Division One Champions


Division Two Champions


Division Three Champions

Copdock & O.I. II

Division Four Champions

Wivenhoe II

Division Five Champions


Division Six Champions


Division Seven Champions


Division Eight Champions


Division Nine E Champions

Copdock & O.I. III

Division Nine S Champions

Dunmow II

Division Nine W Champions

Lakenheath II

Division C Champions


Ladies Challenge Champions


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.

Breach of the rules

On the 3rd July 2017 the Two Counties (TC) Management Sub Committee dealt with a breach of Championship Rule 13(a) by Frinton on Sea CC.

Frinton on Sea CC played Blake Reed in their 2nd X1 match v Maldon in Division 1 on the 1st July 2017. Blake Reed is an overseas player who the Home Office (Immigration Dept) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had deemed ineligible to play cricket in this country. Frinton on Sea had submitted Counsel’s opinion to the Home Office and the ECB asking for that decision to be reversed. The ECB replied in an email dated 29th June 2017 as follows;

“We cannot provide a comment with regards to the advice Frinton on Sea has been provided.

The Home Office sports Policy Unit has confirmed to us on several occasions that it would consider any person who has played in the Australian U19 championships, paid or unpaid, no matter how long ago those matches were , would meet the Home Office definition of a “professional” for immigration purposes. Therefore Blake is not eligible to play cricket here paid or unpaid on a youth mobility visa”

This email was forwarded to Frinton on Sea CC on the 29th June 2017.

The Two Counties is in an ECB feeder league and the Management Sub Committee have no choice but to abide by their decision. The Management Sub Committee unanimously agreed that Frinton on Sea CC fielded an ineligible player on the 1st July and should forfeit the points gained in the match with Maldon CC and also a further 16 points. In addition, Maldon CC will be awarded the match and receive 20 points.

Frinton on Sea CC have indicated that it is their intention to lodge an appeal to the Management Sub Committee’s adjudication, so no adjustments will be made until after that appeal has been heard.

By |July 7th, 2017|

Vets tour, Day Four, win two.

YORKSHIRE O60 SELECT XI 140-6 (Allan 35, A.Cooke 31no, C.Hills 2-15, S.Carpenter 2-17)
TWO COUNTIES O-50s 144-5 (P.Patel 34, D.Curtis 33, S.Bulger 32no, Allan 2-25)

A return visit to Embsay on Thursday, with the weather warm, alternating between sunshine and clouds. The Two Counties team were in the field first, and in the opening overs the bowlers kept the score below one an over, and it took until the eighth over for parity to be achieved. The first breakthrough came soon after when Hinchcliffe’s fine caught and bowled claimed the first wicket. The opening bowlers, Hinchcliffe and Hills kept the run rate down, and even when they were replaced by Bulger and Carpenter, the drinks interval after 20 overs still only saw the Yorkshire team with 43 runs on the board. The batsmen did get rather more adventurous after the break, and solid knocks of 35 from Allan, and 31 not out from our own Alan Cooke, making a guest appearance for the opposition, saw their total rise to a final score of 140-6.
So the Two Counties need to score 141 to win, and Pat Patel and Trevor Mills made a solid start before Mills departed in the eighth over. Patel and Don Curtis made steady progress before Patel was caught and bowled for 34, now iot was 72-2. A bowling change accounted for Curtis, 33, quickly followed by the departures of Cox and Stobbs, before John Gallant, and a beligerent 32 from 23 balls from Steve Bulger saw the team home to their second win of the tour.

Charles Revell

By |July 7th, 2017|

Vets tour (day three) and victory!!!!

GLUSBURN 145 (Barker 35, Hinchcliffe 3-28)
TWO COUNTIES O-50s 147-7 (Meakin 45, Stuck 26 no, Cox 17no, Ball 17, Windell 3-28)

Everybody eventually found the “out of the way” Glusburn ground, and whilst not in the scenic splendour of previous hosts, this small ground was not without it’s charms.
Glusburn took first innings, and lost wickets steadily, with all the Two Counties bowlers achieving success, Dave Hinchcliffe being the most successful with three wickets from his three overs. Martin Southwell, courtesy of two Stuck stumpings, and Charlie Withams both claiming two wickets.
The Two Counties reply started a little awkwardly, with two wickets gone for a mere 16 runs, but 45 from Nick Meakin, which included the days only two sixes, and useful knocks from John Stuck, Badger Ball, and skipper Phil Cox saw them through to a three wicket win with almost two overs to spare. Thus the team achieved their first victory on Yorkshire soil since 2011.

