Week 12 (July 6-9) – Springfield heap more pressure on Colchester

Published by: Kevin Hewes
Published on 15 August 2023
Last Updated: 15 August 2023

Division One

The pressure continues to build on bottom side Colchester & E.E, after Sunday’s defeat at the hands of Springfield at Coronation Park. Half centuries from Mazher Khan (57) and Jonny Evans (59) were building blocks for a big Springfield total, with a number of the later order playing some nice little cameos with Lee Brooks 31 from 23 balls the biggest contribution. George Mallinder picked up 4 for 63, as Springfield reached 270 for 8 from their 40 overs. It was a case of good start for Colchester, and then missing out on big scores, with four batters topping thirty. Joe MacGregor (41), Adithya Ashok (38), Imran Sahrai (33) and James Pemrick (35) all missing out. Lee Brooks (3 for 64) and Shan Thevashakayam (3 for 35) were the most successful Springfield bowlers as Colchester were bowled out for 204.


Halstead claimed their fifth win in the group stage, after Wivenhoe conceded their match on Sunday.

Wivenhoe did play on Thursday, and scored a six wicket success over Abberton at The Brow. Abberton laboured to 96 for 8, with Chris Pettit (26no) top scoring. James Butcher (3 for 13 from 4) was the pick of the bowlers, while there was a pair of wickets each for Freddie Stiffell and Ross Evers. Wivenhoe took just 16 overs to knock off the runs, former Abberton man Matt Sullivan (32) and Eddie Lucking (36) doing the bulk of the run scoring.


Coggeshall remained unbeaten in the T30 following a 98 run victory at Witham. Joey Blackwell (54) was the main contributor to the Coggeshall innings of 157 for 6, although there were useful knocks from Elliot Platt (29) and Harry Smith (28). Ryan O’Callaghan was the best of the Witham bowlers with 2 for 28. In reply, Witham succumbed pretty quickly, with the biggest contribution to the innings being 17 wides. Oscar Walsh (4 for 14) was the stand out bowler, while Finlay Jackson (2 for 7) and Jame Barrow (2 for 8) were also amongst the wickets as Witham were dismissed for 57.

Winless Brightlingsea suffered their fifth defeat of the campaign, with a six wicket defeat at home to Copford. Alfie kemp (32no) and Jacob Plummer (24) were the highest scorers for the home side as they posted 109 for 7. Declan Arkley Archer (2 for 6) bowling a tidy opening spell for the visitors. Finlay Owen (53rno) was the top scorer in the reply, with Neil Fulford (22no) and Alan Godley steering Copford to victory in 24th over.

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