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2015 Divisional Teams of the Year

Time to celebrate the players who made the biggest impact in North Essex Cricket League in 2015, with the publication of the Divisional Teams of the Year. All five teams were my personal opinion and based solely on statistical performance in league competition. To qualify players must have played at least five league games. No prizes will be awarded to any of those selected, just the prestige of being included. Congratulations to the 60 players listed below (12th men have been selected)


Division One
Three from Wivenhoe, two from Colchester & E.E, Frinton, High Easter and Mistley, and one from Great Bentley.
Kemsley Robb (Colchester & E.E.), Joe Fowler (Great Bentley), Matt Durrell (Wivenhoe), Daniel Goff (Mistley), Jarryd Walsh (Mistley), Craig Perrin * (Frinton), Ryan Vickery + (Wivenhoe), Haris Mahmood (High Easter), Gihan Dilruk (Frinton), Tom Durrell (Wivenhoe), Greg Stephens (Colchester & E.E.) 12th Farhan Mahmood (High Easter)

Just twenty matches provided statistics for the choice of the twelve players for the Division One side.
Opening the innings for the team are Colchester's Kemsley Robb, and Great Bentley's Joe Fowler. Robb passed fifty in four of his five innings with a highest score of 107 against Great Bentley in April, in total he scored 359 runs at an average of 89.75. His opening partner would be Great Bentley's talisman Joe Fowler who scored consistently in a struggling team to score 283 runs from five innings at an average 56.80. At number three is Wivenhoe's Matt Durrell who scored 200 runs at an average of 40.00, as well as taking eleven wickets at 11.27, with a best of 5 for 25 in the final match of the season against Colchester & E.E. Daniel Goff is the first of the Mistley duo, and comes in at number four having scored 249 runs, including one century from six innings. He was also a more than useful fielder taking seven catches. The middle order power house is supplied by Mistley's overseas star Jarryd Walsh and Frinton's Craig Perrin. Walsh was the top scorer in Division One with 483 runs from seven innings at an average of 80.50, including three centuries and a best of 137 against High Easter. He also claimed seven catches in the field. At six is Frinton skipper Craig Perrin, who scored 340 runs from five innings with two centuries, and a Division One best of 169 against High Easter. He was also leading fielder with eight catches and three run outs. Perrin would also skipper the side having led is Frinton side to the runners up spot. At seven is a useful wicket keeper batsmen in Wivenhoe's Ryan Vickery, who scored 203 runs with a highest of 107 not out against Frinton in July. He took four catches and made two stumpings at the wicket. At eight is High Easter's first representative Haris Mahmood, who scored 256 runs at 51.20, and took seven wickets. Frinton's Gihan Dilruk makes a more than adequate number nine with 169 runs in four innings, including two half centuries, and taking ten wickets at 15.00. The main bowling duties are shared between joint leading wicket takers, Wivenhoe's Tom Durrell (13 wickets at 14.15), and Colchester & E.E Greg Stephens (13 wickets at 15.15). Twelfth man for the Division One side is High Easter's Fahran Mahmood, who scored 234 runs including two half centuries from seven innings.

Division Two
The Second Division side sees five players from champions Great Horkesley & Lexden, two from Earls Colne and Elmstead Grasshoppers, and one each from Eight Ash Green, Great Totham and Witham.

Jordan Elliott (Elmstead Grasshoppers), Jon Jones (GHL), Chintesh Patel (Earls Colne), Naveed Maan (GHL), Jack Sambrook (Witham), Dan White (Elmstead Grasshoppers), Harry Cooper * (Great Totham), Niall Fitzgerald + (GHL), Shiraz Amin (GHL), Joe Smith (Earls Colne), Graeson Laitt (GHL), 12th Richard Nunn (Eight Ash Green)

Opening the batting for the Division Two side is Elmstead Grasshoppers Jordan Elliott who posted three half centuries in his haul of 368 at an average of 46.00, with a best of 95. His opening partner is the first of Great Horkelsey & Lexden's five players Jon Jones, who scored 274 runs from his opening berth and struck an unbeaten maiden century in his sides victory over Witham in September. He would also be more than useful in the bowling department having ended the season as joint leading wicket taker in the division with 24 wickets at an average of 8.58, and a miserly economy rate of 2.58. At three is Earls Colne's Chintesh Patel who was a model of consistency during the season with four half centuries in his eight innings, which amounted to 343 runs at an average of 49.00. Incredibly his highest score was just 58. Number four is the leading run scorer in Division Two, Naveed Maan of Great Horkesley & Lexden, Naveed scored 398 runs in his ten innings with a best of 151 against Boxted in May. At five, is Witham's Jack Sambrook who scored three fifties in his haul of 371 runs, and also claimed 16 wickets at 16.23 with a best of 4 for 23. Number six is the second Elmstead player, all rounder Dan White, who scored 302 runs at 50.33 and also took 17 wickets at 11.00. Great Totham's skipper Harry Cooper makes the team at number seven, scoring 336 runs with three half centuries, as well as taking nine wickets. By virtue of being one of two skippers in the team and the highest placed team, Harry has to take the arm band duties for the Division Two team. At number eight it is Saxons wicket keeper Niall Fitzgerald who took six catches and three stumpings, as well as scoring rapid runs down the order with 132 and a best of 54 not out. At nine it is the fourth Saxons player, Shiraz Amin who was part of dynamic bowling attack for the champions, which saw three of the top four wicket takers, he claimed 19 wickets at 11.00. No fool with the bat he also scored a valuable unbeaten 42 in the championship winning match over Eight Ash Green. Number ten is the second Earls Colne player, Joe Smith, who claimed 20 wickets at 19.20 and a best of 5 for 30 against Stebbing. Finally, making up the on field eleven is The Vulture, Graeson Laitt who spent most of the season feasting on the pressure applied by his team mates, to end the season as equal leading wicket taker in the division with 24 wickets, at an average of 8.13, and an incredible strike rate of a wicket every 12.25 balls. The drink duties for the Second Division team belong to the only player from runners up Eight Ash Green, Richard Nunn who claimed 14 wickets at an average of 8.21 and a best of 5 for 21 against champions Great Horkesley & Lexden.

