North Essex Cricket League

Weekly Round-Up

Week 7- May 26 - Another daddy hundred for Keelan Waldock as Sudbury make it four out of four


Another grey Sunday, with intermittent spells of rain, was not ideal cricket weather. In Division One, Galleywood bounced back from their concession last week, with an 83 run win over Mistley. In Division Two, an Ashok Sharma century for Real Oddies was unable to stop Stebbing from recording a second successive win. In Division Three, Sudbury continued their relentless winning run, piling up 312 for 4 against Eight Ash Green. Skipper Keelan Waldock (138) scored his second big century of the season in the process. Great Totham were also handsome winners at home to Coggeshall, while Boxted have their first win of the campaign, with a three wicket success over winless West Bergholt. Little Bardfield Village’s hopes of reaching a fourth successive T20 Finals Day were seriously dented after they conceded their opening fixture of the qualifying campaign to Coggeshall.


In Division One, Galleywood scored an 83 run victory over Mistley at Slades Lane, to climb above their opponents in the table. Batting first, after winning the toss, good contributions at the top of the order by James Adams (27), Tim Dethridge (40), Ben Rayner (42) and Josh Felton (30) were largely responsible for their tally of 200 for 9, from 40 overs. Callum O’Connell picked up three wickets for Mistley (3 for 46) in a ten over spell ! (Not sure how that happened), while Khalipha Cele returned 3 for 26 from his 9 overs. In reply, Mistley were soon losing wickets as Zak Hicks (3 for 15 from 7) and Tim Dethridge (3 for 13 from 5) ripped through the top order. Only Cele (54) showed any resistance, and when he became Dethridge’s third wicket the writing was on the wall. Duncan Walton (2 for 8) mopped up the tail as the Swans were bowled out for 117.


In Division Two, Stebbing followed up their win at home to Kelvedon last week, with away victory at the Real Oddies. Batting first the Oddies were indebted to fine knock by Ashok Sharma (101) for the majority of their total, with Maani Shanmugam (24) the next top scorer as they posted 173 for 6 from 40 overs. Graeme Dewar (2 for 20 from 6) was the most successful of the Stebbing bowlers, although four of the other five bowlers also picked up a wicket each. The Stebbing reply was a controlled effort, with Joshua Bird (52) and Graham Bird (54) both posting half centuries in a second wicket stand. Tom Gallian (30) and Josh O’Connor (19no) eased the visitors to a comfortable success with almost five overs in hand. Mike Miller (2 for 21) and Ashok Sharma (1 for 6) claimed some late success for the Oddies, to see them claim three bowling points.


In Division Three, there is no relenting on the early season form of Sudbury, as they recorded their fourth win of the season with a 147 run win over Eight Ash Green. There was an early success for the Green to reduce Sudbury to 5 for 1, but thereafter, it was one way traffic. A second wicket stand of 125, between Ryan Vickery (51) and Keelan Waldock saw the home side take control. Last week’s centurion Dale Brett (28) then added 65 with Waldock for the third wicket, before a fifth wicket unbeaten stand of 112 between Waldock (138no) and Dan Soborg (44no) saw Sudbury close at 312 for 4. The Green stuck to the task in the field which was commendable for a largely young side, with Ethan Wyatt (1 for 10) the most successful of the seven bowlers. In reply, the Green slipped to 26 for 4, with Lucy Amos (4 for 24) claiming all the wickets to fall. Matt Chambers (40) added a lively knock, and with Ollie Stovell (33) and a generous 34 extras the Green reached 165 all out in the 30th over. Ryan Vickery backed up his half century with a five over spell that yielded 2 for 14.


Great Totham are up to second in Division Three, following a 113 run win over Coggeshall, who have now lost their last two. Totham were free scoring with the bat when they took first knock, Rob Hewer (39) setting them on their way. However, it was excellent middle order contributions from Sam Bowen (34), Dan Allen (74no) and Harry Banyard (56) that saw the hosts post 276 for 6 from their 40 overs. Tom Pickles (2 for 33 from 9) and Kane Addison (1 for 29 from 8) were the stand out bowlers, as Coggeshall used no less than ten bowlers in the field. In reply, last week’s Totham hero, Will Simpson opened the bowling with a spell of 1 for 15 from 7, and with Daniel Quartermaine (2 for 25) the visitors were reduced to not many for three. Recovery, came primarily from Ben Speakman (51), with support from the lower order, and in particular Tom Pickles (28). James Hay (4 for 49 from 9) was the most successful of the Totham bowlers, as Coggeshall were bowled out for 163.


No details from West Bergholt v Boxted, except that Boxted edged a low scoring encounter by three wickets to record their first victory of the season. West Bergholt will receive a £10 fine for not entering the scorecard within 48 hours as per rule 29.


Centuries and Five Wickets
Keelan Waldock 138 * Sudbury v. Eight Ash Green
Ashok Sharma 101 Real Oddies v. Stebbing

Performance of the Week
Tim Dethridge 40 & 3 for 13 Galleywood v. Mistley
Kalipha Cele 54 & 3 for 26 Mistley v. Galleywood
Ashok Sharma 101 Real Oddies v. Stebbing
Keelan Waldock 138no Sudbury v. Eight Ash Green

Congratulations to Great Totham’s Will Simpson whose blistering spell of 5 for 0 from 7 balls against Boxted was adjudged Performance of the Week.

Next Week
June already !! In Division One, Halstead will be looking to climb off the bottom of the table as they host Galleywood, who are buoyed by this week’s win. In Division Two, Real Oddies welcome Springfield to the Garrison Ground, while Cavaliers, the last side to start their 40 over campaign travel to unbeaten Stebbing. In Division Three, the all conquering Sudbury travel to Boxted looking to make it five from five. Great Horkesley & Lexden host Coggeshall, while West Bergholt and Eight Ash Green will be looking for their first win when they meet.
The T20 campaign sees the start of the East Division with a double headers at Ashlyns Road, as Frinton entertain Elmstead at 1pm, and then Abberton at 4pm, while in the West Division there is a 2pm start at Harefield with Coggeshall hosting Witham.