The Sunday XI once again made a first round plate exit against higer ranked opposition.
Chappel won the toss and elected to bat on a glorious day at The Hobbies. Clacton were off to a dream start when Chamberlain ripped through the top order, leaving the hosts reeling at 12-3 off 8 overs.
Some lusty hitting to the short leg side boundary saw a partnership of 44 develop before Moseley was well snared at mid off by Andy 'Cobra' Young off the bowling of Illsley. Wyatt continued the assult after drinks hitting 1 x 4's and 2 x 6's on his was to a quickfire 23 off 18 deliveries to up the run rate. He was well held at long on by young Harry Spence, who again impressed in the field and with the ball, unlucky not to have a couple of wickets to his name.
All the Clacton bowlers bowled well, Charlie Spence, persevering with some lovely flighted deliveries was also unlucky not to have picked up a wicket against big hitting lower order batsmen.
An inspirational change by skipper Grange saw the introduction of Young, who spun his web to "bamboozle" (direct quote(£1))the batsmen finishing the day with 5 for 37 off his 7 overs.
Openers Lee and Fitzpatrick made a watchful start after a wonderful tea, the former having one piece of cake too many, declining some quick singles early on. Wyatt bowled tightly, leaving the diminutive Lee to try and take the attack to MacDonald, hitting 3 fours off the tall opening bowler.
Lee was then out trying to slog sweep the first change seamer off his first delivery on strike, once again getting trapped plumb infront, leaving the skipper no choice but to trigger him for the second week running.
Fitzpatrick batted nicely for his 20 before chipping a lazy drive to cover. Chamberlain and Reynolds look to steady the ship, putting on 32 for the 3rd wicket before Chamberlain was decieved, gifting a simple return catch to H Carter. Reynolds (38) tried in vain to club the side home, eventually holeing out off Dow. The full and straight bowling off C Carter was then too much for the inexperienced lower order, only Dobson able to get the ball away with some wristy drives through the covers.
Once again the road to Halstead cut short, but the team will continue to oush for promotion in the league when they comeb back form their 3 week fixture break.