Sunday team back to winning ways

A return to winning ways for the Earls Colne Sunday XI against Kirby…
After winning the toss and deciding to take to the field Earls Colne got off to a very good start, the opening bowling partnership of Smith and Mckenna restricting Kirby to 15 for 0 off of 13 overs. After persistent pressure Patrick Mckenna took three wickets in quick succession with two LBWs and a sharp chance by Lee Parish at slip. James Durkin taking Joe’s place at the top end struck with his first ball, dismissing Kirby skipper Breame and left Kirby in a mess at 22 for 4. Apart from Kirby number 4 Lawes who batted with the middle order and the tail, not one of the remainder of the Kirby team managed to get over double figures with 9,10,11 all registering ducks. All 4 Colne bowlers put in very good shifts and registered very good bowling figures. We managed to bowl Kirby out for just 75 in 36 overs. Lawes finished top scorer with 42. Chris Chambers with 7.4-1-13-3, James Durkin 10-1-31-4 and Patrick Mckenna 10-4-19-3 rattled through Kirby. Poor old skipper Smith was left to be satisfied with his 8-4-7-0. A top fielding performance from the team and more importantly full concentration for the whole innings ensured we put in our best bowling performance of the season.
In Reply, Colne had little trouble in knocking off the 75, Joe Smith and Harry Callaghan put on 55 for the first wicket (We will include the fact that the skipper only scored 6 of these 55!)..Harry at the other end was simply superb latching on to anything remotley short and dispatching it to the boundary rope, this was all the more a great effort because he was batting on basically one leg as his knee had let him down. George Unwin came in and departed for 2…missing a straight one and it was left to Archie Wilkinson and Harry to see us over the line. Harry Callaghan finished with a marvellous 66 not out (talk about doing the lion’s share!)..We surpassed the total for the loss of only two wickets.
A win by 8 wickets!
WELL DONE EVERYONE!!….a great performance by all and thanks for all your help today, I apologise to anyone who did not bat/bowl etc, but rarely do we find ourselves in a period of dominance during a game and for every bowler to perform to such a fantastic level!…your opportunity will be just around the corner…

A loss versus Witham

With many players away on holiday or otherwise unavailable, Colne struggled to put runs on the board and went down by 8 wickets. See the scoresheet here

An earlier result vs High Easter – Sunday 10th July

Another game in which we got ourselves into a great position to win, ended up falling out of reach in our Home game against High Easter today…
We won the toss and inserted High Easter into bat on a damp looking EC track, this decision looked a good one as Joe and Durkers limited High Easter to 9 for 2 off of the first 10 overs, however High Easter have been racking up some great scores this season and showed the strength of their batting line up when number 4 W.Mahmood and number 5 Ben Golds both reached 50, along with number 6 T Moss who also passed 50 off the last ball of the High Easter innings…we limited High Easter to 190 for 5, but to be ohnest that was 40 runs too many and we were probably another bowler shy of really putting pressure on them, to keep them to a score of around only 150.
A good effort by all bowlers with James Durkin 10-3-26-0, Joe Smith 10-2-34-2, Russ Dawes 10-0-35-1, Ben Mason 8-0-57-1 and John ‘Wolfie’ Gibson (his first league bowl in two years) bowling very well to return figures of 6-0-30-1…
In Reply, we started strongly Joe Smith and Harry Callaghan nullifying the threat of High Easter’s opening attack, Harry looking more composed than Joe and tucking into anything remotley short, both continued untroubled and after 23 overs we were 87-0, with 22 overs to go and 100 runs to get, we should have been in a perfect position to accelerate, however Joe and Harry were out within three balls of each other. Henry Holme, Will Dunn, Joss Wilkinson and James Durkin all departed cheaply and we quickly collapsed to 112 for 7 (another Earls Colne battin collapse!), only George Unwin and Alex Watson scored over double figures amongst the other batsman as we ended up being bundled out for 136…
After such a great start it was very dissapointing to lose to a side that we were certainly equal to, a little bit more concentration, focus and attention in the field and when we are batting will help in turning round our form and start heading up the league once again…
Lets turn this around next week when we are playing away at Abberton, as usual a 1pm start….
Joe Smith

Results now located on the Blog

Weekend results will now be posted on this blog, so people can use the ‘post a comment’ facility to congratulate, analyse, lampoon and and criticise their fellow players (but not too harshly, gents)

Earls Colne vs Bures – an annual challenge

This Sunday sees the inaugural challenge match between Earls Colne and Bures.  Our very friendly and co-operative partnership, running a joint team over the last several years has now come to an end, but we aim to keep up our special association over the coming years with this annual trophy challenge (yes! a piece of silverware has been commissioned).  The game starts this Sunday at 2pm and Earls Colne are this year’s hosts.  Why not come along an make a day of it?