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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 – one missing

*home team
Brightlingsea (0pts) 56, *Ardleigh (20pts) 60-1                                        Ardleigh won by 9 wickets
Frinton (20pts) 182, *Harwich & D. (8pts) 166                                           Frinton won by 16 runs
Great Bromley (20pts) 186-4, *Mistley (5pts) 171                                    Great Bromley won by 15 runs

Mildenhall (4pts) 166-6, *Melton St. Audrys (18pts) 170-3                    Melton St. Audrys won by 7 wickets
*Thriplow (2pts) 114, Copdock & O.I. (20pts) 117-3                                Copdock & O.I. won by 8 wickets
Easton (2pts) 113, *Woolpit (20pts) 114-0                                                  Woolpit won by 10 wickets

*Maldon (3pts) 79-6, Woolpit II (18pts) 80-2                                              Woolpit II won by 6 wickets

Frinton (20pts) v Copdock & O.I. III (0pts)                                                 Frinton won by concession
Shotley Peninsula v Ipswich & E.S.                                                              result not received
Battisford (18pts) 119-7, *Worlingworth (3pts) 48-6                               Battisford won by 71 runs

By |July 21st, 2019|

Saturday’s results – a great day for Witham and Braintree

*home team

Halstead (6pts) 137, *Ipswich (20pts) 141-9                                              Ipswich won by 1 wicket
Woolpit (20pts) 277-7, *Lakenheath (6pts) 173                                        Woolpit won by 104 runs
Coggeshall (3pts) 105, *Maldon (20pts) 109-5                                          Maldon won by 5 wickets
*Mistley (19pts) 184-8, Haverhill (7pts) 172-9                                           Mistley won by 12 runs, 90 overs
*Wivenhoe (6pts) 191, Hadleigh (20pts) 192-5                                         Hadleigh won by 5 wickets
*Worlington (7pts) 179-9, Witham (19pts) 182-7                                      Witham won by 3 wickets, 90 overs

Kelvedon & F. (2pts) 97, *Clacton (20pts) 100-2                                      Clacton won by 8 wickets, 80 overs
Mildenhall II (20pts) 187-7, *East Bergholt (7pts) 170                             Mildenhall II won by 17 runs, 80 overs
Copford (4pts) 155, *Elmstead (20pts) 156-3                                            Elmstead won by 7 wickets
*Frinton II (20pts) 213, Dunmow (5pts) 90                                                 Frinton II won by 123 runs
Little Bardfield Village (14pts) 208-8, *Kesgrave (14pts) 208-9           match tied
*Sudbury II (8pts) 278-6, Braintree (18pts) 280-7                                    Braintree won by 3 wickets

Stowmarket (20pts) 243-9, *Abberton (9pts) 215                                    Stowmarket won by 28 runs
Bury St. Edmunds II (20pts) 169-9, *Copdock & O.I. (6pts) 136           Bury St. Edmunds II won by 33 runs
*Felixstowe & C. (18pts) 237-4, Brockley (7pts) 207-7                           Felixstowe & C. won by 30 runs, 80 ovrs
Mistley II (8pts) 170-8, *Haverhill II (19pts) 173-8                                    Haverhill II won by 2 wickets, 80 overs
*Long Melford (20pts) 200-9, Ipswich & E.S. (5pts) 104                         Long Melford won by 96 runs, 80 overs
*Woolpit II (3pts) 127, Walsham le Willows (20pts) 128-3                      Walsham le Willows won by 7 wickets

*Coggeshall II (20pts) 258-1, Elmstead II (3pts) 145                                Coggeshall II won by 113 runs, 80 overs
*Halstead II (7pts) 180-5, Mildenhall III (17pts) 181-7                             Mildenhall III won by 3 wickets, 80 overs
*Nacton (5pts) 188-8, Eight Ash Green (19pts) 190-2                             Eight Ash Green won by 8 wickets. 80 ovrs
*Tuddenham (5pts) 180-7, Wivenhoe II (18pts) 184-3                             Wivenhoe II won by 7 wickets
*Witham II (19pts) 164, Worlington II (7pts) 116-9                                   Witham II won by 48 runs, 80 overs

*Battisford (20pts) 263-6, Easton II (8pts) 215                                          Battisford won by 48 runs
Hadleigh II (6pts) v Needham Market (6pts)                                              match cancelled
Ipswich II (3pts) 103-9, *Harwich & D. (19pts) 104-4                               Harwich & D. won by 6 wcks, 80 overs
*St. Margarets (20pts) 162, Nowton (5pts) 53                                           St. Margarets won by 111 runs
*Stowupland (20pts) 203-7, Earl Stonham (4pts) 106                             Stowupland won by 97 runs

