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.

2020 Fixtures – update

Due to some weird anomalies thrown up in the original creation of the fixtures, mainly due to me trying to create “double-headers” where clubs had teams meeting in more than one division, I am now going to throw that original plan in the bin, and start again without taking that into consideration, with the except of where 1st and 2nd XI meet in the East Anglian Premier League and Division Two.

As I am now out of hospital, and cannot do much with my time except this, hopefully it will not take long for the revisions to appear on Play-Cricket. Divisions Eight and Nine will then also be added.

Clubs have submitted dates to avoid, and where possible this will be applied. If, however, it means that a date cannot be avoided then the club in question will have to make alternative arrangements for the fixture.

Division Five was very problematic as there are four clubs unable to use their home grounds in April and September. There are a few occasions where clubs 1st and 2nd XI are at home on the same day, but these are only clubs with more than one pitch.

No Bank Holiday dates will be allocated at this stage, to allow clubs to change fixtures into those dates if required.

The fixture lists that were appearing are only provisional, as many tweeks still need to be done, once all the divisions have been created. For the time being I have removed them from public viewing.

By |November 5th, 2019|

AGM – a brief account

Just to quickly run through the main points from the AGM of the League held on Wednesday 10th October. An update on the health of the Chairman, Norman Atkins, was given by Acting Chairman, Rick Jones. There was also a period of reflection in memory of our President, Geoff Newman, who passed away in September, and whose funeral was on the day following the AGM.
A further plea was made for someone to come forward to take on the role of League Secretary, with Alan Rogers reverting to his role as Assistant Secretary. The new Secretary, as and when we have one, will have Alan guiding him or her along the way for about a year. A new role is also being created on the Management Sub-Committee for a Ladies Representative, whom shall be elected at the Ladies AGM.
Various reports followed from Committee members, and the straw polls about some of the suggestions put forward was also taken, and those will be considered at the next Committee meeting, along with a few other rule changes brought about by the changes to Play-Cricket, and to the use of Loan Players.
The constitution of the League for next season, will also be finalised. Two of the three clubs that requested re-admission after numerous concessions deemed it necessary, were re-elected. Those being Halstead III, and Ipswich & East Suffolk II. Kelvedon & Feering II did not re-apply. Four additional teams will join Division NIne; Melton St. Audrys II; Mildenhall V; Stowupland II; and, Woodbridge II. BT Waldringfield were elected to the League, but will probably have to play some of their home matches on other grounds, as their facilities are not up to the standard felt adequate.
The Committee will also have now to regionalise Divisions Eight and NIne, both into two sections. In addition to the three teams promoted from Division Nine by right; Woodbridge, Eight Ash Green II, and Lakenheath II, the ten clubs that finished the Division Nine seasons with the most points will be added to Division Eight.
The remaining 19 teams will then form the two Division Nines.
It was also reported that the Ladies 35 over Championship will now fall under the auspicies of the East Anglian Premier League, but the T20s will remain in the Two Counties Championship.

By |October 18th, 2019|

Situations Vacant – Important position

VOLUNTEER FOR LEAGUE SECRETARY REQUIRED
DUTIES
• To send out notices of committee meetings
• To attend and minute approx. 6 committee meetings during
the year
• To send out AGM agenda & minutes
• To attend and minute the AGM
• To send and receive correspondence from member clubs
• To deal with other correspondence and to liaise with other
committee members
• To assist with other matters as required to assist the
committee
Expenses paid

For further details please contact Alan Rogers rogers9bh@btinternet.com or 07751 572064

By |September 26th, 2019|

Geoff Newman, League President, passes away. RIP

Geoff Newman passed away in Broomfield Hospital at 10.45 am this morning. Geoff was instrumental in most of us playing cricket past our 50th birthday.
I will let you all know when I hear of the funeral arrangements.
Some words from one of the players and League Sponsor, Mike Thew:
‘That is incredibly sad news. This marks the passing of an era as Geoff has affected and enormously enriched so many lives with his incredible efforts to foster the Two Counties Seniors.
We are all so lucky to have known him and to have benefited from his selfless hard work over the years. I believe that what he has achieved is unique as I don’t know of such a widespread  platform for the continued playing of cricket by people of our disparate ages anywhere else in the country. We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude.
A number of people have worked very hard to support and further develop what Geoff started and we owe our thanks to them too Somehow things will never be quite the same again without Geoff. I hope we  can all do our best to honour him however by building further on what he started whether that be by helping within the organisation or just making ourselves available to play as often as possible and encouraging others to do likewise.
God bless you Geoff. A true legend. I will be raising a toast to you tonight in your favourite tipple, a large brandy.’
By |September 18th, 2019|

