Sunday April 14th 2013 – Ipswich v Ramblers

The first game of the 2013 season fails as a result of the weather.  Hopefully next week’s home opener against Purleigh will fare better.

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Fixtures for 2013

Following their success in 2012 Ramblers have been promoted to Division 2 of the Piri Piri North Essex Cricket League.

League fixtures for 2013 have been published on the league website.   Ramblers’ fixtures for 2013  can be viewed here, or by clicking on the ‘Fixtures 2013’  tab above.

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Ramblers Presentation Evening

At the annual dinner and awards evening at the Kingscliff Hotel about 40 members and guests enjoyed a good meal followed by a presentation of awards by former stalwart Dick  Townsend.

Batting Shield:                                         Imran Sheikh
Bowling Shield:                                       Adam Daniels
All Rounder Trophy:                              Ben Cooper
Players’ Player of the Year:                   Imran Sheikh
Captain’s Award:                                    Simon Stewart
Stan Beechener Memorial Cup:          Allan Ferguson
‘Special Award’ [Plank of the Year]:   Ben Cooper

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Sunday 30th September 2012 – Ramblers v Ipswich

Ipswich 2nds  143 all out (Daniels 3-5, Chamberlain 3-35)
Clacton Ramblers 146 for 5 (Thurgood 44 not out)
Ramblers won by 5 wickets.

Clacton Ramblers ended the 2012 cricket season on a high when they won their final fixture.  It was the title decider for Division Three of the PiriPiri North Essex League, and it means that the Eastcliff-based side return to Division Two next season.

The two sides went into Sunday’s fixture knowing that whoever won the game would be crowned as champions, with the losers taking the runners-up promotion place.  Captain Owen Nash lost the toss, and Ipswich decided to bat first. Ramblers’ Ryan Chamberlain picked up a wicket in the first over, but Ipswich then progressed to 83 for 1 after 14 overs.  However, they collapsed to 87 for 4 (18 overs) then 94 for 6 (20 overs).  Adam Daniels was at his most effective, taking three wickets for a miserly five runs in his 10 over spell.  He was backed up by the bowling of Ben Cooper, Bradley Pitt, and Imran Sheikh plus some enthusiastic fielding as Ipswich dug in and scored just 37 runs off the next 18 overs.  However, once that partnership had been broken, only 12 more runs were scored, and the visitors’ final total was 143 all out.  Crucially, they had been bowled out in 42.2 overs, and this gifted the Ramblers two extra overs in which to reach that score.

Opening the batting, Imran Sheikh made 26 before he was out in the 12th over.  The next 20 overs brought just 44 runs as the Ramblers warhorse, Alan Thurgood (44 not out)  gave a display of crease occupation.  Marc Taylor (6), Adam Daniels (12), Michael Cross (5) and Ben Cooper (0) all perished cheaply, and at 97 for 5 after 37 overs, some fingernails were starting to be chewed in the pavilion.  Thurgy, who by this time was batting with a runner following an injured groin, was then joined by Ryan Chamberlain (33 not out), and the two finally eased the Ramblers home in the first of the two ‘extra’ overs, and with just 7 balls to spare.

Captain Owen Nash was particularly delighted with the win.  Like many within the club, he felt aggrieved when they had to be ‘relegated’ at the end of last season following a league re-organisation.  His side have therefore regained their rightful place at the first attempt, and set off a night of celebration in the Plough, Great Clacton.

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Ramblers won the Division 3 title following a 5 wicket win over fellow contenders Ipswich. 44 not out from Alan Thurgood saw Ramblers home.

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Sunday 23rd September 2012 – Gosfield v Ramblers

Clacton Ramblers were unable to consolidate their position at the top of Division Three of the PiriPiri North Essex League on Sunday due to the intervention of the weather.

The players travelled to Gosfield on Sunday morning in anticipation of a 12.30 pm start, with grey skies overhead, and a chill breeze.  On arrival at the ground, it had started to drizzle, and by the scheduled start time, the rain was becoming heavier.  Captain Owen Nash and his Gosfield counterpart agreed that conditions, along with the weather forecast for the afternoon, meant there was little chance of playing, and so the game was called off.  Of the 15 matches the Ramblers should have played this season, six have now been cancelled in what is generally accepted as one of the worst cricketing summers on record.

Unfortunately, the Ramblers closest rivals had better fortune.  Ipswich should have travelled to Great Braxted & Tiptree, but the home side had already conceded the game prior to Sunday, and the win was awarded to Ipswich.  That award puts Ipswich back on to top place, and so everything is to play for this coming Sunday [30th September 2012] when the two sides meet at Eastcliff for their final games of the season. Both sides are already assured of promotion, but whoever wins the game will be champions.  Start time is 12.30 pm.

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Sunday 16th September 2012 – N Springfield v Ramblers

North Springfield Wanderers – 257 for 5 (F Clark 114 not out)
Clacton Ramblers – 160 all out (Sheikh 56)
Springfield won by 97 runs

Sunday saw Clacton Ramblers’ colours lowered for only the second time this season.  However, the defeat against North Springfield Wanderers has left a serious dent in their PiriPiri North Essex League Division Three title aspirations.  The Eastcliff-based side are still in top spot, but are now level on points-average with Ipswich, with the two teams due to meet on the final match of the season.

Things started brightly enough for the Ramblers, with Bradley Pitt taking a wicket in his first over, and then restricting the home side to 90 for 4 with 26 overs gone.  Unfortunately, they had also dropped four chances, including the dangerous Fred Clark.  With the pitch right on edge of the square at Hatfield Peverel, the tall batsmen had taken a liking to the short-side boundary, and peppered it for an unbeaten 114.  Along with Paul Symons (52*), the two added an unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 119 in the closing 11 overs, and it meant the visitors were set to chase a formidable 257.  Ben Cooper took 2 for 34 in his ten over spell, but all the other bowlers suffered in the closing carnage.

