West Surrey Youth Cricket League Newsletter
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Our eligibility officer, Nick Harrison, has asked me to send out a clarification on our eligibility rules this summer.

In the last week or so, we’ve become aware of a few instances where clubs without a team in Tier 1 in a particular age group have been including Performance players in their Tier 2 teams without having obtained permission in advance.  In each case the relevant age group manager was unaware that that permission was needed, and there may well be others out there who were unaware of the rule about this.
Rule 2(a) of the General Eligibility Rules states:
The following eligibility rules will apply to all divisions in all age groups:
i.     Save with the permission of the league, current CAG players may only play in Tier 1 games unless playing two years or more “up” (Tier 2 only).
ii.     Save with the permission of the league, current Performance players may only play in Tier 1 games unless playing one or more year “up” (Tier 2 only).    
The league has no wish to prevent Performance players from playing for their clubs where the club does not have a Tier 1 team at the relevant age group, and to resolve this issue a general permission will be granted going forwards for a Performance player to play for a Tier 2 team where his club has no Tier 1 team at the age group concerned.  However, this general permission is granted on the basis that the clubs concerned make sure that any Performance player playing in Tier 2 is not allowed to dominate games. 
It is recognised that a bit of discretion needs to be given to team managers about this, depending on the circumstances and strength of the opposition, so there are no hard and fast rules.  However, as a guide, if the Performance player is primarily a bowler, he should generally be used mainly as a batsman when playing in Tier 2, or if he is a batsman he should generally bat down the order.  Moreover, if a club is proposing to play a Performance player in Tier 2, it will generally be sensible to tell the opposition in advance. 
In the event that it appears either from the statistics or from reports from opposition teams that these guidelines are not being respected, so that a Performance player is dominating too much, permission for that player to play in Tier 2 may be revoked.  However, we hope that with good sense this will not be necessary.

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


Effingham U9s are looking for friendlies for their newly formed team. Please contact Andrew Ingham

Albury U11s (have a number of gaps in their fixture list in July and are looking for friendlies. Available Dates: - Sunday 7th July (away), Sunday 14th July 10am (Albury can host), Sunday 21st July (away). Please contact Mike Webb 07799 252529

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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