Division One Champions

Elmstead

Division Two Champions

Coggeshall

Division Three Champions

Little Bardfield Village

Division Four Champions

Kesgrave

Division Five Champions

Stowmarket

Division Six Champions

Stowupland

Division Seven Champions

Battisford

Division Eight Champions

Maldon III

Division Nine E Champions

Eye & District

Division Nine S Champions

Coggeshall III

Division Nine W Champions

Bardwell

Sunday Champions

Great Bromley

Ladies Challenge Champions

Woolpit

Ladies T20 Champions

(A) Mistley (B) Saffron Walden

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.

Rule changes

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.

Rule 13f
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.

Rule 13g
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
Counties Championship.

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 rickjones@ntlworld.com
or
Geoff Eveling geoffeveling221@btinternet.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
Championship.

 

By |December 10th, 2017|

Overseas players section

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.

By |December 10th, 2017|

Harwich & Dovercourt friendly request

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

By |December 1st, 2017|

Applicants voted in

Ardleigh (Sunday Division only), Chappell & Wakes Colne, Saxmundham and Earls Colne were all elected to the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship. However, the application from Great Horkesley & Lexden was withdrawn before the meeting, as was the request from Walsham le Willows to field a second team.
Ardleigh will only participate in the Sunday Division, also joining this section next season, is Harwich & Dovercourt, but Copford have withdrawn from it.
The withdrawal of Exning has lead to the third placed clubs in Divisions Four to Six now gaining promotion. It could be extended further down the divisions, but that will all be dependent on the decision, which had to be delayed, on the formation of those divisions.
The Management Sub-Committee were all re-elected but Alan Rogers now takes over as League Secretary, with a vacancy as Assistant Secretary to be filled. This role involves the checking of results and tables amongst the duties. If there is a volunteer out there somewhere, then can you please contact Alan Rogers.

By |October 19th, 2017|

Exning CC resignation shock.

The League has been shocked by the sudden resignation of Exning CC from the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship. The immediate effect is that from Division Three downwards, unless anything to the contrary occurs at next Wednesday’s Annual General Meeting an alternative division constitution will be circulated.

The following is the text received from Philip King, Exning’s Championship Representative.

“For a number of months now, Exning and Burwell Cricket Clubs have been actively discussing a merger. In late August the two General Committees met and at that meeting a decision was taken to proceed with more detailed discussions with a view to the two Clubs merging for the start of the 2018 season. The basis for the detailed discussions is detailed within a single document “Club Merger – Outline Case for Change” the contents of which have been agreed by both Clubs.

Both General Committees have considered the case for a merger very carefully and in detail, and have concluded that this represents a significant point in the development of both Clubs and is a huge opportunity for the members and players of both clubs.

In the past 8 days both Clubs have passed resolutions at specially convened EGM’s to proceed with the merger. It has been decided that the merged Club will compete in the East Anglian Premier League and the Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Cricket League from the 2018 season.

In order to provide the TCCC with sufficient time to make arrangements for next season, we are notifying the league at the earliest opportunity.

This letter confirms the resignation of Exning Cricket Club from the Two Counties Cricket Championship with immediate effect.

Exning Cricket Club would like to wish the league and all member Clubs best wishes for the future.”

By |October 14th, 2017|

The remaining incomplete scorecards

Now that we have reached the end of the season, and some of these scorecards are long overdue in being completed. Hefty fines and even points deductions will be enforced upon the teams whose teams are incomplete, and on the home team where the entire scorecard has not been submitted. Sufficient warnings have been issued, no further excuses can be accepted.

6th August: Shotley Peninsula v Melton St. Audrys – Ladies T20 Section B – No scorecard details whatsoever
20th August: Battisford v Saffron Walden – Ladies T20 Section B – two Battisford players missing
26th August: Bury St. Edmunds III v Stowupland – Div 6 – three Stowupland players missing
16th September: Nowton v Needham Market – Div 5 – Nowton team needs completeing
16th September: Witham II v Stowmarket – Div 5 – No scorecard details whatsoever

By |September 23rd, 2017|

Final Veterans teams of the season

Over 60s A squad for John Hutton Invitation T20 Tournament
Ground: Ipswich CC
Date: Saturday 30th September at 10.30am
Umpires: various. Scorer: Charles Revell

Edgar Dunkley (capt), John Stuck (wkt); Colin Walters; Stephen Henderson; Simon Rippingale; Stuart Stobbs; Steve Bulger; Don Curtis; Kevin Dobson; Dave Hinchcliffe; Stuart Carpenter.

Over 60s B squad for John Hutton Invitation T20 Tournament
Ground: Ipswich CC
Date: Saturday 30th September at 10.30am
Umpires: various. Scorer: –

Bruce Tompkins (capt); Lance Cruse; Charlie Withams; Silvester McKnight; Tony Oram; B J Ball; Willie Mugleston; Chris Martin; Steve Isaac; Ian Johnson; Trevor Money.

