Division One Champions


Division Two Champions


Division Three Champions

Copdock & OI II

Division Four Champions


Division Five Champions


Division Six Champions

East Bergholt II

Division Seven Champions

Abberton II

Division Eight Champions

Chappel & W.C.

Division Nine E Champions


Division Nine S Champions

Eight Ash Green II

Division Nine W Champions

Lakenheath II

Sunday Champions

Great Bromley

Ladies Challenge Champions


Ladies T20 A Champions

Felixstowe & C.

Ladies T20 B Champions

Woolpit II

Ladies T20 C Champions



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.

Essex Cricket Covid-19 recorded webinars

We are pausing Webinars for this Thursday (28th May) to allow an opportunity for leagues, clubs, partners and the wider cricket community to review all the recorded webinars. A huge thank you for the feedback on future webinars, with the insight gathered we have now arranged the next cohort of Webinars, details are mentioned below.

Recordings of previous Webinars:

Details for all future webinars:

  • Tuesday 2nd June (12pm)               –               Developing Players in Nets and Engaging the Transition Between Teens to Adults.
  • Thursday 4th June (5pm)                –              Writing an Article for Website and Local Papers.
  • Thursday 11th June (5pm)              –               Creating a Club Development Plan
  • Tuesday 16th June (12pm)             –               Wider Community Engagement
  • Thursday 18th June (5pm)              –               Women and Girls
  • Tuesday 23rd June (12pm)             –               Ability Cricket
  • Thursday 25th June (5pm)              –             Grounds Update
  • Tuesday 30rd June (12pm)             –               Tape Ball Cricket, Crickets New Opportunity


By |May 28th, 2020|

Some good news at last!

