North Essex Cricket League

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Week 13 - July 7 - Halstead and Coggeshall reach T20 Finals Day

T20 Finals Day qualification was very much the key focus of NECL programme this week. On Sunday, in T20 West Halstead romped to a ten wicket success over previously unbeaten Coggeshall, however, due to Little Bardfield’s concession at Kelvedon, both have now qualified for Finals Day as they sit pretty at the top with 8 points each. The East division is a different matter, following Thursday’s results. Wivenhoe thumped champions Colchester & E.E at Castle Park by 8 wickets, while Mistley made it two out of two with a five run success at Abberton. Frinton, Wivenhoe and Mistley all have four points, while Colchester & E.E are one win back on two points. In the 40 over competition, Wivenhoe scored an eight wicket win over Mistley, this despite a daddy hundred from Kalipha Cele (146no). There was no games in Division Two, while in Division Three leaders Sudbury march to the title continued with a 34 run win over nearest rivals Great Totham. Coggeshall’s ten run victory over Boxted sees them leapfrog Totham into second place, but Totham do have games in hand.

 

In T20 West, Coggeshall who had won their previous four games in comprehensive fashion were humbled in spectacular fashion at Star Stile by Halstead, who were looking to cement their place in a home Finals Day. Batting first after winning the toss, Coggeshall were soon in trouble as Joe Morris (3 for 9) and Josh King (2 for 7) reduced them to 14 for 5. Things got little better for the Cockerels after the initial collapse, as Luke Robinson (3 for 17), Callum Hansey (1 for 1) and Morgan Whymark (1 for 10) shared the remaining five wickets to skittle Coggeshall for 44. Fergus Wishart (13) the only Coggeshall batsmen to reach double figures. The reply was dominated by Josh Ruthven (32no) as Halstead raced to a ten wicket success in 7.2 overs. Halstead will now look to top the division with their final game against Little Bardfield Village, but will in all probability still top the division with defeat as they have a far superior net run rate.

Little Bardfield Village’s concession at Kelvedon meant that they are no longer able to mount a challenge for qualification, and will miss out on Finals Day for the first time in the competitions history.

In T20 East on Thursday, Wivenhoe scored a significant victory at champions Colchester & E.E. to improve their chances of Finals Day qualification. Batting first after winning the toss Colchester raced to 50 in five overs, with Charlie Fernandes (25) and Adnan Hashmi (28) putting on 49 for the first wicket. However, the innings stalled with the introduction of Matt Durrell (1 for 13 from 3) and Dirk Bruwer (2 for 22 from 4). With Liam Holyman (2 for 12 from 3) backing up Durrell and Bruwer the home side were restricted to 132 for 8, Simon Fernandes (23) the only other player to top twenty. Durrell and Bruwer (28 from 19) then gave Wivenhoe the perfect start bringing the fifty up from just 24 balls, and going to enjoy an opening stand of 77. Harry Burnett (21 from 25) continued the momentum, as Wivenhoe passed the hundred at the end of the 11th over, before becoming the second man out on 111. Durrell (65no from 44) carried his bat, and with brother Tom Durrell (8no) saw Wivenhoe home at the end of the 16th over.

After an eight run success over Wivenhoe last week, Mistley maintained their unbeaten start with another narrow victory at Abberton. Kalipha Cele (51), George Hutton (31) and Harrison Rogers (26) all scored well with the bat as the Swans posted 169 for 6 from their 20 overs. Benjamin Bowles (2 for 26 from 4) was the pick of the Lions bowlers. Bowles (24) then dominated an opening stand of 28, as Abberton began their reply in rapid fashion. Aaron Trussler (17) and Richard Moxon put on 30 for the second wicket, and a third wicket stand of 94 between Moxon and Matt Sullivan (45) seemed to put the Lions in charge. However, the dismissal of Sullivan by Daniel Goff (2 for 24 from 4) and an inspired spell from Callum O’Connell (2 for 18 from 4) saw the Lions end up five run short, despite an unbeaten 55 from Moxon.

