Old Rutlishians Cricket Club’s (ORCC) primary playing objective is for all sides, on both Saturdays and Sundays, to be competitive and play at the highest standard possible. In order to achieve this, ORCC wants to be transparent with our selection criteria. In addition to this primary objective, ORCC strives to actively promote our younger players, with the aim of providing a platform for them to play the highest standard their abilities allow, as well as developing their skills, while continuing to enjoy their cricket beyond Colts level.
ORCC fields five Saturday XIs every single week, with most weekends seeing the club put out Sixth and even Seventh XIs. The First through Fifth XIs play in the Surrey Championship with the remaining Saturday sides playing friendlies against a variety of clubs. Currently, our first team are in Division 3 of the Surrey Championship. ORCC fields two sides most Sundays, which some weekends include teams that participate in The Surrey Trust competition, Tiers 1 and 3. This competition acts as a springboard between full Saturday league cricket and exclusively Colts, age group cricket.
In addition to this, the club has a thriving Colts section, with over 450 Colts playing cricket throughout the summer.
Selection Policy Objectives:
The objectives of this selection policy are:
1) To outline the short-term performance objectives, and long-term objectives for the club itself and each adult team;
2) To articulate the criteria for selection of the individual teams. These are based on the objectives above;
3) To identify the members of the Selection Committee and the process for making weekly team selections;
4) To outline the club’s approach to decisions on batting and bowling orders;
1) Club Objectives
- The overall playing objective of the club is to improve its position long term as an established Club in Surrey with our First XI playing comfortably in Division one and the second through fifth XIs playing in the Surrey Championship at the highest standard possible.
- A secondary, but important objective is to continue to feed our junior players into adult cricket, firstly by playing friendly adult cricket then moving up the club through the various levels. We will actively promote young players wherever possible. In order to achieve this, all adult sides should be playing as high a level of cricket as possible and providing promising younger players with the experience they need to form the backbone of future first teams.
- Each team has its own short and long-term objectives. These objectives will inform selection decisions.
- The performance objectives will be used by the selection Committee and Trustees to measure the success of any given season and will be refreshed each year. The long-term objectives are designed to ensure the club develops in a sustainable way.
2) Team Objectives
- To win promotion to Division 2;
- To perform as well as possible in any other competitions we enter, notably the National T20 Cup and the Conference Cup.
- To gain promotion to Division 1 of the Surrey Championship and remain competitive thereafter;
- To establish and consolidate its position as a top 25 club by performance in Surrey.
- To continue to be a strong Division 1 side and push for promotion to the Surrey Championship Second XI Premiership;
- To deliver players ready for First XI cricket as and when required.
- To gain promotion to the Second XI Premiership within three years, and establish themselves as a Premiership side in Surrey Championship Second XI Premiership;
- To familiarise promising younger players with the culture and standards required in order to progress to, and succeed at First XI level.
- To remain in the Surrey Championship 3rd XI Premiership;
- To continue to introduce new players (at this level into the club) and actively promote U18 players to this level.
- To become a Third XI side which is consistently competing at the highest possible level of Third XI cricket;
- To provide competitive cricket at a reasonable standard for ambitious younger players under the supervision of experienced players.
- To gain promotion in 2021;
- To provide an introduction to young players to adult cricket under the supervision of experienced teammates.
- To provide an introduction to young players to adult cricket under the supervision of experienced team mates;
- To gain consistent promotion so they achieve the highest league possible with the Surrey Championship set up.
- To establish the team so it can compete at league cricket level.
- To be competitive and gain promotion within 2 years
- To provide an initial introduction to young players to adult league cricket under the supervision of experienced team mates;
- To gain consistent promotion so as to compete in the highest league possible within the Surrey Championship set up.
Sixth and Seventh XIs:
- To provide senior members of all abilities with weekly cricket opportunities which are friendly but competitive;
- To act as an introductory opportunity for young players to get used to playing adult cricket.
ORCC Sunday development teams:
- To be very competitive in the Tier 1 and Tier 3 competitions of the Surrey Championship Trust competitions each year.
- To provide an enjoyable platform for both young and experienced players of all levels. The emphasis will be on promoting opportunities for the younger players.
Sunday Friendly XIs:
- To provide friendly social cricket for all members;
- To look to particularly provide cricket for any members who may have missed out on selection for Saturday fixtures.
