Weekly Round-Up

Week 10 - June 18

The NECL was sweltering on Sunday as temperatures reached the highest of the year, unfortunately the clash with Father’s Day also had an impact with four matches cancelled due to lack of player availability. The league management committee took the decision last Thursday that in the event of concessions through player availability, the conceding side can make representations to their opponents to re-arrange to an alternative date in the season. This is an attempt to get as much cricket on as possible, given the considerable amount of concessions to date. However, the re-arrangement should not be without prejudice to the side who were able to fulfil the fixture on the original date, and only on their agreement. If no date can be found the original concession will stand.
In Division One, second placed Elmstead got out of jail against Eight Ash Green, while there were also wins for Frinton and Mistley. In Division Two, Chappel & Wakes Colne were made to work hard for a four run success over nine man Stebbing, while Gosfield were unable to field a side at home to Witham and had to concede. In Division Three, Galleywood are up to second following an eight wicket success over Chappel &Wakes Colne 2nds, while Abberton slipped to third after defeat at Kelvedon. West Bergholt were the highest scorers of the weekend, posting a massive 297 for 4, in their big win over Harwich & Dovercourt. In Division Four, only one of three scheduled games took place with Boxted completing a ten wicket win over Real Oddies. Great Horkesley & Lexden 2nds conceded for the second week running, so slip to the foot of the table, while Braintree remain unbeaten at the top, with three of their four wins coming by conceding opponents. Great Braxted & Tiptree were unable to raise a side against Coggeshall, but the two sides are looking at a mutually agreeable date to re-arrange. In T20 East, there was a third concession in four matches to date, as Ipswich were unable to raise a side against Wivenhoe.
Individually, there were four centurions and two fivefor’s completed in the NECL. Elmstead’s Jordan Elliot (131) top scored with his third ton of the season, while in the same game Ryan Vickery claimed the best bowling figures of the weekend with 6 for 11. Mistley’s James Scott scored an important unbeaten 111 in his sides two wicket success over Clacton. While there were centuries for two West Bergholt players in their big win in Division Three, Dan Wheeler (115) and Matt Rogers (107no) making hay in the sunshine, while Matt McDonald was the other fivefor claiming 5 for 29 for West Bergholt in the same game against Harwich.

Division One
Elmstead remain second in Division One, but definitely dodged a bullet on Sunday when they travelled to bottom of the table Eight Ash Green. Batting first Elmstead were reduced to 74 for 6 in the thirteenth over, with Richard Nunn, Matt Parker and Jake Harris sharing the wickets at the top of the order. Redemption came in the form of a big seventh wicket stand, as Jordan Elliott (131) powered to his third NECL century of the campaign and found a willing ally in Zac Pushman (50) as the visitors reached 282 all out in the 40th over. Jake Harris (3 for 49) and Alex Hammond (3 for 74) were the most successful of the Green bowlers. In reply, Steve Nunn (50), Ollie Stovell (32) and Jake Harris (20) took the battle to the Elmstead bowlers, but having reached 111 for the loss of two wickets, they quickly subsided to 138 all out as Ryan Vickery (6 for 11) run through the lower order.

There was a tight game at New Road, which ebbed and flowed throughout the afternoon, with Mistley eventually prevailing over Clacton by two wickets with two balls to spare. Clacton batted first and despite half centuries from Kieron Parkes (50) and Bradley Pitts (51) in the top order found themselves in trouble at 136 for 7. Tim Scott (3 for 56), James Stamatis (2 for 39) and Dylan Day (2 for 42) the chief wicket takers. An eighth wicket stand of 91, between David Fitzpatrick (44no) and Matthew O’Brien (44) took Clacton up to a competitive total of 235 for 8 from their 40 overs. In reply, James Stamatis (52 from 19 balls) gave the Swans a lightning start, but with Pitts (2 for 54) claiming his wicket and Fitzpatrick (4 for 39) causing mayhem in the middle order, Mistley found themselves languishing at 165 for 7. James Scott stood firm for the home side, and combined with skipper Tim Scott (33 from 22 balls) to put on a match winning eighth wicket stand of 66. James (111no from 98 balls) eventually seeing the home side to victory to lift them into third place.

