Weekly Round-Up

Week 8 (June 10th) - Victory for all eight home sides, as Stebbing reach a century of points

Not often you see all the home sides win in a week in the NECL, but the maximum points went to all eight home sides this weekend. Most of the action this week came in the third division with a full programme scheduled, however, leaders Stebbing picked up an easy twenty points following Coggeshall’s concession, to reach 100 points for the season. Real Oddies are up to second following an easy victory over winless West Bergholt, Cavaliers are third with a six wicket win over eight man Great Horkesley & Lexden, while Kelvedon remain unbeaten after they crushed Boxted. In Division One, Mistley eased to a nine wicket success over second placed Colchester & East Essex at New Road. In Division Two, Witham are up to third after winning their derby match with Great Totham in comprehensive fashion, while there was a tighter affair at Eight Ash Green, where the hosts overcame visitors Chappel & Wakes Colne by 11 runs. In the T20, there is a first win this season for Coggeshall who beat Galleywood by 17 runs. Individually, there were three centuries this week all coming in Division Three, Ryan Vickery (113) and Dan Wheeler (104no) for Kelvedon, and Toby Nickell-Lean (101no) for Great Horkesley & Lexden. Just the single fiverfer came from Galleywood’s Sam Adams in the T20 game against Coggeshall, where he claimed 5 for 33.

Division One
Colchester’s hope of closing the gap on leaders Wivenhoe were emphatically quashed at Mistley on Sunday. After being invited to bat, the town side slumped to 35 for 5, with Charlie Hawthorn taking three early wickets on his way to figures of 4 for 20. Dylan Day (1 for 10 from 7) and Owen Clover (2 for 38) were also amongst the wickets at the top of the order. Vikas Agarwal (41 from 45 balls), with support from Tom Jasinski (14) and Joe Gooch (12no) lifted the Colchester score above three figures, but with veteran Robin Mills (2 for 22 from 6) taking late wickets, they were bowled out in the 31st over for 125. In reply, Mistley eased to a nine wicket victory with sixteen overs to spare. Skipper George Hutton and Alex Coplestone-Crow (26) putting on an opening stand of 53, before an unbroken second wicket stand of 77 between Hutton (36no) and Sizwe Masondo (56no from just 23 balls) saw the Swans home. Agarwal backed up his batting exploits with the best bowling performance from Colchester, taking the solitary wicket to fall on his way to 1 for 28 from 8.

Division Two
Witham are up to third, just one point behind Springfield following a comprehensive win over local rivals Great Totham at The Park. Batting first Witham were soon into their stride, with openers Michael Godwin (62) and Jack Smabrook (89) recording half centuries. Forster Mutizwa (39) and Ollie Cooke (52) continued to apply the pressure as Witham posted a formidable 286 for 6 from their 40 overs. Ollie Cheeseman (2 for 38 form 9) was the best performer with the ball for the visitors, although all the bowlers did claim a wicket. In reply, Cailcan Kinsella (49) and Drew Whiting (43) got Totham off to a good start, but once they were removed wickets fell with regularity, with the best performance coming from Ben Tinham with 4 for 15 from his 4 overs. Totham were bowled out in the final over for 152, and defeat by 134 runs.

Eight Ash Green claimed their first win of the 2018 NECL campaign, after managing to defend 149 at Fordham Heath against Chappel & Wakes Colne. An opening stand of 77, between Richard Nunn (36) and Will Spicer (29) seemed like a good base for a big Green score. However, once the opening stand was broken wickets fell in procession, as Aaron Keeble and Tristan Moseley both returned figures of 3 for 23 from nine overs. So from 77 for 0, the Green lost ten wickets for 72 to be bowled out for 149, with only Bevin Guthrie (17) getting to double figures. Jeremy Jenkins picked up four catches at the wicket for the visitors. In reply, despite the loss of two early wickets to Richard Nunn (2 for 23 from 9), and a tight opening spell from Matt Parker (1 for 20 from 9), Chappel appeared to be on course for victory as Bill Maytham (21), Zac Taylor (17), Tris Moseley (29) and Henry Dow set up the run chase. However, with Jens Wair claiming 4 for 52 and Jonathan Purser (2 for 33) amongst the wickets the Green were able to hold their nerve and a claim an eleven run victory as Chappel were bowled out for 138. Dow was last man out for 41, to Guthrie (1 for 6), with 17 balls still remaining.

Division Three
Stebbing made it five out of five without having to take to the field, as Coggeshall beset with the majority of their squad in the middle of end of year exams had to concede their game. Unfortunately, no re-schedule was available for this game, so it has been recorded as a concession.

Real Oddies having lost their opening two games are now up to second in the table following an 83 run win over winless West Bergholt. Bergholt won the toss and elected to insert their hosts, who made good progress through openers Mukesh Kumar (44) and Scott Rees (24). However, the real substance of their innings came from mid order contributions by Stuart Ward (44), Malien Mudalige (31) and James Grange (26) as the Oddies reached 197 for 9 at tea. Owen Jones (3 for 40 from 9) and Dan Grice (2 for 37) were the main wicket takers for the visitors. In reply, Ashok Sharma (2 for 11 from 9) and Mike Miller (2 for 24 from 9) soon got into the middle order. Andrew Mehen (42no) and Lee Parish (38) lifted the Bergholt score towards the hundred, but with Malien Mudalige (2 for 22) and Stuart Ward (2 for 13) both picking up a brace of wickets they were restricted to 114 for 9.

