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.

Coggeshall Cricket Club

The meeting of the Management Sub-Committee on the 5th September, 2016 had to deal with a possible breach of Rule 13e by Coggeshall Cricket Club.

Coggeshall Cricket Club were represented by four officers and admitted playing two overseas players in their 1st XI matches on 30th July, 6th August, 13th August, 20th August and 27th August wrongly believing that Zachary McCaskie, who arrived in this country at the end of June, was not an overseas player because he was the holder of a British Passport.

Coggeshall Cricket Club now realise that Rule 13e says that ‘An overseas player is one who is not normally resident in the United Kingdom’

They apologised for this error and said that in their many years in the Two Counties Championship they had never deliberately broken the Rules of the Competition.

The Management Sub-Committee were unanimous in the view that the penalties for fielding an ineligible player set out in Rule 13a had to be applied.

Coggeshall Cricket Club were therefore ordered to forfeit the points gained in the five matches, which totalled 61 points, plus a further 16 points for breaching Rule 13e, a total of 77 points.

In addition the opposing teams will each receive a total of 20 points, less those already obtained in the matches in question. The teams to receive additional points are as follows:-

Witham 14 points, Hadleigh 13 points and Halstead 1 point.

Coggeshall Cricket Club have a right of appeal in the next seven days against the decision of the Management Sub-Committee.

By |September 6th, 2016|

Pages of the Rules

After many requests the Rules of the Two Counties Cricket Championship can now be viewed on the website.

Rules

By |July 24th, 2016|

Further Message from the Chairman of the Two Counties Championship

The meeting of Management Sub-Committee on the 11th July 2016 had to deal with many disciplinary matters.

Although the vast majority of our matches are played in the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ it was obvious from the matters dealt with last night that some Clubs are not dealing with its players who continue to use bad language to officials and opposition players alike.

Some Clubs featured more than once in the complaints received.

The Management Sub-Committee wish to make Clubs aware that it will not tolerate this sort of behaviour and severe action will be taken in the future

By |July 12th, 2016|

Message To all Member Clubs from the Chairman of the Two Counties Championship – 1

The meeting of the Management Sub-Committee on the 11th July, 2016 had to deal with two matters relating to Rule 13a.

The purpose of Rule 13a is to prevent Clubs from bringing in ‘ringers’ in order to either achieve promotion or avoid relegation especially late in the season.

The matters we had to consider involved players returning from university or work placements to their home clubs.

In both cases the players had already played for other Clubs this season in a Premier League feeder system and therefore needed permission from the Two Counties Championship before they could resume playing for their home Club.

This was not obtained by one Club and although they had breached Rule 13a the Management Sub-Committee took the view that it was a technical breach as had permission been sought it would have been granted.

In the circumstances The Management Sub-Committee took the view that it would be inappropriate to implement the deduction of points.

All Clubs should therefore take great care before playing any members returning from university or work placements without first referring the matter to the Management Sub-Committee if the player has played for any other Club this season.

By |July 12th, 2016|

Are you Over 50?

Geoff Newman, the League President, and Commandant in Chief of the Two Counties veterans teams, is on the look-out for new “talent” for the very full Over-50s, 60s, and 70s team. If you are a player of a certain age, and looking for some very social midweek cricket, then simply contact Geoff on 01621 852099 or 07760 235273, and make yourself known to him.

By |April 30th, 2016|

Cancelling matches

When Clubs are forced to cancel matches, especially due to bad weather, it is the responsibility of the home Club to contact the visiting Club. This must be done by verbally contacting an official of the visiting Club.  It is not sufficient to send an e-mail or leave a message on voicemail.  These may not be picked up in time.

Also, in view of hoax calls  in the past,  it is advised that the visiting Club ascertain who is making the call from the home Club.

It appears that there were occurrences of the former happening last weekend.

By |April 21st, 2016|

Scoop – Nick Garnham

Scoop front cover

THE story behind Easton’s dismissal for just 14 runs is highlighted in a new book that features stories about Two Counties cricketers and clubs past and present.

Easton joined the Championship in 2000 and won their opening ten matches – victory in their 11th, at home to Brightlingsea, would have confirmed promotion, but it all went awry.

There are also tales about the Catley brothers, veteran Clacton batsman John Stuck, St Margaret’s all-rounder Ian Booth and former Maldon batsman Robbie Barber.

