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Chaos at Management level
Monday 20th June 2016

It might seem rather apt that one of the LDCC's Management Committee has 'chaos' as part of his Twitter feed because once again they are in chaos.

A fortnight ago they allowed a club to field an illegible player in a rearranged 2nd league match, contrary to Playing Regulation 7.1.4.

They then realised that both teams had fielded an ineligible player, withdrew the points from the match and penalised the teams a further 10 points.

On 13th June, they issued the fourth draws for the Ray Digman Knockout Trophy and Chester Cup and included teams that had already been eliminated in earlier rounds.

The next day they decided that some matches be decided by the toss of a coin as they had not been played by the play by date. One of the matches involved a team that had already conceded in an earlier round.

They decided a second match by the toss of a coin but later, on appeal by the teams involved who had already arranged a date, said the match has to be played by 24th June.

A third match, in the 2nd XI T20, had been played but the match was awarded by the toss of a coin to the losers. That decision was withdrawn following an appeal by the winning side.

Teams are being entered into competitions of which they don't want to be a part.

With the best part of three months remaining in the season, the Management Committee, a group of senile old fuddy-duddies that are completely out of touch with life, is making a mockery of its knockout competitions, forcing teams to play 45 over matches as T20s and decide others by the toss of a coin when there is ample time for them to be played. Some clubs are being penalised for being successful.

So much for the Management Committee's plea for clubs to work together. That has hastily been cast aside. What's happened to the 'Get The Game On' theory?

There was a time, not so long ago, when things ran smoothly. Clubs were allowed to play their matches. There was no such a thing as matches being reduced or tossing a coin. As long as there were two teams ready to play in a final, that's all that mattered.

But then the person who administered the competitions smoothly was deposed in a coup and lunatics were allowed to take over the asylum.

To date.

Ray Digman Knockout Trophy
3 - occasions of a team conceding
1 - match decided by a bowl out

NatWest Club T20
2 - occasions of a team conceding
1 - match decided by a bowl out

Chester Cup
5 - occasions of a team conceding
1 - match decided by a bowl out
1 - match decided by the toss of a coin

2nd XI T20
1 - match decided by a bowl out

1 - match decided by the toss of a coin