The LWC Drinks Cornwall Cricket League Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 24th January at County Hall, Truro at 7.30pm.
LWC Drinks Cornwall Cricket League AGM Report 2018
LWC Drinks Cornwall Cricket League officials have praised clubs for their ‘enlightened thinking and support for the League and ECB’ after a number of positive rule changes were embraced and voted in at the Annual Meeting. Out of 25 proposals only two failed to be carried on the night. In recent seasons the ECB have conducted a number of player surveys in a bid to understand the playing formats preferred by players in the recreational game, as numbers have declined countrywide. The feedback has been a preference for win/lose and shorter games, earlier start times and less travel time. The ECB’s ‘Get the Game On’ campaign advocates that leagues should provide formats that best suits players to deliver a 5-6 hour ‘perfect day’ game; allow for rain rules in order for matches to be completed; have flexible player eligibility rules and ensure that Women & Girls cricket is available. The Cornwall League has been moving in this direction and the trend continues with a number of changes being endorsed by clubs to endeavour to make the game more attractive.
It was voted in that clubs can now mutually agree to bring forward a start time to as early as 11am. Also, outside of the countywide divisions, the captains can agree to play a minimum of 20 overs per side if wished. This could see games concluded before any forecasted bad weather closes in. Teams can also start 30 minutes later without a reduction of overs, either by mutual agreement or in the event of a delayed start.
Division 2 has been moved to Tier 2 so will play under the same format as Division 3. Matches will be of 45 overs, bowler restrictions will be 25% of the available overs instead of 20 % and there will be no fielding restrictions. Divisions 2 & 3 East will start at 1pm while in the west clubs voted for 1.30pm.
Division 4 has been moved to Tier 3 so has a reduction from 45 to 40 overs, but 1.30pm starts remain. Divisions 5, 6 and 7 remain at 40 overs but will start 30 minutes earlier at 1.30pm. Bowling Restrictions remain at 25% of the available overs.
Other changes see a relaxation of player eligibility rules. Points penalties will automatically apply for all conceded matches. Additionally, after issues last year, should a Premier or County 1 club concede there will be a £200 fine imposed. Also a five point penalty per player will be levied on any clubs fielding short sided teams in the top two divisions. The definition of a higher level player has been revised to reflect involvement in his/her club’s more recent matches; League administration rules are to be more flexible; eligibility criteria and a timeline introduced for promotion to the Premier and County 1 divisions and the annual rule proposals process will be streamlined, with the LMC taking greater control of the process.
Looking ahead to 2019 divisions 4 & below will comprise of 10 instead of 12 teams, playing between May and August only. The LMC will formulate the promotion and relegation scenarios required to achieve this for the lower divisions, and announce prior to this season commencing.
In the Premier League this year the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern (D/L/S) method will be used for the first time in all rain interrupted games. Premier clubs voted 9-3 in favour of its adoption. It will be the responsibility of the home club to make sure a competent person is available to calculate the ‘Target’ and make sure that the ‘Par’ score for the end of the over is correct.
A proposal to relax the ‘one current or former First Class player rule’ to exempt any player who has not played First Class cricket in the last 5 years was the other proposal that failed on the night in addition to a 1pm start in Division 2 & 3 West. The vote was 6-6 by Premier clubs but a clear majority is required to change any rule.
Jonathan Lambert and Mike Kent, who had filled vacant results administrator posts last year, were formally elected as Result Officers. Co-opted Management Committee members Chris Leathley (Helston CC) and Colin Phillips (Menheniot Looe CC) were also formally elected as full members.
All other Officers were re-elected unopposed for 2018: President – C Rosevear; Chairman – A Kent; Vice-Chairman – D Eggins; Hon Secretary – K Goldsmith; Hon Treasurer – C Marsh; Operations & Media Officer and Premier/ County 1 Results Secretary – M Weeks; Registration Secretary and East Results Secretary – J Lambert; West Results Secretary – M Kent.
