North Essex Cricket League

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Divisional Teams of the Year 2017

The 12 players selected for each of the Divisional Teams of the Year are listed below, and are my own personal opinion and statistically based. Because of the number of games lost through concessions and withdrawals, to qualify, players have had to have played five games in Division One and Three, four games in Division Two and Four, and three games in the T20.

No prizes are awarded for being selected in the Team of the Year, just the prestige of being one of the 60 players selected.

Division One sees three players from champions Wivenhoe, three players from Clacton, two players from Mistley and Elmstead, and one player each from Frinton and Great Horkesley & Lexden.

Matt Durrell * (Wivenhoe), James Stamatis (Mistley), Jordan Elliott (Elmstead), Liam Hope-Shackley (Wivenhoe), Haydn Erfuth (Clacton), Kemar Smith (Frinton), Daniel Goff (Mistley), Ryan Vickery (Elmstead), Daniel Smith + (Clacton), Bradley Pitts (Clacton), Luke Conway (GHL),  12th James Butcher (Wivenhoe)

Opening up for the Division One side an ever present in the five years of team of the year, is Wivenhoe opener and captain Matt Durrell who was the league’s leader scorer with 721 runs at 80.11, passing fifty in eight of his twelve innings and posting a highest 161no against Clacton. He also claimed 18 wickets at 14.94 with a best of 3 for 24, and an economy rate of 3.56. Nine catches and 1 run out are added to his CV, while captaining Wivenhoe to 12 victories in thirteen matches and claiming the title for the first time since 1984, sees him named as captain for the Division One side. Alongside him at the top of the order is Mistley’s hard hitting Aussie, James Stamatis. Stamatis scored 597 runs at 85.29, which included one century (111 v Clacton) and seven fifties in his ten innings. He often started the innings in a rush, epitomised by his unbeaten 75 off 20 balls against Great Horkesley & Lexden late in the season. At number three it is Elmstead’s Jordan Elliott who topped the First Division Batting Averages with 445 runs at 89.00. His haul included three centuries and one fifty, with a best of 131 against Eight Ash Green, when batting at number eight. He also could be relied on to take important wickets, ending the season with 12 victims at 22.67. At number four is the second Wivenhoe man, and their overseas star Liam Hope-Shackley. The Aussie had much to do with Wivenhoe’s success in 2017, ending the season just seven runs behind Matt Durrell with 714 at 79.33 – his haul included three centuries and three fifties in 12 innings with a best of 136 not out v. Eight Ash Green. He also claimed 21 wickets with the ball to end the season as the second highest wicket taker in the Division. His 21 wickets were taken at 13.90, with an economy of 3.67, and included two five wicket hauls with a best of 6 for 45 against Frinton in the title decider on the 24th September. At number five is Clacton Aussie Haydn Erfuth. Erfuth was one of four batsmen in Division One to top 500 runs, scoring 593 at 84.71 which included six fifties and a best of 97 not out against Elmstead. He was also the leading fieldsman in the Division, with 13 catches and one run out. Runners Up Frinton’s only member of the elite twelve in Division One is Kemar Smith who would bulk up a strong middle order at six. He scored 452 runs at 45.90 which included one century (146 v Colchester & E.E. ) and two fifties. He also took 17 wickets at an average of 17.29 in 55 overs. At seven is the second Mistley man, Daniel Goff. Goffy posted 452 runs at 75.33, which included two centuries, a highest of 118 not out against Elmstead, and two fifties in the seven innings he batted in.  Elmstead’s second man comes in at number eight, Ryan Vickery, not for his more than useful batting (274 runs at 34.25, including one century and two fifties and a best of 103 v. Clacton, but more for his bowling which saw him top the Division averages with 17 wickets at 9.71, and an economy rate of 3.02. He took two five wicket hauls with a best of 6 for 11 versus Eight Ash Green. At number nine is Clacton wicketkeeper batsmen Daniel Smith, who scored 237 runs at 23.70, while making the most wicket keeping dismissals in the division with 11, 8 catches and 3 stumpings. At ten it is Clacton’s third player, Bradley Pitts, who was the leading wicket taker in Division One with 23 wickets at 19.57. He took two five wicket hauls with a best of 5 for 23 against Clacton. He also scored 289 runs at an average of 36.13, which included three half centuries. Bringing up the tail at number eleven is Luke Conway of Great Horkesley & Lexden, who did not have the best of seasons with the bat with 155 at 19.38, but was high up in the wicket taking table with 16 wickets at 17.69. This included two of the best three five wicket hauls in Division One with a league best of 7 for 28 against Elmstead, and a strike rate of a wicket every 19.13 balls. Finally, twelfth man duties go to Wivenhoe’s James Butcher who could fit into the side with either bat or ball, having scored 287 at 57.40, and taken 13 wickets at 16.23 with an economy of 3.58.

