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January 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Brian Hudson on 02/01/2018 17:59

GCCL – Newsletter to Clubs – January 2017


This newsletter records the key points from the County League AGM on November 21. 


Thank you very much to everyone that attended the dinner and for the positive feedback.  The photographs will be posted on the League website in due course.  Committee members Emily and Dan Midwinter and Kevin Smart have kindly volunteered to organise the 2018 event.




Following the AGM, there were two vacancies on the Committee.  These have been filled as follows:


  • Division 2 – Mark Schumm (Tetbury CC)
  • Division 5 - Sathya Prakash (Birdlip & Brimpsfield CC).


Grateful thanks to Mark and Prakash for volunteering.


Post AGM issues


The Committee discussed a number of issues arising from the AGM:


  • It was disappointed about the vote against the proposed rule changes on conceded matches.  Subsequent conversations with club officers have highlighted a concern that the proposed penalties were too harsh. Following an explanation of the fury expressed by the clubs impacted by the concessions and the cynicism of some of the concessions, there was recognition of the drivers behind the proposals.  Therefore the Committee will re-visit and present new proposals to the Spring General Meeting


  • Similarly it was disappointed by the unwillingness to approve the formalisation of the commitment to attendance at Officials Courses.  The Committee is extremely concerned about the implications of this for the quality of player and club umpiring, not least because so many disciplinary issues arise from poor umpiring.  Therefore it has decided to use the powers approved by the AGM to introduce a rule for one year and to impose attendance at Officials courses.  The usual spreadsheet has been posted on the website at   Needless to say, teams are more than welcome to send more than the minimum requirement to courses.


  • At the meeting, Peter Sawyer from GACUS expressed a willingness to work with a small group of club and league officers to work up innovative approaches to improve the quality of player and club umpiring and, in particular, to capitalise on the new Club Umpire qualification.  Division 7 representative, Jim Hyland, will be working with Peter on this.  The Committee very much hopes that club members will want to join the group.  Anyone wishing to do so, please contact Jim


  • Finally, Peter has offered to organise a meeting of Division 1 captains and scorers to ensure that everyone is briefed on the use of Duckworth Lewis.  The League is willing to fund a printer for those teams that do not currently have one.


Cricket Balls


The order for league balls will go in to Readers at the end of January. The league will continue to use the ‘Reader County Match A’ ball for at least the next 3 seasons. For next season 18 balls will automatically be ordered for each team in the GCCL. There is an opportunity for any club to order extra balls (in boxes of 6) at the discounted league price. We have negotiated that there will be only a small increase in price for 2018: £9.25 + VAT per ball which equates to £66.60 per box of 6.

If your club would like to order an extra box (or boxes) of balls please email Ian at by 28 January 2018. The extra balls will be delivered to the Balls Meeting in April. (NB There is no need to contact Ian if your requirement is simply the standard 18 ball order.)


Club Contacts


As 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 League Secretary, Dan Clarke will shortly be contacting clubs using the questionnaire circulated last Spring.


2018 Key dates


Tuesday April 17

Balls Meeting/SGM/Captains Briefing

Hatherley & Reddings CC

Tuesday October 23


Hatherley & Reddings CC

Friday November 16

Presentation Dinner



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.