Division One Champions

Mildenhall

Division Two Champions

Maldon

Division Three Champions

Copdock & O.I. II

Division Four Champions

Wivenhoe II

Division Five Champions

Kesgrave

Division Six Champions

Stowmarket

Division Seven Champions

Tendring

Division Eight Champions

Battisford

Division Nine E Champions

Copdock & O.I. III

Division Nine S Champions

Dunmow II

Division Nine W Champions

Lakenheath II

Division C Champions

Wivenhoe

Ladies Challenge Champions

Easton

Ladies T-20 Champions

Copdock & O.I.

Welcome to the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship

The Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship is a feeder league into the East Anglian Premier League. Membership is open to clubs based in Suffolk and Essex.

Forthcoming Vets selections

Over 60s

Opposition: Hockerill Veterans
Ground: Halstead CC, Star Stile
Date: Wednesday 14th June at 1.30
Umpire(s) Barry Phillpotts and Ray Digweed. Scorer(s) Charles Revell

Bruce Tompkins (capt), John Stuck (wk), Stuart Stobbs, Mike Thew, Alan Cooke, BJ Ball, David Adams, Glyn Webster, Stuart Carpenter, Alan Sims, Ray Black, Steve Isaac.

Over 50s

Opposition: Halstead Seniors
Ground: Halstead CC, Star Stile
Date: Wednesday 14th June at 1.30
Umpire(s) Hugh Newman & Peter Howes. Scorer(s) Yvonne Cooper

John Gallant (capt); Mark Paget (wk); Martin Southwell; Jerry Wedge; Eric Davy, Mark Comber; Nick Meakin; Jon Wiseman; Kevin Ross; Stephen Henderson; Derek Messant; Chris Hills.

By |May 31st, 2017|

First Vets defeat of the season, but the other two are won

M H Two Counties O 70s v Herts O 70s at Copford C C on 23/5/17 ( 40 over game )

Herts  O 70s 273 for 9, P Morris 64, M Lurie 51, C Wilson 48. B Turley 3-53, R Powell 2-50, B Ball 2-31.

Two Counties O 70s 186 for 8. J Stuck 86, A Cooke 36, M Thew 32.  G Basill 3-22,  P Cramer 3-24 C Croucher 2-56

Herts O 70s won by 87 runs.

The M H Two Counties O 70s entertained the Hertfordshire O 70s on a warm afternoon at the unique Copford ground. The Herts team were always in control from the offset and the first 10 overs brought them an outstanding 100 undefeated runs when they virtually  had the game in their control from then on. Peter Morris 64 and Chris Wilson 48 had this opening stand before first change bowler Brian Turley had Chris Wilson caught. Bruce Tompkins usually the Two Counties star turn with the ball conceded 85 runs in his opening overs and Herts run rate did slow down after this opening burst. Michael Lurie 51 continued in free scoring vein added and abetted by 3, 20 plus scores from the later order. The Two Counties bowlers stuck to their task and Brian Turley 3-55, Badger Ball 2-31 and Richard Powell 2-50 never gave up trying but The Two Counties faced a daunting total of 273 after the 40 overs were completed.
The Two Counties opening pair John Stuck and Mike Thew got the home side off to a good 50 run partnership before Mike Thew was bowled for 32 by Paul Cramer. Unfortunately Badger Ball and Chunkey Howell both perished without scoring as they tried to keep the run rate going. It was left to John Stuck 86, Alan Cooke 36 to try and keep abreast of things but their noteworthy efforts proved in vain as the Herts Bowlers  were bowling much better than the home team. Paul Cramer 3-24, Geoffrey Basill 3-22  ensuring the Two Counties side were never going to match their total. A convincing 87 run victory for the Hertfordshire side that were well better on the day.
As ever in these games the social side of things were well to the fore and both sides enjoyed the day which was made particularly  enjoyable by the efforts of Lawrence and Sue Edwards who never ceased in their efforts to make it such a good day.

M H Two Counties O 60s v R Kemps Xi at Long Melford on 24/5/17 (40 over game))

R Kemps XI  103 all out. B Ball 29, R Radford 18, M Southwell 2-3, I Robinson 2-12, R Haxell 2-20, K Patel 2-30

Two Counties 106 for 5,A Sims 38, A Elsbury 24, L Hall 2-19

At Long Melford The M H Two Counties won a low scoring game by 5 wickets against Richard Kemps XI by 5 wickets. Batting first R Kemps Xi never really recovered from a disastrous start when they lost Dougie Andrews to the first ball of the game clean bowled by Ian Robinson. Barry Ball tried to hold things together with a dogged 29 aided by Ricky Radford 18 and Willie Mugleston 17. After  36 overs they succumbed to a final total of 103 with Martin Southwell, Ian Robinson, Rupert Haxell and Kiran Patel all notching 2 wickets apiece.

