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2017 pre-season net sessions

Friday, 18th November 2016

Following the Annual General Meeting the captains for next season will be:

We wish them both a successful season.

Pre-season net sessions will take place at Ipswich School on the following dates:


Chairman's end of season message

Sunday, 30th October 2016

Although there remains the Annual General Meeting to come on November 14th (details below) this year's action concluded on Saturday with the Annual Dinner and Presentation which was held at The Stowupland Crown.

It was a very enjoyable occasion, and, after an excellent meal - thanks Chris and staff - the presentations for the season's achievements were made. Among those presentations Stephen Lewis was named 1st XI Player of the year, Luke Edgar won the Sunday side's equivalent award, Scott Eade took the Magic Moment Award and Alex Crane was named Young Player of the Year. Scott's magic 'moment' in fact lasted for two days as he achieved a remarkable 'double' with centuries on both days that weekend. Not many players can say that they have done that!

This has been a significant year for the club with the 'Dream' - our own pavilion - finally being realised. The new facility has transformed the experience of playing cricket at Earl Stonham, not only for our teams, but for visitors, too. We are grateful for the continuing support of our vice-presidents, for the terrific construction job done by David and his team at Porch Builders and for the help received from Mid-Suffolk District Council, Councillor Matthew Hicks, The Earl Stonham Trust and Earl Stonham Parish Council.

The ground has continued to improve under Simon's meticulous stewardship and, as well as looking great on match days, has become a joy to bat on (and harder work and a test of skill for the bowlers!).

The Annual General Meeting will conclude the programme for the year and will take place on Monday, November 14th at the pavilion starting at 7.30 pm. New members would be more than welcome to join us for that meeting. For any further details about the club, talk to any member or look at our excellent website.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman, ESCC


Stonham's Sunday side up to third place

Monday, 5th September 2016

Pavilion Opening Ceremony

Stonham's Sunday team beat Worlington II to make it five wins in six games and are now sitting in third place in Division 4 of the the Hunts County Bats League. With only one wicket remaining and chasing a low total of 140 runs, Paul Storer and Simon Edgar saw Stonham safely home to victory. A win against fourth place Woolpit Academy next weekend should give Stonham a great chance to secure promotion.

Last weekend's opening ceremony for Stonham's new pavilion was extremely successful. It was great to see many familar faces come along to celebrate the result of a lot of hard work from various members, vice presidents, friends of the club, local councils and trusts. The official opening was carried out by the Porch family whose building company designed and built Stonham's beautiful new home.

On Saturday the first team's game was also against Worlington. The match was closely poised with Worlington scoring 94 runs for 4 wickets, chasing a target of 168 to win. However, steady rainfall resulted in the match being abandoned. Stonham were awarded 12 league points for the wickets and runs they accumulated, which should be enough to secure Division 5 status for next season.


The Big Day Approaches!

Friday, 19th August 2016

The annual President's XI vs Chairman's XI game will be played on Sunday, August 28th but this year that day is more significant than usual because at 12.30 pm, before the game begins, the official Opening Ceremony for the new pavilion will take place.

The ribbon will be cut by the club's President Tony Porch and his wife, Jane.

After the ceremony there will be a barbecue and then the game will commence at 2 pm.

Friends of the club, Vice-Presidents, ex-players, young players and those who have played a part in helping the club to build the new facility have been invited to join us for the Opening.

There are some ex-players for whom we have no contact details. If any of you see this message we would love to see you on the 28th.


Pavilion opens with a bang!

Monday, 25th July 2016

Last weekend's home matches against Bury St Edmunds CC III and Elvedon CC saw the opening of Earl Stonham's new cricket pavilion and a record breaking number of runs at the ground. Stonham won both matches convincingly on a magnificent batting wicket.

Finished ESCC Pavilion

Scott Eade and Luke Edgar were the (super)star performers together accumulating an enormous 368 runs over both matches and forming a 171 run partnership on Sunday! Eade (sometimes known as Seade on the field) became the second Stonham player to score back-to-back centuries (118 followed by 100 n.o.) over a weekend. Edgar was equally as impressive finishing the weekend with two unbeaten innings; a very handy 40 n.o on Saturday followed by an A B De Villiers style maiden century on Sunday (100 n.o.) in just 16 overs! Scott Hornsby was the pick of the bowlers over both matches, helping Stonham to victory on Saturday by notching up 4 wickets. Even the opposition seemed to enjoy the specticle; Elvedon CC tweeted: "Great game at @EarlStonhamCC some great batting performances by both teams. A pleasure to watch and score.".

This weekend Ipswich CC's 2nd XI travel to Stonham's . The Sunday side travel to Bardwell, aiming for a third win on the trot.


Mid-season message from the chairman

Friday, 24th June 2016

Things are really moving on with the new pavilion which is already looking great and we hope to have the keys shortly.

We have received the grant from Mid-Suffolk District Council towards the costs and we are grateful for their support. Earl Stonham Parish Council and The Earl Stonham Trust have also supported the project and we thank them, too.

