October 22nd 2013
Randall Foundation invites applications for scholarships from dedicated
One of the aims of the charity is to provide scholarships to dedicated
young people, as David was an exceptionally talented musician, sportsman
and coach, but it was his dedication and application to all his
interests that impressed and inspired his many friends and family.
Financial Support from the Foundation will be offered to those who
demonstrate exceptional dedication and passion in pursuing their
ambitions but are held back by financial means.
· Be aged 12-25
· Reside in Essex, Suffolk or the London Borough of Havering
· Demonstrate exceptional dedication to the interest they
wish to pursue.
There will be a major annual award called “The David Randall
Scholarship”. Applications will open at the beginning of October
and must be submitted by 31st December. Applications will only be
accepted on the official David Randall Foundation application form.
You can download an application form here.
There are opportunities for applicants to receive lesser awards
and these can be submitted at any time to the trustees on the official
David Randall Foundation application form and will be reviewed quarterly
by the trustees.
All applications should be supported by a referee, who knows the
applicant well and can vouch for their dedication and passion in
their chosen field.
When applying to the David Randall Foundation you should have read
carefully the aims and objectives of the foundation as the trustees
will base their decisions on the fulfilment of these criteria.
formation for 2014
Mistley; Hadleigh; Mildenhall; Wivenhoe; Coggeshall; Haverhill;
Witham; Maldon; Worlington (P); Lakenheath (P).
2: Ipswich (R); Elmstead Grasshoppers (R); Halstead (R); Easton;
Braintree; Dunmow; Brockley; Ipswich & East Suffolk; Exning;
Kelvedon & Feering (P);
Frinton-on-Sea II (P).
3: Mildenhall II (R); Woodbridge & O.W.’s (R); Long Melford
(R); Sudbury II; Brightlingsea; Little Bardfield Village; Bury St.
Edmunds II; Coggeshall II; Needham Market; Abberton; Mistley II
(P); Woolpit II (P).
4: Felixstowe (R); Halstead II (R); Yoxford (R); Great Bromley;
East Bergholt; Copdock & O.I.’s II; Ipswich II; Clacton-on-Sea
II; Wivenhoe II; Hadleigh II; Tuddenham (P); St. Margarets (P).
5: Witham II (R); Stowmarket (R); Ipswich & East Suffolk II
(R); Mildenhall III; Haverhill II; Harwich & Dovercourt; Elmstead
Grasshoppers II; Bury St. Edmunds III; Nacton; Earl Stonham;
Kelvedon & Feering II (P);
Braintree II (P).
6: Maldon II (R); Ipswich III (R); Abberton II;
Long Melford II; Felixstowe Corinthians; Kesgrave; Melton St. Audry’s;
Sudbury III; Walsham-le-Willows (P); West Mersea (P); Worlingworth
St. Osyth (P).
7: Maldon III (R); Brightlingsea II (R); East Bergholt II; Mildenhall
IV; Felixstowe II; Tendring (P); Eight Ash Green (P); Nowton (P);
Kelvedon & Feering III (P); Elvedon (P); Worlington II (P);
Harwich & Dovercourt II (P).
8 EAST: Sudbourne Hall; Easton II; Woodbridge & O.W.’s
II; DBSL; Brantham; Ipswich IV; St. Margaret’s II; Mistley
III; Copdock & O.I.’s III; Great Bromley II.
8 SOUTH: Coggeshall III (R); Copford II (R); Boxted (R); Frinton-on-Sea
III; West Bergholt; Witham III; Maldon IV; West Mersea II; Halstead
Eight Ash Green II.
8 WEST: Lakenheath II; Battisford; Brockley II; Bury St. Edmunds
IV; Stowmarket II; Woolpit III; Exning II; Nowton II; Stradbroke;
Eye & District.
Little Bardfield Village, Yoxford CC all failed to supply a representative.
Atkins' Chairmans report highlighted the repercussions of Sudbury's
relegation from the East Anglian Premier League, with Frinton failing
to qualify via the play-offs. He also mentioned the unacceptable
increase of reports of poor behaviour of players. He thanked all
those that give their time freely for the League.
numerous differing reasons, 50% of the members clubs received at
least one fine during the season, with one club being fined on 24
various reports were given to the meeting. The officers were re-elected
proposed that Divisions 1 to 7 all consist of 12 teams. Motion carried.
Elveden then withdrew their proposal.
proposal about leg-side wides for Division One was rejected, as
was Abberton's proposal for all divisions.
30 yard fielding circle proposal be extended down to Division Four
proposal about a maximum of ten overs per bowlers was rejected,
as was Hadleigh's similar proposal about all divisions.
proposal for a change in the starting time in Division One, coming
forward by one hour, was rejected.
proposal with regard to overseas and contracted county players was
proposal with regard to financal penalties was withdrawn.
proposal that players may play for a different Ladies team and a
different Sunday team from the Saturday club was carried.
proposal about 8pm cut off time did not find a proposer or seconder
and was rejected.
Umpires proposal about ball height did receive proposer and seconder
but was rejected.
was announced that Sudbury were close to gaining a reprieve from
relegation from the EAPL, but last Thursday the club that lost its
ground had their alternative venue approved.
composition of the league for 2014 was the announced, with three
regional Division Eights. Coggeshall have withdrawn their fourth
team. It was no longer required to expand to four regional divisions.
(A full list will appear as soon as available).
remain unchanged. Appeal rates unchanged.
the absent clubs will be fined the equivalent of two years' subscriptions.
XI's gain revenge
was after the 'Lord Mayor's show' for the Two Counties teams for
the usual finale against two Ipswich teams on Sunday the 29th of
September. Their O-50 A team were obliterated by the Ipswich team.
Batting first, Ipswich never looked back from a classy opening burst
from Dave Drury who notched 72 in an opening stand of 104 with Steve
Smith. Steve went on to score an excellent undefeated 102 with Steve
Bumphrey 56 and Graham Underwood 43no playing their part in a grand
total of 292 for 2. All the bowlers had analysis they would like
to forget although Steve Bulger was the lone figure that stood out
and he worked hard for his 1-32.
Counties had an early opening burst of 41 but when Trevor Mills
left it was all downhill and they never looked likely to challenge
the Ipswich total. John Stuck had an innings to forget and only
a good stand between Martin Southwell 39no and Chris Hills 21 brought
any respectability to the final total of 169 for 7. M Nair finished
with 3-35 whilst Malcolm Grubb was particularly mean and he deserved
his 2-9. The Ipswich side winning by 123 runs in a very one sided
the adjacent pitch Ipswich B side just got the better of an all
O-60 Two Counties B team in the final over.
first The Two Counties struggled early on but they gradually compiled
a competitive total of 182. Ray Black led the way with a well worked
half century. Alan Cooke obliged with 30 whilst Phil Cox with 21
was going well before running himself out. Andy Mills 22 and Andy
Fowles 16 struck some lusty late blows which augmented the final
total. Geoff Deare finished with 2-32 whilst John Mulley in his
final Ipswich match took 1-23 in his 8 overs a very creditable performance.
lost an early wicket but Andy Harrison 34 and Neil Parmenter 36
put the home side well on the way to victory. A good fight back
by the Two Counties however put the final result in doubt right
up to the last over. Richard Garrett however quelled the Ipswich
nerves with a belligerent undefeated 44 which proved to be the match-winning
innings. All the Two Counties bowlers fought hard, Glynn Webster
finished with the top figures of 2-25 but he was aided by a magnificent
Andy Fowles catch.
excellent days cricket enjoyed by all with the spirit in the clubhouse
free flowing with all looking forward to next season.
Ipswich A v TCC A; Ipswich
B v TCC B.
A Over-60s retain John Hutton Trophy
Two Counties Over-60's A team retained the John Hutton Trophy at
Ipswich on Saturday. A full report will appear later.
TCC A v MSC; TCC
A v Ipswich (Final); TCC
B v Ipswich; TCC B v MSC (3rd
Mix CC suffer defeat against TCC Over-50s
another glorious September day The M H Two Counties entertained
the exuberant Caribbean Mix CC team in a very good game of cricket
at the usual superb facility at Frinton CC.
