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
East Bergholt CC. It is with great sadness that the Club announces the recent passing of long serving player, umpire, and secretary Alec Munson. The funeral service is to be held at East Bergholt Church on Friday 23rd February at 1.30pm. Our thoughts are with the Munson family at this difficult time.
This article linked below is certainly well worth reading by all clubs.
It has been announced that DBSL are officially no more, and that they have now merged with Nacton Cricket Club, and the DBSL fixtures will now revert to being Nacton 2nd XI fixtures.
At the Management Sub Committee meeting on Monday 27th November it was decided by a majority vote to ban overseas players entering on a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa with immediate effect. All other visa entry including Tier 5 Creative and Sporting remain unaffected but clubs are advised to read again the Home Office Overseas Players and Managed Migration rules posted on the website (link below) to ensure full compliance with visa regulations.
There were several anomalies last season when some in the country on a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa were ineligible whilst others could play. We understand that legal action has been threatened against some clubs in the UK as a result of contravention of visa regulations during last season and it would be negligent if we risked legal action being taken against either the Two Counties Championship (or its Officers) or any of our member clubs. It also has the effect of creating a level playing field within our Championship.
No more than one overseas player per team shall be allowed to play cricket in the
Two Counties Championship. An overseas player is one who is not ordinarily
resident in the UK and examples of the ordinarily resident classification can be found
on the Two Counties website. Acceptable entry visas include Tier 5 Sporting and
Creative (subject to the conditions in Rule 13g below), Standard Visitor visa, Non
Visa Nationals and Tier 4 (Student) visas, but not Tier 5 Youth Mobility visas. The
Home Office rules for Overseas Players and Managed Migration can be found on the
Two Counties website and may be amended from time to time. All overseas players
and their clubs must comply with the conditions of the player’s entry visa at all times
and the player cannot play cricket in the Two Counties Championship until he/she is
registered with the League Secretary. Although it is not a condition of registration all
clubs are encouraged to apply for the registration of overseas players before 16th
February to enable the MSC to carry out the necessary procedures to check that the
player concerned is entitled to be registered. No assurance can be given that the
registration of the player concerned will be confirmed before the start of the relevant
playing season in the case of any applications submitted after that date. The MSC
shall resolve all applications for the registration of an overseas player to play cricket
in The Two Counties Championship and their decision shall be final and binding.
Clubs may pay coaches for coaching provided the coach has a minimum UKCC Level
2 (or the overseas equivalent) and the coach is registered with the League Secretary
before representing that club in the Two Counties Championship. Any coach from
overseas shall be accepted only if they enter the country on a Tier 5 Creative and
Sporting visa, forward a copy of their contract of employment to the MSC and are
registered with the League Secretary before 16th February. All clubs with registered
paid coaches shall also provide to the League Secretary a coaching schedule for the
work undertaken at their club by the coach concerned. No payment can be made by
the club or by any third party on its behalf to the coach for playing cricket in the Two
Clarification of an Overseas Player
So for clarification and to remove all element of doubt, any player regarded by the
ECB as a Category 3 player (that is a player who is not qualified to play for England)
regardless of his passport type or entry visa, would need to apply to the MSC in
writing for clearance to play in the Championship for next season and to:
Rick Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoff Eveling email@example.com
in the first instance and preferably by 16th February. The only exception to this is for
players entering on a Youth Mobility Visa which are now banned from playing in our
A new additional link in the Menu above is Overseas Player Information. This page contains ALL the latest information with regard to the eligibility and rules pertaining to “Play-Cricket Category 3” Overseas Players.
Is there any club that wishes to play back to back Saturday friendlies over the two weekends before the season starts (1st and 7th April) vs Harwich and Dovercourt 1st XI. One home one away game playing 2 inning match across the weekends.
Contact: Lee Davis – 07772 786746