vs. West Essex
Date:Saturday 8th September 2018
Venue:Away
Game:SNEL
Result:
Scores:
vs. Belhus
Date:Saturday 1st September 2018
Venue:Home
Game:SNEL
Result:Lost
Scores:Belhus – 235-7 (dec)
H&TCC – 159AO (I.Harrison 30, M. Tibbenham 40)

Diggers Reports:
Won the toss and bowled, as I felt the best way for us to win this game was to chase down a total.

Didn’t get off to the best of starts, with Belhus opening batsmen putting on 80 odd for the first wicket inside 14-15 overs. Ishen and Rob Parmenter were the pick of the bowlers each picking up 2 wickets, backed up well by Rory and Gilly. We ended up having a taregt of 232 to chase down.

Unfortunately we lost a few early wickets, and despite a good recovery from Mike tibbs and Ratty we didn’t look like being able to get to the target.

A minimum of 12 points next week guarantees our safety, otherwise we will be relying on other results to go our way to stay in the division.
vs. Westcliff-on-Sea
Date:Saturday 25th August 2018
Venue:Home
Game:SNEL
Result:Won
Scores:H&TCC – 105AO (A.Sinclair 30)
Westcliff – 106/3

David Williams Reports:
Won the toss, and despite the pitch being damp, and in an attempt to gain some ground on second spot, and an outside chance of promotion decided to have a bat, in search of 25 points. Decision back fired and we were all out for 105. And only picked up 1 point, as they chased it 3 down. Yes there is still an outside chance we could finish inside the bottom 2, but there’s plenty of cricket to be played between now and the end of season. And plenty of talent to make sure that does not happen. It would be nice if there was a flat dry wicket to bat on, on Saturday as getting 200 and maximum batting points will go a long way to secure our div 2 status.
vs. Horndon-on-the-Hill
Date:Saturday 18th August 2018
Venue:Away
Game:SNEL
Result:Won
Scores:Horndon – 182/7 (I.Harrison, 3-37, D.Williams 3-59)
H&TCC – 186/5 (RD Castle 74, P.Tibbenham 36, A. Sinclair 31)

David Williams Reports:
In the midst of a hectic season, where some results could make or break your season, it is easy to forget how lucky we are at Hadleigh, generally the facilities are well kept, we have a lovely new pavilion, excellent teas, as a second XI we also are lucky to have Tim Bennett umpiring and PHB scoring. Some clubs are not as fortunate as we are. Horndon are one of those clubs. No umpire, no scorer and it was clear to see that any dog walker in the vicinity refuses to use the bins provided.

Despite not providing an umpire, the start to the game was delayed by nearly 10 minutes whilst trying to point out to their skipper the league rule (especially as it was their skipper who had called one of our bowlers for chucking in the return fixture earlier in the season). 5b: In all other Divisions each Member Club shall provide its own Umpire. In a match where only one side provides an umpire, if he is prepared to do so, he shall always stand at the bowler’s end while the batting side representative takes it in turns at the striker’s end".

Anyway onto the game. Having lost the toss, and being put in the field, good tight bowling on a pretty green wicket restricted them to 182-7 off their 50 overs. Ishen bowled well, only going for 13 off 8 overs, Ratty took advantage of the skippers “Maiden or wicket” rule to bowl 14 overs and picked up 3 wickets. Unfortunately Mr Parmenter became the first victim of the 2nd team this season to succumb to the two beamer rule and had to be removed from the attack. Despite this, I felt we could and should chase down the target if we applied ourselves correctly with the bat. Paul Tibbs and Ryan Castle opened up the innings, Paul making 36 and RDC producing a man of the match display, hitting 74 to take us close to the target. Sincs hit a quick-fire 30 and it was left to Mike Tibbs and Ant Grosvenor to see us home. Grosvenor hitting a 6 to win the game, in doing so almost decapitating a young girl walking round the outfield. Another good team effort, with 3 games to go this season and 4 wins from our last 5 games. The team is showing what they are capable of, and another good performance this week, will see us looking up rather than down for the remainder of the season. Big thanks to Tim Bennett for his help this week in difficult circumstances.
vs. Fives & Heronians
Date:Saturday 11th August 2018
Venue:Home
Game:SNEL
Result:Won
Scores:H&TCC – 205AO (L.Poynter 60)
Fives – 197AO (R. Parmenter 4-19, L. Poynter 3-20)

Diggers Reports:
Lost the toss, and put into bat on a very green wicket, and damp outfield.