The Caribbeans batted first and found Chris Hills in good form,
although he didn't take a wicket his eight overs only conceded 18
runs and the lively opposition were stifled early on.The big hitting
Eric Cleming gradually got things on the move with a well struck
53 before he was undone by the ever popular Phil Cox, Cleming being
bowled for Phil's 100th Two Counties wicket. B.Frazer 31 and N.Shaw
26 pushed things along but Ian Robinson had other ideas and he produced
a seasons' best performance, taking 4-23, in his allotted spell
of 8 overs. He was backed up well by wicketkeeper Mark Paget who
took three stumpings plus a catch to gain yet another four victims.
The Caribbeans finishing with 154 for 8 in their 40 overs.
Two Counties also found the going hard and Martin Couch produced
an identical spell as Chris Hills had done earlier. Pat Patel (14)
perished trying to up the scoring rate and it was left to Ray Black
(25) to anchor the early part of the innings before he was bowled
by W.Bell. Andrew Gallant was undone by B.Stewart who had previously
claimed Pat Patel's wicket. Steve Isaac was joined by Steve Bulger
and they produced a match winning stand of 65 which clinched the
game for the Two Counties. Steve Isaac's belligerent 50 earning
him the man of the match award, he was well supported by Steve Bulger's
33 who also hit the ball with gusto. B.Stewart 2-26 and E.Cleming
2-33 both bowled well but the Two Counties were not to be denied
and won deservedly.
The Caribbeans played their cricket with a great deal of panache
and enjoyment and they made many friends and I'm sure this fixture
will be repeated in the future.
retain 20/20 title
annual Federation of Suffolk Cricket Leagues O 50s Tournament took
place last Sunday at Ipswich's well appointed ground at Clayhall.
Marshall Hatchick Two Counties team managed to retain the title
against some spirited opposition from both the Ipswich team and
the MSC Suffolk Alliance. In the first semi final the MSC Suffolk
Alliance swept away the Hunts County bat challenge by getting their
opposition all out for a paltry 56 and only J. Dyer 27no putting
up any resistance, the Alliance's bowlers sweeping aside their opposition.
G.Lewis 3-10 and K.Ross 2-10 plus a hat trick from Malcolm Grubb
who finished with 3-0 doing the damage. The Alliance knocked off
the runs with the loss of only one wicket. N.Shrubshall undefeated
on 27 with A.Harrison 21 playing a supporting role.
the other semi final The M H Two Counties got home by 52 runs but
not without a fight from the Ipswich side with the scoreline flattering
the victors. Batting first the Two Counties fought hard to reach
133 for 7. Skipper Pat Patel leading the way with a well struck
35 supported by Colin Walters 23 and Chris Hills 16no. Graham Denny
4-20 and Roger Ingham 2-20 both bowling very well. The innings of
Ipswich was thwarted by some excellent fielding and some very tight
bowling. Nigel Peartree 21no was the only batsman to break free
from the Two Counties stranglehold. All the Two Counties bowlers
were in good form with Chris Hills leading the way with 3-17 supported
by Steve Bulger 2-8 and Martin Southwell 2-10. Ipswich closing on
81 for 9 with the Two Counties outcricket winning the day.
play off game for 3rd and 4th place saw the Hunts County Bat side
put up a better fight in the afternoon and they posted a competitive
total of 121 for 7 with Martin Moss 33 and Derrick Messent 25 well
to the fore. Steve Bumphrey finishing with figures of 3-24. The
Ipswich side were well served by Graham Denny 38 and Neal Manning
36 who ensured a comfortable 8 wicket win.
Final proved to be a very competitive game and once again it was
the Two Counties cricket that saw them home to a 25 run victory.
Batting first Two Counties posted 148 for 6 but it was only in the
later stages of their innings that they managed to break away. Kevin
Dobson 38 and Stuart Stobbs 36 were the mainstays of the innings
against some very good bowling from Bruce Tompkins 2-19 and Malcolm
Alliance side were well served by Andy Gallant 35 and C.Lloyd 21
but the defining moment was an outstanding catch in the outfield
by Nigel Dennis who had earlier excelled with the ball taking 2-19.
They say catches win matches and there was no doubt in this case
that that old adage was very true. Stevie Bulger again bowled very
tidily finishing with 2-8 again with wily campaigner Dave Hinchcliffe
aiding and abetting with 2-22. Pat Patel led the side with guile
and his team backed him up superbly with some very good all round
cricket, a real team performance.
whole event was extremely well staged by the Ipswich Club and a
crowded and happy throng in the Clubhouse afterwards showed just
how popular seniors cricket is.
here for the scorecard against Ipswich in the Semi-Final
v MSC Suffolk Alliance in the Final.
weather brought the Over-50's match against Suffolk Pheonix, at
Mildenhall, to a premature end with the TCC Over-50's on 72-4 from
17 overs. Ray Black scoring 36 of those runs, and with Lee Chipchase
taking three of the four wickets to fall.
win over Billericay Vets
a surprisingly warm day at the very friendly surroundings at Elmstead
Grasshoppers C. C. the Two Counties elected to bat on a good cricket
wicket that gave both the bat and the ball a chance. The Two Counties
had to fight hard for their runs and Brian Challis grafted away
to an unChallislike innings of 95no, batting through the complete
innings. There was also the very sight of John Stuck being given
out lbw first ball, only his second duck in 266 veterans innings,
and oddly enough his previous one in 2006 had also been a first-baller
at the same ground. Martin Southwell upped the rate with a well
struck 27 and the Two Counties finished very pleased with a score
of 212. All the Billericay bowlers made life difficult for the Two
Counties and the wickets were shared around with K. Paternoster
finishing with 3-52.
Billericay just never got started in their innings and they struggled
from the word go against the very mean bowling of Bruce Tompkins
and Alan Burt. The visitors batting was really a non event with
the Two Counties bowlers in complete control and in their 45 overs
they could only muster 72 runs. Glyn Webster proved to be almost
unplayable finishing with four wickets for three runs in his seven
overs. He was backed up well by wicketkeeper, Steve Isaac, who claimed
another three victims behind
As usual the two teams gelled well and a pleasent evening was spent
in the hospitable Elmstead Clubhouse where the Orman Family were
well to the fore.
were a few differences in the League tables on the website to those
shown in Sportstatz, these have now been corrected so that the tables
shown here are now reconciled with those automatically created.
The few amendments were required because incorrect scores and points
were originally submitted to me on the results line. The tables
in Sportstatz only update when a completed scorecard is entered
and the match result is approved.
Tuddenham CC, Division Five Champions 2013
win for the Over-50's but the Over-60's are out-played by Norfolk
the idylic surroundings at Halstead C C The Two Counties O 50s ran
out easy victors against Chelmer Vets by the wide margin of 124
runs in a 40 over game. Batting first the Two Counties were soon
into their stride with skipper Pat Patel leading the way with a
fluent 61, he was well supported by John Gallant 49, Colin Walters
47 and a brisk undefeated 35 from Stuart Stobbs. John Green 3-33
and Paul Brown 2-34 were the pick of the Chelmer bowlers but the
Two Counties 238 was a bridge to far.
Chelmer were never in the hunt and mean spells from Bruce Tompkins,
3-9 from his 8 overs, and Tony Oram, 1-20, made sure that the Two
Counties were always in the driving seat. Only Paul Brown 34 and
John Green 27not out looked likely to make much progress against
all the Two Counties bowlers who all bowled well as a unit. A comprehensive
win for the home side with the whole team playing a part.
ever the excellent Halstead wicket produced a host of good scores.
Norfolk batting first were quickly under way and a 50 plus opening
stand between Alan Pulsford and John Ruddick set the tone of things
to come. Ruddick going on to score a delightfull 131 a century that
was always going to figure in a large score. Norfolk finishing on
248 with J. Perry 31 and K. Elliff 22 backing up the centurion well.
