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Empingham vs Sileby

Empingham CC began their GMCA Division 1 league season in style with a resilient 29 run victory over Sileby Town. In particular standout performances from the youngsters Jordan Haworth and Henry Stephenson gave the Exton Road Army much to be hopeful for in 2017

The newly appointed skipper Steve Williams lost his first toss of the season toss and Empingham were inserted at Exton Road. The Sileby opening bowlers of Harry and George Bates started well extracting some real pace and carry out of the surface. Empingham lost Henry Stephenson (4) early on but Tom Cooper and Mark Coburn saw off the new ball threat and began to counter attack. However when Cooper fell for 9 and Coburn was bowled for a well-made 31, Empingham were 60-3.

Young Howarth (40) played a gem of an innings in the middle order, showing some powerful shots down the ground and taking the attack to the Sileby bowlers. Both Rob Mckevitt (14) and Steve Williams (15) offered some brief cameos but were dismissed before kicking on. Once Howarth was dismissed short of a well-deserved half century it was left to the seventh wicket partnership of Freddie Turner (47) and Mark Stephenson (30) to put together the most substantial partnership of the day. The pair batted intelligently, picking off the bad balls and rotating the strike well. Some clean hitting at the end took Empingham to an impressive but probably par score of 221-8.

In response Empingham began well with Mark Stephenson 6-0-23 and Stew Naylor 8-2-23. Naylor was at his accurate and skilful best, bowling masterfully into the wind for a standout spell. Indeed he should have had a couple more but for a couple of dropped catches. Empingham's fielding performance was very sloppy and a combination of this and Sileby's powerful top order kept the game right in the balance. Turner (8-1-56) and Mckevitt (8-1-51) both bowled wholeheartedly and created chances but did not get their full rewards. However, Mckevitt did get the crucial breakthrough of the dangerous Connor Simon for 49.

It was the introduction of Henry Stephenson into the attack that tilted the game in Empingham's favour. The 16 year old bowling with impressive pace and discipline, in a coming of age spell that led Empingham to victory. His figures of 6-2-26 were vital as he picked up Harry Bates for 55 and the Sileby captain Ryan Dawson. Mark Coburn also bowled a crucial spell to close out the game as he nipped in to clear up the tail in a spell of 3.3-3-15.

A massive thank you must go to Mal Smith, whose hard work during the off season meant the ground looked in tip top condition. The wicket he produced also had the most pace Exton Road has seen for a fair while.

Empingham vs Frisby Sunday 7th May

Stephenson senior stars as Empingham make it two from two
A superb fielding display helped secure a second consecutive win for Empingham CC 
in Grantham and Melton Division 1. A standout all round display from Mark
Stephenson helped the Rutlanders to a convincing 139 run win away at Frisby. Empingham travelled with 10 men with Mark Coburn ruled out at short notice with a
knee injury. In his absence Charles Mckenzie was promoted to open the batting but
was removed by Frisby's Luke Whittaker for just 2. However Henry Stephenson (24)
and Tom Cooper (65) rebuilt expertly, as Stephenson demonstrated patience to lay a
solid foundation. Once he fell, Jordan Howarth (25) joined Cooper and continued his early season form
, hitting five boundaries in his eye catching innings. Cooper meanwhile was at his
box office best, bludgeoning the Frisby attack in typical fashion. His high quality
innings included eight boundaries and three maximums. Unfortunately, he was removed
just as he looked destined to post a mammoth total. These wickets prompted a fight back from the home side. Captain Steve Williams (6)
was bowled and although Matt Denny (15) and Rob Mckevitt (23) threatened to build
a partnership, they were both removed in quick succession. When young debutant Zak
Treweek was also removed, Empingham were 182 with just one wicket and 12 overs
remaining. However, the experienced duo of Mark Stephenson and Stew Naylor used all of their
tactical nous to bat out the remaining overs and secure maximum batting points.
Stephenson ended on 33* as he struck five boundaries, whilst Naylor ably supported
him to remain unbeaten on 10 at the close. A wonderful last wicket stand of 49, as
Empingham finished on 231-8. In the field, Empingham were magnificent. The Naylor/Stephenson combination
continued where it left off, as the pair bowled with their usual consistency.
Stephenson 5-2-9 was particularly metronomic and picked up the first two wickets
aided by an excellent catch in the slips from the skipper. Although removed from the attack, Stephenson remained in the action as he completed
his virtuoso all-round display with a stunning catch that gave Treweek his first
wicket for the club. Meanwhile Naylor (8-2-22) nearly grabbed the headlines in
his final over, as two consecutive wickets set up a hattrick ball but unfortunately
the ball just evaded the fielder at mid-off. Rob Mckevitt (3-2-15) and Matt Denny (1-1-0) picked up the final three wickets as
Frisby were 82 all out.


