Senior Section Cricket Committee 

David Ward 
Head of Senior Section 
David was previously Chief Executive, Vice-Chairman and Cricket Committee chairman of the SYSCL. In his playing career, he was a batsman for the Stocksbridge, Bradfield, Worsbrough Bridge and Oughtibridge clubs. As head of the Senior Section, David is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day running of the Section; reviewing the Senior Section playing conditions as necessary; and for acting as the link between the Section and the Executive Board. David was formerly a manager for Tata British Steel, and remains closely connected as a trustee with the Stocksbridge Works Sports and Social Club Park Steels club. Married with two grown-up children, he occupies the remainder of his time with DIY work for his family, gardening and is a dedicated dog walker. 
Melvyn was formerly Play-Cricket website administrator, player registrar, results administrator for the South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League, and before that for the SY Cricket Alliance and the Doncaster and District League. Melvyn is qualified umpire as well as second XI captain, batsman and occasional bowler for Eden Grove Parklands, for whom he also acts as treasurer, assistant groundsman and club mechanic. Prior to his retirement, Melvyn was in mechanical engineering management and business development. His other interests include playing competitive snooker in a local league, swimming and going to the gym. Melvyn is married with two grown up children and two grandchildren. 
Bryan was the General Secretary of the SYSCL before it merged with the YSPL. He is also on the Premier Section cricket committee and is on the committee of the South Yorkshire Cricket Umpires Association (SYCUA). As a cricketer, Bryan played at Yorkshire Main Colliery from the age of 14, for 36 years, before he retired from playing. Bryan's role on Senior Section cricket committee is to represent the interests of the SYCUA, to advise on issues connected with the recruitment and development of umpires; and to provide umpire input on ground and facilities issues. Outside cricket, Bryan's main interest is football. He refereed for 30 years, and was a linesman on the Football League and Premier League for 15 years. 
Lindsay Pepper 
Lindsay is the Safeguarding Officer for the Senior Section, having previously served on the SYSCL committee. Her role is the safeguarding and welfare of officials, members and players within the senior section of the league, working alongside League Safeguarding Officer Maurice Gilliatt. Her other interests in cricket include scoring and the development of junior cricket, and she is the scorer of Rockingham Colliery CC. Lindsay is also on the committee of the Barnsley Junior Cricket league. Outside cricket, Lindsay is a call centre administrator for the Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust Embrace Transport Team. Lindsay is also very interested in mental health issues.  
Matt Summerhill 
Matt was the first chairman of the YCSPL, having sat on the committees of both the YSPL and the SYSCL, as vice-chairman and deputy chief executive respectively, and was fixture secretary of both leagues. He also served on the committee of the Yorkshire & Derbyshire League. As YCSPL competitions manager, he is responsible for all league and cup fixture competion scheduling. In his playing career, Matt played for Frecheville, Millhouses and Oughtibridge, and is also vice-chairman of the latter. Matt is a chartered quantity surveyor and project manager – currently the Managing Partner for Yorkshire at Rider Levett Bucknall - and also a diehard Sheffield Wednesdayite. 
Graham Swallow 
Graham was formerly cricket secretary of the SYSCL, and before that he spent over fifty years at Elsecar CC. Graham was introduced to cricket early, having been born into a strong cricketing family, and remembers selling programmes at the 1963 Yorkshire Council final. He enjoyed a successful playing career, captaining the 1st, 2nd and 3rd XIs before becoming chairman and financial secretary. He was part of the 1998 Yorkshire Council winning team and says that the highlight of his time at Elsecar was the 2014 Yorkshire Champions Trophy win. Outside cricket, Graham has been involved in an amateur theatrical group for over forty years, and before retirement spent all his working career in accountancy. He is married with a grown-up daughter and son, and has three grandchildren. 
Richard Fidler 
Richard runs one of South Yorkshire's leading public relations and social media agencies, so brings with him a wealth of experience in this area. As a former professional footballer with Leeds United and Hull City, Richard has had sport as a central part of his life including being The Star's Olympic Games correspondent at London 2012. However, cricket is his passion and he follows the fortunes of his two children, who play at a representative level and for Rotherham Town, where he is cricket committee secretary. 
Richard North 
Richard has been involved in cricket for over 30 years, starting as a scorer, then playing as a 12-year old for Forgemasters CC. He has nearly 20 years of service on cricket club committees, in a variety of different roles. In 2015, he was closely involved in the merger of the Whiston and Forgemasters clubs to create Whiston Forge CC, of which he is now chairman. Richard became a level 2 coach, influencing a career change that saw him leave the steelworks after 22 years to take up a job training apprentices. Richard looks forward to contributing towards making the merger a success. 
Linzey Scothern was formerly on the SYSCL committee, and is the YCSPL trophy steward and sits on its events sub-committee. Linzey played cricket from the age of eleven for Wincobank and then Rotherham. During19 years with the Royal Navy as a weapons engineer, he played for the Navy and combined services, in addition to club cricket in Dorset. On his return to Sheffield he played for Shiregreen, Aston Hall and Wincobank. Linzey has been involved in cricket administration since 1982 and qualified as an umpire in 1995. His final playing accolade was to captain a Sheffield League over 60s side against a visiting Australian XI in 2007. Linzey worked for 30 years in robotics, across Europe, Africa and the middle East, being based in Switzerland for 10 years before his retirement. 
Nelson Windle 
Nelson Windle is the regular representative of the League's Equity & Diversity Group on the League Executive Board. He is third team captain at Whitley Hall CC. After spending 14 years at Sheffield Caribbean, he has been with Whitley Hall for the last seven. Nelson says that, “I want to make the game I love to be accessible to everyone no matter their race, religion, gender or culture.” Off the field, Nelson is an engineer for Sheffield-based B. Braun Medical, one of the world's leading providers and manufacturers of healthcare solutions. Nelson specialises in the repair and maintenance of surgical endoscopes and infusion pumps. His other sporting love is football, and he is a season ticket holder at Bramall Lane. 
Dates of meetings in 2024 
Thursday 18 January 
Thursday 15 February 
Thursday 14 March 
Thursday 18 April 
Thursday 16 May 
Thursday 20 June 
Thursday 18 July 
Thursday 15 August 
Thursday 12 September  
Thursday 10 October  
Monday 18 November  
Thursday 12 December  
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