Division One Champions

Witham

Division Two Champions

Braintree

Division Three Champions

Copdock & OI II

Division Four Champions

Easton

Division Five Champions

Nowton

Division Six Champions

East Bergholt II

Division Seven Champions

Abberton II

Division Eight Champions

Chappel & W.C.

Division Nine E Champions

Woodbridge

Division Nine S Champions

Eight Ash Green II

Division Nine W Champions

Lakenheath II

Sunday Champions

Great Bromley

Ladies Challenge Champions

MIldenhall

Ladies T20 A Champions

Felixstowe & C.

Ladies T20 B Champions

Woolpit II

Ladies T20 C Champions

Battisford

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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.

Norman Atkins MBE. RIP

So what can I say about the remarkable Norman Atkins that has not been said or thought by us all……………….?

Norman died on the way to hospital on the 16th March. Our thoughts are primarily of course with Maureen, who herself has not been too well lately and with Sandra and Andrew their two children. Times will be hard for them but as a close family I am sure they will get through it together given time, the great healer, for there is light at the end of even the darkest tunnel.

I first met Norman in the early 70s when he was (surprise surprise) playing cricket – later he had a very successful career as an umpire first at club level and then for many years on the Minor Counties panel. He also played table tennis regularly up to a few months ago (or ping pong as I used to irreverently call it and I’m not sure he liked that reference a lot but he was far too much of a gentleman to say so). He was an ardent Witches fan and a lifelong supporter of Ipswich Town FC although we may not care to mention that at the moment.

His career was exemplary culminating in many years as Clerk of the Court at Ipswich Crown Court where his intelligence, analytical mind and clarity of thought was evident to all. He took these skills into administration, first with his beloved St Margarets CC, then as Chairman of the Two Counties Championship and Chairman of Suffolk County Cricket Club. These skills were most noticeable at Committee Meetings where he was excellent – he listened to and took all points into account without leading the direction of the discussion in any way. Many times someone in Committee would come up enthusiastically with a good idea but Norman would say “but what if ….”. It is amazing how many times over the years that that “what if” was correct!

Oh and I should mention that Norman also collected a well deserved MBE from the Queen for his services as a Chief Clerk of Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds Crown Courts. This is in addition to the dedication shown in the various administrative roles that he took on, unpaid and time consuming as they were. It is my view that if anyone deserves a posthumous Knighthood then it is he …..

The funeral will be a private affair, but it is hoped that at a future time there will be a celebration of his life where all can attend. Donations rather than flowers to:

The Cliff Piper Memorial Fund c/o. Farthing Funeral Service, Deben House, 650, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PW.

Well done Norman for your significant contribution in so many fields of endeavour you can now take a well earned rest. RIP old friend I and many other will never forget you……

Rick Jones

By |March 17th, 2020|

Cricket suspended in Essex and Suffolk, the message from the ECB

Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.

This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.

Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical well-being, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities – particularly at junior levels.

Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.

It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.

Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues.

We understand that countless hours of work from thousands of volunteers have already gone into getting ready for the 2020 season and we know how disappointing this will be. We are thankful for the huge role that volunteers play in local cricket, to ensure the game remains at the heart of communities.

We know that you and your clubs can play an important role in bringing your community together once we get past this period of time.

By |March 17th, 2020|

Aged 16-19? Want to become a cricketer & also stay in Education!?

Located at the brand new cricket facilities in Colchester. This is targeted at 16-19 year old school leavers looking for further education and enhance their cricket skills at our high performance coaching program.

This is a government run college course starting in September 2020.

Aged 16-19? Want to become a cricketer & also stay in Education!?

‘ The R66T Academy is proud to team up with the Sigma Trust to deliver cricket coaching on the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Sport at their Colchester Campus in Essex.

When we created the R66T Academy our intention was to try to provide some form of vocational accreditation for aspiring young cricketers. Our partnership with Sigma Sixth gives us the opportunity to do this for the first time.

When my boys, Joe and Billy were at school age I would have had no hesitation in suggesting they sign up to the course. It is the ideal foundation for young boys and girls wanting to pursue a career in cricket. Not only will they receive a formal qualification equivalent to three ‘A’ levels (Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma) but they will also receive coaching of the highest standard and learn all aspects of the sport.

If the course is successful, the intention is to roll out the project in future to other parts of the country.

The R66T Academy is a non-for-profit social enterprise.
For more information please visit: therootacademy.co.uk/ ‘

Matt Root B.Ed (Hons)
R66T Academy Founder

Our website link is now LIVE too – https://www.therootacademy.co.uk/coaching/btec-college-course/

Root Academy pdf

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Ben Stephens – Executive Director
By |March 12th, 2020|

Ladies fixtures posted

At long last the fixtures for the four Ladies T20 competitions have been posted on this website, and in Play Cricket. For those of you that did not know previously, but the 35 over Ladies Challenge has been absorbed into the new East Anglian Premier Ladies League, with all five teams who had participated in that competition last year now taking part in the new Championship, which falls outside our Management.

We do, also, welcome Coton Cricket Clubs’ Ladies team, from Cambridgeshire, who are participating in the West Section T20 competition.

