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Welcome to the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship

The Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship is an amateur league, and is a feeder league into the East Anglian Premier League. Membership is open to clubs based in Suffolk and Essex.

Sunday’s results

*home team
*Great Bromley (20pts) 289-5, Abberton (5pts) 167                                Great Bromley won by 122 runs
Harwich & D. (4pts) 147, *Wivenhoe (20pts) 149-4                                  Wivenhoe won by 6 wickets

*Copdock & O.I. (18pts) 154-4, Felixstowe & C. (4pts) 110-6                Copdock & O.I. won by 4 wickets

Melton St. Audrys (5pts) 95-4, *Bardwell (17pts) 97-3                           Bardwell won by 7 wickets
*Hadleigh (4pts) 82, Woolpit (20pts) 83-3                                                  Woolpit won by 5 wickets

Frinton (19pts) 140-2, *Shotley Peninsula (6pts) 107-8            Frinton won by 33 runs

By |May 26th, 2019|

Saturday’s results

*home team

Coggeshall (20pts) 303-8, *Hadleigh (9pts) 206                                       Coggeshall won by 97 runs
*Maldon (20pts) 278-6, Ipswich (6pts) 169                                                Maldon won by 109 runs
*Mistley (19pts) 349-4, Lakenheath (7pts) 265-9                                      Mistley won by 84 runs
*Witham (8pts) 222-7, Halstead (18pts) 223-6                                          Halstead won by 4 wickets
*Wivenhoe (20pts) 244-8, Haverhill (6pts) 147                                         Wivenhoe won by 97 runs
*Worlington (20pts) 254, Woolpit (7pts) 125                                             Worlington won by 129 runs

Sudbury II (3pts) 124, *Clacton (20pts) 126-5                                           Clacton won by 5 wickets
Braintree (20pts) 190-8, *East Bergholt (7pts) 158                                  Braintree won by 32 runs
*Elmstead (4pts) 128, Frinton II (20pts) 129-4                                           Frinton II won by 6 wickets
*Kesgrave (20pts) 209-6, Kelvedon & F. (8pts) 201                                 Kesgrave won by 8 runs
Copford (18pts) 358-3, *Little Bardfield V. (6pts) 272-7                         Copford won by 86 runs
*Mildenhall II (8pts) 205, Dunmow (20pts) 209-6                                     Dunmow won by 4 wickets

*Bury St. Edmunds II (20pts) 306-2, Mistley II (5pts) 175                       Bury St. Edmunds II won by 131 runs
*Copdock & O.I. II (20pts) 369-4, Ipswich & E.S. (5pts) 157                   Copdock & O.I. II won by 212 runs
Felixstowe & C. (19pts) 214-6, *Haverhill II (6pts) 168-9                        Felixstowe & C. won by 46 runs
Abberton (19pts) 284-6, *Long Melford (8pts) 208-9                              Abberton won by 76 runs
Stowmarket (6pts) 174-8, *Woolpit II (19pts) 175-7                                 Woolpit II won by 3 wickets

*Coggeshall II (18pts) 267-8, Witham II (8pts) 251-7                               Coggeshall II won by 16 runs
*Easton (20pts) 206-8, Worlington II (5pts) 115                                        Easton won by 91 runs
*Halstead II (20pts) 198-6, Elmstead II (3pts) 50                                       Halstead II won by 148 runs
*Mildenhall III (6pts) 234-3, Eight Ash Green (16pts) 235-3                  Eight Ash Green won by 7 wickets
Tuddenham (4pts) 163-8, *Nacton (19pts) 168-2                                     Nacton won by 8 wickets

Maldon II (3pts) 102, *Harwich & D. (20pts) 106-5                                   Harwich & D. won by 5 wickets
Earl Stonham (20pts) 219-3, *Ipswich II (6pts) 205                                  Earl Stonham won by 14 runs
*Nowton (19pts) 176-9, Needham Market (7pts) 170-9                          Nowton won by 6 runs
Easton II (2pts) 87-8, *St. Margarets (19pts) 89-4                                    St. Margarets won by 6 wickets
*Stowupland (17pts) 248-6, Hadleigh II (8pts) 224-5                               Stowupland won by 24 runs


*Braintree II (6pts) 162, Frinton III (20pts) 164-7                                      Frinton II won by 3 wickets
East Bergholt II (20pts) 212-7, *Kelvedon & F. III (3pts) 78                    East Bergholt II won by 134 runs
*Sudbourne Hall (20pts) 179-8, Great Bromley (7pts) 163                    Sudbourne Hall won by 16 runs
*West Bergholt (19pts) 315-4, Mildenhall IV (4pts) 127-9                      West Bergholt won by 188 runs
Worlingworth (20pts) 139, *Yoxford (6pts) 105                                        Worlingworth won by 34 runs


