North Essex Cricket League

Weekly Round-Up

Week 17 - August 4 - Charlie's Double sinks unbeaten Cavaliers

A double century for Springfield’s Charlie Prudence was the stand out performance of the week, as Cavaliers lost their unbeaten record in emphatic fashion in Division Two. In Division One, there are new leaders as Clacton defeated Galleywood, while Halstead inflicted a second successive defeat on previous leaders Colchester & E.E. Down in Division Three, leaders Sudbury were also beaten for the second week running, on a pitch where the bowlers dominated at West Bergholt. In form Great Horkesley & Lexden kept the pressure on at the top with a big win at Boxted, Shaakir Ahmed once again in the runs with his third successive century. In the T20 on Thursday, Abberton avoided bottom place in the East Division with a 117 run win at Elmstead, which condemned the hosts to that position.

 

Josh Wells' 93 and Charles Mallett's career best of 79 helped set-up a 93-run win for the Halstead and kept alive their slim hopes of Division One survival, while denting the title aspirations of Colchester & E.E. at the same time. Halstead won the toss and batted first, but an inspired opening spell by Oliver Hills (3-45) reduced the hosts to 38 for 3. Halstead skipper Josh King (22) hit 4 fours as he rebuilt in a 48-run stand with Mallett for the fourth wicket. Josh Wells then joined Mallett at the crease and the pair started to pick apart the Colchester bowling, hitting 26 fours between them in what would prove to be a pivotal 125-run fifth wicket partnership. Oscar Dias (2-26) eventually made the breakthrough in his first over, Mallett departing caught-and-bowled for an excellent 79. Wells continued to rotate the strike and punish any bad balls as he and Adam Morris (16) took the score past 250, but the former picked out Adnan Hasmi at cover to depart seven short of a deserved century. Jacob Drew (2-19) nipped out two late wickets as Halstead finished on 260-8 from their 40 overs. Adnan Hasmi (21) and Jamie McCarroll (14) opened for the visitors and it would be the latter who would depart first, Josh King (1-18) built pressure with a string of dot balls, causing McCarroll to drive straight back into the bowler's hands. Johnny Bassett-Graham (0) could not repeat his century scoring exploits of the previous week as he drove Callum Hansey (1-24) straight to Charles Mallett at mid-off, who took a good catch above his head. Hashmi and Oliver Hills (41) continued to accumulate for the visitors, with Hills belligerent to anything off line or length, hitting Hansey for three fours in an over and Wells for a big six into the pond. Off-spinner Ben Roper (4-36) accounted for the pair of them however, as he found prodigious turn to bowl both Hashmi and Hills. Colchester skipper Keir Young (17) was trapped lbw to give Roper his third wicket, whilst Oscar Baker (2) was stumped by Gary Dicker off Josh Wells (3 for 28). The pressure told on Colchester as their collapse from 94-3 to 102-7 was completed when Rahul Viswanath (3) could only pick out Hansey at cow corner to give Roper his fourth wicket. Trevor Edwards (27) and Max Dias (34) added 58 for the eighth wicket but were never in danger of threatening the required run rate as 13-year old twins Matthew (0-20) and James Tyson (0-14) bowled tight lines. Edwards and Dias would both fall to Wells, the former caught and bowled, the latter stumped by Dicker, whilst the final wicket was that of Jacob Drew (0), caught by Morgan Whymark off Chris Roper (1-8) as Halstead wrapped up a comfortable victory.

Ten man Clacton leapfrogged Colchester & E.E with a seven wicket victory at lowly Galleywood, who could not repeat the heroics of last weekend. Batting first, openers James Adams (62) and Tom Nurcombe (54) both completed half centuries as Galleywood looked to set a big total. However, after both wickets fell to David Fitzpatrick, on his way to respectable figures of 3 for 26 from 9 overs the innings petered out. Only Tim Dethridge (23) topped twenty for the remaining Galleywood batsmen as they were bowled out in the 37th over for 200 as Imran Sheikh (4 for 35) got amongst the wickets. Sam Adams (2 for 27 from 7) claimed two early Clacton wickets, before Stephen Engelman and Kieron Parkes (31) steadied the innings. After Parkes was dismissed, Engelman (86no) and Brad Pitts (58no) completed an unbroken fourth wicket stand to ease Clacton home with almost nine overs remaining.

