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Funding, facilities and fences

Posted in ECB ACO

In the past two weeks, over and above dealing with correspondence, I have met the North Wales Premier League (PL) as part of the PL Consultation process and the development team and funding facilities manager regarding the use of indoor centres.

Following that I travelled to see Dave Leighton (Club Programmes Manager) in Manchester and then on to Derby to view the development of a couple of Natwest CricketForce clubs. I also met the Club Cricket Conference to discuss an Australian Indigenous tour and Inter League Competitions in 2010-2013.

On future planning I regularly meet with Mike Gatting, Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships, and Pete Ackerley, Head of Development, to discuss cricket partnerships plans.

On the ACO front I spend time with with Roger Knight and Peter Mitchell to discuss how ACO operations plans will meet the needs of the proposed constitution and to discuss plans for the next six months.

I also look after some of the stranger requests in recreational cricket. For example I recently spoke to the ECB lawyer regarding a homeowner who wants to have higher fencing to stop cricket balls hitting his house. Other requests include sizes of ladies kit and illegal bowling actions.

Not everything goes to plan though. I was recently up at the crack of dawn on the first Sunday of the season to communicate that Play-Cricket had gone down.