North Essex Cricket League

Weekly Round-Up

Week 12 - June 30 - Nine man Colchester win the top of the table clash

Four centuries this weekend as the sun shone all over Essex. Division One league leaders Colchester & E.E. maintained their unbeaten start with a 37 run victory over closest challengers Clacton. Although their task was made more difficult by only fielding nine men, Joe MacGregor 131 and young George Offord 5 for 27, the stand out performances for the winning side. Ryan Chamberlain had claimed 5 for 47 in the Colchester innings. At the bottom of the division Halstead scored a 24 run victory at Galleywood, with an all round performance from Mark Johnson proving the difference. In Division Two, Witham racked up a huge 278 for 3, with Carl Bragg 132 and Michael Godwin 126no, sharing a 252 run opening stand in their 180 run win over winless Real Oddies. Stebbing secured the other win in the division with a five wicket success at home to Springfield, Chris Townsend hitting an unbeaten 70 after taking 3 for 8 with the ball. In Division Three, Great Totham closed the gap on leaders Sudbury, with a nine wicket win over Boxted, Joe Davis scoring an unbeaten 102 for Totham in the run chase. Great Horkesley & Lexden made it two wins on the bounce with a 91 run win over Eight Ash Green. On Thursday, Mistley inflicted a defeat on Wivenhoe in the T20 East division, by a narrow 8 run margin, to leave the Hoe’s hopes of progressing to Finals Day in the balance, with tough games at Colchester and at home to Frinton still to come.

 

Division 1
The top of the table clash between Colchester & E.E. and Clacton was made even more interesting by the fact the Colchester could only field nine men. Clacton won the toss and elected to field, but were soon under pressure as Joe MacGregor and Adnan Hashmi (23) hit an opening stand of 54 in just over nine overs. Feroze Ahmed (24) joined MacGregor to bring the century up in 17th over before being the second man to fall, with MacGregor completing his 50 shortly afterwards. Thereafter, the in nick MacGregor dominated proceedings posting his second NECL century of the season, eventually being last man out for an excellent 131. Ryan Chamberlain (5 for 47) had led a Clacton fightback in the second half of the innings to see the visitors claim maximum bowling points, as Colchester were bowled out for 222. The Clacton reply began in blistering fashion as Tom Sinclair (30 off 28), Matt O’Brien (22 off 23), Harlan Greig (13 off 14) brought up the 50 in 6.5 overs, the century followed in the 16th over with just three wickets down and the game very much on. However, with Feroze Ahmed (2 for 51) claiming the wicket of Sinclair, and MacGregor (2 for 41) also in the wickets, the Clacton lower order was opened up. David Fitzpatrick (23) and Bradley Pitts (19) added useful knocks, before young off spinner George Offord got to work with a spell of 5 for 27 from 9, to inspire a rapid collapse. Imran Sheikh (43no) was left stranded as Clacton were bowled out in the 34th over for 185.

