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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.

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!!

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

We’re 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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