Weekly Round-Up

Week 4 - May 5 and 6 - Good performances to brighten a chilly weekend

Despite the cold weather there were some good high scoring competitive games, with plenty of excellent individual performances.
There was a tight game in Division One, where Clacton scored a five run victory over last season’s runner up Mistley. In Division Two, there were over 500 runs in the fixture at The Park, where Kelvedon chased down Witham’s 254 for 8. In Division Three, Coggeshall were rampant against West Bergholt, posting 277 for 8 before dismissing the visitors for 113. While newcomers Sudbury opened their account with a ten run success at Great Totham.
Two games in the T20 West Division, saw Galleywood beaten by Halstead by 143 runs on Sunday, and then 24 hours later by eight wickets at the hands of Witham.
Individually, there were three centuries with Michael Godwin of Witham posting the highest with 127 in a losing cause. Kelvedon’s Ed King (116) leading his side to victory in that game, while the other century came from Mistley’s new overseas player Khalipha Cele who’s 103 was unable to get the Swans over the line. Bowling performance of the weekend came Coggeshall’s Josh Morton who returned 4 for 14, as West Bergholt succumbed at Harefield, while Kieron Parkes who took 4 for 30 for Clacton in his sides win at Mistley.

Division 1
Mistley and Clacton served up a tight thriller at New Road, with the visitors eventually prevailing by five runs. Winning the toss and taking first knock Clacton lost their first four wickets for 82, of which David Fitzpatrick (30 from 34) top scored. Khalipha Cele (2 for 39) and Callum O’Connell (2 for 26 from 9) shared the early spoils for the Swans. A fifth wicket stand of 65 between Matthew O’Brien (34) and Bradley Pitts edged Clacton up towards 150, before Pitts (70no from 46 balls) took control of the latter stages of the innings to see Clacton up to 201 for 6 from 40 overs. Andrew Mills (2 for 34) claimed a late double for Mistley. O’Connell (21) and Cele gave the hosts a steady start before a brace for Matthew O’Brien (2 for 44) saw Mistley at 68 for 3. Cele then got good support from Owen Clover (28 from 44), with the pair putting on 61 for the fourth wicket. Despite the loss of Clover, the game was very much in Mistley’s control with Cele at the wicket. However, from 186 for 5, Mistley then lost three wickets for two runs as Kieron Parkes (4 for 30) turned the game dramatically in favour of Clacton. The decisive moment was when Parkes claimed the important wicket of Cele (103) with the score on 192, as shortly afterwards Imran Sheikh (2 for 42) wrapped the innings up to see Mistley bowled out for 196, with four balls still to be bowled.

Division 2
In Division Two there was a feast of runs to lighten up a cold day at The Park, with visitors Kelvedon eventually reaching the Witham target with three balls and five wicket to spare. Batting first the Witham innings was dominated by Michael Godwin (127), who enjoyed a large second wicket stand with Daniel Atkinson (45), as Witham posted 254 for 8 from their 40 overs. Daniel Wheeler (3 for 34 from 9) was the pick of the Kelvedon bowlers. An opening stand of 81, between Patrick Aherne (39 from 44) and Ed King gave Kelvedon the perfect start to the run chase. Ben Tinham (3 for 51 from 9) eventually reduced the visitors to 153 for 3, before a decisive fourth wicket stand of 86 between King and Mark Cottee put Kelvedon in the ascendancy. King eventually was fourth man out for well compiled 116 from 111 balls, as Luke Brown (2 for 52) picked up two late wickets. However, Witham’s hopes were shortlived as Cottee (38no) steered Kelvedon to victory.

Division 3
Last season’s wooden spoonists Coggeshall got off to a twenty point start with a resounding victory over West Bergholt at Harefield. Batting first Coggeshall made good early progress through George Blackwell (41) and Ben Speakman, before Joe Smith (3 for 34) made inroads. Speakman went through to his fifty, eventually succumbing for 58, to the persistent Mustafa Irshad (4 for 53). Despite Irshad’s bowling there was some solid middle order returns from Coggeshall, led by Dylan Gordon (68), Tom Pickles (37) and Matthew Pickles (25) as the Cockerels eventually reached an imposing 277 for 8 from their 40 overs. In reply, tight bowling at the start of the innings in particular from Glen Shuter (1 for 22 from 8) and Adam Egg (0 for 22 from 9) ensured that the Bergholt top order were unable to break the shackles. Second wicket pairing Ed Hance (45) and Arnav Thayur (21) were the only batsmen to score any runs of note, before a twelve over spell saw the innings collapse. Josh Morton (4 for 14), Dylan Gordon (2 for 3), Rory Miller (2 for 12) and Tom Pickles (1 for 0) reducing West Bergholt to 113 all out at the start of the 39th over.