The President, Clive Rosevear, made the following presentations. The ‘Lenny Lobb Fair Play Award’ for Premier clubs, marked by match umpires, was retained by Helston CC. The ‘Ron Fenton Fair Play Trophy’ for County Division 1 clubs was presented to Werrington seconds. The Archie Smith Trophy for the outstanding young player was won by Troon’s Lewis Goldsworthy while Elliot Dunnett (Wadebridge CC) won the Clive Osborne Trophy for the outstanding young eastern bowler.
Truro won the Bradley Trophy for the leading Premier League batting average scoring 3610 runs for the loss of 108 wickets, average 33.43. The Littlejohns Trophy for the lowest Premier bowling average was won by St Just taking 154 wickets for 2383 runs, average 15.47.
The Division 4 & below (West) ‘Sporting Trophy’ for the highest batting average (10 inns or more) was won by Gareth Jones of St Day CC. He hit 557 runs at 79.57. Thirteen year old William Jenkin of Helston CC, received the ‘Beecher Williams Trophy’ for the lowest bowling average in Divisions 4 & below (West). He took 36 wickets at just 5.78 apiece.
LWC Drinks Cornwall Cricket League Rule Changes
|23 of 25 Proposals were Carried – More than 50% is required to change a rule||Votes|
|No||Proposal Summary||Yes||No||Void||Absent||Cast||Max||% In Favour|
|1||Changes to rule change procedures – October ballot discretionary||103||9||6||3||112||121||92.0|
|2||Proposal 1 carried so 2 not applicable|
|3||e ballot option extended outside of administrative rules||81||32||5||3||113||121||71.7|
|4||Conceded Matches points penalties to apply||69||44||5||3||113||121||61.1|
|5||Proposal 4 carried so 5 not applicable|
|6||Only 1 game per player per day||109||5||4||3||114||121||95.6|
|7||Captains may agree to allow ineligible players||63||55||0||3||118||121||53.4|
|8||Rewords the definition of a higher level player||84||34||0||3||118||121||71.2|
|9||75% rule put back to third Saturday in August||79||37||2||3||116||121||68.1|
|10||Conceded games priority may be waived by LMC||77||34||7||3||111||121||69.4|
|11||Max bowling points if innings declared before 50% of overs||82||35||1||3||117||121||70.1|
|12||Mobile communications not allowed on the field||100||17||1||3||117||121||85.5|
|13||First Class Player (20 games) not played in previous 5 years to be exempt||6||6||0||0||12||12||50.0|
|14||Premier -The Duckworth/Lewis/Stern (D/L/S) Method shall be used.||9||3||0||0||12||12||75.0|
|15||Premier – A bowler limited to one fast short-pitched delivery per over.||12||0||0||0||12||12||100.0|
|16||County 1 teams to apply for Premier eligibility criteria by 31 May||15||9||0||0||24||24||62.5|
|17||Premier or County Division 1 concessions – 20pts deduction & £200 fine||19||5||0||0||24||24||79.2|
|18||Premier or County 1 short sided teams – 5pts deduction per player short||18||6||0||0||24||24||75.0|
|19||Division 2 teams to apply for County 1 eligibility criteria by 31 May||26||7||2||1||33||36||78.8|
|20||Divisions 2 & 3 East only All matches will start at 1.00pm||18||6||0||0||24||24||75.0|
|21||Divisions 2 & 3 West only All matches will start at 1.00pm||9||15||0||0||24||24||37.5|
|22||Divisions 2 & 3 may start from 11am and play min of 20 overs.||37||8||2||1||45||48||82.2|
|23||Divisions 4 & below – 10 Team Divisions to apply for 2019||43||29||2||2||72||76||59.7|
|24||Divisions 4 & below East only All matches will start at 1.30pm||25||15||0||2||40||42||62.5|
|25||Divisions 4 & below West only All matches will start at 1.30pm||22||17||0||2||39||41||56.4|
|26||Divisions 4 & below may start from 11am and play min 20 overs.||59||14||1||2||73||76||80.8|
|27||Loan Players defined by division as opposed to Tiers||85||21||6||3||106||115||80.2|