|vs. Hainault & Clayhall|
|Date:||Saturday 14th July 2018|
|Scores:||Hainault & Clayhall – 238AO (R.Blackaby 3-30, B.Rossiter 3-46)|
H&TCC – 239/7 (C.Day 64, A.Mitchell 55)
Alistair Graham Reports:
3s lost the toss and were put in the field, and were met by in-form Hainault top order who raced to a quick start against our experienced openers. Trying something different, Kishen was brought into the attack, though ending with figures of (5-0-55-0). Rory as first change on the other end performed well, taking 3-30 off 9 overs, while Dom Hood chipped in with another 2 wickets to bring Hadleigh back into the game. Ben Rossiter returned to clear up the middle-order/tail taking 3 wickets, and Jarred picked up the final wicket to bowl Hainault for 238 - a fair effort after their strong start. The standard of fielding was good, and Miles took 4 good catches behind the stumps. Hadleigh started the chase slowly, with Andy (55) and Chris (64) building their innings after Jarred fell for just 4. The middle order picked up the pace, with Kishen (17) , Aaron (27) and Jon (16) performing well to keep Hadleigh in touch with the run chase. The finish was nail-biting with a run rate of over 8 an over required from the last few, but a combination of Rory (quickfire 25, including a yes bank maximum), Jon, Ben (4) and Greg (3) brought home the win with one ball to spare. A pleasing victory against a rather annoying opposition, slightly aided by the opposition's butter fingers. Every batsman apart from Ben was dropped at least once! Who cares - top of the league Hainault lost to underdogs Hadleigh.
|Date:||Saturday 21st July 2018|
|Scores:||H&TCC – 236-4 (A.Mitchell 112*, C.Day 38)|
Westcliff – 226/9 (A.Graham 3-23)
Alistair Graham Reports: Zzzzzzzzzz
A night of drizzle left a tinge of green grass on the back wicket, tempting the oppo to bowl first upon winning the toss on a toasty afternoon. Hadleigh had a cautious start, with openers Andy Mitchell and Miles Graham seeing off the new ball, before Miles was caught at mid-on after 13 overs - 50-1. Chris Day took to the crease and put on another hundred partnership with the skipper, scoring a fluent 38 before being bowled by a straight one - 186-2 off 38 overs. Jon Snelling marched to the crease with one thing in mind - a team total of 250 - but was unlucky to pick out the fielder at deep backward square who took a good boundary catch, stopping him at 7. Meanwhile, Andy recorded his second century of the season and the team recorded 200 on the board. Kishen enjoyed a few (cover) drives for a quickfire 15, but was bowled with three balls left of the innings. Dylan joined his dad at the crease, taking 2 runs, and walked off with the skipper carrying his bat on 112*. Final sore 236-4 - our tails were up. Greg Hood opened up the bowling and created chances, and was joined by Ben ("I think I've had too much tea") Rossiter who took a wicket off his second ball - an excellent low catch by Dom Hood at backward point. Westcliff did well to not lose more wickets, and used the pace and lightening outfield to accumulate a solid platform- 47-1 off 9 overs. Dylan took up the charge, and made another breakthrough, keeping Westcliff on their toes. Alastair joined Dylan from the other end, an after a "rusty" first over responded with a wicket maiden in the second, and two further wickets in the subsequent three overs before a twingy stomach muscle became too inconvenient to continue. Dom Hood and "Jack Holmes" bowled well to take further two wickets. Jack coincidentally had a different surname on his shirt. Westcliff remained in contention with batting all the way down - 176-7 off 34 overs, with their number 5 in strong form passing 50. Our openers resumed their pacey attack - Dylan took the 8th wicket, bringing their Westcliff's skipper to the crease, but the scores narrowed further, with 20 runs required off 3 overs - eminently doable given the pitch. A good finish by Greg and Jack closed the game down to secure a close win by 10 runs in the last over. It was an excellent display in the field, especially with 10 men from 5:30 onward, and athletic wicket keeping saved valuable runs. A good day's work.
|Date:||Saturday 28th July 2018|
|Scores:||Walthamstow – 247/7 (J.Snelling 3-30)|
H&TCC – 250/6 (J.Snelling 117, J.Epton 43)
Alastair Graham Reports:
A standard day at the Peter May Sports Centre playing a north-east London side – interesting umpiring, controversy and a sub-par tea. 3s were stuck in the field and found it difficult to make inroads into the Walthamstow top order. The bowling was not quite up to the usual standard on a batting-friendly pitch that needed line and length – Walthamstow were 130-2 at the halfway stage and accelerating. This continued into the second half, until Walthamstow decided to go all-out attack, losing a large cluster of wickets in quick succession stunting their run rate to end on 247-8 off 45 overs. Not bad all things considered, but a long and very windy day in the field. The bails took a week off.Batting was off to a rocky start – 50-5 was not too glamorous. Heads were a little down. But what finer sight is there than Jon Snelling hitting the ball sweetly to all corners of the park? He accumulated runs with his usual swashbuckling style, and rapidly got to 50. Jon was supported at the other end by a Joe Epton special – with strokes of increasing elegance as the innings progressed. He was unlucky to be out in the 40s. Snelling continued the charge reaching his century, and as Joe fell a certain Ali G took to the crease needing to score runs. The spectators were uneasy. Yet the Snelling-Graham partnership progressed in a strong and stable way, until Jon found a fielder with three overs left – five an over required. Tommy Byrne stepped up to assist and together the total was reached with four balls to spare. Hadleigh offer their thanks to Walthamstow’s generous fielding, and the 20 points for the win.