Division Three

The third division side has three from Ardleigh and Little Bardfield Village, two from Chappel & Wakes Colne and one each from champions Harwich & Dovercourt, Purleigh, Gosfield and Cavaliers.

Kurt Lamont + (Ardleigh), Daryl Hymas (LBV), Christian Freegard (Purleigh), Peter Stone (LBV), Dean Bass (Gosfield), Robert Cole (Ardleigh), Tristan Moseley * (CWC), Tom Graham (LBV), Ross Wyatt (CWC), Adeel Abbas (Harwich & Dovercourt), Graham Cole (Ardleigh) 12th Dan Smith (Cavaliers)

Plenty of runs from the Division Three team at the top of the order. Four of the first five batsmen all reached 500 runs in the season. Opening the batting for the side will be Kurt Lamont of Ardleigh who scored the league season high of 678 runs from 13 innings, this included nine fifties, at an average of 84.75. He also posted a further two half centuries in his two Cup innings. Lamont would double up as the sides wicketkeeper having taken 12 catches and seven stumpings. His opening partner would be Little Bardfield's Daryl Hymas, who scored 543 runs which included two centuries and two fifties at an average of 60.33. His best score of the season was 110 against Ardleigh in the final weekend of the season. Chris Freegard appears in the Divisional XI's for the third successive year, also breaking 500 runs with 587 and a best of 177 against Great Braxted & Tiptree. As well as his big century he also posted four further fifties, and with the ball took seventeen wickets, with a best of 5 for 41 against Clacton. Number four is Little Bardfield's Peter Stone who averaged 101.60 from his six innings, scoring 508 and posting two centuries and two fifties in his haul. He also posted the highest score of the season with an unbeaten 208 at home to Purleigh. At number five is the second Ardleigh player Robert Cole, who hit a number of hard hitting innings at the top of the order for his side – he scored 314 runs with a best of a 140 against Great Braxted & Tiptree in August. He would also be in the side for his bowling having taken 21 wickets at an average at 12.57. At six is Gosfield's Dean Bass, normally a top order batsmen, Bass would be in the middle order. He scored 344 runs from just five innings, passing fifty in all but one of them, and recording a best of 111 not out against Great Braxted & Tiptree. Chappel & Wakes Colne's Tristan Moseley is captain of the side, guiding his side to the runners up sport in the Division, and would be at number seven. He scored 422 runs from his eleven innings with a best of 98. Number eight is the third Bardfield player Tom Graham, who backs up his 407 runs with the bat including three fifties, with 14 wickets at an average of 10.14, and an economy rate of 2.71. Ross Wyatt of Chappel is number nine, he took 18 wickets in the season at 12.39, including two five wicket hauls and a league season best of 7 for 17 against Purleigh in April.
Just the one player from champions Harwich & Dovercourt, and that is Adeel Abbas who was both their leading run scorer and wicket taker, scoring 194 runs and taking 18 wickets at an average of 10.78. At number eleven is the third Ardleigh player Graham Cole, who had a stellar season with the ball taking the league high of 27 wickets at an average of 11.26, and the best economy rate in the division of 2.55. Twelfth man for the Division Three side would be Cavaliers Dan Smith, who would provide more than useful backup with bat and ball having scored 342 runs, with three half centuries, and taking 14 wickets with a best of 5 for 13 against Purleigh in July.

