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Saturday 17th August 2013 - East Hanningfield & Gt Burstead 2nd (h)

Team: Jim, Will, Phil, Mike W, Tom, Poxon, Matt, Wells, Ross, Dave, Ant

After managing to get 11 players out we knew that one win more win would give us promotion. After winning the toss and choosing to bowl it was all systems go.

Opening with Poxon and the Skip the oppo got off to a flyer with some excellent batting and some bowling which was not up to our usual standards. Tom came on and bowled well, but it was Golden Arm who changed the game the game getting the opener after a good catch from the skip, then 2 balls later nod took a great catch standing up after a thick edge. Worsfold Jnr then joined the party with some good bowling picking up two wickets. Poxon then came back into the attack and bowled their opener who had batted for 40 over's- the oppo finished on 228-6.

Going out to bat we knew we could knock off the runs as we had plenty of batting. Will got off to a standard start, smashing 5 boundaries, putting us on 26 off 3 over's. Will went to one that kept a little low (damned spinner) then Skip and Worsfold Jnr put on 75 in the next 12 over's before the oppo picked up 2 wickets in 2 balls including the skipper for 25. Worsfold Jnr batted through with Worsfold Snr and then Nod, before being joined by Tony Wells. Worsfold Jnr reached 100 with a slap through mid-wicket, Tony joined in with a lovely 4 off his pads. Ross hit a couple of 6’s to put the game in the bag before Tony hit the winning runs. Worsfold Jnr finishing on 124 not out, a great knock.

A top win today we showed great character to stay after the first 20 odd over's not quite going our way, and to chase down 228 anytime is a great effort.

A win means our 4th promotion in 5 years. I would like to thank everyone who has played their part, which everyone has at some stage this season. We need 1 more win to be champions so let’s do that this week at home to Southend EMT.

Skipper - Great Wakering (Div 7)


Saturday 10th August 2013 - Stock 3rd (a)

Team: Jim,

Match report to follow


Saturday 3rd August 2013 - Terling 2nd (h)

Team: Jim, Will, Shorty, Mike, Magic, Ant, Graham, Pommie, Sash, Jeff

After winning the toss and putting the oppo in on what looked a good track it was all go. Opening with G and Jeff the oppo got off to a good
start with some aerial shots. Jeff then picked up a wicket cleaning up the opener. G then joined the party with a wicket having their skipper
caught behind by Jim. The oppo continued to score quickly but we continued to pick up wickets with Sash and Jim linking up. Belly ache
(Pom) then came into the attack and picked up 2 big wickets with help from the Mayo Dodger on both occasions. Belly ache then picked up 2 more
wickets leaving them 137-8 with 15 over's to go but after some good batting and a few other reasons they finished 257-9 with Belly ache
picking up 5 wickets.

Going out to bat we were confident that if we got off to a good start we could chase the total down on a good track. We did have a good start with
Jim and Will keeping up or above the rate required that was until the Skip run Will out for 22! The Skip went soon after, Mike and Shorty
steadied the ship until trigger turned up! One Shot scored 57, but never really had anyone to stay with him and we ended up 161 all out.



Saturday 27th July 2013 - Old Chelmsfordians 3rd (a)

Team: Jim, Shorty, Mike, Magic, Ant, Matt, Sash, Graham, Poxon, Jeff

After managing to call upon the best Overall to give us 10, we headed off to the ground which is next to Broomfield Hospital! So my instructions were clear, if you get to Broomfield Hospital and can’t find the ground wait for me there! Well Graham rings me and tells me he is walking into the dressing room only to find new bunch of team mates, he had gone to OC’s main ground. Well Graham clearly listens to my instructions! Magic couldn't even find the Hospital, and the only 2 people apart from the people in car with me who got there, were Sash and Kyle, the 2 most likely to get lost!

After winning the toss and choosing to have a bat we opened up with another new partnership of Skip and Mr ‘LOVING YOUR WORK’ Short. The skip was clearly suffering from his time with the Dutch over the past 2 nights, but never the less got about the task of getting us to a good start. The skip was seeing it well and timing the ball straight and raced on to 68 from a partnership of 84 with Shorty after 15 over's before being bowled with the first ball he faced after the drinks break. Shorty then took up the mantle of scoring quickly and made a well made 63 before being bowled by a female member of their team, to the delight of his team mates! The bus passes were left with the task of getting us over 250 which they did with some cracking shots. One Shot ‘Golden Arm’ Worsfold made a brilliant 77 not out and Magic went for 47 with 1 ball left. Adolf Ant came in under strict instructions of a Dil-Scoop which he did attempt to play even if did go back over the bowlers head?! Leaving us 274-3 after our 45 over's.