The purpose of these guidelines is to offer practical guidance to players and clubs on the steps they should take to remain safe whilst undertaking exercise in an outdoor cricket club environment.
These guidelines currently apply to England only. Lockdown restrictions remain in place in Wales with a review due to take place on 28 May 2020.
These guidelines have been produced in line with the UK Government guidance on public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise published on 11 May 2020, which can be read here. Supporting guidance published on 13 May 2020 can be found here.
All activity should be consistent with the Government guidance regarding health, social distancing and hygiene.
In ‘Our Plan to Rebuild’, the UK Government stated that team sports should not be played outside of a household.
ECB maintains the position that all recreational cricket remains suspended until further notice, with the sole exception of the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise as set out in our detailed guidance document.
Our primary and ongoing goal is to protect the health of everyone in and around the game.
The adjusted lockdown restrictions provide an opportunity for the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise.
In summary:
1. You can exercise outdoors on your own, with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household while keeping two metres apart at
all times. You must only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless you are exercising exclusively with members of your household.
2. Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (unless all participants are members of the same household).
3. Only one-to-one coaching is permitted per session.
4. Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets.
5. Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see below) but all communal areas including bar, changing rooms etc are to remain closed for general use.
6. Toilet facilities can be opened if the venue wishes, but particular care should be taken by those using them and those cleaning them. Where they are open, venues must ensure soap and water is provided.
7. No indoor activity at all.
8. We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment.
9. No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
10. Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.
ECB is clear that outdoor facilities should only reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following public health guidance: no club should reopen their outdoor facilities if they feel unable to meet the requirements.
For clubs, you will need to have the following in place:
• Properly maintained facilities.
• A booking system for outdoor space or other means to manage access and demand.
• The capability to advise individuals when booking to check for symptoms of COVID-19 and in turn to advise individuals when booking that – in line with current Government guidance – if they are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if they are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, they should remain at home and follow Government guidance.
• A sanitation procedure between use/booking.
• A representative of the club on site during the hours that the outdoor facilities are open for use.
• Closed signs should be displayed when facilities are not open (including where a club does not wish to or is not ready to reopen) to deter use by general public particularly where there is open access.
• Updated signage and access points.
For individuals, you will need to:
• Seek confirmation from the club that it has reopened and make a booking.
• Check for symptoms of COVID-19. In line with current Government guidance, if you are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, you should remain at home and follow Government guidance.
• Avoid public transport if at all possible.
ECB has provided detailed guidance on the preparation and administration of outdoor facilities for clubs, and guidelines for participation for individuals. The situation is evolving constantly, and we will continue to update our guidance as more information becomes available.
Further advice is available at the GOV.UK and Sport England websites. Please regularly check these sites and the updated ECB guidance as this policy position is likely to change over time and could also become more regionalised and localised as time progresses.
If you have any further questions please contact ECB here.
15 May 2020
These guidelines have been produced in line with the Government guidance on public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise published on 11 May 2020, which can be read here. Supporting guidance published on 13 May 2020 can be found here.
There is no obligation for clubs to reopen their facilities and clubs should only do so when they are ready and when they can do so safely, following public health guidance. Clubs should be aware that this is subject to change if there is a worsening of the COVID-19 situation and/or Government advice changes. Please visit the ECB website regularly for updates.
This guide covers:
• What has changed and what clubs can now reopen.
• A reminder of the precautions that still need to be taken – including social distancing.
• What work will need to be done to prepare facilities.
• How to operate your facility safely – including:
o Establishing a booking system to avoid crowding and allow contact tracing.
o Maintaining safe access and movement around site.
o Setting some ground rules and ensuring compliance.
Since 13 May 2020, people in England have been permitted to participate in sport with people in their household or one person from another household in England in an outdoor setting. Please note the following:
• This change in restrictions only applies in England and does not apply in Wales.
• The change is for participation in sport outdoors only.
• Social distancing measures (staying two metres away from people outside your household) still apply.
• The change does not permit the reopening of pavilions for changing, social or hospitality purposes.
• This change does not permit participation in team sports within or between clubs. ECB recommended the suspension of recreational cricket on 18 March 2020 and with the sole exception of the specific and controlled use of outdoor cricket facilities outlined in this guidance that remains the case.
This means that as of 13 May 2020, cricket clubs in England are able to:
• Reopen their outfields for outdoor sport activity that complies with the Government guidance and maintains social distancing.
• Reopen their cricket nets in a way that maintains social distancing on an ‘every other net’ basis – so if a club has a two-bay net they can reopen one of those bays, if they have a three-bay net, they can reopen bays one and three and so on.
• A representative of the club should be on site at all times while outdoor facilities are open for use.
• When outdoor nets and outfields are closed and there is general open access, closed signage should be clear and visible to inform the general public that the facilities are not available for use.
Club buildings (including changing rooms and bar) and any other communal areas are to remain closed. At this stage keeping these areas closed will reduce social interaction to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
We still need to take precautions
At this time the use of outdoor facilities is only permitted for people from the same household, for individuals using the facilities alone, or for a maximum of two people from different households who are maintaining recommended social distancing measures. It is important to remember that the following advice still applies and it is key to remind any participants, those operating the nets and those maintaining the grounds of these rules:
• Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (temperature above 37.8 °C, a persistent cough, breathing problems or other symptoms identified by the Government – note that the release of a new Government symptom-checking app is anticipated shortly) must stay at home and self-isolate in accordance with the Government guidance here.
• All members of the same household must do the same even if they do not display symptoms.
