14 Apr 2019 AGM The 2019 BDICL AGM will take place at Braintree Cricket Club on Friday 17th May starting at 20:00 sharp.
Please remember all clubs must be represented
You have until Friday 10th May to notify Stuart Careless of any of the following:
Applications to join the league
Proposed rule changes
Propose agenda items
31 Mar 2019 Results - 31st March 2019 I must apologise to Rayne players who turned up to play despite Witham Reserves conceding.
Totally my fault having missed the message from Lewis Hart on Saturday evening. More...
23 Mar 2019 Another Concession..... Witham Reserves have conceded their game v Braintree Reserves which was due to take place at 13:30.
Both sides will still be honouring their umpiring cuties so thank you to both skippers for that.
High Easter will no longer need to officiate
Stuart is able to score all but the 17:30 fixture so Coggeshall will need to provide 3 officials
16 Mar 2019 Fixtures - 17th March **UPDATE**
Three Fields have now also conceded their game with Woodham Mortimer which leaves the 18:30 game between a Braintree and Witham without umpires. Again - if there are any willing volunteers out there...... ?? More...
24 Feb 2019 Results 24th Feb 2019 Apologies - the following milestones were reached on the 17th Feb but not published:
Steve Hale (Braintree) - 7000 runs
Robin Metsom (W Bergholt] - 4500 runs
Jack Sambrook (Witham) - 100 wickets
Andy Rose (Gosfield) - 200 games More...
16 Feb 2019 February 17th fixtures StuRt is able to score all games this weekend with the exception of the Coggeshall v Braintree College Reserves tie as he is playing
Boxted will need to provide 3 officials More...
15 Jan 2019 15.01.19 - FULL REVISED FIXTURES AND UMPIRING With the exception of 1 fixture that can’t be finalised until the cup semi finals are decided this should be the final schedule for the season!
Hopefully we’ll have no drama’s for the rest of the year and this will remain unchanged
Thanks all of you for your patience More...
11 Jan 2019 January 13th Fixtures Apologies for a mix up with tomorrow’s fixtures - my fault! All this shifting things around I’m starting to confuse myself! Fixtures for this weekend are unchanged
17.30 University of Essex v Boreham Ump Sampfords.
18.30 Sampfords v High Easter Ump Boreham
19.30 Rayne Reserves v Woodham Mortimer Reserves Ump Braintree Reserves
20.30 Rayne v Braintree Reserves Ump Rayne Reserves
Stuart is available to score all 4 games
Remaining fixtures will be posted a Saturday 14th
15 Dec 2018 LBV Concede......again! Little Bardfield Village have been in touch this evening and conceded their match against a Three Fields.
As a result Witham will not need to officiate the now vacant 17:30 slot but, as LBV were due to umpire the 16:30 game, we currently have no umpires or a scorer. At this late stage we will have to rely on volunteers on the day so if you fancy helping out please let me know (07711 797543)
Thanks - Dave
15 Dec 2018 SCORING - SUNDAY 16th DECEMBER Stuart is only able to score the final 2 games of the evening this week so the following teams will need to provide 3 officials please
12.30 Woodham Mortimer III
13.30 Colchester Cavaliers
14.30 Braintree Reserves
15.30 West Bergholt
16.30 Little Bardfield Village
9 Dec 2018 Fixtrure Changes Due to the Leisure Centre closing early on the 23rd and 30th December all fixtures have been rearranged.
I am waiting on confirmation of an additional date at the end of the season so will update the fixtures on Crickstatz as soon as I have it.
3 Dec 2018 Results so far.... Div 1 - Braintree 109 ao Woodham Mortimer 95-5 Three Fields 101 ao LBV 102-0
Div 2 - Witham Res 104-2 Braintree College 105-2 West Bergholt 135-3 Gosfield 138-2
Div 3 - Rayne Res 122 ao Woodham Mortimer Res 123-0 Boreham 153-3 High Easter 122-5
Div 4 - Boxted 149-4 Braintree College Reserves 150-5 Colchester Cavaliers 94 ao Woodham Mortimer III’s 97-1
1 Dec 2018 UMPIRING SCORING Stuart will be available to score from 14:30 this weekend so Boxted and Colchester Cavaliers will need to provide 3 officials.
May I remind everyone that Stuart volunteers his time to score as and when he can. We are all obligated to provide 3 officials for our umpiring and scoring stints and failure to do so when required will result in a 5 point deduction per official. Can I also please ask that EVERY TEAM completes a team sheet before play (there are a couple of teams who seem to think they are not required to - you know who you are) and also that you enter the full names of each player. No initials and no nicknames please.
