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Post AGM 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Brian Hudson on 27/10/2017 08:58

GCCL – Newsletter to Clubs – Post AGM October 2017


This newsletter records the key points from the County League AGM on October 25.  Thank you very much to everyone that attended and particularly to those who took the opportunity to speak with Peter Sawyer from GACUS and Craig Barry from Greene King.


Rule Changes







The Management Committee is empowered to introduce new rules and changes to these rules but they can only be in place for one season before being voted on at the next Annual General Meeting


Roll-on covers must be available for every game in Division 1.  Full pitch covers (flat sheet or better) in Division 2 for the 2018 season and Division 3 for the 2019 season. These covers must the full length and width of the pitch.


For games in Division 1, 2, 3 and 4 there must be sight screens at each end of the ground (recommended min. dimensions 12ft square). The screens must be large enough, or easy to move during the game, to cover all bowling angles. For the 2019 season there must be sight screens at Division 5 games.


Non-playing scorer are required in Division 1. Any team not having a non-playing scorer to delegate one player to take on the role and play with 10.


Division 1 teams to have a fit-for-purpose youth set-up certified as such by the GCB.


Delete the sentence “The Away team will pay the Home team £35 for teas.”


Replace the complex algorithms in the Rain Rules by the use of Duckworth Lewis which is embedded in the play-cricket scoring app.  Division 1 for 2018 and, after any snags have been ironed out, all Divisions in 2019


The League Committee will, at its next meeting, consider the implications of the proposed rule changes that were not agreed


2018 Committee


The League website “About Us” ( has been updated with the new committee structure and contact details.


As mentioned at the meeting, volunteers are required to be Divisional Reps for Divisions 3 and 5.  If anyone has any questions on the role, please contact Brian Hudson.




Fixture Secretary Eddie Baker will publish the 2018 fixtures on Wednesday November 1.  Please contact Eddie as soon as possible if there are any Saturdays that your club is not able to host a home fixture.


League Dinner


This year, the League Dinner is being organised by 2016/17 Division 3 Representative, Chris Young. 


The format of the evening and the cost will be similar to 2016:


  • Venue – Cheltenham Civil Service CC
  • Date - Friday November 17
  • Time – 7pm for 7:30
  • Menu – Supreme of chicken, stuffed with smoked cheese and wrapped with smoked bacon and served in a BBQ sauce with a selection of vegetables and potato, followed by Chocolate fudge cake served with double cream
  • Cost – £16.50
  • As in previous years, it is anticipated that a Gloucestershire player will be present to be interviewed by Luke Sellers and present the trophies.


Places can only be secured by emailing Chris ( before Wednesday November  1.   As usual, all teams will be invoiced for two places and it will be very helpful if they could let Chris now if they are not planning to take them up. 


The winners of the Batting, Bowling, Fielding, Pitch and Fair Play awards are:


Division 1


Best Pitch – Redmarley 1st XI

Fair Play Award – Cheltenham 2nd XI

Batting – Jon Tegg (Westbury-on-Severn)

Bowling – Simon Taylor (Painswick 1st XI)

Fielding – Sam Wheeler (Kingsholm 1st XI)

Division 2


Best Pitch – Thornbury 2nd XI

Fair Play Award – Thornbury 2nd XI

Batting – Jake Dolbear (Cam 1st XI)

Bowling – Peter Hall (Cam 1st XI)

Fielding – Adam Philp (Cam 1st XI)

Division 3


Best Pitch – Frocester 3rd XI

Fair Play Award – Rockhampton 2nd XI

Batting – Keith Knight (Shurdington)

Bowling – James Nicol (Shurdington)

Fielding – Ewan Gegg (Frocester 3rd XI)

Division 4


Best Pitch – Hawkesbury Upton

Fair Play Award – Cheltenham Civil Service 2nd XI

Batting – Jeremy Westwood (Hawkesbury Upton)

Bowling - Jeremy Westwood (Hawkesbury Upton)

Fielding - Jeremy Westwood (Hawkesbury Upton)

Division 5


Best Pitch – Apperley 2nd XI

Fair Play Award - Sheepscombe

Batting – Ali Smith (Haresfield Gladiators)

Bowling – Harry Puffitt (Langford)

Fielding – Ali Smith (Haresfield Gladiators)

Division 6


Best Pitch – Bourton Vale 2nd XI /Chedworth

Fair Play Award – Bourton Vale 2nd XI

Batting – Chris Miles (Chedworth)

Bowling – Richard Dwight (Upton St Leonards)

Fielding – Tom Nicholls (Cheltenham 3rd XI)

Division 7


Best Pitch - Chalford

Fair Play Award - Oaksey

Batting – Mike Colborn (Charfield)