• Those with an underlying health condition which makes them ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ must stay at home.
• People aged 70 and over are advised to minimise their contact with others outside of their household.
• Social distancing is key to minimising transmission of COVID-19, maintaining a distance of two metres between people still applies if individuals are not from the same household (see here).
Cricket grounds should have been following the advice published by the Grounds Management Association in collaboration with ECB during lockdown which advised routine cutting of the outfield and square at higher than normal cut heights (lengths of grass).
Now is the time to start reducing those cut heights to allow better use of the outfield. The cut height can start to be brought down from the Phase 1 lockdown recommendation of 20-25mm to normal outfield cut heights which typically range between 15mm and
20mm. This should be done gradually reducing cut height by no more than 2mm per cut. This will help to reduce the amount of grass clipping sitting on the top of the outfield.
At many grounds it will not have been possible to maintain a cut height of 20-25mm because of the availability of people to cut the grass. Where grass is longer it is really important to bring the cut heights down gradually, taking no more than one-third of the leaf length with each cut. Where possible grass clippings should be collected following longer cuts of the grass or if necessary dispersed by hand tools to prevent large accumulations affecting users or killing the grass.
For more information on maintaining outfields, including why applying fertiliser will help – see The Grounds Management Association website.
ECB recommends you use your own equipment where possible. UK Government guidance also states that where possible, limit the sharing of equipment.
If you are sharing equipment, including balls, you should wash your hands thoroughly before and after use.
No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
Because of the timing of the initial COVID-19 lockdown from late March until early May, many clubs have not conducted the pre-season work that normally takes place. This includes the preparation of nets. The safe and effective installation of netting is typically a task for two or three people. This is not work that is suitable for lone working and so a careful set-up plan is required that is compatible with the requirements of social distancing.
For the netting:
• If you have not already lowered or installed your netting this should be done in a safe manner. This includes safe working at height as many nets are over three metres tall.
• Clubs should check whether or not they need to comply with the Work at Height Regulations (2005) here.
• Carry out a health and safety risk assessment before starting any work and take steps to minimise any risks identified. If the fitting of nets cannot be carried out safely, then they should not be fitted.
• The safe use of mobile access (scaffold) towers (built and used by a competent person in accordance with all applicable health and safety regulations) is preferable to ladders.
• Where it is necessary to use ladders, use step ladders of a suitable height. If standard ladders are required use a suitably sized member of your household to stabilise them at the base (using another person who is not from the same household will breach social distancing guidelines).
• Avoid the use of damaged or wooden ladders.
• Check that the netting does not have holes – repair if necessary.
• Check that the netting is secured to the framework and tensioned correctly to prevent injuries to occupants within the net or adjacent nets.
• Erect batting screens and sight screens according to installer’s guidelines for safe use.
On the non-turf practice surface:
• Check that your carpets and bases are in a safe condition – look for rucks and tears in the carpet that could cause dangerous ball bounce or a trip hazard to users. Repair if necessary.
• Sweep up debris and remove before play.
• Carry out maintenance to the carpet and base in accordance with the supplier’s manual for your net surface.
• Check run-ups are safe, particularly if these are on grass.
Taking Bookings
To operate the facility safely and minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19, a controlled booking system will need to be put in place.
• Bookings will enable the club to control the number of people accessing the facility and reduce the likelihood of gatherings which are not permitted under Government guidelines.
• A well-managed booking system will also enable contact tracing if there is a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection of a user.
This does not require specific software, you could use a shared calendar app e.g. Time Tree, or keep paper records.
One person must be responsible for collecting booking requests, allocating time slots, keeping records of which slots have been allocated to which users, and communicating the allocation to users.
Clubs should decide on their opening and closing times, the length of their available time slots and which areas of the outfield and nets are safe to use. Consider change-over time, clean-down time of nets and how to keep a record of bookings for contact tracing.
For example, a paper or electronic record covering hourly time slots from 10am until 4pm for single-lane use, 50 minutes net practice followed by 10 minutes clean-down/change-over time ahead of the next participants.
Clubs must also:
• Maintain an accurate written record and contact information of who has attended to support contact tracing in the case of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
• Continue to comply with all safeguarding guidance.
• Ensure they have all the appropriate and up-to-date insurance;
• Continue to comply with data protection law including not sharing personal details of participants with others without having a legal basis for doing so (e.g. avoid making booking management system ‘live’ with personal details for all to see). For further information see here.
Access to the facility
A representative of the club should be present during opening times to monitor the operation with a copy of the booking sheet in order to resolve any booking issues that could result in social distancing guidelines being ignored.
This person should carry out a daily/per session check that the facilities are safe to use.
Clubs should provide access where possible through a separate entrance and exit, operating a one-way system. If these entrances are gated, they should be opened fully so that users do not touch the gates or locks.
This also applies to the net area, where possible leave the area fully accessible to minimise touch points. If this is unavoidable a cleaning station should be provided and posters displayed to encourage cleaning down of touch points.
Clubs should ensure usual access to first aid and emergency equipment is maintained (in some cases this may require limited access to the clubhouse).
Guidance on delivering first aid during the COVID-19 pandemic is available on the St John Ambulance website.
As clubhouses will still be closed for general use and no changing facilities are available, clubs should make participants aware of this when booking. These facilities are to remain closed in order to reduce social interaction to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
Toilet facilities can be opened if the venue wishes, but particular care should be taken by those using them and those cleaning them. Where they are open, ensure soap and water is provided.
Participants should be encouraged to use toilet facilities before attending and to wash their hands on arrival home.
Hand sanitiser with an alcohol content of at least 60% should be made readily available at entrance/exit points and the net area.
Where this is not possible due to lack of supply, participants will need to be informed in order to arrange their own hand washing procedures whether it be washing their hands before leaving the house (and when they return home) or taking hand sanitiser with them.
For a printable guide on washing hands see here.
For a printable guide on using hand gel see here.
Signage is a great way to reinforce the messages in this document and will help users understand why access is still limited at this phase and how the controls in place are protecting them and others.
