175 years of cricket in Earls Colne

CELEBRATING CRICKET: Joe Smith bats for Earls Colne during their match against Wine Trade XI during the club's anniversary cricket week
CELEBRATING CRICKET: Joe Smith bats for Earls Colne during their match against Wine Trade XI during the club's anniversary cricket week
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Earls Colne celebrated 175 years of cricket in the village with a series of events at their Green Farm Meadow home.

With more than 300 parents and children enjoying the family night — many of whom took part in Kwik Cricket games — the club looks set for a bright future.

Chairman Les Abbie was ‘very pleased’ with the cricket week.

He said: “The main purpose was to bring all the elements of the club together, to focus on our achievements as a club and to renew our commitment to the future of cricket at Earls Colne.”

Although the weather did interfere — causing the cancellation of a Twenty20 against a Legends XI — four games still took place.

The first was an under-13s encounter with local rivals Sudbury.

Earls Colne lost by 60 runs in front of a large crowd, with Taylor Nicholson (47no) top scoring.

The north Essex club hosted an all-day fixture versus a Wine Trade XI on Thursday, reaching a total of 170 with Will Dunn (59) and Pat Kerry (35) adding 93 runs for the fourth wicket.

The visitors made it home with two wickets in hand, just before the onset of the rain, with Ian Thomas (55) top scoring from number seven.

The club’s friendly side defeated Kelvedon on Saturday.

Batting first, they made 232, with half-centuries for Ben Mason, Harry Callaghan and chairman Abbie.

Kelvedon could not chase it down, being bowled out 55 runs short for 177.

Earls Colne sit mid-table in Piri Piri Division Three after a 62-run victory over Great Horkesley.