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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:24 pm    Post subject: Guest Players Reply with quote

This week Portcullis were in an unprecedented position of choosing a team from around 15 players who all wanted a game, and it's looking likely that this situation will arise more than a few times this season. I imagine there are some other clubs in the same position, and meanwhile elsewhere there will be clubs who are stuggling to get a team together.

In the interest of cricket as a whole, perhaps it would be a good idea to organise a system whereby we could loan out our spare players to other teams? I know we already have the possibility of playing as a "trialist" for a team in a higher grade, but this doesn't really cover the situation properly, as it is often the lower grade and second XI's who struggle for players. Perhaps we should have a new class of player - a "Guest" - who can play for any team under certain restrictions. Something like;

* A Guest Player is a player who is registered for a club but who is playing for another club on a temporary basis.
* Guest Players may play in any grade match, but may not play in cup games.
* If a team intends to field a Guest Player, permission must be sought from the opposing captain before the start of play. Permission should not be denied unreasonably.
* No more than 3 Guest Players are allowed in any one team for any one game.
* A Guest Player may not bowl, keep wicket or act as captain. They must bat after all the regular team players have batted.
* Scores made while playing as a Guest Player do not count towards a player's end of season averages.

What to you think? Is this a good idea? Is it workable? Perhaps we could use the website as a "clearing facility" where spare players can indicate they are available to play as guest.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another surfeit of players for Portcullis last week. This week is a cup weekend and we've potentially got about 15 for both days. Meanwhile, I've heard through the grapevine that St Ronald, who scratched their 2nds last weekend, are struggling to find enough players to turn out one team let alone 2.

Surely it would be better for the grades as a whole, as well as for individual cricketers, if we could work out some way to get everyone playing and help keep clubs going.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree- there is no point in clubs scratching games if others have players to spare. Grade 4 is so small anyway that scratching games is crazy. I think that there must be a way of allowing players to get a full game though- only allowing them to bat 11 and not bowl doesn't make much of a day out.......
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kato wrote:
only allowing them to bat 11 and not bowl doesn't make much of a day out.......


...although for some of us it is still a regular occurence...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thought you were allowed trialist players that could play up to so many games. Have certainly played in games where players from lower grades teams have 'guested' for the opposition.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul wrote:
thought you were allowed trialist players that could play up to so many games. Have certainly played in games where players from lower grades teams have 'guested' for the opposition.


That's true, but the "trialist" rule only applies going from lower to higher grades. Unfortunately, the teams that often need boosting are in the lower grades, so they cannot benefit from this.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Purple wrote:

"..although for some of us it is still a regular occurence..."


I remember Mr Purple in a fine opening batting display at Inverurie, against Methlick....... but yes, point taken.[/list]
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:29 am    Post subject: guest players Reply with quote

The guest system is indeed a great idea for the overall interest of cricket but hey...... to be honest..... there are clubs and individuals out there who cannot be trusted !!
We, as a club, have been stung majorly in the past and have came to a sorry decision not to get into that position again.
What club, honestly, hasn't been stung by sub players or a spare player "who can umpire the whole game"
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:50 am    Post subject: Re: guest players Reply with quote

the embezzler wrote:
The guest system is indeed a great idea for the overall interest of cricket but hey...... to be honest..... there are clubs and individuals out there who cannot be trusted !!


That's why I suggest some limitations on what "guest players" can do. I take the point that not bowling and batting 11 might be a bit grim, so perhaps batting 6 or lower and no more than 4 overs in total bowled by all guest players. Or something like that - something that would allow them to take part in the game but prevent them from overly influencing the outcome.
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