Competitive action underway for the 2021 Season
24 April 2021
Billericay 281-6 (45 overs)
Wickford 210-10 (42.2 overs)
Billericay CC 1st XI opened their league cup campaign with a comfortable victory against Wickford CC on Saturday 24th April. After losing the toss, Billericay were invited to bat and set off to a rapid start with openers Nathan Khelawon and Olly Sarkar taking the team past 100 in 11.4 overs! Sarkar struck some early blows before departing for 40 off 30 deliveries, but Khelawon continued the assault before eventually falling for 96, after mis-cuing one to square leg. Matt Bell guided the team through the remainder of the innings, hitting some classy straight 6s on his way to an unbeaten 85, and was well supported with cameos from Mark Harmer (21) and Kieran Emmanuel (15) in the middle order, as the Ships posted a formidable 281-6 from their 45 overs.
Skipper Andy Smith struck a key blow early in Wickford's reply, removing McKenna for 4 in the first over and setting the tone for the remaining innings. Fellow opening bowler Adam Marchant (1-52) was able to pick up another key wicket to stop Wickford building any momentum. Smith ended with figures of 4-34 in 7.2 overs, and was well supported by all rounder Ross Poulton (2-36), Rob Rayner (2-38) and young spinner Matt Elliott (1-43), as Billericay maintained control of the game throughout. A solid fielding display included some sharp catches behind the stumps from wicket-keeper Rob Lee.
It was a great return to competitive action for the Ships, who take on Premier League opposition Chelmsford CC in Round 2. The game is to be played at Blunts Wall Road on Saturday 1st May.
The weekend also saw returns to action for the 2nd and 3rd XIs, both playing friendly fixtures at home. Billericay CC 2nd XI took on their Wickford counterparts, with the BCC side featuring a mixture of youngsters and experienced heads. The game ended in defeat, however there were some promising displays, with young seamer Christian Mootoo impressing with the new ball and ending with figures of 2-33 in 8 overs. Skipper Jonathan Earl bowled with control and took 3-19 as Wickford posted 178-6 in 40 overs. Oscar Harmer (30) and Dave Hinnigan (69) led the Billericay reply, however the team fell short of their target, ending on 154-6 from 40 overs. They continue their build up to the league season with a friendly trip to Chelmsford CC this Saturday.
Our 3rd XI faced a strong South Woodham Ferrers team in their opening friendly fixture
Friendly Match opens the season for the 1st XI
17 April 2021
Gidea Park 199-6
Billericay CC 1st XI started their campaign with a narrow friendly defeat against Gidea Park and Romford CC on Saturday 17th April. The visitors batted first with Rogers and Kiani making 50's and retiring. David Houghton (8-1-25-3) and new captain Andy Smith (8-0-26-2) were the pick of the bowlers with accurate spells. A negative for the Ships was Nathan Khelawon pulling a hamstring in the field meaning that he couldn't bat or ball- although the injury isn't as severe as first thought.
This meant an opportunity for Rowan Elliott to play in his place and opened the batting in the 2nd innings. Rowan made 16 and looked solid. Kieran Emmanual impressed on his debut to make 52 before being retired and another debutant Rehman Ahmed looked impressive making 31. Unfortunately a clatter of wickets meant that we fell just short of the target in what was a worthwhile run out.
New Player Announcement
Welcome our new first team signing Rehman Ahmed.
New Player Announcement
Welcome our new first team signing Aron Nijjar.
New Player Announcement
Welcome our new first team signing Kieran Emmanuel.
Welcome Sunrisers to Billericay CC
We are pleased to welcome Sunrisers Women's Elite Cricket to Billericay CC.
The Sunrisers was formed as one of eight regional hubs competing in the new Women’s Elite Domestic Structure, which covers the region of the three first-class counties of Middlesex, Essex and Northamptonshire, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), and the national counties of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire.
The new structure, which was unveiled in October 2019, forms part of the ECB’s ten-point action plan for Transforming Women’s and Girls’ Cricket. The Sunrisers Senior team who compete in the ECB Women’s Elite Domestic Competition, are a team featuring the best players from across the region and country. In addition, the Sunrisers structure will deliver a performance programme at Academy and Emerging Player level, aimed at developing the breadth of talent across the region.
The squad will be training at Billiericay CC throughout the season ahead of a full fixture list.
For more information, please click here https://www.sunriserscricket.com
Covid Restrictions - Friday Night Bar
Friday 16 April will be the first Colts night of the season and we were looking forward to combining
this with the start of reopening of the bar. Sadly, this cannot happen.
Whilst the Government guidelines allow reopening of pubs and restaurants from 12 April the conditions
associated with this, that have only recently become apparent, mean that we will find it difficult to comply
and not risk losing our licence.
Previous guidelines were for table service to tables of six, seated and no mixing with other tables. When
we were last open this was not always adhered to and with so many attendees on Friday this is difficult to
service and police.
Added to that there are now two new requirements; we must obtain the contact details of all members of the
party of six, instead of just a lead person, and children are now included in the count of six.
We are fortunate to have the advice of Tony Sprackling who is the H&S officer for both Thurrock and Brentwood
councils and is responsible for enforcing these legal guidelines in those areas. He has advised caution with large
numbers since the rules will be more closely monitored this time and the penalties for non-compliance more severe
than before being heavy fines or loss of licence.
The club has a public footpath running through the ground and close to our patio which means that any activity is
readily within the public eye.
Whilst everyone may not agree with the procedures, the club has to follow them by law. Therefore, it is with regret
that the committee has reluctantly taken the decision not to open the bar on Fridays just yet. We will continue to assess
the situation but it may not be until the next step in the easing of restrictions on 17 May that we can once again enjoy
our fantastic Friday evenings at the club.
We are considering trialling our process with smaller numbers on Saturdays, during and after matches from 17 April and will be advising more of this in due course.
New Shirt Sponsor Announced
We are pleased to announce a new addition to our shirt sponsors - Cellers Wine Merchants.