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 However, the application from Great Horkesley & Lexden was withdrawn before the meeting, as was the request from Walsham le Willows to field a second team.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.
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.