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Criteria Meeting — 5th August 2014

The Criteria Meeting 2014 was held at Woodford Park on Tuesday 5th August 2014.

Exactly 50% of the League's Clubs were represented and there was some robust discussion of the points raised on the forum and by those attending.

The 2014 proposals will be formulated this week and published as soon as possible in order that they can be discussed before the 1st September.


Sam Peates,

Secretary, BCL   

Sulhamstead & Ufton CC v BCL Select XI



Sunday 8th June at Sulhamstead.

The annual Champions Challenge match held at Sulhamstead last Sunday saw the pick of the Berkshire League players take on Sulhamstead’s 1st XI, the League champions of 2013. A glorious afternoon drew a fair sized crowd to the picturesque ground by the A4 and they witnessed an enthralling encounter which ebbed and flowed all afternoon. The Select XI drew players from BCS/Grosvenor, Crowthorne, Mortimer West End, Peppard Stoke Row, Woodcote and Woodley. Sulhamstead won the toss and elected to bat, losing early wickets to opening bowlers, Nick Kingston and Tim Vines, but a late flurry of runs from Matt Hill and skipper, Matt Gill, enabled them to reach a good total at tea. The Select XI’s innings got off to a disastrous start with the experienced Ian Williams (3 for 11) removing two of the top three batsmen cheaply. The Select XI’s middle order dug-in, with young players, Alex Mackenzie and Joe Davies batting impressively, but they looked well out of it until Peppard Stoke Row pair Tim Vines and skipper Rich Ashton launched a rapid half-century partnership.  In the last over a huge six from Vines left the Select XI needing a six from the last ball to tie the match. Vines was unable to repeat the feat and so Sulhamstead became the first champion club to wrest the trophy from the Berkshire League representative side.  

It was great to see the pick of the Berkshire League players in action and a high-quality match was served-up. Special thanks are due to Sulhamstead who provided a superb tea, and a good pitch. Thanks also to umpires, Martin House and Eddie Lunn who played their part with calm authority and they too enjoyed the occasion.


M Godfrey                         c A Cluett                             b Kingston              5

A Briggs                            c T Mackenzie                       b A Cluett              25

C Mercer                           c Bhatti                                b Vines                     6

M Thompson                     c T Mackenzie                        b Akram                  15

J Seward                           lbw                                      b Vines                      9

S Dove                             c Davies                                b J Cluett                  5

M Hill                               run out                                                                31

M Gill                               c A Mackenzie                        b Kingston               35

C Palmer                          not out                                                                19

I Williams                         not out                                                                  9

D Macdonald                     did not bat


Extras                                                                                                        30

                                                                                          Total = 189 for 8


Kingston 2 for 27, Vines 2 for 30, Akram 1 for 34, J Cluett 1 for 31, A Cluett 1 for 51



J Raja                               b                     Williams             35

S Bhatti                            lbw                   Williams              0

T Mackenzie                      b                      Williams              0

A Mackenzie                      b                      Thompson          41

J Davies                            c Williams         Thompson          18

A Cluett                            c                       Thompson          13

N Kingston                        b                       Thompson          12

R Ashton                           run out                                       28

T Vines                             not out                                        27

J Cluett                             not out                                          0

Z Akram                            did not bat          

Extras                                                                                 10

                                                                              Total = 184 for 8


Macdonald 0 for 34, Williams 3 for 11, Gill 0 for 38, Palmer 0 for 32, Thompson 4 for 28, Godfrey 0 for 37.

BCL Sam's simple guide to reporting via Play Cricket


  1. Go to play-cricket.com
  2. Enter club name in keywords.
  3. Sign-in using administrator sign-in
  4. Enter administrator password
  5. Go to name of administrator in the top right hand
  6. Use drop-down menu and choose ‘administration’.
  7. Choose ‘results’ on menu and click on it
  8. Choose relevant fixture and click on ‘edit result’.
  9. Complete result (it will tell you if you have missed any important information). Save
  10. At top of page, click on Club CC scorecard and complete from scorebook. You have to choose names from ‘members’ to enter this info. Do this in batting order.  Complete details of runs, wickets etc. Save
  11. Then click on opponents scorecard and complete from scorebook. You have to choose members from their list. Do so in batting order. Save
  12. When happy that you have entered all possible data change X to tick in confirmed column.

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