Aythorpe close in on championship
Aythorpe Roding CC now need just nine points to clinch the premier division title following their impressive victory at Stock on Saturday. For the fifth time this season, Aythorpe bowled the opposition out for under 100 runs, Stock skittled out for just 8
Aythorpe Roding CC now need just nine points to clinch the premier division title following their impressive victory at Stock on Saturday.
For the fifth time this season, Aythorpe bowled the opposition out for under 100 runs, Stock skittled out for just 86 in 30.2 overs.
S Boxer was the pick of the Stock batsmen scoring 27. Opener T Gamby hit 12, while further scores came from C Westwood (14) and R Black (11).
Both Aythorpe opening bowlers had excellent figures with Andy Clarke 2-13 in eight overs and Joe Grant 2-21 in 10 overs putting Stock under pressure.
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Matt Reeve took 3-16 in 5.2 overs, while Graham Milbank took 1-1 and four catches.
Roding knocked the runs off in 13 overs, with Mark Rosewell leading the way with with 36. Steve Reynolds (14), Richard Dunmow (10), and Andy Clarke (17 no), saw Aythorpe finish on 92-4, in 12.4 overs.
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Aythorpe will be looking to wrap up the title on Saturday, when they host Pegasus & Corringham.
An excellent innings by Aythorpe Roding seconds' opening batsmen Dave Brierley (89 no), saw Aythorpe continue their good run of form when they beat Galleywood thirds by five wickets on Saturday.
Galleywood, batting first, reached 126 in 42 overs with Horton (29), Singh (34) and Williams (17) scoring most of their runs.
Will Farr took 4-33 in 12 overs, Sean Darby 2-30 in 12 overs, while Martin Sully and Dave Elsworth took a wicket apiece.
Brierley got Aythorpe's innings off to a great start and although they lost five quick wickets Elliot Reeve (13 no) helped Aythorpe reach 128-5 in 22.5 overs.
Aythorpe Roding seconds travel to Hullbridge seconds on Saturday, with a 1pm start, for their final league match of the season.
Dunmow ended their season in disappointing fashion on Saturday, with a heavy 101-run defeat at home to Mildenhall seconds.
Batting first, the visitors made 195-8, and with Dunmow batting poorly, they were skittled out for just 94 runs.
It rounded off a sorry season for Dunmow, which saw them relegated to division three.
Dunmow seconds lost their fight against relegation on Saturday, following a defeat at Matching Green in the Herts and Essex League Division Two.
On a damp wicket, skipper Dessie Gypps called correctly and had no hesitation in putting in the hosts.
It looked a good decision as wickets fell regularly throughout the innings, with all the bowlers contributing, most notably Josh Rix with 2-16, Dessie Gypss with 3-44 and Matt Gibson with 3-19, backed up well by keen and alert fielding by Steve Hamlin, as Matching Green reached 141.
A couple of early set backs aside, with the score at 44-2 in the 13th over, Dunmow's run chase looked on. However, tight bowling by Bowerman and Wilson in particular for the home side saw the scoring rate plummet and wickets fall and with five overs to go, the score was 97-9.
Matching Green had to fall back on the less skillful Figg and Scantlebury to see out the match. Figg's first over went for six Scantlebury's first for nine and the first five balls of Figg's second over for 15.
Unfortunately for Dunmow vice skipper, Gibson found the deep midwicket fielder Hobbs with a leg stump full toss and he was out for 28, as the hosts took the victory by 14 runs.
Dunmow complete their season away at Thorley on Saturday.