Going out to bowl I feel we already thought we had the game won and wasn't at out best. G Man picked up a wicket after a good catch from Jazzy, who played a part in the next wicket by running the other opener out. Golden Arm was into the attack and got a wicket 1st ball after a catch from Sash, then 4 balls later he was at it again after a stumping from the skip. Their skip batted well and started to frustrate us and along with some good batting and some fielding that left a lot to be desired from Mr Sag, they were well up with the rate before the 2nd drinks break. Sash bowled well and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket earlier after the skip put a sharp chance down behind the sticks diving low to his right, but then Sash produced a moment of magic to dismiss their skip with a great caught and bowled. Sash then picked up his 2nd wicket caught behind by the skip. Jeff came on and cleaned up the tail with his moon ball finishing with 3-35, leaving the oppo 193 all out.

Another win, a another step closer to our target after a good team performance. Can I just remind everyone that your behaviour on cricket field reflects on us as a club and we have worked hard over the last couple of years to build the reputation worthy of the clubs current members, enough said. I look forward to this weeks home game against Terling where a win could see promotion confirmed. Club night after the game over the clubhouse and then on to our sponsor, The Exhibition Inn.

I had email from Marv from Amsterdam CC on behalf of the touring team they all wanted to thank us as a club for making them feel so welcome and for our hospitality which was greatly received. You all were a credit to club and it was an enjoyable couple of days and I looked forward to taking us on our first overseas tour next year.



Saturday 20th July 2013 - Burnham Sports 2nd (h)

Team: Jim, Will, Phil, Lago, Shorty, Mike W, Graham, Tom, Pommie, Magic, Poxon

After winning the toss (on the coldest day for about 4 weeks!) I decided to have a bowl first and make the most of the cloudy conditions.

Opening with Pox and G it wasn't long before we had to make a change behind the Stumps. Clive “Loving your Work” Short injured the same finger he had the week before and was replaced by the Skip. G opened his account after some good bowling, the opener chopping on. Poxon then joined the party by cleaning out the other opener. G picked up another wicket with some excellent deliveries with the Skipper taking the catch behind. Tom came into the attack (having been given 7 minutes’ notice to play) and picked up a wicket with a ball that we should have been collected from the Exi car park! Pommie Suarez was back to his best on Saturday, picking up 5 wickets for the first time at the school- including another catch from Jim Foster. Nod and even No Mayo took two more catches between them. Magic produced the stop of the day, diving for a fiercely struck ball that reared up on him at mid-on! Golden Arm Worsfold came on and got their best bat out (saving you for the important part of the season) with one through the gate, leaving the oppo all out for 150 from 38 over's.

Chasing 150 with 52 over’s there should be no problems. Will and Skip opened the batting and got off to a good start again putting on 58, with the Skip going for 22. Will hit a well-made 37 before being bowled. Mike One Shot made 32, Lago and Nod both looked in good touch and finished the job with plenty to spare to give us the win by 6 wickets.

Another good win with everyone playing their part. With only 6 games to go we are in a very strong position but I do not want us to take our foot off the gas! Also we are currently 42nd in the Sporting Table with an average of 7.22 which is another positive.

On Thursday we take on Amsterdam Cricket Club at the school in a tour game. If you’re not playing it would be good to see you over the school at some point to join in on the fun, and support the lads!


Player Stats after match 12 (full season stats for every game and player)


Saturday 13th July 2013 - Rayleigh 4th (a)

Team: Jim, Will, Phil, Lago, Shorty, Mike W, Graham, Tom, Pommie, Jeff, Poxon

After calling heads and it coming down a tails we were asked to field first on officially the hottest day of the year.

Poxon opened up with Jeff and we made a good start restricting the oppo to very few scoring opportunities...that was until Jeff was looking the other way to where he was meant to be and allowed the ball to run away for 4 runs! The batsman seem to have played themselves in, that was until Tommy came on and picked up a wicket with his 2nd ball. Tom was at it again in his next over taking a sharp caught and bowled chance to pick up his 2nd wicket. G was into the attack and picked up the other opener after a great catch from the Skip at short mid-wicket. The oppo started to score freely and one bat played some great shots and made the most of the short boundary on one side. Pommie came into the attack and picked a wicket early on in his spell, after this he found his rhythm and bowled a great spell picking 5-41 from his 11 overs. The oppo were 150-3 after 34 over's and thanks to a great second spell from Poxon and top effort on the field we bowled them out for 182 after 44 overs with Jeff picking up 2 wickets to give us maximum bowling points after a great catch from Poxon at point.

Going out to bat we knew if you got in you could score quickly on this track. And that's exactly what Will did, with a little support from the Skip they put on 55 for the first wicket in 11 overs, with the skip going for 13. Will batted on a reached another 50 with ease, he and Shorty batted really well together putting the bad ball away and pushing the ball around for 1's and 2's. Will went on to reach another century, after Shorty did his best to run him out on 93! “Yes….NO!!! Sorry”. Shorty went for a well-made 25, but not before he and Will put on over a 100 partnership. Will went on to score 111 not out, with Lago hitting the winning runs with 15 overs to spare.

