Probably something that all clubs should get involved in, unless you want to have games in the future cancelled due to excessively hot weather !

Please find attached a Press Release from Eight Ash Green, regarding the launch event of Carbon Centurions.

The Umpire Appointments for June is now on the website, under the Umpires Tab. These will be added to the Play-Cricket fixtures before the weekend.

Please remember if you have neutral umpires to complete the Umpire Assessments following the game. These should come through to you Play Cricket Website Administrators, but can be redirected to relevant people. (Please see the Umpire Cribsheet provided below).

Can T20 teams please check the start of time of their games, and let the umpire know if there is any change to the specified time.

Download this file (Umpire Assessment Cribsheet.docx)Umpire Assessment Cribsheet.docx767 kBFri 28th May 2021

For those teams who have neutral umpires standing, an umpires assessment report should be completed at the earliest opportunity, and by the following Friday at the latest.

A number of Umpire Reports from the start of the season are still outstanding, a club's Play Cricket Administrator should have these reports and can forward them to the relevant person. I have attached a cribsheet for the Umpire Assessment, so hopefully these can be completed in a timely fashion. 

There is guidance at the moment that anyone travelling in/out of Chelmsford should do a covid test, because of the prevalence of the Indian variant there.

This will apply to clubs playing against teams in Chelmsford

A reminder that car-sharing to matches is now permitted, but you should consult the ECB website (/covid-19) and think very carefully before making any other changes.
Currently, the NECL recommends that clubs make no plans to offer teas at present. Any club wanting to offer teas could not have the usual buffet-style arrangement, but would have to follow government guidance on indoor hospitality (table service, tables of 6 max, risk assessment), so we would recommend keeping things as they are now (i.e. players bring their own food).
Similarly, changing-room use would require limited numbers at any one time, with a plan for regular cleaning and a risk assessment, so we would recommend no change here also, with players continuing to arrive at the ground already changed.
Download this file (Add Results And Scorecards.docx)Add Results And Scorecards.docx3044 kBWed 12th May 2021

For those new to the process of adding scorecards, or new players to Play-Cricket, please find attached insturctions.

It would be better to encourage players to register with Play Cricket, and then join the club(s) they are playing for, so there are not multiple instances on the same player within the system.



Sadly due to the sudden passing of John Hepburn the league website administrator, the league are having to rethink the website and are looking to move all administration and information over to the North Essex Cricket League Play-Cricket website.

First up the Weekly Results will no longer be uploaded to current website, but should be available on the Play-Cricket website by 10pm on the day of the match as captains or representatives of the HOME side should upload the Results Summary to Play-Cricket following the match.

Tables will automatically be updated as results are entered into Play-Cricket.

Full scorecards should then be entered into Play Cricket within 48 hours of the match by the HOME side. Away side can make corrections or help out if necessary.
Currently there are a number of matches from the start of the season that are still not completed on the system. If they are not completed by this Friday, then fines will start to be imposed.

Games currently needing action ;
18th April Division 1 Colchester & E.E. v. Cavaliers – Incomplete scorecard (both innings)
25th April Division 1 Colchester & E.E. v. Springfield – Only CEE batting completed
9th May Division 2 Sudbury v. GHL – GHL opener showing as Unsure
2nd May Division 3 Coggeshall v. Witham – only Result Summary completed
9th May Division 3 Witham v. Real Oddies – a number of Real Oddies players not in member database for that club.

If you are the Away Side and you know your team for the next NECL game, please make life easier by adding the full team to Play Cricket before the start of the game.

Umpire Assessments
If you have neutral umpires appointed by the league, an Umpire Assessment should be completed by both clubs, for both umpires after the game. These are being automated by Play-Cricket (probably to a clubs Play Cricket administrator) – some have been completed without any problems.

However, there are some outstanding, so can these please be addressed as soon as possible…again the first port of call maybe your club Play-Cricket administrator.
April 18th Div 1 Colchester & E.E. v Cavaliers (both teams)
May 2nd Div 2 Great Waltham v. Great Totham (both teams)

Other information will be migrated from to NECL Play-Cricket ( ) over time, so please bare with us at this time.






The league are aware that the Results Submission form, and Umpires Assessment form are both not working, and are not submitting information. Unfortunately, John Hepburn was the font of all knowledge with regard to processing of these forms, so we are going to have to look at an alternative way of submitting results and umpire assessments.

The only practical solution is to use the Play-Cricket platform, so we are asking that the HOME side on the day of the match complete a 'Result Summary' of the game in Play-Cricket by 10pm. If the match is being scored on Play-Cricket whilst in play, then this will not need to be done.

Within 48 hours of the game, a complete scorecard should be uploaded to Play-Cricket, so captains please ensure that your opponents know all your players details before you leave the ground.

DIvision One and Two matches, and T20 matches where umpires are assigned, will have their umpires listed for the match in Play-Cricket. I have created an umpires report that will be sent to teams, and should be completed by the Friday following the game. In the rules there is a points deduction if this is not completed, but as this is new territory I am happy to leave without points deduction for the first month - while we iron out any difficulties.

Can Club Play Cricket administrators please look out for these reports and get their captain to complete at the earliest opportunity.

I will remove the links to Result Submission and Umpires Assessment on the NECL website, as soon as I discover how to that !


Umpire Appointments for April and May can now be viewed on the website, under the Umpires tab, and also in Play-Cricket for the match.

Umpires are to be paid £35, with the preferred option being in cash, unless the Umpire specifically requests electronic payment.

If a game is cancelled or 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.

Where neutral umpires are standing an electronic Umpires Assessment Report must be completed by both sides and submitted by 12 noon the Friday following the game. Failure to do so will result in a five point deduction. 

Division Three matches can also request neutral umpires this season, and a request should be sent to Dave Root (tel number is in the Umpire Contacts list). This is subject to availabilty of umpires, and both clubs wanting neutral umpires to stand. 


It is with deep sadness and shock that the NECL committee, have to pass on the news that our friend and colleague, John Hepburn has passed away suddenly.

John was an active member of the league committee, creating the website and offering technical support to anyone who required it. His staunch support for cricket in North Essex, was always measured with cheerful good humour.

Our condolensces go to his immediate family, the Real Oddies, and to his wider circle of friends from different walks of life. 

He will be sorely missed, RIP John


Changes to NECL rules as a consequence of car-sharing restrictions (up to 17th May 2021)

In recognition of the difficulties some clubs may face in getting a full side to away matches up to 17th May, the following will apply:

  • Any game scheduled up to 17th May can be rearranged, with the agreement of both clubs, if the away team has anticipates difficulties in fulfilling the fixture due to car-sharing restrictions. The rearranged fixture may take the form of a midweek 20-over game, as long as both clubs agree. The home club should notify the League of any such rearrangement at least 24 hours before the fixture was due to take place.
  • No penalties will be imposed on an away team which is unable to fulfil a fixture due to government-imposed car-sharing restrictions. If the match cannot be re-arranged as outlined above, it will be counted as void, with both teams awarded 6 points.

All clubs should note that the NECL does not intend to revert to an average points system for the 2021 season. The reason for this is that, with a relatively small number of league fixtures in each division, such a system could easily produce an artificially skewed table.

Neil Brinded   02/04/21