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Copford CC are happy to announce the signing of Peter Ahern for 2017. Peter, an all-rounder, has an impressive record of 1,781 runs at 18.75 and taken 112 wickets at 19.37. Read Peter's full profile here
Mark Bullen's Volunteer Day I recently completed a Volunteer Day at the club (sanctioned by my employer, Arthur J Gallagher UK Limited Insurance Brokers Limited – who support up to 3 days’ paid leave to support voluntary work in the community which will benefits others). My role for the day was ‘Match Host’ for the Two Counties League Over 60’s XI fixture against a Hertfordshire League Over 60’s XI and included the following duties: Setting up the pitch before the game Tidying the pavilion before the game Having Drink ready for the players for drink breaks Having Cup of Tea ready for players and supporters Supervising all aspects of tea for the tea interval Clearing up after the tea Serving behind the club bar after the game A good time was had by all and the club were really pleased to have taken between £200 and £300 over the bar which will help the club coffers. It was a really enjoyable day and the players seemed to be pleased with the hospitality they received! I would like to thank Ray Black and Don Curtis for the support they gave me on the day as well as the pictures and to my Company, Arthur J Gallagher for supporting this venture.
Kia Super League T20 Finals Day Sunday 21 August 11am – Semi-final 3pm – Final Essex County Ground, Chelmsford
For the second time in just over two weeks Witham and Copford U-14’s fought out a thrilling encounter but this time it was Witham who secured the vital win. Having conceded 143 runs to Witham in the previous fixture, the Copford team were always worried that a total of 104-8 might not prove enough. And that total might have been even lower if not for some useful knocks from Ollie Hambleton (9), Josh Colairo (9), Josh Mowat (16) and Louis Clements (14), whilst Praneesh Kathirvel, held the tail together with a composed 7 not out, in a manner that suggests he ought to be batting higher up the order than eight. Witham off spinner Ben Tinman wreaked havoc helping himself to four wickets as all of the Copford batsmen except Josh Mowat struggled to deal with the turn he was achieving. Defending a relatively below par score, Copford’s bowlers quickly went for the jugular hoping to blast out the top order batsmen of Witham that had caused so many problems in the earlier fixture. They had some success but unfortunately their high speed aggressive bowling was a little wayward at times enabling Witham to reach 54 off the first six overs, with too many of those runs coming from wides. However once Copford got into their middle order Witham wickets started tumbling, with only J.Allen (27) keeping their innings together. Elliot Littlebury and Louis Clements were as economical as ever with their tight, accurate bowling, whilst Elise Marsh and Peter Read chipped in with a wicket apiece, with Peter bowling one of his best spells ever. But it was the “death bowler” Ollie Hambleton who almost wrenched the game back Copford’s way
The 1st team started their debut season in Division One a week late due to the weather. Hadleigh were the opponents and other than the one familiar face, the visitors posed an unknown threat – something that we will have to get used to as the season goes on! The weather hadn’t been great the night before so neither captain would have needed much encouragement to have a bowl, even with the new look square at Copford looking like a bowling green. As expected skipper James Bell lost the toss and his side were inserted not really knowing what a good score would be. Openers Ian Catley and Kieran Savill took to the crease both looking for a good start to the season. Kyle Tanner took the new ball for the visitors having finished as top wicket taker in the division last season and would have been expecting to make early inroads. However, this would not be the case as a combination of patience, a bit of luck and some erratic bowling led to a healthy opening stand for the home side. A flurry of boundaries meant the run rate was also good and once the nerves had settled somewhat both openers looked ready to set a solid base. The visitors decided to take the pace off with the introduction of their captain Ben Wallis’ off spin and the run rate began to slow down slightly. Catley was eventually dismissed for 49 looking to push one into the off side and getting bowled by Wallis. The inevitable murmurs of ‘jug avoidance’ coming from the pavilion as Catley dawdled off with the score on 98. This started the fightback from the visitors as Kligerman, Bell, Sargeant
Colchester Royal Grammar School opens its playground for public parking at Christmas from 8.30am until 6pm. You can stroll into town, have a cappuccino in Costa, do your shopping, have a leisurely lunch, all for a very reasonable parking fee of £4, all proceeds to Colchester Royal Grammar School Association. Available dates are: Saturdays 5th, 12th & 19th Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd December
The 2nd Xi went into their final game of the season knowing that nothing less than a win would do to keep their Division 8 South Championship & Promotion hopes alive. The toss was important with a bit of moisture around from early morning & overnight rain and after winning the toss, Witham had no hesitation in inserting the home side to bat. (This actually was a bit of a touch as the home side had all been caught out by the earlier start time of 12.30 so it gave us a chance to regroup! The bowling was tight earlier on and forced Darrell Howell in to a lofted drive which was caught at long off. This brought Samaranyake to the crease to join Soteriou and they pair set about building the innings. The Chairman was in fine form leading from the front and was ably supported by Sammy as the score moved along to 70-1. Some canny bowling by the opposition skipper restricted Sammy and he tried to take the aerial route over the circle but was caught at mid-off. The visitors kept plugging away in the favourable conditions and removed Will Merry and James Monks in quick succession. Soteriou completed a fine and valuable fifty but shortly after mistimed a pull to mid-off where the catch was taken and suddenly at the half way stage, Copford were at 90-5. This brought skipper Mark Merry and Ivan Humm to the crease and the pair calmly set about healing the damage and kept the score ticking over at around 4-5 an-over. The score reached 145-5 when Humm found cover playing at a wide one but contributed a fine 22 to put the home side back
The 1st team made the long journey to picturesque Exning for their last away game of the season knowing only a win would do. Having left in the early hours, by the time they arrived everyone was looking forward to the game despite the early start and the autumnal weather. With the pitch looking green the home side won the toss and decided to have a bowl looking for some early movement. There was a first team debut for youngster Alex Godley who had already impressed in the warm up game. Openers Ian Catley and Tom Sinclair took to the crease hoping to see off the new ball. After some early boundaries, the slowness of the pitch was becoming apparent as the ball was stopping in the surface. This proved to be too much for Sinclair as one sat in the pitch and took his leading edge. Catley soon followed for his obligatory 20-something as he was trapped LBW at the second attempt. That brought the two in form batsman to the crease and the skipper James Bell and aussie Ben Caplikas began to push on. The wicket wasn’t playing like it does in Melbourne and Caplikas was also dismissed from a leading edge looking to turn one into the leg side. Despite being three wickets down the run rate was still healthy and the confidence in the side meant that we continued to score well and keep the pressure on the fielding side. Pete Kligerman joined his captain at the crease and some selective hitting meant the score moved on with consummate ease. Singles were on offer and these were taken when need, and the odd bad ball was put away. However, there was