North Essex Cricket League

Weekly Round-Up

Week 15 (July 29) - Sunday washout !!

After two months without rain I suppose the law of averages was against us, and with rain setting in early morning, it was no surprise that seven games were cancelled. Colchester & E.E. picked up 20 points on Saturday evening as Copdock & OI conceded. There was a double penalty for the visitors as it was their second concession resulting in a ten point deduction, and then a further ten points were deducted for not informing the Results Secretary of the concession by 10pm the previous evening. Play did start at Stebbing, who were entertaining Boxted, on their President’s Day, but lasted just five balls. While on Thursday in the final T20 group game of the season, a Damien Smith (101no) century for Ipswich secured top spot in the T20 East Division with a win over Mistley.

T20 East
Ipswich played Mistley on Thursday night looking to secure top spot in the East Division of the T20. Batting first Ipswich lost Jack Elford cheaply, before Rob Southall (33) and Damien Smith put on a half century second wicket stand. Mark Burch (21) then put on 59 for the third wicket to take Ipswich to 130 for 3. Smith then took control of the innings, recording an unbeaten 101, and formed an unbroken seventh wicket stand with Jamie Grieg (16no) of 48 as the hosts closed at 213 for 6. Harry Parkes (2 for 29) and Michael Johnston (2 for 33) were the most successful Swans bowlers. Ipswich were then able to contain the Mistley reply to 142 for 5, of which opener Dylan Day (57) top scored.

So the four teams are now known for T20 Finals Day on Monday 27th August at Castle Park – with the guarantee that there will be a new name on the trophy. The Semi Final line up will see T20 West Division winners Little Bardfield Village who are competing in their third T20 Finals day, playing 2016 Runners up Colchester & E.E, while Finals Day debutants and T20 East winners Ipswich will play Kelvedon.

Division Three
Leaders Stebbing and Boxted managed only five balls of their match at Stebbing, with the home side reaching 1 without loss, when underfoot conditions and rain caused the abandonment. A disputed outcome to result between the clubs will be decided by the Management Committee on Wednesday evening.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Damien Smith 101 * Ipswich v. Mistley

Performance of the Week
With no cricket, apart from the T20 last Thursday where undoubtedly the performance of the match belonged to Ipswich’s Damien Smith for his 101 not out, there is no Twitter vote this week. Last week Little Bardfield’s Matt Graham claimed the nomination for his unbeaten 82 off of 32 balls in the T20 with Coggeshall, although rumours about his wagon wheel being a single line to cow corner are still to be corroborated.

Next Week
In Division One, Copdock make the long trip down the A12 to Galleywood, with defeat almost securing their relegation. In Division Two, leaders Halstead entertain Braintree, who could climb into the promotion places with a win. Third place Springfield will also be looking to jump into the top places with a win at home to Abberton. Bottom of the table Eight Ash Green will be looking for a much needed win when they entertain Great Totham, and Totham are then are on their travels again on Monday evening, as they travel the short distance to Springfield for a re-arranged T20. There is a full programme in Division Three, leaders Stebbing make the trip to Coggeshall, while second placed Cavaliers are also on the road, albeit a short distance to Great Horkesley & Lexden. Third placed Kelvedon visit Boxted, while West Bergholt could climb above Real Oddies with a win at home.