Division One Champions

Witham

Division Two Champions

Braintree

Division Three Champions

Copdock & OI II

Division Four Champions

Easton

Division Five Champions

Nowton

Division Six Champions

East Bergholt II

Division Seven Champions

Abberton II

Division Eight Champions

Chappel & W.C.

Division Nine E Champions

Woodbridge

Division Nine S Champions

Eight Ash Green II

Division Nine W Champions

Lakenheath II

Sunday Champions

Great Bromley

Ladies Challenge Champions

MIldenhall

Ladies T20 A Champions

Felixstowe & C.

Ladies T20 B Champions

Woolpit II

Ladies T20 C Champions

Battisford

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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.

Category 3 player registration, deadline passed.

Registrations for Category 3 players must be submitted to the League’s Management Sub-Committee on or before February 16th, of the year of the subsequent playing season. This is to allow any necessary checks to take place before approval can be granted.

By |February 18th, 2020|

Paul Crane funeral

The Funeral will take place at 11.15am on Friday 27t March at Seven Hills Crematorium, Nacton, Ipswich IP10 0FG and afterwards in the Willow Suite, Greshams, Ipswich IP4 3QJ 

I’m fairly sure that we can arrange a suitably memorable send off……!

Rick Jones

By |February 12th, 2020|

Bob Perrett 1940-2020

Robert (Bob) Perrett was born 22nd April 1940 and died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday 30th January 2020. He leaves Margaret, his wife of 49 years and two daughters. All our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Bob was an excellent all round sportsman, playing amateur soccer to a high level (his father played soccer professionally for Ipswich Town back in the day) and golf where in his prime he held a single handicap. His cricket was played with several clubs over the years, principally with Ipswich and East Suffolk where in modern parlance he would be described as a bowling all rounder. He of course disagreed with this handle as he always felt (and frequently expressed the opinion) that his batting ability was underestimated because of the amount of bowling he was required to do! He was completely dedicated to his game and utterly reliable, always available to play and because of this was one of the first names on any team sheet. Heart surgery intervened yet he could still not wait to don the whites again very soon after. Poor Margaret must have worried every single time he walked out of the house with his cricket kit!

He was a Head Teacher by profession who took early retirement at age 50 so that he could concentrate more on the playing of the game that he loved even more often, if this was possible. When he decided to move clubs later in his career the story goes that in the telephone conversation he had with the new club went something like ….”I hear you are looking for a new opening bat and a new opening bowler, well I have to tell you that I am that man.” This story could be considered apocryphal except by anyone who has played cricket with or against Bob over the years.

Bob exuded confidence in his own ability and the passion and single mindedness that he took on to the field every time he played was remarkable. In our wonderful game there are cricketers whose playing philosophy leans towards either Boycott or Botham – I have to say that in my view Bob did come down slightly on the side of the Boycott philosophy – but this is not meant as a criticism but merely reflects the attributes that I list above and the utter dedication with which he played the game.

He played a lot of Seniors Cricket representing Suffolk at Over 50, Over 60 and Over 70 level starting as a 49 year old in 1989 and few, if any, in the country will have played more. Regrettably there are no records available earlier than 2000 but since 2000 he played 156 matches scoring 1723 runs at an average of 24 but more importantly bowled 1206 overs at an overall miserly 2.97 runs per over. When you consider that in ODI cricket anyone who bowls at less than 5 runs per over is considered to have performed well, you will get an idea of this achievement. Perhaps the pinnacle of his playing career in his later years was being selected to play for England against Wales – he was selected to play for England against Australia but this match unfortunately was rained off. Bob was also a social animal and after any match could be found with a pint glass in his hand engaged in post match discussion and he always had a deep and long lasting knowledge of playing statistics of the game to which he devoted so much of his life.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. RIP Bob Perrett ……

 

Bob’s funeral….. will take place on Wed 19th Feb at Middleton Church at 12 noon, then afterwards at the Middleton Bell.  A private cremation will then take place on the next day, Thursday 20th Feb.

By |February 10th, 2020|

Paul Crane RIP

Rick Jones writes..

Paul Crane, “The Colonel”, died peacefully recently at his home in “Chatsworth Towers”. He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of spending even a short time in his company because there will be few who have not been affected by his sharpness of mind and the humour of his response. Those who knew him best (and I am fortunate to count myself in this group) will also remember the hours and hours spent enjoying the pleasure of his company as the Colonel of the Ipswich Greyhound Regiment both on and off the cricket field on tour in this country as well as on our various overseas trips. How hard we competed on the field and how we laughed and laughed as we played our childish games off it……… and it is with great sadness that this must now end.

