Southend on Sea v Basildon & Pitsea Cricket Club 1st XI Sat on Sat 04 Aug 2007 at 1300
Basildon & Pitsea Cricket Club Won by 2 Wkts

Match report Viv's Report
Southend away. We'd got them all out for 84 at Mopsies but the boys were expecting a hard game today.

Lovely ground, couple of minutes from the sea, with a river running through it - might have been a lake, not sure, didn't have time to go look. Wicket was rock hard, Scott wanted to iron his shirt on it.
Sight screen in front of the scorer's box, so no decent pics during play.

We won the toss & put them in. Usual openers but unusually, Brown didn't get a maiden and bowled a no ball in his first over. Mr Lewis restored order with his first over, a maiden, with Brown following suit for his second. Mr Lewis then took a wicket in his second over, a good early start. However, it was also his last wicket so he came off after 12 overs ending with 38-1.

Brown had also only taken 1 wicket by the time Asif came on after 25 overs but took his second in the following over. This was in a spell of 5 maidens the last one being a double wicket maiden for Asif, leaving Southend on 61 for 5 after 31 overs.

Their number 7 - Phil McIntosh - proved impossible to remove but the last 4 showed little resistance, 2 of them falling to Tanvir who got 2 wicket maidens in his first 3 overs.

Asif ended with 4 wickets, Brown with 3, Tanvir 2 and Fluffer 1. In the field Danny was exceptional with 4 catches, Joe 2 and Michael 1 and Southend ended on 136 after 54.4 overs having decided to bat on.

This didn't seem like too high a total to reach, but I'd forgotten about Masood who, allegedly, plays for the Pakistan A team. He'd taken their only 3 wickets at our home game on 2 June when we only had 84 to overcome, and was pretty fast. But he also takes extraordinarily long run-ups which could result in his team losing points for not reaching the required over rate.

After tea Southend must have been hopeful when we lost 2 early wickets to Masood in the 3rd over for only 4 runs. I say early, the first 3 overs took almost 20 minutes to complete... When our next 2 were out having added only 10 runs between them a small cloud of gloom settled over one half of the scoring box. Kiran, in at number 1, was batting steadily throughout, until he was given out to a LBW decision and we were 74 for 5, Kiran having made half of those ending as our top scorer.

Stace was in next and made a huge contribution before he was bowled on 25. Michael, in at number 8, gave us hope as he got his highest score of the season with 31 - but could our 3 bowlers see us home? Of course they could. Mr Lewis with a brilliant 11 not out and Brown finishing the match with a 4. Asif - our secret batting weapon - was not needed.

Thanks must also go to Masood, whose 13 no balls gave us an extra 18 runs.

So a great end to the match, and all back along the Southend front so the boys could have a perv before a well earned drink back at the club.

As usual, the views in this report are mine, and nothing to do with Basildon & Pitsea CC.

Basildon & Pitsea Cricket Club 1st XI Sat Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 8 wickets
Kiran Sangani Lbw  37
Scott Noble Bowled  0
Ross Marder Bowled  0
Tanvir Alam Lbw  6
Joe McIver Caught  4 2
Lee Stace Bowled  25
Danny Gray Bowled  0 4
Michael Gray Bowled  31
Lee Lewis Not Out  11
Steve Brown Not Out  4
Asif Abbas  

Southend on Sea Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Southend on Sea Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
136 (0.0 overs)

Basildon & Pitsea Cricket Club 1st XI Sat Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Steve Brown22.01132310.671.45
Lee Lewis12.0338138.003.17
Asif Abbas15.4442410.502.68
Tanvir Alam6.021125.501.83