New Umpire Courses for 2016/17 have been arranged and places remain available. Details can be found in the Administration Section.
2016 Presentation Dinner details (Update as of 6th October 2016)
Full details have been sent out to all club contacts and have also been added under 'Administration' on the OCA website.
We wish to advise that our invited speaker (Graeme Pollock) is no longer able to visit the UK as he has to undergo an operation and cannot travel.
However, we are pleased to advise that Ebony Rainford-Brent has accepted our invitation to attend the dinner and will give her talk after dinner and present the trophies etc.
Ebony Rainford-Brent is a World Cup-winning former England international and the first black woman to play for the national side. Her profile will be available to read and download from the OCA website under 'Administration' and we are sure that she will be the ideal person to speak at our dinner, and are very much looking forward to her visit.
Please can I ask clubs to start returning their forms and menu choices, as time is now 'ticking by' quickly.
Return of trophies
Can I remind all clubs holding OCA trophies that they should be returned to Treasurer, Steve Oliver, by the 1st October. Contact details are in the handbook.
As the end of the financial year approaches, could I remind all clubs to check the website for outstanding penalties and to pay them promptly. failure to do so will incur administrative charges.
Inter League Game result - OCA v Cherwell - Sunday 21st August 2016
Congratulations to Sam Willett for putting together a winning team, who batted first, scoring just over 180 runs and then bowling out the Cherwell team for 68 runs.
A full report can be seen under 'Administration' on the OCA website.
Well done to the OCA...3 wins in four years of the competition!
The match can be viewed on www.horspathcricket.com view on youtube
Procedure for Appeals.
Should a player or club have any reason to appeal against any penalty, this should be sent to the OCA Chairman, Mr. Brian Standish, together with the relevant cheque.
OCA General Secretary
Clarification on OCA Rules regarding High Full Tosses - Beamers
OCA Match rule 30 states: The MCC Laws governing the game of cricket will operate unless amended by regulation below.
There is no amendment to MCC Law in the OCA match regulations to Law 42.6(b) applies in full
Any delivery, other than a slow paced one, over waist high is a No Ball and Caution
Any slow paced delivery over shoulder high is a No Ball and Caution
This applies whether or not the batsman hits the ball, is hit by it or it misses him by yards.
There may have been some confusion with TV matches and other regulations where everything above waist high is a no ball but cautions only issued if not a slow delivery but this is NOT the case in the OCA Match Rules
Ian Royle -
O.C.A. President appointed!!
The OCA Executive are delighted to announce that David Burns has accepted the position of President of the Association, and will take on the role as from June 2016.
With David's knowledge of the game and a former member of the Executive committee, we know that he will be a great asset to the association and wish him well in this role.
Can all club secretaries and contacts ensure that your members are made aware of this appointment.
Colin Olliffe - O.C.A.General Secretary
ECB Guidance on helmets..
Please see details of this under 'Administration' and ensure that your club members are aware of the importance of wearing a helmet?
Covers and Sight Screens notification to all member clubs
This is a notice to advise all clubs that they are expected to provide pitch covers (flat sheets or roll-on) as from the beginning of the 2016 season, and checks by the Facilities Secretary will be made to ensure that these are available.
With regards to Sight Screens, this is a forward notice to advise ALL CLUBS that as from 2017, sight screens MUST be provided, so if your club is still without these, plans should be put in place during this coming season.