Clacton v East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI on Sat 21 Apr 2018 at 12:30
East Bergholt Cricket Club Won by 7 wickets

Match report With the League postponing the start of the 2018 season by a week, the Two Counties First XI had to open up their league campaign with a trip to old rivals Clacton. The prospect of playing at Vista Road in mid-April wasn’t particularly exciting, however, despite the elongated winter weather, the gods were looking down on the lads as they were greeted by excellent weather all day and a relatively decent wicket.

There were two debutants on Saturday with Michael Griffin, joining us from local rivals IES and star recruit Kemsley Robb both giving us some much needed depth in the batting department. The First XI have not won any of their opening two games of a season in the last 5 years so there was a big challenge ahead, especially against Clacton who have generally had the better of us, despite us coming out on top at the end of last season. The Clacton side were missing a couple of familiar faces however, in Facey and Chamberlain, and they also had three new recruits – so it was a chance to record some history!

After a rigorous and dare we say it, professional warm up, Sam won the toss and elected to field.

Ben and Sam opened the bowling and they both bowled very tight and impressive lines. Sam notched the first wicket of the season by finding a leading edge of the ever-dangerous Sheikh’s bat as he tried to turn one to the leg side. The ball flew up in the air towards the covers and Alfie came flying in to take a wonderful sliding catch. Clacton found runs hard to come by and it was no surprise when O’Brien guided a leg-side delivery off Sam to Kem who was in short on the leg side. He duly snaffled it up and the score was 30-2. This soon became 30-3 as Sam notched his third wicket sending overseas player, Greig, back to the pavilion for a warm English duck on his debut! Nathan Smith, back in First team action for the first time in over a year was bowling with real precision and his away swing was baffling the batsman. Fitzpatrick was trying his best to tick the scoreboard over and when joined by Chowdhury they managed to push the score up to 57 but the latter never really looked like hanging around, despite some big shots, and it was no surprise when he nicked off to George giving Nath a well deserved wicket. Nath then defied logic by smashing Pitts’ off stump out of the ground – all of this after he had pitched it half the way down the wicket, bringing the score to 81-5. Pottsy, bowling very tightly in his opening spell of the season, got in on the act too and managed to prevent Fitzpatrick from recording a 50 as he was bowled on 47. Kemsley then struck with his first ever Bergholt wicket by dismissing Kirk who had guided the ball into George’s gloves behind the stumps. Kem then got the defiant Lee to haul out to Sam on the boundary but missed the opportunity for his third wicket as George dropped the ball for an easy stumping – he did successful remove the bails before Parkes returned to his crease to dismiss the man but Tex made Robb and Foster have a miserable tea as he declared it was a run out not a stumping!! The Clacton innings finished on a below par 133-9 after 45 overs.

There was a new opening pair for the First XI after 4 seasons, allowing Robb and Foster to continue their discussions of “run-out gate” in the middle. In previous years gone by we have all too often watched balls off Clacton bats in chase of a below-par Bergholt score, so it was welcome when the tables turned on Saturday. Foster was playing nicely and positively but it was debutant Kemsley who showed his star talents in abundance taking every opportunity to send Kirk and Pitts to the boundary with some fine shots. He soon reached his first ever 50 for Bergholt just before Foster fell to Sheikh for a solid 22 and although there were some jitters when Griffin and Sam fell cheaply, Pickford, taking on a new middle order role, stuck it out with Kemsley and got the Bergholt boys off to the very best possible start as he finished 14 not out and Kemsley finished a very impressive 84 not out off 73 balls – recording eleven 4s and three 6s.

19 points secured and a great victory to start off the season in style!

Clacton Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
5w 5b 3lb 
for 9 wickets
133 (45.0 overs)
Imran Sheikh ct  A Foster b S Foster 1 8 12.50
Matthew O’Brien ct  K Robb b S Foster 8 30 26.67
David Fitzpatrick b  N Philpot 47 113 5 41.59
Harlan Greig b  S Foster 0 5 0
Mohammad BadrulAlom Chowdhury ct  G Foster b N Smith 10 15 2 66.67
Bradley Pitts b  N Smith 12 28 1 42.86
Lewis Kirk ct  G Foster b K Robb 11 15 1 73.33
James Lee ct  S Foster b K Robb 21 27 2 77.78
Kieron Parkes run out  G Foster 10 28 35.71
Tommy Puncher Not Out  0 1 0
Jack Eastman  

East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ben McGrath8.011200.001.50
Sam Foster10.0235311.673.50
Nathan Smith8.021226.001.50
Nathan Philpot12.0140140.003.33
Kemsley Robb7.0026213.003.71

East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 3 wickets

(26.2 overs)
George Foster b  I Sheikh 22 36 2 61.11 2 1
Kemsley Robb Not Out  84 73 11 3 115.07 1
Michael Griffin lbw  b I Sheikh 5 13 1 38.46
Sam Foster lbw  b I Sheikh 0 6 0 1
Richard Pickford Not Out  14 30 2 46.67
Will Harris  
Alfie Foster   1
Nathan Philpot  
Nathan Smith  
Ben McGrath  
Kevin Crossley  

Clacton Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Lewis Kirk3.002500.008.33
Bradley Pitts3.001900.006.33
Imran Sheikh10.2336312.003.48
Harlan Greig8.013300.004.13
Jack Eastman2.001200.006.00

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    10:45 at Gandish or 11:30 at Clacton