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Lucy close to completing fundraising challenge

Tuesday, 30th June 2020

To show her support for ESCC during the unprecedented 2020 season, friend of the club Lucy Wilcox is close to completing a challenge to run 93.09 miles in June. Why this number, you ask?

A distance of 93.09 miles is equivalent to 22 yards (the length of a cricket pitch) for every run scored by Earl Stonham in 2019 (4887 runs) plus a mile for every year since the club reformed in 1988.

More information about the challenge and Lucy's story can be found on the JustGiving website:


The club would like to congratulate and thank Lucy, who's done an outstanding job raising awareness of Crohn's disease and supporting Earl Stonham Cricket Club.

It's still possible to make further donations via the above link, so please pass the link onto family and friends.

Cricket gradually up-and-running

Thursday, 21st May 2020

Since the Coronavirus worldwide pandemic, most competitive sport, including cricket, has had to pause for a while. Despite the 2020 cricket season being delayed, members of Earl Stonham CC have been keeping in touch via various social communication channels, taking part in quizzes, playing virtual cricket online against other local teams, and keeping the ground trim and proper.

Ground, April 2020

This Friday, club members are planning to take part in the first net session of the season, following Government safety guidelines. Below is an official message from Club Captain, Luke Edgar:


Following the Government's announcement and allowance from the ECB we can begin Net Practice on Friday evenings.

The sessions will be broken up into small groups and meet times staggered, social distancing will be observed at all times.

Every player will be designated a ball (which they will keep for future net sessions) and will use there own equipment, hand sanitiser and wash facilities will be made available.

If interested in joining one of these sessions please contact me on: 07794599402.

The net practice sessions will run every Friday from 16:00-18:30.


Hopefully the 'dimmer switch' for all activities will continue to brighten and we'll see cricket matches at some point later this summer.

2020 fixtures and pre-season net sessions

Monday, 3rd February 2020

This season's fixtures are now available on the club website.

Also, pre-season practice sessions start up again for five weeks from March 15th until April 12th at Ipswich School.

New members are always welcome to ESCC, so please get in touch if you'd like to get involved.

Trevor's final chairman's report

Sunday, 5th January 2020

Happy New Year from Earl Stonham Cricket Club! Below is Trevor Spall's final message as club chairman:


I think that it is fair to say that the 2019 season has been something of a mixed bag. Other people will comment further about the playing season just past.

The strength of any club is in the commitment of many people. A club is the sum of its members.

We have been well-served by many over the years and I am glad to say that this remains the case.

I would like to thank the captains for all the time, effort and commitment they have given again this season.

I know that everyone here understands that captaining a cricket side is a demanding task even when things are going well. So my particular thanks go to Stephen for his contribution as captain over the past three seasons and for staying strong even when things were not going anywhere near how he would have wished despite all his efforts. I understand why he felt that he should step aside for a while but I donít think anyone here doubts that at all times he tried all he knew to turn the teamís fortunes around and definitely should not shoulder all the responsibility for a disappointing outcome.

Luke will have enjoyed his captaincy more I am sure, with some notable victories in a competitive league, and I thank him on behalf of us all for the work he put in to organising and leading the side.

Thanks to Sam, too, for the support he has given to Luke.

Simonís work as secretary is carried out quietly but efficiently as ever. The condition of the ground speaks for itself in reflecting all his time and effort. I am sure that it gives us all a sense of pride when we see how good it all looks on match-days. We do appreciate it. Thanks to Luke, too, for his contribution to the groundwork and to Dan who is always willing to turn his hand to maintenance jobs around the pavilion.

David has controlled the finances of the club quietly and efficiently for the [past several years. Like a good referee the best treasurers are hardly noticed but make such a positive contribution.

Neil thoroughly deserved the Clubman of the Year award again. To those of us who know nothing about engines or the workings of machines, he is like a sorcerer performing the dark arts.

The Presidentís Game was an enjoyable occasion, this year marking Ď30 Years Oní. A good number of members past and present were at the game at some stage. I would like to thank all who played in the game, or helped in any way and Scott Martin for his contribution to the barbecue. It wasnít the only time that Scott did this. Thanks Scott (and Jess).

The bar has shown its value in terms both of the social opportunities it offers and the additional income to club funds.

The Dinner and Presentation Evening at the Stowupland Crown was a good occasion and the awards were given to a number of deserving recipients.

As you will know this has been my final year as Chairman of ESCC.

I believe that this is a special club, to be cherished, to be proud of and a club which has progressed hugely since that first meeting over thirty years ago.

It has been a privilege to serve as Chairman and I thank you all for your support.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman, ESCC - November 2019


Trevor was a class act as chairman and Earl Stonham Cricket Club would like to thank him for his amazing contributions. The club pavilion will forever be a lasting memory of one of the club's many achievements under Trevor's reign as Chairman.

Trevor remains a life time member and friend of the club, and we wish him a well deserved break!

Trevor Spall

Trevor pictured above as a player on tour in 1998 and in 2016 delivering a speech for the opening of the club's new pavilion.

David Eade steps forward as Club Chairman. David is already looking forward to cricket this coming season and the challenges and fun ahead. The club wishes David lots of success.

End of season captains' reports

Sunday, 3rd November 2019

1st XI

2019 was a disappointing year for the 1st XI, with only 3 wins achieved en route to finishing bottom of Division 5.

The side's bowling proved itself to be the bright spot of the season. The attack was admirably led throughout the season by the ever-improving Ant Stowe and Martin Stevens, and the additions during the season of Taylor Thorpe and Ollie Foster offered variety, youth and pace.

Unfortunately, the batting lineup struggled throughout the campaign. With inconsistent availability and seemingly constant poor form, runs were often hard to come by. As well as making games more difficult to win, low-scoring losses only achieve the lowest of point scores - further compounding the match result.

