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(Second) January 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Brian Hudson on 18/01/2018 16:33

GCCL – Newsletter to Clubs – January 2018


This newsletter records the key points from the County League Committee Meeting on January 15. 


It was a very productive meeting that made a number of key decisions for the 2018 season.




Every year the League seeks to pass back to the clubs any excess funds not required to ensure smooth running of the League.  This year the approach will be:


  • A discount of £90 per team on the invoice for cricket balls (NB In 2017, this rebate was £30 per team)


  • Funding of up to £50 for those Division 1 teams that do not have a printer in the pavilion.  A printer is required for use of Duckworth Lewis Stern


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.)


The Committee is a little surprised that, at the time of writing, only six clubs have ordered additional balls whereas eighteen did so in 2017.


Officials Courses


The usual spreadsheet detailing the requirements to attend Officials Courses has been posted on the website at   Needless to say, teams are more than welcome to send more than the minimum requirement to courses.


Full details of the dates and venues of courses, and how to book, are on the Training page of the GACUS website (  It is very much hoped that clubs will take advantage of the new “Club Umpire” course and qualification.


The League will reimburse two delegates per team for the Introductory course, four for a club hosting an Introductory course (Scoring or Umpiring), one for the Club Umpire course and 100% of the course fees plus a £50 bonus for a Level 1 umpire that joins the appointment panel and stands in nine matches or more.


GACO is running a series of seminars to support their members’ understanding of the new Laws.   The local one is on Sunday January 28 at Hatherley & Reddings CCIt kicks off at 10am and will end when everyone is happy with their understanding of the law changes - Likely to be about 2pm.  All GCCL captains and club umpires are very welcome to attend.  There is no charge and no booking is required.  Tea and coffee will be available and hopefully the bar will be open.


2018 Key dates


Tuesday April 17

Balls Meeting/SGM/Captains Briefing

Hatherley & Reddings CC


Tuesday October 23


Hatherley & Reddings CC


Friday November 9

Presentation Dinner


Date changed to avoid Cheltenham Races


Attendance at the Balls Meeting/SGM/Captains Briefing is mandatory.  The agenda will be:


  • Collection of balls and Greene King IPA branded stumps
  • Spring General Meeting (SGM)
  • Behaviour and Discipline – A short presentation
  • An update on how some of the new Laws of Cricket will be applied in Saturday afternoon cricket
  • A briefing on Duckworth Lewis Stern for Division 1 captains and/or scorers.


At the moment there is just one agenda item for the SGM – A reworked version of the proposition to strengthen the sanctions for inappropriate concession of matches.  The proposal takes account of the feedback on the AGM proposition that it was too harsh and also seeks to ensure that a team is not disadvantaged if their opponents concede in the rare situation of an acceptable reason for the concession.


Club Contacts


As the League communicates with club officers via the new play-cricket Club Contacts module, the “About Us” and “Team Contact” data need always to be up to date as described at  League Secretary, Dan Clarke, has circulated the questionnaire, which is accessed via each club’s Admin section on, requesting that contact data is checked and updated.  Please action this in a timely way.


Umpiring Focus Group


At the AGM, Peter Sawyer from GACUS asked for volunteers to join an Umpiring Focus Group to consider how to recruit more to officiating and to capitalise on the new Club Umpire qualification.  This was reiterated in the subsequent GCCL newsletters.


The first meeting of this group will be on Monday February 12 at 7:30pm at Cheltenham Cricket Club.  It would be marvellous if officers from other clubs wish to join Peter, Paul Goring (Woodmancote CC) and Jim Hyland (GCCL Committee).


Dinner photographs


All the photographs from the 2017 dinner are linked from the League website home page.  If anyone would like the high resolution version of a photograph, please contact Emily Midwinter.


Cricket scam email warning


The GCCL Committee has been made aware of scam emails that have been circulating around the cricketing world recently and clubs in this League have unfortunately been targeted by this.


These emails are realistic looking and can replicate the email addresses of those in your contacts so please be vigilant with any correspondence that you may receive and or reply to.


If you are out of pocket due to a scam email please contact the police on 101 and if you receive an email that looks suspicious you can report this to Action Fraud at