Sport Needs You campaign: Sussex Premier Cricket League recruits 13 new umpires

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The Sussex Premier Cricket League has recruited 13 new umpires in the wake of a campaign by this newspaper. The Sport Needs You campaign was launched after hearing referee and umpire shortages in some local leagues in Sussex.

So the campaign focussed on what was needed and how people can get into officiating the sports they love.
With the restructure of the Sussex Cricket League next year, they were looking to recruit between 10-15 new umpires – including the league’s first female umpire in 16 years.

Sussex Premier Cricket League secretary Terry Burstow sent us this message.

He said: “The League have recorded in the Minutes of their recent Meeting, their grateful thanks for the considerable help you have given them in their Umpire Recruitment Campaign.

“The Panel has been boosted by 13 Umpires. It was known that five of the 71 had left so the target was 10 to 15 and that has been achieved. Thank you.”

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ENGLAND: Sussex trio named in England VI World Cup Squad


Dan Field in action previously for the England VI XI

Three Sussex players were today included when the England and Wales Cricket Board announced a 15-man Visually Impaired squad for the upcoming World Cup in India.

Dan Field, Si Ledwith and Jimmy Millard were all included in the England squad, who kick off their competition on 31st January against Pakistan in Delhi. They will then compete against Australia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies in a round-robin format. The top four teams will then qualify for the semi-finals and final on 11th and 12th February respectively.

All-rounder Luke Sugg will captain the side in a World T20 tournament for the second time. The squad includes two uncapped players; Rory Hossell and Gareth Jones. Rory joins his brother Edward in the squad while Gareth is aiming to represent England at a second sport, having already played international football.

ECB’s Head of Disability Cricket Ian Martin said: “The squad has developed so much under Ross Hunter over the last four years I have no doubt that we will be competitive in the tournament. Playing in India is a wonderful experience for cricketers at all levels and our Visually Impaired Squad are no different.

“I know that the team will prepare well and perform to the best of their ability – if they do that then we’ll have a great chance to take on the blind cricket powerhouses of India and Pakistan.”

England Visually Impaired Head Coach Ross Hunter said: “I am incredibly excited about this group of players. It is the most talented group that I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with.

“We know that we will need to play two of the best games that we’ve ever played to win the tournament and I think we have the ability within the squad to do that. I think that’s a first for England Visually Impaired cricket, which is fantastic.”

England Visually Impaired Squad:
Luke Sugg – Captain, Warwickshire
Amin Afshari – Kent
Peter Blueitt – Yorkshire
Matthew Dean – London Metro
Nathan Foy – Warwickshire
Daniel Field – Sussex
Justin Hollingsworth – Warwickshire
Edward Hossell – Somerset
Rory Hossell – Somerset
Gareth Jones – London Metro
Mahomed Khatri – Warwickshire
Simon Ledwith – Sussex
James Millard – Sussex

Matthew Page – London Metro
Mark Turnham – Warwickshire

England Fixtures:

31.01.17 England vs Pakistan
01.02.17 England vs New Zealand
02.02.17 England vs India
03.02.17 England vs Sri Lanka
04.02.17 England vs South Africa
05.02.17 England vs Bangladesh
07.02.17 England vs Nepal
08.02.17 England vs Australia
09.02.17 England vs West Indies
11.02.17 Semi-finals
12.02.17 Final

ECB Coach Awards 2017

It’s time for us all to say a big “Thank You” and in doing so, we have great pleasure in attaching the nomination forms for the 2017 ECB Coach Awards.

We are sure you will be in total agreement, that these awards are a great way of saying “thank you” to the many many people who work tirelessly and give so much to this wonderful game of ours.

For 2017, we have maintained the same categories as last year, being :-

• Category 1 Outstanding Contribution
• Category 2 Coach of the Year
• Category 3 Young Coach of the Year

Can we please ask you to complete the above nomination forms and email them to prior to Friday 10th February 2017. Please try to include as much detail as possible, as these forms are the only item used to determine “National Winners”.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to receiving your nominations.

Training for Club Welfare Officers


Training for NEWLY appointed Club Welfare Officers (CWOs) has two elements, both of which involve an evening training workshop.  Firstly, CWOs need to attend Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC), which provides core knowledge around generic safeguarding / welfare issues.  Following this, the Safe Hands Workshop (SH) is cricket specific and provides full details of the ECB’s Safe Hands policy and requirements for clubs.  Combined, these workshops provide a training pack to enable club welfare officers to acquire the core knowledge and develop their skills in order to fulfil their role and responsibilities.


