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April Newsletter

Posted by Brian Hudson on 22/04/2018 08:53

GCCL – Newsletter to Clubs – April 2018


Thank you very much to everyone for the excellent attendance at the SGM and Captains’ Briefing, and apologies to those who had to stand.


Your committee hopes that:


  • The current spell of good weather enables clubs to catch up on pre-season tasks to enable a strong start on May 5


  • Everyone has an enjoyable and successful season. 


Balls and Stumps


  • It seems likely that a club or two took two sets of stumps when they only need one – The only club that needs two sets is Hatherley & Reddings which has two GCCL teams that play on different grounds.


If a club has, inadvertently, an extra set of stumps then please contact Brian Hudson who will arrange collection.  These sets are needed for teams promoted or relegated into the League, and to replace broken stumps.


As per previous email, please do not use the stumps for the time being. 


  • Dumbleton 2nd XI balls can be collected from Brian Hudson.


Rule changes



  • The new cards for club and player umpires distributed at the meeting are to meet the second change to rule 18 as proposed by the Umpiring Focus Group


  • A reminder. 


As per the March newsletter, the main recommendation of the Umpiring Focus Group was that incentives and rewards should be given to clubs without appointed umpires who can provide a suitably qualified standing umpire, who is not a player in the match.  By suitably qualified, they mean someone who has attended at a minimum the Stage 1 training (1 day).  However, because this is new in 2018 they recommended that for the next 2 seasons this should be temporarily adapted to include umpires who have attended the 3 hour Introduction to Umpiring Course.  They recommended that such umpires are included on the score sheets, to be checked by GCCL against a data base supplied by GACUS and 1 additional bonus point be awarded to those teams. 

The League Committee supported this proposal, but believed that it would not be reasonable to introduce it for the 2018 season.  A proposition will be brought to the AGM in October.

  • A number of clubs did not leave their voting cards at the end of the meeting and it would be very helpful if they could be returned to Brian Hudson.


Behaviour and Discipline


The key points from Ian Robson’s presentation were:


  • All clubs should print the “3 GACUS Principles”, linked from the League website home page, and post the document in their pavilion


  • The key role of captains in terms of ensuring good behaviour.  This is defined in the Laws of Cricket and in the Spirit of Cricket which is documented at about page 27 of the League Handbook which is linked from the League website home page


  • The requirement, as documented in League rule 11, for clubs to take ownership of disciplinary issues


  • The requirement to keep the League Disciplinary Committee in touch with the Club Disciplinary actions so that consistency of sanctions can be maintained.


New Laws of Cricket


The video shown can be found at Players’ guide to the key law changes


Scoring/Duckworth Lewis



Officials Courses


Thank you very much to everyone who has attended the courses held so far.  The spreadsheet will be updated as a one-off exercise once the full programme of courses has been held.


Gloucester AIW CC dietary requirements


Hopefully all teams in Divisions 2 and 5 took copies of the letter from the club.  If not, please contact the club secretary, Ahmed Goga.


Key dates


Tuesday October 23


Hatherley & Reddings CC

Friday November 9

Presentation Dinner



Cricket scam email warning


Finally, a committee member’s club has found that this scam is still active and the words below repeat what was in the January newsletter.


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