West Surrey Youth Cricket League Newsletter
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Edition 162

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: -

  1. Log into your club's Play-Cricket website.
  2. Click on your name displayed in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. From the drop-down list select "Team Captains Report"
  4. From the list displayed click on the Umpire link for the relevant fixture
  5. 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!

Darren Talbot

2018 Rules
2018 Team Managers
2018 Fixtures, Tables & Results


Kingstonian CC are looking for friendly matches for U8, U10, U12 & U13. All sides are at a developmental stage and would prefer to play teams of a similar strength. Please contact and to arrange.

Capel CC are running U9 & U11 6 a side tournaments on 17th June. Please see attached for details. Entries to Simon Markham

Chobham U8s are looking for friendlies. Please contact Giles Henderson 

Weybridge CC U10s
are looking for friendlies. Please contact Adam & Emma Poole -

Windsor CC U13s are looking for friendles.  Contact

G-Force Academy from Dubai are touring the UK once again. They are looking for under 11, 13 and 15 matches from 5th-22nd July either at their base at Epsom College or at your ground. They are usually very strong at all ages! Please contact Darren Talbot to arrange a game.

Valley End CC U9s are looking for friendlies.  Please contact and

Thames Ditton CC U11s Development team looking for friendlies

Hampton Wick Royal CC U9s, U11s and U12s are looking for friendlies (pairs cricket)... soft ball for U9s and hard ball for U11s and U12s. Contact Sandep / 07737 043449.

Horsley & Send C.C. Cricket Festivals
Under 12's - Monday May 28th
Under 11's - Sunday August 26th
Under 8 & 9 - Monday 27th August
Please contact Richard Jones for entry form.

Pyrford Under 13s are looking for friendly fixtures.  Please contact Simon Clifton

Woking & Horsell Under 15s are looking for friendly fixtures. Please contact Kevin Silverton

Claygate are interested in playing a few 30 over friendlies (14 – 18 year olds & and not at a district/county level). They have pitches available on Sunday afternoons on 6th & 27th May, 10th June; 19th & 26th August and also maybe a couple of Sunday morning pitches.  Contact Pam Jarvis

Pudsey St Lawrence CC in Leeds are looking to bring a team of lad ages 16 to 13 "down south" and want to play 3 games on the following dates 23rd, 24th and 26th July 2018.  Interested clubs should contact Iain Priestley


  • What are my games in the next 7 days?
  • If none, could I arrange a friendly (see list below)?
  • Have I emailed the opposition managers to confirm the fixture, venue and start time?
  • If there are home games, have I confirmed the pitch is available and booked?
  • If there are away game, do I have the address and postcode of the grounds as it may not be their "main" grounds?
  • Do I have a team?
  • Do I have a reserve in case of last minute drop outs?
  • Have I told them the correct venue and meet time?
  • Who is going to umpire?
  • Who is going to score?  Do we have a scorebook/electronic scoring device all set up ready to go?
  • Do I have all the rules to hand just in case I need to refer to them?
  • Do I have my equipment bag?
  • Do I have a first aid kit?
  • If I'm at home do I have my scoreboard, stumps & bails?
  • Have I organised food & drinks for players?
  • Have I correctly uploaded the results of games in the last 7 days to Play-Cricket remembering to add the number of overs bowled for both teams?
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