To clarify the position regarding umpires and cricket balls in Division Two matches:


As per league rule 32, panel umpires will be appointed to stand in all Division Two matches this season, with the clubs sharing the cost (£30 expenses for each umpire - the amount agreed at the 2016 AGM).  The dispensation that applied in 2016 (agreed at the 2015 AGM), that Division Two clubs could ask for neutral umpires but were not required to have panel umpires), applied for that season only.


The Management Committee decided on 3 November 2016 that only one ball per match should be required in Division Two matches in 2017. It will be open to the captains of clubs in this division to agree, before the start of the match, that a new ball will be used for each innings, but in the absence of agreement only one ball is to be used.  If two balls are to be used, the umpires must be informed.

The A12 will be closed on Sunday between Junctions 23 and 25. Individuals and teams travelling to matches, and planning to use the A12, should seek out alternative routes and maybe start their journeys earlier to avoid not reaching their destination on time.

Just a reminder, in general the HOME side should contact the neutral umpires in the event of match being cancelled through a concession. However, it may be courteous if the conceding side also let the umpires know. If you cannot contact the umpires, please inform the Umpire Appointments Officer David Root (01376 583819 or 07981 731291) - failure to let the umpires or David Root know, may incur the umpires expenses if they travel on the day ! As well as their wrath. 

While we are dealing with Umpires, remember that all First and Second Division Clubs MUST submit an Umpire Assessment (available on the website), marking the standing umpires, by the Friday following the game - failure to do so could result in a five point deduction. There are still some clubs who have failed to submit assessments in the first few weeks. I have not implemented the rule strictly yet to ensure that all clubs have got the message, but from the first week of June there will be no excuse.

Just a timely reminder of vigilance around the cricket grounds as the season gets into full swing. Remember we had a spate of thefts last year, and unfortunately, there has already been reports of thefts in the county at cricket matches this season. Do not give these low life’s an easy opportunity to take your valuables.

Take some simple precautions;
1. Do not take valuables into a Changing Room to start with. If possible, keep them safely locked away in your vehicles, you do not need them while the game is in progress.
2. If you cannot do (1) then please try and make sure that your changing room is safely locked, especially when your team is in the field and the key is left with your scorer. If the changing room cannot be locked then ask the host club if they have a safe facility to lock these valuables in, like their bar.
3. Notice if entrance to the clubhouse can be made without being visible from the field of play, in which case take extra care. 

Play-Cricket Update

With more clubs starting their seasons this weekend – just a few more pointers and reminders with regard to Play-Cricket administration.

Thank you to the teams who have already entered scoresheets – so far there have been no major issues with uploading scorecards in the 48 hour timescale.

If you are an administrator please can you attempt to address the pointers below, to ensure there are minimal problems over these first few weeks.

1. For the benefit of the home administrator please make every effort to ensure all your players are added to the NECL squad – this will mean picking the player will be made easier.

2. Please can I encourage you to look at ‘merging’ duplicate records within your clubs – if you have a single record for a player it will ensure that the stats that are produced are correct. The instructions for merging players are on the website in a previous article.

3. Remember that both the ‘home’ and ‘away’ club should confirm the match details on Play-Cricket by the following Friday – again this will confirm that both clubs are happy with what has been entered. This is done by the administrator going to the ‘Results’ section and clicking on the cross under ‘Confirm Result’ – the cross will then change to a tick.

4. Reports – if there are any budding journalists out there – please feel free to use the report facility (also in the Results Screen under ‘Edit Report’) to record any facts, club milestones, strange occurrences concerning the match – there have been a couple of clubs use this already, and it makes my job of compiling the Weekly Roundup a lot easier, and factually correct.

If you are having any problems uploading a scorecard please e-mail me as soon as possible, so that I can steer you in the right direction for a resolution.

E-mail me at or

Kevin Hewes(Results Secretary)

Umpire appointments for all First, Second Division and T20 games in April, can be found under the 'Umpires' tab at the top of the website. They have also been entered into the Play-Cricket fixture.

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With just one calendar month to go the start of the 2017 season, this message is for anyone involved in entering results on to the online system - last year this we used CricHq, but for 2017 like the Two Counties League and the North Essex Junior League, the North Essex Cricket League is moving across to Play-Cricket.

As preparation for the move across I will need you to ascertain who is responsible for your club’s Play-Cricket website – each ECB affiliated club will have a  Play-Cricket website, and as far as I can see the only club’s that have not claimed their websites are Ardleigh and Great Braxted & Tiptree (there are instructions in the attached Play-Cricket Signup word document (pages 8-11) for those clubs).

7 Para RHA as a new club have not got a Play-Cricket website yet, but this will be created ahead of the season. I will be in touch directly with representatives of 7 Para once their site is in place.