3) General Selection Criteria
- Selection will be primarily influenced by:
- Performances over the previous weeks for ORCC;
- Longer term performances for ORCC;
- New members, unless considered to be immediately of a First XI standard, will initially be encouraged to perform for lower XIs to gain promotion to higher XIs.
- Other factors that will contribute to selection decisions include:
- Performances for other teams (E.g. school/university);
- Attendance at training sessions (where applicable);
- Consistency of availability;
- Timekeeping àplayers should arrive at the ground at the time requested by their captain;
- Adherence to team ethic;
- Attitude both on and off the pitch;
- Conduct both on and off the pitch;
- Payment of subscriptions and match fees.
- Barring EXCEPTIONAL circumstances, a player cannot be promoted or dropped more than one side.
- Captains will personally inform players who have been dropped (via phone call or if possible in person) in advance of the teams being published. Texting is only acceptable in exceptional circumstances once other methods have been tried.
- In the interests of giving younger players valuable game time, senior third and fourth team players may be asked to take a flexible attitude to selection depending on the time of year.
4) Team Selection Criteria
- The First XI will be selected with the purpose of winning the next match. The personnel requirements of the first team will always take priority over those of other teams;
- Factors that will be included in the selection decisions will include form, attitude, fielding ability, team balance and nature of the opposition.
- Selection for the Second XI will involve the twin aims of winning sufficient games to gain promotion to the Surrey Championship Premier League and generating a pipeline of players capable of contributing at first team level both in the short and long term;
- Factors that will be included in selection decisions will include form, attitude, fielding ability, team balance and nature of the opposition.
- The Third XI will be selected with the aim of ensuring survival in the Surrey Championship Premier League;
- In addition to this, the team will be selected to ensure a healthy mix of young and more experienced players takes the field. The mix of youth and experience in any given game may alter according to the circumstances of the season and the need to win matches.
- The Fourth XI will be selected with the aim of gaining promotion;
- Furthermore, the fourth team will be chosen with an eye to the future and ensuring that young players are able to gain a foothold into competitive adult league cricket. This will be aided by a core of more experienced players who will be selected to ensure guidance and leadership is available where required as well as to provide sufficient balance to push for promotion.
- The Fifth XI will be selected with the aim of gaining promotion;
- In addition to this, the Fifth XI will be selected with a focus on developing young players in the competitive environment of league cricket.
Sixth and Seventh XIs
- The Sixth and Seventh XIs will be selected in order to provide as many players as possible with a competitive standard of friendly cricket;
- This means there will often be a balance between the Sixth and Seventh XIs, with factors such as the standard of opposition and balance of youth and experience in each side taken into account.
- The Sunday teams will be picked to ensure there is a healthy balance of senior and junior players.
- In the Surrey Championship Trust competitions, selection will be made with an equal weighting of being competitive in the games, with a view to winning the competitions, as well as bringing through a core of younger players from the Colts section:
- In Tier 1 fixtures there will be more weight on selecting competitive sides;
- In Tier 3 fixtures the focus will lean more towards selecting promising young players rather than a win at all costs attitude.
- For Sunday friendly fixtures, selection will be made to provide as many cricketers as possible with a friendly and more relaxed atmosphere than Saturday league cricket.
5) The Formal Selection Committee
- The Selection Committee is appointed by the Cricket Committee.
- The Cricket Committee is appointed by club members at the Club AGM.
- The Selection Committee consists of:
- The team captains;
- The club chairman.
- The Selection Committee will make their selection decisions and inform members of this in reasonable time before a weekend match. Captains will be expected to communicate verbally (and not by text) with any player who has been dropped into a lower team.
- In order to aid the Committee with their decisions, all players are asked to give as early notice as possible Tuesday 6pm every week via the app of any non-availabilities.
6) Batting and Bowling Orders
- Batting and bowling orders are decided at the sole discretion of captains.
- If players do not bat or bowl in their usual position in a given match they should accept this for the greater good of the team. If they feel they have been treated unfairly over a longer period they should address this discretely with their captain. In the event they feel their concerns have not been listened they should discretely approach a member of the selection committee.
7) Additional Selection Information
ORCC has tried to cover all bases regarding selection criteria and hope transparency is thus enabled. However, in exceptional circumstances, scenarios may arise which may lead to overriding the policy. Should this occur, the Selection Committee will communicate appropriately with the playing members.