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The 2017 season see the introduction of a number of new teams, previously playing in the Full Toss League. Their willingness to join, will promote a stronger league for all as the number of teams has increased to 8 in the full league and an additional team wishing to participate in the Cup and Plate competitions.

Notes from Willow League Meeting Tues 28th Feb 2017

Fixture format
All present happy with structure (League/then split to Shield & Plate/Cup)

Rules etc
Glenwood queries toss time being enforced but it was noted that this is rarely enforced, it is just an attempt to ensure that we get the games on promptly, with whoever is present being able to toss, rather than waiting for the captain to arrive.
Glam Centurions put forward preference for 3 over per bowler in the cup. It was argued that the limit of 2 overs was to try and get more team involvement and that it also differentiated from the other competitions.

Willow rules

Vote taken – 5 voted to stick to 2 overs per bowler, 2 voted against, 1 absent.
Votes result - 2 overs per bowler to remain in the cup.

Glenwood & Glam Centurions both put forward proposal to have retirements at 30 in the League. It was felt that this was unfair on batsmen and that it again differentiated the league from the other competitions, where retirements were in place. It was noted that it had never presented a problem to date as no one batsman had consistently scored a high volume of runs which had affected the outcome of games. It was decided to keep things as they are this season and to review this again at the end of season meeting. A possible retirement at 50 could be considered at that point if required.

Reiterated that anything down legside should be classed as a wide, any full toss over waist height (irrespective of pace of bowler) and any bouncer above shoulder height, should be called as a no ball. Agreed that Captain’s should reiterate this at the start of each game for the avoidance of doubt.

Recommended that league fixtures aren’t rearranged in the event of bad weather due to a full fixture list and the need to have certainty over the Shield/Plate split at the half way point. Although not perfect, the average points system was the best way of dealing with rained off fixtures.

Cup games are the only fixtures that should be rearranged in the event of bad weather. It was reiterated that it was within the rules for Captains to have the discretion to agree on many things in order to get cricket played, such as a reduction of overs in the event of bad weather or an unavoidable late start for example or for lending fielders/allowing latecomers to bowl etc.

Winning teams have the responsibility of advising Dan of the result of the game asap but certainly within a couple of days of the fixture, to allow the league table to be updated. The correct score, overs and number of wickets lost was important for establishing bonus points.

Cup Draw/ Radyr Dad’s
Agreed to allow Radyr Dad’s to join the cup (by playing a Prelim round) and the Plate when the League splits at the halfway stage.

As there would be 9 teams, it was decided that 5 teams should compete in the Shield and 4 teams in the Plate.

Prelim round – Eclipse kindly agreed to play a Prelim round against Radyr Dads.
Casuals v Cavaliers
Centurions v Trust
Medics v Glenwood
Eclipse/Radyr Dads v Hawks

Home grounds
Medics and Glenwood both requested that their home games be played at Wenvoe, St Fagans or Cath School, depending on who their respective opponents were.
Hawks to be asked if they want same arrangement or if not, where they would look to play their home games.
All teams to report in to Mark Stephens with the dates for their home games, based on the fixture template provided.

23 June 2016 - Unfortunately Rhiwbina have pulled out of the Willow league due to insufficient numbers. All results involving Rhiwbina this season will be removed. Hopefully Rhiwbina will be able to regroup for next season

March 2016 - The Willow league and Full Toss League have agreed to hold an inter-league cup

Message from Willow Chairman 2015

Dear All

Welcome to the 2015 Willow League season.

It will be a season of transition with three of the stalwart teams of recent years sadly (but hopefully only temporarily) leaving the league at the end of the 2014 season. We have a slightly tweaked WiSP competition for this season (to be played as a separate entity - thanks to those of you who replied to that effect) and also a cup competition, which with only 5 teams in the league should at least mean a semi-final place for 80% of us!

Willow fixtures - please see the website for the latest fixtures. Thanks as ever to Dan for keeping the website updated.

Just a few general reminders of issues raised at the AGM.

1. It is the home team's responsibility to provide the match ball (either one of last years Willow pink ones or a previous issue Willow red ball) even when you are playing at the away team's venue.

