North Essex Cricket League

Chappel & Wakes Colne Cricket Club are devastated to announce that their club legend Nigel Swain sadly passed away on Monday after a short battle with cancer in St Helena Hospice aged 63.


Nigel joined the Club in 1989 when he moved to the area from Cheltenham. He has played every season since then for the first team in the North Essex Cricket League missing very few games in that time. Many members of the opposition league clubs will know of Nigel as he always took ownership of the scorebook until his turn came to bat so will have spent a lot of time with his fellow scorers.

Read more: Nigel Swain - Chappel & Wakes Colne

Great Bromley are looking for an away friendly fixture on Sunday 22nd April. They would be happy to contribute to the cost of the pitch / teas.

If you can accommodate please contact Nick Holyman -


In line with the EAPL and Two Counties Cricket League, the NECL accepts that pre-season preparation of grounds has not been favourable due to the inclement weather over the last few weeks.
The committee have therefore made the decision that the fixtures below can be re-arranged to alternative date if possible, to maximise the chance of cricket. What the MC does not want, is to have perfect weather on the day of the match, and the match to be cancelled in advance due to groundstaff being unable to get the pitch fit for play.

If alternative dates are arranged - please let the exec committee () and myself () know as soon as possible, so that we can advise umpires, and make changes to the fixture list & Play-Cricket.
If somehow you are ahead with your pre-season ground schedule and do not anticipate issues beyond rain on the day of the game then please proceed as planned.

If games cannot be re-arranged, then the original date will be used and match recorded as cancelled if it does not take place.

Division One
Saturday 7th April
Colchester & E.E. v. Wivenhoe
Sunday 15th April
Elmstead v. Mistley
Wivenhoe v. Colchester & E.E
Sunday 22nd April
Elmstead v. Wivenhoe
Sunday 29th April
Clacton v. Copdock & Old Ipswichian
Colchester & E.E. v. Elmstead

Sunday 29th April
Braintree v. Galleywood – 2pm

I am pleased to say that the revised League Rules as agreed by the Management Committee have now been published on the website, ahead of the 2018 season. Can be viewed here.

There are a number of changes from previous rules, particularly regarding the change to the points system, re-arranging conceded games, updated T20 rules for shortened games.

Please ensure captains in particular are acquainted with the rules, prior to the first games. 

A brief reminder of the following rules ;

Umpire Assessment Forms - should be completed by all teams in Div 1, Div 2 and T20 where neutral umpires stand - points deductions can occur if not done in a timely manner.

Sightscreens - should be at all Div 1 and Div 2 grounds - dispensation is given for the first season for a side being promoted from Div 3.

Balls - a new ball will be provided by both teams in Div 1 for each innings. In Div 2 and Div 3, a new ball will be provided by the home team and will be used for the duration of the match.

Rule 29 and 29A - Submitting match results on the day of the game, and then completing Play-Cricket scorecard within 48 hours - and penalties that apply.

Rule 15B - Rule concerning concession and reporting in a timely manner to Results Secretary - can result in points deduction and fine if not adhered to.

Knowle Village a small cricket team from Hampshire, are planning a short tour in September and are looking for fixtures - the dates of the tour are either the weekend of 8th/9th or 15th/16th. 

If you can provide opposition on any of those dates, please contact their chairman Sam Rogan at


With the new season rapidly approaching it might be a good time to remind everyone of player expectations on the field. Especially with regard to Law 42 and possible sanctions that can be imposed.

Follow the link to the ECB presentation.


Harpenden Cavaliers, are basing their 2018 tour in Colchester, from 15-17 June 2018. They are looking for a T20 fixture on Friday 15, and 40ov/timed games on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June. This will be their 20th tour, having previously been all over the UK, and they invariably get invited back, which must be a good sign! They play competitive cricket but in a great spirit, and always put plenty of cash behind their hosts' bars. 

If you can accommodate during this weekend, please contact Fraser Tant, Harpenden Club Captain

Mobile: 07974 203649

The first umpire appointments of the season are now available under the Umpires tab.

With the poor weather, and likelihood of early season cancellations please be aware that it is the responsibility of the home team to notify the umpires of cancelled matches. Similarly, if a game is conceded it is still the home teams responsibility.

Umpires phone numbers are also available under the Umpires tab.

Failure to notify an umpire of a cancellation could result in the home side having to pay expenses for travelling.

The distribution of ordered cricket balls will take place on Sunday 8th April at Boxted Cricket Club, Cage Lane, CO4 5RE between 10am and 12pm. 

Please ensure you have a cheque payable to North Essex Cricket League on the day, or make a BACS payment to Sort Code 30-92-16 Account 00712906.

Invoices will be given on the day. 

With just over two weeks to the start of the season, the 2018 NECL fixtures for both the 40 over and T20 competitions have now been loaded onto Play-Cricket. Can Club Play-Cricket Administrators please look at getting your new players loaded onto the system ahead of the 2018 season. Remember a player can get a better experience of their own stats if they register personally with Play-Cricket.

Play-Cricket have also released this week a 'FREE' laptop scoring solution for the 2018 season called Play-Cricket Scorer Pro, which will be compatible with Play-Cricket, thereby saving data entry after the game. I have downloaded it this morning, and early impressions are that it ticks all the boxes.

To download Play-Cricket Scorer Pro follow the link


Recently, Peter Rawlings, a vice president and long standing member of Colchester Cavaliers, passed away. He was well known on the club circuit having been involved with Cavaliers for roughly 40 years and played cricket for Halstead before that, starting in their colts. 
Peter's family will be holding a memorial service to celebrate his life at 16.00 on Tuesday 27th March at Lion Walk church (opposite Boots Colchester town centre). This will be followed by a cider and cricket tea in the church hall.
Please try to include something blue within you outfit, as this was Peter’s favourite colour. If you wish to make any donations there will be a collection for the Rob George Foundation. A charity close to Peter's heart.