Just the one game completed in the top two Divisions – but a significant one nevertheless.
Witham hosted Clacton at The Parks, with the opportunity to go top of the table in Division One for the first time this season. Witham batted first and were quickly into their stride with openers Jake Wakelin (130) and Michael Godwin (135) both posting big centuries. Christopher Garrard then chipped in with 40, as Witham closed at a mammoth 380 for 4. Harry Spence with 2 for 57 was the pick of the Clacton bowlers. In reply, Clacton picked up maximum batting points, with opener Matt O’Brien (42) and Daniel Williams (115) contributing most to the score. Benjamin Hunt picked up 4 for 47 as Clacton reached 243 for 8 in reply.
Galleywood conceded their match at Colchester & E.E., which has seen the Colchester side leap frog Sudbury in the table.
In Division Two, Eight Ash Green benefitted from a concession from West Mersea, while the Great Horkesley & Lexden v Great Waltham game was postponed to this coming Sunday, due to Great Waltham ladies being involved at the County Final in Chelmsford.
No news from the T30 games between Great Bentley and Brightlingsea, and Tendring and Sudbury.
This Sunday, in Division One there are three scheduled games, although Springfield vs Galleywood has already being conceded by Galleywood. The other two matches see Halstead looking to regain top spot at home to Colchester & E.E., while Sudbury welcome Clacton.
In Division Two, there is the re-arranged game between Great Horkesley & Lexden and Great Waltham, West Bergholt are home to Eight Ash Green, and West Mersea entertain Great Totham.
Three matches also scheduled in the T30, Copford vs Brightlingsea, Kelvedon vs Chappel & Wakes Colne and Witham vs West Bergholt.
A reminder to clubs that we have now passed the July 31st deadline for transfers.
Also there is the rule to prevent ‘ringers’ coming in for the last few games of the season, and potentially changing league outcomes.
No player may play in an NECL match after July 31st, without prior permission from the exec committee, if they have already not previously made their NECL debut this season.
In all likelihood any request will be agreed by the committee, but please do not assume that will be the case.