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July 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Brian Hudson on 20/07/2018 09:34

GCCL – Newsletter to Clubs –July 2018


This newsletter records the key points from the County League Committee Meeting on July 16.


Thank you very much to all the League’s teams for their flexibility getting the overwhelming majority of matches played on “World Cup Saturday”.  Thanks also to all the club volunteers working tirelessly to overcome the outfield problems caused by the unprecedented spell of hot weather.


July 31 Transfer Deadline


A reminder that there can be no transfer of players between clubs after 31 July for the current playing season.




At the time of writing, if the season finished now, it would be two up, three down between WEPL and the GCCL. 


Proposed rule changes


The list of proposed rule changes for the 2019 season to be voted on at the AGM in October is attached below.  Please discuss them within your club and feed back any comments to your Divisional Representative.


Given the number of matches that successfully started early on July 7 and the reported desire of players for an earlier finish, your Committee considered proposing an earlier start time.  On this occasion it decided not to but clubs are welcome to make such a proposal and, of course, any others!


Umpiring and Officials Courses


  • At a recent Association of Cricket Officials meeting it was identified that:


  • Of the four WEPL Feeder Leagues the GCCL is the only one that receives the benefit of appointed umpires in its second division where, in fact, there has been a significant increase in such matches in 2018.  The Wiltshire League has no appointed umpires in any division!
  • The reason given by GACUS for Gloucestershire being so well placed is the superb co-operation between this League and the Umpiring Association.  It is also recognised that GCCL players are better behaved than some others and that the League acts appropriately when players step out of line


  • The schedule for the 2019 Umpiring and Scoring courses is currently being developed.  As in previous years, there will be “Introduction to Umpiring” courses in three locations across the county as well as Club Umpire and Level 1 courses.  Please start to identify attendees and do tell potential delegates that all the courses are now “information based” and do not have a formal exam


  • If any club wishes to hold an “in-house” introductory course for its members, please contact Peter Sawyer at GACUS


Umpiring Focus Group


During the past close season, an Umpiring Focus Group consisting of Paul Goring (Woodmancote CC), Jim Hyland (GCCL) and Peter Sawyer (GACUS) met and came up with a number of proposals including the new Player/Club Umpiring cards.  The group plans to meet again during the next close season and would welcome additional representatives from clubs.


Sunday T20 competition


The GCCL is working with the Gloucestershire Cricket Board to introduce a Sunday afternoon T20 league for 2019.  More details to follow.


Unprecedented hot weather


As stated above the League Committee recognises that a number of clubs are facing difficulties with cracked outfields, and that volunteers are working hard to overcome the situation.


Your League Committee is very keen that the maximum number of matches is played and it encourages clubs, if the situation necessitates it, to seek an alternative venue.  Grounds (e.g. St Stephens) are available and schools may also be willing to assist.  If both teams agree, matches can be played on a ground that does not meet the League’s Facilities Criteria. 


If matches are cancelled, the League will require evidence of the efforts to both remedy the situation and to secure an alternative facility


Facilities scores


Fair Play scores are included on the home page of the website.  If any club requires information on their pitch, etc. scores, please contact Kevin Smart.


Key dates


Tuesday October 23


Hatherley & Reddings CC

Friday November 9

Presentation Dinner

Cheltenham Civil Service