For advice on reducing the risk of infection when outside your home see here.
You must allow sufficient time for maintenance of your facility in your operating/booking schedule – consult with your grounds manager to ensure you allocate sufficient times for maintenance in good weather.
ECB will provide downloadable signage, including access control and example operating rules.
Establishing and Communicating Operating Rules
Operating rules will need to vary by venue to fit with site-specific restrictions but should include the following as a minimum:
• Do not attend if you or anyone in your household displays symptoms or your household is currently in isolation (full details at the beginning of this document).
• Personal hygiene measures should be carried out at home before and after use of the facility.
• Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible. If this isn’t possible wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after visiting the club.
• Travel together as a household.
• Avoid public transport.
• Try not to arrive too early, aim to arrive at the start of your slot to help with social distancing.
• Bring your own playing/training equipment including balls.
• Bring your own filled drinking bottles.
• Avoid touching as much as possible whilst on club premises and use cleaning stations whenever available.
• Do not overstay your allocated time slot, you should be clear of the area by the time the next users arrive. Do not stay to socialise.
• If bowling machines are used, please ensure they are cleaned thoroughly between uses with dry-cleaning products and that all balls used are cleaned with disinfectant. This is the responsibility of the bowling machine operator.
• Do not leave private property behind.
• No spitting.
• No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
• As always, the health and safety of participants is paramount – please ensure those using the nets minimise the risk of injury (wear helmets, pads etc). As well as response times being delayed this is vital to avoid any additional stress on the NHS.
• Encourage all users to report any infection of their household following use of the facility to allow effective contact tracing and to limit the spread of the virus.
These rules should be clearly communicated to each person making a booking, on club social media channels and through signage at access points to grounds and close to net facilities. Signage should be laminated to improve durability and updated and replaced as required.
1. Review your operating plan after day one and week one and revise if necessary – your facility operation must be fit for purpose and safe for those operating, maintaining and using the site.
2. Act on any incidence of infection prior to or after use of the facility and conduct appropriate contact tracing in line with Government methods.
3. Be prepared to close your facility in the event of:
a. An incidence of COVID-19 infection of a user.
b. A change in Government guidance/regulation.
4. Constantly review Government guidance. Please also regularly review news updates on the ECB website. This guidance will be updated and is likely to change in response to Government policy and other best practice guidance.
These guidelines currently apply to England only, and have been produced in line with the Government guidance on public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise published on 11 May 2020, which can be read here.
• The purpose of these guidelines is to assist coaches in creating as safe an environment as possible for players returning to play during the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
• Whilst all coaches and players will be extremely keen to start playing it is imperative that coaches set an example and follow these guidelines to ensure that the risk of infection/transmission of the virus is minimised.
• These guidelines cannot cover every eventuality and coaches must conduct a risk assessment, ensuring appropriate measures are put in place to keep participants and coaches safe.
• Playing and coaching cricket in itself carries some degree of risk and whilst being mindful of the guidelines regarding COVID-19, coaches should not lose sight of the normal safety rules relating to playing and coaching cricket which continue to apply and must be complied with (DBS, safeguarding, First Aid etc).
• Coaches should make themselves aware of and abide by, all guidelines set out by the Government, the venue and ECB regarding use of facilities.
• It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure that they coach players in a safe environment and follow relevant guidelines.
• Only one-to-one coaching is permitted.
• Alongside these guidelines, coaches should read the information published by Sport England, and specifically their Q&A section.
Coaches should remember the following key principles:
1. Follow all COVID-19 guidelines established by the UK Government.
2. Follow all COVID-19 guidelines established by the venue.
3. Follow all COVID-19 guidelines established by ECB.
• Avoid excessive travel to different venues, cycle or drive where possible and avoid public transport if you can.
• Coach to conduct a full risk assessment of the venue in advance of the coaching session.
• Coach to ensure they have access to hand sanitiser/alcohol wipes/washing up liquid.
• Establish a quarantined waiting area for parents.
• Coach to ensure all surfaces are clean and equipment is washed with soapy water and dried completely prior to use – with electronic bowling machine cleaned with suitable dry cleaning products.
• Coaching sessions should be booked and paid for in advance by bank transfer or contactless card payment – no cash transactions.
• Coach to explain the safety guidelines of what is expected pre, during and post session including what the player is expected to do to maintain compliance with social distancing guidelines and all other health and safety guidelines.
• Only one-to-one sessions are permitted – no group sessions are permitted.
DURING THE SESSION – Outdoors only
• Maintain a minimum of two metres to meet social distancing requirements including during observed sessions (no handshakes).
• Ensure all health and safety and emergency first aid guidelines are followed.
• Players must provide their own equipment if possible, and this must be kept in a zipped bag when not in use.
• Coach is responsible for collecting all of their own equipment/kit – do not share equipment if possible.
• Player is responsible for collecting all their own equipment/kit – do not share equipment if possible.
• Player is responsible for ensuring they have their own refreshments and/or food.
• Schedule sessions at least 10 minutes apart to avoid or limit any crossover of players.
• Avoid high intensity physical exercise where possible.
• If it is a bowling session, player to use their own balls or coach to use plastic balls which have been washed/dried prior to the session – batters to knock or kick ball back to the bowler and not throw it as usual – the batter should not handle the balls.
• Coach to ensure they have appropriate hand coverings (mitt or gloves) when handling the ball during any skill sessions including when feeding the bowling machine. Where bowling machines are used please ensure they are cleaned thoroughly between uses with dry cleaning products and that all balls used are cleaned with disinfectant. This is the responsibility of the bowling machine operator.
• Players and coaches to wash/sanitise their hands before and after the session.
• Video may be recorded during the session but should not be analysed at the time with the players. This may be sent to the player after the session with coaching notes.
• Players leaving a session must maintain a distance of two metres from other players or coaches as they leave the session.
Remember: No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
Further advice is available at the GOV.UK and Sport England websites. You must regularly check these sites and updated ECB guidance as this policy position is likely to change over time and could also become more regionalised and localised as time progresses.
If you have any further questions please contact ECB here.

