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Early Season Update

The first weeks of spring have seen an interrupted, yet undefeated and record-breaking start to the season for the Club.


Kicking off the season at a sunny Long Melford, things could not have got off to a much better start for the Saturday XI. Having been invited to bat first on a newly-laid pitch, Brightlingsea’s openers broke records for both the Club and also the League itself, with Alfie English and Colin French producing an unbeaten opening stand of 363. Without losing a wicket, they broke the record for the highest opening partnership and, indeed, the highest partnership in both the League’s and the Club’s history. Alfie finished the afternoon with 202 runs which, again, was a Club record and Colin was also unbeaten with 135. The placid nature of the pitch thwarted attempts to take all ten Long Melford wickets, however three wickets from Rowan Hunt along with one apiece for captain Jack French, Alfie English and Oscar Finbow, ensured a winning start and 18 points.


Sadly, due to weather and opponent call-offs, the Saturday team are yet to play another match in a frustrating start to the season.


The Sunday XI started their own league campaign at home to Chappel and Wakes Colne. A strong batting performance with Morgan Hatch hitting a half century. Along with scores in the 40s from Oscar Finbow and Rowan Hunt, Brightlingsea reached 196 from their 30 overs. The bowlers then took over. Zahid Momand and Rowan Hunt took two wickets apiece, restricting Chappel to 131.


Club fixtures continue at the Recreation Ground throughout the summer.


In addition to senior cricket, the Club hosted a successful Open Day on 30th April and are keen to invite ladies along to try the sport as they look to start a women’s softball team.


The Club’s junior teams also start their seasons in May with both U11s and U13s having home matches at the Rec.


The ever-popular Kwik Cricket evenings continue every Friday night throughout the spring and summer, from 6pm. All children of all abilities are encouraged to come along. Families are welcome to enjoy the bar, with hot food also on sale.


All details, information and fixtures can be found on the Club’s website, brightlingseacricket.co.uk, as well as in the Club’s Fixture Handbook, copies of which can be found at shops around the town and at the Club itself.


The Club can be contacted via brightlingseacricketclub@gmail.com

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