North Essex Cricket League

Clacton are NECL champions for the first time since 2007, following a 97 run victory over Mistley at Vista Road on Sunday. Tom Sinclair with 134 was the stand out performer for the Seasiders. Champions Wivenhoe did all they could, but defending the championship depended on a Mistley win at Clacton. They won by 60 runs to claim the Runners Up spot. In Division Three, Great Totham are champions following a nervous three wicket win at home to West Bergholt. Joe Davis claimed 5 for 30 for Totham, and then played a significant part in the run chase with an unbeaten 47. Sudbury are also promoted, while Great Horkesley & Lexden miss out despite winning on Sunday, Shaakir Ahmed scoring his fourth century of the campaign in the game with Eight Ash Green. In Division Two, the championship picture is still fairly cloudy, with any one of three teams now in the frame. Leaders Springfield were beaten by three wickets at Stebbing, which secured Stebbing’s survival in Division 2. Meanwhile, Kelvedon closed the gap to three points following a 59 run win over Witham, which saw the visitors relegated. Kelvedon meet Springfield at Rye Mill Lane with the winners taking the title, however, if the game is cancelled then Cavaliers will be champions as they have already benefitted from an early Witham concession.

Read more: Week 22 - September 8 - Clacton are NECL champions, Great Totham claim Division 3 title

Colchester & E.E. missed the chance to claim the Division One title on Sunday, with an eight wicket defeat at Clacton, which now leaves the Seasiders in pole position for their first NECL title since 2007. In Division Two, Springfield are now on top of the table following a 44 run win in a high scoring win at Witham, where Charlie Prudence (196) hit his second big century of the season, and Carl Bragg (118) also hit a tom in the reply. Kelvedon still have a say in the destiny of the title, following a comfortable win over relegation threatened Stebbing, Ed King scoring a century in that one. In Division Three, Sudbury are promoted following Great Horkesley’s defeat at home to West Bergholt. Great Totham were 79 run winners over Eight Ash Green, with Harry Cooper (108) top scoring, and will claim the championship with victory over West Bergholt next week.

Read more: Week 21 - September 1 - Clacton on the brink of first NECL title since 2007

Halstead are the new NECL T20 champions following an impressive batting display on a glorious Bank Holiday Monday on home soil. In the semi final they defeated holders Colchester & E.E by nine wickets, and then they defeated 2016 winners Coggeshall in the Final by 49 runs. Coggeshall had earlier edged a tight semi final against Mistley. Halstead’s name is engraved on the trophy for the first time, having become the fourth different champion in as many years. In Division One, Wivenhoe are up to second following an eight wicket win at Mistley to keep their championship hopes alive. In Division Two, Cavaliers suffered a second heavy defeat at the hands of Kelvedon, which have all but scuppered their hopes of the championship, while it was an inglorious end of the season for bottom side Real Oddies, as they had to concede for the fourth time meaning that they end up with a negative points total. Stebbing were the grateful recipients of the twenty points, which sees them climb out of the bottom two. In Division Three, Great Totham are up to second and still have title aspirations, following a seven wicket win at Coggeshall. Centurions this week were Dirk Bruwer (101no) for Wivenhoe, and James Scott (108) for Mistley in the same game, while the best bowling performance was that of Sam Bowen (4 for 32) for Great Totham against Coggeshall.

Read more: Week 20 - August 25 & 26 - Halstead are 2019 NECL T20 Champions

Colchester & E.E. went back to the top of Division One with a 95 run victory at home to Galleywood, Oliver Allison starring with the bat with 136. In Division Two, Springfield are now favourites to lift the title following a nine wicket win over bottom of the table Real Oddies, while top of the table Cavaliers suffered a heavy defeat at Kelvedon. Stebbing are now threatened with relegation following a second successive concession, which resulted in a ten point deduction. In Division Three, Sudbury completed their programme with a resounding win at home to wooden spoonists Boxted, Ryan Vickery top scoring for the hosts with 161. Great Horkesley & Lexden still have the title in their own hands, but must not slip up any further in their remaining three games, following defeat by Great Totham. Eight Ash Green got out of trouble to complete an 84 run victory over Coggeshall. The only five wicket haul of the weekend belonged to Coggeshall’s James Raine who took 5 for 20.

Read more: Week 19 - August 18 - Colchester back on top in the title race

A pivotal week in the NECL saw Colchester & E.E defy the odds to reach the T20 Finals Day, they then slumped to a third straight Division 1 defeat to open up the title race, with any one of four teams now able to claim it. Defeat for Halstead by Wivenhoe, ensured that they are relegated along with Galleywood. Both games in Division 2 were conceded, with Cavaliers and Kelvedon claiming the twenty points. Real Oddies third concession of the season sees them relegated from Division 2. In Division 3, Great Horkesley & Lexden inflicted a third straight defeat on Sudbury, and are now short priced favourites to claim the title. In the other game, Great Totham defeated Eight Ash Green. Centuries this week, saw Kalipha Cele of Mistley lead the way with an unbeaten 141 against Colchester, Charlie Fernandes scored a rapid 129 in the T20 for Colchester against Abberton, while Josh Ruthven (101) and Matt Durrell (109no) both hit tons for their respective teams in the Halstead v. Wivenhoe clash. Bevin Guthrie (5 for 23) returned the only fivefor of the weekend in Eight Ash Green’s defeat at home to Great Totham.

Read more: Week 18 - August 11 - Holder's Colchester & E.E. take the final place for T20 Finals Day

A double century for Springfield’s Charlie Prudence was the stand out performance of the week, as Cavaliers lost their unbeaten record in emphatic fashion in Division Two. In Division One, there are new leaders as Clacton defeated Galleywood, while Halstead inflicted a second successive defeat on previous leaders Colchester & E.E. Down in Division Three, leaders Sudbury were also beaten for the second week running, on a pitch where the bowlers dominated at West Bergholt. In form Great Horkesley & Lexden kept the pressure on at the top with a big win at Boxted, Shaakir Ahmed once again in the runs with his third successive century. In the T20 on Thursday, Abberton avoided bottom place in the East Division with a 117 run win at Elmstead, which condemned the hosts to that position.

Read more: Week 17 - August 4 - Charlie's Double sinks unbeaten Cavaliers