Dave Hinchcliffe was the pick of the Two Counties bowlers finishing
with figures of 3-53.
Two Counties got off to a poor start in their run chase losing Mike
Thew, Brian Challis and Alan Cooke for a paltry 16 runs. Simon Rippingale
followed them with the score on 40 and it was left to Graham Penny
(41) and Steve Isaac, with an excellent undefeated 71, to try and
repair the early carnage. Their stand of 55 brought some respectability
to the innings and it was left to Steve and Dave Hinchcliffe 27
not out to nearly get the Two Counties to the 200 mark. It was the
superb early bowling of Carl
Yallop (2-21 and Dave Lamoir (2-30) that effectively won the game
for the delighted Norfolk team who have done the double over their
old friends and adversaries
As ever the Halstead hospitality was well to the fore making this
venue very popular as ever with the Two Counties and all their opponents.
Over 50's scorecard
Over 60's scorecard
CC relegation request approved
The Management Committee of the League have agreed to a request
from Boxted CC to be relegated to Division Eight for the 2014 season,
due to losing many senior players. The Management Committee will
be monitoring Boxted's team next season to ensure that certain criteria
are being adhered to. This move will obviously have an impact on
the teams participating in Divisions Five, Six and Seven next season
as Boxted are not currently occupying a relegation berth. It is
imperative that all clubs are aware of Rule 6.
Powell stars for the Over-70's
On the tranquil setting at Abberton CC The Hertfordshire side won
the toss and not surprisingly chose to bat on the excellent batting
surface. They were off to a good start with an opening stand of
74 by B. Mitchell (27) and C. Wilson (37) before the Brightlingsea
'Welsh Wizard' Brian Turley struck and removed both. I. Heath (34)
and M.Dexter (31) carried on the good work before Richard Powell
burst on the scene. Richard a late replacement for John Stuck then
bowled a great spell that netted him six wickets at a cost of 46
runs. He was aided by Keeper 'Chunky' Howell with a brave display
behind the stumps where he claimed four victims, three stumped and
one catch. The Herts side declared on 190 for 9 after a three hour
stint on another very warm day.
The Two Counties set about their task with gusto despite the early
loss of 'Badger' Ball. Neal Manning (37) and Graham Penny with a
well struck 60 played themselves in before taking control with a
97 run stand. T Foster (3-20) and A. McDonald-Barker (2-36) put
the brakes on proceedings however by taking five wickets for the
addition of only 11 runs. Unfortunately this spell brought an unfortunate
go slow period when Brian Robinson could only make three scoring
shots in 61 balls. Tommy Gould tried valiantly to up the pace but
his undefeated 25 wasn't quite enough to get the Two Counties home
and the game ended Drawn.
As usual the Herts team were excellent guests at the delightful
back to winning ways
On yet another very warm day at Frinton C C, The Gents won the toss
and elected to bat on a good cricket wicket. The Gents team were
always on the back foot against some very tight bowling from all
the bowlers, Bruce Tompkins, Chris Hills, Ian Johnson, Ian Robinson
and Martin Southwell. The run rate was never above three an over
despite some stout batting from Owen Devenish (20) and Terry Charrington
(22) and only a resolute undefeated 39 from Dave Griffiths saw them
post 144 from the 50 overs they received. Tony Oram starred again
with the ball for the home side cleaning up the tail and finishing
with an excellent 4-14 in his nine overs.
The Two Counties found quick scoring as difficult as the Gents but
a steadfast knock of 47 from John Stuck enabled the free scoring
Stuart Stobbs and Rupert 'Bear' Haxell to up the anti. Steve Isaac
finished the job with a well struck 23no to give the Two Counties
a well deserved six wicket victory. Owen Devenish finished with
the best bowling figures of 2-32 whilst Don Evans and Terry Charrington
both bowled mean spells.
As ever the Frinton Hospitality was at its best and the Lunch and
Tea provided by Tina Patel aided and abbetted by helpers Karen Crosier
and Christine Debney was superb.
lose at Witham and at Ipswich
The M H Two Counties O 50s were eclipsed by their youthful Witham
opponents and lost by 4 wickets despite a valiant fight. Batting
first the Two Counties struggled to get a painstaking 179 against
some decidedly early pace which on occasions proved a tad too quick.
Mike Thew again proved his transition to a batsman top scoring with
37 in quicker time than most. John Stuck and Martin Southwell weighed
in with 29 apiece. D. Khan 3-22, P Bellehewe and J. Sambrook both
with 2-28 were the main wicket takers and the Two Counties declared
with 179 on the board.
opening partnership of 52 P. Bellehewe (34) and T. Garwood (41)
got them off to a good start and apart from a little hiccup in the
middle of their innings, they always looked likely winners. J. Sambrook
(36) was well backed up by a concluding unbeaten stand of 30 between
M Glynn (26no) and the youthful C Cheverall (24no) who also capped
a fine display with his very promising wicket keeping. Tony Oram
3-48 and Martin Southwell 2-39 were the pick of the Two Counties
interesting match to remember the Witham stalwart of yesteryear
Thursday the Over-50's were at Chantry Park. Batting
first the Two Counties lost the vital early wicket of Andrew Gallant
and struggled as they came to terms with some good aggresive early
bowling, M Abbott only conceding 6 runs in 8 overs. John Stuck 82
no and Peter Boughton 51 repaired the innings slowly and it was
left to the effervescent Stevie Bulger to smash an unbeaten 69 and
put some gloss on proceedings and allow the Two Counties to declare
Ipswich side were indebted to Nathan Pryke who took complete control
of their innings with a dashing century that put them well on the
way to victory his 145 in quick time completely dominated the afternoon.
The Two Counties were extremely profligate in spilling at least
9 catches and the old maxim 'catches win matches' was never more
prominent. Skipper Mark Paget took another hat trick of stumpings
but it wasn't to be the Two Counties day, only Martin Southwell
2-38 looked likely to turn the tide.
good win for Ipswich & E Suffolk on a day to remember Jack Curtis.
It was great to see his daughter Tracy there supporting her Club,
and as ever Dave Little & Co made sure the Two Counties team
were well looked after.
to remind all member clubs that a player who has played in ANY
Premier League cannot play for another club with the feeder league
system in the same season without the permission of the League's
win and a loss at Ipswich
the usual good track at Ipswich CC the Two Counties batted first
and compiled a good total of 251. The evergreen John Stuck compiled
a useful 92 before being undone by B. Roper. Debutant Terry Soteriou
aided and abetted early on with a useful 34 but it was left to the
fiery Stef Marks with a quickfire undefeated 45 to provide the fireworks
with a little help from his friends Peter Boughton (28) and Rupert
Haxell (24no) to seal the innings total. B. Roper stuck to his task
and finished with 2-75 whilst D. Griffiths was good value with only
23 runs conceded from his 12 overs with 1 wicket.
The Police side were always behind the ball game but a well struck
75 from N Cockrell nearly turned the tables. He was well supported
by Alan Cooke 45 and a twin 36 from openers P Davenport and P French.
Bruce Tompkins and Tony Oram both bowled mean spells early on but
Rupert Haxell was the pick of the bowlers later on and finished
with 3-35 thus giving the Two Counties side a 16 run advantage at
first The Two Counties struggled to make a worthwhile score despite
having a formidable batting line up on paper. Only Brian Challis
(32) of the early batsmen made any impact and it was left to the
wiles of veteran campaigner Neal Manning 32no and Steve Isaac 20no
to repair the early damage, their undefeated stand of 44 putting
some respectability to the final total of 145 for 8. Alan Burt bowled
an outstanding spell that netted him 4 wickets for a mere 23 runs.
Brian Cole was also a constant danger early on and he put the Two
Counties on the back foot. Their final total was never going to
be a threat.
Suffolk cruised to an easy victory with Dougie Andrews with a steadfast
undefeated 62 leading the way. The youthful looking 60 year old
Andrew Gallant also contributed with a well struck 45no. The Two
Counties O 60s being well beaten on the day, evening things up after
an easy win for the Two Counties earlier in the season.