We are planning to open the pavilion officially on the day of the Presidentís Game on Sunday, August 28th. We hope to have a lot of people at the ground for this event. Please join us if you can. Further details to follow.

On the field results have been mixed with some good wins and a few defeats for both Saturday and Sunday sides. Both teams currently sit in mid-table.

Harry Wrinch leads the honours list for the season with our first-ever Two Counties century and Charlie Tunstall has been among the wickets, although currently he is out of action following a back operation.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman


Senior net sessions on Thursday evenings

Wednesday, 8th June 2016

Practice sessions at the ground are underway. Every Thursday evening from 5:30pm until 8pm the senior players meet up to prepare and get their eyes in for the weekend of cricket. These sessions seem to be paying off since the Saturday side has just won back-to-back games against Eight Ash Green and Great Bromley. More information about senior net sessions and junior practice sessions (on Mondays) can be found on the Practice page.

Also, Stonham has just set up a new Twitter account: @EarlStonhamCC for pre, post and live match updates, club announcements and general cricket banter.

This weekend the Saturday side play away at Nacton and the Sunday side travel to Hadleigh to play against their junior academy.


Pavilion almost finished as first team are back on track!

Tuesday, 31st May 2016

The new pavilion has been erected and the completion date is estimated to be sometime in July.

ESCC Pavilion

Last weekend Stonham's Saturday side beat Eight Ash Green who travelled up from North Essex. Scott Martin, Harry Wrinch and Scott Eade got Stonham off to a good start after Eight Ash Green posted a decent total of 205 (all out), however, the star performer was the captain. Following a seven wicket haul against Harwich and Dovercourt the week before, Captain Charlie Tunstall continued his rich vein of form by taking 4 wickets and notching-up 65 runs, helping Stonham to victory.

ESCC v Eight Ash Green

There was no game for the Sunday side who continue their campaign in two weekend's time.


Stonham off to slow start as Wrinch, Fenning and Crane shine

Wednesday, 18th May 2016

The season is underway and both Stonham teams have started slowly but positively. After narrowly losing their first game of the season the Saturday side has conjured up one victory so far, defeating Bury St Edmunds III by a whopping amount of runs. Harry Wrinch and Sam Fenning (shown smashing a ball to leg side in the inset below) were the star performers scoring 127 (Wrinch) and 79 (Fenning) respectively.

Sam Fenning

The second team have played with good spirit and last Sunday they won handsomely against newly promoted Bardwell II. Sixteen year old Alex Crane, who recently stepped up to the senior cricket after coming through the Stonham junior acadamy, took an incredible six wickets! Stephen Lewis hit an unbeaten 52 to help Stonham finish the game off.

This weekend the Saturday side have an away trip to Harwich & Dovercourt and the Sunday side are away at Battisford & District CC.


2016 fixture lists available

Tuesday, 1st March 2016

The 1st and 2nd team fixtures are now available. The Saturday side will face new opposition in division 5 of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship in Eight Ash Green CC, located on the edge Colchester. The Sunday side will also face a new side in division 4 of the Hunts Country Bats League in Bardwell CC who are based close to Bury St Edmunds. The first game for the Saturday side is scheduled for Saturday 23rd April away to Maldon II and the second team begin proceedings away at Tuddenham CC.


A big step forward for Earl Stonham CC

Friday, 26th February 2016

At last we are going to be able to improve the facilities at the playing field at Earl Stonham.

We have the green light for building new changing rooms and so this long-awaited project can go ahead in the next few weeks.

ESCC Pavilion Drawing

We are particularly grateful to Mid-Suffolk District Council for their support for this project.

Watch this space for further news as the project takes shape.


Net sessions in March and April

Monday, 11th January 2016

Five two hour practice sessions for the senior team commence on Sunday 6th March at 4pm at Ipswich School.

New members are welcome to join!


Earl Stonham flag spotted in Capetown

Tuesday, 5th January 2016

Earl Stonham Cricket Club is backing England against South Africa in the record breaking test match at Newlands Cricket Ground where the famous landmarks of Table Mountain and Lion's Head overlook the cricket pitch.

ESCC in Capetown

Hopefully 2016 will see some records being broken at the Earl Stonham Playing Field this summer, although perhaps not quite as impressive as Pranav Dhanawade's latest achievement! Details on net sessions for the forthcoming season will be available soon.


Earl Stonham Cricket Club legend creates farming calendar

Thursday, 17th September 2015

One of Stonham's all time greatest batsmen and cricketers, Rob Wrinch, could end up winning the next Turner Prize with his wonderful charity calendar exhibiting a Del Boy style Reliant Rialto appearing in various farm scenes!

Combine versus Reliant Rialto

More information can be found on the BBC website.


Chairman's end of season message

Wednesday, 16th September 2015

Another season has come and gone and we can look back with some satisfaction at the way things have gone for both our sides.

The Saturday XI finished with a win over Nacton which meant that they had 9 wins and 12 defeats during the season with only one game lost to the weather - quite surprising given the sort of summer we've had. A respectable 8th place in Division 5 of the Marshall Hatchick two Counties Cricker Championship means that we keep our place in that Division for 2016. Well done Charlie, Luke and the players who have represented us in this competition, particularly those who have made themselves available for most of the fixtures and those who have helped us out at short notice on occasions.

