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August 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Brian Hudson on 24/08/2018 10:29

GCCL – Newsletter to Clubs –August 2018


This newsletter records the key points from the County League Committee Meeting on August 20.


Thank you very much to all the League’s clubs for their co-operation during this season where, as in 2017, there has been a well above average amount of cricket played.


Congratulations to those teams that have already become division champions or have secured promotion.  Good luck to those still working to emulate them or to avoid relegation.




At the time of writing, if the season finished now, it would be two up, two down between WEPL and the GCCL and thus the green and red on the division tables would hold. 


There are, though, still more variables than usual and the League will communicate just as soon as there is clarity.   


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. 


The proposal to limit promotion to the League to teams that have also have a team in a District League or an active Under 15 team has been withdrawn following feedback from two District Leagues.  However, this does not change the Committee’s desire for a rule to ensure only sustainable teams in the League, and thus no late withdrawals as happened this year to leave blank Saturdays in other teams’ playing schedules.  Any suggestions will be greatly welcomed.


Umpiring and Officials Courses


  • Good progress has been made on the schedule for the 2019 Umpiring and Scoring courses.  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 thus do not have a formal exam.


Two flyers from GACUS that contain the details are attached. 


The details for the stage 1 and 2 courses will be on the ACO website shortly.


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


  • It cannot be stressed strongly enough how many disciplinary incidents arise from poor or inappropriate umpiring by club and player umpires. 


In addition to those who attend to meet the League’s annual requirement, please encourage as many of your players as possible to attend a course.  A quote from a Division 7 club chairman following a disciplinary hearing is “I now totally understand why you are so keen for clubs to send players on umpiring courses, I will in due course be speaking to all our players to encourage them to go on the GACUS umpiring courses in the winter to improve their basic knowledge of the laws.”



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.


Anyone interested in being involved, please contact Jim.  Grateful thanks to the Cheltenham Civil Service and Hatherley & Reddings clubs for their willingness to contribute.  The next meeting is arranged for Monday 29th October 2018 - 7.30pm @ Cheltenham CC


Sunday T20 competition


The work with the Gloucestershire Cricket Board to introduce a Sunday afternoon GCCL T20 league for 2019 has made good progress.  All clubs will shortly receive a flyer for forwarding to their players. 


If clubs have potential interest in entering the T20 league for next season could they please register their interest with Ian Robson via before the AGM.  More detailed information will be given at the AGM.




Each year, the county leagues meet with WEPL, mainly to discuss promotion and relegation.  This season, the feeder leagues were told that all teams promoted to WEPL must hold Clubmark.


2018/2019 Committee


The current Committee are all willing to stand for re-election at the AGM.  Of course, other seconded nominations are always welcome.  Please send them to League Secretary, Dan Clarke.


Key dates


Tuesday October 23


Hatherley & Reddings CC

Friday November 9

Presentation Dinner

Cheltenham Civil Service CC


Full details for the dinner will be provided in the September newsletter. The menu and arrangements will be very similar to last year.  Early bookings are more than welcome, to Emily or Dan Midwinter.