Clacton came out on top after a tense encounter with title rivals St Margaret's.
Having won the toss, captain James Grange decided to bat first on a slow spongy wicket. The St. Margaret's bowlers were economical, making it hard work for the Clacton batsmen to score. The top 3 were dismissed for just 11 runs, which brought the pairing of Bradley Pitts and Ryan Chamberlain to the crease.
The pair batted sensibly, putting the bad balls away for 23 overs, amassing a partnership of 97 in the process. Chamberlain unfortunately dragged on for a patient 35. Pitts was later dismissed for 58, trying to boost the run rate in the latter overs. Young Harry Spence was brought to the crease with Wayne Surrall, the former playing some nice shots and running well to put on 11 in the last two overs.
St Margaret's began their reply steadily, also struggling in the slow, unpredictable conditions. Wray was the first to go, well snaffled at mid-wicket by Patrick Reynolds (who took 3 catches in a good fielding performance). N Oakley, Wray's opening partner batted well, punishing anything loose from the Clacton bowlers. Much like Pitts and Chamberlain, Oakley spent time at the crease, top scoring with 31. The rest of the St Margaret's batting order contributed very little against some tight bowling, the wickets spread around the bowlers(Dobson 2, Pitts 2, Chamberlain 3, Surrall 3).
There was some very good glove work on the up and down pitch by Daniel Smith stood up to the stumps and also in the field by Charlie Spence taking a sharp catch centimetres above the ground at mid-wicket.
A good win for Clacton, the team stuck together and to the task and notched up another 20 points.
This Sunday the Sunday XI face Abberton at Vista Road, 1pm start.