Brian Jeeves has done an excellent review of cricket week...
T-Rippon Mid-Essex League outfit Eastwood Cricket Club largely sidestepped the summer showers during their annual cricket weeks staged at their Belfairs Park home.
The club, founded in 1979, played five fixtures over the week, with only Wednesday’s regular encounter against London side, Laconics eventually falling foul of the inclement weather conditions that swept across the region.
Eastwood opened the event with a tough fixture against historical Norfolk-based club South Walsham and handed a debut to young bowler Jamie Powell. Although rain briefly interrupted, the match was played to its conclusion with the visitors, who had centuries from Matt Buttery and Finn Adams, winning by fifty runs.
Maylands Green provided the next opposition. A London-based Sunday League team that included several members of the Eastwood
Ciaran Turner top-scored for the home side, finishing unbeaten on 55 off 25 balls. However, Luke Harp, on this occasion turning out for the visitors, retired not out having also hit a half-century as Maylands Green secured a six-wicket victory.
Despite the abandonment of Wednesday’s match with Laconics after only twelve overs, the focus swiftly switched a couple of miles east to Chalkwell Park where Eastwood were facing Westcliff-On-Sea in a Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League Cup tie. Despite an unbeaten 34 from Alfie Jeeves, coupled with a dogged batting performance for Connor Stewart, the match went the way of the home side, for whom Lockhart scored 53*.
The week’s cricket concluded with the annual Presidents XI versus Chairmans XI match which saw a number of the club’s former players return to action. Promising Essex Ability leg-break bowler Jeeves took his wicket haul for the season to fifty while passing 400 runs with the bat in the process. Meanwhile, other notable performances included Brett Deeming, who retired not out on 34, Kevin Robinson, who claimed three wickets, and Josh Howe, who finished the contest with a hat-trick.
With the weather turning for the worst over the weekend, Eastwood’s first and third team matches against Theydon Bois and Old Chelmsfordians were called off without a ball bowled. However, the second eleven’s game at Tillingham survived.
Phill Bartlett returned bowling figures of three for 30, while Matt Feather top-scored with 25, but it was the home side who ran out comfortable winners by 72 runs.
Team Selection Secretary, Kevin Robinson, said: “We were quite lucky with the weather and managed to play a fair bit of cricket considering how wet it has been everywhere.
“It was great to introduce some new faces, as well as welcome back one or two from the past.
“Cricket weeks is an important part of our season. It is far more than a social event. We are always looking to welcome new members to the club. Cricket Week provides everyone with an opportunity to get together and see what we are all about.”