The Sunday side finished their campaign with a defeat against Battisford but they finished in a very satisfactory mid-table position. They have acquitted themselves well under Luke's captaincy and it has been good to see one or two new players beginning to make contributions with bat and ball as well as the some of the stalwarts of the club continuing to enjoy Sunday cricket.

Thoughts are now turning to tidying up the loose ends of another summer. Firstly there is the autumn groundwork to be undertaken. Then there will be the Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening, to be held this year at Stowmarket Golf Club on October 10th (tickets now available at £25 per head). All friends of the club are very welcome at this function. And finally there will be the Annual General Meeting which will take place on Monday, November 9th at the Crown, Stowupland at which we hope to see all club members. We would also be delighted to welcome any new members at that meeting.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman


The season's drawing to a close

Monday, 7th September 2015

After a cracking win against top of the table side Walsham Le Willows, when Taylor Thorpe took seven wickets, the Saturday side (below) couldn't manage the same performance against Bury St Edmunds III. A win away against Nacton on Saturday 12th will seal Division 5 cricket again for the 1st XI next season.

ESCC 1st XI - 2015 season

Meanwhile after a fun President's XI v Chairman's XI friendly match, the second eleven (below) resumed action against bottom of the table Tendring Park. Another well-spirited game saw Stonham cruise to victory chasing 153, losing only two wickets. A win at the weekend in their last game of the season could even give the Sunday side a small chance of promotion!

ESCC 2nd XI - 2015 season


Solid batting sees off Braintree

Sunday, 23rd August 2015

The top order all chipped in with runs to help the Saturday side beat Braintree at the weekend. On Sunday the second eleven travelled to Long Melford. The gloomy weather forecast predicted rain for most of the afternoon, but fortunately it only fell during tea. However, despite fielding well with 10 players and Scott Eade scoring a gritty 82 runs, Stonham's bowling attack couldn't quite break through all of Long Melford's top batting order on a sticky wicket.

Taylor Thorpe

Long Melford fielded two over 70s, one of whom is due to play for England over 70s this winter in Australia! Well done to Taylor Thorpe (above) for dispatching his first England international!


Chairman's mid-August message

Monday, 19th August 2015

Pride of place in recent results goes to the Sunday XI who were the first side to beat Stowupland 2nd XI in about two years, led by an unbeaten half century from skipper Luke Edgar. A great result much enjoyed by all involved.

Colin Macrow (below) also put in a terrific performance the previous Sunday with the club's second century of the season at Woolpit. Maturing nicely, Colin!

Colin Macrow

The Saturday side are in need of a win after a difficult few weeks but it is in their own hands and we are confident that they will gain the points to keep their place in Division 5.

The President's Game will take place on Sunday 30th August with the Player family, fresh from a wedding on Saturday, again supporting the occasion. Vice-Presidents, young players, dads and some 'senior pros' will make up the teams for this traditional fixture played as a Double T20 game.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman


Macrow smashes 120

Saturday, 15th August 2015

After last Sunday's defeat against Worlington, the second team bounced back with flying colours scoring a very large total of 224 and beating Woolpit Academy. Colin Macrow continued his rich vein of form by backing up his 63 against Worlington with a century. He is the second player to make a century this season after Scott Eade made his maiden century against East Bergholt back in May.

The Saturday side struggled with only eight players against Maldon, but made a valiant effort to compete. Unfortunately, the batsmen couldn't muster-up enough runs to defend and Maldon efficiently chased down a total of 127.


ESCC teams lie in mid-table

Saturday, 8th August 2015

This weekend the Saturday side travel to Maldon, where England captain, Alastair Cook, learnt his trade. The Sunday side visit Woolpit to play against their academy side.

Last weekend the Saturday side defeated Stowmarket for the second time this season, and the Sunday side lost narrowly against Worlington. The second eleven fought with a die hard attitude. Paul Storer lead the way by taking his first 5 wicket haul of the season and Colin Macrow top-scored with 63, however with only ten players it was too difficult to chase down a total of 217.

League tables:


Close encounters 2

Thursday, 23rd July 2015

Last weekend Stonham's Saturday side lost another close match, this time against Great Bromley. At one point when the players were arriving to the ground a stretched limousine unexpectely pulled into the Earl Stonham village hall car park carrying just one Great Bromley player, even though there was probably just about enough room for their entire team!

Earl Stonham Village Hall Car Park

Captain Tunstall won the toss and elected to bat first. Despite a good start to the innings, the runs dried up and Stonham only managed to post 160 on a wicket and sunny day where 200 would have been a par score. Scott Martin scored a classy half century, but nobody else could match his performance with the bat. However, even though Stonham looked dead and buried at times, fantastic positivity in the field lead to a thrilling finale. One of key the reasons for the fight-back was an incredible one-handed catch by Stuart Macrow diving to his left like a frog; surely a top contender for the "Magic Moment" award! With only 2 wickets remaining Great Bromley managed to score the 3 runs required from the final over to secure victory. The game was fought in good spirit and hopefully next time Stonham will win the next close encounter!

