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

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.

Inter-Hub Disability Cricket Tournament

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On Monday 3rd July we hosted our first inter-hub Disability Cricket tournament at Eastbourne Sports Centre.

The tournament, funded by Lord’s Taverners, involved 20 players from the Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes Disability Hubs.

The format was 6-a-side Kwik Cricket along with a longest hit challenge.

Congratulations go to the Eastbourne Hub for winning the tournament.

Hastings was the winner of the longest hit challenge. Thanks to all the players, parents, staff and coaches for putting on a memorable and hugely enjoyable day.

If you would like to know more about disability cricket in Sussex please contact aroop.tanna@sussexcricket.co.uk

 

DIScoverABILITY Day 2017

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We had 250 attendees supported by a team of 80 volunteers, 8 members of the County Disability Squad and 13 coaches and of course…glorious sunshine! 

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The day encompassed the volunteers gathering for a briefing before setting up a number of different stations for participants to practice different cricketing skills. Visitors were greeted by Sid the Shark and worked their way around the ground (anti-clockwise) visiting different zones before finishing off with a skills assessment where they were awarded a gold, silver or bronze stickers and leaving with some goodies after completing Sid’s Big Hit challenge. A number of our guests then stayed on to play matches with members of our County Disability Squad.

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All Stars Cricket Launches This Week!!

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And your local centre still has spaces left for your #littlestar

All Stars Cricket is a fun filled 8 week programme for girls and boys aged 5-8. There are over 25,000 children across the country taking part in the programme and it promises to be the best first experience of cricket for your child.

Run by accredited activators, the programme will enable children to learn skills like catching, throwing and teamwork in a fun, game based, and safe environment. Each child gets a backpack, bat, water bottle, cap and personalised t shirt.

There are 65 Centres in Sussex, with over 1100 children signed up.

Spaces are running out, so act quickly and sign up at allstarscricket.co.uk, for more information please contact us on all.starscricket@sussexcricket.co.uk

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ENGLAND: Sussex trio named in England VI World Cup Squad

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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