By |May 22nd, 2020|

League update – April 2020 (amended 18th April)

1) Please take care to follow the social distancing rules. We want to see you all fit and healthy as soon
as we can start the season.

2) Competitions
All is in a state of flux at the moment as there are no clues as to when and if the season can begin.
Following a meeting of the Management Sub Committee by video conferencing, we are looking at three scenarios, all depending on Government guidance about what is possible when;
a) If cricket can commence in July
Starting a half season in July as close to the 4th July (the normal week when fixtures are
reversed) as possible. This would mean each team in the current divisions playing each other
just once. Starting a week or two later than the 4th might still be ok although it is realised that
some fixtures would need to be amended due to ground availability. Promotion and relegation
would need to be looked at with options for;
i) Normal ups and downs
ii) No ups or downs.
iii) Half season so half measures ie 1 up and 1 down throughout
iv) 1 up and 1 down for Divisions 1 through to 5.
Of these options discussed, option iii) is preferred. There may have to be some adjustments needed
to the previously published fixtures to allow for ground availability etc. Additional fixtures may also
have to be played on Bank Holiday Monday in August and on Saturday 19th September.
b) If cricket can commence in August
No matches until August would leave insufficient time to complete a half season. Therefore a
cup competition could be organised for small regionalised groups. This would need to take into
account club strength thus avoid pairing a Div 1 team with a Div 9 team for example.
c) If cricket can commence in September
No matches possible until September would leave very little scope for an organised competition.
The best suggestion would be for clubs to arrange friendlies or T20’s against local opposition.
If and when cricket is allowed to start, there must be firm emphasis given to junior boys and girls
cricket. There are considerable leisure alternatives for youngsters these days and it is feared we
may lose many if contingencies are not made.
d) We are awaiting further information from the EAPL.

