North Essex Cricket League

The weather held fine for Week 13 of the NECL. In Division One, Wivenhoe made it eight from eight with a win at Great Horkesley and Lexden. At New Road, Mistley and Frinton played what could be the future of Sunday cricket, a nine a side game !, with Frinton running out big winners in a 30 over per side game. It was a lot closer at Eight Ash Green, where Colchester & East Essex prevailed by one run in a game that boasted 540 runs. In Division Two, Halstead got back to winning ways with a convincing win over Great Totham. However, the bottom two both failed to gain ground on Great Totham, with Ardleigh losing at home to Witham by 8 wickets, and bottom Stebbing defeated by 84 runs at home to Gosfield. Unfortunately, there were two concessions in Division Three, with the top two the beneficiaries. Springfield beat Kelvedon, while second placed Galleywood beat bottom side Harwich, who were deducted a further ten points for their second concession of the season. There was just one game in Division Four, with leaders Braintree defeating Coggeshall, with 15 year old Lee Fullgrabe starring for the Dolphins. Great Horkesley & Lexden 2nds had to provisionally concede to Tendring, but both sides are looking to re-arrange the fixture. Thursday evening action in the T20 East division saw Wivenhoe break the T20 record with a massive 268 for 8, in their win over Mistley, which sees them as the first side into Finals Day. In the other game in the Division scheduled for this coming Thursday, Great Bentley have already conceded to Colchester & E.E. In the West Division Kelvedon have leap frogged Braintree into the qualifying places, after 7 Para conceded their fixture on Friday.
Individually, there was just the one century this week, with Blake Reed of Frinton hitting an unbeaten 128 in his sides victory over Mistley, while Colchester’s Alex Berry just missed out with 96 against Eight Ash Green. There were two five wicket performances, with Justin Rose (6 for 27) for Gosfield against Stebbing the best. Wivenhoe’s James Sparling returned an impressive 5 for 16 in the T20 East game on Thursday. While in Division Four, all round performance of the week came from Braintree’s young Lee Fullgrabe, who backed up his 84 with a bowling spell of 4 for 34 in the top of the table win over Coggeshall.

Read more: Week 13 - July 9

A number of one sided matches over the weekend, and of course the customary concessions. In Division One, there were big wins for leaders Wivenhoe at home to Clacton, and for Mistley at Great Horkelsey & Lexden. The other scheduled game between Colchester & E.E. and Elmstead is to be re-scheduled for later in the season. In Division Two, Great Totham took the derby honours with a comprehensive win over Witham. The top two in Division Three, both won to open up a small gap on the chasing teams, Springfield revenging there only reverse of the season at Abberton, while Galleywood were winners at Kelvedon. Cavaliers were victors down at Harwich, but both sides remain ensconced in the relegation zone. There was a shock in Division Four, Coggeshall could have gone top but were defeated by lowly Tendring in the closest game of the weekend. The other game saw Great Braxted & Tiptree thump Boxted. T20 action on Sunday saw Braintree defeat 7 Para in the West Division, while Coggeshall’s concession to 7 Para on Wednesday evening sees the champions exit the competition at the group stage. The game in the T20 East Division between Ipswich and Great Bentley was conceded last weekend by the visitors.
Individually, the headlines belong to Wivenhoe pair, Liam Hope-Shackley (113no) who scored the only century of the weekend, while skipper Matt Durrell became the first batsmen to 500 NECL runs, when compiling 67. Bowling performance of the weekend came from Braintree’s Geoff Eveling who returned 4 for 17 in his side’s T20 success over 7 Para. Galleywood's wicketkeeper Josh Felton had a good afternoon at Kelvedon, claiming 5 dismissals, 4 catches and 1 stumping.

Read more: Week 12 - July 2

The halfway point of the season, and after the results at the weekend, Wivenhoe possess the only unbeaten record in the 40 over league, as Halstead and Braintree both suffered their first reverses. In Division One, Frinton made it five top flight wins on the bounce with a 20 run win at home to Mistley in a high scoring match which lifts the Seasiders up to third. Eight Ash Green claimed their first victory of the season at the seventh attempt with a narrow victory at Great Horkesley & Lexden. There are new leaders in Division Two, after second placed Copdock & OI ended Halstead’s unbeaten start with a seven wicket win at Star Stile. Chappel & Wakes Colne are just behind Halstead on net run rate, following a 26 run win at Witham. In Division Three, leaders Springfield were comfortable winners at Harwich, while third placed Abberton got back to winning ways with a six wicket success at West Bergholt. Kelvedon won a low scoring match at Chappel to climb to fourth. One game in Division Four, but it served up plenty of runs as Real Oddies prevailed over previously unbeaten Braintree by three runs in a game that witnessed 521 runs. In the T20, there was a chastening debut for 7 Para RHA as Little Bardfield Village completed their second win in the East Division, by racking up the highest ever team score in the T20 competition with a massive 255 for 4. Unfortunately, the fiasco of the West Division continues as Great Bentley conceded to Wivenhoe, and have also served early notice that they will concede to Ipswich next week – Ipswich will therefore have completed their group games without having to take to the field.
Individually there were no centuries and just one five wicket haul this weekend, the best batting performance of the weekend belonging to Malien Mudalige (91) for Real Oddies at Braintree. Kelvedon’s Thata Tshose claimed 5 for 33 in his sides victory at Chappel & WC 2nds. There was also a sensational partnership in the T20 by Little Bardfield brothers Matt and Tom Graham who smashed 104 from 35 balls in their teams victory over 7 Para.

