North Essex Cricket League

Weekly Round-Up

Week 16 - July 28 - Colchester & E.E. and Sudbury both beaten for the first time

Defeats for previously unbeaten Colchester & E.E. in Division One, and Sudbury in Division Three at the headlines of Week 16. Bottom of the table Galleywood defeated Colchester & E.E. despite Johnny Bassett-Graham’s impressive 131 at Slades Lane, with an exciting run chase. Clacton failed to capitalise on Colchester’s misfortune by being defeated by 7 wickets at Wivenhoe. Mistley completed a double over Halstead with a six wicket win. In Division Two, unfortunately both games were conceded, leading to points deductions for both the conceding teams. Real Oddies were deducted 10 points for conceding for the second time this season, Witham being the beneficiaries. Kelvedon were also deducted 10 points for their concession at Springfield, Rule 15B catching them out, the Results Secretary as well as the opposition has to be informed of a concession by 10 pm on the eve of the game. In Division Three, Sudbury’s perfect season was brought to a shuddering halt at Eight Ash Green. Great Horkesley & Lexden completed an impressive run chase at Great Totham, with Shaakir Ahmed (114) scoring a second successive century. Finally, basement side Boxted were defeated heavily at home to West Bergholt. Both T20 games on Thursday evening were victim of the thunderstorms that came through the area, or in the case of Wivenhoe hail stones ! As a result Mistley, can now not be caught mathematically and will take part in Finals Day at the end of August.

 

A full programme in Division One, with all six teams playing on the same day for the only time this season. Leaders Colchester & E.E. travelled to Galleywood, looking for win number six this season. Batting first after being inserted, Colchester lost two cheap wickets before Kieran Savill (38) and Johnny Bassett-Graham took charge with a rapid third wicket stand of 60. Another flurry of wickets following Savill’s dismissal saw the visitors languishing at 89 for 5. Tim Detheridge (2 for 22 from 9) bowling tidily in the middle overs. While Bassett-Graham was at the crease there was still run scoring potential, and with useful partnerships with Tan Shahid (10) and Prithvin Manjunathaswamy (27 from 23 balls) down the order, Colchester were able to top 200. Bassett-Graham was eventually eighth man out just before the end of the innings for 131 off of 97 balls, as the visitors closed at 227 for 8. Apart from Detheridge, there was also brace of wickets each for Duncan Walton (2 for 27), Sam Adams (2 for 55) and Zak Hicks (2 for 69). In reply Galleywood lost an early wicket, before a second wicket stand of 124 between Charlie Murray (79) and James Adams (49) put them in charge. However, losing both batsmen within three runs of each other put a different complexion on the run chase. Galleywood rebuilt with Tom Nurcombe (13) and Detheridge, before a frenetic last eight overs to see a successful run chase. Detheridge (31no) played the anchor role, while Zak Hicks (29no – including three sixes, off of 16 balls) proved decisive as Galleywood secured a five wicket win with 10 balls remaining. Tan Shahid (2 for 26) and Kieran Savill (2 for 45) were the most successful bowlers for Colchester.

Clacton’s hopes of closing the gap on Colchester & E.E. were scuppered at Wivenhoe when they were defeated by 3 wickets. Unfortunately, no details on Play-Cricket for this one.

Halstead’s hopes of Division One survival are diminishing following a six wicket defeat at home to Mistley. Josh Ruthven (25) and Josh King (23) were the only players in the top six to top twenty as Halstead laboured to 80 for 6. Charlie Hawthorn claimed two early wickets on his way for figures of 3 for 20 from 9, while Cameron Rose (2 for 18 from 7) was also amongst the wickets. The Halstead tail end fought back with Charles Mallett (27) top scoring, and given good assistance from Adam Morris (19), Steve Macklin (15no) and Callum Hansey (12) the home side eventually reached 162 for 9. Harry Fifield (3 for 31 from 9) picked up three late wickets. Mistley were always comfortable in reply, with Ashley Uren (29) and George Hutton (34) putting on 60 for the first wicket. James Scott (79no from 68 balls) then steered the Swans to a six wicket success with six and half overs remaining. Chris Roper (3 for 34) did have some solace from the match with his bowling spell.

In Division Three, Sudbury’s unbeaten run came to an end at Eight Ash Green with a 76 run defeat. The Green won the toss and elected to bat and saw their innings dominated for the second week running by Ollie Stovell. Only James Plummer (22) gave any assistance in the top order, and when three wickets fell in one Morgan Waldock over (3 for 28) the Green were precariously placed at 90 for 6. Christian Martin (22) and Kevin Iliffe (7) gave Stovell crucial support in partnerships of 48 and 36 for the seventh and eighth wicket, but Stovell (89no) eventually run out of partners as the Green were bowled out for 179 at the end of the 38th over. Allan Macdiarmid (3 for 14) and Ben Duncan (2 for 15) were also amongst the wickets for Sudbury. In reply, the visitors were blown away by an inspired opening spell from Jens Wair (4 for 31) and Kevin Illife (3 for 26) as their normally free scoring top order slumped to 36 for 6. It was a position they were never to recover from despite Jonathan Amos (24) and Allan Macdiarmid (27) topping twenty. Alex Hammond (2 for 8) chipped in with two late wickets as Sudbury were bowled out for 103.

