Division One Champions

Mildenhall

Division Two Champions

Maldon

Division Three Champions

Copdock & O.I. II

Division Four Champions

Wivenhoe II

Division Five Champions

Kesgrave

Division Six Champions

Stowmarket

Division Seven Champions

Tendring

Division Eight Champions

Battisford

Division Nine E Champions

Copdock & O.I. III

Division Nine S Champions

Dunmow II

Division Nine W Champions

Lakenheath II

Division C Champions

Wivenhoe

Ladies Challenge Champions

Easton

Ladies T-20 Champions

Copdock & O.I.

Welcome to the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship

The Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship is a feeder league into the East Anglian Premier League. Membership is open to clubs based in Suffolk and Essex.

AGM report

REPORTS

a) Chairman Norman Atkins reported that: –

The 2016 season was probably the most difficult for Clubs for many a year. A cold and

wet start saw many games cancelled and then with the football overreaching well into

the season with the Euros, followed by a new reason for unavailability, music festivals,

and then the new football season, the result was a number of conceded matches. This

indicated that a number of clubs are struggling to survive. We are not alone and the

neighbouring feeder leagues are experiencing the same problems.

If this was not enough the behaviour of some players leaves much to be desired. The

number of reports and complaints to the Management Sub- Committee were more than

ever before.

Then the Management Sub-Committee had the disappointing task of dealing with an

admitted breach of rule 13e by one club. The committee had no choice but to impose

penalties clearly set out in rule 13a.

However the curse, social media then came into play with members of the committee being

insulted for the action taken. In addition emails were sent to individual members of

the committee.

This is clearly unacceptable and with the bad behaviour on the field mentioned earlier it

is clear that the “Spirit of Cricket” has disappeared along with the respect for

Officers of the League from some of our clubs.

The members of the committee are all volunteers, some of whom give up a huge

amount of time to provide a well organised league for you all to enjoy.

If we all walk away because of the abuse received I doubt very much that those

taking to social media will be putting themselves forward when we come to the

election of officers later in the evening.

Whilst having a moan I must mention the failure of Clubs to abide by the rules

generally. Failure to send in results, umpires reports or provide scorers in divisions

1 & 2 are the main problems.

These breaches have previously been dealt with by the way of fines. In the future

the committee will be discussing the imposition of points deductions for all breaches

of our rules on a regular basis.

Late results delay the updating of league tables and the issuing of information to the

press etc. They also make the work of our results secretary more difficult and time

consuming.

Turning to action on the field, which surely should be the main item of this report,

we offer congratulations to Mildenhall who finished as champions of Division 1,

with Wivenhoe as the Essex runners up and Worlington as the Suffolk runners up.

Mildenhall without having to contest the play-offs will join the EAPL in 2017.

Unfortunately Woolpit finished bottom and have been relegated back to Division 1

for 2017.

Most divisions saw runaway leaders and there were very few promotions decided on the

final day of the season. It was a similar story at the bottom of the divisions with again

most relegation issues decided before the final games.

Congratulations to all our winners and, of course, commiserations to all the teams who

were relegated.

The flagship of the Two Counties was again the Overs 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Managed by

our President Geoff Newman, in his usual efficient way the seniors also experienced

a difficult year and in his report Geoff said it was the most difficult in the last 29 years

due to circumstances beyond his control i.e. weather.

Geoff, as usual was well supported by many helpers including the team captains, Pat

Patel, Edgar Dunkley, Graham Penny and Richard Kemp. In addition many umpires

and scorers gave their time to make sure our seniors looked a professional organisation.

In addition the clubs and their tea ladies provided essential support.

Also there were the usual social activities throughout the year.

At last year’s AGM the clubs voted in favour of the committee amending the rules of

our competition. Wholesale changes have been avoided but rule 15 was amended to

encourage clubs to play shorter matches, especially in inclement weather, with the

bonus points for batting being amended accordingly. This seemed to happen many

times in 2016.

Clubs were informed that they could send in suggested alterations by 1st August each

year. Many clubs did so and it was interesting that some clubs favoured more regional

divisions whilst other clubs took exactly the opposite view suggesting divisions 1-11

with promotion and relegation throughout.

