Old Chelmsfordians 2nd XI v Rayleigh Fairview 1st XI - Won by 74 runs
Old Chelmsfordians won the toss and elected to field first. A good start with the bat for fairview with an opening partnership of 45 between G Crompton and A Jellett. Wickets started to fall in the middle overs and Fairview were bowled out for 164. G Crompton top scoring with 47 and A Ames with 34 not out. Top bowling from Grainer taking 5-9 off 8 overs and Critchell 2-22.
After tea OC's set out to chase the target, 30-0 off 4 overs before the first wicket fell. Fairview then took regular wickets bowling OC's out for 90 and winning by 74 runs. Cook top scoring with 20 and Critchell 15. Another superb spell of fast bowling from J Lawson taking 5-42 and D Lawson 4-14.
Rayleigh Fairview 2nd XI v Havering Atte Bower 2nd XI - Lost by 7 Wickets.
Another disappointing batting display with the only positives being Steve Page making a solid 37, P Turner 26 and Sakthi 20 leaving Havering 58 overs to reach their target of 146 to win. The bowling was tighter this week but we were unable to take regular wickets, fielding with 10 player for much of the match and then 9 when Sakthi went off injured for a while. The team spirit remains and we continue to bring in new faces. Brijesh made his debut today and was disappointed to get a 3 ball duck. We will fight on for another day and the maiden win is not too far away.