Archive Reports


Colne kicked off their first match of 2015 with a friendly against Kirby on Sunday the 19th of April.  New casuals skipper Tom Bosworth proved his worth by snatching a closely contested victory!

Conditions were cold and overcast, Colne lost the toss and were put into bat.  Daryl Sleeman and new member Akshay opened.  Managed to see out all 40 overs posting a score of 183 for Kriby to chase.  Most notable George Cranfield batted superbly with a 54 not out.  After lunch Colne went into the field.  Kirby looked resilient for the majority of the overs, but in the last 10 overs wickets began to fall and Colne bowled them all out for 154.



Under thundery skys, Colne are made to sweat

On Sunday 20th, after a lengthy playing layoff & under a thundery sky that failed to deliver any rain, league-leaders Witham came to town, determined to achieve the ‘double’ over us.

Stand-in Colne skipper Joe Smith chose to bat first, on the basis that we didn’t have a full team@ 1pm to take the field & he would have been opening the bowling.  So Dan Grice & Archie Wilkinson were sent in & saw out of the first hostile 10 overs with ease, keeping the scoreboard grinding over as they reached 25 without loss.  Archie’s intent not to score too heavily this season continued despite some elegant strokeplay.  Chintesh soon followed back to the pavilion, also unable to cope with Witham’s pacy first-change bowler.  Dan was next out for a solid 20, no need for a reminder how that happened (but she is a very talented left-arm 15 year-old)

Late arriver Angus Wardle was undone by the variety being lobbed down from the top end, & this bought together the partnership the crowds had all wanted to see, the Pietersen / Flintoff effect that swelled the numbers around the boundary to a season high, Will Dunn & Pat Kerry.  However, as so often this year, disappointment was never too far away, as Will chose to be bowled by the spinner Sambrook on one of his favourite numbers, 13.  Pat followed soon after for 20 in the same manner, although the non-Golf Open-watching crowd were treated to a few lusty blows over the boundary.  Joss Wilkinson came & went, reminding us what potential there is, but maybe the recent memory of having triggered Archie lbw was playing on his mind.

With a total score of sub-100 looking ever more likely, we needed a saviour.  Enter Khetan Patel, so often that saviour this season. With some sensible support play from Joe, Tom Bosworth, & finally Ben Mason, Khetan’s 44 was key in our eventually reaching 144 all out.  An interesting stat that had us all startled was that everyone contributed with the bat, no ducks at all.

After an excellent tea, Colne took to the field, pent up with aggression & laced with intent.  Or was that the pork pie ?  After seeing their eye in slowly for a few overs, Witham then showed their intent to get the game over before the threatened storms arrived, merrily blazing away at over 8 an over.  The match ball was soon lost one bounce in the tennis courts & off down Station Road.  No bowlers were spared some harsh treatment, although Ben picked up a couple of deserved wickets. 

Joe Smith then attempted to cover up his own wicketless performance, by bringing on the part timers of Dunn & the Wilkinson Bros.  Archie produced a pearler to deceive the Witham skipper, expertly stumped by Dan.  Will bowled an over of variation spin that had us all gasping, & then Joss was given the minor task of taking the remaining 7 wickets & not giving away more than 5 runs.

Congratulations to Witham on the win therefore & to their opener, Turner, in scoring a chanceless 100.  They will no doubt go on to face better challenges in a higher division next season, whilst Colne need to re-group & re-discover the mojo that underpinned our 2013 successes.  With 5 league games to go, matters are heating up @ the wrong end of Div 2.

Poor batting at Eight Ash Green

A poor batting performance from Colne saw us limp to just 128 all out with overs to spare.

A very competent looking Eight Ash Green batting line-up took readily to their task, but Oakers managed to nip out three of the top order before 50 was on the board.  But they continue to score, passing the 100 mark with just four wickets down.  And at 122-4 we looked dead and buried.  But When Chintesh is bowling anything can happen – a double wicket maiden brought some slight panic to the EAG ranks, and another wicket maiden bowled by Smiffy made things even more interesting.  122 -7.  Could we nip out three more???


No – the next two balls went for six runs and we lost by 3 wickets.


Eight Ash Green 20 points.  Earls Colne 5 points.



defeat against Boxted

On a lovely warm day we were put in to bat on a slow track.  By 30 overs we were 120 – 4 with a large target in sight.  But wickets fell regularly and we limped to 156 all out in the 42nd over.


