Fielding Restriction Infringments
With the fielding restriction extending into all games this season the guidance published below in Administration will be given to umpires and captains at the pre-season meetings.
This acknowledges the fact that some infringements will be missed and the guidance allows for retrospective calling of No Balls and is the same guidance that applies in Minor Counties Cricket and acknowledges that umpires are only human and will miss this on occasions.
We would ask that all players and captains respect this guidance in the Spirit of the Game.
The newly published ECB Guidelines of Umpires on dealing with possible concussion are available in the Administration section below and will be discussed at the umpires' pre-season meeting.
They are published here so clubs and players are aware of what umpires have been asked to do when there is a suspicion of concussion to any player following a blow to the head.
We would ask that everybody takes this matter seriously and sensibly during the season.
Player Registrations and Nominations
All clubs are reminded that players for the 2017 season should now be registered on the website.
The initial player registration deadline is 12:00 hours on Friday 28 April. The same deadline applies to the nomination of 6 1st XI players and 4 2nd XI players where relevant.
Clubs can register and amend their player registrations up to the initial deadline. Thereafter clubs can only register players.
Pre-Season Groundsman's Course 2017
Simon Morse has kindly arranged another pre-season Groundsman's Course, which will take place on Sunday 23rd April at Wormsley Cricket Ground.
9.30am - 3.00pm...see full details and flyer under Administration on the website home page....
Please take advantage of this very worthwhile course and contact Simon Morse to book your place....01494 483976...mobile 07905 770 524 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joint Statement relating to the 'possible' merger from the committees of the CCL & OCA
The following has been sent to all the OCA club contacts, asking them to notify their members of this important statement, so we are publishing this to ensure that it is available for all members to read:
As many of you are aware, the Committees of the CCL and OCA have been in talks for some time about a number of ways the two Leagues can co-operate more closely to our mutual benefit, and we wanted to advise you on where we are currently.
We have had a number of meetings and conclude the time is not yet right for a merger of the two leagues. We have however identified a number of areas where the two Leagues have a common need, and may be able to help or learn from each other e.g. ground standards, working together to produce a fully independent disciplinary panel, sharing of best practice on junior development and possible commercial opportunities where we can act as one body of 200 teams rather than two of 100.
Representatives of the two committees will be meeting on a more regular basis over the coming months, and both are confident that we will be able to help each other.
Umpire and Captain's pre-season meetings...
The Umpires pre-season will take place on Thursday 20TH April, followed by the Captain's meeting on the 27th April.
Both at Kidlington CC (by kind permission) and starting at 7.30 pm.
Details will be sent to clubs very shortly.
Changes to MCC Laws of Cricket
Some of you will no doubt have seen press releases from MCC regarding changes to the Laws of Cricket and quite a lot of publicity given to a “Red and Yellow Card” system for umpires.
Please note that these are due for publication in full and implementation in October 2017 and so will NOT come into play this coming season.
There have been no changes to the Laws by MCC for the 2017 season from what was in place for the 2016 season.
For a taster of what is to come see: https://www.lords.org/news/2017/march/mcc-announces-new-code-of-laws/
Clubs wishing to purchase covers, sight screens and boundary markers?
With the new OCA ground standards regulations and rule changes in 2017, some clubs may have to purchase covers, sight screens and fielding circle markers. Oxfordshire Cricket would like to help clubs save funds, and can help in a number of ways.
For rain covers, Oxfordshire Cricket can help clubs apply for EWCT Small Grants. Last year we allocated grants of up to £3700 to six clubs for mobile wicket covers. Please see the link to the Oxfordshire Cricket website for more details - http://www.oxfordshire.cricket/news/2017-small-grants-applications-open-17018/
For sight screens, fielding circle markers we can look at bulk purchases or negotiate better prices on your behalf.
Whether your club is affiliated to Oxfordshire Cricket or not, please contact George Setterfield, Club Development Manager at email@example.com find out more.
New Rule for 2017 - Fielding Restrictions - Inner Boundary Markers to be used:
This new rule was passed at the 2016 AGM, requiring the use of "Inner Boundary Markers" to be used in ALL league and cup games.
These can be ordered through Gordon Clack of Hawthorn Sports Agencies - details as follows:
£1.50 each or £35.00 per pack of 25 or £52.00 for required number of 40 as per OCA spec.
Don't be "Caught Out" - Order yours NOW from: Hawthorn Sports, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or: 01993 - 703793 or: 0776 382 2983