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Latest News & Reminders - June 2018

7 weeks into the new season and we are still being plagued by the same old mistakes. I would like to think that the series of messages since the start of the season and the information available on the website would have resolved many of these, but clearly not! Please can you ensure that you pass on this information to the relevant club officials, club officers and team captains accordingly.

I would desperately like to see an improvement over the coming weeks.

Good luck to all teams for the remainder of this season.

Hopefully, my next newsletter will be more upbeat, by providing details of the AGM, a Clubs Open Meeting (Discussing the Future?) and finalising details of the Presentation Evenings for the end of the season.

Enjoy the sunshine, but make sure you water those cricket squares.

Many thanks.

Cheers, Brian

Reminders & Latest News



Disappointingly, 2 teams have withdrawn from the KRCL structure since the start of the season. They are;
Old Elthamians 3rd XI - Division 2B Met / West
Nonington 3rd XI - Division 1C Central / East
The remaining teams in these divisions have been notified accordingly.
Fingers crossed, we have no more casualties during the rest of the season.


Just a reminder, that if you are unable to raise a side for a league fixture - then you must concede the fixture, by informing the opposition, no later than 12 noon on the Thursday before the match. Please ensure that contact is made by phone immediately the decision is made, and that the opposition confirm safe receipt of the message. It is not sufficient to send an email or text, and hope that the message is received.
There is also a requirement to email Brian Smith - so that the result can be recorded accordingly.

6.1 If a team is unable to fulfil a fixture commitment, it shall ensure that its opponents and the League's Results Secretary are advised of that fact no later than 12 noon on the Thursday of the week in which the match is to be played. It is the club cancelling the fixture's responsibility to ensure that any messages are received and acknowledged. It is not sufficient to leave messages on mobile phones or answer phones.


I have been advised of an instance in a game played this season, in which a free hit was awarded after the calling of a no ball.
Please note that this is not a KRCL playing condition, and Free Hits are not to be awarded in any KRCL league fixtures.
There may be some confusion, with the new KCL playing conditions, which are very different to our own. Can you ensure that all personnel involved in KRCL matches are aware of the specific playing conditions for all matches.
I attach the KRCL Playing Conditions as an aide memoire.


Please note that the fielding restrictions are now only applicable for the Premier Division within the KRCL structure.
It is imperative that this playing condition is adhered to in all matches in this division.

3.1 The following restrictions are applied in the Premier Division only of the KRCL league structure.

3.2 At the instant of delivery, a minimum of four fielders (plus the bowler and the wicketkeeper) must be within an area bounded by two semi-circles centred on each middle stump (each with a radius of 30 yards) and joined by a parallel line on each side of the pitch. In the event of an infringement, the square leg umpire shall call 'No Ball'.

3.3 The fielding circle shall be marked with white plastic or rubber (not metal) discs measuring seven inches in diameter. It is the responsibility of the home team to ensure that the discs are in place prior to the start of the match.

Brian Smith
Chairman - Kent Regional Cricket League
07946 285672

Apologies for the delay. As previously promised, here are the
KRCL Club Contact Details for Season 2018.

Please ensure that you pass this information onto the relevant captains, officers and officials within your club. You will note that this is a large document - 1 page per club.
I would recommend that you print off the relevant pages for the teams that you are playing this year, and keep them safe.

The Management Committee is aware of the upcoming GDPR law with regards to data protection, and we are likely to issue further guidelines in due course.
As a club, please ensure that anyone who is listed in your Club Entry has given permission to have their personal details recorded in such a document.

The League Committee would like to pass on our thanks to Andy Pye for the compiling of this document.
If you notice any mistakes or require further amendments to be made to your Club Entry, then please contact Andy directly.

Many thanks.

Cheers, Brian.

