Fives and Heronians Cricket Club


Match report for all teams 13\7\2024

FHCC Update 13th July 2024

Written by Andy Yeats - First team scorer


A fortnight has passed since the last update and one way or another Fives have strengthened their position in the race for First XI Premier division cricket.


The heavy rain caused almost all Essex Senior League cricket to be abandoned without a ball being bowled the previous week. This included the First XI top of the table clash against Billericay. Whilst I know the players were disappointed to miss out on an opportunity to extend their 13-point lead, one may reflect that if you have to have a game totally washed out this wasn’t a bad one from our perspective. One very rare exception that day was the clash between Orsett and Epping which was of relevance in our division. The A13 microclimate somehow allowed enough playable time for those sides to play to a reduced overs conclusion with the home side hanging on for a draw which frankly was of little use to an Epping side that continue to struggle to reach the level of performance achieved last season. Healthy gap to them maintained as a result.


Onto Saturdays action then with the First XI away at bottom of the table Belhus. I could copy and paste at this point as it followed the script of Brad Copper winning the toss and electing to bowl, the lads performing well to dismiss the home side for just 159 and the top order smashing boundaries at will to win for an early finish.


Adding some meat onto the bones of the match report then it was the opening quicks who set the tone brilliantly with Achille and Mehad straight into their work with every ball on the spot. After 6 overs Belhus were 7-1 with Mehad striking early whilst our overseas was desperately unlucky to not to have joined him in the wickets column. AC had opening bat, Billy Winter, glove a vicious short of length ball onto his helmet with Bilal Kamal taking a good catch at second slip. What previously would have been a classic fast bowlers wicket was declared a ‘dead ball’ under new regulations for club cricket on any occasion the ball strikes a helmet.  Achille’s figures of 0-23 from 9 hostile overs would be more representative of his efforts with a couple of wickets added to them.


Nevertheless, whilst AC was unlucky not to strike, Mehad was profiting from the combined pressure applied as he churned out 13 overs on the bounce during which he claimed three of the Belhus top five batters. Brad Copper brought himself on and struck in his second over but perhaps was more expensive than normal until a change of ends allowed him to profit to the tune of 5-47 with Jake Poulter taking 2-32 including the key wicket of overseas all-rounder Poletsane for a well made 60.


A chase of 160 to win looked fairly easy pickings for this Fives batting line up, and despite losing skipper Brad early, the boundary count was ticking over at incredible rate. Fellow opener Yeats managed to drive one straight to cover for 18 leaving us 60-2 but Jake Poulter joined the one-legged (injured calf) Ed Fluck in the middle and both batted imperiously with Ed hammering 73 (including his half century off just 35 balls) only to hole out just before the target was achieved. Jake (45*) and Bilal (6*) saw us to the finish.


Another 20-point Time win which was made all the sweeter as Epping and Upminster ground out a drawn game that favoured neither side. With eight games remaining the top 4 is as follows: -

  1. Fives 173 pts
  2. Billericay 160pts
  3. Upminster 139pts
  4. Epping 110pts


This coming weekend sees Brad take the boys away to mid table Ilford and we all hope they can keep their foot down and maintain the grip on the division they’ve worked hard to build up to date.


It’s not just the First XI in the promotion mix at Fives this season – it’s the entire club!!!!


Gracing The Paddock last Saturday were the 2nd XI. A superb performance saw our side claim a bat second win against promotion rivals Hadleigh & Thundersley. The visitors won the toss and interestingly decided to bat first. The entire Fives bowling group contributed to dismissing them for a below par 201 with Tanzeel Ilyas (3-33), Adam Tanveer (2-26), Henry Pratt (2-49) and Akbar Khan (2-49) at the forefront.


Pete Kilpatrick made a stunning 114 not out, whilst opening Fives innings, to lead us to a comfortable win with valuable contributions from Terry Ballard (31) and Tanzeel Ilyas (26). An excellent result and performance from the 2’s.


Joining the Fives party were the Third XI who also played out of their skin to win away at Wickford and in doing so close the gap to division leaders Billericay who could only draw. In the field first up, Fives used eight different bowlers as they restricted the home side to 216-8. Kashif Rauf led the way with 4-46 whilst Niranjan Seetharama took 2-20.


Fives need to bat well and they certainly ticked off that box as well as they batted with real class to reach the required total for the loss of just one wicket. Shahrukh Irfan (65), Rajat Parolia (79*) and Nikunj Agarwal (60*) each contributing to a win that came with a heap of overs to spare. The Threes are now in second spot and a healthy 20 points ahead of third placed Chelmsford.


The Fourth XI arguably did everything they could to make it a clean sweep of Fives wins on the day. Batting first they clocked up a huge 278-9 in 45 overs against visitors second in the table West Essex. Zahid Gul was the star of the batting with a wonderful century whilst Zuhair Zakaria gave it some long handle to blast 46 from 27 balls towards the end of the innings.


The West Essex openers got their unlikely run chase off to a superb start as both made half centuries leaving them 140-2 at one stage. With the draw a clear favourite at that point Fives made serious inroads claiming a further 5 wickets as West Essex gave up any chance of the win but sadly, they succeeded in achieving the draw. This result leaves the 4’s in fourth place 19 points adrift of West Essex in second spot so not difficult to understand the visitors decision to see out a draw in the circumstances but all credit to our side for forcing the issue all day and dominating the match.


This coming weekend the Second XI host West Essex at The Paddock. Just a single point separates the sides as they chase the top two and with the division being so tight (Fives are just 8 points outside the promotion places) it’s a really crucial fixture so all support welcome.



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John Rattey

 We are very sad to notify you of the passing of one of our Past Presidents John Rattey

John had been unwell for a short period of time and sadly passed away Sunday morning.

Eddie Poulter a past president has penned a tribute to John……………

The following is from the top of my head relating to the enormous contribution that the late John Rattey had in the history of both, Old Heronians & Fives & Heronians.

The amalgamation of both Old Heronians Cc & Fives Cc took place In January 1971 when the two clubs amalgamated. John was an active member of the Old Heronians at that time. After a great deal of preparation John was elected General Secretary of newly formed club as it is known today.

John carried out those duties for approximately 40 years to my knowledge, before he became president of the club in 1991. Again, my memory tells me during john’s period of presidential duties a well-known part of the club history was playing Teddington cc in the final of the Evening Standard competition.

John was always efficient in whatever office he occupied over a very long period and will be so very sadly missed by his wife Toni as well as his two sons & their families.

Eddie C Poulter

Past President

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Established in 1971, the Club offers fantastic facilities with a lovely clubhouse and bar. We have two new state of the art cricket nets.

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