Week 20 - August 25 & 26 - Halstead are 2019 NECL T20 Champions
- Last Updated: Friday, 30 August 2019 08:34
- Published: Wednesday, 28 August 2019 08:54
- Written by Kevin Hewes
Halstead are the new NECL T20 champions following an impressive batting display on a glorious Bank Holiday Monday on home soil. In the semi final they defeated holders Colchester & E.E by nine wickets, and then they defeated 2016 winners Coggeshall in the Final by 49 runs. Coggeshall had earlier edged a tight semi final against Mistley. Halstead’s name is engraved on the trophy for the first time, having become the fourth different champion in as many years. In Division One, Wivenhoe are up to second following an eight wicket win at Mistley to keep their championship hopes alive. In Division Two, Cavaliers suffered a second heavy defeat at the hands of Kelvedon, which have all but scuppered their hopes of the championship, while it was an inglorious end of the season for bottom side Real Oddies, as they had to concede for the fourth time meaning that they end up with a negative points total. Stebbing were the grateful recipients of the twenty points, which sees them climb out of the bottom two. In Division Three, Great Totham are up to second and still have title aspirations, following a seven wicket win at Coggeshall. Centurions this week were Dirk Bruwer (101no) for Wivenhoe, and James Scott (108) for Mistley in the same game, while the best bowling performance was that of Sam Bowen (4 for 32) for Great Totham against Coggeshall.
The NECL T20 Finals Day could not have wished for a better day on August Bank Holiday, with bright sunshine and very warm temperatures. The semi finals pitted hosts Halstead against the T20 holders Colchester & E.E, while 2017 Runners Up Mistley took on 2016 champions Coggeshall.
Halstead won the toss in their semi final and elected to field, and were probably regretting it early on as Feroze Ahmed and Charlie Fernandes raced to 50 in little more than five overs. A century opening stand was finally broken with the score on 110, as Ahmed. (48 from 41 balls) perished leg before to Josh King. Fernandes fell shortly afterwards for 71 off of just 39 balls, with Josh Wells (2 for 43) claiming his wicket. The innings thereafter stuttered with only Charlie Watts (23 off 11 balls) topping twenty as Colchester closed on 180 for 7. Lewis Brennan (3 for 29 off 4) bowling well in the latter stagers of the innings. Halstead then made light work of the run chase, after Ryan Vickery and Shorn Bobb (27 off 18) put on 66 for the first wicket. An undefeated second wicket stand of 116 between Vickery (59no) and Josh Wells (74 from 34) then eased Halstead into the final with five overs to spare.
The other semi final between Mistley and Coggeshall was a much tighter affair. Coggeshall won the toss and elected to bat, and scored well throughout their innings with opener Charlie Green (49 off 30) leading the way. The real impetus to the innings came from Barry Edwards (38 off 21) and a special knock from Kane Addison (30no off 11) as Coggeshall lifted their score to 200 for 7. Charlie Hawthorn (2 for 34) was the pick of the bowlers for the Swans. Mistley were reduced to 35 for 3 in reply, with Kane Addison (2 for 26 from 4) taking early wickets. James Scott (60 from 32) and Tim Scott put on a fourth wicket stand of 71 to claw the Swans back into the game, and while Tim Scott (82no off 54) was keeping them in the run chase, losing wickets at the other end to Charlie Green (3 for 25) proved decisive as they came up short by 16 runs finishing on 184 for 7.
In the final Coggeshall won the toss and elected to field, Ryan Vickery and Shorn Bobb (38 off 19) completed their second half century opening stand reaching 65 before Bobb was caught. Vickery (50) completed his second half century of the day, but was second man out on 123 in a 58 run stand with Josh Wells. Wells (45 off 31) eventually succumbed to Louis Gibson (2 for 21), before a 42 run partnership for the fifth wicket between Charles Mallett (15 off 14) and Joe Morris took Halstead towards a competitive score. Morris was undefeated on 37 from just 20 balls as Halstead closed at 195 for 6. The game as a contest was effectively over in the first five overs as Joe Morris (2) and Josh King (1) reduced to the Cockerels to 12 for 3. Rob Cross (36 from 29) and Andrew Goding put on 69 for the fourth wicket to drag Coggeshall back into the contest, however, Cross’s demise put Halstead back into the ascendancy. Goding (55) completed a half century but was run out by Wells, and Barry Edwards (17 off 14) also reached double figures, but with Josh King (3 for 20), man of the match Morris (3 for 37) and Lewis Brennan (2 for 18) sharing the wickets, Coggeshall were bowled out at the beginning of the 20th over for 146, to see Halstead crowned as T20 Champions for 2019.
