Week 7 (May 29th) – Weather wins the day – but Springfield inflict heavy defeat over champions Clacton

Published by: North Essex Cricket League
Published on 1 June 2022
Last Updated: 26 September 2022

For the first time this season, the weather got the better of the fixtures, with just the one match out of seven reaching a conclusion on the field.

Division One

The one match that did get finished saw Division One champions beaten heavily for the second time this season, putting their title defence in serious doubt. Travelling to Springfield, Clacton were beaten by 162 runs. Springfield won the toss and batted first and posted 245 for 5, with a dominant third wicket stand between Charlie Prudence (67) and skipper James Gooday (77) producing a large proportion of the runs. Callum Eva chipped in with 47 from just 27 deliveries at the end of the innings. Prudence (6 for 30) and Noah Pothen (3 for 49) shared the first eighteen overs of the reply, and saw Clacton dismissed for just 83, Daniel Williams (27) top scoring for the vanquished visitors.

Halstead are out on their own as leaders of Division One, following Colchester & E.E. concession to them on Friday.

The Sudbury vs Galleywood game was cancelled without a ball being bowled.

Division Two

Great Totham looking for their first win of the season travelled to Eight Ash Green, and batting first after winning the toss posted 154 for 5 from their 30 overs. Kevin Mays (73) was top scorer for Totham, while there were useful efforts from Timbo Slice (24) and Max Adderson (33). For the Green, Craig Axon picked up 2 for 9 from his three overs, while there was an economic opening spell from Ethan Wyatt (1 for 19 from 7). The weather then forced the abandonment without Eight Ash Green having a bat.

West Mersea are the leaders of Division Two, they picked up a win without taking to the field as Coggeshall conceded for the second time this season, which resulted in yet another ten point deduction to see them slip back to the foot of the table.


No play in the T20 between Coggeshall and Mistley


The only other fixture that saw some action was the T30 game between Copford and Witham. Batting first after being inserted Oscar Burley (48) and Jack Burrows (39) got Witham off to a good start with an opening stand of 64, but with only Ben Tinham (45ret no) scoring more than 1 in the rest of the innings they were restricted to 148 for 8. Ben Lawson (2 for 15) was the pick of the Copford bowlers. In reply, Luke Presmeg (20no) and Samuel Lawson (10no) took Copford to 34 for 0 in six overs when the rain arrived.

A shorter programme of fixtures next weekend with half term and jubilee celebrations, seeing teams opt for a quieter weekend.

In Division One, Clacton are at home to Witham, while league leaders Halstead welcome Sudbury to Star Stile. In Division Two, an unbeaten record will go as West Bergholt entertain Great Waltham.

In the T20 Galleywood and Colchester & E.E start their campaigns with a fixture at Slades Lane.

While there is a single match in the T30, with C

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