A grey drizzly day, and it was a testament that four of the five games played on Sunday got finished, despite the intermittent drizzle that was probably annoying, but not enough to take players off the field. In Division One, there are new leaders as Clacton defeated Galleywood by concession. Galleywood fell foul of the rules, in not notifying the Results Secretary by 10pm on the eve of the game so suffered a double whammy of a ten point deduction and £25 fine. Please ensure you are aware of the league rules in the event of concessions. In Division Two, Stebbing opened up their campaign with a 70 run win over previously unbeaten Kelvedon. Down in Division Three, Sudbury made it three from three with a heavy defeat inflicted on Coggeshall at Harefield. Nine man Great Totham were the other winners in Division Three, with a seven wicket win over Boxted, Will Simpson claiming the plaudits in this game bowling seven balls and taking five wickets as the Boxted tail collapsed, while team mate Sam Bowen also claimed a five for. At West Bergholt the hosts had reached 82 for 3, when the groundsman said that enough was enough and the game was abandoned. The clubs have agreed to re-arrange this fixture for the middle of September. In the T20 West Division, Halstead have gone to the top of the division, following an eight wicket success at Witham.

Read more: Week 6 - May 19 - Five wickets in seven balls for Will Simpson

A lovely Sunday weather wise, after some inclement weather in the preceding week. Unfortunately, for Great Horkesley & Lexden the rain was too much for the council to be able to prepare a pitch at Mile End and their Division Three game against Great Totham was called off on Friday. Both sides are looking to re-arrange that one. In Division One, Wivenhoe scored their first victory of the season at the fourth attempt with a hard fought win over newcomers Halstead. Division Two, saw Kelvedon maintain their unbeaten start with a 23 run win over Real Oddies, while Springfield were the beneficiaries of the first concession of the season, Witham being unable to field a side. In Division Three, Sudbury and Coggeshall maintained their winning starts with victories over West Bergholt and Boxted respectively. Sudbury skipper Keelan Waldock was the highest scorer in the league this weekend, with the only century a massive 147, while West Bergholt bowler Mustafa Irshad claimed the first five wicket haul of the season, in the same game with 5 for 58.

Read more: Week 5 - May 12 - Champions claim their first win of the season

Despite the cold weather there were some good high scoring competitive games, with plenty of excellent individual performances.
There was a tight game in Division One, where Clacton scored a five run victory over last season’s runner up Mistley. In Division Two, there were over 500 runs in the fixture at The Park, where Kelvedon chased down Witham’s 254 for 8. In Division Three, Coggeshall were rampant against West Bergholt, posting 277 for 8 before dismissing the visitors for 113. While newcomers Sudbury opened their account with a ten run success at Great Totham.
Two games in the T20 West Division, saw Galleywood beaten by Halstead by 143 runs on Sunday, and then 24 hours later by eight wickets at the hands of Witham.
Individually, there were three centuries with Michael Godwin of Witham posting the highest with 127 in a losing cause. Kelvedon’s Ed King (116) leading his side to victory in that game, while the other century came from Mistley’s new overseas player Khalipha Cele who’s 103 was unable to get the Swans over the line. Bowling performance of the weekend came Coggeshall’s Josh Morton who returned 4 for 14, as West Bergholt succumbed at Harefield, while Kieron Parkes who took 4 for 30 for Clacton in his sides win at Mistley.

Read more: Week 4 - May 5 and 6 - Good performances to brighten a chilly weekend

With the new season already three weeks old, and virtually no cricket last weekend (Wivenhoe were 6 for 0 after three overs at Clacton when the weather intervened), it is time to look into that crystal ball as the Division Two and Three season’s commence this weekend.

Another turburlent close season sees the forty over competition reduced to just 19 teams, with the withdrawal of Abberton, Chappel & Wakes Colne and Copdock before the AGM, and Braintree subsequently. Sudbury have rejoined the competition having last played in 1990 where they were crowned Division Four champions. That means there will be three divisions, Division One and Two will have six sides and Division Three will have seven.
The T20 sees an increase in membership, with twelve teams taking part this year. Abberton, Elmstead, Frinton, Witham and Halstead are all joining the competition, while Ipswich, 7 Para RHA and Braintree have withdrawn. Two groups of six will play each other once, with the top two in each group proceeding to Finals Day, this year at Halstead CC, on Monday 26th August.

Read more: The return of the Crystal Ball !

Colchester & E.E. and Wivenhoe renewed acquaintances on Easter Sunday at Castle Park, with the weather resembling mid summer rather than late April, and shirt sleeves rather than the excessive jumpers of the previous week.

Read more: Week 2 - April 21 - Colchester complete double over Wivenhoe

The 2019 season began on Saturday at Rectory Road, where champions of the last two years Wivenhoe welcomed Colchester & E.E., with the twenty two players braving the bracing April temperatures of 7c, a raw Easterly and occasional sleet showers !

Read more: Week 1 - April 13 - MacGregor slays the Champions