Annual General Meeting - November 2018


Attended by 38 members with apologies from 24 members.  Chris Kelly (ECB) and Matt Davies (NV Interactive) attended as guests.

The meeting received the latest health news from President, Tony Kingston, and it was agreed that he should be sent all best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. 

  1. Chairman: The chairman felt that the season had been a good one with positive relationships with umpiring colleagues, CLOs, ECB (Tim Lumb) and NV Interactive (Matt Davies).  PCS Pro had been successfully introduced by the majority of clubs, and we look forward to further developments with the new scoring program.  ACCS are grateful to those counties which had allowed “guest” scorers the experience of scoring at 1st class level.  ACCS have been invited draw up a rota of scorers for the World Cup in May/July 2019.  ICC have agreed that hotel accommodation should be available for scorers where necessary.  The chairman thanked members and committee colleagues for their support during his first year as chairman.
  2. Finance: Mike Charman reported that the financial position was good with £2447.62 in two bank accounts. Subscriptions to remain the same. 
  3. Rule Change: Rule 6 was changed to allow four members other than the three officers to serve on the committee.
  4. Election of Officers: Tony Kingston was re-elected as President and the other officers and committee members, together with Sue Drinkwater, were re-elected unopposed.
  5. Life Membership: Howard Clayton (Yorkshire) and Mick Woolley (Northamptonshire) were elected as Honorary Life members in recognition of their many years of service to their clubs.
  6. Website: The secretary thanked Ian Smith for his help with the website. 
  7. 2019 Season: CK thanked ACCS and its members for helping to develop the new scoring program.  Essential that all concerned should know which DLS figures are being displayed.  No new umpires on 1st class list next season; the six on reserve list will continue.  2019 fixtures to be published on 27th November. 
  8. PCS Pro: Matt Davies reported that the majority of requests and suggestions made by scorers were being acted upon and these should be ready for testing by 20th December.
  9. The Hundred: Ian Smith reported that software modifications would be necessary to cope with the demands of the new very fast-moving competition.  More trials were planned for 2019.  He did not recommend trying to score in a book.  Scoreboards will need to be adapted in order to give the necessary display. 
  10. ECBACO: Sue Drinkwater (ECB Scorer Education Manager) reported that two new appointments were needed to replace Nick Cousins and Sue Jones, both of whom had resigned from their posts.  Martin Gentle was the interim replacement for NC (i/c ECB ACO) and we have since heard that Heather Vernon is to be the new National Scorers Officer. 
  11. Scorer Training – a complete pathway from Learning to Score to Level 3 has been developed; as has another to help with PCS Pro which should be available for classroom use wef 1st February 2019. 
  12. Ian Smith (CricketArchive) and Richard Isaacs (Sky TV) thanked colleagues for their help during the season. 

The meeting closed at 3.32pm

Committee Meeting - October 2018

Committee Meeting – October 2018 – held at Ealing Cricket Club Pavilion

Present: AK Hignell, MJ Charman, AE Choat, PJW Danks, SM Drinkwater, MD Smith, JM Brown.  Tim Lumb (ECB) was present for the first part of the meeting.  

The following points were among those discussed at the meeting:

  1. The protocol for the use of walkie-talkies in televised matches had been changed, so quick contact with on-field umpires no longer possible; clarification sought;
  2. It is expected that all counties will use PCS Pro in 2019;
  3. The latest version of PCS Pro, incorporating many of the suggestions made during 2018 should be ready for testing by 20 December 2018;
  4. It is planned to hold meetings re new version in second week in January, and that each county should be represented at these meetings;
  5. Lunch: Chris Kelly, Tim Lumb, Matt Davies and James Emmerson to be invited;
  6. All committee members prepared to stand again; proposed to increase number of committee members to four, so that co-opted member, Sue Drinkwater, could become a full member;
  7. ACCS will be invited to organise appointments for 2019 World Cup;
  8. PJW Danks pointed out that 2019 would be the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first edition of the Scorer newsletter; it is hoped to celebrate this in an appropriate way;
  9. The Hundred: More information needed on the format and what information will need to be shown on scoreboards;
  10. Method of appointing scorers for The Hundred still to be established;
  11. It was suggested that it would be an advantage if PCS Pro could have a separate database for County scorers.
  12. Dates of Future meetings: Committee 20 February and 2 October

Committee Meeting - February 2018

Attendees: Messrs AK Hignell, MJ Charman, AE Choat, PJW Danks, MD Smith, JM Brown: apologies – Sue Drinkwater
Some of the main points to come from this meeting follow:

  1. In view of the potential increase in the number of penalties which may be awarded as a result of the law changes, the umpires have been instructed not to allow the game to continue until the appropriate penalty is showing on the scoreboard.
  2. City Franchise t20 (to start in 2020): it is probable that ACCS will be invited to appoint scorers for these matches: it is likely to be seen as on opportunity for less experienced scorers to join a more experienced colleague.
  3. Mike Charman has been invited (by Surrey CCC) to score a Test and ODI at the Oval in 2018.
  4. One new umpire has been added to the Umpires’ list for 2018 – Ian Ramage.
  5. No umpires due to retire in 2018.
  6. CLOs for 2018 – no change from 2017.
  7. In televised games scorers will not have direct contact with the on-field umpires – only contact to be made through third umpire. 
  8. PCS Pro will be sending representatives to all counties to ensure that the program is compatible with scoreboards.
  9. Lord’s Test: Polly Rhodes was unable to accept her invitation to score at Lord’s this year; her place has been taken by Graham Irwin (Sussex).  Polly will be first choice in 2019.
  10. Date of Lunch/AGM: Wednesday 31st October 2018 – at Derby.