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Welcome to Kirk Brae Cricket Club. The Badgers have been around since 1980 and have a reputation for being a sociable, honest and competitive club. These pages explain all you need to know about Kirk Brae.
Kirk Brae has two league teams, playing in Divisions 1 and 5 of the East of Scotland Cricket Association (www.eastleague.org.uk/). Home games and midweek training are held at Double Hedges in Liberton (EH16 6TS, entrance by Liberton Rugby Club, opposite the fire station).
Club honours, scorecards, career stats, fixtures and news can all be found elsewhere on the website.
Where's the Cricket?
* Winter nets - Saturdays at Mary Erskine School (on Ravelston Dykes) from January - April
* Training nights - one weekday night (day to be confirmed) from May - August
* League games - Saturday (end of April to end of August), starting 13:00
* Midweek friendly and cup games - usually Thursday evenings, approximately once a month
For club communications we use firstname.lastname@example.org and a website called Teamer.
The hotmail account is for general information and to send out team selections. We use Teamer for finding out who is available to play / train - you'll get emails / texts from Teamer asking if you are available for a particular game (there are no hidden costs for texts). Teamer also will let you know about last minute cancellations so please register your mobile number too (you won't get any unwanted adverts or cold calls!).
We also have a Facebook page and a Twitter account...
Do You Need Kit?
You don't need much. We have club kit bags and bats, pads etc. which will be available at training sessions / games (we even have our own bowling machine). The only essential item you will need is a box (i.e. cup / abdominal guard).
2017 Membership and Match Fees
Membership and match fees cover the vital costs of a cricket club. League fees, cost of balls and pitch hire being just some of the costs the club has to consider and cater for every season. Kirk Brae has always looked to provide good value to its members by keeping the cost of playing cricket low and by maintaining a simple payment structure. In 2017, the club membership and match fee structure will be as follows:
A single payment of £120 (£90 students / concession) payable in full or in regular instalments (via direct debit). This one-off payment will cover all membership and match fees for the entire 2017 playing season.
Payments in full must be completed by 15 May 2017. For regular instalments, the committee recommends four equal payments of £30 (£22.50 students / concession) payable on the 15th of May, June, July and August.
Casual players can still play, however the cost per match will be £10* payable on the day. Casual players can only use the pay-as-you-play method five times, after which they will be expected to join the club as full members before playing another game. The cost of membership in this instance will be £20* for the season.
*£7.50 per match and £15 membership for students / concession.
Casual players may elect to switch to the one-off cost at any time during the season, but must pay the remainder of the full members cost of £120 (£90 students / concession) within 7 days of notifying the club.
Non-players who wish to remain members of the club may elect to pay a membership fee of £20 at any time.
All payments to Kirk Brae Cricket Club (Sort Code 80-02-27, Account Number 00176932). When transferring online, please email Peter Thomson (email@example.com) with the details.
Winter nets, friendly matches and cup competitions are paid for on the day and are usually around £5 to £7 (bring cash!).
Match day drivers may ask passengers for help with petrol costs for driving to away matches. The committee suggests £2 per passenger.
Match Day Food
For all home league games, we provide refreshments for Badgers and the opposition. This tea-duty will be shared by members and players (as far as possible) over the course of the season.
When it is your turn, you provide the teas at your own cost (you should be able to make teas for around £50). To ease the burden of tea-making, two or more players may agree to share both the responsibility of preparing the teas and the cost. If you are going to have difficulty providing teas, for any reason, please discuss with the team captain as early as possible. And remember... Quality teas, please.
Kirk Brae has always seen itself as a sociable, fair and friendly club. The team captains will try to ensure the following points are followed by all players and members.
1. Enjoy your cricket!
2. Respect your own team mates and the opposition.
We don't argue with opposition players, team-mates, umpires and the committee: it reflects badly on the club, it disrupts the game, embarrasses team-mates and it gives the team captains and the committee members an extra problem to deal with.
3. Answer Teamer requests as soon as you can.
If life is more complicated than yes or no, you could send a short email to the club and explain. We try to get weekly team selections emailed to everybody by Thursday afternoon during the season. Sometimes this is not possible when we are short of numbers and chasing players - please be patient!
4. Be on time for training / matches. The team sheets always give a meeting time - normally 12:00 or 12:15 for a home league game. If you are going to be late just let your team captain / training organiser know.
Injured? Let the team captain know, before the game.
5. Help out. Stumps, boundary flags, netting etc. does not just magically appear at the start of every match. Help the team captains and vice-captains out by turning up on time and assisting with all the usual administrative duties. All that stuff needs packing away at the end of the match too!
6. Talk to your team captain. If you are not happy with something on the pitch, or if you have a suggestion about tactics, speak to the team captain between overs. Also, please be aware of the team selection policy, which can be accessed through the main menu on this website.
7. Look after the club kit. Please treat it with respect and return it to the kit bag. At the end of the session / game, it would be appreciated if you could assist in packing up.
8. No alcohol is to be consumed during the match. You'll have plenty of time for a pint after the game.
9. Enjoy your cricket!
It is taken for granted that Kirk Brae players and members will not argue with umpires, opponents and their own team-mates and that they will fully support their captains and the decisions made by the committee. The committee will not tolerate poor behaviour and will fully support captains in addressing it. Where appropriate -
Captains will give a player a verbal warning.
If it is considered necessary, the appropriate team captain will discuss a player's behaviour with the club chairman, who will the speak directly with the relevant player(s).
A simple majority vote from the committee will be required in order to agree a temporary or permanent playing ban, when deemed appropriate.
Usually players would be given a verbal warning by the team captain before any other disciplinary action is taken. However, if a single incident is considered serious enough it may cause all of the above steps to be taken.