2. Cancelling matches other than due to bad weather - as agreed by all the teams any side cancelling a match at short notice will be required to pay towards the costs of the pitch hire where the hosting team is charged for it.

3. With the costs of the pitch hire now being shared it is important that each team has the necessary funds available on the night of the game irrespective of the number of players who actually end up playing.

4. The start time for games is 6pm, so the toss needs to be done by 5.55pm at the latest (as per the rules) and everyone ready on the field of play, including umpires, for the first ball to be bowled at 6pm.

All that remains is for me to wish you all an enjoyable season.

Best regards

Alastair Collyer
Chairman, Willow League

Minutes of the Willow League Annual General Meeting 2015

DATE: Thursday 26 Feb 2015
VENUE: Bar 33, 33 Windsor Place, Cardiff CF10 3BZ
TIME: 6.15pm


Chair: Simon Wallis (Uni Staff)
Vice Chair: Alistair Collyer (Eclipse)
‘without portfolio’: Jeremy Sparkes
Casuals: Dan Lewis, Ed Cheeseman
Cavaliers: Ross Bowen, Glenn Chapman, Glyn Poulsom
Char Trust: Dale Owen, Philip Dooley
CBBs: Andy Rees
Rhiwbina: Gareth Davies
Eclipse: Luke Bonelle

Uni Staff; Consmen (both had previously given word that they were not able to participate in forthcoming season)

Minutes of Previous Meeting
Agreed as correct record. No matters arising.

Treasurer’s Finance Report
Report not really applicable as no longer fees paid in or reimbursing for pitches. Last year’s balance £873.75 reduced by approx £90 after paying for Cup Final at St Fagans and trophy engraving. Agreed to keep fund but no League fees would be charged to current member teams for 2015; teams invited to play on probation would pay £25 fee.

Vote of Thanks to Officers
The outgoing Officers were warmly thanked for their work during the year.

Appointment of Officers for 2015
Chairman: Eclipse Print (Alistair Collyer)
Vice Chairman: Casuals (Mark Stephens)
Treasurers: Cavaliers (Jonathan Thomas) with Chris Stork (Eclipse) as second signatory

2015 Season
1) Confirm existing 5 remaining teams and Glamorgan Centurions to be invited on probation. GP will also invite to play in the Cup only 2 teams who had expressed interest to him (if can’t play, then that tie will be a bye).
2) Grounds/hire costs (where known): Eclipse & Chartered Trust planning to use St Fagans, pitch cost c.£70. Cavaliers using Cathedral School, pitch cost £72. Casuals using Wenvoe, pitch cost not known. Rhiwbina using Cardiff Council pitches, cost not yet known. Centurions based at Llantwit Fadre, pitch cost not known. Pitch cost to be shared equally & paid on the night.
3) Playing rules: amendment to rules circulated is batsman retire 30 runs in Shield/Plate. All other rules agreed.
4) Match balls: each team to provide new ball of suitable quality for every game where they are designated home team. The ball may be red or pink. White may be used but by mutual agreement between the captains.

Any Other Business
1) Contact list: circulated for teams to update/revise accordingly.
2) JS: was bade a fond farewell and thanked for his efforts on behalf of the Willow over the years.
3) AR: ifCBBs able to sort themselves out and ask to be re-admitted in a future season if £25 fee could be waived. JS: wary of the present representatives making a binding financial commitment that might not be appropriate so far in the future. AC: of similar view as financial situation may be different by then but suggested that returning teams be treated in the same way as current teams, ie. if all teams had to contribute something then so would returnees.
4) GP: hoped the 3 ‘leavers’ would be able to strengthen and rejoin soon. Reminded the ‘stayers’ that with several Willow stalwarts retiring then important that everyone helped Chair and Vice Chair when needed.

Meeting closed at 7.16pm and was followed by the Fixture Planning meeting

The 2014 honours board for the Willow League is as follows:

League Winners: Cardiff Uni Staff
Sheild Winners: Cardiff Uni Staff
Plate Winners: Eclipse
Cup Winners: Chartered Trust



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