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March 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Brian Hudson on 23/03/2017 17:38

GCCL – Newsletter to Clubs – March 2017


This newsletter records the key points from the County League Committee meeting on March 20. 


In 2015, 10 people from 6 GCCL clubs attended Scoring Courses.  In 2017, 28 people from 16 GCCL clubs did so.  Thank you very much to all the clubs that have supported this initiative.  It must lead to improved quality of scoring and in turn happier appointed umpires and less issues in matches without the benefit of independent officials.




Clubs will have received communications from the GCB and are reminded of rule 4 – “All clubs must have a current Club Welfare Officer, registered with the GCB.”


Your League Committee is very concerned that a number of clubs will be precluded by the GCB from playing in the 2017 season.


The latest data from the Gloucestershire Cricket Board indicates that unless the CWO registration is resolved before the start of the season the following clubs are at risk of the GCB not allowing them to play in 2017:




Ruardean Hill

Cheltenham Civil Service





Slaughters United




Kings Stanley










It may be that the problem is that the GCB does not have the up-to-date information about the club.  All clubs listed above are advised to make contact with the GCB as a matter of urgency.  The contacts are Theresa Ellison ( or Steve Silk (


The requirement is that all clubs must have a nominated CWO who has attended the 2 necessary courses. They also need a valid DBS verified by the ECB.


Club Contacts Database


Thank you very much to the clubs who have responded to the questionnaire and fully completed their play-cricket “About Us”.  There are though a couple of issues:


  • Most clubs have only set up one Match day contact.  This is fine if this person is playing or around on the day.  However, most people miss at least one Saturday during the season.  Therefore, we are requesting that teams provide a second match day contact.  Even it is the club chairman, secretary, etc., this needs to be set up using the “Team Manager” data field as described at


A spreadsheet of Match day contacts will be distributed to clubs before the start of the season and periodically during it


  • Clubs may have believed that they responded to the questionnaire but the process is not completed until the green “Submit” button is pressed.


The following clubs have not yet responded to the questionnaire:


Aston Ingham CC


Lechlade CC

Birdlip & Brimpsfield CC


Lydney CC

Bourton Vale CC


Newent CC

Cam CC


Painswick CC

Chalford CC


Poulton CC

Charfield CC


Redmarley CC

Chedworth CC


Ruardean Hill CC

Churchdown CC


Sheepscombe CC

Cinderford St John CC


Shurdington CC

Cranham CC


Slaughters Utd CC

Down Hatherley CC


Stone CC, Glos

Dumbleton CC


St Stephens CC

Dymock CC


Tormarton CC

Frampton On Severn CC


Ullenwood Bharat CC

Gloucester A.I.W. Sports CC


Westbury-on-Severn CC

Haresfield Gladiators CC


Whitminster CC

Kings Stanley CC


Woodmancote CC


Failure to complete the questionnaire by April 1 will have three implications:


  • Clubs will not receive communications from the League
  • Clubs’ match day contacts will not be made available to their opponents
  • A fine will be levied.


Key dates for 2017


The Balls Collection and Captains’ Briefing will take place at 7:30pm on Tuesday April 25 at Hatherley & Reddings CC.  First there will also be a brief Spring General Meeting with four propositions:


  • Legside wides to be adopted in Divisions 1 to 4
  • A tidy-up of the Overseas Player rule.  NB This will not lead to more overseas players in the County League
  • Clubs’ play-cricket “About Us” to provide the data for the League’s communication with clubs
  • Copies of the League rules to be accessible either electronically or hard copy by the home team at all matches


Attendance at the Briefing is mandatory for Team Captains.  Club Chairmen are responsible for the culture of their clubs and thus they are also very welcome to attend.


The AGM will be held on Thursday October 26 at Hatherley & Reddings CC.


The Dinner will on Friday November 17 at Cheltenham Civil Service CC.


Player Registrations


Thank you very much to the significant number of clubs that have tidied-up the plethora of incorrect, corrupt, spurious and duplicate registrations. 


In order that all clubs are able to carry out the process, the deadline has been extended until April 10.  By this date, clubs will have had several net sessions and the NatWest CricketForce weekend to collect any necessary data. 


Clubs with a sub-set of players without plausible dates of birth or post codes after this time will have all their registrations cancelled.


Umpiring Courses


A final call.   Clubs are advised to expedite bookings because any umpiring course with less than 10 delegates will be cancelled.


 The dates and venues for the three core “Introduction to Umpiring” courses have been confirmed:


  • Monday April 3rd  at Aston Ingham CC 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Wednesday April 12th at Cirencester CC 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Monday April 24th at Upton St.Leonards CC 6.30pm-9.30pm


In addition, Woodpeckers CC are hosting a course on Monday 10th April.  This is mainly for club members, but other attendees will be welcome.  If any other club wishes to host an in-house course, please contact Peter Sawyer at GACUS.


Very many thanks to all the clubs that are hosting courses. 


The League policy for funding attendance at Officials Courses is:


  • GACUS invoice directly for attendees at Introductory Umpiring and Scoring courses to meet the League’s requirements
  • Clubs hosting in-house Introductory courses are refunded for up to four attendees
  • Full refund, plus £50 bonus, for successful Level 1 Umpiring delegates that start to be appointed for, and stand regularly, at Saturday afternoon matches.


Bookings can be made with Peter Sawyer (See the “About Us” page on   


The League “Requirements” spreadsheet is at




Invoices for the affiliation fee and cricket balls, including any additional balls ordered, are in the process of being sent out. 


To assist clubs’ finances, and to minimise any unnecessary hoarding of cash by the League, a rebate of £30 per team has been applied to each invoice.


Bank House Stumps


There is a limited supply of spare stumps to replace any that are broken.  Please contact Brian Hudson to make an order and they will be available for collection at the SGM/Captains’ Briefing.