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

As with last year please look at the risks at your club to help you decide how you proceed safely. A risk assessment is available in the Appendix to assist 


Graham Pryke 

ECB update

2021 Season

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 2021 season. Following the season of 2020, which, as a result of the pandemic, was limited in length and involved just friendlies, this year will hopefully provide the opportunity to return to a full programme of league and cup cricket, albeit with some restrictions still in place for a while at least.

First of all, I should like to commend the work of all clubs in ensuring that last season’s cricket was played safely, in line with government and ECB guidelines. I trust that the same will be true for 2021. There are a few differences in the requirements from last season, and clubs should ensure that they are fully appraised of these from the ECB website.

Read more: Chairman’s Welcome

Ball distribution: Saturday 10th April 2021 10.30—11.00am at Boxted CC. 2021 Ball invoices will be sent out soon.

T20 Finals Day: Sunday 29th August 2021
(Can 2019 Trophies to be handed in by or on T20 Finals Day)

Division 3 clubs can use umpires for their games for 2021 if both sides are in agreement - for a fee of £35 per umpire. Please contact Dave Root, Umpire Appointments Officer, at least 3 weeks prior to the fixture to make make arrangements.

T30 entrants are: Gt Bentley, Brightlingsea, Copford, W Mersea, W Bergholt. Chappel & WC, Coggeshall, Kelvedon and Tendring.

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Zoom meeting details and paperwork (inc ball order forms) will be emailed shortly to club league reps

Clubs can pick up their last season's ball order by prior arrangement from Neil Brinded.

To North Essex Cricket League member club league representatives:

Please find attached the following papers in readiness for the League AGM on Wednesday 4th November 2020, 7.30 pm Via Zoom

  • Notice of AGM and Agenda
  • Registration form for the 2021 season
  • Entry Form for the 2021 season (Already sent TO BE RETURNED BY 1 November 2020)
  • Nomination for league officers
  • Cricket balls order form for 2021 season
  • Rule change proposals by the Management Committee
  • Fixture dates for 2020
  • Accounts for the year ended 30 September 2020

The following further papers will follow shortly or (*) will be circulated at the AGM:

  • Chairman's report
  • Minutes of 2019 AGM (30 October 2019)
  • Results secretary's report 2020
  • *Accounts for the year ended 30 September 2020
  • Umpire Appointments Officer’s report 2020
  • Umpire marks 2020
  • Fines 2020 (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.

Many Thanks Maria

Maria A Stockdale
North Essex Cricket League Secretary
Telephone: 01255 678905/ 07981 441824

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Please see the link below which will take you to information regarding the current situation, including access to a number of checklists and signage that can be downloaded

Details of what NatWest CricketForce will look like in 2020. Below you'll find all the new details.

Just like previous years, NatWest CricketForce is all about working towards a common goal but whilst the weather has been our main barrier in the past, this year we've got social distancing to contend with! As a result, NatWest CricketForce will look a bit different this year as we and NatWest support you clubs in their return to cricket, and celebrate the moment when we can all come together as a community.

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To Clubs

Congratulations must go to all teams and clubs as the first weekend of cricket was, by and large, a success, and we hope you enjoyed being back on the field. Last night we had a meeting of the Adult Participation Group (APG), which is comprised mainly of representatives of all the leagues on Essex and East London. The reports coming back from these league were very positive, although from some of these reports and other information received there are a few issues that we would like to remind clubs about:-

ECB RETURN TO CRICKET STEP 4: Attached is the latest information from ECB (which you should have received) , please familiarise yourself with the various criteria and mandatory things that have to be done

RISK ASSESSMENTS:- All clubs/teams must complete a risk assessment prior to the match, in some cases, where clubs play on council owned pitches, the Local Authority may insist on sight of this. Attached is the ECB generic risk assessment, and also attached is one that had been completed by a club, to show you what is required. A risk assessment is essential and I would ask clubs/teams to ensure that this is carried out. From the meeting last night it seems that risk assessments have not been carried out at a few matches at the weekend.

SOCIAL DISTANCING:- It was also apparent from the meeting last night, and viewing some social media clips of matches, that social distancing is not always adhered to, both on the field, and by spectators off the field. Please ensure that social distancing is respected at all times

SANITISATION:- It seems that hand and ball sanitisation was carried out diligently, but one league member last night stated the need to make sure that any towels etc. which were used to sanitise are disposed of safely.

GROUND AVAILABILTY:- It was reported last night that some leagues required pitches for some of their clubs, over the next few weeks. It would be very helpful of any clubs/teams that have spare capacity would kindly advise their leagues accordingly, also information requests can passed on to Graham Pryke at Essex, as he is in regular contact with other clubs around the county:-

It needs to be remembered that cricket is very much in spotlight, as it is the only team sport that the government has given the green light to, and we need to make sure that we are complying with the Covid-19 regulations

Well done again to all that managed to get successful games on at the weekend

Regards Graham

Graham Jelley | Cricket Development Managers - Clubs and Leagues

Essex Cricket

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8th July ECB Update >  

Dear all,

Following the latest update from the UK Government, the ECB is pleased to announce the return of recreational cricket in England, signalling a progression from Step 3 to Step 4 of the ECB’s roadmap to return for the recreational game.

This also allows us to advise that clubs who have previously run All Stars Cricket can now do so again (we will release specific guidance for All Stars Cricket next week).

We thank you for all of your efforts in helping cricket return.

ECB has maintained a constant dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) throughout this process and we have prepared a plan to support clubs and individuals as they prepare for the return of recreational cricket, including details of adjustments which should be made to respect hygiene and social distancing requirements.

Read more: 2020 Cricket - Return to Play Update