Review of Recreational League Cricket in Sussex

Dear Sussex Recreational League Club,

Further to the e-mail below, sent on 24th August, I am writing to thank you for the feedback we have received and to advise you of the next steps in the re-structuring of adult league cricket in the County.

As you know, through its subsidiary the Sussex Cricket Foundation (“SCF”), the Board of Sussex Cricket Ltd (“SCL”) had mandated the SCF Adult Leagues Group (“ALG”) to review the current structure and to recommend changes. The ALG has gone through an extensive consultation process and are pleased to report that, based on overwhelming support from over 100 Clubs with which we have communicated, the ALG (with the support of the four league Committees) will shortly be recommending to the SCL Board that a new recreational league structure be constituted. If those recommendations are approved by the SCL Board: –

  • The structure will take the form of one league containing all member Clubs of the four existing leagues – Sussex Premier, East Sussex, Mid Sussex and West Sussex Invitation.
  • The new league will operate from the 2019 season onward and will be known simply as the ‘Sussex Cricket League’.
  • Following the 2018 season, all Clubs will be formally invited to join the new league and its first AGM will take place in October / November 2018.
  • At that point, the four existing leagues will be dissolved.

However, as highlighted below, a very significant number of Clubs have expressed a desire for the playing side of the new structure to be in place for 2018, operated for one year only by the four existing league Committees. Should the majority of Clubs wish this to be the case, all governance aspects of the new league would then be prepared during 2018, ready for the new league to operate from the 2018 AGM onward.

Having looked closely at the practicalities, we are certain that this can be done. Therefore, we now need to establish QUICKLY BY A VOTE OF CLUBS whether there is enough of a desire among Clubs to justify beginning the playing structure in 2018. Accordingly, the ALG is asking you to tell us what your Club would like to do. We will conduct a simple process, based on one vote per Club and requiring a simple majority of club votes to be passed. If you do not vote, it will be assumed that you have no preference and are happy to go with the majority.

In order to cast your Club’s vote, you obviously need to know what the structure would look like in 2018 and other important details. Accordingly, I have set out below all the salient points that you need to consider before deciding: –

  • As I have said above, the first thing to bear in mind is that the restructuring is going to happen. You are deciding WHEN rather than IF.

STRUCTURE

  • The ALG selected the structure that was most popular, based on the enormous volume of feedback received from clubs during the consultation process.
  • A small group with combined knowledge of all four leagues then placed every team in Sussex in that structure. We have tried to do this as fairly as possible, balancing teams’ perceived level with their location.
  • The resulting DRAFT structure is attached Sussex Cricket Restructure Proposals (2018) – for distribution to clubs, including the finishing position of the teams last season.
  • Whilst the structure will not materially change, we would like to hear from any Club that wants to discuss the position of any of its teams. If you have been placed in what you believe is the wrong division or region, we will do our best to explain the rationale and/or put you where you want to be.
  • If you have a team in the current structure that you will not be fielding in 2018, or if you would like to enter extra teams, please let me know. Please bear in mind that the bottom of the structure will always change slightly with teams joining or leaving.

PLAYING CONDITIONS (Match Formats etc.)

  • The intention is that each part of the structure will – for 2018 only – adopt the playing conditions of the league that is running it. So, if you are down to move from the current SPCL to the West region for example, you would play WSICL rules in 2018.
  • Once the new league proper starts in 2019, playing conditions will be entirely decided by voting at the 2018 AGM.
  • It is important to note that all teams who are effectively changing leagues for 2018 will have the right to propose rule changes to be voted on at this year’s league AGMs (which are all in November). Any proposal must follow the procedure that will be in place in that league. Any rule change proposals or other agenda items already submitted to an AGM are unaffected, but new teams would have the right to vote on them.

