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Adam White joins BCEW Committee after quiet AGM

12th November 2014

Adam White

Somerset VICC Chairman Adam White has been elected to the BCEW committee following a close vote at the BCEW AGM.
White, from Exeter, narrowly defeated Jemma Brown and Gerald Porter to be elected to the post of Publicity Director. Adam has played for Somerset since 2010 and as a former pupil of VI school West of England has a good knowledge of both blind cricket and the wider VI community.

The rest of the committee remains the same after BCEW Vice Chairman Dave Gavrilovic retained his position of General Secretary and Pete Sugg continued in his role of International Director.

For the first time in living memory no on-field rules will change for the 2015 season although the time players have from playing in their first match to get a sight test has halved to six weeks.

Other news from the AGM included the confirmation that all teams in the National League would revert to having three home and three away league games in 2015, the announcement that a BCEW Development XI will fill the last place in the Twenty20 Cup and the much anticipated news that the new ball trialed at 2014’s Twenty20 Finals Day will be used for all domestic cricket from the start of the 2015 season.

There were also a handful of changes to competition entrants, Gloucestershire have joined the BBS Cup for the first time but Berkshire and Nottinghamshire have dropped out of that competition. Surrey have also joined the BCEW South/West Development League.

In changes to the umpires panel, John Garbett has become BCEW liaison to the panel which will now be managed by a committee of Bob Southward, Darshak Patel, Les Clemenson, Paul Richardson and Roger Barker, with the panel also agreeing to appoint umpires for development cricket alongside the appointments they already make for all national level cricket.

Lastly, a minimum over rate of 12 overs an hour will be trialed in the National League during the 2015 season, clubs failing to meet this requirement won’t face a penalty but BCEW will gather data on how teams fair against this target in order to make an informed proposal on the subject to the 2015 BCEW AGM.

Roger Barker receives the 2014 Umpire of the Year Trophy from Dave Gavrilovic

Above: Roger Barker receives the 2014 Umpire of the Year Trophy from Dave Gavrilovic