Our Play-Cricket administrator Graham Beck has asked me to remind all Under 12s managers that it is a league requirement to complete an umpires report on Play-Cricket after each game. There are 22 outstanding currently. We hope to roll this out to other age groups in 2019 as it has proven very useful for the ones received thus far.
Below are instructions of how to find and complete them: -
- Log into your club's Play-Cricket website.
- Click on your name displayed in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
- From the drop-down list select "Team Captains Report"
- From the list displayed click on the Umpire link for the relevant fixture
- Complete the report and press save
Your assistance in this matter is very much appreciated.
A number of fixtures have been marked as cancelled with points deducted for not submitting a result inside 7 days which is a shame. If your game is cancelled and hopefully going to be re-arranged, please amend the fixture date to 30th September as a holding date to avoid matches being cancelled and points deducted.
Please make sure rules for your age group are read carefully. We've had an interesting array of interpretations in some cases already this summer. The good news to report is that games are largely being played and that's the most important thing.
My gut feel is that we should be looking to move to the simplest most flexible rules possible, particularly with regard to player eligibility in the future. In particular I think we should maybe be allowing clubs to choose whichever players they need to in order to fulfil a fixture but adding a large penalty, e.g. 10-point deduction, should they choose an overly strong player which hopefully would act as a deterrent.
As it is currently managers still seem to be bending the rules to suit their own needs and I'd rather move to a simpler system for everything that allows more games to be played. Views very welcome as always.
Generally match results do seem to be getting closer which is very pleasing to see, although one 100+ run victory recently did stick out like a sore thumb suggesting one or both teams involved might be at the wrong level. Fortunately, that's the exception rather than the rule this summer.
Fingers crossed this gorgeous weather continues too!