Weekly Round-Up

Week 15 - July 21 - Cavaliers make it five out of five in Division 2

After the euphoria of last week, it was back to NECL action this week. Colchester & E.E strengthened their chances of qualification for the T20 Finals Day with a 30 run victory at Elmstead on Thursday. On Sunday, Clacton closed the gap on leaders Colchester & E.E. to five points in Division One, following Halstead’s concession to them. In the other game, things are looking bleak for bottom of the table Galleywood, as they were defeated by 7 wickets by Wivenhoe. In Division Two, Cavaliers maintained their unbeaten start, but were made to work for it against bottom of the table Real Oddies, eventually securing a four wicket victory chasing a low target. In Division Three, Great Horkesley & Lexden and Coggeshall served up a high scoring game at Harefield, with the visitors winning by 40 runs. Eight Ash Green won the other game in the division by 100 runs over bottom of the table Boxted.
Plenty of good performances over the weekend, Ollie Stovell (130) for Eight Ash Green, Shaakir Ahmed (126) for Great Horkesley & Lexden both recorded centuries, while there were five wicket bowling performances for Muhammadi Nadeem (5 for 17) for Cavaliers and M Mathias (5 for 31) for Real Oddies in the same game. Jens Wair (5 for 35) also went nap in the game against Boxted.


In Division One, Jordan Nicholls starred with both bat and ball for Wivenhoe, as they secured a seven wicket win over bottom of the table Galleywood. After losing, Tom Nurcombe and Josh McFaul cheaply, to Dirk Bruwer (1 for 4 from 5) and Zac Taylor (1 for 14 from 4), the Galleywood innings recovered through an excellent stand between James Adams (33) and Ben Rayner. However, from a reasonable position the innings dramatically changed as Jordan Nicholls (4 for 30) and James Butcher (3 for 2) ran through the lower order to see Galleywood bowled out for 150 in 34 overs. Ben Rayner top scored for the home side with 66. Wivenhoe then eased to victory inside 27 overs, with Nicholls (85 not out) and James Butcher (31) dominating the run chase with a strong second wicket stand. Zak Hicks was the pick of the Galleywood bowlers returning 1 for 25 from 6 overs.

Unfortunately, Halstead were short of players for their trip to Clacton, gifting the home side twenty points to close the gap on Colchester & E.E. at the top.

In Division Two, unbeaten leaders Cavaliers met winless Real Oddies, and with form you would have expected Cavaliers to run out comfortable winners. They did win the match, but it was far from comfortable. Batting first the Oddies were indebted to C McCoy (60) out of 89 at the top of the order, his innings including five sixes for the bulk of their total. M Mathias (16) and Ashok Asharma (10) the only other batsmen to reach double figures as the Oddies were bowled out in just 23 overs for 110. Muhammadi Nadeem (5 for 17 from 6) was the stand out bowler for Cavaliers, with Faham Munir (2 for 12) also picking up two early wickets. Dan Smith (18) and Shan Khan put on 45 for the first wicket to seemingly see Cavaliers on their way to a comfortable victory. However, when M Mathias (5 for 31) inspired a collapse of three wickets on the same score and then claimed the wicket of Khan (33) the home side had slumped to 87 for 5. Obaid Ur Rehman (14no) and Farhan Munir (11) saw the Cavs pass the hundred, and although Munir became the sixth wicket to fall shortly afterwards, Cavaliers eventually eased to a four wicket success in the 23rd over.

Eight Ash Green’s captain and vice captain led by example in their sides 100 win over Boxted in Division Three. Captain Ollie Stovell (130) dominated the batting, hitting 22 fours and one six in his innings. He received good support from opening partner Joe Young (35) and down the order from Connor Murphy (20) as the Green racked up 254 for 7. Prakash Dey (2 for 56) was the most successful of the Boxted bowlers. In reply, Troy Collins (1 for 27) and Ajula Gunarareseka (1 for 29 from 8) claimed both the wickets of both the openers, before Green vice captain Jens Wair (5 for 35) did for the middle order. In the process he claimed the Boxted top scorers of Prakash Dey (34) and Lewis Fairbrother (28). Mathew Murray (0 for 23 from 8) bowled economically in tandem with Wair. The Boxted innings eventually closed at 154 for 9.

Patchy details from a well matched encounter at Coggeshall, saw visitors Great Horkesley & Lexden prevail by 40 runs in a high scoring match. Shaakir Ahmed (126) and Toby Nickell-Lean (77) dominated the Saxons batting performances with a partnership of 162 as they posted 274 for 7. Not to be outdone a partnership of 133, by Ned Overbury (90) and Kane Addison (73), drove the Cockerels reply to within 40 runs. The scorecard has not been uploaded to Play Cricket at the time of the roundup, so hence the lack of detail.

Colchester & E.E. strengthened their claims on T20 Finals Day qualification with a 60 run win at Elmstead on Thursday. Charlie Fernandes (78 from 35 balls), including six sixes, led the Colchester onslaught, with excellent support from Feroze Ahmed (58 from 55) and Johnny Bassett-Graham (33 from 15) as the visitors posted 207 for 5 from their 20 overs. Zac Pushman (1 for 26 from 4) and Harlan Greig (0 for 28 from 4) the only bowlers who had any success in stemming g the run flow. In reply, the Elmstead innings was dominated by Joe Sheekey (62 from 44 balls), the only home batsman to top twenty runs. Colchester were able to control the reply, with George Offord (3 for 34 from 4) shining, and Sam Foster (2 for 13) and Rahul Viswanath (2 for 24), containing Elmstead to 147 for 9.

The match on Sunday between Elmstead and Abberton was postponed as both sides were struggling to field a side. The clubs are looking at a rescheduled date.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Ollie Stovell 130 Eight Ash Green v. Boxted
Shaakir Ahmed 126 Great Horkesley & Lexden v. Coggeshall

Muhammadi Nadeem 5 -- 17 Cavaliers v. Real Oddies
M Mathias 5 -- 31 Real Oddies v. Cavaliers
Jens Wair 5 -- 35 Eight Ash Green v. Boxted

Performance of the Week
Jordan Nicholls 85* & 4 for 30 Wivenhoe v. Galleywood
Muhammadi Nadeem 5 for 17 Cavaliers v Real Oddies
Ollie Stovell 130 Eight Ash Green v. Boxted
Shaakir Ahmed 126 Great Horkesley & Lexden v. Coggeshall

Next Week
A bumper week of NECL fixtures starts tomorrow night with T20 East action at Castle Park, with Colchester & E.E and Mistley both looking to cement their place at Finals Day. Also in the T20 there is local derby as Wivenhoe welcome Elmstead to Rectory Road. On Sunday, all six teams are in action in Division One, on a pivotal Sunday for the destiny of the championship. Unbeaten leaders Colchester & E.E make the trip down the A12 to Galleywood, while second placed Clacton have a tough assignment at a resurgent Wivenhoe. Halstead welcome Mistley to Star Stile in the third game. In Division Two, the leaders Cavaliers are without a game this week, so a chance for the chasing teams to close. Springfield welcome Kelvedon to Coronation Park, while Real Oddies host Witham at the Garrison. In Division Three, unbeaten leaders Sudbury are looking for win number nine as they travel to Eight Ash Green. Great Totham will move into second place if they defeat Great Horkesley & Lexden at Bull Meadow, although the visitors are in good recent form. Finally, bottom of the table Boxted will be looking to complete a double over West Bergholt.