North Essex Cricket League

Weekly Round-Up

Week 19 - August 18 - Colchester back on top in the title race

Colchester & E.E. went back to the top of Division One with a 95 run victory at home to Galleywood, Oliver Allison starring with the bat with 136. In Division Two, Springfield are now favourites to lift the title following a nine wicket win over bottom of the table Real Oddies, while top of the table Cavaliers suffered a heavy defeat at Kelvedon. Stebbing are now threatened with relegation following a second successive concession, which resulted in a ten point deduction. In Division Three, Sudbury completed their programme with a resounding win at home to wooden spoonists Boxted, Ryan Vickery top scoring for the hosts with 161. Great Horkesley & Lexden still have the title in their own hands, but must not slip up any further in their remaining three games, following defeat by Great Totham. Eight Ash Green got out of trouble to complete an 84 run victory over Coggeshall. The only five wicket haul of the weekend belonged to Coggeshall’s James Raine who took 5 for 20.

 

Colchester & E.E. NECL championship aspirations are still in their own hands following a 95 run win at home to already relegated Galleywood on Sunday. A win in their final match on the 1st September at Clacton will see them lift the title for the first time since 2014. Batting first after winning the toss it was a solid all round batting performance centred around Oliver Allison that saw Colchester post a score of 288 for 6. Allison claimed the plaudits with an excellent 136, while support was given by Adnan Hashni (39), Johnny Bassett-Graham (36) and Denson Narayan (45). Zak Hicks (2 for 36 from 8) was the most successful of the Galleywood bowlers. In reply, Galleywood posted 193 for 5 from their 40 overs, with Tim Dethridge (81) and Charlie Murray (75) both posting half centuries. Charlie Allison (3 for 43 from 9) and Denson Narayan (1 for 34 from 9) returning the best bowling spells for the hosts.

Springfield are now favourites for the Division Two title following a nine wicket victory at home to already relegated Real Oddies. The Oddies have been struggling in recent weeks to field sides, so to put a side out this week was a bonus. After losing the toss they were inserted and posted 122 all out in 33.3 overs. Jamie Trim (4 for 27) and Martin Southwell (4 for 29) causing the damage for the home side, while Ashok Sharma (24) was the top scorer for the Oddies. Springfield then cantered to victory in just over 24 overs, with James Gooday (33), Owen Swann (58no) and Rob Wickham (18no) seeing the game out for the home side.

Leaders Cavaliers suffered a heavy defeat at Kelvedon, and with their remaining two games both away from the Rugby Club their title odds have dwindled. Batting first after losing the toss at Rye Mill Lane on Sunday, Cavaliers slumped to 88 for 8, of which Muhammadi Nadeem (21) top scored. The wickets were shared around with Ed King (2 for 13), Jeremy King (2 for 21) and George Barton (2 for 23) all picking up braces. However, the pick of the bowlers was Ryan Sleet (3 for 11 from 7). Late order defiance from Neville Davidson (23 from 21 balls) in a ninth wicket stand of 31 lifted Cavaliers to 125 all out. Davidson (1 for 26) claimed an early wicket for the Cavaliers, before Matt Sexton (24) and Ed King put on a match winning stand of 79 for the second wicket. King (81no) and James Reid (13no) eased Kelvedon to an eight wicket success at the beginning of the 21st over. Cavaliers must go to Kelvedon again next weekend for their home game, re-arranged from World Cup final day.

Stebbing are into the bottom two following their concession at Witham, which resulted in a ten point deduction and saw Witham leapfrog them.

In Division Three, Sudbury and Boxted both completed their campaigns at Friar Street, with the hosts winning in emphatic fashion. Ryan Vickery (161) top scored for the home side, with support coming from Jonathan Amos (43), Keelan Waldock (29) and Willie Amos (29no), as they posted a formidable 295 for 4. Prakash Dey (2 for 55) and Daniel Morton (1 for 64) were the Boxted wicket takers. In reply, Boxted batted out the 40 overs to score 125 for 5, with skipper Kye Hayden (59) and Michael Dell (22) top scoring. Willie Amos (3 for 7 from 5) was the most successful of the Sudbury bowlers.

