|vs. Old Southendians 4th XI|
|Date:||Saturday 8th September 2018|
|Date:||Saturday 1st September 2018|
|Scores:||Benfleet – 246-0|
H&TCC – 156AO (K. Patel 46, S. Young 47*)
Geoff Davison reports:
Although we were not able to make a breakthrough in the field, we did again create half a dozen chances that we were not able to take. The attitude of all the players and especially the younger ones was good, and at no times did heads go down. Many thanks to Darren Wilsmore who, when seeing we were fielding with 10, changed into his whites, ignored his hamstrings, and patrolled the boundary with vigour. Special thanks also to Kishen who was the first player to arrive and last to leave, helping set up and clear away, bowling and batting well with commitment, and taking over the scoring for an hour immediately after his innings finished and making sure the book balanced and getting the results off. A great help to a captain under pressure and a fine example for the younger ones.
|vs. Brentwood 6th XI|
|Date:||Saturday 25th August 2018|
|Scores:||Brentwood 261/5 (K.Jenkinson 4-25)|
Geoff D Reports:
It's not often that you play a game when the ball disappears from view way before it reaches the boundary. Long wet grass slows the ball and what with a drying wicket, wind, and overhead sun I thought bowling first was a no brainier. After adjusting the boundary markers to incorporate the rugby posts, the 10 men of Hadleigh set about their task well with Cal Blackaby's extravagant swing and Tommy Byrnes pacy effort. One grizzled veteran batter from the Brentwood first team of yesteryear stuck in though and worked out the conditions , hit the ball hard and high finishing on 112 undefeated(turns out he has also scored double centuries this season)Break through were difficult, with 10 catches unfortunately going down .We did take 3 though, one an outstanding effort by a Brentwood player substituting an injured Revs(dislocated finger, tugged back in place by an opposition bowler/physiotherapist doing his first dislocation job)Paul Sales courageously bowled up the hill while coming under constant enemy fire ,and Louis Bracci and Alfie Wilsmore bowling down with ever improving technique. Secret weapon Kev Jenks ('thanks skip,200 on the board, 30 overs gone and I'm at the wrong end!') came on and proceeded to take 4 for 25 and book a place at the top of the league averages.
Now reduced to 9 and chasing 262, we got off to the worse of starts, GD playing across the line and being skittled in the first over. Colin Blackaby was controversially run out, and if the changing wall had a door, I'm sure he would have slammed it. A few lusty blows were hit by Tommy, Spencer Young, and Cal;Alfie held out doggedly reaching double figures ,but in the end to no avail, and we were bowled out for 88.A good toss to win? As Kev pointed out, think I forgot to account for the grass growing another inch and a half under the hot sun. Strangely, most enjoyed the afternoon and are looking to play again next week.
|vs. Old Southendians 5th XI|
|Date:||Saturday 18th August 2018|
|Scores:||Old Southendians 153/8 (B.Read 5-56)|
H&TCC 154/5 (K.Klein 49, A. Graham 44)
Ali G Reports:
Two Friday drop-outs saw the 4s take 7 players to Victory Sports Ground. The toss was lost and we were put in the field. Fortunately, a Young son boosted us to 8 and the oppo kindly loaned a fielder. Still short, but slightly less exposed. On best behaviour, Ben "surprise evening party" Rossiter and Alastair opened up with gentle medium pace to contain the oppo. At 40-1 off 20 overs, it was time for Paul Sales to deceive the batsmen into submission, but unfortunately this time with no reward - 6-0-0-27. Meanwhile, Ben Read found a lot of turn from the other end, taking 5 wickets in an extended spell. This included the demise of an oppo 2s cameo that smashed 40 runs off very few balls. He went home straight after being dismissed. Aside from this scare, tight bowling helped pin the oppo to only 153-8 off 45 overs - game on. At tea, Paul Sales surveyed the pavilion, remarking that he "wouldn't want to do the electrics in this place". Spirits were high and Keith Klein opened the batting, showing that while form may be temporary, class is eternal stroking 49 runs.
Ben Rossiter batted with usual gusto for 15 before being undone trying to tap a spinner. At the other end, Alastair slowly accumulated 44, but snicked a late cut to leave the game poised. 40 runs to win from 10 overs. Spencer Young took charge and knocked off 24 of these, assisted by Neil Read (2), Ben Read (6) and extras (a few). With 2.3 overs left and Paul Sales at the crease, Hadleigh snatched the win. A great game played with excellent spirit. Well done to all involved in this memorable win.
|Date:||Saturday 11th August 2018|
|Scores:||Horndon – 236/4|
H&TCC – 147/9 (S.Young 41)
4s battled hard against top of the league Horndon. Runs flowed on the back pitch as Horndon batted first, with steady accumulation to 246 off the allotted 40 overs. The youngsters toiled away well with the bowling – a wicket each for Vasan Loganthan and Ben Read. The specialist bowling services of Paul Sales were once again in demand with 2-48 off 8, and a maiden too, retaining his claim to the honorary position of 4s resident all-rounder. Rumour in the bar later claimed that the skilled floating of the ball above a batsmen’s eye-line was his winning formula.