A great win and one closer to our target. A super effort from everyone and a great team performance.

Player Stats after match 11 (full season stats for every game and player)

Stats after match 11


Saturday 6th July 2013 - Tillingham 2nd (h)

Team: Jim, Lago, Shorty, Mike W, Ant, Graham, Tom, Pommie, Sash, Jeff, Poxon

After losing the toss on what was a belter and being asked to bowl on the hottest day of the year, it could have been a long day.

Starting with Poxon and Jeff they got to a flyer with one of their openers playing some shots early on. Poxon then produced a beauty to dismiss the other batsmen before Jeff (bought) the wicket of the other opener. Poxon continued to bowl with pace and was soon picking up another wicket after the short ball plan was put into place. Poxon continued to pick up wickets and we had the oppo 40-5. The oppo had a partnership which moved them on to 100 odd before skip caught a man in the deep off the bowling of Sash. Pommie then picked up the other batsman who was in, before spitting his dummy well and truly out! An LBW turned down and then Ant done little to help his mood. Tommy came on and bowled well picked up a wicket and should have had 2 if weren't for the disease spreading and the Skip shelling a dolly drop! A bit of luck and not being up to our best in the field we let the oppo get to 160 before Pommie had another wicket caught by the Skip and then Poxon taking a great catch at 1st slip!

Going out to bat we had 10 extra over's so plenty of time to reach 163. Opening with the Skip and Laggie we got to a good start of 12 in the first 2 overs before Laggie picked out the fielder at point. Shorty came in and he and the skip put on 50 odd before Short Man found the man at mid-off. The Skipper carried on his bit of form from last week and reached 50 for the second time in as many weeks. Mike W came in pushing it around, the Skip then went to a poor shot and then Ant was caught at slip. Still needing 50 with 4 wickets down Graham played a great knock being patient and waiting for the bad ball finishing with 32 not out. Mike was out for 21 with us needing 2 to win Sash came and hit his trademark shot, a straight 6 down the ground!

A good win and a good team performance with everyone playing their part.

One thing that needs looking at- the book was not copied up so we have no bowling figures for our efforts. It only takes 2 minutes to copy up the book- PLEASE can we make sure this does not happen again. It is usually the same people that copy it up every week, if they are not there or the Skip is busy it should be done by another player. You would think that any bowler that took wickets would want to make sure they get added to their season stats!!


Player Stats after match 10* (full season stats for every game and player)

*Only includes batting from the Tillingham game. Bowling will be added if we can get the details from their Skipper.

Stats after match 10


Saturday 29th June 2013 - Woodham Mortimer 2nd (h)

Team: Jim, Pommie, Ant, Will, Nod, Magic, Dave B, Sash, Graham, Jeff, Shorty

After losing the toss on what looked a belter of a wicket the oppo asked us to bat first which at the time was a little disappointing as we wanted to have a bowl first.

Opening up with a new opening partnership of Will and the skip we got off to a flyer and soon had 50 on the board after 8 over's. Will racing off with a couple of 6’s, then the skip caught him up with a big 6 of his own off their spinner. The score was 110-0 after 15 over's- Will went for a well made 50. The skip carried on to his top score of 71, Ant came in and scored 22 before being caught in the slips. Shorty batted through for 20 over's before being bowled for 21. A little disappointed to only reach 202 off 43 over's, I was confident with our bowling attack.

Opening with Sash and Jeff we bowled well and kept it tight, but with not much happening we decided to bring the Mayo Dodger into the attack and he responded in bowling the opener! Pommie came on from the other end and bowled well without much luck to start with, but then he got his man and a great catch from Shorty. The Dodger was steaming in and was picking up wickets finishing with 5 wickets! At 140-7 we fancied another quick wicket and we would be nearly home but the extra 2 over's was always go to be a factor. Sash bowled brilliant spell after going for 6 from his first ball, he picked up a wicket with them needing 36 to win. Unfortunately the extra over killed us and they got the total with 2 balls to spare.

A great game of cricket which on another day we would have won. I would like to take this time at the half way point of the season to say what a great start we have had and as long as we continue to show the same attitude and commitment in the second half the season we will reach our target of promotion. Thanks for your efforts so far this season let make sure we finish the job in the second half of the season.

Player Stats after match 9 (full season stats for every game and player)

Stats after Game 9


Saturday 22nd June 2013 - Southend EMT 5th (a)

Team: Dan Deadman, Ant Cooper, Will Simpson, Phil Adcock, Mike Walker, Dave Lagden, Dave Boardman, Carl Sutton, Graham Overall, Adam Mayhew, Tom Baker

On what can only be described as the windiest day since records began, winning the toss seemed like the only option. With rain in the air and a damp pitch from the previous night’s deluge, stand-in skip, Pom Bear, made the correct call at the toss and put the oppo into bat.

