Clubs continue to throw away money
Saturday 29th June 2019

2018-2019's fines, including those for the first eight weeks of the season, total almost 3000.

It is somewhat disappointing that despite many attempts to get clubs to abide by the rules and regulations fines continue to rise.  The comparable total in 2018 was 600 less.

A breakdown of the total for the various fine categories is as below.

Home team result recording failures


Away team result recording failures


Unsure players


Conceded matches


(includes 430 from cup match concessions;
195 3rd XI league matches)


No scorer


No umpire


Umpire not paid


Late Captains Reports


General Meetings non-attendance


Conceded match fines would have been 220 more but Management Committee agreed to reduce fines for the 3rd XI Cups to the level of League matches. Late Captains reports continue to rise alarmingly. Not included above but eight captains failed to return their reports in time for last week's matches! 

The failure of some clubs to routinely fail to attend General Meetings shows a complete disregard for other clubs in the L&DCC and lack of respect for the members of the Management Committee*. The management of the L&DCC depends on the support of all the clubs who are responsible for approving changes to the rules of association.

Nine clubs have fines of over 100. They are:- Birkenhead Park, Caldy, Fleetwood Hesketh, Merseyside S&C, Northop Hall, Prescot and Odyssey, Prestatyn, Rainhill and Southport and Birkdale.


* Has the penny finally dropped and the Management Committee has realised how little the clubs feel about it? They support it less and less as the years go by but the Management Committee won't take the hint.

The sad thing is that this money comes out of clubs' sponsorship money so they don't have any say in the matter when it is deducted. The easy answer is to avoid fines but you give up when some 1st XI teams don't post their scorecards on ldcc.play-cricket.com until Sunday instead of by 10:00pm on Saturday and other teams, eg Alder I, Southport and Birkdale II to name but two, don't post scorecards until Monday at the earliest, Alder II even later. Away teams aren't checking and, if necessary, correcting scorecards as they should.

Just look at the scorecard for last week's 2nd XI match Prestatyn II v Parkfield Liscard II. It's just gone up and even then three-quarters of it is missing.

There are cases where teams don't post their scorecards on time if they have lost but do when they win. This is lack of respect to other teams and everyone involved with the L&DCC.

There is no discipline with some teams. They just stick two fingers up to everyone else and plod in their own tin pot way.

It's been proved time and again that fines don't have any effect. Teams would soon change their attitude if there were points penalties instead.