The Tees Herts & Essex Border League

About Us

The League will  hope to encourage more people of all age groups into the game of cricket. Amongst our clubs we have diversity, some clubs have active junior sections, others with one team looking for new adult players. If you are at all interested in cricket either wanting to play, volunteer,  or spectate look no further than the Tees Herts & Essex Border League.

League cricket for village teams began in the Bishop’s Stortford area in 1993. The Herts & Essex Cricket League (HECL) began with one division, expanded to two divisions in 1996, then three in 1999. HECL continued to expand, eventually to 6 divisions, but with this expansion the original rule of a 15-miles radius from Hockerill Cricket Club became loosened. The negative effect of this was more travelling into Metropolitan areas and more time on the M11 for many players. Unfortunately, this also meant that some clubs to the north of the region decided to move on to other leagues. Over the years this shift in geographical focus continued and indeed accelerated. The ‘Hockerill’ focal point had shifted south to the detriment of cricket in the Bishop’s Stortford area.

Murmurings of unrest had been going on for some years and the situation almost became farcical when teams avoided promotion so as not to travel within the M25.

During the winter months of 2019/2020 it was decided that something radical would have to happen and, after numerous meetings, a new league was set up ‘The Tees Herts & Essex Border League’.

The new league was supported by 31 of the original clubs fielding 36 teams. The league is sponsored by Tees who have a long history of supporting cricket in the local area.

A 16-mile radius from Hockerill CC was re-instated. Clubs outside that area can still apply but acceptable facilities will be the main criteria of entry. A few tweaks have been made to the match rules in an attempt to keep the league fresh and ensure matches are completed in good time. A new, enhanced website has been written, giving clubs access to up-to-date results and league tables.

Moving forward, the league will continue to evolve as the member clubs feel fit with good committee representation across all four divisions.

It is very much hoped that some of the clubs that left the old league, for valid reasons, will return in the near future and will be joined with any new clubs wishing to play league cricket in the area.

Interestingly, at a recent West Essex District Cricket Board meeting, more clubs than ever before are showing interest in entering teams in the junior leagues, particularly at the younger age groups. The introduction of ‘All Stars Cricket’ three years ago for 5-8 year olds is certainly paying dividends for the ECB and clubs with junior sections.