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 who is having an inspired run at the moment scored a superb 122 and well backed up by the evergreen John Stuck who scored 68 they almost got the Two Counties side home.The Herts bowlers stuck to their task well with Dave Baker 1-20 and Mike Fernando 1-29 being particularly frugal. The visitors fielding was also impressive, all in all a very exciting and enjoyable match despite the serious injury to Martin Southwell, we all wish him well and a speedy recovery. As ever the Copford hospitality was second to none and is always a very popular venue for the Two Counties and all of their visitors.
Today’s Over-50s match against the XL Club, due to have been played at Mistley CC, has been cancelled due to the inclement weather,
M H Two Counties O 50s v Middlesex O 50s at Abberton C C on 6/9/2017 (45 overs)
Two Counties 176 for 6 K Ross 54no, G Artindale 45, J Reeves 3-7
Middlesex 177 for 4 A Halg 43, A Marshall 43no, R Bonnywell 34no, C Hills 1-26
Middlesex won by 6 wickets
On the delightful Abberton ground the M H Two Counties O 50s were well beaten by their counterparts from Middlesex by six wickets who were well served by their bowlers in particular. Batting first Two Counties batsmen struggled from the outset against some very accurate bowling from Nick Cook and Ray Marett and only Gerard Artindale who scored an excellent 45, before being unfortunately run out, looked able to break the stranglehold from the Middlesex bowling. John Reeves was very impressive with figures of 3-7 from his nine overs. Kevin Ross with a very determined undefeated 54 led the fightback and was assisted by Mark Paget and Martin Southwell who both got into double figures to ensure that the Two Counties finished with a reasonable total of 176 for 6 from their 45 overs although this figure fell well short of a defendable total.
Middlesex lost John Reeves early to a good delivery from Chris Hills, but Albert Halg 43 was supported by Mark Williams 22, before he was caught and bowled by Dave Hinchcliffe. Tony Oram also took notched a scalp with another snick to Mark Paget behind the stumps. From then on Andrew Marshall 43no and Rob Bonnywell 34no took complete control and took the visitors to their winning total 177 for 4 with still six overs remaining. As ever a very sporting contest between these two sides with some overwhelming hospitality from the Abberton Club.
M H Two Counties O 60s v Billericay Vets at Elmstead C C on 7/9/2017 ( 45 over game )
Billericay 174 for 7 S Sood 111no, S Ash 27. S Carpenter 2-32
Two Counties 175 for 6 M Thew 64, J Stuck 24, S Stobbs 21no. D Muldoon 2-40, P Wakefield 2-40
Two Counties won by 4 wickets.
In a game mainly dominated by a batsman from either side the M H Two Counties won a very interesting match by 4 wickets against a very useful Billericay Vets team that fought right to the bitter end. At a favourite Elmstead C C venue Billericay batted first and a dominant undefeated 111 fom Sante Sood made sure Billericay had a good final total of 174 for 7. Perhaps the most defining moments of the game were three run outs when Paul Wakefield ,Sid Ash and Colin Cork all fell victims to the dead eye dick throwing of Martin Southwell twice and Stuart Stobbs who had direct hits at the wickets leaving the batsmen well short of their ground. Ash 27, and D. Marsh helped Sante Sood in the later overs to give the Billericay their 174 total. Stuart Carpenter 2-32 and Stuart Stobbs were the pick of the Two Counties bowlers but neither could penetrate Sante Sood’s defences.
The Two Counties got off to a bad start when they lost Peter Boughton in the first over, his opening partner however Mike Thew grafted away to a solid 64 before he left in the 39th over with victory just in sight. John Stuck 24 and an undefeated 21 from Stuart Stobbs saw the Two Counties past the winning post with 4 overs to spare. Dave Muldoon and Peter Wakefield both bowled well and finished with the same figures of 2-40 while Paul Brown had 5 maiden overs in his 10 over spell and was unlucky to only net one wicket for 24. A very close encounter that was enjoyed by all with the usual superb hospitality from Elmstead with Mick and Carol Orman leading the way.
The Management Sub-Committee have awarded the Division Five, scheduled for July 29th, to Stowmarket, after viewing all the available evidence, it was felt that Yoxford had called the match off too early and not allowed the match to even have a chance to start even though it was very unlikely given the quantity of abandonments later in the day, that the match would have reached a conclusion.
