The 2018 NECL fixtures, following various amends, are now available on the Fixtures tab of the website. Please can clubs check that they are correct, and report back to me if not ().

The T20 fixtures should be being arranged now between clubs, with a deadline of January 31st - and will be published on the website shortly thereafter. 

Please find below the list of 2017 award winners ;

Team Awards
  Champions Runners Up
Division 1 Wivenhoe Frinton
Division 2 Copdock & OI Chappel &WC
Division 3 Galleywood Springfield
Division 4 Braintree Real Oddies
T20 Wivenhoe Mistley
Individual Awards  
  Batting Bowling
Division 1 Jordan Elliott (Elmstead) Ryan Vickery (Elmstead)
Division 2 Ross Wyatt (CWC) Harry Carter (CWC)
Division 3 Charlie Prudence (Springfield) Clay Westwood (Galleywood)
Division 4 Louis Gibson (Coggeshall) Kane Addison (Coggeshall)
T20 James Stamatis (Mistley) Matt Graham (LBV)
First to 500 runs Matt Durrell (Wivenhoe)  
First to 30 wickets Harry Carter (CWC)  
Leading Wicketkeeper Dan Smith (Clacton)  
T20 Six Hits Daniel Chalk (Braintree)  

It is with sadness that the League Management Committee have to report that Gosfield CC have withdrawn from the NECL with immediate effect.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.

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Unfortunately, Springfield have recieved notice that Cavaliers are unable to fulfil their Division Three match this coming Sunday (16th July). The Springfield boys have had five concessions to them so far this season, four at home, so are desperate for some cricket. If you can summon a team for a friendly at Coronation Park, please contact Paul Durrant - 07802 674963

Unfortunately, Travellers have infiltrated Colchester Rugby Club over the weekend, and the Borough Council have cancelled all sporting fixtures for this coming weekend due to security concerns.

Cavaliers are due to play Abberton at the Rugby Club in Division Three on Sunday. A switch of the fixture cannot be accommodated by Abberton due to another event at The Brow on Sunday.

So this is a plea to the cricketing community, if your ground is free this Sunday, can you consider accommodating the Cavaliers v. Abberton game. Please contact Dan Young 01206 970926 / 07534 713243 if you can help.

This is the third instance in six weeks of Travellers moving onto local cricket grounds, so please consider this as another warning to improve security around your grounds as much as possible. 

Umpire appointments for all First, Second Division and T20 games in August 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.

Unfortunately, a number of games in Division Two have not been able to be covered at this stage. If there is a change in availability clubs will be notified, otherwise they will have to umpire themselves.

A warning to all clubs to attempt to put in place ways of protecting your grounds, and make entry as difficult as possible when you are not there. If your ground is council owned you may want to speak to the local council. Travellers in the last week have made their camps on the outfields at both Harwich & Dovercourt and Eight Ash Green. Legally they can be moved on, but the process can take a few days and by all accounts the tidy up afterwards is quite extensive.

This is a reminder that as from this weekend (June 4th) fines and points deductions will be enforced as per the rules of the competition. Please ensure that whoever needs to know this information within your club is aware of this. The league do not want to penalise clubs by fining and deducting points, but if this is the only way that we can gain full compliance then so be it.

The following two rules are being implemented fully from this weekend ;

1. A member of the home side must upload a full scorecard to Play-Cricket within 48 hours of the match, or by 8am on the Wednesday at the latest. Failure to do so will result in a £10 fine, and a further £5 for every Friday thereafter that the result is not uploaded. Rule 29

If there are any issues with entering a scorecard through missing players or details, the away club and Results Secretary should be notified, so that the problem can be resolved as soon as possible.

2. Where neutral umpires are standing, Umpire Assessments should be completed and submitted by a captain or representative of both clubs, by the following Sunday. Failure to do so will result in a 5 point deduction, and a further 5 points for every Sunday thereafter that it is not submitted. Rule 32A

Read more: Fines / Points Deductions fully implemented from this weekend (June 4th)

I will be away until late Sunday evening, so in all likelihood results and updated league tables will not be available until Monday morning this weekend. Results should nevertheless be submitted by e-mail before the 10pm deadline on Sunday evening. Similarly a concession should be reported by the conceding side by e-mail by no later than 10pm on Saturday evening - to avoid a points deduction and £25 fine.

Unfortunately, Springfield are looking for opposition on Sunday, following a concession by their scheduled opponents in the NECL Division Three. They have a ground and teas available, and the forecast is good, so if you can raise a team to play Springfield, please contact Paul Durrant on 07802 674963.