The season got under way at a sunny Vista Road. Having won the toss Kirby skipper Max Oram put Clacton into bat. The opening pair of Vine and Lee got off to a good start before Lee played across the line and was caught and bowled off the leading edge for 15.
Vine and Chamberlain then went on to put on a partnership of 74 the former finishing on 105 after being bowled by two bounce ball from T Sadiq. Fitzpatrick came in after the loss of Chamberlain for a well played 41 and upped the tempo with a quick fire 31 from 31 balls.
Clacton finished on 226-4 from their 45 overs with Grange and Reynolds not able to up their strike rates for a big finish.
The familiar pair of Dobson and Surrall opened up for Clacton. Dobson bowled well from the 'Range End' beating M Breame's outside edge on a number of occasions. Breame eventually fell to Dobson for 30, who also took a sharp C&B chance from Nell to complete his two wickets.
Surrall probed away from the other end, nipping the ball back into the right hander, constantly asking questions. He was rewarded for the pressure he and Dobson exerted on the top order with 4-24 off his 10.
Once the first 20 overs had passed, the heart of Kirby's top order had been removed. Brothers Harry and Charlie Spence then entered the attack from either end causing the middle and late order problems. Harry was particularly impressive with his left arm seam, claiming tow wickets for himself on debut. Charlie also bowled well, claiming a wicket with the last ball of the match, well caught in the deep by Chamberlain.
The 8th wicket partnership between C Austin and R Adams was impressive, putting on 67. Young Austin was the main aggressor and batted well for his 38, top scoring for Kirby, hitting 5 boundaries in the process.
There was plenty of young talent on show, promising signs for cricket in the area.
Next week the Sunday XI face Harwich & Dovercourt at Vista road, 1pm start. The Saturday Xi also get their season underway on Saturday with another home match against St Margaret's, also a 1pm start.