Charles Revell

By |July 6th, 2017|

Vets Tour (day two)

Steeton 198-6 (Wynne 40, Perce 43, Howack 39 no, Stobbs 3-47, Hills 2-20)
Two Counties O-50s 181 (Isaac 42, Stobbs 35, Tennant 3-14, Akrigg 3-19)

Steeton won by 17 runs

A damp, drizzly morning did not promise well for cricket, but eventually, and on time, the match took place on a very pleasant ground, which, although differing vastly from the previous days at Embsay, was still typically “northern”.
The home side batted first, and made a slow start against Tompkins and Hills, with seven of the first dozen overs being maidens, during which time, Hills removed both openers. Following batsmen were less restrained however, with Hinchcliffe, Stobbs, and Bulger being harshly treated, although in a nine ball over, which included only two wides!!, Stobbs did take two wickets. He subsequently added a third. As the last 28 overs produced 172 runs, Steeton closed on 193-6.
The Two Counties start was the opposite of their hosts, and when John Stuck played a long-hop directly to backward square-leg in the seventh over, 41 were already on the board, but then a number of low scores saw the sixth wicket fall on 84. Steve Isaac and Stuart Stobbs then combined to take the total to 160 before the latter was one of three victims to J.Akrigg, who also took three catches, for 35. Isaac perished as another of his victims, for 42, as the innings finished 17 runs short of their opponents, heralding a convivial and noisy time in the hosts’ bar.

Charles Revell

By |July 5th, 2017|

Vets tour (Day One)

MH TWO COUNTIES SENIORS 162 for 8 (40 overs)

EMBSAY C.C. 165 for 5 (39 overs)

A wonderful Yorkshire reception was given to MH 2C Seniors on the first day of our Yorkshire Tour 2017 and a return visit to old friends at Embsay CC at their picturesque ground.

Batting first on a difficult track, despite the early dismissal of skipper Pat Patel and facing a good batting attack, MH 2C Seniors fought their way to a closing score of 162 for 8. This was thanks, in the main, to a fluent 79 by John Gallant, well supported by a promising cameo innings by Nick Meakin (19) and resistance by John Stuck (13) & Steve Isaac (14). Embsay bowlers kept good line and length, the pick of their attack being Scott Robinson who took 2 for 8 from his 8 overs.

In reply, Embsay were well up with the asking rate until Stuart Carpenter (1 for 19 from 8 overs) pegged them back with support from Steve Bulger ( 2 for 32) but Brian Hodgson (44) and Robin Youngman (28 not out) saw the home team home to victory in the 38th over.

An excellent day was rounded off with beer, lasagne and a sing-song in The Cavendish Arms.

Phil Cox (ace match reporter)

By |July 5th, 2017|

Coggeshall v Lashings

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By |June 29th, 2017|

Mower for sale to raise funds for nets

Kesgrave Cricket Club are raising funds to install new outdoor practice nets. We have been donated a brand new mower that we wish to sell to add funds toward this project.  It is a Ransomes Marquis 51 (six blade) and includes a two year warranty, visit from your local dealer to instruct on use and free delivery.  The price for this mower from a dealership is approx £3,350.00 (incl VAT).  You can buy this mower from us for £2,750.00 (no VAT). If interested, please contact David Worne on 07770 687939 or david.worne1@gmail.com

By |June 28th, 2017|

Laws of Cricket

Norman Atkins, the League Chairman, has requested that we publish the following Law of Cricket.

In games with no Panel Umpires controversy has been caused by the interpretation of the Law regarding the bowling of high full pitched balls.  All Captains and players are reminded that all matches in the Two Counties Cricket Championship  are played in accordance with the official MCC Laws of Cricket.

Law 42 (6) (b) states:-

(i)                   Any delivery, other than a slow paced one, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.

(ii)                A slow delivery which passes or would have passed on the full above shoulder height  of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker

As soon as the bowler’s end umpire decides there is an instance of dangerous and unfair bowing as defined above he shall call and signal No ball. When the ball is dead, he shall caution the bowler, inform the other umpire, the captain of the fielding side and the batsman of what has occurred. This caution shall apply throughout the innings.

If there is any further instance of dangerous and unfair bowling by the same bowler in that innings, the umpire shall repeat the above procedure and indicate that this is a final warning. This warning shall also apply throughout the innings.

Should there be any further repetition by the same bowler in that innings, the umpire shall call and signal No ball and when the ball is dead direct the captain to suspend the bowler forthwith and inform the other umpire of the reason for this action.

The bowler thus suspended shall not be allowed to bowl again in that innings.


