North Essex Cricket League

Weekly Round-Up

Week 23 - September 17

Sunday saw a cold and damp autumn day, which was probably not conducive to cricket, as the 2017 season comes to its inevitable close, with results in three of the five games played. In Division One Great Horkesley & Lexden ended a difficult season with a 64 run victory over fellow strugglers Eight Ash Green, condemning the Green to bottom place. Mistley were going well against championship chasing Wivenhoe when the rain hit at New Road. In Division Three, Springfield ended the season as Runners Up with their twelfth victory of the season, by defeating Chappel & Wakes Colne second string. In Division Four, Real Oddies are Runners Up as they beat the rain to complete a nine wicket victory over Great Braxted and Tiptree, while Coggeshall’s hopes were dashed by the rain and a waterlogged pitch at home to champions Braintree. Bowlers were on top this weekend with the stand out performance from Luke Conway of Great Horkesley & Lexden who claimed 6 for 27, including a hat trick against Eight Ash Green. Springfield’s Alan Warley also claimed a fivefor, returning 5 for 37 in his sides win over Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds.

Division One
Mistley were going very well at home to leaders Wivenhoe when the rain hit to force an abandonment. James Stamatis (78no) and Dylan Day (69no) had taken the Swans to 149 for 0 in just 20 overs. It means that the Division One title will be decided next week at Ashlyn’s Road, with Frinton needing to get the game on and win to take twenty points to retain the title, as well as deny Wivenhoe six bonus points. If Wivenhoe pick up the requisite points or the game is cancelled they will complete the league and T20 double.

There was a conclusion in the other First Division game at Fordham Heath, where the bottom two played for the right not to finish bottom of Division One in 2017. It was the visitors, Great Horkesley & Lexden who were to prevail by 64 runs. In a 35 over per side game, the Saxons batted first and posted 206 all out in 34 overs, largely through the efforts of opener David Taylor (54), Naveed Maan (40), Luke Conway (49) and Shiraz Amin (20). Richard Nunn (4 for 41) was the pick of the Green bowlers, while Jens Wair (3 for 16 from 2) picked up some late wickets as the visitors went for runs. In reply, Eight Ash Green lost early wickets to Amin and Mohammed Ramali, before Matt Norris (25) and Jamie Murray (16) rebuilt the innings. Luke Conway then came into the attack and dismissed both on his way to match winning figures of 6 for 27, and effectively ended the game as a contest by taking out the middle order with a hat trick. Sixteen year old William Spicer (40no) and Troy Collins (21) got the Green up to respectability but they were bowled out with eight balls to spare for 142.

Division Three
Springfield completed an excellent season by achieving their 12th victory of the campaign to finish as Division Three Runners Up, with a 35 run victory over Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nd . The Springfield runs came largely through their middle order, with Ollie Prudence (39) and James Gooday (32) top scoring, although Charlie Prudence (21) and Alan Warley (21) both topped twenty. Chappel skipper Aaron Keeble (3 for 14) was the most successful of their bowlers, although Josh Wright (2 for 22 from 6) did claim both openers in his opening spell. After the loss of an early wicket, Bill Maytham (23) and Jack Perfect-Brown appeared to be manoeuvring the hosts into a useful position. However, Shan Thevasakayam (2 for 22 from 9) removed Maytham and the dangerous Zac Taylor (18 from 15 balls, which included four scoring shots 3x4, 1x6), and with Warley (5 for 37) claiming Perfect-Brown (58) the lower order capitulated and the home side were bowled out for 140.

Division Four
Real Oddies claimed the Runner Up position with a nine wicket victory at Great Braxted and Tiptree, while Coggeshall’s hopes of silverware were dashed by rain and a waterlogged pitch at home to champions Braintree.

Ten man Great Braxted & Tiptree survived 35 overs, but were bowled out for 86 with only Lee Howe (28) and Mark Cottee (32) making any major contribution to the innings. The Oddies bowlers were unsurprisingly very economical, with Peter Pearson (9-6-14-1), Ashok Sharma (9-2-18-3) and Malien Mudalige (9-1-21-3) the most impressive. While James Grange claimed three catches at deep mid-off. In reply, with rain threatening, the Oddies went out on all out attack and reached the target in 11 overs, with Mukesh Kumar (30) the only wicket to fall, while Ashok Sharma (52no) was undefeated as the game ended at 3.55pm, just before the heavens opened.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Luke Conway 6 -- 27 Great Horkesley & Lexden v. Eight Ash Green
Alan Warley 5 -- 37 Springfield v. Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nd

NECL Performance of the Week

James Stamatis / Dylan Day  149no Mistley v. Wivenhoe
Luke Conway 6 for 28 & 49 Great Horkesley & Lexden v. Eight Ash Green
Alan Warley 5 for 37 Springfield v. Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nd
Ashok Sharma 52* & 3 for 21 Real Oddies .v Great Braxted & Tiptree