M H Two Counties O 70s v Herts O 70s at Copford C C on 29/8/2017 (40 over game )
Two Counties 168 for 5. B Ball43, J Stuck 35, R Ratford 28. A. Rashid 3-24
Herts 103 for 3 C Garside 53no, C Wilson 28 B Tompkins 1-28
Match Abandoned as a Draw
Yet again the M H Two Counties senior teams were thwarted by the weather with only the Over 70s team managing to get any play in, Whilst the O 50s and O 60s teams due to play corresponding sides from Norfolk had their matches cancelled owing to the inclement weather at the last moment, a frequent happening this season.
The M H Two Counties O 70s team entertained old adversaries Hertfordshire at the superb Copford venue, Batting first Two Counties struggled against a varied Herts attack and both John Stuck 35 and a painstaking 43 from Badger Ball had an opening stand of 77 that consumed half of the allotted 40 overs. Ricky Ratford 28 tried valiantly to up the run rate and a late burst from Alan Cooke 17, ‘Chunky ‘ Howell 14no and Willie Mugleston 14no enabled the Two Counties to finish on 168 for 6. A Rashid bowled an excellent spell which netted him 3-24 he was well backed up by all his fellow bowlers.
The Herts innings was punctuated by frequent rain showers but nevertheless they made every attempt to get the runs required for a victory and were well on their way with 103 for 3 with C Garside 53no and C Wilson 28 when play had to be abandoned for the day with still 17 overs remaining. The Two Counties tried hard to slow the run rate down and Bruce Tompkins, Brian Turley , and Glyn Webster all battled well with a very wet ball before the days play was curtailed. The host club Copford are to be congratulated on all their efforts to keep the game going plus a supreme ‘tea’ was the highlight of the day that made everyone forget the miserable weather and enjoy the social atmosphere at the culmination of the day.
M H Two Counties O 50s v Norfolk O 50s at Halstead C C on 30/8/2017
Match abandoned due to inclement weather
M H Two Counties O 60s v Norfolk O 60s at Halstead C C on 30/8/2017
Match abandoned due to inclement weather
Tomorrow’s two Veterans matches due to have been played at Halstead CC, have been called off with the likelihood of inclement weather.
M H Two Counties O 50s v Witham C C at The Park Witham on 25/8/2017 ( 45 over game )
Two Counties 202 for 4, S Sargeant 104no, J Stuck 43no. B Tinham 2-29
Witham 203 for 5 T Jackson 56, J Sambrook 56, O Cooke 39no. A Parsons 2-24, M Southwell 2-45.
Witham won by 5 wickets
In the Ernie Nicholls Memorial match played annually between the M H Two Counties O 50s and Witham at the Park Witham, the very youthful Witham side gained an expected 5 wicket victory although the match had its outstanding moments. Batting first Two Counties lost 4 wickets at regular intervals and looked as if they could well be onto a not to great score at 71 for 4. A sensational unbroken partnership of 131 between an outstanding 104 not out from Simon Sargeant and well backed up by 43no from the evergreen John Stuck completely changed the whole innings and after their 45 overs gave their young opposition a total to chase. Ben Tinham 2-29 was the pick of the home bowlers with Luke Brown, Sarah Bendall and James Streetly backing him up well.
Witham set about their task with aggressive intent and Michael Goodwin 22, and two very hard hitting innings from Tom Jackson and Jack Sambrook who both scored 56 each put the Witham side well in the frame. Witham had a slight hiccup when good spells from Alex Parsons 2-24 and Martin Southwell 2-45 slowed things down and gave the home side something to think about. An unbroken stand between Oliver Cooke 39no and Ben Tinham 16no however took the Witham team to a 5 Wicket win with seven overs still to go. The more energetic fielding and running between the wickets by the very much younger side being a major difference between the two teams. Simon Sargeant however stole the show with his outstanding 104no that won him the man of the match award
Following the previous crowning of Coggeshall III as Division Nine South Champions, the remaining two Division Nine titles have now been decided with Eye & District coming out on top in the East, and Bardwell seeing off all the opposition in the West. A fourth Championship was also decided when Stowupland defeated Bury St. Edmunds III to claim the Division Six title.
M H Two Counties O 50s v Ipswich & E. S. XI at Chantry Park, Ipswich on 22/8/2017 ( 40 over match )
Ipswich & E. S. 173 for 8 D Bloomfield 33, J Lander 23. K Ross 3-24, T Shahid 2-17, S Stobbs 2-24
Two Counties 177 for 5. G Artindale 43, P Patel 33, N Meakin 27. J Lander 2-29
M H Two Counties O 50s won by 5 Wickets
At Chantry Park, Ipswich, Ipswich & East Suffolk entertained The M H Two Counties in their annual memorial fixture remembering past Ipswich & E.S. stalwart Jack Curtis. The Ipswich side batted first and compiled a final total of 173 for 8 from their 40 overs, Derek Bloomfield 33 and John Lander 23 being the main contributors although they were helped by a 36 extras run column that included 25 wides !! Kevin Ross 3-24, Tan Shahid 2-17 and Stuart Stobbs 2-24 all bowled well and kept the Ipswich side in check when the chips were down.