Over 50s v Ipswich CC A (Ron Noyce Memorial Match)
Ground:  Ipswich CC
Date: Sunday 1st October at 11.00am
Umpires: Kevin Walker & Barrie Phillpotts. Scorer: Charles Revell

Pat Patel (capt); John Stuck (wkt); Adrian Stockton; Nick Meakin; Tony Oram; Chris Hills; Stephen Henderson; Eric Davy; Steve Bulger; Phil Tompkins; Simon Sargeant; Trevor Money.

Over 60s v Ipswich CC B
Ground:  Ipswich CC
Date: Sunday 1st October at 11.00am
Umpires: Ray Digweed & Phil Smith. Scorers: Mel Mildenhall, Lesley Turner

Edgar Dunkley (capt); Alan Elsbury (Halstead); Chris Martin; B J Ball; Phil Cox; Alan Sims; Glyn Webster; Don Curtis; Bruce Tompkins; Martin Maxim; Stuart Carpenter; Steve Isaac.

By |September 23rd, 2017|

Halstead wash-out

M H Two Counties O 50s v Halstead Vets at Halstead on 17/9/2017 ( timed game)
Halstead 124 for 4 after 51 overs J Rose 62, G Dicker 42,B Tompkins  2-14

Match abandoned as a draw after heavy rain

Yet again the M H Two Counties O 50s team had their efforts dashed by the weather. Halstead had struggled to 124 for 4 after 51 overs on a difficult wicket when the heavens opened and yet again their match had to be abandoned with the ground far to wet to continue. For Halstead Justin Rose 62 and Gary Dicker 42 had figured well with Bruce Tompkins bowling an outstanding spell of 12 overs that had netted him 2-14. In fact it had taken Halstead 42 balls before they scored their first run. Newcomers Trevor Money and Mike Newman both showed up well with the ball for the Two Counties. As ever the Halstead Club were excellent hosts and a fine lunch and tea was well enjoyed by all before an early homeward journey.

Kindest regards

Geoff Newman

By |September 23rd, 2017|

Annual General Meeting

Just to remind ALL member clubs of the Championship that the Annual General Meeting takes place on Wednesday, 18th October 2017, at Colchester Rugby Club, Mill Road, Colchester, with a prompt 7.30pm start.

By |September 21st, 2017|

Congratulations to our Champions

As the dust finally settles upon the 2017, may we take this opportunity to congratulate all those clubs/teams that won the various Divisional Championships, especially Elmstead, who won the Championship for first time. Also congratulations to all those clubs/teams that attained promotion.
I shall get the rolling banners at the top of the main page changed just as soon as time permits.

By |September 21st, 2017|

Dreadful result reporting

I am not sure whether everyone believes we know what happens at matches without being able to see them, but in going through the checking of the results, and up to the point of the end of Division Three, there have been an alarming SIX matches out of those that were played where the score reported on Saturday has varied from that then entered into Play Cricket.

I shall list them all, as some involve changes to the points originally awarded.
DIVISION ONE:
Hadleigh were reported as 7 points, it should have been 8.
Halstead v Mistley was not reported as being a 60 over match, therefore Halstead gain 11 points instead of 10.
Wivenhoe v Witham, This was not reported as being an 80 over match, which gives Witham 8 points instead of 7, also Wivenhoe did report their innings as 200-7, it was in fact 200-6.
DIVISION TWO:
Ipswich v Copdock & O.I. Ipswich score was 83-8, not the 82-8 which was reported.
DIVISION THREE:
Mistley II v Halstead II. This was incorrectly submitted in Play Cricket, Halstead were only given 2 points, it should have been 3.
Perhaps the most alarming is: Woolpit II v Bury St. Edmunds II. This was reported as being a 60 over match with Woolpit scoring 127-9. As such that is correct, however, Bury St. Edmunds II reply was not mentioned at all. They did reach 51-3, which gives Woolpit II a 10th point as well.
DIVISION FIVE: Witham II v Stowmarket, was not reported as being an 80 over match, subsequently each team earned one extra point to that originally awarded.
DIVISION EIGHT: Ipswich & East Suffolk II reported as scoring 183-9, but appears it should have been 183-7, therefore Copford II lose a point, gaining 9 and not 10.
DIVISION NINE SOUTH: Eight Ash Green II trying to claim 3 batting points even though they won the match.

By |September 18th, 2017|

Weather bites

The wet weather, which has been prominent this week, has accounted for a number of today’s matches. Off, so far, are; in Division One; Worlington v Haverhill; in Division Two; Easton v Mildenhall II and Lakenheath v Ipswich & E.S. In Division Four, Woodbridge & O.W. v Mildenhall III has bitten the dust, as has the Division Five match between Yoxford and Kelvedon & Feering II.

By |September 15th, 2017|