Phil Brown and co to battle it out with Southend-On-Sea & EMT Cricket Club
Southend United’s first team squad will turn their hand to a bit of cricket this week.
Blues will take on Southend-on-Sea & EMT Cricket Club in a T20 game at Southchurch Park on Wednesday 26th July, the day after facing Brighton in pre-season.
Fans are welcome to come down and watch the players tested in the shortened version of cricket against the Shepherd Neame League Premier Division side.
The game will get underway at 5.30pm at Southchurch Park and supporters are free to come down and watch.
Southend-on-Sea & Ecko Monarchs & Trojans (SOSEMT) are a local cricket club with their home ground based in Southchurch Park.
Built upon longstanding histories, the start of the decade saw one club formed when the former (Southend-On-Sea) was experiencing hardship in participation & the latter (Ecko Monarchs & Trojans) was looking to secure a future with plans to redevelop the Ecko Sports Ground into residential housing were taking shape, & since then we have never looked back.
A renovated clubhouse, following a year in porter cabins for players at Southend-on-Sea after the building was deemed unfit for purpose, greeted the newly formed club & seven years on, SOSEMT can now boast to holding the lease at both pavilions in the park.
The club fields five adult teams on a Saturday, along with three junior sides & XIs for Evening League, Twenty20 & League Cup competitions.
On the field has also seen unprecedented success for the 'real' Seasiders. This season sees our first team compete in the Premier Division - one below county level - of the Shepard Neame League. A remarkable achievement given we were in Division Three when the two clubs merged in 2010.
Success has not just been experienced by the 1XI with numerous promotions for teams below on Saturday’s, back-to-back victories in the 2014 & 2015 Sunday T20 competition with the first coming in dramatic fashion when Joe Sibbons hit a six off the final ball to win the cup, & only last Sunday progressing to the League Cup semi-final for the first time in our history.
Next week sees international cricket come to Southend as the club take on Denmark as part of their tour programme within the county. The Danish side take on a SOSEMT XI before facing the Netherlands A & Essex Development Team later on in the month.
With plans in the process to secure training facilities in the park, nets take place at Garons Park for our Youth teams (U11 / U13 / U15) every Thursday at 17:00 during the summer months. The adults train the same evening on the outfield at Southchurch Park starting at 18:15.
All new members are more than welcome to join, whether that be putting on your whites or simply coming down to watch our sides in action for free. More information can be found on our social media platforms (Facebook: Southend-on-Sea & EMTCricket Club / Twitter: @sosemtcc) & club website www.sosemtcc.org.uk.