This weekend sees the Sunday side back in action against Elmswell and the Saturday side travel to Kesgrave.


Close encounters

Wednesday, 1st July 2015

Both Stonham teams were part of two superb matches that went right down to the wire last weekend. The Saturday game saw Stonham trying to defend 188 against Nacton, losing out by just a single run on the final ball of the game! Once again Stonham opened solidly, but perhaps faltered a little in the middle order, before making a recovery at the tail-end. The bowling attack almost finished the job, but grittiness in Nacton's tail paid off in the end, winning the away team the match.

ESCC v Nacton

The Sunday side chased down 169 against Battisford II with just one ball remaining! Two wins on the trot mean that Stonham now lie fourth in Division 4 of the Hunts County Bats League.


Two high-scoring victories

Tuesday, 23rd June 2015

The Saturday side beat Bury St Edmunds III convincingly by 173 runs! The opening batsmen, Stephen Lewis and Charlie Tunstall, got Stonham off to a solid start, and the batting continued to produce runs throughout the innings. A partnership between Simon and Luke Edgar ended the innings nicely leaving Stonham on 223 for eight wickets. Taylor Thorpe and Scott Hornsby bowled extremely economically helping Charlie strike again, dispatching seven of Bury's batsmen. Also, after recently losing badly to local rivals Stowupland, the Sunday side bounced back by winning against Tendring Park by more than 100 runs.


Sun shining on Stonham

Saturday, 6th June 2015

A great weekend of cricket lies ahead at the Earl Stonham Playing Field this weekend. On Saturday, Braintree II are the visitors. The Saturday side are seeking to make amends for the two recents defeats against Maldon II and Elmstead II. Stonham's bowling attack is performing extremely well. Hopefully Taylor Thorpe, who recently took his first five wicket haul against Maldon II, can continue is fine form in the field. If the batsmen are able to add a few more runs to the board, Stonham should have a good chance of taking all 20 points. The Sunday side face local rivals Stowupland, which is always a fun encounter!


Charlie does it again!

Thursday, 21st May 2015

Last weekend Charlie Tunstall (below) took seven wickets to help Stonham defeat Stowmarket comfortably by eight wickets. Harry Wrinch (top scorer with 45 runs), Alex Scott-Ruddock and Stephen Lewis helped Stonham to a comfortable victory. The Sunday side were short of players against Worlington Academy, but put in a great effort, losing only by three wickets.

ESCC v Wivenhoe II

Despite only winning two out of five games, the Saturday side sit in the top half of the table just above Maldon CC, who they play in the only match this weekend at home.

Some photographs of the match against Wivenhoe II are available. Thanks again to our club photographer, John Sharman, for these great piccies!


Jug avoidance

Monday, 11th May 2015

Luke Edgar and Ian Turner both avoided having to buy a jug of beer each in an impressive performance by the Earl Stonham second XI against a resilient Elmswell side. Turner and (Luke) Edgar both scored 49 runs and Stonham finished on 202 for 4 wickets. Ed Player, who opened with Turner, and Simon Edgar also contributed towards the run total with 41 and 28 respectively. Elmswell chased down the target impressively, needing around 6 runs per over, but Stonham fielded very consistently, dropping no chances. The bowling attack of Taylor Thorpe, Paul Storer, Kirsty Macrow, Sean High and Luke Edgar all took wickets. After Macrow teased Elmswell's powerful opening batsmen into a drive that resulted in an inside-edge onto his own wicket, victory seemed more likely, but it was only until the dismissal of Elmswell's captain (the only player to actually score a half-century) when the game drifted away from the away team. Stonham wrapped the game up when Macrow, this time bowling up the hill, was hit in the air, but only to mid-on where cool Chris Allen dispatched the final threat.

Unfortunately the Saturday side lost their third game in a row following the victory against Harwich & Dovercourt at the beginning of the season. They hope to bounce back next weekend against local rivals Stowmarket.


Eade century gets Stonham's 2nd XI off to a flying start

Tuesday, 29th April 2015

On Sunday Scott Eade joined his father, David, in the exclusive "ESCC century club" by scoring exactly 100 not out against East Bergholt Academy. With only a few balls remaining the crowd were tense as Eade, batting with Ian Turner, made a diving lunge for the crease to secure the final run needed for his century. The four bowlers (Taylor Thorpe, Paul Storer, Sean High and Scott Martin) all took wickets and bowled very economically, eventually bowling a well spirited East Bergholt youth team out for under one hundred runs. The pick of the bunch was Scott Martin, taking a total of four wickets. A good day for Scotts! The Sunday side has a break on the up-and-coming bank holiday weekend, but the first team has matches on Saturday and Monday.


Earl Stonham defeat Harwich & Dovercourt by 9 Runs

Monday, 21st April 2015

Captain Charlie Tunstall took seven wickets to help bowl Harwich & Dovercourt out for 95 in a very low scoring game. Stephen Lewis and Tom Claydon got things off to a solid start, but other than the opening pair and Tunstall, nobody else managed to get their eye in. Despite the weak batting performance, Stonham lie top of the league on alphabetical order according to the Two Counties league tables! The full match scorecard is available on the Two Counties website.


