Semi Finals Herts O 50s v Ipswich Seniors
Herts 126 for 8, D Humpreys 25 A Waqas 23. G.Funnell 3-24
Ipswich 125 for 7 Jones 37, S Bumphrey 26, D Topley 26. M Neville 3-26
Herts won by 1 run
Audi Suffolk Alliance 103 for 5 , S Sargent 35, S Cooper 13no. T Oram 2-14, A Stockton 2-21
M H Two Counties 105 for 4 S Stobbs 33, N Meakin 27. R Uren 2-21
M H Two Counties won by 6 wickets.
Play Off for third place
Ipswich 106 for 8 Jones 14, G Denny 13. A Barnes 2-14
Audi Suffolk Alliance 110 for 3 S Sargent 37, E Davy 30.
Suffolk Alliance won by 7 wickets
M H Two Counties 94 for 8 A Stockton 35, S Henderson 19. M Neville 2-13
Herts 95 for 3 S Clements 30, N Illott 30, A Parsons 2-22
Herts O 50s won by 7 wickets.
Hertfordshire are Champions
The Annual Suffolk 20/20 Invitation Tournament played at Ipswich C C turned out to be an exciting event with three of the four games finishing in the final over. Runs were hard to come by and the bowlers generally were on top throughout. In the first semi final Ipswich managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as Herts just got home by 1 run in a game they always looked likely to lose. In the final over they held their heads when Ipswich tried to smash themselves to victory when cooler heads would have had them running singles to secure victory. For Ipswich G Jones 37, S Bumphrey 26 and D Topley 26 showed up well on the batting front with A Funnell 3-24 doing well with the ball. Herts were well served by D Humphreys 25, A Waqas 23 with M Neviile taking the bowling honours with 3-26.
In the other semi final the M H Two Counties just got home in a nail biting game against the Audi Suffolk Alliance winning by six wickets in the final over. The Alliance side batted first and found runs at a premium against a sound Two Counties attack with all the bowlers giving little away. Tony Oram 2-14, Adrian Stockton 2-22 and Martin Southwell 1-14 securing wickets in their allotted 4 overs. Simon Sargent was the Alliances main threat with the bat scoring 35 with Stuart Cooper finishing with an unbeaten 13 to give the Alliance a final total of 103.
Two Counties set off like a house on fire and Stuart Stobbs 33 and Nick Meakin 27 put Two Counties well into the driving seat. Some tight bowling from R Uran 2-21, T Shahid 1-17 put the brakes on things however and it was left to Adrian Stockton 16no to get the Two Counties home by 6 wickets with three balls to spare.
In the play off for 3rd place The Suffolk Alliance won well in the only game that finished with overs to spare at the end. Chasing Ipswich’s total of 106 (D Jones 14, G Denny 13), Simon Sargent 37 and Eric Davy 30 ensured an Alliance win, despite A Barnes 2-14 efforts with the ball. The Alliance winning by a comfortable 7 wicket margin.
The final proved to be a low scoring affair between The M H Two Counties and Hertfordshire. Put into bat the Two Counties struggled against a mean attack with M Neville 2-13 and A Waqas 1-11 proving to be a real handful. Steve Henderson 19 and K Dobson 15 fought hard early on but it was left to Adrian Stockton 35 to get the Two Counties to a meagre looking 94 for 8.
Just as the Two Counties batsmen suffered Herts found runs very hard to come by S Clements 30 and N Illott 30 looked well in but couldn’t accelerate the run rate too much, it was left to an undefeated 18 from J Mather that got the Herts team to victory in the final over by 7 wickets. All the Two Counties bowlers fought hard with Alex Parsons
2-22 the main wicket taker with Nigel Dennis only conceding 7 runs in his four overs. Martin Southwell and Tony Oram also went for very few runs. A good game played in a good spirit with Herts still wondering how they survived their first game against Ipswich.
A great days entertainment that was well staged by the Ipswich Club successfully.
The M H Two Counties are pleased to announce the phenomenal achievement by local legend John Stuck who last week scored his 200th century. John was guesting for a team playing against the 40 Club at Loughton.
John will be figuring this weekend for the M H Two Counties in the annual John Hutton O 60s competition at Ipswich C C, Clayhall on Saturday. On Sunday he will be skippering The M H Two Counties O 60s team to play an Ipswich XI at the same venue.
*Abberton (20pts) 240-5, Wivenhoe (6pts) 189 Abberton won by 51 runs, 80 overs
Saturday September 24th: John Hutton O60s Tournament. Start 10.30am.
Graham Penny (capt), John Stuck (wkt), Martin Southwell, Steve Bulger, Andy Mills, Stuart Stobbs, Peter Boughton, Dave Hinchcliffe, Derrick Messent, Simon Rippingale, Don Curtis, Steve Isaac (12th man).
Sunday September 25th: Over 50s v Ipswich Seniors A. Start 11am.
Pat Patel (capt), Mark Paget (wkt), Tony Oram, Eric Davy, Alex Parsons, Steven Henderson, Terry Charrington, Nick Meakin, Andrew Gallant, Mark Comber, Roger Goodwin, Gerard Artindale.
Sunday September 25th: Over 60s v Ipswich Seniors B. Start 11am.
John Stuck (capt), Bob Richards (wkt), BJ Ball, Ray Black, Steve Bulger, Stuart Carpenter, Bruce Tompkins, Russ Abbott, Steve Isaac, Martin Southwell, John Stonehouse, Alan Cooke.
