M H Two Counties O 50s v Eight Ash Green at Eight Ash Green C C on 3/8/2017 ( Timed Game)
Eight Ash Green 193 for 6 L Keeble 74, J Young 58no, A Woodhouse 35. M Southwell 3-35, T Oram 1-42
Two Counties 66 all out. J Wiseman 9, J Harris 4-17, P O’Donnell 3-7, T Lee 2-11
Eight Ash Green won by 127 runs
The M H Two Counties O 50s annual match at Eight Ash Green this season ended in an embarrassing 127 run defeat. The Two Counties had one of those days that is best forgotten when things went wrong from the outset’ Eight Ash Green batted first and took full advantage of some wayward bowling. Luke Keeble was exceptionally harsh on any bad deliveries and he powered his way to 74, Joe Young 58no and Andrew Woodhouse 35 carried on the good work and the home side were able to declare on 193 for 6 on a wicket that was giving the seam bowlers in particular plenty of assistance. Martin Southwell 3-35 and Tony Oram 1-42 were the pick of the Two Counties bowlers with Tony, in particular, losing out to some missed chances.
The Two Counties had one of those batting days when everything went wrong and no one got into double figures. Their final total of 66 being one of their lowest totals recorded. The Eight Ash Green bowlers were always in command and the O 50s had no answer to their efforts. Jake Harris 4-17, Paul O’Donnell 3-7, and, Tony Lee 2-11 were well on top and the Two Counties had no answer on the day. As ever the M H Two Counties were well entertained by the Eight Ash Green faithful, and as ever a good day was had by all, despite the ignominy of a crushing defeat. With the words must do better next season ringing in their ears.
M H Two Counties O 60s v Chelmer Vets at Halstead C C on 2/8/2017 ( 40 over game )
Chelmer Vets 26 for 3 Match abandoned Heavy Rain
M H Two Counties O 70s v Billericay Vets at Halstead C C on 2/8/2017 ( 40 over game )
Billericay Vets 32 for 0 Match Abandoned Heavy Rain
Unfortunately both games at the popular Halstead venue had to be abandoned after the 11th over when both Two Counties teams looked to be in a favourable position against their opponents. After the usual excellent Halstead tea a damp bunch of cricketers made their way home for an early evening
Can we remind every club that the seasons’ deadline for registering players is at 23:59:59 tonight. After that time registrations will require permission from the Two Counties Cricket Championship Management Sub-Committee.
In a Division 1 match against Frinton on Sea 2’s, Anthony Phillips (Haverhill CC) was hit with a level 1 disciplinary offence on 29th July 2017. This notice of disciplinary to remain on file should he re-offend again.
M H Two Counties O 50s v Maldon XI ( John Ellis Memorial Match ) at Drapers Farm, Maldon on 28/7/20 ( timed Game )
Two Counties 182 for 6 dec. S Henderson 60, M Paget 40, M Southwell 36no. B Prentice 3-24, D Blackboro 2-35
Maldon 183 for 4 M Shinn 64no, P Bardo 49, S Sargeant 25. D Hinchcliffe 1-27, M Southwell 1-29, C Hills 1-39
Maldon XI won by 6 wickets
The M H Two Counties O 50s side were beaten comfortably by a Maldon team in the John Ellis Memorial match at Maldon on Friday July 28th. The Two Counties batted first as is customary in this game and apart from a scintillating 60 from Stephen Henderson they generally struggled for runs throughout. The teenage Maldon trio of bowlers took the eye and Ben Prentice 3-24 and fellow young seam bowler Ethan Bardo opened the Maldon attack with flair to be followed by the cunning Leg Breaks of Cameron Blackboro, these three youngsters look great prospects for Maldon’s future lets hope they continue to improve with more experience. Just prior to lunch the Two Counties lost Stephen Henderson and were 97 for 5 at lunch. In the afternoon session the O 50s found runs hard to come by and plodded their way to the declaration of 182 for 6. Mark Paget 40 and Martin Southwell 36no had a stand of 83 but the bowlers were generally in control with Mat Shinn and John Figg proving hard to getaway.
The Maldon side were far less inhibited and reached their target of 183 in 12 overs less than the O 50’s. Mat Shinn 64no was well supported by Paul Bardo 49 Simon Sargeant 25 and Mark Hawkes 22no. Chris Hills 1-39 was the pick of the Maldon bowlers and was always difficult for the batsmen. On the day the younger side overall had by far the better of things and Ben Prentice John Ellis’s grandson would have made his grandfather very proud. As ever the Lunch at Maldon was top rate and well received by all.
M H Two Counties O 50s v Long Melford Seniors at Long Melford on 18/7/2017 ( 45 over game )
Two Counties O 50s 277 for 4 S Henderson 124, N Meakin 68. B Tompkins 4-82
Long Melford Snrs 221 for 5. J Stuck 99, M Thew 47, A Howlett 35no. T Oram 3-37
M H Two Counties won by 56 runs
On a sublime afternoon at the pretty Long Melford Ground Batsmen prospered when Long Melford Seniors entertained the M H Two Counties O 50s in a 45 over match. Batting first the Two Counties side lost skipper Pat Patel early but from then on it was the Stephen Henderson show. Stephen was in elegant form and never looked in any danger as he powered his way to 124 with some superb drives. He was well supported by Nick Meakin who notched 68 in his usual aggressive manner and Edgar Dunkley, 29. All the home bowlers plugged away on a hot afternoon but only Bruce Tompkins 4-82 had success in notching a wicket although Stuart Stobbs bowled a tight spell that only conceded 35 runs. The Two Counties final total of 277 was mainly due to the belligerence of Stephen ‘Hendo’ Henderson whose century knock was a top class act.