On Sunday, in Division One there was a must win game for both sides at New Road, Mistley, with Wivenhoe the visitors, if either were to harbour any hopes of the 2019 title. Mistley won the toss and made hay in the sunshine, with James Scott (108) dominating proceedings. Support came from Sam Burkitt (29), Harrison Rogers (25) and Tim Scott (33) as the Swans posted 239 for 5 from their 40. Joseph Nicholls (2 for 39) and Jordan Nicholls (2 for 46) both picking up a pair of wickets. In reply, Wivenhoe reached 71 for 2, with Tom Durrell (44 off 51 balls) in charge. However, the real headlines came from an unbroken third wicket stand of 169, between Dirk Bruwer (101no) and Joseph Nicholls (67no) as Wivenhoe eased to an eight wicket success to climb to second place in the championship.
In Division Two, leaders Cavaliers hosted Kelvedon at Kelvedon ! The original game being postponed in July due to the World Cup Final, and the Cavaliers pitch no longer available at this time of the year. It was also the second time a week that the clubs had met, and rather like last week history repeated itself as Cavaliers were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat. Batting first after losing the toss, Cavaliers failed to break the shackles of the Kelvedon bowlers, with only opener Badar Munir (20) getting to twenty. With wickets being taken regularly, Cavaliers failed to make any partnerships of note and were bowled out in the 26th over for 106. Five of the six Kelvedon bowlers claimed wickets, with William Rice (2 for 5), Matt Sexton (2 for 15), Ed King (2 for 16) and Ryan Sleet (2 for 24) all picking up a brace. A half century opening stand between Matt Sexton and Alan Cookson (23) saw Kelvedon on their way to a comfortable success. Neville Davidson (2 for 32 off 9) chipped in with a couple of wickets, but with Sexton (43no) carrying his bat, Kelvedon reached their target in the 27th over for the loss of three wickets.
Unfortunately, the other game in Division Two was conceded, as Real Oddies ended their sorry season with a fourth concession to leave them with a negative points total for the campaign. Stebbing were the beneficiaries, and as a result climb out of the bottom two.
In Division Three, Great Totham remain in title contention with just two games to go, although they do need a slip up from Great Horkesley & Lexden who have three games left. A trip to Coggeshall on Sunday, saw them score their latest victory. Coggeshall won the toss and batted first, and were indebted to half centuries from Louis Gibson (65) and Trevor Chantry (65), as well as rapid 31 from 34 balls from Toby Brown for the majority of their total of 204 all out, with 14 balls unused. Sam Bowen (4 for 32 from 9) and Joe Davis (3 for 13) were the significant wicket takers for Totham. Paul Marks (22) and George Baron (19) gave the visitors a secure enough start, before both falling to Louis Gibson (2 for 33), and Rob Hewer fell cheaply to a caught and bowled to Trevor Chantry. However, that was the last success for the Cockerels, as Ed Johnson (80no) and Harry Banyard (59no) combined with an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 130 to ease Totham to a seven wicket win in the 31st over.
Centuries and Five Wickets
James Scott 108 Mistley v. Wivenhoe
Dirk Bruwer 101 * Wivenhoe v. Mistley
Performance of the Week
Dirk Bruwer 101* Wivenhoe v. Mistley
Ed Johnson & Harry Banyard 130* Great Totham v. Coggeshall
Charlie Green 49 & 3-35 Coggeshall v. Mistley T20
Joe Morris 37 off 20 & 3 for 37 Halstead v. Coggeshall
Congratulations to Sudbury’s Ryan Vickery whose 161 against Boxted was voted Performance of the Week last week.
Five games scheduled in NECL next week, as we move into the final month of the season. In Division One, Colchester & E.E. can win the title with a win at Clacton. However, if Clacton win, then the title is in their hands with the final game at home to Mistley on the following Sunday. In Division Two, Springfield can climb to top of the table with a win at Witham, who are in need of a victory to ease their relegation fears, while Stebbing travel to Kelvedon also looking for a good outcome in their relegation battle. In Division Three, there are home games for both title contenders, Great Totham welcome Eight Ash Green, while Great Horkesley & Lexden host West Bergholt – both the home sides know there is no room for slip ups now.