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.
Alex Price and Joe Fowler after breaking the Division One first wicket partnership record against Mistley. The previous record of 281, had been set by Halstead against Braintree in 1995.
Also yesterday, in Division Five, Great Bromley’s Ed Fairley took new division best bowling figures of 9-15 against Kelvedon & Feering II, removing Maldon’s Tim Bache from the record book, after he took 8-24 in 2013.
Before: Mr David Lamming (barrister), Chairman
Mr Philip George (solicitor)
Mr Toby Pound (solicitor)
The Appeal Tribunal met on 4th August to considered Frinton on Sea CC’s appeal against the MSC decision taken at the Committee Meeting on 3rd July (under Rule 13a) to deduct 36 points from Frinton on Sea CC for playing an ineligible player in the Division 1 match against Maldon CC on 1st July and to award 20 points and the match to Maldon CC.
Their findings are attached and can be accessed by clicking this link. However the main issue is covered in para 72 which we show below.
72. We have already noted that we have been given no information as to the nature of Mr Reed’s current employment (outside cricket) in Frinton-on-Sea (or elsewhere in Essex). We note, too, that although Mr Reed states (witness statement para 16, A69) that he does not, and has not, earned a living from cricket and plays as an amateur in Perth, he gives no information as to his employment or means of living in Australia. We consider that we cannot ignore Mr Reed’s own statement on the cricket mentoring website in which he not only describes himself as “an aspiring young cricketer” but also “a top order player.” We note, too that the webpage (R53) is headed “World’s leading online cricket coaching service.” It seems to us inconceivable that Mr Reed would not expect to be paid for the services he is effectively advertising. Accordingly, we conclude, on the balance of probabilities, that despite his assertion to the contrary, Mr Reed is not engaging in cricket solely for personal enjoyment and that he is, whether directly or indirectly, seeking to derive a living from cricket. Accordingly, he was an ineligible player and in breach of his visa when he played for Frinton against Maldon CC on 1 July 2017.
The Division 1 table has today been adjusted accordingly in accordance with the MSC decision on 3rd July and the decision of the Appeal Tribunal on 4th August.
The full document can be viewed via the link below.
The result of Frinton-on-Sea’s appeal against the points deduction was heard today, but the Appeal Tribunal is not going to deliver it’s decision until Monday.
In the meantime, the Special General Meeting that had been called for Wednesday, August 16th, has now been cancelled.