- Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:39
- Published: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 08:13
- Written by Kevin Hewes
The NECL was sweltering on Sunday as temperatures reached the highest of the year, unfortunately the clash with Father’s Day also had an impact with four matches cancelled due to lack of player availability. The league management committee took the decision last Thursday that in the event of concessions through player availability, the conceding side can make representations to their opponents to re-arrange to an alternative date in the season. This is an attempt to get as much cricket on as possible, given the considerable amount of concessions to date. However, the re-arrangement should not be without prejudice to the side who were able to fulfil the fixture on the original date, and only on their agreement. If no date can be found the original concession will stand.
In Division One, second placed Elmstead got out of jail against Eight Ash Green, while there were also wins for Frinton and Mistley. In Division Two, Chappel & Wakes Colne were made to work hard for a four run success over nine man Stebbing, while Gosfield were unable to field a side at home to Witham and had to concede. In Division Three, Galleywood are up to second following an eight wicket success over Chappel &Wakes Colne 2nds, while Abberton slipped to third after defeat at Kelvedon. West Bergholt were the highest scorers of the weekend, posting a massive 297 for 4, in their big win over Harwich & Dovercourt. In Division Four, only one of three scheduled games took place with Boxted completing a ten wicket win over Real Oddies. Great Horkesley & Lexden 2nds conceded for the second week running, so slip to the foot of the table, while Braintree remain unbeaten at the top, with three of their four wins coming by conceding opponents. Great Braxted & Tiptree were unable to raise a side against Coggeshall, but the two sides are looking at a mutually agreeable date to re-arrange. In T20 East, there was a third concession in four matches to date, as Ipswich were unable to raise a side against Wivenhoe.
Individually, there were four centurions and two fivefor’s completed in the NECL. Elmstead’s Jordan Elliot (131) top scored with his third ton of the season, while in the same game Ryan Vickery claimed the best bowling figures of the weekend with 6 for 11. Mistley’s James Scott scored an important unbeaten 111 in his sides two wicket success over Clacton. While there were centuries for two West Bergholt players in their big win in Division Three, Dan Wheeler (115) and Matt Rogers (107no) making hay in the sunshine, while Matt McDonald was the other fivefor claiming 5 for 29 for West Bergholt in the same game against Harwich.