Individual performances of note include maiden Stonham half-centuries for Dan Snell (home vs Nowton) and Steve Stowe (in an away victory over Hadleigh), Stephen Lewis's career best figures (7-17 in a home victory over Maldon), and Ant Stowe's maiden Stonham 5-fer (7-38 away to Easton).

Despite finishing bottom, Stonham will remain in Division 5 next season because of league restructuring. Next year it would be great to see as many existing and new members as possible at the pre-season nets, to help us prepare for another testing season of cricket.

Stephen Lewis, 1st XI (Saturday) Captain

2nd XI

2019 2nd XI

With back to back promotions, Earl Stonham Sunday XI now found itself in Division 2 of the Hunts County Bats League; not knowing quite what to expect we began the campaign with an away game at Bury St Edmunds, a fixture we won. After five games we had recorded 3 wins and 2 losses, beginning to sense the quality of the league.

Across the campaign we had some brilliant individual performances and team efforts, Jake Dyeís match winning century against Brettenham and Sam Fenningís brilliant 141* at Long Melford stand out, not forgetting Steve Stoweís ruthless hitting which led us to victories over Nowton and Bardwell.

The bowling has also been key to our success this season with Ant Stowe really stepping up and showing maturity with the ball. Reliable as ever Jordan Dye was there to support along with stalwarts Paul Storer, Colin Macrow and Stephen Lewis. It was great to have Taylor Thorpe back in the side who always gives us a threat with his pace bowling and the occasional spell of spin!

Our fielding went up a level too, this was typified by Tommy Edgar behind the stumps who really shined with the gloves this season. His reliability makes my life as captain a lot easier, so I thank him for that.

Earl Stonham Sunday XI finished a strong maiden season in Division 2 with a win away at table toppers Bardwell. A great team effort by all which epitomised the whole ethos of the season. Overall finishing 4th in the league, winning 7 and losing 7.

My thanks to everybody who played and supported us this season. But special thanks to Mandy, Clare and Polly who help with all the off-pitch preparation. From helping with Cricket teas to washing up and tidying, your help is much appreciated.

Looking forward to the 2020 season with optimism.

Luke Edgar, 2nd XI (Sunday) Captain.

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President's Game

Thursday, 25th August 2019

2019 Pres v Chair 1

On Sunday August 25th the annual President's Game, dedicated to the memory of Gary Small, was played at Earl Stonham Cricket Club.

The weather was glorious, in stark contrast to last year's wet event, and two sides played a good-humoured 'Double 15-over' game which was enjoyed more by some than others. The latter group includes some whose playing days are mostly behind them but who played their part willingly in the afternoon's entertainment.

This event is sponsored by the Porch family who were represented at different times of the day by Jane, Sharon, David and Daniella, and on the field by Ollie, though, sadly, our President, Tony, was unable to be with us due to continuing ill-health.

2019 Pres v Chair 3

This year it is 30 years since the re-formed Earl Stonham Cricket Club played its first fixtures after the departure of Stowmarket CC to Chiltern Fields. They had used the Earl Stonham ground as their home for many years.

To mark the '30 Years On', invitations were sent out to ex-members for whom we had some means of contact and it was good to see Graham Bosher, Tom Bosher, 'Deanie' Dix, Billy Dix, Dave Foster, John Player, David Wicks, Roger Double, Jeff Lewis, Mike Stickland, Duncan Turner and Stuart Turner there, the last five of whom played in the game.

Pride of place in the attendance stakes goes to Howard Newton who is now resident in the Dordogne but risked all with Ryanair to come across and join us for the afternoon, accompanied by another past member, Peter Wilkinson, and his wife Kay. Top effort Howard!

Among the past members from furthest back, Colin Edgar takes the honours having played for ESCC, in its previous incarnation, during the 1950s. John Player was also at the meeting in late 1988 when the decision was made to re-form the club.

2019 Pres v Chair 2

On warm days like Sunday the club bar proves its value and we had record takings which kept the Treasurer very happy!

With a good group of spectators, several of them members of the Player family, watching from the relative cool of the shade under the trees around the boundary, and the ground itself in tip-top condition, the scene was wonderfully timeless - a village cricket ground in festive mood with all ages from the very young to those of more senior years enjoying the occasion.

The loudest applause of the afternoon however was for England's unlikely victory at Headingley which added further to the feel-good factor of the occasion!

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman, ESCC

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Steve Stowe half century

Friday, 5th July 2019

Steve Stowe

Last weekend Steve Stowe (right) scored his maiden half century for Stonham, ending up unbeaten on 62 not out against Hadleigh II. Stonham's top four batsmen each scored over 30 runs helping Stonham total 228 for just four wickets. Hadleigh fought hard with the bat, but were always slightly behind the run rate. Part of the reason for this was because Stonham kept taking wickets. Another great performance and rare feat was achieved by Luke Edgar, who managed to rack-up five catches - perhaps a Stonham record for a non-wicket keeper?

The season is now in full flow with lots of cricket to play in ideal weather conditions. The 1st XI have climbed out of the relegation zone and are looking forward to this Saturday's home match against Battisford. The Sunday side are ticking along nicely and sit in fourth place in division 2 of the Hunts County Bats League.

Captain's early season report

Monday, 27th May 2019

Earl Stonham's Saturday XI have registered their first win of the season, beating Ipswich 2s by 14 runs at Clay Hall. Full scorecard.

