Division One Champions

Elmstead

Division Two Champions

Coggeshall

Division Three Champions

Little Bardfield Village

Division Four Champions

Kesgrave

Division Five Champions

Stowmarket

Division Six Champions

Stowupland

Division Seven Champions

Battisford

Division Eight Champions

Maldon III

Division Nine E Champions

Eye & District

Division Nine S Champions

Coggeshall III

Division Nine W Champions

Bardwell

Sunday Champions

Great Bromley

Ladies Challenge Champions

Woolpit

Ladies T20 Champions

(A) Mistley (B) Saffron Walden

Welcome to the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship

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

Exning CC resignation shock.

The League has been shocked by the sudden resignation of Exning CC from the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship. The immediate effect is that from Division Three downwards, unless anything to the contrary occurs at next Wednesday’s Annual General Meeting an alternative division constitution will be circulated.

The following is the text received from Philip King, Exning’s Championship Representative.

“For a number of months now, Exning and Burwell Cricket Clubs have been actively discussing a merger. In late August the two General Committees met and at that meeting a decision was taken to proceed with more detailed discussions with a view to the two Clubs merging for the start of the 2018 season. The basis for the detailed discussions is detailed within a single document “Club Merger – Outline Case for Change” the contents of which have been agreed by both Clubs.

Both General Committees have considered the case for a merger very carefully and in detail, and have concluded that this represents a significant point in the development of both Clubs and is a huge opportunity for the members and players of both clubs.

In the past 8 days both Clubs have passed resolutions at specially convened EGM’s to proceed with the merger. It has been decided that the merged Club will compete in the East Anglian Premier League and the Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Cricket League from the 2018 season.

In order to provide the TCCC with sufficient time to make arrangements for next season, we are notifying the league at the earliest opportunity.

This letter confirms the resignation of Exning Cricket Club from the Two Counties Cricket Championship with immediate effect.

Exning Cricket Club would like to wish the league and all member Clubs best wishes for the future.”

By |October 14th, 2017|

The remaining incomplete scorecards

Now that we have reached the end of the season, and some of these scorecards are long overdue in being completed. Hefty fines and even points deductions will be enforced upon the teams whose teams are incomplete, and on the home team where the entire scorecard has not been submitted. Sufficient warnings have been issued, no further excuses can be accepted.

6th August: Shotley Peninsula v Melton St. Audrys – Ladies T20 Section B – No scorecard details whatsoever
20th August: Battisford v Saffron Walden – Ladies T20 Section B – two Battisford players missing
26th August: Bury St. Edmunds III v Stowupland – Div 6 – three Stowupland players missing
16th September: Nowton v Needham Market – Div 5 – Nowton team needs completeing
16th September: Witham II v Stowmarket – Div 5 – No scorecard details whatsoever

By |September 23rd, 2017|

Final Veterans teams of the season

Over 60s A squad for John Hutton Invitation T20 Tournament
Ground: Ipswich CC
Date: Saturday 30th September at 10.30am
Umpires: various. Scorer: Charles Revell

Edgar Dunkley (capt), John Stuck (wkt); Colin Walters; Stephen Henderson; Simon Rippingale; Stuart Stobbs; Steve Bulger; Don Curtis; Kevin Dobson; Dave Hinchcliffe; Stuart Carpenter.

Over 60s B squad for John Hutton Invitation T20 Tournament
Ground: Ipswich CC
Date: Saturday 30th September at 10.30am
Umpires: various. Scorer: –

Bruce Tompkins (capt); Lance Cruse; Charlie Withams; Silvester McKnight; Tony Oram; B J Ball; Willie Mugleston; Chris Martin; Steve Isaac; Ian Johnson; Trevor Money.

Over 50s v Ipswich CC A (Ron Noyce Memorial Match)
Ground:  Ipswich CC
Date: Sunday 1st October at 11.00am
Umpires: Kevin Walker & Barrie Phillpotts. Scorer: Charles Revell

Pat Patel (capt); John Stuck (wkt); Adrian Stockton; Nick Meakin; Tony Oram; Chris Hills; Stephen Henderson; Eric Davy; Steve Bulger; Phil Tompkins; Simon Sargeant; Trevor Money.

Over 60s v Ipswich CC B
Ground:  Ipswich CC
Date: Sunday 1st October at 11.00am
Umpires: Ray Digweed & Phil Smith. Scorers: Mel Mildenhall, Lesley Turner

Edgar Dunkley (capt); Alan Elsbury (Halstead); Chris Martin; B J Ball; Phil Cox; Alan Sims; Glyn Webster; Don Curtis; Bruce Tompkins; Martin Maxim; Stuart Carpenter; Steve Isaac.

