I have received a request from Adrian Garnham to ask if there is a cricket club in Essex that could host a match on their ground next Wednesday, April 24th. The Police are willing to pay £100 for the ground rent. The match is a Police Sport UK National Knock-out 1st Round tie, Essex Police v Devon & Cornwall. It would have an 11.30am start, 45 overs a side. The Essex Police will provide teas and umpires, so it is just a ground they require.
Adrian Garnham can be contacted on 07860 617918.
On May 7th Braintree Cricket Club will be holding a Tom Gould charity day in memory of their former Captain, Chairman and President. Tom was involved in Braintree Cricket club for over 50 years and is part of the club’s DNA. To commemorate Tom and to raise money for charity the Club are holding a 15 over competition in the afternoon between players past and present. There will a South African themed hog roast and BBQ as well as outside bars to keep everyone fed and watered. Memorabilia and photos going right throughout the club’s history will also be on show from Tom’s personal collection. The recently extended and refurbished pavilion will also be on show, and will be officially renamed as the Tom Gould pavilion as part of the proceedings. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day, meet up with old friends and share the many memories of one of the true gents of cricket. The cricket starts at midday with the pavilion renaming ceremony at 4:30pm. For further information please contact Barry Stephens on 07967 344101, follow Braintree Cricket Club on Twitter @braintreecc or find the Tom Gould Memorial Day 2018 on Facebook.
Following the lead taken by the East Anglian Premier League, the Two Counties Cricket Championship Managament Sub-Committee have also taken the decision to postpone ALL the matches that had been scheduled for Saturday April 14th and re-schedule them for Saturday September 15th. Any possible play-off matches would then be staged the following weekend.
There is already one Division Two match, Clacton v Copford, set for that date, but this can be re-arranged, or the two matches involving those clubs can be re-arranged to another date. Also, if any of the clubs that were due to play their matches on April 14th are now unable to play at home on the new date, can also re-arrange the fixtures for alternative dates. Matches can be re-arranged to a Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday.
If matches are moved to alternative dates, then can they please inform, Norman Atkins, Alan Rogers, and Steve Isaac of the new date.
Category 3/Overseas Players and Tier 5 (S&C) 2018
With the season only a couple of weeks away (assuming that the weather god looks down on us more favourably than he/she is at the moment) here is an update on the current position with overseas players for this season.
Successful applicants for Player/Coach status
Corey Polyak accepted as a Player/Coach – UK passport holder.
Successful applicants for Category 3 status
Sam Carruthers, UK passport holder
Dylan Day, Dutch passport holder played for Mistley 2nds last year.
Successful applicants for Category 3 (Exempt)
Steve Graham. Ordinary Resident status agreed
Matt Anderson. Ordinary Resident status agreed
Successful applicant for Category 1
Elmstead Market CC
Sol Budinger born in the UK and UK passport holder but resident in Australia. (This one of course is not strictly an overseas player as he is a Category 1.)
In addition there are 3 Player/Coach applications pending, 1 Category 3 application and 1 Category 3 (Exempt) application pending.
Recently, our club VP Peter Rawlings passed away. He was involved with our club for roughly 40 years, and played cricket for Halstead before that, starting in their colts.
The first of the meetings with regard to the new Laws of Cricket was staged at Copford CC on Thursday March 8th, and a number of clubs who had indicated that they intended to be represented at this meeting, the first of three being staged, failed to arrive.
Those clubs were: Earls Colne; Eight Ash Green; Harwich & Dovercourt; Chappel & Wakes Colne; West Bergholt; Brightlingsea; Wivenhoe; Tendring; and Maldon. These clubs will now need to contact Alan Rogers to confirm which of the two remaining meetings they will now be attending. Those meetings are being staged at Copdock & Old Ipswichians CC, and Bury St. Edmunds CC.
The deadline for the application of Category 3 (Overseas) players with the League has now passed. There is now no guarantee that any application submitted from this date will be approved by the start of this season.
The start of the new season is now only a few weeks away, but we have yet to receive any notifications for registration of players from three of the four clubs who are new to the League this season, Ardleigh are the exception, but as yet no player registrations have been received from Chappel & Wakes Colne; Earls Colne, or Saxmundham Sports. Those clubs may have players registered in Play-Cricket but they need to have the Two Counties Cricket Championship registration added to their eligible competitions,
All the fixtures for the new season, apart from a couple in the Ladies’ competitions which have yet to be confirmed, have now been input into Play-Cricket. All divisions do have the correct starting times, again with the exception of the Ladies, who can arrange their own starting times.
Yoxford CC are sad to report that former first XI captain, coach and local teacher David Brooks has sadly passed away after a long standing fight against cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go to Davids family and friends