Ipswich II v ESCC

Ipswich's decision to bowl looked sound when Martin Stevens was caught behind in the third over for no score, and a tight opening spell from J Howe and skipper I Knight left Stonham at 12-1 from 10 overs. With a minimum target of 200 being sought the batsmen fought back, reaching 60-1 at drinks (22 overs) and then 91-2 when Colin Macrow was narrowly run out by a direct hit for 32 in the 28th over. Scott Eade then joined Stephen Lewis at the crease, and the runs continued to flow thanks to a combination of positive running and well-timed boundaries. When Lewis was eventually dismissed in the 37th over for 86 (including 12 fours), he and Eade had shared a 67 run partnership in little over 9 overs. The onslaught continued as Luke Edgar played freely for an unbeaten 30, whilst Eade also remained unbeaten at the close on 43 - their partnership totalling 61.

Stonham began brightly with the ball, looking to restrict the run rate and build scoreboard pressure rather than push aggressively for early wickets. Opening bowlers Ant Stowe and Martin Stevens both played their part in confining Ipswich to just 35 runs in the first 13 overs, and it was Stevens who bore first reward for the effort when he dismissed S Smith, caught and bowled for 22 in the 14th over. With runs on the board and the run rate rising, Stonham elected to defend the boundaries and dare the Ipswich batsmen to beat their fielders in the deep. Stephen Lewis snared three victims (including the dangerous S Bumphrey) to mishit shots and a fourth to an awkward defensive effort, with all four wickets falling to catches (two for Ant Stowe, one each for Scott Eade and Steve 'Jonty' Stowe). Paul Storer's figures of 0-49 from 9 overs reflected Stonham's willingness to allow singles whilst protecting the boundary, and that passage of play meant that by the time the opening bowlers returned to the attack Ipswich required 60 from the last 7 overs. Stowe and Stevens were both superb at the death - Stevens's three overs going for a miserly fourteen and Stowe's final six full overs costing just thirty. Each added wickets to their own tally along the way to finish with two apiece, whilst two run outs (including a direct hit from the boundary from Steve Stowe) in the final five overs saw Ipswich dismissed with one ball to spare.

Stonham will look to take this momentum into this weekend's home game against Nowton who narrowly missed out on promotion last season.

Whilst the Saturday team had to wait five games for their first victory of the season, Stonham's Sunday side have enjoyed a much stronger start to the new campaign. After 'winning' the first fixture of the season by concession, Stonham comfortably chased 91 at Bury 2s and then were in full control when restricting Cavendish to 152ao during their chase of Stonham's 220-5 first innings target. Noteworthy performances from these games include Sam Fenning and Scott Eade's unbeaten knocks against Bury and Jordi Dye's opening spell from the same game, Ant Stowe's bowling as he led the attack in both encounters, and Luke Edgar's unbeaten half-century versus Cavendish.

Stonham's summer practice/net sessions have now begun, and (weather permitting) will run every Friday from 5.30pm onwards. For those less athletically inclined, we expect that drinks will be available from the bar at this time. We look forward to seeing you there.

Stephen Lewis, 1st XI Captain, ESCC

Chairman's Update

Wednesday, 23rd January 2019

Happy New Year!

This season will be the thirtieth since ESCC reformed in late 1988 when Stowmarket CC, having used Stonham Playing Field as their home ground for a number of years, moved back into the town.

Much has changed since those early days of friendly fixtures and fun and games in the Shepherd and Dog after matches. The club has moved on, as it had to in order to survive, and much has been achieved since the first game in 1989.

We are planning to mark this milestone with a celebration on Presidentís Day which, as usual, will be on the Sunday of the last Bank Holiday of the Summer. This year it will be on August 25th.

If you have any photographs or other items of interest referring to any stage of the clubís history we would love to see them and maybe display them in the pavilion on Presidentís Day.

We would also be very pleased to see past club members at the ground on that day. Perhaps you know someone who was involved when the meeting was held to re-form ESCC or who has played for the club at some time in those thirty seasons. If so, please make them aware of that date and invite them on our behalf to come to Presidentís Day. They might even like to play in the game!

This season Division 5 of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship has a very local feel with a number of clubs from the Stowmarket area involved, including ESCC, Stowupland, Battisford and Needham Market. Hadleigh and Nowton also have sides in the same division so we shall have to do fewer miles this season travelling to the away fixtures.

Our Sunday side, having been promoted again, will be playing in the Hunts County Bats Suffolk Cricket League Division 2. It may prove quite a challenge but it is one the team are looking forward to.

As ever we would love to find new players and will guarantee a warm welcome to anyone who is interested in playing cricket at Earl Stonham.

We have practice sessions booked at the Ipswich Schoolís indoor net facility on Sundays March 10th to April 14th from 4pm-5.30pm. If any new member would like to come to the nets please contact any of the numbers listed on this site for further details, or to organise a lift.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman, ESCC

2018 Team Photos

Saturday, 17th November 2018

2018 1st XI Team

The 2018 Team Photos are now available from the photos page of the ESCC website.

1st XI Captain's end of season report

Saturday, 22nd September 2018

Earl Stonham's 1st XI finished the season strongly, securing two victories in the closing two weeks of the year - successfully and confidently chasing 164 (for the loss of two wickets) at St Osyth and 206 (for the loss of three wickets) at Needham Market. These two results saw Stonham finish in 8th place of Division Five of the Two Counties - a commendable result for everyone involved in the team this season. My personal thanks go to all of the players who made themselves available this season. Across the twenty games only twenty players were needed, with eleven players playing over half the games. Having a strong core of players makes the difficult task of finding a team easier, and Stonham were able to field a full XI in every game - something that can't be said for all the teams in our division (or, indeed, several teams from higher leagues).

Looking ahead to 2019, the makeup of Division Five will have something of a "Suffolk Premier League" feel about it. Stonham will once again face local foes Stowupland, Needham Market and Nowton, whilst old opponents Easton and Battisford bring the total number of ex-SPL members in our division to six. Luckily, only three trips to Essex await next season with the division primarily containing Suffolk-based sides.