Past and present Suffolk cricketers featured include Hassan Adnan, Phil Caley, Tom Huggins, Devon Malcolm, Michael Peck and Derek Randall while there are also tales about Bury St Edmunds, Colchester & East Essex and Mildenhall Cricket Clubs.

They are all contained in Scoop, a collection of tales and stories across four decades written by sports journalist Nick Garnham.

The book also contains a plethora of stories about Essex cricketers including current players Alastair Cook, captain James Foster, Graham Napier and Reece Topley plus first-team coach Paul Grayson and bowling coach Chris Silverwood.

Ex-players Ray East, Ben Foakes, Neil Foster, Chris Gladwin, Graham Gooch, Mark Ilott, Will Jefferson, Nick Knight, Tymal Mills, Ian Pont, Nadeem Shahid and former chief executive David East are also featured.

The stories were among the many covered by Garnham while working for the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich Star and Green ‘Un.

The 54-year-old, who worked for newspaper publishers Archant Ltd for 32 years, said it had taken exactly a year from writing down his initial ideas on what to include to the book being published.

“I have edited the sports section of a daily newspaper, a weekly football paper, programmes, anniversary brochures and handbooks, but writing the book was a whole new challenge.

“It has been a labour of love, but one I have thoroughly enjoyed,” said Garnham, who now works for Suffolk FA as their Marketing & Public Relations Officer.

Scoop also contains stories on former Test stars Ian Botham, Mike Gatting, Jason Gillespie, Sir Richard Hadlee, Mark Ramprakash, Sir Viv Richards and Graham Thorpe.

There’s interviews with all 12 of the Ipswich Town players who were involved in the 1978 FA Cup Final victory over Arsenal at Wembley plus stories about former managers Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey.

Garnham, who got former Ipswich Town Chairman David Sheepshanks CBE to write the foreword, said: “I think the strength of the book is that there is a real mixture of stories and anecdotes from international celebrities, to national treasures and local personalities.

“There’s stories not just on sportsmen and women but whole chapters on managers, coaches, chief executives, groundsmen and even spectators.

“There are several quirky stories such as the day a Test match umpire took the players back out onto the Victory Ground in Bury St Edmunds because a tea lady was not ready and the cup match that was settled in an examination hall.

“Then there’s the football referee who was duped into thinking he had been invited to officiate at the London Olympics, and the Ipswich striker who scored a hat-trick to save Norwich from relegation on the last day of the season!

“There’s also some sad stories while others will bring a smile to your face.

“Anyone picking up a newspaper only gets to read the printed version of the story, but Scoop also relates some of the tales behind the stories which can be equally, if not more, interesting to the reader but they never get to hear about.

“I think the book will appeal to anyone with a broad interest in sport, but particularly cricket and football, and also anyone who has an interest in journalism.”

For further information or to buy a copy of Scoop, which is published by JMD Media Ltd and priced £14.99, visit www.scoopbook.co.uk

By |September 16th, 2015|

Veteran’s action

Tuesday 2 June – MH Two Counties Over 70s v Billericay Over 70s at Billericay CC (timed game)

Two Counties Over 70s 219 for 6; Graham Penny (Long Melford) 76, John Stuck (Frinton-on-Sea) 56no.
Billericay Over 70s 155 for 7; Dave Randall 67. Malcolm McLeod (Maldon) 3-25, Brian Turley (Brightlingsea) 2-33.

Match drawn.

Wednesday 3 June – MH Two Counties Over 50s v Martin Couch’s XI at Frinton CC

Martin Couch XI 108: D Gunawarde 32. Chris Hills (Witham) 4-28.
Two Counties Over 50s: 131 for 2. Simon Everett (Mistley) 75no, Rupert Haxell (Abberton) 41no. Martin Couch 2-38.

Two Counties Over 50s win by 8 wickets.

Thursday 4 June – MH Two Counties Over 50s v Kelvedon & Feering Seniors at Kelvedon & Feering CC (timed game)

Kelvedon & Feering 278 for 8 dec: Alex Parsons 74, Rob Morrell 65, Paul Tomkins 56. Kevin Ross (Yoxford) 4-58.
Two Counties Over 50s 230 for 6: Kevin Ross (Yoxford) 91no, Pat Patel (Frinton-on-Sea) 39. David Peperell 2-13, Alex Parsons 1-18.

Match drawn.

