League News

Chairman’s Welcome

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.

As well as planning for a full season of all NECL competitions, both cup and league, your committee is also overseeing the inauguration of a new ‘T30 Essex Eagles League’. This is aimed at bridging the gap between youth and adult cricket through the format of a 30-over league competition, with teams consisting mainly of youth members alongside a small number of adult players to provide guidance. It is the brainchild of Alex Youngs and Ivan Humm, whom I should like to thank for all their hard work in getting the competition up and running. Nine clubs are involved at present, with fixtures, results and the league table to be displayed on the NECL website in due course. I wish this new league every success and hope that it becomes a format which other clubs may consider joining.

Finally, I should like to thank all the members of the NECL committee for continuing the efficient administration of the league during the past year, and those club officers who have done the same for their own clubs. If there are any changes in a club’s contact details, could I ask that they are made known to our Secretary, Maria Stockdale, straight away. At a time when rules and requirements can change quickly, it is vital that communication between the league and its member clubs is as efficient as possible. I also ask clubs to ensure that they respond to all communications from the league in a timely fashion.

With my best wishes to all our member clubs for a safe, successful and enjoyable 2021 season.

Neil Brinded

(Chair, NECL)