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.

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|

Play-Cricket update

I have heard from Allison Heathcote that there are still vacancies for attendance at the ECB Play-Cricket demonstration at Bury St. Edmunds CC on March 27th (see news item further down the page). Clubs wishing to be represented by their Admin should contact Allison on allison.twocounties@yahoo.co.uk as soon as possible.

There are also many clubs who have yet to even start registering the players that played for them during the 2016 season. We are close to having 1,000 players registered but the number should end up around 5,000. So, please can those clubs who have not yet started, and I know who they are, please do so, so as to avoid a log-jam of players in the “pending basket”

A number of clubs have had players registrations “rejected”, and in each case, the club has been notified as to why. Once that issue has been resolved then the registration should be resubmitted. Such as, we DO need the correct date of birth. This is required so that a players’ history if he has been registered with other clubs, or will be in the future, can be merged so that he/she only has one registration. I have already rejected nearly every registration from two clubs, one of whom appeared to have 95% of their players with January 1st as their date of birth, varying years though, while another had 95% of their players being born on January 1st 1970, which was kind of odd as some were fathers and sons!!!

By |March 14th, 2017|

Registration milestone

Thanks to all those clubs that have began the process of registering their players from the 2016 season into Play-Cricket, yesterday, February 18th, the 500th player was approved. Some people have asked why we do not wish new players to be added yet. The answer to that is fairly simple, if a player is changing clubs, then we need the registration of the previous club to be in place, so that correct “paper trail” is in place. If the new club goes in first, and is then followed by the previous club, Play-Cricket will think that the second registration supercedes the first one, and we do not want that to happen. Also, a number of players say that they are going to change clubs, and then, for one of many reasons, they change their minds and remain where they were. Another reason why those registrations can wait until almost just before the season starts.

By |February 19th, 2017|

Veterans fixtures

The 2017 Two Counties Over-50s, 60s and 70s fixture list has now been added to the Fixture pages, and can be viewed via the link on the home page.

By |February 19th, 2017|

Change of Clubs form

There is now a form that will need to be completed by a player who is changing clubs for the forthcoming season. It will need to be endorsed by the club he is leaving, and by the club he is joining. The form should then be sent to Alan Rogers.
Any player whose change of clubs has NOT been notified to the League may be treated as an ineligible player, with the offending club being penalised 16 points. We are already aware of one player who is trying to join one club while still owing a considerable sum of money to the club he was playing for last season.

This only applies for players changing between member clubs of the Two Counties Cricket Championship, and those who may also be participating in the East Anglian Premier League, and any other Premier League. If a player is changing clubs, both of whom also participate in the East Anglian Premier League then a copy of the EAPL Change of Clubs form is also acceptable.

Below is the link to the form that needs completing.

TRANSFER REQUEST

By |February 18th, 2017|

Moving to Play-Cricket

Since the close of the 2016 season, the League Management Committee has taken the decision to move to having full Player Registration, and to move into step with the England and Wales Cricket Board request that we move to using Play-Cricket for all our administration. So as from this moment on we shall cease using Sportstatz.
The Two Counties Play-Cricket site has already been set up with all the fixtures for the 2017 season, with the exception of the Ladies competitions but this will be added shortly.
The League is also in the process of trying to arrange a meeting with representatives from the ECB’s Play-Cricket department where someone will come and demonstrate to member clubs, the whys and wherefores of it’s operation and how to set it all up, if assistance is required.

So what do we need our member clubs to start doing now?
The answer to this is quite simple. Firstly we require all clubs to open their club Play-Cricket sites, and all the member clubs of the League do have one, and sort out your club admins. Steve Isaac has been supplied with a full list, from the ECB, of each clubs’ current admins. Some clubs have many, while a number only have one admin, and it can be seen from this list that many of them are “inactive” within the club. Henceforth it is most likely that some clubs will need to contact Steve, either via phone 01245 256599 or 07793 074508, or by email sr.isaac@btclick.com  to find out the current admins for their clubs, so that these can be updated with new admins. It would be recommended that each club has, at least, two for each team they have in the competitions.
Instructions for adding new admins can be followed on this link

Assigning_Administrators

Once that has been done, then we require each club to register every player that played for them during the 2016 season, there is only one exception to this, and that is any youth player loaned from a parent club. We only need the parent club to register him. Clubs can quickly get a list of all players that played for them last season from their clubs’ Sportstatz pages. Simply print out each teams averages, and voila, you have a list!!
Full instructions can be found in the document on this link:

Club_or_County_Board_League_Nominations_20160226

The League’s admins will then see when players have been Registered and will grant approval, or query if they believe an error has been made in the Registration, or if any other problem needs to be resolved first. So please ensure that ALL fields are correctly entered before submitting.

At this stage we do NOT wish you to register any NEW PLAYERS, for reasons of players possibly changing clubs we require those 2016 details entered first. so a player can then be transferred properly, and in accordance with our player regulations. We will later inform clubs when any new players can start to be added.

Given the quantity of work that this change over is going to require, it is recommended that clubs begin the process as soon as possible. Leaving it all until the last minute is going to be of no assistance to anyone.

