Sunday 5th May 2013 – Gt Horkesley v Ramblers

Clacton Ramblers conceded their first round cup tie against Great Horkesely this weekend.

Next week Ramblers play Cavaliers away, with a 1pm start.

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Sunday April 28th 2013 – Boxted v Ramblers

Newly promoted Clacton Ramblers got their Piri Piri Division 2 campaign off to a disappointing start on Sunday, losing by 7 wickets away to Boxted. Both sides had bounced back to Division 2 at the first time of asking after relegation in 2011, the Ramblers as champions and Boxted clinching the 4th and final promotion place.

However it was the home side that took early control of this encounter. Captain Owen Nash lost the toss and his side were put into bat. After a vapid start from Ben Cooper his middle stump was sent cartwheeling out of the ground after scoring just 5. Ryan Chamberlain (3) followed shortly after. This brought Imran Sheikh (17) to the crease and after a promising start his innings was cut short by an excellent catch from J.Wilson. The wickets of Michael Cross (4) and the warhorse Alan Thurgood (12) followed bringing impressive debutant Nicky Comber (50*) and all-rounder Adam Daniels (42) to the crease. The pair came together when the Ramblers were in a desperate situation but helped guide them towards a respectable 164 for 7.  Simon Stewart (2) and the skipper (5*) added crucial runs at the end of the innings.

With Boxted chasing 165 for victory, Ramblers took to the field needing an early break through and it came in the form of a run out after good work in the field by Ryan Chamberlain. Boxted progressed to 72 before the next wicket fell, a deserved wicket for Adam Daniels who ended with figures of 1 for 28 off 10 overs. Unfortunately it wasn’t until Boxted had moved on to 120 that they lost another wicket as Simon Stewart grasped an unlikely catch off the bowling of Ryan Chamberlain.  This gave the Ramblers a glimmer of hope, however it wasn’t to be as no more wickets fell and Boxted reached their target with 3.2 overs to go. The Ramblers did well in the field with Michael Cross putting in a confident performance behind the stumps in place of the missing Marc Taylor.

The Ramblers’ “special award” was claimed by Charles Wray for his acrobatic fielding display.

Next week the Ramblers get their cup campaign underway with a visit to Great Horkesley.

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Sunday April 21st 2013 – Ramblers v Purleigh

The continued poor weather leaves the pitch at Eastcliff too soft for productive sporting activity so the Ramblers’ opening home match against Purleigh was cancelled.

On a brighter note the Ramblers will be holding a Quiz Night at Clacton Rugby Club on Friday 10th May 2013 starting at 7:30pm.  Entry is £5 person and includes a curry at half-time.  Teams of up to 6 persons required.

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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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