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AGENDA | Minutes

Tuesday 28 February 2006

To be held upstairs at the Royal Inn On The Park, 111 Lauriston Road, E9 7HJ
Meet at 6:30 pm 

1 – Apologies 

2 – Approve last year’s minutes  

3 – Presentation of Trophies 

4 – Treasurer’s report (Nigel Richards), including fees/fines owing from 2005

(see next page for details)

4 – Treasurer’s report (Nigel Richards) 

Accounts for Victoria Park Community Cricket League

22 Feb 2005 - 21 February 2006

























Cash at Bank B/F















League fees















Cup Fees
















Missed Matches















"Sub-let" of pitches






























































































Website Charges






































Hall Hire
















Bank Charge















Sundries (postage etc)







(incl arrears 2001 et seq)






Balance at Bank c/f







































1 League Fees







i) Tower Ravens are due £15 remaining from their 2004 overpayment.

ii) Sky are owed £30 - duplicate payment this year




iii) Highgate are owed £11 refund of cup fees




iv) 3 League teams owe £30 for last year












2 Interest








To investigate why these stopped and re-started.





5 – Secretary’s report (Tim Castle), including revised roles for committee members, results format and new disputes procedure 

The league has doubled in size in five years:

2001 – 11 teams
2002 – 13 teams
2003 – 14 teams
2004 – 15 teams
2005 – 19 teams
2006 – 22 teams? 

We potentially will have 22 teams playing this season, twice as many as five years ago. That’s twice as much administration, if not more. To manage this expansion, we need to reallocate some of the executive duties of the committee. 

I propose: 

Life President: Liaison with park staff

Chairman: Final arbiter in disputes and other issues

Secretary/webmaster: First point of contact, runs website, collates results, maintains contacts list, delegates dispute resolution to other committee members, books venue for AGM.

Fixtures Secretary: Draws up fixtures, books pitches, handles rearrangement of fixtures (especially cup games)

Treasurer: All financial matters, pays council and other suppliers, responsible for collecting fees and fines.

Non-executive members: Dispute resolution and other ad hoc duties 


There are no umpires so disputes should be avoided. Captains should resolve between them any disputes that do arise in the spirit of the game.

Trying to sort out disputes after a match is extremely time consuming and generally a fruitless exercise.

If captains feel they must bring a dispute to the attention of the committee, the procedure will be as follows:

1 – Contact secretary with details

2 – Secretary will nominate two committee members to investigate the complaint

3 – The two committee members will report back within seven days to the chairman with their recommendation

4 – Chairman will accept/reject recommendation. Secretary will inform captains concerned of the decision, which will be final and not subject to appeal. 


Captains must email results of their games to the secretary ASAP.

As a minimum, they should give scores and wickets, as well as best batting and bowling, eg 

Old Fallopians beat Sky by 4 wickets 

Sky 155 all out (13 overs)
Siddiqui 50*
Castle 4-0-15-3 

Old Fallopians 156-3

Castle 50*
Barrass 45
Siddiqui 4-0-30-2 

Further details, commentary and photos are all welcome.



With so many teams, we will be playing at almost full capacity on the park’s three pitches. We are highly vulnerable to disruption if any of the wickets is damaged during the season.

1 – we need to make sure the council will repair any damage without delay

2 – we have to be aware of where else we could play games in the interim 

The first point is a joint responsibility for the committee, especially the life presidident, secretary and fixtures secretary.

The second is the responsibility of the fixtures secretary

6 – Fixture Secretary’s report (Peter Hollman), including proposed fixture structure for 2006 

Last year the league structure continued as from 2004 whereby initially 2 groups or conferences were created & made up by teams based on the 2004 final positions ie the blue group's teams had been 1st, 3rd 5th etc & the green's 2nd 4th, 6th etc. 

In the 2nd phase, the team's positions in those groups determined into which 1 of 3 divisions the clubs would play in for the 2nd half of the season. 

In 2005 there were several new clubs, this therefore had the positive affects that the new clubs would attain their standard & minimize mis-matches which are more prevalent in an arbitrary orthodox league structure. More so as there were so many new sides. 

In 2006 I would again advocate the retention of this format & will continue to do so until the time that no new clubs apply as only then can more fixtures be based on a club' s own level with any greater confidence. 

I have based my 1st rough draft on 24 teams for 2006. This would mean 3 conferences of 8 sides followed by 4 divisions of 6. This in turn would mean the optimum number of games for all sides being attained ie 7 1st round or conference matches & 4 2nd round or divisional games. Indeed I believe this could be made up to 12 if you agree & the 1st round match result is NOT carried forward unlike in previous seasons.