26 Nov 2018 A SHORT WEEK SHORTENED FURTHER What was already a short week with just 4 games became shorter on Saturday when Little Bardfield Village conceded the repeat of last years cup final v Braintree.
In the days other Division 1 game Witham lost their third game in 4 as they were beaten by Three Fields. 25* from Charlie Prudance and 37* from Chris Rayner helped set Witham a challenging 144 to win but their innings never really got going as they limped to 111-1 and a 32 run defeat.
Coggeshall continued their unbeaten start to the season but were made to work harder for their points this time around following some wayward bowling as they sent down 68 extras. This coupled with 25* from Dan Smith and 27* from Noman Hussain left the Div 4 leaders with 141 to win. Cross and Goding got the reply off to a solid start but having both fallen short of retirement the experience of Will Blackwell and Barry Edwards saw them safely in the hutch as they steadied the ship. 2 wickets in 2 balls from Kannan put the cat amongst the pigeons as Coggeshall slipped to 122-4 but with plenty of overs left the 2 retirees returned to seal victory.
Finally, Braintree College Reserves got their season of an running with a 3 wicket win over Terling who set the College 146 to win with the runs spread amongst the side. Adam Wilding top scoring with 26*. Sahaf and Brooks got the reply of to a solid start as they both retired but 3 quick wickets saw them slip from 89-0 to 91-3 and Terling had eyes on victory. The opening pair had other idea ps though and both returned to register unbeaten half centuries to guide The College home with 4 balls to spare.
24 Nov 2018 LBV FORCED TO CONCEDE AGAIN Due to a lack of availability Little Bardfield Village have been unable to field a team for this weeks fixture v Braintree and have had to concede.
Stuart will be available to score all 3 remaining matches.
12 Nov 2018 WOODHAM MORTIMER CONTINUE TO SET THE PACE On the leagues 39th birthday Woodham Mortimer carried on their great start to the season with a narrow win over Little Bardfield Village who, mainly thanks to 31* from Ansell set the league leaders 117 for victory. At 71-3 after 6 overs It looked all too comfortable for Woodham but miserly overs from Graham, Slemmings and Daryl Hymas brought LBV right back into the match. Opener Cook then found himself all alone to score 15 from the final over and he achieved it with 2 balls to spare thanks to consecutive 6’s.
Defending Champions Braintree made their first appearance of the season and ran out comfortable winners over old foes Witham. Despite 33 from Ollie Cooke Witham never really got out of the blocks and posted a below par 102. Matt Hollingsworth the pick of the bowlers with 2-18 which included sharp return catch to dismiss Tom Jackson. Braintree’s opening pair of Dave Hale and Andy Sherry then both reached retirement before Jeremy and Matt Hollingsworth saw Braintree home for the loss of just 1 wicket
The days only Div 2 game saw Braintree College claim their first win in 3 games with victory over Rayne. 33 from Paul Brazier the highlight of the innings as Gamat claimed 3-18 in Rayne’s 118 all out. He then scored 39 not out as the College reached their target with and over to spare.
In Div 3 Woodham Mortimer's Reserves top the table after a fairly straight forward win over Boreham. 3-20 from Ollie Glasson and 2-17 from Jack Preston restricted Boreham to 94-5 which the league leaders chased down with 4 overs to spare thanks, in part, to Nigel Costin’s 26*
Sampfords remain unbeaten in 2nd place after a 2 wicket win over Rayne Reserves in a high scoring encounter. Paul Brazier (33*), Callum Lewis (29*) and Jake Manning (27*) guiding Rayne’s second string to a respectable 147-2 but 38* from Greg Banks and 35* from Joe Baker, along with 46 extra’s, saw Sampfords complete a final ball victory.
The final Div 3 game of the day saw High Easter cruise to a 6 wicket victory over 5 man University of Essex as they chased down 79 in just 4.1 overs! 30 not out from just 8 balls from Henry Brisland bringing the game to an abrupt end.
In Division 4 runs flowed for Coggeshall once again as they set the College Reserves a tough 169 to chase down. Rob Cross with 32 and Tom Pickles with 28 both reaching retirement. Jibran Sharaf then scored 41* for the College but they could only reach 87-4 in reply.
Colchester Cavaliers made their BDICL debut and got off to a winning start with a 32 run win over fellow new boys Boxted. The Cavaliers set Boxted 119 to chase thanks to retirements from Dan Smith, Prakash Kannan and Dan Young. Boxted never really got going with only Steve Crayston offering any resistance as 4 run outs saw them dismissed for 87.
