Weekly Round-Up

2014 Divisional Teams of the Year

As summer gives way to squally Autumnal conditions, it is time to set the discussions off by publishing this year’s North Essex Cricket League Divisional Teams of the Year – the criteria was that a player had to play five games in the Division to qualify.
All six teams were my personal opinion and based solely on statistical performance in league competition. No prizes will be awarded to any of those selected, just the prestige of being included. Congratulations to the 66 players listed below

Premier Division
Four from Wivenhoe, two from Frinton, and one each from Coggeshall, Colchester & E.E, Elmstead Grasshoppers, Ipswich and Mistley.

Dane Cleaver + (Coggeshall), Matt Durrell (Wivenhoe), Kyran Young (Mistley), Justin Greaves (Frinton), Jack Hebron (Colchester & E.E.), Harry Burnett * (Wivenhoe), Sam Brynes (Frinton), Ryan Savill (Wivenhoe), Nick Johnson (Ipswich), Louis Homewood (Wivenhoe), Josh Elliott (Elmstead Grasshoppers)

The Premier Division openers for the 2014 season would be Kiwi Dane Cleaver of Coggeshall who scored the most runs in the whole league with 716 runs, this included three centuries and three fifties as he averaged 89.5 for the season. His most memorable innings came against Mistley in August, when he opened the innings and smashed an unbeaten 171 in 20 overs. Cleaver will also be the sides wicketkeeper have taken nine catches. Matt Durrell of Wivenhoe would join him in the opening berth, he was the only other batsmen to score over 500 runs in the Premier Division, and although he did not score a century, he showed great consistency going pass fifty in seven of the eleven innings he batted in.
At three is Mistley’s Kyran Young, who scored 378 runs at an average of 75.6. He posted two centuries in 2014, with the best being an unbeaten 123 against Kelvedon & Feering. Justin Greaves of Frinton, is the first of the Seasiders players in the side. He will bat at four having scored 379 runs in eight innings at an average of 63.17. He also scored two centuries, with a best of 129.
At number five is the only player from champions Colchester & East Essex, Jack Hebron, who scored 392 runs in seven innings, including three fifties and one century (134) against Coggeshall in June.
Captain and all rounder at number six is Wivenhoe’s Harry Burnett. Burnett was easily the leading wicket taker in the Premier Division with 21 wickets at an average of 10.81, with a best of 5 for 29 against Ipswich. He also scored 222 runs from his middle order position, as well as leading his side to the runner up spot in the division. Number seven is Frinton’s Sam Brynes, who scored 181 runs in five innings at an average of 61.33. His out fielding is also a plus mark when selecting the team of the year, taking seven catches in his six matches. Wivenhoe’s third player appears at number eight, another all rounder, Ryan Savill scored 267 run at an average of just over 38, and took nine wickets. At number nine, is Ipswich’s Nick Johnson who took 13 wickets at an average of 18.38 and a strike rate of a wicket every 18 balls. Number ten is the final player from Wivenhoe, Louis Homewood who claimed 12 wickets at an average of 16.00. Making up the eleven is bottom club Elmstead Grasshoppers Josh Elliott, whose leg spin yielded him 12 wickets at 19.15, with a best of 5 for 39 against Mistley in August.

Division One
The Division One side sees three from Halstead, two from Cavaliers and Great Bentley, and one each from High Easter, Little Bardfield Village, Maldon and West Mersea.


Joe Fowler (Great Bentley), Martyn Coker (Maldon), Dylan Verreynne (Halstead), Josh Wells *+ (Halstead), Peter Stone (Little Bardfield Village), Dan Smith (Cavaliers), James Tilsley (West Mersea), Imran Sheikh (Great Bentley), Liam Jones (Halstead), Dave Howell (Cavaliers), Tom Moss (High Easter)

