The management committee has confirmed that the 40 overs competition in 2017 will again be split into four divisions, comprised of the following clubs/teams (eight teams per division):
Division One: Clacton, Colchester & East Essex, Eight Ash Green, Elmstead, Frinton, Great Horkesley & Lexden 1, Mistley, Wivenhoe Town.
Division Two: Ardleigh, Chappel & Wakes Colne 1, Copdock & Old Ipswichian, Gosfield, Great Totham, Halstead, Stebbing, Witham.
Division Three: Abberton & District, Chappel & Wakes Colne 2, Colchester Cavaliers, Galleywood, Harwich & Dovercourt, Kelvedon & Feering, Springfield, West Bergholt.
Division Four: Boxted, Braintree, Coggeshall Town, Great Braxted & Tiptree, Great Horkesley & Lexden 2, Rayne, Real Oddies, Tendring.
T/20: Ten teams will compete in the T/20 competition in 2017, namely: Braintree, Coggeshall Town, Colchester & East Essex, Great Bentley, Ipswich, Kelvedon & Feering, Little Bardfield Village, Mistley, Wivenhoe Town, 7 Para RHA. (The management committee is currently consulting these clubs on the format of the T/20 competition in 2017: an announcement will be made here after 11 November 2016.)
1.1 To consider the request received and decide whether or not to amend the current conditions in relation to the minimum/maximum age limits of cricketers.
2.1 Following a discussion about the age limits of cricketers at a meeting, it is requested that leagues implement the new requirements.
Restrictions on age limits are set out in two sets of conditions, one for batsmen and one for fielders. (umpires exempt) Essentially, these require that players are aged between 12 and 45 years old. The relevant excerpts from the ECDCB conditions are attached at Appendix 2.
2.2 The current lower limits have been in place for some time and were originally set following guidance issued at the time by the ECB. These have worked well and provided clear criteria for both the clubs and leagues.
2.3 Local leagues may adopt a more relaxed approach if they believe it is appropriate. This could extend to removing the maximum age limit for cricketers provided that regular medical and eyesight checks are made. This requirement for an annual examination could just simply be extended to those cricketers over 45 years old if it is decided to remove the maximum age limit.
Problems with sight
In order to play cricket, a minimum eyesight standard must be met. (see below)
If you need glasses or contact lenses to meet the eyesight standard, you must always wear them when you bat. If you bat without wearing your lenses or glasses, you are committing a breach of the rules.
Eyesight requirements for cricket
Before the start of your innings the umpire will ask you to count how many stumps there are.
The distance requirement for the eyesight test using old style wooden stumps is 22 yards or 20 yards if the new-style coloured stumps are used. If you can't speak English or have difficulty reading, you may copy down what you see.
Failing the eyesight test
Should you fail the eyesight requirement; the umpire will ask you to sign a form BAAB.01 –which acknowledges you were unable to comply with the eyesight requirements. The umpire (using form BAAB.01 form) will notify the league that you did not meet the eyesight requirements and your innings will be marked in the scorebook/sheet as DNB.
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No cricket match can take place without umpires, however most cricket matches are played without appointed umpires. The purpose of this Guide is to give players the confidence to take their turn as an umpire to ensure that a match can take place.
In matches without appointed umpires, the Team Captains carry out most of the administrative duties of umpires (the number of overs; if game is playable (having to consider ground conditions, weather and light; who will bat first etc.) leaving just the umpiring to the ‘men in white coats’. These umpiring requirements are briefly covered in this Guide, are not too difficult and will enable you to make a valuable contribution to any match. Remember that umpiring is an art. Always try to remain calm, never be seen to act in a hasty or pressured way and you will learn something every time you umpire.
You cannot be expected to know all the 42 Laws in detail. While you have the ‘white coat’ then you and your colleague, together with the scorers, are the third team on the field. While you are in that role, act as a team and always remember that two heads are better than one. You will not need to consult your colleague after every ball, however, if something happens and you are unsure what to do, it is essential that you BOTH agree on what to do, after discussion – it is what qualified umpires do quietly all the time.
It has been brought to my attention that many clubs are not providing a scorer for their games particularly in the lower levels of the League. Normally, this is not a problem as two volunteers from the batting side take over the books for the innings. However, it seems that some clubs are now only filling in 'their' book and letting their opponents copy the book over at the end of the innings/match. This isn't good enough. Every club should be able to find two semi-literate individuals to do this vital job (particularly if the side batting first have managed to complete both books!). It is really not that difficult. A dot here, a single here and a little bit of adding up. It is vital that checks of both books are made at the end of every over to ensure that errors are not made.
I am attaching a 15 minute guide to scoring from the now defunct ACUS which clubs should keep with their scorebooks in case of queries.