The committee still has to finalise rule changes for 2017 but the following have already

been agreed-

Registration of players in Divisions 1, 2 & 3

Reducing overs in Divisions 9 from 90 overs to 80 overs

Earlier start times in April and from August 16th to the end of the season.

Having moaned quite a lot I have two further moans. Completed team cards are still

not being exchanged before the start, and clubs with bank holiday fixtures

strengthening up. There is no excuse for playing EAPL players in division 5. A rule

to prevent this would prevent players playing up in an emergency. Please be sensible

and avoid having yet more rules to break.

Now some good news- you will have noticed the return of our secretary Allison

Heathcote tonight. Welcome back and thanks for resuming your duties.

It is now my duty to acknowledge the efforts of all those people who make the Two

Counties the success it is- Thanks to Steve Isaac for running the website and the

results service. Thanks to all the members of the committee – excellent attendance

at our meetings and vital work done by all members. Thanks to the members of

the disciplinary sub-committee, although there were no formal hearings, discipline

as you have heard is still a problem. Thanks to the press, the EADT and the Ipswich

Star which still gives weekly coverage – all the matches played with tables, results

and photos on a 2 page spread usually on a Tuesday. Unfortunately matters of

importance like this meeting, no longer get reported. However there were frequent

reports of our seniors matches. Thanks to David Mann for his weekly slot on BBC

Radio Suffolk. Thanks to Mel Phair and Phil Smith who run the umpires panel

appointments. This is a time consuming and often thankless task but it is so

important for us to have panel umpires in our top divisions.

Finally thanks to Mike Thew and the partners of Marshall Hatchick for their continued

sponsorship of our Championship. It is so important to have sponsors and in the

current climate they are not easy to find. Hopefully the sponsorship will continue

next season. So a reminder to all clubs and their members requiring legal services-

use our sponsors Marshall Hatchick.

b) Secretary –

I would like to start by thanking Tex for standing in for me during my absence and also thanks for all the kind messages received.

Whilst it was an unscheduled break, on my return it seems that things haven’t changed. There have again been numerous cases of disciplinary issues being reported and alarmingly a lot of these in matches where panel umpires are not appointed which makes it much more difficult to establish the correct facts. In almost all cases the cause has been dissent to an official which is rather upsetting and everyone should be reminded of the spirit of cricket.

Again I try not so send too many messages out, however when I do send them a reply is appreciated, I spend a lot of time chasing for responses which is unnecessary and time consuming.

Can I remind all Clubs that won a trophy last season that this should be returned to me tonight so it can be engraved in time for the presentation evening. If you have not brought it with you please see me at the end of the meeting so we can make alternative arrangements. I will be sending out the flier in the next couple of days advertising the evening, please let me know ASAP if your club is attending, especially the league winners.

c) Treasurer

The accounts showing a balance of £9976.59 were presented by the Treasurer, Andrew Barnes. There is a similar level of funds to that of last year. The income is marginally down due less activity in the seniors’ accounts.

The accounts were adopted.

d) Fixture Secretary

Norman reported that this season’s fixtures will run from Saturday 22nd April to Saturday 16th

September. There are 1200 fixtures to be arranged and this season there are only 6 bank

holiday fixtures. These should be distributed in the next 10 days or so. If you need to make

any changes these must be agreed with the opposition and reported to me by the 31st December.

e) Assistant Secretary

Alan Rogers presented a written report to all clubs with the statistics of the fines for non-reporting of results. The report contained concerns about the continuing lack of correctly completed score cards

onto sportstatz and the unnecessary extra work this involves.

f) Standards Sub-Committee

The forms for those Clubs who have panel umpires were distributed to those concerned. The main point from the reports was that discipline was worse than last season. A mention however for Easton who had an excellent record for both player and captain discipline.

g) Umpires’ Panel

There are still a few clubs that are not always sending in their weekly assessments of umpires. Also,

where captains have marked 1’s and 2’s they are not notifying umpires on the day and submitting a

report explaining the reasons for such marks. For us to improve, we need to know so that the

necessary corrective action can be taken.

We have recommended that captains meet with the umpires after a game for a debriefing to

include any areas of misunderstanding. Mostly it is the Laws of Cricket not being fully

understood and it is where an umpire can explain any action or inaction on their part.

We still can quite clearly see by the marks that are submitted, which team won and which

team lost. Winning or losing is not a criteria to mark umpires.

