North Essex Cricket League

Download this file (Sports Awards Colchester 2017 Nomination Form.pdf)Sports Awards Colchester 2017 Nomination Form.pdf473 kBFri 6th Oct 2017

Nominations are invited for the Colchester 'Sports Personality of the Year' awards ("celebrating Colchester's outstanding sportsmen, sportswomen, coaches and teams"), the winners to be presented with their awards at a ceremony at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester on Monday 20 November 2017.

The awards cover all sports and are not restricted to cricket, but it would be be good to see a number of cricketers /cricket teams etc among the winners. The various categories and their criteria (including the Eric Chapman award for the 'unsung hero') are set out in the attached paper, which includes a nomination form.

Please note that the closing date for nominations (whch can be submiited by e-mail to ) is MONDAY 9 OCTOBER 2017.

Download this file (NECL - Consultation Paper 6.9.2017.pdf)NECL - Consultation Paper 6.9.2017.pdf306 kBWed 6th Sep 2017

IMPORTANT: Please read and note the attached Consultation Paper, a copy of which has just been e-mailed to the league representatives of all NECL member clubs. The issues considered in the paper are important, and will be considered by the management committee members when they meet next Thursday, 14th September 2017.  To ensure that your, or your club's, views are taken into account by the management committee, please e-mail any responses to  by 12 noon on Wednesday 13th September.

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!



Arrangements are now in place for the 2017 NECL T20 Finals Day at Lower Castle Park, Colchester (hosted by Colchester & East Essex CC) on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August.

The two semi-finals will take place simultaneously, starting at 11.00 am. Following the draw conducted last week by the management committee, Mistley v Little Bardfield Village will be played on the main square and Wivenhoe Town v Kelvedon & Feering will be played on the second square.

The 'tea' interval will be between approximately 1.45 pm and 2.30 pm. A traditional cricket tea will be provided for the players and officials.

The final is scheduled to start at 2.30 pm, with the presentation ceremony at about 5.30 pm.

All four participating clubs are asked to bring a scorer and a scorebook. Umpires have been (or will be) appointed by the League. The League will provide the orange balls.

Spectators are welcome throughout the day. A snack bar, serving tea and coffee, will be open from 10.00 am. The main bar will open at 11.00 am and there will be a running BBQ from 12.30 pm.

Last year's Finals Day at Mistley was a successful and enjoyable event. Let's hope for the same this year - including some fine late summer weather!

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.

Clubs will have noticed that there has been a large number of conceded games this season, due to one or other side being unable to raise a team. This benefits no one: if the other side has a full team it means that perhaps 17, 18 or 19 people are deprived of a game of cricket, including those cricketers from the conceding club who are available, many, if not all, of whom will have been looking forward to a game. It also potentially distorts the league table, with 20 points being awarded to the club able to honour the fixture, regardless of whether they might have won the match, if played (two clubs so far this summer have been the beneficiaries of multiple concessions.)

This season, on a number of occasions, the club that would otherwise have conceded a game have asked their opponents to agree to rearrange the match for another date. Provided the two clubs agree, this is permissible under the league rules, subject to compliance with the notification requirements of rule 18. Indeed, the league's management committee, who considered the issue at their last meeting, agreed that clubs should be encouraged to seek to agree an alternative date for the match in these circumstances.  With fewer fixtures in each division this season, there should be more otherwise 'blank' dates available for such rearranged matches. Let's 'get the game on' wherever possible.

The date of the 2017 league AGM is confirmed for Wednesday 25 October 2017, starting at 8.00 pm.  The meeting this year will be held at Boxted CC's clubhouse, Cage Lane, Boxted CO4 5RE. Please note the date and the different venue this year, and ensure that a representative of your club attends as required by rule 39.

Dinner & Awards: Saturday 18 November 2017, 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm at Colne Valley Golf Club. The Management Committee expects all member clubs to be represented at the Annual Dinner.

The following two transfers have been approved, the transfer applications having been received before the rule 30 deadline for the 2017 season of 31st July:

Saleh AHMED from Real Oddies CC to Boxted CC

Aron Kenneth JORDAN from Great Horkesley & Lexden CC to Boxted CC