Chairman's pre-season message

Monday, 30th March 2015

It hardly feels like cricket weather at the moment and yet our first fixture is less than three weeks away!

However there are some signs of Spring:

We are continuing to work on providing new changing facilities at the Playing Field and are tantalisingly close to being able to go ahead as planning permission has been received - more news soon on this project, I hope.

With teams in Division 5 of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship and Division 4 of the Hunts County Bats Suffolk Cricket League we have plenty of cricket to look forward to.

New members would be made most welcome.

Please use the contact numbers on this site if you would like to find out more about playing for this club.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman


2015 fixtures available

Sunday, 15th March 2015

The new season fixtures for both 1st and 2nd teams have been published.


Nets underway

Wednesday, 11th March 2015

The pre-season net sessions held at Bury St Edmunds CC are up-and-running. The next session is on Sunday 15th March in the evening.


Season's Greetings from all at ESCC

Monday, 15th December 2014

The season's activities ended with the Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening, held this year at the Stowmarket Golf Club. A well-attended occasion saw the regular, hard-earned playing awards handed out. The players' players of the season were Scott Gregory for the 1st XI and Taylor Thorpe for the Sunday side. The presentations concluded with a special award to Simon Edgar who has made an outstanding contribution to the club over the twenty-five seasons the club has completed since it re-formed in 1988. Thanks again, Simon.

The Annual General Meeting was held in November. The officers and captains for 2015 were elected with Charlie Tunstall back as captain of the 1st XI and Luke Edgar again in charge of the Sunday side. We wish them both every success.

Our thanks go to Jonny Hails who stepped down as 1st XI captain after doing a terrific job for the past two seasons.

Next season our sides will be playing in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, Division 5, on Saturdays and The Hunts County Bats Suffolk Cricket League, Division 4, on Sundays.

We would be delighted to hear from anyone, whether experienced players or keen beginners, who is interested in playing for one of the adult teams. There will be pre-season practices sessions in March and April at Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club's fantastic new facilities. Contact numbers are on this website.

We look forward to seeing our regular youngsters again next summer. If you are between eight - or even younger, as some of our regulars were this year! - and sixteen years old, boys or girls, and want to give cricket a try, come and join in on Monday evenings when we start in May. You can be sure of a warm welcome.

ESCC Junior Coaching

Again, contact numbers are on this website.

Youngsters can also watch the Village Notice Boards for the starting date.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman


Chairman's end of season message

Tuesday, 23rd September 2014

Another season has ended with both our sides achieving respectable league positions. The Saturday side never quite lived up to their flying start but, nonetheless, had some impressive victories. There were some good individual contributions but the wins often came from real team efforts with everyone contributing. The Sunday XI was safe before the last weekend of the season and several batsmen made good contributions during the last few weeks. The bowlers stuck to their task manfully and kept going even when wickets were hard to come by. Thanks to the captains of both sides for all their hard work again this year. Thanks also to Simon for all his time and work on the ground, and to Luke who has spent a considerable amount of time assisting him. The Presidents XI v Chairmanís XI Gary Small Memorial Match was, as ever, an enjoyable occasion. There was a good attendance and the game was won by the Presidentís XI. As usual several of the (John) Player family played, along with Vice-Presidents, younger club members and some 1st and 2nd XI players. There were a number of entertaining match-ups with dads, brothers and other relations on opposing sides. Now there remains the Autumn groundwork to complete, followed by the Dinner and the A.G.M. All members, Vice-Presidents, and friends of the club are welcome to attend the Annual Dinner and Presentation Night at Stowmarket Golf Club on October 18th. Details, and tickets, are available from Simon Edgar, David Eade and Trevor Spall.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman


Happy birthday Mary!

Monday, 15th September 2014

Matt Hunter from the East Anglian Daily Times recently wrote a lovely article about ESCC's number 1 fan, Mary Penistan, who recently celebrated her 98th birthday. Mary has now been a loyal supporter of village cricket since 1954!

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Catches win matches

Monday, 8nd September 2014

Earl Stonham's Sunday side travelled to Boxford and beat Edwardstone in a low scoring game where they succeeded in taking all six catches that came their way. Some economic bowling from Edwardstone made it difficult for Stonham's batsmen to score quickly. Edmund Player and Simon Edgar top-scored for Stonham. Edwardstone started well and the game looked as though it was slipping away until Stephen Lewis took a difficult caught and bowled opportunity, which triggered some hope of revival. Another Edwardstone batsman was tempted by a "loopy Lewis special", but failed to judge the flight of the ball properly, hitting it straight back to Lewis for a second caught and bowled. Taylor Thorpe then took an excellent catch at mid-on off Sean High's bowling. Lewis and Sean High continued to bowl a good line and length, slowing down the strike rate. Then it came down to opening bowlers Taylor Thorpe and Paul Storer to work their way through the tail-end, until High tore through a brave last wicket stand. The final game of the season is at home to Bury St Edmunds III on Sunday 14th September.

