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2 09, 2015

Easton (5pts) 189-7,*Copford (18pts) 190-3, Copford won by 7 wickets

The 1st team hosted Easton on Saturday knowing that a win would guarantee promotion to Division One for the first time in the club’s history. The forecast predicted some poor weather in the early evening so having won the toss skipper James Bell unsurprisingly chose to field first on a green pitch. As expected there was some assistance with the new ball but the pitch was very slow and was only going to get better. Openers Russell Measor and Andy Bell were causing trouble for the visiting batsman and although there were no wickets in the early exchanges, runs were hard to come by and the pressure was beginning to build. Eventually this pressure told as Easton’s opener cut a short ball to the Aussie Ben Caplikas at backward point and the home side celebrated their first wicket of the day. Belly was bowling with great control and soon claimed his second wicket as the home side looked to take control. Unfortunately the usual wicket keeper Tom Sinclair was feeling slightly worse for wear and had to leave the field on two occasions for a not-so-subtle toilet break, much to the amusement of everyone else at the ground. The returning Robert Tuckwell took over the gloves for the first time this season and despite a shaky start he remembered how to use his hands and did well. Sinclair rejoined proceedings after the drinks break but was unable to keep and instead was hidden on the boundary in fear of another sudden bowel movement. The third wicket partnership was growing for the visitors as the game was evenly poised at the half way stage. Two wickets in an over for Ian Catley changed things, although it

24 08, 2015

*Dunmow (6pts) 197-9, Copford (19pts) 200-4 Copford won by 6 wickets

The 1st team travelled to Dunmow this week looking to get another win that would be one step closer to promotion and keep the pressure on the chasing pack for the Division 2 title. As forecast it was an outrageously hot day and everyone made sure they had a go on Mozza’s sun cream before the weather took its toll! Skipper James Bell won the toss and decided to have a bowl, with rumours circulating that the home side were missing a few regulars due to a wedding in the club. Selfish I say! The visitors took to the field knowing it would be a struggle in the heat but hoping that a couple of early wickets would mean they could put the weakened home side under pressure. The pitch was playing well and after a couple of early boundaries it was clear that the outfield was lightning fast. The score moved on easily with openers Russell Measor and Steve Moriarty struggling to threaten, and the home batsman making the most of any loose deliveries. At the first drinks break the visitors were still wicketless and Dunmow had a good base to build from. However, as has often been the case this season the introduction of Kieran Savill changed the game. He claimed a wicket with his first ball, a bit of drift in the air and the batsman was trapped in front LBW. As plumb as you could hope for a the effervescent Ray Digweed raised his finger to confirm the inevitable. The visitors were then able to get a bit more control over proceedings and Savill continued to take wickets as the pressure began to tell. One of which a text book dismissal

17 08, 2015

Kelvedon & Feering (2pts) 131, *Copford (20pts) 132-1 Copford won by 9 wickets

The first team were looking to bounce back this week after a disappointing result against Mildenhall. The visitors were a Kelvedon side who had started to pick up some results and were looking to make the great escape and avoid relegation. Some dodgy weather on Friday meant that there were no Cricket Week hangovers and everyone was fresh and looking to put in a big performance. Skipper James Bell lost the toss and the visitors chose to bat first with a short boundary and the pitch looking good. The usual openers Russell Measor and the evergreen Andy Bell took the new ball and quickly set about building pressure on the Kelvedon batsman. Despite not taking any early wickets, the run rate was never above three an over and with such a short boundary on one side it was clear something had to give. Belly got the first breakthrough as he had the opening batsman caught at short cover by JB. The pressure the began to tell and wickets fell consistently with Measor getting two in consecutive balls, having the Kelvedon danger man, Ollie Parsons caught at mid-wicket by Ben Caplikas and then bowling the number 4 the following ball. There was a slight fightback by the middle order but the introduction of Kieran Savill meant the wickets continued to tumble. Ian Catley also claimed a wicket and there was yet another run out for Andy Reid, this time with an accurate throw from the boundary. With the visitors 8 wickets down Ben Rawson was brought into the attack and duly disposed of the tail with two quick wickets, both caught behind by the keeper Tom Sinclair. Chasing 131 with such a short boundary would normally

3 08, 2015

Sudbury II (4pts) 182-9, *Copford (19pts) 186-0 Copford won by 10 wickets

Having won two massive games, the 1st’s did not want to slip up this week and with a couple of players missing we knew it would be a tough another game. Skipper James Bell won the toss and decided to have a bowl on a green pitch. After a slightly delayed start Russell Measor and Andy Bell took the new ball, with Measor having passed a self-run late fitness test to confirm he was fit to bowl. A bizarre decision from the visitors set the tone for the day as they opened with a ‘pinch hitter’ who was caught at slip in the first over without troubling the scorer. An early wicket for the bruised Measor and the hosts were already on top. Some tight bowling from both openers meant the pressure was not released and they were soon three wickets down and looking to rebuild. The only down side of the early exchanges was a dropped catch from the captain at first slip, the most regulation of slip catches you will ever see. However, it must be noted the JB did not sulk as much as he would have done previously and to the surprise of everyone, not a single expletive was heard. After a strong partnership in the middle overs with some hefty blows, the game was in the balance going into the final 15 overs. Ben Rawson once again broke the partnership and the hosts looked to press home the advantage again. With the Sudbury middle order and tail looking to push the scoring rate along, wickets continued to fall. Right arm slow bowler Ian Catley claimed three wickets towards the end of the innings, there was a wicket for Pat Geddis