With the success of some of our umpires now officiating in the EAPL, it leaves more of a gap to

fill in our leagues. More new recruits are most welcome so that we can cover more fixtures.

Whilst behaviour has continued to improve, there are a few isolated incidents where some of

our umpires fail in their duty to report in an effort to further reduce any bad behaviour. We

continually inform our umpires that unless we report responsibly, culprits who avoid any

sanction appear to believe their ill-advised actions are part of the game. Captains and

Umpires alike must protect the spirit of the game.

When there have been reports by umpires, can they be informed of any action taken.

Thanks to all the captains for their co-operation in helping to make cricket enjoyable for

all. Also thanks to the 2 Counties committee for the improved dialogue we now have.

h) East Anglian Premier Cricket League

There was no representative present, but Andy Abbott, secretary sent a written report.

As in 2015 the weather for 2016 has been kind to us resulting in only 9 Fixtures being cancelled, a

further 7 Fixtures being abandoned and long may such weather continue.

The standard of cricket being played has been maintained with a trend for those winning the toss

batting second and being prepared to chase a score that had been set, winning increasingly being

viewed more important than a draw or a possible loss.

The top of the League was dominated by Swardeston CC, who eventually became the League winners

for the 5th consecutive season and congratulations to them. The runners were Cambridge Granta CC.

Swardeston also went on to win the Nat West Club T20 and were beaten finalists in the Royal London

National Club Championship.

Throughout the season a number of Clubs struggled at varying times, amongst them being Burwell,

Great Witchingham, Horsford and Woolpit. Only on the last Saturday of the Season was the relegated

Club confirmed in a fixture between Horsford CC and Woolpit CC, the decision finally confirmed by

the weather with the match being abandoned.

Regretfully Woolpit CC were relegated back to the Two Counties League for the 2017 Season. During

their period in the League Woolpit CC proved to be a popular Club, well organised, and with good

facilities. We wish them all best for 2017 and believe we may well see them in the League again.

There was no need for Play Off matches to be played. Mildenhall CC are promoted to the League for

2017 as winners of the Two Counties League.

For the first time in many years the Clubs at the Annual General Meeting held on Monday have voted

for a change in format adopting a split format similar to many ECB Premier Leagues.

Each side meeting each other once in a 50 over win lose game and once in the current format.

The first 5 games and last six of the season will be 50 over games and the middle eleven will be of the

current format.

The EAPL welcomes your management committees’ decision to have player registration for your top

three leagues and hopes that you will take up the Play Cricket option as then direct on line links can be

established with all the feeder leagues.

The EAPL wishes to place on record its thanks once again to your Chairman Norman Atkins for his help

in preparing the Leagues fixtures.

i) Essex and Suffolk Cricket Boards ( Dan Feist)

Dan Feist gave a presentation “ Cricket Unleashed “ on behalf of both boards to the meeting

and answered questions relating to the presentation.

j) Suffolk Groundsman Association

Ross Stannard advised that the association had assisted in a lot of end of season ground renovations. They will also be continuing to run more workshops assisted by Adrian Gayle and David Oakes.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2016/17

The following were elected:

a) President Geoffrey Newman }

b) Vice presidents

Phil Drury, John Bradley, John Stuck, Mike Thew, Gill Denny }

c) Chairman Norman Atkins

d) Secretary Allison Heathcote }

e) Asst. Secretary Alan Rogers } en bloc

f) Treasurer Andrew Barnes } Prop: Eye 2nd: Boxted

g) Fixture Secretary Norman Atkins }

h) Results Secretary Steve Isaac }

i) Management Sub-Committee

Geoff Eveling (Braintree) } en bloc

Rick Jones (Ipswich) } Prop: Eye 2nd: Boxted

Pat Patel (Frinton on Sea) }

Ross Stannard (Eye & District) }

j) Disciplinary Sub-Committee

Michael Thew (Chairman) }

Hugh Newman (Vice Chairman) }

There are also two representatives each from Suffolk and Essex Clubs (should be regular players from Divs1 or 2) and two umpires from the umpire’s panel. These do not have to be elected members at the AGM.

i) Appeals Sub-Committee

Philip George (Colchester & EE) } Election not required, this committee

Toby Pound (Felixstowe) } is drawn from known solicitors willing

Chris Yemm (Hadleigh) } to sit in such rare occasions, new volunteers

would be welcomed.