Batting against the new ball would be difficult and so it proved. Louis Poynter batted really well for his 60, Gilly chipped in with a useful 20, and the ever present Mr W. Ide added a useful 22. However at 154-8 with 10 overs to go, we needed to make sure we batted out the 45 overs to really give ourselves a chance, up stepped Rory Blackaby and captain Diggers who added 40 for the 9th wicket. Rory with 24 and Diggers 21*. We ended our innings on a very handy 205. A tricky target on any Hadleigh wicket.

And so it proved, a great opening bowling partnership with the ball with Louis bowling 9 overs straight through picking up 3-20 and Diggers with figures of 9-4-14-1. Fives found themselves 34-4 off 18 overs. Their best partnership followed in the middle overs before Grosvenor got his reward for some excellent bowling. Dylan picked up the another wicket and the run rate was back up to just over 5 an over. Up step Mr Parmenter who bowled an excellent spell at the death, taking 4-19 to see us home by 8 runs. A close game but one I feel we deserved to win after playing the better cricket for the majority of the game. A real team effort this week, well played everyone.
vs. Orsett & Thurrock
Date:Saturday 4th August 2018
Venue:Away
Game:SNEL
Result:Won
Scores:H&TCC – 256/6 (R.Vapiwala 77)
Orsett – 219/8

Rich Harding Reports:
Well another hot weekend and Skipper David Williams AKA Diggers goes AWOL. He has found love in Torquay rumour has it. So we head off in convoy to Orsett, it’s another road of a pitch having been baked for weeks by the bright thing in the sky. So at midday Harding hunts for their captain as does not want to break into a sweat doing fielding drills as he is determined to win the toss and bat. He won the toss and him and Ruben get us off to a good start of 69 before Harding misses one, Ruben instructed to carry on batted brilliantly (Facebook proud moment photo to follow) and bat well he did all the way to 77. Others supporting, chipping in with quick fire 20s and super running by Ben Rossiter running twos with Anthony Grosvenor. We got to 256 something to defend on the m25 Orsett road. Now to bowl and win this , we open with Ian “Rat” Harrison and Calum “Iceland” Jenks with Rat taking Two and Callum a wicket off his first ball. 3 quick wickets meant pressure was mounting, batsmen’s scores a few so up steps Ali G who picks up a wicket in his second over. The master plan is working time for spin twins Groves (2 wickets) and Ish with the ball turning square the runs scored more luck than judgement. So into final ten overs with Orsett needing circa 110 runs, the game is won at this point but you never know so in comes Rob P giving it his all grunting like a well know female tennis player picking up two wickets and Rory “the night owl” the other end a little bit slower than Normal. All round enjoyable day with great knock from Ruben and supported by a good fielding display (apart from a few drop catches).
vs. Hainault & Clayhall
Date:Saturday 28th July 2018
Venue:Home
Game:SNEL (45)
Result:Lost
Scores:Hainault – 271/4 (R.Blackaby 3-71)
H&TCC – 119AO

David Williams Reports:
Lost the toss and bowled (which I think we’d have done anyway) a good start with the ball with Rory picking up 2 wickets. Unfortunately we failed to pick up the 3rd wicket until another 20 overs had passed. Once the wicket had fully dried out, the batsmen who were in were able to really cash in and to be fair their captain scored an unbeaten century and didn’t really give us a chance. Chasing their score of 271 we didn’t get off to the best of starts losing a couple of early wickets. We didn’t really recover and finished all out on 119. They were a good side and look in a strong position for promotion, and they’re a side that we can look to be emulating next season.
vs. Gidea Park & Romford
Date:Saturday 21st July 2018
Venue:Away
Game:SNEL (45)
Result:Won
Scores:Gidea Park – 231/7
H&TCC – 232/6 (R.Harding 99, C.Blackaby 30*)

