Weekly Round-Up

Week 7 - May 28 & 29

Just the ten games over the Bank Holiday weekend, of which two were cancelled due to lack of players, and a further two were abandoned as heavy rain hit the west of the region. In the only game in the top flight, leaders Wivenhoe made it five from five with 195 run win at Clacton. In Division Two, Halstead continued their winning start with a comfortable win over Witham, while third placed Copdock were victors in just under two hours at bottom of the table Ardleigh. Stebbing were seemingly in a winning position when the rain hit in their home game with Great Totham. In Division Three, leaders Springfield remain unbeaten without having to take the field, as their opponents Harwich & Dovercourt were unable to raise a side. Unfortunately, for Harwich they fell foul of Rule 15B by not notifying the Results Secretary of the concession by 10pm on the eve of the match, and have been deducted ten points. The game between Galleywood and West Bergholt was another abandonment, with Bergholt making a good start to a big run chase. In Division Four, Real Oddies unbeaten start came to an end at Coggeshall who leap-frogged them into second place. Great Horkesley & Lexden seconds are up to third following their win at Boxted. The game between Great Braxted & Tiptree and Tendring was cancelled due to Tendring being unable to raise a side – the game has been provisionally conceded by Tendring, but in an effort to get the game on, both clubs are looking into the possibility of re-arranging the fixture. The T20 West Division began with a high scoring match at Braintree, with 2016 champions Coggeshall prevailing by five wickets.
Individually, Matt Durrell capped a fine month with the bat by posting an unbeaten 161 in Wivenhoe’s victory at Clacton. Braintree’s Daniel Chalk smashed a 42 ball century in his sides T20 defeat at home to Coggeshall. While Kane Addison of Coggeshall just missed out in his sides victory over Real Oddies with 98. The only five wicket performance of the weekend came from Wivenhoe’s Liam Hope-Shackley who took 5 for 34, to back up a half century scored earlier with the bat.

Division One
Wivenhoe continued their exceptional start to the season with a big win at Clacton. Hoe Skipper Matt Durrell, who has been in outstanding form in May with the bat having previously scored four NECL half centuries, finally converted by posting a daddy ton with an unbeaten 161 in his sides total of 322 for 2. Durrell has scored 440 runs in the NECL this season, and is well on his way to becoming the first player to reach the 500 landmark. Fellow opener Jordan Nicholls (36) and Jakob Kelly (30no) also contributed to the total, while the big partnership came in a second wicket stand with Aussie Liam Hope-Shackley (76). Liam Fields (3 for 29) quickly reduced the hosts to 30 for 3, before Hope-Shackley (5 for 34) backed up his half century with a five wicket haul as Clacton were bowled out for 127 in 26 overs. The one shining light for Clacton was their overseas player Haydn Erfuth who posted an unbeaten 71.

Division Two
Division Two leaders Halstead were comfortable winners over Witham at Star Stile. Ten man Witham won the toss and elected to bat, but were soon losing wickets with alarming regularity. Indeed the score would have been substantially lower but for an excellent innings from opener Ollie Cooke (85 from 77 balls). Witham were bowled out in the 37th over for 132, with the wickets shared around the Halstead bowlers. Ben Roper (2 for 6) and Callum Hansey (2 for 31) the most successful. In a reply a century third wicket stand between seventeen year old Taylor Nicholson (53) and a maiden half century for sixteen year old Sam Hawes (51no) guided the leaders to a seven wicket success inside 27 overs. Witham opening bowlers Sarah Bendall (1 for 24 from 7) and Scott Pringle (1 for 19 from 6) were the pick of their bowling effort.

Third placed Copdock took just under two hours to dispatch bottom club Ardleigh at the Recreation Ground. The hosts won the toss and batted first and were skittled for just 61, with only Chris Chandler (14), Kevin Sage (14) and Duncan McKechnie (11) getting to double figures. Kevin Banham (3 for 4), Steve Catchpole (3 for 29) and Steve Gauke (2 for 9) were the significant wicket takers for Copdock, while Sam Edmond took three catches in the field. Edmond (41no) and Jack Knight (20no) then made very light work of the target, taking just 35 balls to complete a ten wicket victory.

Stebbing 277 for 8 (Mel Hussain 74, Graham Bird 46) v. Great Totham 114 for 5 – Match Abandoned

Division Three
Action in just the one game in Division Three, the leaders Springfield seeing their home match with Harwich & Dovercourt conceded in midweek.

The other match at Galleywood was abandoned with the game fairly evenly poised, the visitors West Bergholt making a good fist of chasing a big Galleywood total. The home side batted first and made a good start through openers James Adams (30) and Paul Marlow (48). However, the real impetus to the innings came in a fourth wicket stand between Ben Rayner (84) and Josh Felton (56no) as Galleywood closed at an imposing 266 for 5. Matt McDonald (2 for 29 from 9) and Lee Parish (2 for 42) both picked up a pair of wickets each for West Bergholt. In reply, the visitors had made a steady start reaching 68 for 1 in 13 overs, skipper James Banks (36) and Ed Hance (28no), scoring the runs, before the rain arrived to curtail play.

