Clarkes steal show in battle of Rodings

PUBLISHED: 16:30 07 June 2007 | UPDATED: 21:42 29 May 2010

Matt Hammond batting for High Roding on Saturday in their derby against Aythorpe Roding

Matt Hammond batting for High Roding on Saturday in their derby against Aythorpe Roding

High Roding took the bragging rights in their local derby with Aythorpe Roding on Saturday in the T Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division. The game was dominated by Clarkes with Jeff of High Roding and Andy of Aythorpe on top form with both bat and bal

Pics: Sarah Lucy Brown

High Roding took the bragging rights in their local derby with Aythorpe Roding on Saturday in the T Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division.

The game was dominated by Clarkes with Jeff of High Roding and Andy of Aythorpe on top form with both bat and ball.

Mel Hussain won the toss and elected to bat, but with Aythorpe bowling well High Roding found runs hard to come by and Anthony Tredgett fell cheaply with just seven runs on the board.

Allan Failie-Clarke hit 18, but it was Jeff Clarke scoring 98 who held the High Roding innings together.

He was aided by good support from Mel Hussain (11), Matt Hammond (13), Travis Hussain (13) and R Palmer (14), as High Roding reached 206 all out in 45 overs.

Andy Clarke, who was returning from injury after three weeks, was the pick of the Aythorpe bowlers taking 5-35 in 10 overs. Neil Culleton took 3-45 in 12 overs and Joe Grant took 1-34 in eight overs to complete a good bowling performance.

Aythorpe openers Paul Gravatt (1) and Steve Reynolds (0), were soon back in the pavilion with only 11 runs on the board, both players bowled by Gallop.

Dave Anderson (25) and Clarke (99 no) then put on a steady 54-run partnership in 12 overs. Terry Charrington chipped in with 22 and Steve Simmonds 20.

Clarke was still building his innings and Aythorpe still needing 90 runs for the last 10 overs really went for it, but in the end fell 17 runs short as the hosts were all out for 189 runs in 44.4 overs.

Jeff Clarke bowled very well taking

7-37 runs off his 12 overs while M Gallop claimed 2-18 in 6.4 overs.

Aythorpe Roding entertain Springfield on Saturday, 1.30pm start, while High Roding host top-of-the-table rivals Hatfield Peverel at 1.30pm.

Aythorpe Roding seconds lost their first T Rippon Mid-Essex League Division 10 game of the season on Saturday, going down by 20 runs at South Woodham Ferrers thirds.

Ferrers batting first made 189-4 in 45 overs, with Nick Copper pick of the bowlers taking 3-37 in 12 overs.

In reply, 10-man Aythorpe, who lost James Reynolds in the warm up, could only make 169-9 in 43.2 overs. Top scoring for the visitors was Aubrey McCloud (54) and S Humphries (54).

On Saturday they visit Hockley, 1.30pm, start.

High Roding seconds were in impressive form at the weekend beating top-of-the-table Ashdon to reverse places at the top of the Herts and Essex League Division Three.

Ashdon batted first and made 160-9. Andy Denney for Roding was in imperious form in his usual cavalier fashion hitting 88 not out with Adam Holdgate scoring 35 as Roding reached the desired target with the loss of five wickets.

High Roding seconds visit Much Hadham on Saturday.

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