North Essex Cricket League

DIv 1 DIv 2 Div 3
Clacton C.C.
Colchester & East Essex C.C.
Colchester Cavaliers C.C.
Mistley C.C.
Springfield C.C.
Wivenhoe C.C.
Galleywood C.C.
Great Totham C.C.
Great Waltham C.C.
Halstead C.C.
Kelvedon & Feering C.C.
Sudbury C.C.
Boxted C.C.
Coggeshall Town C.C.
Eight Ash Green C.C.
Gt Horkesley & Lexden C.C.
Real Oddies C.C.
West Bergholt C.C.
Witham C.C.


East West
Abberton C.C.
Colchester & East Essex C.C.
Frinton-on-Sea C.C.
Mistley C.C.
Wivenhoe C.C.

Coggeshall Town C.C.
Galleywood C.C.
Great Waltham C.C.
Halstead C.C.
Witham C.C.

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Download this file (NECL - Entry form 2020.pdf)NECL - Entry form 2020.pdf191 kBThu 17th Oct 2019
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To North Essex Cricket League member club league representatives:

Please find attached the following papers in readiness for the League AGM and Presentation Night on Wednesday 30 October 2019, 7.00 pm at Colchester Rugby Club, Mile End, Essex CO4 5JF

  • Notice of AGM and Agenda
  • Nomination for league officers
  • Entry Form for the 2020 season (Already sent TO BE RETURNED BY 25 OCTOBER 2018)
  • Registration form for the 2020 season
  • Cricket balls order form for 2020 season
  • Rule change proposals by the Management Committee
  • Final League Tables 2019
  • Trophy Winners 2019

Fixture dates for 2020

  • The following further papers will follow shortly or (*) will be circulated at the AGM:
  • Chairman's report
  • Minutes of 2018 AGM (25 October 2018)
  • Results secretary's report 2019
  • *Accounts for the year ended 30 September 2019
  • Umpire Appointments Officer’s report 2019
  • Umpire marks 2019
  • Fines 2019 (to individual clubs concerned)

All member clubs must be represented at the AGM (rule 39).

If you are not still your club's NECL league representative, please (i) notify the League (by e-mail to ) of the name and contact details of the person who is now your club's league rep, and (ii) forward this e-mail and attachments to that person.

A number of clubs have notified the League that they are withdrawing from the League for the 2020 season. These clubs need not attend the AGM, but they are welcome to do so and are being sent these papers since they were League members during the 2019 season.

Many Thanks
Maria A Stockdale
North Essex Cricket League Secretary

Download this file (NECL - Entry form 2020.doc)NECL - Entry form 2020.doc26 kBSun 13th Oct 2019

A reminder for next month when the Trophy Presentations & AGM will be held at the Colchester Rugby Club, Mill Road, starting at 7.00pm

Can last year's winning Clubs and Individual Award winners please arrange to return their trophies back to Peter Corke, Boxted in good time.

League reps will be posted further info in a short while. Please ensure your club repesentative attends.

Prior to the AGM Notice and Agenda please find attached the Entry Form for 2020, this needs to be returned by 25th October 2019 - Please return by e-mail to

Sudbury are looking for opponents to play a friendly against at Friars Street, Sudbury on Sunday 25th August. If any club is interested in fulfilling a fixture, please contact Andy Holness on 07984 593873 or email


Please fnd attached fliers of the following Club Events taking place over the next few weeks -

Colchester & E.E. CC Beer Festival - Thursday 25th July to Sunday 28th July

WIvenhoe CC Dart's Open - Tuesday 30th July

Halstead CC Beer Festival - Friday 9th August to Sunday 11th August

Frinton CC Cricket Week - Sunday 28th July to Friday 2nd August
FRINTON Cricket Club are looking forward to their popular and much-anticipated cricket week.
They have fixtures planned against the Graham Gooch Essex Academy (July 28), a William Hartnell XI in the Viv Coffey memorial match on July 30, Finchley on July 31 and a Caribbean XI on August 1.
There will also be contests between the President's XI and Gents of Essex on July 29 and the Barbarians and Barflies on August 2.
All games apart from the last one start at 11am, at the club's picturesque Ashlyns Road ground.
The Barbarians and Barflies contest is a 10.30am start and will be followed by a Michael Comber XI v International XI in a T20 match (2pm start).
Milsoms will again be the caterers and lunch bookings are still being taken apart from the Sunday which is sold out, but must book NOW
Anyone interested should contact Ella Byatt on 07765 578245 or email


By the end of July, I will be leaving Essex, and relocating to Northumberland. As a result the NECL will require a Results Secretary for the 2020 season.

