Shepherd Neame Essex League News story

New League Sponsor - Plus - DECISION TIME

02 Jul 2020


I am very happy to be able to announce that the league has managed to secure a new headline sponsor for 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.

From the 1st January 2021 the league will be known as the Hamro Essex League.

During these uncertain times it is fantastic that the league has a new main sponsor - Hamro Plc has supported the league for several seasons now, including upping their sponsorship in 2020. I would personally like to thank Q Khan from Hamro for his incredible generosity at this time and his continued support of cricket in Essex. It will make planning much easier and secures the league’s future.

I would also like to thank long-term committee stalwart Andrew Pearson for using his experience and expertise to get the deal agreed.

While it is also only right to mention Shepherd Neame and to thank them for all their support over the past two decades - we hope to be able to continue our relationship, at some sort of level, in the near future.


I wrote to all member clubs on the 19th June - asking them to prepare to play and to start communicating with their members.

I also mentioned in my communication last week that I would be asking clubs to answer some specific questions around the return to the game.

It has now come for clubs to make decisions on how they want the rest of the season to progress.

Feedback we have received

I have spoken to many people over the past few weeks and it is clear that there is not going to be one simple solution to fit all clubs. 

Some clubs continue to have issues with local authorities preparing pitches, some have groundsmen on furlough, some feel that members don’t want to travel, some do want to travel to have as competitive cricket as possible… the list goes on and on.

Therefore the league committee has agreed that we will attempt to group clubs together who want the same things - this may mean: 

  • only playing clubs local to your club

  • or 1st XIs still playing the clubs in their ‘normal’ division and the rest of the XIs in the club playing other local member clubs

  • or playing friendlies with other clubs of the same standard

Your club’s individual needs

We want all clubs to answer the following survey - - it will then be able to give us as a league the information that we need to be able to match clubs and their XIs into these new groups.

Within the survey there will be options for you to select preferred options for all of your XIs - and also to give feedback on whether your ground will be ready to be used.


(In the survey we also need the contact information and address of the person who would receive cricket balls for your club when we need to send them out - we must have an address and mobile number for this person to provide to the supplier for when they send the balls out)

Cup competitions on Sundays

We are also asking clubs if they would be interested in playing in a cup competition or T20 competition on Sundays and/or Bank Holiday Mondays. These cups would begin with regionalised matches and possibly with groups of 4 clubs playing on the same day in the case of T20s.


Current league fixtures on play cricket look like they will clearly now not be the ones that will be used.

It is likely that when the groups are produced that the league will work alongside the clubs to communicate with each other to arrange when the games are played and at which venues - and we will be suggesting that clubs play later into September when possible.

These games will then get logged onto play cricket - and where possible we will have league tables and winners crowned for those who want to play competitively.


When games start being played clubs should be aware that there will be costs incurred - especially around balls and umpires. All this will be invoiced at the end of the season.

There is of course also the standard costs of playing and hosting games that clubs will have to manage.

What will the games look like?

Although we are still awaiting ECB guidance (of course) we do feel that games will look like this:

  • 11 a side

  • No changing rooms - players to come changed in whites

  • Overs games

  • Red ball

  • No teas - innings break will happen and players to bring own food and drink

More information from the ECB will be released when the start date for play is confirmed.

When will we start playing?

This is the big question that we simply cannot answer at the moment - but we can say that no league games will take place before July 18th. 

As already mentioned we are suggesting that games are played later into September if possible.

Thank You

Thank you for all your hard work so far - as you have read there is plenty more hard work to come. 

I want to once again be clear that if you do not think your club is in a position to take part in any of the above then that is not a problem and we will look forward to your clubs taking part in the league in 2021.

Please attempt to fill in the Survey by Wednesday 8th July - we have the next Exec meeting that evening - we will attempt to do as much as we can to help get the most clubs what they want from the rest of the season.


As ever if anyone would like to chat things through then please get in touch.


Tom Clarke

SNEL Chairman


PS - If you would like to write to your MP to try and help force the return of cricket you can download a template letter here