Week 4 (May 14th) – Witham remain unbeaten at the top of Division One

Published by: Kevin Hewes
Published on 27 May 2023
Last Updated: 27 May 2023

Division One

Witham maintained their unbeaten start with a third straight win at home to Clacton on Sunday. Clacton batted first after losing the toss, and posted 188 for 4 from their 40 overs. Skipper Kieron Parkes scored an unbeaten 74 from 83 balls, and received good support from Luke Sumner (32no) in an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 102. Joe Fowler had earlier scored 46 at the top of the order, before becoming the third of Ashton Lawrence’s wickets (3 for 21). In reply, Witham eased to a five wicket success, largely through the efforts at the top of the order from Michael Godwin (66 from 66 balls), but with useful contributions throughout from Ben Tinham (26), Christopher Garrard (24) and Hamad Arshad (21no) eased to victory at the beginning of the 36th over. Shaun Mathews picked up 3 for 38, as the visitors collected 2 bowling points.

Springfield upset last season’s runners up Halstead at Coronation Park, with a six wicket success. Halstead batted first after losing the toss and with the exception of James Tyson (85) and Sam Johnson (34) struggled against the Springfield bowling. Indeed they were the only two players to reach double figures, as Halstead slumped from 129 for 3 to 157 all out, their 102 run partnership for the fourth wicket being the highlight of the innings. Springfield’s Hriday Nakhat was the bowler to capitalise in the Halstead collapse picked up 5 for 15 from 26 balls. Matt Trim (23) and Ted Ashurst (28) then gave the hosts a solid platform in their reply with a half century partnership, before four quick wickets saw them slip to 72 for 4. Callum Eva (39no) and skipper James Gooday (37no) then combined to put on an unbeaten 88 to see Springfield to the win. Kyzer Fairbrother (2 for 29) was the most successful of the Halstead bowlers.

Division Two

Chelmsford made it two wins out of two with a 109 run win at Eight Ash Green. The visitors batted first and were indebted to opener Robert Hayto (60) for the bulk of their 187 for 6, although to be fair all the batters reached double figures, with Syon Tickoo (33) and Jack Parrish (22) the best of the rest. For Eight Ash Green there were two wickets each for Ethan Wyatt (2 for 34) and Luke Coppin (2 for 44). In reply, the Green were soon struggling against some tidy bowling lead by Chelmsford skipper Ben Lawrence (3 for 25), but all six bowlers picking up wickets. There were braces each for Syon Tickoo (2 for 1) and Milo Edwards (2 for 12) as the home side were bundled out for 78.

Great Bentley bounced back after defeat last week to take the honours at Galleywood this week. Batting first Bentley posted 207 for 9 from their 40 overs. Adam Cuthbert (83 from 108 balls) dominated the innings, but was given good support by D Barker (33) and Alfie Youngs (23). John Barritt returned 4 for 44 for the hosts. In reply, Galleywood were quickly in trouble as they were reduced to 16 for 3. Jack Good (64) and Itihaas Adama (32) provided some recovery in the middle order, but once Good retired not out the end came quickly with Galleywood dismissed for 155. Alfie Youngs (2 for 6) doing the mopping up, after Michael Wright (2 for 17) had made the early inroads.


Tendring opened up their T30 campaign with a five wicket victory at Sudbury. Sudbury were inserted after Tendring won the toss and post 137 for 9 from their 30 overs, largely through the efforts of Monty Gwinnel (32). Owen Jenno was the standout bowler for the visitors picking up 3 for 9 from his 5 overs. The Tendring reply was built around opener Colin Day, who anchored the innings with a resolute unbeaten 34, and allowed the likes of Casey Chambers (21), Luke Jenno (21) and skipper Tom Dykes (32no) to come and play their shots as Tendring reached the target with two overs to spare. Oliver Bradbury (2 for 11) and Callie Bradbury (2 for 22) each picked up a pair of wickets for Sudbury.


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