The other crystal ball tip for the wooden spoon, Cavaliers, made it two wins out of three to climb up to third place with a six wicket success over eight man Great Horkesley & Lexden. Happily, for the visitors acting skipper Graeson Laitt won the toss and had no hesitation in taking first knock with a depleted line up. After the early loss of Anthony Shearman, Nihal Jayasooriya (34) and Toby Nickell-Lean put on a second wicket stand of 57. Ali Manhire (30) and Luke Conway (25) continued to support Nickell-Lean in partnerships of 67 and 76 for the third and fourth wickets, as the visitors passed 200. Nickell-Lean went through to his century, ending undefeated 101 which included 12 boundaries, as the Saxons closed on 203 for 4. Cavaliers keeper Imran Ikram claimed another three dismissals at the wickets, after doing likewise last weekend. Luke Conway then claimed two wickets on his way to best of the afternoon of 2 for 43 from 9, and a third success by Nickell-Lean saw Cavaliers at 65 for 3. However, thereafter, Cavaliers exploited the gaps in the field with Fowad Murtaza (73) and Farhan Munir putting on a fourth wicket stand of 110. Munir closed on 95 not out, ending the match with a six, as Cavaliers cruised to victory in the 24th over.

Kelvedon & Feering powered their way to a big victory over Boxted, to make it two out of two. Opener Ryan Vickery (113 from 95 balls), and an unbroken stand of 112 for the fifth wicket between Dan Wheeler (104no from 59 balls) and Mark Cottee (29 from 31 balls) saw Kelvedon reach 286 for 6 from their quota of overs. Harry Wilton (2 for 46 from 8) was the most successful of the Boxted bowlers. In reply, Jeremy King (2 for 8 from 8) and Will Wilton-Steer (1 for 21 from 9) kept things tight at the beginning of the innings. Daniel Coleman (33) top scored for Boxted, and with the game over as a contest Kelvedon skipper Wheeler was able to utilise eight bowlers in bowling out Boxted for 104. Wheeler himself claimed the man of the match award by backing up his century, with figures of 3 for 14, while Charlie Harris hit a rapid 18 from 14 balls at the end of the innings which included two fours and a six.

T20 – West
Coggeshall have their first success in the T20 this season, following a 17 run win over Galleywood at Harefield. Batting first the Cockerels middle order all put in knocks after Kane Addison (20) had made a good start at the top of the order. Runs came from Robert Jagger (33), George Hanham (27) and Jack Simons (21) as the home side posted 143 for 8 from their 20 overs. The stand out bowling performance for Galleywood came from Sam Adams who returned 5 for 33 from his four overs, while Tom Moss claimed three catches in the outfield. In reply, Galleywood were contained by some economical bowling in the middle of the innings, with Josh Morton (1 for 16 from 4) and Robert Jagger (0 for 18 from 4) bowling a decisive eight over spell. Opener James Adams was undefeated on 38 and skipper Ben Rayner (44) top scored as Galleywood closed on 126 for 5 from their 20 overs.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Ryan Vickery 113 Kelvedon & Feering v. Boxted
Dan Wheeler 104 * Kelvedon & Feering v. Boxted
Toby Nickell-Lean 101 * Great Horkesley & Lexden v. Cavaliers

Sam Adams 5 -- 33 Galleywood v. Coggeshall

Jeremy Jenkins 4 Cts Chappel & Wakes Colne v. Eight Ash Green

Performance of the Week Nominations
Charlie Hawthorn 4 for 20  Mistley v. Colchester & E.E
Dan Wheeler 104no off 59 balls & 3-13 Kelvedon v. Boxted
Toby Nickell-Lean 101no for 8 man Great Horkesley & L v. Cavaliers
Sam Adams 5 for 33 Galleywood v. Coggeshall (T20)

Congratulations to Stebbing’s young Tom Reardon whose all round performance of 3 for 6 from 6 overs, and a top score of 37, in his sides victorious run chase over Boxted, saw him claim 52% of the vote, and Performance of the Week.

Next Week
Plenty of cricket over the next week to combat that darn World Cup ! Starting tomorrow evening, Wivenhoe begin the defence of their T20 title as they open up at the Garrison Ground against 7 Para RHA in T20 East. On Sunday, there is a T20 festival down at Castle Park, as Colchester & E.E take on 7 Para at 10am, followed by Ipswich against 7 Para at 1pm, and then to finish off, Colchester against Ipswich at 4pm. In the 40 over competition, there is just one game in Division One, as the bottom two Copdock and Clacton meet at Old London Road, although there is some doubt about this game at present due to COI involvement in national T20 tournament. In Division Two, there is a full programme of fixtures scheduled with unbeaten leaders Halstead making the trip to Braintree. Second placed Springfield look to complete a double at The Hobbies, over Chappel & Wakes Colne. While there could be an interesting match up between Eight Ash Green and Witham at Fordham Heath. Bottom of the table Abberton make the trip to Bull Meadow to take on Great Totham. In Division Three, all eyes will be on Rye Mill Lane, as an unbeaten record will go with Kelvedon taking on leaders Stebbing. Conversely, at the other end of the table, there will be a first win for Great Horkesley & Lexden or West Bergholt as they meet at Mile End. The final game pits in form sides Real Oddies and Cavaliers, both looking to extend their winning runs to three.