The Saturday side lost to Bury St Edmunds II. The fielding wasn't quite as consistently good as the Sunday side's, but the main reason for losing was because nobody quite managed to settle on a slightly foggy and dewy September day. Unfortunately after an excellent start to the season, the 1st XI couldn't manage promotion back to divison four, but did manage to easily secure their division 5 status for next season, finishing just below mid-table.


Chairman's message

Tuesday, 2nd September 2014

The final games of the season approach and the Saturday XI have secured their Division 5 place again for 2015 with a 50 run win against Harwich and Dovercourt. That win broke a run of defeats and we hope that the team will finish with another victory on Saturday against Bury III.

The Sunday side lost narrowly to Battisford despite 50s from Scott Eade and Sam Fenning. Chasing 192 the innings took time to gain momentum and left the lower order with too much to do. There are two Sunday games left and at least one win is required to maintain the Division 4 spot.

The annual Gary Small Memorial game, played between the President's XI and the Chairman's XI on August 24th was an enjoyable occasion with past and current members, Vice-Presidents and young players enjoying a 'Double 20/20 match', eventually won by the President's side. Adding to the fun were the family rivalries with fathers and sons, brothers, cousins, and uncles and nephews pitted against each other by some canny team selection. There were plenty of interested spectators including some of Gary's family, and many of the family of John Player, one-time chairman of the club, who support the event each year.

Thoughts are now turning to the Autumn groundwork, the Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening, to be held this year at Stowmarket Golf Club on October 18th (tickets now available at £25 per head) and The AGM which takes place on Monday, November 3rd.

Trevor Spall, Hon Chairman


Hadleigh Academy v ESCC II photographs now available

Friday, 9th August 2014

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Two losses and new photographs

Monday, 4th August 2014

Both teams lost at the weekend. The first team struggled with only 10 players. After a promising start, the second team crashed to 99 all out. However, both sides still fought hard and are looking forward to the weekend's action.

Photos from the Saturday side's last home game against Stowmarket are available. Click on the photo below to view more piccies.

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2nd XI beat East Bergholt Academy

Tuesday, 29th July 2014

On Sunday, the ESCC 2nd XI managed to chase a decent 206 scored by the away side, East Bergholt academy. Stonham fielded well but couldn't manage to bowl East Bergholt all out. Five wickets fell in total. Taylor Thorpe took two wickets, and the others went to Paul Storer, Stephen Lewis (caught and bowled), and Stuart Macrow, who carried on his good form from the previous weekend where he made his maiden half-century for ESCC. Despite the high score, Stonham started brilliantly with Stephen Lewis and Luke Edgar both scoring fifties before being dismissed, posting one of Stonham's best ever first wicket partnerships (Stephen, renound for his solid and steady run-scoring, managed to get to fifty before Luke!). Then Colin Macrow and Edmund Player formed a second partnership, which made the site of victory much less nerve-racking towards the final few overs. The partnership was ended when Macrow was caught. This led to a short flourish and quick running between the wicket from David Eade to help things tick along nicely, before Simon Edgar hit a nice shot through the covers for four runs, securing the win.

The 1st XI lost to Stowmarket on Saturday in a tough game, where luck wasn't on their side.

Some excellent teas were eaten over the weekend, which included home made cakes (scones with jam, fresh cream and strawberries on top, lemon drizzle cake), lovely ripe and juicy home-grown tomatoes, and the usual wide range of sandwiches. Many thanks go to Mrs Abbott, Luke Abbott, Mr and Mrs Edgar, and Luke Edgar for making and organising the wonderful spreads.


ESCC's old guard keep the promotion hunt alive

Thursday, 17th July 2014

The ESCC 1st XI beat Nacton in a tense and exciting match. Man-of-the-match, Scott Hornsby, scored an unbeaten 58, took three wickets and took one catch, helping Stonham to victory. After a shaky start with the bat, Jonny Hails (captain) started the recovery with an almighty whack straight back over the bowler's head for four. Simon Edgar then steadied the ship and formed an excellent parternship with Hornsby to help Stonham score a respectable total of 192. After a another shaky start, this time with the ball, Colin Macrow and Hornsby steadied the ship again and Nacton ended up about 20 runs behind in the run chase. Charlie Tunstall also took a couple of sublime catches in the field. The second team did not have a fixture but both teams have games at the weekend against Braintree II and Elmswell.


First team back on track

Monday, 23rd June 2014

A wonderful batting performance from the top order saw the Saturday side beat Bury St Edmunds III by 64 runs. Tom Wray, Trevor Scarlett and Colin Macrow all scored big half-centuries. Scott Gregory helped secure victory taking 6 wickets for 59 runs from 14.3 overs, including 4 maidens.

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Unfortunately the Sunday side only managed to score 134 at home to Elmswell. Despite Taylor Thorpe dispatching the opposition's number one batsmen for a diamond duck, Elmswell comfortably reached the small target and play closed just before 6pm.


