The much-maligned Glebe wicket has over the years gained a reputation as being bowler-friendly, and despite improvements, is still held to some extent in that regard.
On Sunday 5th June, however, it was very definitely a batsmen’s paradise, as an historic match served up one double-century, three centuries and a fifty, in a game that yielded a record match aggregate of 762 runs (including 87 fours and 20 sixes) for the loss of just 14 wickets, and left the bowlers scratching their heads as to how to stem the unrelenting flow of runs.
The attached PDF details not just the scorecard from an incredible game but also an email received by West Mersea from a Great Horkesly player praising the spirit in which the game had been played.
West Mersea won the toss and elected to bat, with opener Adam Rutter taking on the attacking role at the top of the order, they raced to 168 for three in 23 overs, before Rutter was dismissed for 110 from 86 balls. Luke Bruce (54) kept the momentum going, before Luke Conway then smashed his second century of the weekend, blasting an unbeaten 119 from just 52 balls, his century coming from 46 balls and included 10 sixes.
With cameos from the tail, Mersea closed at a monstrous 388 for nine. Great Horkesley who had rung the changes to their personnel for this match made a staggering start, smashing 73 in eight overs, before the umpires took the players off for light rain, for the best part of 45 minutes.
Stuart Mills made a breakthrough straight after the break, dismissing Jetty Thukaram for 35, however, this only brought together Fahad Khan and Rishi Shareth who shared a Horkesley record stand of 258 to keep the visitors very much in the run chase.
Khan was eventually bowled by Darren Rumble for a club individual record 208 (31 fours and 3 sixes) with the score on 344, and 44 required from the last four overs. At this point the first division side finally gained control of the game with three more quick wickets, and although Sharath completed an unbeaten 109, and the Hawks eventually closed on their highest ever club score, 374 for five, it was Mersea who emerged the victors of an epic encounter by 14 runs.
Report from the PiriPiri North Essex Cricket League (http://www.necl.co.uk) and email provided by Graham Pryke