The 1st team hosted Wivenhoe this week knowing that it was likely to be a tough game but full of confidence after last week’s win. Unfortunately the weather was not as impressive as the previous week with cloud cover and temperatures noticeably cooler as skipper James Bell lost the toss and the home side were inserted, batting first for the 4th consecutive match. Some team news as Kieran Savill and Andy Reid were unavailable meaning two noticeable returns, that of Chris Smith Jnr after proving his fitness in the 2’s, and club legend Andy Bell who despite a teary goodbye at the end of last season looked better than ever! Things did not go to plan from ball one as Ian Catley was caught behind off a loosener from the Wivenhoe overseas. Pressure was well and truly on the home side and when Keith Sargeant was caught in the slips the home side had slumped to 7 for 2. There was some resistance from the captain James Bell and Kiwi Tim Richards with a partnership which not only stopped the rot but also upped the run rate. Bell in particular was looking in good touch, one shot in particular cleared the trees by the pavilion for a massive six. However, both batsman were dismissed soon after and all the pressure was heaped on the home side again. Richards was caught looking to turn the spinner into the leg side, as he got a leading edge and was caught at cover. Bell then followed, much to his disappointment, as he was bowled looking to cut the off spinner. A gritty knock from Pete Kligerman helped take the score into three figures partnered by the ever impressive
Copford travelled to Suffolk to face fellow Division One newcomers Haverhill this week looking to get their first win of the season. Summer had finally arrived and the sun was shining bright as skipper James Bell won the toss and chose to bat, a sign of the confidence in the sides batting so far this year. Openers Ian Catley and Kieran Savill took to the crease looking to put some pressure on the bowlers early on. A couple of early boundaries looked to do the job but Catley inexplicably managed to inside edge a half volley on to his leg stump and was dismissed with the score on just 9. That brought the captain to the crease and he found runs easy to come by. Some loose bowling from the home side and some aggressive shots meant the score began to move along quickly. The fifty partnership between Bell and Savill was broken when the captain was caught behind looking to flash the ball through the off side once again. Bell departed for a fluent 33 but was clearly frustrated that he had not gone on as the pitch was beginning to look very flat. Kiwi Tim Richards came to the crease and immediately looked comfortable, striking the ball with ease albeit struggling to find the gaps early on. A stubborn innings from Savill ended with the score on 66 as he was dismissed for 18 offering the bowler a tame caught and bowled. The returning Peter Kligerman came in and supported Richards who was now finding the gaps and looking very assured in much more familiar conditions. Boundaries were coming with ease and despite the wicket of Kligs for 29, the overseas looked untroubled
The first team had another home game this week looking to get their first win in Division One against a strong Worlington side. The visitors had a long journey down from Suffolk and would have been happy to win the toss and insert their hosts on a green pitch that looked like it would offer some assistance early on. Catley and Savill took to the crease hoping for a repeat performance of last week. However, the visitors bowled with much more control and pressure was instantly on the home side. Catley survived a massive appeal in the first over but was unable to capitalize as he was caught at mid-wicket off the bowling of Cooper for just 2. Skipper James Bell came to the crease and both he and Savill continued to struggle against the miserly bowling from the Suffolk side. Both players took the aerial approach in an attempt to push the score along. This ended up being Savill’s downfall as he was unable to repair his heroics from the week before, getting caught at mid-off for 9. Kiwi Tim Richards joined Bell at the crease and scoring began to become slightly easier, however following three boundaries, Richards was caught trying to pull a long hop and the returning Rob Tuckwell was soon bowled for 0. Suddenly Copford were in trouble at 46 for 4 and in need of some lower order runs. Bell was still at the crease offering some resistance but Mike Kettle had to retire hurt with the score on just 47 having clashed with the Worlington wicketkeeper. Nobody really knows how the collision occurred but Kettle went down like a Spanish footballer holding his head and the resident doctor Tuckwell
Congratulations to "Cat and his team, Piri Div 5 Champions and all those that played for him this year"