First time both teams lose since first weekend of the season

Tuesday, 17th June 2014

The first team lost against Harwich & Dovercourt by 6 wickets and the second team lost against East Bergholt by 92 runs. Despite both teams losing at the weekend, the first team still stand strong in third position, and the second team lie in mid-table. Two wins at the weekend could see the Saturday side jumping back into second place and the Sunday side leap-frogging Edwardstone to enter the top half of the table.


Sunday XI bounce back

Monday, 9th June 2014

On a glorious sunny Sunday, the Earl Stonham 2nd XI bounced back from last week's defeat against Stowupland by beating Hadleigh Academy. Colin Macrow top-scored with 77 and Luke Edgar also scored a half century. Despite heavy rain in the morning, the Saturday side's game away at Haverhill went ahead. In a very low scoring game, the 1st XI was pipped to the post by Haverhill II, breaking their unbeaten run. One of the highlights from the game was Charlie Tunstall's five wicket haul for just 28 runs.


Five wins in a row for Saturday XI

Sunday, 1st June 2014

The Earl Stonham 1st XI are currently on a five game winning streak, after comfortably beating Elmstead Grasshoppers II. Once again, the bowling was tight, and Charlie Tunstall finished the game off with a quick-fire 27 from 10 balls.

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The second team lost to local rivals Stowupland in a well contested match. The home side posted 200-7 and then fielded well, restricting ESCC II to 150-6. Tom Wray, pictured in the background of the picture above, and who also plays for ESCC's saturday team, scored over 80 runs to help Stowupland secure victory.


Chairman's update

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

The season is well under way and what a difference a year makes. The 1st XI are sitting in second place in the Two Counties Cricket Championship, Division 5, with four wins and just one defeat. Good team performances have been the story behind this pleasing start, with contributions from everyone. The Sunday side also chalked up their first victory with a win against Sudbury 2nd XI: another good team effort. Coaching sessions are under way on Monday evenings under the supervision of our 'Top Coach' Stephen Lewis. Under-elevens come at 6 p.m. followed by the older group at 7. New youngsters are always welcome. The ground has looked splendid for our home games so we are indebted to our groundsman for all his efforts. We may be affected over the next week or two by the recent monsoon conditions, given that the ground, particularly the outfield, is very slow to dry because of its spongy nature. Let's hope the Summer arrives soon!

Trevor Spall, Hon Chairman


Not so perfect weather for cricket

Tuesday, 27th May 2014

In an exciting game against Witham II, which was reduced to 36 overs due to rain showers, the Earl Stonham first team made it four wins on the trott, scoring 208-8 with just 1 ball remaining, after the home side posted a respectable 202-7. Scott Martin top-scored with 54 runs, Charlie Tunstall and Scott Gregory both bagged a pair of wickets, and also Scott Eade did well in the field by running out two of Witham's batsmen. The full scoreboard is available from the Sportstatz website. The Sunday side did not play at the weekend and resume on 1st June against local rivals Stowupland.


Perfect weather for cricket

Monday, 19th May 2014

This weekend saw wins for both teams. The 1st XI were victorious over Kelvedon & Feering II. The bowlers gave little away and Tom Wray top scored with 53 not out, helping the side win comfortably by seven wickets.

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The 2nd XI also won, beating Sudbury II by 90 runs. Tap or click on the picture above to view some more photographs of the Sunday game. Thanks again to John Sharman for these excellent close-up shots.


1st XI win local derby

Monday, 12th May 2014

In a low scoring game, the Saturday XI defeated Stowmarket by 12 runs. Tom Jackson made just over a third of the total scoring 55 runs. The full scoreboard is available from the Sportstatz website.

Unfortunately the Sunday XI side's match was cancelled due to bad weather.


1st XI beat Braintree II

Monday, 5th May 2014

The Saturday XI defeated Braintree II by 125 runs, scoring a whopping 273-5!

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The Sunday XI were bowled all out for 148. Their opponents, Edwardstone, beat the total scoring 150-3.


Chairman's beginning of season update

Wednesday, 30th April 2014

It's remarkable that, after such a lot of rain during the winter, we have played a home game in mid-April. Even in more normal years we have not been able to play at Stonham in April before! Clearly the dry spell which followed the monsoon has helped but huge credit must go to Simon for all the work he has done, assisted by Luke, to get everything ready, bearing in mind how the ground holds the water like a sponge.

As usual there were many favourable comments about the appearance of the ground which, I hope, has helped to make all the hard work worthwhile.

Thanks are also due to Jonny and Rob, who used some very interesting and original techniques to repair the sightscreen which had been damaged in the high winds of the winter, and to the pre-season work party.

Unfortunately the first match was lost in the penultimate over - our 170-odd was probably 20 short - but we are looking forward to better results once the boys have shaken off the early-season cobwebs.

The Sunday XI's first fixture, at Bury St Edmunds, was also lost. The total which we set, over 240, seemed pretty good but we hadn't bargained with one of Bury's young guns who scored more than half that on his own leading Bury to the win with only a few balls to spare. Some of our batsmen got good scores, though, which we hope they will follow up in similar fashion in the weeks to come.

