East Bergholt CC. It is with great sadness that the Club announces the recent passing of long serving player, umpire, and secretary Alec Munson. The funeral service is to be held at East Bergholt Church on Friday 23rd February at 1.30pm. Our thoughts are with the Munson family at this difficult time.
This article linked below is certainly well worth reading by all clubs.
It has been announced that DBSL are officially no more, and that they have now merged with Nacton Cricket Club, and the DBSL fixtures will now revert to being Nacton 2nd XI fixtures.
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.
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 the player’s entry visa at all times
and the player cannot play cricket in the Two Counties Championship until he/she is
registered with the League Secretary. Although it is not a condition of registration all
clubs are encouraged to apply for the registration of overseas players before 16th
February to enable the MSC to carry out the necessary procedures to check that the
player concerned is entitled to be registered. No assurance can be given that the
registration of the player concerned will be confirmed before the start of the relevant
playing season in the case of any applications submitted after that date. The MSC
shall resolve all applications for the registration of an overseas player to play cricket
in The Two Counties Championship and their decision shall be final and binding.
Clubs may pay coaches for coaching provided the coach has a minimum UKCC Level
2 (or the overseas equivalent) and the coach is registered with the League Secretary
before representing that club in the Two Counties Championship. Any coach from
overseas shall be accepted only if they enter the country on a Tier 5 Creative and
Sporting visa, forward a copy of their contract of employment to the MSC and are
registered with the League Secretary before 16th February. All clubs with registered
paid coaches shall also provide to the League Secretary a coaching schedule for the
work undertaken at their club by the coach concerned. No payment can be made by
the club or by any third party on its behalf to the coach for playing cricket in the Two
Clarification of an Overseas Player
So for clarification and to remove all element of doubt, any player regarded by the
ECB as a Category 3 player (that is a player who is not qualified to play for England)
regardless of his passport type or entry visa, would need to apply to the MSC in
writing for clearance to play in the Championship for next season and to:
Rick Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoff Eveling email@example.com
in the first instance and preferably by 16th February. The only exception to this is for
players entering on a Youth Mobility Visa which are now banned from playing in our
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.
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.
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.