Weekly Round-Up

Week 14 - July 16

A bit of rain about this weekend, saw two abandonments, while unfortunately there were a further four concessions, which all in all depleted the NECL fixture list.

In Division One, second placed Elmstead were pushed all the way by lowly Clacton in an excellent game at Vista Road. Mistley’s match at home to Eight Ash Green was called off at the tea interval, after Mistley had posted 268 in the first innings. There was a thriller in Division two, where leaders Copdock won by 1 run over third palced Chappel & Wakes Colne, elsewhere Stebbing conceded their game against second placed Halstead, while Gosfield slipped into the relegation zone following their concession to Ardleigh. Both Stebbing and Gosfield have now conceded three times this season, so will be invited to the next management meeting under Rule 15c. In Division Three, leaders Springfield were once again left twiddling their thumbs in league action, as Cavaliers conceded their fixture on Wednesday. Thankfully, Ardleigh stepped in to play a friendly. Second placed Galleywood were five wicket winners at Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nds, while third placed Abberton went down at home to Kelvedon. The Harwich versus West Bergholt match was abandoned with the visitors in a dominant position at 143 for 1, chasing Harwich’s 213. There was only one game in Division Four, as Real Oddies skittled Boxted for 49 in an 84 run victory at a bowler friendly Garrison. Great Braxted & Tiptree were unable to raise a side for the trip to Braintree, so that game has been provisionally conceded, but there is a possibility that the game may be re-arranged.
Individually, there were two centurions this week, with Ross Wyatt (112no) of Chappel & Wakes Colne top scoring at Copdock. Ryan Vickery (103) of Elmstead was the other century maker in their game with Clacton, while Mistley’s Danny Goff (98) and Clacton’s Haydn Erfurth (97no) also went close. The only five wicket performance of the week came from Clacton’s Bradley Pitts who returned 5 for 32.

Division One
Elmstead scored an important victory at Clacton to maintain their second placed position in the top flight. Batting first the visitors were indebted to a century from Ryan Vickery (103) and an unbeaten half century from Jordan Elliott (52no) batting at number eight, for the majority of their total. Only openers Josh Elliott (14) and Craig Perrin (16) reached double figures from the rest of the Elmstead side, while the total was buoyed by a generous 33 extras. Bradley Pitts for Clacton led a fight back with a spell of 5 for 32, and with support from Harry Spence (2 for 56) and Matthew O’Brien (2 for 36) the visitors were bowled out in the 37th over for 242. A half century opening stand between O’Brien and Kieron Parkes gave the hosts a solid start, Parkes scoring 41 before becoming the first of Josh Elliott’s two wickets (2 for 34 from 9). Haydn Erfuth hit a masterful unbeaten 97 from 63 balls, but with no other batsmen able to support him the hosts were restricted to 225 for 8 and defeat by 17 runs. Michael Hemmings (2 for 32) and Jordan Elliott (2 for 61) also picked up a brace of wickets for the Elmstead, while Vickery backed up his century with an economical opening burst that returned 0 for 26 from 8.

The match at New Road was abandoned at the tea interval, after Mistley had batted first and posted an imposing 268 all out. The top three batsmen for the Swans, contributed most of that total with openers James Stamatis (68) and Daniel Goff (98) setting Mistley on their way. George Hutton batting at three, added a useful 39. Thereafter, the Eight Ash Green bowlers fought back well, led by Troy Collins (4 for 25), Jake Harris (3 for 56) and Matt Murray (2 for 16) as Mistley were bowled out at the end of the 39th over.

Division Two
Leaders Copdock and third placed Chappel & Wakes Colne endured another tight match on Sunday, the reverse fixture being won by 4 runs by Chappel in May. This time a single run separated the sides in favour of Copdock. The Copdock middle order were largely responsible for getting the home side up to their total of 233 for 5, with Archie Wilkinson (73), Sam Edmond (51) and Karl Storey (35no) all contributing. The competitions leading wicket taker Harry Carter (2 for 26 from 9) was the pick of the Chappel bowlers. In reply, Chappel made an exceptional run chase before falling agonisingly short. Led by their makeshift pinch hitter Ross Wyatt, who is making a good case for making the opening berth permanent, with an unbeaten 112. The middle order supported him well in the run chase, with Zac Taylor (23), Tristan Moseley (46) and Harry Bryant (20) all propelling the Chappel effort towards the target. However, Nathan Scarff (3 for 49) claimed the important wickets of Taylor, Moseley and Bryant as Chappel closed on 232 for 5.

Elsewhere, in the other two Division Two games, concessions were the order of the day. Second placed Halstead were not required to make the trip to Stebbing, after the hosts conceded, while at the bottom, Gosfield have dropped into the bottom two after conceding their game at Ardleigh. For both Stebbing and Gosfield it was their third concession of the season, and under Rule 15c will be cordially invited to appear before a management committee meeting

Division Three
Division Three leaders Springfield were left frustrated for the fifth time this season, as visitors Cavaliers conceded their game on Wednesday. Thankfully, it did give Springfield time to hastily arrange a friendly at Ardleigh.

