North Essex Cricket League

Weekly Round-Up

Week 11 - June 23 - T20 champions Colchester start their defence with emphatic win


After the heat of Saturday, it was a cooler day on Sunday for the NECL programme. In Division One, Mistley scored an important win over Galleywood to climb up the table. Division Two leaders Cavaliers benefitted for the second successive week from an opponents concession, to strengthen their position at the top. However, Witham’s concession saw them suffer a double whammy of 20 points deducted, 10 points for their second concession of the season, and 10 points for not notifying the Result Secretary by 10pm on the eve of the game. It is all well and good notifying the opponents but the Result Secretary has to be informed also ! In Division Three, Coggeshall scored a ten run win over Eight Ash Green to maintain second place, while Great Totham eased to a six wicket success at West Bergholt. Great Horkesley & Lexden were comfortable winners at home to Boxted. T20 action began on Thursday with Wivenhoe defeating Abberton by 6 wickets at The Brow, while on Sunday, champions Colchester & E.E. began with an impressive nine wicket success over Frinton. In the T20 West division Halstead made it three from three with an eight wicket success over Kelvedon.

 

Division 1
The stand out performance with the ball came in the Division One fixture at New Road between Mistley and Galleywood. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, but were soon in trouble as Charlie Hawthorn reduced them to 28 for 3, on his way to impressive figures of 9-5-8-5. Only opener James Adam (32) showed any assurance at the wicket, and with Harrison Rogers (3 for 16) and Harry Fifield (1 for 20 from 9) backing up Hawthorn the vistors were bowled out for 93 in the 38th over. Zak Hicks (2 for 36) nipped out two early wickets as Mistley began their reply, but thereafter, Harry Parkes dominated scoring 64 from 45 balls, out of 81, before becoming the third wicket to fall. Mistley soon wrapped up a seven wicket success at the end of the 17th over.

Division 3
Coggeshall scored their first win in && matches, to maintain second position in Division 3, with a ten run success over Eight Ash Green at Harefield. An opening stand of 122, between Kane Addison and Theo Sivyer (33) set the tone for the Coggeshall innings. Addison was second man out with the score on 158, having scored 93 from 78 balls including four sixes. John Blackwell (51) and Ben Speakman (26) put on a further half century partnership as Coggeshall closed their innings at 231 for 5. Alex Hammond (1 for 22 from 8) was the best of the Green bowlers. A lively response for the Green saw openers Tom Lee (24) and William Spicer (38) put on 76 for the first wicket, before Rory Miller (2 for 27) accounted for both in quick succession. Green skipper Ollie Stovell (84no from 69) ensured the game went up the stretch, but the Coggeshall bowling attack had enough about them to restrict the visitors to 221 for 5.

Great Totham were back in action for the first time since the end of May, and run out six wicket winners over West Bergholt who had won their last two matches. Totham won the toss and inserted the home side and were soon reaping dividends as Daniel Quartermaine (3 for 13) got amongst the top order. Only Ed Hance (47) stood firm, as James Hay (4 for 30) added to the home sides misery. Thomas Banks (10) was the only other Bergholt player to reach double figures as they were bowled out in the 29th over for 82. Totham’s hope of a comfortable run chase were dealt an early blow as Joe Smith (3 for 23) continued his good form with the ball, and Mustafa Irshad (1 for 21) reduced them to four for not many. Rob Hewer (36no) and Dan Allen (20no) then steered Totham into calmer waters and victory in 18 overs.