Losing opener Ben Cooper in the second over did not help the cause, and wickets then fell at regular intervals.  Imran Sheikh had also taken a liking to the short boundary, and had his eyes on a third consecutive century for the Ramblers.  However, he was stumped for 56 to leave his side on 109 for 6, and it was then just a matter of time.  James Smith’s quick-fire 32 included seven boundaries, and Alex Ball hit 14 as a third batting point was secured, but the final wicket fell in the 37th over for a comprehensive defeat.

Ramblers now have to regroup for their final away fixture of the season this Sunday [23rd September 2012] when they travel to Gosfield.  Start time is 12.30 pm.

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Sunday 9th September 2012 – Ramblers v Gt Braxted and Tiptree

Great Braxted & Tiptree – 213 for 7 (Hummerstone 79; Gericke 2-9)
Clacton Ramblers – 215 for 5 (Sheikh 103 not out)
Ramblers won by 5 wickets

Sun stopped play for Clacton Ramblers!  The start of their game with Great Braxted & Tiptree was delayed until 1.20pm with seven of the visiting players being stuck in traffic on route to the coast where the best weather of the summer had brought out the visitors in their droves.

When play did eventually get underway, the mainstay of the GBT innings was a fourth wicket stand of 108 between Sean Hummerstone (79) and Alan Cookson (34). The innings accelerated in the last fifteen overs with 119 gleaned, Tom Hummerstone hitting a rapid 29* from 19 balls, as GBT closed at 213 for 5 after 45 overs. Stefan Gericke had earlier bowled a miserly ten over spell which yielded 2 for 9.

Clacton Ramblers were reduced to 60 for 4, with Sean Hummerstone taking three catches at the wicket. However his side made the fatal mistake of dropping Ramblers Imran Sheikh immediately after a drinks break, and the graceful batsman made them pay.  Together with Kieron Smith (30*) he contributed the major part of an unbeaten sixth wicket partnership of 111, bringing up his century with the winning boundary and 12.3 overs to spare.

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Despite being without a PiriPiri Division Three league fixture for the last couple of weeks, Clacton Ramblers Cricket Club have suddenly found themselves at the top of the table, and in a strong position to achieve promotion at the first attempt.  At the end of last season, and following a league re-structuring, they found themselves demoted into Division Three, and captain Owen Nash is keen to regain what he feels is their rightful place.

Three weeks ago, and following a win against Great Horkesley, the Ramblers were in third spot behind Ipswich and Great Bentley.  However, previously unbeaten Ipswich have now lost their last two fixtures, whilst Great Bentley slipped up a fortnight ago against Boxted, and the upshot is that the Eastcliff based side are now top of the pile.

They are without a game again this weekend [2nd September 2012], but they then close off their season on the following four Sundays.  Great Braxted & Tiptree are the visitors on 9th September, and this is followed by two away games – North Springfield Wanderers on 16th September and Gosfield on 23rd September – before the final home game on 30th September against Ipswich.

With the days now becoming shorter, and the nights beginning to draw in, all future games will be starting at 12.30 pm.

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Sunday 12th August 2012 – Gt Horkesley v Ramblers

Clacton Ramblers 275 for 8 (Sheikh 112, Daniels 56, Extras 54)
Great Horkelsey 183 all out (K Smith  3-53)
Ramblers won by 92 runs.

Clacton Ramblers maintained their push for promotion from Division Three of the PiriPiri North Essex League with a comfortable 92 run win over Great Horkesley on Sunday.  The coastal side have now won six of their seven completed matches – five have been lost to the weather – and are on course for a return to Division Two.

Captain Owen Nash had his resources stretched on Sunday morning, when two call-offs and general unavailability left him with just nine players.  Drew Nash and Colin Garrod were drafted in as late replacements for their league debuts, and the inclusion of the club chairman raised the average age of the side upwards by several years!

Losing the toss, the Ramblers were invited to bat first on the splendid Abberton ground, and Imran Sheikh and Alan Thurgood put on 52 for the first wicket before the latter was run out.  Adam Daniels then joined Sheikh, and it was 182 runs later before the home side gained their second success.  By this time, Sheikh had scored his maiden century, whilst Daniels had scored 56, and there were still 7 overs to go.  The opening bat went on to score 112, which included 12 fours and 3 sixes, before he was out, and his dismissal led to a clatter of wickets in the chase for extra runs.  Five wickets fell in the closing stages as the score mounted to 275 for 8 wickets off 45 overs.  Third highest scorer was ‘extras’ with 54.

The morning call-offs had left the Ramblers without a recognised wicket-keeper, and Ben Cooper volunteered his services.  It soon became apparent that he is a far better batsman and bowler than he is behind the timbers, and he was replaced by Imran Sheikh after 19 overs.  By this time, Sheikh had bowled his 10 overs for a meagre 23 runs, picking up two wickets in the process.  Kieron Smith had also taken two wickets as the home side fell behind the required run-rate.  Michael Cross and Ben Cooper then chipped away at the Horkesley batting, and it was only Rakesh Krishnan (77 not out) who provided any resistance.

The Ramblers fielding was exemplary.  Owen Nash, Drew Nash, Alan Thurgood, Michael Cross and Ben Cooper all held on to chances that were offered, whilst Imran Sheikh took a smart catch off his own bowling.  Others ensured that various parts of the body were used to good effect, and the home side were eventually all out with six overs to spare.

Ramblers are not in action this coming weekend, and their next game will be at Eastcliff in a fortnight’s time.

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