 

His determination to play the game that he loved on every continent shows the utter dedication to play his wonderful game in the company of like minded souls in his beloved Regiment whenever possible and wherever they might be. It is a testament to his qualities as person and a leader that he was able to do this for over fifty years.

 

I must close now and post this so that the many hundreds of people whose lives have been touched by this remarkable, friendly and gregarious man can (as I do now) shed a tear in his memory. In fact the bottle of red I opened last night and drank in the wee small hours as I was penning this is long gone and so regrettably is the Colonel…….

 

The Colonel is dead. Long live the Colonel (in the hearts of all of us who knew him.)

 

By |January 27th, 2020|

Other rule amendments. Bowling changes to be published soon.

Amendments are in italics.

Rule 15.

b. Clubs in any division may also agree to play a shorter match, i.e, 80 overs, 70 overs, 60 overs, 50 overs, and 40 overs.

Rule 16.

BOWLING:
One point for each two wickets that are captured, i.e., a maximum of five points. In the event of a side fielding less than eleven players being all out, the opponents shall take the maximum bowling points.

For 40 over matches
1 point for 50
2 points for 75
3 points for 100
4 points for 125
5 points for 150

Rule 17. (amendment)

  1. In rained off matches both teams will be awarded six points. When a match is abandoned during play, both teams shall be awarded six points plus any bonus points already gained at the time of the abandonment. In the event of bad weather, a match can be reduced in length by agreement between participating Captains and Umpires, if time and weather permit. A result can be obtained so long as the match is not reduced below 40 overs of which the side batting first must not exceed 20. If the start is delayed and agreement cannot be reached, the number of overs will be reduced by two overs for each six minute period or part thereof lost. However, once play has started, even if interrupted through bad weather, all games must continue with play as bonus points are still available for both teams even if they game may not reach a conclusion.

Rule 19. (amendment)

  • The Home Club must: ensure that the match scores, result, and points gained are entered on the Two Counties Play-Cricket website, or telephoned or texted to the Results Secretary by 9.00pm on the day of the match. This includes all conceded, cancelled, and abandoned matches.
  • Ensure that the full match scorecard is loaded on to the Two Counties Play-Cricket website by the Monday following the match or Tuesday for matches played on a Bank Holiday Monday. Failure to comply will incur a penalty for each complete week the scorecard remains outstanding.
By |January 24th, 2020|

Player loan loopholes closed. Rule 13 changes

A loophole in the Player loan rules, which was exploited last season, has now been closed tightly shut, with new rules now coming into replace the previous wording of the rules. The revised passages are in italics.

So now Rule 13 will read as such:

  1. PLAYERS There will be registration of players using the England & Wales Cricket Board registration form on the Two Counties Play-Cricket website. All players must be registered on Play-Cricket. Players can only be registered after the 1st August with the permission of the Management Sub-Committee. Players cannot play for more than one Club in the East Anglian Premier League Feeder System (Cambridgeshire & Huntingdon Premier League, Norfolk Cricket Alliance, and the Two Counties Championship, nor be a registered player for any Premier League, and any connected feeder system during a season except with permission from the Management Sub-Committee.EXCEPTIONS
    1) Any player playing for a Club in the Two Counties Saturday divisions (i.e. 1-9) is allowed to play for another Club in the Sunday League and in the Two Counties Ladies competitions.

PLAYER LOAN ARRANGEMENTS

2) Any player under the age of 16 and over 50 as of April 1st of the current season is allowed to play for one other club providing he/she has not played more than eight matches for the parent Club. The club wishing to borrow an eligible player must submit a registration form on the Two Counties Play-Cricket website, but not check the box for a permanent transfer. The parent club will then be asked for permission for the loan to go through, and, also add the agreed length of the loan period. Players taken on loan from one club to another should not play against the parent club, and they can only play for the loaning clubs lowest ranked team, if they have more than one team in the League. Player loans arranged after August 1st, must have had their registration approval confirmed before they can play for the loaning club.