The M H Two Counties got off to a quiet start with Alan Sims 38, and Alan Elsbury 24 putting on 41 for the first wicket. Gerry Artindale reached double figures as the Two Counties lost 5 wickets reaching their required total off of  31 overs.   Len Hall was the most successful of the Kemp XI bowlers with figures 2-19 whilst Martin Maxim and Eric Davy each notched a wicket each. An unusual quiet game with bowlers on top but enjoyable nevertheless with Long Melford being excellent  hosts as ever.

M H Two Counties O 50s v The Suffolk Alliance at Elmstead C C on 25/5/2017 ( 45 over game )

Two Counties 291 for 5 A Stockton 103, S Henderson 72no, J Gallant 55, P Patel 30. R Stannard 2-37.

Suffolk Alliance 180 for 7  P Maynard 45, A Cooke 37, D Adams 33,  M Southwell 3-11, M Comber 2-40

M H Two Counties won by  111 runs.

The M H Two Counties O 50s entertained the Suffolk Alliance at the superb Elmstead  C C venue on a very hot day. Winning the toss Two Counties batted first on a very good batting wicket and John Gallant 55 and Pat Patel 30 were soon into their stride and a  quickfire opening partnership of 45 put the Two Counties well in control. Adrian Stockton followed this up with an elegant century that was full of good drives and pull shots. This was followed by another good innings from Stephen Henderson 72no and after the allotted 45 overs Two Counties had amassed a formidable total of 291 for 6. Rob Stannard was the most successful Alliance bowler with figures of 2-37.

The Suffolk Alliance side never got into their stride against some very good bowling from Martin Southwell 3-11 and Mark Comber 2-40  who contained things well in their 9 overs each. The Alliance side never looked like getting anywhere near the Two Counties side as they batted without any aggression or urgency and they meandered along to a 111 run defeat. P Maynard 45, Alan Cooke 37 and David Adams 33 were their main run scorers.. As ever Mick and Carol Orman made sure that the Elmstead Club was top of the pops with the excellent tea and facilities which were enjoyed by all.

 Geoff Newman

By |May 26th, 2017|

Over 50s and 70s teams after the Bank Holiday

Over 70s

Opposition: Billericay Veterans
Ground: Blunts Wall Road, Billericay.
Date: Tuesday 30th May at 1.30
Umpire(s) Stephen Dack & Ray Digweed. Scorer(s) Yvonne Cooper

Bruce Tomkins (capt); John Stuck (wk); BJ Ball; Stuart McLeod; Willie Muggleston; Graham Howell; Kiran Patel; Brian Turley; Chris Martin; Rick Waters; Ricky Ratford; Mike Thew.

Over 50s

Opposition: Suffolk CAMRA CC
Ground: Ashlyns Road, Frinton
Date: Wednesday 31st May at 1.30
Umpire(s) Bob Barnes & Kevin Walker. Scorer(s) Geoff Cullum

Pat Patel (capt); Mark Paget (wk); John Gallant; Martin Southwell; Jerry Wedge; Mark Comber; John Wiseman; Terry Charrington; Gerry Artindale; Kevin Ross; Stephen Henderson; Tony Oram.

By |May 23rd, 2017|

Rained off

Both the M H Two Counties O 50 and 60 matches at Halstead this week had to be abandoned due to heavy rain although some play was possible. When the rains came both matches were in an interesting position it was a shame the weather intervened and spoiled what was going to be an excellent afternoon.
M H Two Counties O 50s v Essex Police Vets at Halstead C C on 18/5/17 ( 40 over game)
Two Counties O 50s 203 for 8 J Gallant 55, E Davy 50, J Wedge 35,  D Griffiths 2-10,  K Cooper 2-26
Essex Police Vets  20 for 2 C Hills  2-14
Match Abandoned as a Draw (Rain)
The M H Two Counties batted first on an overcast afternoon at the lovely Halstead facility. John Gallant 55 and Gerry Artindale 25 put on an excellent opening stand of 62 with John being the dominant partner against some spirited bowling. Kevin Cooper eventually broke this stand but this brought Eric Davy to the crease and his free scoring style netted him 51 well struck runs to put the Two Counties on the front foot. Jerry Wedge 35 went in search of some quick runs but David Griffiths 2-10 did well to contain the home side, nevertheless The Two Counties had amassed a competitive total of 203 for 8 at tea.
The Essex Police Vets had made a slow start when the rains came and both Jim Couchman and Peter French had succumbed to the medium pace of Chris Hills 2-14. The weathers intervention spoiled what had looked like an interesting game which had to be abandoned as a Draw.
 
