North Essex Cricket League

Weekly Round-Up

Week 12 (July 8th) - Hot, hot, hot and plenty of runs

A hot summers day on the back of England World Cup euphoria, saw plenty of runs and some excellent individual performances on Sunday. In Division One, Clacton are the new leaders following a home victory over Galleywood, while Copdock & OI made it back to back wins with a tremendous run chase at Mistley. In Division Two, Witham missed the chance of closing the gap on Halstead and Springfield with a 146 run defeat at Great Totham. Braintree are off the bottom following victory at Chappel & Wakes Colne, while Abberton scored heavily in their win over Eight Ash Green which condemns the Green to the bottom of the division. In Division Three, Cavaliers kept the pressure on leaders Stebbing, who were not in action, with a win over Kelvedon. While Real Oddies are keeping Cavaliers on their toes by maintaining the chase in third place with a win over Boxted. West Bergholt scored a much needed win over Coggeshall, with debutant Greg Wilson starring with an unbeaten half century and the best bowling performance of the season, so far, with 7 for 17. There were five centurions this weekend, with Dan White 180 for Abberton, and James Parker 155no for Eight Ash Green both compiling the biggest hundreds in the same game at The Brow. Fowad Murtaza (137) for Cavaliers, Sam Webb-Snowling (107no) and Carl Lees (106) for Braintree were the other centurions. Clacton’s Dave Fitzpatrick claimed the second successive fivefor for Clacton bowlers with his 5 for 50, while Jake Foley claimed four catches at the wicket in Colchester & E.E. T20 success over Mistley on Thursday.

Division One
Clacton are the new leaders of Division One, following a 76 run win over Galleywood. The seaside outfit looking for their first top flight success since 2007. Batting first a second wicket stand of 88 between Tom Sinclair and Kieran Parkes (32) set the home side off to a good start. Sinclair was third man to fall for a run a ball 60, before James Lee (48no) and cameos from Matt O’Brien (19 off 24) and David Fitzpatrick (19 off 25) took the score to 199 for 5. Harlan Grieg (39 from 20 balls, including two sixes) added a final flourish, as with Lee he put on an unbroken stand of 54 for the sixth wicket to see Clacton close at 253 for 5. Danny McIntyre with two wickets was the most successful of the Galleywood bowlers, although with 68 going off his nine overs he was the most expensive also. Good contributions at the top of the Galleywood order by Tom Nurcombe (27), Tim Dethridge (38) and Conor Hicks (39) kept the Clacton bowlers on their toes. Imran Sheikh (3 for 33 from 9) bowled a useful spell in the middle of the innings, before David Fitzpatrick (5 for 50 from 9) mopped up at the end of the innings. Ben Rayner (21), Tom Moss (21) and Zack Hicks (14) all reached double figures as Galleywood were bowed out for 177 in the 37th over. Eight of the ten Galleywood wickets to fall were to catches, with Harlan Greig claiming three.

A batsman’s paradise at New Road, where over 540 runs were scored for the loss of eleven wickets. Visitors Copdock & OI are off the bottom of the table following an impressive run chase, which saw them complete a six wicket victory over their hosts Mistley, with eight balls to spare. Mistley did not make the best of starts as Felix Ward (2 for 78) claimed two early wickets, before taking some treatment from George Hutton (63 from 61) and Sizwe Masondo (83 from 60) who steered the Swans towards a big total. A run a ball half century from Tom Young (51) and 23 from Tim Scott saw Mistley eventually reach a more than respectable 270 for 7. Ankit Sajnani (3 for 56) and Chris Swallow (2 for 22) were the other wicket takers for Copdock. In reply, Copdock themselves lost an early wicket before Nathan Scarff (44) and Chris Swallow (68) eased them back into the game. However, the real hero for the visitors was Sam Webb-Snowling who smashed an unbeaten 107, and aided by Santosh Sanjani (33no) guided the visitors to a win.

Division Two
With leaders Halstead and second placed Springfield not in action there was a chance for third place Witham to close the gap. However, at local rivals Great Totham they fluffed their lines with a 146 run defeat. Batting first the hosts made a good start through an opening stand between skipper Josh Chadwick (77) and Rob Hewer (44). However, Witham youngster Ben Tinham (3 for 56 from 9) claimed both their wickets to temporarily slow down the Totham progress. George Baron (64) with assistance from James Pook (24) and John Chadwick (27) then pushed the score up to a massive 285 for 6. In reply, Witham were soon losing wickets through Daniel Quartermaine (3 for 21) and George Baron (4 for 46), backing up his batting stint. Only the Witham skipper Michael Godwin (70) compiled any innings of note, as the visitors were bowled out in the 31st over for 139. James Pook (2 for 44) and James Hay (1 for 9) completing the wicket taking for the victors, while keeper T Logue took three catches.