As ever The Ipswich Club were excellent hosts and all the teams
enjoyed the conditions both on and off the field.
at Mistley and Copford
the serene surroundings on the picturesque Copford ground The Two
Counties equalled their highest ever score of 313 in a high scoring
game in the ever growing Copford cricket week. Batting first the
Two Counties got off to a bright start with Skipper Pat Patel (67)
batting with aplomb against the decidedly frisky opening attack
of Steve Unwin and Tivesh Nair and partnered by Mick Thew they had
reached 49 before they were parted. Andrew Gallant then launched
a hard hitting century of 132 that was threatening to break the
Two Counties highest individual score before the persistent Steve
Unwin found the delivery to breach his defence. Peter Webb (37),
Steve Isaac (16) and John Stuck (14no) carried the score past the
300 mark to set the home side a demanding run chase. Steve Unwin
finishing with figures of 3-74 and he never once flinched from the
task of containing the rampant Two Counties batsmen.
never gave up on their intent for victory and the verve of Ed Merry
looked like running down that that total. Ed's progress was halted
on 80 however when Stuart Stobbs clean bowled him. Their were several
little cameos from the men of Copford but things drifted away and
a Two Counties win looked likely. An undefeated last wicket stand
of 48 however thwarted those plans. Dave Owen (30no) and Don Curtis
(24no) played with determination and in the end saved the day for
Copford and in an exciting drawn game, reminding one of games of
Copford Club made sure their guests were well looked after and can
only have the highest compliment for an outstanding day finalised
in the evening with an interesting quiz.
usual the Mistley cricket week was as popular as ever and the Club
welcomed not only the M H Two Counties Teams but a whole host of
friends old and new. The Two Counties O 50s batted first in their
game against Mistley Seniors and accrued a challenging 227 for 6dec.
Skipper Pat Patel (35) led the way early on with some entertaining
stroke play and his opening partnership with the steadfast John
Stuck (68) realised 83. Peter Boughton carried on the good work
with an undefeated 46 before the declaration. Andy Mills was the
pick of the Mistley bowlers finishing with a well deserved 3-40.
got off to a steady start with Trevor Mills (61) and Edgar Dunkley
(29) providing a solid backbone but the Mistley boys were always
just off the pace against the steady bowling of Tony Oram and Nigel
Pearce. Stuart Johnson (38no) and Henry Saddington (23) hastened
things along but Ian Robinson (4-43) held things in check and made
sure Mistley never attained the target set. An entertaining game
ending all square when hopefully rivalry will be resumed in a years
got off to an excellent start with Steve Butcher (67) and Robin
Mills (48) putting on 129 for the first wicket. The Two Counties
opening attack of Russ Abbott and Stuart Carpenter never allowed
things to get out of hand however and the Mistley side always worked
hard for their runs. Andy Fowles leg spin obtained the only 2 wickets
to fall and as ever was a busy cricketer. Mistley's declaration
on 226 gave the visiting side a chance to get the runs and after
tea they gave chase.
Black came to the fore with an excellent century and his 112 paved
the way for a Two Counties victory. He was well backed up by Alan
Cooke (42) and a sprightly undefeated 23 from Steve Isaac, getting
the Two Counties home by 7 wickets.
great day with the Mistley Hospitality as friendly and entertaining
as ever and a great credit to their Club.
Over 50's v Mistley
Over 60's v Mistley
Over-50's v Copford
C.C. pulled out all the stops in this match in their cricket week
to celebrate 125 years of cricket at Brantham. In years gone by
Brantham were one of the strongest sides in the area and a founder
member of the Two Counties Championship when the beloved Ron Noyce
was at the helm. In recent years Brantham had fallen on hard times
as has happened to many a Club. The Two Counties Over 50s have played
at Brantham in recent seasons and the progression has been immense
in these recent years. This years match typified just that, not
only was a superb game played but the hospitality and friendship
displayed was second to none. To see the spirit and sportmanship
displayed between a youthful Brantham side and the mature men of
the Two Counties was a joy to behold and can only auger well for
the future of cricket in Brantham.
Two Counties batted first on a wicket that gave the bowlers some
help but an opening stand of 132 between the valetudinarian Colin
Walters 104 and a minor roll by 'Badger Ball' 18 sent the Two Counties
on their way. Colin Walters struck some well timed blows but had
to remain vigilant against some good bowling particularly by R.
Uren 1-39 and J. Pembroke 1-10. John Gallant followed this with
an attractive undefeated 53 that allowed Phil Cox to declare well
prior to tea after 55 overs.
Brantham were always in the hunt for victory and never once did
a drawn game enter their head, they chased the game from start to
finish and a tense finish just saw them lose by the narrowest of
margins in a real thriller. Most of the Brantham Boys contributed
to the run chase and four of their players got into the thirtys
namely A. Wombwell 36, J. Pearce 37, S. Gooch 31, and an undefeated
34 from A. Uren.. The experience of the O 50s showed at vital times
and some tight bowling from Tony Oram 3-53, Martin Southwell 3-54,
and wily campaigner Phil Cox 2-21 saw the Two Counties victorious
by 12 runs although on the day the result was of minor importance.
The hospitality accorded to The Two Counties team was second to
none and Brantham's Ladies, who produced not only a superb lunch,
tea and after match delights, was just awesome and one doubts whether
some of the players will be able to move next week let alone this
week. A truly great day celebrating a noteworthy event.
and 60's draw
the weather set fair and on the usual flat track at Abberton the
bowlers found wickets hard to come by. Both sides found the new
ball hard to get away but as the innings progressed the runs began
to flow. Batting first the O 50s got off to a reasonable start with
Mike Thew (35) and 'Chunky' Howell (20) putting on 48 for the first
wicket before Russ Abbott struck removing Graham Howell. Russ's
opening spell of 13 overs was a good one and he was always difficult
to get away. Phil Cox then claimed the wickets Of Mike Thew and
Stuart Stobbs. From then on Peter Boughton (77no) and Rupert Haxell
(72) took control and the innings was declared on 229 for 3 from46
The O 60s had a steady start in their quest to get their target
but they were always behind the required run rate. Martin Southwell
(2-27) was proving difficult to get away and he was well backed
up by Nick Oakley and Tony Oram. The O 60s had 42 overs to make
an impression but the 5os Bowlers were just that bit more difficult
to handle. An undefeated stand between John Stuck (87no) and Graham
Penny (35no) ensured that honours would be even on the day. As ever
a sporting contest between the Two Counties sides.
The Abberton Club were excellent hosts as ever and the mature men
of The Two Counties thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality.
a blistering hot day the Suffolk Alliance O 60s won the toss and
not surprisingly batted first. They were never allowed to take control
of the conditions due to some very good bowling by the Two Counties
spinners Alan Burt (5-44), Martin Southwell (2-34) and Tommy Gould
(1-31). Only Dougie Andrews who was 64no at the close and Chris
Watson (38) made any headway and the final total of 141 never looked
likely to trouble the visitors.
The Two Counties were quickly into their stride and three stands
of 40 plus saw them safely home by 7 wickets in just 31 overs. Barry
Ball (58) led the way with little cameos from Edgar Dunkley (25)
and Derek Messant (22) providing the supporting cast. As usual a
good sporting encounter between these two local adversaries played
in a great spirit at the delightful Easton Cricket Club.
another fine day at the excellent Elmstead facility the Two Counties
destroyed the Presidents XI by 9 wickets. The Two Counties won the
toss and inserted the Presidents XI on a wicket that had been freshened
up by a pre match shower. Chris Hills (2-31) and Russ Abbott (2-20)
made good use of the conditions and the Presidents team fought valiently
to stay in the game, skipper Graham Penny (19) stayed at the crease
for a determined knock before he was brilliantly caught and bowled
Southwell. Rupert Haxell struck a beligerent 28 before Martin Southwell
(3-16) cleaned up the tail. The Presidents XI contributed to their
demise with two silly run outs and their final total of 128 was
never going to be enough.
