Week 13 (July 13-16) – T20 Finals Day taking shape, as Colchester & Mistley join Halstead

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


A bumper week of fixtures in the T20 saw Finals Day begin to take shape.

On Thursday, a Colchester concession at Springfield saw the hosts improve their chances of reaching Finals Day.

Mistley qualified and completed their programme with a ten run win over Coggeshall. Mistley posted 189 for 5 from their 20 overs, with Daniel Goff (73 from 37 including 6 sixes) excelling, three of his sixes coming in the last over before he was dismissed.. Owen Clover (40) had earlier posted a run a ball knock. Eben Botha made matters interesting with a 40 ball 71, and with Charlie Green jnr (24) and Alistair Marlow (28) giving more than useful support the run chase was well and truly on. Tidy spells from Matthew Spoors (1 for 24 from 4) and Zak White (1 for 15 for 3), as well as Will Garnham (2 for 33) eventually swung the game the way of the Swans, and despite an unbeaten 24 from Trevor Garraway, they were able to secure victory and their passage into Finals Day.

On Sunday, Abberton conceded their game with Colchester & E.E which ensured the Castle Park side were through to Finals Day.

In the other game holders Halstead, completed their qualifying matches with a sixth straight win. Coggeshall were bowled for just 61, with Trevon Garraway (15) top scoring. The wickets were shared around the Halstead bowlers, with Matthew Tyson (3 for 5), Josh Wells (2 for 2) and Callum Hansey (2 for 7) the most successful. Halstead took just 12 overs to reach the target for the loss of four wickets, Ryan Vickery (19no) and Adam Jones (13no) guiding the side home.

The fourth qualifying place is now between Coggeshall and Springfield, with the latter having it in their hands playing Abberton on Thursday.

Division Two

A thrilling game at Galleywood against Eight Ash Green ended in a tie. The Green batted first and were indebted to opener Will Spicer (67) and an unbeaten 74 from Jack Axon to see them up to their total of 197 for 6. Saj Ahmed was the pick of the home bowlers with 3 for 28. In reply, David Wicks (66) and Kamran Raja (38) seemed to put the home side in control, however, some excellent bowling from Matthew Murray (2 for 27) and Ethan Wyatt (4 for 11) saw the visitors claw back into the match, and Galleywood were in the end thankful of getting the scores level reaching 197 for 9 from their 40 overs.


A busy afternoon in the T30, saw the one remaining unbeaten record go as Tendring defeated Coggeshall at Harefield. Harrison Walsham (49rno) and Casey Chambers (51), and a lively 27 from 13 balls by skipper Tom Dykes saw Tendring up to 189 for 6 from their 30 overs. Christian Shadwell gave the Cockerels a good start with 52 before retiring not out, and mid order efforts from Finlay Jackson (36no) and Logan Evans (25) kept the momentum going. However, Evans demise from a run out by Oliver Wicks, and then subsequent three wicket spell from Wicks (3 for 30) swung the game in favour of Tendring, as Coggeshall was restricted to 172 for 6 and defeat by 17 runs.

Kelvedon & Feering are also on a good run, completing a 76 run win over Sudbury at Rye Mill Lane. Skipper Rumaan Malik (30no) top scored, but there were good contributions from Ashley Griffiths (27), Mark Cottee (24) and Ali Hijazi (22) as the home side posted 181 for 6. In reply, Sudbury reached 105 for 8, with only Oliver Bradbury (21) passing twenty. Tate Allen (3 for 8 from 5) was the pick of the Kelvedon bowlers.

Brightlingsea put in their best performance of the campaign so far at Witham, but still came out second best. Batting first Giles Scrutton (38) and an unbroken tenth wicket stand of 69 between Alfie Kemp (31no) and Richard Hunt (26no) saw Brightlingsea post 166 for 9 from their 30 overs. Rhys John causing some early problems for the Brightlingsea batters returning 4 for 20. Witham built their reply around a solid opening stand between Nicholas Grainger and George Puckey (31). However, the decisive innings was that of Oscar Burley whose 18 ball 50 saw him hit ten fours, Benjamin Hunt (29no) gave him excellent support as Witham eased to a five wicket success with five overs to spare.

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