M H Two Counties O 60s v Herts O 60s at Copford C C on 13/9/16 (40 over game)
Herts O 60s 216 for 6. S. Clements 72, J Mather 62no. C Waters 2-32
Two Counties 217 for 4. C Walters 63, R Black 58, G Penny 37no. A Welch 2-70
M H Two Counties won by 6 wickets.
The Two Counties O 60s entertained the Hertfordshire O 60s at the lovely unique Copford ground on yet another scorching day. Herts batted first and after a steady start against some accurate bowling from Dave Hinchcliffe and Bruce Tompkins they lost a few wickets with a number of their batsmen reaching double figures but not sustaining any great progress. Simon Clements however notched a fine 72 and things were looking up for Herts. Martin Southwell however removed the dangerous Clements and he slowed things down by bowling three maidens in his 8 over spell. Herts finished on a good note with J Mather scoring 62no that pushed the score along but they never really succeeded in taking the Two Counties attack to the cleaners. Their final total of 216 for 6 was competitive but never really out of sight.
Two Counties lost Don Curtis early and John Stuck with the score on 38. With things hovering either way, Ray Black took control of things however and put the Two Counties in the driving seat with a swashbuckling 58 from only 45 balls in an innings that contained some scintillating drives. He figured in a good stand with Colin Walters who carried on the good work despite some good bowling from D Reynolds, J Mather and A Welch. When Colin departed with a well struck 63 it was left to skipper Graham Penny 37no to shepherd the Two Counties home to a six wicket win with support from Steve Isaac with four overs to spare.
A good game played in a fine spirit with both sides enjoying some excellent hospitality from the Copford Club on a very good cricket wicket.
Coggeshall CC have decided against appealling the Management Sub-Committee’s decision to deduct 77 points from their acrued total.
The effect sees them drop into 11th position in Division One, and, with it, relegation to Division Two for next season.
M H Two Counties O 50s v Halstead Seniors at Halstead on 11/9/16 ( timed game )
Two Counties O 50s 234 for 9 dec C. Walters 91, E Davy 68. J Rose 2-28, M Johnson 2-24, J Clinch 2-42, M Harris 2-44
Halstead Snrs 236 for 3. M Johnson 62, J Clinch 63no, O Rawlinson 49, R Holman 33. T Charrington 2-46
Halstead won by 7 wickets.
At Halstead the home side put their season to bed with their annual all day fixture against the M H Two Counties O 50s. Batting first the Two Counties got off to a bad start when skipper Pat Patel was out to the first ball of the game, Kevin Ross followed soon after and it was left to a 140 stand between Colin Walters and Eric Davy to repair the damage. They both battled very hard against some very good home bowling Colin just falling short of a century on 91 whilst Eric Davy struck an excellent 68. When they both were out after lunch a collapse followed and The Two Counties lost 6 wickets for 20runs. The Bowlers all shared the wickets J Rose, M Harris, J Clinch and M Johnson all claiming a brace of victims each. It was left to a last wicket partnership between Tony Oram and Mark Paget to enable the Two Counties to declare on 234 for 9.
Halstead controlled their innings throughout and they always looked likely to achieve the runs needed for victory. J Clinch 63no, M Johnson 62, O Rawlinson 49, and R Holman 33 built some good partnerships and the win was achieved with 4 overs to go. Terry Charrington was the Two Counties main wicket taker finishing with 2-46. As usual the Halstead hospitalty was second to none and a good days cricket was enjoyed by players and spectators alike.
Four concessions so far received on the final Saturday of the season, with Woodbridge & O.W. concession to Wivenhoe II handing the Essex club the title without having to play. Brightlingsea have conceded their Division Three match at Coggeshall. West Mersea have conceded their Division Six match to Kelvedon & Feering, and the final, and least surprising, Brantham have conceded for fifth time this season. They had been due to travel to Woolpit.
Following on from last weeks break in at Wivenhoe, our club was broken into on Sunday night and a considerable amount of damage caused .
Robin Mills, Mistley CC
The meeting of the Management Sub-Committee on the 5th September, 2016 had to deal with a possible breach of Rule 13e by Coggeshall Cricket Club.
Coggeshall Cricket Club were represented by four officers and admitted playing two overseas players in their 1st XI matches on 30th July, 6th August, 13th August, 20th August and 27th August wrongly believing that Zachary McCaskie, who arrived in this country at the end of June, was not an overseas player because he was the holder of a British Passport.
Coggeshall Cricket Club now realise that Rule 13e says that ‘An overseas player is one who is not normally resident in the United Kingdom’
They apologised for this error and said that in their many years in the Two Counties Championship they had never deliberately broken the Rules of the Competition.
The Management Sub-Committee were unanimous in the view that the penalties for fielding an ineligible player set out in Rule 13a had to be applied.
Coggeshall Cricket Club were therefore ordered to forfeit the points gained in the five matches, which totalled 61 points, plus a further 16 points for breaching Rule 13e, a total of 77 points.
In addition the opposing teams will each receive a total of 20 points, less those already obtained in the matches in question. The teams to receive additional points are as follows:-
Witham 14 points, Hadleigh 13 points and Halstead 1 point.
Coggeshall Cricket Club have a right of appeal in the next seven days against the decision of the Management Sub-Committee.
As neither the Cambridgeshire nor the Norfolk League Champions wishing to enter the play-offs, Mildenhall have been promoted to the EAPL without recourse to participating in a play-off match. The down side is that Woolpit are in severe danger of returning to the Two Counties Championship.