Bowling – Finley Thompson (Cirencester 2nd XI)

and Steven Rice (Cam 2nd XI)

Fielding – Josh Fielding (Chalford)




Club Contacts


A reminder that the League communicates with club officers via the new play-cricket Club Contacts module and so therefore the “About Us” and “Team Contact” data need always to be up to date as described at


Improving the quality of Umpiring


Following Peter Sawyer’s session at the meeting, if anyone wishes to join a small group seeking to find imaginative ways of getting more appointed and club umpires and improving the quality of player umpiring, please contact Peter via


Umpire Training


ECBACO have totally re-vamped the training programmes for the next round of training.  Here is the summary and details of what GACUS is able to offer for umpire training in 2018.


The old Level 1 (2 day course costing £80 and with an exam) has now been replaced by a one day course costing £30.  It’s now called “It’s Your Call – Umpire Education Stage 1.” This course is designed to provide an overview of the basic Laws of the game and how to apply them and introduce the principles of field craft and match management. It provides the tools to enable umpiring matches at the basic recreational level when there are no independent umpires appointed.   There is no need to become an ECBACO member to complete this course and it is suitable for those who just want to be an umpire for their club.


“It’s Your Call – Umpire Education Stage 2” is designed to provide further knowledge and skills to enable becoming a member of the league panel and is available to those that have attended the Stage 1 course. It will complement that course by looking beyond the basic laws, build on field craft and match management techniques and introduce the concept of working as a team with a colleague.  This course also costs £30 but if doing it straight after Stage 1 is only an extra £10.

For those people seeking to umpire regularly and be appointed to matches in the League’s matches, it is recommended that both stages are attended in March 2018. NB To stand in League matches, ECBACO membership (£30 per year) and DBS clearance is needed.


A further change is how to apply for the courses.  Previously this was done locally but now for all ECBACO courses it is now online via and click on Cricket Umpiring and Scorers Courses.  “Find a Course” directs to all the Stage 1 and 2 courses. The local courses are at Hatherley & Reddings CC on Sunday March 4th (Stage 1) and Sunday March 11th (Stage 2).


Introductory Courses (3 hours long) have updated content to reflect law changes, but are basically remain unchanged. 


The 3 hour session covers the important (and contentious) laws, the role of umpires and captains in maintaining the spirit of the game, and the duty of care to all players, but especially those under 18.


The courses are as follows:


  • Wednesday April 4th at Cirencester CC 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Monday April 9th  at Aston Ingham CC 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Monday April 23rd at Upton St. Leonards CC 6.30pm-9.30pm


The cost of this training is £10, including MCC Law Book and ECBACO certificate of attendance. Register directly with Peter Sawyer, the GACU&S secretary by email to pwsawyer@btinternet.comor call him on 01452 812 911 for more information.


In 2017, 3 extra courses were run at clubs that wanted one held at their own club.If your club, just like Fairford have already done, can find 10 people to attend GACUS will provide the course tailor-made for your club at a time and venue of your choosing in the New Year.Again get in touch with Peter Sawyer to discuss this option for your club.


*** Extra date already booked by Fairford CC on Tuesday 6th March.  ***


Scorer Training in Gloucestershire 2018


An Introduction to Scoring

Two separate courses on Sunday 4th March 2018 from 1:30pm - 5:30pm at Cirencester CC and Saturday 24th March 2018 from 9:30am - 1:30pm at Stroud CC.  This half day course is ideal for complete beginners or as a refresher course for existing scorers. Membership of ACO is not required to attend.


Club Scorer

A two-day course spread over consecutive Saturdays, 3rd and 10th February 2018 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at Frocester CC. Membership of ACO is not required to attend.


Duckworth Lewis Stern

A half-day course on Saturday 27th January 2018 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Brightside County Ground, Bristol. This half day workshop teaches ACO members how to use the DLS Professional software and also how to calculate a new target manually using the DL Standard tables.


Linear Scoring

A half-day course on Saturday 27th January 2018 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Brightside County Ground, Bristol. This half day workshop for ACO scorers takes existing scoring knowledge and converts into a linear scoring format.


Level 2 scorer

A one-day course on Saturday 3rd March 2018 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm at Brightside County Ground, Bristol. This course is for Level 1 ACO scorers who are considering out scoring in other formats of the game. It focuses on planning and preparation for scoring at a new venue with unfamiliar players and also covers the few scoring aspects that were not dealt with at Club Scorer.


Booking for all ECB ACO courses is now done centrally on the ECB ACO website and links for these courses will appear on our GACO website with more course information shortly.  


Sue Drinkwater ( will be pleased to answer any questions.