Training has also been arranged for EXISTING CWOs which is a 2-hour refresher course and can ONLY be attended by CWOs who need to renew their certificates. This course will run at Sussex County Cricket Club. Existing CWOs now DO NOT need to attend an SPC course as part of CWO refresher training.

A trained CWO is a requirement for Clubmark accreditation and for all adult league clubs.

Safe Hands workshop – £30
Venue Date
Mayfield CC 18:30 – 21:30 Mon 30th Jan 2017 *INITIAL COURSE
Arundel CC 18:30 – 21:30 Weds 1st Feb 2017 *INITIAL COURSE
Hove (Sussex CCC) 18:30 – 21:30 Mon 6th Feb 2017 *REFRESHER


SPC Workshop – £30
Venue Date
Mayfield CC 10:00 – 13:00 Sat 28th Jan 2017
Arundel CC 10:00 – 13:00 Sun 29th Jan 2017

To book your place on any of the above workshops, please complete the application form and return with a cheque for the appropriate amount (SPC cost is £30, SH workshop £30), made payable to ‘Sussex Cricket Foundation’, to Gary Wallis-Tayler, Sussex Cricket Foundation, Eaton Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3AN.

Alternatively you can book and pay online here

NatWest Cricket Force 2017


CricketForce offers the perfect opportunity to engage members of your club who don’t usually get involved and also to attract new members.

In addition, reaching out to your local community by approaching new people and businesses for support will help to build a sustainable future for your club.

For details and to register go to:

For a Step-by-step Guide to organising your NatWest CricketForce event click on the link below.

Step-by-step Guide to organising your NatWest CricketForce event

‘Companionship this Christmas success’ at Sussex


Sussex Cricket threw open the doors of The 1st Central County Ground on Christmas Day to elderly people who were planning on spending their day alone, for a ‘Companionship this Christmas’ event, which was presented by Warrens Law and Advocacy. 

The day ran with the help of organisations such as Sharp Insight, Brighton and Hove City Council and Age UK and saw over 65 people attend, including several volunteers from Sussex Cricket.

Keith Greenfield, Director of Cricket at Sussex, was in attendance with his family on the day and said, “The day was a great success. We are extremely thankful to Warrens Law and Advocacy who were the main sponsor of the day. We’re also thankful to Big Lemon Bus company for supplying transport for our guests, Palmer & Harvey, Heineken, Adams Wholesale, and all the rest of the sponsors that enabled so many local lonely people to have a day in good company and enjoy a fun day.

“The day was supported by many volunteers who we need to thank as without them, we couldn’t have made the day happen. Finally, a big thanks to Becky Sharp, from Sharp Insight, whose original idea it was and organised the logistics for the day.”

The day itself began with a traditional Christmas dinner at around 12:30, followed by the Queen’s speech, plenty of fun and games, and a special appearance from Sussex President David Bowden, who provided some admirable magic tricks for all the guests alongside his grandson.

On what was such a fantastic occasion for all, the day would never have been as successful as it was without the magnificent support from all of those involved, including volunteers and other companies. There are a number of companies that helped the day to be such a success and they included the likes of;

Big Lemon Bus, who provided a bus driver on the day as well as transport for a number of those that attended.

Adams Wholesale, who provided the club with all of the vegetables that were included in the Christmas Dinner, enough for over 65 people.

Heineken, who provided the club with enough lager to again be shared around over 65 people.

Palmer & Harvey, who provided the club with wines and chocolates that were suitably enjoyed on the day.

Baker Bennett, who supplied the club with mince pies that were served throughout the day.

As well as the commendable help that was received to supply the food and beverages, there was a large number of present donations that were given to all of the attendees. This encompassed all of the staff at Sussex Cricket who gave up their ‘Secret Santa’ to provide at least one present per person, as well as player fines contributing to pay the chef and supply the turkey.

Sussex Cricket were also delighted to receive support from such companies, as Tesco, The Body Shop and Thorntons, who all provided gifts to what they saw was an incredible event.

A special mention must also go to OCSL who chose the Sussex Cricket Foundation as one of the charities they chose to support during their ‘12 days of Christmas’ campaign, which saw them support local charities by collecting a fantastic number of present donations throughout December.

As well as this, present donations came in from family members of Sussex Cricket staff, people throughout the community, and Business Pulse.

The people that attended the day were absolutely thrilled and one attendee made a point of saying, “I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this because usually I can get very lonely, I am so bored of staring at the four walls of my house every day and it’s lovely to spend this day with so many amazing people.”

Sussex Cricket were delighted with the success of the first ‘Companionship this Christmas’ event and are looking to develop and progress this marvellous event in the following year.