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July 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Brian Hudson on 20/07/2017 18:45

GCCL – Newsletter to Clubs – July 2017


This newsletter records the key points from the County League Committee meeting on July 17. 


An quite remarkable start to the season with the fine weather meaning an astonishingly low number of cancellations and abandonments, and considerably reduced fines and points deductions for late results, scorecards and facilities/fair play reports.  Thank you very much to all the clubs for their co-operation. 


Thank you very much also to those clubs and umpires that have submitted disciplinary reports that enable the League to confront poor behaviour when it undermines enjoyable Saturday afternoons for players, officials, club officers and spectators alike.




The Gloucestershire County Cricket League is delighted to announce the support of a new main sponsor, Greene King IPA - The Official Beer of England Cricket.


Robert Ward, the owner of Bank House, has decided to retire and sell the Bank House group of companies.  The GCCL wants to thank Robert for his business’s support for the past three seasons.  The branded stumps have added greatly to the League’s professionalism and the financial support has funded the Officials’ Courses that have increased the quality of umpiring and scoring.


An initial agreement has been made with Greene King to be the main sponsor of the League for the remainder of the 2017 season. 


 As well as its partnership with the England team, Greene King IPA has a major commitment to support grassroots cricket clubs.  More information will be available on this when Craig Barry from Greene King will be making a presentation at the League AGM on Tuesday October 24.  In the meantime if any club is interested in talking to Greene King to find out how they may be able to help them, please contact Craig direct ( 132099).


Promotion and Relegation


The League has attended a meeting with WEPL and the other “County” Leagues.  This confirmed that, if things stay as they are in WEPL, it will be 2 up and 3 down.  (NB In 2016, it was 3 up and 2 down).  This means that, again if things stay as they are, there will be will one more team relegated than indicated by the red shading in the league tables on play-cricket. I.e. If things stay as they are, it will be 2up/3down from GCCL Divisions 1 and 2, 2up/4down from Divisions 3 - 6 and 2up/5down from Division 7.


The three District Leagues are being contacted to enable early confirmation as to whether the teams eligible for promotion will take it.  At this stage it seems certain that at least two will do so.   




Your Committee has carried out a market survey and tendering process and, as a result, is in the process of finalising a contract with Readers for a further three years.


The good weather, and the resultant increased number of matches, has meant that some clubs may run out of balls.  Readers can supply clubs with boxes of 6 league balls, at approximately £9 +VAT plus delivery. Delivery will take between 7 and 14 days. If clubs wish to use this service they should email Neil Pullen at indicating that they require extra GCCL Reader County Match balls.


Facilities, Fair Play, etc. Scores


As usual, the League will be publishing the scores at the end of the season.  If any club wishes to know their scores for the season to date, please contact Paul Brooke.


Key dates for 2017


Monday July 31

Last date for transfers for the 2018 season


Tuesday October 24


Hatherley & Reddings CC

Friday November 17

Presentation Dinner

Cheltenham Civil Service CC


Bank House Stumps


As mentioned above, the Bank House stumps have greatly increased the professionalism of the League and so it is recommended that the clubs continue to use them.


There is a limited supply of spare stumps to replace any that are broken.  Please contact Brian Hudson.