There was also a request for divisional results secretaries as Alan Rogers is no longer wishing to do this job.

No volunteers were forthcoming so this will be dealt with at the next committee meeting.

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RULES:

These no longer need to be voted at the AGM.

Norman clarified some of the rule changes affecting Division C for next season –

League to be renamed Sunday League.

No overseas players eligible to play.

No player may bowl more than 1/5 of the overs.

Any player who has scored at least 300 runs or taken at least 20 wickets in the previous season

in Div 1 or 2, EAPL or the top three tiers of any other ECB league is not eligible to play.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP – There had been two applications for membership from Saxmundham and Great Horkesley & Lexden but these have both been withdrawn.

MAKE UP OF DIVISIONS FOR 2017 SEASON-

Divisions 1-5 will each consist of 12 teams, Divisions 6-8 – 10 teams and Division 9 will be 3 regionalised leagues each with teams of 9.

FIXTURE MEETING AT IPSWICH CC – Monday 24th October 2016

Member clubs with teams in Division “C” were reminded that they must be represented at this meeting and not

leave until the fixtures have all been arranged. All Saturday competition fixtures will be emailed as soon as

possible.

The Ladies AGM will be held at Ipswich CC on Monday 31st October and all clubs entering a team must also be

represented at this meeting.

PRESENTATION EVENING

This will take the form of a winners and sponsors dinner at Hintlesham Golf Club on Saturday 26th November. All divisional winners are expected to be represented. Geoff Miller will be speaking at the event.

SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 2017 (Rule 2).

Andrew Barnes had suggested that the annual subscription remain at £50 per club, this was carried unanimously.

RULE 25a. DISCIPLINARY MATTERS.

(a). Amount of deposit required to lodge an appeal £50

(b). Maximum financial penalties:

(i). A guilty club £500

(ii). A guilty player £200

Carried.

BALL ORDERS must be in tonight with a deposit. All Clubs are reminded that every ball used in the Championship must be purchased through the Two Counties Championship.

NON-ATTENDANCE AT THIS MEETING. Brantham (who have now withdrawn from the League), Brockley, West Bergholt and Yoxford CC were not present tonight and delegates recommended to the Management sub-committee that a fine of £100 be imposed unless good reasons given.

By |November 29th, 2016|

Umpiring Courses

There is an Umpires Level One course for prospective new Umpires being run on Saturday 28th January and Saturday 4th February from 9.30am to 4pm, probably at Crowfield Village Hall. If anyone is interested in attending the course please could they in the first instance register their interest with Katie Ostler at the Suffolk Cricket Board.
There is a shortage of Umpires available, and if anyone is coming to the end of their playing career, and wish to continue being involved this is a good way to continue.
Secondly there is a “20-minute Umpire” course which is available to all clubs ( or those who want to link up with others to make it a worthwhile evening).Tutors from the Association will gladly come along and explain the basic Laws and regulations for those players who are asked to ” go out and umpire for a bit”.
Please contact Allison Heathcote if your club is interested and she will pass the details on.
By |November 29th, 2016|

Annual General Meeting

Just to remind everyone and every club that the Annual General Meeting is being held on Wednesday October 12th 2016, at Colchester Rugby Club, Mill Road, Colchester. 7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start.

By |October 9th, 2016|

Over 50s 20/20

Semi Finals  Herts O 50s v Ipswich Seniors

Herts 126 for 8, D Humpreys 25 A Waqas 23. G.Funnell 3-24

Ipswich 125 for 7 Jones 37, S Bumphrey 26, D Topley 26. M Neville 3-26

Herts won by 1 run

Audi Suffolk Alliance 103 for 5 , S Sargent 35, S Cooper 13no.  T Oram 2-14, A Stockton 2-21

M H Two Counties 105 for 4 S Stobbs 33, N Meakin 27. R Uren 2-21

M H Two Counties won by 6 wickets.

Play Off for third place

Ipswich 106 for 8  Jones 14, G Denny  13.  A Barnes 2-14

Audi Suffolk Alliance 110 for 3 S Sargent 37, E Davy 30.

