Following the excitement and success of the league season, the Club played four friendly matches on Saturday.
A 1st XI entertained Goresbrook, who batted first and scored 214 all out. Marcus Cornish and Danny White both scored fifties in the Club’s reply and a four off the last ball of the match took Rayleigh to victory by 5 wickets in an enjoyable game.
A 3rd XI travelled to Thurrock 2nd and scored 185 in their innings, Adam Keeley (48) and Colin Mayor (30) to scoring. The home side passed this total for the loss of 6 wickets.
A 4th XI played at Eastwood and batting first scored 219, Simon Harwood (66*) and Tony Catling (65) leading the scoring. They then bowled the home side out for 192, John Wright taking 3-24 and Brad Walker 3-45.
The 6th (Dragons) XI travelled to Chelmsford 6th XI for the second week in succession and batting first scored160-9, Adam Krise (29), Conor Slough (26) and Duncan Bond (25). With Chelmsford at 60-5 after 20 overs another victory looked in sight but a good sixth wicket stand took the home side close to their target and in another nail biting finish the number 11 batsman hit two fours to avenge last week’s result.
On Sunday the Under 13A XI played Westcliff on Sea Under 13 XI in the final of the South Essex District Under 13 competition. Westcliff scored 120 in their 20 overs. Matt Dobson (26* off 18 balls) and Max Jones (25*) got the team to the required run rate at the half way stage but against accurate bowling and good fielding Rayleigh fell short by 6 runs. Nevertheless it was a good performance and they were a credit to the Club. A fuller report is in the Colt’s section.
And so to Woodside…… The final saw another beautifully sunny day (where was all this in June?). Rayleigh welcomed back Craig Smith and Alec Bateman into the team and there was a debut for Adam Bailey. Westcliff batted first and made an imposing looking 120-5. The boys all bowled well enough, but Westcliff’s batting was strong and there were some unfortunate drops and slips in the field. Pick of the bowlers were Conor Slough 2-23 and Josh Jones 1-20 and there were 2 neat stumpings from Joe Barnett. We were going to have to score our highest total of the season to win but hope sprang eternal.
Team: Joe Peppiatt, Jordan Jacobs, Callum Bishop, Alec Bateman (capt), Jamie Coleman (w/k), David Watts, Adam Bailey, Liam Harrold, Cameron MacDonald, David Wood.
The final League game of the season, re-arranged like so many others. The team was mainly old faces with a couple of new folks who had not played much earlier on. The captain was due to be James Buckley but he didn’t turn up. I was told later that this was because he had not received a call during the week so he had assumed he was not playing. That will teach me to tell someone a whole week in advance that they were in the team.
Anyway Alec was selected to captain the 10 man team and planned to bat first if he won the toss. He didn’t but the opposition put us in anyway. So far so good.
Team: Callum Bishop, Adam Fitzgerald, Joe Peppiatt, Jordan Jacobs, James Buckley (capt.), Callum Bond, Alec Bateman, Joe Barnett (w/k), David Watts, Harry Donoghue, Jess Walker, Ben Hart.
A re-arranged League game away at Wickford where we lost heavily in the pre-season friendly. Our team was quite different from last week’s – only one A team regular and an under 11. By a combination of incompetence and luck 12 players turned up with one needing to be away by 11 to go to a pre-booked show.
The 1st XI returned to winning ways batting first against Rettendon 1st XI and totalling 216 all out, Danny White (44) and Jon Cook (36) top scoring. Rettendon scored 151 all out in reply.
The 2nd XI entertained Sandon 1st XI and bowled them out for 93, Trevor Nunn taking 5-20 and Danny Frost taking 4-23. In reply the 2nd XI scored 96-2, Andy Impey (37*) leading the scoring.
The 3rd XI were at home to Herongate 2nd XI who batting first scored 132 all out, Nick Green taking 3-20 and Mark Acraman 3-24. The 3rd XI scored 134-6, Martin Sanderson top scoring with 38, to win by 4 wickets.
The 4th XI visited Terling 2nd XI who scored 177-9 in their 45 overs, James Wratten taking 4-38 and Adam Dudmish 3-54. The 4th XI batting failed as the side collapsed to 104 all out with John Wright scoring 44.
The 5th XI were due to play Hullbridge 2nd XI but for the second week running an opposition were unable to raise a side so another Saturday passed by for eleven of our cricketers without cricket on a sunny afternoon!
The 6th (Dragons) XI were at home to Chelmsford 6th XI, who batting first were bowled for 71, Conor Slough taking 3-16. A feature of the innings was that seven catches being taken including four by Chris Slough. Nick Buckley (53*) led the Dragons to an excellent seven wicket win.
The 6th (Eagles) XI travelled to Benfleet 4th XI, who batted first and totalled 187-7, Phil Hammond taking 3-27. Steven Lynch (39) and John Attfield (35*) top scored in the Eagles reply of 149-8 in their 40 overs.
On Sunday the Club ran a Charity 6 a side event on President’s Day in aid of ‘Scotty’s Little Soldiers’, a charity dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed whilst serving in the British Armed Forces. Each side played 2 games in a 3 team format and then a further game against a team from the other league. A heavy downpour half way through the afternoon flooded the square and looked to have washed out the event but the sun came out and we were able to complete the competition. The final saw Andy Impey’s side edge out the favourites captained by Matt Williams in an exciting final. Thanks to Marie Kelly for all the hard work she put into organising the sponsorship and food for yesterday’s event. Also to the cooks and Colin for manning the bar. Also to our sponsors for donating the raffle and champagne moment prizes. Nick Gosling topped the scoring, Alex Jones the bowling and Louise Kirby the champagne player of the day.
Team: Joe B., Craig S., Joe P. (capt.), Liam H., Harry D., Adam B., David W., Conor S., Max J., Josh J.
Originally a home game for us the fixture was played in away in order to get a game in. And Corringham was a sunny, welcoming sight after so many abandoned games.
Joe P was captain for the day, his second match in that role. The team was quite different to what would have ben our normal B team due to many being away on holiday, at the Olympics or just not being available. As a result we had a 2 District players and 3 A team regulars present.
I did check with the opposition on the day and they also had some A team players. Even so I asked Joe P to give the B team players priority.
Rayleigh team: Joe P, Alex B, Adam B, Jamie C, Callum B, David W, Ben M-J, James B, Elliott D, Liam H, Adam F, Cameron M
This ended up being a 12-a-side game and boy, what a game!