SGM and EGM note of thanks

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.

Fixtures and other administrative information

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).

SGM reminder

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

Joint statement Issued by WDCU and Cricket Scotland

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.

Social media – a reminder

As we approach the new season, players and officials are reminded of their responsibilities when using social media, in particular, but not limited to, comments on cricket matters.

Special General Meeting

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.

New WoSACO website

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.

All Stars Cricket

Launched on Monday 20 March, “All Stars Cricket” aims to inspire five to eight year old children to take up the sport through a fun first experience of the game.  The Cricket Scotland eight-week programme begins in May and will see participating boys and girls develop their skills and make new friends in a safe and inclusive environment at one of fourteen west-based cricket clubs who have signed up to host and run the sessions.

For more information please visit the “All Stars Cricket” website or contact either of the West Region “All Star Champions” Tim Hart and Rosy Ryan.

Hunter Cosh

It is with sadness that we report the passing of (Stephen) Hunter Cosh, a stalwart of Ayr Cricket Club and the Western Union.

Hunter, a former Captain and President of Ayr CC, was capped 42 times by Scotland as a wicket-keeper and batsman, captaining his country between 1956 and 1959 scoring 873 runs with a top score of 99. He was well liked and respected by all who knew him, and there were many, throughout the West and beyond. Our thoughts are with his wife Betty, his children Catherine, David and Gordon and all of his family and friends at this time. Hunter’s funeral will be held at Masonhill Crematorium on Friday 24 March at 3.30pm to which all family and friends are invited (family flowers only).

Cricket Scotland has paid it’s own respect to Hunter with this article.

Clydesdale wins funding for green initiatives

The Titwood Sports Ground Trust, the charitable-status owner of the land and the buildings used and operated by Clydesdale Cricket and Hockey Clubs, is grateful for its award of funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF). The Trust’s Low Carbon Club Project will yield a transformative reduction in the carbon footprint of this Community Amateur Sports Hub on the southside of Glasgow. The CCF grant of £89,284 includes maximum funding of £24,998 from the European Regional Development Fund.

The funds will enable the Club, which leases the venue from the Trust, to make a number of environmental improvements to its operations by:

  • replacing the hockey pitch floodlights with new energy-efficient LED lights, thereby achieving electricity savings of 25kW/hour;
  • increasing energy efficiency in the clubhouse to reduce the CO2 emissions by over 8 tonnes per year;
  • highlighting public transport opportunities to our members, to reduce private car journeys to the clubhouse;
  • installing sheltered cycle racks to encourage cycling to the club, and increase cycling activity at the club;
  • installing PIR switches and LED fittings within the clubhouse to reduce lighting waste;
  • tackling extensive heat loss in the main clubhouse area by replacing the 113-year-old roof with an insulating roof and loft installation;
  • separating and reducing waste through a range of recycling initiatives;
  • replacing single-glazed windows with double glazing on the north-facing community room;
  • introducing an energy advisory programme to take the message of energy efficiency and reduction to the local community;
  • working with local schools on evidence-based research for projects into energy efficiency; and
  • highlighting our project to all playing and non-playing members in our community.

Following a scientifically-approved monitoring and evaluation programme architect Frank Hirst, who chairs the Titwood Sports Ground Trust, and is one of the main professional advisers to the club on such projects, says: “The Titwood Sports Ground Trust aims to make Clydesdale the greenest sports hub in Scotland.  This climate challenge programme will enable our clubhouse and playing area to become significantly more energy efficient, while our energy advisers and transport specialists will help our members, their families and the local community to improve their own home energy efficiency and live greener lifestyles.”

Club president Bill McCracken, who is managing director of the club’s shirt sponsors Prosperity Financial Solutions, adds: “Our sportsmen and women are already high achievers, and our administration of the club’s operations has become more professional over the past couple of years. This Low Carbon Club Project is yet more evidence of this approach.  We are indebted to both Frank Hirst and Steve Taylor, our project manager, for their hard work in securing the support of the Climate Challenge Fund.”