Empingham vs Syston 14  May 2014

Empingham collapse to disappointing defeat
Empingham fell to their first defeat of the 2017 season as they squandered a 
winning position away at Syston Town in a topsy-turvy encounter. The defeat owed
much to a middle order collapse, as they lost six wickets for just 31 runs. Syston opted to bat first and their opening partnership of Drake (54) and Taylor
(86) got them off to the ideal start. The batsmen began aggressively targeting the
usually miserly Stew Naylor and Will Thraves on his first appearance of the season.
Meanwhile Henry Stephenson (7-0-23) was able to restrict the scoring rate, as he
showed his skill with the new ball, bowling with excellent rhythm he was unlucky
not to pick up a breakthrough. At the halfway stage, it appeared Syston were on for a massive total but the
Rutlanders showed excellent spirit in the field to wrestle back momentum. The
comeback was led by Baz Sharp (8-2-38) and Rob Mckevitt (8-3-36). The duo bowled
with unerring accuracy and showed lots of experience to pick up the pivotal wickets
Once this combination had bowled out, they were replaced by Matt Denny and Arun
Ravendraan (Rav) on debut. The pair were equally impressive, as they wasted no time
in running through the Syston lower order. Rav (3-2-21) picking up his first wicket
s for the club, whilst Denny finished with the remarkable figures of (2.2-3-2).
After two games, his bowling statistics read: 4 wickets at an average of 0.75! It was a superb fightback by the visitors as following a century opening stand,
Syston were all out for 193. The scorecard made for interesting reading with five
ducks and only three batsmen making it into double figures! Empingham's response got off to a promising start until danger man Baz Sharp (15)
was bowled misjudging the length. This was then followed by two consecutive (and
somewhat contentious) LBW decisions with Rav and Stephenson the two aggrieved
batsmen. At 40-3, it was left to Rob Mckevitt and Tom Cooper to rebuild. The pair
did so with aplomb as they built a substantial 80 run partnership. Cooper was the main aggressor, showing his range of quality strokes as he hit eight
fours and four sixes in his innings of 74. However for the second week in a row he
was out caught before he could produce a match defining innings. Once he fell, the
floodgates opened, as a conveyor belt of Empingham's middle order proceeded to gift
their wickets away to the bowling of Howlett (4-20). Mckevitt (29) was one of the
six to fall, as Empingham went from 121-3 with 17 overs remaining to 152-9 after
33 overs. Jack Sharp (13 not out) did provide some comfort as he took Empingham to an extra
batting point but he was left stranded as they finished on 166 all out, some 27
runs short of their target.