New Umpires wanted

I am sure that it has not gone unnoticed that, despite the new people this last year, we are still in need of others to meet our objectives of covering fully divisions 1 to 3 for the League. I know there are people out there who would make excellent umpires and would be very welcome. Please think about it as away of remaining involved with local cricket. It does not have to be every week but obviously a regular commitment would be beneficial. Please give it some serious thought.

Details of the course will be logged on Suffolk Cricket Website in the near future with a link to ECB for more information or you contact me direct if you wish.

Terry Snell

(H) 01449 760574 (M) 07766543522 email : terence.snell@btinternet.com

By |September 16th, 2019|

Witham miss out

Unfortunately Witham Cricket Club will not be participating in the East Anglian Premier League next season after failing to defeat Sawston and Babraham CC yesterday in Cambridgeshire. I do not have any details of the score as yet. I am very hopeful that our new Champions represented the League with honour and distinction.

By |September 16th, 2019|

Norman Atkins – Good news

The League Chairman had his heart by-pass operation at Papworth Hospital last week is now back in the ward and out of intensive care.  He will be staying with his daughter Sandra in Norfolk to convalesce when he leaves hospital.  We will keep you posted ……

By |September 15th, 2019|

Disciplinary Reports 2019

 

Date

Player

Club & Division

Level

Comments

28/04/19     Robert Cross    Coggeshall (1)     1        1 match ban suspended for 3 months from 27/04

02/06/19     Mark Phillips      Ipswich (1)         1        1 match ban suspended for remainder of season

02/06/19     Harry Parkes       Mistley (1)        1         Warned of his future conduct

15/06/19     Dominic Manthorpe   Hadleigh (1)   1      Warned as to his future conduct

21/07/19     Kemsley Robb    East Bergholt (2)   1       Warned as to his future conduct

03/08/19     Anthony Phillips  Haverhill (1)       1        1 match ban suspended for 8 months. Warned of his future conduct.

03/08/19     Adam Kizis        Bury St Edmunds (3)   1     2 match ban suspended for remainder of 2019 and first two months of 2020.

10/08/19     Ziaf Kulasi      Worlington (1)       1        One match ban served.

17/08/19     Damian Smith   Ipswich (1)         2         3 week ban (ie to end of 2019 season) plus a further 4 week ban suspended for 2020.

By |September 7th, 2019|

Re-activating players

Since August 1st, and the registration deadline, I have had numerous “new registration requests” which are not actually new at all, and need not be submitted. I am referring to players who are listed now as “Inactive”, which can be for one of many reasons, but they remain players registered to your club. They only need to be re-activated. This is easily done by the club admins. What they need to do is, (1) go to their list of Members (2) change the filter to Inactive, and those players appear. Then check the box and hit Reactivate. Simples, job done, no further action required, the player will now re-appear in the All Players list for your club.

By |August 23rd, 2019|

Starting times

Can we just remind everyone, that the starting times for matches moves forward as from Saturday. Division One matches now start at 12 noon, while all 90 and 80 over matches will start at 12.30pm.

By |August 15th, 2019|

Registration Deadline passed – Please be aware.

Just to remind all clubs that the Deadline for new Registrations passed on August 1st. After that date, new player registrations can still be submitted, but the player MUST NOT play until the Registration has been approved, and no player who has played, this season, for another club will have a registration accepted. See Rule 13a.

(We are aware that new registrations that required parental permission can now suffer a delay in getting ECB approval, and subsequently a delay in getting Two Counties Championship approval. However, we are aware of the date and time of the original Registration request, so players may still not be showing in Players list when the scorecards are posted in Play-Cricket, so please remember to add the names of the missing players in the Comments field, so I know whom I am awaiting approval from.)

By |August 2nd, 2019|