Second placed Galleywood put in a good afternoon in the field which led them to a comfortable five wicket win at Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds. Batting first after winning the toss the home side were reduced to 17 for 3, with Zack Hicks claiming the wickets on his way to figures of 4 for 17 from eight overs. Clay Westwood (0 for 14 from 9) bowled tightly at the other end. David Maytham (26) top scored, while Cameron Bailey (20) also reached twenty, and there were cameos from Josh Wright (16 from 10 balls) and Richard Johnson (15 from 15 balls). However, the first change bowlers of Tom Moss (3 for 28) and Conor Hicks (3 for 44) ensured that the target would not be too demanding as the hosts were bowled out for 104. Ben Jackson (2 for 35) claimed some early success in the reply, but with Tom Nurcombe (23), Dan McIntyre (26) and an unbeaten sixth wicket stand of 30 between Ben Rayner (21no) and Paul Marlow (12no) all contributing, Galleywood eased to victory in the 20th over.

Kelvedon completed an NECL double over Abberton with a six wicket success at The Brow. Batting first the Lions chief contributors were David Schofield and Danny Guy (36), who put on 50 for the third wicket. Schofield was fourth man out for 56, and with only Chris Pettit (15) getting to double figures the Lions were bowled out for 148 with seven overs to spare. Will Wilton-Steer (3 for 11) and Lewis Cookson (3 for 16) instigated a rapid collapse that saw the last six wickets fall for 17 runs. Despite a tight opening spell from Ryan Savill (3 for 24 from 9) the run chase was a relative formality for the visitors. Patrick Aherne (55) and Samuel King (24) top scoring as Kelvedon reached the target with 13 overs in hand.

Ten man West Bergholt were arguably in charge of the game at Harwich & Dovercourt when the rain came to halt proceedings. The visitors required 71 runs from 69 balls with eight wickets in hand. No less than eight Harwich batsmen reached double figures as they posted 213 for 8 from their 40 overs after winning the toss and batting first. Of those eight, five passed twenty, with the top score being Stuart Barwood (38), there was also good contributions from Sam Felgate (28) at the top of the order, and an unbeaten 29 from Harvey Bennett at number nine. Lee Parish for the visitors claimed the top four batsmen on his way to figures of 4 for 42 from 9. In reply Matt Rogers (33) and Dan Grice gave the visitors a solid enough start, despite a tidy opening spell from Aaron Rudkin (1 for 15 from 9). Grice (57no) and Joe Smith (42no) then put Bergholt in the ascendancy, before the rains came to force the abandonment.

Division Four
The only game in Division Four saw the bowlers on top at the Garrison Ground, as Real Oddies eventually run out as comfortable winners after posting a middling 133 for 6. Boxted won the toss and had the Oddies in a spot of bother as they slipped to 22 for 3, and then 35 for 4, as Harry Wilton (2 for 15), Will Cosham (1 for 21) and Michael Dell got amongst the early order. Jake Boud (30) and skipper Nigel Hamblion (14) developed an important fifth wicket stand of 47 against some tight middle order bowling from Asher Morton (0 for 17 from 9). However, when they were both dismissed within a space of four runs, it was left to Ashok Sharma (22no) and Scott Rees (10no) to lift the Oddies to their tea time total. Michael Dell had returned with the ball at the end of the innings to return creditable figures of 2 for 23 from 9. It became evident fairly early on in the Boxted reply, that the Oddies score of 133, would be fairly comfortable to defend. A clatter of wickets from Scott Rees (4 for 10 from 9) and Pete Pearson (2 for 12 from 9) reduced Boxted to 21 for 6. Change bowlers Mukesh Kumar (1 for 17) and Mike Miller (3 for 7) then kept the foot firmly on Boxted’s throat, as the visitors were bowled out for just 49, with no batsmen reaching double figures, and the extras tally of 19 being the top return.

Great Braxted & Tiptree were unable to raise a side for their trip to leaders Braintree, so the match has been provisionally conceded. However, representations have been made to Braintree with a view to re-arranging the game.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Ross Wyatt 112no Chappel & Wakes Colne v. Copdock & OI
Ryan Vickery 103 Elmstead v. Clacton

Bradley Pitts 5 -- 32 Clacton v. Elmstead

NECL Performance of the Week
Ross Wyatt 112no Chappel & Wakes Colne v. Copdock & OI  59%
Ryan Vickery 103 Elmstead v. Clacton  21%
Bradley Pitts 5-32 Clacton v. Elmstead  14%
Scott Rees 4-10 Real Oddies v. Boxted   6%

Next Week
Division One sees second placed Elmstead welcome Eight Ash Green, while Mistley make the trip to Castle Park to take on Colchester & East Essex. Concessions permitting there is a full programme in Division Two, leaders Copdock make a trip down the A12 to Witham. Second placed Halstead are in derby action at Gosfield. Third placed Chappel & Wakes Colne welcome Ardleigh to The Hobbies, while Great Totham will be looking to move away from the drop zone as they host bottom side Stebbing. In Division Three, there is no game for the leaders Springfield (doesn’t that happen every week ?), so attention turns to second placed Galleywood who will make the trip to West Bergholt. Third placed Abberton will be looking to bounce back from defeat last week as they host Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds, while the bottom two do battle at the Rugby Club, as Cavaliers welcome Harwich & Dovercourt. In Division Four, leaders Braintree travel to Boxted, while third placed Coggeshall make the trip to Great Braxted & Tiptree. At Mile End, Great Horkesley & Lexden seconds will entertain Tendring in a game re-arranged from the 9th July, when the hosts were originally unable to raise a side. Finally, there is an important T20 match at Rye Mill Lane where the winners of the Kelvedon versus Little Bardfield Village match will progress to Finals Day from the West Division.