WEBSITE / FIXTURES / REGISTRATION

  • If you do collectively vote to start in 2018, there will be a brand-new Play Cricket website created over the next 2-3 months which will be used in 2018 for everything that you will currently find/use on your league Play Cricket site.
  • The existing Play Cricket sites will be archived into the new one, so player stats etc. will be carried forward.
  • Fixtures for all divisions will be generated centrally from the new Play Cricket website. You would still need to advise your league fixture secretary of any details (free dates requests, pitch unavailability etc.) as you do now.
  • Player registration would also be done via the new website. All current registrations would be transferred (so no need to do anything), apart from those that are normally renewed on an annual basis, i.e. Category 3.

If you have any questions or comments about the structure or anything else above that you need to clarify before voting, please don’t hesitate to e-mail gary.stanley@sussexcricket.co.uk or call me (evening or weekend preferably on 07775 933311).

Given the tight timeframe we have, the deadline for voting will be Monday 16th October. Please advise us via the above e-mail address of your preference – 2018 or 2019 – by that date. You are also welcome to advise us if you have no preference.

We look forward to hearing from you.

On behalf of the Adult Leagues Group,

Kind Regards,

 

Gary Stanley

Sussex Cricket Limited, Board Member

Sussex Cricket Foundation, Trustee

West Sussex Invitation Cricket League, Chairman

6-a-side Finals Day

The 1st Central County Ground, Hove hosts the Finals Day of the Sussex Cricket Foundation Cup this Sunday (17th September).

Forty-two teams from across the county have taken part in the six-a-side tournament – now in its second year – with the winners of each of the seven qualifying events plus one losing finalist making it through to this weekend’s Finals Day.

The eight teams that have qualified are Broadbridge Heath, Glynde & Beddingham, Henfield, Ifield, Little Common Ramblers, Pagham, Preston Park and West Chiltington & Thakeham.

They will battle it out in two groups, with the top two from each going through to the semi-finals, before the winners of those matches contest the final.

The semi-finals and final will take place under floodlights.

Each game will be made up of five overs per-side, with teams playing in coloured kit and with pink balls.

Play gets underway in Group A at 9.30am, with the action in Group B starting at 1.30pm.

Coaching from Sussex players and Sussex Cricket Foundation coaching staff will be on offer for juniors from the participating clubs.

Entertainment for spectators includes a mascot race, with Sussex’s very own Sid the Shark lining up on the start-line. Food and drink will be on sale.

As has been the case at each of the qualifying hubs, there will also be a raffle raising money for the Sussex Cricket Foundation.

Entry to the Sussex Cricket Foundation Cup Finals Day on Sunday 17th September is FREE.

More information on the Sussex Cricket Foundation and its charitable activities is available HERE.

U10 Gilbert Cup

Sussex Cricket Foundation, in association with Royal London, delivered the U10 Gilbert Cup across the County throughout the Summer.

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There were four preliminary competitions, one in each area to determine the top eight Under 10 teams, who would compete at the 1st Central County Ground in Hove.

In total, 34 different junior cricket clubs across the County took part in the competition, the eight that were welcomed to Hove were; Chippindale CC, Chichester Priory Park CC, Laughton CC, Lindfield CC, Pevensey CC, St Matthias CC, Three Bridges CC & West Chiltington & Thakeham CC.

With beautiful sunshine at Hove, the 150 on looking supporters enjoyed some exciting pairs cricket, with plenty of boundaries, clever bowling, athletic fielding & spectacular catches.

It was an all East Area final, with Laughton CC & Pevensey CC facing off for the Gilbert Cup. In a tight game, it was Pevensey who prevailed and took the title home.

Paul Baker of Chippingdale CC said “Many, many thanks to the Sussex Cricket for hosting this competition, we’re are so glad we took part. Some good learnings and magic moments, which is what cricket at this age is all about.”

If your club would be interested in taking part in the Sussex Cricket U10 softball competition next season, please get in touch with gary.wallis-tayler@sussexcricket.co.uk.

EDUCATION: No Boundaries Project

No Boundaries is a Sussex cricket Foundation employability initiative designed to support Sussex job seekers back into work.

