Week 14 - July 14 - World Cup joy deplete the NECL programme
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 July 2019 08:53
- Published: Wednesday, 17 July 2019 08:53
- Written by Kevin Hewes
A depleted Sunday in the NECL, due to a certain match at St John’s Wood enthralling the cricketing community, as well as a large proportion of the country who may not be so interested in the sport. Hopefully, the success of the senior side will encourage more people to visit their local clubs and see what the game is all about. Most clubs took the pragmatic decision to reschedule matches due to be played on Sunday until later in the season, leaving just one match played.
The only match that was played on Sunday was in Division One, where Mistley entertained Halstead in a match at New Road. In a game reduced to 30 overs per side to ensure that the players and officials could watch the finale at Lords, it was the hosts who took first knock. Mistley stumbled to 23 for 2, before George Hutton (21) and James Scott steadied the innings with a 42 run partnership for the third wicket. Two wickets each for Ben Roper (2 for 24) and Josh King (2 for 23) then reduced the Swans to 86 for 6. Scott (77) then put on 58 with Kalipha Cele, passing his half century in the partnership before mishitting Callum Hansey (1 for 43) to Cooper at long on. Cele (33no) and Tim Scott (15no) plundered 25 off Hansey’s final over in what would prove to be match winning effort, dragging Mistley to 172 for 7 from their 30 overs. Halstead started off slowly in reply, and lost three wickets with only 23 on the board, Cele (2 for 6 from 6), causing the early problems. Josh King (37) and Joe Morris rebuilt and pushed Halstead into a commanding position, mainly thanks to the latter’s crisp hitting – taking 21 from a Harry Fifield over to reach 50. The pair put on 99 for the fourth wicket, but when Morris was bowled by Tim Scott (1 for 6 from 4) for an excellent 48 ball 73, with 51 needed off 45 balls the Halstead chase faltered, to leave them eventually short by 19 runs.
In Division Three, Sudbury maintained their unbeaten start by recording an eighth victory of the season, this time by concession. Opponents Coggeshall had enquired whether the game could be rescheduled, but Sudbury were unable to accommodate. Coggeshall were unable to raise a side.
In T20 East on Thursday, Mistley made it three wins out of three with a 30 run victory over Elmstead at New Road, unfortunately no details as yet as the game has not been uploaded to Play-Cricket.
Last evening a strong Frinton side scored their third win of the campaign, with a 29 run success over Wivenhoe. The Frinton innings was built on an excellent innings of 88 from opener Michael Comber, which included four fours and eight sixes. Support was given by Kyran Young (23) and Ashley Watson (28) as Frinton posted 162 for 7 from their 20 overs. Dirk Bruwer (3 for 18 from 4) and Harry Burnett (3 for 29 from 3) bowled excellent spells to restrict the Frinton run scoring. In reply, Wivenhoe lost Matt Durrell cheaply to Ollie Bocking (1 for 19 from 4), before contributions from Dirk Bruwer (33), Zac Taylor (22), James Butcher (17) and Tom Durrell (19) kept the chase on. An excellent four over spell in the middle of the innings from Dulanjala Mendis (3 for 22) eventually proved to be the difference, and despite an unbeaten 35 from Harry Burnett, Wivenhoe were contained to 133 for 6.
No Player of the Week this week, due to the lack of cricket.
Congratulations to Sudbury’s Phil Halliday, whose 4 for 16 against Great Totham was voted Performance of the Week last week.
Action starts tomorrow night in T20 East as Elmstead welcome Colchester & E.E. to Vicarage Meadow. On Sunday, Clacton can close the gap on Colchester & E.E. at the top of Division One as they welcome Halstead to Vista Road. Wivenhoe make the trip to Galleywood, hoping to climb up to third place with a win. In Division Two, unbeaten leaders Cavaliers host winless Real Oddies, so you would think the game should go to form. In Division Three, Coggeshall welcome Great Horkesley & Lexden to Harefield, while Boxted host Eight Ash Green. Elmstead play their second T20 game of the week, as they welcome Abberton.