Weekly Round-Up

Week 13 (July 15th) - T20 champions Wivenhoe out at the group stage

So the cricket season can finally begin, now the football circus is complete – well for two weeks at least, before the next football season starts ! There are just the six games to report on from this week, with shrewd fixture secretaries generally avoiding the World Cup Final date. The headlines are in the T20 competition where defending T20 champions Wivenhoe, have managed to do a Germany, and have been eliminated at the group stage following defeat at Ipswich on Thursday. On Sunday in Division Two, there were two high scoring run chases, as Braintree chased down Abberton’s 300 for 9, and Chappel & Wakes Colne were successful in their chase of Witham’s 261 for 6. The match between Springfield and Great Totham was postponed with both clubs looking for an alternative T20 date. In Division Three, Kelvedon got back to winning way with a 52 run win at Coggeshall in a game reduced to 20 overs per side. Finally, Little Bardfield Village made it two from two in the T20 West Division with a three wicket success over Galleywood. There were no centuries this week, although Abberton’s Elliott Mann (96) and Matt Sullivan (93) and Witham’s Forster Mutizwa (99) all succumbed in the nineties. Alex Terry of Abberton claimed the bowling performance of the week with 6 for 53 in his sides defeat at Braintree.

T20 – East
It was the curse of T20 champions on Thursday evening, as with 2016 champions Coggeshall last year, 2017 champions Wivenhoe were eliminated at the group stage following a 50 run defeat at Ipswich. Ipswich were reduced to 23 for 2, as Michael Canavon claimed both openers on his way to figures of 4 for 27. Rob Southall (51 from 32) and Mark Burch (35) then combined with a third wicket stand of 74 to see the hosts to 97 for 3. Sam Foster (29 from 22) and Sam Webb-Snowling (16 from 14) saw Ipswich up to their interval total of 165 for 8. Matt Durrell (2 for 18 from 4) bowled a tidy spell for the Hoe. Rob Southall then backed up his batting performance with a decisive early bowling spell in Wivenhoe reply, as he claimed both openers, and then Matt Durrell (33 from 16) in his spell of 3 for 19 from 4 overs. Jamie De Cosimo (3 for 14 from 4) bowled an equally destructive spell in the middle overs, as Wivenhoe stumbled to 71 for 8, with only Harry Burnett (19) reaching double figures. Joseph Nicholls (32 from 17) batted defiantly in a 9th wicket stand of 43, but his dismissal saw the end come quickly as the visitors were bowled out at the end of the 18th over for 115.

Division Two
There was an excellent game of cricket at St Peters Road, where Braintree hosted Abberton, and over 600 were runs scored and the result in the balance throughout. Batting first a second wicket stand of 157, between Elliott Mann and Matt Sullivan (93 from 63) put Abberton in a commanding position. Ryan Savill (28 from 16) continued the momentum before he became the second of Calley Foyster (3 for 64) wickets. From 235 for 3, six wicket fell for 38 runs, including Mann (96 from 92), as Lee Fullgrabe (2 for 53) and Carl Lees (3 for 45) made headway into the Abberton batting order. An unbroken last wicket stand of 27, between Robert McKim (16no) and Alex Terry saw the Lions reach 300 for 9 at the end of their forty. Nick Lockhart (26) and Dean Bass (62 from 41) put on a rapid 100 for the first wicket to give the Dolphins the perfect start to their run chase. However, the Bass dismissal to Alex Terry then saw the game swing towards the visitors as Terry destroyed the middle order on his way to figures of 6 for 53 from 9, while Ryan Savill (1 for 39 from 9) bowled a containing spell in tandem as Braintree slipped to 170 for 7. Lee Fullgrabe (41 from 29) and Chris Leech then put on a 64 run stand for the eighth wicket to see the Dolphins reach 234 for 8, with the visitors still favourites. However, Leech then went on the attack compiling a further 61 runs from his own bat in an unbroken 9th wicket stand of 67 with James Murphy (2) to see the home side to a staggering two wicket victory with five balls to spare. Leech was eventually 87 not out from just 45 balls, in an innings which included ten fours and fives sixes.