10 Nov 2018 SCORING THIS WEEK Stu is able to score from 14:30 this week so Braintree and Woodham Mortimer need to supply 3 officials.
I’ve also been reliably informed that Stu is more of a Dr Pepper man than coffee!
2 Nov 2018 CAREER RECORDS UPDATED The individual career records have now been updated to include the 2017-18 season. Just click on this link to go direct to the main entry page. http://bdicl.org/Careermain.html
28 Oct 2018 SAMPFORDS WIN WITH ONLY 4 PLAYERS! Sampfords and High Easter served up an unlikely thriller this afternoon given that they only had 4 and 5 players respectively but credit must be given to both for ‘getting the game on’. Batting first Sampfords, thanks to 65* from Greg Banks and 60 from Jeremy Martin set an impressive 175-3 but High Easter must have been confident given there were just 2 out fielders to negotiate. However, Banks was just as sharp behind the stumps to capture 2 runs outs and a catch, and despite 58 from Connor Cheverall they were unable to chase down the imposing target giving Sampfords a victory many would have thought improbable.
In the days other Div 3 games Woodham Mortimer Reserves managed a 3 wkt win over the University of Essex chasing down 104 with an over to spare. Extras the main contributor to their innings with the Uni sending down 40 of them while Connor Warne top scored for the Uni with 42*. Rayne Reserves top the table after Callum Lewis (44*) and Richard Whiteside (25*) guided them to 146-3. Rob May then took 2-20 as Boreham limped to 108-4 in reply.
Braintree Reserves lead the way in Div 2 after a 22 run victory over the College. Jerry Hollingsworth and Dean Bass amongst the runs with 52 and 30 respectively as Braintree posted 139 and despite Raheel Mehboob’s 34 and 28 each from Ali and Gamat, The College fell short collapsing from 112-2 to 117 all out. Robbie Spalding taking 3-23. The game between Witham Reserves and West Bergholt is most notable for Matt Hart being dismissed for the first time since 1997 as he dragged a Robin Metson delivery onto his stumps for just 7. His team mates bailed him out though as son Lewis and Dan Atkinson both posted 25* to help them to 140-3. Tom Jackson then took 3-27 as West Bergholt fell 32 runs shy.
Just 2 games remained from Div 4 and Terling cruised to a 5 wkts win over Boxted. 4 run outs in the Boxted innings and 2 wickets for Tristan Wolfenden saw Boxted post an under par 101 which Terling chased down in 7.5 overs. Woodham Mortimer, as a club, have had a dream start to the season and their 3rd team made it 2 from 2 for them and 5 from 5 for the club with a 45 run win over Braintree College Reserves. Sam Older top scored with 27 not out as they posted 147-2 and Steve Collis then took 3-28 as the College Ressies managed 102-4.
28 Oct 2018 Woodham Mortimer set early pace
Having beaten Three Fields relatively comfortably in week 1 Woodham Mortimer May have expected a sterner challenge coming up Witham on Sunday but it turned out to be totally the opposite as they bowled a Witham out for just 68 in the 10th over and knocked them off without any casualties in the 7th over of their reply. Dan Smith in no mood to hang around with 29* from 15 balls to back up the 2 wickets apiece for Kevin Wright and Oli Glasson.
Division 2 kicked of with a similar result as Gosfield cruised to a 6 wicket win over Braintree College. 29 from Singh the only significan contribution to the Collegians total and with just 9 extras from Gosfield managed to post just 85. Gary Dicker and Justin Rose then reached 22 and 23 not out respectively but 39 extras helping Gosfield home in comfort.
Braintree Reserves became the second team to post 200+ in as many weeks as they posted 200-4 against West Bergholt. What’s more remarkable is that they did it with only 4 batsmen contributing! Louis Cant (68*), Matt Hollingsworth (40), Will Perkins (32*) and Robbie Spalding (20) scoring the runs whilst Jeremy Hollingsworth and Grace Poole recorded ducks. West Bergholt were always going to be up against it and their innings never really got going as they finished on 104-4
The 4th game of the day, between Three Fields and Braintree, was postponed due the late time changes and a fixture clash with the Chelmsford league and will be played later in the year.
I’d like to thank everyone for their patience over the first 2 weeks with concessions and double bookings it’s been a challenging start with lots of fixture and umpiring movement. However, we will see things start to settle from this week and we can get on with another successful BDICL season!