Whilst enjoying a well-earned rest, remember that the ever-popular Dinner and Presentation Evening will once again be at the Stowupland Crown - this year on Saturday 17th November. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Stephen Lewis, 1st XI Captain

Club history update

Wednesday, 19th September 2018

The ESCC chairman, Trevor Spall, has written down his memories of the club's achievements over recent years in an article that can be found on the Club History page of this website. Scroll down the page to find the 'Competitive Cricket Era' section to read what Trevor has to say about Stonham's decision to enter league cricket, club captains, the new pavilion, statistics, tour matches and other cricket nostalgia.

Sunday side secure promotion

Saturday, 8th September 2018

End of season sunset at ESCC

Stonham's Sunday side, captained by Luke Edgar, achieved promotion to Division 2 of the Hunts County Bats League, despite losing their final game of the year. Last Sunday Stonham faced a Videc Vidcom side, who weren't having such a good season. The away side batted very well, especially considering their gloomy league position, and ended up scoring a grand total of 250 runs. None of Stonham's batsmen really got going, and eventually reality set in that victory was practically impossible. However, one of the reasons for Stonham's recent successes is their willingness to never give up and fight right until the end of each match. This was typified by a slightly unexpected and very pleasing maiden half century by 16 year old Ant Stowe (pictured), one of Stonham's promising youth players. The Stonham innings concluded with a tail-end partnership between Ant and Jordan Storer, another very promising youngster who batted solidly to help Ant keep the strike as much as possible to secure his 'fifty'. On the final ball of the innings and to the amusement of the crowd, Ant, who had accumulated 61 runs, played a classic forward defensive block, ensuring that Stonham were not all bowled out and that he remained not out at the end of the innings. Stonham finished on 175 for 9 wickets.

The Saturday side, captained by Stephen Lewis, have managed to secure their place in Division 5 of the Two Counties League for yet another season, after a rare and exciting tie against Stowupland. Towards the end of the match it looked almost certain that Stowupland were going to cruise to victory, but Stonham kept taking wickets and some tight bowling at the end saw Stowupland running a bye from the final ball to save the game.

There are just two games of cricket remaining for the ESCC 1st XI: today's game away at St Oysth and next weekend away against Needham Market.

Both team captains have done a remarkable job at organising the various cricket logistics during the 2018 season and have continued to promote a positive and happy atmosphere around the club, which has certainly contributed to the club's successes this year.

Seade is on fire!

Friday, 24th August 2018

Scott Eade (also known as Seade on the pitch) has been out for the majority of the season due to work commitments, but this month he's managed to fit in four games on the trot for both the Saturday and Sunday sides, and he's scoring very handsomely:

Stephen Lewis - 4th on Weekly Suffolk Bowling Honours

Also, last weekend Stephen Lewis managed to equal Paul Storer's six-fer against Harwich, leaving him in 4th place on the weekly Suffolk honours board.

This weekend the 1st team's fixture is on the bank holiday Monday rather than Saturday, at home against Witham, where Scott will be aiming to score a century to join the likes of Scott Martin and Sam Fenning, who have achieved this grand feat already this season.

There will be a net session this Saturday starting from around 11am at the ground for those who would like to get their eye in for the President's v Chairman's game on Sunday and the league match the next day.

Captain's Update

Tuesday, 14th August 2018

As the season hurries into its final month, Stonhamís 1st XI find ourselves in the bottom third of Division 5 despite consistent team availability and some quality individual performances. With the current promotion and relegation format of the East Anglian Premier League we likely wonít know until after our final game whether one or two teams will be relegated from Division 5, but securing the points necessary to remain only in our current league position would see us safe no matter what happens in the top tier.

Recent victories against Ipswich II and Kelvedon II have been well deserved, and the side will now look forward with fresh confidence to the upcoming schedule. With three home games and an away trip to Needham Market before seasonís close, only a maiden trip to St Osyth will see the team stray outside of mid-Suffolk in our quest to add further to the win column.

In amongst our final five fixtures of the season lies is the ever-popular Presidentís XI vs Chairmanís XI game, which again promises to be one of the highlights of the calendar. All are welcome to join us at the ground on the August Bank Holiday Sunday to enjoy the game, the laughs, the fantastic tea and our fully stocked bar.

Stephen Lewis, 1st XI Captain

ESCC Dinner Date

Saturday, 11th August 2018

This year's ESCC Dinner will be held on November 17th at The Crown in Stowupland. For just £25 per head, members and guests are treated to a three course meal whilst the club officials talk through the season's highlights and hand out a series of awards for the best performances.

Storer six-fer

Friday, 29th June 2018

Paul Storer

Last weekend the second team won in destructive fashion away against Thurston, bowling the home side out for just 55 runs. Paul Storer (pictured) took six wickets conceding only 30 runs, incredibly just 1 run short of his all time best figures of 6-29. Stonham's fielding was equally as impressive as the bowling. Tom Edgar (keeping wicket) and Stephen Lewis are now possible contenders for this season's Magic Moment Award, after taking some remarkable reaction catches. Jake Dye and Scott Martin wrapped-up victory, knocking off the runs by three o'clock in the afternoon!

The Saturday side lost at home against St Oysth. The away side won the toss and elected to bat on a fantastic batting track. Ant Stowe looked most likely to dispatch one of St Osyth's top order batsmen after finding the inside edge on three occasions. St Oysth's top order batsmen rode their luck and batted very impressively, leaving Stonham a very difficult task of scoring 304 runs to win. Stonham started well with Luke Edgar finding some form with the bat, but once he was dismissed the run chase soon became to steep a mountain to climb. Stonahm finished on 202-5.