An all-round performance from Mark Johnson helped Halstead to an important win, beating the hosts Galleywood by 24 runs on Sunday. Halstead won the toss and batted first, Johnson (57) and Josh King (26) putting on 59 for the first wicket, the latter seeing his middle stump sent cartwheeling by Euan Singleton (2-42). Johnson passed his fifty alongside Sam Hawes, the pair taking Halstead past 100 before Hawes hit Duncan Walton (2-26) straight to Paul Marlow at midwicket. Johnson's 78-ball innings came to an end when bowled by Dethridge (2 for 28), with 13-year old James Tyson (9) falling in the same fashion to Walton after playing some nice cover drives early on. Callum Hansey (8) and Sam Johnson (19*) ran well as the overs remaining started to dwindle, but the former took a chance too many and was run out by Charlie Murray. From 166 for 6, the end came rapidly with the last three wickets falling for 11 runs as ten man Halstead were bowled out for 177. A ferocious opening spell from Joe Morris (3-17) and tight bowling from Callum Hansey (2-28) reduced the hosts to 31-4 as Tom Nurcombe (1), Tim Dethridge (0) and Craig Singleton (0) were all bowled by Morris and Charlie Murray (27) bowled by Hansey. Murray hitting 6 fours in his 14-ball stay at the crease, and when Conor Hicks (12) edged Morgan Whymark (1-13) behind to Sam Hawes, the keeper taking a sharp reaction catch, things looked bleak for Galleywood. However, Zack Hicks (50) and Paul Marlow (24) had other plans, slowly accumulating as Halstead cycled through their bowlers, Matthew Tyson (0-17) and Josh King (0-30) going wicketless but bowling well. The Galleywood pair put on 66 for the sixth wicket, with Hicks deservedly passing his 50 with 45 needed for victory.
Two wickets in two balls would turn the game for Halstead, Hicks hitting a forceful cut shot off Mark Johnson (4-15) toward point where Charles Mallett took a superb one-handed catch high above his head. The next ball Marlow skied Hansey (2 for 28) to Mallett at mid-off and with that the Galleywood chase faltered. Lewis Sibbons (2) was bowled by Johnson, whilst Neil Bates (1) was caught behind by Hawes off the same bowler. Euan Singleton (9*) and Duncan Walton (6) took Galleywood past 150 but the latter was bowled by Johnson (4 for 15) to give the seamer his fourth wicket and victory to Halstead.

Division 2
Stebbing consolidated their second place in the division with a five wicket success over nearest rivals Springfield at Mill Lane The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, but struggled to 91 for 6, with Charlie Prudence (29) and Matt Trim (21) scoring most at the top of the order. Seb Young (1 for 26 from 8) had bowled tidily at the beginning of the innings, and when the wily Chris Townsend (3 for 8 from 6) bowled an effective mid innings spell it looked as though the home side would not be chasing a large total. Recovery for Springfield came from a seventh wicket stand of 72, between Noah Pothen (30) and Neil Kennedy. Martin Southwell added an unbeaten 13 at the death, with Kennedy not out on 42 as Springfield closed at a respectable 190 for 7. Stebbing paced their reply to perfection, after Josh O’Connor (33) had given the innings early impetus, it was left to Townsend to steer the home side to victory with an unflappable unbeaten 70. He received good support from Seb Young (23) and Cooper Horton (21) as the win was achieved with four balls to spare. Matt Trim (2 for 33 from 9) and Martin Southwell (1 for 33 from 9) were the stand out performers with the ball for Springfield.

It was not so close The Park where bottom of the table Witham leapfrogged Real Oddies with a thumping 180 run win. Carl Bragg (132) and Michael Godwin set the tone for this one with an opening stand of 252, before Jake Boud (3 for 58) claimed the three wickets to fall in quick succession. Godwin went on to complete his second century of the season, and was undefeated at the end of the innings on 126, as Witham closed at 278 for 3. In reply, the Oddies could only muster 98, with Mukesh Kumar (23) the only batsmen to top twenty. The wickets were shared around the Witham bowlers, with all five bowlers claiming at least one wicket. Luke Brown (3 for 19 from 6), Max Allen (2 for 13), Callum Taylor (2 for 26), William Wakeman (2 for 28) and Joe Allen (1 for 0) the wicket takers.

Division 3
Great Totham have leapfrogged Coggeshall into second place following a nine wicket success over bottom of the table Boxted at Bull Meadow. Daniel Quartermaine caused problems early on for Boxted on his way to figures of 4 for 31. Will Simpson (3 for 18 from 8) added useful support, while a miserly spell from George Baron (1 for 14 from 7) ensured Boxted never really got going. Steve Crayston (42no) top scored Boxted who were bowled out in the 38th over for 154, James Hay picking up 2 for 20 to complete the wicket taking. The Totham reply was dominated by Joe Davis who smashed an unbeaten 102 out of 158, which included seventeen fours and two sixes. George Davis (24) and Stuart Pearson (12no) were the other batsmen in the reply as Totham got to the target with sixteen overs to spare.