Kelvedon & Feering won the toss and elected to bat. The early loss of the skipper Mick Warner (7), soon followed by Ed Pope (6), might have signalled the start of a steady decline but Paul Tomkins (56) and Rob Morrell (65) steadied the ship. They were followed by Alex Parsons (74) and Jeremy King (33) who led the rest of the team to a declaration at 278 for 8. Kevin Ross (Yoxford) was on form with his 4-58. Alex Parsons was the K&F man of the match.

The Two Counties Over 50s also had an erratic start to their innings with a couple of early losses taken by David Peperell 2-13. Pat Patel (Frinton-on-Sea) 39, and Kevin Ross (Yoxford) 91 no edged the total nearer, supported by Mark Scopes (Woodbridge & OW) 28 but not quite achieving the final total. Kevin Ross for his 91no and 4-58 was a deserving winner of the Two Counties Over 50s man of the match award.

The glorious weather and the great cricket made for a very pleasant full day, with Kelvedon & Feering being excellent hosts and superb company.

By |June 6th, 2015|

Worlington’s Village Cup progress.

Worlington are through to their second consecutive Regional Final of the Davidstow National Village Cup after victory at Belhus CC of Essex in round three.
Batting first, Worlington closed on 258-4 thanks to 131 from opener Chris Baugh. The hosts were then restricted to 229-5 in reply.
The win means Worlington now have a home tie in the Essex & Suffolk Regional Final against Bentley CC of the T.Rippon Mid-Essex League on Sunday 14th June, match commences 1pm. Bentley had defeated Mistley in the opening round.
By |June 1st, 2015|

Veterans action again after many cancellations

Thursday 21 May – MH Two Counties Over 50s v Essex Police Veterans at Halstead CC (45 over per side game)

Essex Police Veterans 269 for 5; J Couchman 112, N Cockrell 71. J Stonehouse 2-27, C Roper 2-32. Two Counties Over 50s 201 for 8; J Wiseman 50, A Gallant 49. A Gallant 1-17, K Ross 1-30.

Essex Police Veterans won the toss and elected to bat. J Couchman advanced towards a healthy total of 112. He was ably supported by N Cockrell who smashed 32 from one over with four 6s and two 4s to go towards his final total of 71. None of the Two Counties O50s bowlers were able to stem the flow as the Essex Police Veterans reached their final total of 269.

The Two Counties Over 50s opened the attack with A Gallant 49 and M Bransby 30 but even with J Wiseman 50 joining the fray they were short of the target. J Stonehouse 2-27 and C Roper 2-32 finally keeping the Two Counties total to 201 for Essex Police Veterans to win the match by 69 runs.

This match was slightly unusual in that it was only one of a very few ever held with two lady umpires. Yvonne Dolphin-Cooper and Wendy Black enjoyed officiating a match together. Photo shows W Black (left) and Y Dolphin-Cooper (right).

Lady Umpires of Suffolk - W Black (l) Y Dolphin-Cooper (r)

Thursday 21 May – MH Two Counties Over 60s v Surrey Over 60s at Halstead CC (45 over per side game)

Surrey Over 60s 230 for 4; M Byford 114, A Beaumont 37. A Barton 1-25.
Two Counties Over 60s 231 for 3; R Black 106, J Gallant 68. S Carpenter 1-8, B Barrell 2-61, D Messent 1-34.

Surrey won the toss and elected to bat. Stuart Carpenter and Steve Bulger restricted the Surrey batsmen to 33 off the first 18 overs with Carpenter having fine figures of 9 overs, 6 maidens, 1 wicket for 8 runs. Then the Surrey captain Mike Byford attacked the bowling and scored 114 with a good supporting role of 37 not out from Andy Beaumont. The Surrey innings closed on 230 for 4.

In reply John Gallant and Ray Black put on 152 for the first wicket until Gallant was unluckily run out for 68 at the non-strikers end by a deflection onto the stumps as he backed up. Black pressed on to 106 before being caught. Good support from Mick Thew 14, Badger Ball 18no and Jerry Hadcock 16no, saw the Two Counties side home with three overs to spare.

Halstead CC supplied two excellent wickets to enable three centurions and a total of 931 runs scored on the day. They were, as always, superb hosts and the weather topped it all to ensure a great day of cricket.

By |May 23rd, 2015|

Sportstatz update

All Division Five and Six teams that had expired, plus a couple of other teams in other divisions, have now been renewed and their scorecards can be completed. All will appear as Pending (PE) in those teams fixture lists.

By |May 18th, 2015|

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