Sunday team off the mark

Saturday, 10th June 2018

The Sunday side are off the mark with an away win against Hadleigh. A half century from Stephen Lewis steadied the ship. Colin Macrow, despite picking up a leg injury, managed to increase the strike rate with some heavy hitting. Then Steve Stowe continued the fluency with some big scoring sixes. The final few overs saw Jordan Dye blitz a series of fours and sixes leaving Stonham on 217. Hadliegh got off to an ok start to their innings, but some very tight bowling from Ant Stowe, Ravi Giryappa, Jordan Dye and later on from Chris Pope with some steady swing, made sure that the game was virtually won with a few overs remaining. If there was a man-of-the-match award, it would go to Jordan Dye (pictured below, scoring with 2nd XI Captain, Luke Edgar) for his all round performance, which included a brave belly block late on in the Hadleigh innings, preventing what would have been a certain four runs! The Sunday side's next game is away at Hartest on the 17th June.

Jordan and Luke Scoring

The Saturday side face Worlington again today, but this time at home, hoping to improve upon their performance from two weeks ago.

Fantastic Mr Fenners!

Thursday, 30th May 2018

Worlington v ESCC

Sam Fenning - 1st on Weekly Suffolk Batting Honours

Last Saturday Sam Fenning (pictured batting at Worlington) hit a remarkable 156 not out, leaving him currently in 5th position on the list of all time ESCC high scores for batting and at the top of last week's batting leaderboard. Stonham scored a massive 282 which helped them secure a solid victory over Kelvedon & Feering.

Unfortunately Stonham didn't manage to seal back-to-back victories in their Bank Holiday Monday fixture against Worlington. A series of dropped catches was the main cause; the old saying 'catches win matches' was certainly true that day. Despite not having any chances of winning the game, Martin Stevens and Ant Stowe batted bravely at the end to seal a couple of extra batting points.

This weekend Stonham's Sunday side are back in action, playing away at Hadleigh. The first team's Saturday fixture is away at Harwich & Dovercourt.

This Friday's net session will be a good opportunity for players to get into the cricket zone for the weekend's action!

First win for Stonham!

Saturday, 26th May 2018

Ant Stowe - 18th on Weekly Suffolk Bowling Honours

Last weekend Stonham's Saturday side managed to get back to winning ways by beating Hadleigh. Whilst the royal wedding was taking place, Farmer Harry (Wrinch) blasted Stonham off to a great start with a solid 52 runs, forming a partnership with Colin Macrow who held the innings together with an excellent 83. Ant Stowe was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets, which pushes him onto the 2018 Suffolk bowling leader board (right).

This weekend the 1st team have two matches, one at home against Kelvedon and Feering II and a bank holiday Monday fixture away at Worlington.

The Sunday side have so far been a little unlucky to not come away with a victory, just falling short of the required run-rate. This weekend they have a break, so it's a great chance for all members to get some batting practice in the Friday evening net sessions.

2018 fixture lists

Sunday, 1st April 2018

The 1st and 2nd XI team fixtures for the 2018 season have been published. The first team will face four sides that weren't playing in the Division 5 of the Two Counties League last season: Brightlingsea, Hadleigh, Worlington, St Oysth and local rivals Stowupland. St Osyth, named after a 7th century Saint and Princess, is supposedly the driest place in the country, although with the recent weather it's pretty hard to imagine playing on a bone dry cricket wicket anytime soon! The Sunday side face many different sides this year too after being promoted last season. Apart from the first and last fixtures of the season against Rougham, the first half of the season includes away matches only and all the home fixtures are scheduled in the second half of the season between July and September.

Also, the last chance to get some practice in before the start of the season is next Sunday's net session at Ipswich School.

First net session this Sunday cancelled

Friday, 2nd March 2018

Ipswich School is closed for the weekend due to the adverse "beast from the East" weather conditions. The next net session is now scheduled for Sunday the 11th of March.

Chairman's winter message

Tuesday, 20th February 2018

At the time of writing these notes it feels as if winter is never going to end and, as is often the case, the ground has soaked up so much water that there is little chance of doing the pre-season work any time soon.

Could this be the year to hold The Earl Stonham Mud Race?

There is plenty to look forward to this season with a number of local clubs in the same division of The Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship as our Saturday side and the Sunday XI now up into Division Three of the Hunts County Bats Suffolk Cricket League.

We have practice sessions booked at the Ipswich Schoolís indoor facility on Sundays March 4th to April 8th (excluding Easter Sunday), 4pm-5.30pm. If you would like to come to the nets please contact any of the numbers below for further details, or to organise a lift.

As ever we would love to find some to new players and will guarantee a warm welcome to anyone who is interested in playing cricket at Earl Stonham.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman, ESCC

Happy New Year & averages!

Monday, 1st January 2018

Last season's statistics are now viewable online and sortable by each field. Also, the all time batting and all time bowling statistics have been updated.

Simon Edgar Front Foot Drive

Congratulations to Simon Edgar (above), who scored a total of 251 runs for Stonham in 2017 which means that he's now scored over 10,000 runs playing for ESCC - a tremendous achievement!

Captain's end-of-season report

Friday, 13th October 2017

The end of the 2017 season is somehow upon us, and we can now sit back and reflect proudly on our achievements of the year.

The 1st XI experienced a miraculous relegation escape on the last day of the season, avoiding the drop from the Two Counties Division 5 by a solitary point despite failing to finish either of the last two games of the season due to poor weather. It wasn't until 10pm after the final match of 2017 that news of other results filtered through and Stonham's unlikely survival became apparent. Despite the last day surprise, staying in Division 5 is well deserved for the team who enjoyed the season despite the hardships it presented, and whose survival came in no small part thanks to the collection of a sizeable amount of valuable points in the side's losses. Congratulations go to Scott Martin for his maiden Stonham century (followed later in the season by his second), Luke Edgar for his devastating and match-winning maiden 1st XI century vs Yoxford, and again to Scott Martin for achieving his first ever 5-fer in cricket. It was also pleasing to see the debuts of several juniors - Ant Stowe and Steve Stowe were unexpected mainstays of the team throughout the year, whilst Andrew Whitehead showed flashes of brilliance in the handful of games he was able to play. We look forward to seeing their continuing development over the coming years.

