North Essex Cricket League

Weekly Round-Up

Week 5 - May 12 - Champions claim their first win of the season

A lovely Sunday weather wise, after some inclement weather in the preceding week. Unfortunately, for Great Horkesley & Lexden the rain was too much for the council to be able to prepare a pitch at Mile End and their Division Three game against Great Totham was called off on Friday. Both sides are looking to re-arrange that one. In Division One, Wivenhoe scored their first victory of the season at the fourth attempt with a hard fought win over newcomers Halstead. Division Two, saw Kelvedon maintain their unbeaten start with a 23 run win over Real Oddies, while Springfield were the beneficiaries of the first concession of the season, Witham being unable to field a side. In Division Three, Sudbury and Coggeshall maintained their winning starts with victories over West Bergholt and Boxted respectively. Sudbury skipper Keelan Waldock was the highest scorer in the league this weekend, with the only century a massive 147, while West Bergholt bowler Mustafa Irshad claimed the first five wicket haul of the season, in the same game with 5 for 58.

 

Division One
Wivenhoe have their first success of the 2019 campaign with a hard fought 42 run victory over Halstead at Rectory Road. An all round performance by Dirk Bruwer eventually proving to be the difference between the sides. Batting first the champions were languishing at 68 for 5, before a vital sixth wicket stand of 61 between Bruwer and Jamie Barry (32) took them to 129 for 6. Joe Morris (3 for 31), and wickets for Shorn Bobb, Morgan Whymark and Callum Hansey had put Wivenhoe on the backfoot. Bruwer, despite the flurry of wickets was steadily building an innings, and with a final over flourish of 20 off the bowling of Callum Hansey, carried his bat for an unbeaten 84 to Wivenhoe reach 183 for 7. The Halstead reply enjoyed a lively start, as Shorn Bobb hit a six and a four, in his 11 ball score of 14. Tom Durrell (3 for 24) then claimed the first three wickets to fall as Halstead slipped to 46 for 3. Charlie Douglas-Hughes (46) and Dave Brooker (10) kept the scoreboard moving along, but with Ryan Savill (0 for 18) and Jamie Barry (0 for 16) were difficult to get away for more than singles to the boundary. The partnership was broken by run out from a direct hit from Durrell, leaving Brooker short going for a second. Douglas-Hughes and Josh King continued to rotate the strike, before Douglas-Hughes became the first of Harry Burnett’s (3 for 24) three wickets, holing out. King went on to score 25, and a run a ball 22 from Joe Morris kept Halstead in the chase, however, with that man Bruwer (3 for 35) into the attack the end came fairly rapidly, as Halstead lost their last five wickets for nine runs.

Division Two
Kelvedon made it two wins from two, with a 26 run win at home to Real Oddies. Batting first after losing the toss, Kelvedon made fairly rapid progress through Patrick Aherne (41 from 39), Ed King (17 from 9) and Daniel Wheeler (23 for 21) to reach 83 for 3. Tidy spells from Malien Mudalige (0 for 24 from 9), Pete Pearson (3 for 24 from 9) and Pragash Ramasamy (2 for 21 from 7) in the middle overs ensured Kelvedon did not get away, before a rapid unbeaten 29 from Rob Hill in 20 balls saw the home side up to their total of 179 for 8. In reply the Oddies openers got the side off to a steady start with Maani Shanmugam (35) and Ashok Sharma (30) building a good base, with a half century stand. Daniel Wheeler (4 for 17 from 7) claimed both wickets in bowling a decisive spell, and despite an unbeaten 38 from Malien Mudalige and 23 from Pete Pearson down the order, Kelvedon were able to restrict the Oddies to 153 for 6.

Springfield meanwhile were the beneficiaries of a Witham concession.

Division Three
The headline makers were Sudbury who maintained their unbeaten start with a thumping home win over West Bergholt. Sudbury skipper Keelan Waldock dominated the hosts innings with the highest score of the season, a massive 147. He received good support from Jonathan Amos (85) as Sudbury built up an overwhelming 342 for 5 from their 40 overs. The only bright spot for the visitors was the bowling performance of Mustafa Irshad, who claimed all five wickets to fall, in his spell of 5 for 58. He has now taken nine wickets in the opening two games of the season. In reply, West Bergholt were soon reeling, as Lucy Amos (2 for 21) and Charlie Thomas (3 for 17) got amongst the early wickets. Bella Fairs (0 for 11 from 7) then bowled a tight spell, before Phil Halliday (3 for 25) and Morgan Waldock (2 for 10) claimed the final wickets to fall, leaving Bergholt dismissed for 92 and defeat by 249 runs. Ram Jayakumar (38no) and Arnav Thayar (21) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.

At Boxted, Coggeshall also made it two out of two, with a 66 run win on a bowler friendly track. Coggeshall were struggling early on with Will Cosham (3 for 18) and Danny Morton (2 for 11) reducing them to 43 for 4, of which opener Alex Wickens (24) top scored. An important unbeaten 49 from 81 balls, by Josh Morton was probably the decisive innings in the game. The innings saw him only hit the boundary twice, but with Matthew Pickles (14) and Adam Egg (11), he saw the Cockerels reach 128 all out at the beginning of the 37th over. Charlie Harris (2 for 37), and wickets each for Shayne Alexander and Richard Springett bowling out the visitors. The chase, however, was no formality as Tom Lincoln (2 for 13) and Adam Egg (4 for 16 from 8) quickly reduced Boxted to 47 for 6, with opener Kye Harden (10) the only batsmen to reach double figures. Lucien Kinsman (1 for 9) and Harvey Ellis (1 for 14) also claimed wicket, before Glen Shuter (2 for 9) wrapped up proceedings as Boxted were dismissed for 62.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Keelan Waldock 147 Sudbury v. West Bergholt

Mustafa Irshad 5 -- 58 West Bergholt v. Sudbury

Performance of the Week
Dirk Bruwer 84 & 3 for 34 Wivenhoe v. Halstead
Keelan Waldock 147 Sudbury v. West Bergholt
Mustafa Irshad 5 for 58 West Bergholt v. Sudbury
Adam Egg 4 for 16 Coggeshall v. Boxted

Congratulations to Halstead pairing Chris Huntington and Josh Wells whose third wicket stand of 169 in their T20 match with Galleywood, was voted the first Performance of the Week last week.

Next Week
Scheduled for next Sunday, there are six games in the NECL. In Division One, Clacton will look to make it two wins on the bounce as they host Galleywood. In Division Two, Stebbing start their campaign at home to Kelvedon. Division Three, sees possibly the match of the day, as one of the 100% starts will go as Coggeshall welcome Sudbury to Harefield. Two other games in Division Three see Boxted at home to Great Totham, while West Bergholt will welcome Great Horkesley & Lexden to Manor Road. In the T20 West division there is action at The Park, where Witham and Halstead will both be looking to maintain unbeaten starts.