Weekly Round-Up

Week 8 - June 4

Another disappointing weekend as far as concessions were concerned with another three to add to the ever increasing tally, leaving play in just seven matches. In Division One, Great Horkesley & Lexden are out of the bottom two following their win over Clacton. Eight Ash Green remain bottom, although they did put up a good show against Mistley who climb to third. In Division Two, Chappel & Wakes Colne remain unbeaten, following their eight wicket win over Great Totham. Copdock are going well in third place and were convincing winners over Gosfield. Ardleigh are off the bottom courtesy of their first win of the season, albeit a concession by visitors Stebbing. Stebbing slip to the foot of the table following a twenty point deduction, 10 points for their second concession, and ten points for not notifying the Results Secretary by 10pm on Saturday.

In Division Three, Springfield are becoming increasingly frustrated having being called off for a third week running, Cavaliers this week conceding to leave the Chelmsford side still unbeaten with five out of five wins. The other unbeaten record went in convincing fashion as West Bergholt were thrashed at home by Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds. In Division Four, Real Oddies are back up to third following a ten wicket success over Great Horkesley & Lexden 2nds, who were skittled for 51. Great Braxted & Tiptree have their first win of the season, as Rayne for the third successive match had to concede, resulting in a ten point deduction. While T20 action saw a surprise as champions Coggeshall were humbled by five wickets on their own manor, by Kelvedon.
Individually, there was just the one century as Daniel Goff posted 104 in Mistley’s win at Eight Ash Green. Five wicket hauls came from Real Oddies debutant Upel Apeysingha who claimed impressive figures of 6 for 7 from 9 overs, and in the T20, Kelvedon’s Alex Holder was the match winner as he claimed figures of 5 for 13

Division One
Mistley are up to third in the top flight following a 50 run win at bottom side Eight Ash Green. The Swans were indebted to big second wicket stand between Daniel Goff (104) and James Scott (75) for the bulk of their score of 279 for 6, although Dylan Day (45) posted a useful knock. Alex Hammond (4 for 47) for the Green claimed some late success which gleaned three bowling points. In reply, Keith Hammond (90) and Jake Harris (60) kept the Green in the game with a big second wicket stand themselves, but with only 15 year old Troy Collins (31no) able to back up this pair, the Green could only reach 229 for 8 in reply. Oliver Fifield (2 for 26 from 9) and Colin Page (2 for 32) were the most successful of the Mistley bowlers.

Great Horkesley & Lexden are out of the bottom two following their first win of the season, a four wicket success over Clacton, who replace them in drop zone. Clacton batted first after winning the toss and made steady progress reaching 163 for 3, with Hayden Erfuth (61) and Daniel Smith (30) scoring well. Skipper Bradley Pitts (64) pushed the visitors towards the 200 mark, but with Graeson Laitt (4 for 39) producing something of a fightback for the Saxons, Clacton were restricted to 207 for 6. In reply, Omar Ahmed (65, including 9 fours and 3 sixes) took the attack to Clacton, before becoming the first wicket to fall on 84. Saleem Farooqi (20 out of 24 for the second wicket) continued the role of pinch hitter for the Saxons, his innings including just four scoring shots (2 fours and 2 sixes). Opener Shaun Hassan (22) was third man out with the score on 128, before Naveed Maan (72no) almost single handily steered the Saxons to victory with five balls to spare. Daniel Smith (3 for 41 was the pick of the Clacton bowlers.

Division Two
Chappel & Wakes Colne kept up the pressure on the leaders Halstead, by maintaining their unbeaten start with an eight wicket victory over Great Totham. Batting first no less than seven Totham batsmen reached double figures, but with no one going to score more than 13 year old Dan Quartermaine (24), they were bowled out in the 30th over for 122. The competitions leading wicket taker Harry Carter (4 for 19) was again the pick of the bowlers for Chappel, with Jack Cousins (2 for 31) and Sam King (2 for 30) picking up wickets. In reply, the home side lost both openers cheaply before Jack Perfect-Brown (61 from 44 balls) and Chris Carter (52 from 22 balls) smashed an unbeaten third wicket stand of 106 to see Chappel to victory in just 14 overs.

Copdock & OI are just behind the pacesetters, looking for a slip from either of them, to move into the promotion places. On Sunday they hosted Gosfield and were emphatic winners, in a good all round team performance. Sam Edmond (36) and Kevin Banham (66) gave Copdock the perfect start, before cameos from Dick Ward (20) and an unbeaten 35 from Nathan Scarff batting at number nine, lifted the home score to 223. All six Gosfield bowlers claimed wickets as they bowled Copdock out in 37.1 overs, Ed Merry (2 for 26), Barrie Morris (2 for 33) and Morgan Whymark (2 for 39) claiming two wickets each. The Gosfield reply was stemmed by some economic bowling, with John Bell (3 for 19 from 9) and Kevin Banham (2 for 24 from 9), backing up his batting performance, the standout bowlers. Only Gary Dicker (26) and Ed Merry (23) passed twenty, as Gosfield were bowled out for 112.