*Abberton II (20pts) 312-6, Halstead III (4pts) 100                                   Abberton II won by 212 runs
Long Melford II (6pts) 172, *Bury St. Edmunds III (20pts) 174-6          Bury St. Ed’s III won by 4 wickets
Melton St. Audrys (19pts) 317-6, *Dunmow II (8pts) 278-8                    Melton St. Audrys won by 39 runs
*Felixstowe & C. II (9pts) 205-8, Bardwell (19pts) 206-8                        Bardwell won by 2 wickets
*Woolpit III (18pts) 309-7, West Mersea (8pts) 304-7                              Woolpit III won by 5 runs

*Chappel & Wakes Colne (20pts) 238-4, Tendring (5pts) 162               Chappel & WC won by 76 runs
*Copford II (5pts) 176, Coggeshall III (20pts) 178-2                                Coggeshall III won by 8 wickets
Kesgrave II (6pts) 180, *Saxmundham (20pts) 181-5                              Saxmundham won by 5 wickets
*Sudbury III (4pts) 125-9, Maldon III (19pts) 126-5                                  Maldon III won by 5 wickets


*Copdock & O.I. III (20pts) 245-5, Boxted (4pts) 119                               Copdock & O.I. III won by 126 runs
Ipswich III (20pts) 184-8, *Felixstowe & C. III (8pts) 165                        Ipswich III won by 19 runs
*Ipswich & E.S. II (20pts) 261-7, St. Margarets II (5pts) 117                  Ipswich & E.S. II won by 144 runs
*Mistley III (6pts) 159-8, Nacton II (19pts) 160-6                                      Nacton II won by 4 wickets

West Bergholt II (20pts) 162-9, *Eight Ash Green II (6pts) 133             West Bergholt II won by 29 runs
*Kelvedon & F. III (20pts) 92-7, Harwich & D. II (3pts) 71                       Kelvedon & F. III won by 21 runs
Witham III (20pts) 174-7, *Maldon IV (6pts) 164                                       Witham III won by 10 runs
*West Mersea II (2pts) 120-8, Chappel & W.C. II (19pts) 123-0             Chappel & WC II won by 10 wcks


Nowton II (20pts) 150-8, *Elveden (7pts) 142                                            Nowton II won by 8 runs
*Lakenheath II (18pts) 250-7, Bury St. Edmunds IV (7pts) 175-7         Lakenheath II won by 75 runs
*Stowmarket II (7pts) 204-4, Haverhill III (17pts) 205-4                          Haverhill III won by 6 wickets
Woolpit IV (6pts) 161-7, *Worlington III (18pts) 162-7                            Worlington III won by 3 wickets


By |May 25th, 2019|

The dangers of playing for another club

In the last couple of weeks, when a players’ club has been without a fixture, a player has gone and played in another League as a favour to a team short on numbers. In one instance this was a player with Nacton who went to play with his father in Billericay, in this case that divisions is not part of an ECB Premier League feeder system, so it was perfectly acceptable. In the second instance a player with Elveden went across the border to play for Mundford in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance.
Now comes the problem both of those clubs then registered those players in Play-Cricket to be able to play in those League. However, the Two Counties Cricket Championship has agreements with both the Leagues that a player, who to us, appears to be leaving once club for another, and so their registration also transfers to the other League and leaves them unregistered for Two Counties Cricket.
We accept that in neither case would the player have known this, and they were probably also blissfully ignorant of our rules regarding player in any ECB Premier League feeder system, or the East Anglian Premier League feeder system.
We strong recommend that clubs remind ALL of their players of the risks they take in participating in another League, without seeking guidance from a member of the Management Sub-Committee first.

By |May 23rd, 2019|

Important note from Terry Snell, Suffolk Umpires Training Office

I have recently been made aware of an incident in a game which caused considerable furore and unpleasantness which cannot be ignored hence my comments as follows

Any non striker leaving the crease early before the bowler has released the ball is open to themselves being run out by the bowler as defined within the Laws of our Cricket. Batsmen trying to steal a run does also carry penalties. How then can it be that the bowler when he runs out the offending batsman is considered not to be playing within the spirit of the game even though compliant with the Laws but that batsman trying to steal a run (effectively cheating) is looked upon with sympathy. The spirit of the game cannot be used as a carte blanche cop out as it is intended to relate to respect for officials, the opposition etc. Please do not expect our panel umpires to share that sympathy as they are to see game proceeds fairly and within the Laws and competition regulations.

