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Saturday 2nd September

High Easter v Rayleigh Fairview 1st XI - Won by 5 wkts
Fairview travelled to High Easter knowing a win would see them promoted as champions. They won the toss and put High Easter in to bat and looked to bowl the home side out cheaply with a full strength bowling attack. Dropped catches meant this did not go to plan. Opening batsmen Brisland dropped on 0 and 20 before going on to make a superb 121. Some good tight bowling towards the end of the innings meant Fairview restricted High Easter to 224 all out after a very fast start by the home team. Pick of the Fairview bowlers Callum Mclean who took 5 for 13 off only 3.2 overs.
After a delightful tea, the away side went out to chase the target for the championship. Things didn't start well when in form opening batsmen A Jellett was bowled 3rd ball of the innings for 0. Captain D Lawson went to the crease but lost G Crompton not long after for 12. A Keating and skipper Lawson then rebuilt putting on 83 before keating fell for 25. Lawson fell not long after for a well worked 50. The run rate was rapidly increasing for the away side but with small boundaries only a couple of big overs and they would be back in contention. A Ames fell for 17 which brought C Mclean and J Lawson to the crease. Some brutal blows from both batsmen took Fairview over the line. C Mclean with a match einning 62 not and J Lawson with a quickfire 30 not out, including 4 maximums.
A superb chase by the away side and a great game for both sides, going down to the wire.
Rayleigh Fairview promoted to Div 2 as Champions!!!!
Saturday 19th August

Springfield 3rd XI v Rayleigh Fairview 1st XI - Won by 35 runs
Springfield won the toss and put Fairview in to bat on a sunny afternoon in Chelmsford. The reliable opening pair of Gareth Crompton and Andy Jellett went out to face the good opening bowlers S Arain and L Hitchin. Crompton uncharacteristically fell early to Arain for 0. Tight bowling throughout the innings meant Fairview could only post 152. Jamie Lawson making the only real contribution with the bat, making a superb 65 before falling to the bowling of young Fennel. A Jellett 17, A Ames and skipper D Lawson both contributing 15 the only other batsmen to make double figures.
After tea Fairview set out to bowl out Springfield to go back top of the table depending on the result between Woodham Mortimer and Galleywood. As usual, some good tight pace bowling from J Lawson and W Osborne got Fairview off to a good start with the ball, both taking early wickets. Only the Hitchin brothers getting in double figures for Springfield as the Fairview bowlers kept taking regular wickets. The final wicket was taken by Spencer Collins, a superb catch in the deep by Tom Webster to secure another valuable win for Fairview to take them back top of the table after Galleywood beat Woodham Mortimer. The pick of the bowlers S Collins 3 for 9, Osborne and J Lawson taking 2 for 13 each and skipper D Lawson 2 for 27.
2 more wins for Fairview will see them promoted back to Division 2 as Champions. On to Great Baddow at home next week.
Saturday 29th July

Purleigh XI v Rayleigh Fairview 1st XI - Won by 8 runs
On a wet overcast afternoon in Purleigh, Rayleigh Fairview were put in to bat after losing a vital toss. With rain forecast for the afternoon things were not going to be easy. Some good early tight bowling from opener John had the Fairview batsmen on the back foot, A Jellett taking a liking to fellow opener A Bowles as he placed a nice 6 straight back over the bowlers head before falling for 17. Things never really got going for Fairview as regular wickets fell and ended up all out for a below par 90. Top scorer Dan Lawson with 19.
The pick of the Purleigh bowlers John with 3 for 23 and Hardingham 4 for 22.
After tea, Purleigh went out to bat to chase down the small total posted by Fairview. 4 for 0 off of the 1st over was a good start until W Osborne took hold of the ball. It took only 3 balls before he claimed his 1st victim of the day, captain Freegard edging to Captain Lawson at slip who took a fine low catch to his right. Number 3 come in and got a perfect first ball and could only edge into the slips again this time to the hands of Mclean. On a hat trick, Osborne steamed in and bowled s fast straight yorker that hit the batsmen infront of all 3 stumps and was given out LBW. What a great start for Fairview as Purleigh slipped to 4 for 3 off 2 overs. Regular wickets kept falling and Purleigh slipped to 62 for 9. A strong last wicket stand took Purleigh to 82 before the final wicket was taken, caught by Callum Mclean off if the bowling of Spencer Collins.
Top scorer for Purleigh was opener Taylor 24 and the pick of the Fairview bowlers Will Osborne 5 for 17, Dan Lawson 3 for 23 and S Collins 2 for 9.
A very close game played in good spirits and and another win Fairview as they push for promotion back to Division 2.
Saturday 15th July

Broomfield 1st XI v Rayleigh Fairview 1st XI - Won by 1 wkt
On an overcast afternoon in Chelmsford, Rayleigh Fairview won the toss and elected to bowl first. A spell of rain before the start of the game delayed the start until 1.30 making the game a 41 over game. As always, opening bowlers Jamie Lawson and Will Osborne had the batsmen in trouble from the very first ball and both took an early wicket each to have Broomfield 12 for 3 after 5 overs. Wickets continued to fall throughout the broomfield innings as they were bowled out for 118 after 35 overs. The only batsmen to get going was Rob Lynn who scored a fine 61 before being caught by C Mclean off of the bowling on Nick Moore. Pick of the Fairview bowlers were, J Lawson 10 overs 6 maidens 2 for 10, W Osborne 3 for 34 and D Lawson 2 for 26.
After tea, Fairview set out to chase down the total set by Broomfield, but it wasnt to be easy! A good start with the ball by Fisher and Turner had Worship back in the Pavilion with only 5 on the board. Gareth Crompton and Will Osborne then got together and steadied the ship before Osborne holed out to cover. The well known Fairview collapse was about to start, with wickets falling regularly!! A mixture of poor shot selection and batsmen walking across there stumps giving the umpires no choice but to give blatant LBW's. It was left to numbers 10 and 11, T Webster and N Moore to see the game home for the away side with a streaky well placed outside edge from Moore going over the boundary line to seal a must needed victory to keep Fairview top of the table by 1 point!! Outstanding figures of 5 for 30 by Eglin the Broomfield captain stood out in the 2nd innings and G Crompton top scoring with a well worked 23.
On to next week when Fairview host Old Chelmsfordians in another must win game!!!
Club Diary 2017
Saturday 9th September – Fairview Frenzy
Friday 10th November – Annual dinner
Thursday 16th November - AGM
2015 Annual awards

Max Alwins Trophy - D Lawson
Holmes Cup - C Mclean
Mick Hayward Memorial Shield - D Nicholls
Ron Thomas Cup - A Jellett
Mellon Cup - J Payne
RFCC Fielding Trophy - D Jellett
J Hilliard Memorial Trophy - T Nicholls
Russel Sim Memorial Shield - T Donoghue
Clubman of the Year - R Pettit

The team photo is possibly a 1st XI or a Sunday XI from late 60s or maybe 1970.
Team from the back left to right: Ron Dowling, Jim Hilliard, Malcolm Baker, maybe Laurie Stobbs brother, Basil Cooper, Ron Pettitt, Umpire Denis Lee
Front Row: David Greatorex, Norman Taylor, Tony Greatorex, Mike Rand, Stuart Cannon

1966 Dinner and Dance at the Mill Hall

Next Committee meeting TBA

Next Committee meeting TBA

Next Committee meeting TBA