What a hectic, but amazing, last three months we have all had. It has been fantastic to receive so many emails from clubs who have really enjoyed the season and have been so happy that the league was able to provide some cricket this year.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the league committee for their incredible work this year - as well as all the member clubs and their committees who have been working so hard to make the season a success.
It was great to see some of you at the T20 final last week and to have a chat - and many thanks to Brentwood for hosting the final and congratulations to Hornchurch on winning the trophy.
We have already been lucky enough to find a new sponsor for next season in the form of Hamro - and I again want to thank them for stepping in to support us for the next 4 years. I also want to thank Shepherd Neame again for their huge support over a long period of time - we hope that they will be able to continue their support of the league, in some form, in the not so distant future.
We don’t know what the future holds - but I know that when April ticks round next year we will already be in a much better position as a league than we were this year.
The Winners (and Runners Up)
I wanted to take the opportunity to recognise those clubs who have had some success this year. We has some incredibly close battles - with two divisions being decided off the last ball of the season. The final standings for the division were as follows:
Gooch Division - Winners: Wanstead and Snaresbrook 1st XI Runners-Up: Brentwood 1st XI
Cook Division - Winners: Hadleigh and Thundersley 1st XI Runners-Up: Westcliff on Sea 1st XI
Hussain Division - Winners: Fives and Heronians 1st XI Runners-Up: Woodford Wells 1st XI
ten Doeschate Division - Winners: Chelmsford 2nd XI Runners-Up: Upminster 1st XI
Foster Division - Winners: Hadleigh and Thundersley 2nd XI Runners-Up: Westcliff on Sea 2nd XI
Irani Division - Winners: Buckhurst Hill 2nd XI Runners-Up: Woodford Wells 2nd XI
Prichard Division - Winners: Upminster 2nd XI Runners-Up: Hutton 2nd XI
Westley Division - Winners: Wanstead and Snaresbrook 2nd XI Runners-Up: Newham 1st XI
Bopara Division - Winners: Wickford 3rd XI Runners-Up: Stanford Le Hope 3rd XI
Fletcher Division - Winners: Walthamstow 2nd XI Runners-Up: Wanstead and Snaresbrook 3rd XI
Harmer Division - Winners: Hornchurch 3rd XI Runners-Up: Chelmsford 3rd XI
Pettini Division - Winners: South Woodford 3rd XI Runners-Up: West Essex 3rd XI
Morris Division - Winners: Wanstead and Snaresbrook 5th XI Runners-Up: Epping 3rd XI
Pearce Division - Winners: Old Brentwoods 3rd XI Runners-Up: Chelmsford 5th XI
Stephenson Division - Winners: Westcliff on Sea 4th XI Runners-Up: Southend on Sea 4th XI
Wilcox Division - Winners: Chelmsford 4th XI Runners-Up: Upminster 4th XI
T20 Cup - Winners: Hornchurch Runners-Up: Buckhurst Hill
We don’t have a prize giving dinner this year, but each winner and runner-up will receive a pennant.
Player Survey link - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5GMXZDL
This year has been a strange year but it has meant that we have been able to experiment with some situations that we wouldn’t have been able to do in a “normal” year.
We ask that all clubs pass this survey to all their members - we want to get a feeling about what has worked this year that we could potentially adopt on a permanent basis
Player Survey link - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5GMXZDL **PLEASE PASS TO YOUR MEMBERS**
All clubs have been sent invoices for the 2020 season by Chris Hunt - can all member clubs make sure that these have been received by your treasurer.
Please make sure that these invoices are paid promptly.
Updated ECB Indoor Guidance
After the news of further lockdown measures being put in place around the country there are changes in guidelines for cricket being played indoors.
The ECB are looking at this at the moment and have published a note today. The full statement can be read here - https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1840498
Return To Cricket Grant - Are You Missing Out on £3K?
The Return To Cricket Grant is still open - and all clubs should be applying for this - I have not heard of a SNEL club that has been turned down.
To apply and to find out more details contact Graham Pryke firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be holding an Autumn Club Meeting as well as the AGM over Zoom this year. I will provide dates and logging on details in the near future.
Thanks again for all your support. If you have any further questions do get in touch.