The WDCU is deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Sandy Strang after a short illness. Sandy played at a high level for Clydesdale and Ferguslie for many years, with shorter spells at Kelburne and Poloc. He captained Clydesdale, and enjoyed 6 Scottish Cup wins in his career. He recently served as a Board Director of Cricket Scotland, and Executive Committee member of the WDCU until his recent illness brought an end to these roles. He was much more than just a ‘cricket person’ though, being equally gifted as a teacher, after dinner speaker and journalist, as well as an amateur footballer good enough to gain a Blue for Cambridge and play for Queens Park . The fulsome tributes appearing on social media from a whole range of sources bear witness to how highly he was regarded by so many. He was a fierce competitor and a gentleman, both on and off the cricket field. He will be greatly missed and our condolences go to his family and friends.
We understand that there will be a private funeral followed by a memorial service, and details of the latter will be announced when available.
The WDCU understand that many clubs may wish to pay their respects to him as appropriate before this weekend’s matches and would be fully supportive of this and suggest it is managed by the captains and umpires.
The CMC, following recommendations by Cricket Scotland are advising that for 2017 clubs should use Duckworth Lewis Stern v2.0. The software should already have been emailed to clubs by Cricket Scotland. If clubs don’t have a copy then it is available on the WDCU website (zip folder) or by emailing the Administrator. Note that this is mandatory for the Premier, First and Second Divisions.
For all other divisions, if a computer is available, then the above should be followed, where a computer is not available, then the CMC have agreed that they can use a suitable app on a phone/tablet etc. It is recommended that one of the following apps are used:
(Please note that when using an app, Umpires and both Captains must agree what app is to be used). Finally, the current Duckworth Lewis v1 paper tables can be used only in the exceptional circumstances that technology fails. Clubs are reminded that the objective is to achieve a result, and that the spirit of the game must be the first priority when matches are decided using this method. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact the Administrator.
The WDCU CMC and Executive Committee would like to thank the member clubs for the excellent level of attendance at the SGM and EGM on Thursday evening, particularly noting that Bute County CC, Galloway CC and St. Michael’s CC made the effort to send full representation. The CMC would also like to thank the clubs for the overwhelming vote of confidence received at the SGM, and will continue in their efforts to serve the best interests of our member clubs.
At last nights EGM Administrator Iain Murdoch mentioned a number administration matters. These are summarised below.
Clubs are asked to ensure that their contact email addresses are accurate and up-to-date. The current list that that the Administrator has is in the Document Centre section of website under Club Contacts.
The First Division has returned to a ten-team division, and the CMC has announced that there will, therefore, be relegation from this Division in line with the guidelines set out in the Saturday League administration document.
The CMC also requires completed forms for all players who will be registered as a Professionals or Overseas Amateurs to be sent to it (via the Administrator) prior to them being eligible to play in any competitive WDCU game. If a club’s Professional or Overseas Amateur is not on the WDCU website list, or is listed with a red asterisk (*), then the CMC has not received the appropriate completed form.
Match returns will be done using the same system as used in Scottish Cup. Instructions on how to submit results are available within the system. Any clubs encountering problems should contact the Administrator. The team name to use is the name of the club, and passwords are set to a default of “password”. Clubs are asked to ensure that they change this password once they access the system. The system is open for practising with, and will remain so until Wednesday the 26th of April. Clubs should feel free to add in mock results, etc. until that date. After the 26th, the system will be reset to its live status.
Deadlines for completing Match returns, summary and full scorecards, and Captains Reports are also on the website in the Match return deadlines section.
Clubs should note that there remains an issue with what D/L system is to be used in season 2017. Clarification of this will be communicated to clubs by next week and the Playing conditions updated to reflect the decision.
Clubs with queries on any of the above matters should feel free to contact the Administrator (07816-400562).
Ahead of tomorrow night’s SGM and EGM, clubs are reminded that they are entitled to send a maximum of one, or two representatives to these meetings depending on their membership category. In addition WDCU Committee members may attend, but can only vote as a representative of a member club, and not in their capacity as a WDCU Committee member. Clubs should note that any additional representatives beyond the entitlement will not be admitted to the meeting.
The SGM will only consider the motion before it, and any matters raised not pertaining to this will be declared inadmissible. Where appropriate additional matters can be raised at the EGM
Following a decision of a Panel established by Cricket Scotland (“CS”) under the appeals procedures of the Western District Cricket Union (“WDCU”), CS and the WDCU jointly announce that GHK CC will play in WDCU First Division in 2017. This follows legal opinion on the Panel’s decision sought by, and addressed to, CS from independent legal advisers provided by sportscotland.
CS does, of course, support the Panel’s decision and its implementation, as it would any decision by a panel appointed by CS; it notes, however, the disappointment expressed by both the WDCU Executive and Cricket Management Committees (“CMC”) at the decision, and also notes the motion that is before a Special General Meeting of the WDCU being held on 20 April 2017 which, notwithstanding that GHK CC will play in the WDCU First Division in 2017, seeks confirmation of member clubs’ confidence in the CMC and their agreement with the principles behind its original decision.
CS emphasises that it fully supports the WDCU, its Executive Committee and its CMC in their drive to encourage the development and growth of youth cricket in the west of Scotland, a drive that is completely aligned with the CS strategy and with that of sportscotland and the ICC. As part of that drive, the WDCU and its committees continue a long standing commitment to require clubs in its top two Saturday League divisions to have a junior programme meeting updated criteria referred to in the WDCU’s Saturday League Administration document; there are consequences for clubs that do not meet applicable criteria. CS fully supports this approach. The updated criteria were incorporated after initiation of the appeal process by GHK CC referred to above.
As the governing body for the sport in Scotland, CS also fully supports, and has full confidence in, the WDCU in its wider management of club and representative cricket in the west of Scotland, and particularly the key role that the CMC plays in this. In recording its support, CS understands that the WDCU firmly believes that both the development of cricket and the Spirit of Cricket should remain central to the design of its league rules as well as their subsequent application.
Commitment by clubs to grow junior participation in cricket is crucial for the long term health of the sport in Scotland. Both CS and the WDCU strongly believe that clubs, particularly with teams playing in higher Saturday League divisions, have a responsibility to respond constructively, positively and proactively to this need and to take all the steps they can to support delivery of this objective. WDCU and CS remain committed to assisting all clubs in achieving the required minimum standards for provision of youth cricket including policy development, recruitment, coaching, safeguarding and fixtures.
The WDCU Executive Committee has sent notification to all clubs, by email, regarding a Special General Meeting (“SGM”) to be held on the 20th of April 2017, at “Shawholm” (Poloc CC). at 7pm. Details are obtainable from the WDCU, through the Administrator. Further details about the SGM will follow in due course.
Frank Johnstone, the West Appointment Officer at the West of Scotland Association of Cricket Officials, has advised that there is a new WoSACO website and clubs are asked to refer to this for up to date information on the association going forward.