St Johns (Billericay) 3rd XI v West Mersea Cricket Club Friendly on Sat 07 May 2022 at 13.00
West Mersea Cricket Club Lost by 1 wicket

Match report A re-arranged friendly against St Johns Billericay on 7th May, as original opponents Rankins pulled out of the fixture. Nevertheless, a competitive fixture was enjoyed with all three results possible in the latter stages of the game (how friendlies should be). Mersea batted first and after losing both openers fairly cheaply saw a third wicket partnership of 66 develop between Louis Elson and debutant Jim Hall, who posted a useful 44. However, once the partnership was broken only Seb Gladwell (9 from 40 balls) was able to support the obdurate Louis Elson who stayed at the crease for over two hours for an unbeaten 27. Incredibly in the latter stages of the innings there were three golden ducks to boost the early season totals in the Mallard Trophy, Ed Vandermark, Jesse Elson and Ruben Butler (run out to suicidal single) the unlucky trio.
Mersea then reduced the hosts to 30 for 4, with Ruben Butler taking a career best 3 for 18 from his five overs. Dan Miller (0 for 10) also bowled a tidy opening spell and with some excellent outfielding backing up the bowling. Ed Vandermark (1 for 17) and Jesse Elson (2 for 34) further reduced St Johns, with only Darren Hickson (38) holding the innings together. Ollie Wyatt then bowled an excellent five over spell, which included four maidens as saw him return a career best 2 for 2, to see St Johns slip to nine wickets down and 16 required. The old heads of Fairclough and Bowerman ensured that there was to be no final success for a very good afternoon for the Mersea youngesters, as St Johns won by one wicket in the 35th over.

West Mersea Cricket Club Friendly Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
18nb 7w 2b  
for 9 wickets
Tony Butler ct D Hickson b Fairclough 8 52 44 1 18.18 2
Graham Pryke ct Ward b Kumar 1 24 14 7.14
Louis Elson Not Out  27 122 82 3 32.93 1
Jim Hall ct D Hickson b Ward 44 50 42 7 1 104.76
Seb Gladwell run out Longlade 9 36 40 22.50
Oliver Wyatt b J Hickson 2 13 15 13.33 1
Ed VanderMark b J Hickson 0 1 1 0
Matthew Williamson ct & b J Hickson 4 6 9 44.44 1
Jesse Elson b J Hickson 0 1 1 0 1
Ruben Butler run out Temple 0 1 1 0
Daniel Miller  
A.N. Other   1

St Johns (Billericay) 3rd XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
J Ward6.0116116.002.67
K Kumar6.0117117.002.83
A Longlade5.012600.005.20
J Fairclough8.0326126.003.25
J Hickson6.002045.003.33
P Bowerman4.01300.000.75
C Temple5.011200.002.40

St Johns (Billericay) 3rd XI Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
9nb 22w 5b 8lb 
for 9 wickets
123 (35.0 overs)
B Griffiths run out Miller 1
F Ward b Butler 5 1
S Fletcher ct Wyatt b Butler 5 1
D Hickson ct L Elson b Vandermark 37 8
J Ward ct Williamson b Butler 2
K Kumar ct & b Elson 11 1
C Temple b A Butler b Elson 0
J Hickson ct A Butler b Wyatt 6 1
A Longlade b Wyatt 2
J Fairclough Not Out  4
P Bowerman Not Out  6 1

West Mersea Cricket Club Friendly Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Daniel Miller5.021000.002.00
Ruben Butler5.001836.003.60
Ed VanderMark5.0217117.003.40
Jesse Elson5.0033216.506.60
Seb Gladwell5.00900.001.80
Oliver Wyatt5.04221.000.40
Louis Elson3.001300.004.33
Jim Hall2.00800.004.00