and John Stirk (50) to win by 3 wickets.

Wins for 1s, 2s, 4s and 6s on 13 August

Springfield 1st XI came to Rawreth Lane to play the 1st XI and winning the toss asked the home side to bat on a pitch still damp from overnight rain. Rayleigh battled to 199-7 in their 45 overs and with the visitors 120-4 after 20 overs this score did not look enough. However the visitors collapsed to 169 all out, Jon Cook taking 4 wickets, to give the team their second win of the season and a slim chance of avoiding relegation.

The 2nd XI travelled to Springfield 3rd XI and batting first amassed 311-7, Chris Frost (85) and Steve Adams (78) leading the scoring. They then bowled the hosts out for 148, Matt Gilmore taking 4-40 to remain top of the table.

The 3rd XI entertained Roxwell Blues and batting first were all out for 102, only Tony Catling (44) troubling the bowlers. Roxwell passed this score for the loss of 4 wickets.

The 4th XI visited Wickham who batted first and scored 206-7 a score which which Rayleigh passed for the loss of 7 wickets, Hugh Kirby (36) and Nathan Healey (33) leading the reply.

The 5th XI played South Woodham Ferrers 3rd XI and met a returning university student who scored an unbeaten 137 out of an all out total of 226. In reply Rayleigh were all out for 101, Tom Godfrey (30) top scoring.

The 6th XI entertained Brentwood 6th XI who batted first and scored 149-7 in their 40 overs, David Cox taking 3-41 and Sam Martin 2-23. Tight bowling from a very young opposition saw Rayleigh fall behind the required scoring rate but an unbeaten 4th wicket stand of 110 between John Attfield (57*) and Alan Brown (29*) saw Rayleigh home in the 38th over.

Touring side Wisbech came to Rawreth Lane on Tuesday and batting first scored 246-9. Matt Gilmore (52) and Matt Williams (49) led the reply but Rayleigh were all out for 222 to lose by 24 runs.

The Sunday XI batted first against Mount and scored 267-4, with Ian Bryant (119) and Jason Ox (101) helping themselves to centuries. Mount were not daunted by this apparently large score and finished on 268-7 to win by 3 wickets.

In another high scoring game on Sunday the Women & Girls XI entertained Colchester Ladies who totalled 188-6 in a 35 over game, Rayleigh falling 12 runs short despite impressive innings by Kelly Castle (61) and Rebecca Holyoak (45).

Wins on 6th August for 2nd, 3rd and 4th XIs

The 1st XI travelled to Little Baddow and batting first scoring 236-9, Jon Cook top scoring with 78. The hosts passed this score with the loss of 3 wickets, a result which leaves the 1st XI firmly anchored to the bottom spot in the league and needing at least 3 wins in the final 4 games to have any chance of staying up.

The 2nd XI entertained Rainham 1st XI who batted first and were all out for 134, Shree taking 3-26. In reply the 2nd XI scored 135-7, a result which takes them to the top of the table.

The 3rd XI hosted Southend Echo Monarchs Trojans and batting first were all out for 155, Adam Dudmish (26) and Richard Verrinder (25) leading the scoring. They then bowled out the away side for 87, Adam Dudmish taking 4-36.

The 4th XI visited Rayne 2nd XI and batting first scored 213-8, Simon Harwood (46) and Tony Catling (48) top scoring. They bowled out the hosts for 139, Steve Elsdon taking 3-24.

Havering Atte Bower 3rd XI were the visitors to Purleigh to play the 5th XI who batted for 45 overs for 88-9 a score which which the visitors passed for the loss of 1 wicket.

The 6th XI entertained Writtle 3rd XI who batted first and were all out for 183, Mike Humphrey taking 3-38. At 80-2 after 20 overs, a win looked possible but after Matt Belcher was out for 61, the innings folded to an all out total of 123.

Rankins visited the Club to start the annual cricket week on Tuesday to play a team of players who were playing for the Club in the 1980’s but were too strong for the home side some of whom had not played for several years. A pleasant social evening followed with many old friendships being renewed.

Pegasus & Corringham were the visitors on Wednesday. Rayleigh batted first and scored 202 all out, Anees (59) and Matt Gilmore (38) leading the scoring. In reply Pegasus were all out for 150, John Stirk taking 3-38 and Chris Eldridge 2-26.

Thursday’s game v Ardleigh Green was cancelled without a ball being bowled.

On Friday the Women & Girls XI entertained Maldon Ladies and ran out winners by 23 runs.

Wins for the 2s, 4s, 5s, 6 Eagles and Sunday XI

Aythorpe Roding travelled to Rayleigh to play the 1st XI and batted first scoring 285, Jon Cook taking 3-43. In reply the 1st XI were all out for 154, Jason Ox (60) top scoring.

The 2nd XI were away at Purleigh and batting first scored 247-5, Chris Frost 56*, John Stirk (53) and Andy Impey leading the scoring. Purleigh then scored 165-8, Ben Stevens taking 3-40 and John Stirk 3-50.

The 3rd XI travelled to Mountnessing and batting first scored 251-8, Alex Jones (68) and Darren Smith (45) leading the scoring. This looked a useful total but the home side passed this score for the loss of 1 wicket.

The 4th XI entertained St Andrews, who batted first and were all out for 91, Steve Elsdon taking 4-9 and Matt Walker 4-37. Against a strong bowling attack, the 4th XI struggled in their innings but Steve Elsdon (34*) saw them home to a 4 wicket victory

The 5th XI were away at Eastwood 4th XI and batting first were all out for a disappointing 117. A fine spell of bowling by Tom Godfrey (5-22) resticted Eastwood to an all out score of 102 to give the 5s a 15 run victory.

The 6th XI Eagles entertained Stanford-le-Hope 5th XI who batted first and were all out for 131, David Hall taking 3-22 and Neil Kelly 3-27. At 58-5 after 15 overs, the prospects did not look good but an excellent innings of 55 not out from Steven Lynch saw the Eagles home by 1 wicket.


The 6th XI Dragons entertained Wenlock Arms from Shoreditch who batted first and scored 162, Alex Belcher taking 3-14 in his first bowling spell in an adult game. Matt Belcher (43) and Sam Ahamed (24) top scored as the Dragons fell short by 32 runs.

Warsop Sunday League The Sunday XI entertained Essex Carriers who batted first and scored 200-5, Ian Bryant taking 2-23. In a tight finish Rayleigh passed this score for the loss of 8 wickets, Liam Druce (55) and Nick Gosling (35) leading the reply .