ROTTINGDEAN, pride of the East Sussex Cricket League this summer after their heroics in the National Village Knockout Cup, continue their superb run in the prestigious competition when they travel to North Essex to take on Mistley Cricket Club in the quarter finals this Sunday.
Mistley, described as having “one of the quaintest grounds in North Essex, tucked away between the Spire of St Michaels’ Church and the Mayflower Line Railway line, all aspects of the ground share an attractive view to such extent that the ground narrowly missed out on the Wisden Cricket Monthly ‘Prettiest Grounds’ competition 2002”.
If you want to make the trip to support the East Sussex side, directions advice is as follows: “Follow the signs locally for Mistley Towers Mistley Environmental Centre and you will find the ground; see the spire and you are there.”
Mistley, with more than 125 years of history behind them, are currently sitting in mid-table in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship.
Rottingdean sealed their place in the last eight with a convincing 79-run victory over Kent side Bidborough a fortnight ago. Hosts Bidborough won the toss and elected to bowl. They may have regretted that decision as Rottingdean went on to post an unassailable score of 238-8 from their 40 overs.
That was thanks in no little part to an opening partnership of 80 from Najmus Jamil (44) and Henry Ledden (47). Scores of 68 and 37 from batsmen Nos 3 and 4, George Ledden and Oscar Howie consolidated Dean’s position as they added another 80 for the third wicket.
That meant the visitors would not have cause to regret losing five wickets for just 11 runs at the end of their innings.
Dean felt 238 was still a good score, despite playing on a pitch smaller that they were used to. And their confidence in defending the total was vindicated – despite Bidborough getting off to a flier in their innings as the hosts put on 42 in just four overs.
But a steady flow of wickets saw the home team all out midway through the 34th over for 159. No batsman scored higher than 32.
Figures of 3-17 off six overs, following his 68 with the bat, represented a fine all-round performance from George Ledden, who was returning from a hernia operation.