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  1. I attended the Hunts Bats Cricket AGM on Wednesday before the meeting commenced the chairman paid a tribute to Josh Gilbert who dies recently sadly while playing rugby from a heart condition at the age of 25 his father Howard is the leagues vice chairman, Josh played cricket for Walsham Le Willows.

    Only one disciplinary issue was dealt with during the season.

    Clubs are at times short of players it was stated that a player under 16 can play for more than one club.

    No clubs had withdrawn from the league and 5 had applied to join 4 from the Suffolk Alliance League and Acton to have a 2nd team.

    There is no increase in the cost of cricket balls, I have ordered 6 boxes of 6 for our club and updated the details in the handbook.

    It is important that captains ensure that result sheets are sent after games and we like other clubs had fines we or the league did not want.

    A discussion took place on the structure of the league for 2018, the five clubs applying for membership Castle, Castle Hedingham Easton and Nacton each spoke in support of their applications all were accepted along with Acton 2nd team. All 5 new clubs will go into Division 5, There will be a 1st Division of 9 clubs and 4 Divisions of 10 clubs, the league is one short of its maximum.

    Division 1 will be Bury St Edmunds, Acton, Battisford, Edwardstone, Long Melford, Mildenhall, Stowupland, Walsham Le Willows and Woolpit

    Division 3 will be Bury St Edmunds, BSSSC, Earl Stonham, Hadleigh, Lakenheath, Milden, Hartest and Coldham, Rougham, Thurston, Worlington.

    The League Officers were all re-elected.

    Nominations are required for a league Child Welfare Officer to join the league committee as a link between clubs and the league.

    There are only 3 slip weeks for most team and there will be a fixture meeting to arrange fixtures. If we have weeks when we cannot play we need to inform the league, we have said no home games in September or when Suffolk play their 3 day game against Norfolk on July 22nd.

    Tim Parker was awarded the Les Francis Trophy for his outstanding work at Woolpit.

    The leagues Dinner will be held at our club on February 23rd 2018 with the guest speaker Matthew Hoggard we must ensure at least one table.

  2. I attended the Two Counties League AGM last evening (Paul Whittaker attended representing the EAPL)

    The chairman Norman Atkins opened the meeting and said the league was formed in 1970 and took in reserve teams in 1976 subsequently the EAPL was formed.

    The chairman outlined the issue raised by Frinton Cricket Club over a player Blake reed who was ineligible to play under Home Office and ECB rules. Frinton took issue with the league by taking the case to the Crown Court and taking out an injunction against the 7 members of the leagues management committee, the league faced a possible bill of £30,000, the ECB provided the league with legal representation but the issue has caused great anxiety to the league management committee. The chairman also reported the Alison Heathcote had stood down as secretary and Alan Roger had stepped up but the league need an assistant secretary.

    Sudbury were congratulated on winning the new format EAPL, Alan Rogers reported that 4,5000 player registrations had been conducted.

    It was also reported that two EAPL players had received lengthy bans for comments on social media!

    Under accounts the treasurer reported that the fall in the value of the £ resulted in higher costs of cricket balls made in Pakistan hence the makers had stopped their league sponsorship of £1,000.

    The league have £8,000 in reserves. It was reported that Exning Cricket Club had amalgamated with Burwell and resigned from the Two Counties League but will continue in the Cambs League, this effects both Bury’s  2nd and 4th teams.

    A report from the umpires panel said that the laws will change for 2018 with a larger rule book and new laws. It was stated it was the umpires and not the captains who decide if a pitch is playable. More games were covered by umpires in 2017. Andrew Blanchard reported that DBS is now online and results should come back in days and not weeks!

    In the light of the Frinton saga two special resolutions were passed to seek a vote of confidence from the 62 member clubs.

    1)      The Management Committee (i.e. the 62 clubs) agrees with the actions taken by the management committee ( the elected officers)in its dealings with Frinton on Sea regarding the breach of rule 13a

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    2)      The management committee expels Frinton on Sea from the Marshall Hatchick Two counties League Cricket Championship unless:

    a)       Frinton on Sea agrees to abide by the decisions of the Management Sub-Committee, and any subsequent Appeals tribunal and not take legal action whatsoever and

    b)      Frinton on Sea CC confirms its acceptance of these conditions in writing, to be signed by two officals of the club, to the Honorary Secretary of the Championship by Wednesday 25th October 2017.

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    Election of Officers took place with the present officers re-elected but an assistant secretary is required.

    Applications for Membership were agreed for Ardleigh (Sunday only) Chapel & Wakes Colne, Earls Colne and Saxmundham.

