Earls Colne travelled to West Mersea on Saturday 11th May to play their opponents 2nd XI on yet another damp and rain-threatened day. With a weakened opposition, only Graham Pryke from the hosts side was able to offer continued resistance carrying his bat through their innings for 70 not out. For Colne, the familiar problems persisted of not taking all the opponents wickets, but the bright spots were Jack Holdgate taking all the wickets to fall and finishing with figures of 3-27, the return of Luke Booty to the attack, and Harry Porcher bowling a tight line, so that 7 maiden overs were sent down in total. West Mersea finished on 91-3 after the agreed shortened innings of 35 overs.
Following an excellent tea, skipper Daryl Sleeman and Tom Bosworth set about the target with rapidity, reaching 92-0 in less than 10 overs, with Daryl reaching 56 and Tom 34. The skipper was relieved after the previous week’s setback and stated that with a far larger pool of players to pick from, and Wednesday evening nets’ attendance on the up, it was starting to look difficult whom to leave out for the next game, Saturday 18th at home to Witham.