North Essex Cricket League

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.

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Sad but probably inevitable news this week, sees the first NECL withdrawal of the season as Rayne confirmed their decision, after conceding three matches in the first month. On a warm afternoon, Division One leaders Wivenhoe extended their winning run to six, with a thumping victory over Great Horkelsey & Lexden. Colchester & E.E were comfortable winners over Eight Ash Green, while Frinton completed a double over neighbours Clacton. There was only one game in Division Two, but it pitted the unbeaten records of Halstead and Chappel & Wakes Colne together at Star Stile, with the hosts edging a nervy encounter. In Division Three, there was an upset for leaders Springfield who were beaten at home by second placed Abberton. Third placed Galleywood held off a spirited run chase by Cavaliers, winning by eight runs, while Harwich & Dovercourt were thankful to the hospitality of Mistley Cricket Club, who accommodated their match against Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nds, after their ground was unplayable due to Travellers incursion. Harwich run out comfortable winners posting the biggest score of the weekend with 308 for 6. Great Braxted & Tiptree were left frustrated for the third week running in the only game in Division Four, as opponents Great Horkesley & Lexden seconds were unable to field a side. There were two games in the T20 West Division, which now sees a very complicated picture with four sides level on two points each. Braintree won a high scoring encounter at home to Kelvedon, while champions Coggeshall’s hopes of progressing to the Finals Day were dealt a further blow when they were beaten at home by Little Bardfield Village.
Individually, there were two centurions this weekend, with Braintree’s William Jackson producing a record score in the T20, with a blistering 129 off of 54 balls in the game against Kelvedon. Abberton’s Jon Ward scored his second century of the season with 106 against Springfield in Division Three. Two five fors, came from Eight Ash Green’s Alex Hammond (5 for 22) in their defeat at Colchester & E.E., and a maiden five wicket haul for Halstead’s Aaron Read (5 for 34) in their top of the table clash with Chappel & Wakes Colne.

Read more: Week 9 - June 11

Another disappointing weekend as far as concessions were concerned with another three to add to the ever increasing tally, leaving play in just seven matches. In Division One, Great Horkesley & Lexden are out of the bottom two following their win over Clacton. Eight Ash Green remain bottom, although they did put up a good show against Mistley who climb to third. In Division Two, Chappel & Wakes Colne remain unbeaten, following their eight wicket win over Great Totham. Copdock are going well in third place and were convincing winners over Gosfield. Ardleigh are off the bottom courtesy of their first win of the season, albeit a concession by visitors Stebbing. Stebbing slip to the foot of the table following a twenty point deduction, 10 points for their second concession, and ten points for not notifying the Results Secretary by 10pm on Saturday.

In Division Three, Springfield are becoming increasingly frustrated having being called off for a third week running, Cavaliers this week conceding to leave the Chelmsford side still unbeaten with five out of five wins. The other unbeaten record went in convincing fashion as West Bergholt were thrashed at home by Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds. In Division Four, Real Oddies are back up to third following a ten wicket success over Great Horkesley & Lexden 2nds, who were skittled for 51. Great Braxted & Tiptree have their first win of the season, as Rayne for the third successive match had to concede, resulting in a ten point deduction. While T20 action saw a surprise as champions Coggeshall were humbled by five wickets on their own manor, by Kelvedon.
Individually, there was just the one century as Daniel Goff posted 104 in Mistley’s win at Eight Ash Green. Five wicket hauls came from Real Oddies debutant Upel Apeysingha who claimed impressive figures of 6 for 7 from 9 overs, and in the T20, Kelvedon’s Alex Holder was the match winner as he claimed figures of 5 for 13

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Just the ten games over the Bank Holiday weekend, of which two were cancelled due to lack of players, and a further two were abandoned as heavy rain hit the west of the region. In the only game in the top flight, leaders Wivenhoe made it five from five with 195 run win at Clacton. In Division Two, Halstead continued their winning start with a comfortable win over Witham, while third placed Copdock were victors in just under two hours at bottom of the table Ardleigh. Stebbing were seemingly in a winning position when the rain hit in their home game with Great Totham. In Division Three, leaders Springfield remain unbeaten without having to take the field, as their opponents Harwich & Dovercourt were unable to raise a side. Unfortunately, for Harwich they fell foul of Rule 15B by not notifying the Results Secretary of the concession by 10pm on the eve of the match, and have been deducted ten points. The game between Galleywood and West Bergholt was another abandonment, with Bergholt making a good start to a big run chase. In Division Four, Real Oddies unbeaten start came to an end at Coggeshall who leap-frogged them into second place. Great Horkesley & Lexden seconds are up to third following their win at Boxted. The game between Great Braxted & Tiptree and Tendring was cancelled due to Tendring being unable to raise a side – the game has been provisionally conceded by Tendring, but in an effort to get the game on, both clubs are looking into the possibility of re-arranging the fixture. The T20 West Division began with a high scoring match at Braintree, with 2016 champions Coggeshall prevailing by five wickets.
Individually, Matt Durrell capped a fine month with the bat by posting an unbeaten 161 in Wivenhoe’s victory at Clacton. Braintree’s Daniel Chalk smashed a 42 ball century in his sides T20 defeat at home to Coggeshall. While Kane Addison of Coggeshall just missed out in his sides victory over Real Oddies with 98. The only five wicket performance of the weekend came from Wivenhoe’s Liam Hope-Shackley who took 5 for 34, to back up a half century scored earlier with the bat.