Sudbourne Hall (7pts) 158-9, *Braintree II (19pts) 160-6                       Braintree II won by 4 wickets. 70 overs
West Bergholt (20pts) 242-5, *Kelvedon & F. II (3pts) 111                    West Bergholt won by 131 runs, 80 ovrs
*Mildenhall IV (1pt) 86, East Bergholt II (20pts) 90-3                              East Bergholt II won by 7 wickets
Frinton III (20pts) 291-5, *Worlingworth (7pts) 208                                 Frinton III won by 83 runs

Abberton II (17pts) 193-9, *Dunmow II (9pts) 165-5                                Abberton II won by 28 runs, 50 overs
Melton St. Audrys (16pts) 314-8, *Halstead III (9pts) 213-3                  Melton St. Audrys won by 101 runs, 80 ovrs
*West Mersea (20pts) 224-9, Bardwell (6pts) 147                                    West Mersea won by 77 runs
Long Melford II (2pts) 108, *Woolpit III (20pts) 112-2                             Woolpit III won by 8 wickets

Chappel & Wakes Colne (20pts) 205-7, *Brockley II (3pts) 78              Chappel & W.C. won by 127 runs
Coggeshall III (20pts) 118, *Colchester Cavaliers (6pts) 83                  Coggeshall III won by 35 runs, 70 overs
*Copford II (1pt) 94-9, Tendring (19pts) 96-0                                            Tendring won by 10 wickets, 60 overs
Kesgrave II (5pts) 137, *Maldon III (20pts) 138-6                                     Maldon III won by 4 wickets
Sudbury III (3pts) 167-6, *Saxmundham Sp. (18pts) 169-0                    Saxmundham Sp. won by 10 wickets

*Boxted (2pts) 113, Mistley III (20pts) 116-2                                             Mistley III won by 8 wickets
*Ipswich III (20pts) 148, St. Margarets II (6pts) 100                                 Ipswich III won by 48 runs
*Ipswich & E.S. II (1pt) 86, Felixstowe & C. III (20pts) 92-2                    Felixstowe & C. III won by 8 wickets
*Woodbridge (20pts) 185-7, Nacton II (3pts) 74                                       Woodbridge won by 111 runs

Harwich & D. II (20pts) 181, *Chappel & W.C. II (8pts) 151                    Harwich & D. II won by 30 runs
Maldon IV (2pts) 104, *Earls Colne (20pts) 106-3                                     Earls Colne won by 7 wickets
Kelvedon & F. III (2pts) 106-7, *West Mersea II (18pts) 107-2               West Mersea II won by 8 wickets
*Witham III (3pts) 113, Eight Ash Green II (20pts) 117-5                        Eight Ash Green II won by 5 wickets

Woolpit IV (20pts) 150-7, *Elveden (3pts) 38                                             Woolpit IV won by 112 runs
Haverhill III (20pts) 230-6, *Nowton II (5pts) 120                                      Haverhill III won by 110 runs
*Stowmarket II (6pts) 126-7, Worlington III (18pts) 127-8                      Worlington III won by 2 wickets
*Stradbroke V. (1pt) 89, Lakenheath II (20pts) 90-2                                Lakenheath II won by 8 wickets


By |July 20th, 2019|

Loan players

In the last few days there have been a couple of issues with the “loan” system we operate for Under 18’s and Over 50’s. Can I take this opportunity to re-iterate that clubs who wish to avail themselves of this system MUST inform Steve Isaac, either by text message or by e-mail, BEFORE the players turns out for the club loaning him. There have been two instances when this procedure has not been adhered to. Technically, this makes the player ineligible to play for another club until the League has received approval from his/her “parent” club. We also need to be informed of the “duration” of the loan, as this is then added to the notes on their Registration history.
We should certainly NOT be informed four days after the matches took place, as was the situation in one case.

By |June 20th, 2019|

Over 50s Yorkshire Tour 2019

The Two Counties Seniors 2019 touring party departs for Skipton on Sunday 30 June, returning on Friday 5 July.  Games have been arranged against Embsay, Steeton, Sutton-in-Craven and Skipton Town CC,  The touring party comprises some 38 people.  Reports of the games will be put on the Veterans section of the website.  Follow the link below  if you would like to see the tour brochure.


By |June 12th, 2019|

Concession incurs a penalty

Kelvedon & Feering III have had to concede their Division Nine South encounter with West Bergholt II, thus incurring a 10 point penalty as this is their second concession of the season.
Another team to concede for a second time this season is Maldon Ladies, who have conceded their match on Sunday to Felixstowe & Corinthians.

By |May 31st, 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|