West Surrey Youth Cricket League Newsletter
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Edition 163

It's great to see how many full scorecards are appearing in Play-Cricket and how many scorers I am seeing at games using the apps. This  has been a quicker step forward than I had hoped and I think puts us in a strong position to have full scorecards for all leagues next season.

I have unfortunately seen a lot of examples of rules not being followed, in some cases just down to managers not been given the rules in advance of games. I don't want to be overly strict all the time but these rules have been put together carefully to be followed to the letter and I'd like to highlight a few examples which I have seen and would like not to see again this season: -

  • Under 8s games are 20 overs a side not 16. Please do not accept offers to make it 16 overs or 10 a side.
  • Pink balls MUST be used for evening matches. 
  • A no ball for too many bounces is 3 bounces not two. This is important so we can avoid demoralising young bowlers with calling too many no balls
  • LBW MUST be applied in hard ball games. I have seen examples of managers agreeing to only apply it if it's too out not to give. If it's out, it's out. If you want to "not play" LBWs please also include Bowled, Caught and Run Out as not counting too as that's no different
  • A note on wides. Please can you make sure all your umpires know that it can only be a wide if the ball doesn't touch any part of the batsman. I have seen too many examples of wides being given with balls being smacked to the boundary. There are some great videos for inexperienced umpires to watch about the Laws of the game.
Flicx have new competition to win a 2G Flicx Pitch. We have been using one at our club this year and it has opened up hard ball training to all areas of the ground which has been invaluable and they are also great for soft ball outfield games saving groundsmen issues with painting multiple lines for the shorter pitches.
To enter, visit complete the application form and explain in no more than 300 words why you should win a pitch and the impact it would make to your facility or cricket project.  Good luck!

Darren Talbot

2018 Rules
2018 Team Managers
2018 Fixtures, Tables & Results


Maori Oxshott CC U13 is able to coordinate a team at late notice and is looking to add to their limited schedule over the coming months. Please contact Stephen Riome

Whiteley Village CC -  mixed U8s/9s looking for match experience/friendlies for our newly formed side.   Please contact Jackie Roberts

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

Horsley & Send C.C. Cricket Festivals
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 10th June; 19th & 26th August and also maybe a couple of Sunday morning pitches.  Contact Pam Jarvis


  • 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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