Empingham vs Barkby 

Empingham bounce back with comprehensive win

A superb team performance, gave Empingham a thumping 203 run win, as they returned 
to winning ways at home to Barkby. Batting first, Baz Sharp & Henry Stephenson began well, putting on 41 for the first
wicket before Sharp was removed for 21. Rob Mckevitt soon followed & it was left to
the youth of Stephenson & Howarth to lay the foundations of the Empingham innings. Howarth (24) did so with characteristic flair, dealing mostly in boundaries during
his bright and breezy cameo. Meanwhile Stephenson (29) demonstrated his maturity in
occupying the crease and building important partnerships. However once they and the
eye catching Denny (19) fell, Empingham were precariously positioned on 111-5. The next partnership however was to be the most substantial of the match. As
skipper Steve Williams (76) & Mark Stephenson (37) combined to take Empingham
towards 200. Williams was the major contributor, as he pulverised the Barkby attack
in a dazzling innings that included six maximums! Once this pair departed, the lower order duo of Zak Treweek (35*) and Stew Naylor
(31) put together an equally impressive 48 run partnership in extra quick time. The
clean hitting pair hit five sixes between them , as they took the Rutlanders to a
mammoth 287-9 off 40 overs. In the field, Empingham were equally impressive. The new ball duo of Mark
Stephenson (5-2-18) & Stew Naylor (8-3-19)once again showed their class, as they
rattled through the Barkby top order. The pair who have been Empingham's standout
players so far this season, yet again setting the tone & recording excellent
figures. This was followed up by a superb spell of bowling from Treweek. He bowled with
metronomic precision and good pace, in a miserly spell of 7-2-7. His all round
display was enough to secure him the man of the match award (amongst tough
competition!) As the game concluded, the workload was shared with each bowler performing well.
Will Thraves picked up his first wicket of the season (3-1-10), whilst Matt Denny
(4-1-19), Martin Simmons (4-0-5) and Henry Stephenson (1.3-1-2) all stuck to the
task well, as Barkby were all out for 83, some 203 runs adrift of the target. Afterwards, the top scoring skipper said: "It was a superb performance with
everyone contributing! To post such a big total was very pleasing and Zak & Stew's
partnership at the end was the icing on the cake! Zak also deserves special mention
for his impressive bowling display!"
Empingham vs Stamford

Empingham grind out victory over neighbours 

Empingham made it four from five, as they battled to a two wicket victory in a low 
scoring affair away at Stamford. Bowling first, Empingham began well with talisman Stew Naylor leading the attack.
His metronomic 8-2-15 set Empingham off to the perfect start. Ably supported by
Mark Stephenson 6-0-15 and some neat fielding which secured an early run out, the
Rutlanders had Stamford in early trouble at 30-3. However Stamford's Graham Peck (53) rebuilt excellently as he took the attack to
Empingham's first change bowlers in a crucial innings that ended up being the
highest contribution in the game. Nonetheless Zak Treweek once again impressed,
restricting the rate in his 6 overs, as he returned excellent figures of 1-14. Rob Mckevitt was introduced in the second half of the innings and his tight spell
of 8-2-30 allowed Empingham to keep a lid on the Stamford innings. Some late
hitting from Morley (34) pushed them past 150 but Matt Denny (4-3-27) rattled
through the lower order as Stamford were all out in the 38th over. It was to be a tricky chase in bowler friendly conditions and this was highlighted
as Empingham lost Henry Stephenson (2), Baz Sharp (9) & Tom Cooper (14) early on. In typical fashion, Empingham did not retreat into their shells but continued to
play their shots. Jordan Howarth (17) was typically expansive, whilst top scorer
Rob Mckevitt (35) momentarily steadied the ship with five boundaries and a rare
maximum. However as he was dismissed, wickets continued to fall as Empingham stumbled toward
the target. Important cameos from Steve Williams (10), Matt Denny (14) and Mark
Stephenson (14) took the Rutlanders within touching distance but none of the
experienced trio could get them over the line. As nerves set in, it was left to
youngster Treweek (8*) to take Empingham to victory in the 22nd over with just two
wickets remaining.