 
M H Two Counties O 60s v Surrey O 60s at Halstead C C  on 18/5/17 ( 45 over game )
Surrey 184 for 3 P Furner 84no, G Ross 82no, D Hinchcliffe 3-12
Two Counties did not bat
Match abandoned as a draw ( Rain)
Surrey O 60s batted first against the Two Counties team and were really held in check early on in their innings a superb spell of bowling from Dave Hinchcliffe 3-12 in his 9 allotted overs with  great support  from Glyn Webster and Martin Southwell who only conceded 18 and 29 respectively in their 9 over spells. This put Surrey well on the back foot but Peter Furner 84no and Graham Ross 82no put matters right with an unbroken stand of 151  against some indifferent change bowling. Their final total of 184 for 3 had given Surrey an interesting  challenge. However the rains ruined what looked like being a good game and the Two Counties never made it to the middle to leave it an abandoned game.
As usual the Halstead faithful had made great efforts to get these games going and it was disappointing for them that all their efforts were thwarted by the vagaries of our English weather
 
Geoff Newman
By |May 22nd, 2017|

Tony Catley funeral details

Tony’s funeral will take place on Monday 5th June at the Cambridge Crematorium at 2:15pm and afterwards at the Quy Mill Hotel, Stow cum Quy, Cambridge.
Family flowers only please and those wishing to make donations to the Mesothelioma UK charity. It was Tony’s wish that this should be a celebration, so it is requested that no (or limited) black to be worn please.
By |May 17th, 2017|

Old boys last week

M H Two Counties O 50s v Essex Seniors at Frinton C C  on 10/5/17 (timed game)
Two Counties 249 for 3 declared  J Gallant 68, S Henderson 65, E Davy 62no, K Ross 33no. R Fufford 1-31
Essex Seniors 145 for 7 J Stuck 85, M Comber 2-31
Match Drawn
The M H Two Counties O 50s had much the better of a drawn game at Frintons delightfull ground. Batting first they amassed a total of 249 for 3 before declaring after 37 overs of aggressive batting. John Gallant 68, Stephen Henderson 65,  Eric Davy 62no and Kevin Ross 33no being the  main run scorers with Eric Davy in particular being severe on the visitors bowlers.
The Essex Seniors reply was far more sedate with 50 overs to play with they only managed a final total of 145 for 7 to gain a draw. They owed much to John Stuck whose 85 held their innings together. Mark Comber was the main wicket taker but Tony Oram, Ian Johnson and Martin Southwell backed him up well but just couldn’t effect a significant break through. An enjoyable afternoon however with the sun at last trying to warm things up.
 
M H Two Counties O 60s v Billericay Vets at Billericay C C on 11/5/17 ( timed game )
Billericay 171 for 6 declared Paul Wakefield 52, Sanjee Sood 29, Santos Mehrotra 27. M Southwell 2-22, G Webster 2-37.
Two Counties 172 for 3 Stuart Stobbs 79no, Ray Black 36, John Stuck 23no. Santos Mehrotra 3-53
M H Two Counties won by 7 wickets
At Billericay on a warm sunny day the Two Counties O 60s recorded a good 7 wicket victory in a game of fluctuating fortunes when patterns of play changed dramatically.  Paul Wakefield 52 and Sanjee Sood 29 put on an opening stand of 92 in  very good time and Billericay looked to be well in the driving seat, but a change of pace in the bowling brought on Martin Southwell his 13 overs slowed the rate down very quickly and he only conceded 22 runs whilst claiming 2 wickets. He was backed up well by Glyn Webster 2-37 and the home side soon found themselves on the back seat with only Santos Mehrotra  25 figuring in the later batsmen. Billericay declared after 48 overs to set the Two Counties a target of 172.
The Two Counties were soon into their stride and Ray Black paved the way with 36. Stuart Stobbs then scored a blistering undefeated 79 backed up by John Stuck 23no.  This gave the Two Counties side a 7 wicket win after only 24.4 overs. Santos Mehrotra with 3-53 was the only Billericay wicket taker. Another good win for the O 60s who have started the season well.
By |May 15th, 2017|

Play-Cricket issues

We are aware of the issues regarding logging into the system and are urgently working to reinstate the service. These issues may also affect logging in to the ECB scoring app.

Also there are some strange looking results that have already been entered, as clubs forget to enter the bonus points gained. So we have a few matches being won by 15-0, and West Bergholt II have somehow managed to gain 21pts in their match, surpassed by Witham II who tried to claim 34!!!. Please take care when entering the details, and please amend as soon as you can.