Stephen Lewis, 1st XI Captain, ESCC

2017 2nd XI Team The 2nd XI faired better than the 1st XI, but after a blistering start to the season they hit a couple of hurdles and finished 3rd in Divison 4 of the Hunts League. The team still hope for promotion despite this finishing position, having played in many lop-sided victories throughout the year. Despite a superb season with the ball from Jordy Dye, the batsman invariably stole the show on Sundays. Jake Dye (three!), Sam Fenning and Luke Edgar all hit hundreds, with Jake and Sam enjoying their first ever triple-digit scores. They were joined by the lower-order hitting of Jordy in achieving stunning averages all comfortably over 50.

As ever, the President's vs Chairman's game was a huge success - our thanks go out to everyone involved in contributing to the day. Also a success was the pre-season fundraising Race Night - the proceeds of which went towards a fine kitchen in the new pavilion. 2018 promises to see Stonham becoming self-sufficient within the pavilion on match days, and this will be an exciting step for the club.

Both captains would like to thank those who played this season, and look forward to seeing many players and friends of the club at the Dinner and Presentation evening on October 14th at the Stowupland Crown.

Chairman's end-of-season notes

Saturday, 30th September 2017

Not for the first time for ESCC the season ended in nailbiting fashion with the last games deciding the relegation places in Division 5 of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Champiomnship.

We went into that final match needing to win to ensure that we would stay in Division 5. The weather added to the tension because there was a lot of rain in the preceding week and Simon went above and beyond the call of duty to get the game on. Our opponents were Eight Ash Green who were hoping to become champions of the division with a final-day win. Thanks to all the hard work the game was begun but there were regular interruptions because of rain and eventually, with puddles forming on the ground, it became unplayable and the game had to be called off. Our haul of nine points was fewer than we had hoped for and, giving us a total of 210 points for the season, was probably not enough to keep us in Division 5.

Many of the players went to the Crown to mull over the season and contemplate life in Division 6. Our only faint hope was that Great Bromley or Harwich, the teams immediately above us in the table, had had a nightmare afternoon. However, since they were playing each other, the likelihood was that they would each have gained enough points to be safe - if they had been rained off they would each have taken 6 points. The results did not appear on the website and all was very low-key until a text message arrived from David Eade, our treasurer, saying that Harwich had comprehensively beaten Great Bromley, who had only managed two bonus points from the match. This would mean that they had finished on 209 points!! Needless to say the mood changed immediately and the next few minutes were spent trying to confirm this information. Eventually the Two Counties' website posted the results and we had survived by one point.

Given the difficulties caused by our shortage of bowlers throughout the season it is to the credit of Stephen, the captain, and the players, who managed to ensure that, even in games which were lost, we managed to pick up bonus points by scoring good totals. It was this determination not to go down without a fight which, in the end, saved us.

The Sunday side, for the second year in a row, narrowly missed out on promotion, finishing third in Division 4 of the Hunts County Bats Suffolk Cricket League. Luke has led a happy group who have had some resounding wins and scored runs for fun in most games. Sam Fenning was another maiden centurion in the final game of the season.

The final acts of the season are the Dinner and Presentation Evening at the Stowupland Crown on October 14th, and the AGM, which will be held in November. Places are still available for the Dinner at £25 per head. The menu is viewable elsewhere on this site.

Finally I would like to thank the officers and captains of the club who have, as ever, worked very hard to get the games on and Ed for his work on this website.

To Simon, David, Stephen, Luke and Sam - you have done a terrific job again this year. Enjoy the winter break - roll on next spring!!

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman, ESCC

Dinner/Presentation Evening - 14th October

Saturday, 9th September 2017

The annual club Dinner/Presentation Evening is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th at The Crown in Stowupland. Please can members confirm how many places they would like to reserve by contacting either club captains or club secretary as soon as possible. A special three course menu for £25 per head can be found below:

ESCC Dinner/Presentation Evening Menu

With only a few remaining fixtures, Stonham's Saturday side are fighting for survial in a relegation battle with Harwich, Great Bromley and Needham Market. Stonham's Sunday side still have a slim chance of being promoted and hope to finish the season strongly with a win in their final match of the season away against Battisford.

There is also a meeting at at 8pm this Monday, 11th September, at the pavilion.

Saturday team finally victorious

Wednesday, 29th August 2017

Last weekend the Saturday side beat bottom of the table Yoxford in a extremely tense match. Yoxford scored a bumper total of 247 runs. Scott Martin was the pick of the Stonham bowling attack taking four wickets. Ollie Foster and Paul Storer also picked up a pair of wickets each. Stonham batted well and managed to stay in the game throughout their innings, although when they ended up requiring a very tricky 26 runs from 15 balls, the game seemed to be drifting away from them. However, with Luke Edgar and Ben Waters (not the boogie woogie piano player) still at the crease, any side should be concerned. In form Edgar didn't hang around and brought up his second century in six days by striking three successive sixes and pretty much single-handedly taking the game away from the home side, allowing Stonham to cruise to victory in the end.

Stephen Lewis walks after faint snick

The following day saw the annual President's XI versus Chairman's XI friendly match take place in memory of former Earl Stonham legend, Gary Small. It was good to see lots of club members, old and new, as well as friends and families enjoy the cricket fun day. The game is played as a T20 test match, which means that both sides have two innings and in the second innings the batting order is reversed, so everyone has a chance to have a go with the bat. Some rare video footage (above) from square leg umpire, David Eade, shows first team and Chairman's XI captain, Stephen Lewis, being caught behind by Paul Player off Jordan Storer's bowling. It's good to see the club captain playing the game in the right spirit!

