Weekly Round-Up

Week 6 (May 27th) - Colchester & Clacton serve up a tie at the Park

Just the five games in the NECL on a pleasant Bank Holiday Sunday. In Division One, leaders Wivenhoe made it three wins on the bounce with a 135 run win at home to Mistley. Colchester & E.E and Clacton served up the competitions first tied match in four seasons at Castle Park. In Division Two, Charlie Prudence did not get a century, but his Springfield side went back to the top of table with victory over Chappel & Wakes Colne. The only game in Division Three, saw Coggeshall run out winners at West Bergholt, in a high scoring game. Finally, Kelvedon & Feering are on the cusp of qualification for the T20 Finals Day after recording their second win in the West Division, with a 20 run success over T20 debutants Galleywood.
Individually, there were three centurions this week, with Wivenhoe’s Matt Durrell (127) scoring his second century of the season. Elsewhere Alisdair Marlow (111no) for Coggeshall and Andrew Kennedy (102) for Colchester & E.E. reached three figures.

Division One
Leaders Wivenhoe were again very fluent with the bat on Sunday, as they posted a massive 293 for 4 from their 40 overs against Mistley. Matt Durrell was again the chief architect with the bat, enjoying a half century opening stand with Jordan Nicholls (20) and then a second wicket stand of 155 with Brendon Louw (76). Durrell went through to his second century of the NECL campaign and was third man out with the score on 243, for 127. Joseph Nicholls, James Butcher and Tom Durrell (25no) added another 50 runs to see Wivenhoe up to their imposing tea time total. In reply, Mistley were then restricted to 158 for 8, of which the majority came in a second wicket stand between George Hutton (54) and Daniel Goff (45). Brendon Louw was the pick of the bowlers (2 for 22 from 8), while there were two wickets each for Henry Sawyer (2 for 9 from 5) and Liam Fields (2 for 40 from 7) as Wivenhoe ran out winners by 135 runs.

Second placed Colchester & E.E. and third placed Clacton were involved in the NECL’s first tied match since 2014 at Castle Park. Batting first Colchester were labouring at 50 for 5, with Matt O’Brien (a career best 3 for 28) and Bradley Pitts (2 for 23 from 9) causing the early problems for the home side. Opener Andrew Kennedy then found a willing ally in Max Dias (18), and added 78 to his own score in a fifth wicket stand of 106 to lift Colchester up towards respectability. Kennedy (102 from 114 balls) was sixth man out, with Harlan Greig (2 for 27 from 8) claiming his wicket. Colchester eventually reached 188 for 8 from their 40 overs. In reply, Clacton, themselves were wobbling at 30 for 3, as Vikas Agarwal took two early wickets on his way to 3 for 45. Good middle order contributions from Greig (32), James Lee (46) and Tommy Puncher (23) saw Clacton reach 170 for 5 and seemingly heading towards victory. However, a chaotic end to the game saw a clatter of wickets, as Taurai Muzarabani (3 for 18 from 9) opened up the tail. Bradley Pitts (36no) stood firm, and in a last wicket partnership of 17 with Richard Arnold, and striking a last ball four saw Clacton to an improbable tie.

Division Two
Springfield are back on top of the Division Two table following a 48 run victory over Chappel & Wakes Colne at Coronation Park. Batting first after being inserted the Springfield top order all got starts, with the headline being that Charlie Prudence after two successive NECL centuries, failed with just 25. Ollie Prudence (35) was the highest score in the top five. Stand in Springfield skipper Alan Warley (48) then bashed a rapid score to see Springfield reach 213 for 9 from their 40 overs. Aaron Keeble (3 for 42) was the pick of the Chappel bowlers, although there were two wickets each for Henry Dow (2 for 36), Tristan Moseley (2 for 43) and Rebecca Wilson (2 for 50). In reply, Chappel were soon reeling losing three early wickets, as Warley backed up his exploits with the bat with an excellent opening spell of 2 for 14 from 7. Charlie Percival (25) and Tris Moseley (33) rebuilt the visitors innings, before an excellent innings from young Harry Bryant (60) lifted Chappel to three batting points as they bowled out for 165. Shan Thevasakayam (2 for 11) and Martin Southwell (2 for 35) also picked a pair of wickets each for the hosts.