The Division Two side sees three selections from champions Copdock & OI, three from Runners Up Chappel & Wakes Colne, three from Halstead, two from Witham and one from Ardleigh.

Harry Bailey (Copdock & OI), Kurt Lamont (Ardleigh), Ross Wyatt (Chappel & WC), Michael Godwin (Witham), Carl Bragg * (Witham), Daniel Leggett (Copdock & OI), Joe Morris (Halstead),  Scott Woottton + (Copdock & OI), Harry Carter (Chappel & WC), Sam King (Chappel & WC), Ben Roper (Halstead), 12th Aaron Read (Halstead)

Opening up for the Division Two side is Copdock’s Harry Bailey who played just four matches for the champions, and scored 396 runs which included three centuries with a best of 146 not out against Ardleigh. He was also no fool when called upon with the ball taking a best of 4 for 31 against Great Totham. His opening partner is the durable Kurt Lamont of Ardleigh, who makes the team of the year for the fifth successive year. Kurt was the top scorer in the Division with 506 runs at an average of 72.29, which included one century (119 not out v. Stebbing) and three fifties. He also took 15 wickets when called on to bowl, with a best of 6 for 48 against Great Totham. At number three, is Chappel’s first entry into the side, promoted to opener for his club Ross Wyatt excelled in his new pinch hitting position scoring 477 runs to top the Divisional Averages with an average of 79.50. His haul included one century (112 not out against Copdock) and two fifties. He also took nine wickets when called on to ply his main trade. At number four, is Witham’s Michael Godwin who was the third highest scorer in the league with 433 runs at 54.13 with a best of 96 against Stebbing. He posted four half centuries in his haul. At number five is the captain of the Division Two side, Carl Bragg of Witham. Bragg scored 262 runs in just six innings at 87.33, with three fifties and a best of 65 against Great Totham. He also took 11 wickets at 10.73. Number six belongs to Copdock, with Daniel Leggett scoring 256 runs at 51.20, with a best of 99 against Witham. He also took 9 wickets at 16.67, with a strike rate of a wicket every 20 balls. At number seven is Halstead’s Joe Morris who scored 324 runs at 54.00, with a best of 84 against Chappel & Wakes Colne in his three half centuries. He also took 11 wickets at 17.80, and took six catches in the outfield. The wicket keeper for the Division Two side, is Copdock player Scott Wootton who took 10 dismissals at the wicket (6 catches and 4 stumpings). He also scored 178 runs at 29.67, with two fifties and a best of 63 against Great Totham. The bowling department is headed up by Chappel & Wakes Colne’s Harry Carter who was the leading wicket taker and only player to reach 30 wickets in league in 2017, at an impressive average of 9.50 to top the Second Division bowling averages.  He only took one five wicket haul (5 for 11 versus Ardleigh) which shows his consistency throughout the campaign. He also boasted an economy at 3.02 runs per over, as well as an impressive strike rate of 18.87. His team mate, Sam King was the second highest wicket taker in the Division with 18 wickets at 17.17 and fills the number ten spot for the Divisional side. Making up the eleven is Halstead’s Ben Roper who was third leading wicket taker with 17 wickets at 16.76, and consistently picked up wickets throughout the season with a best of 3 for 11. Twelfth man duties go to Halstead’s third entry into the side Aaron Read who was the meanness bowler in the Division with an economy rate of 2.99, and 12 wickets at an average of 15.83 and a best of 5 for 34 against Chappel & Wakes Colne.

The Division Three side boasts four players from champions Galleywood, two from Springfield and Kelvedon, and one each from Abberton, Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds and West Bergholt.

Charlie Prudence (Springfield), Ed King (Kelvedon), Dan McIntyre (Galleywood), Dan Wheeler (West Bergholt), Ben Rayner (Galleywood), Chris Pettit * (Abberton), Josh Felton + (Galleywood), Martin Southwell (Springfield), Clay Westwood (Galleywood), Will Wilton-Steer (Kelvedon), Zack Hicks (Galleywood), 12th Ben Jackson (Chappel & WC 2nd)