3) Any player aged 17 or 18 as of April 1st of the current season is allowed to play for one other club providing he/she has not played more than four matches for the parent Club. The club wishing to borrow an eligible player must submit a registration form on the Two Counties Play-Cricket website, but not check the box for a permanent transfer. The parent club will then be asked for permission for the loan to go through, and, also add the agreed length of the loan period. Players taken on loan from one club to another should not play against the parent club, and they can only play for the loaning clubs lowest ranked team, if they have more than one team in the League. Player loans arranged after August 1st, must have had their registration approval confirmed before they can play for the loaning club.

b. There may be occasions when a new player represents his club before registration on Play-Cricket has been completed. The registration should be completed within the same time frame as the requirement to post the full scorecard on Play-Cricket (rule 19b). Should that registration still be incomplete seven days after the date of the match then a deduction of 5 points will be levied. Any further delay could result in rule 13c being applied.
As from August 1st, registration must have been granted prior to the player being eligible to play.

PENALTIES

c. Any club adjudged to have fielded an ineligible player shall be penalized by forfeiting any points gained in that match plus a further sixteen points. In addition, the opposing team will automatically be awarded the match and receive 20 points. There will be a right of appeal for both player and club. A deposit of £50 is required to activate an appeal which will be conducted in accordance with the appeals procedure as set out under the ECB regulations for cricket leagues (see ECB regulation 4, further down this document). The player involved may be banned from the Championship for the remainder of the season.

An ineligible player is one who is not registered on Play-Cricket for the club he/she was playing, or deemed to be ineligible by the Management Sub-Committee.

By |January 24th, 2020|

Members of the Play Cricket website

I do receive periodic requests from players to be Members of the Play Cricket website. I then reject every single one of them, as their is absolutely no reason for anyone to be thus, unless they play an active role within the League’s Administration. This allows me to grant access rights to such individuals within the Play Cricket website.

By |January 24th, 2020|

Removed Registrations… 770 of them

A while ago we did email all Clubs’ Play Cricket Administrators asking them to remove the registrations of any player who did not play in the Two Counties Cricket Championship during the 2019 season. Very few clubs reacted, so I have therefore done it for every club en mass. Thus 770 player registrations were inactivated. If and when, any of these players plays during the 2020 season, Club Admins will not have to re-register them, but instead go to their players list, filter “Inactive”, find the player, check the box at right hand end of his entry, and then hit “Reinstate Registration” at the top of the page.
Any players that played for their club in 2019, but only in another competition, will only have had their Two Counties registration removed.

By |January 24th, 2020|

January update

Management Sub Committee.

Chloe Leveridge has accepted a role on the MSC with a specific role of looking after the Ladies T20 competitions and Nick Meakin has agreed to stand as Suffolk Representative with immediate effect to replace Rick Jones in that role. Willing volunteers are difficult to find, we thank them and are sure that they will be able to make a proactive contribution to the workings of the MSC.

Rule Changes

At the AGM indicative votes were taken on several possible rule changes. The text below shows the MSC decisions on these which will be written where appropriate to the rules for the season 2020.

The question of a change of match ball arrangements for Division 1 clubs was also aired at the AGM although it was not an item on the Agenda. All Division 1 clubs have been asked for their response subsequently and on these responses the MSC have decided that the status quo will remain in force for the 2020 season but the MSC will review options for a possible alternative ball for Division 1 clubs for the season 2021, bearing in mind the substantial increase in costs to Division 1 clubs (for example the Duke ball used in the EAPL is currently £21 + vat – very nearly double the cost of the existing ball) as well as the sponsorship deal currently in existence.

Disciplinary Matters

The question of how better to administer Disciplinary procedures has been discussed at a meeting between representatives of the MSC and the Umpires Panel and several positive changes have been made. These will be formalised and circulated to all clubs before the next Umpires Meeting. Geoff Eveling has agreed to act as a liaison between the MSC and the Umpires Panel henceforth.