Division Three
There was plenty of runs at the Manor Ground where West Bergholt entertained Coggeshall. Batting first after losing the toss it was a solid batting performance from the Cockerels as they posted 288 for 4 from their 40 overs. King pin to the innings was Alisdair Marlow (111no) who posted an unbeaten century. The main support came from Ben Speakman (64) and Rory Miller (41), but Jonjo McCabe and Kane Addison also both passed twenty. Mustafa Irshad picked up two wickets for Bergholt, although he did bear the brunt of the Coggeshall onslaught as his six overs went for 66 runs. The Bergholt top order put up a spirited response, lead by Ed Hance (88), and half centuries from Sam Borges (58) and Joe Smith (55). However, no other Bergholt batsmen registered any significant score as Coggeshall were able to contain the response to 222 for 7. Glen Shuter (2 for 28 from 9) and Harvey Ellis (2 for 23 from 6) were the most successful of the visiting bowlers.

T20 – West
Kelvedon & Feering made it two out of two in the T20 West campaign, with a 20 run victory at debutants Galleywood. Winning the toss, Kelvedon took first knock, and despite Danny McIntyre (2 for 25) taking two early wickets made good progress with Ed King (46) to the fore. Josh Parsons (28) and cameos from Lee Scott (18), Richard Nunn (14no) and Edward Manning (13) saw the visitors up to their 20 over total of 158 for 6. Ben Rayner (2 for 21) nicking out two late wickets to return the best figures for Galleywood. Dan White (2 for 28) then made immediate inroads into the Galleywood innings claiming James Adams and McIntyre for ducks. Ed King (2 for 22) backed up White’s early successes, before Paul Marlow (19) and Ben Rayner (65) got Galleywood up towards the Kelvedon total. Ultimately, Rayner’s departure to Ryan Vickery (1 for 16 from 4) ended the game as a contest as Galleywood were restricted to 138 for 6.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Matt Durrell 127 Wivenhoe v. Mistley
Alisdair Marlow 111 * Coggeshall v. West Bergholt
Andrew Kennedy 102 Colchester & E.E. v. Clacton

Performance of the Week nominations
Matt Durrell 127 Wivenhoe v. Mistley
Andrew Kennedy 102 Colchester & E.E. v. Clacton
Alisdair Marlow 111* Coggeshall v. West Bergholt
Alan Warley 48 & 2 for 14 from 7 Springfield v. Chappel & WC

Congratulations to Copdock & OI’s Sam Webb-Snowling whose unbeaten 200 last week against Colchester & E.E. was adjudged NECL Performance of the Week with 65% of the vote.

Next Week
After a fairly barren Bank Holiday weekend, there is a bumper NECL programme next Sunday, with ten fixtures scheduled. In the Division One, third placed Clacton make the long trip down the A12 to Galleywood, while Elmstead will be hoping for a full compliment of players as they welcome Copdock & OI to Vicarage Meadow, after conceding their previous two games. In Division Two, Halstead will be looking to go back to the top of Division Two with a win at home to Abberton. Witham welcome Chappel & Wakes Colne to The Park, while Eight Ash Green are the last team to start their NECL campaign with a trip to Great Totham. In Division Three, leaders Stebbing will be looking to make it four out of four as they travel to Boxted. Elsewhere, Cavaliers welcome West Bergholt to the Rugby Club, with both sides looking for their first win, and likewise at Mile End as Great Horkelsey & Lexden host the Real Oddies.
There are two T20 games in the West Division, Kelvedon could all but seal qualification to Finals Day with a win at home to Coggeshall, while perennial Finals Day combatants, Little Bardfield Village, start their 2018 campaign with a trip to Braintree.