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 [...]
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
Now that we have reached the final weekend of the season, and some of these scorecards are long overdue in being completed, and our patience is running thin as to when they will be completed, that by next weekend. 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. 30th July: Hadleigh v Shotley Peninsula - Ladies T20 Section B - three Shotley players missing 5th August: West Bergholt II v West Mersea II - Div 9 South - one West Mersea player missing, known to be unregistered. 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 2nd September: Eight Ash Green II v Kelvedon & F. III - Div 9 South - two Kelvedon players missing 9th September: Copford v Kelvedon & Feering - Div 2 - one Kelvedon player missing 9th September: Thriplow v Woolpit - Ladies Challenge - one Woolpit player missing
M H Two Counties O 60s v Herts O 60s at Copford C C on 12/9/2017 ( 45 over game ) Herts 247 for 8 D Baker 99, J Dovey 68. B Tompkins 3-49, G Webster 2-54 Two Counties 229 for 4 M Thew 122, J Stuck 68. D Baker 1-20, M Fernando 1-29 Herts O 60s won by 18 runs. The M H Two Counties O 60s entertained old adversaries and friends from Hertfordshire at the delightful Copford venue. Batting first Herts got off to a flyer with David Baker in Fine form finishing one short of a century ably backed up by Jerry Dovey who scored 68. The game itself was a close run thriller but the match was marred by a serious shoulder injury to Martin Southwell who fell awkwardly and consequently will be out of action for quite some time plus Stuart Carpenter tore a thigh muscle and he to took no further part in the game. Being two Bowlers short Two Counties had to fall back on occasional bowlers to make up the 17 overs that would have been bowled by Martin and Stuart. Ray Black stepped up and did very well taking 1-45 in his ten over spell, Bruce Tompkins 3-49 and Glyn Webster 2-54 also bowled their hearts out to try and keep the Herts score within reasonable proportions. Alan Hunter 26 and Ricci Achillini 20no had a late flurry for Herts to finish on 247 for 8 a very defendable total from their 45 overs. The M H Two Counties O 60s made every effort to get the runs required for a victory but in the end fell just 18 runs short of their target. Mike Thew [...]