Long Melford to their credit tried hard to chase down such a formidable total and they never once gave in. John Stuck (99) led from the front and with Mick Thew (47) supporting him well pushed the home total along. John had a good stand with Adrian Howlett, 35no, before John Stuck perished on 99 going down the wicket to try a big hit but found himself stumped off the bowling of Glyn Webster. Adrian Howlett still went for his shots and Long Melford completed their innings on 221 for 5 a valiant effort. As ever Tony Oram was very consistent and his final figures were 3-37, he was well backed up by Terry Charrington and Mark Comber giving the Two Counties a 56 run victory. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoons cricket that was appreciated by all. As ever Long Melford were excellent hosts and all look forward to next seasons encounter.
M H Two Counties O 70s v Hockerill Vets at Halstead C C on 13/7/2017 (40 over game )
Two Counties 91 all out. A Cooke 22, B Richards 13, R Waters 11no. G Woodington 3-2, E Wigmore 2-3 R Locke 2-25 M Jergic 3-28
Hockerill 92 for 1. G Mckay 50,G Irving 25no, D Aitken 14no. B Tompkins 1-33
Hockerill Vets won by 9 wickets.
At Halstead the M H Two Counties O 70s team were outclassed by a strong Hockerill Veterans although they didn’t put up too much of a fight. The visitors coasting home to an easy 9 wicket win. Batting first the Two Counties were in trouble from the outset and only Alan Cooke (22) of the early batsmen reached double figures. It was left to a last wicket stand between Bob Richards 13, and Rick waters 11no to push the innings to 38 overs and a final total of 91. Their cause wasn’t helped early on when hardly a run was scored in nearly six overs from one end whilst the batsmen at the other tended to perish trying to up the run rate, Hockerill’s bowlers shared the spoils, G Woodington 3-2, E Wigmore 2-3, R Locke 2-25 and M Jergic 3-28 all sharing their wicket tally.
Hockerill knocked the 92 runs off needed for victory in 18 overs with G McKay notching an excellent 50 aided by G Irving 25no and D Aitkin 14no to the visitors. Bruce Tompkins as ever tried very hard with the ball and secured the only wicket to fall, Rick Waters had a good spell as well and was unlucky not to get a wicket. A rather crushing defeat for the Two Counties O 70s mainly due to some very inept batting plus the visitors had a more youthful looking side. As ever the Halstead club surpassed itself with its customary welcome and every one enjoys playing at this very hospitable Club
An official warning was issued on 27th June to the effect that in the event of the panel umpires reporting Witham CC for not having a non playing scorer, then a 5 point penalty would be imposed.
Such a report was received by the umpires who officiated their match against Woolpit last weekend. Therefore, in addition to usual financial penalty, an administrative penalty of 5 points has been deducted.
M H Two Counties O 50s v Audi Suffolk Alliance at Kesgrave C C on 12/7/2017 ( 45 over game)
Two Counties 190 for 6. P Tomkins 67, M Southwell 38no. G Wellen 3-49
Suffolk Alliance 136 for 7 L Cruse 50, A Gallant 48. M Southwell 2-17
M H Two Counties won by 54 runs.
The M H Two Counties O 50s played an enthralling match at Kesgrave C C against their counterparts from the Audi Suffolk Alliance. Throughout the whole game the batsmen had to battle hard for runs against bowling from both sides that was a very high standard. Batting first the Two Counties struggled for runs and lost Gerard Artindale, Stephen Henderson and Edgar Dunkley with the score on 34, all perished trying to up the run rate against the very consistent bowling of A Barnes only conceding 16 runs in his 9 over spell while G Wellens 3-49 was the main wicket taker with figures of 3-49. Two Counties were indebted to Phil Tomkins from Kelvedon who battled on with fight and desire to notch a brilliant 67, he was aided and abetted later in the innings with a determined undefeated 38no from Martin Southwell and skipper Pat Patel 21 who showed the talent to get the Two Counties to a respectable 190 for 6 in a real battling 45 overs. A Thompson 1-26, R Harris 1-40 and M Whitmore 1-49 all bowled very well and the Two Counties final total always looked vunerable.
The Suffolk Alliance side set about their task with endeavour but some superb bowling and astute captaincy from Pat Patel kept things well in check, Chris Hills 1-23, Tony Oram and Mark Comber only conceded 20 odd runs in their 9 over spells while Martin Southwell also put the brakes with 2-17. Lance Cruse 50 and Andrew Gallant 48 fought hard to get on top of things but it was the Two Counties day only conceding 2 boundaries in the whole 45 overs a quite remarkable feat. Dougie Andrews 20 had a late flurry but it was all to no avail as after their 45 overs the Alliance team could only muster 136 for 7 giving the Two Counties a remarkable win on the day by 54 runs. The Suffolk Alliance side were excellent hosts and the evening was completed in great spirits with the after match celebrations as enjoyable as the hard fought match.
While it will be impossible for us to generate the “excitement” of Sky Sports’ Transfer Deadline Day, with reporters camped around net facilities on grounds, we must remind all member clubs of the League, that the Registration window will slam shut at 23:59:59 on Tuesday August 1st, After this time no new registrations for this season will be accepted, unless permission has been granted by the League.
Now this does have repercussions on those clubs who are tardy in completing scoresheets and player registrations, as any players who have played before that time, and whom have not been registered, will be treated, under League rules, as “ineligible players”, with the penalties applicable to that infringement being rigorously applied.
In the match against Wivenhoe, Dan White (Elmstead CC) was hit with a level 1 disciplinary offence on 24th June. This notice of disciplinary to remain on file should he re-offend.
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.