By |September 23rd, 2017|

Halstead wash-out

M H Two Counties O 50s v Halstead Vets at Halstead on 17/9/2017 ( timed game)
Halstead 124 for 4 after 51 overs J Rose 62, G Dicker 42,B Tompkins  2-14

Match abandoned as a draw after heavy rain

Yet again the M H Two Counties O 50s team had their efforts dashed by the weather. Halstead had struggled to 124 for 4 after 51 overs on a difficult wicket when the heavens opened and yet again their match had to be abandoned with the ground far to wet to continue. For Halstead Justin Rose 62 and Gary Dicker 42 had figured well with Bruce Tompkins bowling an outstanding spell of 12 overs that had netted him 2-14. In fact it had taken Halstead 42 balls before they scored their first run. Newcomers Trevor Money and Mike Newman both showed up well with the ball for the Two Counties. As ever the Halstead Club were excellent hosts and a fine lunch and tea was well enjoyed by all before an early homeward journey.

Kindest regards

Geoff Newman

By |September 23rd, 2017|

Annual General Meeting

Just to remind ALL member clubs of the Championship that the Annual General Meeting takes place on Wednesday, 18th October 2017, at Colchester Rugby Club, Mill Road, Colchester, with a prompt 7.30pm start.

By |September 21st, 2017|

Congratulations to our Champions

As the dust finally settles upon the 2017, may we take this opportunity to congratulate all those clubs/teams that won the various Divisional Championships, especially Elmstead, who won the Championship for first time. Also congratulations to all those clubs/teams that attained promotion.
I shall get the rolling banners at the top of the main page changed just as soon as time permits.

By |September 21st, 2017|

Dreadful result reporting

I am not sure whether everyone believes we know what happens at matches without being able to see them, but in going through the checking of the results, and up to the point of the end of Division Three, there have been an alarming SIX matches out of those that were played where the score reported on Saturday has varied from that then entered into Play Cricket.

I shall list them all, as some involve changes to the points originally awarded.
DIVISION ONE:
Hadleigh were reported as 7 points, it should have been 8.
Halstead v Mistley was not reported as being a 60 over match, therefore Halstead gain 11 points instead of 10.
Wivenhoe v Witham, This was not reported as being an 80 over match, which gives Witham 8 points instead of 7, also Wivenhoe did report their innings as 200-7, it was in fact 200-6.
DIVISION TWO:
Ipswich v Copdock & O.I. Ipswich score was 83-8, not the 82-8 which was reported.
DIVISION THREE:
Mistley II v Halstead II. This was incorrectly submitted in Play Cricket, Halstead were only given 2 points, it should have been 3.
Perhaps the most alarming is: Woolpit II v Bury St. Edmunds II. This was reported as being a 60 over match with Woolpit scoring 127-9. As such that is correct, however, Bury St. Edmunds II reply was not mentioned at all. They did reach 51-3, which gives Woolpit II a 10th point as well.
DIVISION FIVE: Witham II v Stowmarket, was not reported as being an 80 over match, subsequently each team earned one extra point to that originally awarded.
DIVISION EIGHT: Ipswich & East Suffolk II reported as scoring 183-9, but appears it should have been 183-7, therefore Copford II lose a point, gaining 9 and not 10.
DIVISION NINE SOUTH: Eight Ash Green II trying to claim 3 batting points even though they won the match.

By |September 18th, 2017|

Weather bites

The wet weather, which has been prominent this week, has accounted for a number of today’s matches. Off, so far, are; in Division One; Worlington v Haverhill; in Division Two; Easton v Mildenhall II and Lakenheath v Ipswich & E.S. In Division Four, Woodbridge & O.W. v Mildenhall III has bitten the dust, as has the Division Five match between Yoxford and Kelvedon & Feering II.

By |September 15th, 2017|

Incomplete scorecards (15/9/17)

Now that we have reached the final weekend of the season, and some of these scorecards are long overdue in being completed, and our patience is running thin as to when they will be completed, that by next weekend. Hefty fines and even points deductions will be enforced upon the teams whose teams are incomplete, and on the home team where the entire scorecard has not been submitted. Sufficient warnings have been issued, no further excuses can be accepted.

30th July: Hadleigh v Shotley Peninsula – Ladies T20 Section B – three Shotley players missing
5th August: West Bergholt II v West Mersea II – Div 9 South – one West Mersea player missing, known to be unregistered.
6th August: Shotley Peninsula v Melton St. Audrys – Ladies T20 Section B – No scorecard details whatsoever
20th August: Battisford v Saffron Walden – Ladies T20 Section B – two Battisford players missing
26th August: Bury St. Edmunds III v Stowupland – Div 6 – three Stowupland players missing
2nd September: Eight Ash Green II v Kelvedon & F. III – Div 9 South – two Kelvedon players missing
9th September: Copford v Kelvedon & Feering – Div 2 – one Kelvedon player missing
9th September: Thriplow v Woolpit – Ladies Challenge – one Woolpit player missing

By |September 15th, 2017|

Injuries hit the Over 60s

M H Two Counties O 60s v Herts O 60s at Copford C C on 12/9/2017 ( 45 over game )

Herts 247 for 8 D Baker 99, J Dovey 68. B Tompkins 3-49, G Webster 2-54
Two Counties  229 for 4 M Thew 122, J Stuck 68.  D Baker  1-20, M Fernando 1-29

Herts O 60s won by 18 runs.

