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Posted 20150204: thanks to sterling work by Nick Brooks, we can now bring you the fixtures for the Southern pool of the Siddalls League. These, together with updates to the Cup and T20 programmes are on the Fixtures page.
A reminder: 28th February - due date for return of all the Entry Forms.
Posted 20150102: Very best wishes to all for 2015 - a new year which has started off very well for Lucien Calkin (Midi), James Dawkins (Toulouse) and Robin Murphy (Catus), who have all been called up to join the squad from which the France Senior team will be selected for the 2015 campaign. Congratulations!
Posted 20141224: A few moments of calm before the festivities and the opportunity to load up the majority of the fixtures for 2015 (go to the Fixtures page) and also all the regulations for the 2015 competitions (on the Regulations page).
A diary date: 28th February - due date for return of all the Entry Forms.
Posted 20141205: The minutes of AGM 2014 have been approved for publication - on the AGM page.
An excellent turnout - as ever - at our AGM on 15th November got through a very sizeable agenda. Work on the minutes is well advanced and they will be posted as soon as possible.
Club presidents are about to be informed of the new rules which will be in force in 2015 for all applications for grants to the CNDS.
And the FFBS have just refreshed all the documents for when clubs come to pay affiliation & licence fees for 2015. These can be accessed from the foot of the Regulations page.
Posted 20141117: At AGM on 15th November, this year's Siddalls Awards were announced and handed over.
The Best Batsman award went to David Bordes of Saint Aulaye.
Bilal Mian, also of SAC, picked up the Best Bowler award.
Best Junior player of 2014 is Ahmed Jewel of Eymet.
And Pierre Zivanovic of Midi took the prize for most improved French player of 2014.
Congratulations to all!
Posted 20141108: Peter Mackenzie has produced a comprehensive Umpiring Report for AGM - which poses several questions which merit study in advance. Copy available, as ever, from the AGM page.
Posted 20141105: Ahead of AGM on 15th November, Andy Crawford's Bilan Moral has been added to Treasurer Stephen Harrison's customary financial documents for the AGM. These are available for study - together with the Secretary's report and proposals - via the AGM page.
Posted 20140928: With the introduction of the T20 competition in 2012 there are now 3 trophies at stake each season. But no club has yet won all three.
Until today, that is, when B-GCC won the final of the Siddalls League down at Seissan. The data are on the Results page; and there you'll see why Alex Smith was worthy of the Man-of-the-Match tankard.
Time to lower the curtain on yet another season and look forward to the Indoor competitions which will kick off season 2015.
- But there's still the AGM to come! On Saturday 15th November.
Posted 20140908: Yesterday was semi-finals day in the Siddalls League competition, and it was a day for the bowlers to remember, as you will see from the Results page.
Posted 20140902: There are now 2 trophies on the shelves of B-GCC's clubhouse!
Last Sunday's Siddalls Cup Final saw Eymet's bowlers make B-GCC bat into the final over before overtaking Eymet's first-innings score (Eymet deprived at the very last minute of 3 key players....).
That's 4 times in the last 5 years that B-GCC have lifted the Siddalls Cup..... getting to be a habit!
Will they be the first club to carry off all 3 trophies in a single season?
Match summary on the Results page.
Posted 20140825: The first of this season's trophies has a name on it! Yesterday saw B-GCC win (for the second year running) the T20 tournament. A great day out at Eymet, on a revelation of a grassy outfield, with many big hits in a total of 736 runs scored off 113 overs bowled, with some spectacular fieldng in between. See the Results page for details.
Posted 20140818: The region has a new Umpiring Manager! See the Umpiring page (where else?) for details.
Which prompts a reminder that candidate-umpires (much needed!) are invited to sign up for the one-day Introductory class that is planned for 18th October. Club presidents know all about why this class is so important.....
In a nutshell, without additional umpires there will be far, far fewer competitive matches organised in 2015. It's as simple as that.
Details from the new man, of course!
Posted 20140817: Congratulations to no fewer than 6 of our young men, who have just enabled the French U19 squad to win an international tournament held up in the Paris region. Under Daniel Notts' (SAC) captaincy, the team recovered from a first-match loss against the Swiss, to beat Germany and Belgium in the other pool matches and then to beat the Belgians again, in the final.
Hats off to James Dawkins (TCC) who took wickets in every match; Lucien Calkin (Midi) who opened the batting and then notched up 5 stumpings & 5 catches behind; Rémi Rocher (Mansle) for catches and early-match wickets; and Kashif Muhammad (B-GCC) and Bilal Mian (SAC) for tidy bowling and 6 catches between them.
