It was back at the start of February that we requested that clubs start registering ALL the players that played in their teams in 2016 into Play-Cricket ahead of the season which is now just four weeks away. With an anticipated registration exceeding about 4,000 players we have no desire to be faced with a last minute rush, which could render clubs liable to fines for non-registered players playing. As it stands today, March 25th 2017, just 1211 players have been registered, and that includes some new overseas players.
Some clubs have registered players but certainly not all that played for them last year. There are very good reasons as to why we wished the process not to be delayed, one being that players can have multiple registrations and we have to merge these into one, also we need a correct and proper “paper trail” to be in place should players being switching clubs. In fact the registration process has already thrown up more than a few “irregularities” whereby clubs had been playing players, maybe knowing, maybe unknowingly, who had been registered with other clubs, and played for them, during the 2016 season, and some were ECB Premier League clubs in other parts of the country.
The clubs that have started the Registration process, even if it is as few as just one player, are as follows: Abberton; Braintree; Cavaliers; Copdock & O.I.; Copford; Dunmow; Easton; Elmstead; Elveden; Frinton (only their new overseas players); Great Bromley; Hadleigh; Halstead; Harwich & Dovercourt; Ipswich; Kesgrave; Lakenheath; Little Bardfield Village; Maldon; Mildenhall; Needham Market; Nowton; St. Margarets; Stowmarket; Stowupland (one player); Sudbury; Tendring; Tuddenham; West Bergholt; West Mersea; Witham; Woodbridge & O.W.; Woolpit; Worlington; Worlingworth; and, Yoxford.
Clubs who have done nothing at all, are as follows: Bardwell; Battisford; Boxted; Brightlingsea; Brockley; Bury St. Edmunds; Clacton; Coggeshall; DBSL; Earl Stonham; East Bergholt; Eight Ash Green; Exning; Eye & District; Felixstowe & Corinthians; Haverhill; Ipswich & East Suffolk; Kelvedon & Feering; Long Melford; Melton St. Audrys; Mistley; Nacton; St. Osyth; Stradbroke; Sudbourne Hall; Walsham le Willows; and Wivenhoe Town. In addition: Thriplow and Saffron Walden Ladies.
I have had the following e-mail from Chris Higginbottom at the ECB, who is giving the demonstration at Bury St. Edmunds CC on Monday evening.
The funeral of Russ Abbott, we have been informed, will take place on Monday April 10th, at 11.15 a.m. at the Seven Hills Crematorium, Ipswich.
I have heard from Allison Heathcote that there are still vacancies for attendance at the ECB Play-Cricket demonstration at Bury St. Edmunds CC on March 27th (see news item further down the page). Clubs wishing to be represented by their Admin should contact Allison on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
There are also many clubs who have yet to even start registering the players that played for them during the 2016 season. We are close to having 1,000 players registered but the number should end up around 5,000. So, please can those clubs who have not yet started, and I know who they are, please do so, so as to avoid a log-jam of players in the “pending basket”
A number of clubs have had players registrations “rejected”, and in each case, the club has been notified as to why. Once that issue has been resolved then the registration should be resubmitted. Such as, we DO need the correct date of birth. This is required so that a players’ history if he has been registered with other clubs, or will be in the future, can be merged so that he/she only has one registration. I have already rejected nearly every registration from two clubs, one of whom appeared to have 95% of their players with January 1st as their date of birth, varying years though, while another had 95% of their players being born on January 1st 1970, which was kind of odd as some were fathers and sons!!!
It is with the greatest regret that I must report the passing, yesterday, of Russ Abbott,
a stalwart of the Over-50’s, 60’s, and 70’s for many years, and a real character, as well as being a real gentleman. Russ passed away in hospital, after a short illness. Our condolences are sent to Edie, his widow, and to his two daughters, and their families, who were regular visitors to Over 60’s matches, especially the tour matches in Yorkshire.
As yet, we have no details of the funeral, but as soon as they are received they will be posted here.
Sudbury are starting a new 4th team friendly side on a Saturday.
We are after just a handful of fixtures to help bring on youth members and give some more senior players some additional cricket.
I know that people probably are all sorted for Saturdays already,, but any teams looking to fill a spare Saturday or have an additional friendly side please do get in touch..
If you could post to contact me at email@example.com that would be great.
click on this link for full details
As additional information for the respective Club Representatives. Long Melford have agreed with the Batmakers that they will allocate a commission from any sales they make. This will be shared between LMCC and the nominated club of the purchaser, so that clubs will benefit directly if their members buy kit at the Fair. They will organise this, so all they need to do is encourage their members to hold back their kit purchases until April 8th.
