GOLCAR will be aiming to get their skates on in this weekend’s double-header for the club.
The Swallow Lane senior side have come in for criticism from the Drakes League for already being fined four times for slow over rates.
Clubs are punished financially for exceeding three hours to bowl their 50 overs – and each fine is multiplied by the number of offences.
Golcar’s latest indiscretion was being three overs past the cut-off against Hall Bower in the Premiership, but it cost them £56 because it was their fourth offence.
Tomorrow, Golcar visit Skelmanthorpe in the top flight before entertaining Cedar Court Conference side Lascelles Hall on Sunday in the third round of the arrowselfdrive.com Sykes Cup.
Phil Senior, the Drakes League’s match and registration secretary, said he felt clubs needed to get a grip on this particular problem.
“Something needs to be done about over rates and clubs really need to take it upon themselves,” he said.
“The fine system doesn’t seem to be having much impact at the moment, and I don’t think it’s acceptable for a club to have been fined four times already when we aren’t even half way through the season.”
Golcar representative Ian Sutherland pointed out they have opening bowlers with long run-ups but said the problem had been mentioned to skipper Steve Whitwam and would be taken up again.
Some clubs have indicated their players will be made to pay the fines, rather than them coming out of club coffers.
Golcar are not on their own in already piling up fines for slow over rates as Shepley and Shelley have broken the three-hour rule three times each.
Match secretary Senior has also reminded clubs about making sure they register young players correctly for senior cricket, as several have fallen foul of the legislation.
He emphasised there were over 250 younger players signed on with the Drakes League, and there were no excuses for clubs failing to register such juniors properly.
Clubs were asked to make sure when making these registrations, they differentiate between Under 13 players (currently in school year 8) and Under 12 players (currently in school year 7).
The latter may only play if they are of county or district standard, and players in this bracket should be in possession of a certificate from the county to verify their status – a list is also lodged with the League.
Any club wishing to register a player on the day of a match who falls in to the younger category should contact Mr Senior for authorisation.