Two daddy centuries at The Brow where an Abberton victory means they are off the bottom of the table at the expense of their visitors Eight Ash Green. Abberton batted first and in glorious conditions smacked the Eight Ash Green bowling to all parts in reaching 330 for 7 from their 40 overs. Star performer for Abberton was Dan White, although things could have been different if the Green fielders had not been so accommodating in shelling him no fewer than five times as he made his way to 180, the first of which was when he had made a mere 16. White’s innings included 15 fours and twelve sixes, and his main accomplice was Matt Sullivan who scored 44 from 39 balls. Matt Parker (3 for 61) and a brace from Ollie Stovell (2 for 46) and Richard Nunn (2 for 54) were the main wicket takers for the Green. The visitors made an excellent fist of the run chase, with a significant 188 run second wicket stand between James Parker and Ollie Stovell (65) the highlight. Parker carried his bat for an excellent 155 in the Green total of 274 for 3, which on any other day would have claimed his side the twenty points

Braintree scored a more conventional win this week at The Hobbies in a high scoring match, to make it back to back victories. Batting the Dolphins lost a wicket in the opening over without a run on the board. Geoff Eveling (76 from 80) and Carl Lees (46no) put on a second wicket stand of 136 to pull the visitors back into the game. Lees then dominated proceedings reaching 106, before becoming the fifth wicket to fall at 228. Charlie Johnston, the wicket taker on his way to figures of 2 for 30. Robbie Spalding (33no off 39) and Matthew Hollingsworth (18no off 12) added a final flourish as Braintree closed at 291 for 7 from their forty. Tristan Moseley (2 for 55) and Sam King (2 for 68) also picked up a pair of wickets each for the home side. In reply, Chappel lost two early wickets before Harry Bryant and Jack Cousins (32) put on a third wicket stand of 52. Bryant was joined by Moseley in a fourth wicket stand of 78, with both batsmen passing their fifty, Bryant (52), Moseley (51). Charlie Johnston, coming in at number nine, hit an entertaining 44 not out from 32 balls saw the home side reach maximum batting points eventually closing at 235 for 9. Matthew Hollingsworth (3 for 29 from 8) and Geoff Eveling (2 for 37 from 9) claimed wickets and bowled with economy to preserve the Braintree total.

Division Three
Second placed Cavaliers closed the gap on leaders Stebbing with a good victory at the Rugby Club over Kelvedon & Feering. The in form Fowad Murtaza leading the way for the Cavs, having completed four half centuries in his first four NECL innings of the season, he finally converted with 137 coming from 85 balls. He enjoyed an opening stand of 112 with Noman Jalib (28), and a 58 run stand for the fourth wicket with Prakash Kannan. Muhammadi Nadeem (27) and a rapid 16 from Vinayakumar Gedi at the end of the innings saw Cavaliers bowled out with four balls left for 293, their total bolstered by a generous 42 extras. There was four wickets a piece for Reece Dolman (4 for 32) and James Horslen (4 for 76), while Ryan Vickery (2 for 35) claimed the other two wickets. Despite solid contributions from the Kelvedon top order, Cavaliers were able to contain the visitors to 236 for 7 in reply. Ryan Vickery (64) top scored, but was given good support for the second and third wicket by Mick Warner (32) and James Horslen (39). Mark Cottee (29no) and Will Wilton-Steer (26no) also scored well as despite defeat Kelvedon were able to claim a maximum ten bonus points during the afternoon. Muhammadi Nadeem (3 for 54) and Craig Finch (2 for 32) were the significant wicket takers.

Real Oddies remain in promotion contention following a five wicket success over Boxted at the Garrison Ground. Boxted never really recovered from being four down for not many, as Mukesh Kumar (2 for 10 from 9) bowled with penetration and economy. Kye Hayden (31) and Sylvester McKnight (27) lead a Boxted fightback, but with Mike Miller (2 for 32), Majid M (1 for 9), Ashok Sharma (1 for 18) and Malien Mudalige (1 for 30) all amongst the wickets, they were restricted to 139 for 7 from 40 overs. Charlie Harris (3 for 35) had the Oddies in a spot of early bother, as they started their reply, before Ashok Sharma (40), Stuart Ward (43no) and Malien Mudalige (26) guided them home with seven overs to spare.