With the sun now shining Colin Walters led Th e Two Counties onslaught
and his 86 not out showed what a dangerous batsman he can be. No
bowler could contain him and his undefeated stand of 105 with Alan
Cooke (25no) saw the Two Counties home to a very comfortable victory.
The President was indepted to The Elmstead Club for their hospitality
and the very hard work done by Mick, Carol and Allison Orman who
helped to make the day a resounding success
win, one draw at Maldon
another sun-drenched day in Maldons Cricket Week, the M H Two Counties
batted first and compiled a competive total of 231 for 3dec. The
inevitable century from Two Counties legend John Stuck 123no scored
the bulk of the Two Counties runs, he was well supported by Peter
Boughton 37 and little cameos from Pat Patel (15) and Trevor Mills
(16) that bolstered the score along. Diminutive Ben Prentice, John
Ellis's grandson bowled very well for his tender years and is a
good prospect for the future. His grandfather would have been a
proud man watching Ben perform. All the Maldon bowlers stuck to
their task and it was never
easy batting. Peter 'Dubbers' Wargent on holiday from Australia
and a former member of Maldons 1st XI that finished runners up in
the East Anglian Premier League a few years previous showed he had
lost none of his all round skills.
Maldon set about their task with gusto but a superb opening burst
from Chris Hills (3-18) held them in check. Mick Brown (63) turned
back the years with a typical determined innings and him and Peter
Wargent (74) put on a stand of 121 which nearly put the Maldon side
on track for a victory but a steady spell of bowling from Rupert
Haxell (2-16) steadied the ship and put pressure on the home side.
When Pat Patel (3-16) tempted Wargent into a mistake it was left
to the Two Counties to press for a win which was achieved with just
3 balls remaining. A throughly absorbing contest that was exciting
right to the bitter end.
At the Promenade the Two Counties O 60s were well led by skipper
Ray Black who amassed an undefeated 136. He was well supported by
Alan Cooke 33 and John Stonehouse 22no. The final total of 250 was
challenging but not unsurmountable. Dave Richardson (2- 66) was
the pick of the home attack ably supported by Paul Greenham and
Mick Newman. The Maldon team didn't take too many chances in their
quest and a rather tame draw ensued, unlike their counterparts at
Drapers Farm where the game was always exciting. Newcomer Tom Jones
(39) and Paul Cater (30) made their way in the early batting, but
a quick undefeated 30 from Mick Newman put some semblance to the
final total of a disappointing 147 for 5. Alan Burt (2-33) was the
main wicket taker ably backed up by Stuart Carpenter, Andy Fowles,
'Charlie' Withams and John Stonehouse.
ever the hospitality at Maldon was just first class and the lunches
provided were a joy to behold and worth every visit regardless of
run riot, maiden century at 71 for Willie
a very hot day this game was dominated by the batsmen. The Two Counties
batting first amassed a record breaking 270 for no wicket. John
Stuck as ever completing another century, but it was his opening
partner Willie Mugleston who took all the plaudits with his first
ever 100 at the age of 71, quite a mean feat on such a hot afternoon.
All the visitors bowlers tried very hard to dislodge this pair but
it was a virtually chanceless opening partnership made in 42 overs.
Norfolk/Suffolk combined were always going to struggle to chase
down that total and after losing 4 wickets for a meagre 29, the
task became almost impossible although they only had 3 overs less
to bat than the the Two Counties. Malcolm McLeod 3-37 and Russ Abbott
2-40 had put the visitors on the back foot and both bowled well
in the batsman friendly conditions. Had the Two Counties taken their
chances they might well have forced a win but a match saving innings
of 94no from Ricky Ratford saved the day with a dour 12no from skipper
Chris Watson ensuring that honours ended even.
As ever a very enjoyable plus hot afternoon well staged as ever
by the Halstead Club, a venue that all teams enjoy.
Rampage at Abberton
flew out of the window at Abberton on Sunday afternoon as Braintree
were the visitors in a Division C contest. Braintree two teenage
opening batsmen put the Abberton attack to the swords. 17 year old
Carl Lees going on to score 252 not out to break another Braintree
players' all time record high score in a Two Counties match. Keith
Merrell previously held the record with 238 scored for Maldon 2nd
XI in a Division A match in September 1992. Along with 14 year old
Jay Smith, who scored 102, they put on 339 for the first wicket,
beating gthe previous Division C opening stand record of 310 scored
by Halstead at Braintree in 1999. The partnership becomes the equal
second highest in League history, just seven runs short of the 346
achieved by Kelvedon & Feering 2nd XI in a Division Five match
two years ago. The pair are pictured below, Jay Smith on the left
and Carl Lees on the right. Abberton replied with 308-7, so with
an aggregate of 687 runs, is this the highest in League history
over the Eight
another balmy afternoon the M H Two Counties O 50s had a good, very
enjoyable and competive victory at Eight Ash Green. The hosts young
team (only 2 players over 30) played extremely well in the hot afternoon
where their youthful fielding and bowling never flagged. John Stuck
(36) took the brunt of the early onslaught, he was very well backed
up by Martin Southwell whose attractive (48no) shepherded the mature
men past the 200 hundred mark which was needed to post a competive
Stuart Stobbs scored a lively 20 to help the score along. J. Weir
was the hosts most successfull bowler finishing with figures of
3-44. Quite an exciting innings of 217 where the O 50s handled the
pacy home attack well.
Eight Ash Green were always intent on chasing that total down but
a good all round bowling performance ensured they were going to
be a few runs light. An outstandings innings of 92 by 15year old
Ollie Lovejoy, surely a star of the future made sure the Green were
always in the hunt. He was well backed up by J.Jones (27),P. Welton
(24), M Norris (22) but the wiles of the veteran side had the final
say. Tony Oram (3-37) and Andy Mills (3-27) stiffiled the youngsters
at a vital stage of their innings.
Yet another very sporting afternoons cricket that was enjoyed by
all with the young Eight Ash Green boys joining in the competitive
a scorching hot afternoon at Bedfield, the M H Two Counties O 50s
were fortunate to win the toss and bat first on a very easy paced
wicket. They lost John Stuck early but a stand of 168 between Edgar
Dunkley, 88, and John Gallant, 71, put the Two Counties well in
control of the game. As the afternoon progressed the running became
more rhinocerotic as the heat took its toll. The final total of
271 was a very challenging target. The Suffolk Alliance bowlers
stuck to their task well with Stuart Cooper, 2-32, and Bill Williams,
2-66, being the most successful. The Suffolk Alliance were always
on the back foot after a mean opening spell of bowling from Tony
Oram and the effervescent Brucie Tompkins. They fought hard right
to the end with Andy Harrison, 58, and Steve Smith, 51, both playing
attractive innings with Neil Place, 27no, backing them up well.
As ever a very sporting afternoon and evening between two friendly
teams who always enjoy each others company.
a club has a dispute with regard to the premature cancellation of
a fixture allegedly due to adverse pitch conditions, then they should
contact the League Secretary before midday on the day of the match.
Then it may well be possible for the pitch to be independently examined.
defeated at Frinton
another glorious day on Frinton's top class ground the M H Two Counties
Over-50's had the best of a close fought game. Batting first, Two
Counties had a 42 run opening stand that was broken when the free
scoring Steve Isaac fell for an aggresive 24. Martin Southwell (31)
and Edgar Dunkley (19) carried on the good work, but a steadfast
knock by Glyn Webster (46) put Two Counties on their way to a reasonable
total of 200. Glyn was well supported by, the man in form, Chris
Hills (19) and Tony Oram (16). M.Thompson had an outstanding spell
of bowling for the visitors finishing with 5-36 that earned him
a man of the match award. He was well backed up by R. Locke 2-26
and G McKay 2-39.
Harlow were always in the hunt and 'Vivien' Jagedo looked like taking
the game by the scruff of the neck when he struck a very hard hitting
71 out of a scoreline of 98. He was thwarted by the guiles of Martin
Southwell who first squeezed the run flow and then trapped him plumb
in front while he was trying a reverse sweep. A. South (28) and
G. McKay (25) never gave up the chase but some tight bowling from
Ian Robinson and Tony Oram at the death and that man Glyn Webster
(2-9), another man of the match recipient, saw the Two Counties
to a good victory.
