Three youngsters from High Roding Cricket Club have won a Jack Petchey Foundation award.

The scheme recognises outstanding young people, aged 11 to 25 across London and Essex.

Groups on the scheme get to celebrate the achievements of young people and apply for a package of grants, worth up to £6,100 per year, to support their activities.

Rafae Roberts, Stanley Bellieu Clarke and Harry Pilcher all took a prize of £300 which could be spent for the benefit of the club.

The club now has a slip-catching cradle, a speed gun for bowlers and an ice-cream freezer as well as a couple of pairs of flexi-stumps.

A spokesman said: "Many congratulations to all of them who thoroughly deserve this recognition for their own personal achievements and contributions to the club.

"And many thanks to all three for these donations."

On the field High Roding secured another Mid Essex Cricket League Premier Division win with a four-wicket success at home to Great Baddow.

The visitors batted first but fell away to 212 all out after a steady start.

George Halls and Freddie Burns were the pick of the Roding bowlers with 3-72 and 3-39.

Archie Halls and Sam South chipped in with two wickets each, Jeff Clarke completing the set.

Freddie Duke opened with 26 and there were scores in the teens for Halls (17) and Ben Chillingworth (19).

But it was the 63 not out from Alex Lodge that held the innings together and took them to victory.

They go to Tillingham next.

The seconds had an exciting victory against Great Totham who scored 281-6 off their 45 overs.

Amit Tulaskar took 3-46 but it was a fourth-wicket partnership of 132 between captain Andy Duke and Harry Pilcher that turned the tide.

Both finished unbeaten, Duke on 101 and Pilcher 113.

The thirds weren't so fortunate though as they lost to Essendon at High Easter.

Chasing a huge 320-2, they were all out for 211 with Neil Doyle again the main Roding batsman with 80.

Aythorpe Roding remain bottom of the MECL Premier after a six-wicket loss at second-placed Great Waltham.

They batted first and things were looking bleak when they were 119-5.

A run-a-ball 41 from Callum Darby pushed the score along, but it needed an unbeaten 45 from final pair Denu Tennakoon (26) and Joe Grant (19) to take them from 180-9 up to their final total of 225-9 in their 45 overs.

Graham Milbank had hit 38 in the early going.

The hoped-for early wickets didn't arrive though for ARCC as the opening pair put on 129 before Fred Dutton finally found the breakthrough.

He would finish on 4-60 but they would be the only wickets his team would get, with Waltham moving from 174-4 to victory in the 34th over.

Aythorpe Roding host Little Baddow on Saturday, the side one place and four points above them in the standings.