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Chris Pettit makes Divisional Team of the Year 2017

Thursday 5th October 2017

The Division Three side boasts four players from champions Galleywood, two from Springfield and Kelvedon, and one each from Abberton, Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds and West Bergholt. Charlie Prudence (Springfield), Ed King (Kelvedon), Dan McIntyre (Galleywood), Dan Wheeler (West Bergholt), Ben Rayner (Galleywood), Chris Pettit * (Abberton), Josh Felton + (Galleywood), Martin Southwell (Springfield), Clay Westwood (Galleywood), Will Wilton-Steer (Kelvedon), Zack Hicks (Galleywood), 12th Ben Jackson (Chappel & WC 2nd) Opening the innings for the Division Three side is Springfield’s Charlie Prudence who topped the divisional averages with 480 runs at an average of 80.00, his tally included two fifties and one century, the century being the highest of the season with an unbeaten 198 against Kelvedon in April. His opening partner is Kelvedon’s Ed King who scored 494 runs in the campaign, at 49.40, with two centuries and two fifties and a best of 138 not out against Harwich & Dovercourt. He also claimed eight wickets at 14.63. At number three is Galleywood’s Dan McIntyre who scored the most runs in the division with 547 runs at 68.38. His haul included four fifties with a best of 96. He also claimed 17 wickets at 13.82, and his all round ability was endorsed by taking seven catches in the outfield. At number four is West Bergholt’s only entry Dan Wheeler, who scored 376 runs at an average of 62.67, which included two centuries, and a best of 156 not out against Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds.. He also took 9 wickets at 16.56m and claimed six catches and a run out in the field. Ben Rayner is the second Galleywood man and occupies a middle order berth with 477 runs at 68.14, he scored five half centuries with a best of 84. He also provided a safe pair of hand with 12 catches in the outfield. At number six is Abberton all rounder Chris Pettit, who would also take on the role of captain of the Division Three side. Pettit scored 395 runs at 56.43 with three half centuries and a best of 93 not out against Chappel & Wakes Colne seconds. He also took 15 wickets at an average of 16.27, with an impressive best bowling performance of 6 for 1 against Harwich & Dovercourt. He was also effective in the field with 11 catches and 1 run out. Wicketkeeping duties for the Division Three side go to Galleywood’s Josh Felton who claimed the most dismissals in the division at the wicket with seven catches and two stumpings. He also added a useful middle order haul of 122 runs at 30.50. At number eight is Springfield stalwart Martin Southwell, who claimed 16 wickets at 12.63 with a strike rate of 19.50. He claimed a wicket in all but one of his seven bowling stints with a best of 4 for 14 against West Bergholt. At number nine is Galleywood’s Clay Westwood who topped the divisional bowling averages with 15 wickets at 12.13, and an economy rate of 2.70. He often claimed early wickets in an opening burst to set the opposition on the defensive. Kelvedon’s second man in the side is Will Wilton-Steer, who was the second leading wicket taker in the division with 18 wickets at 13.50, and a best of 5 for 24 against Cavaliers. The final Galleywood man is Clay Westwood’s fellow opening bowler Zack Hicks who claimed 17 wickets at 16.18, and had a particularly fruitful spell at the end of the season, including a best of 4 for 17 against Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nds. On twelfth man duties for the Division Three side is the leading wicket taker in the division Ben Jackson of Chappel and Wakes Colne seconds. He took 19 wickets with a best of 3 for 8 against Cavaliers. (Published on NECL Website)