There was plenty of runs at Bull Meadow, where Great Horkesley & Lexden successfully chased down Great Totham’s 289 for 6. Rob Hewer (78) and Drew Whiting (55) gave Totham an excellent start, which was only stalled by the introduction of Mohammed Ramali (2 for 36 from 9). Edward Johnson (41), and thirties from Billy Morrant (32, including three maximums) and Rob Mutton (30no), as well as 36 extras saw Totham up to their total of 289 for 6. Shaakir Ahmed (2 for 24) also claimed a pair of wickets for the visitors. A second wicket stand of 168 between Jon Jones (83) and Shaakir Ahmed put the visitors well on course in their run chase. Ahmed (114) took control of the reply once Jones was dismissed and went through to his second successive century, but his dismissal to caught and bowled still meant the visitors required 40 runs. Toby Nickell-Lean (45no) led the chase and with Alistair Manhire (12no) secured a six wicket success with over three overs remaining.

An unbroken sixth wicket stand of 171 between Arnav Thayur (83no) and Matt Elmakahleh (84no) was the significant difference between West Bergholt and Boxted at Cage Lane. Will Cosham (3 for 39 from 9), Charlie Harris (1 for 46) and Paul Harris (1 for 53) had reduced the visitors to 76 for 5, before Thayur and Elmalahleh combined to put on their partnership and lift the Bergholt score to 247 for 5. In reply, Joe Smith bowled a tight opening spell and was rewarded with two wickets on his way to 2 for 16 from 9, as Boxted struggled to score fluently. Kye Hayden (17) and Ayrton Sullivan (17) both made starts, but the majority of the Boxted total was made up by Steve Evans (61). Thomas Banks (3 for 13) and Chris Donovan (4 for 8) ran through the lower order as Boxted were bowled out for 139.

T20 action on Thursday was decimated by the thunderstorms that arrived early evening. At Castle Park, Colchester & E.E. and Mistley were both looking for a win that would secure their passage to Finals Day. Mistley batted first and struggled to score fluently with George Offord (4 for 10 from 4) bowling a particularly miserly spell. Kalipha Cele (52 from 40) and Owen Clover (34 from 29) scored valuable runs for the Swans as they posted 128 for 9 from their 20 overs. Oliver Hills (2 for 20 from 4) also bowled a containing spell for the home side. In reply, only five overs were possible before bad light, and then thunder and rain forced the players off. Johnny Bassett-Graham (30 from 16) and Feroze Ahmed (14 from 14) taking the home side to 49 for 0. The abandonment meant one point each for the sides, and saw Mistley qualify for Finals Day, while Colchester must win very impressively in their last game with Abberton.

There were hail stones at Wivenhoe which forced the abandonment of the game between Wivenhoe and Elmstead. The home side had just completed their twenty overs and had posted a competitive 173 for 4. Dirk Bruwer (63no) and Matt Durrell (36) setting the Hoe on their way with a first wicket stand of 72. James Butcher (24) and Tom Durrell (19) also added useful cameos. Aidan O’Brien (2 for 18 from 3) was the most successful of the Elmstead bowlers, while Dan White (0 for 23 from 4) bowled economically.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Johnny Bassett-Graham 131 Colchester & E.E. v. Galeywood
Shaakir Ahmed 114 Great Horkesley & Lexden v. Great Totham

Performance of the Week
Johnny Bassett-Graham 131 Colchester & E.E v. Galleywood
Shaakir Ahmed 114 Great Horkesley & Lexden v. Great Totham
Arnav Thayur & Matt Elmakahleh 171 West Bergholt v. Boxted
Jens Wair & Kevin Iliffe 7-57 Eight Ash Green v. Sudbury

Congratulations to Great Horkesley & Lexden’s Shaakir Ahmed whose 126 in his teams victory over Coggeshall was adjudged Performance of the Week.

Next Week
Into August and the business end of the season, action starts tomorrow evening in T20 East with Elmstead and Abberton fighting out for the destiny of the wooden spoon. On Sunday, Galleywood will be looking to capitalise on their win this week, by taking the scalp of second placed Clacton at Slades Lane. Colchester & E.E meanwhile will be looking to get back to winning ways at Halstead. In Division Two, just the one game sees the only unbeaten side in the league Cavaliers travel to Springfield. While down in Division Three, Sudbury will expect to get back to winning ways at West Bergholt, and in form Great Horkesley & Lexden will be looking to do likewise at Boxted. In T20 West, Kelvedon entertain Witham at Rye Mill Lane.