Suffolk Alliance won by 7 wickets

FINAL

M H Two Counties  94 for 8 A Stockton 35, S Henderson 19. M Neville 2-13

Herts 95 for 3  S Clements 30,  N Illott 30,  A Parsons 2-22

Herts O 50s won by 7 wickets.

Hertfordshire are Champions

The Annual Suffolk 20/20 Invitation Tournament played at Ipswich C C turned out to be an exciting event  with three of the four games finishing in the final over. Runs were hard to come by and the bowlers generally were on top throughout. In the first semi final Ipswich managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as Herts just got home by 1 run in a game they always looked likely to lose. In the final over they held their heads when Ipswich tried to smash themselves to victory  when cooler heads would have had them running  singles to secure victory. For Ipswich G Jones 37, S Bumphrey  26 and D Topley 26 showed up well on the batting front with A Funnell 3-24 doing well with the ball. Herts were well served by D Humphreys 25, A Waqas 23 with M Neviile taking the bowling honours  with 3-26.

In the other semi final the M H Two Counties just got home in a nail biting game against the Audi Suffolk Alliance winning by six wickets in the final over. The Alliance side batted first and found runs at a premium against a sound Two Counties attack with all the bowlers giving little away.  Tony Oram 2-14, Adrian Stockton 2-22 and Martin Southwell 1-14 securing wickets in their allotted 4 overs. Simon Sargent was the Alliances main threat with the bat scoring 35 with Stuart Cooper finishing with an unbeaten 13 to give the Alliance a final total of 103.

Two Counties set off like a house on fire and Stuart Stobbs 33 and Nick Meakin 27 put Two Counties well into the driving seat. Some tight bowling from R Uran 2-21, T Shahid 1-17 put the brakes on things however and it was left to Adrian Stockton 16no to get the Two Counties home by 6 wickets with three balls to spare.

In the play off for 3rd place The Suffolk Alliance won well in the only game that finished with overs to spare at the end. Chasing Ipswich’s total of 106 (D Jones 14, G Denny 13), Simon Sargent 37 and Eric Davy 30 ensured an Alliance win, despite A Barnes 2-14 efforts with the ball. The Alliance winning by a comfortable 7 wicket margin.

The final proved to be a low scoring affair between The M H Two Counties and Hertfordshire. Put into bat the Two Counties struggled against a mean attack with M Neville 2-13 and A Waqas  1-11 proving to be a real handful. Steve Henderson 19 and K Dobson 15 fought hard early on but it was left to Adrian Stockton 35 to get the Two Counties to a meagre looking 94 for 8.

Just as the Two Counties batsmen suffered Herts found runs very hard to come by S Clements 30 and N Illott 30 looked well in but couldn’t accelerate the run rate too much, it was left to an undefeated 18 from J Mather that got the Herts team to victory in the final over by 7 wickets. All the Two Counties bowlers fought hard with Alex Parsons

2-22 the main wicket taker with Nigel Dennis only conceding 7 runs in his four overs. Martin Southwell and Tony Oram also went for very few runs. A good game played in a good spirit  with Herts still wondering how they survived their first game against Ipswich.

A great days entertainment that was well staged by the Ipswich Club successfully.

Kindest regards

Geoff Newman

By |September 22nd, 2016|

John’s 200

The M H Two Counties are pleased to announce the phenomenal achievement by local legend John Stuck who last week scored his 200th century. John was guesting for a team playing against the 40 Club at Loughton.

John will be figuring this weekend for the M H Two Counties in the annual John Hutton O 60s competition at Ipswich C C, Clayhall on Saturday. On Sunday he will be skippering The M H Two Counties O 60s team to play an Ipswich XI at the same venue.

By |September 22nd, 2016|

The final League game of the season

*home team

DIVISION C:
*Abberton (20pts) 240-5, Wivenhoe (6pts) 189        Abberton won by 51 runs, 80 overs

By |September 18th, 2016|

Veteran’s teams for the final weekend at Ipswich

Saturday September 24th: John Hutton O60s Tournament. Start 10.30am.

Graham Penny (capt), John Stuck (wkt), Martin Southwell, Steve Bulger, Andy Mills, Stuart Stobbs, Peter Boughton, Dave Hinchcliffe, Derrick Messent, Simon Rippingale, Don Curtis, Steve Isaac (12th man).

