Eight Ash Green Cricket Club News pages

17 Feb 2018 : Heath Help
Heath HelpMembers of The Green were involved in helping maintain the Heath recently as part of a village work party.  Chairman Rich Polley is taking the picture; El Presidente and Grounds Supremo, Mick Purser, are trimming the bush.  

12 Feb 2018 : Platinum Party Preparations!
Platinum Party Preparations!

Plans are taking shape for our Platinum Season celebrations.  

The first date for your diary is SATURDAY APRIL 14th with a PLATINUM LAUNCH PARTY straight after our first home game against Elmstead Market. 

In preparation, Senior nets start THIS SUNDAY so get your kit out the loft and come on down at the new times of 3-5.  

See you there!   El Presidenté 

06 Feb 2018 : Senior Nets Returns!


No... Senior Nets is not a Mexican fisherman 

Better news: Senior Nets returns with a new time! 

The sessions begin on Sunday the 18th of Feb 3-5PM @ Holmwood House Sports Hall

The sessions will run through to April the 4th except Sunday the 1st of March 

Invitation emails will be sent before the Sunday and we ask you to let us know if you are coming, this helps plan the session.

It will be the same prices as last year £4 for seniors & £3 for student/ unemployed. 

Kem will be coaching us again so it won't just be bowling for two hours!

If you know someone who will also like to play then bring them along!

We look forward to seeing you all back!

Eight Ash Green CC 




12 Jan 2018 : Essex call up for youth
Essex call up for youth

In the run-up to Christmas, whilst most people were out buying presents, Essex were running their youth District trials and EAG CC were well represented at all levels.

We've been lucky enough to have a District representative selected at U15 level for the past three years and those players are now core to our adult teams. A real testament to our youth coaching.

The District squads have not been announced yet for this year - but Essex have selected their U11 Girls squad and Sophie Spicer, a key part of EAG CC kwik cricket team last year, has been called up to the Essex squad for 2018 - an incredible achievement!

Well done Sophie and good work EAG coaches!

02 Jan 2018 : Happy New Year from The Green!
Happy New Year from The Green!


I hope you had a peaceful Christmas and are ready for an exciting PLATINUM year at The Green!  Yes, it's our SEVENTIETH SEASON so look forward to a bumper summer of cricket and celebrations. 

The champagne corks were popping already at the Hammond Household as skipper Keith Henry FINALLY popped the question to El  - his lovely and VERY patient partner of many years.  The reply was positive so the first great result of the season! 

On a sadder note we said goodbye to Jim Mayes (above) who was not only a great friend of the club and regular umpire but father & father-in-law to Carol and Richard Polley respectively.  He passed away over Christmas and will be much missed. 

Feliz Año Nuevo, El Presidenté 


22 Nov 2017 : 2017 AGM Minutes
You can find the minutes from Saturday's AGM here


Next season is The Green's 70th ANNIVERSARY and preparations start NEXT SATURDAY with the AGM at 10.00.   

We've got fantastic team running our club at the moment but if you want to volunteer to make it even better then come on down! 

We particularly need more input into senior playing and all coaching to ensure we continue our march to Div 3 but any and all help gratefully received. 

Refreshments provided, of course.  Meeting starts at 10.00 sharp.  See you there! 

Hasta luego, El Presidenté


24 Oct 2017 : AGM 2017

Just a reminder that the AGM will take place on the 18th of November 10:00 at the George Porter Pavilion.

Please attend if you have played this year or have an opinion on how the year went/ where you would like it to go. This is your chance to improve the club.

You can find the agenda here with 2016 minutes. 

13 Oct 2017 : Looking Back 2017..
Looking Back 2017..

Looking back 2017

A great season for the Green for the 1st XI good for the 2nd XI but hard work for the Sunday side. This was reflected upon at the Dinner & Dance on Saturday 7th held at Birch Grove Golf Club.

Sunday XI were first up for awards, it had been very hard work playing against strong opposition, we struggled early season for availability and we were limited by the number of youngsters we could play due to the strength of the opposition. Batsman and Performance of the season went to Stephen Nunn, most runs scored, not least helped by the winning performance of 151 v Wivenhoe. Bowling wasn’t much fun Alex Hammond, Jake Harris performed well but they were pipped by Richard Nunn.

Saturday 2’s had an average season finishing strongly, and a number of youngsters putting in consistently good performances. The batting award went to 14 year old Tom Lee, Tom showed increasing promise during the season regularly beating his senior personal best, in the penultimate game he scored 92 against Kelvedon. With over 200 runs for the season Tom claimed the batting award. Bowling was stronger with Jens Wair, Callum McDonald Richard Polley & Troy Collins all in contention, but they were beaten by Tony Lee, Tom’s Dad, making it a family affair. There were a number of good performances to consider but in winning a tight game at Witham, Jens Wair clinched the award with 3 wickets, superb fielding and 37no.

