Weekly Round-Up

Week 9 - June 9 - Wins for Clacton and Colchester at the top of Div 1

Despite the best efforts of storm Miguel on Friday and Saturday, there was a full compliment of seven NECL matches played to a conclusion on Sunday. The top two in Division One, Clacton and Colchester &E.E. were both in action for the first time for a few weeks, and both claimed successes on their travels. In Division Two, Cavaliers are now the only unbeaten side following their win over previously unbeaten Springfield, while Stebbing lead the way despite a six wicket home defeat to Witham. In Division Three, Eight Ash Green made it back to back wins with a 33 run victory at home to Boxted, while West Bergholt got their first win of the season in emphatic fashion. After scoring 230 for 9 with the bat, they then skittled visitors Coggeshall for 27. Better luck for Coggeshall’s T20 outfit who have all but qualified for Finals Day, after recording a third straight win, this time at Galleywood. There were two centuries this week, Johnny Bassett-Graham scored 132 for Colchester & E.E. at Mistley, while Cavaliers Fowad Murtaza posted 116 in his sides victory over Springfield. Joe Smith of West Bergholt claimed the only five for of the weekend, with a spell of 5 for 5 at home to Coggeshall.


Division 1
Clacton skipper Kieron Parkes (30) won the toss and elected to bat, racing on to 61 alongside wicketkeeper Tom Sinclair (51), before offering a sharp return catch to Lewis Brennan (1 for 25). Sinclair and Harlan Grieg (43) built a 73 run partnership for the second wicket, despite tight bowling from Mark Harris (0 for 40 from 9) and Chris Rayner (0 for 19) which prevented the scoring rate from going too high. The introduction of Chris Roper (2 for 34 from 7) and a change of ends for stand in skipper Callum Hansey (3 for 38 from 9) paid dividends as Sinclair and Greig fell within an over of each other. Matthew O’Brien (26 from 18 balls) targeted the short boundary, with two maximums in his knock, while Paddy Barker (18no) and Blaine Bannister (16) bolstered the score to 201 for 8. In reply an excellent half century from Harry Pritchard (63) at the top of the order, was the main contribution before he was fourth man out with the score on 99. The innings then collapsed, as O’Brien (3 for 36 from 9) and Parkes (3 for 25 from 9) saw the Star Stile outfit slip to 132 for 8. Mark Harris (26) and Hansey (25) combined to put on a 52 run partnership for the ninth wicket, with only two boundaries struck between them, showing that effective running between the wickets can be as damaging as boundary smashing. Harris succumbed to Greig (2 for 18) and when Hansey was bowled by Bradley Pitts (1 for 18) shortly afterwards, Clacton had prevailed by 15 runs.

An excellent 140 run partnership for the sixth wicket between Johnny Bassett-Graham (132) and Harry McBrearty (64) proved to be the difference between Colchester & E.E. and Mistley at New Road. Batting first Colchester were scoring nicely, reaching 82 for 1, before four wickets fell for five runs reducing them to 87 for 5. Alastair Day (4 for 36) was the architect of the Colchester collapse, claiming a hat trick. Bassett-Graham (132 from 114 balls) and McBrearty (64 from 66) then provided a much needed partnership, before another collapse at the end of the innings saw the last five wickets fall for 8 runs as Colchester were bowled out for 235. Khalipha Cele (2 for 54) and Harrison Rogers (2 for 8) chipping in with wickets for the Swans. Max Dias (2 for 35) and Oliver Hills then reduced Mistley to 17 for 3 as they began their reply. The middle order all chipped in with good knocks, with Harry Parkes (56), Harrison Rogers (22), Alex Hood (42) and Tom Young (32), all contributing. However, the Colchester bowling attack were able to keep the run scoring in check, and with Oliver Hills (2 for 43) and that man Bassett-Graham (2 for 19) also in the wickets, the home side were bowled out at the start of the 36th over for 195, and defeat by 40 runs.

Division 2
Cavaliers are now the only unbeaten side in Division Two, following a comprehensive win over previously unbeaten Springfield. A third wicket stand of 118 between Fowad Murtaza and Mohammadi Nadeem (46), and then a fourth wicket stand of 46 with Fahran Munir saw Cavaliers advance towards a good total before two wickets fell in one over, including that of Murtaza for 116. From 193 for 5 in the 33rd over, Cavaliers scored a further 46 in the remaining seven before being bowled out for 239, Munir (32) with the biggest contribution. Tony Ashurst (3 for 42), Martin Southwell (3 for 48) and Matt Trim (2 for 56) amongst the wickets. In reply, Springfield were unable to break the shackles early on, as Rauf Rasheed (1 for 29 from 7) and Neville Davidson (0 for 19 from 8) applied the screws. Ahmed Khaliq (4 for 34) benefitted from the early pressure as Springfield attempted to up the run rate, with Max Atkinson (37) and Matt Trim (29 from 28) contributing most, before they slipped from 103 for 4 to 116 for 7. Martin Southwell (10no) and Alan Warley (20 not out from 16) were undefeated in a ninth wicket stand as Springfield closed at 143 for 8, and defeat by 96 runs.

