North Essex Cricket League

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.

The 2018 NECL fixtures, following various amends, are now available on the Fixtures tab of the website. Please can clubs check that they are correct, and report back to me if not ().

The T20 fixtures should be being arranged now between clubs, with a deadline of January 31st - and will be published on the website shortly thereafter. 

Please find below the list of 2017 award winners ;

Team Awards
  Champions Runners Up
Division 1 Wivenhoe Frinton
Division 2 Copdock & OI Chappel &WC
Division 3 Galleywood Springfield
Division 4 Braintree Real Oddies
T20 Wivenhoe Mistley
Individual Awards  
  Batting Bowling
Division 1 Jordan Elliott (Elmstead) Ryan Vickery (Elmstead)
Division 2 Ross Wyatt (CWC) Harry Carter (CWC)
Division 3 Charlie Prudence (Springfield) Clay Westwood (Galleywood)
Division 4 Louis Gibson (Coggeshall) Kane Addison (Coggeshall)
T20 James Stamatis (Mistley) Matt Graham (LBV)
First to 500 runs Matt Durrell (Wivenhoe)  
First to 30 wickets Harry Carter (CWC)  
Leading Wicketkeeper Dan Smith (Clacton)  
T20 Six Hits Daniel Chalk (Braintree)  

Umpire appointments for all First and Second Division games in September have been released, and can be found under the 'Umpires' tab at the top of the website. They have also been entered into the Play-Cricket fixture.

Congratulations go to Wivenhoe Town CC who emerged as the NECL T20 champions of 2017 on a gloriously sunny and hot bank holiday Monday at Lower Castle Park, Colchester, beating Mistley in the final by 7 wickets.

The two semi-finals were played simultaneously in the morning and both were close games. The toss-winning captains elected to field first, but both ended up on the losing side. On the main square, Mistley, at one stage 90 for no wicket, were pegged back by Little Bardfield Village to finish on just 132 for 7 from their 20 overs. However, tight bowling and fielding enabled Mistley to defend what had seemed an inadequate total, LBV ending on 124 for 7 to lose by 8 runs.

Aided by shorter boundaries, runs came more freely in the other match, with Liam Hope-Shackley (55) scoring two fours and two sixes in the first over - one deposited way over Pavilion View and into the allotments. At 74 he was bowled by Tshose for 55 but Matt Durrell then led the scoring, ending on 87 not out in a challenging Wivenhoe Town total of 221 for 5.  Kelevdon & Feering took on the challenge and at one stage were 177 for 5 needing just 45 from their last 4 overs, but they lost wickets in the chase, to fall 21 short at 200 all out (Vickery 51, Parsons 47) with 4 balls left. (Two orange balls remain in the river!)

By contrast, the final was a rather one-sided match. Mistley won the toss and elected to bat on the wicket where they had been inserted in the semi-final. However, against the Wivenhoe attack the young Mistley side struggled to an all out total of only 97. Wivenhoe (100 for 3) reached their victory target in the 11th over for the loss of 3 wickets. Facey was dismissed for a duck and, at 37, Hope-Shackley (24) was brilliantly caught by wicket-keeper Young, diving to his left, to give Mistley some hope. However, 97 was never going to be enough. Durrell (33) top-scored but was bowled with just two runs needed. Man of the match (adjudicated by umpires Gus Honeybun and Phil Smith) was Liam Holyman for his 3 for 28 and two run-outs. Little of his bottle of prosecco was drunk, most of it being showered over his celebrating team mates!



The League's Management Committee (MC), at its meeting on 17th August 2017, considered the implications for the North Essex Cricket League of the reserved judgment of the Two Counties Cricket Championship Appeal Tribunal, dated 8th August 2017, dismissing the appeal by Frinton-on-Sea CC and Blake Reed against the decision of the TCCC Management Sub-Committee (MSC) on 3rd July 2017 to penalise Frinton 36 points for fielding an ineligible player (Blake Reed) in a TCCC Division One match against Maldon CC on 1st July 2017.

The position of the NECL management committee, as agreed on 17th August 2017 and set out in the minutes of the meeting, is as follows:

“Following a lengthy discussion it was therefore decided that, while we note decision of the TC Appeals Tribunal as it applies to the TCCC, unlike them we have no rules relating to this matter. As a result, it was decided that as a league we will not be taking any action, unless or until there is any definitive ruling from the Home Office or a court of law. It is a matter for Frinton whether they continue to select Blake Reed for NECL games for the rest of the season.”

The full statement is set out in the attached pdf.

Clubs are reminded, however, of the terms of league rule 31, namely that "No player shall receive any payment or inducement (including any benefit in kind) from any source for playing in the NECL" and that "Any club infringing this rule may be expelled from the League."

It is with sadness that the League Management Committee have to report that Gosfield CC have withdrawn from the NECL with immediate effect. At a Management Committee meeting last night, the withdrawal was discussed, and it was decided at this late stage of the season that their remaining three games should be treated as concessions, rather than their league record for 2017 be expunged. The league tables will be updated as and when the fixtures were due to be played, and the concessions will be reported in the Results section in the week they happen.

As we are now past the transfer deadline of July 31st, players who have played for Gosfield this season, will be unable to play in any other NECL matches for other clubs for the remainder of this season.

Gosfield joined the NECL in 1998, winning the Division Six title in their first ever season. They went on to claim the Division Four title the following season, and made it three successive promotions when finishing Runners Up in Division Three in 2000. They reached Division One in 2008, and played one season at that level. Perhaps their biggest achievement was when as a Third Division side they won the 2012 League Cup when defeating Witham.

The Gosfield committee are putting extensive plans into place in an effort to save the club from folding completely, and it is hoped that at some future stage they will seek re-admittance to the league. The League would wish them every success in this venture.

The management committee, at their last meeting, considered an issue raised about the lack of scorers at some matches and, more particularly, in the absence of a non-playing scorer, the failure of a club to provide a team member to keep the scorebook when that team is batting. Rule 32 requires each club to provide a scorer. We recognise that many clubs do not have, or do not regularly have, a non-playing scorer.  However, it is important that an accurate scorebook is kept, and that it is checked and agreed by both captains, or their deputies, at the end of each innings, with all details, including the names of catchers etc, duly entered. During the game, it should be the responsibility of the fielding captain to ensure that the scorers are informed of each bowling change and the name of the new bowler, and for the umpires to ensure that this has been acknowledged by the scorers before allowing the game to continue.

In an increasingly difficult time for the game, particularly on Sundays, here is your chance to have your say on the future of Cricket.
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Unfortunately, Springfield have recieved notice that Cavaliers are unable to fulfil their Division Three match this coming Sunday (16th July). The Springfield boys have had five concessions to them so far this season, four at home, so are desperate for some cricket. If you can summon a team for a friendly at Coronation Park, please contact Paul Durrant - 07802 674963

Unfortunately, Travellers have infiltrated Colchester Rugby Club over the weekend, and the Borough Council have cancelled all sporting fixtures for this coming weekend due to security concerns.

Cavaliers are due to play Abberton at the Rugby Club in Division Three on Sunday. A switch of the fixture cannot be accommodated by Abberton due to another event at The Brow on Sunday.

So this is a plea to the cricketing community, if your ground is free this Sunday, can you consider accommodating the Cavaliers v. Abberton game. Please contact Dan Young 01206 970926 / 07534 713243 if you can help.

This is the third instance in six weeks of Travellers moving onto local cricket grounds, so please consider this as another warning to improve security around your grounds as much as possible.