|vs. Harlow Town|
|Date:||Saturday 4th August 2018|
|Scores:||H&TCC – 276/5 (J.Snelling 92, J.Epton 43)|
Harlow Town – 188AO (B.Read 3-?)
|Date:||Saturday 11th August 2018|
|Scores:||H&TCC – 169/9 (A.Graham 39)|
Horndon – 173/5
Ali G reports:
Away at Horndon, 3s were greeted by a rather naff school wicket whose square was only slightly distinguishable from the surrounding grass. On a soft, grassy pitch 3s elected to bat first expecting deterioration. Off the seventh ball of the innings the captain hooked a short ball to fine leg, and Rich fell to a fine slip catch. Kishen grazed singles from cover drives at the other end. Jon played patiently against 2s standard opening bowling to steady the ship. However, Kish was sadly run out trying to complete a single when on 29. Soon it was Snelling’s turn to end a yard short of his ground when batting with Aaron, so it was then for Aaron and Ben to rebuild. A tidy partnership began, before Aaron was bowled by a straight one and Ben was a little too keen against the spinner, getting himself stumped. Miles was soon caught at gully to cut short a Graham batting partnership. The 3s were in trouble at 80-7 with at least 20 overs to go. Targeting 125 as a minimum, Alastair and Jack “official club debut” Spencer set about digging in, and slowly accelerating to secure a much needed fifty stand. Shots started to come out of the locker with a few boundaries to capitalise on a crest-fallen Horndon. Jack’s cameo ended on 23, while Alastair was caught and bowled on 39 failed to go over the top with five balls left. Dom and Greg Hood helped nudge the score to end on 169. It was something to bowl at from a wicket with extra spring.
The bowling and fielding was a disappointment compared to usual. A few chances were created, but not taken. The bowling was not that sharp, though creditable exception to the Hoods who kept it quite tight. There were heated moments with the opposition umpire which was just a bit unnecessary from all involved, and team focus was a little distracted as a result. The irony was not lost that we were playing at a school ground. With five wickets down, Horndon knocked off the runs with plenty of time to spare thus ending a long 3s winning streak.
|vs. Woodford Green|
|Date:||Saturday 18th August 2018|
|Scores:||H&TCC – 206/8 (A. Mitchell 70, R. Lambdon 53, A. Joyce 33)|
Woodford Green – 207/0
Andy Mitchell Reports:
Away trip to Woodford Green, as per usual I lost the toss and we were put into bat (hooray). Having a squad of 10 & only 1 Seam bowler, we had to bat first & didn’t fancy spending all day in the field. We got off to a slow start, Woodford’s opening bowlers bowled very well. 3 quick wickets had us 48/3, Rich Lambdon & Myself steadied the innings and put on 89 runs until I was out for 70 (137/4), Rich went on to make a solid 53 & Aaron Joyce made a fast 33. Colin Blackaby (14) saw us over the 200 mark and we made 206/8 in 50 overs. TEA - Samosa’s they were fantastic. We knew we were up against it in the field and tried hard but we didn’t bowl well, Line and lengths were off. I can only remember 1 chance given. Woodford got to our total without losing a wicket. Never mind that’s cricket.
|Date:||Saturday 25th August 2018|
|Scores:||Loughton – 151/9 (A. Graham 4-64, G. Hood 3-38)|
H&TCC – 135AO (A.Mitchell 66)
Andy Mitchell Reports:
Loughton CC the league leaders visited us wanting to bat first and get the extra points. Surprise surprise, I lost the toss again and we were in the field. Greg Hood & Ali Graham opened the bowling, both bowled very well. Greg bowled with real venom, good lengths and put pressure on their opening batsmen. Ali benefited from this, bowling tight and making them play. He picked up 4/64 off 16 overs with Greg 1/17 off 14 overs (6 maidens). Mike Lewis & Dom Hood kept the pressure on and good bowling wrapped up the innings. Mike taking 1/32 off 11 overs and Dom Hood 3/38 off 9 overs. All round good fielding performance held Loughton to 151/9 off the 50 overs. A good Tea and team chat ready for our innings. Miles Graham and myself opened the batting, Loughton bowled well keeping runs to a minimum in the first 15 overs and at halfway we were 62/3. We found runs very hard to get and were struggling to push on. Kishen Patel came in with me and we built a partnership of 49, until he was bowled for 19. I was next out for 66 hitting one straight to Mid Off. We were still in the game at 118/6 with 7 overs to go, needing 34 runs. Unfortunately we had a batting collapse and ended up losing the game, all out for 135 in 43 overs. It all ended so quickly, a very disappointing batting performance after good work with the ball.
|vs. Fives & Heronians|
|Date:||Saturday 1st September 2018|
|Scores:||H&TCC – 189AO (A.Mitchell 37)|
Fives – 173/5 (A.Graham 3-38)
Andy “Run Machine” Mitchell reports:
Away match at Fives. I won the toss and decided to bat first. Miles Graham and myself opened the batting and where going along nicely when Miles got possessed, played a shot completely out of character and got clean bowled (54/1). The batting carried on ok with myself making 37 (run out) and Jon Snelling hitting 29 (bowled). Ali Graham played his usual good lower order innings making 26 and pushing the score along. We ended up all out for 189. We felt we could defend that total and Greg Hood & Ben Rossiter opened up the bowling. Both bowled well without getting the rewards. Ali Graham then came on and took 3/38, we had Fives 96/4 but unfortunately couldn’t push on and get those vital wickets. Fives won the game.
|vs. Harold Wood 4th XI|
|Date:||Saturday 8th September 2018|