Note to all counties - 60+ Match Balls for 2019 Season
Please submit the total numbery of match balls you require for 60+ League matches by 6th February to Mike Savage via email at
Also include the delivery address and invoice address if different.
The balls will be the same as those used last season ( Readers Sovereign) and the cost per ball remains the same at £15.90 inclusive of vat and delivery.
The 70+ match balls are being organised entirely seperately by Len Attard
Brian Robinson 1942 – 2018
It is with sadness that we have said cheerio to one of our senior cricketers, Brian Robinson, who passed away in the early hours of Christmas Eve. Brian had broken a femur on 13th November, at the site where cancer had infiltrated the bone, and unfortunately his health rapidly deteriorated thereafter. It is known that he received marvellous care from the Macmillan nurses at Broomfield Hospital, who ensured his passing was both pain free and peaceful.
Brian, known affectionately as "dangerous" to his Two Counties (viz Suffolk & Essex)Cricket League friends, was a career army man before moving from Aldershot to Braintree, whereat he proved his worth coaching cricket at his local club, Braintree CC. Brian subsequently transferred his skills to Kelvedon & Feering CC, where, in addition to coaching at this club, he also assisted in the coaching of young female Essex County players.
A very intelligent man, being well read with a wide variety of interests, Brian was especially in demand for quiz evenings, at which both he, and his wife Mary, excelled.
A little known fact regarding Brian, was his supporting of Grimsby Town FC. In May 2016, and possibly the only man in Braintree at the time who was a fan of the Cleethorpes outfit, he enjoyed a very happy experience when Grimsby beat Braintree 2-0, at Braintree, overturning a 1-0 defeat at home, to go through to the National League play-off final in which they beat Forest Green Rovers 3-1 to gain promotion back to the Football League.
Brian will be missed by all those who knew him, colleagues from his army life, the many cricketers who played alongside him, the young people he has coached, and of course his family and friends. And it is to his wife Mary, and his family, that our thoughts turn at this sad time."
Essex Seniors Cricket
Tenth 60+/70+ National County Cricket Championship AGM & EGM
Minutes of the 2018 AGM held on 28th November 2018 can be read by clicking here
Minutes of the 2018 EGM held on 28th November 2018 can be read by clicking here
Latest Championship News
With the exception of Alan Steers who has unfortunately had to stand down from all cricket administration duties the remainder of the 2018 Championship Committee are all standing for re-election at the forthcoming AGM.
Please note that although the Secretary advises Counties if they are in breach of any rules or regulations, all decisions are taken by the Management Committee or a sub committee thereof.
The minutes from the most recent committee meeting held on the 17th October can be accessed by clicking here
A reminder that as per the 2018 Rules Section 7.1 and 7.2 all couinties must provide an ECB ACO umpire for each Group match.
The 2018 Batting and Bowling records can be viewed on the Batting & Bowling Records page
National 60+ County Cricket Championship Annual General Meeting 2018
Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Constitution that the Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday
28th November at Banbury CC, Whitepost Road, Bodicote, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 4BN commencing at 12.00noon.
England 60+ defeat Wales 60+ in hard fought match at Cheltenham
Full report on the Internationals page
England 60+ Latest News
An England 60+ ‘12’ took on the Chairman’s team at Oxford Downs on 8 September. Full report on the 60+ Internatioanls page.
Play Offs Week
||60+ 1st XI Final
||Lancashire by 26 Runs
||60+ 2nd XI Final
||Surrey by 7 Wickets
||60+ 2nd XI Plate Final
||Gloucestershire by 81 Runs
||Kent by 68 Runs
||60+ 2nd XI Bowl Final
||Devon by 81 Runs
||60+ 1st XI Plate Final 1st Leg
||60+ 1st XI Bowl Final
||Berkshire by 1 Run
||60+ 1st XI Plate Final 2nd Leg
||Essex by 48 Runs
England 70+ beat Australia 70+ in the deciding ODI to win the series 2-1 full report on the 70+ Internationals page
England 70+ level the Ashes ODI Series with a 22 run victory. Full match report on the 70+ Internationals page
Australia 70+ beat England 70+ by 5 runs in the first ODI - Full report on the 70+ Internationals page
Week of Surprises
On Monday the touring Australia 70+ team lost for the first time on tour to the Chairman's XI - Full Match report on the 70+ Internationals page
2nd XI Play Offs - Player Selection Rules Reminder
As per section (5) of the 2018 Rules no player who has played 5 or more 1st XI matches will be allowed to play in the 2nd XI Play Offs without the explicit pre match permission of the Competition Organiser (Len Attard).
This includes any such players who may have already been given permission to play in 2nd XI Group Matches.
Failure to obtain pre match permission could well result in the match being awarded to the opposition team.
Player Qualification Rules Reminder
As per the Player Qualification Rule 4.2 for the 70+ Competition only 1 68 year is allowed to play in a 70+ match though counties playing in the competition for the first time (Wales & Leicestershire for 2018) may play two 68 year olds.