Player Clock

It's now been a year since the official opening of the new pavillion and the 'Player Clock' (above) is now up-and-running. The next enhancement the club is working towards for its wonderful new facility is a new electronic scoreboard.

Cool hand Luke blasts Stonham to victory

Monday, 21st August 2017

Second team Captain, Luke Edgar, hit a quick fire century to help Stonham secure a convincing victory against Stowupland. Edgar ended his innings unbeaten, scoring 111 from only 62 balls - a strike rate of 179!

Luke Edgar Century

Sadly the first team's results have not improved, however, the team remains in high spirits and there is still a good chance that they can overtake Great Bromley District CC to retain their spot in Division 5 of the Two Counties league for a sixth year on the trot.

Chairman's mid-season message

Sunday, 9th July 2017

Weíre halfway through the season already.

As ever there have been ups and downs and the Saturday Two Counties side has been struggling to take enough wickets to close out matches despite posting some very respectable totals. A run of three wins in a row seemed to suggest that we were improving but recent defeats have left us in the lower half of the league table.

Is there a Jimmy Anderson or Stuart Broad out there to come to our assistance?

Meanwhile the Sunday XI is engaged in a struggle at the top of Division 4 of the Hunts Cricket league where four sides are separated by fractions of points. Sam Fenning and Jake Dye are currently in the top ten batsmen in the league and the skipper, Luke Edgar, is in the top five for fielding. There could be exciting times ahead.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman, ESCC

Thursday evening net sessions

Thursday, 22nd June 2017

Practice net sessions have been up and running for a few weeks. The sessions start at around 6pm every Thursday (weather permitting). Anyone willing to play adult cricket for Stonham is very welcome to come along and take part. The first few sessions have seen a good number of ESCC members and newcomers try their hands at batting and chance their arms at bowling. Mostly importantly these sessions are great fun and provide an excellent opportunity to get your eye in before the weekend's action.


Last weekend the Saturday team lose against a strong Kelvedon side. Despite the loss, there were some positives to take from the game into this weekend's match against Needham Market. The Sunday team won again handsomely. Batting-wise Stonham scored 204 with Simon Edgar (71) and Stephen Lewis (77 n.o.) scoring the bulk of the runs. Stonham bowled out Lavenham before they got too close for comfort to their total. The pick of the bowlers was teenager, Alex Crane, who bagged 4 wickets for only 21 runs.

Two home wins

Tuesday, 13th June 2017

Stonham's rich spell of winning form continued last weekend. The first team beat bottom of the table Yoxford and the second team defeated Milden, who were unbeaten last season. The Sunday side now lie in second place after leap-frogging Milden in Division 4 of the Hunts County Bats League.

Hunts County Bats League - Division 4 Table

Not only did both teams win, but they also both managed to chase down targets of more than 200 runs. Chasing 202, the Saturday side's Scott Eade scored 79 not out. Eade was assisted well by Luke Edgar (45) and Steve Stowe (20 n.o). The Sunday side had to chase 212 and ended up needing to score a potentially nervy 17 runs from the final 3 overs. Despite the tight finish, they managed the task fairly comfortably in the end.

Two away wins

Tuesday, 6th June 2017

For the first cricketing weekend of this season both the Saturday and Sunday sides were successful. The first team won at Nowton (below) and the second team won at Elvedon.

Nowton v ESCC

With back-to-back victories, the Saturday side have now lifted themselves out of the relegation zone. The Sunday side's win means that they are edging closer to the promotion places, currently occupied by Milden and Hadleigh Academy.

Captain's report

Tuesday, 30th May 2017

ESCC v Harwich scorecard

Stonham welcomed Harwich on Saturday, looking for their first win of the season. Despite a heavy morning shower (below) that left puddles on the square, the game started in sunshine at 1.30pm after having been reduced to 80 overs. Rain in May Stonham won the toss and batted, and in the 8th over found themselves at 36-2 having lost both Scott Martin (0) and Harry Wrinch (21). Stephen Lewis and Scott Eade consolidated, with Eade quickly into his stride and punishing the bad ball. When Lewis fell for 26, their partnership of 87 had potentially laid a fine foundation for the last fifteen overs whilst the innings still remained somewhat in the balance. Colin Macrow and Eade shared a fifty stand of their own before Eade departed for a impressive 78 in his first knock of the season. Macrow and Luke Edgar added 66 in the remaining 7 overs, with Edgar plundering an unbeaten 47 - twice clearing the village hall with massive blows. With the final score standing at a mighty 239-4 Macrow ended 32 not out, although the heft of his swing on the final ball of the innings was so severe that he subsequently found that he'd fractured his collarbone and expects to miss six weeks. Chasing six an over, Harwich were initially stiffled by the tight bowling of Jack Rumsby-Barnes and Paul Storer. Attempting to counter-attack, Harwich wickets began to tumble at a regular rate. Backed by a superb effort in the field, Rumsby-Barnes claimed three wickets, Scott Martin one, and Luke Edgar ran out the dangerous Abbas with a direct-hit from cover. Young Steve Stowe snared a fine catch on the boundary to remove Harwich's top scorer Carter (34), whilst Scott Eade and Jack Rumsby-Barnes both snatched catches of their own with diving efforts. With the scoring rate remaining on track and Harwich now an outside threat, Ant Stowe and Stephen Lewis notched the final five wickets in a seven over burst - Stowe with a bowled and caught behind (capping an excellent day behind the sticks for Simon Edgar, who also conceded no byes) and Lewis taking three wickets including two caught and bowled. In the end, a 107 run victory was fair reward for Stonham's strong performance in each of the three facets of the game. The team now look forward to a key visit to fellow strugglers Nowton next week, and hope to maintain their winning form.

