OF A JOINT P.C.S.C. & E.S.C.L. COMMITTEE MEETING
FOLLOWED BY AN E.S.C.L.
HELD ON THURSDAY 7th DECEMBER 2017 AT 7.30 P.M.
BILL WICKHAM PAVILION, BUXTED PARK SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB
Crees (in the chair for the ESCL part of the meeting), The Rev'd K.C. Jeffery
(Hon. Secretary), C. Bates, C. Fox, P. McNally, D. Page, D. Procter, (Fixture
Secretary, et al), R. Sewell, D. White; J. Harvey, T. Ramsden and A. Shanks (in
the chair for the P.C.S.C. part of the meeting)
1.18 It was agreed unanimously
by the members of the P.C.S.C. that the post of chairman of the P.C.S.C. should
be taken by Andy Shanks.
2.18 Apologies had been received from A. Hughes (a
member of both P.C.S.C. and E.S.C.L.) and R. Newman (E.S.C.L.)
3.18 A number
of issues (e.g. fielding disc markers, declarations, reduction of overs by one
over for every 7½ minutes of time lost, delayed starts and the possible
use of a Duckworth-Lewis App to calculate the points of two teams in a cricket
match, the number of bowlers and the number of overs they could bowl, fielders
outside the marked area) with regard to the contents of the proposed Playing Conditions
2018 - SCL Regional East Divisions 5-14 (ex-ESCL 1-11) were raised. After extensive
discussion (if accepted by both the P.C.S.C. and the ESCL committee) these were
incorporated into the revised draft. This revised document is now an appendix
to these joint minutes, having been circulated after the meeting to all members
of the joint body for comment.
THIS POINT, THE BUSINESS OF THE P.C.S.C. HAVING BEEN COMPLETED, THOSE MEMBERS
NOT ON THE MAIN COMMITTEE, LEFT THE MEETING.
4.18 A letter was read from Derek
Barnard, former chairman, to the members of the committee expressing his and Sheila's
warm appreciation for the various presentations that had been made to them on
his retirement from the committee, and thanking the committee members for their
support over the many years of his chairmanship.
Peter Crees was welcomed into
the post of chairman, though, as he pointed out, the typical sentiment from his
contacts in the league was one of commiseration!
5.18 Elections: it was agreed
nemine contradicente to appoint David White as vice-chairman of the committee
for the coming year. It was also agreed to continue to use the kind services of
the county CWO as the league's own CW officer. David Procter agreed (if needed
under the new arrangements) to take responsibility for the post of Results' Secretary.
There were no co-options to make.
6.18 Minutes of the previous meeting held
on 12th October 2017 were approved and signed.
7.18 Matters arising &
i. AGM: - various matters had been raised in the general session
which followed the business of the AGM. Among these were the following:
prices - it was agreed that an absolute maximum price for teas should be £50,
though this would be left to the fair-mindedness of clubs rather than be regulated
Finance, the future of ESCL assets - this would be discussed at the
upcoming ALG meeting on 11th December, but ESCL would be looking for an equitable
Panel Umpires: these, too, would be discussed at the upcoming ALG
meeting on 11th December, but David White would look into the possibility of holding
the customary pre-season umpires' & captains' meeting at which recent Law
changes might be outlined by an officer of the county association.
the sponsor was very keen that this should continue, and so were the committee.
However, this was another matter for the ALG meeting.
Our Trophies: Dave Procter
had spoken to an engraver who saw no problem, if required, in supplying the means
of identifying each trophy with the new county-wide Division number to replace
the existing one.
ii. Juniors umpiring in League games: A suggestion had been
made that ESCL should introduce a rule that only over 17-year-olds be allowed
to officiate. There was complete agreement that juniors should be protected from
any unfair treatment whilst umpiring. There was, however, no disposition to legislate
towards that end. It was felt by the committee that this came under the responsibility
of each club, and that common sense on the part of captains and other players
should be sufficient safeguard.
iii. AGM absences: The Hon. Secretary read
out a list of clubs not represented at the AGM. It was agreed that except in the
case of genuine unavoidability the customary penalty should be claimed. The Hon.
Treasurer would apply the penalties.
8.18 Finance: - The treasurer reported
that the main sponsorship money for 2017 had now been received, and an invoice
from Inter Sport of Lewes had been paid. TWBCC had still not deposited the replacement
reimbursement cheque which had been issued nearly six months ago.
Dave Procter would be attending the ALG meeting on 11th December and so might
learn more there about the cup competition and more generally the provision of
fixtures for 2018.
10.18 Umpires' report: Chris Bates explained that under
the Play-Cricket system, no coordinator would be needed to manage the captains'
assessment of umpires.
11.18 Disciplinary subcommittee: David White had reported
that Chiddingly C.C. had asked for a reconsideration of the 20 points suspended
deduction they had earlier received. In view of the fact that this penalty would
only be applied in the event of further disciplinary infringement, the committee
upheld the original decision, and asked the disciplinary subcommittee chairman
to convey this to the Chiddingly C.C. chairman.
12.18 Meetings of the ESCL
committee for 2018: the following dates were provisionally agreed, subject to
the availability of the Buxted Park pavilion.
25th January, 8th March, 10th
May, 7th June, 12th July, 9th August, 13th September and 11th October 2018. In
addition, these other dates were agreed: Open Meeting, Wednesday 11th April, Annual
General Meeting, Wednesday 14th November. It was further agreed to make the start
of meetings at 7.00 p.m.
13.18 The meeting closed at 9.35 pm.