I have also attached a spreadsheet of people who I have identified as Website Administrators for your club’s Play-Cricket websites – whoever enters results for 2017, will have to have a conversation with the Website Administrator to give them the role of ‘Fixture Administrator’ and ‘Results Administrator’. This will enable them to enter results onto Play-Cricket when the season starts.

Read more: Important News regarding Play-Cricket

2017 Fixtures now released 

With thanks to Graeson Laitt, the provisional fixtures for the 40 over competition are released today and are attached. Clubs now have until 31st December 2016 to make any mutual changes with other clubs, and finalise the fixtures. Any changes should be reported to the Exec Committee and Graeson Laitt

Graeson has produced the fixture list with dates that were provided by clubs. In some instances not enough dates were given, and consequently dates were added to accomodate. If these do not suit your club, please make contact with the opposition and request a change.


The format of the T20 competition will be two groups of five, with the top two from each group proceeding to the Finals Day, on August Bank Holiday Monday. The venue for the Finals day will be decided at the next Management Committee in January.

The groupings and fixtures are also attached to this notification, although an e-mail will be circulated to T20 club contacts.

Fixtures for the T20 competition should now be arranged between T20 clubs and returned to the Exec Committee at the e-mail above, or to myself Kevin Hewes by December 31st 2016.

The management committee has confirmed that the 40 overs competition in 2017 will again be split into four divisions, comprised of the following clubs/teams (eight teams per division):

Division One: Clacton, Colchester & East Essex, Eight Ash Green, Elmstead, Frinton, Great Horkesley & Lexden 1, Mistley, Wivenhoe Town.

Division Two: Ardleigh, Chappel & Wakes Colne 1, Copdock & Old Ipswichian, Gosfield, Great Totham, Halstead, Stebbing, Witham.

Division Three: Abberton & District, Chappel & Wakes Colne 2, Colchester Cavaliers, Galleywood, Harwich & Dovercourt, Kelvedon & Feering, Springfield, West Bergholt.

Division Four: Boxted, Braintree, Coggeshall Town, Great Braxted & Tiptree, Great Horkesley & Lexden 2, Rayne, Real Oddies, Tendring.

T/20: Ten teams will compete in the T/20 competition in 2017, namely: Braintree, Coggeshall Town, Colchester & East Essex, Great Bentley, Ipswich, Kelvedon & Feering, Little Bardfield Village, Mistley, Wivenhoe Town, 7 Para RHA. (The management committee is currently consulting these clubs on the format of the T/20 competition in 2017: an announcement will be made here after 11 November 2016.)

At the committee meeting last week it was reported that some clubs' umpires were inconsistent with regard to no-balling full tosses - So here's a reminder for everyone:
6 (b) Bowling of high full pitched balls
(i) Any delivery, other than a slow paced one, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.
(ii) A slow delivery which passes or would have passed on the full above shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.

Read more: Bowling of high full pitched balls

Age Limits

1.1 To consider the request received and decide whether or not to amend the current conditions in relation to the minimum/maximum age limits of cricketers.

2.1 Following a discussion about the age limits of cricketers at a meeting, it is requested that leagues implement the new requirements.
Restrictions on age limits are set out in two sets of conditions, one for batsmen and one for fielders. (umpires exempt) Essentially, these require that players are aged between 12 and 45 years old. The relevant excerpts from the ECDCB conditions are attached at Appendix 2.
2.2 The current lower limits have been in place for some time and were originally set following guidance issued at the time by the ECB. These have worked well and provided clear criteria for both the clubs and leagues.
2.3 Local leagues may adopt a more relaxed approach if they believe it is appropriate. This could extend to removing the maximum age limit for cricketers provided that regular medical and eyesight checks are made. This requirement for an annual examination could just simply be extended to those cricketers over 45 years old if it is decided to remove the maximum age limit.

Problems with sight

In order to play cricket, a minimum eyesight standard must be met. (see below)
If you need glasses or contact lenses to meet the eyesight standard, you must always wear them when you bat. If you bat without wearing your lenses or glasses, you are committing a breach of the rules.

Eyesight requirements for cricket
Before the start of your innings the umpire will ask you to count how many stumps there are.
The distance requirement for the eyesight test using old style wooden stumps is 22 yards or 20 yards if the new-style coloured stumps are used. If you can't speak English or have difficulty reading, you may copy down what you see.

Failing the eyesight test
Should you fail the eyesight requirement; the umpire will ask you to sign a form BAAB.01 –which acknowledges you were unable to comply with the eyesight requirements. The umpire (using form BAAB.01 form) will notify the league that you did not meet the eyesight requirements and your innings will be marked in the scorebook/sheet as DNB.