Week 2 - April 21 - Colchester complete double over Wivenhoe
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 April 2019 11:47
- Published: Wednesday, 24 April 2019 11:47
- Written by Kevin Hewes
Colchester & E.E. and Wivenhoe renewed acquaintances on Easter Sunday at Castle Park, with the weather resembling mid summer rather than late April, and shirt sleeves rather than the excessive jumpers of the previous week.
Colchester won the toss and elected to bat, and were soon into their stride as openers Adnan Hashni (32) and Johnny Bassett-Graham put on a half century opening stand. Kieren Savill (30) continued the run scoring, before Dirk Brewer (3 for 46) claimed three quick wickets including Bassett-Graham for 61. Tom Jasinski (33) added some useful runs towards the end of the innings, with Darren Eckford (16) and Tashaq Husain (16) giving good support. James Butcher (2 for 20) and Harry Burnett (2 for 33) claimed a pair of wickets each toward the end of the innings, as Colchester closed at 224 for 9. In reply, Wivenhoe started solidly enough, with Matt Durrell (28) and Harry Burnett (48) putting on a fifty plus opening stand. Kieren Savill (2 for 26 from 9), including the wickets of Durrell and Burnett, saw the run scoring dry up. With support from Denson Narayan (2 for 28 from 9) and Taraq Husain (2 for 22 from 8), the Colchester bowlers were able to control the Wivenhoe reply. Tom Durrell (33) the only other Wivenhoe batsmen to make a score of note, and with Matthew Prested (2 for 16 from 5) also weighing in with a brace, the visitors were restricted to 162 for 8 and defeat by 62 runs.
An early season double for Colchester over the champions sees them installed as early season favourites for their first title since 2014, but such is the fixture list that they now have to wait until the beginning of June for their next fixture. Wivenhoe meanwhile, travel to Clacton next weekend looking for a win to get their season back on track.
The T20 season also begins next Sunday, as last years losing finalist’s Kelvedon & Feering welcome Galleywood to Rye Mill Lane with a 2pm start in the West Division.