Weekly Round-Up

Week 6 - May 19 - Five wickets in seven balls for Will Simpson

A grey drizzly day, and it was a testament that four of the five games played on Sunday got finished, despite the intermittent drizzle that was probably annoying, but not enough to take players off the field. In Division One, there are new leaders as Clacton defeated Galleywood by concession. Galleywood fell foul of the rules, in not notifying the Results Secretary by 10pm on the eve of the game so suffered a double whammy of a ten point deduction and £25 fine. Please ensure you are aware of the league rules in the event of concessions. In Division Two, Stebbing opened up their campaign with a 70 run win over previously unbeaten Kelvedon. Down in Division Three, Sudbury made it three from three with a heavy defeat inflicted on Coggeshall at Harefield. Nine man Great Totham were the other winners in Division Three, with a seven wicket win over Boxted, Will Simpson claiming the plaudits in this game bowling seven balls and taking five wickets as the Boxted tail collapsed, while team mate Sam Bowen also claimed a five for. At West Bergholt the hosts had reached 82 for 3, when the groundsman said that enough was enough and the game was abandoned. The clubs have agreed to re-arrange this fixture for the middle of September. In the T20 West Division, Halstead have gone to the top of the division, following an eight wicket success at Witham.


Division two leaders Kelvedon & Feering were given their first bloody nose of the season, with a seventy run defeat at Stebbing. Stebbing opening up their campaign batted first and were in desperate trouble early on, slipping to 12 for 3, as Rob Hill (2 for 24) and a run out saw the early collapse. Cooper Horton (89), rebuilt the innings with a 75 run partnership with Seb Young (13) for the fourth wicket, and then a fifth wicket stand of 55 with Sanchayan Shanmugalingam (18). Dominic Bird (17) chipped in with a late order innings as Stebbing were bowled out in the 39th over for 185. Jack Rice (3 for 13) bagged three late wickets, while Harry Ratcliffe (2 for 19 from 7) bowled a tidy spell in the middle of the innings. The Kelvedon reply reached 71 for 2, with Alex Parsons in charge, before three wickets for no runs swung the pendulum in the favour of Stebbing. Horton (3 for 32) caused the collapse, after Seb Young (2 for 42) had claimed two wickets earlier. The tail then capitulated rapidly as Kelvedon slumped to 115 all out in 27 overs, with Dominic Bird (4 for 2 from 4) returning eye catching figures. Alex Parsons carried his bat for an unbeaten 60.

Sudbury made it three from three with a 124 run win in the top of the table clash at Coggeshall. Sketchy details here, as the full result has not been uploaded to Play-Cricket within 48 hours, so that will results in a £10 fine for Coggeshall. Sudbury scored 235 for 5, Coggeshall bowled out for 111.

After two heavy defeats Boxted were hoping for better fortune when they entertained nine man Great Totham at Cage Lane. Boxted won the toss and elected to bat, but were soon losing wickets with regularity, as Sam Bowen (5 for 31 from 7) cleared out the top order. Boxted skipper Kye Hayden (42) the only real resistance. The Boxted collapse was completed by amazing spell from Will Simpson, who delivered just seven balls and returned 5 for 0, not surprisingly including a hat trick, as Boxted stumbled to 76 all out. Totham then eased to a seven wicket success, with Jonathan Roome (19) top scoring with the bat, although a generous 22 byes, helped the reply. Kye Hayden (2 for 13) claimed a pair of wickets for Boxted.

West Bergholt’s home match with Great Horkesley & Lexden was abandoned with the home side at 82 for 3.

Halstead have gone to the top of the T20 West Division following a comfortable eight wicket success over Witham at The Park. Winning the toss and electing to field, the ten men of Halstead made a promising start as Joe Morris (2 for 8) and Josh King (1 for 20) made early inroads. Wickets fell regularly with only Ollie Cooke (24 from 25) and Daniel Atkinson (12 from 11) offering any resistance in the middle order for Witham. Cooke was the first of Graham Wilkes (3 for 11 from 4) three wickets, as Witham were bowled out for 89 at the start of the 20th over, James Streetley (14) the only other bat in double figures. All six Halstead bowlers claimed a wicket, with Morgan Whymark (2 for 14) backing up Wilkes and Morris. In reply, a Billy Moulton-Day (1 for 5) bouncer took care of Josh King early in the innings, but measured innings from Matt Cooper (9) and Graham Wilkes (10no), supporting the impervious Josh Wells (53no from 29 balls) as Halstead reached the target in the 13th over. Ben Tinham (1 for 28 from 4) was the other Witham bowler to claim a wicket.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Will Simpson 5 -- 0 Great Totham v. Boxted
Sam Bowen 5 -- 31 Great Totham v. Boxted

Performance of the Week
Cooper Horton 89 & 3 for 32 Stebbing v. Kelvedon
Dominic Bird 4 for 2 Stebbing v. Kelvedon
Will Simpson 5 for 0 Great Totham v. Boxted
Josh Wells 53no from 29 Halstead v. Witham T20

Congratulations to Dirk Bruwer of Wivenhoe, whose all round performance against Halstead in Division One last week, saw him win the vote for Performance of the Week

Next Week
Another Bank Holiday weekend, and there are six matches scheduled in the NECL. In Division One, Galleywood will be hoping to make up lost ground last week as they host Mistley. In Division Two, Stebbing will look to maintain their winning start as they travel to Real Oddies. In Division Three, Sudbury will be looking for a fourth win as they welcome Eight Ash Green, who will be making their seasonal debut in the competition. Elsewhere, Great Totham host Coggeshall, and West Bergholt welcome Boxted. Finally, in the T20 West Division, 2016 champions Coggeshall host Little Bardfield Village.

I will be away until late Sunday, so results and table updates will go up on the website on Monday. Results should still be submitted by 10pm on Sunday to avoid any fines.