By |February 6th, 2017|

Overseas Players & Managed Migration – Immigration Rules (Home Office) January 2017

It is advisable that all member clubs of league read the following, especially the final section: Sanctions and Penalties

All non EEA citizens will require prior permission (a visa) to come to the UK to participate in sport if

they do not hold:

British passport (or is a spouse/ dependant of)

European passport (or is a spouse/ dependant of)

Ancestral visa

 

Most common visa types within Cricket are:

Tier 5 Creative & Sporting
Standard Visitor Visa
Non Visa Nationals (not an actual visa)
Tier 5 Youth Mobility
Tier 4 (Student)

The ECB are not registered immigration officials and cannot offer definitive advice. Our understanding of the immigration rules for each visa is:

Tier 5 Creative & Sporting:

Designed for professionals in their home country coming here and acting as a professional.

Can: Be employed as a player and/or coach for the main sponsor, (or another “sponsor” under the Supplementary Employment rules).

Cannot: Seek any other type of employment other than what they were granted permission for to enter the UK.

In 2015, 3 Migrant endorsements were issued by the ECB for clubs in Notts.

In 2016, 2 Migrant endorsements were issued by the ECB for clubs in Notts.

Standard Visitor Visa:

3 years old – merged version of the old Sports Visitor, General Visitor and Business Visitor. Policy of each still applies.
Sports section is for a person to join as an amateur in a predominantly amateur team or club to gain experience in a particular sport if they are classified by the Home Office as an Amateur in that sport.

Can: Play sport whilst in the UK, as an amateur, providing they are classified as an “Amateur” by the Home Office. Receive reasonable expenses for travel and accommodation (a reasonable amount would be based on the cost of living in that geographical location).

Cannot: Seek employment – paid or unpaid. Coach in any capacity.
Play sport as an amateur if they are classified as a “Professional” by the Home Office (paid or unpaid).

Non Visa Nationals:

Nationals of Non Visa Nations such as Australia and New Zealand are not required to apply for a visa to visit the UK if they are here for less than 3 months initially, extendable to 6 months.

They must comply with the Standard Visitor Visa (sports) immigration policy.

Can: Play sport whilst in the UK, as an amateur, providing they are classified as an “Amateur” by the Home Office.
Receive reasonable expenses for travel and accommodation (a reasonable amount would be based on the cost of living in that geographical location).

Cannot: Seek employment – paid or unpaid.
Coach in any capacity.
Play sport as an amateur if they are classified as a “Professional” by the Home Office (paid or unpaid).

Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme:

This provides individuals (aged 18 to 30) from certain countries an opportunity to come an experience living and working in the UK.

Can: Seek employment (but not as a sportsperson or coach).
Act as a Coaching Assistant, providing it is under direct supervision of a qualified coach.

Receive reasonable expenses for travel and accommodation (a reasonable amount would be based on the cost of living in that geographical location).

Cannot: Act as a professional sportsperson – paid or unpaid.
Play or Coach sport as an amateur if they are classified as a “Professional” by the Home Office

Tier 4 (Student):

Most commonly used by students from abroad studying at a University in the UK.

Can: Play sport whilst in the UK, as an amateur, but only for their local club
or the Education Institution they are studying at.

Cannot: Be paid to play. Seek employment that is not part of the subject they are
studying – Coach in any capacity – unless it is part of their course they are studying.

Home Office definition of Professional vs Amateur:

Paragraph 6 of the Immigration Rules set out the definitions for an amateur and a professional sportsperson:

An “Amateur” is a person who engages in a sport or creative activity solely for personal enjoyment and who is not seeking to derive a living from the activity. This also includes a person playing or coaching in a charity game.

A “Professional Sportsperson”, is someone, whether paid or unpaid, who : is providing services as a sportsperson, playing or coaching in any capacity, at a professional or semi-professional level of sport; or being a person who currently derives, who has in the past derived or seeks in the future to derive, a living from playing or coaching, is providing services as a sportsperson or coach at any level of sport, unless they are doing so as an “Amateur”.

Deriving a living is defined as receiving payment for playing cricket and does not need to be the sole earnings.

A person may also be considered as “seeking to derive a living” if they have played as part of a player pathway**.

** Player “Pathway”: A player may be considered to be on a “Pathway” and therefore classified as a “Professional Sportsperson”, if that person has played cricket above U17 at state/ province/ territory level (paid or unpaid) in any country.

Responsibility of Clubs:

Clubs wishing to use the services of a player who is in the UK, but not on a Tier 5 Creative & Sporting (Non FCC) visa, must ensure that the visa the person has, allows them to play and/or coach.

They must make their own checks, and not solely rely on information that Agents provide them.

Sources of support:

ECB Managed Migration website – https://www.ecb.co.uk/governance/regulations/governing-body-endorsement

Home Office website – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office

Sponsor & Employer Enquiries: 0300 123 4699 or BusinessHelpdesk@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Sanctions and Penalties

ECB:

If any club found to be playing an individual who is in breach of their visa the process is to:

  • Inform the Home Office of the breach
  • Recommend to the club that they no longer use the player
  • Inform the league and request that they take the appropriate action as per the league rules

The same process will apply if a player, in breach of the visa rules, was denied registration in one league to be found registered in another.

Home Office:

“Employment” can be paid or unpaid.

In cricket, the club Chairman holds the legal responsibility for all activities in the club and is therefore the “Employer”

An employer who has not carried out the correct checks or chooses to ignore the requirements

  • Faces a penalty of up to £20,000
  • The individual concerned could be stopped from entering the UK or deported
  • If the club holds a current Tier 5 Sponsor License they can expect this to be withdrawn

 

for explanations see the document below

By |January 21st, 2017|