Dunmow find Hill challenge too steep

Dunmow CC suffered another defeat on Saturday, losing by five wickets at Haverhill with the last ball of the game. Dunmow batting first started well with openers L Swanston and C Barker scoring early runs. A partnership of 82 was brought to an end in th

Dunmow CC suffered another defeat on Saturday, losing by five wickets at Haverhill with the last ball of the game.

Dunmow batting first started well with openers L Swanston and C Barker scoring early runs. A partnership of 82 was brought to an end in the 21st over as Barker went for 46.

Two more wickets fell in the space of four overs as Dunmow came to a halt at 90-3. A good partnership between Swanston and T Peacock saw Dunmow push on to 116 in the 30th over.

Swanston departed on 65 and a last 10 over slog saw Dunmow fall to 217 all out in their 45 overs.

In Reply Dunmow got off to a poor start giving away 28 runs from the first three overs and good batting saw Haverhill reach 150-1.

However, a wicket from J Reid changed the match completely. Haverhill stumbled from 160-2 to 180-4 and ended up needing 28 off the last five overs.

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A great spell of bowling from N Rooney saw him pick up two wickets. A last over thriller saw the game down to the last ball as one run was needed for victory. A big heave over mid-wicket saw the run gained and the victory for Haverhill.

Dunmow host Kelvedon on Saturday.

Dunmow seconds' batting let them down again on Saturday as the suffered another defeat, this time at the hands of Langley at St Edmunds Lane.

Langley skipper Steve Bailly won the toss and put Dunmow in to bat. No-one got to grips with a much changed Langley attack with only Matt Cross (24), making more than 20 runs.

Some brave hitting at the end from Josh Rix and Mark Sykes (14 and 13 not out respectively) saw Dunmow post a final score of 150-9.

Unlike previous weeks however, Dunmow were not able to put up any kind of defence as the Langley batsmen took advantage of the good conditions.

Bailly and Harvey jnr put on 130 for the first wicket. When Harvey was out for 79 the result was never in doubt and Bailly made sure of his 50 in seeing Langley home in the 27th over for a nine wicket win.

Dunmow seconds travel to Epping Foresters on Saturday.

Clavering suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of visitors Highgate on Sunday.

On an unpredictable pitch the visitors batted first against an understrength Clavering attack. Although pace man Deifenthaller removed opener Florence cheaply, Saunders and Brown batted fluently and looked to be heading for a big total.

However, a series of run outs and some poor shots by Highgate kept Clavering in the game and a total of 174 looked to be well in reach of the home teams.

Openers Oakes and Miller looked to have weathered a fierce opening spell, before Oakes was caught attempting a rash pull. This bought father and son partnership of Mick and Paul Miller together and they looked to have put Clavering in a strong position before Jenkins trapped Mick LBW for 53.

Paul Miller batted on to 45 before clipping firmly to deep square leg. This prompted a flurry of wickets with the remaining seven batsman managing only 11 between them with Clavering finishing on 144.

Thaxted got back to winning ways with a victory over Bishop's Stortford IV at the weekend.

The bowling quintet of Charlie Burrett, Sean Murphy, Luke Matthews, John Henry and Aaron Gent restricted Stortford to 177 in their 45 overs.

In reply John Henry (74) and Kevin Wood (33), got Thaxted off to a marvellous start with a 98 opening partnership. Paul Taylor hit the winning runs off bowler Harry Chapman to see Thaxted home, finishing on 179-5.

Rayne's winless start to the season continued against Chignal as once again their batting failed to capitalise on the good performance by their bowlers.

Chignal batted first and got off to a slow start with opener Matt Cant caught by Sam Cooper.

Fernando (69) and Evans (24), set about getting the innings back on track as they added 77 for the third wicket.

Mike Porter was introduced to the attack and he bowled Evans leaving Chignal 99-3. The Rayne bowlers continued to bowl a tight line with Asif Malek and Richard Whiteside claiming two catches.

Welapura (16 no) added some valuable runs at the end of the innings to leave his side 177-9.

All of the Rayne bowlers bowled well with Mike Porter claiming 5-52, Mark Sainsbury 2-25, Graham Wickes 1-34 and Dave Dawson 1-29.

The Rayne reply got off to a bad start when Cooper was dismissed LBW with 12 runs on the board. This brought Mark Rainbird (21) and Dave Dawson together and they took the score to 47 in the 14th over when Rainbird dragged a wide ball back onto his stumps.

Whiteside was then run out for nought and Wickes was bowled for one.

Lee Butler joined Dawson and he made a quick-fire 30, but Butler was cleaned up by Bird.

Sainsbury added some quick runs, but when Dawson was dismissed for a fine 59, the game was effectively over. The final two overs could only add three runs as Rayne closed on 149-9.

Chesterfords put in a great performance to chop down Epping Foresters on Saturday.

Batting first, Chesterfords had a steady start with Dave Lightning (17) and Paul Phillips (9) putting on 29 for the first wicket. Luke Claydon and James Pullen started to rebuild the innings, before Claydon was caught on 20.

Dave Perring and Pullen turned the balance of power in Chesterfords' favour before Pullen was eventually bowled for 66, with the score now at 206 following his 149 run partnership. Wazz Mughal made 23 before he was caught and bowled.

Perring eventually carried his bat for a superb 94 not out as Chesterfords posted a huge total of 267-6 off their 45 overs.

Epping Foresters came out strongly, but eventually the fielding standard rose back to its usual level of excellence with Stokley taking 3-48 from his 10 overs.

Dave Lightning then pulled out a fantastic catch and Pullen managed to concuss himself taking a magnificent catch on the boundary to really throw the game Chesterfords way.

Wazz Mughal with three catches assisted Steve Squares who took 3-37 runs.

Dave Perring (0-34) and Mughal (1-33) then came in and bowled tightly leaving Epping stuck at 239-8 from their 45 overs giving Chesterfords a 28 run victory.