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Youth Cricket Shield Guidelines 2019


1.   After the initial Draw and at the end of each round, the Organiser will notify all the team managers of their opponents in the next round.  It is the responsibility of the home team to contact the away team and arrange two dates (one a reserve in case the first is rained off) for the matches which are in the Shield Weeks commencing 14th May (for First Round matches), 11th June (for Quarter Finals) and 9th July (for Semi Finals).  Failure to do this before May 1st (for first round matches), or within 48 hours of being notified of opponents (following Rounds), will result in the loss of home advantage and the ‘away’ team now becomes the ‘home’ team and the above applies. Clubs are encouraged to enforce this rule to ensure the tournament is not delayed unnecessarily.  None of the dates offered should clash with a Gwent Young Cricketers or Wales fixture at the relevant age-groups in which players of either team are involved.  Shield matches take precedence during the Shield Weeks.  There will be an Open Draw for each round taking place on April 4th (First Round), May 28th (Quarter Finals) and June 25th (Semi Finals).


2.  It is the responsibility of the winning team manager to record the result on the Play Cricket website and email the results sheet to the Organiser using the template provided within 24 hours of the game being played.


3.   A fixture is deemed to be abandoned if both teams are willing to play, or have started to play, the fixture but are unable to complete it because the pitch is unsafe to play on (see Playing Condition 1). Such a fixture must be re-arranged before the end of the following week with the venue reversed if the away team has arrived at the home ground.  Matches may only be postponed due to the pitch being unsafe to play on.  If a team postpones/cancels the match for any other reason, or is unable to agree a rearrangement (under Guideline 1), then the match will deem to be conceded. Once re-arranged, the same Guideline on postponement and abandonment applies. Arrangement, postponement and rearrangement of matches should be completed by email, using the ‘reply’ function, so that an audit trail can be established in case of a dispute and forwarded to the Organiser with the Claim Form.


4.    If the original match, or a rearrangement, cannot be agreed then either team has the right to request a ‘claimed match’ in accordance with Guideline 1. This is to be done by completing the ’Match Claimed Form’ and emailing the Organiser on ‘paul.morgan55@hotmail.co.uk’ before the end of the week following the Shield Week, in which case the Organiser, after consulting with colleagues on the Organising Committee, will award the fixture to one of the teams (in the case of a ‘claimed match’) or decide the result by the toss of a coin.


5.    A club shall be eligible for the competition if its ground is based, or it draws its players from, within the county borough boundaries of:- Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Newport, Monmouthshire, Torfaen.  A club may not enter more than one team in an age group.  A team may be entered from outside this area provided this has been agreed at the Annual Meeting of Clubs. 


6.    A player, who must be a bona fide junior member, may represent a club provided he/she is under the age of 11, 13 or 15 at midnight on 31st August prior to the season of the Competition except as provided for by Playing Condition2.  A player may play for one or more age groups provided the above birth date requirement is satisfied.  No player may play for more than one club in a season unless at an age group where the player’s normal club has not entered a team. A player wishing to move club during a season may only do so with the written approval of both clubs


7.    For the purposes of the competition, girls will be deemed to be one year younger than their actual age except for those who are members of a Wales squad who will be subject to Guideline 6. 


8.    There will be a Finals Day, on Sunday 25th August at Newport CC. The finals will take place as follows U11 - 10.15am; U13 – 1.15pm; U15 - 4pm.  If on Finals Day, due to inclement weather, a final is not able to start within one hour of its scheduled time then it will be postponed to the Reserve Day on 1st September.  Any final which has still not been played after the Reserve Day will be arranged by mutual agreement of the two teams before the end of the current season or the start of the next.


9.    Management of the competition shall be the responsibility of Gwent Young Cricketers. All decisions reached by the Organiser will be final. Clubs are accepted into the Shield competition on the understanding that they comply fully with the ECB guidelines on the wearing of helmets and child protection and that the Organisers shall have no liability whatsoever for anything that happens before, during or after any match.


Organising Committee: Paul Morgan (Organiser), Ted Tipper, Andrew Van de Weyer