Great Horkesley & Lexden made it two wins on the bounce with a 91 run win over Eight Ash Green. Batting first after winning the toss at Mile End, openers Jon Jones (50) and Nihal Jayasooriya (46) got the home side off to the perfect start with an opening stand of 95. Jones was second man out with the score on 128, the first of Kevin Iliffe’s (3 for 39) three wickets. Thereafter, the innings was dominated by Shaakir Ahmed who struck fourteen fours in a well made 80. Anthony Sheaman (10) provided excellent support in a sixth wicket stand of 63 with Ahmed as Great Horkesley & Lexden topped 200. Ahmed was seventh man out with the score on 234, and the innings closed shortly afterwards with the Saxons posting 240 for 8. Jens Wair (2 for 39) and Oli Crafford (2 for 59) picked up a brace of wickets each for the Green. In reply the Green lost both openers with just 30 on the board to Toby Nickell-Lean (3 for 20 from 9), Steve Nunn hitting a forceful 24 for the Green. A typically economic spell from Jon Jones (0 for 14 from 9) put the Green under further pressure, and despite a third wicket stand of 60 between Jens Wair and Connor Murphy (27) the visitors were always well behind the required rate. Wair was sixth man out for a top score of 46, and despite Kevin Iliffe (14) and James Crafford (13) getting to double figures in the later order, the Green were bowled out for 149, just short of a third batting point. Shaakir Ahmed backed up his batting performance, by taking two wickets on his way to 2 for 34.

T20 – East
Mistley opened up their 2019 T20 campaign with a surprise home win over 2017 champions Wivenhoe at New Road, on Thursday evening. Batting first the Swans set up a good total with openers Kalipha Cele (65) and Myles Churchill (33) scoring freely. Matt Durrell (1 for 11 from 3), Liam Fields (2 for 27 from 4) and Ryan Savill (1 for 27 from 4) ensured the run scoring did not get too out of control, but with Callum O’Connor (50) adding a useful half century the Swans closed at 176 for 7. Matt Durrell and Michael Canavon (21) got the Wivenhoe reply off to a good start, and Zac Taylor (35) continued to put the pressure on the home bowling. However, with O’Connell (2 for 21) claiming the vital wicket of Durrell (76), the visitors were to fall just short coming up the stretch. Sam Newhouse (2 for 31) claimed a brace, and tidy bowling from Cele (1 for 22 from 4), eventually seeing Wivenhoe restricted to 168 for 9, and defeat by 8 runs.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Carl Bragg 132 Witham v. Real Oddies
Joe MacGregor 131 Colchester & E.E. v. Clacton
Michael Godwin 126 * Witham v. Real Oddies
Joe Davis 102 * Great Totham v. Boxted

George Offord 5 -- 27 Colchester & E.E. v. Clacton
Ryan Chamberlain 5 -- 47 Clacton v. Colchester & E.E.

Performance of the Week
Joe MacGregor 131 Colchester & E.E. v. Clacton
Mark Johnson 57 & 4 for 15 Halstead v. Galleywood
Chris Townsend 70* & 3 for 8 Stebbing v. Springfield
Carl Bragg / Michael Godwin 252 Witham v. Real Oddies

Next Week
Action begins tomorrow night in the T20 East division, with a big game at Castle Park topping the bill as champions of the previous two years go head to head, Colchester & E.E. taking on Wivenhoe. Mistley will look to make it two from two as they travel to Abberton. On Sunday, there is just the one game in Division One, with Wivenhoe back in action with a home game against Mistley. There are no games in Division Two this week, while in Division Three the top two meet at Friars Street, as Sudbury host Great Totham. Coggeshall will be looking for a win over bottom of the table Boxted at Harefield. Two games in T20 West, sees a huge match up at the top with Halstead (3 wins from 3) welcoming Coggeshall (4 wins from 4) to Star Stile, while Little Bardfield Village make the journey to Kelvedon.