Posted 20140810: This year's final of the Siddalls Cup will be between B-GCC and Eymet. These two last met in a Cup Final in ... 1995! And Eymet will be hoping for a repeat win?
Details of B-GCC's semi-final win over A-BCC - with bowlers very much on top - are on the Results page. Eymet, for their part, got a walk-over owing to Midi's most regrettable inability to field a side on either of rhe two scheduled dates.
And now for something completely different: Follow the fortunes of several of our younger players as they represent France in the imminent U19 tournament. From here.
Posted 20140804: The semi-finalists in this year's League competition are now known: see Results page.
Posted 20140721: Congratulations to Bilal Mian of SAC, called up to the French U19 squad for matches in August.
Three of this year's four semi-finalists in the Siddalls cup are now known. B-GCC enjoyed fine weather and a share in a high-scoring match at Mansle; A-BCC beat Catus on run-rate after a downpour; while SAC and Eymet did not even get started up at storm-tossed Chenaud. Details, as ever, on the Results page.
Posted 20140707: After yesterday's matches up at Chenaud, we now know the three clubs which have made it through to the final of this year's T20 competition. Details are on the Results page.
Posted 20140624: Congratulations are also in order for one of our very few lady cricketers - Alice Letertre-Gibert, now a member of B-GCC - who has been selected as a member of the French national squad for 2014.
Posted 20140603: Congratulations to Robin Murphy of Catus for being selected to represent France at senior level this year. He'll be heading off to Holland in the near future for a European tournament. With all our best wishes!
Posted 20140511: France Cricket have announced the squad for the 4-nation junior tournament to be held in the Paris region in August.
Once again, our young men have impressed, with 4 out of the 14 core members, plus both of the reserves.
So, hats off to Danny Nott of SAC, reconfirmed as captain; Mohammed Afzal of B-GCC; Lucien Calkin of Midi and James Dawkins of Toulouse; with Kashif Muhammad of B-GCC and Rémi Rocher of Mansle waiting in the wings.
Good luck to them all!
- Just before the official matches start is a good time to remind clubs to check out that your first-aid box is completely stocked (and that any medicaments are not beyonnd their best-by date). And think about getting one or more club members qualified on the Red Cross "Gestes qui sauvent" programme.
- Important! There's yet another new number to contact if you have the misfortune to have to record a claim on your federal insurance. The Federal Insurers have signed up with a different broker, a company called Capdet Raynal. Be ready to quote your club name and federal number, plus the licence number(s) of any person(s) involved. The number is 01.44.83.87.74 and the e-mail address is shown at the bottom of the claim form that you must use: copy here, taken from the FFBS Web site.
Posted 20140308: Several separate items to bring to clubs' attention:
- All clubs have successfully enrolled in the 2014 tournaments.
- Bidding to host final phase matches has closed. ACCSO Committee is looking at the bids and will pronounce shortly.
- Clubs are reminded that licence renewals cost 10% more as from 16th March. And that's also when the FFBS start checking up on club licence numbers (the magic number is 12 competition licences!).
- The S-W was well-represented at FC's AGM on 1st March: 7 clubs issued mandates & proxies, for which thanks!
- The Results page carries the results of the established pre-season Indoor events at St Astier and Seissan.
- Now, on a gloriously sunny day, the outdoor season seems just around the corner.......
Posted 20141117: All 2013 material from this page has now been archived. A copy can be seen from here.
Posted 20130818: Did you ever want to know what it takes to be selected to play cricket for France? Or whether to be offended if somebody calls you a "pie-chucker"? The answers to both questions are to be found on the Good to Know! page.
Posted 20120702: The Good to Know! page contains advice and guidance on playing (and training) in very hot weather conditions. Reading by captains and umpires is strongly recommended.
Posted 20120426: New guidance has been issued to our umpires on how to call balls which pitch off the mat. The full text is to be found on the Umpiring page; and the Match Day Actions document has been modified accordingly (see the Regulations page).
Posted 20120419: Anybody trained in your club in "Les Gestes qui Sauvent"? If in doubt, ask at your local pharmacy.
The page dedicated to useful addresses and things-worth-knowing has been refreshed. In particular there's a link to a site offering free insurance to the non-playing members of your clubs; and also new sources of information and guidance about the running of "Loi 1901" associations. Why not take a look at the Good to Know! page? - from here.
We have struck a deal with an excellent supplier - Surridge's. All clubs affiliated to France Cricket are eligible for a 50% discount, on the entire catalogue.