Division Four
Coggeshall are up to second in Division Four, following a 47 run victory over previously unbeaten Real Oddies at Harefield. Undoubtedly the star of the match with both bat and ball was Coggeshall skipper Kane Addison. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the hosts lost two early wickets to Pete Pearson (2 for 29), before consolidating through Fergus Wishart (28) and Addison. Addison (98) was unlucky not to complete a century, succumbing to Mukesh Kumar (3 for 37) the most impressive of the Oddies bowlers. Coggeshall closed on 188 for 8 from their 40 overs. In reply, Oddies lost an early wicket also, before Jamie Aitken (37) and Malien Mudalige (32) developed a useful second wicket partnership. Glen Shuter dismissed both in a spell of 2 for 24 from 6, before a decisive spell from Kane Addison (4 for 9 from 8), swung the game in favour of the Cockerels. Pete Pearson struck a valiant 31 at the end of the innings before Mackenzie Darroch (2 for 12) wrapped up proceedings to see the Oddies dismissed for 141 in the 36th over.

Great Horkesley & Lexden seconds are up to third place after a 97 run win at Boxted. A fourth wicket stand of 144 between Allan Coneybeare (72) and James Wallis (64) proving decisive as the Saxons posted 218 for 5 from their 40 overs. Alistair Manhire (25) the other player to top twenty. For Boxted, there was a brace of wickets for both Charlie Harris (2 for 30 from 9) and Will Cosham (2 for 6). Paul Hart (2 for 6 from 5) and Rauf Maan (2 for 23 from 7) quickly ended the match as a contest as Boxted slipped to 16 for 3, and then 44 for 4. Charlie Harris (22), Sam Lines (20) and Garry Green (18) all contributed in the middle order, but with Graeson Laitt (3 for 20 from 8) and Shaun Hassan (2 for 15) mopping up the tail the home side were bowled out for 121.

Tendring were unable to raise a side to make the trip to Great Braxted & Tiptree, so the game has been provisionally conceded. However, both sides are actively looking to re-arrange the fixture later in the season in an effort to get the game on.

T20 - West
The opening fixture in the West Division of the T20 saw debutants Braintree contest an exciting match with champions Coggeshall. The Cockerels won the toss and elected to field, and made an instant breakthrough with Lloyd Edwards claiming the wicket of William Jackson second ball. However, they were then put on the backfoot as an excellent second wicket stand of 137 between Daniel Chalk (100 from 42 balls, including 9 sixes) and Daniel Garner (51 from 45 balls) put the Dolphins in command. Chalk’s century equals the highest score in the competition set by Jack Hebron last season. Both wickets fell to Kane Addison (2 for 29), while Rob Cross (2 for 32) also claimed a pair of wickets. Christopher Leech added an unbeaten 25, as Braintree closed at a competitive 188 for 5 from their 20 overs. However, Coggeshall showed their T20 class with an excellent run chase. A rapid opening stand between Jack Simmons (24) and Charlie Green, saw Coggeshall progress to 69 for 1. Green (74 from 42) dominated the early part of the innings, before Rob Cross (31 from 21) and Robert Jagger (23no from 14 balls) finished the job with nine balls to spare. Matthew Hollingsworth (3 for 34) was the pick of the Braintree bowling attack, but the hosts should not be too despondent for their hopes of progression in the competition following this display

Centuries and Five Wickets
Matt Durrell 161 * Wivenhoe v. Clacton
Daniel Chalk 100 Braintree v. Coggeshall

Liam Hope-Shackley 5 -- 34 Wivenhoe v. Clacton

NECL Performance on the Week as voted on Twitter (80 votes)
Daniel Chalk 100 from 42 balls Braintree v. Coggeshall (T20) 43%
Matt Durrell 161* Wivenhoe v. Clacton 23%
Kane Addison 98 & 4-9 Coggeshall v. Real Oddies 23%
Liam Hope-Shackley 76 & 5-34 Wivenhoe v. Clacton 11%

Next Week
The first weekend in June sees ten matches scheduled across the NECL. In Division One, attention will focus on the bottom of the division, with three of the four sides in action looking for victories to reboot their seasons. Bottom side Eight Ash Green, without a win, welcome Mistley, while Great Horkesley & Lexden will be hopeful of their first league victory of the campaign as they welcome Clacton, whose solitary success was down to a concession. In Division Two leaders Halstead have a week off, so second placed Chappel & Wakes Colne will be looking to consolidate their unbeaten start as they host a struggling Great Totham. Third placed Copdock welcome Gosfield, while Ardleigh will welcome Stebbing. In Division Three, unbeaten records are likely to stay intact, as leaders Springfield go to Cavaliers, while West Bergholt would fancy their chances at home to Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds. In Division Four, Real Oddies will leap frog Great Horkesley & Lexden seconds if they win when they meet at the Garrison, while at the bottom Rayne will be hoping to get on the field of play, having conceded their last two games, as they host Great Braxted & Tiptree. Coggeshall will look to make it two out of two in T20 West division, as they welcome Kelvedon to Harefield.