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Posted on 24 March, 2017 at 20:20

Over the past months I have been hearing complaints about a Cricket Victoria (CV) Pathway Coordinator. The final straw came when I heard he was hogging the New Ball at his club and so I tweeted about it as follows;

"Neil Gray @cricketvictoria "Pathway Coordinator" takes new ball in front of those on the Pathway to higher levels".

Neil responded immediately claiming all Pathway players at his club were playing in higher grades and so he wasn’t taking the new ball in front of anyone as I had claimed. Later that day the Camberwell Magpies Cricket Club (CMCC) Treasurer tweeted that I had taken a “Cheap Shot” at Neil and later Barry Ross the club Secretary Tweeted that I was “Weak as Piss” and I should get my facts in line.

Ok ! So here are the facts and I can tell you I think I am right…….

CMCC Contact and Secretary Barry Ross commented that my beef is with CV and not Neil, Wrong Barry... my beef is with anyone failing the game of cricket in Victoria and that includes Premier Cricket Clubs. In my opinion Premier Club have lost sight of their role in developing cricket across the state, they lack urgency, lack transparency and still support a CV Board who in my opinion and from the information I have should be under investigation by ASIC... but that another story.

So let me finish with Neil Gray who is responsible for the following at CV:

1/. Develop a comprehensive Cricket Victoria Pathway Program that promotes both playing and personal development.

2/. To oversee the Victorian Bushrangers and Vic Spirit Pathway Championships operations.

3/. Embed the National Player Pathway philosophy into the Cricket Victoria Pathway program and the competitions that connect directly to the program.

4/. Support the connection between Victorian Premier Cricket and the Cricket Victoria Pathway program.

5/. Responsible for budget process including expenditure, reforecasting and administration.

6/. Explore partnership opportunities with appropriate Commercial and Community partners.

7/. Oversee the appointment and payment of Coaches, Managers and support staff in all Cricket Victoria regions.

Under point 3, 4 and 7 of his responsibilities proves he does have an obligation that comes with coaching" and captaining the 4th XI because all Premier Clubs fall in under the "Pathways System".

The 4th XI in any Premier Club is the first stepping stone to higher levels. It is not a "GRAVE YARD" for cricketers and how dare Neil Gray infer to me that they are less important than any other in cricket...

Taking the New Ball, rather than giving it to someone endeavouring to climb the ladder, is hogging the ball. An ego show and a dereliction of duty. And if any member of your club or any other club cannot see that then get out of the game.

Neil has taken the "New Ball" in all but 2 games this season and in the 2 day games his over tally reads as follows 21, 30 19, 23, 25, and 22.

Some might try to say that there is no one else to bowl mediums so Neil has to take the New Ball... well wouldn't that be an indictment on the clubs recruitment officer or perhaps it’s because opportunities just don’t exist for anyone wanting to come to the club.

 I make no apologies and will continue to call out those who are not doing the right thing.



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Reply Greg Hound
18:17 on 26 March, 2017 
Compare his guy to Richmond Cricket Club's 4th XI Captain Paul Gilchrist... your argument is spot onAVENIDO