A tough afternoon for Great Horkesley & Lexden saw them succumb to a six wicket defeat at home to champions Frinton. After winning the toss and batting first the Saxons lost wickets too regularly, with only Naveed Maan (58) standing firm at the top of the order. Lewis Catlow (3 for 21 from 9) was the main wicket taker at the top of the order, while Tom Sinclair (3 for 17) and Kemar Smith (2 for 18) picked up some cheap late order wickets as the hosts were bowled out for 128. In reply, Frinton were 10 for 2, before a century partnership (109) for the third wicket between Tom Sinclair (64) and Blake Reed (43) saw Frinton virtually to the target. Naveed Maan (2 for 5) claimed both their wickets, but victory was assured shortly afterwards in the 19th over.

Division Two
Chappel & Wakes Colne bounced back from their first defeat last week with a narrow victory over nine man Stebbing at The Hobbies. Zac Taylor (35) and Jack Perfect-Brown (31) made rapid thirties at the top of the order, before Tris Moseley blasted an unbeaten 82 from just 48 balls. However, with Graham Bird (3 for 62), Jason Gallian (3 for 54) and Simon Sargent (3 for 43) taking regular wickets the hosts found themselves bowled out carelessly with eleven of their forty overs not used, for 196. The competition’s leading wicket taker Harry Carter, celebrated his birthday, with two early wickets, before Steven Chambers and Graham Bird (26) rebuilt the innings. Two cheap middle order wickets fell to Sam King (2 for 31 from 9), before Stebbing skipper Sargent built a steady partnership with Chambers. However, Chambers was run out by Alex Reeve for 89, leaving Sargent and Gallian (19no) to edge Stebbing towards the target. Harry Carter (3 for 31), then returned to complete his spell and claim the important wicket of Sargent (34) as Chappel secured a four run win.

Unfortunately, Gosfield had to concede for the second time this season resulting in a ten point deduction under Rule 15b. Witham were the beneficiaries of the concession.

Division Three
Second placed Abberton slipped to their second league defeat of the season, with a six wicket loss at Rye Mill Lane. Chris Pettit (60) was the only Lion to score any runs of note in their total of 156 all out in 37 overs, no other batsmen passing twenty. Thata Tshose (3 for 17) was the most successful Kelvedon bowlers, the he received good support from George Barton (2 for 17), Stuart Bonvini (2 for 27) and Lewis Cookson (2 for 33) who picked up a pair of wickets each. In reply, Kelvedon skipper James Reid (59no) eased his side to a comfortable victory inside 25 overs, Tshose (25) also scoring well at the top of the order. Ryan Savill (2 for 39) was the most successful of the Abberton bowlers.

Abberton’s loss at Kelvedon, sees Galleywood climb into the promotion places following their eight wicket success at home to Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds. The visitors had first knock and struggled against a steady bowling attack, with only David Maytham (26) and Cameron Bailey (24) passing twenty in their total of 101. All five Galleywood bowlers claimed wickets, with the pick being Danny McIntyre (4 for 12) and Tom Moss (3 for 26). Robin Carter (2 for 27 from 9) claimed the wickets of Galleywood openers James Adams and Paul Marlow cheaply, before an unbroken stand between McIntyre (47no) and Ben Rayner (35no) eased Galleywood to victory in the 23rd over.

West Bergholt were convincing winners over Harwich & Dovercourt at the Manor Ground. Batting first Matt Rogers and Dan Grice (28) got Bergholt off to a steady start with an opening stand of 62. Dan Wheeler (115) then joined Rogers and the pair compiled a second wicket stand of 161 as Wheeler in particular took the attack to the Harwich bowlers, with seventeen fours and five sixes in his 59 ball knock. Rogers went on to carry his bat for an unbeaten 107, as the home side racked up a massive 297 for 4. Harwich used nine bowlers in an attempt to curtail the Bergholt scoring, with Luke Hammett (3 for 42) the most successful. In reply, Harwich were bowled out for 96, with Michael Bunce (49) the top scorer. Matt McDonald (5 for 29) and Owen Jones (3 for 22) were the main wicket takers for the home side.