Now the season is under way we are looking forward to playing with the sun on our backs and getting some wins on the board.

Trevor Spall, Hon Chairman


2014 season photo gallery

Monday, 28th April 2014

Photographs of first match of the season against Mildenhall are available from the photos page of this website. Many thanks to John Sharman for the close-up photography.

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More photos to follow!


Willow scores first century of the season!

Tuesday, 2nd April 2014

Congratulations to Willow Taylor, who just recently became a "level 1 scorer" by passing an ECB exam with a perfect 100% score! More information about scoring and how to become a scorer can be found on the ECB website.


Practice sessions start today

Friday, 28th March 2014

Pre-season practice sessions are being held every Friday evening at Framlingham College for four weeks.


Chairman's start of season message

Saturday, 3rd March 2014

Anyone for bog-snorkelling? I only ask because it may well be, if the weather continues as it has for the past months, that we shall have to invent a new game - marsh cricket, maybe - given the current state of the playing field.

During the winter we have had a team playing in the Winter Indoor League at Culford School. The results have been mixed but it has enabled some of our players to get some useful out-of-season practice.

Our plan to put proper changing-rooms and showers at the ground is proving difficult. We were very disappointed that we had to turn down a grant of £20,000 from Viridor Credits, partly due to the fact that we were still well short of the required funds to go ahead with the original plan.

However we are working on a new idea and will be sharing details of that as soon as we have them sorted out, which should be very soon. Not for the first time I urge you to 'watch this space!'

In the meantime the fixture lists for both Saturday and Sunday sides are all in place, with the first Saturday match scheduled for Easter Saturday, April 19th.

The captains for the coming season are Jonny Hails, who did such a good job last season, for the 1st XI, and one of our young guns, Luke Edgar, for the Sunday side. We wish them every success.

The Monday evening coaching sessions will begin in May. All youngsters are welcome to attend. Further details in April from any club member, from this website and on the village noticeboards.

Trevor Spall, Hon Chairman


2014 2nd XI fixtures

Sunday, 19th January 2014

The ESCC second team plays in Division 4 of the Hunts County Bats League. The 2nd XI fixture list is now available from the Fixtures page of the ESCC website. New opponents for this year include local rivals Stowupland.


2014 1st XI fixtures

Saturday, 9th November 2013

The ESCC first team plays in the Two Counties Championship. The 1st XI fixture list is now available from the Fixtures page of the ESCC website. New opponents for this year include Kelvedon and Feering II, Braintree II and Stowmarket!


Chairman's end of season message

Tuesday, 1st October 2013

Now that the dust has settled on the season we have reasons to be cheerful at the recent results achieved by our teams. Having endured a series of close finishes and narrow defeats the Saturday Two Counties side finally lived up to their promise by stringing together a series of wins in the last few games of the season to edge up to third from bottom. This had looked an unlikely outcome as recently as the beginning of August and they are to be congratulated on some really good performances. Similarly the Sunday side, needing a win in their final game to avoid relegation, came up with the goods when it mattered and gained a decisive victory. Thanks to the captains and vice-captains for their sterling efforts and refusal to be discouraged when times were tough. Thanks also to Simon for all his time and work on the ground. The improvement in the wicket over recent years is, to a great extent, down to his efforts. The Presidents XI v Chairman's XI Gary Small Memorial Match was an enjoyable occasion, well-attended and narrowly won by the Chairman's side. Thanks to all who joined in, including some of our Vice-Presidents, some of the younger club members and one of the dads, 1st and 2nd XI players and a couple of ex-stars. Now everyone can take a deep breath, enjoy a break, and look forward to 2014 and the further challenges ahead. Finally, all members, Vice-Presidents, and friends of the club are welcome to attend the Annual Dinner and Presentation Night at The Cedars Hotel on November 2nd. Details, and tickets, are available from Simon Edgar, David Eade and Trevor Spall.

Trevor Spall, Hon Chairman


Dinner and presentation evening 2013

Tuesday, 1st October 2013

The annual dinner and awards evening will take place at 7:30pm on Saturday, November 2nd, at the Cedars Park Hotel in Stowmarket. Doors open at 6:30pm.


Bat Draw

Thursday, 12th September 2013

The 1-200 draw for the Viv Richards signed and framed bat will continue into 2014 as some tickets remain unsold. The winner will be contacted as soon as the draw is made.


Chairman's start of season message

Saturday, 2nd March 2013

It is hard to believe that the cricket season is only a very few weeks away with more freezing temperatures and snow showers forecast. Still, the 'boys' have been warming up for the new season by finishing a very creditable second in the Winter Indoor League played at Culford School on Sunday evenings during January and February. Nets begin shortly at Framlingham College and we hope that they will get the juices flowing ready for a good start to the new season. For details of the sessions please contact the club secretary, Simon Edgar. New members can be certain of a warm welcome. With new captains in place for both Saturday and Sunday sides Ė Jonny Hails and Scott Eade, respectively - we are looking forward to a successful new stage in the clubís development and we wish them well.

Trevor Spall, Hon. Chairman