North Essex Cricket League

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.

Trophies

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

With the new season fast approaching, the umpire appointments for Div 1, Div 2 and T20, for April and May are now available under the Umpires tab on the website. Remember the home team is responsible for contacting the umpire in the event of a cancellation through bad weather or concession (although it would be courteous of a conceding club to do so also).

The league have received notification from Braintree CC that following their AGM and concern about sufficient player resources on a Sunday in 2019, they have reluctantly made the decision to withdraw from the NECL.

This will unfortunately, reduce the second division to six teams, meaning just ten fixtures in the campaign. Once again we would implore clubs in the Second Division to re-arrange rained off and conceded games where possible, so as to maximise cricket in the division.

Due to withdrawing after the League AGM, Braintree will be fined £100 as per Rule 12 of the league rules.  

Hello fellow NECL teams

Now all the fixtures are out we at Springfield CC are looking for a few clubs who might fancy doing something a bit different on Sunday 16th June.

Last year we teamed up with Farleigh Hospice with the aim of raising a few ££ for Charity and one of the things we organised was a Charity cricket day. We are looking to put on a tournament again with 8 teams of eight a side. Every team will be guaranteed to play 3/4 games throughout the afternoon and alongside the cricket there will be copious amounts of food and drink (home made ciders and local beers and much more) on offer as well as stalls and stuff for the sprogs to do if you'd like to bring the whole family.

Each game lasts 7 overs per side (everyone bowling 1 over/retire on 25 etc) and it was a great laugh last year... a bit of a whackathon! And we managed to raise £1500 for Farleigh.
The cost of entry is £50 a team (all proceeds go to charity)

We will be looking to get going at 12.30pm so it you'd like to enter a team on the 16th June please let me know

Many thanks

Paul Durrant, Springfield CC

Sudbury Cricket Club will be holding a six a side competition on Sunday 21st July, commencing at 10am.

There is room for eight sides to take part in two groups of four, so three games for each side. Entry is on a first come, first served basis, and the cost per team will be £30.

On the day, there will be a Bar, BBQ and raffle, etc.

Application forms are available from Ted Clarkson - 01787 310714 or by e-mail 

The 12 players selected for each of the Divisional Teams of the Year are listed below, and are my own personal opinion and statistically based. Because of the number of games lost through concessions and voids, to qualify, players have had to have played three games in Division One, five games in Division Two and Three, and three games in the T20.
No prizes are awarded for being selected in the Team of the Year, just the prestige of being one of the 48 players selected.

Read more: Divisional Teams of the Year 2018

Attachments:
Download this file (2018 Averages.pdf)Averages 201884 kBFri 28th Sep 2018

Please find attached the individual averages for 2018, as confirmed by the Management Committee last night. Players who have topped the averages will be presented with trophies on the night of the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 24th October starting at 7pm. More details of the evening will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.

There will be an e-mail sent to Club Reps over the weekend confirming this meeting. Clubs are invited to attend this meeting, with specific regard to the structure of NECL cricket in 2019. This will be an opportunity for clubs to discuss formats and constitution of the competition for next season. I will be sending the 2019 NECL Participation Questionnaire responses to club reps in the e-mail. There are still responses from five clubs to come, so if they can return as soon as possible that would be helpul -- 7 Para RHA, Braintree, Clacton, Coggeshall and Kelvedon.

Congratulations to Wivenhoe as they have this morning been confirmed as NECL Champions for a second successive season, following Galleywood's concession to them this coming Sunday.