In their run chase The Two Counties opened steadily with an opening partnership of 71 from a sedate Pat Patel 33 and Gerard Artindale a well put together 43. M Griffin and P Egan bowled steadily but it was J Lander 2-29, and J Robinson 1-37 that put pressure on the Two Counties despite an attractive 24 from Peter Boughton, Nick Meakin 27, and, Kevin Ross 19 no, put the Two Counties in a winnable position but it was all down to the last over in fact the last ball of the game that Two Counties got home. Still needing 2 runs from the last ball to secure victory it was Naman Kanotra who lifted this ball over the boundary for an almighty 6 to get Two Counties home by 5 wickets. A thoroughly entertaining match that was full of good humour that was enjoyed by all the participants and spectators alike. At the culmination, it was fitting that Jack Curtis’s daughter Tracy presented the trophy to the winning skipper Pat Patel after a match that had just about everything.
M H Two Counties O 50s v Mistley Seniors at Mistley C C on 16/8/2017 (timed game )
Two Counties 240 for 8 dec M Southwell 71no, J Stuck 29, M Paget 28no. S Everett 2-42, J Orriss 2-26, A Uren 2-32
Mistley 240 for 9, R Mills 100no, C O’Connell 50, C Hills 3-56, A Parsons 3-54
At Mistley in their cricket week the M H Two Counties just managed to snatch a draw when Mistley looked to have the game won. Batting first the Two Counties struggled against some very good early bowling and fielding M Johnson 1-39 and J Orriss 2-26 putting the brakes on Two Counties efforts. The Two Counties lost wickets at regular intervals, both John Stuck 29 and John Gallant 27 got started but couldn’t go on. It was left to a stand of 79 between Martin Southwell, 71no, and, Mark Paget, 28 no, against some ‘interesting’ bowling that allowed The Two Counties to declare on 240 for 8.
Mistley set about their task with gusto and from the offset made their intentions clear with Colin O’Oconnell shining with a well struck half century and aided by Trevor Mills the Home side looked on course to get the required runs. Richard Mills shone with an aggressive 100 with excellent shots all round the wicket. Chris Hills 3-56 and Alex Parsons 3-54 tried hard to stem the flow but Richard looked to have shepherded the Mistley side to a good win. With 9 runs required in the last over Mistley lost Simon Everett in that over and with one ball remaining they needed 2 off the final delivery but only managed to get a single to leave them on 240 for 9 to leave the match drawn although the home side had much the better of things. Mark Paget was outstanding behind the stumps for the Two Counties with two stumpings and a fine catch to boot. An exciting finale to the game that kept the many watchers on tenterhooks.
M H Two Counties O 60s v Mistley XI at Mistley on 16/8/2017 ( 40 over game )
Two Counties 144 for 8 A Sims 31, B Ball 31, S Isaac 21. G Hutton 3-28, J Young 2-31, Ali Day 2-30
Mistley XI 138 for 9 R Mills 54, A Mills 30. G Webster 3-19, S Carpenter 3-32
M H Two Counties won by 6 runs.
In another close encounter the M H Two Counties O 60s just got the better of their more youthful opponents by 6 runs. Batting first Two Counties were indebted to a steady opening partnership of 65 between ‘Badger’ Ball 31 and Alan Sims 31. Jasper Young 2-31, Ali Day 2-30 and George Hutton 3-28 all bowled very well and kept the Two Counties in check. Steve Isaac 21 and Chris Martin 12 were the only two of the remaining batsmen to get into double figures with The Counties finishing with 144 for 8 from their allotted 40 overs
The Mistley team also found runs hard to come by with Stuart Carpenter 3-23, Bruce Tompkins and Mark Comber keeping things well in check with some tight bowling. It was left to the Mills Boys to hold the innings together Robin notching 51 and Andy 30 and they looked as if they might sneak a win at one time. Glyn Webster 3-19 however had other ideas and he clean bowled both and Jasper Young to give the Two Counties a close win with the home side finishing on 138 for 9.
As ever this annual event was a great success with Mistley as ever being superb hosts and long may it continue,
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.