Opening up with Mole and Sash, it was a steady start with their openers hitting some powerful shots but also getting some luck- their no.1 was dropped once and he also edged millimetres short of gully. The outfield was slow and value for shots were hard to come by.  The early breakthrough came with Sash bowling into the wind in the 6th over. Their opener tried one big shot too many and the ball skied up to just past mid-on. Seeing Graham running towards it, and the ball moving all over the place, no one thought much of the chance. That was until the Mayo Dodger snaffled it with one of the catches of the season!

This brought in their number 3 and early on he looked like an important wicket. 5 overs later Mole had the other opener caught by Magic (promptly dedicated to Nod!). Their Skipper continued his strong performance, although excellent fielding either side of the wicket meant he wasn’t scoring as fast as he would have liked and helped keep the runs down. Moley got their number 4 after some great line and length bowling then Graham was next up to bowl (into the wind) and bowled well but had ZERO luck. Countless edges going through slip and gully, just wide of the fielders you name it- it wasn’t going to be his day in with the ball.

The new batting pair worked well together and started to look very comfortable. They added another 50 runs taking the score to 140-3 off 29. If not for some very adept fielding either side of the wicket the runs could have been more. Skippy Suarez knew something had to change and he threw the ball to Jim’s Secret Love Child. Having bowled 3 tight overs Dr Who then produced one of those overs that you can only dream of…. First he had the number 3 caught, who finished with an excellent 71, but then followed their other set player, and finally a third wicket in the over!! This spell turned the game on its head. At one point we were looking at chasing upwards of 230, on what we all agreed was a 200 pitch, Tom had given us the opportunity to skittle them out relatively cheaply. He finished 5 overs 3 for 14.

At the other end, The Pomeranian was causing all sorts of problems for the batsmen. The Human Sperm returned and had another cracking catch taken by the Dodger, running in and diving forward from long on. That was Minda's second to last delivery of his spell, would you believe it he only went and got another with his very last ball. He finished with 3 wickets and is on a hat trick next time he plays!!

After a good couple of overs the oppo finally made it to 184-9 off the 45. Pommie finished strongly with 2 wickets. Some great fielding (and catching) meant 185 to win was do-able, albeit we knew it would take some real graft.

Having being drafted in at short notice, Mole only had 30 minutes until he had to leave for work. This meant he opened up with Will, who had returned after missing 3 matches. Mole went early, nicking behind and when Magic did the same to a ball that followed him (off his glove for 12) we were in a little trouble. Caution and patience was the name of the game, Will hit a couple of 4’s but could not get to grips with the slow pace of the pitch. In one over he was dropped twice by the same fielder. Although the second chance was more a case of self-preservation for the poor bloke at mid-off!

Southend then brought on a mystery spinner and the thoughtful start made by Lago was undone by a ball that turned a mile into him and between his bat and pad! Ant was up next and he batted very positively and took it to the bowlers. Ant played a beautiful shot off a dead ball for 4, one of the many times the bails had blown off the stumps due to the high winds. Ant went for 21, again nicking behind after putting on 30 odd runs with Will.

Nod was next up, and showed all of his experience with a beautifully controlled innings that ultimately would prove too good for the oppo. George Best eventually gained some confidence and got rid of the mystery spinner after using his reach and sweeping him out of the attack. The change of bowling and pace again was Gayle’s undoing and he tried to play one round the corner only to give a leading edge back to the bowler, finishing 5 short of his 50. At 94-5 off 21 overs we were at real risk of running out of batsmen before the oppo had bowled their overs.

Dave marched in for his first bat of the year and immediately looked comfortable in the middle. Over the next 25 minutes Nod and Rocky “One Glass” pushed the ball into gaps and put away the bad ball. With the outfield so slow every run was worked for and it was this middle period of the innings that set up the finale. Dave was able to get his famous cover drive out a couple of times before one stuck in the pitch and he skied one back to the bowler for a well-made 14.

Sash came in next and after a good couple of shots was tempted by his trademark straight six only to get cleaned out. G came to the crease with us still requiring 34 and 7 down. He and Nod didn’t give the oppo a sniff, running hard and putting the tiring bowlers away when necessary. 2’s and 3’s were coming regularly, at one point No Mayo nearly lapped Noddy who had done an awful lot of running already!! Everyone lost count of the amount of late cuts into space that Nod made, a class act.

Graham and Nod saw us to victory with 4 overs remaining. Phil ended with 55 and Graham 15.

This was a fantastic victory for us, in hard conditions and with new players coming into the team who all played their part. 7 wins for Wakering sees us to continue at the top of the league and 33 points clear.

A hard game next week against the 2nd placed team, Woodham Mortimer. Show the same sort of spirit as we have so far this season and we should be confident of going into the second half of the season unbeaten.


