Carol Concert Cancelled

CAROL CONCERT – Monday 18th December, 2017

It is with regret that the proposed CAROL CONCERT, due to be held at the 1st Central County Ground, Hove at 7pm on Monday 18th December, 2017, has been CANCELLED.

The proposed event, organised by the Sussex Cricket Foundation, has not attracted sufficient numbers to make it viable.  Those who purchased tickets – and thank you for doing so – are having their money returned to them.

John Abbott

Chair, SCF Fundraising Committee.

3pm, Monday 11th December, 2017

Sussex Cricket Foundation set to launch Young Leaders in Cricket Programme

The Sussex Cricket Foundation are expanding their Young Leaders in Cricket Programme across the County in 2018. This exciting initiative, run in partnership with the ECB, will be made available to young players at clubs & secondary school pupils aged between 14-16.


The programme is comprised of six face to face/web modules including Leadership, Team Building, First Aid, Officiating & Scoring, Groundsmanship and Fundraising and will give students a chance to learn about the different roles available in cricket and sport. Unlike other courses students are asked to raise half of the course fee by fundraising at their local club or school, or in the local community.

This programme has run successfully in clubs for the past two years where 84 leaders have successfully completed the programme which concludes with a presentation at Lord’s. The Sussex Cricket Foundation would now like to pilot the programme in a handful of schools as well as clubs in 2018.

Gary Wallis-Tayler, who leads the project, said: “This programme is a fantastic way of learning about different roles that are available not only in cricket but in sport in general. The opportunity to fundraise & volunteer through the programme will hopefully help students decide on their future career pathway”.

If schools and clubs would like to register their interest in the programme please contact Gary Wallis-Tayler on or for further information on the programme please visit the website

Sussex Cricket Supporters Club – Christmas Lunch with Rob Andrew

SUSSEX CRICKET Supporters Club invites you to:


Who? – Anyone and everyone!

When? – Saturday 2nd December, 2017 at 12.30pm;

Where? – The Long Room in the Spen Cama Pavilion at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove;

What? – Traditional Xmas lunch (vegetarian option available);

How much? – £23 per person.

Why? – Come and enjoy a fabulous meal and hear Rob ANDREW speak about his first year at Sussex Cricket.

To book your place, or for more information, please contact Barbara EAGLES on 01273 778988 by Monday 27th November, 2017.

Sussex Cricket Foundation Girls Holiday Camp

During the half term the Sussex Cricket Foundation through the funding and support of the Aldridge Foundation put on a four-day holiday camp for girls at the Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre.

Over the four days girls from the age of 8- 11-year olds were coached cricket with fun games over three hours per day, followed by a two-hour session with girls aged 12 – 16 working on hard ball skills, drills and fun games.

All the sessions were free to the girls, as this was done through the sponsor of the Aldridge Foundation project which the Sussex Cricket Foundation are running. The four days were a success with 10 girls coached for the younger age group each day and 21 girls coached for the older group in the afternoon.

Sussex Cricket Foundation Women and Girls Development Officer, Charlotte Burton said, “The girls’ half term camp was a huge success, yes we would like to encourage more girls for the younger session, but the girls who came to both sessions enjoyed the four days, showed real improvement over the days and took a lot from the camp as well as having lots of fun. Having the opportunity thanks to the Aldridge Foundation to give girls the chance to try cricket at no cost, at a high-quality facility and coached by high quality Sussex Cricket Foundation coaches is great for girls’ cricket in Sussex.”

There will be more holiday camps in 2018, with one being held in February half term. Please keep an eye on our website and social media sites to register your daughter on the next half term camp.

In the meantime, the Sussex Cricket Foundation are still running the girls Aldridge Foundation Hubs at the Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre, Portslade Leisure Centre, Worthing High, Plumpton College and The Triangle in Burgess Hill.

For more information on all our girls’ hubs, holiday camps or anything to do with Women and Girls cricket in Sussex please email

Sussex Cricket League Update

Strategy for Cricket in Sussex – Review of Recreational League Cricket

Update from Adult Leagues Group Chairman, Gary Stanley


Many thanks for your responses. I can now confirm that we will be proceeding with the new playing structure in 2018, with the Sussex Cricket League proper to commence in 2019. All but 25 of the league clubs in Sussex voted and the final tally was 102 to 12 in favour of 2018, so a very clear steer from you.

Next Steps

The ALG will meet next Monday (23rd) to discuss all of the things that need to be in place for 2018, including a final review of the team placings. Some of you requested an adjustment for one or more of your teams and we will do what we can to accommodate this whilst retaining the overall balance.
Shortly thereafter, you will receive the final structure and a lot of further information, including what you need to do in terms of AGMs, which begin on 6th November.
Kind Regards,

Gary Stanley


SCF Adult Leagues Group


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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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.


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