Available HERE

A recent email advised of the new law changes and the relevant guidance notes and I stressed how important it was for captains to exchange team sheets at the toss.
Just to re-iterate, this should be completed in all KRCL matches with immediate effect. There are no exceptions or excuses.
You will now ask - we don't have any team sheets?
Well, this has been resolved like magic, as well!!
Please use the link above for the Team Sheet pdf file. Please print off a sufficient pile of team sheets, and make sure they are available to all captains on match days.
Many thanks.
Cheers, Brian

New Laws - Guidance Notes for ALL KRCL Matches
Dear League Reps,

Please refer to the email as below, and ensure that these guidance notes are passed to all club officials, Club Officers, Captains and players.
KRCL matches will be played under the new laws, with exception to the Laws as stated below. The guidance notes are an explanation of how the new laws should be interpreted for all KRCL matches.
This is a directive from the Management Committee and should be enforced throughout the season.
An aide-memoire is being circulated shortly, which will contain the links the new laws which were distributed to all clubs last month.
As Chairman of the league, I would hope that Players Conduct is exemplary throughout the season and hopefully we will not encounter any level offences.

Many thanks.

Cheers, Brian.


Please ensure that team sheets are exchanged at the toss. This is also the perfect opportunity to advise the umpires and opposing captain of any particular player who might be arriving late / leaving early, and advise of any specific issues ahead of the game.

Also, discuss the interpretation of the new laws and outline the KRCL guidelines.



Quite often forgotten, but invaluable advice to adopt during the match!




Part A)

For games in which there is at least one qualified ACO umpire standing;

All offences (Levels 1-4) are to be reported by the umpires to the KRCL Disciplinary Committee.

No Penalty Runs are to be awarded under this Law.

If a standing umpire believes a Level 3 or 4 offence has been committed, the player (s) involved shall be removed from the field of play for the remainder of the match.

Part B)

For games in which there is no qualified ACO umpire standing;

All offences (Levels 1-4) are to be reported by the umpires to the KRCL Disciplinary Committee by a club official, with a brief and factual account from players NOT involved in any of the incidents.

No Penalty Runs to be awarded under this Law.

Captains / Vice-Captains from the offending team are expected to deal with players committing a Level 3 or 4 offence. The player(s) involved should be removed from the field of play for the remainder of the match.


Any non–pitching delivery which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.


No Ball shall be called by bowler’s end umpire.

In the event that this is deemed to be accidental, then no further action will take place.

However, if in the opinion of the umpire, this is a deliberate act, or the bowler has bowled a ’beamer’ then the following should be noted;


  1. As soon as the bowler’s end umpire decides, there is an instance of dangerous and unfair bowling, he shall call and signal No Ball. When the ball is dead, he shall caution the bowler, inform the other umpire, the captain of the fielding side and the batsman of what has occurred. This caution shall apply throughout the innings. This is a first and final warning.

  2. If there is a further instance of dangerous and unfair bowling in that innings, the umpire shall call and signal No Ball and when the ball is dead direct the captain to suspend the bowler forthwith and inform the other umpire of the reason for this action.  The bowler thus suspended shall not be allowed to bowl again in that innings.

For guidance – Where is the Waist?


The latest ECB guidance on this, regarding the waist, is the waistband of the striker’s trousers, standing upright at the Popping Crease. In practice, any delivery that is clearly above the level of the trousers should be regarded as a ‘No Ball’.



Laws 24 and 25 cover the absence of a player when his/her side is fielding or batting. The KRCL variation to this is that if a player is late arriving to the match, the first 45 minutes after the designated start time (not the actual start time) will not be included in the Penalty time, which will start accruing after 45 minutes have elapsed.

Any player not present at the start of the match, should announce his arrival to both captains and and umpires as and when he is ready to take an active part in the match.

Also, please make reference to KRCL playing condition 1.6 which states;

Even though arriving late, a player must be ready to participate in a match, at the very latest, by the start of the 24th over of the first innings. If fielding, the player must take to the field of play by that time. If batting, the player or his captain must inform both umpires of his/her arrival before the 24th over commenced. In a 80 over match, this rule shall be applied before the 21st over commences.

Brian Smith

Chairman - Kent Regional Cricket League
07946 285672

KRCL Update Message - MCC Law Changes
As an aide memoir, please find enclosed references to the new law changes as set out by the MCC.
As per the league constitution, all matches played in the KRCL are under the laws of cricket.
However, the Management Committee have specific regulations in place with regards to;
Law 42 - Players Conduct
Law 24 & Law 25 - Players Penalty Time
Law 21 - No Ball (Waist High Full Tosses & Resulting Action)
These will be distributed shortly. Please ensure that all club officials, captains and players are aware of the new laws and of course the specific KRCL guidelines.
With regards to Players Conduct, please also see the useful link as below;

I don't think I need to stress how important this is, and if Players Conduct is not suitable, it will be dealt with accordingly.

