Thank you to everyone who filled out the forms we requested in December. We have been able to make steady progress on league fixtures - and hope to have the first draft of 1st and 2nd XI fixtures for clubs to check soon.
The draw took place this week and can be viewed at the following links
Play Cricket: https://essexcl.play-cricket.com/website/cup/60152
League Website: https://www.essexcricket.com/pages/page_36713/dukes-essex-league-cup.aspx
47 of the 52 Members and Associate Members entered the cup - which of course means the draw is a challenge - we have returned to the style that we had a few years ago, where we try to aim to have as many games in the two weeks prior to the league season. Chingford as holders of the cup get a bye in round 1.
As per previous years we ask that clubs talk to their opposition to sort out arrangements, and to confirm if their 2nd XIs will play a reverse fixture on the same date. With associate members playing in the cup for the first time it is key for communication to occur.
League Cup Matches will have start times of 12.30pm and be 45 overs per innings.
Key Playing Dates For Season
Hopefully the below helps clubs with organisation.
Saturday 22nd April - League Cup Round 1
Saturday 29th April - League Cup Round 2
Saturday 6th May - First League matches for all XIs and Coronation Cup
Monday 29th May - Main T20 Competition Group Day
Sunday 25th June - Deadline for League Cup Round 3 to have been played
Sunday 9th July - Main T20 Competition Finals Day (@ Billericay CC)
Sunday 16th July - Main T20 Competition Finals Reserve Day (@ Billericay CC)
Sunday 30th July - Deadline for League Cup Quarter Finals to have been played
Monday 28th August - Deadline for League Cup Semi Finals to have been played
Saturday 2nd September - Final League Games
Saturday 9th September - League Cup Final (Venue TBA - contact if interested in hosting)
T20 plate dates and details to follow.
Draw and organisation for this the T20 and T20 Plate Tournaments are currently occurring and we will communicate this draw and playing details next week.
As ever if any questions please get in touch.
Hamro Foundation Essex League Chairman