Stebbing are top of the pile in Division Two, despite a second successive defeat at Mill Lane. Witham were the visitors and were looking for a much needed win themselves, after recent results. Batting first after winning the toss, Stebbing progressed to 78 for 2, before a decisive spell from Ollie Cooke (4 for 16 from 9) reduced them to 94 for 6. Cooper Horton (23) and David Townsend (22) had contributed most at the top of the order. Recovery of sorts came from Simon Sargent (25no) and Sanchayan Shanmugalingam (20), but with Max Allen (2 for 21) and wicket a piece from Anthony Facey (1 for 33 from 9), William Wakeman (1 for 28) and Ben Tinham (1 for 30) the Stebbing total was contained to 147 for 9. Michael Godwin (73no) led from the top of the innings to steer Witham to a comfortable six wickets success in 37.4 overs, gaining most support in an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 57 with man of the match Ollie Cooke (32no). Stephen Heywood (3 for 20 from 9) had bowled a tidy spell at the beginning of the innings for Stebbing, while Seb Young (1 for 34 from 9) was the other wicket taker.

Division 3
Eight Ash Green made it back to back successes with a 33 run win at home to Boxted. After being put into bat, the Green found batting testing, with Will Cosham (2 for 28 from 9) and Charlie Harris (0 for 8 from 6) bowling economically at the beginning of the innings. Duncan Wyatt (36) was the highest scorer for the Green, with Tom Lee (20) and Bevan Guthrie (20no) also reaching twenty, as the Green closed at 147 for 8. Shane Alexander (2 for 19), Michael Dell (2 for 32) and Andy Wilson (2 for 34) also picked up a brace of wickets each for the visitors. In reply, Boxted moved easily to 71 for 1, with Richard Springett (24) and Kye Hayden (19) scoring fluently while Steve Philpott held the innings together. Matt Parker (3 for 21 from 9) claimed the wickets of Springett and Hayden, and once there were prised out the wickets fell like a deck of cards, as Boxted saw nine wickets fall for 43 runs. Ajula Gunasekera (4 for 5 from 3) returned eye catching figures, while Bevan Guthrie (2 for 17 from 7) was also in the wickets. Philpott (39) was the top scorer for Boxted, sixth man out, he was the first of Gunasekera’s wickets.

West Bergholt have their first NECL win of the season at the sixth attempt. However, for a side without a victory to their name this was as emphatic as it could get, with a 203 run success over Coggeshall. It seemed as though the old Bergholt had arrived at the ground, when batting first they slipped to 80 for 5, with opener Ed Hance (44) top scoring. The complexion of the game changed with a sixth wicket stand of 113 between Harish Mahadevappa and Lee Greenleaf (46). T Chantry (3 for 29), Glenn Shuter (2 for 31) and Jack Raine (2 for 27) had shared the majority of the wickets for Coggeshall, but with Mahadevappa (81) and a generous 36 extras bolstering the total Bergholt closed at 230 for 9. The Coggeshall reply lasted just nine overs, as they slumped to 27 all out. JJ Surguy (16) was the top scorer for the bedraggled Cockerels, his innings including a four and a six. The innings included seven ducks as Joe Smith (5 for 5 from 4) and Owen Jones (3 for 2 from 1) caused mayhem with the ball.

T20 – West
In the T20 competition, Coggeshall are now top of the West group following their third win of the campaign, a comfortable eight wicket success over winless Galleywood at Slades Lane. Kane Addison (1 for 22 from 4) set the tone of the Galleywood innings claiming opener James Adams without a run on the board. Tom Nurcombe (22) and Tim Dethridge (38) put on a lively second wicket stand, before Rory Miller (2 for 36) claimed both their wickets. Zak Hicks (30) and Sam Adams (41, including 3 sixes) added an end of innings flourish, before Charlie Green (2 for 11) nipped both of them out, as Galleywood closed on 153 for 6. Tim Dethridge (1 for 30) claimed an early success for Galleywood, dismissing opener Nick Van Houutteghem cheaply, but thereafter, it was plain sailing for Coggeshall, as Andrew Goding (73no) enjoyed match winning stands with Charlie Green (30) and Barry Edwards (38no) as victory was achieved at the beginning of the 15th over.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Johnny Bassett-Graham 132 Colchester & E.E. v. Mistley
Fowad Murtaza 116 Cavaliers v. Springfield

Joe Smith 5 -- 5 West Bergholt v. Coggeshall

Performance of the Week
Johnny Bassett-Graham 132 Colchester & E.E. v. Mistley
Fowad Murtaza 116 Cavaliers v. Springfield
Ollie Cooke 4 for 16 & 32* Witham v. Stebbing
Joe Smith 5 for 5 West Bergholt v. Coggeshall

Congratulations to Cavaliers skipper Noman Jalib whose unbeaten 106 saw him claim the NECL Performance of the Week.

Next Week
This week’s fixture list begins tonight at New Road, as Mistley take on unbeaten Frinton in the T20 East division, play due to start at 6pm. Tomorrow evening at 6pm, there is another T20 match in the West division, as Wivenhoe entertain close neighbours Elmstead. On Sunday, in Division One, Colchester & E.E. will go top if they defeat Halstead in the only game. In Division Two, Cavaliers can reach the summit if they defeat bottom side Real Oddies at the Garrison. While in Division three, unbeaten leaders Sudbury are back in action as they entertain Great Horkesley & Lexden, while Eight Ash Green and West Bergholt will hope to continue their winning run as they meet at Fordham Heath. Two matches in T20 West, Coggeshall will be looking for a fourth win which will guarantee Finals Day qualification as they host Kelvedon & Feering, while Little Bardfield Village welcome Galleywood to Church End.