Wivenhoe took their T20 form into the 40 over competition on Sunday, with their Division One encounter with Mistley. George Hutton (21) and Sam Burkitt (22) shared in stands of 53, and 66 with Kalipha Cele as Mistley were handily placed at 119 for 2. However, that was the last of the support for Cele, as incredibly he managed to almost add a hundred runs by himself, as Mistley were bowled out for 216 in the 39th over. Cele was undefeated on 146 while the contribution of his other eight partners amounted to just 9 runs with the bat, Mikey Johnson (2 from 24 balls) contributing to an eighth wicket partnership of 49. Liam Holyman (3 for 30), Dirk Bruwer (2 for 42) and Joseph Nicholls (2 for 55) sharing the wickets for Wivenhoe. Ryan Savill (74 from 67) and Eddie Lucking (63 from 54) ensured there were no major alarms for the home side, with an opening stand of 149. Robert MacDonald (20no) and Dirk Bruwer (20no) then steered Wivenhoe to an eight wicket success in 30 overs.

Sudbury returned to action in Division Three after a few weeks without a game, but it was very much business as usual as they completed a double over their nearest challengers Great Totham. Batting first Sudbury lost both openers cheaply, before Jonathan Amos (52), Usama Ashfaq (24) and Kenny Moulton-Day (36) pulled the innings around. Daniel Quartermaine (2 for 30) and Joe Davis (2 for 28) bowled tidily at the beginning of the innings, while a mid innings spell of 3 for 23 from 9 overs by James Hay, ensured the normally fluent Sudbury run machine did not post too testing a total. An unbeaten 21 from James Quin saw Sudbury close at 159 for 8. Rob Hewer (40) and Joe Davis (21) gave Totham a solid enough start, but once the partnership was broken wickets began to fall all too regularly, with no other batsmen reaching double figures. Lucy Amos (3 for 5 from 6) bowled a useful spell early in the innings, while Phil Halliday (4 for 16) cashed in with late wickets as Totham were bowled out for 125.

Coggeshall are back up to second following a ten run victory over Boxted. JJ Surguy (57, including 11 fours) and Andrew Uthwatt-Bouverie (30) scored well at the top of the order for the Cockerels. The Boxted bowlers kept the run scoring in check through some steady bowling performances, Daniel Morton (1 for 35 from 8), Andy Wilson (1 for 26 from 7) and Richard Springett (2 for 40 from 8). However, late cameos from Hugh Surguy (28) and Glenn Shuter (36no) lifted the Coggeshall score to 208 for 8. Shuter then caused Boxted problems as they began their reply, claiming the wickets of both openers cheaply on his way to figures of 2 for 28 from 9. Graham Dell (21) and Steve Evans (27) recovered the innings, before Matthew Francis (57) and Paul Harris (31) combined to get Boxted close to the target. The innings total was also bolstered by a half century (52) of extras, including 31 wides. Louis Wotton (2 for 37) and Hugh Surguy (2 for 26) picked up a brace of wickets each, as the Boxted innings closed at 198 for 8.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Kalipha Cele 146 * Mistley v. Wivenhoe

Performance of the Week
Kalipha Cele 146* Mistley v. Wivenhoe
Ryan Savill & Eddie Lucking 149 Wivenhoe v. Mistley
Phil Halliday 4 for 16 Sudbury v. Great Totham
Matt Durrell 65* Wivenhoe v. Colchester & E.E. (T20)

Next Week
T20 action starts this week off, as Mistley look to go top of the East division with a win at home to Elmstead tomorrow evening. On Sunday, in Division One, leager leaders Colchester & E.E. make the trip to bottom of the table Galleywood, while Mistley are at home to Halstead. In Division Two, leaders Cavaliers scheduled match with Kelvedon has now been postponed due to the World Cup final, and rescheduled for August 25th. Springfield and Stebbing lock horns again a couple of weeks after Stebbing secured a win in the reverse fixture. In Division Three, leaders Sudbury will be looking to make it eight wins out of eight as they host second placed Coggeshall, while Great Horkesley & Lexden will look to close the gap on those above them as they host West Bergholt. In T20 West, Witham welcome Little Bardfield Village with the sides playing for minor places in the division. Then next Tuesday in T20 East, sees a must win game as Wivenhoe host Frinton in a game that could go a long way to deciding either sides future in the competition.