As ever extremely well staged by the Frinton Club whose hospitality
abounds with the usual Tina Patel support.
70's held to a draw
a beautiful summers day at the well appointed Long Melford Cricket
Club the M H Two Counties O 70s battled out an excellent drawn game
with their counterparts from Billericay. A result that was a fair
reflection of the afternoons' play. Batting first Two Counties compiled
a competive total of 238 for 5 dec, thanks mainly to two of their
main run scorers over the years, namely Brian Challis (109) and
John Stuck (74). Their opening stand of 184 being the bulk of the
scoring for the home side although skipper Richard Kemp added a
frisky 13 not out before declaring. On this very hot afternoon Billericay's
bowlers didn't wilt and Dave Randall, in particular, bowled very
well to finish with 3-54.
Billericay were always in the hunt and the game was in the balance
until the last few overs when Tommy Gould showed his class by stemming
the visitors run flow, Tommy finishing with figures of 4-78. Dave
Randall capped a good all round performance for Billericay with
a well compiled innings of 61. He was well supported by George Willey
(50) and Ken
Sandeman (46no) who so nearly got the visitors home. A thoroughly
enjoyable afternoons' cricket enjoyed by all with the batsmen dominating
As ever the Hospitaliy provided by Long Melford CC was first class
with Di Newman in particular working very hard in a hot Kitchen.
come out on top
Counties Over 50's finalised their Yorkshire Tour with a visit to
the Gargrave Cricket Club ground where they met the Yorkshire Over
60's team. Batting first the Two Counties had an excellent opening
stand of 106 between John Stuck (77) and Pat Patel (40) and Stef Marks
followed up with an excellent 36. Wickets were lost in an effort to
push the score on but the Two Counties finished with a score of 194
for 6. M Wood (3-39) and R Davies (2-27) were the main thorns in the
side of the Two
Counties batsmen ably backed up by P Wood who were all miserly.
that score Yorkshire were well behind the clock thanks again to
a good opening burst from Nigel Pearce (1-21) and Stuart Carpenter
(1-26). N Ling (36) being the only early batsman to register. With
the score at 89 for 5 the Two Counties looked on course to do well
but a superb stand of 106 between Brian Hodgson who blasted a magnificent
85 n.o. from 51 balls aided and abetted by Phil Wood (27no) saw
the Yorkshire side home by 5 wickets. Martin Southwell was the pick
of the Two Counties bowlers with 2-26 but even his efforts couldn't
stop the onslaught. A match dominated by the brilliant innings of
Brian Hodgson who was undoubtedly the man of the match.
teams retired to the Elm Tree at Embsay after the match where pleasantries,
as usual, were enjoyed by all in an extremely friendly atmosphere
to end the tour on a convivial note.
kill their prey
the hastily re-arranged venue of Menston Cricket Club the Two Counties
were entertained by the Hawks Cricket Club. Although defeated by 18
runs the amazingly youthful Hawks side included seven twenty years
olds, an Australian overseas pro and no-one over 50 so although the
ultimate result was never in doubt the Two Counties mature men gave
a good account of themselves. Batting first the Hawks CC were well
served by P. Gilson who notched an impressive 49. He was ably backed
up by W. Garforth (22) and J Lawrence (21). Steve Bulger was again
the pick of the Two Counties bowlers and deserved more than two wickets
ending with 2-24. The other bowlers Russ Abbott (3-33), Steve Butcher
(3-32) and Martin Southwell (2-36) all bowled reasonably well. Hawks
finished with 157 all out, a reasonably good score but not unachievable.
Stuck opened up as the linchpin for the Two Counties and compiled
23 before a mis-hit ended his stay. Of the later batsmen, although
most gave their wickets away in the run-chase, it was left to Steve
Isaac with a well-struck 46 not out to almost save the day. The
Two Counties ended with a total of 139 for 6 and just 18 runs short
of the opposition, far from being a disgrace.
to the start of the match at Steeton there was a poignant moment
when both teams and officials had a minute's silence in memory of
David Fahie who unfortunately passed away earlier in the year. David
was remembered in Yorkshire for his epic cycle journey on last year's
tour when the Steeton team allowed him to sleep in the clubhouse
after his cycle up from Suffolk to join his mates on tour.
Steeton batted first and had an excellent opening stand between
B Tunney (50) and R Wynn (58) before Mark Sargeant broke their stranglehold.
A Howarth (64no) and G Boulton (15) carried on Steeton's good progress
and they eventually declared on 210 for 6. Mark Sargeant finished
with a very satisfying 3-49 whilst Steve Bulger had a long spell
and finished with 2-60.
The Two Counties also had a useful opening stand between Don Curtis
and Pat Patel who both scored 27. This was to be the pattern that
followed as not one other batsman totalled over 26. The Two Counties
continued to press in their run chase and a good team effort and
with the last pair at the wicket Phil Cox (20no) and Stuart Carpenter
(3no) trying desperately to force a win but P Akrigg conceded only
3 runs in the last over and the match ended in an extremely exciting
draw with both sides finishing on 210. Steeton were well served
by bowlers P Akrigg 4-44 and Mike Wilson 3-23.
A very exciting afternoon's cricket that was followed by the usual
superb hospitality from the Yorkshire club.
first on the picturesque Embsay ground the Two Counties got off
to a sound start with Pat Patel (37) and Stef Marks (41) both batting
well against a varied Embsay attack. It was left to Trevor Mills,
a popular tourist, to push the run-rate up with a hard-struck 56
that the Two Counties were able to reach 184 in their allotted 45
overs. Paul Barwick with 5-37 was Embsay's main wicket-taker and
made sure the Two Counties didn't have a run-away score. Embsay
lost an early wicket but from then-on Rob Bateman batted through
an undefeated 87 that put Embsay well on track for a good victory.
He was well backed up by B Hodgson who struck a determined 59 and
made sure that Embsay got home with overs to spare for a 7 wicket
win. Only Martin Southwell 1-19 from his 9 overs was able to stem
the flow. A very enjoyable afternoon in the sunshine that was followed
by a very hospitable evening in the local hostelry that was enjoyed
by all, although there were a few late arrivals for breakfast in
matches in Sportstatz
admins please remember to complete the team line-ups of both teams
when matches have been abandoned. Even if one of the teams had not
batted. A number of matches have been unlocked by Alan Rogers so
that missing team line-ups can be added. If yours if one of those
teams, can you please make sure they are completed.
yet another sunny afternoon the Two Counties batted first against
Chelmer Vets and accumulated a very satisfying 203 on a wicket that
was giving the bowlers a chance. Edgar Dunkley led the way with
a well contrived 55, he was helped by Stevie Bulger in the middle
order who bludgened a well struck 34. Chris Hills who is fast making
a name for himself as a very competent all rounder finalised things
with an attractive 24. Colin Tant was the most successful Chelmer
bowler finishing with 2-43, he was well backed up by Paul Brown
and Dave Griffiths who gave little away.
As in previous matches it was the mean opening attack of Chris Hills
(2-22) and Bruce Tompkins (1-19) who put the Chelmer side on the
back foot and they were always behind the asking rate. Loanee 'Badger
Ball' batted very well for his 43 but only Tim Loader (30) and Paul
Brown (20no) who posed any threat. Tony Oram as well bowled very
tidily to help the Two Counties seamers. Chelmer finished on 149
giving the Two Counties a deserved 54 run victory.
As ever the Frinton Clubs hospitality was second to none and Tina
Patel was in the forefront of proceedings and ensured a great afternoon
Alliance sent packing
a beautiful summer day at Long Melford the M H Two Counties O 60s
overcame the MSC Suffolk Alliance O-60s by sevenwickets in a hard
fought game that tended to be dominated by the bat. Batting first
the Alliance side got off to a good start with Neal Manning (23)
and Andy Harrison (20) putting an opening stand of 48 on the board.
