Weekly Round-Up

Week 10 - June 16 - T20 records tumble at Coggeshall

A shortened programme of NECL fixtures this week, as the cricket had to contend with the weather and Father’s Day. Both midweek T20 matches in the East division were cancelled due to consistent rain on Wednesday. The headlines were made by Coggeshall in their T20 West division game with Kelvedon as T20 records tumbled, with Matthew Short hitting a competition best of 178, while Coggeshall posted a highest ever score of 291 for 3. In Division One, Colchester & E.E are back on top of the table following a comfortable victory at home to Halstead. In Division Two, Cavaliers are the new leaders with their third win of the season, courtesy of a Real Oddies concession. In Division Three, unbeaten leaders Sudbury steam rollered Great Horkesley & Lexden to record their sixth win of the season, while West Bergholt claimed back to back wins with a 72 run success at Eight Ash Green. The other game in the T20 on Sunday saw Little Bardfield Village get off the mark this season, with a ten wicket success at home to Galleywood.


Division 1
Colchester & E.E maintained their unbeaten start against a youthful Halstead who had an average age of 19 ! Winning the toss and bowling first in a game reduced to 35 over per side due to a heavy shower just before the scheduled start, Halstead could not make inroads as Adnan Hashni (71) and Jack Hobbs (96) compiled an excellent 155 run opening stand, Hobbs particularly impressing with his shot selection. 13 year old Matthew Tyson (0 for 28) impressed with a nagging line and length on his NECL debut, as Morgan Whymark, Lewis Brennan and Callum Hansey all went wicketless in their opening spells. Ben Tosland (2 for 32 from 7) made the breakthrough claiming the wicket of Hobbs, four short of a well deserved century. Last week’s centurion Johnny Bassett- Graham fell cheaply, before Hashni also departed to Tosland. Prattim Bhattacharyya (17) was the only other player to reach double figures as Colchester closed at 208 for 5. Halstead’s reply was permeated with excellent bowling from the young Colchester attacks as wickets were shared around. Oscar Dias (3 for 8 from 5) returned the outstanding figures, but Max Dias (1 for 7 from 5), Vikas Agarwal (1 for 10 from 5) and Jordan Milburn (1 for 20 from 7) were as impressive. With Halstead languishing at 59 for 7, it was left to Lewis Brennan (13) and Callum Hansey (22no) to edge them towards a batting point. The innings eventually closed at 104 for 9, with Rahul Viswanath (2 for 25) and Bassett-Graham (1 for 24) picking up later wickets.

Division 3
Sudbury made it six wins out of six, although disappointingly I would have to say cricket was not the winner, as their nine men opponents Great Horkesley & Lexden were crushed in a needlessly heavy defeat. Sudbury won the toss and subjected their opponents to a torrid afternoon in the field, amassing 323 for 7 from their 40 overs. Top run scorer for Sudbury was their regular East Anglian Premier League player, batting at number three, Ryan Vickery, who amassed 176 from 103 balls. Opener Usuma Ashfaq (40) was the next highest scorer for the home side. The nine men stuck to their task on the field, with Alistair Manhire (2 for 56) and John Hyde (2 for 61) the most successful bowlers. In reply, the Saxons were dismissed in 26 overs for just 78, of which Manhire (32) top scored. The wickets were shared around with Morgan Waldock (2 for 2), James Quin (2 for 7) and Charles Thomas (2 for 19) all picking up braces as Sudbury won by 245 runs.