As the committee & representatives may have already read, I believe the maximum amount of teams under the present set up ie 3 matches a night, 4 nights a week, is 27 (& 32 in the cup). If the league does outgrow Victoria Park, I would advocate usage of satellite grounds in adjacent boroughs ie Millfields, Hackney Downs, Wray Crescent & Millwall; however, it is my understanding that this will not be a problem as far as the 2006 season is concerned.

 In the meantime, I have also drafted a 27 team fixture list. In this instance due to there being more games & with the uncertainty of who would make up the divisions, I'm afraid 1st phase results where applicable would have to be brought forward. With 27 clubs, my proposal is that the top 2 in each of the 3 groups would make up the 1st division, 3rd & 4th from each in the 2nd + the best placed 5th side etc. Difficult but practicable. Also 2nd phase fixtures would have to be done & completed as soon as the 1st phase is complete & as there are only 2 to 3 weeks' cup matches, teams would have to be flexible regarding notice on the next league match but I would expect to give at least 1 weeks notice in the od exception but more for most. 

However, last year, despite teams knowing more than 3 weeks in advance in some cases, I believe one club was unaware when their 1st 2nd phase match was scheduled. To reiterate, it is the duty of the club to make themselves aware as to their forthcoming fixtures, however, opposition representatives have never done themselves any harm by double checking their opposition's awareness. I will of course endeavor myself to circulate team's divisional matches ASAP. 

When I structured the fixtures for 2005, I balanced it wherever possible, so sides played matches across all days of the week, on all pitches, so an even amount of games where a ball was to be provided, so weeks without a match were kept to a minimum. Only 1 side had 2 league games in the same week & all new teams were set up to play existing league sides in their first fixtures. I also tried to put 1st round cup matches in weeks where sides had a week without a game or if not possible, giving bias to the 1st team drawn out. 

One hindrance however, was again the failure of sides to send in their money by the deadline which in theory excludes them for the season. Obviously, leeway & common sense prevails BUT it makes the Fixture Secretary's life so much easier if adhered. Last year, I went on holiday not knowing what was happening & returned to find out a rough draft had been circulated before any of the referred to above or checks had been made because Tower Hamlets needed booking dates which necessitated Tim's action, so please can sides stick to the deadline in 2006 to avoid the same. 

If any teams have any disgruntlement regarding the scheduling, I welcome hearing them & will take these into account for 2006 as I did when Chats flagged that they had 2 weeks without a game at the end of June in 2004. 

The 2005 season saw 140 games scheduled including re-arranged cup matches. 

There were 9 forfeits = 11% (10% 2003 & 9% 2004) so little has changed there. 

4 games were postponed which were cup & could be re-arranged. A further 7 league matches recorded no result due to rain. 

1 match was uncompleted & the result referred to the committee

 3 other matches were abandoned due to failing light which only the Captains can accept responsibility for in failing to lessen the overs in advance.

 Many thanks to the teams who partook last year & to the new teams too who were so enthusiastic & supportive. 

I do hope that you all had good seasons & enjoyed the format but as ever, I do welcome any constructive criticism either before or during the season in the event that I should be re-elected.

7 – Teams leaving
(Dover Castle, Royal Inn)

8 – Election of new teams (Darji, London Fields, Fives, Prescod VII, Masiha) 

-         Darji (Kiran Tailor) have played in the Cup last year and in 2003

-         London Fields (Chris Skinner) are a long-established local side
”LFCC were founded in 1986 and have participated in the North East London Cricket League since then. These matches are played at weekends, we also play friendly matches every weekend throughout the summer. In 2005 we finished runners up, and are always competitive. We also compete annually in a sixes tournament in Gloucester and a local cup competition. LFCC have also played a few existing members of the VPCCL in recent years in evenly matched games. We are happy to commit to fulfil all fixtures throughout the 2006 season and pledge to play in the spirit of the game at all times.”

