Weekly Round-Up

Week 3 (May 6th) - Galleywood beat the early season leaders

Stunning weather for the early May Bank Holiday, saw five matches played on Sunday. The Division Two match between Abberton and Witham was cancelled and will be re-arranged to later in the season, due to Abberton’s involvement in the national Village Cup. The Division Three match between Coggeshall and Real Oddies, was also cancelled due to a downpour on Thursday which rendered the Earls Colne Airfield ground unplayable for the weekend. Again both sides are keen to get the game on, so it will be re-arranged for later in the season. The T20 game between Little Bardfield and Coggeshall on Monday, was also postponed – although NECL HQ did not receive that information until the day of the game – the game will be re-arranged.

On Sunday, there were wins in Division One for Galleywood and Mistley, in Division Two for Halstead and Springfield, and in Division Three for Stebbing. There were two centuries recorded this week with Callum O’Connell registering an unbeaten 100 for Mistley, and Charlie Prudence scoring 101 against Braintree, while Halstead youngster Taylor Nicholson just missed out with an unbeaten 96. Fifteen year old Ted Ashurst of Springfield returned the only fivefer of the weekend returning excellent figures of 5 for 14 in his sides victory.

Early season Division One leaders Colchester & E.E. entertained Galleywood at Castle Park, and after winning the toss elected to bat, with Galleywood taking to the field with nine men due to two of their players being lost in Colchester looking for Castle Park ! However, once up to full compliment, Galleywood produced a solid performance in the field, restricting their hosts to 119 for 7 from their 40 overs. Tom Moss (3 for 17 from 9) and Tim Detheridge (3 for 37) were the principle wicket takers for the visitors, and there was a miserly spell from Duncan Walton who saw only six runs taken from his eight overs. Andrew Kennedy (37), Ollie Lovejoy (25) and Nick Gibbs (19no) were the only players in double figures for Colchester. In reply, Galleywood made a steady start through experienced head Paul Marlow (38), however, when he was fourth man out with the score on 78, the visitors suffered a mid order collapse to slip to 93 for 7. Thirteen year old debutant Charlie Allison (2 for 11) and Aadi Joshi (2 for 14) causing the damage. Josh Felton (12no) and Jimmy Brace (15no) then held their nerve to put on an unbeaten 8th wicket stand of 28 to see Galleywood to a three wicket success.

First fine of the season goes to Copdock & OI for not submitting their scorecard within 48 hours, so brief details from this game. Copdock batted first and scored 183 for 5 from their 40 overs, with Donald Mlambo (63) and Harry Bailey (47) top scoring. In reply, Mistley made light work of the target as Callum O’Connell (100no) and Pabasara Waduge (49no) saw the Swnas to a nine wicket success.

In Division Two, one of the favourites Halstead began their campaign with a 78 run success at Star Stile over Great Totham. After winning the toss, Halstead lost their first wicket with just one run on the board. Taylor Nicholson then put on partnerships of 41 with Sam Chapman (26), and 44 with Chris Huntington (27) for the second and third wickets. Ollie Cheeseman bowled well in the middle of the innings for Totham, returning 3 for 26 from 9, as Halstead stumbled to 138 for 7. Nicholson was then joined by Morgan Whymark, and the pair put on 47 for the eighth wicket to lift the score to credibility reaching 192 for 8 from their 40 overs. Nicholson carried his bat for a career best 96. Spare a thought for Totham’s H Banyard who had a bowling analysis of 1 ball – six runs – after seeing his first ball hit for four, he then bowled two ‘above waist’ no balls and was promptly withdrawn from the attack by the standing panel umpires ! There were a few jitters early on for Halstead as Totham raced to 40 without loss in six overs, with a rapid 37 coming from opener Harry Cooper. However, once he was dismissed only Sam Bowen (14) and George Baron (11) reached double figures as they were bowled out for 114. There were three wickets a piece for Chris Roper (3 for 15) and Callum Hansey (3 for 35), while Morgan Whymark (2 for 5) took his first wickets for the club. Halstead skipper Joe Morris enjoyed a winning debut by taking three catches in the field, while keeper Sam Chapman also made three dismissals.

Springfield got off to a winning start at Coronation Park, where Braintree were the visitors. Braintree won the toss and invited the home side to bat. A third wicket stand of 121 between Charlie Prudence and Ash Tyler (60) was the basis to an excellent forty over effort which saw Springfield reach 220 for 9. Prudence (101) was fifth man out, having completed his century. Matthew Hollingsworth (3 for 34) was the pick of the bowlers for the Dolphins. In reply, Carl Lees (47 from 61 balls) and Robbie Spalding (48 from 37 balls) both posted innings of note, but without any significant support Braintree were bowled out for 147. There were two wickets a piece for Ash Tyler (2 for 19) and Martin Southwell (2 for 37), but the weekend bowling plaudits belong to fifteen year old Ted Ashurst whose spell of 5 for 14 from 7.4 overs was decisive in the Springfield victory.

Just the one game in Division Three pitted NECL soothsayers wooden spoon rivals Stebbing and Cavaliers together. Cavaliers captain Noman Jalib, with a number of players in transit and arriving late, won the toss and was more than happy to bat first. An entertaining third wicket stand of 67 in 12 overs between Muhammadi Nadeem (46) and debutant Farhan Munir (40) looked to have set Cavaliers up for a competitive score, at 100 for 2 after nineteen overs. However, the infamous Cavalier collapse saw four wickets fall in two overs for one run to see the visitors stumble to 127 for 8. The Stebbing bowlers made quick work of the tail to see Cavaliers bowled out for 139. Chris Townsend (3 for 33) was the most successful of the Stebbing bowlers, while there was a brace of wickets each for Simon Sargent (2 for 11 from 7), Tom Gallian (2 for 23) and Graeme Dewar (2 for 31). In reply, Raouf Rasheed (2 for 32) and Neville Davidson (1 for 22) briefly put the cat amongst the pigeons by taking three wickets for four runs to see Stebbing reduced to 30 for 3. However, thereafter, half centuries from Graham Bird (50) and Tom Reardon (52no) in a fourth wicket stand of 109 saw the hosts ease to victory. Bird, just missing out on red figures when he was stumped with the scores level.


Centuries and Five Wickets

Charlie Prudence 101 Springfield  v. Braintree

Callum O'Connell 100* Mistley  v.  Copdock & OI

Ted Ashurst  5-- 14   Springfield  v. Braintree


Performance of the Week nominations

Callum O’Connell 100* Mistley v. Copdock & OI

Charlie Prudence 101 Springfield v. Braintree

Taylor Nicholson 96* Halstead v. Great Totham

15 year old Ted Ashurst 5-14 Springfield v. Braintree


Next Week

Six matches scheduled in the NECL this weekend, weather predicted cooler with some rain about. In Division One champions Wivenhoe, look to get back on track in defence of their title as they travel to Clacton. In Division Two, the Chappel versus Halstead game is postponed, due to Chappel making their debut in the National Village Cup. Elsewhere, Braintree will host neighbours Witham, and Springfield look to make it two out of two as they travel to Great Totham. Three matches in Division Three, will see Stebbing look to make it two out two as they travel to Mile End to play Great Horkesley & Lexden. While Boxted welcome Coggeshall to Cage Lane, and the Real Oddies host Kelvedon & Feering at the Garrison Ground.