Weekly Round-Up

Week 19 - August 20

Not much cricket was scheduled for the weekend with just eight matches to coincide with the V Festival weekend. The schedule was further disrupted by three concessions, meaning that only five matches took place.
In Division One, a Liam Hope-Shackley (123no) century got Wivenhoe back on track with a nine wicket victory over bottom of the table Eight Ash Green. Elmstead’s title hopes were ended when they conceded at home to second place Frinton, with only six players to count on. An admin error in not informing the Results Secretary of the concession before 10pm on Saturday, resulted in a ten point deduction to see any title aspirations extinguished. In Division Two, Copdock gained from Gosfield’s concession and require just five points from their final game with Halstead on 3rd September to claim the title. Chappel & Wakes Colne are up to second following their victory at Stebbing, although the hosts did claim enough points to climb off the bottom of the Division. It is all change in Division Three, as Galleywood gazumped neighbours Springfield by seven wickets to go top, at Springfield’s expense. With Galleywood’s two remaining games against the bottom two in the Division they are now very short priced favourites to claim the title. Abberton ended their 2017 NECL season with a resounding win at home to West Bergholt, led by a five wicket haul by Alex Terry (5 for 30). In Division Four, the top of the table match was an anti climax with leaders Braintree steamrolling second placed Real Oddies by 143 runs. Tendring conceded their match at Boxted.

Division One
Wivenhoe bounced back from their first defeat of the season last week, with a comprehensive nine wicket success over bottom of the table Eight Ash Green. The Green acquitted themselves well with the bat, posting 200 for the second time this season against Wivenhoe. Steve (22) and Richard Nunn (34) gave the visitors a useful start, and indeed the top seven batsmen all got into double figures, without anyone getting past Ollie Stovell (46). James Butcher claimed three top order batsmen on his way to the best figures for Wivenhoe of 3 for 34, while Matt Durrell (2 for 22) and Jakob Kelly (2 for 39) also claimed a double each. The Green closed their innings at 200 for 9. In reply, Wivenhoe lost Jakob Kelly (12) cheaply, but thereafter, the division’s top scorers Matt Durrell (53no) and Liam Hope-Shackley (123no), his second ton against Eight Ash Green this year, put on an unbeaten stand of 174 as Wivenhoe cruised to victory in 24 overs

Disappointment for the neutral as the big game in Division One, between third place Elmstead on the back of their win against Wivenhoe, and second place Frinton was conceded by the hosts, as they could only muster six players. Elmstead also suffered a ten point deduction under Rule 15B, for not notifying the Results Secretary by 10pm on the eve of the game, which has effectively ruled them out of the title race.

Division Two
Unfortunately, Stebbing have not uploaded the result of their game with Chappel & Wakes Colne to Play-Cricket, which will cost them a £10 fine. The significance of the win for Chappel was that they have climbed into second place in the table. TJ Venter (46) top scored for the visitors in their score of 190, while Sam King (4 for 48) did the honours with the ball as Stebbing were bowled out for 111. Simon Sargent was undefeated on 48 in that total.

Gosfield made the Management Committee aware at the beginning of the week, that they would be unable to fulfil their fixtures for the remainder of the season and would be withdrawing from the competition. The MC decided that at this stage of the season, that the results should stand and Gosfield’s remaining three games treated as concessions. Copdock were the beneficiaries this weekend, and as a result require just five points from their remaining game against Halstead to claim the championship.

Division Three
There are new leaders in Division Three, as Galleywood got the better of Chelmsford neighbours Springfield, to leapfrog them into top spot. Ollie Prudence (60), supported by Ian Vince (34) and Shan Thevasakayam (24) were the top scorers for Springfield when they took first knock, and posted 175 for 8 from their 40 overs. Josh Felton (3 for 28), Ben Rayner (2 for 23) and Duncan Walton (2 for 35) were the principal wicket takers for Galleywood. In reply, a solid batting effort saw the five used Galleywood batsmen all reach double figures, as they eased to victory with ten balls to spare. Dan McIntyre (74no) led the way, while Ben Rayner (38) and Tim Detheridge (28) played useful supporting roles.

Abberton signed off their 2017 NECL campaign with an eight wicket success at The Brow over West Bergholt, which all but seals third position for the Lions. Chris Pettit and Andrew Sullivan bowled a wicket less opening eleven overs, before a mixture of youth and experience did for West Bergholt. Sixteen year old Alex Terry (5 for 30) and the guile of the ‘Strangler’ Steve Whitfield (4 for 34) sharing nine wickets between them as Bergholt slumped from 36 for 0 to 95 for 9. Connor Oldrey wrapped the innings up with his fifth ball as the visitors were bowled out for 98. Ed Hance and Matt McDonald sharing the top score of 21. In reply Oldrey (30) and Ryan Brooks (35) set the Lions on their way to a comfortable victory with an opening stand of 62, before Aaron Trussler (11no) and George Arnold (20no) completed the win in just 14.2 overs.

Division Four
Braintree powered to a comprehensive win over nearest challengers Real Oddies, which almost certainly means the title is heading their way. Batting first Warren Celiz (34) and Carl Lees put on an opening stand of 52, before Lees (45) was joined by Chris Leech (23) in a second wicket stand of 53 to see the Dolphins past the hundred. Mukesh Kumar (3 for 28) claimed both their wickets on his way to the best bowling spell of the innings which saw the visitors slip to 119 for 5. A sixth wicket stand of 100, between William Jackson (74 off of 33 balls) and Grace Poole (27) lifted Braintree to useful 231 for 6. In reply, the Oddies survived just short of 24 overs and were bowled out for 88 of which opener Lasantha Bodaragama (28) top scored. The wickets were shared around the four Braintree bowlers, with Grace Poole (3 for 22) the best. Matthew Hollingsworth (2 for 17), Calley Foyster (2 for 30) and Lee Fullgrabe (1 for 16) were the other wicket takers, with two run outs seeing the Oddies bowled out.

The third concession of the weekend saw Tendring unable to raise a side against Boxted. It was Tendring’s second concession of the season, so resulted in a ten point deduction under Rule 15b.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Liam Hope-Shackley 123 * Wivenhoe v. Eight Ash Green

Alex Terry 5 -- 30 Abberton v. West Bergholt

Performance of the Week
Liam Hope-Shackley 123no Wivenhoe v. Eight Ash Green
Alex Terry & Steve Whitfield 9-64 Abberton v. West Bergholt
Dan McIntyre 74no Galleywood v. Springfield
Will Jackson 74no Braintree v. Real Oddies

Next Week
Another quiet week for the NECL 40 over competition next weekend with the Bank Holiday, although all eyes will be on Castle Park on Monday as the second NECL T20 Finals Day takes place. Play will begin at 11am with both semi finals taking place simultaneously, Little Bardfield Village v Mistley on the main square, while Wivenhoe and Kelvedon will do battle on the second pitch. The Final will begin at 2.30pm. There will be a bar available to spectators from 11am, and a running BBQ from 12.30pm.
In the 40 over competition, there are just five scheduled games on Sunday, the only top flight match of the weekend is at Castle Park as Colchester & E.E. welcome Frinton on Sunday. In Division Two, there are three games although the Great Totham versus Gosfield game has already been conceded by the visitors. The others games see the match of the weekend as Chappel & Wakes Colne welcome Halstead to The Hobbies, with both sides looking for a win to cement their promotion credentials. Stebbing host Ardleigh in the other game in the Division. There is just one game in Division Three, as West Bergholt welcome Kelvedon in a game that was cancelled back in May due to Bergholt’s participation in the National Village Cup.