Oxfordshire Cricket Association 2017
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celebrating over 100 years of league cricket

With nearly 100 years of history, the Oxfordshire Cricket Association is dedicated to offering competitive result cricket to member clubs and promoting youth involvement in cricket at a grassroots level, all played in a spirit desirable to local cricket.

The league’s progressive rules and constitution puts it in the perfect position to tackle the modern-day challenges facing cricket and those passionate about playing.

New clubs and teams are actively encouraged to join, whether the club has one side, or only certain teams from within a club want to join.

New sides are always placed at the appropriate level within the league system to ensure a competitive, and enjoyable game for everyone.

The Association’s playing conditions and rules are decided by the clubs, and are governed by a committed, experienced and responsive committee of individuals, all of whom have been involved in local cricket for many years.

The committee provide training courses to improve ground and umpiring standards, to ensure that two neutral umpires officiate every game with the best facilities possible.

The OCA is currently accepting applications from non-member clubs for the 2018 season, to apply please contact the General Secretary: colin.olliffe@gmail.com

Entry forms for existing member clubs will be sent out shortly.


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Club support is very much appreciated:

The OCA Executive committee were very encouraged to receive the following letter of support, and felt it worthwhile to share it with the OCA member clubs:
The letter reads:

Hi Colin and the rest of the OCA committee,

Just a quick acknowledgement and response from Letcombe cricket club.

We are 100% committed to the OCA and have no intention of considering playing in any other league. I have successfully played 8 under 19s so far this year in environments I feel totally aid their development rather than hamper, against opposition and with umpires I respect every single one of.

You are I am sure aware that I personally am 100% supportive of you and the rest of the committee who do a fantastic job ( I might exclude Kieran who missed us off the press report this week – only joking !)

If there is anything I can offer to support all of you at what appears a testing time please let me know, I have always stopped just short of joining the committee but ultimately if you think this would help I am prepared to do so.
Regards and much respect
Jerry May
Letcombe C.C.

Letter from the OCA President to all OCA member clubs

" All club contacts and secretaries have been sent a letter from the OCA President, and have been asked to make a copy available to ALL their members, so you may well get to see a copy of this very soon. However, if not, you can simple download a copy from the website - go to the Administration window, click on "Letter from the President" and print this off.
It is a well-known fact that now the merger talks have fallen down, the Cherwell League are actively encouraging 'established' clubs to join them, but we hope that once you have read the President's letter, you will appreciate the many benefits already in place, and not consider leaving the OCA?
The OCA Executive have come to realise that they need to be more 'in touch' with member clubs and are seeking to ensure that information is more readily available and this may have to be done through the website, as not all information gets passed onto club members through the club contact system.
In committee, there are procedures that must be followed but we will endeavour to keep clubs informed on important matters as soon as we possibly can.
Should you know of a club that wishes to join the OCA, then please feel free to put them in touch with the General Secretary but please mention that they should do this as soon as possible?”

Steventon CC Charity 6's

On Sunday 28th May, Steventon Cricket Club and Harwell International Cricket Club held a charity 6-a-side cricket tournament on The Green, Steventon.
Long-term Harwell player and Steventon 2nd XI captain, Matthew Dickinson, has recently been diagnosed with CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease), and the money raised will be split between two charities – Helen & Douglas House (a hospice for children and young adults in Oxfordshire) and The National CJD Research & Surveillance Unit, part of The University of Edinburgh.
Five teams (two Steventon CC teams, a Harwell ICC team, Oxenford CC and Charlbury CC) competed for the Matthew Dickinson Shield in a round robin format, with Charlbury CC being the eventual unbeaten winners.
We also held a raffle, BBQ and sweet stall. Special thanks to Wild Wickets of Wantage, Harwell Laboratories Recreational Association, and Q Gardens Farm Shop, Milton Hill, and various friends of the club, for their generous raffle prize donations.
The day was very well attended, the rain stayed away, and the final total raised was £790.55. Dicko even managed to play a bit, and got a wicket!
A huge thank you to everyone that played/watched/umpired/donated – you all made it a marvellous day!