David Williams Reports
After winning the toss and bowling on a pretty flat wicket and quick dry outfield (is there any ground that isn’t like that at the moment?) in the sunshine, some people may have thought the captain had lost his mind. However it proved to be the right call, a really good all round bowling and fielding performance kept Romford down to 231 off there 45 overs. Young Callum Blackaby cane into the side and got out their opener, with his elder brother Rory claiming the other opening bat. A great piece of fielding by Rob Parmenter ran out their bit hitting number 3 and once Ratty had their captain caught by Ishen at square leg. We kept taking wickets at good times to keep the run rate to a minimum. rob parmenter claiming two wickets. A very good all round fielding effort from a young side who thoroughly deserved to enjoy to lovely (!!) teas that Romford had to offer. Then it came to the run chase, Ruben and Rich Harding opening up with some nice shots until Ruben got bowled round his legs by an away swinger. Ratty then joined rich at the crease until he became the first of three batsmen to fall LBW. By this point Rich was batting like a man possessed (presumably possessed by the ghost of Don Bradman) hitting the ball to all parts including the customary couple of huge hits over the non-existent boundary rope. CJ played a very handy Cameo with Rich as did Aaron Joyce, CJ falling lbw and Aaron bowled. Then as the crowd wait in anticipation for Hardings first ever hundred (he was on 99) the ball hit the pads, big appeal....the pause....then the finger. Out on 99, LBW. A fine knock and one that deserved the extra run, but it wasn’t to be. At this point we were still 50 odd runs short, enter Mike Tibbenham and Rory Blackaby to take us to within 10, until Mike was bowled, a bit nervy but Rory saw us home with some clean hitting. A great win and long overdue. One to build on going into next week
vs. South Woodford
Date:Saturday 14th July 2018
Venue:Home
Game:SNEL (45)
Result:Lost
Scores:H&TCC – 227/9 (A.Gilbert 63, L.Poynter 43, M.Tibbenham 37)
South Woodford – 231/5

David Williams Reports:
After arriving at the ground and clearing a dead pigeon off the outfield we won the toss, batted on a flat dry wicket, with lightning outfield. The opposition started with 9 men and started with a flurry of wides and no balls, and a young 11 year old leg spinner (who burgled 4 wickets) in their side. It looked like we were going to post a large total. However, rich harding was the first wicket to fall, given out LBW off his thigh pad, and despite Gilly scoring 60 odd, Louis 45 and mike tibbs 35. Gilly batted well but then got stumped, trying to hit the ball out the park, grovs did the same but got caught, as did Rob P. really poor batting against a bowling attack that was no better than a 4th XI standard. We just about managed to get 227 and full batting points. 9 wickets down. Bowling and fielding was ok, however they had one batsman who, just came out and gave it a whack, with very little technique managed to get to 70 being dropped 2 or 3 times, and the game was gone. Very poor performance and if I’m honest, totally embarrassing with the side we had out.
vs. West Essex
Date:Saturday 7th July 2018
Venue:Home
Game:SNEL (45)
Result:Lost
Scores:H&TCC – 200/8 (I.Harrison 34, R.Blackaby 34*)
West Essex – 202/3

D.Williams was lucky enough to win the toss this week and HTCC batted first. Although the weather was hot and not a cloud in the sky, the wicket proved difficult to bat on and the 2s found themselves in a precarious position of 125-6 with not much batting left to come, however R.Blackaby (34) palyed some extravagant strokes and brought the total to an even 200 off 45 overs. West Essex looked in control from the start and managed the run chase effectively, some poor bowling and fielding cost HTCC and West Essex took full advantage. A poor loss by 7 wickets. The 2s sit in 7th place 17 point clear of the relegation zone.