In line with the EAPL and Two Counties Cricket League, the NECL accepts that pre-season preparation of grounds has not been favourable due to the inclement weather over the last few weeks.
The committee have therefore made the decision that the fixtures below can be re-arranged to alternative date if possible, to maximise the chance of cricket. What the MC does not want, is to have perfect weather on the day of the match, and the match to be cancelled in advance due to groundstaff being unable to get the pitch fit for play.

If alternative dates are arranged - please let the exec committee () and myself () know as soon as possible, so that we can advise umpires, and make changes to the fixture list & Play-Cricket.
If somehow you are ahead with your pre-season ground schedule and do not anticipate issues beyond rain on the day of the game then please proceed as planned.

If games cannot be re-arranged, then the original date will be used and match recorded as cancelled if it does not take place.

Division One
Saturday 7th April
Colchester & E.E. v. Wivenhoe
Sunday 15th April
Elmstead v. Mistley
Wivenhoe v. Colchester & E.E
Sunday 22nd April
Elmstead v. Wivenhoe
Sunday 29th April
Clacton v. Copdock & Old Ipswichian
Colchester & E.E. v. Elmstead

Sunday 29th April
Braintree v. Galleywood – 2pm

I am pleased to say that the revised League Rules as agreed by the Management Committee have now been published on the website, ahead of the 2018 season. Can be viewed here.

There are a number of changes from previous rules, particularly regarding the change to the points system, re-arranging conceded games, updated T20 rules for shortened games.

Please ensure captains in particular are acquainted with the rules, prior to the first games. 

A brief reminder of the following rules ;

Umpire Assessment Forms - should be completed by all teams in Div 1, Div 2 and T20 where neutral umpires stand - points deductions can occur if not done in a timely manner.

Sightscreens - should be at all Div 1 and Div 2 grounds - dispensation is given for the first season for a side being promoted from Div 3.

Balls - a new ball will be provided by both teams in Div 1 for each innings. In Div 2 and Div 3, a new ball will be provided by the home team and will be used for the duration of the match.

Rule 29 and 29A - Submitting match results on the day of the game, and then completing Play-Cricket scorecard within 48 hours - and penalties that apply.

Rule 15B - Rule concerning concession and reporting in a timely manner to Results Secretary - can result in points deduction and fine if not adhered to.

Knowle Village a small cricket team from Hampshire, are planning a short tour in September and are looking for fixtures - the dates of the tour are either the weekend of 8th/9th or 15th/16th. 

If you can provide opposition on any of those dates, please contact their chairman Sam Rogan at


With the new season rapidly approaching it might be a good time to remind everyone of player expectations on the field. Especially with regard to Law 42 and possible sanctions that can be imposed.

Follow the link to the ECB presentation.


The distribution of ordered cricket balls will take place on Sunday 8th April at Boxted Cricket Club, Cage Lane, CO4 5RE between 10am and 12pm. 

Please ensure you have a cheque payable to North Essex Cricket League on the day, or make a BACS payment to Sort Code 30-92-16 Account 00712906.

Invoices will be given on the day. 

With just over two weeks to the start of the season, the 2018 NECL fixtures for both the 40 over and T20 competitions have now been loaded onto Play-Cricket. Can Club Play-Cricket Administrators please look at getting your new players loaded onto the system ahead of the 2018 season. Remember a player can get a better experience of their own stats if they register personally with Play-Cricket.

Play-Cricket have also released this week a 'FREE' laptop scoring solution for the 2018 season called Play-Cricket Scorer Pro, which will be compatible with Play-Cricket, thereby saving data entry after the game. I have downloaded it this morning, and early impressions are that it ticks all the boxes.

To download Play-Cricket Scorer Pro follow the link


Recently, Peter Rawlings, a vice president and long standing member of Colchester Cavaliers, passed away. He was well known on the club circuit having been involved with Cavaliers for roughly 40 years and played cricket for Halstead before that, starting in their colts. 
Peter's family will be holding a memorial service to celebrate his life at 16.00 on Tuesday 27th March at Lion Walk church (opposite Boots Colchester town centre). This will be followed by a cider and cricket tea in the church hall.
Please try to include something blue within you outfit, as this was Peter’s favourite colour. If you wish to make any donations there will be a collection for the Rob George Foundation. A charity close to Peter's heart.

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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