Andrew Crawford of Stonesfield C.C. - Statement from the club
Our friend and Chairman Andrew Crawford has died suddenly, unexpectedly and tragically. Andrew has been an integral part of our club and the Stonesfield community in general since he arrived in the village. He has forged relationships with all sections of the Sports & Social Club, a number of community trusts in the village as well as maintaining our lovely cricket ground a job he was very passionate about. Andrew was a talented batsmen and quality wicket keeper and has been part of the OCA scene, on and off, for 30 years as well as playing in the Cherwell League and representing Oxfordshire at youth level.
In the OCA Andrew represented Begbroke, where for a time he was my opening partner buddy, Minster Lovell and of course the OCA.
Andrew was a really nice person helpful, fun, considerate and above all respectful.
God bless you Andrew I wish I could have done more for you.
Stonesfield Cricket Club
Radley C.C. First XI withdraw from the OCA Divisin One.
It is with regret that we have to advise the immediate withdrawal of Radley C.C. first XI from the OCA Division One, due entirely to the lack of first team players and ones who can play on a regular basis, without having to rely on second-team players to make up the team.
The Admissions Panel spent considerable time before making this decision, in conjunction with Peter Whitlock, the OCA Registration Secretary, and it was agreed that for Radley to withdraw from Division One, nine of their players would have to be de-registered, in order to be fair to all those teams division five (5) in which Radley 2nd team will continue.
The players to be de-registered are: Muhammed Imran (495) Marni Abbasi (423), Shoaib Ahmed (424), Bilal Ali (625), Jefter Andrews (790), Amir Faruq (429), Atif Liaquat (446), Osman Malik (2042), Ali Malik (433) and Arfan Younus (444), and we trust that all these players will be able to find a new club, and a message will be added to the website for clubs to make contact with them if they so wish.
Obviously, with the loss of Shrivenham and now Radley, Division One clubs will have a number of 'free' Saturdays to fill, so we hope that some 'friendly games' will be able to be arranged, something perhaps for the Forum?
OCA Results to be published on the home page of the website!
We are pleased to advise that the weekly reports by Kieren Bushnell (Media Secretary) will now appear on the home page of the OCA website and will be added during the weekend, or very soon after.
Clubs are reminded that to be included in the reports, results must be sent in by the deadline of 12 Noon on the Sunday, as this week, due to lateness, some excellent results will not be reported, so please get those results in as soon as possible after the game.
Our thanks to Andy Worman (Webmaster) for providing this facility.
Can I please politely remind all clubs that 12noon deadline for results reporting is not a target time but an ABSOLUTE deadline. It has been encouraging this season thus far that all results have been reported on time, but the sooner the results are reported the better in terms of getting publication in the local papers. Many thanks for your continued co-operation.
OCA media secretary
OCA Grounds Questionnaire/Survey 2017
All clubs have been sent an email with the attached questionnaire and we hope that all will take part in this online survey, which will be collated by one of the Executive committee, and hopefully, we will be able to circulate the results and findings on the OCA Grounds.
We hope that in turn, this will assist us and our clubs in improving the standard of grounds, which must be a benefit to all.
If YOU wish to take part in this survey, please click on the form under 'Administration' on the home page, remembering to add your name and the name of your club.
Colin Olliffe - OCA General Secretary
Changes to handbook 2017 required:
Please note that the telephoine number for Ricky Armstrong - Chalgrove CC captain has changed to: 07415 722 437.
Please make the change in your handbooks.
Error on Page 36 of handbook - Umpires details
Please note that Les Fagg of Fringford CC is listed as umpire contact for Shrivenham and his telephone numbers are listed./
This is an error, so will you please cross these details out and ensure that Les is not contacted.
Colin Olliffe - OCA General Secretary.
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.
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.
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.