By |June 28th, 2017|

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|

Veterans match off

Wednesday’s Over-50s fixture, due to have been against Gents of Essex/CID at Frinton, has been cancelled due to the weather, and the forecast.

By |June 27th, 2017|

The last match before the tour

Just one veterans match next week, ahead of the Yorkshire Tour the following week, and the team selection is as follows:

Over 50s

Opposition: Gents of Essex CID
Ground: Frinton CC
Date: Wednesday 28th June at 11.30am
Umpire(s) Charles Revell and Kevin Walker. Scorer(s) Bob Barrell

Pat Patel (capt); Mark Paget (wk); Martin Southwell; Mike Thew; Eric Davy, Mark Comber; Simon Everett; Tony Oram; Chris Hills; John Gallant; Stephen Henderson; Simon Sargeant.

By |June 23rd, 2017|

Veteran teams left without a win

M H Two Counties O 50s v Nomads C C at Kelvedon C C on 20/6/2017 ( Timed Game )

Two Counties 269 for 3 dec. P Tomkins 128no, N Meakin 69, P Patel 28 ret hurt.  P Crego 2-60.

Nomads 270 for 6 J Thornton 74, N Cader  46, J Gallant 43, J Antonis 42 M Blake 31. T Oram 3-90

Nomads won by 4 wickets.

On a hot summers day at the picturesque Kelvedon ground the M H Two Counties O 50s entertained the Nomads CC  when batsmen took full advantage  of the helpful conditions. Batting first the Two Counties got off to a blistering start, unfortunately Skipper Pat Patel had to retire hurt on 28 with a muscle  injury that saw him miss the rest of the game. Phil Tomkins from the Kelvedon club scored a brilliant undefeated 128 on his debut and led the batting charge  Nick Meakin  (69) in his usual hard hitting style partnered Phil in a great stand of 159. The Two Counties declared with their total of 269 for 3 giving their opposition a fair chance. Paul Crego was the pick of the Nomads bowlers and his final analysis was 2-60.

The Nomads made their intentions clear and took full advantage of some wayward deliveries. They were always up with the required  run rate and their first five batsmen were always positive in their approach and a close finish always looked likely. John Thornton made a deliberate 74 and he was supported well by Navaz Cader (46), John Gallant (43), Jude Antonis (42) and Michael Blake ( 31 ). Mark Comber (1-38) was the pick of the home bowlers and  it was he who made the initial break through. The Two Counties couldn’t stop the run flow and with the final over beckoning Nomads needed 8 runs to win from the final over. This nail biting over was won by the Nomads who succeeded in scoring 2 runs of the final ball to secure a famous  4 wicket win, Tony Oram did net 3 wickets but was quite expensive and not his usual steady self. You couldn’t get a closer result in any game and all enjoyed the final excitement. Mention must be made of Chris Leftwich and his Kelvedon friends who worked tirelessly all day to ensure both teams enjoyed the Kelvedon experience.

M H Two Counties O 60s v Chelmer Vets at Copford C C on  22/6/2017 ( Timed Game )

Chelmer Vets 234 for 6 dec, M John 67, P Adcock 45, M Rynn 33, C Baker 28no.

Two Counties 211 for 7, R Black 50, G Artindale 45, D Curtis 38.  M John 2-26, D Griffiths 2-30

Match Drawn

The M H Two Counties O 60s entertained Chelmer Vets at the unique Copford ground in a match that ended in a disappointing draw after some entertaining play during most of the afternoon. Batting first Chelmer notched up 234 for 6 dec with M John 67, P Adcock 45, M Rynn 33, and C Baker 28no sharing the batting honours. Stuart Carpenter and Ian Robinson bore the brunt of the home bowling, of the five bowlers used each notched a wicket apiece.

The Two Counties set about their run chase quite well early on and Ray Black 50, Gerard Artindale 45, Don Curtis 38, and Mike Thew 22 and Steve Isaac, 17,  put the home side well on course for victory but M John 2-26 and D Griffiths  2-30 pegged the home team back a tad  but Ian Robinson 13 helped get things on the move again and the rate was down to six runs an over required it looked odds on a home win. However Two Counties inexplicably couldn’t muster a single run in their last four overs when the Chelmer side had notched 30 runs in their last 4 overs a fact that gave Chelmer a moral win although the final result was a tame draw, leaving most the O-60s team a trifle perplexed as to why the chase had suddlenly been terminated with three wickets still in hand. As ever Copford were superb hosts  and made sure that both sides  were very well looked after.

Geoff Newman

By |June 23rd, 2017|