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Warm sunshine greeted week 6 of the 2017 NECL season, after heavy rain in the week, so plenty of opportunity of seaming green tops. The closure of the A12 also caused a number of problems, particularly for those sides travelling south. In a packed Division One programme, the normal hierarchy prevailed, with wins for Wivenhoe, Colchester & E.E, Frinton and Mistley. Wivenhoe are now the only undefeated side, following a seven wicket win at previously unbeaten Elmstead. Division two saw Chappel & Wakes Colne maintain their unbeaten start following a concession by Gosfield. Copdock & OI are just behind the leaders, following a comfortable success at Great Totham, while Witham are fourth after a six wicket win at home to Ardleigh. Previously unbeaten Abberton suffered their first reverse of the season in Division Three, with a five wicket defeat at Galleywood. Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds skittled Cavaliers for 50, and went on to win by six wickets. The game between Springfield and West Bergholt was called off on Saturday evening with the Bergholt players not wishing to take their chance with the A12 closure. Springfield have sportingly offered an alternative date, but this will have to be ratified by the management committee.
In Division Four, Real Oddies maintained their unbeaten start with a 60 run win over Tendring. The game was hastily switched in an excellent effort to get the game on, with the Oddies ground being unfit for play. Boxted were winners at Great Braxted & Tiptree, while Rayne unfortunately had to concede for the second week running, which has resulted in a ten point deduction and sees them slip to the foot of the table. Coggeshall were the beneficiaries of the concession.
Individually there were two centurions, with James Stamatis of Mistley leading the way with 111 against Clacton. Boxted’s Richard Springett posted 110 in his sides win at Great Braxted & Tiptree. Despite the bowler friendly conditions there was just the one five wicket haul, going to the evergreen Robin Carter of Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds, who claimed 5 for 24 as his side routed Cavaliers. All round performance went to Danny McIntyre of Galleywood in his sides win at home to Abberton, he claimed 4 for 26 and then scored an unbeaten 47 in the run chase.

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Early morning rain gave way to some glorious afternoon sunshine, but perhaps the dampness in the wickets put the bowlers in the ascendancy this weekend, with just a couple of scores over 200 and just the one century.
Unfortunately, there were three more concessions, bringing the season total to eight already in the 40 over competition. Furthermore, Eight Ash Green are the first side to be deducted points this season for not following the concession rules of notifying the Results Secretary by 10pm on the eve of the game, consequently their concession at Clacton sees them slip to the foot of Division One. The other concessions came in Division Four, where Braintree remain unbeaten in three, including two concessions in the last week, the latest by Great Braxted & Tiptree. Real Oddies also preserved their 100% start by benefitting from a Rayne concession. In Division One, Elmstead made it four out of four when they got the better of Great Horkesley & Lexden in tight encounter at Mile End. Division Two, saw Halstead continue to set the pace with a comfortable win over bottom of the table Ardleigh, while there was a thrilling finish at The Hobbies, with Chappel & WC remaining undefeated following a four run win over Copdock & OI. Gosfield thumped Great Totham, who were skittled for 59, while there was a first win for a youthful Stebbing in their home match with Witham. In Division Three, Abberton and Springfield predictably both secured wins against Cavaliers and Chappel & WC 2nds respectively, although in Springfield’s case the match was much closer than anticipated. West Bergholt’s match with Kelvedon was postponed, due to West Bergholt’s involvement in the National Village Cup, with the clubs looking for an alternative date to re-arrange the fixture. Unfortunately, for Bergholt the road to Lords has ended following a heavy defeat at Bentley. In Division Four, Great Horkesley & Lexden seconds winning run came to a halt with a home defeat to Coggeshall, while there was a first victory of the season for Boxted at Tendring.
Individually Louis Gibson (100) of Coggeshall posted the only century of the weekend, although father David (93) and the in form Charlie Prudence (90) of Springfield both posted good knocks. Luke Conway making his debut for Great Horkesley & Lexden had the Division One league leaders in trouble with a spell of 7 for 28, while Brad Richardson (5 for 30) had much to do with Great Totham’s demise. There was a good all round game for Chappel wicket keeper Zac Taylor, who backed up an important half century, with five dismissals in the field, in a four run win over Copdock.

Read more: Week 5 - May 14