The 4s batted with spirit and several players stuck around to get good starts, but the main mention should go to Spencer Young for his fine 41 batting at 9. The club needs more volunteers like Spencer to support the youth players so please follow his example!
|vs. Basildon & Pitsea 4th XI|
|Date:||Saturday 4th August 2018|
|vs. Southend EMT|
|Date:||Saturday 28th July 2018|
|Scores:||SOSEMTCC – 203/4|
H&TCC 140AO (C.Burke 41, G.Davison 34)
Olly Graham Reports:
In a rare move Geoff won the toss and elected to field. Resident all-rounder Paul Sales helped opened the bowling with Calum Blackaby. On a batting friendly pitch wickets where hard to come by. A series of youngsters did well to maintain a good economy rate and take a couple of wickets in the middle of the game. However due to the Southend opener scoring 106* Southend 5s finished on 203/4 off their 40 overs. Kishen Patel led the batting efforts presumably with cover drives to score 23 whilst Calum Blackaby made 19 runs before being run out. Geoff came in at 4 and put together a lovely 34 supported by youngster Ciaran Burke who managed an impressive 41. Sadly Hadleigh didn’t have the strength to take the chase all the way but finished on a very respectable 146 off their 40 overs. A good day’s cricket enjoyed by all.
|Date:||Saturday 21st July 2018|
|Scores:||H&TCC – 46AO|
Geoff Davison Reports:
H&TCC 4s. 9 players. Several eager youngsters and a smattering of willing veterans.Devoid of new ball attack and recognised match winners. Won toss.Thought about bowling under the hot sun .Would the boys remain eager chasing leather in a game format where the opposition can no longer declare? How to play the game to make it as pleasurable an experience as possible with everyone wanting to play next week? Looked at the experienced Belhus 11. Wanting promotion and scenting a wounded foe. Played against the skipper and most of the others over the years. Strong. The opening attack would walk into our 3s. Plan Bat for the whole 40overs. Disappointed to be bowled out for 46. Hoping for 100 plus.With more application we should have achieved that. All the boys bowled and did well. In games when they can come on later they will be successful. 8 overs and one wicket down Belhus had achieved their goal. I can report that we were in good spirits at all times, and looking forward to going again next week. Availability is always stronger at home and it's a different game with 11.
Back at my desk before 4pm.
|Date:||Saturday 14th July 2018|
|Scores:||H&TCC – 228/8 (A.Harding 118, A.Graham 70)|
Wickford – 200AO (M.Lewis 3-9, C.Blackaby 3-42)
Alistair Graham Reports:
The 4s sealed an unexpected victory against Wickford 5s with a team of between 9 and 10 players across the game. Losing the toss, Hadleigh were stuck into bat, a less than ideal scenario due to the bowling heavy youth options on the team. Andy Harding returned from the Bar XI to join Alastair as an opener, and an opening partnership was build taking Hadleigh to c. 130/140-0 to the dismay of the opposition. Andy posted an impressive 118, with Alastair contributing 70 runs to give confidence to the those that followed. Batsmen 3-10 then posted 32 runs between them, 24 of which were quickly scored by Callum Blackaby, and Hadleigh finished on 228-8 at the end of the innings. Callum took the new ball and bowled well to get 2 wickets. Vasan (U15) had a good first spell, and took a wicket, the only catch of the innings by a full stretch Alastair at mid-off above his head. Ben Mascall (U15) managed to sneak classy dismissal clipping the off stump bail. Meanwhile, Spike was took 3 wickets for 9 runs from the other end. Luis Bracci (U15) bowled well, though tired towards the end of the spell. Resident all-rounder Paul Sales held an end, taking a wicket. Wickford remained in contention throughout, and needed 28 off the last two overs. Their number 10/11 had taken a liking to Paul with boundaries the previous overs, so to kill the game Alastair trundled in at 1/4 pace to secure a boring maiden, and Callum took the last wicket to win the game.
|Date:||Saturday 7th July 2018|
|Scores:||Leigh on Sea Conceded – Hadleigh sit in 5th out of 12 at the halfway stage.|