I am prepared to continue to the end of 2019 season, as most of the work can be done remotely.

However, for 2020 it would be better if someone more local could take on the job. Results Secretary involves collating the results on a weekly basis, updating league tables and publishing them on the website. To oversee the fixture creation for the following season. To maintain the League Play-Cricket website and ensure that fixtures and results are uploaded to Play-Cricket and request corrections when needed. To produce the end of season averages.
To be aware of the rules of the competition, and keep a record of any fines accrued by each club, with invoice to be prepared for the AGM.

The weekly roundup is also up for grabs for any potential journo, although not a pre-requisite of the Results Secretary. All you need is a relatively good sense of humour, detail for cricket statistics (the better a Play-Cricket scorecard is completed the more in depth report can be produced) ,on occasions a sense of diplomacy and a genuine love of local cricket.

If anyone is interested please get in touch in the first instance with myself at

Kevin Hewes
(Results Secretary)

End of Season Work

6.00pm for 6.30pm, Tuesday 9th July at Holmwood House School inc. Fish & Chip supper

Contact Graham Pryke:   / 01245 254017

It has been brought to the attention of the League Committee that there have been a couple of occurences already this season where when a match has been conceded, the standing neutral umpires have not been notified, and have subsequently turned up to the ground on a wasted journey !

If a game is conceded can the home side please contact Umpires as a priority, if the away side has conceded it would be courteous for them to also make the umpire(s) aware.

Any failure to do this going forward this season, will result in the home side having to pay the standing Umpire(s) any wasted expenses.

Unfortunately, Witham are unable to fulfil their Division Two fixture with Springfield at Coronation Park this coming Sunday.
Springfield have a pitch, a team and teas all ready, so it would be a waste if they were not put to use.
If you are without a fixture and want to hastily arrange a friendly at Springfield, please contact Paul Durrant, at

On behalf of the NECL committee, I should like to take this opportunity to welcome all our member clubs, their players, helpers and supporters to the 2019 season. This is a year in which, unusually, both the World Cup and the Ashes take place in England during the summer, and it is to be hoped that this will see increased interest in the game at all levels.
Last year saw a significant revision of the Laws of Cricket, and perhaps it is not surprising that, following this, there have been some further clarifications and amendments for 2019. I should particularly like to draw clubs’ attention to changes as to whether a full-toss above waist height should be deemed dangerous. The new law is in 41.7.2 and 41.7.3, quoted below. 41.7.1 is unchanged.
41.7.1 Any delivery, which passes or would have passed, without pitching, above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease, is unfair. Whenever such a delivery is bowled, the umpire shall call and signal No ball.
41.7.2 The bowling of a delivery as defined in 41.7.1 is also dangerous if the bowler’s end umpire considers that there is a risk of injury to the striker. In making that judgement the umpire shall: disregard any protective equipment worn by the striker, be mindful of: the speed, height and direction of the delivery, the skill of the striker, the repeated nature of such deliveries.
41.7.3 If the umpire considers a non-pitching delivery, or a series of non-pitching deliveries, to be dangerous under 41.7.2, when the ball is dead, the umpire shall repeat the No ball signal to the scorers and then caution the bowler, indicating that this is a first and final warning.
In practice this means that a bowler who bowls an above waist-high full toss should now only be cautioned if the umpire considers that delivery to have been dangerous. Thus a, possibly young, inexperienced bowler should no longer automatically face removal from an attack for bowling two (or even more) full-tosses which are called as no-balls. Clubs and umpires, particularly in the lower divisions, need to be aware of this.
I should like to end by wishing all clubs and their members an enjoyable and successful 2019 season, with matches played competitively, yet in accordance with the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ and, hopefully, with not too much interruption from the weather.

Neil Brinded (Chair, NECL)

10am–12 noon at Boxted C.C. Clubhouse on Saturday 13th April. CO4 5RE  Coffee, brunch and lovely cakes available!

Maria Stockdale, League Sec will be shortly emailing league reps with your club's Super County ball invoice - the option to pay in advance before collection by bank transfer is recommended so less faffing about with cheques, cash and postal orders (please add reference to your club when doing so and an e-mail to  confirming payment).

Diary Date

NECL AGM - 7.30pm Wednesday 30th October 2019,  Colchester Rugby Club, Mill Rd.


Get ready to return your 2018 season trophies in good time so they can be engraved for 2019 trophy winners.