Player Stats after match 8

Match 8 - 2013 stats


Saturday 15th June 2013 - E. Hanningfield & Gt Burstead (a)

Sadly the game was washed out after only 4 wickets going down. Another 2 wickets for Pommie and 1 for Jeff. Fingers crossed for next week.


Saturday 8th June 2013 - Stock 3rd (h)

Team: Jim Cooper, Ant Cooper, Clive Short, Phil Adcock, Mike Walker, Dave Lagden, Mike Worsfold, Jeff Lawrence, Graham Overall, Dan Deadman, Kyle Poxon.

After winning the toss on what looked a belter, I decided to have a bat.

Opening with the Skip and Magic we got off to a steady start, until Magic was bowled with a beaut of a ball removing his leg stump. The Skip then went shortly after caught behind, leaving us 23-2. We were further in trouble again when their opening bowler produced a jaffer again to dismiss Nod. Mike and Lago steadied the ship for a while, Mike going to score 28 and was supported by Ant who scored 24 in a good little innings. Shorty also supported well with a little innings and was unlucky to be caught at fine leg, leaving us 134 all out.

Despite being 25 or 30 runs short, with our bowling attack I was still confident of maintaining our 100% record. Opening with Poxon and Jeff we got off to a great start with Poxon steaming in and having the opener caught behind by Shorty. Jeff then joined the party with a caught and bowled. Poxon was then at it again with the Skip taking a catch at point. Jeff then took another caught and bowled, to leave the oppo 9-4 after 6 over's. The oppo started to recover, that was until Jeff took another caught and bowled! Poxon then picked up another wicket after a Jeff hung on for his forth catch of the match. Pommie came into the attack, and picked up 2 wickets in 2 balls with Noddy taking a catch at point. Graham came on and picked up another caught and bowled the 4th of the match to take the final wicket and give us the 6th victory on the spin.

A top effort and great team spirit after a disappointing first half of the game but we stuck together and produced a great display. I look forward to this Saturday, let’s make it 7 out of 7.


Leading Run Scorers Highest Average Leading Wicket Takers Best Average
1. Will Simpson 225 1. Will Simpson 75.00 1. Dan Deadman 14 1. Carl Sutton 2.00
2. Mike Walker 162 2. Mike Walker 40.50 2. Jeff Lawrence 7 2. Jeff Lawrence 11.14
3. Phil Adcock 102 3. Phil Adcock 25.50 3. Kyle Poxon 6 3. Dan Deadman 13.21
4. Jim Cooper (capt) 58 4. Graham Overall 22.50 3. Carl Sutton 6 4. Kyle Poxon 13.33
5. Ant Cooper 54 5. Mike Worsfold 18.00 5. Graham Overall 5 5. Adam Mayhew 18.60
Most Runs In Boundaries Most Runs In Boundaries Best Economy Rate Fastest Strikers
1. Adam Mayhew 100% 1. Will Simpson 144 1. Carl Sutton 1.16 1. Carl Sutton 10.33
2. Phil Adcock 67% 2. Mike Walker 94 2. Jeff Lawrence 2.50 2. Ant Cooper 18.00
2. Dean Overall 67% 3. Phil Adcock 68 3. Kyle Poxon 2.58 3. Dan Deadman 20.71
4. Will Simpson 64% 4. Jim Cooper (capt) 36 4. Adam Mayhew 3.10 4. Jeff Lawrence 26.71
5. Jim Cooper (capt) 62% 5. Mike Worsfold 32 5. Dan Deadman 3.83 5. Kyle Poxon 31.00
6's League Catches
1. Will Simpson 8 1. Jim Cooper (capt) 4
2. Mike Walker 3 1. Jeff Lawrence 4
3. Dave Lagden 1 3. Phil Adcock 3
3. Dan Deadman 3
3. Graham Overall 3


Saturday 1st June 2013 - Terling 2nd (a)

Team: Jim Cooper, Ant Cooper, Clive Short, Phil Adcock, Mike Walker, Dave Lagden, Mike Worsfold, Jeff Lawrence, Graham Overall, Dan Deadman, Kyle Poxon.

After losing the toss and being asked to field first I was slightly worried as half of the team were still recovering from the shapes they were throwing the previous evening at Pommie Suarez's party!

Opening the bowling with Jazzy and Matty Hayes we made a good start. Jazzy cleaned out their opener with a good bit of bowling we continued kept pressure on the oppo. Pox picked up their Skipper with the last ball of his spell and Graham came into the attack and carried on the good work. The oppo started to pick up the pace and took advantage of the small boundary on one side with some big hitting. Graham then had their danger man out after a good catch from the Skipper (after he dropped the dolly) in the deep. G and Pommie continued to bowl well and keep on top of the oppo- the Mayo Dodger and Pom finished with 1 wicket each. Jeff came back on at the end and picked up 2 more wickets. The oppo reached 179-8 after a good fielding performance, including a run out each from Nod and Pox, and to top it off Ant even held a catch!