Ardleigh are off the bottom of the division after picking up their first victory in seven, courtesy of a concession by visitors Stebbing. Unfortunately, for the visitors this was their second concession of the season resulting in a ten point deduction, and to compound the issue, by not notifying the Results Secretary by 10pm on Saturday they were deducted a further ten points, which has resulted in them slipping to the foot of the table.

Division Three
Leaders Springfield were frustrated for the third week running, with their opponents unable to field a side. Cavaliers were unable to fulfil their fixture on Sunday. Springfield are now the only unbeaten side in Division Three, with five wins out of five.

It was a good day for Chappel & Wakes Colne teams as their second eleven completed a double success by ending West Bergholt’s 100% record in convincing fashion at West Bergholt. Batting first Chappel recovered from the early loss of David Maytham, with partnerships of 87 for the second wicket between Bill Maytham (34) and Harry Bryant, and a third wicket stand of 46 between Bryant (51) and Aaron Keeble. A landmark fifty for 15 year old Bryant, being his maiden one for the club. Keeble (35 from 35) and Charlie Garrad (19 from 15) added some impetus as Chappel eventually closed at 197 for 7. Dan Grice (2 for 28) and James Aldridge (2 for 48) claimed a brace of wickets each for the hosts. Bergholt were then soon under pressure as their reply began, with Robin Carter bowling six consecutive maidens, while Rebecca Wilson (3 for 19 from 7) was taking the wickets at the other end. Carter pinched two wickets out before the end of his spell, to return miserly figures of 9-7-5-2. Only Ed Hance (15) and Aldridge (11) reached double figures in the top order, while Richard Atkinson (20) top scored, scoring his runs in an 8th wicket stand of 30, the biggest Bergholt partnership. Chappel skipper Aaron Keeble (3 for 0) then mopped up the tail to see Bergholt bowled out for 66 in the 31st over.

Division Four
Real Oddies leap frogged ten man Great Horkesley & Lexden 2nd into third place in Division Four, with a thumping ten wicket victory at the Garrison ground. Winning the toss and electing to bat, only the top three got to double figures for the Saxons. Robin Seller (12) and Allan Highfield (12) put on 24 for the first wicket, before the collapse saw the remaining fall for 27, and the visitors skittled for just 51. Debutant Upul Apeysingh was the main catalyst for the GHL demise, claiming a hat trick on his way to impressive figures of 9-4-7-6. Malien Mudalige (2 for 11) and Ashen Disanayake (1 for 5) were the other Oddies wicket takers, while Saxons number three Jerry Morgan carried his bat for an unbeaten 13. Craig Watts (38no) then made relatively easy work of the chase as Oddies reached the target in 7.1 overs.

Things remain bleak for Rayne, who unfortunately had to concede their third game of the season, and are rooted to the foot of the table. This weekend’s concession was at home to Great Braxted & Tiptree who had their first win of the season.

T20 West
Coggeshall 110 (Alex Holder 5 for 13) lost to Kelvedon 111 for 5 (Ed King 44no) by 5 wickets

Centuries and Five Wickets
Daniel Goff 104 Mistley v. Eight Ash Green

Upul Abeysingha 6 -- 7 Real Oddies v. Great Horkesley & Lexden 2nd
Alex Holder 5 -- 13 Kelvedon v. Coggeshall

NECL Performance on the Week as voted on Twitter 41 votes)
Daniel Goff 104 Mistley v. Eight Ash Green 37%
Upul Abeysingha 6-7 Real Oddies v. Great Horkesley & Lexden 2nd 24%
Alex Holder 5-13 Kelvedon v. Coggeshall 22%
Harry Carter 4-19 Chappel & WC v. Great Totham 17%

Next Week
Hopefully any rain will abate before next weekend, and the curse of concessions will start to wane. In Division One, leaders Wivenhoe welcome Great Horkesley & Lexden to Rectory Road, while there is also action at Castle Park, where Colchester & E.E welcome bottom club Eight Ash Green, and the second coastal derby sees Clacton hosting Frinton looking to overturn a slender 11 run defeat in their last outing. Only one game in Division Two, but probably the match of the day, as two unbeaten records go on the line as leaders Halstead welcome Chappel & Wakes Colne to Star Stile. In Division Three, another top of the table clash sees Springfield (desperate for cricket) welcome Abberton. Galleywood make the trip to the Rugby Club to play Cavaliers, while there is a long trip for Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds as they venture to Harwich & Dovercourt. In Division Four, Great Braxted & Tiptree will be hoping for opponents having seen their last two matches called off, when Great Horkesley & Lexden seconds travel to High Ridge. While fingers crossed, Rayne will welcome Boxted. The T20 competition will gain pace in June, and there are two fixtures on Sunday in the West Division. Kelvedon will be hoping to continue their winning start as they travel to Braintree, while Coggeshall will be looking to get their campaign back on track as they host Little Bardfield Village, who play their opening match of the season.