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Minutes of Committee Meeting
7th December 2017

MINUTES OF A JOINT P.C.S.C. & E.S.C.L. COMMITTEE MEETING
FOLLOWED BY AN E.S.C.L. COMMITTEE MEETING
HELD ON THURSDAY 7th DECEMBER 2017 AT 7.30 P.M.
AT THE BILL WICKHAM PAVILION, BUXTED PARK SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB


P. 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.

AT 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 & other issues:
i. AGM: - various matters had been raised in the general session which followed the business of the AGM. Among these were the following:
tea 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 by ESCL.
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 outcome.
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.
Cup Competitions: 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.
9.18 Fixtures. 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.