Away day blues for battling Aythorpe

Aythorpe Roding suffered an 11-run defeat at Hatfield Peverel on Saturday, in a Mid Essex League Premier division clash that was reduced to 26 overs a side due to rain interruptions. Aythorpe skipper Richard Dunmow won the toss and elected to field. Hatfi

Aythorpe Roding suffered an 11-run defeat at Hatfield Peverel on Saturday, in a Mid Essex League Premier division clash that was reduced to 26 overs a side due to rain interruptions.

Aythorpe skipper Richard Dunmow won the toss and elected to field.

Hatfield responded strongly, scoring 161-5 with Bird (49), Redwood (41) and Spooner (34), their top batsmen.

Neil Culleton (2-33) and Terry Charrington (1-50), caused the wickets to fall.

In reply Aythorpe started badly losing three wickets with only 33 runs on the board.

However, Dunmow (46) and Andy Clarke (55), had a partnership of 102 runs in 14 overs to boost the score.

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It was not enough though, as Aythorpe ended on 150-7.

Aythorpe entertain Stock on Saturday, 1.30pm start.

Aythorpe Roding seconds' game against Bluehouse seconds was cancelled due to rain on Saturday.

This weekend they visit Galleywood thirds, 1.30pm start.

Rayne finally scored their first victory of the season with a thrilling win off the penultimate ball against Sandon Sports.

Having lost the toss Sandon were asked to bat on a firm track which held up well in the damp conditions.

Graham Wickes settled into a great line and his efforts were soon rewarded when he clean bowled Wackett and then had Cornish caught at slip.

This brought the Lewington brothers to the wicket, and as the stand passed 100, Rayne broke the partnership when Banks dismissed Jeff Lewington for 32.

Mike Porter then bowled Pete for a fine 74 leaving Sandon 130-4 in the 31 over, before rain halted play.

On resumption Rayne bowlers Porter and Colin Tracy kept the score under control and with wickets falling at regular intervals, the score increased at around six runs per over. Porter completed his spell with 4-66 and Tracy 2-46 as the Sandon innings ended on 187 all out in the 44th over.

Rayne got off to a steady start with 30 coming from the first 10 overs. Sandon then struck, with Mills bowling Rainbird for 22.

Sam Cooper and Richard Whiteside started to increase the scoring, but after adding a stand of 24 runs, Whiteside was run out. Rehman then had Banks caught behind and Rayne had fallen to 61-3 in the 21st over.

Cooper continued to strike the ball well, and with Lee Butler adding good support they took the score to 94 when Rehman bowled Butler. This left Rayne at 94-4, needing 94 from the final 15 overs.

As Rayne tried to up the tempo wickets started to fall with Cooper (43), and Mark Sainsbury (22), being caught. Dave Dawson shared a stand of 18 with Wickes, but his dismissal left Rayne at 145-7 with four overs to go.

Graham Wickes and Scott Collins were in fine form meaning Rayne entered the final over requiring nine runs.

Collins struck the first ball for a single and then Wickes ran a two on the second ball. Another single for Wickes followed by one for Collins, left four needed from two balls.

Wickes then planted the ball over the bowlers head and out of the ground as Rayne claimed a great victory thanks to the stand of 45 between Wickes (56 no) and Collins (7no).

Rayne play Writtle this weekend.

Rayne seconds defeated Pegasus & Corringham on Saturday.

Batting first, Rayne made 228-7 with Pegasus & Corringham being skittled out for 77 in reply.

Rayne seconds visit Boreham seconds on Saturday.

Clavering got back to winning ways with a 55-run victory over BATS on Sunday.

Clavering opted to bat first on a very damp pitch and initially struggled with Oakes, Miller and Gills departing cheaply.

However, opener Martin Leek held the innings together with a well paced 78 before falling to McCarthy. He was well supported by Ben Warren who hit 39, as the hosts were all out for 197.

BATS also started badly and at one stage were 3- 3 with Clavering's opening attack of Warren and Deifenthaller taking early wickets.

The visitors then took control with a stand of 108 between Lamborne (66) and Wood (52), which was eventually broken with a run out.

BATs dug in and looked for a draw, but wickets continued to fall. With three balls remaining, Diefenthaller trapped Felstead in front to give Clavering the victory.

Chesterfords managed to avoid the unsettled weather on Saturday to claim second spot in the 1017 League with a victory over Willingale.

Chesterfords won the toss and put Willingale in.

Opening bowlers Alan Stokley and Tom Thake were on fine form and S Sammers was caught by Paul Phillips off of the bowling of Stokley for just one run. It wasn't too long before Stokley took his second wicket bowling T Nice for three runs.

Thake continued his good work finishing with figures of 10 overs for 34 while Stokley continued to bowl well finishing with the great figures after 10 overs of 2-13.

Chesterfords continued to bowl well with David Perring bowling superbly and Paul Phillips being the pick of the bowlers taking two wickets each.

Willingale continued to struggle on a difficult pitch with S Clifford the only batsmen who looked comfortable in the conditions scoring an accomplished 61 not out as Chesterfords managed to bowl the opposition out for 135 in the 35th over.

With the threat of rain always hanging in the air, Chesterfords looked to chase down the Willingale total in speedy fashion. James Lipscombe set about the bowling and was pushing the score on at a healthy pace until he was caught for 46 and Paul Phillips was bowled for 14, leaving Chesterfords 67-2 after 12 overs.

Some good bowling from Edwards (5-42), saw the next three batsmen accumulate only 21 runs between them.

However, the cool head and experience of David Perring proved to be decisive as he batted sensibly finishing on 26 not out to see Chesterfords home with three wickets to spare.

Chesterford Sunday side made a great fightback to defeat Newport at the weekend.

Chesterfords made 185-4 batting first and Newport were on 130-3 in reply, before losing their last seven wickets for just 40 runs