Queniborough Vs Empingham

  Empingham cruised to a 9 wicket victory thanks to a good all round display.  
Bowling first the visitors made immediate breakthroughs with both Stu Naylor
(8-2-18) and Rob Mckevitt (8-4-30) taking wickets at regular intervals. In truth
Quenibrough should have been all out for at least 30 less than the 94 they did make
but some poor catching let them off the hook. Once the opening pair had bowled out
their overs Matt Denny (3-2-13) continued his fantastic start to the season. These
figures included picking up his first wicket with his first ball. Henry Stephenson
(3.5-2-23) rounded off the innings once again showing his promise bowling with good
pace. The only thing that looked likely to prevent Empingham from the victory they
deserved was the rain ,but thankfully they only had a couple of short showers and
1 stoppage. Tom Cooper continues to score runs and was 50 not out at the end after
hitting the last 2 balls for 6. He was well supported by John Chell who made 30 on
his debut for the club before chopping on a ball that kept low. Henry Stephenson
was the only other man required finishing on 6 not out. Another good win making it 5 wins from 6 and puts Empingham at the top of the

Another Empingham win 

Jordan Howarth's maiden hundred and a belligerent 99 from Rob Mckevitt, took 
Empingham to a mammoth total and a thumping win over Ashby Carrington, as they
retained pole position in GMCA division 1. The Rutlanders hit a remarkable 20 sixes
as they posted 348-6 off their 40 overs, the highest score in the league all season
. Batting first, John Chell (69) and Henry Stephenson (22) laid an excellent platform
with a 63 run partnership. Chell was particular impressive, reaching his first half
century for the club on his home debut and scoring at just over a run a ball. A couple of quick wickets brought Ashby back into the game but once Howarth came to
the crease he immediately looked at his potent best. The 16 year old struck the
ball cleanly in all directions, as he enjoyed an 84 run partnership with Chell. This partnership was to be just a precursor to the brutal combination he then
shared with Mckevitt, as the pair put on 186 runs in 17 overs! Including 100 runs
between overs 32 and 37. Mckevitt gave himself a few balls to get in before launching his assault, which
included nine maximums as he peppered the ball to all corners. Meanwhile, Howarth
cleared the ropes eight times, including the stroke that took him to his maiden
century. A special moment for the incredibly talented youngster who ended with 119
off 80 balls before being dismissed in the final over. Mckevitt also fell to the
last ball of the innings for an agonising 99 off just 45 balls. A magnificent
innings worthy of three figures. Ashby batted well to end on 207-6, some 131 runs short of the target!

Sileby, 16th July
Sileby were in bat first and the Benjamin Button duo of Stu Naylor and Mark Stephenson set the tone as they have done all season. Naylor (8-23-3) picking up 2 wickets in his first 2 overs (both wicket maidens) and Stephenson (8-21-0) keeping the batsmen under constant pressure at the other end. Alfie Coward (8-20-3) took over the wicket taking duties once the opening pair had bowled out there overs and continues to impress with both ball and Bat for the exton road army. He also had a run out with a piece of fielding off his own bowling.
Coward was well supported by all the other bowlers with Matt Denny adding 2 more wickets to his season total in a 4 over spell that went for 15 runs. He owes one of those wickets to a stunning one handed catch by Tom Cooper which removed the dangerous N Pullen for 58, Sileby's top scorer. Sileby were all out for 139 in 38 overs.
139 was a total Empingham were confident in chasing down but knew they
needed a good start. Jon Chell (50) and Henry Stephenson (30) set a fast
tempo and put on 74 for the first wicket. Chell fell first but that brought Tom Cooper to the crease who made 26. When Cooper and Stephenson fell along with the in form Jordan Howath for 0 a glimmer of hope may have been there for the home side but Mark Coburn (13*) and Alfie Coward (12*) saw the league leaders home inside 29 overs.
Captain Steve Williams gave his man of the match to Alfie but the victory
was down to a good all round display. This rounded off a fantastic week
for Empingham after beating Oakham in the Rutland T20 competition on Thursday


Empingham secure their twelfth league win.

