The full draw can be viewed at 2017 RLC draw.
The following information has also been provided to for competing clubs.
For those clubs who are new to the competition, the draw is split into 16 geographical groupings of up to 16 teams. Some of these geographical areas will cover quite a large part of the country, others a much smaller area, this is dependent on where we have received entries from. I have tried where possible to conduct the draw so that teams are playing against clubs who they do not normally play against in their usual league programme although this is not always possible. The draw will not be ‘redrawn’ after each round is completed so you will be able to work out your progression throughout the draw up to Round 4, which is the Group Final stage. The winners of each of the 16 groups will go forward to the national stages of the competition, the draw for this will be released later on in the season.
You will see that there are some byes in the draw. The entry numbers were lower this year than in previous years and I have had to add more byes into the first round draw. This has also been done geographically, some groups will have up to four teams receiving byes in the first round, some will have no byes at all. The allocation of the byes has generally, but not always, been done on success in this competition in 2016.
The First Round is scheduled for Sunday 23rd April however you may move this match to earlier in April (if you are in a 10 team league it is likely your league programme will not start until early May so you may wish to play your First Round match on a Saturday before your season starts) or even move it later up to Saturday 29th April. For a wet weather date, this will initially be set as Sunday 30th April but if there is agreement of both clubs this could be moved as late as Sunday 7th May. Please note that the Second Round is to be played on Sunday 14th May. Dates of the other rounds of the competition can be found on the attached draw and the final will take place at Essex CCC on Sunday 17th September.
Fixture Scheduling & Play-Cricket Website
All fixtures will be set on Play-Cricket on the set fixture date and umpires (see below) will be appointed on these dates (First Round – Sunday 23rd April). If you agree with your opposition to change the date of your match from the set date, please can you both change the date on Play-Cricket AND inform me of the date change. It would be very helpful to have all changes confirmed by the end of January as the Regional Umpires Appointment Secretaries will begin to look at the possible appointments for First Round matches soon after this date.
Please note that for all rounds in the competition the scheduled and wet weather dates are fixed unless BOTH teams agree to move the fixture to an alternative date. If one team would prefer to play the match on the scheduled date, for whatever reason, then this is the date that the match will take place. We do encourage a degree of flexibility for the First Round matches where possible as I know some clubs will have issues in April regarding availability of their home ground and the availability of players, often due to the ever extending football season. Wet weather dates will always be set as the Sunday following the original scheduled date, please note if there is no agreement the wet weather date for the first round it will be Sunday 30th April but please try and be flexible as I know that many clubs may also be involved in county/league cup competitions or have league matches over the first May Bank Holiday weekend.
All teams have been uploaded onto the Play-Cricket website and are usually the ‘1st XI’ side for each club. If, when you look on the website, you would prefer another team from your club to be listed (some prefer the ‘Sunday 1st XI’ to be the one that is listed in the draw) please let me know and I will update the website.
For all matches umpires will be appointed to your matches centrally by ECB. This will be done via an online appointments system called ‘Who’s the Umpire’ (WTU) which has been used in the last few seasons of this competition so many of you will have used the system before. I will send out information in March detailing how to use WTU and how to find the details of the umpires that have been appointed to your match. Umpires will be appointed based on the draw and also any changes that you inform me of and updates on the Play-Cricket website. If you fail to inform me of an agreed change of date or venue for your fixture you will not receive appointed umpires and will be highly likely to have to forfeit the match, so please ensure that you let me know of any changes to the fixtures and update the website.
As with the 2016 season appointed umpires for ALL rounds throughout the competition will claim their expenses direct from ECB, therefore no club will have to pay umpires on the day of your match.
Each home club will receive two balls from each match in the week before your fixture and this will be sent to either the home address or club address (whichever one you specified on your entry form). The balls used will be the same Tiflex ball that was used in 2016.
Rules and Regulations
Updated rules and regulations of the competition will be released early next year although only very minor changes are expected from the 2016 competition.