Week 9 (June 15-18) – Witham and Clacton beat the rain to pick up 20 points

Published by: Kevin Hewes
Published on 20 June 2023
Last Updated: 20 June 2023

Division One

The top two beat the rain, and picked up 20 points each in differing circumstances on Sunday. Leaders Witham were given the afternoon off, after Colchester & E.E. conceded their match.

Clacton hosted Halstead at Vista Road, and batting first after winning the toss, recovered from losing skipper Kieran Parkes for a duck. Shaun Mathews (54 from 43) and James Lee (81) put on 95 for the second wicket. However, only middle order batters Luke Sumner (20) and Pierson Mann (15) were able to reach double figures from the rest of the line up, and the dismissal of Lee then saw the last five wickets fall for 3 runs, as Clacton were bowled out for 208. Callum Hansey (3 for 23) running through the lower order. In reply, Halstead seemed to be cruising toward 20 points, as James Tyson (27 off 14), Matthew Tyson (38 off 34) and Hayden Plumb (47 off 56) raced them to 105 for 1, after 12 overs. The score progressed to 141 for 2, before Luke Sumner (6 for 36) bowled a decisive spell which saw the last seven wickets fall for 25 runs and bowled out for 166, and defeat by 42 runs.

The weather was the winner at Sudbury, where the match was abandoned 22 overs into the second innings. Springfield batted first and posted 225 for 7 from 40 overs. Only Jack Whisker (57) scored runs in the top order, and it was largely down to the efforts of Shan Thevasakayam (48) and Tom Mean (61no) to get them up to that total. Hamad Arshad (2 for 13) was the pick of the Sudbury bowlers. The game was evenly poised, with Keelan Waldock (65) and an unbeaten 26 from Arshad taking Sudbury to 123 for 3 after 22 overs.

Division Two

Chelmsford maintained their 100% record with a seven wicket win over Eight Ash Green. Batting first the only Green batters to get past twenty were  Ethan Wyatt (27) and Felix Friedlin (23). Freddie Ryan (3 for 25) was the pick of the Chelmsford bowers as Eight Ash Green were restricted to 119 for 8. Chelmsford raced to victory in 21 overs beating the incoming weather. Opener Ayman Hossain (34) top scored, an unbeaten 29 from Milo Edwards saw Chelmsford over the line.


On Thursday, Halstead ensured qualifications for T20 Finals Day with their fourth victory of the campaign, with Mistley the defeated opponents. Max Chu (88 from 44) set the tone of the innings, and Adam Jones (53) and Josh King (31no) chipping in as they posted 204 for 6 from 20 overs. In reply, Matthew Spoors (46 from 22) gave the Swans a useful start, but after his dismissal Halstead were able to keep the scoring in check. Shaanjeai Tharaneetharan (36) and Callum O’Connell (25) the next top scorers as Mistley were contained to 142 for 4, and defeat by 62 runs. Hayden Plumb (2 for 9) picking up brace for the hosts.


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