Terry Snell – Suffolk Umpires Training Officer

By |May 22nd, 2019|

Remember rule 14c

Can we remind all clubs of the wording now attached to Rule 14c:

For matches without appointed panel umpires, the home team must speak to an official and/or the captain of the visiting team and give them the opportunity to visit the ground before calling the match off. To call a match off by text message or leaving a voicemail is NOT acceptable.

By |May 4th, 2019|

Too many overs – Rule 13k

There was an incidence on Saturday when a bowler bowled 17 overs in an innings. This is contrary to rule 13. (which states)

13k. No bowler shall be permitted to bowl more than one third of the overs (rounded down, and up to a maximum of 15 overs) available at the start of the innings, except in Division One where no bowler shall be permitted to bowl more than 10 overs.

The match was officiated by Panel Umpires, so as this stage it is not known where any blame for this occurrence lays. It will be investigated by the Management Sub-Committee, with all parties likely to be asked for their views on how this happened.

So can all match officials, whether Captains, scorers and Umpires please remember this rule so there is no repitition this season.


By |April 30th, 2019|

Overseas players 2019

The following Overseas players have been approved to play in the Championship for the season 2019

Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting) Visa as Player/Coach
Witham CC – Ken McClure
Worlington CC – Johannes Diseko
Hadleigh CC – Kudzai Oliver Maunze.
Wivenhoe CC – Dirk (Driann) Bruwer
Mistley CC – Khalipha Cele
In addition there is an application from Coggeshall CC awaiting documentation.

Other Category 3 (Overseas) Players
Maldon CC – Liam Renton
Mistley – Harrison Rogers
West Bergholt – Mohamed Ahmed Shaakir
Coggeshall – Dylan Gordan
Frinton – Blaine Bannister
Clacton – Harlan Michael Greig

In addition there are other Overseas players entering the country on a Tier 2 visa, sponsored and therefore in employment who will receive approval automatically once their details are known. It is NOT the intention of the MSC to prevent recreational cricketers who are in this country legitimately and to work from playing cricket in the
This will also apply to members of HM Armed Forces who are stationed locally. If this ruling needs a rule change then it will be discussed and voted on at the next MSC meeting.

By |April 20th, 2019|

Traffic delays for six months

If any teams/umpires are intending to travel between Suffolk and Essex using the A137 please be aware that road works will soon be starting between the Cattawade roundabout and the Manningtree Station roundabout. Please be aware that this may cause delays.

Alan Rogers

By |April 20th, 2019|

Late Change of clubs submissions

Clubs were informed, in a recent circular, that they should make sure they have submitted change of clubs registrations, at least 15 days before the first matches of the season, or they risk not being able to play them in the opening matches. This is because they club the player has left has 14 days to object to such a move, if needed. If that club has not approved the change of clubs inside those 14 days then the League will automatically approve the change.
However, a few such “transfers” have been submitted this week alone, and the clubs should not play the players involved unless approval is granted, or they risk penalties under Rule 13c.

I suggest that all clubs awaiting approval contact the club the player is departing and ask their administrator to grant approval or object, to avert any further possible issues arising.

By |April 19th, 2019|

Two Counties Senior Representative sides

The Two Counties Seniors has teams at three age groups, Over 50s, Over 60s and Over 70s.  We have a full fixture list with 50 games, an annual tour, annual dinner and annual golf day.  New players are always welcome.
We have recently replenished our stocks of caps, blue polo shirts, Stuart Surridge white playing shirts and Stuart Surridge white playing fleeces.  These are available in all sizes, S, M L, XL and XXL.  They have the Two Counties Seniors logo together with the business logos of all our sponsors.  They are available for players, supporters etc.
The prices for these are very reasonable – caps £ 15, blue polo shirts £ 20, fleeces £ 25 and playing shirts £ 30.

If anyone would like to purchase these please contact me or John Gallant at johngallant5@aol.com

By |April 2nd, 2019|

St. Osyth withdraw from the League

Only four weeks from the start of the 2019 season, it is with much regret that we have to announce that St. Osyth CC have resigned their membership of the League. They had been due to participate in Division Five, and the club have sent their apologies to all the clubs in that division for the incovenience caused to everyone.
A further statement from the League Chairman is possible within the next day or two, so that all clubs are aware of how promotions and relegations will now be changed since we have lost two teams during the close season from the higher divisions.

By |March 21st, 2019|