Many thanks.

Cheers, Brian


As you may be aware - the registration of players process has slightly changed since the end of last season.

This has been a directive of the ECB, and unfortunately, as a league administrator, I'm no longer able to transfer a player automatically.

Thus the new procedure is as follows;

If a player is already registered to another club (this also applies to clubs outside of Kent), then you need to add his existing play cricket profile to your club database. Once completed, you can apply for registration in the usual process.
This will generate a message to any previous clubs, asking for approval of the registration.
As a common courtesy, the club should also be contacted by email, asking them to confirm that the player is debt and discipline free, and ok to transfer.
On receipt of either email confirmation, or approval on play cricket, we can then arrange to transfer the player.

Therefore, as a reminder please take note of the following information;
  1. Please log in to your Play-Cricket site very soon to check if you have any messages in admin, particularly regarding player transfers. This is now the only way to either request a transfer in to approve or object to a player leaving. There are currently 15 transfers pending at present and if Clubs to do not respond quickly to such requests they will be approved (directly by the league administrator) after a week, objection or no objection, as the list at this end is becoming unmanageable and is only likely to grow as the season nears.
For those unaware, this is a new system Play-Cricket have introduced and I am no longer able to move players for you.
  1. Secondly, please check all main administrators on your Play-Cricket site to ensure your list is up to date. I know many are not, and as such are getting emails about matters no longer of interest or relevant to them. This is disrespectful of your former members and likely to breach the forthcoming data protection laws your Club needs to follow.
  1. Finally, I remind you that Kent Regional Cricket League registrations for those players who have left the club, retired or are unlikely to play again should be removed in due course.

If you require any further guidance on the above matters, then please feel free to contact me in due course.

Many thanks.

Cheers, Brian.

League Constitution & Playing Conditions for Season 2018
Please could all League Reps make sure that their Club officials have all had a copy of these documents, which have just been sent again by email and have been available on the League and Club sites (Document Library) for a while. If you need any guidance, please contact Brian Smith.

The Eve of Season 2018 Newsletter

Season 2018 is fast approaching.

Not long to go before we all get back on the cricket pitch. The smell of freshly cut grass, the sight of ball hitting stump, and the noise of an Owzat appeal, will mean that we will instantly forget about the winter, and look forward to the summer game. Make the most of the next 20 weeks !!

Please ensure that the newsletter below is passed on to players, officials and captains within your club.

There are lots of changing for the new season ... so make sure you are fully prepared.

Further news will follow, in the countdown to Season 2018.

Many thanks.

Cheers, Brian.

Brian Smith
Chairman - Kent Regional Cricket League
07946 285672


Thanks to all those clubs who have recently paid their invoice for Season 2018 (League Subscriptions & Balls). There are still a few clubs to make payment. Please ensure that this is completed before Wednesday 18th April 2018. A list of debtors was sent out at the beginning of the week.

Contact – Shaker Ahmed (Treasurer) / Brian Smith (Chairman)



After a lengthy discussion at KRCL Committee Meeting, it was agreed that we would no longer produce a Hard Copy of the KRCL Handbook.  The main reasons for not producing such handbooks is the cost and of course the time involved in compiling such a book.

What will happen for Season 2018? All necessary documents will be circulated to the League Representatives of each club. It is their responsibility that this information is passed on to club officials, captains and players. Prior to the start of the season, we will once again distribute the Constitution of the League and the amended Playing Conditions for Season 2018. We will also distribute the updated version of the Clubs Contact Details.

Andy Pye is currently compiling this information. If you have failed to provide updated details for the new season or have a last-minute amendment, then please contact Andy Pye directly.

On a positive note, the cost saving of not producing a Handbook has meant we have been able to keep the price of a league ball to £10 this season.

Contact - Andy Pye (Handbook Editor)



Can I remind all clubs that they need to register all players for the KRCL.  There is no need to re-register all existing players, however, please check your club databases and make sure that any new or returning members are registered.