This was followed by some good work from Andy Morgan who struck
a hard hit 44 with
good assistance from Don Fisher 25. The Two Counties bowlers stuck
at it and a good spell from Kiran Patel who finished with figures
of 5-44 made sure their target of 172 was not insurmountable.
A typical classy innings of 85 by run machine Brian Challis put
the Two Counties in the driving seat and aided and abbetted by Don
Curtis (25) and Lloyd Rayner (22no) saw the Two Counties to a safe
victory by seven wickets with seven overs to spare. The Alliance
bowlers strived hard but Challis's efforts thwarted them.
As always a very sporting and enjoyable afternoon made even more
enjoyable by the efforts of Long Melfords Ivan and Fran Newman who
worked so hard behind the scenes.
defeat Halstead Seniors, but the Over-60's are held to a draw
a sublime summers' day at Halstead a large gathering enjoyed an
excellent afternoons' cricket at the superb Halstead facility that
always produces good cricket. Halstead batted first and their very
strong batting line up looked likely to rack up a major score but
as in their previous few matches the Two Counties opening attack
was up to the task. Bruce Tompkins and Tony Oram were both on song
and Halstead found the going tough and only Mark Johnson (82) and
(49) mastered the attack and their stand of of 90 enabled Halstead
to declare on 184. The Two Counties set about their task with relish
and an outstanding
innings of 85 from Brian Challis led the charge he was very well
supported by Stef Marks who was back in form with a belligerent
51 and Frank Warner 30, the three of them driving the Two Counties
home to an outstanding 7 wicket victory. Only Dave Robinson who
finished with 2-61 making any inroads into the Two Counties batting.
Kemp's XI did extremely well to avoid defeat against the Two Counties
60s side having been assembled in 48 hours. The Two Counties found
run scoring easy enough on an easy paced wicket despite the wiles
of the Welsh Wizard, Brian Turley, and the effervescent Tommy Gould.
Nigel Pearce struck a hard hit 45no and with Steve Isaac also undefeated
on 36, their stand of 73, enabled skipper Phil Cox to declare on
the 204 mark. Richard Kemp's XI were always on the back foot after
an opening burst of
3-25 from Russ Abbott who took his 100th wicket for the Two Counties
during his spell. Graham 'Chunky' Howell battled well and his 40
runs earned him the man of the match accolade. Tommy Gould and Brian
Turley had a resolute stand that thwarted a Two Counties victory.
An exellent game played in a great spirit that was enjoyed by all.
As ever the Hospitality and superb ground was appreciated by all
in what was the warmest day of the year to date, what better way
to enjoy a summers' afternoon.
scorecard click here
scorecard click here
last gasp victory
very exciting game settled with two balls to go which gave The Two
Counties a double success this season against the Norfolk side.
These two sides always have a great sporting game when they lock
horns. Batting first Norfolk got off to a flyer before Ian Johnson
and Chris Hills reeled them in. A. Toll (23) and M. Cusac (22) were
the early scorers but a fine 83 by C. Upton got the Norfolk 'Boys'
to a commendable 198-8. All the Two Counties bowlers stuck to their
tasks with Ian Johnson in particular bowling very well. Chasing
that total the Two Counties made a sedate start and it was a quickfire
burst by Edgar Dunkley (59) that got things on the move. An excellent
partnership by Trevor Mills (53) and Pat Patel (20) got the home
side back on course but a late flurry of wickets left the Two Counties
with 14 runs to get for victory with just a single wicket remaining.
Chris Hills (20no) and Mark Paget (8no) figured in a great run chase
to just get their side home, Chris Hills turning in a match winning
performance. R.Eagleton (2-41) and B. Clarke (3-54) tried their
hardest to stem the late flow of runs but it was the Two Counties
a thoroughly enjoyable and WARM afternoon
Results line number
Isaac's new phone line is now up and running, so as well as the
two mobile numbers, as published in the Yearbook, 01245 256599 can
now be added to replace 01376 502290.
Over-50's and Over-60's teams were both successful at Ipswich CC
on Wednesday. The Over-50's defeated Ipswich Seniors by 97 runs,
and the Over-60's defeated Surrey Over-60's by eight wickets.
50's defeat Fossils, but lose out to Kelvedon.
win and a defeat for the Over-50's during the week. On Wednesday
batting first, against the Worcestershire Old Fossils at Frinton,
the Two Counties made a slowish start against some accurate bowling
but after losing two early wickets, Pat Patel and John Gallant,
amatch winning stand of 189 between John Stuck (116) and Graham
Penny (85no) saw the hosts reach a very reasonable 229 in their
allotted overs. During this stand John Stuck reached a personal
milestone of scoring 100,000 runs, a really increditable feat, plus
it was his 170th century. What else can you say about this Two Counties
Legend a record that I doubt will ever be beaten. Congratulations
John extremely well done. Worcestershire made a valient effort to
get the runs required but an exceptional opening spell by Bruce
Tompkins and Chris Hills always had them on the back foot plus a
really magnificent catch from John Gallant at square leg that would
surely make catch of the season in any standard of the game. Worcester
never really recovered and wickets fell at regular intervals denying
them any big stands. A very enjoyable game enjoyed by all on the
superb Frinton ground. Bruce Tompkins ( 3-19) and Ian Robinson (2-31)
were the main wicket takers whilst M Woodward (37) and C Taylor
(32) were the major run scorers. View
on Thursday the Over-50's played at Kelvedon & Feering for the
first time as part of their Cricket Week. On the delightfull Kelvedon
ground the game was dominated by two excellent partnerships one
for each team. Batting first the Two Counties amassed 230-9 thanks
mainly to a great stand of 151 between Andy Gallant (92) and Martin
Southwell (69). Once they had departed the innings collapsed mainly
due to a superb burst of bowling from S Stobbs who finished with
fine figures of 5-46. He was aided by S Bonvini 2-43. Kelvedon lost
an early wicket but from then on in Mick Warner 106no and Phil Tompkins
64 dominated proceedings in a great stand of 140 which was only
ended when Tompkins was unfortunate to be run out backing up when
Martin Southwell's leg deflected the ball onto the stumps. Nick
Oakley always looked dangerous on the bowling front and he had little
luck but still finished with 2-37. Kelvedon won comfortably with
plenty of overs to spare but an exellent afternoons cricket that
was enjoyed by a large gathering, This fixture will be featuring
in next seasons calender and hopefully the sun will shine once again.
first century partnership.......
Counties history was made in the Division Eight South contest between
Frinton III and Maldon IV, when the first ever century partnership
for the tenth wicket was recorded. M.Hobbs and D.Wilderspin-Webb
sharing an unbroken stand of 113. This new record, surpassing the
previous record of 90, could last for many a decade.
scores being reported
season, more than any other that I can recall, there is an increasing
number of scores being reported when giving the results, and with
it, many times the incorrect points are being reported to. Only
when the results are checked in Sportstatz does this come to light.
Every time there is a change to the original reported score, I have
to make many changes to databases and web pages, that I almost believe
there should be a fine. Just as examples last weekend, Witham III
score was reported as being 150-8, turns out to be 166-8 because
the scorebook was read without counting in extras. Ok this did not
mean a change to any points, but West Mersea reported their score
as 250-6, but it was, in fact 250-5, therefore costing Worlingworth
a point they had been given credit for. Please make 100% effort
in reporting the correct scores to me. Sudbourne Hall's call said
they had gained five points, but should only have been three points.
Tables have been adjusted accordingly.
new added feature in Sportstatz seems to be confusing some admins.
It says Margin by: then you fill in the winning margin, either by
runs or by wickets. Seems that some cannot quite fathom that out.
victory, one loss for the Vets at Halstead on Thursday
50's scorecard: click
here. Oveer-60's scorecard: click
just miss out on victory
Two Counties just failed to snatch what would have been a memorable
victory. The combined Suffolk/Norfolk team just holding firm in
the closing overs. A great game of cricket well enjoyed by the elder
statesmen of local cricket. Both sides found runs hard to come by,
and it was good to see Tommy Gould figuring well for the Two Counties.
