North Essex Cricket League

Weekly Round-Up

Week 10 (June 24th) - Cursons forty ball century sees T20 champions Wivenhoe defeated

Just the two games could compete against the attraction of a thrilling World Cup match between England and Panama ! Has to be said the one wicket victory by England to make it 5-0 over Australia was more of a sporting spectacle. Four of the games scheduled for Sunday, have been re-arranged for later in the season. Braintree conceded their T20 West match at Coggeshall. While in the 40 over competition there was a first win of the season for Abberton in Division Two, at home to Chappel & Wakes Colne, while in Division Three, Cavaliers have gone second following their victory over Boxted. On Thursday evening there were two games in the T20 East Division, with Colchester & E.E making the headlines with a seven wicket victory over champions Wivenhoe. Mistley started their campaign with a 165 run victory over 7 Para. The standout individual performance of the week belonged to Colchester & E.E Michael Cursons who struck a forty ball century in the sides T20 victory over Wivenhoe, eventually ending undefeated on 109. Mistley’s Stuart Dove also recorded a T20 century with 106 against 7 Para. Matthew Bibby claimed the best bowling performance of the week in the same game for Mistley, returning 5 for 3, which included a hat trick.

T20 – East
Thursday night action in the T20 saw champions Wivenhoe lose their first T20 game since being defeated in the group stages last term by the same opposition, Colchester & E.E. Batting first, after winning the toss Wivenhoe posted a seemingly competitive 162 for 8 from their 20 overs, with Brendon Louw (43 from 23 balls) leading the way. Six other batsmen reached double figures for the home side, although no one topped twenty. There was a brace of wickets each for Michael Cursons (2 for 27), Kieran Savill (2 for 28) and Darren Eckford (2 for 30). In reply, Colchester lost a wicket without a run on the board, losing skipper Jake Foley to a caught and bowled by Harry Burnett (1 for 31). However, thereafter, Michael Cursons took control of the game blasting an incredible unbeaten 109 from just 44 balls – his fifty came from 21 balls, and the century off of 40 balls – the innings included ten sixes and he boasted a staggering strike rate of 248. There was a century second wicket stand between Cursons and Ben Robinson (27 from 19), and Darren Eckford added 20 from 10 balls in a third wicket stand of 58, as Colchester reached the target in just 13 overs for the loss of three wickets. Liam Holyman (2 for 39) was the other wicket taker for the home side.

On the same night at New Road, Mistley were beginning their 2018 T20 campaign and notched up an emphatic victory over 7 Para. The army side won the toss and elected to field, but were soon on the back foot as Stuart Dove and Sizwe Masondo (55) piled on a century stand for the second wicket. Another century stand for the third wicket (103), saw Mistley pass the 200 mark and Stuart Dove reach his century, Matthew Bibby (30), Dove’s partner for the third wicket. Mistley eventually closed at 239 for 4, with Dove the fourth man out for 106. P Wilson (2 for 47) was the most successful bowler for 7 Para. In reply, the visitors were soon contained against tight bowling from Dylan Day (1 for 17 from 4), Jimmy Goff (2 for 14 from 4) and Owen Clover (2 for 17 from 4), with only Charlie Bentley (19) and Ben Cadman (26) able to reach double figures. Cadman was the first wicket to fall in a hat trick delivered by Matthew Bibby, as the visitors collapsed from 66 for 4 to 74 all out. Bibby finishing with figures of 5 for 3 from his two overs.

Division Two
Abberton have their first victory of the campaign, and as a result are off the bottom of Division Two. Batting first after winning the toss, in a game reduced to 25 overs per side, Abberton made good progress after losing an early wicket. Elliott Mann and skipper Matthew Sullivan (75) put on 123 for the second wicket. Mann and Ross Soteriou (22) put on a further 77 for the third wicket to see the Lions pass the 200 mark. Mann was eventually fourth man out for 91, as Abberton closed on 212 for 5. In reply, Chappel were never really in the run chase with steady bowling early on from Luke Bloom (1 for 22 from 6) and Brad Mann (0 for 17 from 4) stemming the flow of runs. Ross Wyatt (32) and Tristan Moseley (29) were the top scorers in the visitors innings, but with Andrew Sullivan (2 for 21) and Chris Southernwood (2 for 8) claiming a pair of wickets each, they were bowled out at the end of the 23rd over for 127.

Division Three
Cavaliers are up to second in Division Three, following an excellent run chase at home to Boxted. Batting first, Boxted posted a competitive 217 for 4, with the highlight being a third wicket stand of 108 between Chris Humphrey (53no) and Matthew Wilson (62). Earlier, Steve Philpott (23) and Richard Springett (47) had put on an opening stand of 66. Four of the Cavs bowlers took a wicket each, with the pick being Vinayakumar Gedi who returned 1 for 18 from his six overs. Cavaliers openers Fowad Mutaza (67) and Imran Ikram (58) made the run chase look fairly straightforward, peppering the boundary 23 times between them. Their demise and a couple of cheap wickets saw the Cavs stumble, before Prakash Kannan (21) and Farhan Munir (32) eased them towards victory. Skipper Noman Jalib (16no) completed the four wicket victory, with four overs to spare.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Michael Cursons 109 * Colchester & E.E. v. Wivenhoe
Stuart Dove 106 Mistley v. 7 Para RHA

Matthew Bibby 5 -- 3 Mistley v. 7 Para RHA

Nomination for Performance of the Week
Michael Cursons 109* from 44 balls Colchester & E.E. v. Wivenhoe T20
Stuart Dove 106 Mistley v. 7 Para RHA
Matthew Bibby 5 for 3, inc hat trick Mistley v. 7 Para RHA
Elliott Mann 91 Abberton v. Chappel & Wakes Colne

Congratulation to Wivenhoe’s Brendon Louw (123no) and Jakob Kelly (103no) who shared an unbeaten first wicket stand of 247 against 7 Para RHA last week, to earn the Performance of the Week with 49% of the vote.

Next Week
Into July next weekend, and hopefully not to many Spanish or Russian players wanting to watch their national side in World Cup action ! In Division One, there are two matches scheduled with Clacton looking to close the gap on leaders Wivenhoe to one point with a win at home Mistley. Bottom of the table Copdock welcome Galleywood to Old London Road. In Division Two, there is a top of the table clash at Halstead, where the unbeaten leaders welcome third placed Witham. Second placed Springfield will look to keep the pressure on the top team as they travel to Eight Ash Green. While at the bottom Braintree will be looking for a confidence boosting win at home to Great Totham. Three games in Division Three, where leaders Stebbing will look for a seventh straight win as they travel to West Bergholt. Second placed, Cavaliers are in action at Coggeshall, while arguably there is a wooden spoon forty pointer at Boxted who entertain Great Horkesley and Lexden. In the T20 West division Kelvedon can seal their place at Finals Day with a win at Little Bardfield who will be looking to start their campaign at the third attempt !