Halstead Cricket Club 2012 Season in Review

First Eleven

The season was hugely disappointing for the Halstead first team. The atrocious weather decimated the early season fixtures and the first league game was not played until mid-May. The loss of some key players from last year left Halstead a little thin on the ground of EAPL quality players, meaning our youngsters were required to make the step up to Premier League cricket. Inconsistencies in availability hampered team selection. Two games this season featured 100 partnerships, Freddie Blackwell and Dan Sincuba putting on 118 for the second wicket at home to Great Witchingham, and Tom Philp and Charlie Douglas-Hughes adding 110 for the third wicket at Saffron Walden.

Batting
Top Score - Daniel Sincuba - 94 - Copdock + OI

There were only 7 players in the first team to score over 100 runs this season. Captain Tom Philp lead the way with 394 runs at an average of 24.63, Dan Sincuba was next with 371 runs at 23.19. The pair was the only two ever presents this season. Sincuba had the highest individual score with a knock of 94 away at Copdock and OI.

Philp and Douglas-Hughes both made their highest EAPL scores away at Saffron Walden, 71 and 82 respectively, whilst Ed Clark made his maiden senior fifty at Clacton.

Bowling

It was the bowling department where the first team came up short this year. A side strain suffered in the middle of the season by Tom Philp that hampered him for the rest of the year, and long spells without frontline seam bowlers meant only one player, Chris Rayner took 10 or more wickets. Toward the back end of the season Dan Sincuba tried his hand at pace bowling, having started as an off spinner.


Second Eleven

After a good start with a victory in the first game, the second eleven faced cancellations and fielded under-strength sides. A late season period of stability gave them momentum and winning the last two games of the season by very narrow margins was enough to see them escape relegation from division three.

Batting
Top Score - Matt Webb - 101 - Kelvedon and Feering

A maiden senior hundred for 15 year old Matt Webb at home to Kelvedon & Feering was the only century scored in the second eleven. Ian Pont’s aggregate was over 100 ahead of any others, scoring 421 at an average of 35.08. A mid-season purple patch, including three fifties in her first season for the club, saw Catherine Dalton return an impressive 318 runs at 28.91. David Baalham, Justin Rose, Mark Surridge and Robert Harris consistently made contributions. Tristan Blackledge scored his first 50 in the second eleven.

Bowling

Best Bowling - David Shelton - 10-0-55-5

Ian Pont completed the double as he secured the best bowling this season, with 20 wickets at 19.75. Robert Harris had a solid first year with the club, as well as his lower order batting contributions Harris took 15 wickets at 25.6. This season was a breakthrough year for young seam bowlers Tristan Blackledge and Freddie Statham, the latter in his first year at Halstead, whilst Joe Morris, too, showed signs of good things to come. David Shelton’s early season 5-55 against Copford was the best individual bowling performance.

Third Eleven

Were it not for inconsistencies in selection it is highly probable the 3rd X1 could have been competitive in Division Seven, as victories over promoted Kesgrave and Sudbury showed.

Partnerships
The Third Eleven partnerships are dominated by three players, Andy Rose, Justin Rose and Simon Rippingale. The 3rd X1 faced a torrid season with half of last season’s side being fast tracked to the 1st & 2nd X1. The Rose brothers shared two stands of over 150 for the first wicket, including 179 against Felixstowe. Brian Coleman and Justin Rose also put on over 100 for the 1st wicket against Sudbury. The only other 100 run stand was that of Andy Rose and Simon Rippingale, 162 at Kesgrave for the 5th wicket.

Batting
Top Score- Andy Rose - 103 - Kesgrave

The third eleven suffered most with the knock on effects of availability issues. However the Rose brothers led the way in the batting, ably supported by evergreen skipper Simon Rippingale. Andy Rose scored the only century, away at Kesgrave and totaled 519 runs at 57.67. Justin Rose scored 309 at 61.8 whilst Simon Rippingale made 255 at 42.5. Another notable innings was Adam Willis’ maiden half century for the club.

Bowling

Best Bowling -Justin Rose - 12-1-54-5 - Kesgrave

With two of the three 25+ wicket takers from last year having to play in the 1s and 2s, it was left to Andrew Jones to spearhead the bowling. His astounding economy rate of 2.65 per over is testament to how difficult opposing batsmen find him. He also took 13 wickets at 27.46. Andy Rose led the bowling stats too, with 17 wickets at 15.65, he took a five-wicket haul as well as making a century in the Kesgrave away game.

Catches
6 – S Macklin, S Rippingale, C Hansey

Sunday – the Sunday X1 finished without a win and was relegated from the Piri Piri Premier Division.

Halstead had league season records for both 9th and 10th wicket partnerships.
9th Wicket - Callum Hansey + Mark Johnson - 65 - Wivenhoe (a)
10th Wicket - Mark Johnson + Brian Dunster - 33 - Wivenhoe (a)

Top Score - Josh Wells - 101

Josh Wells’ sparkling 101 at Ipswich was the highest individual score, putting him atop the averages with 136 runs at 68. Tom Peacock and Freddie Preston, in their first seasons with the club, both scored fifties against Copford at home. Another notable innings was Adam Willis’ maiden half century for the club against Earls Colne. The Halstead bowlers found it tough this year in a league where bowlers are punished for leg side wides and front foot no balls. The spin of Sincuba led the way with 12 wickets at 18.83. Zaber Ahmed, in his debut season at Halstead, started off as a seamer before turning to spin.

Best Bowling - Mark Surridge - 8-1-35-5



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