Sudbury opened their first NECL campaign for 30 years with a ten run success at one of the Division Three title favourites Great Totham. Batting first most of the Sudbury batsmen made a contribution, with Andy Holness (69) and Alex Ray (23) the top scorers. A generous 25 extras, including 17 wides bolstered the Sudbury total to 197 all out. The ten wickets to fall were spread amongst the seven bowlers, with a pair each for Jonathan Hewer (2 for 14), James Hay (2 for 34) and James Pook (2 for 48). Openers, Pook (58) and John Chadwick (31) gave Totham the perfect start, before Sudbury fought back through the bowling of Bradley Richardson (3 for 38) and Ryan Vickery (2 for 32). Joe Davis (47) hit a defiant knock as Totham edged towards the target, but with Jonathan Amos (3 for 10 from 4.2 overs) bowling a match winning spell, Sudbury were able to celebrate an opening day success.

T20 – West
The T20 West campaign saw two games at Galleywood on Sunday and Monday, with unfortunately for the hosts both ending in defeat to new teams in the competition.
Halstead were the visitors on Sunday and racked up the third highest score ever in the T20 competitions history, as they posted 238 for 4 from their 20 overs. Josh Ruthven and Josh King (32 from 24 balls) gave Halstead the perfect start with a rapid opening stand of 47. After these two were dismissed the innings was then dominated by a third wicket stand of 169 between Joshua Wells and Chris Huntington (78 from 36 balls). Huntington’s innings included seven sixes to take him into an early lead for the T20 Master Blaster. Wells went on to top score for Halstead with an unbeaten 84 from 39 balls, as the match reached it’s interval. Sam Adams (1 for 24 from 4) and Tim Dethridge (1 for 35 from 4) were the most economic of the Galleywood bowlers. In reply, Galleywood openers Tom Nurcombe (28 from 16) and Dethridge (30 from 16) smashed a rapid opening stand of 47 in four overs to give the hosts the hope of making it a contest. However, those hopes diminished quite quickly after both were dismissed, as Galleywood collapsed to 95 all out. Josh Ruthven (2 for 5), Lewis Brennan (2 for 7) and Josh King (2 for 16) returning good spells for Halstead.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Witham were the visitors to Galleywood. This time Galleywood took first knock and struggled early on with Ben Tinham (3 for 12 from 4) bowling a tidy opening spell. Ben Rayner (64no) and late order contributions from Josh Felton (19) and Zak Hicks (15) saw Galleywood up to a seemingly competitive 151 for 8. However, Witham made light work of the chase, with K Moulton-Day (66) at the top of the order, supported by Jack Hebron (31no) and Jack Sambrook (24no) seeing them to an eight wicket success at the beginning of the 14th over. Connor Hicks (2 for 21 from 3) was the only wicket taker for the home side.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Michael Godwin 127 Witham v. Kelvedon
Ed King 116 Kelvedon v. Witham
Khalipha Cele 103 Mistley v. Clacton

Performance of the Week
Michael Godwin 127 Witham v. Kelvedom
Ed King 116 Kelvedon v. Witham
Chris Huntington & Josh Wells 169 Halstead v. Galleywood (T20) – third wicket stand
Kieron Parkes 4 for 30 Clacton v. Mistley

Next week’s fixtures
Next Sunday there are six fixtures across the League. In Division One, champions Wivenhoe host Halstead looking to get there NECL season back on track. In Division Two, Kelvedon will be strong favourites to make it two out of two as they welcome Real Oddies to Rye Mill Lane, while Springfield open up their campaign at Coronation Park with the visit of Witham. In Division Three, there are three games scheduled, Coggeshall will be looking to make it two wins with a trip to Boxted, while Sudbury will be looking to do likewise with the visit of West Bergholt. The third game in Division Three, will see Great Horkesley & Lexden open their season as they host Great Totham.