Club information update – general, 13 August 2021

Please see most recent WDCU update sent to clubs on 13 August 2021.

We continue to make good progress with our competitions and the Cups are nearly all completed.  Winners so far:

Rowan Cup – Ferguslie
Western Cup – Partick
Greenwood Cup – GHK
McCulloch Cup – (Clydesdale versus Prestwick  on 12 August 2021, at Bothwell Castle Policies)

The Saturday League competitions have been favoured with good weather and we are going to complete a healthy number of games.  Could I remind clubs to continue to accurately enter their summary and full scorecards, the Captain’s Reports and and also the “Fair Play” scores in good time.

As you will be aware, this season is extending into mid-September to accommodate the delay to the start of the season.  As light may become an issue for these fixtures, the CMC has decided that mid innings intervals for fixtures in September will be reduced to twenty minutes and would ask clubs to ensure that they bowl their overs as quickly as possible.  We have asked the CSMOA to advise their umpires to enforce the regulations regarding over rates rigorously in September.  Also, sanitisation breaks will now be aligned to the normal  drinks breaks so that should speed up play too.

The Evening and Sunday League competitions have had some issues with cancellations and re arrangements, and I would ask that clubs check that all scores/match outcomes have been uploaded to the Cricket Stats site so that they appear on the website.

There are quite a few missing so please give this your best attention,  All outstanding games need to be completed by Sunday 19th September.

Unfortunately there have been 21 Disciplinary reports so far this season which is disappointing.  Could clubs please remind players of their responsibility regarding inappropriate behaviour.  There are two in particular that I would like to highlight.  With an increasing amount of cricket appearing on social media clubs and players should be careful of what they publicly post.  As a reminder the article in the code of conduct that could be applied to comments made on social media is as follows:

2.7 Public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to any Player, Team Official, Match Official or team, irrespective of when such criticism or inappropriate comment is made.

Clubs and players should also be aware that there will be serious consequences for members and players who demonstrate behaviours found to be racist in nature.

It is important that your members and players are made aware of these issues.

COVID-19 has not gone away so if clubs experience selection issues because of that please provide WDCU with details as early as possible.

Finally please note that transfer requests at this stage in the season are very unlikely to be approved unless a club can demonstrate to CMC that there are exceptional circumstances for the transfer.

Iain Kennedy
WDCU Administrator