If a player is registered or has an active profile with another club, then you need to add this player to your database on play-cricket and apply for registration. You will also need email confirmation from their former club, or ask that club to approve the player transfer on play cricket.

It is no longer possible for the league administrator to transfer existing profiles. Thus the responsibility is now with the club administrators. 

Don’t leave it until the last minute …

Contact – Brian Smith (Chairman)



We are still looking at options for the end of the season Presentation evenings that are held at the end of September / beginning of October.  The preferred dates at present for this year are Thursday 4th/Friday 5th October and Thursday 11th/Friday 12th October. Primarily, because the Chairman is away at the end of September! Sorry folks. As soon as we have sourced suitable venues – we will confirm the dates accordingly.

Whilst on this subject – are there any clubs who would like to host these evenings? If you have the facilities to host such an event, then please get in contact with me by the end of this month.

Traditionally we have held one event in the East and one in the West, but happy to look into other options for the new season.

Contact – Brian Smith (Chairman) / George Cocks (Presentation Evening Organiser)

Further updates and news will follow over the coming weeks. Watch this space …


Please see the message below from John Swannick.

If you or your club are interested in joining the Club Community Network, then please get in touch with John Swannick directly.

Personally, I think this is a great opportunity to help support clubs in Kent, as we face difficult times ahead especially with declining player participation.

Many thanks.

Cheers, Brian.

Brian Smith
Chairman - Kent Regional Cricket League
07946 285672

Dear League Reps,


Having been involved in developing the national Cricket Club Development Network,  I am now working with Kent Community Cricket to set up a Kent club peer-network called Club Community.  As a KRCL club vice chairman, I think it offers a great platform for supporting those people involved in making Kent clubs work. 


From my national Network experience, I am confident members of Club Community will benefit by sharing their experience, knowledge and information, and:

  • get reasonably quick answers to immediate questions on any aspect of running a club;
  • save time reinventing wheels or avoiding mistakes others have made;
  • identify new and better ways of doing things;
  • confront common problems and issues more effectively.

It is not about communication TO, but ongoing dialogue WITH, people who face the same or similar challenges.

Club Community is a virtual network. It is an open group that is publicly accessible online but where some content is restricted to members of the Community and, where relevant, sub-sets of the Community depending on their club role and related interests.   The Kent Community team will also bring their skills and knowledge to Club Community as peers.  


We are using an off-the-shelf platform called Team App which can be used as both online website and downloadable mobile App.  The main features of the Community are:

  • News – Kent and national cricket issues, and local club happenings where relevant to other clubs;
  • Events – information on and invites to the latest Kent-wide activities as well as club-based events where appropriate;
  • Chat – bulletin boards for raising very practical issues, questions or sharing thoughts on cricket management issues.  You can also communicate confidentially and securely direct with other members, where appropriate;
  • Discussions – topics identified as having wider common interest and relevance will be posted to encourage group discussion, sharing experience and potential solutions or signposting sources of further information;
  • Document sharing – for sharing pdfs of helpful documents and briefings on key topics.


So, this is your invitation to become a member of Club Community.   And to share with others in your club who have responsibilities for:

  • Club management and administration
  • Finance
  • Club development
  • Junior recruitment, retention and development
  • Communication and marketing
  • Facilities management and improvement
To join Club Community, simply email me and say you want to be a member.

Once you are in the Community, I will be on the other side to help guide you through how it works and to support your continuing engagement.  But, the system is very easy to use and you shouldn't need much encouragement to get involved!


I look forward to working with you.





John Swannick

Club Community



John Swannick|Vice Chairman|Staplehurst Cricket & Tennis Club| +44 (0)1580 890750| +44 (0)7746 886521|| Skype: john.swannick|


Stuart Chilmaid's Report and Update on the New Laws for this Season - HERE

Please use the link above for the annual report from Stuart Chilmaid which in recent years has appeared in the KRCL Handbook.

I also enclose some useful links to the changes to the MCC Laws of Cricket.

There is a useful guide for scorers and this can be found at this link -

It is imperative that all club officials and players are aware of the new laws. Please can you circulate to your members.

Many thanks.



KRCL Chairman's Report, March 2018 (Pre-season words of wisdom from Smiffy!)