Division Four
Nine man Real Oddies hopes of closing the gap on the top two in Division Four, were dealt a heavy blow as Boxted trounced them by ten wickets at Cage Lane. The Oddies did not make the best of starts with both openers back in the pavilion with ducks to their names and the score 2 for 2. Malien Mudalige (51) and Lee Cooper (41) then rebuilt the innings with a third wicket stand of 90, before Nigel Hamblion (17) and James Grange (28no) took them to a tea time total of 152 for 6. Will Cosham (2 for 26) was the most successful of the Boxted bowlers, but there were tidy spells from Matthew Wilson (1 for 19 from 8) and Kye Harden (1 for 21 from 7). In reply, experienced Boxted openers Steve Philpott (74no) and Richard Springett (80no) made relatively easy work of the run chase reaching the target in the 32nd over.

Braintree were left increasingly frustrated as they gained their fourth win of the campaign to remain unbeaten at the top, unfortunately only one victory has come on the field with the other three being through concession. Great Horkesley & Lexden seconds were the side to forfeit this week, it was their second concession and they are deducted ten points as a result seeing them slip to the foot of the table.

Great Braxted & Tiptree were also unable to raise a side for their game with second placed Coggeshall, however, both sides are looking for a mutually agreeable date to re-arrange the game in an effort to get the game on. If they are unable to do so, then the result will be deemed as a GBT concession.

T20 East
The T20 East is seemingly becoming increasingly farcical with a third concession in the four scheduled games. This time it was by Ipswich as they were unable to fulfil their fixture with Wivenhoe. Indeed Ipswich have just one game left in the group stage, and have yet to take the field themselves having had to concede two and winning Wednesday’s game with Colchester & E.E. by the same method.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Jordan Elliott 131 Elmstead v. Eight Ash Green
Dan Wheeler 115 West Bergholt v. Harwich & Dovercourt
James Scott 111 * Mistley v. Clacton
Matt Rogers 107 * West Bergholt v. Harwich & Dovercourt

Ryan Vickery 6 -- 11 Elmstead v. Eight Ash Green
Matt McDonald 5 -- 29 West Bergholt v. Harwich & Dovercourt

Performance of the Week as voted on Twitter (76 votes)
Jordan Elliott 131 Elmstead v. Eight Ash Green 39%
James Scott 111* Mistley v. Clacton 24%
Danny McIntyre 47* & 4 for 12 Galleywood v. Chappel & WC 2nd 21%
Ryan Vickery 6 for 11 Elmstead v. Eight Ash Green 16%

Next Week
Hopefully the heat wave will continue into next weekend as we near the half way stage of the season. In Division One, Frinton take on Mistley at Ashlyn’s Road, while at the bottom of the table there should be a competitive game between Great Horkesley & Lexden and Eight Ash Green as they meet at Mile End. In Division Two, the match of the day, sees the top two go head to head as Halstead welcome Copdock & OI to Star Stile. Third placed Chappel & Wakes Colne will be looking for any slip ups from the top two as they travel to Witham. In Division Three, leaders Springfield make the long trip to the coast to play bottom of the table Harwich & Dovercourt. Abberton will be looking to bounce back from defeat on Sunday as they travel to West Bergholt, while Chappel & Wakes Colne second string host Kelvedon. In Division Four, there is just one match with league leaders Braintree desperate for some on field action at home to Real Oddies. There are two T20 games scheduled for Sunday, at 10am Wivenhoe welcome Great Bentley to Rectory Road in the East Division, while there is a long awaited debut of 7 Para RHA in the West Division as they travel to Little Bardfield Village – a win for the army team would put all five teams in the Division on two points !