West Mersea Cricket Club News story

August Review

31 Aug 2022

A tough month on the field saw the club win just 3 and lose 11 of their 14 matches, bringing the overall totals to Pld 80, Won 27, Lost 46, Drawn 2 and Cancelled 3.

The first team hit a rough run of form at just the wrong time in their season, winning one and then losing three on the bounce. Although they still lie second behind Cavaliers in TC Div 7, West Bergholt can overtake them with their game in hand, and claim the promotion place.

The second team lost all four matches in August, and have just one chance left this season to record a win, but with the wooden spoon definitely in their hands. The Sunday League team lost one, and won one by concession to currently lie fourth in the table.

Top scorer with the bat this month, as he has been all season, was James Rutter with 279 runs - the first time he has not broken a monthly record this season. His 279 runs took him pass 2000 runs this season, and an incredible 1000 runs in the TC 1st XI.

Ben Rumble was leading wicket taker with another 10 wickets to add to his tally, just holding off his father Darren (9) and Luke Conway (9). Ben's seasonal tally is now 66.

James Rutter was the leading catcher this month with three catches, and also topped the Merit points for August with 391.

There were six fifties and two centuries in August, Gareth Mason 100 v Woolpit 3rd and James Rutter 100no v. Rain Men scoring the 13th and 14th club century of the season (a club record). There have also been 35 fifties this season.

With the ball there were no five wicket performances this month, with the best being from James Rutter 4 for 29 in the defeat against Great Totham. In total there have 8 five wickets performances, and 35 three wicket performances by Mersea players this season.

With the bat there were maiden fifties for Rosie Daines (53no) v Galleywood 4th - the first ever female fifty, and Seb Gladwell (54no) v Rain Men.

Seb Gladwell (Player 152) for 500 career runs, and Steve Daines (Player 153) for 100 career apps joined the Mersea Hall of Fame in August.

Top of the averages

Batting - 8 completed innings : James Rutter 2216 runs @ 92.33

Bowling - 80 overs : Luke Conway 51 wickets @ 15.22

Luke Conway continues to lead the Six Hit race with 37 maximums this year, his nearest challenger is James Rutter with 22.

The Mallard Trophy remains a close fought contest with the Butler's leading the way on 12 points. Ruben currently holds the lead over Tony by virtue of recording more Golden Ducks. Seb Gladwell (10pnts) is the closest challenger to prying the duck away from the Butler's.

Finally, Ben Rumble reached the milestone of record 43 appearances in a single season, beating Luke Conway's 41 set in both 2008 and 2010.