Chappel & Wakes Colne claimed a much needed win with another excellent run chase in their game at home to Witham. Batting first the visitors compiled a more than useful 261 for 6 from their 40 overs, with Forster Mutizwa (99 from 70 balls) unlucky not to convert to three figures for the second time in the NECL. There were good middle order contributions from Stuart Facey (24 from 21), Ben Tinham (37 from 39) and Ollie Cooke (27 from 25), with Ollie Cooke (17no) and Luke Brown (14no) ending the innings. Henry Dow (2 for 31 from 9) was the pick of the home sides bowlers. Despite the loss of an early wicket, Chappel were always in the chase with Jack Perfect-Brown (51 from 50), Henry Dow (80 from 60) and Tris Moseley (52 from 37) all compiling quick half centuries. All three batsmen fell to Mutizwa, who backed up his batting exploits with bowling figures of 4 for 49 from 9. So there was still plenty to do when the seventh wicket partnership between Charlie Garrod (12no from 20) and Sam Bishop (22no from 20) came together, but the pair held their nerve to see Chappel to a four wicket success with one ball to spare.

Division Three
The only game in Division Three, saw a T20 match between Coggeshall and Kelvedon, the teams eager to catch the World Cup Final. After a rare failure by Dan Wheeler (8) there were solid performances from Mick Warner (44), Ed King (35), James Horslen (28) and James Reid (23no) as the visitors posted 161 for 4 from their 20 overs. Glen Shuter (2 for 36) was the most successful bowler for the Cockerels, while there were economic spells from Ben Speakman (1 for 14 from 3) and Louis Gibson (0 for 23 from 4). In reply, Coggeshall were quickly in disarray with no one in the top six scoring more than Rory Miller (13), as Ryan Sleet (2 for 21 from 4), Matt Sexton (1 for 23 from 4) and Will Wilton-Steer (2 for 12 from 4) made scoring difficult. Louie Kendle (44) and George Stevenson (18no) saw the home side reach 109 for 9, and claim three batting points in the reduced overs format. James Horslen (2 for 12 from 2) also claimed a pair of wickets, while Dan Wheeler took four outfield catches as Kelvedon climbed to fourth in the table with a 52 run win.

T20 – West
Little Bardfield Village moved up to second place in the T20 West Division with their second success of the campaign with a three wicket win at Galleywood. Tom Nurcombe (56) and Tim Detheridge (38) gave Galleywood the perfect start with an opening stand of 95, before Ian Catley (2 for 35) claimed two quick wickets. Ben Rayner (28) and Conor Hicks (17no) added useful knocks as the home side closed at 165 for 5. For the Village, Tom Graham (2 for 29) and Daryl Hymas (1 for 25) were the other wicket takers. The loss of the prolific Ed Hitchcock for a duck did not seem to unsettle the Bardfield reply, as Hymas (34) and Pete Bray (27) rebuilt the innings. The middle order of Ian Catley (17), Matt Graham (24) and skipper Will Slemmings (15) added useful cameos as the Village homed in on the target, and despite a tidy spell from Tom Moss (4 for 32 from 4), victory was achieved with sixteen balls to spare.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Alex Terry 6 -- 53 Abberton v. Braintree

Dan Wheeler 4 4ct Kelvedon v. Coggeshall

Performance of the Week Nominations
Rob Southall 51 & 3 for 19 Ipswich v. Wivenhoe T20
Chris Leech 87no off 45 balls Braintree v. Abberton
Alex Terry 6 for 53 Abberton v. Braintree
Forster Mutizwa 99 & 4 for 49 Witham v. Chappel & Wakes Colne

Congratulations to West Bergholt’s Greg Wilson for his fine all round performance against Coggeshall last weekend, scoring 50 not out from 39 balls and then claiming a season best of 7 for 17, to receive 39% of the vote to claim the NECL Performance of the Week.

Next Week
NECL action commences tonight, with a win for either Springfield or Witham in a re-arranged T20 match, seeing the victors reach the summit of Division Two. Tomorrow evening, Mistley must win at Wivenhoe to have any chance of progressing in the T20 this season. On Sunday, Division One leaders Clacton could extend their lead with victory at Mistley. In Division Two, Halstead could make an immediate return to the top if they win at Great Totham, while free scoring Braintree are in action at home to Eight Ash Green, and Chappel & Wakes Colne welcome Abberton. In Division Three, all eight teams are in action with leaders Stebbing facing second placed Cavaliers at the Rugby Club in a game that could go a long way to deciding the destination of the title. Third placed Real Oddies travel to fourth place Kelvedon, Boxted entertain West Bergholt and at the bottom of the table Coggeshall welcome Great Horkesley & Lexden.