By |March 7th, 2020|

Earls Colne agree to switch

To restore parity in the numbers participating in the two sections of Division Nine this summer, following the withdrawal of BT Waldringfield, Earls Colne CC have agreed to switch from one section to the other.

The revised fixture lists have now been added to the Fixture Pages, and into Play Cricket.

By |March 5th, 2020|

BT Waldringfield withdraw

BT Waldringfield have withdrawn from the Two Counties Cricket Championship before even playing one match. A further statement from the Management Sub-Committee will follow as to whether one team will be switched from one group to the other to balance the numbers in each section, which have been reduced to 10 in one, but just 8 in the other.

By |February 26th, 2020|

Category 3 player registration, deadline passed.

Registrations for Category 3 players must be submitted to the League’s Management Sub-Committee on or before February 16th, of the year of the subsequent playing season. This is to allow any necessary checks to take place before approval can be granted.

By |February 18th, 2020|

Paul Crane funeral – changed arrangements

Following the current position with COVID 19 it has been decided that the above will be a Private Ceremony with only the executors be in attendance as there will also be no wake following the latest restrictions brought in on Friday.

It is intended to hold a Memorial Service to celebrate his life when things return to normal be it 2020 or 2021′.

Graham Denny
By |February 12th, 2020|

Bob Perrett 1940-2020

Robert (Bob) Perrett was born 22nd April 1940 and died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday 30th January 2020. He leaves Margaret, his wife of 49 years and two daughters. All our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Bob was an excellent all round sportsman, playing amateur soccer to a high level (his father played soccer professionally for Ipswich Town back in the day) and golf where in his prime he held a single handicap. His cricket was played with several clubs over the years, principally with Ipswich and East Suffolk where in modern parlance he would be described as a bowling all rounder. He of course disagreed with this handle as he always felt (and frequently expressed the opinion) that his batting ability was underestimated because of the amount of bowling he was required to do! He was completely dedicated to his game and utterly reliable, always available to play and because of this was one of the first names on any team sheet. Heart surgery intervened yet he could still not wait to don the whites again very soon after. Poor Margaret must have worried every single time he walked out of the house with his cricket kit!

He was a Head Teacher by profession who took early retirement at age 50 so that he could concentrate more on the playing of the game that he loved even more often, if this was possible. When he decided to move clubs later in his career the story goes that in the telephone conversation he had with the new club went something like ….”I hear you are looking for a new opening bat and a new opening bowler, well I have to tell you that I am that man.” This story could be considered apocryphal except by anyone who has played cricket with or against Bob over the years.

Bob exuded confidence in his own ability and the passion and single mindedness that he took on to the field every time he played was remarkable. In our wonderful game there are cricketers whose playing philosophy leans towards either Boycott or Botham – I have to say that in my view Bob did come down slightly on the side of the Boycott philosophy – but this is not meant as a criticism but merely reflects the attributes that I list above and the utter dedication with which he played the game.

He played a lot of Seniors Cricket representing Suffolk at Over 50, Over 60 and Over 70 level starting as a 49 year old in 1989 and few, if any, in the country will have played more. Regrettably there are no records available earlier than 2000 but since 2000 he played 156 matches scoring 1723 runs at an average of 24 but more importantly bowled 1206 overs at an overall miserly 2.97 runs per over. When you consider that in ODI cricket anyone who bowls at less than 5 runs per over is considered to have performed well, you will get an idea of this achievement. Perhaps the pinnacle of his playing career in his later years was being selected to play for England against Wales – he was selected to play for England against Australia but this match unfortunately was rained off. Bob was also a social animal and after any match could be found with a pint glass in his hand engaged in post match discussion and he always had a deep and long lasting knowledge of playing statistics of the game to which he devoted so much of his life.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. RIP Bob Perrett ……

 

Bob’s funeral….. will take place on Wed 19th Feb at Middleton Church at 12 noon, then afterwards at the Middleton Bell.  A private cremation will then take place on the next day, Thursday 20th Feb.

By |February 10th, 2020|

Paul Crane RIP

Rick Jones writes..

Paul Crane, “The Colonel”, died peacefully recently at his home in “Chatsworth Towers”. He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of spending even a short time in his company because there will be few who have not been affected by his sharpness of mind and the humour of his response. Those who knew him best (and I am fortunate to count myself in this group) will also remember the hours and hours spent enjoying the pleasure of his company as the Colonel of the Ipswich Greyhound Regiment both on and off the cricket field on tour in this country as well as on our various overseas trips. How hard we competed on the field and how we laughed and laughed as we played our childish games off it……… and it is with great sadness that this must now end.

 

His determination to play the game that he loved on every continent shows the utter dedication to play his wonderful game in the company of like minded souls in his beloved Regiment whenever possible and wherever they might be. It is a testament to his qualities as person and a leader that he was able to do this for over fifty years.

 

I must close now and post this so that the many hundreds of people whose lives have been touched by this remarkable, friendly and gregarious man can (as I do now) shed a tear in his memory. In fact the bottle of red I opened last night and drank in the wee small hours as I was penning this is long gone and so regrettably is the Colonel…….