Tom was, at last, dragged from his coaching duties and his 16 overs
only cost him 47 runs plus he struck fourtimes. All the bowlers
backed him up well and
the fielding was also very good from such stately gentlemen. The
combined side were well served by M. Smith, N Cobb and a late flurry
from Bob Perret.
When Two Counties batted an opening stand of 91 between Willy Mugleston
(54) and the 'Badger' Ball (49) sent the Two Counties on their way
but a late burst of bowling from David Howe 3-24 just thwarted the
Counties endeavours. They just failed by tworuns to force a win
but still a very spirited performance enjoyed by all.
success for the veterans
Two Counties had an exellent win in Norfolk thanks to some very
good bowling and outcricket plus some determined batting on a wicket
that you had to graft on to succeed. All the Two Counties bowlers
shone and were well backed up in the field and were well led by
some astute captaincy from Pat Patel. D. Bowker (43) looked a very
dangerous batsman before he
was undone by a quick Steve Bulger yorker. Ian Johnson had a fine
opening spell which earned him the man of the match award and he
was well backed up by the evergreen Bruce Tompkins. The Two Counties
were well served in the batting department by 'legend' John Stuck
(43) with Stef Marks (37) in a match winning stand of 88, both showing
determination. It was left to Ricky Ratford (19no) and Tony Oram
(6no) to score the final winning runs.
in the previous days match runs were hard to come by and the batsmen
always had to fight for their runs. Billericay found Chris Hills
opening burst a bit difficult to handle and the 'birthday boy' finished
with figures of 3-22. S, Mahotra batted well and he hit a well struck
39 with help from P. Brown 24. The two Martins Blackwell and Southwell
were also difficult to get away and Billericay declared on 137 for
8. The Two Counties had a fine opening stand of 95 between Edgar
(63) and Mick Thew (42). Micky Thew relishing in his new found position
in the batting order a determined innings earning him a well deserved
accolade as the man of the match. Phil Cox(16no) saw the Two Counties
home in an enjoyable and sporting match. Another mention of note
was the wicketkeeping of Steve Isaac who kept extremely well after
in the role at a late hour.
record the first veterans victory
duck in the win column on the Veterans fixture list was finally
converted into a one when the Over-60's defeated the Suffolk Over-60's
by 39 runs at Clay Hall on Wednesday.
miss out again
Over-50s were left still seeking their first win of the season after
going down to the recently formed Suffolk Pheonix team by eight
runs, at Long Melford on Tuesday.
fail to take a wicket
O-50s got off to a blistering start to their season when they broke
a few records in their demolition of The Two Counties. Suffolk
batted first and amassed a record breaking score of 313 without
loss. Debutant James Bradwell from Woolpit notched a superb undefeated
150 in partnership with Andy Gallant who also made an undefeated
139. Of the Two Counties bowlers only Ian Johnson looked likely
to make a breakthrough, most of the bowlers suffered some rough
treatment. When the Two Counties set about their virtual impossible
task only Skipper Pat Patel looked likely to cause Suffolk any major
problems and his 43 out of an opening stand of 53 took the eye.
The Two Counties finished with a dismal 163 for 9 from their 45
overs giving Suffolk a resounding 150 run victory. Another Suffolk
debutant Graham Underwood finishing with figures of 4-44 to round
off an excellent all round Suffolk display that augers well for
this seasons County O-50 Championship.
veterans season began at Long Melford on Tuesday, but a bright but
chilly day ended with the visitors from Norfolk winning by seven
wickets, and with about five overs to spare. Ray Black, 95, Martin
Southwell, 51 not out, and 25 from Steve Isaac helped the Two Counties
team close in 216-8. The visitors did lose an early wicket, but
then took control to win with ease.
the Over-50's are in action at Mistley against Suffolk Over-50's.
-missing and incomplete scorecards
I just remind everyone that abandoned match scorecards still need
to be entered into Sportstatz. There are also a couple matches that
have not yet been "approved" because there are missing
players from the away teams players lists. Can these matters please
be attended to, if you see your game not yet approved.
players and Sportstatz
clubs have players who are and have transfered from a club that
played in the League last season to another that is playing in it
this season, there is no reason to Create A New Player. If clubs
notify Steve Isaac in email which players are switching clubs for
this season he can simply amend their details in Sportstatz, so
that their recorded date is retained. A link to Steve's email is
at the foot of this column. After the opening day fixtures we have
noticed a few more instances of players who have moved from one
club to another being added as a New Player by their new club. This
should not happen, so please follow the instructions above. There
is a second method by which a "transfer" can be completed,
and that is to get the Club Admin of the club they have left to
alter the Primary Club of that player to their new club. Following
these instructions the player will retain their ID code, and not
create another player to clog up the system.
The new Disciplinary Report can be downloaded through the following
link. Discipline form
new Umpires Report form can be downloaded through the following
link. Umpires Form
on points scenario
When two or more teams who finish level on points in either promotion
or relegation positions, the tie-break will be the points acrued
in the matches played between them during the season. Should that
still be equal, then the net run rate, as shown in Sportstatz tables,
will be the deciding factor.
Management Committee of the League wishes to emphasise that clubs
and individuals should not make disparaging comments about other
clubs, other clubs' players or officials upon their websites.
a feeling this link may
be useful for all players and groundsmen.
matches in Sportstatz
adding the results of cancelled matches into Sportstatz, please
can you all put the result as No Result, then it will record correctly
in the League tables. If you put Washed Out, the points are not
displayed on the Results list for each division.
can download this from this link Sportstatz
sheets and Umpire Report forms
copies of these forms can be downloaded from these links Umpires
Report Forms; ResultsSheets.
sure your "selected" teams are in place before the matches
everyone gets fully acquainted with Sportstatz, can I please remind
all clubs and/or captains especially in the away teams, to make
sure they have added new players and made sure that their selected
teams are in place so that the scorecards can be quickly input,
without clubs asking me to copy players over for them as they cannot
access them. A number of clubs playing for the first time on Saturday
failed to do this.
and fielding stats
by fielders an wicketkeepers should be added in the section for
the bowling statistics, I have noticed that a few scorecards added
catches to the bowlers, as if the catches had been taken off their
bowling. In fact you should add the fielder, and then give credit
for the catches to them in the correct columns.
seems to be some confusion abounding about how the points are split
in the event of a tied match. Rule 16 is quite clear, 5 points for
each team plus the batting and bowling points accrued by
each team in the match. So a maximum of 15 is possible.
and the telephones
can I remind all Captains that there are three phone numbers that
can be used for phoning the results through, I would request that
more of you use one of the two mobile numbers as neither has any time
limits and too many through to my home number and the recording space
fills up and all you get is a message saying that this is an answering
machine, but you are unable to leave the result. Can all Club Secretaries
remind any new captains that they must get someone to phone the results
through as usually the start of each season not all are aware of their
would like to be able to publish more photos on the web-site during
the course of the season, whether they be team groups or actions
shots. I did not have any pics sent to me of last seasons' various
champions and so have been unable to update the opening page to
the site. So please send them in via e-mail, the link for which
is further down the page, and also add a caption as to what the
shot is, and the players names thereupon. Thanks very much.
the news, results and tables on your mobile
with a wap enabled mobile phone can now access these pages there
upon. Just go to www.twocounties.com/news and you will get this
page, and all the links will lead you to the other pages.
have updated the clubs links page as much as I can, if any other
the links need updating then could someone from the club contact
me with the revised details firstname.lastname@example.org
how well this web site functions
is also very much down to the individual clubs as I would like to
receive news of the matches and the clubs from individuals within
the clubs. So please nominate someone in your club to act as your
representative to forward such to me via e-mail. I would like to
know about outstanding performances, strange events during matches,
well you know the sort of thing we can put on the web site.
Your input is extremely important, whether it comes from a club,
an individual, or the General Committee itself. So please just mail
me via the link below.
Steve Isaac via this link email@example.com