Date: 24th May 2019
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CLUB AND GROUND CHAIR'S REPORT 2018

Date: 10th January 2019

CLUB AND GROUND CHAIR'S REPORT 2018

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As part of its commitment to maintaining ECB Premier League status, the L&DCC is required to fulfil an annual programme of site visits to ensure that club and ground facilities are being maintained in accordance with the standards that the ECB require.

In order to fulfil this commitment, the L&DCC appoints a Chair of Club & Ground and it is his duty to inspect selected grounds on a seasonal basis. All clubs receive a visit on at least a bi-annual basis.

With the invaluable support, guidance, advice and experience of Eric Hadfield, the following grounds were visited in 2018:

Ainsdale, Caldy, Colwyn Bay, Fleetwood Hesketh, Highfield, New Brighton, Newton Le Willows, Rainford, Southport Trinity, Sutton and Wallasey.

The most refreshing and objective fact that can be extracted from the 2018 data is that each ground achieved a higher score that it did on its former visit.  All completed reports are available for scrutiny on the L&DCC Website.

http://www.lpoolcomp.co.uk/cg_rules.php?id=2

As can be seen from the above list, the 2018 schedule covered a wide range of clubs which incorporated all 3 divisions of the Premier League.

Whilst cricket faces many challenges in the form of additional bureaucratic requirements and questionable player behaviour, the Club & Ground Site visits remind me of the values that we hold dear to our heart in supporting our sport.    

Without exception, whether it be that I had visited an outstanding Premier League Club, or a club that had faced adversity during the 2017/18 winter, the hospitality, cooperation and commitment to enhancing standards at all of these clubs was nothing short of overwhelming.

Due to the commitment, passion and faith of a handful of individuals who no longer  bowl a ball or swing a bat, the standards that are being evinced across the L&DCC are nothing short of outstanding and are an absolute to credit to everyone that is involved.

J S Hathaway

LG L&DCC – Club & Ground Chair

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