The M H Two Counties O 60s entertained old adversaries and friends from Hertfordshire at the delightful Copford venue. Batting first Herts got off to a flyer with David Baker in Fine form finishing one short of a century ably backed up by Jerry Dovey who scored 68. The game itself was a close run thriller but the match was marred by a serious shoulder injury to Martin Southwell who fell awkwardly and consequently will be out of action for quite some time plus Stuart Carpenter tore a thigh muscle and he to took no further part in the game. Being two Bowlers short Two Counties had to fall back on occasional bowlers to make up the 17 overs that would have been bowled by  Martin and Stuart. Ray Black stepped up and did very well taking 1-45 in his ten over spell, Bruce Tompkins 3-49 and Glyn Webster 2-54 also bowled their hearts out to try and keep the Herts score within reasonable proportions. Alan Hunter 26 and Ricci Achillini  20no had a late flurry for Herts to finish on 247 for 8 a very defendable total from their 45 overs.

The M H Two Counties O 60s made every effort to get the runs required for a victory but in the end fell just 18 runs short of their target. Mike Thew who is having an inspired run at the moment scored a superb 122 and well backed up by the evergreen John Stuck who scored 68 they almost got the Two Counties side home.The Herts bowlers stuck to their task well with Dave Baker 1-20 and Mike Fernando 1-29 being particularly frugal. The visitors fielding was also impressive, all in all a very exciting and enjoyable match despite the serious injury to Martin Southwell, we all wish him well and a speedy recovery. As ever the Copford hospitality was second to none and is always a very popular venue for the Two Counties and all of their visitors.

Geoff Newman

By |September 15th, 2017|

Over-50s cancelled

Today’s Over-50s match against the XL Club, due to have been played at Mistley CC, has been cancelled due to the inclement weather,

By |September 13th, 2017|

Mixed outcomes for the Veterans

M H Two Counties O 50s v Middlesex O 50s at Abberton C C on 6/9/2017 (45 overs)

Two Counties 176 for 6 K Ross 54no, G Artindale 45, J Reeves 3-7
Middlesex 177 for 4 A Halg 43, A Marshall 43no, R Bonnywell 34no,  C Hills 1-26

Middlesex won by 6 wickets

On the delightful Abberton ground the M H Two Counties O 50s were well beaten by their counterparts from Middlesex by six wickets who were well served by their bowlers in particular. Batting first Two Counties batsmen struggled from the outset against some very accurate bowling from Nick Cook and Ray Marett and only Gerard Artindale who scored an excellent 45, before being unfortunately run out,  looked able to break the stranglehold from the Middlesex bowling. John Reeves was very impressive with figures of 3-7 from his nine overs. Kevin Ross with a very determined undefeated 54 led the fightback and was assisted by Mark Paget and  Martin Southwell who both got into double figures to ensure that the Two Counties finished with a reasonable total of 176 for 6 from their 45 overs although this figure fell well short of a defendable total.

Middlesex lost John Reeves early to a good delivery from Chris Hills, but Albert Halg 43 was supported by Mark Williams 22, before he was caught and bowled by Dave Hinchcliffe. Tony Oram also took notched a scalp with another snick to Mark Paget behind the stumps. From then on Andrew Marshall 43no and Rob Bonnywell 34no took complete control and  took the visitors to their winning total  177 for 4 with still six overs remaining. As ever a very sporting contest between these two sides with some overwhelming hospitality from the Abberton Club.

M H Two Counties O 60s v Billericay Vets at Elmstead C C on 7/9/2017 ( 45 over game )

Billericay 174 for 7  S Sood 111no, S Ash 27. S Carpenter 2-32
Two Counties 175 for 6 M Thew 64, J Stuck 24, S Stobbs 21no.  D Muldoon 2-40,  P Wakefield 2-40

Two Counties won by 4 wickets.

In a game mainly dominated by a batsman from either side the M H Two Counties won a very interesting match by 4 wickets  against a very useful Billericay Vets team that fought right to the bitter end. At a favourite Elmstead C C venue Billericay batted first  and a dominant undefeated 111 fom Sante Sood made sure Billericay had a good final total of 174 for 7. Perhaps the most defining moments of the game were three run outs  when Paul Wakefield ,Sid Ash and Colin Cork all fell victims to the dead eye dick throwing of Martin Southwell twice and Stuart Stobbs who had direct hits at the wickets leaving the batsmen well short of their ground. Ash 27, and D. Marsh  helped Sante Sood in the later overs to give the Billericay their 174 total. Stuart Carpenter 2-32 and Stuart Stobbs were the pick of the Two Counties bowlers but neither could penetrate Sante Sood’s  defences.

The Two Counties got off to a bad start when they lost Peter Boughton in the first over, his opening partner however Mike Thew  grafted away to a solid 64 before he left in the 39th over with victory just in sight. John Stuck 24 and an undefeated  21 from Stuart Stobbs saw the Two Counties past the winning post with 4 overs to spare. Dave Muldoon and Peter Wakefield both bowled well and finished with the same figures of 2-40 while Paul Brown had 5 maiden overs in his 10 over spell and was unlucky to only net one wicket for 24. A very close encounter that was enjoyed by all with the usual superb hospitality from Elmstead with Mick and Carol Orman leading the way.

Geoff Newman

By |September 9th, 2017|