3) Club Finances
The ECB and Sport England have recognised that this current crisis will have a drastic effect upon
the financial health of our member clubs. There are emergency grants and or loans available to
clubs to cover the normal financial outlay for maintaining the club. You can refer to the ECB or Sport
England websites for details and wherever possible the Management Sub Committee will post the
up to date information on the Two Counties website. Whilst a number of staff from both the County
Boards have been furloughed, Graham Pryke (ECCB) and Rob Jones (SCCB) are still working and
can offer assistance. In addition, if your club has to pay local rates or business rates, then please
contact your local council as the government have made funds available to local councils for rate
relief during this crisis.

4) Match Balls
With distribution being totally off the agenda for the foreseeable future, the full 2020 order has been
placed into secure storage. If matches are possible sometime this season then a distribution
day/evening will be arranged with suitable given notice. A number of clubs have already paid for their
balls this season for which the MSC are most appreciative. For those clubs who have yet to pay and
assuming no cricket is possible, then payment will be requested by the end of September.

5) Handbooks
Due to the uncertainty, there will be no handbooks printed this year. If we are able to get any
matches organised then sufficient information, ie rules, contacts etc will be made available either by
email or downloading from the Two Counties website.

6) Indoor Cricket Leagues/Net Practice
It is expected that if there is only limited or even no cricket this summer then there will be a greater
demand for the use of indoor facilities over the close season. Colchester’s Northern gateway facility
has fallen victim to this current crisis and will not now be open in August as planned.

7) On going
The MSC will endeavour to provide all our member clubs with any important news either by email or
messages on the website. With the aid of video conferencing, the MSC have scheduled a further
meeting for Saturday 2nd May by which time, there will hopefully be better news for us all.

By |April 17th, 2020|

The 2020 season – proposals

Having met on Saturday, in video conference, the Management Sub-Committee will be publishing a statement on this website in the next few days, with it’s proposals for how we deal with the 2020 season, if there is to be one. This will also be dispatched to all club admins, as you have entered on Play Cricket, so we reach as many people as possible.

We can let you know though, that the Handbook will not now be published for 2020, but, if required, most of the information required will be put on pages on the website. Club contacts, rules, and so on.

So please keep your eyes on the website for this information.

By |April 12th, 2020|

Update from the ECB

By |April 3rd, 2020|

Overseas player registrations

In light of all the current travel restrictions which have been imposed around the world, if any club who had registered an Overseas Player for 2020, and who now will no longer been travelling to the UK, can they please De-register them from Play Cricket. This will save any complications in ensuing seasons if the player is employed by another club elsewhere in the UK.

By |April 1st, 2020|

Distribution of cricket balls

This has now been delayed indefinitely. However, as the balls have been purchased, and we need to be able to pay our supplier. We shall be asking all member clubs to forward their payments to Andrew Barnes, or pay via Bank Transfer.

By |March 18th, 2020|

Norman Atkins MBE. RIP

So what can I say about the remarkable Norman Atkins that has not been said or thought by us all……………….?

Norman died on the way to hospital on the 16th March. Our thoughts are primarily of course with Maureen, who herself has not been too well lately and with Sandra and Andrew their two children. Times will be hard for them but as a close family I am sure they will get through it together given time, the great healer, for there is light at the end of even the darkest tunnel.

I first met Norman in the early 70s when he was (surprise surprise) playing cricket – later he had a very successful career as an umpire first at club level and then for many years on the Minor Counties panel. He also played table tennis regularly up to a few months ago (or ping pong as I used to irreverently call it and I’m not sure he liked that reference a lot but he was far too much of a gentleman to say so). He was an ardent Witches fan and a lifelong supporter of Ipswich Town FC although we may not care to mention that at the moment.