Overseas Players/Coaches for 2020

The MSC are not aware of any changes in rulings from the ECB or the Home Office so the arrangements for next season will be the same as last year. All relevant details can be found on the website under the “More” tab. Clubs are reminded that all requests should be emailed to:

rickjones@ntlworld.com or geoffeveling221@btinternet.com

 

RULE CHANGES FOR 2020

Final MSC decisions on the Indicative votes by clubs at the AGM

MATCH TIMES

a) 11 am start No support for this proposal

b) 12 am start (possibly earlier for Div 1) No early starts across the board but earlier start times in April. For season 2020 this would mean on 18 and 25th April Div 1 12.00 start and the remaining Divisions 12.30 start. From 22nd August Div 1 12.00 start and the remaining Divisions 12.30 start (as existing rule). For all remaining weeks all matches 1.00 start.

c) No play by 2 hours after the designated start time then match off No support for this proposal

ALL DIVISIONS

a) Minimum match possible in event of bad weather reduced from 50 overs to 40 overs

Unanimous support so it will happen. Implicit in this would be a look at bonus points structure

b) 30yd circle No support for this proposal (but to remain as current rule for Divs 1 to 5)

POINTS

a) To return to average points but to exclude rained off matches No support for this proposal

b) To increase the points for a rained off match from 6 to 10 Some support for this but the MCS have decided not to effect change.

DIVISIONS 1 TO 3

a) Limited over cricket as opposed to a one day cricket match i.e

Leg side wides A vast majority support this so it will happen. In the event of there being no Panel Umpire officiating in Div 3 then the leg side wide rule will be interpreted by the captains.

Power plays Some support for this but MSC have decided to look at this for season 2021 to evaluate the change to leg side wides during next season.

Free hits on no-balls No support for this proposal

b) Maximum of 10 overs per bowler (pro rata for reduced over matches) in Div 1 and 9 (pro rata for reduced over matches) in Divs 2 & 3. For Divs 2 & 3, this would mean no carry-over of unused overs. Some support for this so MSC have decided to implement modified changes. Division 1 10 overs maximum (as existing rule). Division 2-8 12 overs maximum. Division 9 11 overs maximum. No carry-over of unused overs.

DIVISION 4

No changes to 90 over matches but max 9 per bowler No support for this proposal

DIVISIONS 5 AND BELOW

a) All matches to be a maximum of 80 overs No support for this proposal

b) The possible regionalisation of Divisions 7, 8, & 9 Vast majority supported this so Div 8 and Div 9 will be split into to 2 Divisions each for next season.

Any additional rule changes will now be re-worded and appear in the 2020 Handbook

 

 

By |January 5th, 2020|

Veteran’s fixtures 2020

The Over 50s/60s/70s fixture list for the 2020 season can now be viewed via the Fixture pages.

By |December 29th, 2019|

(At last) your Christmas present from the MSC…..!

First of all apologies for the delayed publication of the fixture list. It is only when you realise the difficulties involved in producing fixtures for 64 clubs with 119 Saturday teams when 41 of those clubs (involving 85 change requests) do you realise the enormity of the task that Norman Atkins has done on his own for 25 years and I hope that you will all take the time to thank him when you see him next ……..

My sincere thanks also to Steve Isaac (for his initial efforts) and latterly to Scott Button and to Geoff Eveling – now so exhausted that he has fled the country for a well earned rest – for their substantial contribution. I don’t know how we would have coped without them throughout this lengthy process.

The list (and a Circular sent out to Championship Reps) by email is in Excel format to make it easy to analyse – if you have a working knowledge of filters in Excel then this will help you. There will be errors in what you see but please help the MSC by proof reading and sending any errors you find by email (NOT phone, text or WhatsApp) to me with a copy to Steve Isaac and Tex Rogers.

These fixtures will not appear on the website until any changes are mutually agreed by the relevant clubs and so will not be visible on the website until then.

On the list there will be many fixtures which will be played on the two Bank Holidays because the original date is not available – football early or late in the season, established club functions, weddings, tours etc. These Bank Holiday fixtures have to be mutually agreed or it may also be possible for a club to arrange an alternative home venue or concede home advantage to the away team. Where this occurs I will email clubs individually hopefully before Christmas and let them know the alternatives available and these arrangements will be down to member clubs to organise. The responsibility for negotiating any changes, including BHM, will be with the club that has requested the change and these are highlighted in red.

It may seem churlish after the long delay in producing the fixtures but I must insist that changes are agreed and sent to me by an absolute deadline of the end of January as the Fixture Booklet will need some time to finalise.

The MSC will be recommending changes to the process of fixture production from season 2021 because the existing system is now not fit for purpose.

Rick Jones

By |December 20th, 2019|

Results & Fixtures page

Just to make everyone aware, but the above mentioned page is showing the 2019 fixtures, this is just because the template for the 2020 fixtures has been created from last years. As soon as the fixture lists have been agreed the 2020 fixtures will appear on these pages.

By |December 20th, 2019|