What a season for the 1’s runners up in Div 5, making the front running all season only to fall foul of the weather to be thwarted for the title. So many good performances throughout the season, batting, bowling fielding and keeping, the best performance was judged to be in the first game, a match winning knock of 79 by Joe Young getting the side at win at Nowton. Several 100’s were scored but the award to the best batsman went to someone who got 2 x90’s as well as 1 x 100, and got the innings off to a positive start in many games. – James Parker. It was difficult to separate Matt Parker and Mark Goodall where the bowling award was concerned, in the end Mark just shaded it, but in any other season either could have won it.

Clubman of the Year went to Sam Collins, Sam’s leadership as Chairman of the Youth section has been a huge asset to the club, he masterminded an Open morning in April which saw over 80 youngsters take part in various activities on the heath. The youth section under Sam has seen over 30 new youth players join totalling the youth section to 50! The three Kwik Cricket teams won 50% of their games, the U11, U13’S & U15s won 25% of their games in tough leagues. It’s always a promising time when you see the youth play in senior teams and this year 7 of our U15 team played for an adult team this season.


The club is very reliant on all committee members, but particular thanks this year to Kathryn Spicer for her work on Child Welfare and Clubmark accreditation, Matt Parker for his hard work involving Play Cricket administration and running the Bar, and not least El Presidente for keeping Sundays special and being a driving force off the field (and on when the need arose) for the 1’s in their promotion push.

 Players of Year:

Youth player of the year

New award of KC player of the year - James Woodcock.


Youth player of the Year – Troy Collins

Been with EAG since 2011 when played for our KC team. He made his debut for the hardball U11 team when just 8 years old – and took 2 wickets for 9 runs in the game. Since then he has played 50 hardball matches for EAG taking over 60 wickets and is now a regular bowler in the men’s teams.


Despite being thought of as a bowler he has also scored over 250 runs this year for EAG including 3 50’s for the U15 team, giving him an average of 47.


He’s terrible at organising himself but has done a great job of organising and motivating the rest of the team and lead the U15 with distinction this year. Our youth player of the year is Troy Collins.


Sunday 1st XI

It is a big ask for EAG to play in division 1 of the North Essex league. We compete against large clubs fielding top class overseas players.


It is a big ask to be Captain of the Sunday team. EAG have fielded 30 different players in the 14 fixtures, sometimes cajoling the old and the young to come and play at short notice. It is a big ask to be Captain and to motivate a team that often finds themselves at the wrong end of a one-sided encounter.


But despite the challenges the ever smiling, positive and bouncy Alex Hammond has been there leading front the front. He even took some wickets – 15 in all. Without any doubt Alex Hammond is the Sunday 1st XI player of the season.


Saturday 2nd XI

Our 2nd XI player of the season is one of our most experienced players. After a quiet 2016 he returned to the fray in style in 2017 taking 13 wickets, with the team’s best economy rate and was also top scorer for the 2nd XI with the bat. All the more amazing if you consider that he regularly stepped aside to allow younger players to play for the 2nd XI. His form was so good in fact that he was called up to the Saturday first XI, that lasted just one game.


And talking of younger players, our award winner has been an exemplary leader, nurturing our youth players and integrating them into the adult teams. Our winner is Richard Polley.




Saturday 1st XI

As we have heard the 1st XI had a brilliant season – and it went down to the wire. What you need in those tight situations, a real squeeky bum time, is a cool, level head to keep everyone focussed on the job. And someone who can keep El Presidente calm. That is quite a challenge.


EAG had just the ticket in Keith Hammond. Brilliant on the pitch (3 tons, 3 50’s, over 700 runs, 14 wickets), and just as good away from the square with a relaxed yet focussed approached to every part of the game. Keith is a Captain that everyone in the team wants to play for. A deserved winner of the 1st XI player of the season.



It has been a busy week for Eight Ash Green CC with the awards night on Saturday going down a storm (pictures & summary season to follow) and some big signings joining the Green!

Rumours are beginning to circle about certain players leaving and going,with reports of 1 match wonder Shelford Meads joining a local reservoir team, when asked Shelford replied " Nah mate never heard of them, i hate cricket anyway.." 

We are however pleased to confirm Wednesday Captain Matt Parker has been on a sourcing mission to Dublin where he met up with PCA Player of the Year Samit Patel (left) & Specsavers Player of the Season Steven Mullaney (right) to discuss them coming to the Green.  We are pleased to announce they will be joining the club to help bolster the ranks as we go into Division 4 in the coming season, to celebrate the boys went out, however our new players were not aware of the dress code.. 

We are pleased to announce that they have joined with fellow Notts player Alex Hales whom Tony Lee convinced earlier in the season. We wish all our current and new players a good off-season and keep your eyes on the website for our season summary!