Bures C.C. v Wickham St Paul C.C. (Away)


Wickham St Paul won by 7 wickets


Off to Wickham St Paul for our first away match of the season on possibly the hottest day we have played on this year. In recent years we have found victories over Wickham hard to come by but, armed with a number of younger players in the side gave us some good reason for hope on this occasion. Charlie (E), skipper for the day, won the toss and decided that Bures should bat first, to see if we could set a challenging total in a 30 over per side game.

As it turned out the pitch, which is notoriously low, had metamorphosed into a two paced wicket with some still shooting, but others jumping up to almost head height. So, some cautious batting, “playing ourselves in”, was clearly the order of the day. Consequently, the opening pair of the Chairman and James (E) singularly failed to do this and both, having fairly wild swings, were caught extremely well in the covers. Luckily, we had the steadying influence of Stevie T and Stu P to put things back on track, but unfortunately not for long enough. Stevie T also holed out trying to push things along, and when Hugh (S), bowled by a pea roller, Tom W and the Skipper himself were all out in one over, we found ourselves struggling at 49 for 6. Stu manfully kept going for a satisfactory 30, but once he was out, it was a matter of eking out whatever we could in the remaining overs. Josh (N), Max (M) and Benjie Wheeler (on debut) all did their best under trying conditions, but in the end the pressure was too much, and Bures were all out for 89, surely not enough.

The Chairman and James (E) were given a chance to redeem themselves but, despite some tidy overs, they failed to make inroads, so the Skipper and Stu (P) were brought on with immediate effect. First, Stu got one to rear up off a length (though quite what length I’m not sure) and James caught an outstanding catch at slip (possibly one of the best ever seen – according to James). Then Charlie, with a remarkable spell of 6 overs, 6 for 1 (or 1 for 6) and Stu, with a second wicket, made Bures feel they had a chance. Sadly however, despite great efforts from Max, Benjie and Josh, no more wickets were forthcoming, and Wickham won by 7 wickets with 8 overs to spare (another 30 or 40 runs by Bures could have proved quite a challenge however).

So back to the Bells for a pint and to commiserate, with hopes of finishing the season off strongly.


Date Time League Season
August 14, 2022 1:30 pm 2022 Season 2022


Wickham St Paul C.C.
Wickham St. Paul, Braintree, Essex, England, United Kingdom


TeamRunsWickets LostOversOutcome
Bures Cricket Club8926Loss
Wickham St Paul92321.2Win

Bures Cricket Club

Batting   R 4s 6s
Chris Crace 810
James Erith 1120
Steve Thornton 610
Stu Peters 3050
Hugh Stanton 100
Charlie Erith 000
Josh Nunn 810
Monty Morgan 1220
Benji Wheeler 810
Sheldon Dyer 000
Total 89130
Bowling O M R W
Chris Crace30100
James Erith30110
Stu Peters51242
Charlie Erith6161
Monty Morgan20160
Benji Wheeler20130
Josh Nunn0.2040

Wickham St Paul

Batting   R 4s 6s
M. Waithman 1400
D. Minter 1100
M. Cooper 000
E. Green 800
G. Pritchard 4400
J. Chamberlain 000
Total 9200

Did not bat: J. Chamberlain

Bowling O M R W
G. Pritchard50173
C. Hansey62143
W. Moss61222
C. Mixture20140
J. Chamberlain1100