Mar 242015

I’ve been listening to MCC v Yorkshire on 5Live Sports Extra, and they are talking about the new league structure in 2016 for Yorkshire.

While we are having to struggle to get any changes introduced and leagues are stuck in the dark ages, Yorkshire is making the sort of strides we should be making.

The story is below, lifted from

Cricket in Yorkshire To Get A New-Look For 2016 Season

League cricket in Yorkshire will get an exciting new-look in 2016 with the creation of Yorkshire Premier Cricket.

It will feature four premier leagues which will all have partner leagues beneath them as the first steps are taken towards creating a Yorkshire pyramid for club cricket. There will be promotion and relegation throughout.

It aims to have the top players and teams playing on the finest grounds in a competition that will showcase the best of league cricket in Yorkshire.

The top team in each of the premier leagues will feature in the end-of-season Champion of Champion play offs. The semi-finals are expected to be held at Scarborough and Headingley with the final to take place in Abu Dhabi in October 2016.

Currently there are two premier leagues operating in England’s largest county, the North Yorkshire South Durham League and the Yorkshire League.

Under the new structure the Yorkshire League will be split into two to form Yorkshire League North and Yorkshire League South.

The North Yorkshire South Durham League will remain unchanged. The fourth place will be filled by the Bradford League which is in the process of securing ECB premier league status.

Yorkshire League North will feature seven members of the old Yorkshire League, York, Scarborough, Harrogate, Hull, Castleford, Driffield and the Yorkshire Academy who will be joined by five teams from its partner league, the York & District Senior Cricket League’.

Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield Collegiate, Sheffield United, Doncaster, Cleethorpes and Appleby Frodingham from the Yorkshire League will be joined by three teams from their partner league, the South Yorkshire League and two from the Central Yorkshire League.

The Bradford League will be at the pinnacle of the pyramid in West Yorkshire where the Central Yorkshire League has voted to be a partner league.

Talks are ongoing with further leagues to join the pyramids for Yorkshire League South, Yorkshire League North and the Bradford League.

The Yorkshire Premier Cricket board will oversee the new structure. It will feature two representatives from each of the premier leagues plus Yorkshire Chief Executive Mark Arthur and Yorkshire Cricket Board Executive Director for Partnerships Andrew Watson who are the architects of the new initiative.

Arthur said:

“It is right and proper that Yorkshire, as the largest and most successful cricketing county, has a pyramid structure that will enable the best club players to play against each other on a regular basis in the most competitive league structure in the country. From 2016 onwards, there will be no argument as to which club is the best in Yorkshire.”

Watson, who has been a key figure in all the negotiations, said:

“After many months of planning and consultation, we are at a most exciting time for league cricket in Yorkshire, but still keeping its history and tradition. League cricket in Yorkshire is woven into the fabric of everyday life and this will enhance it for decades to come.”

The chairman of the Yorkshire Premier Cricket Board, Bradford League Development Officer Alan Birkinshaw said:

“A considerable amount of time and effort has gone into the project and we believe it provides the opportunity for the aspirational clubs and players to play at the highest level of eague cricket in Yorkshire.”

“It has taken a lot of hard work and co-operation from the leagues involved to create the new set up and we are fully aware that there is a lot more to be done.”

“Yorkshire Premier Cricket is the peak of the Yorkshire Pyramid and now there has to be further discussions with the many other leagues across the county as we seek to extend it.”

“Nobody will be compelled to join the structure but we hope that leagues and their clubs will see the benefits of having a structure where a small club with big ambitions can have a clear pathway to the top.”

Locally, there will be a promotion and relegation system of ‘two up two down’ each season between Yorkshire League North and the York & District Senior Cricket League enabling aspiring clubs to reach the pinnacle of league cricket within Yorkshire.

The Y&DSCL have met with some of the other local leagues to discuss the possibility of those leagues becoming part of the ‘pyramid’ structure.

Any arrangement would be subject to the agreement of the clubs in both leagues, however the York league have had positive feedback from the majority of their own clubs at recent seminars held to discuss further regionalisation which will be decided at an EGM to be held on 13 April.

What are your thoughts? Could this be achieved at all in Lancashire? What would it take to bring it in? Will I see it in my lifetime?

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Mar 122015

ROBBB0001The annual pre season men’s dinner will be held on Friday 17th April at the club. 7.30pm start. As usual the dinner will be three course with the popular carvery and a choice of sweets. Entertainment will be in the form of comedian Max Pressure and the evening will be hosted by David Cross. It Click here for more ….

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Mar 112015

20150311125401_00001Rochdale Rotary Club continue to provide much needed support for the Rochdale Cricket Development Group (CDG) and have organised a dinner with former West Indian great Michael Holding to help fundraise. We hope that club members will support the event which in turn provides funds for District Cricket coaching and helps the CDG function more Click here for more ….

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Mar 062015

The club are pleased to announce that Romida Sports Ltd have become the latest supporter of the club. Romida already sponsor and support our own Kate Cross. The shop at Newhey is well known to those in the game and we are delighted to have their support moving into the 2015 season. Junior and senior playing Click here for more ….

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Mar 062015

A further meeting of the GM League steering committee was held on 25th February at Walshaw CC and the minutes make for very interesting reading for those interested in the future of local league cricket. The steering committee have set up various sub-groups to look at different aspects of the structure; junior cricket, playing conditions, Click here for more ….

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Mar 042015

There are plenty of things happening at Heywood as the season comes closer. The junior sides have been hard at work on Sunday’s at Siddal Moor and those sessions continue this Sunday with the U15′s and 18′s, 12-2pm. Junior registration evening is on Thursday 26th March and we will be hoping to see all the Click here for more ….

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Feb 262015

Cross collects her award (courtesy of Don Miles)Kate Cross turned in career best bowling figures and became only the 12th woman to take a five wicket haul in a One Day International for England as she helped her country level the series at 2-2 with a deciding game on Friday night UK time. Having not been selected in the first three matches Click here for more ….

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Feb 232015

The club would like to congratulate Olivia Corns on her recent selection for the Lancashire Girls U11′s squad for the 2015 season. Jen Laycock, the Women & Girls Cricket Development Officer at the Lancashire Cricket Board had seen Olivia at All Souls School as part of the Chance2Shine programme and following an assessment session Olivia Click here for more ….

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Feb 192015

Ernest & Barbara ParkinsonThe club are very grateful to long standing member Barbara Parkinson for a recent donation made to the club in memory of her late husband Ernest. The financial gift follows the donation of several benches over the summer that have been sited around the far side of the ground. Ernest was a regular at Crimble Click here for more ….

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Feb 102015

Some good news for supporters of junior cricket in that the Central Lancashire League have confirmed that the Taylor Cup for U18′s will be played as a 40 over competition again this season. The cup will initially take the form of a group stage with Heywood in a local group with Rochdale, Norden and Middleton. Click here for more ….

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Jan 282015

The Annual General Meeting was held last evening in the pavilion and it was excellent to see such a good turnout from the membership. Whilst there were no amendments to rules or changes in elected officials the members did hear from the Chairman, President and Treasurer as they reflected on another year and looked forward Click here for more ….

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