Another very disappointing week for the Club as all six Saturday league sides lost and four teams are now in danger of relegation.
T Rippon Mid Essex Premier Division. The 1st XI travelled to Rainham 1st XI and batting first struggled against an excellent spin attack and were bowled out for 133 in the 41st over, Will Wheeler (40) top scoring. The home side passed this target for the loss of 4 wickets in the 35th over.
T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 1. A depleted 2nd XI entertained top of the table Stock 1st XI, who batting first at 40-4 looked to be in some trouble but good batting from the middle order ensured they reached an all out total of 206, Dan Frost taking 4-40, James Wratten 3-56 and Graham Herbert 2-42. This score proved well beyond the home side who were skittled out for 72 in the 23rd over.
T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 5. The 3rd XI went to play Stock 2nd XI and scored 174-9, Mike Law (51), Steve Adams and Phil Wolff both scoring 29. The home side passed this score for the loss of 1 wicket in the 24th over.
T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 7. Woodham Mortimer were the visitors to the 4th XI and batting first totalled 263-8, Mike Walsh making a welcome return and taking 3-47 and Matt Walker 2-18. Brad Walker (31), Matt Walker (28), Richard Verrinder (27) and Sean Treweek (26*) led the reply but the innings closed on 194-9, 69 runs short.
T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 8. The 5th XI hosted Canvey Island 2nd XI who batted first and scored 250-5, Sree Gopolan taking 2-52. Against an initially hostile attack Rayleigh were bowled out for 200 on the last ball of the game, Jake Gibson (59) and Simon Lennox (28) giving the score some respectability.
T Rippon Mid Essex League Division 10. The 6th XI went to Danbury to play Oaklands, who batted first and posted 245-5, Pete Kettley (131) scoring another century against us, Aaron Akers taking 2-24 and Kuldeep Paik 2-29. This total was beyond the 6th XI but Kuldeep Paik (34) and Paul Cox (20) helped take the final total to 158.
Highlight of the weekend was the Women and Girls Softball Festival on Friday evening, which attracted seven teams of varying ages to play short games of Terrier style cricket. The event was slightly spoilt by two heavy downpours and thunder and lightning but some good cricket was played and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Notable performances were from the ladies of Basildon Hockey Club (Bas Vegas), who won the three games they played and also from the girls and former pupils of St Nicholas Primary School, who looked good prospects for the future.