WDCU Season 2023 – Pre Season Notes

2023 Fixtures
The finalised 2023 fixtures for all WDCU competitions are now available on the WDCU website and WDCU Live application. These have been adjusted to reflect the unfortunate withdrawal of Poloc CC from cricket in the WDCU. Should any clubs change a date or venue of a fixture then please do let me know so that I can update the Website and WDCU Live.
Premiership 2 and 3
With Poloc CC’s withdrawal from Premiership 2 The CMC have agreed that only 1 team will be relegated from Premiership 2 and 2 teams promoted from Premiership 3 (assuming of course all necessary requirements satisfied).
WDCU Championship 2 and Championship 3
For season 2023, these leagues will play 40 over matches and not 50 over matches as originally scheduled. This is in keeping with the wishes of the vast majority of the teams in those leagues. The playing conditions will be updated to reflect these changes.  Up to date Playing Conditions for ALL leagues are available on the WDCU website Document Centre.
WDCU Subscriptions
Just a reminder that if your club hasn’t yet paid its 2023 subscription to the WDCU could you please do so now. We know who you are and will chase you if its not paid soon.
DLS Version 5 software
A jar file of the update DLS5 software is now available and should have been sent to all club secretaries. If you haven’t got it then please get in touch and we will try to get it through to you.
Midweek League Fielding Restrictions
Just a reminder that for season 2023 fielding restrictions are included in the 2023 Playing Conditions.
Rules 8 & 9 state:
“8. Two semi-circles shall be drawn on the field of play. The fielding semi-circles shall have as their centre the middle stump at either end of the pitch. The radius of each of the semi-circles shall be 27.45 metres (30 yards). The semi-circles shall be linked by two straight lines parallel to the pitch. The fielding circle shall be marked by white dots 4.5 metres (5 yards) apart, covered by circular white plastic or rubber (but not metal) discs 180 millimetres (7 inches) in diameter.
At the instant of delivery, no more than 2 fielders may be outside the area described above during the first 6 overs or 30% of the scheduled overs in a reduced over innings. Thereafter, no more than 5 fielders may be outside the area described. If this restriction is breached, the striker’s end umpire shall call and signal no-ball.
9. At the instant of delivery, no more than 5 fielders are permitted on the leg side. If this restriction is breached, the striker’s end umpire shall call and signal ‘No ball’.”
Clubs Scorers Responsibilities 
The CMC wish to remind clubs of the expectations clubs have in providing scorers and how the games should be scored.
Premiership 1: Each club should provide a scorer, home team using CS Live App and away team using book as back up. Cricket Scotland requested that in this Division that at least 1 team should use the app. (Remember if possible to also use a book as back up in case of failure!).
Premiership 2 and Championship 1: The home club should provide a scorer, the away club may if they do not provide a scorer use players to keep the book. Ideally the home team (where possible) should use the CS Live App (but remember to use a book as back up in case of failure!).
All Other Divisions: Do not need to supply scorers, books may be kept by players. Using the CS Live App as always would be preferable (but remember to use a book to as back up in case of failure!).
It is recommended to clubs using the App that both teams should be populating their XIs by Friday to help with setting up the games
Parking at West of Scotland and Hillhead
Hillhead and West are concerned that visiting teams to Hamilton Crescent and Hughenden this season may be caught out by the recent hike of parking charges in the west end of the city – 80p per 15 mins mounts up pretty quickly. We therefore ask if you could kindly bring this situation to the notice of all teams which may be playing at our grounds this season on Saturdays in particular. There is no charge on Sundays and the charges finish daily at 6pm.
As Visitor Parking Permits are in fairly limited supply due to the Council only issuing a few books at a time, priority will necessarily be given to players and umpires.
WDCU Player/Umpire Guidance 2023
As we are all aware issues can arise during matches where there are no appointed umpires and matches are umpired by player/umpires. In an ideal world each and every match would have at least one umpire appointed but unfortunately umpiring numbers at present do not allow this to happen.
WDCU Guidance:
  • Where there are no appointed umpires, clubs are expected to ensure matches are umpired as fairly and respectfully as possible, ensuring the laws, playing conditions and spirit of cricket are recognised and respected at all times.
  • Player/umpires should recognise and be familiar with recent “law” changes, these will be in effect in all cricket played moving forward.
  • Captains are expected to “set the tone” and should ensure they discuss player/umpiring in advance or at the toss to ensure the match can be played in the correct spirit and respect is shown at all times.
  • During matches captain’s should be responsible for the player/umpire undertaking their duty as an umpire, ensuring they are competent to do so.
  • Player/umpires should be 16 years old and/or completed suitable training- their competence should be at the discretion of their captain
  • Player/umpires must not use mobile phones or mobile devices while umpiring under any circumstances ensuring they are giving their full attention to the game, this includes devices for scoring or taking videos or photos
  • Player/umpires must not enter the field of play while eating or drinking with the exception of agreed “drinks” or breaks in play
  • Player/umpires must not smoke on the field of play- this includes the use of e-cigarettes or vapes
  • Any dissent or disciplinary issues on the field of play should be managed in the first instance by the player/umpire in a calm, respectful manner and directed to the relevant captain in the first instance
We hope that you all enjoy the 2023 season and that games are played in the spirit of cricket. Here’s hoping for another long hot sunny summer.