As has been a feature of their season so far, Empingham began well with the ball, making early inroads into the opposition line up. The league's leading wicket taker Stew Naylor, taking his tally up to 19 in his spell of 8-2-37.

However the standout bowling on the day came from the youthful duo of Zak Treweek 

and Alfie Coward.

Treweek impressed with the new ball, as he unsettled the top order batsmen with genuinely lively pace and bounce in his spell of 7-2-25. Whilst first change bowler Alfie Coward, also managed to extract some great pace and carry in his miserly spell of 5-1-6, as the opposition struggled to lay a bat on him.

This bowling was backed up by an aggressive and clinical fielding display from the whole side, with the standout moment being an exceptional one handed catch from Williams off Treweek at gully!

Syston's lower order then battled hard to set a respectable score but never found scoring easy against some tight bowling. The trio of Rob Mckevitt (5-1-11), Mark Coburn (7-2-23) and Henry Stephenson (3.1-1-7) all returned excellent figures as they wrapped up the lower order and secured maximum bowling points. Syston 136 all out in 38 overs.

In his last match, Williams was promoted to open and hit a quickfire 27, which included a huge maximum off Syston's impressive opening bowler Perry Hill. He and Tom Cooper enjoyed a 70 run opening partnership

in extra quick time as they set about the target in a hurry.

When Williams was dismissed going for one extravagant shot too many, Cooper continued the assault in a remarkable unbeaten innings of 84, as he dispatched any loose deliveries to the boundary. The innings meant he overtook Jordan Haworth as the club's leading run scorer this season with 349 at an average of 43.63. John Chell (9*) also enjoyed some red ink as the Exton Road Army secured a resounding 9 wicket win within 14 overs!

v Stamford, 13th Aug

Stamford batted first and once again the opening bowling partnership of Stu Naylor (8-22-2) and Mark Stephenson (8 - 11 - 1) set the tone as they bowled with their usual control and threat. The Empingham slips were in

charitable mood, however, meaning that the pair's figures were not as good as

they might have hoped.

Once the deadly duo had completed their overs Empingham brought on the young pairing of Zac Treweek (6 -35 -2) and Ollie Pickwell (7-41-3). They took wickets at key times and, with the spinners to follow, Stamford were all out for 167.

Henry showed maturity in his innings and was happy to rotate

Captain Henry Stephenson (59 not put) and Jon Chell (50) had to be at their best at the start with Stamford's openers doing a good job of making life tough for them.

the strike allowing Jon to be the more aggressive partner. When the latter fell for a half century, Tom Cooper (unbeaten on 39) came to the wicket and continued where he left off from his ton the week before

Cooper has now not been out in his last 3 innings scoring 239 runs in the process
and is showing no signs of slowing down. Empingham
cruised to victory well inside
30 overs to ensure they stay top of the table.

Empingham CC have one hand on the GMCA Division 1 trophy, thanks to their seventeenth league win of

the season against Rothley Park.

The Rutlanders were however made to work harder than in recent weeks for the points, as they battled to a 3 wicket win against Rothley Park.

Rothley opted to bat first and got off to a solid start as the opening pair of

R Vivekanand (30) & S Vivekanand (29) saw off the new ball threat of

Mark Stephenson and Stew Naylor to put on 65 for the first wicket. For only the fourth time this season,league leading wicket taker Naylor (8-0-43)

went wicketless despite a typically probing spell. Instead, it was left to his

partner Stephenson (8-1-23) to eventually make the pivotal break through, as he picked up

his nineteenth scalp of the campaign.

With a strong platform Rothley looked on course to post an imposing total

but a standout spell from Rob Mckevitt (8-3-38) swung the game back in Empingham's favour. The first change bowler bowling sharply to pick up three

crucial wickets. He now has 20 for the season @ 17.35.Meanwhile, another stalwart

Mark Coburn(8-1-39) again played a key role for the side, as he kept a lid on the scoring rate with a tidy spell. His wicket coming courtesy of some sharp work from Charlie McKenzie with the gloves.