Division Four

The fourth division side would have three from champions Springfield, runners up Abberton, and Kirby, and one each from Copford, Rayne and West Mersea

Ian Catley * (Copford), Josh Newman (Rayne), Matt Sullivan (Abberton), Kohilaraj Murugiah (Springfield), Martin Southwell (Springfield), Mark Johnson (Abberton), Luke Conway (West Mersea), Kieron Parkes (Kirby), Ushanthan Thevasakayam (Springfield), Michael Breame + (Kirby) Steve Whitfield (Abberton), 12th Tom Lawes (Kirby)

Copford's Ian Catley would lead the Division Four side being the only captain in the twelve, but would also lead from the front opening the batting. Catley was top scorer in Division Four with 445 runs at an average of 49.44, this included two centuries with a best of 113 against Rayne in the very first weekend of the season. His opening partner would be Rayne's Josh Newman, who scored three fifties in his haul of 328 runs from nine innings. Added to that he also claimed eleven wickets with the ball. Number three is Abberton's Matt Sullivan, who also scored two centuries in the season in his total of 320 at an average of 45.71, the centuries coming in top of the table games with Copford and Springfield. The number four is the first of Springfield's three players Kohiliraj Murugiah, who scored three half centuries in his total of 299 runs at 42.71. He was also the joint fourth leading wicket taker in the division with 14 wickets. At five his Springfield all rounder Martin Southwell, who took 19 wickets at 9.42, and scored 206 runs at 68.67. Mark Johnson is the second Abbertonian, again in the all round mode, he scored 254 runs from his middle order berth at an average of 50.80 with a best of 135 not out against Coggeshall. He also bowled tidily when called to do so, taking 10 wickets at 14.70. West Mersea's hard hitting Luke Conway makes the twelve as the only islander, he was both top run scorer and wicket taker for his club, scoring 302 runs at an average of 43.14, with a best of 129 against Rayne, and taking eleven wickets including a spell of 5 for 31 in the return fixture with Rayne. Kirby's first entry is Kieron Parkes, who was leading wicket taker in the division with 22 wickets at 12.68, however, he also scored a solid 190 runs from his eight innings. Number nine is the third Springfield player Shan Thevasakayam who claimed fifteen wickets at 11.60, he would also be a useful lower order batsmen posting one fifty in his seven innings. Kirby's Michael Breame would be in the side for his wicket keeping duties, not the most fruitful with the bat scoring 95 runs, he did take six catches and a stumping as custodian of the gloves. Abberton's Steve Whitfield makes up the eleven, although only making his seasonal debut half way through the season, the 'Strangler' took eleven wickets at 12.45. Often coming on to bowl the middle order overs Steve had a happy knack of strangling the life out of his opponents with steady and economic bowling that saw him return an economy rate of 2.88. Making up the twelve is Kirby's Tom Lawes who scored 229 runs at 76.33 from his six innings, as well as taking eight wickets with the ball.

Division Five
The Fifth division sides would have four from Galleywood, three from champions Kelvedon & Feering, Great Horkesley & Lexden 2nds, and one each from Boxted, Copdock & OI and Real Oddies.

Alfie Long (Kelvedon & Feering), Archie Wilkinson (Copdock & OI), Eliot Moore (Galleywood), Tom Potter * (Kelvedon & Feering), Ben Rayner (Galleywood), Nathan Scarff (Boxted), Joe Hall (Real Oddies), Johnathan Hassan + (GHL 2nd), Ollie Wilton-Steere (Kelvedon & Feering), Duncan Walton (Galleywood), Paul Hart (GHL 2nd), 12th Timothy Detheridge (Galleywood)

Kelvedon's Alfie Long will open the innings for the Division Five side, one of two players to score three NECL centuries this season, he scored heavily for the champions at the top of the order, with a best of 115 not out against the Real Oddies. He scored 404 runs at an average of 57.71. His opening partner would be Copdock & OI's Archie Wilkinson who scored two centuries in his haul of 346 at 49.43, his best being an unbeaten 108 against Galleywood in July. At three is Galleywood's wicketkeeper batsmen Eliot Moore, who top scored in the division with 515 runs at 57.22, his haul included two centuries and four fifties. At number four is Kelvedon skipper Tom Potter, who would also lead the Division Five side. Potter scored 435 runs at an average of 54.38 with one century and three fifties in his total, his best being 122 against Real Oddies in August. He directed his side to an almost perfect season with just the one defeat in the league. At number five his Galleywood skipper Ben Rayner, who scored 339 runs with three half centuries and a best of 76. The Ben Stokes number six position would aptly go to Boxted's Nathan Scarff, who backed up his 366 runs with the bat including a maiden century, with fifteen wickets and a best of 5 for 30 against Tendring. At seven is Real Oddies, Joe Hall who scored 189 runs, with a best of 49 not out and took 14 wickets. Number eight is Great Horkesley & Lexden second eleven's wicketkeeper Johnathan Hassan who would keep wicket having claimed twelve catches and taken a stumping. Ollie Wilton-Steere of Kelvedon is the first of the main line bowlers for the Division Five side, consistently performing by taking 19 wickets with a best of 3 for 19, at an average of 11.16. Number ten would be the leading wicket taker in five, Galleywood's Duncan Walton who claimed 26 wickets at 12.38 with a best of 5 for 12 against Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds in the last game of the season. Bringing up the tail is Great Horkesley & Lexden's Paul Hart, who was second in the wicket takers list with 22 wickets at 13.41 with a best of 5 for 37 against Coggeshall seconds. Twelfth man duty for the Division Five side is Galleywood's fourth player Timothy Detheridge, who scored 157 runs, as well as taking fourteen wickets at an average of 14.14.