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19 05, 2016

*Copford (3pts) 134 all out, Wivenhoe (20pts) 135-3, Wivenhoe won by 7 wickets

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

16 05, 2016

U14`s v Witham Sunday 8th May

Match report:- It was good to see a winning start for our boys yesterday at home against Witham in the glorious sunshine and here is the match report:-  Copford won the toss and decided to take the new ball and opened with Hamish (3.0.10.0) and Elise (2.0.10.0) who both bowled a very tidy line without success to keep the score down after 4 overs.  The first bowling change saw Elliott(2.0.8.0) and Josh Mowat(3.0.15.0) come on and again some good line and length bowling kept the score to around 5-6 an over but no breakthrough as the Witham openers put on 50 for the first wicket.  Next bowling change saw Josh Colairo (3.0.28.0) and Peter Reid (2.0.18.0) enter the attack and by this stage the openers were beginning to score more freely, helped by some ill-discipline in the field and the same problem with too many extras, although it was very hot so the fielding understandable began to suffer slightly. Josh took out the opener with a full toss that hit the opener`s toes so he had to retire hurt.  Onto the last bowling change and Oliver (3.0.18.1) and Louis (2.0.9.1) came on and both bowled very well and Louis grabbed the first wicket with some great bowling having the other opener caught well by Josh C for 49, a key breakthrough. Then Oliver H followed up with a bowled wicket and by the end Witham reached 143 for 3 off their 20 overs. So with just over 7 an over needed a good solid start was required, however their opening quick bowler, who is a District/County player proofed too good for our opening 3 batsman( Josh C, Jack and Adwaith), as all 3 were bowled

10 05, 2016

Copford (19pts) 255-9, *Haverhill (9pts) 252-9, Copford won by 3 runs

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

5 05, 2016

Copford (8pts) 223-9, Worlington (19pts) 227-6, Worlington won by 4 wickets

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

27 04, 2016

Copford (229 for 9) v Hadleigh (230 for 3), Hadleigh won by 7 wickets

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

7 09, 2015

Copford II (20pts) 171 beat Witham III (7pts) 136 by 35 runs

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

7 09, 2015

Copford (18pts) 234-6, *Exning (8pts) 221-6 Copford won by 13 runs

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

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