In all cases the opposition must be given 24 hours notice and the player must not be a member of the 60+ 1st XI.
Unfortunately there have been some breaches of this rule which has resulted in penalty points being applied and a couple of further breaches are currently under investigation.
2018 1st and 2nd XI Play Offs Dates
Last 16 - Tuesday 31st July (Reserve date either Sunday 5th August or Tuesday 7th August)
Last 8 - Tuesday 14th August (Reserve date Sunday 19th August or Tuesday 21st August)
Semi-Finals - Tuesday 28 August (Reserve date Sunday 2nd September)
1st XI Tuesday 4th September
at Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire
Tuesday 4th September
at Poulton CC
2018 70+ Play Offs Dates
Last 8 Thursday 16th August
Semi Finals Thursday 30th August
Final Thursday 6th September at Little Baddow CC (Esssex)
Registration of Players
Please note that all players must be registered to be eligible to play in our competitions are per Rule 4.5
"All players must be registered on the Championship National 60+ County Cricket - Play Cricket Web site. Unregistered players are not allowed to play in any Championship match. Registration forms are to be completed by all players confirming compliance with Rules 4.1 to 4.3 and retained by County Managers/Organisers."
The Playing Regulations and Competition Rules for 2018 have now been agreed by the membership.
The Playing Regulations
can be found by clicking here
and the Competition Rules can be found by clicking here
The minutes from the February 2018 Committee Meeting are now available on the Committee Meeting Minutes page
All historical playing records can now be accessed by using the new link on the main menu titled "Historical Playing Records".
Issues with Play Cricket impacting Scorecards and Team Selections
A number of Counties have experienced some issues with Play Cricket the past week with regard to selecting teams and completing scorecards. The Play Cricket Helpdesk have confirmed they did make some changes during the Winter.
When selecting a team using the Team Picker or when entering the Confirmed Team onto Scorecards the only players offered for selection by default are those who are named in the squad for that team.
There are a couple of ways to get round this problem :
(a) The best option by far is to ensure all players are included in the squad(s) for teams they are likely to be selected for. Only a Main Administrator can now add players to team squads by using the Edit Role option for the missing player(s).
(b) Or you can to select N/A from the Squad drop down box which will then show all the League Registered players for the County. For counties with several teams this is rather cumbersome and why the Play Cricket introduced this change.
The “old” option to search for a player is no longer showing though it’s still there for Friendly matches
As a consequence seven scorecards affecting 8 Counties are currently showing a lot of players as Unsure.
So can everyone take urgent action to ensure all the their team squads are updated accordingly and that any incomplete scorecards are subsequently completed.
Instruction and Guidance Umpires
The Championship strongly recommends that all Umpires standing in its competition (at whatever level) be covered by insurance in any event that they be sued for negligence under Health and Safety Laws or other.
This might arise if any player(s) be injured and it can be proven that this transpired because of a wrong decision made relevant to fitness of play, to include ground, light or weather (to include lightning).
Every Umpire officiating in the Championship Competition must therefore take the time and trouble to read and understand the latest recommendations from the ECB/ACO regarding fitness for play and to comply with the Laws of Cricket.
It is not the responsibility of the Championship Board to publicize these recommendations.
However when and where possible the Championship Board will post on its website any changes to the current advices (June 2016).
All current members of the ECBACO are automatically covered by insurance which is included in their annual subscription.
Anybody who is not a member of the ECBACO (to include anyone who has not renewed his/her ECBACO membership) who stands in the Championship Competition is strongly advised to make their own arrangements regarding this personal and necessary insurance cover.
For further guidance please contact the Championship Hon. Secretary in the first instance.
Championship Playing Regulations 1.4 / 1.5
Please note there is no actual cut off time to complete a match and that all matches should be completed if at all possible as per Playing Regulation 1.5.
The Close of Play Time is ONLY used for the calculation of overs remaining to be played following an interruption. If, in the opinion of the umpires, the conditions for the players are safe, and the light playable, the match will continue until the required number of overs has been bowled or one side has won.
Constitution, Rules and Regulations
It is essential that Captains, Organisers and Umpires are fully familiar with the latest playing regulations.
Qualification of players:
All players must be registered on the Championship National 60+/70+ County Cricket Play-Cricket website. No unregistered player will be permitted to play in any Championship match.
for the guidelines on how to register your players for the National Championship.
Penalties for playing an ineligible player are set out in Rule 4.6.
PLAY CRICKET LEAGUE TABLES
Please remind all your scorers and all your officials who enter scorecards that all losing teams should be allocated the appropriate number of batting and bowling bonus points. The winning team receives the standard 22 points for a win only.
Batting Bonus Points : Up to a maximum of 5 are awarded at 125, 150, 175, 200 and 225
Bowling Bonus Points : Up to a maximum of 5 are awarded for every two wickets taken eg at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
Ninth 60+/70+ National County Cricket Championship AGM
Minutes of the 2017 AGM held on 29th November 2017 can be read by clicking here