Stephen Lewis, 1st XI Captain, ESCC

Fielding positions II

Monday, 29th May 2017

The Saturday team is off the mark after they comfortably defeated Harwich. Stonham scored 230 for just four wickets and then bowled Harwich out for 132, securing a valuable 20 points.

Next week the first eleven will travel to Nowton to face their first eleven, who currently sit mid-table. The Sunday side will travel to the Brecks to face Elvedon, who unfortunately for them, haven't yet won a game this season.

If you think that the basic fielding positions (see article below) are easy to remember, then try testing yourself against the more extensive listing below.

Fielding Positions Advanced

Fielding positions

Saturday, 27th May 2017

The season is well underway. The Saturday team, sitting second from bottom and still without a win, hope to get off the mark at home to Harwich.

The Sunday side have a weekend off and are currently sitting in third place in division 4 of the Hunts County Bats league.

Fielding positions can be tricky to remember. The 'simple' diagram below hopefully serves as a useful reference!

Fielding Positions

Junior cricket on Monday evenings

Saturday, 13th May 2017

The junior club night has begun already. Stephen Lewis, the club's player/coach, along with other adult members run two fun-packed sessions on Monday evening:

Junior Coaching

Stonham welcome youngsters of any ability to pop along for an hour. Many of the current adult side came through the ranks as Stonham juniors and the club looks forward to welcoming back boy and girl members as well seeing some fresh faces.

The sessions will run throughout the summer until the nights draw in.

Dye's flying high with back-to-back tons

Tuesday, 2nd May 2017

Jake Dye scored his second century in two weeks, helping the Sunday side beat Lakenheath II. The scoreline was very similar to the previous week's match. Sam Fenning was unbeaten again, this time making 77 not out. Bowling-wise, Jordan Dye took an impressive four wickets and Paul Storer returned to form bowling economically taking two wickets for 29 runs. Fenning also tidied things up by dismissing three of Lakenheath's middle and tail order batsmen. The second XI are now sitting at the top of division 4 of the Hunts County Bats league on maximum points with Hadleigh CC.

The Saturday side lost again, but still managed to collect seven points as a consolation against a strong Stowmarket side, due to a good effort all round. Stonham welcomed new member Ant Stowe, who like his twin brother Steve in the previous week's game, managed to take three wickets. Stonham currently sit fourth from bottom on 16 points.

Runs, runs and more runs!

Monday, 24th April 2017

The season is underway and the Stonham wicket has already seen almost 900 runs over two matches.

Scott Martin

On Saturday, Stonham narrowly lost another close match against Ipswich II. At tea time things looked good for the first team having scored 229. After losing the early wicket of Stephen Lewis, Scott Martin (right) and Harry Wrinch steadied the ship. Harry scored a devestatingly fast fifty, which included only one single. Harry was eventually caught at deep mid-wicket, but Scott continued his and Stonham's season with a bang by scoring a classy maiden century, racking up 121 runs in total. Ipswich lost an early wicket when opening bowler Kirsty Macrow accurately dismissed one of their experienced opening batsmen leg before wicket. After that dismissal, like Stohnam, Ipswich performed well and despite a brave effort in the field and a super three-fer from fourteen year old debutant, Steve Stowe, Ipswich ended up only requiring one run to win from the final over with two wickets remaining, which they managed fairly comfortably in the end, despite a brilliant catch at deep mid-off by Alex Crane.

The Sunday side made amends for Saturday's defeat by scoring an enormous 279 for only 1 wicket, and then bowling Battisford out for 150. Jake Dye, almost called off in the morning due to an injury concern, but luckily for Stonham and himself, he played scoring his maiden fifty and century, completing the innings unbeaten on 116 not out. Stephen Lewis also came very close to his second century, scoring a brilliant 93 runs, before making way to Sam Fenning, who efficiently notched up a quick fourty-plus. Jake's brother Jordan bowled very economically, rarely offering the Battisford batsmen a bad ball to attack. It was soon evident that Battisford were not going to be able to reach Stonham's huge total, which allowed captain, Luke Edgar, to mix things up at the end of the match by trying out a few new and old faces with the ball, including another debutant Chris Pope, who kept things nice and tight until the end, with Battisford ending up on 155-8.

Chairman's start of season message

Friday, 21st April 2017

The first matches are upon us and, for once in April, the ground at Earl Stonham is not soaking wet and unplayable.

A lot of hard work has been put into preparing the wicket and it is all looking good.

April ESCC wicket

With the new pavilion up and in use for its first full season the ground looks like a proper village cricket ground and we are hoping for some further good weather to see it at its best as the season progresses.

New members are always welcome. If you are looking for a club to join, call in on a match day and meet us.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman, ESCC

Earl Stonham flag spotted in Barbados

Sunday, 12th March 2017

The Earl Stonham CC flag is making its way across the globe. This time it has been spotted at the Kensington Oval in Barbabos.

ESCC in Barbados

With just over a month until the start of the 2017 season, Stonham begin the pre-season warm up from 4pm this afternoon with a two hour net session at Ipswich School.

Race night

Tuesday, 28th February 2017

Race Night 2017

Happy New Year from ESCC!

Saturday, 7th January 2017

This year is special since it will be the first cricket season where Stonham is able to make full use of their wonderful new Pavillion. With a very busy season ahead Stonham welcomes new members to join the club and participate in in the pre-season net sessions.

The 2017 fixture lists for Earl Stonham's Saturday and Sunday teams are now available. The Two Counties League Division 5 consists of 12 teams, including Stonham, from the counties of Suffolk and Essex. If the weather is good throughout the course of the season, Stonham's first team will play a total of 22 matches. Stonham's Sunday side is part of a smaller league consisting of 9 teams, all from Suffolk. The annual President's vs Chairman's friendly match is scheduled once again on the Sunday of the bank holiday weekend in August.

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