John Stuck Retirement
John has been forced to call time on his playing days a few months short of his 76th birthday, because of a degenerative, arthritic condition in the pelvis.
With the condition worsening he still managed to churn out over 1000 runs in 60s/70s cricket last season, with a highest score of 121 n.o.
Stucky still plans to be around on some match days, no doubt offering advice to the Essex Team where appropriate.
So if you have never had the pleasure of John talking you through one of his innings, opportunities will still exist in the coming season!!
Well played John.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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