21 07, 2015

*Copford (20pts) 193, Haverhill (6pts) 114 Copford won by 79 runs

The first of two massive games in the 1st teams promotion push was at home to Haverhill this week.  Both sides knew the importance of the match and when the toss was won by the visitors they decided to bowl first on a green track.  Openers Ian Catley and Tom Sinclair were watchful early on as the ball was moving around off the surface.  Unfortunately the prolific Sinclair edged behind early on and it was time for the rest of the batting to step up. Catley and James Bell set about recovering the situation and the score moved on at a steady rate as the pitch began to settle down.  The introduction of spin led to the dismissal of the skipper as was caught at slip after one that gripped and turned.  The slightly chirpier Ben Caplikas came to the crease, clearly enjoying the latest test match more than the first, and began building another partnership with Catley.  When both were dismissed in quick succession and were then followed by Pat Geddis, the score was 90 for 5 and the hosts were under some serious pressure. The explosive Andy Reid and Copford’s self-proclaimed answer to Don Bradman, Pete Kligerman set about rebuilding the innings with some lusty blows and selective hitting.  As expected the run rate was not an issue but it was imperative that we batted our full allocation of overs so shot selection was a must.  Both batsman were caught in the 30’s but had done a fantastic job of rebuilding the innings.  There were a couple of big 6’s from both batsman, one of which was a big shot down the ground from Reid that very nearly beheaded an oblivious toddler near

13 07, 2015

Copford (20pts) 211-6, *Long Melford (7pts) 175 Copford won by 36 runs

The 1st team travelled to Long Melford this week hoping to continue their good form.  The reverse fixture was a nail biting affair so another tight game was expected and the sides did not disappoint.  The day started off poorly as it appears the post code is wrong on both the Long Melford website and the league one, much to the frustration of Ian Catley and Russell Measor who both got lost on their journey as a result.  Unfortunately for Catley he had a car full of people and all the warm up kit! Once we had all arrived, captain James Bell won the toss and chose to bat on another scorching day in Suffolk.  The pitch looked good and the outfield was fast so a good score would be needed.  Catley opened with usual partner Tom Sinclair who once again was slightly worse for wear after a night out on the Friday.  Catley proceeded to take the first over of the day for 16, all boundaries, possibly taking out some frustration from his farcical journey earlier in the day.  The home side were able to drag the run rate back and eventually the pressure told as Catley was dismissed for 23, an anti-climax from the blistering start.  The brought the skipper to the crease and both he and Sinclair pushed the score along well. The introduction of spin into the attack would eventually be the downfall for Bell who took the approach of trying to either slog sweep or just block.  Eventually he went for one heave too many and was bowled for 28.  Aussie Ben Caplikas batted at 4 and was hoping to better than his national side who were in the middle

5 07, 2015

ICC World Cricket League Div 6 in Essex 2015

Coming September 2015 Based at Kelvedon, Coggeshall, Colchester, Frinton, West Mersea, Halstead and Maldon. 50 Overs matches September 7th Suriname V Botswana at Kelvedon Guernsey V Fiji at Colchester Cayman Islands V Vanuatu at Frinton Norway V Saudi Arabia at Coggeshall September 8th Cayman Islands V Saudi Arabia at Kelvedon Vanuatu V Norway at West Mersea Fiji V Suriname at Colchester Guernsey vs Botswana at frinton September 10th Fiji V Botswana at Coggeshall Guernsey V Suriname at Halstead Cayman Islands V Norway at Kelvedon Vanuatu V Saudi Arabia Sepember 11th A3rd V B4th at Kelvedon, B3rd V A4th at Maldon, A1st V B2nd at Frinton, B1st V A2nd at Coggeshall 13th September Finals at County Ground, Chelmsford, Winner A1st v B2nd v Winner B1st v A2nd 3rd v 4th play off at Colchester, Loser A1st v B2nd v Loser B1st v A2nd 5th v 6th play off Bishops Stortford 1 Winner A3rd v B4th v Winner A4th v B3rd 7th v 8th play off Bishops Stortford 2 Loser A3rd v B4th v Loser A4th v B3rd Any questions, contact Graham Pryke 07518343224 [email protected]

2 07, 2015

Davidstow Village Cup Cake Bake 2015

This year's Davidstow Village Cup final, which takes place at Lord's on Sunday, September 13th, is set to reach a dramatic finale both on and off the pitch. An Ashes-themed cake bake competition is being held. See more.