28 Oct 2018 SCORING THIS WEEK - 28th OCTOBER Stuart is available to score all 8 games this weekend. Please make sure you show him some love and maybe buy him a coffee! That’s a marathon scoring session. Thanks Stu.
20 Oct 2018 SCORING CHANGES FOR SUN 21st Stuart has just informed me that due to work issues he is unable to score the final 2 games of the day - Braintree College v Gosfield and West Bergholt v Braintree Res.
If West Bergholt and Gosfield are able to provide an 3rd official then great. However, if a scorer is not available then we will allow the square leg umpire to score on this occasion, no points deductions will be made for failing to provide an official.
20 Oct 2018 UPDATE FOR SUNDAY 21st OCTOBER Hopefully the worst of the disruption caused by the double bookings is now over and we can move on with a smooth season from now! Due to a fixture clash with the Riverside League the committee has agreed to postpone the Three Field v Braintree match until later in the season as the majority of the Three Fields players were involved in another game which had been arranged around the original fixture time.
Woodham Mortimer and Witham have kindly agreed to move their fixture to 18:30 which removes the vacant hour from the schedule and allows Braintree to fulfill the umpiring duties.
So, for clarity, the reduced schedule for tomorrow is as follows:
18:30 - Woodham Mortimer v Witham (Braintree)
19-30 - Braintree College v Gosfield (West Bergholt)
20:30 - West Bergholt v Braintree Reserves (Gosfield)
14 Oct 2018 COGGESHALL RETURN TO MAKE HISTORY Coggeshall returned to the BDICL in fine style with a 177 run win over debutants Boxted. A few mumbles over the suitability of Coggeshall for the division I’m told but in fairness only Rob Cross, with 51*, really scored big. 83 extras would suggest the strength of the batting was not the main cause of the big score. The days other Div 4 game saw Woodham Mortimer III’s chase down Terling’s 117-2 with an over to spare. Nick Goode scoring 40* for Woodham Mortimer. With LBV’s earlier concession just one Div 1 game completed the schedule and it was Woodham Mortimer’s 1st team that came out on top against a 5 man Three Fields Team. 34* from Mark Beames and 33 from Dan Smith helped WM to 153-4 with Neil Dakin taking all of the 4 wickets in the penultimate over of the innings. It was too much for the 5 men of Three Fields as they limped to 116-4 in reply with Charlie Prudence top scoring on 38 not out.
14 Oct 2018 IMPORTANT - CHANGES TO 21st OCT FIXTURES Due to a double booking at the BLC we have had to reduce next weeks fixtures. The new schedule for Sunday 21st October is as follows: (umpires in Brackets)
17:30 - Woodham Mortimer v Witham (Braintree)
18:30 - Braintree v Three Fields (Woodham Mortimer)
19:30 - Braintree Collecge v Gosfield (West Bergholt)
20:30 - West Bergholt v Braintree Reserves (Gosfield)
The Div 3 games have been moved to Jan 20th and the Div 2 game to March 24th
There has also been similar changes made to November 25th so please make sure you check if your fixtures have moved
14 Oct 2018 Sad News on Day 1 Today was supposed to a fairly easy induction into my new role, with only 4 fixtures on the opening day, buts it’s been a tough one to say the least! Firstly we had the concession of LBV followed by an email from the Leisure Centre around a double booking for next week (more to follow shortly in terms of the games that will be effected).
But most sadly I learned of the passing of one of the founding players of the BDICL, Mick Grayland.
Mick's teams Six Bells (founder members of League in 1979) and Orange Tree gave as much pleasure from the watching viewpoint as any team in the league, playing with an infectious passion, though not always reaping the rewards their endeavours deserved.
Our thoughts are with Mick’s son, Alan, and the rest of his family on this sad day.
14 Oct 2018 Good luck with the new season everyone
There is a strange feeling about today, a feeling I have not experienced since 1981. The opening of the 1981-82 season was the last one in which I was not involved. Today, 37 years on, the Braintree District Indoor Cricket League will start its 40th season, with the 39th anniversary coming in November, but now the League is under new guidance, and I really hope that Dave Hale, Stuart Careless, and, Peter Sadler, as well as those who had previously been involved, receive your 100% support, and make their lives as easy as it can be when running an organisation such as the League.
I also wish the two new clubs, Boxted and Colchester Cavaliers, a long and happy association with the League, and I am also pleased to see Coggeshall come back into the League, and West Bergholt conclude their merger with Earls Colne to return in their own name.