Harwich & Dovercourt II v Eight Ash Green Cricket Club Two Counties 2nd XI (Saturday) on Sat 18 May 2024 at 1pm
Eight Ash Green Cricket Club Lost by 15 runs

Match report As EAGCC 2 XI rolled up to Harwich Saturday, for the belated season opener, the sunshine was lovely for a day at the seaside, an ironic contrast to the weather that had seen our first 3 games called off. Unfortunately for Harwich, the winters rain had not left their pitch unaffected either as we won the toss and decided to bowl on a very green wicket buried in a thick outfield.

It was like peak 2019 again (when we last were promoted from div 9 for club historians) as Troy Collins opened the bowling down the hill for a Keith Steel like 11 overs straight where he did not miss his spot once (2-15). This in tandam with a tight opening spell from Nitya Patel (1-30) and good catches from, Patel, Collins Jr and debutant Oli Kearin gave us a strong start as Harwich were 50-3 at drinks.

However, the Harwich batsman adapted well and despite a debut 5-38 (8) from Josh Fowler his first ever 5- (don't worry Josh you can buy a jug after next game), they scrambled their way to 135 off full 40 overs a very respectable score given conditions.

Shout out also to Ellliot Walkers tidy wicketkeeper on debut on a difficult surface, saved us a lot of runs and picked up his first EAGCC stumping.

Second half, our batsman struggled to score early. The opening bowlers from Harwich hit their lines very efficiently and we struggled to get them away. However, thanks to some sensible batting from Collins Sr (14) and 4th debutant (showing how well we did to be in this game) Ed Bradbury (22), we were level with Harwich at 48-2 after 20 overs at half way.

Despite the best efforts from Jack Axon (31*) and Oli Kearin (13) we were unable to up the run rate as Harwich did in the second half of our innings. After a final 6 overs of baseball style swings many of which were "strikes" from Murray (19) for a late partnership with Axon of 35 which was broken with a last ball run out, this was only enough to get us to 120, agonisingly just 15 runs short.

Well played to Harwich who adapted to conditions better than us for their win, game played in a nice spirit, looking forward to the return fixture at the green.

A lot of postives to take from this game, 4 debuts all of whom had a positive contribution, opening bowlers dominating opposition batsman and a good attitude shown throughout by all.

Onwards and upwards everyone, great effort and great foundations to build on to make the remainder of this season really successful.

POTM - shared between Josh Fowler debut 5-38 and Troy Collins 2-15 (11) economy rate of 1.36.

PS. Carshare score of 4 this week but forgot to take a photo. If you are passionate about saving the planet volenteer to become carbon champion so this isn't something else I can forget to do each week please.

Harwich & Dovercourt II Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1nb 9w 4b  
for 10 wickets
135 (40.0 overs)
Mayank kewalramani ct  O Kearin b T Collins 17 1
Nitish Kumar ct  N Patel b N Patel 8
George Lovett b  T Collins 2
David Hardy b  M Murray 8
Nick Stevens st  E Walker b J Fowler 31 1
Luke Hammett b  J Fowler 8
Joe Cousins ct  T Collins b J Fowler 4
Nikhil Sharma b  J Fowler 14
Nev Mathur b  M Murray 15
Sean Harrington b  J Fowler 9
David Digby Not Out  5

Eight Ash Green Cricket Club Two Counties 2nd XI (Saturday) Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Troy Collins11.051527.501.36
Nitya Patel6.0030130.005.00
Luke Coppin6.011800.003.00
Matt Murray9.0230215.003.33
Josh Fowler8.003857.604.75

Eight Ash Green Cricket Club Two Counties 2nd XI (Saturday) Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 6w 9b 1lb 
for 7 wickets
Sam Collins ct  S Harrington b S Harrington 14
Ed Bradbury ct  J Cousins b S Harrington 22
Jack Axon Not Out  31
Oliver Kearin ct  J Cousins b D Digby 13 1
Josh Fowler ct  N Sharma b N Mathur 4
Elliot Walker b  N Sharma 0 1
Tim Chambers lbw  N Sharma 0
Matt Murray run out  (D Digby) 19
Troy Collins   1
Nitya Patel   1
Luke Coppin  

Harwich & Dovercourt II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Nev Mathur9.0115115.001.67
Nikhil Sharma9.0040220.004.44
David Digby11.0128128.002.55
Sean Harrington11.0327213.502.45