A solid all round batting performance, and a blistering bowling spell proved to the difference between Great Horkesley & Lexden and Boxted. Batting first the top five all got starts for the Saxons, with only Rana Mehmood (51) reaching a half century. Jon Jones (38) enjoyed a first wicket stand of 80, with Mehmood, before Shaakir Ahmed (33), Toby Nickell-Lean (38), Alistair Manhire (28no) and Shafi Sayed (23) all added useful contributions. Andy Wilson (3 for 49) and Prakesh Day (2 for 38) shared the wickets to fall, as the home side closed their innings at 222 for 6. In reply, Boxted were going along nicely with openers Kye Hayden (34) and Steve Philpott (40) giving them early hope. However, a blistering spell of 4 for 25 from 9 overs from Jon Jones ripped out the Boxted middle order and end the game as a contest. John Hamblion (20) showed his experience, and with support from Will Cosham (20) and Prakesh Day (17no) ensured Boxted picked up three batting points as they closed at 161 for 9.

T20 – East
Thursday night’s encounter at The Brown saw Wivenhoe claim a six wicket victory and condemn the Lions to their second defeat. Abberton struggled with the bat, with James Handscombe (3 for 18 from 4), Dirk Bruwer (2 for 12 from 4) and Joseph Nicholls (3 for 6 from 3) ensuring run scoring opportunities were kept to a minimum. Matt Sullivan (17) and Chris Southernwood (16) were the top scorers as Abberton were bowled out for 86. In reply, Will House (3 for 20 from 4) made things interesting early on, before Eddie Lucking (20), Jordan Nicholls (16no) and Nathan Taylor (25no) eased Wivenhoe to the target with five overs to spare.

Champions Colchester & E.E began their campaign on Sunday at home to previously unbeaten Frinton. The Seasiders batted first and after Blaine Bannister (a run a ball 23) at the top of the order gave them a solid start, it was a third wicket stand of 118 between Miguel Machado (72 from 59) and Tom Sinclair (56no from 32) that saw them rack up an imposing 187 for 3. However, a superb opening stand between Joe MacGregor (91 from 53) and Guy Haines (75no from 46 balls) made the result a formality for the town side. Jack Hobbs added an unbeaten 14, as Colchester opened up with a nine wicket success with nine balls to spare.

T20 – West
Halstead are looking on course to reach a home Finals Day, following their third win out of three in the West Division. Kelvedon won the toss and elected to bat with Eddie King (55) dominating an opening first wicket stand of 61 with Phil Tompkins. King was dropped twice in his innings which saw him pass 50 off 36 balls, the innings included six fours and two sixes, before he comprehensively bowled by Lewis Brennan (1 for 19 from 4) going for a scoop. Dan Wheeler (27 from 21) made a lively contribution as Kelvedon passed the 100 mark, but was the second of Callum Hansey’s (2 for 26 from 4) two wickets as they closed at 131 for 6. In reply, Ryan Vickery opposing his former T20 team mates from last season, and Josh Kink (25) set the platform with an opening stand of 65. Vickery (85no) then dominated the rest of the innings, and with Charles Mallett (10no off 9) saw Halstead to an eight wicket success in the 18th over.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Charlie Hawthorn 5 -- 8 Mistley v. Galleywood

Performance of the Week Nominations
Charlie Hawthorn 5 for 8 from 9 Mistley v. Galleywood
Kane Addison 93 Coggeshall v. Eight Ash Green
Jon Jones 4 for 25 Great Horkesley & Lexden v. Boxted
Joe MacGregor & Guy Haines 155 Colchester & E.E. v. Frinton

Not surprisingly Matt Short’s blistering 178 off 54 balls in the T20 last week was adjudged Performance of the Week.

Next Week
T20 action start’s this week off tomorrow evening, as Mistley welcome Wivenhoe. On Sunday there is a top of the table clash in Division One, as Colchester & E.E. welcome Clacton to Castle Park. Conversely the bottom two go head to head at Slades Lane, as Galleywood welcome Halstead. In Division Two, Stebbing and Springfield will be looking to close the gap on leaders Cavaliers when they meet at Stebbing, while Witham will be desperate to get a side out against winless Real Oddies. In Division Three, Great Totham will leapfrom Coggeshall into second place with a win at home to Boxted, while Great Horkesley & Lexden look to make it two wins on the bounce as they entertain Eight Ash Green.