Aythorpe Roding will hope for better fortunes than these when the cricket season gets going again
- Credit: OLIVIA GRAVATT
Sport may be more or less shut down at the moment but cricket is gearing up for what they hope will be a full season.
And Aythorpe Roding will be hoping that there is no repeat of May 22 back in 1999.
The Roundbush Green-based club suffered their lowest score since entering the Mid Essex Cricket League when they were bowled out for 79 in 24.2 overs.
It was their first season in the Premier League but only four batsmen reached double figures, Graham Millbank the high-scorer with 18.
Bentley knocked the runs off in the 17th over for the loss of four wickets.
Just over a year later lightning almost struck twice, this time against Old Chemsfordians at Lawford Lane.
Played on June 3 Roding were all out for 99 in 27.3 overs. Again four players reached double digits,. Andy Chambers, as he had against Bentley, scored 11 while this time Steve Dove-Dixon, who managed 10 in 1999, cracked 33 including two maximums.
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They did make the hosts work for the victory, Neil Cullerton particularly impressive with 5-17 in 12 overs, but Chelmsfordians claimed a two-wicket win in the 46th over.