Opening the innings for the Division Three side is Springfield’s Charlie Prudence who topped the divisional averages with 480 runs at an average of 80.00, his tally included two fifties and one century, the century being the highest of the season with an unbeaten 198 against Kelvedon in April. His opening partner is Kelvedon’s Ed King who scored 494 runs in the campaign, at 49.40, with two centuries and two fifties and a best of 138 not out against Harwich & Dovercourt.  He also claimed eight wickets at 14.63. At number three is Galleywood’s Dan McIntyre who scored the most runs in the division with 547 runs at 68.38. His haul included four fifties with a best of 96. He also claimed 17 wickets at 13.82, and his all round ability was endorsed by taking seven catches in the outfield. At number four is West Bergholt’s only entry Dan Wheeler, who scored 376 runs at an average of 62.67, which included two centuries, and a best of 156 not out against Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds.. He also took 9 wickets at 16.56m and claimed six catches and a run out in the field. Ben Rayner is the second Galleywood man and occupies a middle order berth with 477 runs at 68.14, he scored five half centuries with a best of 84. He also provided a safe pair of hand with 12 catches in the outfield. At number six is Abberton all rounder Chris Pettit, who would also take on the role of captain of the Division Three side. Pettit scored 395 runs at 56.43 with three half centuries and a best of 93 not out against Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds.  He also took 15 wickets at an average of 16.27, with an impressive best bowling performance of 6 for 1 against Harwich & Dovercourt. He was also effective in the field with 11 catches and 1 run out.  Wicketkeeping duties for the Division Three side go to Galleywood’s Josh Felton who claimed the most dismissals in the division at the wicket with seven catches and two stumpings. He also added a useful middle order haul of 122 runs at 30.50. At number eight is Springfield stalwart Martin Southwell, who claimed 16 wickets at 12.63 with a strike rate of 19.50. He claimed a wicket in all but one of his seven bowling stints with a best of 4 for 14 against West Bergholt. At number nine is Galleywood’s Clay Westwood who topped the divisional bowling averages with 15 wickets at 12.13, and an economy rate of 2.70. He often claimed early wickets in an opening burst to set the opposition on the defensive. Kelvedon’s second man in the side is Will Wilton-Steer, who was the second leading wicket taker in the division with 18 wickets at 13.50, and a best of 5 for 24 against Cavaliers.  The final Galleywood man is Clay Westwood’s fellow opening bowler Zack Hicks who claimed 17 wickets at 16.18, and had a particularly fruitful spell at the end of the season, including a best of 4 for 17 against Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nds. On twelfth man duties for the Division Three side is the leading wicket taker in the division Ben Jackson of Chappel and Wakes Colne seconds. He took 19 wickets with a best of 3 for 8 against Cavaliers.

The Division Four side has four players from Real Oddies, three players from Boxted, two each from champions Braintree and Coggeshall, and one from Tendring.

Louis Gibson (Coggeshall), Craig Watts (Real Oddies), Kane Addison * (Coggeshall), Richard Springett (Boxted), Carl Lees (Braintree), Steve Philpott (Boxted), Malien Mudalige (Real Oddies), Pete Pearson (Real Oddies), Lee Fullgrabe (Braintree), Ian Wilkinson + (Tendring), Scott Rees (Real Oddies), 12th Matthew Wilson (Boxted)

Opening up for the Division Four side is prolific Coggeshall youngster Louis Gibson, who scored 398 runs and topped the Division Four averages with an average of 79.60. His five innings, included three centuries and a best of 117 against Tendring, and one fifty.  His opening partner is Real Oddies Craig Watts, who scored 220 runs at an average of 44.00 from his opening berth. He posted a highest score of 94 not out in the game with Tendring in May. At number three is the captain of the side, Kane Addison of Coggeshall. Addison was the top scorer with the bat (454 runs at 56.75) in the Division, and also the leading wicket taker with 20 wickets at 6.00. With the bat he posted three fifties and one century, with a best of 112 against Boxted, while with the ball he topped the Division Four averages, returning one five wicket haul, 6 for 39 against Great Braxted & Tiptree. He was also fairly miserly with an economy rate of 2.94, and a strike rate of a wicket every 12.25 balls. At number four is the first Boxted player, Richard Springett who was the third highest scorer in the division with 272 runs at an average of 45.33, this included one century, 110 against Great Braxted & Tiptree, and one fifty.  The first of two players from champions Braintree is Carl Lees, who scored 213 runs at an average of 42.60. This included two half centuries with a best of 72 against Coggeshall. He also claimed five catches and a stumping in the field. At number six, is the second Boxted player, the consistent Steve Philpott, who was the fourth highest scorer in the division with 234 runs at 39.00. This included two fifties with a best of 86 against champions Braintree.  At seven and eight are Real Oddies pairing Malien Mudalige and Pete Pearson. Mudalige scored 191 runs with a best of 91 coming in Braintree’s only defeat of the season. He scored his runs at 31.83. He also appears in the leading wicket takers with ten wickets at 18.60, and an economy of 3.96. His best bowling spell was 5 for 19 against Coggeshall in July. Pearson boasts a similar record, with 141 runs at 17.63, with a best of 69 in the same game against Braintree. He was the tightest bowler in the division with an economy rate of 2.87 over 60 overs, and bowled 27 overs in three games in July and August that went for just 33 runs. He took ten wickets at 17.20 in the season. At number is the second Braintree player, Lee Fullgrabe, the youngster as the making of a good all rounder, scoring 124 runs at 31.00 with a best of 84 not out against Coggeshall, as well as taking ten wickets at 18.10, and a best of 4 for 34 in the same game. At number ten is the  most successful wicketkeeper in the Division, and as a result he is given the duties of the gloves for the divisional side. Tendring’s Ian Wilkinson took eight catches at the wicket, and could add some useful runs at the lower end of the order (he scored an unbeaten 33 from 29 balls in a two wicket victory over Coggeshall in July).  Making up the eleven is Boxted’s, Matthew Wilson who took eleven wickets at 14.64, to finish second in the Divisional Averages, and was the leading outfielder with eight catches to his name. Twelfth man duties for the Division Four side belongs to the fourth Real Oddies man, Scott Rees. Rees was the second most successful wicket taker in the division with twelve wickets at 15.67, and a best of 4 for 10 against Boxted.