By |May 14th, 2017|

Facebook link discontinued

Due to a volume of ill-informed comments being made on the automated posting of news items on this website, I have now found and turned off the link within WordPress, on which our website was created. The Two Counties facebook page was automatically created and has no administrators, and so therefore the posts there cannot be removed. Such a shame that some people leave posts on subjects which have absolutely nothing to do with the news item itself, and those that add to it with further comments which are factually inaccurate. There is a saying, abuse it, and you lose it. Well, you just lost it.
No further items will now appear on that site which start life on this one.

By |May 12th, 2017|

Tony Catley, RIP

It is with huge sadness that Exning Cricket Club must announce the passing of Tony Catley during the early hours of Wednesday morning. As many of you will be aware Tony was diagnosed with Mesothelioma in December 2015 and he has fought this terrible disease with incredible bravery and fortitude ever since. Today Pauline, Russell, Matthew, Tim and the Catley family have lost an incredible family man and Exning CC its greatest ever servant.
As soon as the funeral arrangements are announced we will let everybody know.
Philip King, Club Captain
Exning Cricket Club
By |May 10th, 2017|

Play-Cricket and Result reporting

Last weekend was the first full weekend of the new season yet despite a good deal of notice that this would happen at the start of May (usually an annual occurrence) many clubs/teams have slipped back into old habits.
No fewer than 10 results that were reported by phone or sms were inaccurate and about half of them did mean that points totals had to be changed, which initially meant inaccurate league tables appearing on the website and in the local press. This figure has increased because it has been reported to me that the Sunday Division match between Wivenhoe and Brightlingsea was reduced to an 80 over match, thus giving Brightlingsea one more point. It is vital that those reporting the scores also report the reduction, or maybe the time will be coming when the reporting team making the error is deducted a few points. Maybe then some attention will be given to it.
Now, on the Play-Cricket front there are still more than just a handful of scorecards which have not or cannot be completed, either because has been unable to fill it in, or because the away team does not have an accurate squad selected for the home to enter the players. There are many “unsures” scattered throughout the scorecards. This is simply not good enough, and after this weekend the admins who look after each division will start taking action against the guilty clubs.
This will also include the “non-registration” of a player issue. We gather that there are players who played last weekend that their club has yet to register in Play-Cricket. If this remains the case after this weekend then the League will take retrospective action with regard to penalising those clubs.
If home clubs find players not listed in their opponents squads, can they please notify us by entering those details in the “highlights” field, so that we know whom we are chasing up.
Scorers should have no issue in entering their names in their own scorebooks as they should have the completed team cards from the captains, or ask the Umpires after the match if they can just complete the teams from the cards they possess.

By |May 10th, 2017|

Do not leave yourself at risk

In light of recent events at one cricket ground in our League, can I give this handy guide as to how to protect yourself from Changing Room thefts.

  1. Do not take valuables into a Changing Room to start with. If possible, keep them safely locked away in your vehicles, you do not need them while the game is in progress.
  2. If you cannot do (1) then please try and make sure that your changing room is safely locked, especially when your team is in the field and the key is left with your scorer. If the changing room cannot be locked then ask the host club if they have a safe facility to lock these valuables in, like their bar.
  3. Notice if entrance to the clubhouse can be made without being visible from the field of play, in which case take extra care.
By |May 5th, 2017|

Over 60s start with a win

M H Two Counties O 60s v Suffolk O 60s at Copford C C on 2/5/2017 ( 45 over game )

Two Counties 215 for 5, J Stuck 52, A Sims 51, S Stobbs 48, S Isaac 24, J Clark 2-28

Suffolk 214 for 8 C Watson 51, J Clark 36, R Black 35.  B Tompkins 2-22, B Turley 2-55

M H Two Counties won by 1 run

On a bright but chilly day at the pretty Copford ground the M H Two Counties Over 60s and their counterparts from Suffolk enjoyed a very close encounter that was only decided by the final ball when the Two Counties just pipped their visitors by one run. Put into bat Two Counties managed a final total of 215-5 with J Stuck 52 ret, Alan Sims 51 ret, Stuart Stobbs 48 n.o., and Steve Isaac, 24, being the main scorers whilst John Clark 2-28 was the most threatening bowler. After a superb tea the Suffolk side did their utmost to force a win but were denied by some excellent early bowling from Stuart Carpenter and Bruce Tompkins. Skipper Chris Watson 51 lead the Suffolk charge well supported by John Clark 36 and Ray Black 35 but they were denied in the final few overs when captain Bruce Tompkins came to the fore whilst the final over was left to Brian Turley to defend 8 runs, a task he just managed to give the Two Counties a 1 run win. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon that turned out to be a very social occasion when old friends and adversaries blew the cobwebs away in this early season encounter. Staged superbly by the Copford faithful that made sure that the day was enjoyed by all.

 Geoff Newman

By |May 3rd, 2017|