-         Fives, a new young team led by Stan Foley and his son

-         Prescod (name to be advised), a new team led by Terry Prescod
” We are very committed to the terms and conditions which are laid out by the comittee . I have previously played a competitive level of cricket in Barbados, having played in the first division tournament and rubbing hands with players such as the late Sylvester Clarke and his friend Collis King . The guys which are part of the setup have all played  some standard of cricket and generally just like a bit of fun while enjoying the competitive nature . Hadley Mascoll who is also in the setup has also played in the Kent League for Boca but because of the far distance he has opted to try for application to the Victoria Park League with our other colleagues. Our ages range from late 20s to 40s, we are generally from an African Caribbean descent. However age, race or cultural beliefs does not matter. We are all professional guys and play cricket in the spirit of the game. We are not the sort to cause disruption and will discipline any member of the team who engages in disruptive and unprofessional conduct”

-         Masiha, a new team, led by Adnan Majid
Adnan Majid (C), 22
Jamal Majid, 25
Harris Khan, 25
Kashif Saddique, 22
Harris Saddique (Wk), 24
Aamir Iddress, 23
Sakib Khaliq, 25
Assad Khaliq, 26
Umar Khan, 22
Ahmed Saddique, 27 

9 - Rule-changing motions (proposed motions, each needs seconding before they can be debated)


Light. Or the lack of it. Well done to all the Captains who were able to restructure matches with their counterparts. Whereas Captains who insist on a full match with insufficient time thereby depriving both sets of players with a proper chance to conclude the match to its' finality. A Proposal is 1 over reduction per 5 minutes delay when there's insufficient light available i.e. 65 minutes per innings + 5 mins change around has been doing the rounds unofficially for 2 or 3 years now. Perhaps this is the time for captains to agree to these as official guidelines if all those here agree. 


April & August start times to be brought forward to 6pm 


Some teams, when they think they are losing, they start complaining about bad light. So please introduce neutral umpires from the beginning of season rather than later.  Neutral umpire can be paid, just raise up league fee.


There would still seem to be a demand by some teams for umpires & scorers. A panel of volunteers can be set up with teams who need these services applying directly to any individual to stand. Any individual will be reimbursed on the night the sum of £16 (£1 per player). This can either be payable by the team requesting or by both teams. Umpires will stand as a pair so therefore the costly would be £32. A an independent scorer is also £16. The cost for the final to be borne by the League. 


That a fully qualified umpire is invited to speak to representatives of all league sides gathered specifically for the purpose. Failure to submit at least one representative will debar clubs from the 2006 competitions.


Two sides with players wearing dark or black track suit bottoms were used to bowl by their Captains - compounded as both from the darker end where the nets are & both used in the 2nd innings when it is inevitably darker. To save on batters having to complain or umpires wasting time by telling the transgressors Captain - can the onus remain with the captain simply NOT to bowl them if they turn up attired as such.

NB Rule 9: “All teams are expected to play in white clothing.”


In the event of a front foot no ball being called, the umpire signals that the next delivery is a free hit as in Twenty20. 


PACIFIC: Wides & chalk marks to assist. To refrain from painting these lines on all pitches & to continue the experiment at designated matches throughout 2006.

SKY: The marking of 'wide' lines on the pitch to act as a guide - and not a rule - to the umpires. 


VALLANCE: A trophy for the winner in each division, for Cup winner and runners up in each division. After all VPCCL is an excellent league and good practice as well.

TRADITIONAL CORSAIRS: there should be a small shield/cup which the winning team for Cup and League should get to keep - these would cost less than £20 per year.


New teams to be asked to pay a one-off non-refundable joining fee of £25 in lieu of past trophies, payments & shortfalls / losses incurred by sides joining & leaving with unpaid arrears.


That awards are raised for individual best bowler (i.e. most league & cup wickets) & best batsmen (highest aggregate run scorer). Submissions to remain non-compulsory as some sides put no stock on statistics but those who do wish to do so, must mail their 2 candidates by the end of August 2006. Trophies will then be presented at 2007 AGM.



All Captains should be notified that they should respect each other. It is a policy of VPCCL.


There should be adequate toilet facilities as people often resort to going in the bushes/or holding-it-in... the pavilion at 6.30pm is always shut.

And what is the feasibility of sight screens? 


TRADITIONAL CORSAIRS: As League winners we have the League shield which has no engravings for winners for the last 2 or 3 years.  Does the League have a system/process to do get this done? 

SKY: (Rizwan Siddiqui) discussed with Bert and Pete last season the issue of a standard engraving size and font on the cup it was felt that the league would be best placed to do this and Bert said that he would arrange it - I note from the 2005 minutes that this is contrary to what was agreed - i.e. that the victors get their engraving done - what do you think? 

11 – Election of officers (current officers in brackets

Chairman (Mick Reid, Rose & Crown)
Treasurer (Nigel Richards, Victoria Lounge)
Secretary (Tim Castle, Old Fallopians)
Fixtures (Paul Hollman, Pacific)
Committee member (Rob Devaney, Chats Palace)
Committee member (Rizwan Siddiqui, Sky)
Committee member (Paul Williams, Tower Ravens)
Committee member (Mafij Rab, Vallance) 

12 – Any Other Business



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