West Surrey Youth Cricket League Newsletter
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I hope the season is going well for you so far.

The forecast for the weekend seems to be improving which is a relief! I will have the pleasure of being in Iceland this weekend at the opening of the world's most northerly cricket ground wearing one of my other hats as Iceland National Team coach and Board member. A 10 degree summer day isn't uncommon out there which makes cricket challenging even over above the challenges of building cricket in Iceland but at least bad light is rarely an issue - the sun is setting at around 11pm at the moment and rising before 4am!

Back to league matters, to pick up on a couple of things that have cropped out from feedback on league games.

LBWs must be played for all hard ball matches. It is unfair on bowlers not to have LBWs. For me it's the equivalent of a batsman being out bowled, picking up the bails and carrying on. A dismissal is a dismissal. The LBW Law isn't really that complicated and can be explained to an inexperienced umpire in a couple of minutes. There are plenty of resources online where umpires can double check beforehand. I really don't want to any further reports of LBW not being employed, even by agreement.

We have seen a few one-sided games, not as many as in years gone by which is good. As we don't use Net Run Rate for any of our leagues there is no need to hammer teams into the ground. If you do end up having a team 5 or 6 down in no time fielding second, do give a thought to sharing the bowling around and trying to make the game last 20 overs please.

Finally, there are still plenty of friendlies available below. 

As always, please feel free to drop me a line on anything that springs to mind.

Darren Talbot
2019 Rules
2019 Team Managers
2019 Fixtures, Tables & Results


Guildford U14s are looking for a friendly fixture on Sunday 26th May. Please contact Alistair Brew 07557 747295. 

Claygate CC have a first year under 10/11 girls team looking for friendlies against similar level girls teams and can host on some Friday nights/Sunday mornings. Please contact Mike Cross

Ham and Petersham CC are keen to find fixtures either home on Ham Common or away for its U8s, U9s and U10s Contact Geoff at

Thames Ditton U9s looking for friendlies. Please contact Mark Dence

Normandy U11 are looking for a friendly on Sunday May 19th.  Flexible as to standard and format.  Please contact Tom Wilson at or 07827 351609

Ashtead U8s are looking for friendlies. Please contact Nathalie Bishop or call on 07810 651367

Hampton Wick Royal U12 Development are looking for pairs friendlies and can host. Please email Jon Pickles or call on 07967 646181

Frimley U14 Development team are looking for friendlies. Please email Martin Minnaar.

Weybridge U15Bs are looking for friendly fixtures. Please email Keith Jones.

Thames Ditton U8s are looking for friendly fixtures across the season. Please email Jilesh.

G-Force Academy from Dubai are looking for fixtures in the summer at their Epsom College base. They have under 11, 13 and 15 fixtures midweek on 5th July-4th August. Email to book a friendly.


  • 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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