On Monday March 27th, the League with the assistance of the Play-Cricket guys at the ECB will be holding a meeting at Bury St. Edmunds CC, for those who wish to see and learn how to operate the Play-Cricket programme. We are limited to around 30 laptops being attached to the wi-fi system, so this meeting will be first come, first served. Clubs should notify Allison Heathcote if they wish to attend, the attendee MUST be one that clubs’ registered Play-Cricket Admins, and only one admin per club can be allowed to log-in on the day, but more than one can attend if they wish to attend. We have asked if the bar can be open. The meeting will probably have a 7pm start time, all Championship Representatives are being sent details by e-mail.
Thanks to all those clubs that have began the process of registering their players from the 2016 season into Play-Cricket, yesterday, February 18th, the 500th player was approved. Some people have asked why we do not wish new players to be added yet. The answer to that is fairly simple, if a player is changing clubs, then we need the registration of the previous club to be in place, so that correct “paper trail” is in place. If the new club goes in first, and is then followed by the previous club, Play-Cricket will think that the second registration supercedes the first one, and we do not want that to happen. Also, a number of players say that they are going to change clubs, and then, for one of many reasons, they change their minds and remain where they were. Another reason why those registrations can wait until almost just before the season starts.
The 2017 Two Counties Over-50s, 60s and 70s fixture list has now been added to the Fixture pages, and can be viewed via the link on the home page.
There is now a form that will need to be completed by a player who is changing clubs for the forthcoming season. It will need to be endorsed by the club he is leaving, and by the club he is joining. The form should then be sent to Alan Rogers.
Any player whose change of clubs has NOT been notified to the League may be treated as an ineligible player, with the offending club being penalised 16 points. We are already aware of one player who is trying to join one club while still owing a considerable sum of money to the club he was playing for last season.
This only applies for players changing between member clubs of the Two Counties Cricket Championship, and those who may also be participating in the East Anglian Premier League. If a player is changing clubs, both of whom also participate in the East Anglian Premier League then a copy of the EAPL Change of Clubs form is also acceptable.
Below is the link to the form that needs completing.
Since the close of the 2016 season, the League Management Committee has taken the decision to move to having full Player Registration, and to move into step with the England and Wales Cricket Board request that we move to using Play-Cricket for all our administration. So as from this moment on we shall cease using Sportstatz.
The Two Counties Play-Cricket site has already been set up with all the fixtures for the 2017 season, with the exception of the Ladies competitions but this will be added shortly.
The League is also in the process of trying to arrange a meeting with representatives from the ECB’s Play-Cricket department where someone will come and demonstrate to member clubs, the whys and wherefores of it’s operation and how to set it all up, if assistance is required.
So what do we need our member clubs to start doing now?
The answer to this is quite simple. Firstly we require all clubs to open their club Play-Cricket sites, and all the member clubs of the League do have one, and sort out your club admins. Steve Isaac has been supplied with a full list, from the ECB, of each clubs’ current admins. Some clubs have many, while a number only have one admin, and it can be seen from this list that many of them are “inactive” within the club. Henceforth it is most likely that some clubs will need to contact Steve, either via phone 01245 256599 or 07793 074508, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the current admins for their clubs, so that these can be updated with new admins. It would be recommended that each club has, at least, two for each team they have in the competitions.
Instructions for adding new admins can be followed on this link
Once that has been done, then we require each club to register every player that played for them during the 2016 season, there is only one exception to this, and that is any youth player loaned from a parent club. We only need the parent club to register him. Clubs can quickly get a list of all players that played for them last season from their clubs’ Sportstatz pages. Simply print out each teams averages, and voila, you have a list!!
Full instructions can be found in the document on this link:
The League’s admins will then see when players have been Registered and will grant approval, or query if they believe an error has been made in the Registration, or if any other problem needs to be resolved first. So please ensure that ALL fields are correctly entered before submitting.
At this stage we do NOT wish you to register any NEW PLAYERS, for reasons of players possibly changing clubs we require those 2016 details entered first. so a player can then be transferred properly, and in accordance with our player regulations. We will later inform clubs when any new players can start to be added.
Given the quantity of work that this change over is going to require, it is recommended that clubs begin the process as soon as possible. Leaving it all until the last minute is going to be of no assistance to anyone.