At the top of the order for the Division One side is Great Bentley’s Joe Fowler and Maldon’s Martyn Coker. Fowler was one of only two players who scored 500 runs in the Division One campaign, scoring 530 runs at an average of 75.71, which included the highest score in the division during the season of 171no against Cavaliers. He also claimed 12 wickets with his bowling. Coker only played seven games for the Dons, but still managed to score 448 runs at an average of 89.6, which included two centuries. At number three was Halstead’s South African Dylan Verreynne, who was the leading scorer in the division with 587 runs at 97.83, which included one century and four fifties. At four is the captain / wicket keeper of the side, Halstead’s Josh Wells. Wells scored 400 runs with four half centuries, often scored very rapidly, and claimed 11 dismissals. He led his side to second place in the league. At five is Little Bardfield Village’s Peter Stone, who only played five matches but nevertheless scored 282 runs at an average of 94. Number six is the first of two players from Cavaliers, Dan Smith, who enjoyed an all round season scoring 336 runs with the bat, with three fifties and taking 14 wickets including a best of 5 for 26 versus Halstead. Number seven is West Mersea’s James Tilsley, normally a useful top order batsmen, he had the uncanny knack of taking wickets with his flighted filth for the islanders eventually ending the season as third leading wicket taker in the division with 15 wickets at 8.73.
Great Bentley’s Imran Sheikh would appear at number eight, he took 13 wickets at 15.31, and also scored 168 runs. Halstead’s third player in the side would be Liam Jones who took 14 wickets at 14.79. At number ten is Cavaliers second player Dave Howell, who took 18 wickets to finish second in the wicket taking list for the division, his haul included a spell of 6 for 21 against Maldon in July.
The only player from champions High Easter appears at number eleven and is their spinner Tom Moss, who ended the season as leading wicket taker in the division with 20 wickets at 12.25.

Division Two
The Second Division side sees three players from champions Great Horkelsey & Lexden, three from Witham, two from Boxted and Eight Ash Green and one from Ardleigh.

Kurt Lamont (Ardleigh), Michael Godwin (Witham), Naveed Maan (Great Horkesley & Lexden), Dan Skinner (Boxted), Jon Wilson (Boxted), Jon Jones (Great Horkesley & Lexden), Joe Young + (Eight Ash Green), Rakesh Krishnan * (Great Horkesley & Lexden), Jack Sambrook (Witham), Richard Nunn (Eight Ash Green), Paul Bellehewe (Witham)

Opening the innings for the Division Two side would be Ardleigh’s Kurt Lamont. Ardleigh finished a long way off at the bottom of the division, but Lamont was their talisman scoring 640 runs at an average of 80.00. He scored two centuries and four fifties, including a golden run at the end of July when he scored 297 runs in three innings without losing his wicket. Witham’s Michael Godwin would be Lamont’s opening partner, scoring 322 runs with a highest of 107 against Ardleigh at the beginning of September.
At three is Great Horkesley & Lexden’s Naveed Maan. Maan scored one century and two fifties as he posted 454 runs at an average of 75.67.
Four and five come from league runners up Boxted, at four is Dan Skinner. Skinner scored well with the bat in his six innings, scoring 329 runs at an average of 109.67. He also took 14 wickets, and produced one of the all round performances of the season when scoring 97 and taking 5 for 21 in the opening game against Ardleigh. At five is Skinner’s Boxted compatriot Jon Wilson, another in the all rounder mould, Wilson scored 319 runs and took 18 wickets, with arguably a better all round performance than Skinner’s in the game against the eventual champions Great Horkesley and Lexden in August, when he scored 126 with the bat in a successful run chase after taking 5 for 39 with the ball. At number six is Jon Jones, who is Great Horkesley and Lexden’s second player, taking 17 wickets at 11.29 and scoring 255 runs with two half centuries in the eight games he played. The sides wicketkeeper would be Joe Young of Eight Ash Green, Young took 11 catches and three stumpings as well as adding 211 runs with the bat. Skipper, and number eight of the Division Two team of the year, is Great Horkesley and Lexden’s Rakesh Krishnan – Krishnan led his side to a title in their first year as a joint venture, so basically got the best out of two teams. He led from the front scoring 250 runs including a century, and taking 9 wickets at 15.89. At nine is Witham’s Jack Sambrook. Sambrook was the leading wicket taker in the division, and indeed the whole league, taking 25 wickets with a best of 4 for 19. He also scored 260 runs including two fifties. At number ten is Richard Nunn of Eight Ash Green, who was prolific with the ball in the early part of the season. He eventually finished with 22 wickets at an average of 6.09, and an impressive economy rate of 2.09. He also scored 172 runs with the bat including one fifty. Bringing up the tail is Witham’s third player Paul Bellehewe who took 22 wickets with a best of 6 for 7 against Ardleigh in the final game of the season.

