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November 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Brian Hudson on 24/11/2018 10:28

GCCL – Newsletter to Clubs – November 2018


This newsletter records the key points from the County League Committee Meeting on November 19.


Grateful thanks to everyone who attended the Dinner, and to everyone who has provided positive feedback.  It was superbly organised by Emily and Dan Midwinter, excellently supported by Kevin Smart with the trophies and Karen Walker to ensure that the photographs that will shortly be available are accurately captioned.  Thanks also go to the chair of GACUS, Clive Poulton, for presenting the trophies.


2019 Fixtures


The 2019 fixtures for the Saturday County League have been developed by Eddie Baker and are attached to this newsletter.  Ian Robson will be distributing the GCCL T20 Blast fixtures under separate cover in the next week or so.


The fixtures cannot be loaded up on to play-cricket until the New Year when development work on the system by the ECB will be completed.


GCCL T20 Blast


22 teams have entered and will be in three regional leagues as follows:






Chipping Sodbury








Corse & Staunton


Great Rissington




Glos CW







Hatherley & Reddings


Some outstanding issues have been resolved:


  • The Finals Day on Sunday August 25 at Hatherley & Reddings CC will involve the winners of the three regional leagues, probably in a 3 team all-play-all format
  • All players will need to be GCCL registered
  • Four players who played in the WEPL Gloucestershire Division on the preceding Saturday will be allowed, but no other WEPL players
  • Facilities will be inspected at the two non-GCCL clubs that have entered.   There is strong optimism that these will be successful.


Rule Changes


The Committee considered the proposed rule changes that were not approved by the AGM.  One caused a surprise, another disappointment.  The reasons for these two propositions will be communicated in more detail and then brought to an SGM at the Captains’ Briefing in April:


  • All proposals to re-arrange matches must be received by the League Fixture Secretary by October 31 before the season
  • The home team must enter the result of the match on its “play-cricket” website by 21:00 on the day of the fixture.


Officials Courses


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


The details of the courses, and booking arrangements, are at and


2019 Cricket Ball order


The 2019 Cricket Ball order will be co-ordinated by Mark Schumm (


The order for League balls (the ‘Reader County Match A’ ball) will go in to Readers at the end of January.  For next season 18 balls will automatically be ordered for each team in the GCCL.  Clubs that have entered the T20 Blast will also have extra balls added to their allocation for these matches.


There is an opportunity for clubs to order extra balls (in boxes of 6) at the discounted league price (£9.50 + VAT per ball, which equates to £68.40 per box of 6).  If any clubs want to order an extra box (or boxes) of balls please email Mark by 28 January 2019. The extra balls will be delivered to the Balls Meeting in April. (NB There is no need to contact Mark if your requirement is simply the standard 18 ball order.)


2018 Batting and Bowling Honours Boards


2018 Batting and Bowling Honours Boards listing the top run scorers and wicket takers during the season are posted on the League website home page (


Provisional key dates











Division 3 – 7 Chairs Meeting


Umpiring Focus Group proposal

Tuesday  April 9

Balls Collection/Captains’ Briefing/SGM



Tuesday October 22




Friday November 8






Representative Match


The Bristol & District League has suggested establishing an annual match between teams representing their league and the Gloucestershire County Cricket League.


If any player or official at a GCCL Division 1 club would be interested in organising a team for such a fixture, please contact Brian Hudson.


Pink Saturday


The League recently received the following email about a great initiative that has proved very successful in Wiltshire:


  • Trust you are well. My name is Richard Martin and I am the events fundraising manager at Abingdon based research charity, Against Breast Cancer. I also play cricket in the Wiltshire league and know Steve Silk who passed on your details as contact for The Gloucestershire County Cricket League.


I am getting in touch to see whether you may be able to help us spread the word of our "Pink Saturday" campaign to associated clubs in the Gloucestershire County Cricket League To give you a brief insight, Pink Saturday is a concept aimed at giving cricket clubs a platform to fund-raise for both themselves as well as for charity. A day to embrace the pink and bring families and loved ones to enjoy a day at the cricket. 


The first Pink fixture was hosted by my own club in Wiltshire in 2017 and received backing from the Wiltshire league for the 2018 season. 9 clubs took part raising an astonishing £6250 for breast cancer research and thousands more for the clubs to help with maintenance costs. I have attached a report produced following this season that should hopefully paint a picture of what Pink Saturday is all about.


The amount of positive feedback has been overwhelming, every one of the clubs involved have already pledged their support for next season. Clubs in Wiltshire have reported how well received the concept had been as well as a significant increase in the number of spectators for their Pink fixtures. 


I would really love to get the The Gloucestershire County Cricket League on board in growing this initiative further. Might it be at all possible for the concept to be considered by the league committee ahead of the 2019 season? I would be more than happy to come and talk to the committee and/or associated clubs at the upcoming AGM if that would be helpful? 

I am also in talks with the Cherwell, Bristol & District, and Hampshire leagues to grow Pink Saturday further across the south of England.


If any clubs wish to follow up on this initiative, Richard Martin’s email address is He is aware that the League AGM has already been held.