 

The Colonel is dead. Long live the Colonel (in the hearts of all of us who knew him.)

 

By |January 27th, 2020|

Other rule amendments. Bowling changes to be published soon.

Amendments are in italics.

Rule 15.

b. Clubs in any division may also agree to play a shorter match, i.e, 80 overs, 70 overs, 60 overs, 50 overs, and 40 overs.

Rule 16.

BOWLING:
One point for each two wickets that are captured, i.e., a maximum of five points. In the event of a side fielding less than eleven players being all out, the opponents shall take the maximum bowling points.

For 40 over matches
1 point for 50
2 points for 75
3 points for 100
4 points for 125
5 points for 150

Rule 17. (amendment)

  1. In rained off matches both teams will be awarded six points. When a match is abandoned during play, both teams shall be awarded six points plus any bonus points already gained at the time of the abandonment. In the event of bad weather, a match can be reduced in length by agreement between participating Captains and Umpires, if time and weather permit. A result can be obtained so long as the match is not reduced below 40 overs of which the side batting first must not exceed 20. If the start is delayed and agreement cannot be reached, the number of overs will be reduced by two overs for each six minute period or part thereof lost. However, once play has started, even if interrupted through bad weather, all games must continue with play as bonus points are still available for both teams even if they game may not reach a conclusion.

Rule 19. (amendment)

  • The Home Club must: ensure that the match scores, result, and points gained are entered on the Two Counties Play-Cricket website, or telephoned or texted to the Results Secretary by 9.00pm on the day of the match. This includes all conceded, cancelled, and abandoned matches.
  • Ensure that the full match scorecard is loaded on to the Two Counties Play-Cricket website by the Monday following the match or Tuesday for matches played on a Bank Holiday Monday. Failure to comply will incur a penalty for each complete week the scorecard remains outstanding.
By |January 24th, 2020|

Player loan loopholes closed. Rule 13 changes

A loophole in the Player loan rules, which was exploited last season, has now been closed tightly shut, with new rules now coming into replace the previous wording of the rules. The revised passages are in italics.

So now Rule 13 will read as such:

  1. PLAYERS There will be registration of players using the England & Wales Cricket Board registration form on the Two Counties Play-Cricket website. All players must be registered on Play-Cricket. Players can only be registered after the 1st August with the permission of the Management Sub-Committee. Players cannot play for more than one Club in the East Anglian Premier League Feeder System (Cambridgeshire & Huntingdon Premier League, Norfolk Cricket Alliance, and the Two Counties Championship, nor be a registered player for any Premier League, and any connected feeder system during a season except with permission from the Management Sub-Committee.EXCEPTIONS
    1) Any player playing for a Club in the Two Counties Saturday divisions (i.e. 1-9) is allowed to play for another Club in the Sunday League and in the Two Counties Ladies competitions.

PLAYER LOAN ARRANGEMENTS

2) Any player under the age of 16 and over 50 as of April 1st of the current season is allowed to play for one other club providing he/she has not played more than eight matches for the parent Club. The club wishing to borrow an eligible player must submit a registration form on the Two Counties Play-Cricket website, but not check the box for a permanent transfer. The parent club will then be asked for permission for the loan to go through, and, also add the agreed length of the loan period. Players taken on loan from one club to another should not play against the parent club, and they can only play for the loaning clubs lowest ranked team, if they have more than one team in the League. Player loans arranged after August 1st, must have had their registration approval confirmed before they can play for the loaning club.

3) Any player aged 17 or 18 as of April 1st of the current season is allowed to play for one other club providing he/she has not played more than four matches for the parent Club. The club wishing to borrow an eligible player must submit a registration form on the Two Counties Play-Cricket website, but not check the box for a permanent transfer. The parent club will then be asked for permission for the loan to go through, and, also add the agreed length of the loan period. Players taken on loan from one club to another should not play against the parent club, and they can only play for the loaning clubs lowest ranked team, if they have more than one team in the League. Player loans arranged after August 1st, must have had their registration approval confirmed before they can play for the loaning club.

b. There may be occasions when a new player represents his club before registration on Play-Cricket has been completed. The registration should be completed within the same time frame as the requirement to post the full scorecard on Play-Cricket (rule 19b). Should that registration still be incomplete seven days after the date of the match then a deduction of 5 points will be levied. Any further delay could result in rule 13c being applied.
As from August 1st, registration must have been granted prior to the player being eligible to play.

PENALTIES

c. Any club adjudged to have fielded an ineligible player shall be penalized by forfeiting any points gained in that match plus a further sixteen points. In addition, the opposing team will automatically be awarded the match and receive 20 points. There will be a right of appeal for both player and club. A deposit of £50 is required to activate an appeal which will be conducted in accordance with the appeals procedure as set out under the ECB regulations for cricket leagues (see ECB regulation 4, further down this document). The player involved may be banned from the Championship for the remainder of the season.

An ineligible player is one who is not registered on Play-Cricket for the club he/she was playing, or deemed to be ineligible by the Management Sub-Committee.

By |January 24th, 2020|