Coggeshall v East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI on Sat 22 Apr 2017 at 13:00
East Bergholt Cricket Club Lost by 6 runs

Match report The first game of our 2017 Two Counties Division 2 season pitched us against a strong opposition in Coggeshall First XI, who were relegated from Division 1 last years following a points deduction despite a decent mid-table finish.

With this is mind the boys went into the opening fixture with caution but excitement of the prospect of competing against a top side. Together with newly appointed skipper Sam Foster the young looking side were hoping to cause an upset.

Indeed it started off promisingly as McGrath and Hunter bowled with pace and precision causing all sorts of problems which reduced the home side to 27-3. A resistant partnership of 74 between Hanham and skipper Cross got the hosts back in the game as the Bears hoped to restrict Coggie to as low as score as possible. We kept plugging away and despite some excellent fielding, most notably new oversesas Connors direct hit run out from the boundary, the hosts got away a little towards the end of the innings and finished on a sub-par total of 190-7 off their 45 overs.

Pickford and G Foster resumed their opening partnership, with George fresh from a season down under in Perth, and guided the visitors to a decent start before Pickford lost his concentration momentarily trying the sweep shot and the first wicket fell on 53. New skipper S Foster joined cousin George at the crease as they looked to continue the good start and the pair added 43 before George finally succumbed to the torrent of abuse from the hosts....although it was tame compared to what he faced in Perth!! From this moment the game started to get away from us as the pitch contributed to some quick wickets and we soon found ourselves in a bit of a hole at 144-7. Uncharacteristically there was a wag in the Bergholt tale as Ross Taylor came in and bludgeoned a quick fire 26 off 14 including a humongous 6 which took us within touching distance. Ross couldn't continue his valiant effort and when he was caught with the score on 180-8 we just needed 11 more for victory but sadly Philpot and Smith also succumbed and we fell 6 runs short of victory.

It was a disappointing defeat but one we can take plenty of positives from especially against a strong "Division 1" side. We hope to build on this with a trip to Great Dunmow next week.

Coggeshall Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1w 1b 4lb 
for 6 wickets
190 (45.0 overs)
Robert Jagger ct  I Gedny b H Hunter 19 24 4 79.17
Oliver Blackwell lbw  b B McGrath 0 17 0
George Hanham ct  I Gedny b S Foster 37 75 2 1 49.33
Jimmy Rees+ ct  I Gedny b B McGrath 3 12 25.00
Robert Cross* b  N Philpot 61 92 6 66.30
William Blackwell ct  C Oakley b N Philpot 37 29 3 2 127.59
Sam Blackwell Not Out  20 13 3 153.85
George Blackwell run out  C Oakley 4 6 66.67
Kane Addison Not Out  3 2 150.0
Josh Morton  
Craig Lesiak  

East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ben McGrath8.0231215.503.87
Henry Hunter8.0315115.001.88
Connor Oakley12.015200.004.33
Nathan Smith6.002200.003.67
Sam Foster8.0035135.004.38
Nathan Philpot3.0030215.0010.00

East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 5lb 
for 10 wickets

(44.1 overs)
Richard Pickford lbw  b W Blackwell 32 38 5 84.21
George Foster ct  J Rees b K Addison 29 82 3 35.37
Sam Foster st  J Rees b K Addison 47 65 4 1 72.31
Ian Gedny lbw  b K Addison 20 26 2 76.92 3
Connor Oakley lbw  b K Addison 0 2 0 1 1
Rob Smyth b  b K Addison 11 18 2 61.11
Ross Taylor ct  J Rees b G Blackwell 26 14 2 1 185.71
Henry Hunter ct  G Blackwell b K Addison 0 2 0
Nathan Philpot ct  S Blackwell b G Blackwell 12 17 70.59
Ben McGrath Not Out  1 1 100
Nathan Smith b  R Cross 0 1 0

Coggeshall Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
R Cross6.1123123.003.73
G Blackwell8.0132216.004.00
C Lesiak4.011300.003.25
W Blackwell14.0052152.003.71
J Morton4.001600.004.00
K Addison8.004367.175.37