Sunday September 25th: Over 50s v Ipswich Seniors A. Start 11am.

Pat Patel (capt), Mark Paget (wkt), Tony Oram, Eric Davy, Alex Parsons, Steven Henderson, Terry Charrington, Nick Meakin, Andrew Gallant, Mark Comber, Roger Goodwin, Gerard Artindale.

Sunday September 25th: Over 60s v Ipswich Seniors B. Start 11am.

John Stuck (capt), Bob Richards (wkt), BJ Ball, Ray Black, Steve Bulger, Stuart Carpenter, Bruce Tompkins, Russ Abbott, Steve Isaac, Martin Southwell, John Stonehouse, Alan Cooke.

By |September 18th, 2016|

Herts overcome

M H Two Counties O 60s v Herts O 60s at Copford C C on 13/9/16 (40 over game)

Herts O 60s 216 for 6. S. Clements 72, J Mather 62no. C Waters 2-32

Two Counties 217 for 4. C Walters 63, R Black 58, G Penny 37no. A Welch 2-70

M H Two Counties won by 6 wickets.

The Two Counties O 60s entertained the Hertfordshire O 60s at the lovely unique Copford ground on yet another scorching day. Herts batted first and after a steady start  against some accurate bowling from Dave Hinchcliffe and Bruce Tompkins they lost a few wickets with a number of their batsmen reaching double figures but not sustaining any great progress. Simon Clements however notched a fine 72 and things were looking up for Herts. Martin Southwell however removed the dangerous Clements and he slowed things down by bowling three maidens in his 8 over spell. Herts finished on a good note with J Mather scoring 62no that pushed  the score along but they never really  succeeded in taking the Two Counties attack to the cleaners. Their final total of 216 for 6 was competitive but never  really out of sight.

Two Counties lost Don Curtis early and John Stuck  with the score on 38. With things hovering either way, Ray  Black took control of things however and put the Two Counties in the driving seat with a swashbuckling  58 from only 45 balls in an innings that contained some scintillating drives. He figured in a good stand with Colin Walters who carried on the good work despite some good bowling from D Reynolds, J Mather and A Welch. When Colin departed with a well struck 63 it was left to skipper Graham Penny 37no to shepherd the Two Counties home to a six wicket win with support from Steve Isaac with four overs to spare.

A good game played in a fine spirit with both sides enjoying some excellent hospitality from the Copford  Club on a very good cricket wicket.

Kindest regards

Geoff Newman

By |September 14th, 2016|

Coggeshall accept their error

Coggeshall CC have decided against appealling the Management Sub-Committee’s decision to deduct 77 points from their acrued total.

The effect sees them drop into 11th position in Division One, and, with it, relegation to Division Two for next season.

By |September 12th, 2016|

Halstead Seniors successful

M H Two Counties O 50s v Halstead Seniors at Halstead on 11/9/16 ( timed game )

Two Counties O 50s 234 for 9 dec C. Walters 91, E Davy 68.  J Rose 2-28, M Johnson 2-24, J Clinch 2-42, M Harris 2-44

Halstead Snrs  236 for 3. M Johnson 62, J Clinch 63no,  O Rawlinson 49, R Holman 33. T Charrington  2-46

Halstead won by 7 wickets.

At Halstead the home side put their season to bed with their annual all day fixture against the M H Two Counties O 50s. Batting first the Two Counties got off to a bad start when skipper Pat Patel was out to the first ball of the game, Kevin Ross followed soon after and it was left to a 140 stand between Colin Walters and Eric Davy to repair the damage. They both battled very hard against some very good home bowling Colin just falling short of a century on 91 whilst Eric Davy struck an excellent 68. When they both were out after lunch a collapse followed   and The Two Counties lost 6 wickets for 20runs. The Bowlers all shared the wickets J Rose, M Harris, J Clinch and M Johnson all claiming a brace of victims each. It was left to a last wicket partnership between Tony Oram and Mark Paget to enable the Two Counties to declare on 234 for 9.

Halstead controlled their innings throughout and they always looked likely to achieve the runs needed for victory. J Clinch 63no, M Johnson 62, O Rawlinson 49, and R Holman 33 built some good partnerships and the win was achieved with 4 overs to go. Terry Charrington was the Two Counties main wicket taker finishing with 2-46. As usual the Halstead hospitalty was second to none and a good days cricket was enjoyed by players and spectators alike.