West Bergholt made it two consecutive wins with a 72 run victory at Eight Ash Green. Batting first, Bergholt openers Ed Hance (25) and Sam Borges (37) gave the visitors a solid start putting on 63 for the first wicket, before Ollie Licence (2 for 32) claimed both their wickets. Bergholt then slipped to 116 for 5, before contributions from the late order and in particular Harish Mahadevappa (28 from 25 balls) and Joe Smith (26 from 29 balls) enabled them to get up to 175 for 8. Jens Wair (2 for 49) and Bevin Guthrie (2 for 32) both picked up two wickets each. In reply, the Green were quickly on the back foot as they were reduced to 8 for 2, as Pete Twydell (2 for 10) claimed the early wickets. The wickets continued to tumble, with only Jonathan Purser (20) and Ollie Stovell (17) getting to double figures in the top order as the Green reached 43 for 5. A 49 run partnership for the sixth wicket between Bevin Guthrie (29) and Jens Wair (17) stemmed the fall of wickets, however, once that partnership was broken the last five wickets fell for just 11 runs, as the Green were dismissed for 103. All six Bergholt bowlers claimed wickets, with Owen Jones (3 for 24) and Joe Smith (2 for 30) picking up multiple wickets.

T20 – West
Coggeshall have booked their place on Finals Day at the end of August, after recording a fourth straight win in the T20 West. The records tumbled at Harefield, as Coggeshall batting first against Kelvedon racked up a record 291 for 3 from 20 overs. Tristan Pepperel (2 for 38) claimed an early wicket for Kelvedon, but thereafter it was one way traffic as Matthew Short rewrote the history books. An astonishing innings saw him reach his century off of just 29 balls, with Charlie Green (32) playing second fiddle in a second wicket stand. Rob Cross (64no) continued the mayhem as Short went on to score a competition record 178 from 54 deliveries !, before being caught on the boundary. In reply, Kelvedon posted 159 for 9, with Josh Parsons (37) and Mark Cottee (37) contributing well at the top of the order. Tristan Pepperel (24no) and Ryan Sleet (22) were the only batsmen to top twenty, while for Coggeshall George Blackwell returned figures of 4 for 8 from three overs, while Dylan Gordon (2 for 15) and Kane Addison (2 for 18) both picked up a brace of wickets.

Little Bardfield Village are back in the hunt for making a fourth successive Finals Day, after they registered a ten wicket success at Church End over Galleywood. The Chelmsford side batted first and posted 148 for 6 from their 20 overs, with opener James Adams (28), an unbeaten 35 from James Felton, and Zak Hicks (22) top scoring. Callum Hymas (2 for 28) and Daryl Hymas (2 for 24) both picked up a pair of wickets each, while Rory Hitchcock’s opening spell of (1 for 16 from 4) put the shackles on the Galleywood scoring at the start of the innings. The Village then paced their reply to perfection, winning with ten balls in hand, as Daryl Hymas (74no from 56 balls) and Ed Hitchcock (53no from 54 balls) put on an unbroken 152.

Last night’s match between Little Bardfield Village and Halstead was cancelled due to the rain, both sides are looking to re-schedule at a later date.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Matthew Short 178 Coggeshall v. Kelvedon
Ryan Vickery 176 Sudbury v. Great Horkesley & Lexden

Performance of the Week
Ryan Vickery 176 Sudbury v. Great Horkesley & Lexden
Matthew Short 178 Coggeshall v. Kelvedon T20
George Blackwell 4 for 8 Coggeshall v. Kelvedon T20
Daryl Hymas & Ed Hitchcock 152no Little Bardfield Village v. Galleywood T20

Congratulations to West Bergholt’s Joe Smith whose spell of 5 for 5 saw him claim the NECL Performance of the Week.

Next Week
This week’s fixture list begin tomorrow night when Abberton welcome Wivenhoe to The Brow in T20 East. On Sunday, in Division One Mistley meet Galleywood at New Road, while in Division Two leaders Cavaliers will be looking to make it four out of four at home to Witham. In Division Three, West Bergholt will be looking to make it three on the bounce as they host Great Totham. Great Horkesley & Lexden will be looking for a more even contest at home to Boxted, while Coggeshall host Eight Ash Green. T20 action on Sunday, sees Halstead host Kelvedon in the West Division, while champions Colchester & E.E. make their debut this season hosting Frinton at Castle Park.