With just fifteen games played in the T20, the criteria for qualifying for the Divisional team was reduced to just three matches. Representing the T20 side, are three players from Wivenhoe, three from Braintree, three from Little Bardfield Village, two from Kelvedon and one from Mistley.

James Stamatis (Mistley), William Jackson (Braintree), Matt Durrell (Wivenhoe), Liam Hope-Shackley (Wivenhoe), Daniel Chalk (Braintree), Matt Graham * (Little Bardfield Village), Daryl Hymas (Little Bardfiled Village), Daniel Garner (Braintree), Jordan Nicholls + (Wivenhoe), Ian Catley (Little Bardfield Village), Alex Holder (Kelvedon), 12th Ed King (Kelvedon)

Four of the twelve players also double up, by appearing in their 40 over divisional sides. At the top of the order is the first of these, Mistley’s hard hitting Aussie James Stamatis, who top scored in the competition with 192 runs at 96.00, including ten sixes. He scored two fifties in his three innings and a best of 97 not out against Great Bentley. He also bowled nine overs in the competition with a healthy economy rate of just 4.11, and took four catches in the outfield. His opening partner will be Braintree’s William Jackson, who hit the headlines in June, when he smashed an NECL T20 record 129 against Kelvedon. He totalled 137 runs at an average of 45.67. The Wivenhoe pairing of Matt Durrell and Liam Hope-Shackley appear at three and four. Durrell scored 158 runs at 52.67 with a best of 87 not out in the semi final against Kelvedon.  Hope-Shackley scored 147 runs at 49.00, with two half centuries and a best of 68 against Mistley. Number five is the second Braintree player Daniel Chalk, who was the second top scorer in the competition with 166 runs at 41.50. His haul included the only other T20 century of the season, 100 versus Coggeshall. He was also the master blaster in the competition with eleven maximums.  At number six is the captain of the T20 side, Matt Graham from Little Bardfield Village. He led his side to top a competitive group before succumbing in the semi final to Mistley. Matt scored 149 runs at 49.67, which included a best of 83 not out against 7 Para. He also hit ten sixes. He also topped the bowling averages in the competition with five wickets at 6.80, with a more than useful economy rate of 4.25. Furthermore, he took three catches in the outfield.  At number seven, his fellow villager Daryl Hymas who would be a more than useful middle order batsmen scoring 121 runs at 34.67. At number eight is the final Braintree man Daniel Garner who scored 104 runs at 34.67 with one fifty, 51 against Coggeshall.  At number nine is the T20 wicketkeeper, Wivenhoe’s Jordan Nicholls, who made four dismissals at the wicket with two catches and one innings. Not called on to bat too much for his side he scored an unbeaten 38 in his only T20 innings against Mistley.  At number ten is the third Little Bardfield man, Ian Catley who was the leading wicket taker in the competition with ten wickets at 7.50, and a T20 record best of 6 for 16 against Braintree. He also had a healthy economy rate of 5.36. He can also give the ball a healthy whack and scored 94 runs at 18.80, which included a top score of 43 in the losing semi final against Mistley. At number eleven is Kelvedon bowler Alex Holder who finished second in the bowling averages with six wickets at 7.33, and a best of 5 for 13 against Coggeshall. He also boasted a tidy economy rate of less than a run a ball at 5.50. Twelfth man duties for the T20 side belong to Kelvedon’s Ed King, who scored 93 in his three innings to finish fifth in the batting averages, with an average of 46.50, and a best of 49 against Braintree.