Great Horkesley & Lexden still have the title in their own hands, but there must be no more slip ups, after they were defeated by 55 runs by Great Totham at Great Braxted on Sunday. Naveed Maan (2 for 39) and Alistair Manhire (1 for 11) had reduced Totham to 33 for 3, before recovery largely from John Chadwick (30) and Harry Banyard (28) took them to 111 for 5. A sixth wicket stand of 76, between Dan Allen (55) and James Pook (41) took the Totham score to a more defendable total, and despite Jon Jones (3 for 40) taking both their wickets the hosts were able to post 208 for 9 from their 40 overs. The Saxons top order for once failed slipping to 33 for 3, and perhaps the writing was on the wall when the prolific Shaakir Ahmed was bowled by Sam Bowen (4 for 27) for just nine. Naveed Maan (39) and Toby Nickell-Lean (22) tried to rebuild the innings, but with John Chadwick (3 for 43) and Daniel Quartermaine (2 for 33) also in the wickets as the visitors innings once again stuttered. Skipper Robin Seller (21) saw the score past 150 to claim a third batting point, but his side were bowled out shortly afterwards for 153.

Eight Ash Green were in all sorts of trouble at home to Coggeshall, with James Raine (5 for 20 from 5) helping to reduce them to 66 for 6, this after they had reached 40 for 1, with Joe Young (24) leading the way. James Plummer (38) lifted the score past 100, with a 51 run stand for the seventh wicket with Ethan Wyatt (10), and when Ollie Licence became Ben Speakman’s third wicket (3 for 20) with the score at 136 for 9 it seemed that the end was imminent. However, an entertaining last wicket stand of 56 between Troy Collins (38) and Matt Murray (19no) took the Green to respectability, being bowled out at the beginning of the last over for 192. Collins (2 for 28) and Ethan Wyatt (1 for 21) then reduced the visitors to 39 for 3, before spin twins Alex Hammond (3 for 12) and Matt Murray (2 for 23) ripped through the lower ortder to bowl Coggeshall out for 108. Jack Raine, Ben Speakman and Trevor Chantry all posting 20 for the visitors, with a further four batsmen registering ducks.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Ryan Vickery 161 Sudbury v. Boxted
Oliver Allison 136 Colchester & E.E. v. Galleywood

James Raine 5 -- 20 Coggeshall v. Eight Ash Green

Performance of the Week
Oliver Allison 136 Colchester & E.E v. Galleywood
Jamie Trim & Martin Southwell 8 for 56 Springfield v. Real Oddies
Ryan Vickery 161 Sudbury v. Boxted
James Raine 5 for 20 Coggeshall v. Eight Ash Green

Congratulations to Colchester & E.E. Charlie Fernandes whose remarkable 50 ball 129 in the T20 qualifier with Abberton was voted as Performance of the Week.

Next Week
The first silverware will be won next Monday at the NECL T20 Finals Day, to be held this year at Halstead. The Semi Finals are due to start at 11am, with hosts Halstead playing reigning champions Colchester & E.E., while 2017 runners up Mistley will play 2016 champions Coggeshall. The final is expected to start around 3pm, spectators are more than welcome with the bar open. On Sunday, there is a shortened programme, in Division One, Mistley welcome Wivenhoe to New Road, both sides needing to win to have any outside hope of the title. In Division Two, Cavaliers and Kelvedon do battle again at Rye Mill Lane, with Cavaliers needing a win to make Springfield’s job a little more difficult. Stebbing host Real Oddies, looking for a win to lift them out of the bottom two. In Division Three, just the one game, sees Coggeshall welcome Great Totham to Harefield.