All round performance of the weekend came from West Bergholt debutant Greg Wilson who starred with both bat and ball in his sides victory at Coggeshall. In a game reduced to 30 overs per side, batting first Bergholt were indebted to a 109 run second wicket stand between Himesh Patel (68) and Luke Wisbey (21) to get them off to a good start. Coggeshall’s Tom Lincoln (3 for 23 from 5) and Kane Addison (2 for 34) saw a fightback by the home side, as Bergholt slipped to 134 for 6. However, an unbroken stand of 91 for the seventh wicket between Joe Smith (36no from 31) and Greg Wilson (50no from 39) saw the visitors to the calmer waters of 225 for 6. Theo Sivyer and Ben Speakman (34 from 24) got the Cockerels off to a rapid start with 77 put on for the first wicket, before the latter was run out. Sivyer (40) was third man out, and the first wicket for Wilson with the score on 81. Wilson then caused havoc with a season league best of 7 for 17 as Coggeshall were ripped apart and bowled out for 130.

T20 – East
Colchester & E.E are the first team to book their place on T20 Finals Day, after completing a 15 run victory in their final group game over Mistley on Thursday evening. Skipper Jake Foley (67 from 44) and Joe MacGregor (27 from 30) put on 82 for first wicket for the town side. With the platform set for Michael Cursons (see last T20 innings), coming in at three, the Mistley mood was bouyed when Jack Fifield (2 for 30) bowled him first ball. A brace of wickets for Dylan Day (2 for 23) and Bruce Leeke (2 for 38) saw the visitors close their innings at 164 for 7. In reply, Mistley were undone early in their innings capitulating to 36 for 5, as Ollie Bocking (2 for 20) and Oliver Allison claimed early wickets. Tim Scott (39 from 33), Adrian Stockton (24 from 23) and Ciaran Johnston (21 from 16) got the Swans up to respectability eventually closing at 149 for 9. Allison eventually returned an excellent 3 for 17 from his four overs, while Joe MacGregor was also amongst the wickets with 3 for 28. Jake Foley enjoyed his evening with the gloves, taking four catches.

Centuries and Five Wickets
Dan White 180 Abberton v. Eight Ash Green
James Parker 155 * Eight Ash Green v. Abberton
Fowad Murtaza 137 Cavaliers v. Kelvedon & Feering
Sam Webb-Snowling 107 * Copdock & OI v. Mistley
Carl Lees 106  Braintree v. Chappel & WC

Greg Wilson 7 -- 17 West Bergholt v. Coggeshall
David Fitzpatrick 5 -- 50 Clacton v. Galleywood

Jake Foley 4 4ct Colchester & E.E. v. Mistley

Performance of the Week nominations
Dan White 180 Abberton v. Eight Ash Green
George Baron 64 & 4-46 Great Totham v. Witham
Fowad Murtaza 137 Cavaliers v. Kelvedon & Feering
Greg Wilson 50* & 7-17 West Bergholt v. Coggeshall

Congratulations to Joe Morris and Josh King whose maiden centuries and a partnership of 175 for Halstead against Witham was adjudged performance of the week.

Next Week
Cricket could be very much on hold next Sunday with the possibility of an England World Cup Final appearance very much to the fore. This week’s NECL action begins tomorrow night with T20 action as Ipswich entertain Wivenhoe, the winners looking to take a big step towards Finals Day. On Sunday, there is no action in Division One. In Division Two, second placed Springfield are at home to Great Totham and will go top if they claim eight points or more. Resurgent Braintree entertain equally resurgent Abberton, while Chappel & Wakes Colne will be looking for a much needed win at home to Witham. In Division Three, Coggeshall welcome Kelvedon to Harefield. Finally in the T20 West division, Galleywood welcome Little Bardfield Village to Slades Lane. Depending on the result of tonight’s World Cup Semi Final, matches are permitted to start early with reduced overs matches on Sunday, or if not possible to play on Sunday to be re-arranged (however, both sides must be in agreement) – also where neutral umpires are standing please let them know of any alternative arrangements.