North Essex Cricket League

T20 Finals Day qualification was very much the key focus of NECL programme this week. On Sunday, in T20 West Halstead romped to a ten wicket success over previously unbeaten Coggeshall, however, due to Little Bardfield’s concession at Kelvedon, both have now qualified for Finals Day as they sit pretty at the top with 8 points each. The East division is a different matter, following Thursday’s results. Wivenhoe thumped champions Colchester & E.E at Castle Park by 8 wickets, while Mistley made it two out of two with a five run success at Abberton. Frinton, Wivenhoe and Mistley all have four points, while Colchester & E.E are one win back on two points. In the 40 over competition, Wivenhoe scored an eight wicket win over Mistley, this despite a daddy hundred from Kalipha Cele (146no). There was no games in Division Two, while in Division Three leaders Sudbury march to the title continued with a 34 run win over nearest rivals Great Totham. Coggeshall’s ten run victory over Boxted sees them leapfrog Totham into second place, but Totham do have games in hand.

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Four centuries this weekend as the sun shone all over Essex. Division One league leaders Colchester & E.E. maintained their unbeaten start with a 37 run victory over closest challengers Clacton. Although their task was made more difficult by only fielding nine men, Joe MacGregor 131 and young George Offord 5 for 27, the stand out performances for the winning side. Ryan Chamberlain had claimed 5 for 47 in the Colchester innings. At the bottom of the division Halstead scored a 24 run victory at Galleywood, with an all round performance from Mark Johnson proving the difference. In Division Two, Witham racked up a huge 278 for 3, with Carl Bragg 132 and Michael Godwin 126no, sharing a 252 run opening stand in their 180 run win over winless Real Oddies. Stebbing secured the other win in the division with a five wicket success at home to Springfield, Chris Townsend hitting an unbeaten 70 after taking 3 for 8 with the ball. In Division Three, Great Totham closed the gap on leaders Sudbury, with a nine wicket win over Boxted, Joe Davis scoring an unbeaten 102 for Totham in the run chase. Great Horkesley & Lexden made it two wins on the bounce with a 91 run win over Eight Ash Green. On Thursday, Mistley inflicted a defeat on Wivenhoe in the T20 East division, by a narrow 8 run margin, to leave the Hoe’s hopes of progressing to Finals Day in the balance, with tough games at Colchester and at home to Frinton still to come.

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After the heat of Saturday, it was a cooler day on Sunday for the NECL programme. In Division One, Mistley scored an important win over Galleywood to climb up the table. Division Two leaders Cavaliers benefitted for the second successive week from an opponents concession, to strengthen their position at the top. However, Witham’s concession saw them suffer a double whammy of 20 points deducted, 10 points for their second concession of the season, and 10 points for not notifying the Result Secretary by 10pm on the eve of the game. It is all well and good notifying the opponents but the Result Secretary has to be informed also ! In Division Three, Coggeshall scored a ten run win over Eight Ash Green to maintain second place, while Great Totham eased to a six wicket success at West Bergholt. Great Horkesley & Lexden were comfortable winners at home to Boxted. T20 action began on Thursday with Wivenhoe defeating Abberton by 6 wickets at The Brow, while on Sunday, champions Colchester & E.E. began with an impressive nine wicket success over Frinton. In the T20 West division Halstead made it three from three with an eight wicket success over Kelvedon.

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A shortened programme of NECL fixtures this week, as the cricket had to contend with the weather and Father’s Day. Both midweek T20 matches in the East division were cancelled due to consistent rain on Wednesday. The headlines were made by Coggeshall in their T20 West division game with Kelvedon as T20 records tumbled, with Matthew Short hitting a competition best of 178, while Coggeshall posted a highest ever score of 291 for 3. In Division One, Colchester & E.E are back on top of the table following a comfortable victory at home to Halstead. In Division Two, Cavaliers are the new leaders with their third win of the season, courtesy of a Real Oddies concession. In Division Three, unbeaten leaders Sudbury steam rollered Great Horkesley & Lexden to record their sixth win of the season, while West Bergholt claimed back to back wins with a 72 run success at Eight Ash Green. The other game in the T20 on Sunday saw Little Bardfield Village get off the mark this season, with a ten wicket success at home to Galleywood.

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Despite the best efforts of storm Miguel on Friday and Saturday, there was a full compliment of seven NECL matches played to a conclusion on Sunday. The top two in Division One, Clacton and Colchester &E.E. were both in action for the first time for a few weeks, and both claimed successes on their travels. In Division Two, Cavaliers are now the only unbeaten side following their win over previously unbeaten Springfield, while Stebbing lead the way despite a six wicket home defeat to Witham. In Division Three, Eight Ash Green made it back to back wins with a 33 run victory at home to Boxted, while West Bergholt got their first win of the season in emphatic fashion. After scoring 230 for 9 with the bat, they then skittled visitors Coggeshall for 27. Better luck for Coggeshall’s T20 outfit who have all but qualified for Finals Day, after recording a third straight win, this time at Galleywood. There were two centuries this week, Johnny Bassett-Graham scored 132 for Colchester & E.E. at Mistley, while Cavaliers Fowad Murtaza posted 116 in his sides victory over Springfield. Joe Smith of West Bergholt claimed the only five for of the weekend, with a spell of 5 for 5 at home to Coggeshall.

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The hottest day of the year greeted the start of the June NECL fixture list. In Division One, Halstead have their first success of the campaign following a narrow nine run success of Galleywood. In Division Two, Cavaliers, the last side to start their season recorded an excellent victory over previously unbeaten Stebbing, Noman Jalib posting an unbeaten 106 for the Cavs. Springfield maintained their unbeaten start with a 41 run win at Real Oddies. In Division Three, the Sudbury juggernaut continues with a fifth straight win, a ten wicket success over Boxted. There were much tighter affairs in the other two games, where Eight Ash Green and Great Horkesley & Lexden both prevailed with their first wins of the season over West Bergholt and Coggeshall respectively. In the T20 West division, Coggeshall scored a 94 run win over Witham, with Rob Cross battering an unbeaten 95 for the Cockerels. The T20 East double header at Ashlyn’s Road, resulted in a double for Frinton as they comfortably beat Elmstead and Abberton.

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