IT was another disappointing week for Rayleigh Cricket Club as unavailability continued to hamper their start to the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League season.

A total of 30 regular players were unavailable for matches with only one Saturday league side winning in a number of low scoring games.

Hornchurch Athletic proved too much in the Division One clash, having scored 242/10, despite Dan Frost taking 3-53, Trevor Nunn 2-57 and Chris Frost 2-33.

Colin Mayor (45) and Liam Druce (37) were the only batsmen to master an excellent bowling attack as Rayleigh were bowled out for 160.

In Division Five the 3s were also beaten by Hornchurch Athletic despite David Hall taking 3-14 and Sam Martin 3-17 as the hosts were dismissed for 130.

But Rayleigh were all out for 87, Sam Law (22) top scoring.

The only win came for the 4s in Division Sevem who beat Galleywood 2s.

Mihir Patel took 3-22, Matt Walker 3-27 and Geoff Pedder 3-33 as Galleywood were skittled for 142.

The home side knocked these runs off for the loss of three wickets - Steve Adams (66) and Kalpesh Patel (46 not out) leading the reply.

The 5s were beaten by Springfield 4s in Division Eight, having made 127 in their innings - Steve Rothon (40) and David Cox (37) top scoring.

The visitors passed this total for the loss of five wickets in the 25th over, Jake Gibson taking 2-34.

In Division 10, the 6s conceded 187 runs to South Woodham Ferrers 3s, Paul Cox taking 3-21.

In reply Rayleigh were bowled for 100 in the last over of their innings.

In the Beaumont Seymour League South Division Rayleigh Women & Girls hosted Kelvedon and Feering and batting first scored 92/3.

Kelly Castle (25 not out) and Rebecca Holyoak (21 not out) impressed as the visitors were bowled out for 54, Kelly taking 3-6, Louise Harmsworth 3-8 and Jodie Billett 2-14.

A relatively inexperienced 7s side were well beaten by Tillingham 3s. The home side hit 207/5 while Rayleigh were all out for 88.