Rothley's lower order rallied well though and making use of the excellent batting conditions they pushed on towards 200. An important spell at the death from captain Henry Stephenson

(4-1-19) restricting them to 199-6, just short of maximum batting points.

Empingham's response got off to the worst possible start when the skipper was

dismissed to the first ball of the innings. However, in typical fashion Chell (28)

and Cooper (54) went on the offensive and shifted the momentum. Their 48 run

partnership coming within 7 overs before Chell was dismissed looking for his seventh boundary.

Cooper and Coburn (28) then combined to continue the onslaught with a 58 run


partnership that seemingly set Empingham on course for victory. Cooper's half

century his fifth of the season to go with two centuries which have taken him to

745 league runs this year.

Just as the game looked won, Empingham had a wobble, as both set batsmen were

removed. However the third key partnership of the innings came from Matt Denny (38)

and Jordan Haworth(30*). The combination of youth and experience calmed any nerves

with both batsmen at their free flowing best, hitting 14 boundaries in a rip roaring partnership that took the Rutlanders to within reach of the total.

There was just time for another couple of wickets as first Denny and then Mckevitt

looked to end the game in style. But Howarth stroked the winning runs and Empingham had secured a three wicket victory in under 28 overs, with 80% of those runs coming in boundaries!

Empingham ensured their first league title win since 1996 was completed in style, as they battled to victory at Thorpe Arnold. Needing only 3 points to ensure success, the Rutlanders earned 18 in a low scoring encounter that was dominated by the bowlers. The silverware caps a memorable campaign for the Rutlanders that has seen them win 18 of their 19 league games to date.

Bowling first on a wet track, Empingham's seam attack produced a consummate performance to restrict their opponents to just 120-7 off their 40 overs. The 7 wickets meaning that the Rutlanders had earned three bowling points, enough to secure them the title before they had even begun their innings.

The tone was set straight away by the perennially outstanding Stew Naylor (8-2-17)

and Mark Stephenson(8-1-16). Naylor picking up a wicket in each of his first two

overs, asthe swing supremo maintained his position as the league’s leading wicket taker (with 26 to his name). Yet again he was complimented by the metronomic Mark Stephenson (8-1-16) whose 20 wickets have come at an average of 10.55 this season, whilst he also boasts the best economy rate in the league.

The first change bowlers of Zak Treweek (8-1-19) and Rob Mckevitt

(8-2-20) were equally impressive, restricting the rate and picking up crucial middle order wickets. The pair managing to extract life out of the soggy track, as they bent their backs and peppered a good length. Mckevitt’s 22nd wicket of the campaign taking him to second place in the league standings, whilst Treweek’s 14th was the pivotal one of Sam Woods, the Thorpe danger man who had hit a century against Empingham in the reverse fixture.

With Thorpe’s innings urgently needing impetus, they threw the bat in

the final few overs and despite struggling to find the boundary, managed to limp towards a competitive 120-7, with Mark Starkey (30) and Ian Perry

(24*) the highest scorers. Alfie Coward (8-1-38) with the final wicket.

Empingham’s chase was workmanlike, with wickets falling regularly as

no batsmen was able to fully get to grips with the challenging surface. However crucial contributions throughout the order, meant that victory always seemed most likely. John Chell (26) and Jordan Haworth (26) provided the most sizeable of those contributions, as the top order duo got Empingham ahead of the rate with two mature innings, after key man Cooper (1) had been run out.

Mckevitt (20) took Empingham to within 25 runs of victory but two superb spells

from George Exton (8-2-20) and Joe Anderson(8-2-23) kept the Melton side well in

the contest. It was left to youngsters Coward (14) and Treweek (16*) to lead the

Rutlanders home, as the pair struck a few powerful blows to finish the tie in the

37th over just before the heavens opened.