Chasing 180 at 4 an over on ground with a small boundary on one side I was more than confident. Magic and Ant put on 40 odd for the first wicket and gave us a solid platform. Magic continued to bat on with some big hitting towards that short boundary. He was supported by the middle order, with Laggy hitting a six (edge!!) off their Skip to keep us up with the rate. Magic ensured we were never far behind the rate and edged closer to the total. Jim and Magic put 45 to put us within touching distance. Magic carried his bat for 96; a great innings to see us over the line and keep our 100% record.

A great win, again a super team performance. I look forward to this week's game at home and as long as we continue to perform the way we have we should continue to top the league.



Saturday 25th May 2013 - Old Chelmsfordians 3rd (h)

Team: Jim Cooper, Ant Cooper, Will Simpson, Phil Adcock, Mike Walker, Dave Lagden, Mike Worsfold, Carl Sutton, Graham Overall, Dan Deadman, Kyle Poxon.

After losing the toss on a green wicket (which Nod had managed to get in good shape despite the rain in the 2 previous days) the oppo decided to have a bat.

Opening with Matty Hayes and Mitchell Johnson, both playing for the first time this season, it wasn't long before we picked up the first scalp. Sash swung one away and Pommie took the catch after the Skip had placed him in exactly the right spot!

Poxon was keeping it tight at the other end, then Sash was at it again with a ball this time with an in-swinger cleaning up their number 3. Sash continued to pick up wickets with Noddy taking a great catch low down in the gully (which he was quick to dedicate to Magic).  Minda finished with figures of 10.2 overs, 4 maidens, 12 runs for 6 wickets.

Poxon kept it very tight at the other end, picking up their Skipper- caught behind by our Skip. Then the unthinkable happened. Ant clung onto one to give Poxon his 2nd victim! TBF then continued with his good work in the field, and with the Chief Tarmacker ran out their number 5. A great bowling and fielding performance meant the oppo were all out for 37 after 21.2 over's.

Will and Graham Boycott opened the batting, and Will wasted no time in getting the job done. He finished with 27 not out including 2 sixes, one of which ended up over the pavilion and finished by the swimming pool. G made a slow and boring 10, before Will finished it in style with a 6, leaving us 40-0 off 6.2 over's.

A great win and a great day over the club, and down the exi. 4 from 4 is a brilliant start and sets us up for this weeks top of the table clash with Terling. If we show the qualities we have shown so far then we will we still be top this time next week.


Leading Run Scorers   Highest Average   Leading Wicket Takers   Best Average  
1. Will Simpson 225 1. Will Simpson 75.00 1. Dan Deadman 11 1. Carl Sutton 2.00
2. Phil Adcock 101 2. Phil Adcock 50.50 2. Carl Sutton 6 2. Dan Deadman 10.91
3. Mike Walker 58 3. Graham Overall 41.00 3. Adam Mayhew 5 3. Kyle Poxon 11.00
4. Graham Overall 41 4. Mike Walker 19.33 4. Graham Overall 3 4. Adam Mayhew 18.60
5. Jim Cooper (capt) 27 5. Clive Short (w/k) 15.00 5. Jim Cooper (capt) 2 5. Ant Cooper 19.00
Most Runs In Boundaries   Most Runs In Boundaries   Best Economy Rate   Fastest Strikers  
1. Adam Mayhew 100% 1. Will Simpson 144 1. Carl Sutton 1.16 1. Carl Sutton 10.33
2. Mike Worsfold 80% 2. Phil Adcock 68 2. Kyle Poxon 2.00 2. Ant Cooper 18.00
3. Jim Cooper (capt) 74% 3. Mike Walker 36 3. Jeff Lawrence 2.45 3. Dan Deadman 18.18
4. Phil Adcock 67% 4. Graham Overall 24 4. Adam Mayhew 3.10 4. Kyle Poxon 33.00
4. Dan Deadman 67% 5. Jim Cooper (capt) 20 5. Dan Deadman 3.60 5. Adam Mayhew 36.00
6's League   Catches  
1. Will Simpson 8 1. Dan Deadman 3
2. Mike Walker 2 2. Phil Adcock 2
    2. Graham Overall 2
    4. Jim Cooper (capt) 1
    4. Ant Cooper 1


Saturday 18th May 2013 - Burnham Sports 2nd (a)

Team: Jim Cooper, Ant Cooper, Will Simpson, Phil Adcock, Mike Walker, Dave Lagden, Mike Worsfold, Dean Overall, Graham Overall, Dan Deadman, Adam Mayhew.

After winning the toss again (when calling), I decided to have a bowl on what looked a track with plenty in it for both sides.

