Chris Bryant

Chris Bryant died on 11th November after a short illness.

The funeral will be on Friday 4th December at The Wyre Forest Crematorium at 12.30. The crematorium is very close to the main dual carriageway as you leave Kidderminster travelling to Stourport – inside the gate on the left hand side is plenty of parking and it would be possible to stand socially distant from each other to observe as Chris’s funeral passes through the gate. The event is going to be live streamed over the internet and the link will be available shortly. We respectfully request no flowers for the service, if you would like to contribute to his family’s chosen charity, please follow the link to the just giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chrisbryant-cb?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=chrisbryant-cb&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=ac26efa941f747d0aa91f583a0d3a097.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, so it’s the most efficient way to give – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Peter Ogden

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that WCACO life member, Peter Ogden, passed away peacefully on 3rd November.

Many will be aware that he had been ill for some time but he continued to fight his illness to the end. The committal ceremony will be at Manchester Southern Crematorium at 12.00 on Monday, 16th November. Unfortunately, because of the current restrictions, attendance is strictly limited but I would be happy to think that you may take amoment to reflect on his life and maybe raise a glass to his memory.

No flowers please but, if desired, donations in his name are welcome, and should be sent to: St Ann’s Hospice, Heald Green, Cheadle SK8 3SZ

Members Meeting

A WCACO members meeting will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, 15th July at 8pm.

The objective is to address questions related to the ECB guidance documents and share experiences from any friendly matches played this weekend.

The ECB website contains the resources here. The specific links to the Officials documents are below:

https://resources.ecb.co.uk/ecb/document/2020/07/09/b3f4f40f-fa4e-468d-ae24-faea0cc37753/Guidance_umpires_scorers_socially_distanced_cricket_matches_England.pdf

https://resources.ecb.co.uk/ecb/document/2020/07/10/4d473a10-958e-4450-9db9-bfbbf18d3f29/Guidance_for_Officials_July_2020.pdf

If you are a current WCACO member and want to attend this meeting, please contact Alex Holowczak at alexholowczak@gmail.com.

You will be sent the information to join the meeting next Wednesday afternoon.

Umpire Accreditation 2020 season

ECB ACO has announced that there will be no umpire accreditation at both U2A and U3A levels in 2020. This is simply due to the circumstances arising from Covid-19 and the issues of trying to ensure a level playing field across the country where some leagues will start cricket but others have already cancelled their season. It would also be unfair to try to observe and assess umpires in an environment where they will need to make adjustments to match management and fieldcraft to comply with ECB guidance on resuming cricket safely. Any outstanding accreditations from last season will be carried forward to 2021.

Also a reminder that current umpire gradings will remain the same for 2021. No adjustments will be made as a result of the shortened 2020 season in which some colleagues may not wish to stand. They will be not be penalised in any way in terms of grading going into 2021.

David Johnson

County Development Officer.