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Sat 1st XI - Match centre

Goresbrook 1sts
Rainham 1sts
Sat 12 May 13:00 - T.Rippon Mid-Essex Cricket League - Premier Drawn

Rainham singing in the rain

1s go the distance in the damp

Rainham were in a strong position in this local derby when heavy rain (heavier than the rain that had been falling most of the afternoon) forced an abandonment at tea as the ground had become unplayable.

On an excellent looking wicket, after winning the toss skipper Jordan Calverley elected to bowl somewhat reluctantly, with the possibility of a disrupted innings due to the adverse weather forecast at the forefront of his mind. However after Kane Messenger took two early wickets, both caught by keeper Chris Burke off short pitched deliveries, at least one of which took a fair amount of helmet on the way through.....Rainham took control.

The Spring Farm Park men consolidated around Ronnie Jackson’s fine 83, with Biran Patel (30) providing good support and then after spinner Billy Smith (2-50) had picked up a couple of wickets and the award for best 70s porn-star lookalike in his new powder blue headband with straggly goatee/tache combo, Jon O’Neill (58 from 37 balls) and Charlie Puncher (27 from 14) made hay at the end of the innings. The 1’s bowling fell apart under the Rainham onslaught, 65 runs coming from the final 5 overs, as Messenger (3-75) saw his figures somewhat ruined and Shane Barwick (0-41) unusually went wicketless.

A total of 277-6 takes some chasing at M&B, although it's rarely attempted with the opposition bowling with a bar of soap, however the rain ensured that there was no winner. Rainham will take plenty of positives from their performance into next week’s home game against Springfield whilst Calverley's men will have to improve significantly at in-form Canvey to pick up their first win of the campaign.

Action photos and some atmospheric shots of men looking miserable in the rain can be found here

Skipper Calverley was uncontactable as his focus immediately switched to celebrating M&B Reserves Essex Olympian League Division Two title and the final football game of the season, the Olympian League Reserve Team Cup Final on Monday evening, however Brook veteran Kurt Whisker did speak to the website and he was philosophical, whilst clearly disappointed (mostly that he didn't get a bat),

“I don’t think anybody really enjoyed themselves out there, with the exception of the Rainham batsmen. It rained on and off all afternoon and our bowlers were struggling to grip the ball once everywhere got soaked. Fair play to Rainham though, they played very well and took us apart a bit with wickets in hand at the end. I'm sure they'll be competitive in this league. We need to forget about this now though and just focus on getting our season started with a win at Canvey next week.”

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Premier results

Springfield 1sts
Rettendon 1sts
Canvey Island 1sts
Old Chelmsfordians 1sts
Rayleigh 1sts
Aythorpe Roding 1sts


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League table

# Team Played Pts
1. Springfield 1sts 18 401
2. Bentley 1sts 18 373
3. Aythorpe Roding 1sts 18 301
4. Goresbrook 1sts 18 275
5. Rainham 1sts 18 269
6. Canvey Island 1sts 18 238
7. Old Chelmsfordians 1sts 18 217

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