Kindest regards

Geoff Newman

By |September 12th, 2016|

Veterans record a memorable victory

M H Two Counties O 50s v Middlesex O 50s at Frinton C C on 7/9/16 ( 45 over game )
Middlesex O 50s 223 for 6. C Alder 71no, D Thakker 54, H Seipal 45. T Charrington 2-67, K Ross 1-16.
Two Counties O 50s 224 for 5. E Davy 87no, K Ross 48no, C Walters 27. D Thakker 2-55 A Marshall 1-23
M H Two Counties O 50s won by 5 wickets
The M H Two Counties O 50s entertained Middlesex O 50s at the superb Frinton ground in what proved to be one of the Two Counties great victories. In an excellent encounter that produced really good cricket throughout the home side won off the penultimate over, a game that will stick in the memory of players and onlookers alike.
Batting first Middlesex opened slowly mainly due to some excellent bowling from Kevin Ross and Tony Oram. C Alder held the innings together with a patient 71no before a blast off from D Thakker 54, and H Seipal 45 before both were stumped by the ever alert Mark Paget. Martin Southwell bowled tightly in this period but the Middlesex team forged ahead to finish on 223, a commanding total.
The Two Counties made their intention early by batting aggressively from the outset despite losing Pat Patel and Nick Meakin. A Marshall 1-23 and D Thakker 2-55 both bowled well in this period, Colin Walters fell with his score on 27 and it was left to Eric Davy and John Gallant to steady the ship. Following a lean period Eric Davy 87no and Kevin Ross 48no embarked on a superb 99 run stand that gave the Two Counties an eventual thrilling win with one over to go. This partnership had everything great and aggressive stroke play and excellent running between the wickets thus giving the Two Counties an outstanding victory in an outstanding game despite the efforts of K Desai and R Bonnywell. The Middlesex team stayed on late to help the Home side celebrate the game. As ever Tina Patel produced a brilliant tea with the usual excellent support from the Frinton Club a game to remember.
M H Two Counties O 60s v Billericay Vets at Elmstead C C on 8/9/16 ( 40 over game )
Two Counties O 60s 228 for 5. R Ratford 67, S Stobbs 37no, K Patel 34, M Southwell 32no. S Carpenter 3-44
Billericay 180 all out. S Sood 80, D Curtis 28, G Willy 25. S Stobbs 3-29, M Southwell 3-57.
M H Two Counties won by 48 runs.

On another warm and dry day the M H Two Counties O 60s played host to Billericay Veterans at the excellent Elmstead ground. Batting first the Two Counties accumulated runs throughout their innings with Ricky Ratford leading the way with a well struck 67. Kiran Patel added some impetus with a hard hitting 34 before Stuart Stobbs 37no and Martin Southwell 32 no turned the screws on with a quickfire 54 run stand that gave the Two Counties an impressive total of 228. Stuart Carpenter was the main wicket taker with 3-44 whilst S Sood and D Muldoon also battled hard in the sunshine.
Billericay made a great attempt to get the runs needed for victory and at one stage were well in the hunt with S Sood leading from the front. Sood had made 80 before he became one of Sturt Stobbs 3 victims, he was well backed up by D Curtis 28, G Willey 25, and M Astles 23. The Two Counties bowlers were not to be denied however and Dave Hinchcliff 2-38 and Martin Southwell 3-57 and Stuart Stobbs 3-29 completed the Two Counties 48 run win when the Billericay team were dismissed for 180.
As ever Mick and Carol Orman and their helpers made sure that everything went well at the well appointed Elmstead Club that have hosted The Two Counties sides for a number of years.
Kindest regards
Geoff Newman
By |September 10th, 2016|

Concessions hand Wivenhoe Div Four title

Four concessions so far received on the final Saturday of the season, with Woodbridge & O.W. concession to Wivenhoe II handing the Essex club the title without having to play. Brightlingsea have conceded their Division Three match at Coggeshall. West Mersea have conceded their Division Six match to Kelvedon & Feering, and the final, and least surprising, Brantham have conceded for fifth time this season. They had been due to travel to Woolpit.

By |September 9th, 2016|