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. https://www.wisden.com/stories/your-game/club-cricket/overseas-players-in-club-cricket-are-they-worth-the-risk-in-2018
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. 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 [...]
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
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.
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.
There has been some confusion about the part of Rule 13a which deals with the registration of players after August 1st. To clarify, for all registration after that date permission must be obtained from the MSC via Alan Rogers in the first instance and the following guidelines should help to clarify whether or not this is likely to be granted. • Unless there are exceptional circumstances, applications for registrations will only be granted in Divisions 7, 8 and 9. We simply will not allow promotion and relegation issues to be skewed in the higher divisions at the end of the season. If an application is granted in the lower divisions then the player’s record will be looked at closely once he starts to play. • The player’s previous record for the season will be taken into account before a decision is made so it would be advantageous to include stats and clubs played for at the time of the request. • It is requested that clubs in Divisions 7, 8 and 9 keep registration requests to a minimum. • An application, once agreed, is for the team for which it was requested. • Permission will be granted to players under the age of 16. If such a player has played for another club in the TC Championship, then the youth transfer form must be completed. • Permission will be granted to all lady cricketers providing that the club they are leaving agrees. Transfers both within the TC Championship and from other Premier Leagues or feeder leagues are pretty well certain to be declined after August 1st unless there are really exceptional circumstances. To be honest it’s probably not even worth asking. Rick Jones