T20 Blast Information  
 

The closing date for entries is Friday 9 November 2018.

Club Chairmen, Captains and Secretaries

The GCCL, in conjunction with the GCB, is instigating a new T20 Blast league competition for clubs in Gloucestershire. The basic details are;

  • Matches on Sunday afternoon.

  • Fixtures will be arranged by the league, starting in June running through to mid-August. It is expected that each club will play 6 to 8 league matches.

  • The competition is open to all GCCL clubs, plus clubs in CFG, Stroud and Cotswolds district leagues (that meet the GCCL facilities criteria).

  • Teams will play in regional divisions, with the winners progressing to a finals day.

  • A red ball will be used and white cricket clothing (although clubs may play in coloured kit if they wish).

Please distribute the attached flyer to your players. Do put it on any social media platforms that your club uses (various sized fliers attached for different media platforms).

It is hoped that this competition will help revitalise Sunday cricket. A number of clubs have commented that Sunday fixtures are difficult to arrange and are often cancelled. It is hoped that a league structure will encourage players to play and make matches more competitive. We also hope that players who cannot or will not commit to a full Saturday match might be encouraged to play a shorter game on a Sunday. We see this competition as a way of keeping players involved in club cricket as well as a means of introducing younger players to adult cricket, in addition to giving keen Saturday players more competitive games.

If your club is interested in entering you need to commit to fielding a T20 team for up to 8 Sundays, with half the matches at your home ground. Although the matches are expected to be competitive, it is envisaged that many clubs will field teams of mixed ability and ages.

Do discuss this competition with your club members this weekend and if interested, ask your club captain, secretary to reply ASAP and by Friday 9 November 2018.

Expressions of Interest:

Clubs are asked to register their potential interest in this competition. Please email ian.robson@btinternet.com to express your club’s firm or possible intension of entering, or to ask any questions.

Further details of the competition will be given at the GCCL AGM on 23rd October 2018.

Common Questions Answered: (Update - 18 September 2018)

1. Playing Standard of Teams?

  • Clubs from both the top end and the bottom end of the GCCL will be involved, possibly playing in the same regional league. There may be a few miss-matched games, but I hope these will be sensibly managed by the Captains. I expect a few clubs will field strong teams with the intention of winning the competition, but I believe that many clubs will field teams of mixed ability players including a number of youngsters. 

2. WEPL Clubs?

  • This competition is designed for GCCL and District League clubs. For clubs with both WEPL and GCCL teams, regular WEPL players should not play in the T20 Blast (we are yet to decide how 'regular' is defined).

3. Schedule?

  • The first matches are likely to be on about Sunday June 23rd, with teams playing 6 or 7 league matches over the next 8 or 9 Sundays. The finals are likely to be on Sunday 25th or BH Monday 26th August.

Regards

Ian Robson (GCCL T20 Blast Coordinator)

 
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