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.

Download this file (Assigning_Administrators.pdf)Assigning_Administrators.pdf396 kBThu 9th Mar 2017
Download this file (Merging_Player_Records.pdf)Merging_Player_Records.pdf343 kBThu 9th Mar 2017
Download this file (Play Cricket Club Website Administrators.xlsx)Play Cricket Club Website Administrators.xlsx11 kBThu 9th Mar 2017
Download this file (Play-Cricket_Signup.pdf)Play-Cricket_Signup.pdf690 kBThu 9th Mar 2017
Download this file (Play_cricket_results_user_guide_20150722.pdf)Play_cricket_results_user_guide_20150722.pdf719 kBThu 9th Mar 2017

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. 

Article courtesy of Shepard Neame League (Author unknown)


Hawkeye LBWNo cricket match can take place without umpires, however most cricket matches are played without appointed umpires. The purpose of this Guide is to give players the confidence to take their turn as an umpire to ensure that a match can take place.

In matches without appointed umpires, the Team Captains carry out most of the administrative duties of umpires (the number of overs; if game is playable (having to consider ground conditions, weather and light; who will bat first etc.) leaving just the umpiring to the ‘men in white coats’. These umpiring requirements are briefly covered in this Guide, are not too difficult and will enable you to make a valuable contribution to any match. Remember that umpiring is an art. Always try to remain calm, never be seen to act in a hasty or pressured way and you will learn something every time you umpire.

You cannot be expected to know all the 42 Laws in detail. While you have the ‘white coat’ then you and your colleague, together with the scorers, are the third team on the field. While you are in that role, act as a team and always remember that two heads are better than one. You will not need to consult your colleague after every ball, however, if something happens and you are unsure what to do, it is essential that you BOTH agree on what to do, after discussion – it is what qualified umpires do quietly all the time.

Read more: A Basic Guide to Umpiring for Players

Download this file (15 minute guide to scoring Page 1.pdf)15 minute guide to scoring Page 1.pdf823 kBSun 8th Jan 2017
Download this file (15 minute guide to scoring Page 2.pdf)15 minute guide to scoring Page 2.pdf781 kBSun 8th Jan 2017

It has been brought to my attention that many clubs are not providing a scorer for their games particularly in the lower levels of the League. Normally, this is not a problem as two volunteers from the batting side take over the books for the innings. However, it seems that some clubs are now only filling in 'their' book and letting their opponents copy the book over at the end of the innings/match. This isn't good enough. Every club should be able to find two semi-literate individuals to do this vital job (particularly if the side batting first have managed to complete both books!). It is really not that difficult. A dot here, a single here and a little bit of adding up. It is vital that checks of both books are made at the end of every over to ensure that errors are not made.

I am attaching a 15 minute guide to scoring from the now defunct ACUS which clubs should keep with their scorebooks in case of queries.