Week 24 - September 24
- Last Updated: Friday, 29 September 2017 09:48
- Published: Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:13
- Written by Kevin Hewes
A glorious final day to the 2017 season saw just the one game as Frinton looked to reclaim their Division One title with victory over the leaders Wivenhoe at Ashlyns Road. Wivenhoe came into the game knowing that six points would see them lift their first NECL title in 33 years, and their fourth in total. Batting first against a stronger than average Frinton NECL side, Wivenhoe made good early progress as Matt Durrell (24) and Liam Hope-Shackley (22) put on 47 for the first wicket before both were caught at the wicket by Dominic Stockdale off the bowling of Antony Stubbs (2 for 36). James Butcher (34) and Harry Burnett (22) put on a third wicket stand of 57, before six wickets fell for four runs as Mervyn Westfield (4 for 29) wrecked the Wivenhoe middle order. Dominic Stockdale was helping himself to five dismissals at the wicket (4 catches and 1 stumping) in the process. At 110 for 8, the league leaders were having a serious wobble, however, a ninth wicket stand of 58 between Paul Farrow (26no) and Liam Fields (27) lifted them to a less mediocre score of 168 for 9, and half way to the six points they required. In reply, Frinton were quickly in disarray as Aussie Liam Hope-Shackley blasted through the top order on his way to match winning figures of 6 for 45. Only Stockdale (23) passed twenty as Hope-Shackley took the sixth Frinton wicket to see Wivenhoe lift the title with the score on 62. Harry Burnett then completed the victory for the visitors by mopping up the tail with 3 for 9, as Frinton were bowled out for 87, to give Wivenhoe their 12th win of the season, by a margin of 81 runs. The Hoe were deserved winners of the title having led from pillar to post, although all credit should be given to Runners-Up Frinton for taking the competition to a final day after losing their two opening fixtures.
So there it is another NECL season completed, congratulations to the Divisional champions and all those individuals who have played their part on and off the field. There have been plenty of excellent individual performances on the field, with 40 centuries and 32 fivefors achieved.
However, it is not an understatement to say that the NECL is facing difficulties not unlike many other leagues that primarily play on Sundays, 2017 saw a record 46 concessions. The League Committee are aware of a number of withdrawals for 2018 season, so we expect the NECL will look quite different next year.
Thank you to all the administrators, who have in the main diligently put the results up within the time constraints, ensuring the weekly roundup is as complete as possible on the Wednesday morning. The final roundup of the year next week, will see the coveted Divisional Teams of the Season announced.
Performance of the Season - vote on Twitter closes on Tuesday
Charlie Prudence 198no Springfield v. Kelvedon
Luke Conway 7 for 28 Great Horkesley & Lexden v. Elmstead
Chris Pettit 6 for 1 Abberton v. Harwich & Dovercourt
Will Jackson 129 T20 Rec - Braintree v. Kelvedon