Week 15 - July 23
- Last Updated: Thursday, 27 July 2017 21:54
- Published: Wednesday, 26 July 2017 08:38
- Written by Kevin Hewes
Irony personified in Week 15, as the NECL woke up to sunshine and NO concessions, but within an hour of the afternoon start time, virtually every game had fallen to monsoon like rain that hit Essex. It was the first time there had be no concessions since the second week of the season on April 23. Incredibly, one game got to a conclusion as Division Four leaders Braintree defeated Boxted by 84 runs.
Disappointingly the admin was particularly poor this week, with five teams failing to e-mail the result in by 10pm on Sunday, and a further three teams failing to upload to Play-Cricket within 48 hours. Admin stays the same for all matches, whether they are played or cancelled, so fines will be applied accordingly. Play-Cricket scorecards are still to be uploaded by West Bergholt, Boxted and Kelvedon in the T20.
Twenty six overs of play were possible at Elmstead, as the hosts reached 163 for 5. Ryan Vickery was unbeaten on 50 when the rain came, after Josh Elliott (46), Elliot Mann (28) and D Loveless (23) had scored well at the top of the order. Keith Hammond (3 for 25) and Will Spicer (2 for 67) shared the wickets for the Green.
Colchester & E.E. were racing along at home to Mistley, having reached 108 for 1 in 15.1 overs. Colchester skipper Jack Hebron had posted an unbeaten 62, in a second wicket stand of 98 with Joe MacGregor (28no).
Second placed Halstead had their hosts Gosfield on the backfoot in their derby match. Mark Bloomfield (22) top scored for Gosfield, while Joe Docherty (19no) was still unbeaten at the crease after retiring hurt earlier in the game after top edging into his head. Aaron Read (2 for 16 from 9) had bowled an excellent opening spell, as Gosfield reached 54 for 4 in the 20th over.
Chappel & Wakes Colne and Ardleigh had reached the 19th over, with Chappel batting and scored 81 for 2. Ross Wyatt continued his purple patch of form, with an unbeaten 37 from 63 balls. Graham Cole had bowled tightly for Ardleigh at the beginning of the innings his six overs going for eight runs.
There was little play in the south of the county, the Great Totham and Stebbing game lasting only five overs with the hosts 25 without loss, Josh Chadwick hitting an unbeaten 17 which included two fours and a six.
There was even less play at Witham where the leaders Copdock were thwarted as the game was cancelled without a ball being bowled.
Second placed Galleywood were well on top at West Bergholt, reducing the hosts to 30 for 5. There was a dramatic collapse for Bergholt as they slumped from 24 without loss to 25 for 5, as Clay Westwood (3 for 14) and Zack Hicks (2 for 12) caused mayhem before the rain came.
Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds were 41 for 2 after 8 overs at The Brow, Abberton’s Dave Booker claiming both Chappel wickets to fall on his way to figures of 2 for 20 from 4.
In the bottom of the table clash, Cavaliers were going well having reached 65 for 1 in 13.3 overs against Harwich & Dovercourt. Muhammadi Nadeem (28) was the wicket to fall, while Ed Parry (13no) and Thamarai Janganan (17no) were unbeaten at the wicket.
Not sure how they managed it, but Boxted and Braintree played the best part 77 overs in their Division Four encounter at Cage Lane. Braintree batted first and saw all their batsmen reach double figures as they posted 196 for 6 from their 40 overs. Carl Lees (68) led the way, with a useful late contribution from Jeremy Hollingsworth (34no). Veteran Sylvester McKnight (3 for 40) was the pick of the Boxted bowlers. In reply, Lee Fullgrabe (2 for 18 from 9) and Grace Poole (2 for 11 from 7) put the home side under pressure, before Matthew Hollingsworth (4 for 32) reaped the rewards as Boxted were bowled out for 106. Christopher Leech (2 for 8) completed the wicket taking for the Dolphins.
The rains hit early at Great Braxted with both sides ready for action. Despite waiting until 2pm, the gathering clouds and a second cloudburst forced the abandonment without a ball being bowled.
Ten overs play were possible at Mile End, where Great Horkesley & Lexden had reached 34 for 2, Tendring’s Gary Jenno (2 for 8 from 4) taking the two wickets to fall. Ali Manhire (19no) the only Saxons player in double figures.
T20 – West
Little Bardfield Village are virtually assured of their second Finals Day appearance, following the abandonment of their game at Kelvedon. Kelvedon were arguably on top having restricted the Village to 94 for 8 from their 20 overs. Kelvedon now have to wait on the result of the final game in the division between LBV and Braintree to see if they reach the last four.
No performance of the week this week due to the lack of cricket.
Action begins tomorrow evening as Colchester & East Essex and Mistley contend what effectively is a quarter final in the T20 competition. Next Sunday, sees a mouth watering match at Castle Park as leaders Wivenhoe look to cement their championship credentials. Second placed Elmstead welcome Mistley, while there will be a much needed win for either Clacton or Great Horkelsey & Lexden as they meet at Vista Road. In Division Two, the top three are all at home, leaders Copdock & OI welcome Great Totham. Second placed Halstead are home to Ardleigh, while Chappel & Wakes Colne host Gosfield. There is a full programme in Division Three, leaders Springfield welcome West Bergholt in a game that was re-arranged due to the A12 shenanigans earlier in the season. Second placed Galleywood travel to Abberton. The bottom two are both at home, with Cavaliers fancying their chances against Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds. Harwich welcome Kelvedon in the other match. In Division Four, second meet third, as Real Oddies host Coggeshall, while the second string of Great Horkesley & Lexden host Boxted. The final game in the T20 West group takes place as Little Bardfield Village host Braintree, anything other than a win for the visitors will see them exit the competition.