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The NECL was sweltering on Sunday as temperatures reached the highest of the year, unfortunately the clash with Father’s Day also had an impact with four matches cancelled due to lack of player availability. The league management committee took the decision last Thursday that in the event of concessions through player availability, the conceding side can make representations to their opponents to re-arrange to an alternative date in the season. This is an attempt to get as much cricket on as possible, given the considerable amount of concessions to date. However, the re-arrangement should not be without prejudice to the side who were able to fulfil the fixture on the original date, and only on their agreement. If no date can be found the original concession will stand.
In Division One, second placed Elmstead got out of jail against Eight Ash Green, while there were also wins for Frinton and Mistley. In Division Two, Chappel & Wakes Colne were made to work hard for a four run success over nine man Stebbing, while Gosfield were unable to field a side at home to Witham and had to concede. In Division Three, Galleywood are up to second following an eight wicket success over Chappel &Wakes Colne 2nds, while Abberton slipped to third after defeat at Kelvedon. West Bergholt were the highest scorers of the weekend, posting a massive 297 for 4, in their big win over Harwich & Dovercourt. In Division Four, only one of three scheduled games took place with Boxted completing a ten wicket win over Real Oddies. Great Horkesley & Lexden 2nds conceded for the second week running, so slip to the foot of the table, while Braintree remain unbeaten at the top, with three of their four wins coming by conceding opponents. Great Braxted & Tiptree were unable to raise a side against Coggeshall, but the two sides are looking at a mutually agreeable date to re-arrange. In T20 East, there was a third concession in four matches to date, as Ipswich were unable to raise a side against Wivenhoe.
Individually, there were four centurions and two fivefor’s completed in the NECL. Elmstead’s Jordan Elliot (131) top scored with his third ton of the season, while in the same game Ryan Vickery claimed the best bowling figures of the weekend with 6 for 11. Mistley’s James Scott scored an important unbeaten 111 in his sides two wicket success over Clacton. While there were centuries for two West Bergholt players in their big win in Division Three, Dan Wheeler (115) and Matt Rogers (107no) making hay in the sunshine, while Matt McDonald was the other fivefor claiming 5 for 29 for West Bergholt in the same game against Harwich.

Read more: Week 10 - June 18

Sad but probably inevitable news this week, sees the first NECL withdrawal of the season as Rayne confirmed their decision, after conceding three matches in the first month. On a warm afternoon, Division One leaders Wivenhoe extended their winning run to six, with a thumping victory over Great Horkelsey & Lexden. Colchester & E.E were comfortable winners over Eight Ash Green, while Frinton completed a double over neighbours Clacton. There was only one game in Division Two, but it pitted the unbeaten records of Halstead and Chappel & Wakes Colne together at Star Stile, with the hosts edging a nervy encounter. In Division Three, there was an upset for leaders Springfield who were beaten at home by second placed Abberton. Third placed Galleywood held off a spirited run chase by Cavaliers, winning by eight runs, while Harwich & Dovercourt were thankful to the hospitality of Mistley Cricket Club, who accommodated their match against Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nds, after their ground was unplayable due to Travellers incursion. Harwich run out comfortable winners posting the biggest score of the weekend with 308 for 6. Great Braxted & Tiptree were left frustrated for the third week running in the only game in Division Four, as opponents Great Horkesley & Lexden seconds were unable to field a side. There were two games in the T20 West Division, which now sees a very complicated picture with four sides level on two points each. Braintree won a high scoring encounter at home to Kelvedon, while champions Coggeshall’s hopes of progressing to the Finals Day were dealt a further blow when they were beaten at home by Little Bardfield Village.
Individually, there were two centurions this weekend, with Braintree’s William Jackson producing a record score in the T20, with a blistering 129 off of 54 balls in the game against Kelvedon. Abberton’s Jon Ward scored his second century of the season with 106 against Springfield in Division Three. Two five fors, came from Eight Ash Green’s Alex Hammond (5 for 22) in their defeat at Colchester & E.E., and a maiden five wicket haul for Halstead’s Aaron Read (5 for 34) in their top of the table clash with Chappel & Wakes Colne.

Read more: Week 9 - June 11

Another disappointing weekend as far as concessions were concerned with another three to add to the ever increasing tally, leaving play in just seven matches. In Division One, Great Horkesley & Lexden are out of the bottom two following their win over Clacton. Eight Ash Green remain bottom, although they did put up a good show against Mistley who climb to third. In Division Two, Chappel & Wakes Colne remain unbeaten, following their eight wicket win over Great Totham. Copdock are going well in third place and were convincing winners over Gosfield. Ardleigh are off the bottom courtesy of their first win of the season, albeit a concession by visitors Stebbing. Stebbing slip to the foot of the table following a twenty point deduction, 10 points for their second concession, and ten points for not notifying the Results Secretary by 10pm on Saturday.

In Division Three, Springfield are becoming increasingly frustrated having being called off for a third week running, Cavaliers this week conceding to leave the Chelmsford side still unbeaten with five out of five wins. The other unbeaten record went in convincing fashion as West Bergholt were thrashed at home by Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds. In Division Four, Real Oddies are back up to third following a ten wicket success over Great Horkesley & Lexden 2nds, who were skittled for 51. Great Braxted & Tiptree have their first win of the season, as Rayne for the third successive match had to concede, resulting in a ten point deduction. While T20 action saw a surprise as champions Coggeshall were humbled by five wickets on their own manor, by Kelvedon.
Individually, there was just the one century as Daniel Goff posted 104 in Mistley’s win at Eight Ash Green. Five wicket hauls came from Real Oddies debutant Upel Apeysingha who claimed impressive figures of 6 for 7 from 9 overs, and in the T20, Kelvedon’s Alex Holder was the match winner as he claimed figures of 5 for 13

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