His career was exemplary culminating in many years as Clerk of the Court at Ipswich Crown Court where his intelligence, analytical mind and clarity of thought was evident to all. He took these skills into administration, first with his beloved St Margarets CC, then as Chairman of the Two Counties Championship and Chairman of Suffolk County Cricket Club. These skills were most noticeable at Committee Meetings where he was excellent – he listened to and took all points into account without leading the direction of the discussion in any way. Many times someone in Committee would come up enthusiastically with a good idea but Norman would say “but what if ….”. It is amazing how many times over the years that that “what if” was correct!

Oh and I should mention that Norman also collected a well deserved MBE from the Queen for his services as a Chief Clerk of Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds Crown Courts. This is in addition to the dedication shown in the various administrative roles that he took on, unpaid and time consuming as they were. It is my view that if anyone deserves a posthumous Knighthood then it is he …..

The funeral will be a private affair, but it is hoped that at a future time there will be a celebration of his life where all can attend. Donations rather than flowers to:

The Cliff Piper Memorial Fund c/o. Farthing Funeral Service, Deben House, 650, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PW.

Well done Norman for your significant contribution in so many fields of endeavour you can now take a well earned rest. RIP old friend I and many other will never forget you……

Rick Jones

By |March 17th, 2020|

Cricket suspended in Essex and Suffolk, the message from the ECB

Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.

This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.

Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical well-being, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities – particularly at junior levels.

Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.

It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.

Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues.

We understand that countless hours of work from thousands of volunteers have already gone into getting ready for the 2020 season and we know how disappointing this will be. We are thankful for the huge role that volunteers play in local cricket, to ensure the game remains at the heart of communities.

We know that you and your clubs can play an important role in bringing your community together once we get past this period of time.

By |March 17th, 2020|

Aged 16-19? Want to become a cricketer & also stay in Education!?

Located at the brand new cricket facilities in Colchester. This is targeted at 16-19 year old school leavers looking for further education and enhance their cricket skills at our high performance coaching program.

This is a government run college course starting in September 2020.

Aged 16-19? Want to become a cricketer & also stay in Education!?

‘ The R66T Academy is proud to team up with the Sigma Trust to deliver cricket coaching on the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Sport at their Colchester Campus in Essex.

When we created the R66T Academy our intention was to try to provide some form of vocational accreditation for aspiring young cricketers. Our partnership with Sigma Sixth gives us the opportunity to do this for the first time.

When my boys, Joe and Billy were at school age I would have had no hesitation in suggesting they sign up to the course. It is the ideal foundation for young boys and girls wanting to pursue a career in cricket. Not only will they receive a formal qualification equivalent to three ‘A’ levels (Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma) but they will also receive coaching of the highest standard and learn all aspects of the sport.

If the course is successful, the intention is to roll out the project in future to other parts of the country.

The R66T Academy is a non-for-profit social enterprise.
For more information please visit: therootacademy.co.uk/ ‘

Matt Root B.Ed (Hons)
R66T Academy Founder

Our website link is now LIVE too – https://www.therootacademy.co.uk/coaching/btec-college-course/

Root Academy pdf

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Ben Stephens – Executive Director
By |March 12th, 2020|

Ladies fixtures posted

At long last the fixtures for the four Ladies T20 competitions have been posted on this website, and in Play Cricket. For those of you that did not know previously, but the 35 over Ladies Challenge has been absorbed into the new East Anglian Premier Ladies League, with all five teams who had participated in that competition last year now taking part in the new Championship, which falls outside our Management.

We do, also, welcome Coton Cricket Clubs’ Ladies team, from Cambridgeshire, who are participating in the West Section T20 competition.

By |March 7th, 2020|

Earls Colne agree to switch

To restore parity in the numbers participating in the two sections of Division Nine this summer, following the withdrawal of BT Waldringfield, Earls Colne CC have agreed to switch from one section to the other.

The revised fixture lists have now been added to the Fixture Pages, and into Play Cricket.

By |March 5th, 2020|