Cavaliers unbeaten start in Division Two came to shuddering halt at Springfield. The home side made a rapid start with the visitors only fielding eight players due to a late departure and traffic. Springfield has reached 46 without loss in five overs before Cavaliers had their full complement of players. However, there was little comfort to be gained as Charlie Prudence went onto smash an excellent 218, which included 30 fours and seven sixes. His opening partner James Gooday (57no) recorded a half century himself as the pair put on a massive 286 for the first wicket. Prudence eventually succumbed to a catch on the boundary as Springfield posted a final score of 308 for 2. Alan Warley (1 for 17 from 6) and Jamie Trim (1 for 20 from 9) bowled tidy opening spells, which added scoreboard pressure to the Cavaliers run chase. Martin Southwell, a league season best (6 for 16) and Shan Thevasakayam (2 for 23) then reaped the rewards as Cavaliers slumped to 92 all out, with only Bipin Prabhu (23) topping twenty.

In Division Three, Sudbury suffered a second successive defeat in a low scoring match at West Bergholt. All seemed to be going well for Sudbury on a bowler friendly wicket, as West Bergholt were dismissed for 110. Ben Duncan (3 for 28), Will Fairs (3 for 20) and Ryan Vickery (2 for 9) in just over 30 overs. However, Joe Smith (3 for 21 from 9) and a superb spell from Shiraz Amin (3 for 4 from 9), saw the visitors collapse dramatically. Jonathan Amos (26) top scored, and Willie Amos (20no) also reached twenty, but with Harish Mahadevappa (2 for 22 from 9) and James Banks (2 for 7) claiming the remaining wickets they were bowled out for just 67. Mustafa Irshad (0 for 8 from 7) completed the excellent all round bowling performance from West Bergholt.

Great Horkesley & Lexden continued their recent winning run with a 141 run at bottom of the table Boxted. Shaakir Ahmed (126) was again the star for the Saxons, completing his third century in as many games. Jon Jones (79) gave him good support in a second wicket stand of 93, and he also enjoyed a partnership of 98, with Alistair Manhire although Manhire’s contribution was only 14. The visitors posted 299 for 7 from their 40 overs. Paul Harris (2 for 36) and Prakesh Day (2 for 23) each picked up a pair of wickets for Boxted. In reply, the reliable Steve Philpott (83) top scored for Boxted but they were restricted to 158 for 9, as Mohammed Ramali (3 for 16 from 9) and Paul Hart (1 for 27 from 9) bowled containing spells.

T20 East action on Thursday saw Elmstead and Abberton vying for the minor places, the loser finishing bottom of the division. Abberton batted first and then task was made easier by Elmstead fielding only nine men. Richard Moxon (33) and Tom Sawdon (78no) top scored in the Lions effort of 179 for 5. Fraser Eadie (1 for 16 from 4) was the pick of the Elmstead bowlers. Luke Bloom (2 for 19) then claimed the wickets of both openers, including top scorer Zak Pushman (20), before Alex Terry (3 for 5 from 3.4 overs) ripped through the lower order to dismiss Elmstead for 62 and defeat by 117 runs.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Charlie Prudence 218 Springfield v. Cavaliers
Shaakir Ahmed 126 Great Horkesley & Lexden v. Boxted

Martin Southwell 6 -- 16 Springfield v. Cavaliers

Performance of the Week
Josh Wells 93 & 3 for 28 Halstead v. Colchester & E.E.
Charlie Prudence 218 Springfield v. Cavaliers
Martin Southwell 6 for 16 Springfield v. Cavaliers
Shaakir Ahmed 126 Great Horkesley & Lexden v. Boxted

Congratulations to Shaakir Ahmed whose century last week, against Great Totham, saw him voted Performance of the Week for a second successive week 

Next Week
On Friday night it is the last of the T20 qualification matches as Abberton take on Colchester & E.E., the visitors needing something of a miracle to top Frinton’s net run rate and qualify for Finals Day. On Sunday, Colchester & E.E. entertain Mistley at Castle Park looking to climb back to the top of the table, while Halstead complete their campaign with a home fixture against Wivenhoe. In Division Two, Cavaliers will be looking for some bouncebackability as they entertain Stebbing at the Rugby Club, while Real Oddies host Kelvedon, both sides hoping to be able to fulfil the fixture after they both conceded last time out. In Division Three, the match of the day is at Mile End, as in form Great Horkesley & Lexden look to inflict a third successive defeat on Sudbury. In the other game in Division Three, Eight Ash Green welcome Great Totham to Fordham Heath.