Division One Champions

Elmstead

Division Two Champions

Coggeshall

Division Three Champions

Little Bardfield Village

Division Four Champions

Kesgrave

Division Five Champions

Stowmarket

Division Six Champions

Stowupland

Division Seven Champions

Battisford

Division Eight Champions

Maldon III

Division Nine E Champions

Eye & District

Division Nine S Champions

Coggeshall III

Division Nine W Champions

Bardwell

Sunday Champions

Great Bromley

Ladies Challenge Champions

Woolpit

Ladies T20 Champions

(A) Mistley (B) Saffron Walden

Welcome to the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship

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

Penalties imposed.

Alan Rogers has imposed a five point penalty upon Witham III for failing to submit the scorecard for their Division Nine South match with Kelvedon & Feering III on June 10th. Three weekly deadlines having passed without it being completed.
Their first team are also on a final warning for failing to have a non-playing scorer. If this occurs again then they will be fined and also suffer a five point deduction.
The club have been informed.
In the Ladies T20 Section B, Shotley Peninsula have been deducted 5 points for conceding for the third time this season.

By |June 27th, 2017|

Thanks from Eight Ash Green

Everyone from Eight Ash Green CC would like to say a huge thank you to all the clubs and local community for all their help & support!

We were inundated with messages of support from locals and other cricket clubs such as: Gt Totham, Kelvedon & Elmstead CC. But special thanks must go to Copford Cricket Club who had a collection at their youth training on Saturday and raised £100 for repairs!

Parkers Pitches have also kindly donated some supplies for the repairs!

Again thank you so much,

from everyone at Eight Ash Green

By |June 20th, 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|

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|

Bonus points

Yes me again, with another moan.
A look at the results section on Play Cricket, and judging from a few of the scorecards I have been checking today, clubs are NOT claiming bonus points, and results are appearing with the winners getting 15 and the losers 0. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure that you complete EVERYTHING on the scorecard before submitting it for approval.

By |April 23rd, 2017|

Play Cricket inquiries

For most of today, I have been fielding inquiries about matters regarding Play Cricket, and what clubs should be doing. I am not an expert on Play Cricket, I am solely dealing with the admin and player registration.
We arranged a meeting in March at which all clubs were invited to send their club admins to learn all the things they will be required to do. Less than half of the membership of the League sent someone.
I have made many postings on this website requesting clubs to do this, and to do that, to assist in getting this functioning smoothly and with few hiccups. I guess I was dreaming if I thought everyone would oblige.
The site has a whole heap of Help Guides that can be downloaded, or simply read, this is your first course of action, not phoning or emailing me. I do not have to enter squads or scorecards and, therefore, I have no idea what you all see on your screens, I see only that which I am required to see.
If the Help Guides are of no help, then contact the System Helpdesk, which the ECB run, DO NOT bother call or email me, as I won’t be able to give you any other other advise than that which I have just imparted.
Steve Isaac

By |April 23rd, 2017|

Players need to be in squads

Each club will need to make their players eligible for their teams’ squads for them to be visible to those teams in Play-Cricket. Without that happening it will be impossible to complete a scorecard.

By |April 20th, 2017|

ECB Play-Cricket site

If any clubs are wondering why they are not getting notifications of registrations from me via Play-Cricket it is because, in their infinite wisdom on the eve of a new season, they have decided to make some changes to the log-ins of people with more than one log-in function, e.g, most League admins. This change was made on Monday, and after reporting my lack of access to the Help Desk, I am still awaiting the issue to be resolved.

I get this as a greeting on the site:

ECB login is changing

We are implementing a single login to our online applications.

New Users:
Sign in with your existing Username and Password. You will be asked to confirm your registered email address on the next page which will replace your username. If you don’t know your previous Username please click on the Forgotten your password? link below.

Please note, Play-Cricket users who signed up in 2016 or later do not have a Username and should enter their registered email address instead.

Now this would be great if it did accept my existing Username and Password!!!!
By |April 12th, 2017|

Registration progress

I would like to be in a position to say that Player Registration is going well, and with the 2,000th player being added last evening, many might say that it is. The truth is somewhat different. Eleven clubs have yet to register a single player, while another five have not registered enough to even field a team.
The eleven teams who are being tardy beyond any reasonable levels are: Bardwell; Brockley; DBSL; Eight Ash Green; Eye & District; Saffron Walden Ladies; Shotley Peninsula Ladies; Sudbourne Hall; Thriplow Ladies; Walsham le Willows; and Wivenhoe Town.
The five who have not registered enough for one team are: Stradbroke (9 registered); Tuddenham (5 registered); East Bergholt (3 registered), and St. Osyth and Stowupland (each with 1 registered).

This is also not helping where players are changing clubs from or to these clubs as their new clubs cannot or have not registered them, and it could mean that when the season starts in two weeks time many players will be ineligible to play due to their registrations being incomplete. Frankly there is no logical or acceptable reason why clubs are late getting on with it.

Also teams are now free to register any new players they have joining them for this season.

By |April 8th, 2017|

Rule change recap

RULE CHANGES FOR 2017

Player registration on Play-Cricket

All players must now be registered on Play-Cricket. Please register all those players that played for you in the Two Counties in 2016. A list of those names can easily be extracted from the statistics section on sportstatz. If you have a player(s) joining from another club(s) then the league will let you know when you can submit their registration(s)

It sometimes happens that you may find yourselves short one weekend and that you find a willing volunteer to make up the 11 at the last moment. You can field that player but you then must register him in time so as not to delay the full scorecard getting loaded onto Play-Cricket. In such circumstances please let Steve Isaac and your opposition know on match day.

Start Times

For fixtures in April the start time of 100, 90, and 80 over matches is 12.30pm

From 1st May until 15th August the start time is 1.00pm

From 16th August onwards the start time is 12.30pm except for Division 1 which will be 12.00pm

Fielding Circle

The requirement for a 30 yard fielding circle is now extended to encompass all matches in Divisions 1 to 5. The rule is 4 fielders plus bowler and wicket-keeper inside the circle at the point of delivery.

Result Administration

Fines will continued to be levied for the late reporting of results and of marking panel umpires. The difference this year is that the rule has been changed from persistent offenders MAY be deducted points to WILL be deducted points.

Players on Disciplinary Reports

The need for players to be aware that Level One reports will be carried to successive seasons. The slate will not be cleaned at the end of the season.

Sunday League (formerly Division C)

The default format is still 90 overs. However both sides can only bat a maximum of 45 overs. There is no carry over.

Bowlers are restricted to one fifth of the available overs, that is a maximum of 9.

By |March 28th, 2017|