OCA vs Cherwell Rep Game

This year’s fixture has been confirmed for Sunday 23rd July, at 1pm, kindly being hosted by E&W Hendred.

After winning last year’s game, we will be looking to put out a strong team again this year. Any clubs who would like to put players forward for ion should contact Sam Willett: Email:smw1977@hotmail.co.uk, Tel: 07951 927997.

Announcement Re: Garsington CC.

More bad news to deliver, in that the above club find themseleves in a situation where they cannot continue in the OCA (division 4), and I'm sure you will have noticed that they have conceded the last three fixtures.
They had looked at every possibility to keep going, but regret that nothing has worked out for them, so they have decided to withdraw from the league with immediate effect.
The details for Division 4 table will be adjusted accordingly by the webmaster and of course the fixtures on the website.

For all umpires and captains - some clarification of playing regulations

Please see document in the Administration section below for information

Funeral details for Andrew Crawford

Andrew Crawford’s funeral will be held at Bladon Church on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at 11am.
All clubs and the OCA Executive have been advised by email.

Andrew Crawford of Stonesfield C.C. - Statement from the club

Our friend and Chairman Andrew Crawford has died suddenly, unexpectedly and tragically. Andrew has been an integral part of our club and the Stonesfield community in general since he arrived in the village. He has forged relationships with all sections of the Sports & Social Club, a number of community trusts in the village as well as maintaining our lovely cricket ground a job he was very passionate about. Andrew was a talented batsmen and quality wicket keeper and has been part of the OCA scene, on and off, for 30 years as well as playing in the Cherwell League and representing Oxfordshire at youth level.
In the OCA Andrew represented Begbroke, where for a time he was my opening partner buddy, Minster Lovell and of course the OCA.
Andrew was a really nice person helpful, fun, considerate and above all respectful.
God bless you Andrew I wish I could have done more for you.

David Burns
Stonesfield Cricket Club

Radley C.C. First XI withdraw from the OCA Divisin One.

It is with regret that we have to advise the immediate withdrawal of Radley C.C. first XI from the OCA Division One, due entirely to the lack of first team players and ones who can play on a regular basis, without having to rely on second-team players to make up the team.

The Admissions Panel spent considerable time before making this decision, in conjunction with Peter Whitlock, the OCA Registration Secretary, and it was agreed that for Radley to withdraw from Division One, nine of their players would have to be de-registered, in order to be fair to all those teams division five (5) in which Radley 2nd team will continue.

The players to be de-registered are: Muhammed Imran (495) Marni Abbasi (423), Shoaib Ahmed (424), Bilal Ali (625), Jefter Andrews (790), Amir Faruq (429), Atif Liaquat (446), Osman Malik (2042), Ali Malik (433) and Arfan Younus (444), and we trust that all these players will be able to find a new club, and a message will be added to the website for clubs to make contact with them if they so wish.

Obviously, with the loss of Shrivenham and now Radley, Division One clubs will have a number of 'free' Saturdays to fill, so we hope that some 'friendly games' will be able to be arranged, something perhaps for the Forum?

OCA Results to be published on the home page of the website!

We are pleased to advise that the weekly reports by Kieren Bushnell (Media Secretary) will now appear on the home page of the OCA website and will be added during the weekend, or very soon after.

Clubs are reminded that to be included in the reports, results must be sent in by the deadline of 12 Noon on the Sunday, as this week, due to lateness, some excellent results will not be reported, so please get those results in as soon as possible after the game.

Our thanks to Andy Worman (Webmaster) for providing this facility.