Boxted started cautiously against good tight bowling from Smith and Oakley.  But slowly they chipped away.  We managed to take five wickets but they crossed the line in the 42nd over in a very well marshalled run chase.


Earls Colne 156 all out.  Boxted 157 -5.

Boxted 20 points, Earls Colne 5 points

Big victory at West Bergholt

On a lovely sunny day, but on a sticky dog of a wicket we lost the toss and were asked to bat.  A cautious start saw 30 on the board before the loss of Archie Wilkinson.  Daryl Sleeman was clubbing the ball to all parts but the outfiled was desperately slow and 4s became 2s.  Nevertheless we were 80-1 after 20 overs. Chintesh fell for 34 and Ketan came to the wicket scoring as quickly as was Daryl.  A score above 200 looked possible.  Daryl fell for 72 (which would have been close to 100 on a better outfield) and Lee Parish came to the wicket. Ketan fell for 53, then Lee, scoring like an IPL superstar joined in the fun scoring 43 not out at a cracking pace.  We closed at 234 -8 on a pitch that looked like 180.   An excellent score.

After a deep frozen tea (sandwiches out of the freezer too late) we started the response.

Immediately Smithy and Ben Mason got into the action and Bergholt were soon 27-3.  Oakers and Ketan joined the attack and Bergholt crumbled to 45 -5, then 57 -7, Ketan taking 2 wickets in consecutive balls. Chintesh bowled tidily, then Lee (2-8 off 6.2 overs) and Smithy 2-21, finished the job.  At the end Bergholt had limped over the 100 mark to bank a solitary batting point. Ben Mason 2-18, Ketan Patel 3-22.

Bergholt All out 107.  An excellent victory by 127 runs.

Earls Colne 20 points, West Bergholt 5 points.


Defiant run-chase at Horkesley

On a sunny afternoon and a batting track Great Horkesley won the toss and chose to bat. After some tight bowling Joe got the break through and the tight bowling continued throughout. At the drinks it looked like 180 was where they would get to. In the 39th over in came Niall and took our bowling apart. He scored 75* off the last 6 and took great horkesly to 258 off there 45 overs.

After a lovely tea put on by Archie wilkinson with homemade chocolate brownies Earls Colne went out to bat knowing we needed to bat extremely well. Archie was first to fall lbw and in came Ketan who joined Daryl at the crease. With some big hitting earls Coleen was keeping up with the run rate. Ketan fell next and then Daryl was next to fall for 40. Pete Sadler and will Dunn kept the score ticking over and was easily keeping up with the scoring rate after Peter Sadler, Jon brewer and Russell Dawes fell Chintesh with only one hand and lee parish put on a stand of 67 which looked like would get us over the line. Lee then got bowled and Chintesh 2 overs later. Finishing us up on 200 off the 33rd over. Easily within the run rate but losing regular wickets cost us the match 

Results so far – 2014 season

Two very tight games to start the season.  In the first game at Ardleigh CC, a last wicket stand saw us sneak over the line for victory


Last Sunday Duncan Jenkinson (82no) and Tommy Garwood (78no) put on 162 for the second wicket in Witham’s one run victory over us.  With three runs required off the last ball and with two to tie, Smiffy managed only to hit the ball to the midwicket fielder for a single.  Lost by one run !

Piri Piri dinner

An excellent dinner at the Colne Valley Golf Club, with Angus Fraser as guest speaker, with frank opinions about KP and Boycs! 

Earls Colne collected the Plate (which was a cup) and the runners up award in Div 3.

Pres Season nets

Pre-season Nets – March 2014

Nets have been arranged on the following days at Holmwood House, 12 noon – 1pm Sundays

March 9th

March 16th

March 23rd

March 30th

We are in division 2 this year and it will be a lot tougher!! Pre- season practice has never been more important.

Piri Piri league – season’s analysis

The Piri Piri league statistics for 2013 are in.


Joe Smith tops the Div 3 bowling with 31 wickets!.

Both Chintesh Patel and Ben Mason also feature in the ‘top bowlers’ section of Div 3.

In the Plate section no fewer than 4 bowlers feature in the top 10 bowling analyses – Oakers, Dan Grice, Colin Bocking and Joe Smith.

Oakers and Joe Smith also feature, in 2nd and 3rd place in the leading wicket takers’ section.

Chintesh Patel comes 2nd in the best batsman section with 143 runs


Full details here