Division Three

The third division side would have three players from champions Stebbing, three from Great Braxted & Tiptree, two from Great Totham, and one each from Chappel & Wakes Colne, Gosfield and Purleigh.

Christian Freegard (Purleigh), Sean Hummerstone (Great Braxted & Tiptree), Gary Dicker (Gosfield), Graham Bird (Stebbing), Tristan Moseley *+ (Chappel & Wakes Colne), Liam Jones (Great Totham), Chris Townsend (Stebbing), Kevin Meakin (Stebbing), Rob Mutton (Great Totham), Harry Breed (Great Braxted & Tiptree), Rob Hill (Great Braxted & Tiptree)

Opening the batting for the Division Three side is Purleigh’s Christian Freegard who top scored in the division with 630 runs at an average of 90.00. His ten innings saw him score three centuries and two fifties with a best of 140 not out against Stebbing. Add to that 11 wickets at just over 16, making him a very useful opener. His partner at the top of the order would be Great Braxted & Tiptree’s Sean Hummerstone. Not as prolific as in 2013 but Hummerstone was the second highest run scorer in the division with 384 runs, averaging 54. He scored two league centuries with the best an unbeaten 134 at Gosfield. At number three is Gosfield’s consistent batsmen / wicketkeeper Gary Dicker, who scored 359 with one century. He also took seven catches and a stumping at the wicket. Number four is the first of the three players from champions Stebbing, Graham Bird, who scored 370 runs in just five innings, including the highest score of the season in the division of 166 in May against Wormingford. At five is Chappel’s only entry into the side, their skipper and wicketkeeper Tristan Moseley. Moseley would edge the keeping duties having taken eight catches and stumping. He will also don the captains arm band, having led his side to a victorious Plate campaign, and his hard hitting style would be useful to the middle order, having scored 285 runs at an average of just over 40. Number six is Great Totham’s Liam Jones who performed with both bat and ball, scoring 329 with the bat including one century and one fifty, and taking 21 wickets at 11.31 with the ball including one five for. Number seven is Chris Townsend of Stebbing who took 16 wickets at 12.25, he was also very miserly going for just under three an over. He also scored 253 runs mostly in the early part of the season including one century, before slipping to the lower reaches of the Stebbing batting order in the latter games.
Number eight would be the all round ability of Kevin Meakin of Stebbing – Meakin took 19 wickets during the season at an average of 13.26. He took two five fors, including the season best for the league of 7 for 15 against Wormingford. He also scored 177 runs including one fifty.
At number nine Great Totham have their second player, Rob Mutton, who scored 294 runs including two half centuries, and took 16 wickets with a best of 5 for 11 against Purleigh. Finally, at the bottom of the order, two Great Braxted & Tiptree players complete the side. At ten it is Harry Breed , who took 15 wickets with the ball but also hit some useful quick scoring cameos which saw him score 192 runs from nine innings. The number eleven is the leading wicket taker in Division Three, Rob Hill who claimed 24 wickets at an average of 11.41, also a safe pair of hands he claimed eight catches during the campaign.

Division Four
The fourth division side would have two from Clacton, Harwich & Dovercourt, St Margarets and Rayne, and one each from Abberton, Boxted 2nd and Kirby.

Dan Smith (Clacton), Aaron Trussler (Abberton), Stuart Barwood (Harwich & Dovercourt), Nathan Oakley (St Margarets), Clive Honey (Boxted 2nd), Michael Breame + (Kirby), Bradley Pitts (Clacton), Jordan Beaumont * (St Margarets), Dinesh Vasudevan (Harwich & Dovercourt), Howard Pettitt (Rayne), Rob May (Rayne)