Results reporting

Can I please politely remind all clubs that 12noon deadline for results reporting is not a target time but an ABSOLUTE deadline. It has been encouraging this season thus far that all results have been reported on time, but the sooner the results are reported the better in terms of getting publication in the local papers. Many thanks for your continued co-operation.
Kieren Bushnell
OCA media secretary

OCA Grounds Questionnaire/Survey 2017

All clubs have been sent an email with the attached questionnaire and we hope that all will take part in this online survey, which will be collated by one of the Executive committee, and hopefully, we will be able to circulate the results and findings on the OCA Grounds.
We hope that in turn, this will assist us and our clubs in improving the standard of grounds, which must be a benefit to all.
If YOU wish to take part in this survey, please click on the form under 'Administration' on the home page, remembering to add your name and the name of your club.
Many thanks
Colin Olliffe - OCA General Secretary

Changes to handbook 2017 required:

Please note that the telephoine number for Ricky Armstrong - Chalgrove CC captain has changed to: 07415 722 437.
Please make the change in your handbooks.

Error on Page 36 of handbook - Umpires details

Please note that Les Fagg of Fringford CC is listed as umpire contact for Shrivenham and his telephone numbers are listed./
This is an error, so will you please cross these details out and ensure that Les is not contacted.
Many thanks
Colin Olliffe - OCA General Secretary.

Fielding Restriction Infringments

With the fielding restriction extending into all games this season the guidance published below in Administration will be given to umpires and captains at the pre-season meetings.
This acknowledges the fact that some infringements will be missed and the guidance allows for retrospective calling of No Balls and is the same guidance that applies in Minor Counties Cricket and acknowledges that umpires are only human and will miss this on occasions.
We would ask that all players and captains respect this guidance in the Spirit of the Game.

Concussion Guidelines

The newly published ECB Guidelines of Umpires on dealing with possible concussion are available in the Administration section below and will be discussed at the umpires' pre-season meeting.
They are published here so clubs and players are aware of what umpires have been asked to do when there is a suspicion of concussion to any player following a blow to the head.
We would ask that everybody takes this matter seriously and sensibly during the season.

Joint Statement relating to the 'possible' merger from the committees of the CCL & OCA

The following has been sent to all the OCA club contacts, asking them to notify their members of this important statement, so we are publishing this to ensure that it is available for all members to read:

As many of you are aware, the Committees of the CCL and OCA have been in talks for some time about a number of ways the two Leagues can co-operate more closely to our mutual benefit, and we wanted to advise you on where we are currently.

We have had a number of meetings and conclude the time is not yet right for a merger of the two leagues. We have however identified a number of areas where the two Leagues have a common need, and may be able to help or learn from each other e.g. ground standards, working together to produce a fully independent disciplinary panel, sharing of best practice on junior development and possible commercial opportunities where we can act as one body of 200 teams rather than two of 100.

Representatives of the two committees will be meeting on a more regular basis over the coming months, and both are confident that we will be able to help each other.

March 2017

Changes to MCC Laws of Cricket

Some of you will no doubt have seen press releases from MCC regarding changes to the Laws of Cricket and quite a lot of publicity given to a “Red and Yellow Card” system for umpires.

Please note that these are due for publication in full and implementation in October 2017 and so will NOT come into play this coming season.
There have been no changes to the Laws by MCC for the 2017 season from what was in place for the 2016 season.

For a taster of what is to come see: https://www.lords.org/news/2017/march/mcc-announces-new-code-of-laws/

Clubs wishing to purchase covers, sight screens and boundary markers?

With the new OCA ground standards regulations and rule changes in 2017, some clubs may have to purchase covers, sight screens and fielding circle markers. Oxfordshire Cricket would like to help clubs save funds, and can help in a number of ways.

For rain covers, Oxfordshire Cricket can help clubs apply for EWCT Small Grants. Last year we allocated grants of up to £3700 to six clubs for mobile wicket covers. Please see the link to the Oxfordshire Cricket website for more details - http://www.oxfordshire.cricket/news/2017-small-grants-applications-open-17018/

For sight screens, fielding circle markers we can look at bulk purchases or negotiate better prices on your behalf.

Whether your club is affiliated to Oxfordshire Cricket or not, please contact George Setterfield, Club Development Manager at gsetterfield@oxoncb.comto find out more.

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