We were lucky enough to be joined last month by Sian Morse, Sales Manager for Centreplate UK, based at The 1st Central County Ground.

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12 No Boundaries Learners attended an interactive and informative careers talk based around the theme of careers within
sales within the Hospitality & Events Sector.

The session was part of a two week employability course helping learners gain skills and qualifications to help them move closer to work.

Our programmes in the community aim to create better futures for all and we are very grateful to Centreplate for supporting this programme.

The learners thoroughly enjoyed the session and gained a real insight into future careers within the Hospitality and Catering sector.

For more info about our employability programmes visit www.sussexcricketfoundation.co.uk

Pagham seal fifth spot at Finals Day!

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Congratulations to Pagham, who will be at our 6-a-side Finals Day on Sunday 17th September!

Teams from Pagham, Selsey and West Wittering competed in a group format, with the top two teams progressing to the final, which saw a victorious Pagham side overcome West Wittering.

There was excellent support for all sides and a great turnout of juniors who were treated to a coaching session by Sussex County Cricket Club staff, including Delray Rawlins and Harry Finch. ‘Sid the Shark’ was also in attendance. Our thanks go to West Wittering CC who hosted the event.

Our next stop on our 6-a-side tour will be Crawley Eagles Cricket Club on Sunday 23rd July 2017. Good luck to all of the teams involved!

To find out more about our fundraising activities, please visit http://sussexcricketfoundation.co.uk/get-involved/ 

Blackstone Academy Ground Open Day

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On Sunday 2nd July, Sussex Cricket Foundation took the opportunity to show case it’s stunning Blackstone Academy Ground, sponsored by Hurstpierpoint College.  Under the backdrop of wall to wall sunshine, both the Trustees and their guests enjoyed two competitive games of cricket, along with food and refreshments.

Secretary Nigel Russell explained “Through creating better futures for all, we want to get adults involved, children involved, women involved, disabled people involved and people from deprived backgrounds involved. Then, we keep them involved in the game. Through Health and Education programmes, we show cricket as an inclusive force for social good in the community.”

Guest Malcolm Thorpe from Haywards Heath said “It is very well run with some very committed people.  Evidence of that is the caliber of Sussex staff who have turned out today.  Our Foundation is perhaps the best in the country who are operating on many levels.  I went to a Sussex visually impaired match last season as organised by the Foundation and it was great”.

CEO Rob Andrew commented “This ground is amazing and anyone playing or watching cricket here would be inspired by the place”.

It’s time to get involved and embrace this amazing Foundation vibe. To read our Annual Review, follow the link below –http://sussexcricketfoundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SCF-Annual-Review.pdf

Credit: Colin Bowman.

It’s with great sadness that we report the death of Tim Monday

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Tim Monday joined West Chiltington & Thakeham CC in 2013/14 as Club Captain from Wisborough Green and helped the club secure promotion to the Sussex Premier league two years later. He will be remembered for his loveable character, knowledge of the game and most importantly encouragement of junior cricket. He leaves a son, and team mate, Jack Elliott Monday.

Little Common Ramblers will be at Finals Day!

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Congratulations to Little Common Ramblers, who have booked their place at our 6-a-side Finals Day on Sunday 17th September!

Teams from Heathfield Park, Plumpton, Little Common Ramblers, Crowborough, Robertsbridge and Hurstpeirpoint competed in a group format and then semi-finals. This was followed by the final itself between Plumpton and Little Common Ramblers, which saw Little Common Ramblers run out as winners.

There was excellent support for all sides and a great turnout of juniors who were treated to a coaching session by SCCC staff, including Steve Magoffin and Stuart Whittingham. ‘Sid the Shark’ was also in attendance. Our thanks go to Heathfield Park CC who hosted the event.

Our next stop on our 6-a-side tour will be West Wittering Cricket Club on Sunday, 16th July 2017. Good luck to all of the teams involved!