Division Four openers are Clacton’s Dan Smith and Abberton’s Aaron Trussler. Smith was the top scorer in the division with 482 runs at an average of 96.4, this included two centuries and two fifties in his seven innings, with a best of 143 against Boxted seconds. Trussler scored 413 runs at 82.6, posting one century an unbeaten 141 also against Boxted second string. At number three is Harwich & Dovercourt’s Stuart Barwood, who scored two fifties in six innings on his way to 219 runs at an average of 54.75. St Margaret’s Nathan Oakley is at number four, having scored 356 runs at an average of 50.86. Boxted’s wily veteran Clive Honey comes in at number five, he scored 285 runs which included four half centuries in eight innings at an average of 47.5. At number six is the second Clacton entry, Bradley Pitts, who would take the all rounder slot having scored 183 runs with two fifties, and taken 12 wickets at 11.42, with a best of 5 for 23 against Boxted. Kirby’s Michael Breame takes the gloves for the Division Four side, having made 11 dismissals (6 cts and 5 st), he is also a steady bat having scored 172 runs in 9 innings. At number eight is the skipper of the side, Saints captain Jordan Beaumont who led his side to their first Plate final and saw his side finish third in the division. Beaumont took 13 wickets at 11.69, and scored 124 runs at an average of 62. Number nine is the second player from champions Harwich, Dinesh Vasudevan. He took 13 wickets at 15.54, and scored 102 runs from his lower middle order position. At number ten and eleven it is the Rayne duo of Howard Pettitt and Rob May. Pettitt was the joint second leading wicket taker in the division with 14 wickets, but also scored useful runs in the lower order, including one fifty in his total of107 runs. Rob May was the leading wicket taker in the division, claiming 15 wickets with a league best of 4 for 27.

Division Five
The Fifth division side would have three from Springfield 2nds, two each from Copford and Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nds, and one from Coggeshall 2nd, Copdock & OI, Real Oddies and Cavaliers 2nds.

Luke Southwell (Springfield 2nd), Tom Pickles (Coggeshall 2nd), Anwar Pawaskar + (Copford), Zac Taylor (Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nd), Martin Southwell (Springfield 2nd), Dave Searle (Copdock & OI), Ian Catley * (Copford), Ushantthan Thevasakayam (Springfield 2nd), Zubair Ahmed (Cavaliers 2nd), Steve Bulger (Real Oddies), Will Voyce (Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nd)

The final eleven sees prolific openers in Luke Southwell of Springfield seconds, and Tom Pickles of Coggeshall seconds. Southwell was the top scorer in the division with 532 runs at an average of 66.5, which included two centuries and three fifties in his nine innings. Pickles was in impressive early season form smashing three centuries in the first five weeks of the season, to make him favourite to reach 500 runs first. This run of form included the highest individual score of the season, with a superb 179 against Great Horkesley and Lexden seconds. He eventually recorded 470 runs in the campaign. At three is Ashwin Pawaskar of Copford who would be the sides wicket keeper / batsmen, having scored 333 runs at an averages of 83.25, including one century, and then taken seven dismissals at the wicket. At four is Chappel & Wakes Colne’s young starlet Zac Taylor, who scored 405 runs in nine innings including one century (156no against Cavaliers 2nds) and two fifties.
Martin Southwell of Springfield joins his son in the team, having scored five fifties in nine innings on his way to 376 runs at an average of 125.33. He was also the divisions leading wicket taker with 24 victims at 7.58, and an economy rate of 2.65 per over. Dave Searle of Copdock & OI appears at number six, another steady season for Searle saw him score 340 runs with a best of 152 against Springfield 2nd, and also take eight wickets at 16.25. Captain of the Division Five side and appearing at number seven in the side is Copford’s captain Ian Catley, who helped himself to 327 runs in eight innings with four half centuries. At number eight is the third Springfield player Shan Thevasakayam who took 21 wickets at 16.05, including a best of 5 for 35 against Copdock & OI, and also scored 190 runs from a lower order position. At number nine is Cavaliers Zubair Ahmed, who scored 272 runs from 10 innings, including two fifties and took 11 wickets. Real Oddies stalwart Steve Bulger is number ten, he took 15 wickets at 10.13 and boasted an economy rate of 2.71, his best spell of the season was a 5 for 10 against Chappel & Wakes Colne. Number eleven is Chappel’s second player in the team Will Voyce, who was the third leading wicket taker in the division with 18 wickets at an average of 14.72.