Opening with Billy Elliot and The Mayo Dodger we got off to a good start with Billy removing both openers- one caught at mid-wicket by The Suarez and then bowling the other, which was the least he deserved after a fine spell. The Mayo Dodger was doing his bit at the other end and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket from his 12 after we missed a couple of chances. Ant (TBF) came on and got their danger man out, caught by "One Shot" Worsfold. Suarez bowled from the same end as Moley, again, without much luck but did pick up a wicket towards the end of his spell. Billy came back on and picked up 2 wickets in his final over to finish with 11 over's 4 for 31. A great spell, leaving the oppo 181-7. A top effort in the field.

Going out to bat I was relaxed as we had a lot of depth to our batting and the top order in recent weeks have been in good form. Will and Ant put on 40 odd for the 1st wicket with Will again starting well with heavy blows. Ant went and this bought Nod to the crease. He and Will continued for some time, keeping us above the required rate of 4 an over. Gayle and Nod put on another half century partnership before Nod went for 24 and then Will followed for a well made 68. Lago then came in and looked good, getting off the mark with the famous "Laggy dab", again keeping up with run rate. We looked in control. But then the famous Wakering collapse appeared- losing 4 wickets for 15 runs. The Skip and the Mayo Dodger put us within 7 runs from the winning line, but then the Mayo Dodger skied one to point bringing Pommie Suarez to crease. The skip smashed a 4 to give us the win by 2 wickets with 3 over's to spare.

Although we didn't play to our best we still won and made it 3 wins out of 3. Looking forward to next weeks game at home and there is no reason we shouldn't make it 4 out of 4.



Saturday 11th May 2013 - Rayleigh 4th (h)

After losing the toss and being asked to bat (with plenty of cloud cover about) I thought we could be in for a difficult afternoon. Ant and Will opened up and we got off to a good solid start- Ant went after nicking behind a good ball and by then we were 41-1 from 8 over’s. Will accelerated and proceeded to smash it to all parts, going on to score 120 including 5 sixes one of which is still going now I think! Noddy played the perfect role at the other end scoring 42 to continue his good start to the season, they finished with a 150-run partnership. We got 201-3 with 10 over's to go and this allowed us to push on for the 250 which we did with everyone coming in and playing their part. The Mayo Dodger finishing with 22 not out and getting the total up to 277-8.

Going out to bowl I was more than confident of defending that total with our bowling attack. As we all know nothing is straight forward with us, and Jeff (who had not been out with William Hill and co) this week pulled his hamstring in his second over, leaving us a bowler light. The Skip and Mole carried on, keeping the oppo well under the required rate of 6.5 an over and although they didn't pick up any wickets they set it up for the 1st and 2nd change bowlers. Pommie Suarez picked up his 8th wicket of the season by cleaning up their opener, before being dispatched for 6 over cow corner. This made him even more angry although he did pick up his 9th shortly afterwards. The Mayo Dodger put last week’s performance behind him and bowled a great spell of 3-23 form his 9 over's. Ant and Shorty combined for a run out after Ant had sprinted around to long off and fizzed the ball in. Rayleigh were never in with shout, finishing 179-7.

A great performance, a couple of stand-out contributions but everyone played their part at some stage. A great win which puts us top of the league. I’m now looking forward to this week’s away game at Burnham to continue the good start. Up the Wakering!



Saturday 4th May 2013 - Woodham Mortimer 2nd (a)

Well it’s that time of the year again when then cricket season starts, with our first game away to Woodham Mortimer.

After winning the toss on what looked a decent track but with a little bit of cloud about and with a strong bowling attack we fancied our chances.

Opening with a new opening partnership of Jeff (who was making his second debut for the club) and Mole, who was also making his debut, we got off to good a start with Mole bowling their skipper to pick up his first wicket for the club. Jeff at the other end was keeping tight despite suffering from the shapes he was throwing the previous night with William Hill and co... Jeff then picked up the other opener after setting him with a few away swingers. Graham came on and helped the run rate along nicely, with plenty of early long hops and full tosses. Pommie then took the ball and in his first over took a wicket with a ball that turned a mile to give him his first of 7 from 9.2 overs-6 of them clean bowled. A great effort from everyone in the field to restrict the oppo to 138 all out.

Will and Ant opening the batting and were both unlucky to get out. Ant picked out the only man in the deep and Will got a beauty after being softened up by 2 beamers! Magic and Noddy then took up the mantle and played it spot-on, taking their time and putting the bad balls away. Magic was quick onto anything that was short, playing the shot of the day pulling the bowler for a huge six. Magic was out for 51. Nod carried on playing some lovely cut shots and finishing 37 not out with 20 over's to spare and 5 wickets left.

A good first win to get us up and running, and we should be looking to build on the good work from Saturday to ensure another win this week at the home of cricket.