    The final structure of the league for 2018 is yet to be decided but Walsham Le Willows will replace Exning in Division 3. Nacton to go up to Division 4 St Osyth to Division 5.

    Division 6 will be split into leagues north and south Bury 3rds in Division 6 south.

    Burys 4th team will remain in Division 8 West.

    I will attend the Ladies AGM and fixtures meeting on Monday October 30th at Ipswich CC.

    League Dinner at Hintlesham Golf Club on Saturday November 11th.

    Subs remain at £50.

    Discussion on overseas players was deferred awaiting ECB guidelines.

    Clubs were asked to ensure captains reports on umpires (6 fines issued)and scores are submitted (36 fines issued)

    Umpiring and scorers courses are available for those interested.

  3. Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club are delighted to announce that Frames and Conservatories Direct have agreed to sponsor the Community Pavilion at the Victory Sports Ground, Club President David Barker said "we are very pleased to have gained the support of Frames/Conservatories Direct we have an outstanding facility that serves a large number of local people and organisations, the Victory Ground is an outstanding sporting venue with a large number of people enjoying a range of sports."

    Windows, Frames Direct are great supporters of local sport and their association with the cricket club is much appreciated.

    Frames and Conservatories Direct

  4. 1st XI

    Bury St Edmunds played at home to reigning champions Swardeston on what looked a difficult match, home captain Sean Park won the toss and elected to field in conditions that helped the bowlers. Peter Lambert batted with typical gusto scoring 36 off 43 balls. A change of bowlers brought immediate benefits to the home side, Lambert was caught by wicket keeper James Sturgeon off Park and fellow opener Jason Reynolds was bowled by Sean Cooper with the score on 53. Jordan Taylor was caught and bowled by Cooper for 15 making it 79/3 and on the same score came the big wicket of Joe Gatting caught by Josh Cantrell off Park for 7. Stephen Gray who  had scored a superb 103 earlier in the season was bowled by Cooper for 12 on 107. Bury turned to spin and Josh Cantrell bowled a good line and length and was rewarded with 3 wickets; an excellent catch off his own bowling to account for Lewis Demark (37), Fred Ruffle (29) and Jeremy Elliott caught by Alistair Allchin (11). Sharp run outs by Park and Dominic Manthorpe highlight a good fielding performance as the visitors were all out for 200 in 48.5 overs. Reality is this was 50 runs less than Bury expected. Cooper returned figure of 3 for 28 Cantrell 3 for 39 and Park 2 for 40.

    The home side lost Ben Curran lbw for 5 with the score on 19 but Allchin and Manthorpe batted soundly taking the score to 93 when Manthorpe was out to an expansive shot for 44, Allchin fell lbw to Gatting for 37 on 126. On the same score Park was out caught first ball and Alfie Marston for 3 with the score on 152, Daron Cruickshank had made 44 when he was out going for a big shot over mid-off with the score on 160 and when Cantrell was also out a run later lbw to a ball that kept low Bury were in trouble, the familiar story of struggling to achieve the target again became apparent. James Sturgeon was joined by Luke De Plooy needing 40 runs both batted with sense and maturity and gradually played risk free cricket aided by a few wides and no balls, gradually the runs accumulated before De Plooy cut a 4 to square leg to win the game De Plooy scored 13 runs off 35 deliveries and Sturgeon remained  not out 19 off 33 for a vital win that takes Bury off the bottom of the EAPL, 4 games to go and everything to play for.

    2nd XI

    Away to Little Bardfield who won the toss and chose to bat. They scored 163/7, George Loyd 3/23. Bury came up agonisingly short with 162/9.

    3rd XI

    Bury restricted West Mersea to 101 all out. Martin Sully taking 5/36. Bury scored 103/3 to win by 7 wickets, Broughton 29 and Aldous 31 not out.

    4th XI

    Playing Woolpit 4's Missed out on win chasing 145. Bury managed 140 all out with Andy Longfield 77.

    Sunday 1st XI

    Beat Bardwell away, Oliver Riddick impressing with bat and ball (3 more wickets taking his tally for the season to over 60)

    Sunday 2nd XI

    Beat Mildenhall - Bury 230/8, Dinesh 101. Mildenhall 189/7. 

    Green King players of the week: Sean Cooper, Josh Cantrell, George Loyd, Oliver Riddick, Martin Sully, Andy Longfield, Dinesh

  5. Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club are most grateful to Councillor Patrick Chung for his support in providing a new dish washer from his Locality Budget  for the Community Pavilion, the kitchen is used by a wide range of people and organisations; the dish washer was supplied by Peter Watts of Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds.

    Pictured below is Patrick with club President David Barker.