January 2013 - Player Review for 2012 Season (Part 1)

Ant Cooper aka Hightower: In his first full season with the club he finished opening the batting. Ant finished the season with 136 runs at an average 10.48, although he average would have been around 20 odd in the second half of the season. Ants top score of the season was 27 in the last game of the season when he put on 70 odd for the first wicket with Will. His best knock was the 24 at Woodham Mortimer when when he put on 50 with the skip when the side need it after a flurry of wickets. Ant had a slow start to the season due to lack of practise and put down a few catches, but then he put some hard work in and took four catches including one of the catches of the season against Marconi when the ball seem to hang in the heavens forever but Ant stayed call and took the catch. All this along with a good attitude towards the team saw Ant collect the Skippers player of the year award. 2013 big things are expected of Ant, I am sure Ant will deliver.

Will Simpson aka GAYLE: Will regained his leading run scorer mantle again this season pipping Noddy to the title (along with some help from Magic). Will scored 259 runs at an average of 25.90 scoring one 50 and a top score of 61 across the season, hitting 27 fours and 5 sixes. The top score of 61 came against Burnham on the last day of the season in an opening partnership of 70 odd with Ant. One of the most entertaining knocks of the season was the 49 against SEMT coming with 11 over's to put us the driving seat chasing down 150 odd. Will is also and excellent fielder taking 10 catches throughout the season. Will is a club man and his attitude is always excellent towards the team and always puts a shift in for the team in the field. 2013 hopefully with more batsman friendly and the big man can look to double his tally of runs the coming season.

Phil Adcock: Noddy was leading the race for leading run scorer for the second season in a row. This was before he was run out for 0 and then he was given the famous Magic finger. Again in a difficult year for batting Nod scored over 250 runs for the 3rd season running. Some important innings included a 48 against South Woodham batting for 38 over's on a low wet wicket. A well made 31 against unbeaten Eastwood included 2 sixes, then a 50 odd against SEMT, this along with another 50 against Ocs put Nod right in the hunt for leading run scorer only to be pipped by Will on the final day.

Jim Cooper aka SKIP: Jim started the season knowing he had to improve his form from last season which was not good enough. Jim put in the work and stuck at it and saw some rewards for the work he put in, finishing the season with 221 runs with an average 27.63 and a top score of 51 not out, across the season scoring 25 fours. 51 not out came against South Woodham at the home of cricket, on a low wet wicket due to the weather. The skipper delivered when the side needed after a loss of a few quick wickets. The skipper seemed to take a liking to the Woodham Mortimer bowling attack scoring 31 not out from 15 balls in the home game to see the game home, then in the return game with the side in a little bit of trouble he put on 50 with Ant to get us over the line finishing 40 not out. The skip didn't bowl last season apart from the first game of the season and that was bad enough. He did keep wicket when Shorty was away and did a very fine job taking a stumping and only allowing 6 byes from 3 games. 2013 should see the skipper to continue to work hard on his batting and double the amount of runs from last year.

Dan Deadman: Dan picked up player’s player this year along with leading wicket taker. Picking up 46 wickets in the season was a great effort when we only played 15 games due to weather and being a spinner with the ball being wet most of the time. Dan had raced to 40 with 3 games left but just fell short of the magical 50, but never the less a super season with the ball not just taking wickets but also hardly ever going for more the 2.5 or 3 and over. Dan start the season well with the bat and scored some important runs towards the end of the innings, including a 46 not out against OCS at home. This season I am sure Dan will want to match or go past that total of 46, along with some more runs to go with it.

Mike Worsfold aka One Shot: Mike kept himself in the race to retain his title of leading run scorer until the last game of the season but just lost out to Will. Mike scored 242 at an average 24.20 scoring 2 50s with a top score of 67 and hitting 24 fours and 1 six over the season. Mike scored a brilliant 67 against Eastwood at home batting for through allowing other to bat around him although he did deliver his trademark 6 over the pavilion. Mike then score a important 27 at Woodham Mortimer in a partnership of 70 odd with Will. One Shot then score an unbeaten 50 again OC's away. Mike had one chance when he was in slips all season and he took it. Mike was used as our second spinner, and picked up 6 wickets at an average of 19.17 strike rate of 25.00 going for 4.60 RPO with best figures of 3/44 from 8 over's. Bowling the last over of the game against unbeaten Eastwood we them only needing 3 to win, with one ball remaining they needed 2 to win or one to tie. One Shot held his nerve and the batsman missed it and Shorty chucked the ball back to One Shot who took the bails and with that Wakening won by 1 run.

Mike Walker aka Magic: Magic finished the season with 180 runs at an average of 18.00 with a top a score of 34, hitting 15 fours and 5 sixes over the season. Scored an impressive 34 away at Eastwood hitting 3 sixes. Magic was also his usual self in the field not seeing a lot of balls flying passed him or practising his golf shot when the bowler was running although he did take a great catch again at Eastwood. The batsman smashed the ball at Magic who was at mid on, Magic managed to hold on to the ball but was taken off his feet and end up at long on. Magic will be looking to score more runs this season now he has turned the big 6-0.



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